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Venmo is releasing a credit card because of course it is

Venmo is releasing a credit card because of course it is

Venmo is one of the more popular mobile payment apps out there, and now it seems that it's going to take things one step further by getting into the credit card business. Today, PayPal - which is Venmo's parent company - and Synchrony announced that the new credit card will be arriving next year, with Synchrony acting as the issuing bank for the card.

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Juul now only sells tobacco and mint vaping flavors in the US

Juul now only sells tobacco and mint vaping flavors in the US

Vaping company Juul has announced that it will no longer sell flavored liquids, the only exception being pods that contain mint and tobacco flavors. The change will take place in the United States where the FDA is cracking down on the sale of flavored liquids, citing concerns over health and their appeal to minors. Pending an FDA review of its flavored products, customers will no longer be able to buy Juul's Fruit, Mango, Creme, and Cucumber flavors in the US.

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Mind Your Own Business Act could drop a bomb on US privacy laws

Mind Your Own Business Act could drop a bomb on US privacy laws

Amid all the privacy debates we've seen in recent years, one consistent complaint is that companies don't face harsh enough punishments to discourage the misuse of user data. Today, US Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon introduced new legislation that could change that. Dubbed the "Mind Your Own Business Act," this bill would empower the FTC to levy harsher punishments for privacy violations and give end users more power when it comes to determining what happens with their data.

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Huawei reports solid smartphone growth despite US blacklisting

Huawei reports solid smartphone growth despite US blacklisting

Huawei is not a publicly-traded company which means, among other things, it is not legally required to makes its financial information public. In fact, it never did until just this year, conveniently coinciding with the ban that the US imposed on Huawei from buying American goods. This was most likely a strategy to show how the company can continue to operate in the face of such a predicament and its Q3 2019 numbers for smartphone shipments suggest exactly that.

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Virgin Galactic reveals Under Armour’s new spacewear for astronauts

Virgin Galactic reveals Under Armour’s new spacewear for astronauts

Following an announcement about their partnership earlier this year, Virgin Galactic and Under Armour have unveiled the apparel that will be worn by future space tourists who take trips via the private space company. The new spacewear, as the company calls it, includes a base layer, footwear, a training suit, and a spacesuit, as well as a limited edition 'astronaut jacket.'

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Society 5.0: Japan’s plan to take civilization to the next level

Society 5.0: Japan’s plan to take civilization to the next level

You've heard of Web 2.0 and perhaps even the Web 3.0 that browser maker Opera loves talking about. But have you ever heard of Society 5.0, much less the previous versions that came before it? No, it's not a hot new piece of software but Japan's trendy label for what historians often refer to as "ages". With Society 5.0, the Japanese government and companies are working together to put developments in technology, especially in AI and automation, at the service of improving human society and evolving civilization as a whole.

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Microsoft Store workshops help Girl Scouts earn STEM badges

Microsoft Store workshops help Girl Scouts earn STEM badges

Microsoft is working with Girl Scouts of the USA to offer badge workshops in its retail stores. By completing these workshops, Girl Scouts can earn up to five different badges for STEM-related topics. The workshops, according to Microsoft, are intended to help teach 'vital digital skills' and encourage girls to pursue future careers in technology, math, and related fields.

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Dyson scraps its electric car, ends automotive project

Dyson scraps its electric car, ends automotive project

Back in September 2017, Dyson surprised everyone by announcing its intention to enter the electric vehicle space. Things seemed to be moving along swimmingly on that front, with the company providing updates on the development of that car at various points, but unfortunately, today we've hit the end of the road. Dyson announced today that it has scrapped plans for its electric vehicle and the end to its automotive project overall.

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Facebook brings Workplace video chat support to Portal devices

Facebook brings Workplace video chat support to Portal devices

Facebook wants to bring its Portal devices to offices, something that'll be made possible with the launch of Workplace for Facebook on the connected devices. The company revealed its plan at a conference held earlier today. Facebook will allow up to 50 people to participate in video chats over Portal as part of its new support, among other things.

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HTC to return to premium phones after shunning mobile innovation for VR

HTC to return to premium phones after shunning mobile innovation for VR

It may have been the first to come out with an Android phone but HTC not barely makes a mark in charts and market analyses. The smartphone maker, now also XR company, has long been in trouble and has equally been predicted to soon fold its mobile business completely. Last month, however, brought a change of head with former Orange executive Yves Maitres taking over the predominantly Taiwanese company. And almost mirroring his predecessor's dramatic 2015 apology, Maitres is admitting to the company's error, along with a commitment to the brand's return to making high-end phones.

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Smart glasses are back: What’s new this time?

Smart glasses are back: What’s new this time?

Smart glasses have been on adverts, movies and the news for decades now. From Google Glass way back in 2012, to Peter Parker’s EDITH spectacles, we’ve seen why there’s certainly a place for tech like this in our world. These technologically enhanced spectacles come with all sorts of tricks up its sleeve, from inbuilt sensors and cameras. Most also have Augmented Reality or Heads-Up Displays (HUD), like what you’ll find in Iron Man’s helmet - Despite this awareness, smart glasses have never really kicked off, even after being in mass production for many years now.

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Explainer: Uber, Lyft, WeWork – Why are these tech companies losing money?

Explainer: Uber, Lyft, WeWork – Why are these tech companies losing money?

Rising tech companies like Uber and WeWork have been on the news lately, but not for reasons they would have anticipated at the start of the year. What was meant to be a record-setting year for tech companies listed on the stock market has led to major disappointment, with many of these big names losing up to half of their stock value in a matter of months.

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