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Amazon may launch its own smart TVs in the US soon: What we know

Amazon may launch its own smart TVs in the US soon: What we know

We may see an Amazon-brand Fire TV model (or multiple models) launch in the US as early as next month, according to a new report. Amazon's alleged plans to offer smart TVs running its Fire TV platform under its own brand have been rumored for a while now, with sources claiming the project has been in the pipeline for a couple of years. Though it won't be the first time Amazon has launched its own TV, it will be a first for the US market.

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Study finds remote workers can cut fatigue with simple workflow change

Study finds remote workers can cut fatigue with simple workflow change

If you're one of the many people who now work from home rather than at the office, there's a good chance you've gotten into a routine -- and that you may be finding the arrangement unusually exhausting. Another study has found what may be the cause of this fatigue and it involves your webcam. Making a simple change to how you use the device can, the study found, substantially reduce work fatigue.

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FTC leak reveals interest in broken McDonald’s ice cream machines

FTC leak reveals interest in broken McDonald’s ice cream machines

Every McDonald's restaurant has an ice cream machine, but whether you can actually order anything involving the cold treat is a gamble. It's well-known that McDonald's ice cream machines are often 'not working right now' when someone tries to order, an issue that may have more to do with long repair wait times than employees who simply don't want to re-clean them.

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Hyundai and Motional reveal the Ioniq 5 Robotaxi

Hyundai and Motional reveal the Ioniq 5 Robotaxi

People worldwide are being encouraged to transition from conventional combustion engine vehicles to hybrid or fully electric vehicles. Pressure is being put on fleet operators that have large fleets of vehicles, such as taxi and ride-hailing services, to transition away from combustion vehicles to EVs. At the same time, ride-hailing services are also working to integrate autonomous vehicles into their fleets for safety and reduced costs.

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PayPal may be gearing up to take on Robinhood in a major way

PayPal may be gearing up to take on Robinhood in a major way

The GameStop hype got a new generation of people interested in trading, fueling the popularity of simple platforms like Robinhood that make it easy to buy and sell stocks. It's perhaps no surprise, then, that PayPal appears to be gearing up to launch its own Robinhood competitor, one that would join its relatively new crypto support.

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Apple is getting into classical music streaming with Primephonic purchase

Apple is getting into classical music streaming with Primephonic purchase

Apple is making a big move in the realm of classical music today, announcing that it has acquired classical music streaming service Primephonic. That, obviously, means Apple is looking to soup up the classical music offerings of Apple Music, as Primephonic will apparently be shut down and relaunched as a standalone Apple Music Classical app. Unfortunately for current Primephonic users, there seems to be a rather large gap between that shutdown and eventual relaunch.

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IKEA Buy Back & Resell launches in US – but a lot of products aren’t eligible

IKEA Buy Back & Resell launches in US – but a lot of products aren’t eligible

IKEA furniture may have an often-unwarranted reputation for being disposable, but the retailer may soon be offering you some money back for your old items as it launches its Buy Back & Resell service in the US. Trialed already in several international markets, the scheme could offer an alternative to Craigslist - or dumping that old KALLAX bookcase at the side of the road - though with some provisos and exceptions.

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Amazon taps Affirm to offer a new installment purchase option for buyers

Amazon taps Affirm to offer a new installment purchase option for buyers

Amazon has teamed up with popular financial company Affirm to offer its customers a new installment payment plan option for online goods. The financial offer, which is only available to some customers at this time, will allow eligible users to make relatively pricey purchases and pay for the item in multiple monthly installments instead of all at once.

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Rivian is going public: EV truck-maker reveals first IPO details

Rivian is going public: EV truck-maker reveals first IPO details

Rivian has revealed plans to go public, with the Amazon and Ford backed electric vehicle manufacturer taking the first step toward listing. The news, confirmed in a terse statement by Rivian this morning, follows the automaker's latest bumper funding round earlier in August, which saw the company's total raise exceeding $10 billion since 2019.

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App Store changes reduce Apple Tax under special circumstances

App Store changes reduce Apple Tax under special circumstances

There are multiple aspects to the ongoing lawsuits against Apple's and Google's alleged monopolies over their respective app stores, but one of the biggest points has always been the "industry standard" 30% cut that these companies take. Epic Games' epic crusade against that practice has thankfully generated some changes, but those are the exception rather than the rule. Apple is once again making more exceptions with some changes to its App Store policies that it says will appease developers and settle at least one lawsuit.

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So long, Groovy: YouTube hits popular Discord music bot with cease and desist

So long, Groovy: YouTube hits popular Discord music bot with cease and desist

There's no lack of Discord music bots out there - bots that you can add to a server that will then play music in voice channels - but unfortunately, Google is shutting down one of the most popular bots around. Groovy Bot, which often pulls songs from YouTube to play them in Discord, has received a cease and desist letter from Google and will shut down as a result. The shutdown will happen next week, so if you're a Groovy Bot user, you've only got a few days left with the service.

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OnlyFans backtracks: Adult content ban no longer planned

OnlyFans backtracks: Adult content ban no longer planned

OnlyFans has reversed its decision to ban adult content from the subscription site, less than a week after it called its own future into question by seemingly ignoring the importance of those creators on its platform. The company had blamed banking partners for the freshly-puritanical switch, which was to go into effect on October 1, 2021.

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