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Fake news is hardly new news, but over the past couple years it’s found a new home across social media and other news aggregators. And, perhaps, not surprisingly, people’s trust of the news isn’t at an all-time high. But people have also started paying more attention to the news, at least in the US. The …

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Lauren’s new around here, and she wants to get to know Mike and Arielle a little better. So she came up with the prompt for this episode: What’s the stuff you can’t live without? In this hour, we go deep into our personal relationships with inanimate objects. Which, as you surely know, isn’t weird at …

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When Amazon first introduced developer tools that let people build stuff for Alexa, the company made a conscious decision to call these functions “skills” rather than apps. It was a subtle way of making Alexa seem capable, and also, suggesting to developers that building these skills would be a low lift. With just a “few …

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The smartphone market can be cruel to newcomers, especially in the United States. It’s a place where big names matter most, and four major wireless carriers still hold all the keys to the kingdom. Devices that should change the market often fall flat or gain only niche followings. Andy Rubin’s high-end Essential Phone still has …

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Password-free logins have long been the stuff of dreams for security researchers and privacy advocates—not to mention regular people who fat-finger their account passwords into a browser every day. Industry efforts to end our reliance on the multi-character password have resulted in the proposal of numerous alternative login methods, including biometric verification and the use …

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The James Beard Awards are often referred to as the “Oscars of the food world,” and while Chicago chef Erling Wu-Bower has been nominated for three of them, he’s lost all three. “I’m like Susan Lucci!” he jokes, referring to the soap opera star who didn’t pick up her first Emmy until she’d earned her …

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Let’s all agree that this has not been a year of feel-good stories in tech. Whether it’s Facebook privacy or YouTube algorithms, the headlines out of Silicon Valley have been a dismal parade of lapses and letdowns. So let’s take a moment to appreciate the one thread development everyone can get behind: Nokia’s perfect throwback …

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A few years back, in that now-forgotten time before Instant Pots were a thing, I reviewed an electric pressure cooker and struggled mightily with it. It was supposed to be a safe, fast way to speed up cooking and promised to make slow-cooker style dinners appear in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, stovetop pressure cooker cookbooks didn’t …

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When the music-focused social network Cymbal launched in 2016, the service promised to be a hub for music junkies to share their favorite artists and flaunt their great taste. Once you logged in, you’d see a stream of songs titles shared by whoever you were following, often accompanied by some sort of commentary or mini …

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