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Apple is planning to buy up original podcasts with exclusivity in mind

Enlarge / Apple will replace iTunes with Music, Podcasts, and TV on Mac. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

Podcast fans will want to keep their ears to the ground with the latest Apple news. Bloomberg reported that Apple may be looking for deals to bring exclusive original shows to its podcast-listening platform. Unnamed sources said the company is reaching out to media companies to secure rights for podcast exclusivity.

This development would mark a shift in how Apple runs its podcast platform. Shows that list on Apple Podcasts can also make their episodes available elsewhere. Exclusive arrangements in the future could come with different restrictions. This might mean that Apple’s app is the only place where you can hear an entire show, or this could be a windowing deal where new episodes first appear on Apple before the podcaster can send them to other platforms.

Apple’s app for podcast listening has

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LG G Pay Arrives for G8, Supports Handful of Banks

LG G Pay Arrives for G8, Supports Handful of Banks


After what must be years of rumors and reports (yup, 2015!), G Pay from LG has arrived for the G8 ThinQ.

Basically, G Pay is an alternative to Google Pay and Samsung Pay, made specifically for LG devices and LG customers. You can use it at universally any magstripe terminal, making it more useful than Google Pay in certain instances and just as versatile as Samsung Pay, which utilizes MST.

At launch, the service appears to only support a handful of banks. For networks, G Pay supports Mastercard and Visa. The big banks supported are Chase, PNC Bank, and US Bank. Just like Google Pay and Samsung Pay, we assume this list will grow over time.

Leave your plastic cards at home and pay quickly and securely with your phone. LG Pay is a digital wallet that lets you put your credit/debit, gift and loyalty cards into one

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Musk’s newest startup is venturing into a series of hard problems

Musk’s newest startup is venturing into a series of hard problems

Enlarge / Elon Musk in Idaho in 2015. (credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Tonight, Elon Musk has scheduled an event where he intends to unveil his plans for Neuralink, a startup company he announced back in 2017, then went silent on. If you go to the Neuralink website now, all you’ll find is a vague description of its goal to develop an “ultra-high-bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.” These interfaces have been under development for a while, typically under the monicker of brain-computer interfaces, or BCIs. And, while there have been some notable successes in the academic-research world, there’s a notable lack of products on the market.

The slow progress comes, in part, because a successful BCI has to tackle multiple hard problems and, in part, because the regulatory and market conditions are challenging. Ahead of tonight’s announcement, we’ll take a look at all

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DEAL: Get AUKEY’s $110 Key Series Wireless Earbuds for $52 This Week Only

DEAL: Get AUKEY’s $110 Key Series Wireless Earbuds for $52 This Week Only


AUKEY has a fancy lineup of audio products that falls under the Key Series brand. Today on Amazon, thanks to Prime Day and a coupon code we have, you can get the Key Series T10 wireless earbuds, typically priced at $109.99, for just $52.

Now, these Key Series buds are nothing to scoff at. They feature up to 7 hours of playback time per charge, 17 additional hours via their charging case, touch controls, IPX5 water resistance, Bluetooth 5.0, as well as Qi wireless charging for the case. That means these would pair nicely with a Galaxy S10 with Wireless PowerShare.

To score the savings, simply add them to your cart with the included $25 coupon, then apply the additional coupon code below during checkout for the massive deal.

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Apple celebrates Apollo 11 anniversary with a new peek at For All Mankind

Apple celebrates Apollo 11 anniversary with a new peek at For All Mankind

As you’ve probably gathered from the Internet today, this is the 50th anniversary of the historic launch of Apollo 11. Tech giant Apple, which has recently gotten into TV production, has released a new, short sneak-peek video for its space-themed For All Mankind series to tie in with the milestone.

This marks the second trailer for the show, but this one has a different focus than the one we saw last month. In it, the showrunners discuss the motivation behind making For All Mankind, the themes it will cover, and more in a series of interviews interspersed with footage. Some of the clips are new, but many are recycled from the previous trailer.

However, those interviewed include (among others) co-creator and executive producer Ronald D. Moore—best known as the creator and showrunner of 2004’s Battlestar Galactica

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The first all-new Lotus in years will be a 1,971hp electric car

The first all-new Lotus in years will be a 1,971hp electric car

Depending how old you are, the name “Lotus Cars” will mean different things. For some, it’s fast-but-fragile F1 cars in the 1960s and 1970s. Or perhaps it’s James Bond’s submarine car. Or it’s the lightweight, nimble Elise, variations of which have made up the bulk of its range since 1996. Regardless of which era you identify with, throughout those decades a common thread has always been the company’s precarious financial situation. But that changed in 2017, when Geely became Lotus’ new corporate parent.

Geely is the Chinese company that has been responsible for Volvo’s renaissance since it purchased the Swedish automaker from Ford in 2010. And ever since news of the Lotus purchase broke, we’ve been wondering what the boutique British brand might be able to achieve.

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Limited Time Event: T-Mobile and Taco Bell Join Forces to Create T-MoBell Stores

Limited Time Event: T-Mobile and Taco Bell Join Forces to Create T-MoBell Stores


From July 23 to July 25, three T-Mobile Signature stores in the US will turn into T-MoBell stores, fusing T-Mobile and Taco Bell together in the same location.

God, help us!

The stores are located in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. If you want to get in on the festivities, T-Mobile and Taco Bell are sparing no expense. There will be food, exclusive swag, as well as “special guest” appearances. One “special guest” is scheduled to be Colton Underwood of The Bachelor fame.

What to Expect

  • Get that camera app ready. On opening day, you’ll have a chance to snap a pic with surprise special guests at every T-MoBell location, including The Bachelor’s Colton Underwood at the Chicago T-MoBell!
  • Free tacos and an exclusive, co-branded T-MoBell Freeze – a colorful, disruption-flavored drink that tastes a lot like white cherry.
  • Seriously legendary T-MoBell merch including taco-themed socks to treat
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We’re getting a fourth Thor film, and Taika Waititi is directing it

We’re getting a fourth Thor film, and Taika Waititi is directing it

Enlarge / Chris Hemsworth will return as the Norse god of thunder in the as-yet-untitled Thor 4. (credit: Marvel Studios)

Director Taika Waititi is a hot commodity in Hollywood these days, with no sign of his star fading any time soon. He’s just signed on with Marvel Studios to direct Thor 4, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and Chris Hemsworth is expected to return as the titular god of thunder.

(Some spoilers for first two Thor films and Avengers: Infinity War and End Game below.)

The first Thor was mostly good, blending action and comedy in a winning mix, although it wasn’t quite as strong as other origin stories in the MCU. The second? Well, The Dark World suffered from early pacing problems and an overly elaborate plot, bolstered primarily by terrific performances by Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Their complicated relationship remains the heart of the

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I Wish Google Would Figure Out What They’re Doing With Music

I Wish Google Would Figure Out What They’re Doing With Music


Google re-introduced YouTube Music in May of last year before making it widely available to everyone in June. At the time, we were told to expect it to live alongside Google Play Music, but that Google really only wanted a single music app at some point down the road, rather than two. The future was going to be YouTube Music, that much was clear.

Here we are, though, more than a year later and not much has really changed. Google Play Music is still alive (it just may not see regular updates), it’s dated, buggy as hell, and will continue to carry uncertainty with it until Google gives us a date for its demise. But again, it’s still there, works (most of the time), has a premium subscription tier, and contains all of our music collections.

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Nintendo deletes popular Mario Maker 2 level for unexplained reasons

Nintendo deletes popular Mario Maker 2 level for unexplained reasons

Enlarge / A scene from the creation of the since-deleted “Kai-Zero G” in Super Mario Maker 2. (credit: YouTube / GrandPooBear)

The unexplained removal of one of the most popular, ultra-difficult Super Mario Maker 2 courses is raising concerns about Nintendo’s moderation policies for the popular Switch title.

David Hunt, a popular Mario speedrunner who goes by GrandPooBear online, noted this morning that his level “Pile of Poo: Kai-Zero G” had been unceremoniously removed from Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker 2 servers. Since its upload on July 5, the low-gravity course—which took its name from the ultra-hard set of Mario ROM hacks known as Kaizo games—had received over 1,200 “hearts” from over 10,500 players as of last night. This was enough to put it on the first page of popular “Super Expert” courses in the game.

But today isn’t the first time GrandPooBear has faced the seeming

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