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This Amazon deal on KEF’s top wireless speakers is music to our ears

If you’re looking to upgrade your daily drivers, the KEF LS50 Wireless II is one of our best powered speakers, while its passive counterpart makes our list of best bookshelf speakers on the market. And the reason is clear, sitting centrally in the compact speaker’s feature-stuffed cabinet. It’s that stunning copper-hued Uni-Q driver array, which mounts a 1-inch vented aluminum-dome tweeter in the acoustic center of a 5 ¼-inch magnesium-aluminum alloy woofer. Sitting in front of a pair of these…

Science

Which expiration dates actually matter?

Analysis paralysis—being so overwhelmed by options you can’t pick a path—has new meaning thanks to climate change. Making the “right” choice has never been more complicated, but we’re here to help. This is Impact, a new sustainability series from PopSci. Many products often come with expiration dates to indicate a predetermined shelf life, like food and medicine. Once the indicated date has passed, these products are generally deemed unfit for use or consumption—but does that mean people should toss them out the…

Science

The SEC is gearing up to take on crypto crimes

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is nearly doubling its unit dedicated to cyber crimes in an effort to delve more into crypto-related enforcement. The federal agency announced Tuesday it is adding 20 positions, including investigative staff attorneys, trial counsels, fraud analysts, and supervisors, to be “better equipped to police wrongdoing in the crypto markets.”  “Crypto markets have exploded in recent years, with retail investors bearing the brunt of abuses in this space. Meanwhile, cyber-related threats continue to pose existential…

Science

How to remove your data from people-finder sites

This story has been updated. It was originally published on July 16, 2019. You may not realize this, but a lot of your personal information might be publicly available online to anyone who searches for you. This includes your name, age, address, phone number, email address, relationship status, and even court records. There are countless sites that provide this information, often for a small fee, and while it is possible to remove your info from them, doing so can be…

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Not a Fan of Apple’s Magic Mouse? Try Out These 8 Great Alternative Options

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Get a Taste of Nothing’s First Phone with This Android Launcher

Those who are patiently waiting for Nothing’s first smartphone can now test the Nothing Launcher. As promised, this launcher features some of the unique design language (mainly fonts and widgets) of the upcoming “Nothing OS.” Unfortunately, the Nothing Launcher is still in Beta and is only supported by a handful of phones. It also feels very incomplete, like a modest reskin of the stock Android launcher. The only noticeable difference, aside from the widgets and certifiably ugly wallpaper, are the…

Science

7 nifty Audible tips for your audiobook needs

Amazon-owned Audible is one of the most popular audiobooks platforms on the planet: It has hundreds of thousands of titles in its library, it’s available on just about every gadget out there, and it’s straightforward to use. Whether you’re buying audiobooks individually from Audible or paying for a monthly plan, you want to get as much bang for your buck as possible—and learning more about the platform’s various options, tools, and features will help with that. 1. Listen on your…

Science

The Apple self-service repair shop just opened for business

Apple’s highly-anticipated Self Service Repair program launched Wednesday, giving US customers tools, parts, and instructions to fix common iPhone issues. For now, only iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and third-generation iPhone SE lineups are available as part of the program. Apple lays out the process in four parts: first, iPhone users dealing with a faulty phone would try to identify the problem in the newly-released repair manuals, which lay out the makeup and parts inside various iPhone models, as well as…

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Ford is charging ahead with production of its electric F-150 Lightning

Ford officially launched its F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck today, roughly 11 months after we got our first glimpses of what the battery powered workhorse would look like. “Trucks are rolling off the line today,” said Ford’s CEO, Jim Farley, at the conclusion of the event. “We will begin shipping Lightnings in the coming days, starting with our Pro series.”  As those first EV trucks get delivered, Ford also said in a statement that it is commencing “full production” of…

HARDWARE

Samsung T7 Shield Review: The Best Portable SSD, Now Rugged

Coming in 3.5-inches long, 2.3-inches wide, and half an inch thick, the Samsung T7 Shield is roughly the size of a handful of credit cards stacked on top of each other. It’s the perfect size to squeeze into any tech organizer or backpack pocket. The drive has an aluminum body, is covered in durable rubber, and features a ridged design. It’s relatively lightweight, coming in at 98 grams, and has a single USB-C port and an LED light on one…

Science

Early US wildfires signal more spring infernos to come

A hot, dry, windy spring has sparked new wildfires across the Southwest and the Great Plains, which have burned more than 150,000 acres and led to emergency declarations in Arizona and New Mexico. The fires are part of a longer-term pattern across the US, as increasingly variable conditions have made fast-growing fires possible any time of year, rather than in discrete “fire seasons.” A blaze in northern Arizona called the Tunnel Fire began on scrubby grassland 14 miles northeast of…