FCC says ‘most’ operations will be suspended Thursday if partial government shutdown continues

FCC says ‘most’ operations will be suspended Thursday if partial government shutdown continues

The Federal Communications Commission will wind down most of its operations on Thursday if the partial federal government shutdown isn’t resolved by then. Should its lapsed funding not be restored, the commission says “all FCC activities will cease” as of mid-day Thursday, January 4th, “other than those immediately necessary for the protection of life or property, performing other excepted activities, or those funded through a source other than lapsed appropriations.” The vast majority of the…

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LG is taking a long time to roll out the latest big Android update — just like always

LG is taking a long time to roll out the latest big Android update — just like always

Last year, LG launched a Software Upgrade division and said it would be “investing significant resources toward extending smartphone lifespan” with consistent, stable updates. Many were hopeful that this concentrated focus on software would mean customers would receive major new versions of Android in a more timely manner; LG has never been particularly quick at delivering the latest features to its devices — even with the company’s flagship Android phones. Unfortunately, the company’s roadmap for…

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Track the colors of your 2018 Instagram photos with this new web app

Track the colors of your 2018 Instagram photos with this new web app

If sharing your top nine most popular photos wasn’t enough, now you can look back on the colors of your year with a new web app that creates a mosaic out of the colors in your Instagram photos. The app, Year of Colour, takes your snapshots of events and moments and distills them into an abstract time capsule of colored dots. Stef Lewandowski, a venture builder based in London, built the web app in his…

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This awesome homemade jukebox is controlled by swipeable song cards

In an era where everything is controlled by touchscreens and oblique voice commands, there’s something incredibly satisfying about a gadget with simple, tactile controls. That’s probably why designer Chris Patty’s homemade jukebox looks so charming: it’s controlled by physical cards, each printed with an artist and album art on the front, that you swipe to play a song. Patty created the jukebox as a Christmas gift for his father, after his family decided to only…

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Netflix releases first Punisher season two teaser

Netflix releases first Punisher season two teaser

Frank Castle will return to his life of vigilantism when the second season of Netflix’s The Punisher premieres. The streaming service released the first teaser for the Marvel series’ second season, which sees Castle burn the pardon he received at the end of the first season. That means Castle isn’t giving up on his role as the Punisher. There isn’t any more information that fans can gleam from the short teaser, but Netflix says the…

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Netflix removes Patriot Act episode in Saudi Arabia following government complaint

Netflix removes Patriot Act episode in Saudi Arabia following government complaint

Netflix has pulled an episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj from Saudi Arabia after complaints from the Saudi government, according to a report from Financial Times. The second episode of the Netflix comedy show criticized Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the government’s reaction to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi government reportedly told Netflix that the episode violated its cybercrime laws and requested its removal. The cited law effectively states…

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Stranger Things season 3 arrives in July

Stranger Things season 3 arrives in July

Netflix rang in the start of 2019 by announcing that Stranger Things would return for its third season on July 4th. A brief teaser for the show’s third season accompanied the announcement, giving fans plenty of cryptic hints to think over while enjoying their morning coffee. A news broadcast from New Years’ Eve 1985 includes some bizarre intermissions from a government agency, filled with phrases like “when blue and yellow meet in the west” and…

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