Foop is a hydroponic garden for your abrasive city life

Foop is a hydroponic pod from Japan that lets people grow vegetables and herbs, like lettuce, parsley, basil, and mesclun, in their apartments. And the company, which thinks us urbanites live a sad, vegetable-less life, makes the product sound really simple. Foop says you can buy your desired vegetable’s seeds, plop …

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Windows 10 will no longer let you Google search from Cortana

Microsoft is closing off one of the easiest ways to Google search in Windows 10. The company has announced in a blog post that starting today, it will block the ability to perform third-party searches through the Cortana digital assistant, as part of an effort to maintain an “integrated search experience.” The …

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Peanuts is coming back to TV next month

Charlie Brown and his friends will make their way back to American TV sets next month. Variety reports that Peanuts will make its debut on Boomerang, the Cartoon Network offshoot that specializes in kids’ programming, on May 9th. This series of animated vignettes were produced by French studio Normaal Animation, and …

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FCC approves real-time text proposal to aid people with disabilities

The FCC has approved a proposal to help people with disabilities use telephone services more easily through real-time text technology. Real-time text, or RTT, is a replacement for TTY typewriter devices that work across conventional phone lines and help people who have difficulty hearing; RTT is designed for wireless networks. …

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Apple Music now plays music videos on Android

A new version of the Apple Music app for Android was released today, and Android users who haven’t already pledged their allegiance to Google Play or Spotify might find the Apple Music update intriguing. The new version of the app gives Android users access to music videos inside of Apple …

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The FTC is investigating Venmo over 'deceptive or unfair practices'

Venmo, the hugely popular peer-to-peer payments service owned by PayPal, is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. Its parent company acknowledged the situation today in an SEC filing. “On March 28th, 2016, we received a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) from the Federal Trade Commission as part of its investigation …

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Do you want these patent-pending hexagons to control your home?

Any company can make a connected thermostat, but only Johnson Controls made a connected thermostat with hexagons on it. The York Touchscreen Thermostat, which was announced today, is a Wi-Fi thermostat with one really standout feature: a “patent-pending hexagon interface.” Let me describe this patent-pending interface to you: it looks …

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