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Brittany Roston is 88gadget.info's Entertainment, Health, and Science Editor. She has over a decade of experience writing about entertainment, health, and science for many media outlets.

Amazon is adding podcasts to Music, quietly scrubs ridiculous rule

Amazon is adding podcasts to Music, quietly scrubs ridiculous rule

Amazon is following in the footsteps of some of its biggest competitors: it will soon add podcasts to its Amazon Music product, enabling its users to stream these audio shows without turning to third-party apps. The initial unveiling of this plan came with a ridiculous requirement for shows, however, one that aimed to force podcasters to avoid 'disparaging' the company. It has since removed that requirement.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a soda shortage in the US

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a soda shortage in the US

The pandemic has claimed many lives, disrupted every nation in the world, and revealed that humans haven't learned much since the influenza pandemic in 1918, at least when it comes to face masks. Beyond the most obvious and severe consequences of the pandemic are less severe, but still quite notable changes, including product shortages. Some shortages are caused by hoarding, while others are caused by production and distribution issues. The latest victim? A popular soda called Dr. Pepper.

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Fortnite cars bug is causing eliminations and players aren’t happy

Fortnite cars bug is causing eliminations and players aren’t happy

Fortnite seems to be experiencing a bug involving cars, which isn't surprising considering that they were just added to the game days ago. Players who have been with the battle royale game for a while have dealt with their fair share of bugs, many of which are minor and some of which are even beneficial (assuming you don't get banned for exploiting them). Then there are the death bugs -- they are, quite obviously, a big problem.

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NASA shows off the most striking Mars images that you can download

NASA shows off the most striking Mars images that you can download

NASA has spent years investigating Mars up close and personal with its various rovers and spacecraft, the latter of which includes the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). This spacecraft orbits Mars, using onboard cameras to snap images of the Red Planet below. This has resulted in a huge number of images, some of which are so strikingly beautiful that they look like art. NASA is showing off some of the best of these images and anyone can download them.

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Risky and useless DIY face masks: The studies you need to know about

Risky and useless DIY face masks: The studies you need to know about

Controversy and misinformation aside, it is clear at this point that face masks are a vital step toward reducing the community spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The disease remains widespread in the United States and select other countries, ones where many people are turning to reusable and homemade face masks as an alternative to more expensive and harder to find disposable medical masks.

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Fawkes photo tool lets anyone secretly ‘poison’ facial recognition systems

Fawkes photo tool lets anyone secretly ‘poison’ facial recognition systems

The Internet is packed full of billions of photos, many of which are lost into the depths of abandoned accounts and old hosting services. A huge number of this media is readily discoverable and easily downloaded, however, and due to the rise of social media platforms, it is easier than ever to link them with the people featured in the photos. Unknown to the public, some companies are quietly downloading this content en masse and using it to create secret facial recognition models of the subjects...but there's a solution, and it is called Fawkes.

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Ingenious DIYer builds outdoor wall using hundreds of older iPhones

Ingenious DIYer builds outdoor wall using hundreds of older iPhones

Technology and aesthetics often go together, but it's rare to see everyday consumer tech made the centerpiece of artwork or utilitarian creations. It does happen on occasion, though, the latest example of which is a project from an ingenious DIYer in Vietnam who built his own outdoor property barrier and gate pillars using hundreds of older iPhones. Each iPhone functions as a colorful brick with shiny Apple logos glittering in the sunlight.

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Netflix plans spooky 2021 summer event with Fear Street movie trilogy

Netflix plans spooky 2021 summer event with Fear Street movie trilogy

It seems that a series of somewhat unfortunate events has resulted in Netflix acquiring three movies based on the Fear Street book series from R.L. Stine. The movies were acquired from Disney, a new report claims, which ended up in possession of them as a result of its Fox acquisition. The movies were reportedly originally planned to be released in theaters by Fox, but several things have changed that.

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Massive Arecibo radio telescope suffers more damage from cable incident

Massive Arecibo radio telescope suffers more damage from cable incident

The massive Arecibo Observatory, one of the largest single-dish radio telescopes in the world, has suffered considerable damage due to a cable incident, officials report. This isn't the first time the radio telescope has been damaged -- it has been repaired multiple times in the past -- but this latest incident is fairly substantial, leaving a 100-ft wound that took the telescope offline.

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Fortnite FNCS Season 3 Finals: How to watch and everything else to know

Fortnite FNCS Season 3 Finals: How to watch and everything else to know

As expected, the Fortnite Champion Series Finals will be held this weekend, determining which players walk away as the ultimate champions. This is the final evolution in the tournament, one that kicked off with the initial Qualifier rounds back on August 1 and 2. This time around, the Finals will start on Friday and last three days. Interested in watching? Here's everything you need to know.

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Study finds controversial MSG makes food healthier and tastier

Study finds controversial MSG makes food healthier and tastier

Monosodium glutamate, a food additive most commonly known as MSG, has been a controversial ingredient for decades, with some claiming an allergy to it that results in headaches or other issues -- something that may be, in fact, simply a sensitivity to the additive when consumed in high doses. Regardless, the ingredient is still commonly used in many food products and that may be a good thing, according to a new study.

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Google is turning Android phones into a global earthquake alert system

Google is turning Android phones into a global earthquake alert system

Google has introduced its new Android Earthquake Alerts System, a crowdsourced method that uses smartphones to detect earthquakes before they happen. The new feature builds upon the earthquake alerts Android users in California receive, alerting them to a budding earthquake based on data from seismometers installed throughout the quake-prone state. Google is starting with detection and will move on to alerts.

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