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Google Maps lets you search for drug disposal sites

A bag of pills like this from a drug take back event can be dropped off at locations pulled up on Google Maps.Image: Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images In response to the opioid epidemic, Google Maps is adding a search feature meant to help people get rid of unwanted drugs. Starting Thursday in a seven-state pilot, the navigation app will pull up drug stores and other sites that will dispose of drugs. You can type in “drug drop off” or “medication disposal” and nearby results from 3,500 nationwide…

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Tesla rival Rivian gets big investment from Amazon

An electric truck that's just as tough? Amazon hopes so.Image: rivian Amazon is on a spending spree. Last week the online retailer invested in self-driving vehicle startup Aurora. On Friday, it announced it was the main investor in an upcoming all-electric truck and SUV company, Rivian. Amazon leads a group investing $700 million in the company, which debuted itsR1T pickup and R1S SUV at the LA Auto Show in November. Amazon wants better delivery and logistics, making the electric technology that gives Rivian vehicles more than 400 miles of range…

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Instagram’s direct messaging might be soon available on the web

You could be getting Instagram DMs on your desktop soon.Image: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images There’s no dearth of messaging platforms on the web, but Instagram DMs have likely become a big part of your online life. A prototype, spotted by software engineer Jane Manchun Wong, shows the platform making moves toward making its direct messaging service, Direct, accessible via your browser. SEE ALSO: Instagram’s new donation sticker will make it easy to give money to charities Given how many of our interactions happen on Instagram these days, it makes…

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Tesla cars with 121 miles of range can go ‘Back to the Future’

Outatime.Image: Tara Ziemba/Getty Images Where we’re going, we don’t need roads…  The latest Tesla Easter egg discovered this weekend is expertly hidden deep within the electric car’s mobile phone app. It’s making Tesla-owning Back to the Future fans scream”Great Scott!”  The 1985 classic sci-fi film starring a very young Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown is all about time traveling in a classy old DeLorean. Tesla’s Model S, X, and 3 aren’t time machines, but they get close. SEE ALSO: Tesla’s fart mode is…

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Protecting children online in 2019 matters more now than ever

Its not just up to technology to protect children from other technology.Image: Getty Images Take a walk through most modern households and you’ll quickly find a number of devices connected to the internet. Prove us wrong, we’ll wait.  With more and more online gadgets assisting us through the minutiae of our everyday lives (playing music, giving us directions, and even cleaning our houses), we’re constantly logged on. Yet, as we continue to connect, the importance and impact of online safety is becoming an increasingly hot topic — nowadays, Mashable writes…

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Apple News has the largest news app audience, says Apple

Dog bites man, tonight at 11.Image: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / getty It turns out Apple products are good for more than just spying on people.  In an otherwise dreary Jan. 29 earnings call, Apple executives had one standout bit of cheery news for wary investors: Apple News supposedly has the largest audience of any news app. Specifically, according to Apple, the service has 85 million monthly active users.  That number, up from 70 million unique users in 2016, paints a picture of a growing service that is slowly rising to…

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The OG Macintosh computer just turned 35

The screws for Apple's Mac Pro had to be ordered from China, new report claims.Image: CHRISTINA ASCANI/MASHABLE In 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly announced that one line of Apple’s Mac products will be made in the United States. Well, it never happened for precisely the reasons you’d think of: Supply chain issues. More precisely, according to a New York Times report Monday, Apple couldn’t find enough screws to build the Mac Pro in the United States.  SEE ALSO: Rumors are swirling about Apple’s AirPower wireless charging again The report…

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The ‘Matrix phone’ is back and it’s awful…

Can Nokia return to its former mobile glory?Image: LightRocket via Getty Images Nokia’s finally ready to return to the smartphone race in the U.S. The phone brand, once an independent global powerhouse, then sold to off to Microsoft, then revived under HMD Global in 2016, has announced it’ll sell two new Android phones on Verizon and Cricket Wireless, respectively. While the new Nokias don’t stack up (not even close in terms of performance) to an iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or Galaxy S9, or OnePlus 6T, the phones are significant in…

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Randi Zuckerberg’s podcast satirizes Silicon Valley with fairytales

Prince Charming who?Image: ben arons In Randi Zuckerberg’s world of satirical fairytales, “happily ever after” is not a guarantee. On Friday, Zuckerberg and her longtime business associate Natasha Lewin announced the launch of a silly, yet surprisingly dark, family-friendly podcast called “Once Upon a Timestamp.” The podcast features, as they describe them, “woke/depressing” and “feminist/current” re-tellings of classic fairytales, with contemporary themes like politics, gender, and the tech world.  SEE ALSO: Randi Zuckerberg: The Best Thing About Social Media Is Also the Worst For example, the first episode retells the…

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Mars Lander Captures Haunting Sound of Martian Winds

Listen to Martian wind blow across NASA’s InSight lander. The spacecraft’s seismometer and air pressure sensor picked up vibrations from 10-15 mph (16-24 kph) winds as they blew across Mars’ Elysium Planitia on Dec. 1, 2018. The seismometer readings are in the range of human hearing, but are nearly all bass and difficult to hear on laptop speakers and mobile devices. We provide the original audio and a version pitched up by two octaves to make them audible on mobile devices. Playback is suggested on a sound system with a…

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Chinese drone maker DJI uncovers fraud that could cost it $150 million

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Top drone maker DJI announced that it has fired some of its employees after uncovering fraud cases that could cost it tens of millions of dollars. Reports put the number of employees it fired at 29 and the size of the potential losses from the fraud at $150 million. A spokeswoman for DJI declined to confirm those numbers to CNN. “We continue to investigate the situation and are cooperating fully with law enforcement’s investigation,” the company said in its statement. Police in Shenzhen, the city where DJI…

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Stressed out and at risk: Inside Uber’s special investigations unit

(CNN Business)The internal investigators tasked with keeping Uber safe were overworked, underpaid and at times emotionally traumatized as they struggled under the burden of nearly 1,200 cases every week, a confidential internal memo obtained by CNN says. After CNN began asking questions about sexual assaults, Uber announced increased safety measures including a partnership with RapidSOS, a company that sends a rider’s location and relevant information to a local police agency when the rider uses the emergency button in the Uber app. Uber also revamped its background check policy, now conducting…

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