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LG G7 smartphone shines bright and plays deep bass

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: LG G7 loudspeaker put to the test LG's latest flagship phone seeks to stand out from rivals by offering a brighter display and a "boombox" facility meant to make separate speakers unnecessary.The G7 ThinkQ's 6.1in (15.5cm) screen also features a notch reminiscent of the iPhone X's.But owners can alter the surrounding graphics to help hide the "dead space".LG used to
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BBC podcasts will run adverts outside UK to boost income

[ad_1] Image caption Radio 4's In Our Time and Friday Night Comedy are two of the BBC's most popular podcasts The BBC has announced it will start running adverts on podcasts available outside the UK for the first time.The move is part of an initiative to find new funding to supplement the BBC's existing commercial income.It will see global podcasts brought in line with the BBC World News TV channel
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Biohacker Aaron Traywick found dead in a spa

[ad_1] Image caption Controversial bodyhacker Aaron Traywick has been found dead A biohacker who became infamous after apparently injecting himself with an untested herpes drug in front of an audience has been found dead. Aaron Traywick's body had been discovered in a spa room in Washington DC on Sunday, local police said.Vice News reported that Traywick had been using a flotation therapy tank. The 28-year-old was chief executive of Ascendance
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Ford car window helps blind passengers ‘feel’ the view

[ad_1] Image copyright Ford Image caption Feel the View reproduces photos using LED lights on the inside of car windows Ford is developing a new smart car window to let blind passengers experience the passing landscape.A prototype, called Feel the View, uses high-contrast photos to reproduce scenery using LED lights.Passengers can touch the display to feel different shades of grey vibrate at different intensities.The Royal National Institute of Blind People
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Vinyl collectors spent millions on Discogs last year

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The market in collectible vinyl is huge, but largely ignored in the music industry's official statistics Record collectors spent more than $200m (£147m) at the online music marketplace Discogs last year, the BBC can reveal.The site, which helps collectors find and trade rare music, sold more than 10m records - up from 8.3m in 2016.Vinyl was the most popular format, with 7.9m sales
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Snapchat redesign: User growth sinks hitting Snap shares

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many regular users of Snapchat have complained about the service's changed look Shares in Snapchat's parent firm fell 17% after it revealed the app's controversial redesign had made it less attractive to would-be users.Only four million new users were added in the opening three months of 2018 - just over half the number forecast.And Snap has warned growth and revenue could slow substantially
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Apple faces battery pledge complaints

[ad_1] Image copyright BBC Watchdog Image caption The dent on Josh’s iPhone which prevented Apple replacing the battery Apple has been accused of finding unnecessary faults with iPhones and thereby profiting from a battery replacement initiative.When the US firm announced it had been slowing down iPhones in order to "preserve battery life" in December last year, it apologised for not telling people sooner.Facing a consumer backlash, it promised owners of
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Apple in $100bn share buyback as more money returned to US

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple chief executive Tim Cook and iPhone X buyer David Casarez in Palo Alto last November Apple is returning another $100bn (£73bn) to shareholders from its huge cash pile as solid iPhone sales helped revenues rise 16% to just over $61bn.The company sold 52.2 million iPhones in the three months to March - only a touch below expectations, despite waning global demand for