Author: John Spears

"Infuriatingly humble tv expert. Friendly student. Travel fanatic. Bacon fan. Unable to type with boxing gloves on."

The European Commission has launched an investigation into TikTok’s Lite app over child safety concerns. The app, which rewards users for watching and liking videos, has come under fire for its potentially addictive nature. The commission has expressed worries about the app’s impact on the mental health of users, especially minors. Users in France and Spain can earn points on TikTok Lite to exchange for goods through a rewards program. However, TikTok failed to provide a risk assessment for the spinoff app by the deadline, leading to potential suspension of the rewards program in the European Union. The company has…

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A recent study conducted by Swerd Media has revealed a significant increase in the number of people working from home. The survey indicated that a whopping 75% of employees are now working remotely, a trend that has been on the rise in recent years. The surge in remote work can be attributed to various factors, such as advances in technology making it easier to work from anywhere, as well as changing attitudes towards flexible work arrangements. The benefits of working remotely are plentiful, with many employees reporting improved work-life balance and increased productivity. However, remote work does come with its…

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The Lyrid meteor shower, the first major meteor shower of the year, is set to dazzle skywatchers with fireballs tonight. However, conditions for viewing may be less than ideal due to a nearly-full Moon at the peak of the shower. Despite this, the Lyrid meteor shower is one of the oldest-known meteor showers, with recorded observations dating back over 2,700 years. The peak time to see the Lyrid meteor shower in 2024 is Monday night, 22-23 April, with the radiant located in the constellation Lyra the Lyre. The radiant will rise higher in the sky as the night goes on…

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The House is gearing up to vote on a series of important bills that will authorize new U.S. aid to Israel and Ukraine, along with security assistance for the Indo-Pacific region. One of the bills also includes a provision that would require the parent company of popular app TikTok to sell it within a year, or face a nationwide ban in the U.S. These bills are expected to pass in the House and move on to the Senate for approval. Speaker Mike Johnson has thrown his support behind the aid for Ukraine, in an effort to help the country fend…

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The Federal Reserve is facing challenges and delays in implementing anticipated interest rate cuts due to disappointing inflation data. Chairman Jerome Powell has indicated a longer wait for rate cuts, sparking concerns that there may be no cuts at all. There is growing debate about the effectiveness of high borrowing costs in curbing demand and price growth, with some suggesting that restrictive monetary policies may need to be reconsidered. Economists are now expecting only two rate cuts this year, down from previous forecasts. Despite progress in inflation attributed to supply side improvements, strong demand continues to persist. Financial conditions are…

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House Democrats joined forces with Republicans in a recent vote to advance Ukraine aid legislation, a move that not only supported Speaker Mike Johnson but also ensured critical assistance for Ukraine’s resistance to Russia. In a bipartisan effort, Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the urgency of providing aid in a timely manner to effectively assist Ukraine. Despite facing opposition from rightwing rebels within his party, Johnson remains committed to pushing forward on a $95 billion aid bill intended for Kyiv, Israel, Taiwan, and allies. The aid package includes $61 billion specifically designated for the conflict in Ukraine, $26 billion…

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The highly anticipated hush money business fraud trial of former President Donald Trump kicked off this week with jury selection in New York City. The process got off to a rocky start with challenges and two initial jurors being excused. Despite the early setbacks, a jury has been seated with only five alternates left to be selected. The trial is expected to be a bumpy ride, as there are restrictions on what the defense can know about the prosecution’s first witnesses. The seated jury is comprised of seven men and five women, including professionals such as an investment banker, speech…

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Sony is revolutionizing the gaming experience for PC users with the upcoming release of Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut on May 16th. This highly anticipated game will be the first PlayStation game for PC to utilize Sony’s new PlayStation PC overlay, providing players with access to a friend list, Trophies, Settings, and their PlayStation account right from the in-game menu. One of the standout features of this new overlay is the ability to earn PlayStation Trophies while playing Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut on PC. Players will also have access to cross-play support and the friends list feature by signing…

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NASA Considers Revamping Mars Sample Return Program NASA is shaking up its Mars Sample Return (MSR) program with a new proposal to drastically reduce the number of samples brought back from the Red Planet. The original plan to bring back a large number of samples has been scaled back to as few as 10 sample tubes in an effort to cut costs and speed up the timeline. The agency recently released a call for proposals titled “Rapid Mission Design Studies for Mars Sample Return” in search of ideas on how to streamline the process of returning samples from Mars. The…

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A new breakthrough in the treatment of tinnitus has offered hope to the more than 25 million adults in the U.S. who suffer from this debilitating condition. The FDA has approved a new device called Lenire, which uses electrical stimulation of the tongue to help manage the constant high-pitched buzz or ring in the ears that characterizes tinnitus. One success story with the Lenire device is that of musician Victoria Banks, who found relief from her tinnitus after using the device for just an hour each day for 12 weeks. The device works by shifting the brain’s attention away from…

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