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Best apps to help stop panic and anxiety attacks

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., afflicting 40 million adults, or 18.1 percent of the population each year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. The good news is that anxiety disorders are treatable via talk therapy, mindfulness training, and medication. If you're feeling nervousness, worry, or even panic, these five apps may help in the short term. Note: If you're in crisis, you should call 911 or... Read More »

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Academics gain access to Facebook data trove to study election influence

How does Facebook affect elections? Sixty academics are getting the chance to find out.

The social media giant is opening up its privacy-protected data to researchers from 30 academic institutions across 11 countries, according to a Facebook post on Monday. The data spans from January 2017 to February 2019. The researchers were chosen by Facebook's partners at Social Science One and the Social Science Research Council.

The selected researchers will gain access to data from a... Read More »

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Galaxy Folds screens are breaking and this might be why

Review units of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Fold began malfunctioning last week -- right before its official (and now-delayed) release. An iFixit teardown, released Wednesday, found some possible explanations for what's going wrong with the $1,980 foldable phone.

The phone is "alarmingly fragile," according to iFixit's teardown notes. The fragility makes potential repairs difficult and could account for the quick demise of screens on several phones sent to reviewers last week. iFixit noted that its slim bezels... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

Google reenables Android TV casting from Google Home for most users

Many Android TV users again have the ability to cast from Google Home.

In response to a privacy bug, Google last month temporarily pulled the ability for Google Assistant to cast content to Android TV devices. This meant users couldn't do things like ask their Google Home speakers to play a YouTube video or set a Google Photo album as a screensaver on their smart TV.

SEE: NPR's 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!' show gets version for Google Assistant and Alexa

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Kohl's to accept Amazon returns in-store this summer

Returning your Amazon deliveries just got a bit easier. You can return packages for free at your local Kohl's store starting in July. The stores will accept "eligible Amazon items," without a box or label, regardless of the reason, and ship them to Amazon for free, according to a release Tuesday.

The program is expanding to all Kohl's stores in the US after operating in 100 stores previously. Amazon and Kohl's have worked together on the return program since 2017.

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Byte video app, Vine's replacement, officially in beta testing

Vine, everyone's favorite video looping app, might be making a comeback as Byte. Vine co-founder Dom Hoffman's team reportedly sent out 100 invites to beta test Byte with plans to add more testers soon. The app tweeted the news on Monday.

Hoffman wasn't immediately available for comment but tweeted about the beta test on Monday. Hoffman also included a video that showed what Byte's interface will look like.

SEE: Vine creators look to revive looping videos with Byte

"The Byte beta we've... Read More »

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How to find EV charging stations in Google Maps

Google Maps is making it easier for electric car owners to find nearby (and unoccupied) EV charging stations, so you're not waiting around.

You can now see charging port availability in the US and the UK on Google Maps, according to a blog post published on Tuesdayby Alex Donaldson, product manager of Google Maps. Just search "EV charging stations" in the app or on a desktop to see real-time information from networks like Chargemaster, EVgo, SemmaConnect and... Read More »

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Netflix is testing a random play button to shuffle your TV shows

Odds are you've watched your favorite show on Netflix enough times to pick up on the overarching plot no matter what episode you're watching. Of course, you can manually choose an episode at "random," but that takes a lot of work.

Netflix is reportedly testing a Random Episode feature. Android Policespotted the test on Friday. From the screenshots, it looks like the feature would work similarly to shuffle in your music app. Tapping shuffle arrows would let users... Read More »

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