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FDA changes ushers in cheaper, easier-to-get hearing aids

UN boosts food aid budget to feed a third of Lebanon

It’s now a lot easier — and cheaper — for many hard-of-hearing Americans to get help. Hearing aids can now be sold without a prescription from a specialist. Over-the-counter, or OTC, hearing aids started hitting the market in October at prices that can be thousands of dollars lower than prescription hearing aids. About 30 million …

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IBM Unveils New Chip in Push to Realize Quantum Computing’s Promise

IBM Unveils New Chip in Push to Realize Quantum Computing's Promise

International Business Machines Corp. announced Wednesday that it has created a more powerful quantum computing chip, the next step in its yearslong effort to build quantum machines capable of delivering business value to companies. The 433-qubit Osprey chip, unveiled at IBM‘s annual Quantum Summit in New York, has more than three times as many qubits …

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Forget smartwatches, consumers are buying up these quirky, alternative wearable devices

Forget smartwatches, consumers are buying up these quirky, alternative wearable devices

CNN — In 2015, the same year Apple introduced its smartwatch, a Kickstarter campaign launched for a very different kind of wearable device: a wellness-tracking ring called the Oura. Seven years later, the Apple Watch is the most popular wearable device while other similar products from Google and Samsung also dominate the wearables market. But …

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AWS faces cost-sensitive customers at Reinvent as economic fears mount

AWS faces cost-sensitive customers at Reinvent as economic fears mount

Amazon Web Services has been the biggest growth engine for its parent company over much of the past decade, taking business from some of the largest tech vendors in the world. But as corporations face the most daunting economic environment since the 2008 financial crisis, those massive checks they’re writing to AWS for their tech …

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Ukraine suffered a comms outage when 1,300 SpaceX satellite units went offline over funding issues

Ukraine suffered a comms outage when 1,300 SpaceX satellite units went offline over funding issues

Washington CNN — Ukraine’s fears that its troops may lose access to Elon Musk’s crucial Starlink internet service deepened in the past week after 1,300 of the military’s satellite units went offline, according to two sources familiar with the outage. The small, easy-to-use satellite dishes made by Musk’s private rocket company SpaceX have been universally …

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Comcast customers’ cable and internet bills to increase by an average of 3.8% going into 2023

Comcast customers' cable and internet bills to increase by an average of 3.8% going into 2023

Many Comcast cable TV and internet customers can expect increases to their bills beginning in December, as the company makes pricing changes it says are needed to cover increasing broadcast TV and regional sports fees. The TV broadcast fee is a monthly charge for ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX. The regional sports fee covers networks …

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Virtual reality becomes a reality in Fayetteville business | News

Virtual reality becomes a reality in Fayetteville business |  News

Yet another means of exploration in the region has recently been introduced. Only this time it’s not hurtling down the river on a raft, biking or hiking one of the many trails, climbing one of the region’s famous crags, or any of the myriad other sources of adventure. This adventure is concentrated in the virtual …

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If Biden student loan plan fails, these work benefits help pay debt

If Biden student loan plan fails, these work benefits help pay debt

The Biden student debt-relief plan remains stuck in legal limbo, but some borrowers have a saving grace: their employer. Companies have stepped up in recent years to help student loan borrowers throw off the yoke of debt. They are doing this in several ways, including offering direct assistance or through relief tied to employees’ retirement …

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Mark Zuckerberg joins the Apple bashing: It is ‘problematic for one company to control what kind of app experiences get onto a device’

Mark Zuckerberg joins the Apple bashing: It is 'problematic for one company to control what kind of app experiences get onto a device'

Mark Zuckerberg has joined the Apple-bashing party. Just hours after Spotify Technology Inc. SPOT, +5.75% Chief Executive Daniel Ek went off on Twitter, charging that Apple “gives itself every advantage while at the same time stifling innovation and hurting consumers,” it was Zuck’s turn. “Apple has sort of singled themselves out as the only company …

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Bribery trial tests US cases against Venezuela kleptocrats

Bribery trial tests US cases against Venezuela kleptocrats

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – For years, as the US has ramped up pressure on Venezuela’s socialist government, dozens of allegedly corrupt insiders have raced through the US criminal justice system, cutting plea bargains to avoid lengthy prison sentences and sparing prosecutors the work of having to prove their cases in short. But not Claudia Diaz. …

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