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Everything wrong with the young blood injection craze

Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration made a somewhat strange request: please don’t buy transfusions of young blood plasma to improve your health. The announcement is a conclusion of sorts to years-long hype over the tantalizing possibility that the fountain of youth can be found in the bodies of other people.

To find out why that’s not exactly the case, we spoke to Irina Conboy and Michael Conboy, a husband-and-wife research team at UC Berkeley. Back in 2005, the Conboys published one of the landmark papers that kicked off this hype — but the research wasn’t looking at blood transfusions and it wasn’t exactly done in humans. That didn’t stop companies like Ambrosia Health from promising that a couple liters of blood (at $8,000...

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Apple wants to be the only tech company you trust

At Apple’s keynote on Monday, Tim Cook took the stage with a newly refined pitch for why Apple services are different. They’re intuitive, of course, and there’s the usual Cupertino fussiness around the details, but the important point came at the end. “They’re designed to keep your personal information private and secure,” he told the audience. As each new product came out — a credit card, a news service, and a premium TV channel service — the executives emphasized how careful they were being about the data involved and how much they prized the user’s privacy.

From the right angle, you can see a broader picture of how Apple thinks about services taking shape. In streaming and digital payments, Apple is competing against a generation of...

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Huawei’s FreeLace neckbuds pair and charge by plugging into your pho

Huawei has a quirky new idea for wireless earphones, and I’m into it. The company’s new FreeLace neckbuds can be disconnected from one another, exposing a USB-C plug that can be jacked into your Huawei phone to facilitate seamless Bluetooth pairing or simply charge up the buds. This eliminates the need for a separate charging cable, and it sidesteps one of the biggest pain points with wireless audio. The Huawei FreeLace are rated to last for 18 hours of music or 12 hours of calls on a single charge, and they can be fast-charged to run for four hours off of five minutes of being plugged in.

The look, shape, and function of the FreeLace are super reminiscent of OnePlus’ Bullets Wireless. The design is IPX5-certified for water and...

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Huawei’s P30 Pro is a photographic powerhouse with a tiny notch

Huge battery, absentee bezels, and a promising new quad-camera system

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EU Parliament votes to end daylight saving time

The European Parliament has voted to end daylight saving time in EU member states, a practice that became law back in 1996. Bloomberg notes that the biannual clock changes will come to an end in 2021 when individual member states will be able to decide whether they will remain on winter time or summer time permanently.

The EU first started investigating ending the practice of daylight saving time last year when it announced a Europe-wide poll to understand what the public thought about the rules. Out of the people who responded, 84 percent were in favor of clocks staying the same throughout the year. The main reason for doing so is that changing the clocks disrupts the human biorhythm, which can have severe implications for our health....

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Apple News was crashing for some users on Tuesday morning, but now it

Apple News was crashing for some users after being opened on both iOS and Mac on Tuesday morning. Several of us at The Verge were able to replicate the issue, and many reports of the problem were also hitting Twitter. In my case, the app seemed fine initially, but it crashed once I scrolled down a bit on the iPhone.

Apple fixed the problem after a couple hours, and the News app should now be working as expected. The company’s system status page never indicated a problem with Apple News while the issue was ongoing.

The bug came during commuting hours on the East Coast — when a lot of users might be opening the app — and a day after Apple announced Apple News Plus, a $9.99-per-month subscription service that unlocks full access to many...

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Remedy’s unsettling supernatural thriller Control won’t hold your

When Finnish studio Remedy was crafting the story for its time-traveling action game Quantum Break, the team put a lot of effort into world-building, the hows and whys of the fledgling sci-fi world. But once the game actually launched, players sped through its main storyline, and didn’t dig much deeper than that. Remedy did a whole lot of work that people never saw. “The reality of the experience was that people blasted through it and were done in one or two evenings, and that was it,” says Mikael Kasurinen, director on Remedy’s follow-up, Control. “It felt like a missed opportunity. That inspired us to look at the next game a bit differently.”

Control is slated to launch in August, and the supernatural thriller represents a big...

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Lyft wants to give free bank accounts and debit cards to drivers

In the battle to retain more drivers, Lyft has announced a new effort to help its freelance workers better manage their finances. The ride-hail (and soon-to-be publicly traded) company unveiled a broad set of new economic incentives for drivers, including no-fee bank accounts, debit cards, vehicle maintenance, and deals on rental cars. Lyft will also be opening a series of brick-and-mortar repair centers across the country where drivers can get discounts on maintenance and car washes.

It’s a way for Lyft to help drivers save money without actually increasing fares (which could drive down demand) or decreasing the percentage of each payment Lyft takes for itself (which would reduce its revenue). And like most driver-focused announcements...

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Europe’s controversial overhaul of online copyright receives final a

The European Parliament has given final approval to the Copyright Directive, a controversial package of legislation designed to update copyright law in Europe for the internet age.

Members of parliament voted 348 in favor of the law and 274 against. A last-minute proposal to remove the law’s most controversial clause — known as Article 13 or the ‘upload filter’ — was narrowly rejected by just five votes. The directive will now be passed on to EU member states, who will have 24 months to translate it into national law.

The Copyright Directive has been in the works for more than two years, and has been the subject of fierce lobbying from tech giants, copyright holders, and digital rights activists.

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Xiaomi’s 100W charger fills a 4,000mAh battery in 17 minutes

Xiaomi has developed a fast-charger that’s able to charge a smartphone with 100W of power. In a video posted on Weibo that was spotted by XDA-Developers, a 4,000mAh phone is shown charging from empty to 100 percent in 17 minutes. The fastest charger we’ve ever tested, Oppo’s 50W Super VOOC, is shown charging its 3,700mAh battery to 65 percent in the same amount of time.

Xiaomi didn’t offer any further details about how the new fast-charging technology works. Although the Type-C connector already supports 100W of power draw, the bigger challenge with delivering this much power is getting it into a small battery without overloading it. Oppo’s Super VOOC achieves this in part by splitting its 3,400mAh battery into two separate 1,700mAh...

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