Science, history, and purring cats: Brief podcasts for the nerdy set

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Enlarge / Podcasts with your interests—and attention span—in mind.

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The beauty of the podcast format is also sometimes its curse: arbitrary episode lengths. Finding a new podcast to love can be daunting when episodes regularly exceed the hour-long mark. If you’re struggling to commit to podcasts on topics like history and science, don’t fret: We have recommendations for great series that typically serve complete episodes well under half an hour.

Science Diction

Sometimes the best way to recover from stress is to focus on learning something new. Science Diction helps with this by presenting the

Good audio with a fitness twist

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True wireless earphones have truly been commodified. With many smartphone manufacturers making their own versions, a product has to stand out in all the right ways to make an impact. Amazfit — the purveyors of some of our favorite fitness wearables — recently launched its own take on true wireless earphones with an interesting fitness-focused twist. The Amazfit Powerbuds join the likes of the Jabra Elite Sport in offering heart rate tracking built into the earphones.

In the Android Authority’s Amazfit Powerbuds review, we find out if a fitness focus is enough to stem strong competition.

Amazfit Powerbuds: How’s the

Lawn chairs and kitchen tables: Ergonomics in the involuntary work-from-home era

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Enlarge / This is your skeleton. This is your skeleton working from home. Any questions?

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With offices shuttered around the world, many people are experiencing working from home for the first time—or experiencing it in much longer doses than they were used to. Many companies are planning to keep employees working remotely at least part of the time well into 2021. And some are considering making it permanent.

Countless people have had to improvise their work-at-home workspaces. But now that we’re several months in, some of that improvisation may be wearing thin. And one of

Facebook slams Apple’s App Store policies, launches Facebook Gaming on iOS without games

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Facebook is joining Microsoft in condemning Apple’s App Store policies today. The social media company is launching its Facebook Gaming app for iOS — primarily an app used to watch streamers play video games — but has had to remove the app’s mini games feature to pass Apple’s strict App Store approval process. Facebook isn’t happy about the compromise.

“Unfortunately, we had to remove gameplay functionality entirely in order to get Apple’s approval on the standalone Facebook Gaming app — meaning iOS users have an inferior experience to those using Android,” said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer in a

Redmi 9 review: Value for money or just cheap?

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Xiaomi’s Redmi sub-brand focuses on entry-level and mid-range devices, and the Redmi 9 is the epitome of its quest. The Redmi 9 is aggressively priced at just $160 — give or take a few dollars. That’s seven or eight times less than a leading flagship device. The question is, do you get seven or eight times less of a smartphone? Or — to put it another way — what does $160 buy you and what’s missing?

Find out in the Android Authority Redmi 9 review.

About this Redmi 9 review: I spent a week testing the Redmi 9. The device

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra hands-on: Flagship status earned

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Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra this week, the company’s professional-grade flagship phone for the year. The two phones carry forward the Note brand in style, with top-notch materials, high-level specs, and sultry sex appeal to boot. What is it like to use these phones? Samsung lent us the larger Galaxy Note 20 Ultra so we can offer you our thoughts.

Find out if first impressions are as important as they say in the Android Authority Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra hands-on.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Bigger, better, and pricier

Samsung’s Galaxy Note line has

Sony WH-1000XM4 review: the best noise-canceling headphones get better

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Sony released its superb WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones in 2018, and they still frequently top lists for the best noise-canceling headphones you can buy. But competitors haven’t been sitting idle: Bose’s Noise Canceling Headphones 700 are neck and neck with Sony for noise cancellation and have better microphones for voice calls. Microsoft’s Surface Headphones 2 have more intuitive controls, and smaller companies like Jabra are releasing impressive noise-canceling headphones at lower prices. Even Apple is rumored to be at work on its own premium set of headphones.

But to fend off its rivals, Sony has returned with the new $349.99 1000XM4

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review: good sound, unique design

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Samsung should’ve called these things the Galaxy Beans. What a missed opportunity. With that out of the way, let’s talk about the new Galaxy Buds Live. The company’s latest true wireless earbuds and their unconventional design have leaked extensively over the last few months, and I’ve had many questions along the way. How do you achieve noise cancellation with earbuds that don’t seal in your ears? Can this bean shape possibly feel comfortable?

The $169.99 Buds Live have a style all their own. They’re super reflective in the bronze color, which can look more rose gold in some lighting. But

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