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The Morning After: FDA could ban Juul e-cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to block Juul from selling e-cigarette products in the United States, and the decision could come soon, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

Along with other e-cigarette makers, Juul submitted its products to the FDA for review in 2020. The agency was looking into the possible benefits of vaping as an alternative to cigarettes, but the products’ popularity among young people had the opposite result. .

Beyond the FDA, Juul has faced multiple lawsuits costing tens of millions of dollars over allegations of marketing to minors. In reaction to yesterday’s report, many vapers apparently have Juul supplies ahead of the possible sales ban.

—Mat Smith

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The company has “big plans to launch a US-supported smartphone in the future.”

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Nothing is the first clear-shell Phone 1 smartphone that won’t be coming to the US, the company has confirmed PCMag. “While we would like to bring the Phone 1 to the wider community across the world, we are focused on domestic markets including the UK and Europe,” the company said in a statement.

Nothing hopes to go big in America one day: “We have big plans to launch a US-supported smartphone in the future,” the company added. The challenge could last long enough to follow his first phone with another device. That is – especially if you are a .

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Pro in name only.

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It’s another weird new MacBook from Apple. The new M2 chip gives the MacBook Pro a nice performance boost, but its Retina display lacks the ProMotion and thin bezels we expect from a computer today. And with only two USB-C ports, it’s hard to recommend it as a machine for professionals. Most of us would be better off saving a little more for the 14-inch MacBook Pro with a much better screen and more ports.

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You don’t need a bank account to carpool.

In a blast from the past, you can pay for your ride in cash – sort of. Lyft has introduced an option to pay for rides in cash. Visit over 35,000 stores like Walmart, ACE Cash Express, and Kroger and you can present a barcode or ID number to turn physical cash into a balance accessible through the Lyft app or website. You will need to scan an approved ID after requesting your first ride.

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The dark story of today.

At , Alexa senior vice president Rohit Prasad introduced a startling new voice assistant capability: the supposed ability to mimic voices. Amazon touted this copy ability as a way to memorialize lost loved ones. He released a demonstration video in which Alexa read to a child with the voice of his . An Amazon spokesperson told Engadget that the new skill can create a synthetic voiceprint after being trained on as little as one minute of audio from the individual it is meant to replicate. So far there is no timeline as to when or if this feature will be made public.

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We launched our two years ago, and now we’re extending our offerings to a new newsletter – don’t worry, The Morning After isn’t going anywhere. You can get the latest deals on our favorite consumer electronics delivered to your inbox regularly – the first issue comes out later today. Expect some pretty big deals, like Amazon’s Omni Fire TVs and early discounts on the latest product launches, like Sony’s LinkBuds S, which have .

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