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October 4, 2022

Let’s talk about QR Codes. You know, the funny little squiggly boxes that you’ll see on commercials, restaurant windows, and plant signs. Scan them with your phone and you’ll get everything from website links to fun music playlists.

But have you ever wondered how that works? That’s an excellent question, and we’ll get into it in the top story.

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TODAY'S TOP STORY How Do QR Codes Work?


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Botzees Robotics Kit Review: A Great Coding Tool For Young Kids


For only $100, you can make your child the happiest person alive and write it off as being educational. Botzees Robotics Kit lets your kid build robots that can move around, and then create unique coding commands that the robot responds to. How cool is that? Read More »

 
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Keeping all your computing devices like laptops, tablets, and smartphones powered and organized can be a chore sometimes. This charging dock from Great Useful stuff has slots for all those devices and their charging cables. Not only is it a great way to ensure all your stuff stays charged up, but also so you always know where they are when it’s time to dash out the door. This bamboo stand looks great with any decor and is convenient to put near the door, so you won’t forget to take your stuff with you when you leave.

 
Today’s Quordle Answers


Wordle was just too easy, wasn’t it? You probably left that behind and moved on to Quordle, the true “hard mode” of the word-guessing game format. But now you’re stuck and so close to failing. Don’t worry, we’re here to help with a hint—and if you really need it, today’s Quordle Answers. Read More »

 
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Anker Teases Its Biggest And Most Capable Power Station Yet


Portable power stations are one of the best gadgets for outdoor enthusiasts or in emergencies like a power outage. And while we loved the big Anker 757 Powerhouse I reviewed earlier this year, Anker just started teasing something even better. Read More »

 
Today’s Wordle Answer


Are you a huge fan of Wordle and absolutely stuck today? Let me guess; you’re hanging out on guess four or five and feeling the pressure. We get it entirely: nothing feels worse than losing your streak. If you’re not ready to outright cheat, we have you covered with hints and today’s Wordle answer. Read More »

 
Wisk Debuts Its Latest Self-Flying Air Taxi That Seats 4


Wisk, the air taxi startup that once partnered with Boeing back in 2019, recently revealed its all-new electric autonomous aircraft. The Wisk Aero is its sixth-generation craft design, seats four, and hopes to reshape inner-city travel and skip traffic in the years ahead. Read More »

 
Leaked Pixel 7 Pro Ad Reveals a New Camera Mode


We’re only a few days away from Google’s Pixel 7 launch event. Still, last-minute leaks taste the sweetest. And thanks to SnoopyTech, we now have leaked advertisements for the Pixel 7, the premium Pixel 7 Pro, and the Pixel Watch. Read More »

 

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