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Boost Mobile has launched a new app that rewards players with Boostcoins for playing games or watching ads that they can then redeem to help pay their phone bills. Boost Mobile will now let you pay part of your phone bill with “blockchain-backed” Boostcoins earned through watching ads and playing games (via CNET). In a press release, the carrier says you can get BoostCoins by downloading the new BoostOne

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Dish’s upcoming wireless plan might let you buy an iPhone with crypto

Dish is teasing a new postpaid wireless plan called "Boost Infinite," which it says might allow customers to use "decentralized financing" to buy a new device. Dish Network seems to be taking its unconventional approach to building a wireless network all the way to the blockchain. Executives hosting an analyst event in Las Vegas today gave a few hints at their vision of this country’s fourth wireless

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Conservative Twitter accounts got boost in followers after Musk acquisition, data shows

Analysis of social media data from 100 influential political Twitter accounts shows significant gains for conservative politicians and pundits, while liberal accounts have lost followers to a similar extent. It’s not your imagination: follower counts on Twitter really have been shifting wildly in response to news that Elon Musk had finalized a deal to acquire the platform. Data compiled by The Verge from social media statistics site Social Blade shows

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Biden group launches TikTok account to boost the president’s agenda

The Biden-affiliated nonprofit group Building Back Together plans to launch its own TikTok account as part of its latest effort to engage young people with the president’s agenda ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. The Biden-affiliated nonprofit group Building Back Together plans to launch its own TikTok account on Wednesday as part of the group’s latest effort to engage young people with the president’s agenda ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. The

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Twitch’s new boost feature puts porn on the homepage

Several users have reported seeing pornography on their Twitch homepages after users used the Boost Train feature to get it prominently displayed. The feature has now been paused. Twitch has paused its Boost Train feature, which launched last month and let people pay to promote streams, after porn ended up on users’ homepages with the label “promoted by the streamer’s community” slapped onto the NSFW thumbnails (via

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This diamond company wants to help carbon capture take off

Aether is creating lab-grown diamonds with carbon sucked directly from the air. By paying for direct air capture, a service few businesses can currently afford, the jewelry brand hopes to help this critical climate technology take off. Luxury diamond producers are usually way more focused on sparkly chunks of rock in the ground than carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere. But one diamond company is trying to recast the gems as a crucial lever in the climate fight by growing

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New federal guidelines could boost carbon capture in the US

The Biden administration proposed new federal guidelines for evaluating the impact carbon capture projects and pipelines could have on communities and the environment. On Tuesday, the Biden administration issued new guidelines for federal agencies on how to assess proposals to capture and sequester carbon dioxide pollution. The new guidance lays out steps that could encourage “widespread deployment” of a

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Dune, The Matrix, and Succession boost US-based HBO and HBO Max subscribers to 46.8 million

HBO Max has reached nearly 74 million subscribers, 46.8 million of which are located in the US. The service’s success was likely propelled by high-profile exclusives, like The Matrix: Resurrections, Dune, and Succession. HBO Max reached 73.8 million subscribers at the end of 2021, 46.8 million of which are located in the US, marking a 5.3 million increase over a full year. The numbers were shared as part of AT&T’s (HBO Max’s parent company) fourth-quarter

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Boost Celero 5G review: budget phone with budget battery life

Boost’s Celero 5G is a budget-level 5G phone with budget-level compromises. Its display is dim, the battery life isn’t great, and there’s lots of bloatware to contend with. On the other hand, performance is surprisingly good, and if you can get it on one of its frequent discounts, it could offer a good value. Boost Mobile, the MVNO owned by the Dish Network as a result of the Sprint / T-Mobile merger, is in a tricky spot. Not only does it need to expand its user base for nationwide 5G service, but it also needs to migrate over a million Boost customers

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Cake Ösa electric motorbike review: hungry for more

The Cake Ösa electric motorbike is positioned as a "multifaceted utility platform with off-road capabilities." To test that claim, I took an Ösa Flex model on a sunrise surf safari and then cooked breakfast off the Ösa’s battery, which also powered my workday on a remote stretch of beach. Everyone — and I do mean everyone — has an opinion about the Ösa electric two-wheeler from Swedish upstarts Cake. It invokes such a surge of emotion that dozens of strangers felt compelled to exclaim unsolicited critiques at me over the last

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Apple ‘testing’ foldable with secondary E Ink display, says analyst

Apple is reportedly testing the use of a color display from E Ink as an external screen for a foldable device, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He adds that the E Ink display is also being tested in "tablet-like applications." Apple is reportedly testing the use of a color display from E Ink as an external screen for an unannounced foldable device, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. “The color EPD [Electronic Paper Display] has the potential to become a mainstream

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