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Digital Trends Live: NASCAR returns, Facebook Messenger Rooms, and more

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, host Greg Nibler discusses the top trending stories in tech, including Facebook’s Messenger Rooms, NASCAR returns, Facebook buys Giphy, Tesla’s million-mile battery, the X-37B Spaceplane, the new Apple iPad, and more.

Craig Fairbrass

Nibler then speaks with actor Craig Fairbrass, who talks about his new series Villain, available on demand on May 22.

We then turn to the world of robotics, where we take a look at Harvard University’s soft robot exosuit, which can help people who have had strokes improve their walking.

Michael Davies

Michael Davies, senior vice president of Technical and Field Operations for Fox Sports, talks about NASCAR returning to action, and the precautions they are taking to ensure safety.

Finally, we wrap up the biggest tech stories of the week with Ken Yeung, editor at Flipboard, who talks about the (slow) return of employees to the workplace, Dell’s XPS line of “MacBook killer” laptops, the Virtual Microsoft Build, and more.

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OtterBox has confirmed that a percentage of original OtterSpot wireless chargers may experience battery swelling. The company reassured customers that while some issues have been reported, there's no danger in the swelling charging stations thanks to "internal safeguards" that prevent major malfunctions, meaning that devices presumably won't explode or catch fire. The problem is only reportedly present in OtterSpots sold during a small window of 2019 when the stackable charging devices were first released.

Customers who purchased the original run of OtterSpots between July and August 2019 may notice the issue in their devices. The problem may be more prominent in chargers "under multi-stack and higher temperature conditions," OtterBox said in a statement to The Verge. Despite the issue, OtterBox hasn't recalled any devices, but the company is willing to replace OtterSpots that are experiencing the issue.

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Until now, the feature was only available to Twitter Blue users who have to hand over a monthly fee of $3 for extra goodies, but now the pinning feature is open to everyone on Twitter.

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