Weekly Rewind: iPhone sales slow, Google beats Go, Bill Nye wants electric NASCAR

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In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from the last week of January. Everything from the future of the iPhone to solar-powered jackets — it’s all here.

iPhone sales are slowing, but Apple’s profits are growing

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Apple’s year-over-year growth of iPhone sales has slowed. While it’s a wary sign for investors, the Cupertino company yet again toppled its own record for largest quarterly profits at $18.4 billion on $75.9 billion in revenue — a 1.9 percent increase from last year. Apple may be projecting slowing iPhone sales for 2016, but many point out that the company still sold a record-breaking number of iPhones in 2015 and we suspect that the iPhone has yet to reach its peak.

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Instagramming about marijuana could result in 6-figure fine, jail time

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A new report regarding the dangers surrounding Instagram posts of users smoking weed is giving new meaning to the term, “bad trip.” Despite the reported rise in images of recreational marijuana use on social media, a retired drug enforcement administration agent is warning Instagrammers not to follow the trend.

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Bill Nye: ‘If NASCAR embraced electric cars it could change the world’

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Bill Nye may be best known for sporting bow ties and crafting astronomical models on Bill Nye the Science Guy, but in the 18 years since the show wrapped (yes, it has been that long), the writer and comedian has been a notable advocate for climate change education. One of his most prolific arguments is simple — stop burning fossil fuels.

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Spotify launches new Shows video service on Android

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Spotify announced the company would be getting into the video arena in May of last year, and now video is finally rolling out under the name Spotify Shows, with Android devices getting first dibs. If you’re an iPhone user, don’t worry, you won’t have to wait long. The Wall Street Journal reports that Shows will be coming to iOS next week.

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Facebook will augment the basic ‘Like’ with anger, sadness, laughter, but no dislike

Facebook still won’t add a dislike button, but its new Reactions — which basically look like big funny emoji — will allow users to express a greater range of emotions in reaction to posts. The new Reactions will arrive globally “in the next few weeks,” Bloomberg reports, and they’ll include love, haha, wow, sad, and angry. Facebook has been testing the new options out since October, and soon all its users will have more modes of expression than the now iconic thumbs up ‘Like’ button.

Read the full story here.

Next page: 5 more tech stories you might have missed this week

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Apple banned from distributing some iPhone models in Germany

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Xbox app lets you access your console while away from home. Here's how

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The best Apple Watch bands and straps to stylize your timepiece

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Apple resurrects the iPhone SE with brand-new units starting at $249

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