Month: September 2020

Amazon’s original Echo Inform 10 strikes to glance at you
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Amazon’s original Echo Inform 10 strikes to glance at you

The new Amazon Echo Show 10 in whitePhoto: Amazon The latest Alexa-powered smart display isn’t content with sitting still Amazon has just announced the latest iteration of its flagship smart display, the new Echo Show 10. The new model has a number of new changes and updates from the prior generation, but the one that…

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How Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming carrier compares to Stadia, xCloud, and GeForce Now
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How Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming carrier compares to Stadia, xCloud, and GeForce Now

Amazon has just taken the wraps off its long-rumored Amazon Luna, meaning the company is officially jumping into the cloud gaming ring — one that has become increasingly crowded over the past year. Google launched Stadia last November, Nvidia’s GeForce Now left beta in February, and Microsoft’s cloud gaming offering (formerly known as xCloud) is…

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The Ring drone is factual the most contemporary Amazon privateness puzzle field
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The Ring drone is factual the most contemporary Amazon privateness puzzle field

“I’d be more worried about the camera on your phone than I would be about a drone,” Amazon devices SVP Dave Limp told me in an interview a few hours after yesterday’s big Echo event. The drone in question is the Ring Always Home Cam, an autonomous indoor drone that can use a map of…

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Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming provider sounds an dreadful lot cherish the cable of video games
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Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming provider sounds an dreadful lot cherish the cable of video games

Amazon revealed its new cloud gaming service, officially called Luna, at its annual Alexa hardware event today. That makes it an immediate competitor to Google’s Stadia, Microsoft’s xCloud, Sony’s PlayStation Now, and a number of other services from major game publishers all eager to try the code on how to stream video games over the…

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The gaming industry retains failing miserably at selling its most indispensable products
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The gaming industry retains failing miserably at selling its most indispensable products

Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge Why is it so hard to place an order for a next-gen console or new Nvidia graphics card? Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Series S preorders went live on Tuesday, capping a rough week of product rollouts that included similarly messy situations for preordering Sony’s PlayStation 5 and…

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If Apple follows its dangle solutions, you’ll quickly be ready to slide your Xbox to your iPhone
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If Apple follows its dangle solutions, you’ll quickly be ready to slide your Xbox to your iPhone

Last week, I showed you why Apple’s App Store guidelines will never permit Microsoft’s xCloud or Google’s Stadia cloud gaming services in their current forms. But Microsoft has another form of game streaming that isn’t against Apple’s rules at all, and the company has all but confirmed it’s currently working to bring it to your…

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With the next console generation, taking a look for digital appears to be to be like higher than ever
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With the next console generation, taking a look for digital appears to be to be like higher than ever

I’m generally a person who appreciates physical media. I collect vinyl records, buy print books, and like to watch 4K Blu-ray movies. But for a variety of reasons, I switched entirely to buying digital games on each platform as soon as the option became available. Now that Sony and Microsoft have revealed their next-generation consoles…

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Why Microsoft sold Bethesda for $7.5 billion
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Why Microsoft sold Bethesda for $7.5 billion

Microsoft’s priciest video game acquisition, a $7.5 billion purchase of Bethesda Softworks parent company ZeniMax Media, shocked the industry on Monday. The deal puts Bethesda, one of the industry’s biggest publishers and owners of some of the most successful gaming series, under the Xbox brand. It also raises a simple but powerful question: how does…

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Kevin Systrom perchance obtained’t employ over TikTok, however it’s relaxing to dream
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Kevin Systrom perchance obtained’t employ over TikTok, however it’s relaxing to dream

This week was the deadline for ByteDance to divorce itself of TikTok over security concerns, but at press time no deal has been struck. Instead, we have the strangest of corporate entities now taking shape. And, thanks to journalists at the New York Times, we have perhaps the most delicious morsel of reporting to ever…

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The PS5 is priced, the Oculus Quest 2 launched, and the GoPro Hero 9 reviewed
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The PS5 is priced, the Oculus Quest 2 launched, and the GoPro Hero 9 reviewed

Processor is a digest for what’s happening in the world of consumer technology, with incisive analysis (or maybe just jokes) from Dieter Bohn. Sign up for the newsletter here and check out the Processor video series on YouTube. It is a remarkably good time to be into video games. It’s not just that we’ve got…

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The DS used to be Nintendo at its most productive and most strange
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The DS used to be Nintendo at its most productive and most strange

Nintendo has always been a strange company. The Kyoto-based game maker turned an Italian plumber into one of pop culture’s biggest icons, and the company has experimented with everything from DIY cardboard game accessories to three-pronged controllers. This unpredictable nature is what makes Nintendo so exciting (and occasionally infuriating). Often, these concepts seem to come…

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We tested surely one of Intel’s Tiger Lake processors — and Xe Graphics are the right deal
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We tested surely one of Intel’s Tiger Lake processors — and Xe Graphics are the right deal

Earlier this month, Intel announced its 11th-Gen “Tiger Lake” laptop CPUs. The company proclaimed them the new best processor for thin-and-light laptops — but thanks to AMD’s 7nm Ryzen 400 chips, competition for that title is fierce. This week, we finally got a chance to try one out. For some background: the Tiger Lake line…

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Designate Zuckerberg on why he doesn’t are looking out for to “achieve an Apple Overview to your face”
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Designate Zuckerberg on why he doesn’t are looking out for to “achieve an Apple Overview to your face”

Social networks contain multitudes. One day you’re writing about internal dissent over the company’s ability to uproot influence campaigns and election interference; the very next, you’re watching a live stream of the same company’s foray into virtual reality helmets and designer mixed reality glasses. At a company with as many interests as Facebook has, different…

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Oculus Quest 2 overview: greater, more inexpensive VR
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Oculus Quest 2 overview: greater, more inexpensive VR

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge The new default for VR, if you’re okay with Facebook As someone who writes about virtual reality and has been stuck at home just like many people during the 2020 pandemic, I’ve gotten asked one question over and over: if virtual reality is so great and actual reality…

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Xbox Sport Hunch briefly explained: console, PC, xCloud streaming and more
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Xbox Sport Hunch briefly explained: console, PC, xCloud streaming and more

Microsoft is officially launching its xCloud gaming service today on Android phones and tablets, allowing you to play more than 150 genuine Xbox games on devices that could never run those games themselves — because they’ll be streaming from remote servers much like a YouTube video. But to do that, you’ll need to pay for…

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TikTok’s take care of Oracle is of challenge that Trump will cave on concerns over China
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TikTok’s take care of Oracle is of challenge that Trump will cave on concerns over China

On the eve of the deadline for ByteDance to sell TikTok, there was much movement and little certainty. The whole thing seemed to come down to three words — “trusted tech partner” — and no one I’ve spoken to seems to know what they mean. The most recent events were set in motion on Sunday…

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What newsrooms can learn from chance modeling at Facebook
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What newsrooms can learn from chance modeling at Facebook

Editor’s note: We’re barreling toward the 2020 election with big unresolved problems in election interference — from foreign actors to domestic troublemakers. So how can journalists sort through all of the noise without having their coverage or their newsrooms compromised? Jay Rosen, one of America’s foremost press critics and a professor of journalism at NYU,…

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Xbox Sequence X and S: every thing you would favor to study about the following-gen of Xbox
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Xbox Sequence X and S: every thing you would favor to study about the following-gen of Xbox

Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge Two consoles, a streaming service, and a lot of promises The next-generation of Xbox gaming is a little more complicated than what we’re used to. This past week, Microsoft announced it’s releasing not one but two new consoles: the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S. Not…

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The LG Flee’s twisting display cloak presents a new chase on the dual-display cloak smartphone
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The LG Flee’s twisting display cloak presents a new chase on the dual-display cloak smartphone

LG is no stranger to two-screen smartphones in recent years, but the company has just officially announced its boldest foray into a dual-screen device in recent memory: the LG Wing. It’s a wild-looking, swiveling-display smartphone that looks to — quite literally — offer a new spin on what a phone can do. The new phone…

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Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 review: a gaming pc pc that doesn’t need two displays
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Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 review: a gaming pc pc that doesn’t need two displays

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Most of the time, if you’re reading a review of a dual-screen laptop, you probably only care about one feature: the two screens. Asus’ previous Duo models, the ZenBook Duo and the ZenBook Pro Duo, were decent…

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Three takeaways from a shuffle to to TikTok’s new transparency heart
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Three takeaways from a shuffle to to TikTok’s new transparency heart

In July, amid increasing scrutiny from the Trump administration, TikTok announced a novel effort to build trust with regulators: a physical office known as the Transparency and Accountability Center. The center would allow visitors to learn about the company’s data storage and content moderation practices, and even to inspect the algorithms that power its core…

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Instagram is making an strive out three contemporary designs to assemble room for Reels and skimming
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Instagram is making an strive out three contemporary designs to assemble room for Reels and skimming

One reason I enjoy writing a column about the intersection between big technology platforms and democracy is that on most days, it feels like one of the most important things in the world. But on this strangest of days in San Francisco, where wildfires up and down the west coast blotted out the sun and…

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: an extravagant success
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: an extravagant success

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. It’s a weird sort of relief to be reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. Depending on how you count, it’s either the second, third, or even fourth iteration of Samsung’s folding phone design. The first was…

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Lenovo’s IdeaPad Slim 7 is a showcase for AMD’s distinctive new processor
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Lenovo’s IdeaPad Slim 7 is a showcase for AMD’s distinctive new processor

AMD has started a laptop revolution. For evidence, just look to The Verge’s Instagram account. “No Ryzen no buy,” reads the most-liked comment on a recent photo of the Intel-powered Lenovo Legion 5i. “If it’s INTEL no point of purchasing it,” reads the second comment down. There’s no doubt about it: the Ryzen 4000 series…

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As Amnesia: The Sunless Descent turns 10, let’s adore its hissing cockroaches
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As Amnesia: The Sunless Descent turns 10, let’s adore its hissing cockroaches

Early in the coronavirus pandemic, during the ambient dread of New York’s locked-down spring, I realized that I couldn’t put words in a coherent order. I built virtual spaces instead. That’s how I fell in love with the cockroaches from one of my favorite horror games. I’m talking about Amnesia: The Dark Descent, an adventure…

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Trump’s most up-to-date attack on Share 230 is de facto about censoring speech
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Trump’s most up-to-date attack on Share 230 is de facto about censoring speech

One aspect of the 2020 presidential campaign that isn’t much discussed is the fact that both candidates want to end the internet as we know it. Both President Trump and Joe Biden have called for the end of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects tech companies in most cases when their users…

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How Facebook’s current election guidelines sidestep the staunch blueprint back
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How Facebook’s current election guidelines sidestep the staunch blueprint back

Programming note: The Interface will be off Monday for Labor Day. I. The announcements After months of deliberations, Facebook gave its answer to the critics who have called for it to put new restrictions on political advertising. The company said it would not accept new political ads in the seven days leading up to the…

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The legacy of the skate video lives on in TikTok
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The legacy of the skate video lives on in TikTok

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Filed under: Entertainment Skateboarding is more accessible and inclusive than ever, thanks to social media platforms The last professional skate video I remember getting excited about was Lakai’s Fully Flared. Featuring a roster of top talent at the time — Mike Carroll, Eric Koston, Guy Mariano, plus up-and-comer…

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Tony Hawk’s First-rate Skater 1 and 2 is the ideal remaster
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Tony Hawk’s First-rate Skater 1 and 2 is the ideal remaster

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. For developers, revisiting a classic game has always been a tricky proposition. Games tend to age poorly — whether it’s the graphics, controls, or subject matter — and so they’re regularly rereleased in an attempt to update…

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Fold, Flip, or Duo: the hows and whys of folding phones
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Fold, Flip, or Duo: the hows and whys of folding phones

I’m currently reviewing the Microsoft Surface Duo and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 — they’re sitting on my desk right now next to another folding phone, the Galaxy Z Flip. All three represent different ideas for how to make a folding phone and all three are prohibitively expensive. Even if at the end of…

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These college students discovered their tests were graded by AI — and the easy diagram to cheat
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These college students discovered their tests were graded by AI — and the easy diagram to cheat

On Monday, Dana Simmons came downstairs to find her 12-year-old son, Lazare, in tears. He’d completed the first assignment for his seventh-grade history class on Edgenuity, an online platform for virtual learning. He’d received a 50 out of 100. That wasn’t on a practice test — it was his real grade. “He was like, I’m…

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