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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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Razer Blade Educated 17 overview: mammoth, plucky, and extremely efficient
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Razer Blade Educated 17 overview: mammoth, plucky, and extremely efficient

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. The Razer Blade Pro 17 is far from an Ultrabook. It’s just over six pounds and boasts a 17-inch screen, an H-series processor, and a top-end RTX GPU. But it’s got an Ultrabook-y vibe to it. Like…

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How Eastern rock star Miyavi performs in a world without live music
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How Eastern rock star Miyavi performs in a world without live music

Filed under: Entertainment “I think the key for the post-corona era is how real we can feel in a virtual world.” The only live music I’ve managed to see all year came from an unexpected place. I recently found myself on a Friday night after hours at teamLab Planets, a popular tourist spot in Tokyo,…

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Why TikTok can even no longer continue to exist being sold
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Why TikTok can even no longer continue to exist being sold

TikTok is in trouble. Over the course of less than a day, the company lost its CEO and gained a surprising new suitor. The breakout social app could be within days of making a deal to sell itself to an American company — but the turmoil surrounding the sale threatens to leave the company permanently…

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Apple’s switch to originate advertising and marketing more challenging on iOS 14 is piece of a model
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Apple’s switch to originate advertising and marketing more challenging on iOS 14 is piece of a model

Apple and Facebook are fighting again, and how you feel about it says something about who you trust to represent your interests in the strange tech landscape of 2020. Start with a rather academic question that may make your eyes glaze over in spite of yourself: When does pro-privacy regulation overstep its bounds to become…

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Why Story can’t salvage the money for to lose the Unreal Engine in its estimable fight with Apple
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Why Story can’t salvage the money for to lose the Unreal Engine in its estimable fight with Apple

A demo of Epic’s upcoming Unreal Engine 5 release, scheduled to come out next year. Image: Epic Games Apple and Epic’s Fortnite fight has spiraled into something much more Epic’s legal fight with Apple over the future of Fortnite has quickly evolved into an existential battle for one of the game studio’s most lucrative and…

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Netflix’s Excessive Rating proves we desire a bigger historical previous of video video games
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Netflix’s Excessive Rating proves we desire a bigger historical previous of video video games

The story of video games is too often told by the same kind of person. Reports have extensively detailed the ways the video game industry has centered its orbit around men and boys — particularly white men and boys — and that homogeneity often extends to the people who are allowed to tell the story…

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Apple and Legend rep to seize over more than factual a be pleased
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Apple and Legend rep to seize over more than factual a be pleased

Yesterday saw the first of what promises to be many, many hearings in the Apple vs Epic legal battle over Apple’s App Store policies and fees. That first hearing was preliminary to the preliminaries, merely designed to see if Apple should be forced to reinstate Epic’s developer privileges immediately while the court figures out whether…

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How a designer extinct AI and Photoshop to lift weak Roman emperors aid to life
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How a designer extinct AI and Photoshop to lift weak Roman emperors aid to life

Machine learning is a fantastic tool for renovating old photos and videos. So much so that it can even bring ancient statues to life, transforming the chipped stone busts of long-dead Roman emperors into photorealistic faces you could imagine walking past on the street. The portraits are the creation of designer Daniel Voshart, who describes…

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What we hear to whereas working from dwelling
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What we hear to whereas working from dwelling

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. If you’re used to working in an office full of coworkers, but are now forced to labor from home, you may be feeling that things are a little quiet — too quiet. The solution might be to…

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Fb’s mammoth QAnon crackdown will get attain too slack
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Fb’s mammoth QAnon crackdown will get attain too slack

Before the Tide Pods challenge was a public health crisis, it was a joke. The laundry detergent capsules, which were originally released in 2012, evolved over time to look strangely delicious: lush green and blue gels, swirled around one another attractively, all but daring you to eat them. This led to many jokes about Tide…

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Fb is making Oculus’s worst characteristic unavoidable
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Fb is making Oculus’s worst characteristic unavoidable

Yesterday, Facebook infuriated the VR world, announcing plans to require a Facebook login for future VR headsets. The decision broke an early promise from Oculus founder Palmer Luckey and was almost universally reviled online, with critics raising concerns about intrusive data collection, targeted advertising, and being forced to use a service they hated. On the…

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Platforms successfully stopped a lame COVID conspiracy video from going viral
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Platforms successfully stopped a lame COVID conspiracy video from going viral

One of the more hopeful developments at tech platforms this year has been their investment in removing misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter were all relatively quick to acknowledge the threat that COVID hoaxes represent, and have worked to purge it from their networks. Enforcement of those misinformation policies has sometimes…

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Chronicle inclined its playbook for Fortnite occasions in opposition to Apple and Google
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Chronicle inclined its playbook for Fortnite occasions in opposition to Apple and Google

Epic Games took on Apple and Google in a very public way last week to protest what it believes are monopolistic app store policies. But Epic was prepared for the fight in part because it knows how to make a spectacle, having already pulled off massive in-game events like the appearance of a giant rolling…

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Proper-existence advice on parenting right by a pandemic
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Proper-existence advice on parenting right by a pandemic

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Being a parent is not easy at the best of times — and these are definitely not the best of times. It was hard enough trying to keep kids happy, healthy, and busy during a summer where…

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Samsung Galaxy Show 20 Ultra evaluation: enormous cell phone, diminutive updates
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Samsung Galaxy Show 20 Ultra evaluation: enormous cell phone, diminutive updates

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Samsung has settled into a new routine for its Galaxy Note line of smartphones: take some of the major new features from the flagship Galaxy S updates from earlier in the year, improve on them slightly, and…

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Yarn’s Fortnite standoff is inserting Apple’s money cow at threat
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Yarn’s Fortnite standoff is inserting Apple’s money cow at threat

Apple and Epic Games have gone to war, with the two companies clashing over Apple’s App Store policies. Epic, in protest of Apple’s 30 percent fee for any digital transactions on its iOS platform, attempted to circumvent things with a direct payment option in Fortnite, leading Apple to ban the game entirely. But Apple’s Fortnite…

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Samsung announces Galaxy Lisp 20 and Lisp 20 Extremely
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Samsung announces Galaxy Lisp 20 and Lisp 20 Extremely

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Samsung has officially announced 2020’s Galaxy Note lineup. There are two models this year: the regular Galaxy Note 20 and the high-end Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Both feature the main thing that differentiates the Note line —…

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Worthy Tech pledged a thousand million to racial justice, nevertheless it used to be pocket swap
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Worthy Tech pledged a thousand million to racial justice, nevertheless it used to be pocket swap

Tech giants shouted for change, but their donations were a whisper Big Tech responded to George Floyd’s death on May 25th in Minnesota by committing more than a billion dollars toward racial justice within a single month. That’s a lot of money. And yet, Big Tech’s contributions barely register against the immense, nigh-unimaginable piles of…

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Apple stumbled valid into a struggle with the gaming industry, and the formulation ahead for iOS is at stake
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Apple stumbled valid into a struggle with the gaming industry, and the formulation ahead for iOS is at stake

Image by Epic Games Apple’s cloud ban and Fortnite feud have made it gaming’s latest villain Apple has always had a complicated relationship with the game industry, but this month that relationship slid into a bitter and very public legal and regulatory war that could shape the future of iPhone apps. The first escalation occurred…

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Fortnite for Android has additionally been kicked off the Google Play Store – The Verge
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Fortnite for Android has additionally been kicked off the Google Play Store – The Verge

Following its removal from the Apple App Store, Fortnite has also been kicked off of the Google Play Store for Android. Earlier today, Epic Games snuck in an update for both the iPhone and Android versions of the game that allowed users to pay Epic directly for in-app purchases instead of using the officially sanctioned…

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Apple has at closing met its Fortnite match
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Apple has at closing met its Fortnite match

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Apple’s walled garden gets an epic test Epic Games executed its most ambitious Fortnite live event yesterday, leading both Apple and Google to remove one of the world’s most popular games from their app stores. It was a well choreographed sequence of events designed to highlight the power…

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Apple upright kicked Fortnite off the App Retailer
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Apple upright kicked Fortnite off the App Retailer

Apple has removed Epic Games’ battle royale game Fortnite from the App Store after the developer on Thursday implemented its own in-app payment system that bypassed Apple’s standard 30 percent fee The decision marks a significant escalation in the feud between Epic and one of the world’s most dominant mobile software marketplaces. It also comes…

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Apple iMac 27-run (2020) review: unusual webcam, unusual screen possibility, identical iMac
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Apple iMac 27-run (2020) review: unusual webcam, unusual screen possibility, identical iMac

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Apple’s new 2020 version of the 27-inch iMac looks exactly like it has for eight years now. The updates are all on the inside, adding improvements that bring it up to the specs you’d expect in a…

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Fortnite vs Apple vs Google: a rapid and in actual fact incomplete timeline
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Fortnite vs Apple vs Google: a rapid and in actual fact incomplete timeline

If you weren’t watching tech news yesterday, you missed an entire afternoon’s worth of cramming handfuls of popcorn in your mouth as you stared wide-eyed at the screen wondering what madness was coming next. It was A Day. Epic baited both Apple and Google into banning Fortnite from their respective app stores and did so…

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Trump’s WeChat ban might maybe well well maybe touch all the issues from Spotify to League of Legends
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Trump’s WeChat ban might maybe well well maybe touch all the issues from Spotify to League of Legends

Last night, the Trump administration issued a pair of stunning executive orders against Chinese technology companies, banning US transactions with the companies after a deadline of September 20th. Most of the immediate focus has been on TikTok, which was targeted through its parent company ByteDance — but the second order could have a far more…

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Microsoft and Samsung want every hundreds of now greater than ever
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Microsoft and Samsung want every hundreds of now greater than ever

Outside of its hardware announcements, one of the bigger takeaways from yesterday’s Samsung event was its ever-closer relationship with Microsoft. The two companies are partnering together on everything from mobile gaming bundles, to optimizing their apps and integrating their software. They even announced that you’ll soon be able to use and control multiple apps from…

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The gargantuan takeaways from Samsung’s Unpacked bulletins
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The gargantuan takeaways from Samsung’s Unpacked bulletins

Samsung’s big Unpacked event went off with just a few hitches. It’s nice to know that even when an event is online some kind of logistical issue can cause AV problems and delay the beginning of a keynote. Makes everything feel a little more normal. I tease — the event itself was actually well executed.…

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The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is Samsung’s mountainous promise that it will repair its foldable future
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The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is Samsung’s mountainous promise that it will repair its foldable future

Samsung’s first look at the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2 during its Unpacked event seemed to spend more time focusing on how the new model fixes the flaws of the original rather than emphasizing whatever will make the foldable flagship great. In putting so much effort into convincing customers that this time it got things…

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TikTok has a courageous new draw to make your mind up over regulators
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TikTok has a courageous new draw to make your mind up over regulators

Programming note: It’s time for our summer vacation! The stretch between January and today is the longest uninterrupted period we have ever written The Interface, and so we’re taking a break to recharge. We return August 17th. On any other day, the memo that Kevin Mayer published Wednesday might have been the talk of the…

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Why Microsoft wants TikTok
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Why Microsoft wants TikTok

Based on wallpaper by Michael Gillett (Wallpaper Hub) Forty-five days to close the deal At first glance, a Microsoft acquisition of TikTok seems a little unusual. Microsoft has spent years walking back consumer plays like the Groove Music service, the Kinect Xbox accessory, its Microsoft Band fitness device, Windows Phone, and more recently the Mixer…

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The tech antitrust hearing was loyal, in fact
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The tech antitrust hearing was loyal, in fact

Well, we had an antitrust hearing. A long one, too. The House Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the market power of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google ran to nearly six hours, accounting for a handful of delays and intermissions. Alternating Democrats and Republicans asked the CEOs of those companies a combined 217 questions, ranging from pointed…

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How Microsoft Flight Simulator returned to the skies
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How Microsoft Flight Simulator returned to the skies

A spectacular comeback for a Microsoft icon Let’s play a quick game of word association: Microsoft — Windows? Excel? Xbox? All solid answers. But for me, for a while in the ‘90s at least, I would have immediately answered “Flight Simulator.” Microsoft Flight Simulator is the very first thing I can remember ever doing on…

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OpenAI’s most contemporary breakthrough is astonishingly great, however smooth combating its flaws
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OpenAI’s most contemporary breakthrough is astonishingly great, however smooth combating its flaws

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The ultimate autocomplete The most exciting new arrival in the world of AI looks, on the surface, disarmingly simple. It’s not some subtle game-playing program that can outthink humanity’s finest or a mechanically advanced robot that backflips like an Olympian. No, it’s merely an autocomplete program, like the…

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MSI’s GS66 Stealth virtually has what it takes to beat Razer
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MSI’s GS66 Stealth virtually has what it takes to beat Razer

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. For years, Razer has set the standard for making gaming laptops that are compact, slim, and feel great to use. MSI wants to end that streak, and its new GS66 Stealth is actually a viable alternative, at…

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An unparalleled Nintendo leak turns into an even fetch 22 situation for archivists
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An unparalleled Nintendo leak turns into an even fetch 22 situation for archivists

For the past week, Nintendo fans have resembled digital archaeologists. Following a massive leak of source code and other internal documents — appropriately dubbed the gigaleak — previously unknown details from the company’s biggest games have steadily trickled out. Those poring over the code have uncovered a new Animal Crossing villager, early prototypes for games…

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How Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater changed the lives of one of the indispensable realm’s greatest skaters
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How Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater changed the lives of one of the indispensable realm’s greatest skaters

Rodney Mullen.Photo: Activision Rodney Mullen, Chad Muska, and Bucky Lasek on the series’s lasting impact Rodney Mullen still remembers the first time he went on tour after appearing in a Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater game. Mullen is widely regarded as one of the most influential skaters of all time, credited with creating many of the…

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Razer Blade Stealth Thirteen (2020) review: huge gaming on the plod
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Razer Blade Stealth Thirteen (2020) review: huge gaming on the plod

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. The biggest question about the Blade Stealth 13 isn’t actually about the Blade Stealth 13. It’s about the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, the best ultraportable gaming laptop ever made. For a while, that title belonged to the…

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Mischief managed
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Mischief managed

How MSCHF managed to dominate the internet — with fun! Illustration by Grayson Blackmon / Alex Castro / The Verge Here is the first honorable use of venture capital: using the funds to design, prototype, test, and then build a rubber chicken pipe to smoke weed out of. The first time I saw Puff The…

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Xbox Sport Lag is Microsoft’s correct next-gen Xbox
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Xbox Sport Lag is Microsoft’s correct next-gen Xbox

Microsoft is gearing up for a different Xbox future If you were heading into Microsoft’s Xbox game showcase yesterday to witness a demonstration of why next-gen gaming and the “world’s most powerful console” matter, you were probably left a little disappointed. Microsoft’s event featured a solid showcase for the future of Xbox and Xbox Game…

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Big name Wars: Squadrons is chaotic, exhilarating, and extremely sophisticated
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Big name Wars: Squadrons is chaotic, exhilarating, and extremely sophisticated

Ask any fan of Star Wars what they most yearn to reenact in a video game, and they’ll likely tell you two things: lightsaber duels and space battles. Last year’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from Respawn gave us the first in a strong and sleek package. Now, another Electronic Arts studio — the Canadian…

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‘COVID occasions’ are an endemic metropolis memoir that gained’t trip away
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‘COVID occasions’ are an endemic metropolis memoir that gained’t trip away

Amid hosts of reasonable fears about the coronavirus pandemic, there’s also one far more dubious threat: “COVID parties.” As Wired explains in a good exploration of the topic, COVID parties (or “corona parties”) are events where people supposedly expose themselves to the coronavirus on purpose. Medical professionals and government officials have periodically warned about these…

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I talked to Amy Lee of Evanescence about sharp the world’s worst fanfiction
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I talked to Amy Lee of Evanescence about sharp the world’s worst fanfiction

Photo by Joseph Okpako / WireImage Filed under: Entertainment The singer of My Immortal (the song) has now read My Immortal (the fanfic) If you mention the name “My Immortal,” you may mean one of two things. The first is the 2003 hit song from rock band Evanescence. The second is a Harry Potter fanfic…

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Antitrust investigations aren’t the most fascinating possibility to Fb’s future
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Antitrust investigations aren’t the most fascinating possibility to Fb’s future

I. A week from now, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg will be among the CEOs appearing before the House of Representatives’ antitrust committee. Today let’s check in on how the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust case is developing. The first thing to say is that the case is developing slower than expected. Once on track to wrap up…

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Dell’s G5 15 SE is each and each an cheap and ideal gaming laptop laptop
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Dell’s G5 15 SE is each and each an cheap and ideal gaming laptop laptop

Dell’s G5 15 SE is focused. It’s not the best-looking gaming laptop or the fastest out there, but starting at $879.99, its AMD Ryzen processor and RX 5600M graphics chip make for a great tag team. Along with other speedy components like fast RAM, an NVMe SSD, and a 144Hz refresh rate display, this Dell…

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All the pieces all of us uncover out about this week’s colossal Twitter hack to this point
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All the pieces all of us uncover out about this week’s colossal Twitter hack to this point

It’s been such a newsy week that we’re ending it with two columns — enough to last you the whole weekend. First, we have what we hope is the ultimate Twitter hack FAQ, in response to this week’s catastrophic security breach. Yesterday’s issue was the most-read in Interface history, and we wanted to make sure…

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Microsoft to delivery out xCloud streaming free with Xbox Sport Cross Closing in September
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Microsoft to delivery out xCloud streaming free with Xbox Sport Cross Closing in September

Microsoft is planning to launch its game streaming service, currently known as Project xCloud, free to its paying Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers in September. The xCloud service will allow Xbox players to play games on mobile devices or even start a game on their consoles and resume it on their phone or tablet. Xbox…

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Librarians turned Google Kinds into the unlikely platform for virtual come by away rooms
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Librarians turned Google Kinds into the unlikely platform for virtual come by away rooms

Illustration by Grayson Blackmon / The Verge Librarians are using the activities to keep communities entertained and informed On the day the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, Pennsylvania, was supposed to unveil a superhero-themed escape room, the library had to close its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. With no physical location to work…

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The enormous Twitter hack may maybe well very properly be a world security crisis
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The enormous Twitter hack may maybe well very properly be a world security crisis

You can’t say you didn’t see it coming. Whatever Twitter eventually comes to say about the events of July 15th, 2020, when it suffered the most catastrophic security breach in company history, it must be said that the events were set in motion years ago. Beginning in the spring of 2018, scammers began to impersonate…

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Peacock’s no longer-so-secret ingredient within the streaming wars is its free tier
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Peacock’s no longer-so-secret ingredient within the streaming wars is its free tier

Peacock is NBCUniversal’s new streaming service and the last major entrant in the colloquial streaming wars. But Gidon Katz, the company’s president of direct to consumer, believes Peacock can win by leaning into something most of its biggest competitors won’t: offering premium entertainment, mostly for free. When Peacock launches tomorrow across the United States, people…

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Ghost of Tsushima is a beautiful samurai yarn buried underneath a familiar open-world game
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Ghost of Tsushima is a beautiful samurai yarn buried underneath a familiar open-world game

Filed under: Games Review The last big PS4 exclusive is a conflicted one Ghost of Tsushima is at its best when it’s quiet. The latest PS4 game from developer Sucker Punch is an attempt to merge the structure of a conventional open-world game with the setting of a classic samurai film. Think of it as…

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Our highest burning question about Apple’s ARM silicon
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Our highest burning question about Apple’s ARM silicon

For years, Apple has steadily revealed how the ARM-based chips in its mobile phones were catching up in performance to the beefier silicon you’d find inside a laptop or desktop — in 2018, the company claimed its new iPad Pro was faster than 92 percent of portable PCs. At some point, it seemed inevitable that…

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Basecamp’s command of Apple’s policies is already benefiting other developers
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Basecamp’s command of Apple’s policies is already benefiting other developers

A weird thing about running a tech company is that if you are very successful, at some point you will also be operating a vast quasi-legal system. Up to a certain point, one of your users complaining that they got locked out of their account is just a customer service problem. But after some threshold…

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The creators of the buzzy audio app Clubhouse made a depressingly overall mistake
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The creators of the buzzy audio app Clubhouse made a depressingly overall mistake

I. Yesterday we talked about how a recent social media conflict between journalists and the tech world might be better framed as a conflict between managers and their employees. Today I want to look at that conflict from another angle — how it played out on the buzzy, audio-only, invite-only social network Clubhouse. Like many…

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Apple doubles down on controversial choice to reject electronic mail app Hiya
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Apple doubles down on controversial choice to reject electronic mail app Hiya

Apple is standing behind its decision to reject future updates for the iOS app of new email service Hey. In a letter sent to Hey creator Basecamp and obtained by The Verge, Apple outlines the App Store rules it says the Hey app breaks and advises the company to adhere to developer guidelines if Basecamp…

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Sen. Ed Markey on the politics of technology
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Sen. Ed Markey on the politics of technology

If you’ve ever had an 18-inch satellite dish, you’ve enjoyed the work of Senator Ed Markey. Sen. Markey (D-MA) was there in 1992 as a US Representative when the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act was passed, which regulated cable service pricing, increased competition, and, in his eye, birthed the 18-inch satellite dish. He…

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All the pieces you need to movement TV
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All the pieces you need to movement TV

We live in the era of streaming entertainment, and it’s easier than ever to start watching whatever new Netflix, Prime Video, or Hulu show that your friends and co-workers are raving about. No matter if you’re looking for movies, sports, live TV, or anything else, you can probably stream it, and that’s why consumers have…

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Lenovo’s Flex 5G proves it’s too early to rob a 5G computer
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Lenovo’s Flex 5G proves it’s too early to rob a 5G computer

Lenovo’s Flex 5G has a lot to live up to as the world’s first 5G-enabled Windows 10 2-in-1 laptop. Not just that, it also needs to convince people that putting ARM-based processors in a Windows laptop is a perk, not a liability that spells incompatibility doom for those who rely on a lot of apps.…

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TikTok’s success has made it a monumental target for regulators
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TikTok’s success has made it a monumental target for regulators

I. A recurring theme of this newsletter is that I write about TikTok, make some dark prediction about its future, and then turn out to be totally wrong. In that spirit, I thought today we could look at the particularly newsy week the ByteDance-owned video app has had, and then contribute some additional speculation that…

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Evan Spiegel on maps, Minis, and the arrangement forward for Snapchat
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Evan Spiegel on maps, Minis, and the arrangement forward for Snapchat

On Thursday Snap held its second-ever partner summit as a virtual event, announcing a new suite of products and developer tools for Snapchat. The inaugural event was one of the more memorable tech productions I’ve been to — a high-energy keynote from CEO Evan Spiegel in front of giant vertical screens on a converted Hollywood…

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Quibi is flailing because nobody at Quibi understands what Quibi is
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Quibi is flailing because nobody at Quibi understands what Quibi is

After 90 days, Quibi’s free trial period has come to an end. Now, executives at the company have their biggest hurdle yet: getting people to willingly pay $5 or $8 a month for a service that most critics argue lacks exciting shows and flopped on launch. Quibi, a shortform video streaming service, is supposed to…

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Fading Gentle: the narrative of Magic Soar’s lost blended actuality magnum opus
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Fading Gentle: the narrative of Magic Soar’s lost blended actuality magnum opus

In April 2020, the weird and ambitious startup Magic Leap cut its workforce in half and delayed plans to take mixed reality glasses mainstream. The company had a wealth of ideas about how ordinary people might use its hardware, which overlays virtual images on reality. But after years of development, many were still prototypes or…

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The most productive tech presents for the July Fourth weekend
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The most productive tech presents for the July Fourth weekend

Tomorrow is July Fourth, or Independence Day if you live in the US. Like all major US holidays, there are some good sales happening on tech that are worth mentioning. We’ve listed the best ones we know about below, broken up by category. Many of them are happening through tomorrow night, so it’s best to…

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Ubisoft’s Hyper Scape is a like a flash, chaotic battle royale from the developer of The Division
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Ubisoft’s Hyper Scape is a like a flash, chaotic battle royale from the developer of The Division

Ubisoft on Thursday unveiled Hyper Scape, an all-new free-to-play battle royale (BR) shooter from the Montreal-based team behind Rainbow Six Siege that will attempt to carve out its own niche in the highly competitive genre. As first confirmed by leaks earlier this week, Hyper Scape is a much more futuristic-styled BR game set in a…

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How I hosted my first charity stream, and  host one, too
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How I hosted my first charity stream, and host one, too

Congratulations! The world is falling apart (or at least feels like it’s falling apart), and you’ve decided to do something about it. That’s a commendable urge. Here’s where I tell you that you’ve also decided to do something very hard. Hosting a charity stream (on Twitch, YouTube, or on any other platform) is much more…

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Every little thing that the vast social networks banned this week, ranked
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Every little thing that the vast social networks banned this week, ranked

Rarely do we see so many ban hammers drop over a 48-hour period as we have seen this week. The big social platforms, who were once loath to intervene in matters of political speech, are getting much more comfortable with the idea. Today let’s look at what happened and why — and, for the sake…

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Gaming can’t repair its abuse topic one particular person at a time
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Gaming can’t repair its abuse topic one particular person at a time

Over the last week, dozens of developers, journalists, and streamers have come forward on Twitter with allegations of abuse they’ve endured as part of the video game industry. Their stories span several high-profile companies and include figures in powerful positions. While the sheer number of people speaking up at once is remarkable — and concurrent…

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How activists wants to be angry by cybersecurity
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How activists wants to be angry by cybersecurity

In this week’s edition of our Vergecast interview series, Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and policy editor Russell Brandom talk with cybersecurity expert and founder of CryptoHarlem Matt Mitchell. Mitchell has worked with activists in the US to help them better understand the tools technology offers as well as the threats it can impose. On The…

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Whisper moderation complications are taking middle stage within the presidential election marketing campaign
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Whisper moderation complications are taking middle stage within the presidential election marketing campaign

Happy Worldwide Developer Conference to those who celebrate. I spent the weekend watching three stories unfold at the intersection of social networks and politics. Let’s take them in turn. I. During the initial George Floyd protests earlier this month, a big question was whether the social networks would take action against President Trump for one…

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Data to streaming: from Disney Plus and HBO Max to NBA League Circulate and Crunchyroll
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Data to streaming: from Disney Plus and HBO Max to NBA League Circulate and Crunchyroll

There is a plethora of streaming services available for anyone with a credit card handy. Hulu and Netflix are general entertainment providers offering licensed content and originals for subscribers. Others, like anime provider Crunchyroll and NFL Sunday Ticket, are targeted at specific interests. Streaming services like Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus are flashy newcomers…

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