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Aug 23, 2019 2:10 PM ET

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 preorder bonuses end later today

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 23, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 will release tomorrow, August 23rd. Our review just went live, and if you already preordered, there’s a decent chance that you may have already received your new phone. But if you’re still thinking about taking the plunge, there’s a really good reason why you should do so today: it’s the last day to get a bunch of preorder incentives with. [more...]

Aug 23, 2019 1:40 PM ET

Amazon will no longer use tips to pay delivery drivers’ base salaries

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 23, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon has announced that it’ll be ending its practice of using customer tips to pay its Flex drivers’ wages, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times and emails sent out to drivers. The practice came under fire when it was revealed back in February that Amazon(along with other delivery services like Instacart and DoorDash) were using customer tips to pay delivery drivers their base pay,. [more...]

Aug 23, 2019 1:10 PM ET

More than 100 vapers have contracted a severe lung disease, per CDC

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 23, 2019 - Photo by James Bareham / The Verge The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that it’s looking into 153 possible cases of a mysterious lung disease that seems to be associated with e-cigarette use. The agency says it’s investigating the illness alongside 16 states where the cases were reported from June 28th to August 20th. The illness seems to start out gradually with symptoms that include difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, and /. [more...]

Aug 23, 2019 12:40 PM ET

How to sync popular fitness apps to your Apple Watch

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 23, 2019 - Apple Watch | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge With about a quarter of the worldwide market, the Apple Watch is far and away the most popular fitness watch. Many of its wearers, though, want to track their activity with third-party applications. If you’re one of their number, don’t fret — happily, the Watch’s popularity means that many commonly used apps — such as MyFitnessPal, Couch to 5K, Strava,. [more...]

Aug 23, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Lenovo’s Smart Clock can now showcase your Google Photos collection

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 23, 2019 - Image: Google One of the disappointments my colleague Dan Seifert had with Lenovo’s Smart Clock was that the device’s tiny screen didn’t do as much as it could (or should) compared to similar products. At launch, it didn’t even offer the basic function of acting as a digital picture frame for your photo library. That’s something the Google Nest Hub smart display can do, as can Amazon’s various bedside Echo devices with. [more...]

Aug 23, 2019 11:40 AM ET

How to enable cross-save with your Destiny 2 data

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 23, 2019 - Bungie has activated the long-awaited cross-save feature for Destiny 2, meaning you can finally move your Guardians, with all of their loot, to a different platform and freely jump between console and PC at your leisure. Here’s how to do it, whether you want to transfer your account data between a PC and PS4, an Xbox One and PS4, or even (in the future) a PC and Stadia. First, there are. [more...]

Aug 23, 2019 11:10 AM ET

News Corp is making a news service called… Knewz

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 23, 2019 - Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images News Corp is developing a news distribution service designed to offer an alternative to Google and Facebook, according to The Wall Street Journal. It’s currently being called Knewz, and it’s meant to give the Rupert Murdoch-owned publishing empire leverage over the two tech giants, both of which have become integral to the distribution of news — often to publishers’ consternation. Knewz is also being developed due to. [more...]

Aug 23, 2019 10:40 AM ET

YouTube disabled 210 accounts for spreading disinformation about Hong Kong protests

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 23, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google just published a blog post revealing that it has disabled 210 YouTube channels that the company says “behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.” Google cites the behavior as being “consistent with recent observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and Twitter.” The accounts were disabled earlier this week. Both Facebook and Twitter. [more...]

Aug 23, 2019 10:10 AM ET

The new Chevy Bolt gained 21 miles of range thanks to a battery chemistry tweak

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 23, 2019 - Photo: Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt is going to offer 21 miles more range on a full charge than its predecessors, thanks to a tweak in battery chemistry, the automaker announced Thursday. The new version of the automaker’s flagship electric vehicle will therefore get an EPA-estimated 259 miles of range when it goes on sale later this year, up from 238 miles. “To achieve this notable. [more...]

Aug 23, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Netflix’s Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance builds on everything that made the film great

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 23, 2019 - In 1982, Jim Henson and Frank Oz redefined fantasy filmmaking with The Dark Crystal, an ambitious, puppet-driven movie that tells a wondrous story about an ancient world on the brink of destruction or salvation. In the post-Game of Thrones fantasy licensing frenzy, it would have been easy for Netflix to snap up the rights to the Dark Crystal world, make a cheap knockoff, and count on nostalgia to lure viewers. Instead, Clash of the Titans and The. [more...]

Aug 23, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Google Photos now lets you search for text in pictures you’ve taken

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 23, 2019 - Photo by Michele Doying / The Verge Google made a subtle announcement today on Twitter: it’s in the process of rolling out new AI features for its Lens platform that will let you search your Google Photos library for text that appears within photos and screenshots. Then, you’ll then be able to easily copy and paste that text into a note, document, or form. Both of the new features make. [more...]

Aug 23, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Epic finally backpedals on Fortnite’s B.R.U.T.E. mech suit with dramatic nerfs

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 23, 2019 - Image: Epic Games Epic Games has heard the feedback loud and clear, and this afternoon the Fortnite developer announced a series of sweeping changes to its newly introduced B.R.U.T.E. mech suit that has had game’s community in open revolt for the last few weeks. The changes have mostly gone into effect immediately, with Epic saying players will not need to update the game at all. In a post titled “B.R.U.T.E. balance adjustments,” Epic details. [more...]

Aug 23, 2019 8:10 AM ET

If you attack a robot, it might photograph you in the act

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 23, 2019 - Image: Knightscope Humans haven’t quite reached a WALL-E-like society where robots care for our every possible need, but we do have a few roving security robots that can monitor places like banks, casinos, malls, and hospitals so human security guards can catch a break. Some people don’t seem to like the new robot cops: earlier this month in Hayward, California, a security robot captured video of an alleged attacker shortly before he. [more...]

Aug 23, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Facebook is tightening its grip on Instagram

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 23, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge When Instagram first hit the news this week, it was over a hoax. A host of celebrities had posted to their timelines a battered image declaring that Instagram would soon make our deleted photos and messages public, and use them against us in court, unless we created a post to the contrary. It wasn’t true, of course, but it seemed true enough to some of. [more...]

Aug 23, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Errors in cellphone location evidence force Denmark to review 10,000 verdicts

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 23, 2019 - Errors in cellphone location data have prompted authorities in Denmark to review 10,700 court cases to see if flawed evidence lead to incorrect convictions. The New York Times reports that the issues date back in 2012, and consist of two bugs. The first relates to how raw data from phone companies is converted into evidence by Danish police, and the second is a bug that could result in cellphones being linked to the. [more...]

Aug 23, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Chicago police pilot Samsung DeX as replacement for bulky in-car computers

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 23, 2019 - Police offers in one district will be given Samsung smartphones which can be docked in their cars. | Image: Samsung Police in Chicago’s West Side 11th district are piloting Samsung DeX as a replacement for their existing in-car computer systems, the Chicago Police Department and Samsung announced this week. Officers will have a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone which they can use to access dispatch alerts, notifications from gunshot detection systems, and real-time viewing and control. [more...]

Aug 23, 2019 6:10 AM ET

DoorDash breaks silence on driver tips, says it’ll start paying them next month

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 23, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge DoorDash today announced more concrete details about its updated tipping policy, which the company says it’s been testing this month and plans to roll out to all of its delivery contractors starting next month. Under a newly revamped pay model, all drivers will receive 100 percent of the tip amount a customer adds through the DoorDash app either at checkout or after delivery. Drivers will. [more...]

Aug 22, 2019 2:10 PM ET

Beto O’Rourke seeks new limits on Section 230 as part of gun violence proposal

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 22, 2019 - Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images On Friday, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke announced a sweeping policy plan to counter hate speech and gun violence in America that specifically proposes changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, one of the tech industry’s most pivotal legal protections. Outside of proposing a nationwide gun licensing system / registry and requiring universal background checks, O’Rourke laid out a plan aimed at making social. [more...]

Aug 22, 2019 1:40 PM ET

Runkeeper will stop supporting Wear OS ‘in a few weeks’

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 22, 2019 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Runkeeper this week announced that it will discontinue its Wear OS app in the next few weeks, as reported by Android Central. The update was emailed to users this week, where the company told users that it decided to end support because “the integration didn’t work well / work consistently for most users.” In a response to users, Runkeeper elaborated that only a small. [more...]

Aug 22, 2019 1:10 PM ET

Democrats plead with Pai to delay T-Mobile-Sprint vote

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 22, 2019 - Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would be charging ahead with a vote to formally approve the T-Mobile-Sprint merger; but Democratic senators are calling on the agency to reopen the issue for public comment before taking that vote. Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) penned a letter along with others like Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). [more...]

Aug 22, 2019 12:40 PM ET

Fundo is a new digital meet-and-greet service for creators from Google’s Area 120 incubator

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 22, 2019 - Google’s Area 120 incubator has a new project: the fantastically named Fundo, a digital meet-and-greet service for creators, revealed today in a report fromVariety. What is Fundo? Well, it’s not the name of an adorable, floppy-haired dog, although I can understand why that would be your first impression. No, Fundo is an online meet-and-greet service for creators that lets fans “meet your favorite creator from anywhere, using your phone or computer,” per the service’s FAQ. The. [more...]

Aug 22, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Segway-Ninebot introduces an e-scooter that can drive itself to a charging station

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 22, 2019 - Photo by Christoph Soeder/picture alliance via Getty Images Segway-Ninebot has a solution for all of those dockless electric scooters that need to be gathered up every night for charging: build one that can drive itself to the charging station. The Chinese scooter giant’s new self-driving scooter, the KickScooter T60, was introduced at an event in Beijing on Friday, according to Reuters. The scooter has three wheels (two in front, one in back),. [more...]

Aug 22, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Huawei may challenge Google Maps’ dominance with its own mapping tech

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 22, 2019 - Illustration by William Joel / The Verge Huawei is developing a “mapping service,” according to a report by state-run news outlet China Daily, seemingly designed to challenge Google Maps — but not the way you might expect. The service is apparently intended for software developers, meaning apps that offer navigation or ride-hailing services could use Huawei’s planned mapping technology instead of building their own. A Huawei exec told China Daily that the mapping service, called. [more...]

Aug 22, 2019 11:10 AM ET

If you’ve bought a Nintendo Switch since July 17th, you might be able to upgrade for free

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 22, 2019 - Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Nintendo made a lightly updated version of the original Switch console that offers improvements like better battery life. But if you bought the old model recently, you might not be out of luck. The company is offering upgrades to the newer model for customers who bought the old version from July 17th going forward (when Nintendo announced the new model), according to a report from Polygon, which confirmed. [more...]

Aug 22, 2019 10:40 AM ET

How to make and share your own Instagram face filters

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 22, 2019 - A tool that lets you create custom face filters and other excellent effects for Instagram, Spark AR Studio is now available to all users. Previously, it had only been available for Facebook and beta testers. We here at The Verge have already used it to create our first filter, which you can see and share through Instagram’s mobile app by going to The Verge’s Instagram account (@verge) and tapping on the face icon. If you’d like. [more...]

Aug 22, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Supreme’s new feature phone is for hypebeasts only

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 22, 2019 - Supreme has just announced its fall / winter 2019 catalog, and nestled in among the accessories like Voodoo Dolls and table tennis sets, there’s a Supreme-branded “burner phone” manufactured by Blu. The new collection will be available on August 22nd in Supreme’s New York, Los Angeles, London, and Paris stores. There’s no mention of price on Supreme’s site, but considering this is the company that sold a limited edition brick for $30, we don’t expect this to be. [more...]

Aug 22, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Disney+ will stream on these devices at launch

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 22, 2019 - Image: Disney Disney today confirmed its first global launches for the company’s upcoming Disney+ subscription service, and it outlined which devices and platforms will be able to access it on day one. The service is set to launch in the United States on November 12th for $6.99 per month (or $69.99 paid annually). Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand will be able to start streaming Disney+ in November. The. [more...]

Aug 22, 2019 9:10 AM ET

The Roku Channel is adding a kids and family section with free TV shows and movies

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 22, 2019 - Image: Roku The Roku Channel currently offers a mix of free-to-watch, ad-supported movies, TV shows, and live news. You can also purchase subscriptions to HBO, Showtime, Starz, Epix, and other networks through the Roku Channel instead of subscribing to each of those streaming apps separately. Beginning today, the company is adding a new section to the Roku Channel that’s focused on kid and family content. The Kids and Family area. [more...]

Aug 22, 2019 8:40 AM ET

US gives Huawei another 90 days before full ban takes effect

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 22, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The United States will once again delay a full ban on doing business with Huawei, saying that rural communications companies needed the extra time to switch their equipment away from products made by the Chinese tech giant. President Trump initiated the Huawei ban in May with an executive order directing his administration to restrict purchase and installation of critical communications equipment from “foreign adversaries.” Full. [more...]

Aug 22, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Superhot and Hotline Miami are coming to the Nintendo Switch today

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 22, 2019 - At Gamescom today, Nintendo revealed that another slate of indie games is coming to the Nintendo Switch. The biggest games are actually out today, including both Superhot, the time-bending shooter first released in 2016, and the classic Hotline Miami, which will be available as the Hotline Miami Collection, bundling the first two games in the series. Also coming to the Switch is former Xbox exclusive Ori and the Blind Forest, a gorgeous Metroid-style adventure that will launch on. [more...]