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Nov 13, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Death Stranding: an explainer for Hideo Kojima’s inscrutable new PS4 game

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 13, 2019 - Everything you need to know about the year’s most anticipated game Hideo Kojima’s long-anticipated game, Death Stranding, is out the PlayStation 4 on November 8th. The star-studded action game utilizes actors such as Norman Reedus, Guillermo del Toro, Mads Mikkelsen, and Léa Seydoux to tell a long and winding story about the state of mankind and human connection in a post-apocalyptic future. The buzz around the game, as well as understanding what it’s actually. [more...]

Nov 13, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Casetify teams up with BTS for a new accessories line

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 13, 2019 - Image: Casetify Casetify is known for teaming up with popular brands and artists like Pokémonand Lisa Frank to create cases for personal devices, and that now extends to popular K-pop supergroup, BTS. The announcement comes just a couple of weeks after the band launched a pop-up event in Seoul, South Korea, called “House of BTS.” The Casetify collection includes merchandise that depicts imagery from BTS’s most recent EP, Map of the Soul: Persona.. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 1:10 PM ET

Surface Pro X teardown confirms it’s easier to repair than any other Surface or iPad

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - Photo: iFixit Microsoft’s new Surface Pro X computer may not have taken the world by storm as a Windows-on-ARM showcase, but as iFixit’s teardown reveals, the new hardware design is groundbreaking in other respects by being far easier to repair than other Surfaces. When Microsoft announced the Surface Pro X, it highlighted the removable SSD, which is hidden behind a pop-up door alongside the SIM card and can be easily removed by taking out. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 12:40 PM ET

Death Stranding is so good that it shouldn’t have a sequel

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC The most implausible thing about Death Stranding is that it exists at all. Hideo Kojima, its writer and director, has been saying that he wants to stop making Metal Gear Solid games for as long as he’s been making Metal Gear Solid games. Now, with a newly independent Kojima Productions receiving what appears to have been carte blanche from Sony to make whatever it wanted to as. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Death Stranding: everything you need to know about Hideo Kojima’s new game

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - From celebrities to jar babies After years of being focused entirely on the Metal Gear Solid series, director Hideo Kojima has finally managed to create something brand-new — and it’s as strange and expansive as anything he’s ever done. Death Stranding, which is available on the PS4 with a PC version coming later in 2020, is set in a post-apocalyptic future where a delivery man named Sam must reconnect America by traversing the. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 11:40 AM ET

T-Mobile’s nationwide 600 MHz 5G network will launch on December 6th

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network — built on the company’s 600 MHz band of spectrum — will launch on December 6th, company CEO John Legere announced today. This marks the largest rollout for the carrier’s 5G plans yet. T-Mobile has also started rolling out its 5G network on a smaller scale with faster (but short-range) mmWave technology in a few cities, similar to Verizon. The 600. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 11:10 AM ET

Netflix CEO defends decision to pull Patriot Act episode, says company isn’t in ‘truth to power business’

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - Ore Huiying/Getty Images Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is defending the company’s decision to pull an episode of Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act from its service in Saudi Arabia, stating Netflix isn’t in the “truth to power business.” Hastings spoke about the decision, which occurred earlier this year, while at a New York Times DealBook event this week. Minhaj’s episode criticized Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the government’s reaction to the high-profile, heavily criticized death. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 10:40 AM ET

T-Mobile promises a $15 budget Connect plan with 2GB data if the Sprint merger goes through

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - T-Mobile has announced a new T-Mobile Connect wireless plan that’s would be the cheapest plan the carrier offers: $15 per month for unlimited talk, text, and 2GB of data. The catch? T-Mobile is only planning to offer the deal if its planned Sprint deal goes though. That price includes access to 5G data, although you’ll likely burn through that 2GB pretty quickly on 5G. There’s also a $25-per-month plan that. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 10:40 AM ET

T-Mobile promises free 5G to first responders for 10 years after Sprint merger

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Thursday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced that if his company’s merger with Sprint closes, the new company would offer free 5G service to first responders across the United States for the next 10 years. The proposed New T-Mobile calls this program its “Connecting Heroes Initiative,” and it’s part of a broad “5G for Good” action plan that the company announced on Thursday. State and. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Uber may have to pay Waymo to use its self-driving tech

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Uber has admitted that it may either have to come to a licensing agreement with Waymo or make design changes to its autonomous vehicle technology, following an independent investigation into its self-driving tech, Reuters reports. The disclosure came in Uber’s 10-Q filing earlier this week. The investigation is the result of a settlement Uber reached with Waymo back in February 2018 after the Alphabet-owned company sued Uber over. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Best Buy’s early Black Friday deals have already started, and they’re great

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Best Buy has shared its Black Friday ad, and one of the big surprises was that some of its best deals are already happening. If you’re a My Best Buy member (Best Buy’s free membership service), you can save a lot of money today on the new seventh-generation iPad. You can also save on various sizes and storage configurations of the 2018 iPad. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 9:10 AM ET

A ton of people received text messages overnight that were originally sent on Valentine’s Day

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Something strange is happening with text messages in the US right now. Overnight, a multitude of people received text messages that appear to have originally been sent on or around Valentine’s Day 2019. These people never received the text messages in the first place; the people who sent the messages had no idea that they had never been received, and they did. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 8:40 AM ET

YouTube’s homepage redesign means people will see bigger thumbnails and fewer videos

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - YouTube YouTube is launching a new homepage design today that will include bigger thumbnails, which is a move that frustrated people when the company first tested the refreshed look in August. Users will see fewer videos on the homepage because of the bigger thumbnails, a YouTube spokesperson confirmed to The Verge. The representative added that people are being presented with more information about each video they’re seeing, though. Allowing videos to have. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Google upgrades its no-coding, in-browser AI trainer to make it more functional

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - Google has upgraded its Teachable Machine, an in-browser web experiment it originally released in 2017 to teach people some basic principles of machine learning. The original version of the app was really just a fun little experiment that could be used to classify visual data from your webcam. (I taught it to identify my houseplants!) But Google has added new modes to the system along with the option to export trained models, making. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 7:40 AM ET

T-Mobile claims it will give free internet to 10 million homes if Sprint merger goes through

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Thursday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced that, if his company’s merger with Sprint closes, the New T-Mobile would roll out a program to help provide children across the country with greater access to the internet and close the “homework gap.” T-Mobile is calling it “Project 10 Million,” and it aims to provide 10 million households with free access to the internet. It’s a. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Adobe is building live-streaming into Creative Cloud apps

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - Adobe is developing live-streaming features that are built directly into its Creative Cloud apps, the company announced at its annual Adobe Max creativity conference. A beta version of the feature is currently available to a whitelisted group of users on Adobe Fresco. The feature gives users the option to go live and share a link for anyone online to watch and comment on their streams. Chief product officer Scott Belsky compared. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Alienware starts selling GPU upgrade kits for the Area-51m

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Alienware’s Area-51m came onto the laptop scene at the beginning of the year with a big promise: that you’d be able to upgrade nearly every component of the laptop, including the GPU. And this week, Alienware made good on the last part of that promise by releasing its first GPU upgrade kits for the Area-51m. The new kits aren’t the biggest update: they’re essentially. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Apple rolls out iOS 13.2.2 update with fix for annoying multitasking bug

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Apple has just released iOS and iPadOS 13.2.2, with a fix for a frustrating bug that led apps to close in the background much quicker than usual. Even a jump between two apps could be enough for Safari windows to reload or to lose your place in a YouTube video. The issue is also fixed in the iOS 13.3 update that went. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 1:10 PM ET

Bill Gates and Elizabeth Warren are tweeting at each other about wealth inequality

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Bill Gates and Elizabeth Warren are tweeting at each other — and it seems possible they could have an IRL conversation soon. But let’s first back up to why they’re @-ing each other. Yesterday, the Microsoft co-founder was interviewed at The New York Times’ DealBook Conference. The very first thing CNBC host Andrew Ross Sorkin asked Gates was his position on Warren’s proposed 6 percent wealth tax on billionaires, which is designed to help pay for. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 12:40 PM ET

Harley-Davidson offers a sneak peek of its new electric bikes, going on sale in 2020

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - One of the most hotly anticipated electric bicycles scheduled to be released in 2020 isn’t from a traditional bike manufacturer, or even some new crowdfunding e-bike startup, but from one of the oldest motorcycle companies in the world. We’ve known for a few years now that Harley-Davidson is working on a whole lineup of battery-powered vehicles, including a motorcycle, several pedal-assist bikes, and a scooter-moped concept. This week, the company. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 12:10 PM ET

GM turned a 1960s pickup into an electric hot rod: Using tech from the Chevy Bolt

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Images: General Motors General Motors teased the “future of hot rodding” this week with a stunning, if not necessarily novel idea: the automaker took a vintage 1962 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck and turned it into an electric vehicle using technology from the Chevy Bolt. The franken-truck, dubbed “E-10,” is not the only wonderful one-off oddity to come out of this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show, which took. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Microsoft reveals the future of OneNote and it’s all about Fluid and desktop

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Microsoft is detailing its plans for its popular OneNote app today. The software giant reversed course and revived its OneNote 2016 desktop app earlier this week, with a new dark mode and extended support. Microsoft has much deeper plans for this desktop app, and OneNote overall, though. “We are literally merging all of our modern code back into the legacy 2016 codebase to create a unified single codebase that we can. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 11:10 AM ET

The big questions behind TikTok’s looming national security investigation

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Less than two months after TikTok came under fire for appearing to censor videos related to the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, the app is facing a new challenge from the US government. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has contacted TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDancewith concerns that the app could pose a threat to US citizens. Those concerns will most. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 10:40 AM ET

The Lion King helped boost Disney’s earnings as company prepares for Disney+ launch

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Photo: Walt Disney Studios Disney’s final earnings call before the launch of its anticipated streaming service, Disney+, reminded investors that Disney is in a strong place, beating revenue estimates. The company reported a quarterly revenue of $19.1 billion. It was estimated to pull in $19.04 billion. The company posted $2.32 billion in profit during this same quarter last year on $14.3 billion in revenue. Still, Disney’s numbers are almost up across. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 10:10 AM ET

YouTube enters the live-streaming fight (again)

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - The Verge The first time YouTube tried live-streaming, it failed. YouTube Gaming began in 2015, after Google tried and failed to buy Twitch, and as of this May the project was shuttered because it was confusing for users. “It was pretty bad. It could not have been worse, to be completely honest,” says the e-sports consultant and broadcaster Rod Breslau, when I reach him by phone. The failure knocked YouTube out of the race. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 9:40 AM ET

The Google Pixel 4 will be up to $400 off on Black Friday

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge If you’ve been holding out for a sale on the newly released Pixel 4, this upcoming Black Friday deal is worth the wait. Best Buy announced a heap of Black Friday deals earlier today. While you can grab some of those deals right now, others, like big savings on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, will be available starting at 5PM on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th.. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Smartphones haven’t killed GoPro, they’ve only made it stronger

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Photo by Brent Rose for The Verge GoPro’s new Hero 8 Black had the best first month of sales of any camera in the company’s history, according to third quarter financial results released Thursday. What’s more, GoPro says sales of the new camera were up 40 percent compared to the first month of Hero 7 Black sales in 2018 — the camera that set the company’s previous record. People have spent years guessing that the. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Disney is using FX to ensure people don’t forget about Hulu

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Hulu With Disney+ just five days out from launching, it’s easy to assume that Disney executives would want to talk to investors during its fourth quarter earnings callabout the anticipated streaming service. Instead, Disney CEO Bob Iger spent a large portion of time talking about another major streaming service the company owns — Hulu. Hulu now has more than 28.5 million subscribers, but its lack of original programming compared to Netflix and bigger libraries from incoming. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Oppo’s Reno Ace really does have the fastest fast charging

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Last month Oppo announced its latest flagship phone, the Reno Ace, with a headline feature of the world’s fastest fast-charge solution yet. Oppo’s 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charger is claimed to be able to charge the Reno Ace’s 4,000mAh battery in half an hour, which would put it ahead of all other competing technology on the market. I have the Reno Ace in hand now, and I can confirm that it is. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Motorola Moto G8 Plus review: a battery boost for the budget king

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - It’s hard to fault at this price Over the last few years, Motorola’s Moto G-series phones have been consistently excellent budget devices. In fact, the Moto G7 is our current pick for the best budget phone available today. Now Lenovo-owned Motorola is back with the first of its G8 range of devices. This is the £239 (€269 or about $306) Motorola Moto G8 Plus, which sits at the top end of the affordable G-series. [more...]