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Jan 19, 2020 7:10 AM ET

Instagram is hiding faked images, and it could hurt digital artists

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 19, 2020 - Instagram announced in December that it was rolling out a false information warning feature that used third-party fact-checkers to reduce the spread of misinformation. But the feature is now labeling some digitally manipulated art as false information and hiding photos from digital artists and photographers from the Explore and hashtag pages. According to PetaPixel, photographer Toby Harriman spotted the false information warning pop-up on a photo of a man standing in front of some. [more...]

Jan 19, 2020 6:40 AM ET

Logitech’s new split Ergo K860 keyboard expands its ergonomic accessory lineup

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 19, 2020 - Image: Logitech Logitech has been making its way into the ergonomic mouse space for a while now, with hardware like the MX Ergo and MX Vertical mice. Now it’s looking to expand its ergonomic accessories into the keyboard space with the launch of the split Ergo K860 keyboard. Logitech says that the Ergo K860’s design “reduces muscle strain on your wrists and forearms” compared to traditional keyboards due to the wrist rest and. [more...]

Jan 19, 2020 6:40 AM ET

The Rise of Skywalker is proof that Star Wars needs to reinvent itself

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 19, 2020 - Lucasfilm Ltd. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has officially crossed $1 billion at the box office worldwide, making it Disney’s seventh film in 2019 to hit the 10-figure mark, viaVariety. But The Rise of Skywalker has taken longer than its predecessors to hit $1 billion, the latest indication that the ninth Star Wars film just isn’t doing very well at the box office compared to the other sequels. For nearly any other film, hitting $1. [more...]

Jan 19, 2020 6:10 AM ET

Google now treats iPhones as physical security keys

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 19, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The latest update to Google’s Smart Lock app on iOS means you can now use your iPhone as a physical 2FA security key for logging into Google’s first-party services in Chrome. Once it’s set up, attempting to log in to a Google service on, say, a laptop, will generate a push notification on your nearby iPhone. You’ll then need to unlock your Bluetooth-enabled iPhone and. [more...]

Jan 18, 2020 7:40 AM ET

B&O doubles the battery life of its true wireless earbuds

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 18, 2020 - Image: Bang & Olufsen Bang & Olufsen has updated its true wireless earbuds, giving them a big boost in battery life as well as a more compact design. The new third-generation Beoplay E8 earbuds now provide a total of 35 hours of listening when used with their charging case, up from the 16 hours you’d get with the second generation, while the buds themselves can now go for seven hours without needing. [more...]

Jan 18, 2020 7:10 AM ET

There’s a new Pokémon Sword and Shield anime on YouTube

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 18, 2020 - Less than a week after news that Pokémon Sword and Shield will get new content through expansions, The Pokémon Company announced that it’s airing a new series on YouTube called Pokémon: Twilight Wings. The seven-episode animated show is based in Sword and Shield’s Galar region and features familiar faces like champion Leon and Chairman Rose. Each episode will be about five minutes long, with new episodes airing once a month until summer. The first episode, “Letter,” takes place in a hospital. [more...]

Jan 18, 2020 6:40 AM ET

Instagram messages on the web could pose an encryption challenge

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 18, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge It’s a relatively slow week on the platforms-and-democracy beat, so let’s talk about something small but fascinating in its own way: the arrival of Instagram messages on the web. An unfortunate thing about being a xennial who grew up using (and loving) the world wide web is that most developers no longer build for it. Over the past 15 years, mobile phones became more popular than. [more...]

Jan 18, 2020 6:10 AM ET

NASA astronauts will recreate history this morning and perform another all-female spacewalk

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 18, 2020 - This morning, NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch are recreating their history-making all-female spacewalk. The pair will head outside the International Space Station today to do some more upgrades. It’ll be just the second time in history that two women have suited up — without any men — and performed a spacewalk together. And if all goes to plan, the pair could do it all again next week. The purpose of. [more...]

Jan 17, 2020 1:10 PM ET

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey on edit button: ‘We’ll probably never do it’

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 17, 2020 - Twitter users have been asking for the option to edit tweets ever since the service launched in 2006, but the company has always prevaricated, saying it’s looking into the problem, or considering it deeply, or a hundred other ways of saying “please stop bothering us about this, please.” Now, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has given perhaps the most definitive answer on the question to date. During a video Q&A with Wired, Dorsey was. [more...]

Jan 17, 2020 12:40 PM ET

Spotify will now make a playlist for your cat

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 17, 2020 - Image: Spotify Spotify is launching a silly new playlist generator today that promises to create a playlist that both you and your pet will enjoy. The whole thing seems to be designed to go viral, which is one of the ways Spotify has had luck standing out from competitors like Apple Music that have largely the same exact music offering. To get a playlist for your pet, you have to head over to Spotify’s Pet. [more...]

Jan 17, 2020 12:10 PM ET

One of the Wii U’s best RPGs is even better on the Switch

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 17, 2020 - At this point, there are vanishingly few reasons to hang on to a Wii U. Since the debut of the Switch in 2017, Nintendo has steadily been porting the Wii U’s best games to its hybrid device, titles that originally didn’t reach a massive audience because the console was largely a flop. That includes everything from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze to Mario Kart 8 to New Super Mario Bros. U. So far the strategy. [more...]

Jan 17, 2020 11:40 AM ET

Google Phone app could add support for call recording, code suggests

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 17, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Code added in the latest version of the Google Phone app suggests that it could support native call recording in the future. XDA-Developers was first to spot the code, which appeared in the app downloaded to a Pixel 4. The dialer app adds a new layout, icon, and other assets consistent with a call recording feature. The Google Phone app is currently the default dialer. [more...]

Jan 17, 2020 10:10 AM ET

For the first time, Microsoft’s new Surface Pro X is $100 off

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 17, 2020 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verg Today is the first time we’re seeing a price drop on the new Surface Pro X tablet, Microsoft’s reimagining of the stayed Surface Pro design that features a custom Qualcomm processor and supports 4G LTE out of the box. At Best Buy, you can get the base model (featuring 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage) for $899.99, which is $100 off of its usual. [more...]

Jan 17, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Microsoft’s new Edge Chromium browser launches on Windows and macOS

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 17, 2020 - Microsoft is officially launching its new Edge Chromium browser today across both Windows and macOS. A stable version of the browser is now available for everyone to download, just over a year after the software maker revealed its plans to switch to Chromium. Microsoft is initially targeting Edge at enterprise users of Windows and macOS, but consumers will be able to manually download and install it, too. In the coming months, Microsoft. [more...]

Jan 17, 2020 9:10 AM ET

Jabra Elite 75t earbuds review: the best AirPods alternative

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 17, 2020 - They’re way more comfortable, sound good, and come in an improved case Jabra’s Elite 65t earbuds have been a worthy rival to Apple’s original AirPods and the go-to alternative for people with an Android phone or whose ears didn’t accommodate the one-size-fits-most AirPod design ever since their release. But Jabra took a long time delivering a follow-up, and in that time, we’ve seen pretty much every consumer tech company take a swing. [more...]

Jan 17, 2020 8:40 AM ET

How to download Microsoft’s new Edge browser

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 17, 2020 - Microsoft is launching its new Chromium-based Edge browser today. It comes with built-in tracking protection, a new Collections feature to grab images and content from the web, and an Internet Explorer mode for businesses. If you’re currently a Chrome user, then it’s very familiar in terms of overall features and the user interface. Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and macOS users will all be able to download and install the new. [more...]

Jan 17, 2020 8:10 AM ET

Facebook’s problems moderating deepfakes will only get worse in 2020

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 17, 2020 - Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post via Getty Images Last summer, a video of Mark Zuckerberg circulated on Instagram in which the Facebook CEO appeared to claim he had “total control of billions of people’s stolen data, all their secrets, their lives, their futures.” It turned out to be an art project rather than a deliberate attempt at misinformation, but Facebook allowed it to stay on the platform. According to the company, it. [more...]

Jan 17, 2020 7:40 AM ET

This Jigglypuff Bluetooth speaker could be a sleeper hit

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 17, 2020 - Finally, Jigglypuff gets to sing under the lights... of the testing lab. | Image: FCC Filings for a Bluetooth speaker that looks like Jigglypuff made by GameStop’s ThinkGeek brand have been published by the Federal Communications Commission. That means that if you’ve ever wanted a real-life Jigglypuff to sing you to sleep, you might be able to make that dream a reality sometime soon. Here’s what the speaker looks like, from the filings:  . [more...]

Jan 17, 2020 6:10 AM ET

Apple’s latest AI acquisition leaves some Wyze cameras without people detection

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 17, 2020 - Image: Wyze Earlier today, Apple confirmed it purchased Seattle-based AI company Xnor.ai (via MacRumors). Acquisitions at Apple’s scale happen frequently, though rarely do they impact everyday people on the day of their announcement. This one is different. Cameras from fellow Seattle-based company Wyze, including the Wyze Cam V2 and Wyze Cam Pan, have utilized Xnor.ai’s on-device people detection since last summer. But now that Apple owns the company, it’s no longer available. Some. [more...]

Jan 16, 2020 1:10 PM ET

Wildfire smoke forced tennis players to withdraw from Australian Open matches

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 16, 2020 - Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images Athletes at the Australian Open are breathing in poor-quality air polluted by bushfire smoke, making it nearly impossible for them to do their jobs. Dalila Jakupovic, ranked 210 in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association, withdrew from her qualifying match yesterday after smoke sent her into a coughing fit. Maria Sharapova’s match was abandoned after two hours of play in smoky air, and Novak Djokovic said. [more...]

Jan 16, 2020 12:40 PM ET

Go read this Vice article about how to securely organize your workplace

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 16, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Over the past few years, there has been a considerable uptick in union organizing from workers at tech companies. If you or your fellow workers have considered organizing and want to do so as securely as possible, Vice has put together a helpful guide that you should read. (Disclosure: I am a proud member of the Writers Guild of America, East union through my employment at The. [more...]

Jan 16, 2020 12:10 PM ET

This daily word guessing game is the perfect way to kill time — and confidence

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 16, 2020 - For the last few months, Ryan Jones’ Guess My Word has offered a simple, albeit not always painless, way to breeze through downtime at work. It works in your browser, and it’s pretty simple: guess a word, and the software will tell you if the correct answer falls before or after it. Sounds easy, right? Haha! Just kidding! It’s actually surprisingly hard and will make you realize how rusty you are at. [more...]

Jan 16, 2020 11:40 AM ET

Akai’s MPC One is a cheaper and smaller music-making machine

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 16, 2020 - Image: Akai Akai has announced a new entry to its iconic MPC (Music Production Center) line called the MPC One. The standalone music-making workstation has a more compact form factor and borrows bits from other Akai products to offer an MPC at a more affordable price point. There are a lot of similarities between the MPC One and its recent(ish) predecessors, the MPC Live and MPC X. They all have. [more...]

Jan 16, 2020 11:10 AM ET

House of the Dragon, HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel, won’t premiere until 2022

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 16, 2020 - Game of Thrones fans excited for House of the Dragon — the upcoming prequel series HBO announced late last year — should prepare to settle in for a bit of a wait. According to HBO’s president of programming Casey Bloys, the series likely won’t air until “sometime in 2022,” via Deadline. Bloys wouldn’t offer any more details than that, save to say that writing for the series is underway, and that there were no casting. [more...]

Jan 16, 2020 10:40 AM ET

Senators won’t be trusted to keep eyes off their phones during Trump impeachment trial

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 16, 2020 - Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Donald Trump has been impeached, and his trial in the US Senate is expected to begin in earnest on January 21st. Don’t expect to see any Senators tweeting @ Trump from the proceedings, though — because they’ll have to leave their phones at the door. Tablets and laptops can’t come along for the ride, either: according to an official sheet of “Decorum Guidelines” for Trump’s impeachment obtained. [more...]

Jan 16, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Toyota makes a big bet on secretive flying taxi startup Joby Aviation

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 16, 2020 - Joby Aviation, a California-based aerospace company that has been working on electric aircraft for over a decade, just closed its latest round of financing with $590 million in venture capital funding — and a major new partner. Toyota will work with Joby to design and build a fleet of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft for use in a ride-hailing service. The Japanese auto giant was part of a previous. [more...]

Jan 16, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Pioneer DJ’s new mixer isn’t for the average DJ

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 16, 2020 - Overhead of the Pioneer DJ DVM-V10 mixer. | Image: Pioneer DJ Pioneer DJ has announced a new professional gig mixer for gear-heads that want more control over how mixes and tracks sound while performing. Called the DVM-V10, it sports six channels (in comparison to the usual four), dual headphone inputs to seamlessly play back-to-back with other DJs, and the ability to EQ the master output. The release confirms circulating rumors about. [more...]

Jan 16, 2020 9:10 AM ET

YouTube advertisers blindsided by climate change denial videos

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 16, 2020 - Photo by Sam Mooy/Getty Images YouTube has been recommending and serving ads against videos that feature denial of or misinformation about climate change, according to a new report. The identified videos had 21.1 million views between them and might be suggested to users after a search for “climate change,” “global warming,” or the conspiracy theory “climate manipulation.” The study, from the nonprofit activist group Avaaz, found ads from 108 brands. [more...]

Jan 16, 2020 8:40 AM ET

The Apple Archive is a compelling and completely unofficial trip down memory lane

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 16, 2020 - Image: Apple via Apple Archive A new and completely unofficial archive of all things Apple is attempting to make almost 44 years of the company’s official videos, ads, and imagery available to browse online. 9to5Mac reports that The Apple Archive currently contains just under 1TB of data, comprising over 15,000 files, and it includes everything from print ads, to TV spots, WWDC sessions, internal training videos, and even a collection of macOS and iOS wallpapers.. [more...]

Jan 16, 2020 8:10 AM ET

Chris Evans started a new site about politics because he thinks Wikipedia entries are too long

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 16, 2020 - Actor Chris Evans attends a screening of Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’ in 2016 | Photo by Ben Gabbe/FilmMagic With our politics increasingly polarized and democracy in retreat, worried Americans are responding in all manner of ways. Some, such as former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, have mounted a fight against voter suppression. Others, such as Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, are lobbying social networks to change their products and policies to promote transparency. [more...]