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Feb 22, 2020 7:10 AM ET

These deals make for good last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 22, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, so time is nearly up for you to think of a nice gift for your significant other, spouse, or close friends. Spending time with them over dinner is always a good bet, but in case you want to buy them something, we’ve found a few last-minute gifts that should make them happy — at least, once the packages. [more...]

Feb 22, 2020 6:40 AM ET

New Deepwater Horizon data reveals invisible oil that satellites may have missed

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 22, 2020 - Photo by Mark Ralston / AFP via Getty Images “Invisible oil” escaped the view of satellites that were tasked with measuring the extent of the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, according to a new study. In the Science Advances article, researchers argue that updated techniques need to be deployed alongside satellite measurements to track future oil spills below the water’s surface. BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig spewed more. [more...]

Feb 22, 2020 6:10 AM ET

Tesla launches $2 billion stock offering after Elon Musk said ‘it doesn’t make sense’

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 22, 2020 - Photo by STR / AFP via Getty Images Tesla has announced that it will sell $2 billion of common stock in a new public offering, just days after CEO Elon Musk said it wouldn’t “make sense” to raise more cash. The company says it plans to use the proceeds from the offering “to further strengthen its balance sheet, as well as for general corporate purposes.” Musk will buy up to. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 2:40 PM ET

The Galaxy S20 is the first high-refresh display phone many people will own

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Samsung’s Galaxy S20 lineup innovates on many fronts. For most consumers, the S20 will be the first 5G device they ever lay their hands on, the first phones with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 865 processor, and the debut of Samsung’s much-hyped 108-megapixel sensor (at least on the S20 Ultra). But the most important feature the S20 lineup is going to introduce to most phone owners might be the one that. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 2:10 PM ET

How to use Edge’s tools to protect your privacy while browsing

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Version 80 of Microsoft’s Edge browser, now based on the Chromium source code, launched on January 15th, and with it came an increased focus on privacy. Edge includes tools to block both first-party cookies (used to keep you logged in or remember the items in your shopping cart) and third-party tracking cookies (used to keep track of your browsing activity). Below are instructions on. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 2:10 PM ET

ToTok Asks Android Users to Ignore Google’s Play Protect Warning, Co-Founders Claim Their App Is ‘Safe’

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - In December, ToTok was accused of being an Emirati spying tool. ToTok, a messaging app, has been on quite a ride after it shot to fame in certain regions. The app was accused of being an Emirati spying tool in December last year. Apple and Google were quick to jump in and remove the app from their respective app stores. Since then, ToTok has been denying all allegations of any. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 1:40 PM ET

AR Pianist app is fun to watch, but that’s about it

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Image: Massive Technologies AR and VR company Massive Technologies has just released an app called AR Pianist which superimposes virtual musicians on pianos to give you “piano concerts from the comfort of your living room.” The app was first teased last December, when a tweet went viral with a video that showed virtual pianists popping up on-screen as the camera scanned across several different pianos. Here’s the thing: My one colleague, Nilay Patel, says. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 1:10 PM ET

Copyright could be the next way for Congress to take on Big Tech

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Graphic by T.C.Sottek The first of 2020’s big copyright hearings started with a nod to Chumbawamba. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) had looked up which band topped the charts in 1998, the year Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act — one of the most influential and controversial laws governing the internet. Then, Tillis paused soberly. “I don’t know if we’re talking a lot about Chumbawamba” these days, he said. And. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 1:00 PM ET

What if we fuck up the Moon too?

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - US Vice President Mike Pence yesterday gave a speech at NASA’s Langley research center in Virginia where he told employees that President Donald Trump was committed to putting humans back on the Moon by 2024 through “any means necessary.” We’re not sure exactly what that means. It was likely intended to be an inspirational quip indicating that the employees of NASA have the President‘s full support. But it feels a bit ominous. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 12:40 PM ET

You can now directly sync Apple Watch workouts to Strava

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Apple Watch users can now directly sync their workouts automatically to Strava without a third-party workaround thanks to a new HealthKit update released this week. In a note on the latest Strava for iOS update, the company says any activity that is recorded on the Apple Watch or an iPhone can now be imported right to Strava. Previously, Strava users had to download a paid third-party app to sync their. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 12:10 PM ET

MSI Prestige 14 review: hot pink and hot in your lap

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - The MSI Prestige 14 isn’t a new machine — it’s been kicking around since last October — but it’s just been released in a new color: a very pink color. I spent a week with one of the first “rose pink” units, and it’s an excellent laptop for making a fashion statement — and a so-so laptop for everything else. MSI, until recently, has been known for making bulky, garish gaming laptops.. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Facebook will pay you for your voice recordings, but it’s not worth it

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Last year, Facebook said it would stop listening to voice notes in messenger to improve its speech recognition technology. Now, the company is starting a new program where it will explicitly ask you to submit your recordings, and earn money in return. According to a report from The Verge, the social network is commencing this project, called Pronunciations, with its ViewPoints Research app. Notably, ViewPoints is the same app Facebook launched to reward people to. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 11:40 AM ET

Apple files patent for a smart home system that could configure itself

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge An Apple patent published today reveals an idea for a system that could automatically detect smart home devices and potentially configure them for the room they’re in (via Patently Apple). As Apple points out in the patent, there are a lot of good smart home devices and technologies available now. But it can be very challenging to actually configure those devices to make a fully integrated. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 11:30 AM ET

Hands on: Microsoft’s Office app for Android is tuned for the smartphone generation

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - It can edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps, scan images using Office Lens, and create PDFs. There's more to come, too. Microsoft’s mobile version of Office for Android and iOS is distinctly unlike the company’s Office app for Windows 10. While the latter seems little more than a gateway to your recently-used documents, our hands-on time with the mobile app shows an intelligent use of the smartphone’s capabilities. Its roadmap of. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 11:25 AM ET

OVPN 2020 review: An excellent VPN with a focus on privacy

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Sweden-based OVPN is an excellent choice for speed and privacy. Plus it supports Netflix. OVPN in brief: P2P allowed: Yes Business location: Stockholm, Sweden Number of servers: 83 Number of country locations: 14 Cost: $84 per year VPN protocol: OpenVPN Data encryption: AES-256-GCM (OpenVPN 2.4 and up) Data authentication: DHE using RSA with 4096-bit key Handshake: TLSv1.3 The first time we reviewed OVPN, it was a bit disappointing. The service got so many things right but performance just wasn’t. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 11:10 AM ET

10 best privacy web browsers for Android

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Privacy is a bigger deal now than ever before. People know how much sites can track them these days and are taking active steps to prevent it. A good privacy browser can help. They generally don’t save cookies, often block trackers, and sometimes even block advertising. There are three types of privacy browser. The first actively deletes all traces of you browsing the web after you exit, including cookies, history,. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 11:10 AM ET

Eating less meat is fine with a majority of Americans

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images More than nine in ten Americans “are willing” to eat more fruits and vegetables, and more than half are open to giving up some red meat and chowing down on more plant-based meat alternatives, according to a new survey of more than a thousand adults in the US by Yale and the nonprofit Earth Day Network. Why aren’t there more greens on Americans’. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 11:05 AM ET

Apparent LG V60 ThinQ render breaks cover, so what does it tell us?

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - We got our first major LG V60 ThinQ leak courtesy of frequent leaker Evan Blass earlier this month. And we may have just received a look at the final product thanks to an apparently leaked render (seen above). Android Headlines has published a single render showing the front of what is claimed to be the LG V60 ThinQ. It doesn’t show much though, but we can see a waterdrop notch as well as. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 10:40 AM ET

Blockchain voting app is dangerously vulnerable, researchers say

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - New research from a team of MIT engineers has found an alarming string of vulnerabilities in a leading blockchain voting system called Voatz. After reverse-engineering Voatz’s Android app, the researchers concluded that an attacker who compromised a voter’s phone would able to observe, suppress, and alter votes nearly at will. Network attacks could also reveal where a given user was voting and potentially suppress votes in the process, the paper claims.. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 10:35 AM ET

Twitch is making it easier to understand League of Legends matches

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Helping you keep track of your favorite League of Legends streamers Twitch debuted a new extension for the League of Legends community this week, allowing viewers to keep track of streamers by displaying details on their overall performance in matches and how they use their favorite champions. League of Legends is famously complicated to watch (and play), and this tool could help to make the gameplay clearer to new audiences. If a League of Legends streamer installs the tracker,. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 10:25 AM ET

Bloomberg debate video would violate Twitter’s deepfake policy, but not Facebook’s

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - What’s a joke and what’s manipulation? As platforms prepare for the upcoming 2020 election season, Twitter and Facebook are divided on whether a video posted by the Mike Bloomberg presidential campaign would violate their policies on manipulated media. On Thursday, Bloomberg’s 2020 presidential campaign posted a video to Twitter that was edited to make it appear as though there was a long, embarrassing silence from Bloomberg’s Democratic opponents after he. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 10:20 AM ET

Quibi shares some clues about how its app might work

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Via renders of screenshots Quibi’s apps are now available for preorder on the App Store and Play Store, and they give a look at how the mobile streaming app might actually work when it launches on April 6th (via TechCrunch). Based on the renders in the listings, Quibi seems like it looks and feels like, well, a streaming video app. You can check out all of the available renders in the gallery below:  GRID. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Amazon pauses Microsoft’s $10 billion Pentagon contract as trial proceeds

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge A judge has issued a temporary injunction against the Pentagon’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract, preventing the contract from moving forward until a lawsuit from Amazon is resolved. Amazon has claimed that it lost out on the $10 billion contract because of President Donald Trump’s personal animosity toward Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and The Washington Post, which Bezos owns. Amazon argued that the process of granting. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Flywheel owners found out that their bikes were bricked through Peloton

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - ‘It felt like a sting’ Every morning at 4:30AM, Shani Maxwell would throw on her Flywheel T-shirt and hop on her Fly Anywhere bike. An avid fan who’s been riding with Flywheel since 2013, she’d leapt at the chance to own the company’s branded bike when the company released its Peloton competitor in 2017. “I was doing five classes a week,” Maxwell says. “With the bike, I started my day. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Bloomberg hired Fyre Festival promoters to make his campaign memes

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images Jerry Media, the promoter behind the botched Fyre Festival, is working with the presidential campaign of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in an effort to make the 77-year-old candidate look cool, The New York Times reports. The Meme 2020 project, led by Mick Purzycki, executive director of Jerry Media, has enlisted influencers with large followings to create content for the campaign and promote it to their. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 9:10 AM ET

YouTube is the frontrunner in the mobile streaming wars, and it’s not even close

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Here’s a fun number to think about: in 2019, YouTube dominated 70 percent of the total time people spent on their phones watching the top five entertainment apps. It’s also the only one of those apps (measured among Android phones, which dominate 75 percent of phone usage worldwide) that isn’t specific to China — an area where Google doesn’t even operate. The data from. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 8:55 AM ET

Wirecutter’s best deals: Anker’s Nebula Mars II Pro projector drops to $460

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Samsung's gaming-centric RU8000 4K TV is also on sale. This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read Wirecutter's continuously updated list of deals here. eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack Street price: $120; deal price: $70 w/ promo code SPRING The eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack holds everything you'd need for most workdays, keeping. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 8:40 AM ET

Inside Clinc, the AI startup facing troubling allegations of sexual harassment

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - At an AI startup with deep ties to the University of Michigan, employees allege a pattern of sexual harassment by the CEO On June 5th, 2017, Ryan*, a PhD student at the University of Michigan, sent a desperate email to the head of the computer science department at the school. “Hello Professor, I have an urgent matter to discuss with you. When will you be back?” he wrote. He was. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 8:25 AM ET

Valve’s Index VR production has been impacted by coronavirus

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Expect to see 'far fewer' Index VR units for sale than it originally planned. We're just about a month out from the launch of Half Life: Alyx on March 23rd, and like so many other things, it is seeing some impact from the coronavirus outbreak. According to a statement given to RoadtoVR and UploadVR, Valve still plans to restock its Index VR headsets ahead of the game's release. However, over the next few months the company says "we. [more...]

Feb 21, 2020 8:20 AM ET

Eli Roth is directing the ‘Borderlands’ movie

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 21, 2020 - Random weapons not included. Uncharted won't be the only well-known game franchise receiving a movie adaptation in the near future. Lionsgate has revealed that Hostel director and Inglourious Basterds star Eli Roth will direct the Borderlands movie, with production starting later in 2020. Most of the details aren't known (including the basic plot), but Roth said he was happy with the script as well as the support from Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, who's also one of the executive producers. [more...]