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YouTube creator Jeffree Star dropped by makeup retailer Morphe
Jul 13, 2020 6:39 AM ET

YouTube creator Jeffree Star dropped by makeup retailer Morphe

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Makeup retailer Morphe has parted with YouTuber Jeffree Star, after weeks of public acrimony in the YouTube beauty community. Star has been accused of using racist and offensive language, as well as manipulating other creators and people close to him. “Today we’ve made the decision to cease all commercial activity related to Jeffree Star and affiliated products,” a tweet from Morphe’s account reads. As of right now, Star’s products remain on the site, but a. [more...]

How to catch a glimpse of the comet NEOWISE dazzling the skies right now
Jul 13, 2020 6:15 AM ET

How to catch a glimpse of the comet NEOWISE dazzling the skies right now

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2020 - Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE Near Barcelona. | Photo by Albert Llop / NurPhoto via Getty Images For any early birds who have ventured outside in the US this week, you may have seen a tiny — yet spectacular — sight in the pre-dawn sky. A comet with a bright, opulent tail has been gracing the skies in the wee morning hours before sunrise, and it’s been giving photographers quite the show. [more...]

How to keep your email from getting out of control
Jul 11, 2020 6:48 PM ET

How to keep your email from getting out of control

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - Photo by Salvatore Laporta/KONTROLAB/LightRocket via Getty Images Staying on top of your email can be overwhelming, time-consuming, and tedious. It’s not hard to rack up a large number of unread emails. And for that reason, it’s easy to keep checking your constant influx of messages — at the expense of other tasks. I have multiple email accounts, and I struggle with keeping that unread count low. So I did some. [more...]

YouTube is finally letting creators know exactly how they’re making money on YouTube
Jul 11, 2020 6:17 PM ET

YouTube is finally letting creators know exactly how they’re making money on YouTube

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge YouTube creators in the company’s Partner Program can earn money a bunch of different ways — through advertising, subscriptions, donations, live-streaming features, and YouTube Premium revenue. There are a lot of variables, and now YouTube is finally gathering all of those numbers in one place and giving that information to creators in the form of a new monetization metric called RPM. RPM, or revenue per. [more...]

HBO Max is getting a Batman spinoff show based on the upcoming Robert Pattinson movie
Jul 11, 2020 5:44 PM ET

HBO Max is getting a Batman spinoff show based on the upcoming Robert Pattinson movie

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - HBO Max has announced a new TV series focused on the Gotham City Police Department, which will be a spinoff of Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman film (which is set to star Robert Pattinson at Bruce Wayne / Batman). The new series will be set in the same world as Reeves’ film and will be produced by Reeves and Dylan Clark (who’s also producing The Batman). Boardwalk Empirecreator Terence Winter is set to write. [more...]

The rumors around Google’s 2020 Pixel phones are getting stranger by the minute
Jul 11, 2020 5:15 PM ET

The rumors around Google’s 2020 Pixel phones are getting stranger by the minute

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Google’s 2020 Pixel lineup may look a bit different than usual if the latest product names found in the company’s Google search app are any indication. Instead of the expected Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL monikers, Google is apparently working on a “Pixel 4a (5G)” and a “Pixel 5,” via 9to5Google. Those two phones were previously discovered under the codenames of “redfin” and “bramble”. [more...]

Amazon says it will not ban TikTok from employee phones
Jul 11, 2020 4:43 PM ET

Amazon says it will not ban TikTok from employee phones

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon says that it will not ask employees to remove popular social video-sharing app TikTok from their mobile devices, despite sending an email calling for workers to delete the app earlier on Friday. As first reported by The New York Times on Friday, Amazon asked employees to remove TikTok from their mobile devices, citing security risks. An Amazon spokesperson told The Verge on Friday that the email was “sent. [more...]

How to prevent being tracked while reading your Gmail.
Jul 11, 2020 4:12 PM ET

How to prevent being tracked while reading your Gmail.

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge All of those obnoxious marketing emails that crowd your inbox aren’t just pushing a product. They’re also tracking whether you’ve opened the email, when you opened it, and where you were at the time by embedding tracking software into the message. Just type “email tracking” into your search engine and watch all the software apps appear. There are a variety of methods used. [more...]

Supreme Court will hear Facebook robocalling case
Jul 11, 2020 3:40 PM ET

Supreme Court will hear Facebook robocalling case

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Facebook’s defense after an appeals court determined it violated anti-robocalling rules. The court will examine whether Facebook’s automated alert texts count as an “automatic telephone dialing system,” establishing a clearer definition of illegal phone spam. Facebook was sued in 2015 by non-Facebook user Noah Duguid, who complained that he’d been receiving unwanted text messages from the site. The alerts told Duguid. [more...]

Sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. breaks record for most expensive game ever sold
Jul 11, 2020 3:14 PM ET

Sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. breaks record for most expensive game ever sold

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - Image: Heritage Auctions Super Mario Bros. keeps breaking records three and a half decades after release. A mint copy of a US version of the 1985 game just sold for $114,000 at Heritage Auctions, breaking the previous record set by a copy of Super Mario Bros. in similar condition that sold for $100,150 at an auction last year. That makes it, according to game collector and journalist Chris Kohler, the most expensive game ever sold to date.. [more...]

How to set up and use email templates in Gmail
Jul 11, 2020 2:48 PM ET

How to set up and use email templates in Gmail

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images If you, like me, find yourself writing the same email over and over again, or copying and pasting the same message multiple times, Gmail gives you an easier option. By creating and saving email templates, you can insert them the next time you compose a message and save yourself some time. You can store up to 50 templates at a time, so. [more...]

Facebook reportedly considering ban on political ads before election
Jul 11, 2020 2:17 PM ET

Facebook reportedly considering ban on political ads before election

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Facebook is reportedly considering a ban on political ads before the US elections this year. Bloomberg reported the news this afternoon, saying that the idea is being discussed internally but is not yet a firm policy. Sources also confirmed the discussion to The New York Times. The step would drastically escalate Facebook’s current plans for preventing misinformation or meddling in the 2020 elections. There’s not much detail about. [more...]

Apple warns customers not to close its laptops with a camera cover attached
Jul 11, 2020 1:46 PM ET

Apple warns customers not to close its laptops with a camera cover attached

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Though it might strike some people as obvious advice, Apple has published a support page that warns MacBook owners not to close their laptop with a camera cover in place. Damage like a cracked display could result, according to the company, because “the clearance between the display and keyboard is designed to very tight tolerances.” MacRumors spotted the advisory, which Apple posted on July 2nd. Those little. [more...]

First Crucible, now New World: Amazon delays another tentpole game after early feedback
Jul 11, 2020 1:15 PM ET

First Crucible, now New World: Amazon delays another tentpole game after early feedback

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - Image: Amazon Amazon has delayed its upcoming open-world MMO New World, one of two tentpole games from its burgeoning games studio, from August 25th to an undefined spring 2021 date. The announcement comes less than two weeks after Amazon brought its other tentpole game, the free-to-play shooter Crucible, back into closed beta following barely a month of wide availability. It sounds like Amazon may be taking a more cautious approach to game development after early feedback. [more...]

Tesla to hold shareholder meeting and ‘battery day’ in person on September 22nd
Jul 11, 2020 12:43 PM ET

Tesla to hold shareholder meeting and ‘battery day’ in person on September 22nd

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - Photo by Sean O’Kane / The Verge Tesla has finally settled on a date for its delayed annual shareholder meeting and “battery day” for investors: September 22nd. The meeting will be held in person at the company’s vehicle factory in Fremont, California, though it will presumably also be live-streamed. Only people who are shareholders of the company’s stock can attend. The annual shareholder meeting was originally scheduled for July 7th at the. [more...]

Letterheads: social media and the end of discourse
Jul 11, 2020 12:12 PM ET

Letterheads: social media and the end of discourse

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - Photo illustration by William Joel / The Verge Social media and the end of discourse There used to be something called the public intellectual. A class of thinkers — mostly writers with prestigious degrees and academics with a knack for writing — set the Discourse. They told other people what to think, or rather, they told the unwashed masses what was going through their own heads lately. These disclosures were. [more...]

Samsung’s 5G Galaxy Z Flip may have been fully revealed in these latest leaks
Jul 11, 2020 11:41 AM ET

Samsung’s 5G Galaxy Z Flip may have been fully revealed in these latest leaks

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - We knew a 5G variant of Samsung’s vertically folding Galaxy Z Flip clamshell was on the way, after the first images leaked earlier this month. Now, we have an entire leaked video and a set of rumors about the new “Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G” that seems to leave nothing to the imagination — and suggest it might be ready for Samsung’s upcoming August 5th Galaxy Unpacked event. Basically, it looks like it’ll be practically. [more...]

This weekend, you can still save $30 on the Apple AirPods Pro at Verizon
Jul 11, 2020 11:10 AM ET

This weekend, you can still save $30 on the Apple AirPods Pro at Verizon

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge This weekend, you can still get the biggest discount we’ve seen yet on Apple’s AirPods Pro truly wireless earbuds. The sale is happening at Verizon, and you can save $30 on a set of Apple AirPods Pro online only. Most discounts for this model are in the $15 to $20 range, but this deal at Verizon brings them down to their best-ever price of $220.. [more...]

Wells Fargo directs employees to remove TikTok from company mobile devices
Jul 11, 2020 10:38 AM ET

Wells Fargo directs employees to remove TikTok from company mobile devices

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Wells Fargo has instructed employees who installed TikTok on company devices to remove the app over privacy concerns, as first reported by The Information. “We have identified a small number of Wells Fargo employees with corporate-owned devices who had installed the TikTok application on their device,” a Wells Fargo spokesperson said in an email to The Verge. “Due to concerns about TikTok’s privacy and security. [more...]

Facebook and Instagram ban all posts promoting conversion therapy
Jul 11, 2020 10:17 AM ET

Facebook and Instagram ban all posts promoting conversion therapy

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 11, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Instagram on Thursday announced a new ban on all forms of content, including posts and videos, promoting the widely discredited practice known as conversion therapy, which attempts to forcefully change an individual's sexual orientation. The news was first reported earlier today by CNN. A spokesperson for parent company Facebook tells The Verge this recent change in policy is an expansion of an earlier rule specifically. [more...]

Canon announces the EOS R5, an 8K-shooting pro mirrorless camera
Jul 10, 2020 6:47 PM ET

Canon announces the EOS R5, an 8K-shooting pro mirrorless camera

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2020 - Canon has announced the EOS R5, by far the highest-end mirrorless camera it’s ever made. Following Canon’s solid entry into full-frame mirrorless with 2018’s EOS R and last year’s cheaper EOS RP, the R5 is a serious pro-level flagship with a price tag to match. At $3,899 without a lens, this is now Canon’s second most expensive camera behind the new 1D X Mark III DSLR. The R5 is built around a 45-megapixel sensor. [more...]

Tetris is getting a daily competitive game show with cash prizes
Jul 10, 2020 6:16 PM ET

Tetris is getting a daily competitive game show with cash prizes

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2020 - The Tetris mobile app is getting a massive reboot, and at the center is a new daily competition that turns the classic puzzler into a live game show. It’s called Tetris Primetime, and it’s essentially a cross between an esports competition and an HQ Trivia-like live experience. Every night, players can play for a chance at winning their share of a $5,000 prize pool. Elsewhere, the app is also getting new modes, including. [more...]

Crash Bandicoot is getting a new mobile game by the creators of Candy Crush Saga
Jul 10, 2020 5:45 PM ET

Crash Bandicoot is getting a new mobile game by the creators of Candy Crush Saga

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2020 - Image: Activision Candy Crush Saga creator King has revealed a new free-to-play mobile game for Android and iOS featuring the goofy orange marsupial Crash Bandicoot. In Crash Bandicoot: On the Run, players are once again tasked with stopping recurring series antagonist Doctor Neo Cortex from taking control of the multiverse. You won’t be required to play as the titular character; instead, you can customize your own bandicoot as you progress through familiar. [more...]

Japanese app Tuna Scope uses AI to grade the quality of fish
Jul 10, 2020 5:14 PM ET

Japanese app Tuna Scope uses AI to grade the quality of fish

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2020 - The app was trained on thousands of images of tuna tails. | Image: Dentsu A Japanese chain of sushi restaurants is using an AI-powered app to assess the quality of tuna — a key step in the preparation of sushi that traditionally requires years of training from experienced human buyers. But can it really replace a human’s fish sense? The app, named Tuna Scope, was developed by Japanese advertising firm Dentsu Inc.. [more...]

Google’s upcoming Nest speaker revealed in regulatory filing
Jul 10, 2020 4:41 PM ET

Google’s upcoming Nest speaker revealed in regulatory filing

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2020 - Image: The Radio Use Website (Japanese) A new smart speaker from Google has been spotted as part of a regulatory filing in Japan. Android Police believes this device to be the long-coming sequel to the original Google Home speaker, which hasn’t gotten a follow-up since its original release in 2016. The new speaker carries on Google’s fabric aesthetic and looks almost like a miniaturized vertically standing Google Home Max that’s been squeezed down. [more...]

Dell’s new XPS desktop has a refreshed design and Intel’s 10th Gen processors
Jul 10, 2020 4:08 PM ET

Dell’s new XPS desktop has a refreshed design and Intel’s 10th Gen processors

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2020 - The Dell XPS desktop comes in black or white and includes a wired keyboard and mouse combo. | Image: Dell Dell has given a facelift to its XPS desktop, resulting in a smaller and far more appealing chassis than the previous iteration. The biggest changes are easy to spot, including making half of the case’s front just a big air intake to keep it cool. Dell also realigned the front I/O. [more...]

The Last of Us Part II inspired me to learn how to play the guitar
Jul 10, 2020 3:37 PM ET

The Last of Us Part II inspired me to learn how to play the guitar

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2020 - I waited seven years for a sequel to one of my favorite games, and I got a satisfying yet flawed experience. What I didn’t expect was that it would inspire me to start playing the guitar. The Last of Us Part II is dark and violent, but some of the moments I enjoyed the most were when I had the chance to play an acoustic guitar. Some of them were scripted. [more...]

How the Trump administration could ‘ban’ TikTok
Jul 10, 2020 3:06 PM ET

How the Trump administration could ‘ban’ TikTok

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The Trump administration is apparently considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, including the popular video app TikTok. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned the possibility on Tuesday, saying it was “something we’re looking at” in a Fox News interview with Laura Ingraham. Pompeo offered few specifics, and the comment could easily have been bluster. But he also compared TikTok to Huawei and. [more...]

The DeathAdder V2 Mini is Razer’s latest shrunken gaming mouse
Jul 10, 2020 2:45 PM ET

The DeathAdder V2 Mini is Razer’s latest shrunken gaming mouse

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2020 - The DeathAdder V2 Mini seen with the included anti-slip grip tape applied to the main mouse buttons. | Image: Razer Razer has announced a miniature version of the DeathAdder V2 gaming mouse, expanding its lineup of shrunken peripherals beyond the Razer Viper Mini. It’s called the DeathAdder V2 Mini, and it maintains the same hourglass design and simple button layout that mostly mirrors that of the larger version. Though, with a smaller. [more...]

Logitech is already giving up on its Alexa-powered Harmony remote control
Jul 10, 2020 2:13 PM ET

Logitech is already giving up on its Alexa-powered Harmony remote control

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 10, 2020 - Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge Logitech’s Harmony brand tried to reinvent the wheel with its Harmony Express remote control, and it didn’t work. The company just sent out an email to customers alerting them that the $250 remote — which used Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant as the brains for controlling your various home theater components — will cease functioning after September 30th. It will be fully cut off from. [more...]