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Dec 26, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Tesla vehicles can soon be charged at EVgo charging stations in the US

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 26, 2019 - Tesla owners will soon be able to charge their vehicles at EVgo charging stations. The EV charging company said it will partner with Elon Musk’s company to install Tesla’s proprietary connector at all of its 750 public charging stations nationwide. The first connectors will be distributed at EVgo’s charging stations in San Francisco, with the rest of the company’s stations to follow in 2020. EVgo says its new Tesla-supported chargers. [more...]

Dec 26, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Fate of Boeing’s new Starliner spacecraft a mystery following launch to orbit

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 26, 2019 - An Atlas V rocket carrying Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, just after 6:36 AM. | (NASA/Joel Kowsky) Update December 20th, 7:45AM ET: Boeing’s Starliner capsule successfully took off on top of its Atlas V rocket this morning at 6:36AM ET, however it’s unclear what the status of the capsule is at the moment. The Starliner was supposed to ignite. [more...]

Dec 26, 2019 8:40 AM ET

YouTubers, Silicon Valley, and fans help MrBeast raise $20 million for tree charity

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 26, 2019 - YouTubers have surpassed their goal of raising $20 million to help the Arbor Day Foundation plant 20 million trees, with the help of more than half a million donors and some wealthy tech executives. The charity campaign began nearly two months ago, when hundreds of YouTubers, led by Jimmy “MrBeast” Donaldson, teamed up to fight climate change and prove that YouTube “isn’t just a drama fest.” Donaldson partnered with some of YouTube’s. [more...]

Dec 26, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Billionaire Tom Steyer profited from fossil fuels, and now he wants them eliminated

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 26, 2019 - Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images Over the past decade, billionaire presidential candidate Tom Steyer has reinvented himself from fossil fuel funder to climate crusader. He reached a net worth of $1.6 billion as a hedge fund manager who invested in coal, oil, and gas (among other things). But lately, he’s become better known as an activist and donor hell-bent on removing Donald Trump from office and funding a transition away from the. [more...]

Dec 26, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Lyft’s algorithm is trying to block people with names like ‘Dick,’ ‘Finger,’ and ‘Cummings’

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 26, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Lyft is flagging people with names its algorithm thinks are inappropriate, like “Dick,” “Finger,” and “Cummings.” The ride-hail company is sending messages to these users telling them their names don’t align with its community guidelines, and are being directed to change their name or get booted from the service. Naturally, this is creating some consternation among people with, shall we say, delicate-sounding names.. [more...]

Dec 26, 2019 7:10 AM ET

After a bumpy launch, Google Stadia adds indie developer Typhoon

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 26, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge After the shaky launch of Google’s cloud gaming service Stadia, which failed to deliver on some promised features amid questions about whether Google would support it long-term, the company announced on Thursday that it has added Typhoon Studios, the indie developer behind the forthcoming game Journey to the Savage Planet. It’s not a huge acquisition; Typhoon only has about two dozen employees, and its first game, which has. [more...]

Dec 26, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Watch Tested explain how Half-Life: Alyx will work on every big PC VR headset

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 26, 2019 - Image: Valve Valve Software’s Half-Life: Alyx is less than six months away, and since it requires a VR headset, lots of players might be considering a major hardware purchase right now. The gold standard is Valve’s own Index, with its high-end construction and unique controllers — but that requires a lot of setup and almost $1,000. The cheaper all-purpose option is the Oculus Quest, which can now be tethered to a PC— but. [more...]

Dec 26, 2019 6:10 AM ET

If you stopped at a Wawa mini mart recently, your payment card details may have been snatched

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 26, 2019 - If you used your credit card or debit card to buy gas or pay for snacks at any Wawa convenience store, anytime in the past nine months, your card information may have been skimmed by malware. The Philadelphia-based gas and convenience store chain says it discovered the malware on its payment processing servers on December 10th, but it took quite a while for the company to notice — the malware may have. [more...]

Dec 25, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Google Walkout organizer Claire Stapleton tells her story of the company’s retaliation

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 25, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Claire Stapleton, one of the organizers of the watershed Google Walkout protest, has penned a first-person essay for Elle magazine detailing her time at the search giant and the series of events leading up to her resignation this past June after alleged retaliation from upper management. The essay, appropriately titled “Google Loved Me, Until I Pointed Out Everything That Sucked About It,” is among the first public and. [more...]

Dec 25, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Best Buy is having a flash sale on Xbox bundles, JBL speakers, and more

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 25, 2019 - Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Best Buy is having a flash sale from 7PM ET on December 19th to 1AM ET on December 20th. There’s a range of deals, but we’ve collected the ones that stood out to us here. Most of these items are expected to ship in time for Christmas. Best Buy is discounting several models of wireless JBL speakers. These speakers connect via Bluetooth, so. [more...]

Dec 25, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Flickr owner SmugMug says it needs more money to ‘keep the Flickr dream alive’

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 25, 2019 - Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images Photo hosting service SmugMug has penned an open letter asking fans of the photo site Flickr, which it acquired from Yahoo two years ago, to sign up for the platform’s Pro subscription to help “keep the Flickr dream alive.” The letter, authored by SmugMug founder and CEO Don MacAskill and obtained by The Verge, details Flickr’s ongoing financial woes and makes the case for Flickr. [more...]

Dec 25, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Cox owes $1 billion to record labels for harboring music pirates, jury decides

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 25, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Over the past few years, record labels have been suing ISPs for not removing music pirates from their services, and today, the record labels may have won a tremendous victory. A US District Court jury has found Cox Communications liable for piracy infringement of more than 10,000 musical works, and as a result, has awarded $1 billion in damages to Sony Music, Universal. [more...]

Dec 25, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Amazon’s Ring has been blaming reused passwords, but now thousands of logins have leaked

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 25, 2019 - Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Amazon’s Ring is having a very bad week. BuzzFeed News first reported today that login credentials for thousands of Ring camera owners have been published online, including 3,672 sets of emails, passwords, time zones, and the names given to specific Ring cameras (“front door” or “kitchen,” for example). Later today, TechCrunch reported on a set of 1,562 credentials, also consisting of unique email addresses, passwords, time zones, and a. [more...]

Dec 24, 2019 1:10 PM ET

Netflix’s The Witcher is a dark, funny, and faithful adaptation of the fantasy series

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 24, 2019 - Image: Netflix You learn nearly everything you need to know about The Witcher hero Geralt (Henry Cavill) a few minutes into the first episode. The titular witcher — a work-for-hire monster hunter with some helpful superpowers — is first seen in a swamp, nearly killed by a giant spider monster, beaten and almost drowned. In the next scene, Geralt heads to a local pub for information on his next quest, only to. [more...]

Dec 24, 2019 12:40 PM ET

Apple open-sources HomeKit tools to speed up smart home push

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 24, 2019 - Apple is open-sourcing some of its smart home tools to “accelerate the development” of the new smart home standard announced by industry leaders yesterday. Parts of Apple’s HomeKit Accessory Development Kit (ADK) will now be available for any developer to experiment with, regardless of whether they have a business relationship with Apple. The move comes as Apple, Google, and Amazon have announced a new open-source smart home standard. Project Connected Home over IP will incorporate. [more...]

Dec 24, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Boeing’s new Starliner spacecraft is in the wrong orbit during first trip to space

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 24, 2019 - An artistic rendering of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner | Image: Boeing The first flight of Boeing’s new passenger spacecraft, the CST-100 Starliner, suffered a major setback this morning, after the vehicle failed to reach the right orbit when it launched to space. No people were on board the test flight. However, the failure calls into question the Starliner’s future and how long it will take for the team to recover from the. [more...]

Dec 24, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Apple is reportedly developing satellite technology to support its devices

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 24, 2019 - Apple’s ‘spaceship’ headquarters in California, as seen by drone. | Photo by Jane Tyska/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images A new report from Bloomberg claims Apple is working on satellite technology to beam data to users’ devices, and could launch a new initiative using the tech within five years. There are a lot of unknowns and caveats, though. The project is “still early and could be abandoned,” says Bloomberg, and it’s not clear what Apple’s. [more...]

Dec 24, 2019 11:10 AM ET

Federal study of top facial recognition algorithms finds ‘empirical evidence’ of bias

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 24, 2019 - Illustration by James Bareham / The Verge A new federal study has found that many of the world’s top facial recognition algorithms are biased along lines of age, race, and ethnicity. According to the study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), algorithms currently sold in the market can misidentify members of some groups up to 100 times more frequently than others. NIST says it found “empirical evidence” that characteristics. [more...]

Dec 24, 2019 10:40 AM ET

What to read and play after watching The Witcher on Netflix

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 24, 2019 - Image: Netflix So you’ve just finished watching Geralt grimace his way through eight episodes of Netflix’s new fantasy epic The Witcher. There’s a good chance you want more. Maybe it was the deep world-building that enticed you or all of the monster-hunting. Maybe it was Henry Cavill’s piercing yellow eyes. Either way, you’re in luck: you don’t have to wait for the second season to get more of Geralt. The Witcher is based on. [more...]

Dec 24, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Apple Arcade’s newest game is like Monument Valley with Lego

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 24, 2019 - Apple Arcade managed to squeeze its latest game in just before the holiday break — and it’s yet another very welcome surprise. Called Builder’s Journey, it’s a puzzle / adventure hybrid that tells the story of a parent and child exploring a mysterious world. It’s what would happen if you took Monument Valley and reimagined it with Lego bricks. Builder’s Journey is divided into a series of distinct — and adorable — diorama-like levels. Each. [more...]

Dec 24, 2019 10:10 AM ET

The high and low points of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 24, 2019 - Lucasfilm Ltd. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was designed to answer big questions about the entire Skywalker Saga. But it also raised a lot of new ones, including how well director J.J. Abrams handled its breakneck pacing and huge plot reveals. We offered our spoiler-free impressions earlier this week. But with the film now in theaters, it’s time to take a closer (and, it should go without saying, spoiler-heavy) look at what. [more...]

Dec 24, 2019 9:40 AM ET

London’s electric buses are getting fake noise, and it’s positively psychedelic

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 24, 2019 - Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images From next year, some of London’s electric buses will play artificial noise while traveling at low speeds, and the specific sound that’s been created for them is an ambient treat for the ears. The noise was created by Zelig Sound, which has been working with Transport for London on the audio over the past year. The sound is being introduced in response to. [more...]

Dec 24, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Uber’s plan to launch an air taxi service in 2023 just got a boost from a secretive startup

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 24, 2019 - An older rendering of Joby Aviation’s aircraft; the company has not revealed its latest prototype yet Uber’s ambitious plans to launch an urban air taxi service just got a lift from a secretive, well-financed startup. The ride-hailing company said it would join forces with Joby Aviation, a California-based aerospace company that has been working on electric aviation for over a decade. Joby is the first company to commit to Uber’s. [more...]

Dec 24, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Richie Hawtin’s new app lets you deconstruct his DJ shows

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 24, 2019 - Image: Richie Hawtin Techno titan Richie Hawtin has always been able to tweak existing ideas in a way that completely upends them. This time, it’s concert video. CLOSER is Hawtin’s app 10 years in the making. It’s an interactive audiovisual “experiment” that lets users deconstruct Hawtin’s creative process while performing. “Concert videos have been done,” Hawtin tells The Verge. “So part of my challenge is to have some transparency and give people a. [more...]

Dec 24, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Google CEO Sundar Pichai gets $242 million pay package after taking control of Alphabet

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 24, 2019 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Google CEO Sundar Pichai got the promotion of a lifetime earlier this month, when company co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin relinquished control of parent company Alphabet Inc. to the longtime Google executive and stepped back after more than two decades at the search giant. Now, Pichai’s compensation is changing to reflect his new dual role as Alphabet and Google chief executive. According to Bloomberg, which cites. [more...]

Dec 24, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Apple opens its revamped bug bounty program to the public

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 24, 2019 - Apple has opened its bug bounty program to all security researchers, offering rewards of $1 million or more for discoveries of major flaws in its operating systems. The program, which had been open by invitation only since its launch in 2016, now includes operating systems beyond iOS. Apple first announced at the Black Hat conference in August that it was opening the program to the public, and that iCloud, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. [more...]

Dec 24, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Motorola slightly delays Razr preorder and launch timing due to high demand

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 24, 2019 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Motorola’s resurrected foldable Razr was one of the most exciting phone announcements in 2019, but it seems that demand for the upcoming phone was higher than the company expected. Because of that demand, Motorola has announced a slight delay for both the preorder and launch of the Razr, which were originally planned for December 26th and sometime in January, respectively. There’s no word yet. [more...]

Dec 24, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Vaping-associated lung injuries can be attributed to vitamin E acetate, CDC says

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 24, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The outbreak of vaping-associated lung injuries this summer and fall can officially be attributed to vitamin E acetate in THC-containing vaping products, the Centers for Disease Control said today. The new confirmation of the link between the chemical and the injuries came after a new study found it in nearly all of the lung fluid samples from a new set of patients. As of December. [more...]

Dec 24, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Today’s deals include Echo Show bundles, iPads, and MacBooks

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 24, 2019 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge If you’ve been putting off your holiday shopping, there are even more deals available now on popular phones, tablets, and laptops. While a lot of these will make for great last-minute holiday gifts, not all of these are expected to arrive before the holidays, as we’re cutting it close. Target’s items won’t ship before Christmas, but most Best Buy, B&H Photo and Amazon. [more...]

Dec 24, 2019 6:10 AM ET

The 84 biggest flops, fails, and dead dreams of the decade in tech

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 24, 2019 - A decade of failures The world never changes quite the way you expect. But at The Verge, we’ve had a front-row seat while technology has permeated every aspect of our lives over the past decade. Some of the resulting moments — and gadgets — arguably definedthe decade and the world we live in now. But others we ate up with popcorn in hand, marveling at just how incredibly hard they flopped.   This is the decade. [more...]