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Aug 29, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Samsung made a sad Giphy page filled with comeback GIFs to send people who diss green bubbles

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 29, 2019 - Samsung Samsung knows some people don’t buy its phones because doing so means committing themselves to becoming a green bubble person in their iPhone friends’ texts. Samsung feels for these people, so it launched an entire Giphy pagefilled with comeback GIFs they can send to self-righteous iPhone users. For the green bubble unacquainted, many iOS users don’t enjoy texting Android users because Apple treats SMS, MMS, and RCS messages differently than iMessages. All. [more...]

Aug 29, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Trump is mad some automakers want to make cleaner cars

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 29, 2019 - Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images President Donald Trump is reportedly “enraged” that Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, and Honda struck a deal with California to steadily reduce the amount of pollution emitted by their new cars, according to The New York Times. The deal directly contradicts (and potentially threatens) one of the cornerstone efforts of his administration: an attempt to roll back even higher standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency under Barack Obama. Trump reportedly even. [more...]

Aug 29, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Microsoft contractors have listened to voice recordings from the Xbox One

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 29, 2019 - X-Box One S | Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge Microsoft contractors have listened to voice recordings captured by the Xbox One console, according to Motherboard. The practice dates back to the early days of the Xbox One when it could be controlled with voice commands directed at the optional Kinect camera accessory, and it continued after Microsoft added its more advanced Cortana voice assistant to the console. Motherboard spoke to several. [more...]

Aug 29, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Dell’s latest XPS 13 and Inspiron laptops feature Intel’s Comet Lake 10th Gen CPUs

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 29, 2019 - Dell has announced a refresh of its XPS 13 laptop ahead of IFA 2019, and each configuration will be built with Intel’s new U-series Comet Lake 10th Gen processors. The most affordable model starts at $899 and features the Intel Core i3-10110U. Dell will offer a high-end model with the souped-up hexacore Intel Core i7-10710U CPU beginning in October. All XPS 13 configurations use LPDDR3 Dual-Channel SDRAM, which is slightly disappointing. [more...]

Aug 28, 2019 1:40 PM ET

An MCU breakup could be a terrific step forward for Spider-Man

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 28, 2019 - Interviews with the filmmakers behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe almost always get around to what seems to be the studio’s core creative ethos: paint yourself into a corner, then find a creative way to get out of it. That mission statement inspired the snap in Avengers: Infinity War and the big secret-identity reveal that ends Spider-Man: Far From Home. And while creative inspiration probably wasn’t at the top of anyone’s mind during the business impasse that reportedly. [more...]

Aug 28, 2019 1:10 PM ET

The Google Play Store’s redesign is cleaner but not greener

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 28, 2019 - The Google Play Store is getting a fresh new look, which, like most of Google’s redesigns of late, nixes the colorful green header in favor of a brighter and whiter style. (The Gmail app similarly lost its red header earlier this year as part of the same Material Design revamp.) Bright and white Like the iOS App Store — which got a similar redesign two years ago — the new Play. [more...]

Aug 28, 2019 12:40 PM ET

Apple warns you may permanently discolor your Apple Card if it’s stored in leather

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 28, 2019 - Image: Apple Apple’s new Goldman Sachs-backed credit card launched to all US iPhone users just yesterday, and now we’re learning all sorts of fun facts about the physical, titanium card the company is shipping to likely thousands of users at this very moment. Namely, that it can be easily damaged. Thanks to a support webpageunearthed by MacRumors, Apple is advising against keeping your Apple Card in a leather wallet or in direct contact. [more...]

Aug 28, 2019 12:10 PM ET

The conservative audit of bias on Facebook is long on feelings and short on facts

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 28, 2019 - There are many criticisms of Facebook’s size, power, and business model, but two stand out for the intensity with which they are usually discussed. One is that Facebook is a dystopian panopticon that monitors our every move and uses that information to predict and manipulate our behavior. The other is that Facebook has come such a pillar of modern life that every product decision it makes could reshape the body. [more...]

Aug 28, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Eminem’s publisher sues Spotify for copyright infringement over ‘Lose Yourself’ and other tracks

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 28, 2019 - Eminem’s music publisher, Eight Mile Style, has filed a lawsuit against Spotify, alleging copyright infringement. The suit claims the steaming platform didn’t get proper licenses for the rapper’s music and wants Spotify to compensate the publisher for billions of streams. There are two prongs to the suit, which was first reported today by The Hollywood Reporter. Spotify is accused of willfully ignoring Eight Mile Style’s ownership of Eminem’s catalogue when deciding how. [more...]

Aug 28, 2019 11:10 AM ET

Fitbit will supply ‘free’ trackers to Singapore’s public health program

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 28, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Fitbit is working with Singapore’s government to supply residents with free fitness trackers. The company says Singaporeans will be able to pre-register next month to receive a Fitbit Inspire band for free if they commit to paying $10 a month for a year of the company’s premium coaching service. The program will fully roll out in late October. The monthly fee adds up to. [more...]

Aug 28, 2019 10:40 AM ET

Researchers propose a new approach for dismantling online hate networks

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 28, 2019 - How do you get rid of hate speech on social platforms? Until now, companies have generally tried two approaches. One is to ban individual users who are caught posting abuse; the other is to ban the large pages and groups where people who practice hate speech organize and promote their noxious views. But what if this approach is counterproductive? That’s the argument in an intriguing new paper out today in Nature from Neil Johnson,. [more...]

Aug 28, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Watch as ULA launches the final flight of its Delta IV Medium rocket

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 28, 2019 - This morning, August 22nd, the United Launch Alliance is set to fly the very last mission of its Delta IV Medium rocket, a single-core vehicle that’s been launching to space since 2002. This final flight will be the 29th mission of the Delta IV Medium. The vehicle is now being retired as ULA works to consolidate its technology and develop a new generation of rockets. The Delta IV is the. [more...]

Aug 28, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Apple’s noise-canceling AirPods and cheaper HomePod expected in 2020

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 28, 2019 - Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge In addition to details on Apple’s 2019 hardware plans, Bloomberg is also offering insight into Apple’s audio accessory ambitions for 2020. According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a cheaper HomePod. It’ll undercut the current HomePod’s selling price of $299 by offering just two tweeters instead of the seven found in the original when it’s released. It’s not clear exactly when it will arrive, but Bloomberg says we. [more...]

Aug 28, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Apple’s Pro iPhones, new iPads, and 16-inch MacBook Pro detailed in Bloomberg report

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 28, 2019 - Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Multiple details about Apple’s upcoming lineup of iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and Watches have emerged in a new report from Bloomberg. According to the report, two of the iPhones will be camera-focused “Pro” phones, with a new triple-lens camera design that will include a wide-angle lens for the first time in an Apple phone. Alongside the new phones, the report also includes details about the company’s. [more...]

Aug 28, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Verizon just announced a partnership with Boingo to solve its biggest 5G problem

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 28, 2019 - Verizon’s 5G service is ultra fast, but due to the nature of the mmWave technology it’s using, service from traditional outdoor cell towers tends to vanish indoors. Today, the carrier announced its plan to solve that: a partnership with Boingo Wireless (best known for providing Wi-Fi in a number of airports around the world) to get 5G to work better indoors.   According to the announcement, Verizon plans to leverage Boingo’s. [more...]

Aug 28, 2019 8:10 AM ET

OtterBox’s latest creation is a stackable wireless charging battery system

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 28, 2019 - You’d be forgiven for confusing OtterBox’s new OtterSpot for a stack of restaurant buzzers, those vibrating devices that you hold onto while your takeout is being prepared. But the OtterSpot is more exciting than that. It’s a wireless charging system, and each layer of the OtterSpot is a portable 5,000mAh capacity battery with its own Qi charging coil and support for USB-C wired charging. The OtterSpot costs $129.99 and it. [more...]

Aug 28, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Google deserts desserts: Android 10 is the official name for Android Q

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 28, 2019 - Google has officially named the next version of Android, which is due to be released this fall: Android 10. Breaking the 10-year history of naming releases after desserts, the company is bailing on providing a codename beginning with a subsequent letter of the alphabet (in this case, Q), which is the way we’ve been referring to Android up to now. This year is Android 10, next year will be Android 11, and so. [more...]

Aug 28, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Bose’s new Portable Home Speaker offers Google Assistant, Alexa, and AirPlay 2

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 28, 2019 - Image: Bose Bose just announced a surprise product: the Portable Home Speaker, a $349 speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that supports Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, AirPlay 2, and Spotify Connect. The new speaker looks a lot like a next-generation version of the company’s SoundLink Revolve+ from 2017, with a similar conical design for 360-degree sound output and an integrated carrying handle. The added Wi-Fi connectivity adds a whole host of new services. [more...]

Aug 28, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman is a perfect example of Netflix’s big screening dilemma

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 28, 2019 - Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese is the type of director who studios can bank on because his name draws people to movie theater seats around the world. The Departed, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Gangs of New York, and Mean Streets are just a few of his extremely successful movies. But his upcoming Netflix-produced movie, The Irishman, may not get a chance at a full theatrical run. Netflix’s film division chief, Scott Stuber, and chief content officer,. [more...]

Aug 28, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review: should you spend for the stylus?

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 28, 2019 - How much would you pay to have a stylus in your phone? That’s the essential question for the Note 10 Plus. It wasn’t always this way: the Note line has meant a few different things over its eight-year history. It was the first phone that convinced us that big screens were great, the phone that proved there was a market for a super powerful Android phone, and (of course) the. [more...]

Aug 27, 2019 1:10 PM ET

Qantas Airways will test if people can endure 20-hour flights to Australia in coach

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 27, 2019 - Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Australian airline Qantas Airways has announced plans to start testing 20-hour direct flights from New York and London to Sydney as early as this October, starting with mostly empty planes of employees, according to Bloomberg. The flights — if they’re enacted on a commercial level, not just as tests — would be the longest direct flight offered by any airline. To start, Qantas will fly roughly 40. [more...]

Aug 27, 2019 12:40 PM ET

How to monitor and limit your data usage on an Android phone

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 27, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Although many data plans these days are advertised as “unlimited,” most actually have a cut-off point when your data stream is going to slow radically. If you don’t want to pay the premium prices that “unlimited” plans demand, then it’s even more important that you avoid going beyond your maximum data allowance, or there will be high penalties to pay. Either way, it’s smart. [more...]

Aug 27, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Satechi’s new USB-C hubs support 4K at 60Hz, at the expense of two USB-C ports

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 27, 2019 - Satechi is releasing two new USB-C hubs. First, the good news: both have two HDMI ports instead of one, and are able to connect to two 4K displays at once. That’s cool, and also addresses our main issue with the previous model by supporting 4K resolution at 60Hz instead of being capped at 30Hz. Now for the sort-of bad news: these are exclusive to MacBooks, MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, and Mac mini. [more...]

Aug 27, 2019 11:40 AM ET

TCL’s recent patent filing shows off two familiar foldable phones

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 27, 2019 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge TCL’s foldable phones appear in a series of recently published patents, which were first picked up by Mobile Kopen (via LetsGoDigital). These patents contain renders that outline, in pretty thorough detail, TCL’s take on a Galaxy Fold-esque device as well as a clamshell design that mimics a flip phone, with a large, seamless display once it’s opened up. This isn’t the first time that TCL’s foldable phones have. [more...]

Aug 27, 2019 11:10 AM ET

YouTube discontinues private messages to focus on keeping things public

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 27, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge YouTube is shutting down its private messaging feature on September 18th, the company announced in a support post. It said it made the decision after choosing to focus its attention on public conversations, like the Stories feature it launched last year. YouTube launched its in-app messaging feature back in August 2017, meaning it will have been live on the service for just over two years before. [more...]

Aug 27, 2019 10:40 AM ET

You can now sign up for the Minecraft Earth beta on Android

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 27, 2019 - Microsoft first opened up its Minecraft Earth beta to compatible iOS devices last month, and now it’s heading to Android. The software maker is accepting sign-ups for the Android version, and you’ll need an augmented reality (AR-capable) handset running Android 7 or above. Naturally, the more modern and powerful your phone is, the better this AR game will run. Minecraft Earth is a new AR game that’s similar to Pokémon Go. Microsoft has spent months building. [more...]

Aug 27, 2019 10:10 AM ET

The Google Home Mini’s mute switch makes privacy deliberate

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 27, 2019 - In today’s digital age, it sometimes feels like hardware has taken a back seat to the software that drives our devices. Button of the Month is a monthly look at what some of those buttons and switches are like on devices old and new, and it aims to appreciate how we interact with our devices on a physical, tactile level. Smart home devices can make people uneasy, what with the “constantly listening. [more...]

Aug 27, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Vergecast: Galaxy Note 10 Plus review, Apple fall lineup rumors, and green bubble GIFs

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 27, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge We’ve reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, and this week on The Vergecast, we go in way deeper on DeX, the cameras, and more. There’s an official name for Android Q: it’s just Android 10. This week also saw Mark Gurman’s traditional rumor drop of everything to expect at Apple’s upcoming iPhone event. It’s a lot, and it’s all fodder for Nilay. [more...]

Aug 27, 2019 9:10 AM ET

These three companies are all aiming to land the first private spacecraft on the Moon in two years

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 27, 2019 - The Moon is a hot destination right now — especially for NASA, which wants to send people back to the lunar surface, but also for the private space industry. The most ambitious private lunar exploits are still many years off, but already, three companies claim they’ll be putting small robotic landers on the Moon in the next two years, amping up a small space race. So far, no private entity. [more...]

Aug 27, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Telling Lies is a complex, tense mystery that you unravel yourself

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 27, 2019 - In 2015, developer Sam Barlow broke away from his work on games like Silent Hill: Homecoming to release a live-action whodunnit called Her Story. It was an instant hit, praised for its true crime flair and atypical gameplay, where players unravel the story at their own pace by searching terms on a fictional police database. Four years later, Barlow has released a spiritual successor to his breakout success with Telling Lies. Telling Lies follows the lives of. [more...]