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Sep 20, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Apple continues to sweeten the deal for Apple Card owners with new cash back options

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 20, 2019 - Image: Apple Apple continues to sweeten the deal for Apple Card owners with new cash back incentives. The latest company to join in is Walgreens, which now offers 3 percenttoward Apple’s Daily Cash on purchases made in its stores (or Duane Reade stores, which it owns) instead of the usual 2 percent, via 9to5Mac. Walgreens joins Uber and Uber Eats, which also added a 3 percent offer for the Apple Card alongside the credit card’s launch. [more...]

Sep 20, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Cody Wilson sentenced to probation in sexual assault case

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 20, 2019 - Tamir Kalifa for The Washington Post via Getty Images Cody Wilson, former head of 3D-printed gun company Defense Distributed, has been sentenced to seven years of probation in a plea deal over sexually assaulting an underage girl. The Associated Press reported today that Wilson will register as a sex offender and serve 475 hours of community service. He also won’t be able to own a gun while on probation, and he will pay a. [more...]

Sep 20, 2019 7:10 AM ET

J.J. Abrams signs exclusivity deal with WarnerMedia reportedly worth $250 million

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 20, 2019 - J.J. Abrams and his production company Bad Robot Productions have signed a deal with AT&T-owned WarnerMedia, the company announced today. The deal is reportedly worth $250 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The partnership means that Bad Robot will produce original series and films for WarnerMedia and its various divisions, including HBO and Warner Bros. Pictures. It also marks the first time that Bad Robot’s video games and digital divisions will also operate. [more...]

Sep 20, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Hulu dropped support for Google’s Daydream VR

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 20, 2019 - Hulu was a launch partner for Google’s Android-based Daydream VR platform in 2016. But as Variety noted today, the streaming service no longer supports Daydream. Hulu’s website states that support was dropped in a July update, although people with older versions of the app can still access the VR experience. This is part of a long decline for the Daydream platform. HBO, another early partner, dropped support in January. Google Play Movies & TV also stopped supporting Daydream in. [more...]

Sep 20, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Kickstarter faces union backlash after firing two organizers

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 20, 2019 - Kickstarter is facing blowback after firing two employees involved in its ongoing unionization effort, as first reported by Slate. Both employees were dismissed over the past eight days, leading to concerns that the firings may be part of a broader retaliation effort. US labor law forbids employers from firing or otherwise reprimanding employees for taking part in unionization efforts. One of the employees, Taylor Moore, told The Verge that he believed he had been. [more...]

Sep 19, 2019 1:10 PM ET

Google is changing its search algorithm to prioritize original news reporting

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 19, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Google is changing its news search algorithms again, in a move that’s sure to annoy everybody. Today’s announcement is that the company is going to try to emphasize “original reporting,” which it will “elevate” in its search results. To do so, it has distributed new instructions to its cadre of 10,000+ human reviewers, whose feedback helps train the Google algorithm that actually delivers search. [more...]

Sep 19, 2019 12:40 PM ET

Steam will now show you more games you might actually want to buy

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 19, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The Epic Games Store is luring some smaller developers away from Steam, but Valve has just made behind-the-scenes changes that might keep others from jumping ship — and could put more indie games in front of gamers who actually want to buy them. While gamers probably already know how to search for big releases like Gears 5, Valve admits that those big games have bumped smaller. [more...]

Sep 19, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Andrew Yang went full influencer on the debate stage tonight

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 19, 2019 - Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang went full influencer on the debate stage Thursday night. In his opening remarks, Yang announced that he would be giving away $120,000 through the course of the next year as part of a pilot program for his campaign’s key policy plan: universal basic income, or what he refers to as the “Freedom Dividend.” “In America today, everything revolves around the. [more...]

Sep 19, 2019 11:40 AM ET

LaCie’s fast portable SSD makes USB-C less confusing

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 19, 2019 - The Rugged SSD Pro carries an IP67 rating. | Image: LaCie LaCie has a new portable SSD drive that should remove some of the confusion around USB-C connectivity. It’s called the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro and promises compatibility with modern computers featuring Thunderbolt 3 ports with USB-C connectors, and those with non-Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports. The ports look the same, but they don't act the same. The Rugged SSD Pro removes all the. [more...]

Sep 19, 2019 11:10 AM ET

Encrypted messaging is becoming more popular, and child advocates are worried

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 19, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Around the world, countries and corporations are rethinking their relationship with encryption. In the wake of terrorist attacks, legislation in India and Australia has sought to give law enforcement access to encrypted communications, in moves that could threaten the security of encryption around the world. In the United States, Apple has staked its reputation on protecting encrypted communications even when they belong to. [more...]

Sep 19, 2019 10:40 AM ET

iOS 13 exploit bypasses the lockscreen for access to contacts

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 19, 2019 - Apple is planning to release iOS 13 next week, but one security researcher has already discovered a lockscreen bypass. The exploit allows you to bypass the lockscreen and gain access to all contact information on an iPhone. Jose Rodriguez discovered the exploit and revealed to The Verge that he reported it to Apple on July 17th, but it’s still working in the Gold Master (GM) version of iOS 13 that will be released on. [more...]

Sep 19, 2019 10:10 AM ET

If forests go up in smoke, so can carbon offsets

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 19, 2019 - Photo credit should read JOAO LAET/AFP/Getty Images Raging fires across the Amazon and the start of California’s fire season have put the heat back on a controversial method for balancing the carbon budget, called offsets. Here’s how offsets work. Let’s say a person or a company wants to contribute less to global warming. One option would be to cut down on air travel, since flights result in a lot of. [more...]

Sep 19, 2019 9:40 AM ET

George Mager’s bouncy, multilingual world uses script as design

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 19, 2019 - George Mager Moscow-based artist George Mager has such a familiar style that it feels like you’ve stumbled upon it before in an old Japanese manga or maybe in a vintage children’s book of fairy tales you picked up from a dusty corner of the thrift shop. But all the while, his art is instantly recognizable as his own, with soft, bouncy lines that outline friendly, lumpy characters that look like they’re made. [more...]

Sep 19, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Team Liquid’s Dota 2 team was so successful they’re striking out on their own

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 19, 2019 - Photo: Valve One of the most successful teams in Dota 2 is moving into a new field: team ownership. Today, e-sports organization Team Liquid announced that its championship-winning Dota 2 squad will be leaving the organization to form their own. “After four years under the Team Liquid organization, our Dota team has decided to pursue this new dream: to build a team of their own,” wrote Liquid founder Victor “Nazgul” Goossens. “While it fills me with great. [more...]

Sep 19, 2019 8:50 AM ET

Congress just asked big tech companies for private emails about their biggest controversies

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 19, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee has sent four request for information letters to Amazon, Facebook, Alphabet, and Apple, asking for closely held details on some of the most powerful companies in Silicon Valley. It released the letters publicly this morning, and the companies must respond by October 14th. “There is growing evidence that a handful of corporations have come to capture an outsized. [more...]

Sep 19, 2019 7:40 AM ET

HBO is reportedly turning George R.R. Martin’s worst book into a Game of Thrones spinoff

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 19, 2019 - We’re still waiting on news from the first Game of Thrones prequel that HBO is developing, but the premium cable network doesn’t seem content to stop there. A new report from Deadline claims that a second prequel series — this time based on Fire and Blood, Martin’s fictional history book detailing the Targaryen dynasty— is nearing a pilot order. Game of Thrones finally ended earlier this year, but HBO was already hard at work on proposals for no fewer than five. [more...]

Sep 19, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Amazon’s Undone makes a terrific double feature with Waking Life

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 19, 2019 - Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend. What to Watch Waking Life,. [more...]

Sep 19, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Hear The Verge’s first impressions of the iPhone 11

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 19, 2019 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge This week on The Vergecast, as you can imagine, Dieter Bohn, Nilay Patel, and Paul Miller discuss what was announced at Apple’s hardware event on Tuesday. Both Nilay and Dieter were able to attend the event and demo the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, and new iPad in person. Listen to this week’s episode of The Vergecast to hear their first impressions. Then you should probably keep listening. [more...]

Sep 19, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Discord gives up on subscription games because no one was playing them

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 19, 2019 - Discord seemingly isn’t the place where people want to go for subscription gaming. The hugely popular chat app has already decided to phase out the bundle of games it introduced last year as part of its $9.99-per-month (or $99 annually) Nitro subscription service, thus choosing not to compete with Xbox Game Pass, Uplay+, Origin Access, and other offerings. ”While we and some of you love these games, the truth is the vast. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 3:40 PM ET

YouTube is changing how it counts views for record-breaking music videos after controversy

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images YouTube is introducing a major change to its music chart system after discovering that artists and labels were using growth hacks to inflate how many people were watching their videos. YouTube is no longer counting “advertising views” when it comes to the company calculating its music charts. Instead, ranking for top-watched music videos will be based on organic plays, according to a new blog post. Running. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 3:10 PM ET

Bigelow’s next-generation inflatable space habitat is shooting for the Moon

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - Welcome to your new home, the B330 Standing on a metal platform labeled “Does not exist” in the middle of an inflatable bouncy house designed for space, I had one question: where’s the bathroom? The mockup of Bigelow Aerospace’s flagship space habitat module, the B330, was packed with features, but I wanted to know more about how future astronaut visitors to this proposed space station would deal with the grosser. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 2:40 PM ET

Microsoft is working on foldable Surface devices with liquid-powered hinges

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - Microsoft has been working on a dual-screen Surface device that may well resemble the company’s Courier concept. The software giant is expected to tease the device at its Surface hardware event next month, but new patents show that Microsoft’s work goes far beyond just dual-screen hardware. A new patent, spotted by WindowsUnited, has surfaced that reveals Microsoft has been working on a special hinge that uses liquid to reduce the stress on flexible. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 2:10 PM ET

Twitter deletes ‘death threat’ from Texas lawmaker who targeted Beto O’Rourke

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images Today, Twitter removed a tweet from a Republican state lawmaker from Texas for threatening the life of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, following remarks he made about gun reform during Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate. The offending tweet came from Texas state Rep. Briscoe Cain. It read, “My AR is ready for you Robert Francis.” A Twitter spokesperson said that the “Tweet was. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 1:40 PM ET

Analogue’s new DAC lets you play its modern-retro consoles on old-school TVs again

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - Analogue’s console clones are fascinating pieces of tech. They’re modern spins on classic retro consoles that let you play your favorite original SNES or Sega Genesis games on a modern HDMI television. But what about players who want to experience those games the way they were originally meant to be played, be that on a classic CRT television or PVM display? Well, for those players, Analogue is introducing a new DAC (digital-to-analog. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 1:10 PM ET

Vivo announces Nex 3 5G with ‘waterfall’ curved screen, 64-megapixel camera, and virtual buttons

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - After months of leaks and teases, Vivo’s Nex 3 is finally official. As expected, the headline feature is its “Waterfall FullView” OLED display, which spills over the sides of the Nex 3 and which Vivo claims gives the device a screen-to-body ratio of 99.6 percent. The 6.89-inch 1080p screen’s curvature is so extreme that there’s no room for buttons on the side of the phone. Instead, Vivo is adding virtual buttons called Touch. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 12:40 PM ET

Paper Beast is a VR game that turns big data into a peaceful, ethereal world

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - The latest from Another World creator Eric Chahi The Japanese art of origami is inextricably intertwined with mathematics, as documented by Robert J. Lang in his 2003 book Origami Design Secrets. The art form is based on the transformation of a flat sheet of paper into a rough-edged but innately elegant representation of an object, with the most illustrious example perhaps being that of the paper crane. For legendary game designer. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Colin Trevorrow returns to Jurassic World with new short, Battle at Big Rock

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - Imagine trying to enjoy a nice barbecue dinner with your family when a couple of triceratops and a bloodthirsty T. rex suddenly upend it all by fighting in your front yard. That’s the basis of the new Jurassic World short, directed by Colin Trevorrow, who also helmed the first Jurassic World in 2015. The eight-minute short, Battle at Big Rock, takes place one year after Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and picks up where the last film ended: dinosaurs are. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Mophie’s latest wireless charging pad isn’t afraid to stand on ceremony

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - Image: Mophie Mophie’s latest wireless charging stand can be folded down to allow you to also use it as a compact wireless charging pad. The accessory is available now directly from Mophie, and will be available soon from Apple’s stores. Although it will work with all Qi-enabled wireless charging devices, the pad is optimized for Apple’s phones. 9to5Mac notes that it should be able to charge iPhones at a rate of 7.5W, and Mophie’s product. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 11:10 AM ET

Apple Arcade’s game lineup looks surprisingly excellent

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - Apple Arcade may not have gotten off to the most promising start at Apple’s iPhone 11 keynote — the company decided to show a minutes-long demo of... Frogger in Toy Town to showcase the service — but Apple has been steadily revealing a lot more interesting titles for Arcade, which gives us a better idea of the level of quality the company is hoping to achieve. Lackluster at first, until you look. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 10:40 AM ET

Google announces October 15th hardware event for Pixel 4

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - Google has invited media to a hardware event on October 15th in New York City. The company is expected to formally announce the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and other devices, including a Pixelbook 2 and new Google Home speakers. The invite says “Come see a few new things Made by Google.” Google made an unusual move among tech companies in June when it confirmed the Pixel 4’s existence months prior to. [more...]