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Jan 2, 2020 8:10 AM ET

Internal T-Mobile documents show the company considering a Comcast merger

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 2, 2020 - Chris Welch As T-Mobile’s merger trial inches toward a verdict, it’s clear the company has spent years preparing for a merger with Sprint. But a new report made public in connection with the case reveals T-Mobile has also been preparing for a subsequent merger with a cable company, with Comcast seen as the most likely potential candidate. Titled “Defining a winning position for the US business model,” the report was assembled at the. [more...]

Jan 2, 2020 7:40 AM ET

The Rise of Skywalker’s realest-feeling tech is ancient censorship software

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 2, 2020 - Lucasfilm Ltd. Two years ago, my former colleague Sarah Jeong laid out how Star Wars: Rogue One— and, indeed, much of the Star Wars mythology — is about internet freedom. A huge amount of the series involves people struggling to copy a sci-fi floppy disc or send the holographic equivalent of an email, exacerbating a lot of the galaxy’s problems, including its total lack of accountability for politicians. But The Rise of Skywalker, which concludes the whole. [more...]

Jan 2, 2020 7:10 AM ET

Twitter bans animated PNG files after online attackers targeted users with epilepsy

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 2, 2020 - Twitter is banning animated PNG image files (APNGs) from its platform, after an attack on the Epilepsy Foundation’s Twitter account sent out similar animated images that could potentially cause seizures in photosensitive people. Twitter discovered a bug that allowed users to bypass its autoplay settings, and allow several animated images in a single tweet using the APNG file format. Twitter Accessibility   ✔@TwitterA11y     We want everyone to have. [more...]

Jan 2, 2020 6:40 AM ET

Go read this BuzzFeed and ProPublica report about how Amazon sacrifices safety for speed for its delivery network

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 2, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The speed and convenience of Amazon’s own delivery network has regularly come at the price of safety, as detailed today in an extensive report by BuzzFeed Newsand ProPublica — including the death of Joy Covey, Amazon’s first CFO, who died when a van delivering Amazon packages turned left in front of her while she was riding her bike. As Christmas approaches, Amazon deliveries are being raced across. [more...]

Jan 2, 2020 6:10 AM ET

Today in Christmas miracles: a failed electric scooter company is getting bailed out

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 2, 2020 - It’s a Christmas micromobility miracle! Failed scooter business Unicorn is getting bailed out by rival company Unagi, after Unicorn had to shut down recently without any money leftover for refunds. David Hyman, CEO of Unagi, told The Verge that he can offer a $1,000 Unagi electric scooter to any of the 350 people who bought Unicorn scooters. Nick Evans, CEO of Unicorn and co-creator of gadget tracker Tile, confirmed the deal, and said he will. [more...]

Jan 1, 2020 1:10 PM ET

Two new Pokémon games launch on Facebook Gaming

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 1, 2020 - A pair of new Pokémon games have launched exclusively on Facebook Gaming: Pokémon Tower Battle and Pokémon Medallion Battle. Pokémon Tower Battle is available worldwide, and pits two players against one another. You take it in turns to drop pokémon out of the sky like Tetris blocks, trying to build a stable tower. If you knock the tower over or your pokémon tumbles off the platform, you lose. We tried the game ourselves and it seems pretty. [more...]

Jan 1, 2020 12:40 PM ET

Could Samsung’s next Galaxy Fold phone have a glass display?

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 1, 2020 - Images of what’s rumored to be Samsung’s next foldable phone. | 王奔宏 via Weibo Earlier this month we saw images of a foldable device with a clamshell designrumored to be Samsung’s next foldable phone. Now, to add a little more spice to this speculation, we ask: could this device also be using glass instead of plastic for its screen? That’s what phone leaker Ice Universe claims, tweeting today that Samsung has created “an ultra-thin. [more...]

Jan 1, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Star Wars’ barely there same-sex kiss cut from Rise of Skywalker in Singapore

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 1, 2020 - Star Wars’ first same-sex kiss has been cut from The Rise of Skywalker in Singapore. The blink-and-you-might-miss-it moment takes place near the film’s end, when two peripheral characters share a quick smooch among celebrations. According to The Guardian, the kiss was clipped from the film in order to keep its PG-13 rating. Singapore does not recognize same-sex marriage; sex between men is illegal and punishable by law. Films featuring LGBTQ content are subject to. [more...]

Jan 1, 2020 11:40 AM ET

Travis Kalanick is leaving Uber’s board of directors

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 1, 2020 - Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick is resigning from the company’s board of directors. The news comes after Kalanick sold more than $2.5 billion in stock — more than 90 percent of his stake — when the lock-up on his shares expired. By exiting the board and selling his shares, he has essentially cut himself entirely off from the company he helped found. Kalanick’s last day will be December 31, 2019,. [more...]

Jan 1, 2020 11:10 AM ET

YouTube updates mobile app for improved TV experience

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 1, 2020 - Youtube mobile app voice search | Google YouTube wants to make it easier for people to watch, control, and have the full YouTube experience on any device of their choosing. In a blog post published late last week, the platform outlined changes its product team made to its mobile apps this year, including a new feature that allows people to voice search on either the iOS or Android app, even when. [more...]

Jan 1, 2020 10:40 AM ET

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G appears to be on the way

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 1, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The Galaxy Tab S6 will soon be available with 5G, making it possibly the first tablet with the faster connectivity. As spotted by SamMobile, the Galaxy Tab S6 5G is listed as coming soon on Samsung’s Korean website, even though the company hasn’t officially announced the device yet. There’s no information about how much it will cost or any of its specs apart from. [more...]

Jan 1, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Disney is finally selling a cute Baby Yoda plush, but it won’t arrive anytime soon

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 1, 2020 - Disney is finally selling a proper, officially licensed Baby Yoda plush toy just in time for the holidays; the only problem is customers won’t actually get it until early next year. The plushie is one of the cuter official pieces of Mandalorian merchandise Disney has introduced over the last few weeks. Standing at 11 inches, the plushie is outfitted with a faux suede coat and “fuzzy trims.” It costs $24.99. All of these details. [more...]

Jan 1, 2020 9:40 AM ET

TikTok owner ByteDance denies it’s exploring selling stake in popular app

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 1, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge ByteDance is not currently exploring selling its stake in TikTok, despite a report from Bloomberg stating that preliminary conversations were held as scrutiny from US officials grows. TikTok head Alex Zhu sent an internal note to staff addressing the report, which was obtained by Reuters. Zhu told employees that “from time to time you may read stories in the media that are not true,” and called Bloomberg’s report inaccurate.. [more...]

Jan 1, 2020 9:10 AM ET

The 12 best games on Google Play Pass for your new Android phone

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 1, 2020 - Illustration by William Joel / The Verge If you just got a brand-new Android phone for the holidays, you probably want to play some games on your shiny device. Luckily, that’s especially easy to do this year with Google’s $5-per-month Google Play Pass games and apps subscription service, which offers free access to hundreds of games without pushing ads or demanding in-app purchases.   We’ve looked through what’s available on Play Pass,. [more...]

Jan 1, 2020 8:40 AM ET

The 8 best games for your new Nintendo Switch

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 1, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge We’re quickly approaching the third anniversary of the Nintendo Switch, and a lot has changed in that time. Nintendo’s console / tablet hybrid now boasts a mature, varied lineup of games; an online service with Netflix-style access to NES and SNES games; and even a new iteration of the hardware thanks to the smaller, sleeker Switch Lite. Early on, it was easy to figure out. [more...]

Jan 1, 2020 8:10 AM ET

The 10 best games for your new Xbox One: Game Pass makes stocking up easy, and very affordable

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 1, 2020 - Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge If you’ve added an Xbox One S or Xbox One X to your entertainment center this year, you’ll need some games to play. Now more than ever, it’s far easier — and cheaper — to load up on the best games to play. Why? Because of how excellent Xbox Game Pass has become. For $14.99 per month ($1 for the first three months. [more...]

Jan 1, 2020 7:40 AM ET

The 11 best games to play on your new PlayStation 4

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 1, 2020 - Sony’s PlayStation 4 may be entering its eighth and final year in 2020, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a new PS4 owner this holiday season. After all, game consoles are cheaper than ever ahead of next fall’s next-gen refresh, and there are scores of amazing titles from the last decade or so that are still worth playing. For Sony, 2020 is going to be a huge year, in. [more...]

Jan 1, 2020 7:10 AM ET

The 10 best games for your new gaming PC

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 1, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Whether you’ve just gotten a new gaming PC, are building a new PC for yourself, or have just decided to gift yourself with some new games, we have ten suggestions to make your gaming experience fun. Not all of them are new or the most graphically demanding, but they should provide you with hours of enjoyment. Unlike gaming on a console, there. [more...]

Jan 1, 2020 6:40 AM ET

Tesla’s holiday software update includes voice-to-text, Camp Mode, and a song making kit

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 1, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / Th Tesla has started rolling out a massive holiday update that was previously teased by CEO Elon Musk last week, including a “Full Self-Driving sneak preview.” It also includes long-awaited features like reading text messages aloud, a “camping mode,” and more. The “full self-driving” sneak preview is mainly an improvement on the driving visualizations that appear in-car. The new visualization can now “display additional objects. [more...]

Jan 1, 2020 6:40 AM ET

Pentagon warns home DNA tests pose ‘personal and operational risks’ to military members

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 1, 2020 - The Pentagon has advised military members to avoid using take-home DNA kits because of concerns about “unintended security consequences and increased risk to the joint force and mission,” according to Yahoo News, which first reported on the internal memo. The memo doesn’t specifically lay out what the exact risks are, but it appears that it’s a generalized concern over health information affecting a military member’s ability to serve. Sent on December. [more...]

Jan 1, 2020 6:10 AM ET

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s holiday update will let players trade guns for snowballs

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 1, 2020 - The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare team is spreading some holiday cheer this season with a limited time snowball fight mode. In the game’s latest update, Infinity Ward and Activision are rolling out a new gunfight mode, cleverly titled “Snowfight,” that lets players trade in their guns for snowballs. From now until 1pm ET on December 31st, you and a partner will be able to fight enemies with chunks of snow rather than grenades. [more...]

Dec 31, 2019 1:10 PM ET

The 8 best Apple Arcade games for your new iPhone or iPad

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 31, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge The world of iPhone and iPad games changed dramatically in September with the launch of Apple Arcade. The subscription is an incredible deal: for $4.99 a month, or $49.99 per year, you get unlimited access to more than 100 titles from some of the biggest mobile game developers around. That includes the creators behind hits like Threes, Monument Valley, and Alto’s Adventure. And the great. [more...]

Dec 31, 2019 12:40 PM ET

Free returns come with an environmental cost: Packages leave a trail of pollution, and some end up in landfills

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 31, 2019 - Courtesy of Optoro Every single day this December, an estimated 1 million return packages were picked up through UPS alone, and online shoppers are expected to send back even more purchases this holiday season. Each returned package — regardless of which carrier picks it up — leaves a trail of emissions from the various trains, planes, and giant trucks that carry it back to the seller. That pollution contributes to climate change. [more...]

Dec 31, 2019 12:10 PM ET

The 12 best apps for your new iPhone

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 31, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge If you’re lucky enough to have unwrapped a new iPhone as a holiday gift this year, you’ll probably want to install some new apps on it. Fortunately, we’re here to help with some suggestions. We’ve divided them into two types: great apps that are just generally fun or useful to have on your phone, and apps that you should download to replace. [more...]

Dec 31, 2019 11:40 AM ET

The best apps, games, and entertainment for all of your new tech in 2019

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 31, 2019 - Graphic by Michele Doying / The Verge Our favorites for all your new devices While it’s really great to get a new tech device — a phone, a laptop, a game console, a Kindle, or a TV — as a gift, it’s even cooler to start working or playing with it. But where to begin? Here at The Verge, we want to help, so we’ve put together lists of our favorite. [more...]

Dec 31, 2019 11:10 AM ET

YouTube gives creators more control over copyright claim disputes with new update

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 31, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge YouTube’s recent Studio update is finally giving people an easier way to deal with copyright claim disputes. The new update now lets creators address copyright disputes directly from their digital back-end workspace and gives them the option to trim out the claimed content in question. The “Assisted Trim” option is the biggest feature rolling out with the new Studio update, with the “endpoints. [more...]

Dec 31, 2019 10:40 AM ET

There’s a robot cat you can back on Kickstarter

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 31, 2019 - Image: Elephant Robotics You may have heard of Aibo, Sony’s robot dog, but if a robot cat is what you’ve always wanted, you’re now able to back one on Kickstarter. In fact, it actually looks kind of cute. MarsCat, made by Elephant Robotics, looks a lot like a cat, but it’s not realistic enough that you’ll be fooled into thinking it’s a replacement for a furry feline that might already wander around your house. But. [more...]

Dec 31, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Teslasuit’s new VR gloves let you feel virtual objects and track your pulse

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 31, 2019 - Teslasuit Teslasuit — known for its full-body haptic feedback suit — is introducing a glove that can let users feel virtual textures and gather biometric data. The device is called simply the “Teslasuit Glove,” and it will debut at CES in January, with the goal of shipping by the second half of 2020. Like the Teslasuit, the Teslasuit Glove is meant for training, medical rehabilitation, and other professional applications. It. [more...]

Dec 31, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker more than sidelined Kelly Marie Tran’s character

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 31, 2019 - Photo: Disney / Lucasfilm Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams once praised The Last Jedidirector Rian Johnson for introducing Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico to the Star Wars universe, calling it “the greatest thing” Johnson did. Yet Tran’s character reportedly received approximately 76 seconds of screen time within The Rise of Skywalker’s runtime of two hours and twenty minutes. It became apparent to anyone who watched The Rise of Skywalker that Rose Tico, a main. [more...]

Dec 31, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Electric bikes and scooters will stay illegal in New York thanks to Governor Cuomo

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 31, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have made electric scooters and bikes legal in the state, citing the lack of a mandatory helmet requirement and other safety concerns. The veto means e-bikes and e-scooters will continue to remain technically illegal across the state, and will further delay any adoption of popular (if polarizing) shared mobility services like Lime. [more...]