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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...]

Sep 18, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Facebook’s ‘undesirable’ appearance policy keeps blocking the wrong people

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Lex Gillies loves Instagram. As a rosacea activist and beauty blogger, the app has become her primary tool for sharing her work and connecting with other people who live with skin differences. “I didn’t know anybody with rosacea in my real life and it was the internet that gave me all of these people who I could speak to and they would. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Brad Pitt interviews an astronaut on the space station: ‘Who controls the jam box?’

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - Today, Brad Pitt — who is set to play a gun-wielding, pirate-hunting astronaut in the upcoming film Ad Astra — got the chance to speak to someone who actually has the job of his on-screen character: an astronaut on board the International Space Station. While at NASA’s Space Operations Center in Washington DC, Pitt chatted with astronaut Nick Hague who has been living on the ISS since March. ISS astronauts are fairly. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Amazon reportedly changed its search results to boost more profitable products

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon began making changes to its search results last year to prioritize profitability over relevance, according to The Wall Street Journal. Those changes were reportedly spurred on by demands from Amazon’s retail divisions and private label team, and they’re said to have the effect of often boosting Amazon’s own products in search listings. To avoid antitrust concerns at a time when Amazon’s role as both a. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Apple Arcade goes live for iOS 13 beta testers

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - Image: Apple A few days ahead of its scheduled September 19th launch, Apple Arcade is now live and accepting subscriptions from those participating in Apple’s iOS 13 beta program. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman tweeted that Apple’s gaming service, which unlocks access to dozens of ad-free games for a monthly fee, was up and running. Many other people have gained access on devices enrolled in the iOS 13 public beta. Subscriptions appear to be processing successfully,. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Electric car owners could choose which fake sounds their cars make under new proposal

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - Photo by Sean O’Kane / The Verge The federal government is requiring automakers to include artificial motor sounds in electric and hybrid cars when traveling at low speeds to alert pedestrians, but it wants to give vehicle owners the ability to choose which sounds they use. In a notice of proposed rule-making, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says drivers should be able to “select the sound they prefer. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Microsoft’s annual Build developer conference kicks off on May 19th

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft will host its 2020 Build developer conference in Seattle from Tuesday, May 19th to Thursday, May 21st, the company announced today. Microsoft didn’t say when tickets will go on sale, but does have a general mailing list you can sign up for to get information about the event. Build is one of Microsoft’s biggest events of the year, and although the event is focused on. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Android TV leak reveals Google Stadia integration and ‘hero device’ coming next year

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - Google appears to be planning a bunch of updates for Android TV over the next year, including new Assistant features, a major hardware release, and support for its upcoming game streaming service, Stadia. According to XDA Developers, which saw a slide presented by Google at a recent conference, Google has already planned out the key upgrades for Android TV over the next two years. This year, it’s planning to begin allowing device. [more...]

Sep 18, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Mercedes-Benz reboots the ‘first modern car’ as a dashing EV concept

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 18, 2019 - Images: Daimler/Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz’s newest concept car is a reminder that the company pioneered the concept of cars. The Vision Mercedes Simplex, unveiled late last week at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, is essentially a modern-day reboot of the original Mercedes, the “35 PS” from 1901. Along with its successor, the original Simplex, the 35 PS helped kick off the era of the automobile, tipping the industry away from rickety, top-heavy wooden. [more...]

Sep 17, 2019 1:40 PM ET

Nintendo’s wireless SNES controllers for Switch are now available to buy

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 17, 2019 - If you’re hankering for the perfect classic controller to play the Nintendo Switch’s new collection of downloadable Super Nintendo titles, you may be happy to hear that the company’s new retro wireless SNES gamepad is now available for purchase — assuming you’re a Nintendo Switch Online member, of course. That’s because just like last year’s wireless NES gamepad, Nintendo will only let you buy one if you’re already paying the $4/month, $20/year subscription fee. [more...]

Sep 17, 2019 1:10 PM ET

Twitch competitor Mixer adds ads, but it might be keeping the revenue for itself

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 17, 2019 - Alex Castro / The Verge Mixer, Microsoft’s answer to Twitch, has just rolled out its first ads, but it appears the only entity earning money from the ads will be Mixer itself. Some of the ads will show up on channels run by Microsoft itself — but other partnered channels, like Ninja’s, will now see ads appear in front of their content that don’t support them financially. Mixer announced the. [more...]

Sep 17, 2019 12:40 PM ET

See how an AI system classifies you based on your selfie

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 17, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Modern artificial intelligence is often lauded for its growing sophistication, but mostly in doomer terms. If you’re on the apocalyptic end of the spectrum, the AI revolution will automate millions of jobs, eliminate the barrier between reality and artifice, and, eventually, force humanity to the brink of extinction. Along the way, maybe we get robot butlers, maybe we’re stuffed into embryonic pods and. [more...]

Sep 17, 2019 12:10 PM ET

The Blue Yeti X’s real-time LED metering sounds ideal for podcasts and live streaming

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 17, 2019 - Blue Blue’s latest USB microphone, the Yeti X, is aimed directly at streamers, podcast hosts, and other content creators. The most visible upgrade: real-time LED metering on the microphone itself, letting you know when the gain is too quiet (or in the red) during your recording. The big knob on the face of the new mic is its command center, and you’ll probably use it a lot to adjust levels. [more...]

Sep 17, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Richard Stallman resigns from MIT over Epstein comments

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 17, 2019 - Stallman is a regular speaker at events, such as Commons Fest in 2015 (pictured). | Photo by Michael Debets/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Famed computer scientist Richard Stallman has resigned from his position at MITover recent comments he made concerning Jeffrey Epstein’s victims. He has also resigned as president of the Free Software Foundation, an organization Stallman founded in 1985, as well as from its board of directors. Stallman is perhaps best known. [more...]

Sep 17, 2019 11:10 AM ET

Instagram posts and IGTV videos can now be scheduled through Facebook

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 17, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Facebook has officially released a new update for its Creator Studio which lets business account holders schedule their Instagram posts and IGTV broadcasts up to six months in advance. The new feature was announced at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam, where TechCrunch reports Facebook also announced new capabilities for its live streaming, watch party, and creator studio features. The ability to schedule Instagram content. [more...]

Sep 17, 2019 10:40 AM ET

Apple Arcade could have huge consequences for the iOS app ecosystem

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 17, 2019 - I think that when we look back at 2019’s iPhone keynote, the most consequential part of it may very well be the pricing for Apple Arcade: $4.99 per month.* From a consumer perspective, it’s just a killer deal. Apple plans on getting more than 100 games in there eventually, but the initial game lineup looks surprisingly excellent, as Chaim Gartenberg writes. The quality of this lineup is even better than it might. [more...]