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Jan 23, 2020 7:10 AM ET

Microsoft’s software plan for the Duo Android phone is surprisingly realistic

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 23, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Welcome back to Processor, a mostly daily newsletter mostly about computers, by which I mostly mean the consumer electronics industry at large. I’m Dieter and if you already know all of the above, thanks for sticking around. If you’re new, welcome! I’m going to leave the analysis of the truly bonkers story of Jeff Bezos’ phone hackto Casey Newton’s newsletter, The Interface. Go subscribe now. He’s. [more...]

Jan 23, 2020 6:40 AM ET

PSA: Never open a WhatsApp message from the crown prince of Saudi Arabia

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 23, 2020 - Photo by Thomas Ricker / The Verge Bay Area! I’ll be talking with Anna Wiener about Uncanny Valley, her brilliant new memoir of a life in tech, on February 4th at Manny’s in San Francisco. It’s our second-ever Interface Live event, and it would mean the world to me if you came to say hello and talk tech and democracy with us. Get your tickets here! Some days, when you write. [more...]

Jan 23, 2020 6:10 AM ET

Seattle is the first area in the US where residents can vote via smartphones

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 23, 2020 - Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images King County, where Seattle is located, announced on Wednesday that it’s implementing smartphone voting for an upcoming board of supervisors election. King County’s 1.2 million residents can use their cellphones to vote in the election, which begins on January 22nd and continues until 8PM PT on February 11th. The program is a collaboration between King County Elections; the county’s conservation district; mobile-voting nonprofit Tusk Philanthropies;. [more...]

Jan 22, 2020 1:10 PM ET

Spectrum discontinues home security service, leaving customers with bricked equipment

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 22, 2020 - Spectrum is discontinuing its home security service on February 5th, leaving customers out hundreds of dollars for cameras and other equipment they may not be able to reuse or return. The company is offering existing security service customers discounts on similar services from Ring and Abode, but apparently is not planning to make its own equipment compatible with other systems or give rebates for equipment purchased. “A number of suppliers. [more...]

Jan 22, 2020 12:40 PM ET

Platforms don’t know how to handle Iran sanctions

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 22, 2020 - Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images In the wake of heightened tensions between Iran and the United States, triggered by the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, social media companies are facing pressure to heavily monitor their platforms, but they seem unsure about where to draw the line. Most prominently, Facebook-owned Instagram has been removing a slew of posts that mention Soleimani. As Coda Story noted last week, the company seems to be deleting. [more...]

Jan 22, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Trump’s attorney general asks Apple to unlock a shooter’s iPhones

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 22, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Attorney General William Barr today requested Apple’s help in unlocking two iPhones connected to last month’s shooting at a Pensacola naval base, and said that Apple has provided no “substantive assistance” unlocking the phones. The FBI requested Apple’s help unlocking the same phones last week. In his remarks today, Barr said that the FBI had received court authorization to search both iPhones, one of which had been. [more...]

Jan 22, 2020 11:40 AM ET

Microsoft CEO says encryption backdoors are a ‘terrible idea’

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 22, 2020 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge As Apple squares off for another encryption fight, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella offered mixed messages on the encryption question. In a Monday meeting with reporters in New York, Nadella reiterated the company’s opposition to encryption backdoors, but expressed tentative support for legal and technical solutions in the future. “I do think backdoors are a terrible idea, that is not the way to go about. [more...]

Jan 22, 2020 11:10 AM ET

Lawrence Lessig sues New York Times over MIT and Jeffrey Epstein interview

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 22, 2020 - Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig is suing The New York Times over an interview about the MIT Media Lab accepting money from sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Lessig’s defamation suit covers a September 2019 article titled “A Harvard Professor Doubles Down: If You Take Epstein’s Money, Do It in Secret.” He claims the headline misrepresents his interview, where he condemns the donation, but says that “if you’re going to take the. [more...]

Jan 22, 2020 10:40 AM ET

Instacart workers are organizing national boycott to reinstate a default 10 percent tip

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 22, 2020 - Denver Post Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon Workers for grocery delivery platform Instacart are organizing a national boycott of the company next week to push for the reinstatement of a 10 percent default tip on all orders. “We have fought for fair pay, but Instacart continues to lower it,” reads a Medium post published Monday by a group of Instacart workers. “In order to continue fulfilling your orders, we must see action. [more...]

Jan 22, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Climate change could lead to more injuries and deaths

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 22, 2020 - Illustration by Ana Kova Injuries like drownings, falls, and assaults could kill up to an additional 2,135 people each year in the US as climate change continues to cause unusual temperature swings. The findings by researchers from Imperial College London, Columbia, and Harvard were published today in the journal Nature Medicine. The connection between swings in temperature — unusual spells of heat or cold — and injuries still can’t be explained, but. [more...]

Jan 22, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Sony skipping E3 again as it gears up to launch the PlayStation 5

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 22, 2020 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Sony is skipping E3 again, just months before it plans to launch its upcoming PlayStation 5 console during the 2020 holiday season. This is the second year in a row Sony is skipping one of the largest video game conferences in the world. E3, short for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is a long-running annual event held every June in Los Angeles, and it. [more...]

Jan 22, 2020 9:10 AM ET

Hundreds of thousands of customers complained to Juul about leaky pods

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 22, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Around 12 percent of customer complaints made to Juul between 2015 and 2018 were due to leaking nicotine pods, Bloomberg reported. Records of customer complaints were reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration during an agency inspection of Juul Labs in September 2018, and obtained by Bloomberg through a Freedom of Information Act request. The company’s internal database recorded just under 1.3 million customer complaints during the three year. [more...]

Jan 22, 2020 8:40 AM ET

Burisma targeted by Russia-linked phishing attack, raising election-meddling fears

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 22, 2020 - Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images A Silicon Valley-based security firm called Area1 says it has found indications that state-sponsored Russian hackers have successfully hacked the Ukranian gas company Burisma, as first reported by the The New York Times. The company has taken on a central role in US politics because of its connection to Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden, whose son Hunter sits on the company’s board. In July, President Trump asked. [more...]

Jan 22, 2020 8:10 AM ET

New Black Widow trailer brings Natasha Romanoff home to face a new enemy

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 22, 2020 - A new trailer for Marvel Studios’ Black Widow finally properly introduces Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff to a fresh Marvel Cinematic Universe villain: Taskmaster, a trained mercenary. Although his big fight is mostly teased at the end of the trailer, it’s clear that he’s a formidable opponent. Much of the footage seen in the new trailer was first shown at Disney’s biennial fan convention, D23. Taskmaster sometimes plays more of an antihero role in Marvel. [more...]

Jan 22, 2020 8:10 AM ET

Japan’s Super Nintendo World theme park will feature smart Mario-themed wristbands

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 22, 2020 - Image: Universal Studios Japan Super Nintendo Land, the Mario-themed expansion to Universal Studios, is shaping up to be one of the most interesting and tech-infused theme park attractions to date. The park, launching ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as part of Universal Studios Japan in the city of Osaka, will feature wearable wrist bands called “Power Up Bands” that will sync with a smartphone app and track digital activities while. [more...]

Jan 22, 2020 7:40 AM ET

The PC market just had its first year of growth since 2011

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 22, 2020 - Photography by Becca Farsace / The Verge The worldwide PC market just grew consistently for the first time in eight years, according to market research firms IDC and Gartner. IDC reckons worldwide PC shipments grew by 2.7 percent to 266.7 million devices globally, while Gartner has it pegged at 0.6 percent to 261.2 million devices. 2018 contained the market’s first quarter of growth in six years, but in 2019 this finally lead to a. [more...]

Jan 22, 2020 7:10 AM ET

Why activists get frustrated with Facebook

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 22, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge On Monday morning I met with a group of activists who live under authoritarian regimes. The delegation had been brought to San Francisco by the nonprofit Human Rights Foundation as part of a fellowship focused on the relationship between activism and Silicon Valley. And the big question they had for me was: why do social networks keep taking down my posts? The. [more...]

Jan 22, 2020 6:40 AM ET

With the Galaxy S20 and Bloom, Samsung is shaking up its phone names again

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 22, 2020 - via Ajunews and Samsung Now that CES is over, we turn our attention to the next big tech unveiling — no rest for the wicked! Samsung announced its February 11th “Unpacked” event ahead of CES and is widely expected to have two phones: an update to the Galaxy S10 and a new, clamshell-style folding phone. Because nothing can ever be simple, Samsung has decided to change the naming scheme for the Galaxy S series away. [more...]

Jan 22, 2020 6:10 AM ET

Microsoft bids farewell to Windows 7 and the millions of PCs that still run it

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 22, 2020 - An end of the traditional Windows era Today is a big day for Windows. Microsoft is dropping support of Windows 7, nearly 11 years after first launching the operating system with a flashy New York City marketing campaign. “I’m a PC, and Windows 7 was my idea” was the message back then, a clear nod to the fact that it was designed to fix the Windows Vista failure. Windows 7. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 1:10 PM ET

Sen. Ron Wyden calls for an investigation of the ad-blocking industry

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Photo by Erin Schaff for The Verge On Tuesday, one of the Senate’s fiercest tech critics, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), called on regulators requesting that they investigate the ad-blocking industry for anti-competitive behavior. For years now, some of the largest tech firms have paid ad-blocking companies like Eyeo, which owns Adblock Plus, to avoid the software’s restrictions and have their ads displayed on devices. In 2015, a report from the Financial Times showed that companies. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 12:40 PM ET

Square Enix delays Final Fantasy VII Remake and Avengers games until later in 2020

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Square Enix has announced delays for two of its most anticipated 2020 games: Final Fantasy VII Remake has been pushed from March 3rd to April 10th, while the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers has been delayed from May 15th to September 4th. Both games’ development teams are explaining their respective delays as needed to give the developers more time to polish the gameplay experiences. “We are making this tough decision in order to give ourselves a few extra weeks. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Time zones mess up more than just your sense of time

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - I hate time zones. I manage to screw up my time zone math every time I call someone in a different part of the country, to say nothing of calls abroad. True story: in reporting the very video I’m introducing here, I scheduled a call with a source on the East Coast of the United States. I’m on the West Coast. I missed the call by six hours. In truth,. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 11:40 AM ET

Epic says its PC game store now has more than 100 million users

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Image: Epic Games Epic has some new metrics for the Epic Game Store a little over a year after its launch. The Fortnite developer now says the store has amassed 108 million users, thanks in part to the software doubling as the official PC launcher for the hit battle royale game. That means it’s on par with, and perhaps even larger than, Valve’s competing Steam store, which had 90 million users as of January. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 11:10 AM ET

How to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Microsoft’s free upgrade offer for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users ended a few years ago, but you can still technically upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge. While Microsoft has removed the special upgrade offer sites, the company continues to activate Windows 10 licenses for people who upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. ZDNet’s Ed Bott has been testing this method for years, and the free upgrade still works. It’s. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 10:40 AM ET

Google to ‘phase out’ third-party cookies in Chrome, but not for two years

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google will join Safari and Firefox in blocking third-party cookies in its Chrome web browser. However, unlike those browsers (which have already started blocking them by default), Google intends to take a phased approach. Justin Schuh, the director at engineering for Chrome, writes that Google’s “intention is to do this within two years.” In those cookies’ place, Google is hoping that it can. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 10:10 AM ET

SpaceX continues to blast satellites into orbit as the space community worries

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - SpaceX’s most recent batch of 60 Starlink satellites launched in January. | Image: SpaceX The company has made changes, but some wonder if there’s more work to do Early in 2020, SpaceX became the operator of the world’s largest active satellite constellation, with 180 satellites orbiting the planet. The milestone is a mere starting point for Starlink, SpaceX’s ambitious project to provide internet capabilities to every inch of the globe. To get. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Coral is Google’s quiet initiative to enable AI without the cloud

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Some of Coral’s hardware products, including an AI accelerator (far right) and dev board (center). | Image: Coral AI allows machines to carry out all sorts of tasks that used to be the domain of humans alone. Need to run quality control on a factory production line? Set up an AI-powered camera to spot defects. How about interpreting medical data? Machine learning can identify potential tumors from scans and flag them. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 9:10 AM ET

Netflix’s new take on Dracula is here to suck the life out of vampire stories

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Image: Netflix There are two big problems that arise when you decide you’re going to tell a story about Dracula. The first one is simple: he’s the most famous vampire in all of fiction, perhaps the most widely known horror villain in the world. This makes surprising people difficult. The other is that everyone thinks they know what Dracula is about, so each take is battling against dozens of other ideas at any. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 8:40 AM ET

How to live stream tonight’s 2020 Democratic debate

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images On Tuesday, six Democratic presidential candidates will take the stage for their last debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses. The Democratic field has continued to shrink over the past few weeks, and tonight’s debate stage will house the fewest number of candidates we’ve seen yet. This seventh debate will be hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa,. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 8:10 AM ET

DNA from detained immigrants will change the nature of the FBI’s genetic database

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Illustration by Ana Kova Sending genetic material from detained immigrants to an FBI database could have consequences for both immigrant privacy protection and criminal justice in the US more generally, experts say. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the FBI’s national genetic database would house immigrant DNA, as part of a program that will collect DNA samples from people who are detained at the border. Those additions will fundamentally. [more...]