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Jan 14, 2020 6:40 AM ET

Google will finally stop using controversial Irish and Dutch tax loopholes

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 14, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The era of Google using a pair of controversial loopholes to save billions of dollars in taxes on overseas ad revenue is coming to a close, according to a new report from Reuters. In 2020, the company will no longer take advantage of the so-called “Double Irish” and “Dutch sandwich” loopholes, which allowed it and countless other corporations to shift money from Ireland to the. [more...]

Jan 14, 2020 6:10 AM ET

TikTok claims zero takedown requests from China in first transparency report

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 14, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge TikTok released its first transparency report yesterday, showing which countries have submitted requests for content removal as well as access to user data. China is notably absent from the report—the video sharing app, owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance, claims it did not receive a single takedown request from Communist Party of China in the first half of 2019. The news comes after a difficult. [more...]

Jan 13, 2020 1:40 PM ET

Trump signs law increasing max robocall fine to $10,000

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 13, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge President Trump has signed a law increasing fines on spammy robocalls and requiring phone service providers to begin authenticating calls across networks. The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED Act) was signed on Monday, after Congress approved the landmark billearlier this month to give the federal government new abilities to go after illegal robocallers. Fines can now reach $10,000 per. [more...]

Jan 13, 2020 1:10 PM ET

Disney+ is now getting two big Marvel series in 2020

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 13, 2020 - WandaVision was one of the biggest Disney+ shows planned for 2021, but the company announced today that the Marvel series’ release date is moving up to 2020. Disney revealed the news in a sizzle reel teasing what’s set to hit the streaming service this year. There’s no specific release date for WandaVision yet, making it unclear if it will premiere before or after Marvel’s other highly anticipated Disney+ show, Falcon and the Winter Solider. Adding the. [more...]

Jan 13, 2020 12:40 PM ET

FDA expected to ban most flavored e-cigarette pods

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 13, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge All flavored e-cigarette pods except menthol and tobacco are expected to be banned by the Food and Drug Administration, which could announce the plans this week, according to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. The flavored pod ban would be a step back from the nearly complete flavored vape ban the Trump administration initially floated back in September, as lung injuries from vaping were on the. [more...]

Jan 13, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Google just beat humans at spotting breast cancer — but it won’t replace them

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 13, 2020 - Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images Google is developing artificial intelligence to help doctors identify breast cancer, according to a research paper published in Nature today. The model, which scans X-ray images known as mammograms, reduces the number of false negatives by 9.4 percent—a hopeful leap forward for a test that currently misses 20 percent of breast cancers, as reported by The New York Times. Today, breast cancer is the second. [more...]

Jan 13, 2020 10:40 AM ET

ProtonMail just added an encrypted calendar to its encrypted Gmail competitor

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 13, 2020 - ProtonMail ProtonMail just launched an encrypted calendar beta to let users manage their schedules privately. It’s the latest tool from a company known for its encrypted email services, and could help users who are looking to wean themselves off Google. The tool, called ProtonCalendar, is currently available for all users with a paid ProtonMail plan. In the future, the company plans to launch the calendar for all users. “We believe. [more...]

Jan 13, 2020 10:10 AM ET

The IRS is done letting TurboTax easily steer you away from filing taxes for free

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 13, 2020 - Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for TurboTax Earlier this year, ProPublica published a report showing how Intuit, the company behind TurboTax, was misleading users into paying to file their taxes — something that’s supposed to be free in the first place for many. They, along with H&R Block, went so far as to keep the free versions from showing up in search engine results. This made it harder for users to find the free. [more...]

Jan 13, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Here’s what I was thinking a decade ago, according to Google’s records

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 13, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge “Most people are posting pics of them from the begining [sic] of the decade in order to show how far they’ve progressed in life. If you find that boring, how about using Google’s servers to find out what you were EXACTLY THINKING 10 years ago?” That’s what a Reddit user suggested in r/LifeProTips earlier today — so I figured I’d give it a. [more...]

Jan 13, 2020 9:10 AM ET

LG’s latest rollable TV descends from the ceiling like a projector screen

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 13, 2020 - LG Display’s previous rollable TVs have all rolled upwards out of a box. The upcoming design will roll downwards from the ceiling. | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge LG Display has a new version of its rollable TV to show off at CES 2020, the company has announced. This year’s model works a little differently to the prototypes the company has shown off for the past two years, however. Rather than unrolling upwards out of. [more...]

Jan 13, 2020 8:40 AM ET

GE’s new smart switches and dimmers can be installed in almost any home

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 13, 2020 - C by GE Hubless Smart Dimmer with motion detection | Image: GE Lighting GE Lighting is introducing new smart lighting switches and dimmers to its C by GE line of connected products that do not require the use of a neutral wire. This allows the C by GE Hubless Three-Wire Smart Switch and Hubless Dimmer models to be installed in many more homes than most smart switches, including homes built. [more...]

Jan 13, 2020 8:10 AM ET

Announcing Processor, a newsletter about consumer tech by Dieter Bohn

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 13, 2020 - Hello and well met! You’re reading the first newsletter we’re calling Processor. It’s a newsletter about “computers,” but I am using that term in a winky way. What I mean is consumer technology: gadgets, tablets, computers, phones, software, and the companies that make the products we use every day. So Processor is about the computers that are all around us — on your wrist, on your wall, and yes, on your lap, too.. [more...]

Jan 13, 2020 8:10 AM ET

Samsung’s Galaxy Book Flex Alpha aims to be a cheaper QLED 2-in-1 laptop

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 13, 2020 - Image: Samsung Last year, Samsung announced the Galaxy Book Ion and Galaxy Book Flex, a pair of new laptops that were designed to replace its Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 models. Now, just ahead of CES 2020, the company is unveiling another new laptop: the Galaxy Book Flex α (pronounced “Alpha”), which is designed to bring some of the high-end features of those new Galaxy Book laptops to a cheaper. [more...]

Jan 13, 2020 7:40 AM ET

Dell’s latest XPS 13 has a new design with a bigger display and Ice Lake chips

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 13, 2020 - Dell’s XPS 13 has long been one of the best Windows laptops around, and at CES 2020, the company is updating it yet again with a bigger 13.4-inch display that also shifts to a 16:10 aspect ratio. By adding the taller display, Dell has also completely cut out the bottom bezel to make the new XPS 13 look better than ever, too. Despite the larger display, the new XPS 13 is actually. [more...]

Jan 13, 2020 7:10 AM ET

Apple reunites with iPhone graphics chip partner to license technology

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 13, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Apple will once again license technology from Imagination Technologies, the chip designer that used to provide graphics processors for the iPhone and iPad, the UK-based company announced today. In a short statement posted on its website, Imagination said that it had entered into a multiyear license agreement with Apple, under which the Cupertino, California-based firm will have access to “a wider range of Imagination’s. [more...]

Jan 13, 2020 6:40 AM ET

Here’s what’s next for gadgets in 2020: CES will have a lot of little companies taking big swings

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 13, 2020 - CES will have a lot of little companies taking big swings In 2020, this is what to expect in the world of consumer tech: the best stuff is going to get more powerful and more premium. At The Verge, we don’t like calling stuff “premium” because it’s such an overused word. But this year, it’s going to get used even more, and, well, it fits. It tells you that the best. [more...]

Jan 13, 2020 6:10 AM ET

Brydge’s iPad keyboard with trackpad is coming next month for $200

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 13, 2020 - Brydge will release an iPad keyboard with a built-in trackpad next month, after Apple added support for trackpads to iPadOS back in September. A $199.99 model will be available for the 11-inch iPad Pro and a $229.99 model will be available for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, with both models clasping onto the iPad with a hinge that can fold the devices open and closed like a laptop. Initial preorders will ship in late February,. [more...]

Jan 12, 2020 6:40 AM ET

Former Google human rights chief says he was ‘sidelined’ over censored Chinese search engine

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 12, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge A former high-level Google executive says he was pushed out after promoting human rights at the company, as leadership pushed plans for a censored Chinese search engine. Ross LaJeunesse says company executives were dead set on entering China with some kind of censored search engine, despite comments from Google saying the project was always an experiment. “They are determined to do this,” he. [more...]

Jan 12, 2020 6:10 AM ET

The next Ring Chime Pro may have an all-new design

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 12, 2020 - Image: Dave Zatz (Twitter) Federal Communications Commissions filings for a second generation of Amazon’s Ring Chime Pro had an image of the back of the device that hinted at a brand-new design for the plug-in Wi-Fi extender for Ring devices. Today, tech writer Dave Zatz shared an image on Twitter that seemingly reveals what the whole thing will look like. The first-generation Ring Chime Pro was a small rectangular device with a speaker grille and. [more...]

Jan 11, 2020 1:10 PM ET

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 10 Lite appears in new leaked photos

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 11, 2020 - Photo: TechTalkTV (Twitter) Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 10 Lite has seen plenty of leaks, with renders for the phone making their way across the internet. But today’s batch from TechTalkTV on Twitter takes things a step further, with an early look at the actual, physical device itself, via 9to5Google. Given that seemingly official renders from Samsung have already leaked, there’s not much new in the pictures here of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite, but it. [more...]

Jan 11, 2020 12:40 PM ET

Samsung and LG go head to head with AI-powered fridges that recognize food

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 11, 2020 - Get ready for a smart fridge showdown at CES 2020, because Samsung and LG will both be unveiling fridges with added artificial intelligence capabilities this year. Samsung’s latest edition of its Family Hub refrigerator and LG’s second-generation InstaView ThinQ fridge both tout AI-equipped cameras that can identify food. The idea is that the cameras can scan what’s inside and let users know what items they’re short on, even making meal. [more...]

Jan 10, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Apple hires former HBO chief to produce TV, film, and documentaries exclusively for Apple TV Plus

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 10, 2020 - Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images Television executive Richard Plepler is credited as the man who helped HBO become the prestige network it is today, helping launch titles like Game of Thronesand Big Little Lies and overseeing HBO’s transition to streaming. Now, after departing HBO earlier this year, he’ll take his talents to Apple where he’s set to produce original TV shows, films, and documentaries exclusively for Apple TV Plus, according to The New York Times.. [more...]

Jan 10, 2020 11:40 AM ET

Fortnite’s overall revenue slipped in 2019, but it was still the biggest earner of the year

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 10, 2020 - Photo by Horacio Villalobos#Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images Fortnite is still the biggest game in the world — if not quite in terms of audience, then in terms of attention and revenue. According to Nielsen’s game-industry research arm, SuperData, Fortnite brought in a staggering $1.8 billion in revenue in 2019. That’s down a quarter from 2018 — when it earned a record-setting $2.4 billion, as Variety reports — but it’s still about $200 million more than its closest competitor, Nexon’s Dungeon. [more...]

Jan 10, 2020 11:10 AM ET

Dell will soon let you interact with your iPhone apps from your PC

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 10, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge In 2018, Dell released its Mobile Connect app, which lets you connect your Dell computer to your phone so you can respond to phone calls and texts and receive notifications from apps directly from your computer. Starting this spring, Dell says you’ll be able to wirelessly transfer photos and videos and interact with apps from your iOS device while using the Mobile Connect app, two features. [more...]

Jan 10, 2020 10:40 AM ET

FDA announces new crackdown on flavored vaping products

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 10, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it is ordering companies to pull flavored e-cigarette cartridges from the market. The agency promised regulatory action if the flavored pods and cartridges weren’t removed from shelves within a month. Tobacco or menthol flavored cartridges are still allowed. The decision comes as the vaping industry waits for many products to go through the FDA’s. [more...]

Jan 10, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Netflix’s The Witcher was a guaranteed success before it even premiered

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 10, 2020 - Image: Netflix The Witcher is the most in-demand show in the world, according to Parrot Analytics, surpassing Disney+’s The Mandalorian. It also nearly topped Netflix’s most popular shows of 2019, despite being released less than a month ago. By all metrics, The Witcher is a success. The show received middling reviews from critics, but that didn’t stop people from bingeing their way through it, sometimes more than once. Part of that success has come from The Witcher’s built-in audience,. [more...]

Jan 10, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Ads for drug injury lawsuits were a problem long before they targeted HIV prevention medication

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 10, 2020 - Astrid Riecken/Tribune News Service via Getty Images Facebook removed personal injury advertisements early this week that contained misleading information about medications designed to prevent the spread of HIV, after months of outcry from LGBTQ organizations like GLAAD, The Washington Post reported. Encouraging people at risk of HIV to take these medications is a key strategy in efforts to reduce the transmission of the virus — so misinformation around this drug is especially. [more...]

Jan 10, 2020 9:40 AM ET

RadRunner electric utility bike review: my daily driver: This is a review of an electric bike that I couldn’t stop riding long enough to actually write

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 10, 2020 - This is a review of an electric bike that I couldn’t stop riding long enough to actually write When Rad Power Bikes first released its RadRunner electric utility bike last August, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I had just reviewed the company’s cargo bike and was eager to put this new model through its paces. Foolishly, I assumed I would ride it for a week or two,. [more...]

Jan 10, 2020 9:10 AM ET

A pop-up YouTube account might have locked down Rolling Stones rarities for decades

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 10, 2020 - Photo by George Rose/Getty Images A collection of at least 75 rare performances by the Rolling Stones briefly appeared on a brand-new YouTube account on New Year’s Eve, then vanished just a day later, as spotted by Variety. The uploads could have been the work of a dedicated pirate, but copyright lawyers have another theory: ABKCO Music & Records, which administers the rights to the band’s 1960s catalog, uploaded them intentionally as. [more...]

Jan 10, 2020 8:40 AM ET

Google disables Xiaomi integrations for all its devices after a Nest showed weird images

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 10, 2020 - Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Google has disabled Xiaomi devices’ access to its Nest Hub and Assistant after a camera owner reported seeing unfamiliar still images apparently from other cameras, Google confirmed to The Verge. The issue was first reported by Android Police. “We’re aware of the issue and are in contact with Xiaomi to work on a fix,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. “In the meantime, we’re disabling. [more...]