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Sep 13, 2019 10:10 AM ET

YouTube creators have begun shifting channels after FTC fine leaves futures in jeopardy

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Toya (left), a YouTuber who is changing the direction of her channel after YouTube’s changes. | YouTube/MyFroggyStuff YouTube creators are already making changes to their channels out of fear that they’ll be unable to make money once the platform begins enforcing new limits around kid-friendly content. Some of these changes include fully renaming channels to make them feel less kid-oriented, cutting out popular series dedicated to toys or games, taking. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Pixel 4 XL leaks turn into a flood of videos showing off new colors, camera samples, and more

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Image: Rabbit TV (YouTube) The Pixel 4 leaks are starting to feel even more frequent than the avalanche of early videos and photos that preceded last year’s announcement of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. In the most comprehensive look yet at Google’s new phone, today we’re seeing two extensive video tours of the Pixel 4 XL. The first comes from YouTube channel AnhEm TV, which has posted a six and a. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Dangerous results from unproven stem cell treatments led to Google ad ban

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Photo by Lyu Liang/VCG via Getty Images Acting to prevent clinics from misleading patients, Google announced on Friday that it will ban ads for “unproven or experimental” medical procedures. For several years, the Food and Drug Administration has inched toward cracking down on clinics that offer unproven and unsafe “stem cell therapy.” Scientists have long condemned these clinics for attracting patients with promises not backed by science. The FDA wants these clinics to test. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Trump calls on FDA to ban all flavored vapes after mystery lung illness

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images In a surprise meeting on Wednesday, President Donald Trump pushed to ban all non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes from the market. Trump discussed the proposal during a meeting at the White House after discussing the move with advisers like Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and acting Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Norman Sharpless, Bloomberg reported. “Not only is it a problem overall, but really specifically with respect for. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Colorful overlays will track athletes’ speed during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - The track and field events at next year’s Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo will feature new augmented overlays to help viewers keep track of what’s going on during a race. In a new video, Intel previews footage that includes overlays that identify the top runners’ names and speeds. A color trail appears behind them, too, seemingly showing their speeds at different points along the track. You can see in the GIF. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 7:40 AM ET

California just dropped a bomb on the gig economy — what’s next?

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images Uber and Lyft drivers still face a long road ahead in their fight for employment status California just grievously wounded the gig economy. But Assembly Bill 5, the California bill that was approved by the state Senate on September 10th, is only the beginning of a long fight over the relationship between gig companies like Uber and Lyft and the drivers they employ. While it. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Taika Waititi’s Hitler comedy Jojo Rabbit needs way more Hitler

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Photo: Courtesy of TIFF Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. It isn’t impossible to make a comedy about Adolf Hitler. Mel Brooks got belly laughs out of satirizing the German dictator in his 1967 movie The Producers, and even during the war itself, Hollywood mocked Hitler with movies like the. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 6:40 AM ET

How to preorder the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Photo by Nilay Patel / The Verge Apple has announced the iPhone 11 lineup, including the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. Each phone will release on September 20th, and preorders begin this Friday, September 13th, at 5:01AM PT / 8:01AM ET. That’s a few hours later than Apple usually kicks off preorders, so you’ll either get to sleep in a little more or wake up earlier than before. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Apple’s HomePod will soon let you play ocean waves, birdsong, or rainstorms while you sleep

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Apple yesterday managed to sneak in a few updates to its HomePod speaker in between iPhone-related announcements, including the addition of a brand-new feature. Later this fall, the HomePod will be able to help you relax by playing “the soothing sounds of ocean waves, forest birds, rainstorms, and more,” or what Apple calls Ambient Sounds. Apple hasn’t provided any other details, but we’d assume you’ll. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 11:40 PM ET

Civilization VI is the latest improbable game to get a battle royale mode

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - PUBG. Fortnite. Battlefield. Call of Duty. Mario. Tetris. Flappy Bird. It’s practically a joke within the gaming world that if a game exists, it’ll eventually get a battle royale version or mode. But the latest entry might take the cake: Civilization VI, the popular turn-based strategy game, via Rock Paper Shotgun. You may be wondering how Civilization, a franchise in which players slowly and meticulously build their global societies up over time scales that span the whole of human history,. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 1:10 PM ET

What we’re still waiting for after Apple’s iPhone 11 event

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - The rumor mill was remarkably right. On Tuesday, Apple revealed practically everything we expected it to reveal at its “By Innovation Only” iPhone 11 event. You can watch our supercut (above), read our recap, or skim through our detailed live blog for all the highlights, but arguably the only true surprises were these: The two new “Pro” iPhones will have four-plus extra hours of battery life. The new Apple Watch Series 5 has an always-on display. Practically. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 12:40 PM ET

World of Warcraft is dominating Twitch because Fortnite streamers are desperate for change

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - Fortnite fans perusing Twitch for their favorite streamers to watch have been running into an issue for the past couple of weeks: almost all of the biggest names in the community are playing a different game. It’s not a battle royale title or even a competitive multiplayer game; it’s a largely cooperative fantasy RPG that came out 15 years ago. Maybe you’ve heard the name before: World of Warcraft, the Blizzard-produced massively. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 12:10 PM ET

People are throwing their Juuls out windows and drenching them in water just to quit

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - Shannon Dunlop Also subbing in sugar snap peas Henry Korman is exactly who Juul wants using its e-cigarettes. He’s not a teen, and he’s a former smoker, so he thought substituting a vape for cigarettes was a healthy decision when he switched two years ago. But then, he wanted to quit the Juul, too. He tried multiple times, cold turkey, to no avail. The Juul addiction stuck around, at least. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 11:10 AM ET

Apple’s 1TB iPad Pro just got $200 cheaper

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Apple has slashed the price of its 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros with 1TB of storage by $200. The savings apply to both Wi-Fi and cellular models. So the 11-inch 1TB iPad Pro is now $1,349 for Wi-Fi only or $1,499 if you want LTE, while the larger 12.9-inch device is $1,549 or $1,699. MacRumors first reported the change. Retailers like Best Buy and B&H have. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 10:40 AM ET

College student tried to hack into Trump’s taxes by creating a fake FAFSA application

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - Photo by Michele Doying / The Verge Two college students are facing federal prison time for attempting to hack into President Trump’s tax returns, as reported by CyberScoop. Andrew Harris, 24, and Justin Hiemstra, 22, tried to import the president’s financial records through a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Both men have pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor accounts for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and face up. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Firefox is testing a VPN, and you can try it right now

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - Last week, Mozilla said its Firefox browser would block third-party trackers for everyone by default and yesterday, Mozilla announced a new product that could give Firefox users even more privacy on the web: the Firefox Private Network, which claims to be “a secure, encrypted path to the web” — essentially, a Firefox-made VPN (though Mozilla never calls it one). The Firefox Private Network seems like it could be useful, but it does have its. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Tesla tests Model S with an even faster ‘Plaid’ powertrain at Laguna Seca

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - Photo by David Bush / The Verge Tesla teased a prototype Model S that Elon Musk says can go faster than the “Ludicrous” speed the company’s cars currently achieve. The new powertrain is dubbed “Plaid” and is “about a year away from production,” Musk tweeted Wednesday. (Both names are a reference to the Mel Brooks movie Spaceballs.) The Plaid Model S made its debut at Laguna Seca raceway, where it lapped the famous. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Google’s new addiction recovery website is more useful than a Google search

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google is launching a new website it’s calling “Recover Together” that collates resources for addiction recovery in the United States. The site includes Google Maps-based search for resources like recovery support meetings and pharmacies that offer Naloxone without a prescription — it’s a drug that can be used to counteract opioid overdoses. The new site will be linked under the search bar on. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 8:40 AM ET

HTC’s new Vive Cosmos VR headset arrives on October 3rd for $699

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - HTC is releasing its PC-powered Vive Cosmos VR headset next month. Originally unveiled earlier this year at CES, the Cosmos is HTC’s latest bid at a mainstream VR headset. Unlike the original HTC Vive, the Cosmos doesn’t require external sensors and uses fully tracked motion controllers. HTC has also upgraded the LCD panels, with a combined 2,880 x 1,700 resolution, a 110-degree field-of-view, and even a 90Hz refresh rate. HTC. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Facebook spiked a legitimate fact check about abortion after Republicans complained

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge In 2016, Facebook killed off a part of the service that highlighted trending news articles, following a hysterical overreaction to a Gizmodo piece that claimed, weakly, that the company was “routinely suppressing conservative news.” (It turns out that when human editors are told to pick the day’s most important stories, they tend to pick reported articles from mainstream sources over hyper-partisan opinion pieces.) Conservative media. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Yakuza 7: wilder than ever, also now a kart racer

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - Yakuza 7 — or to be precise, Ryu ga Gotoku 7, which means “Like a Dragon 7,” which will drop the “7” and go by Yakuza: Like a Dragon in the West for some reason — made its public debut today at Tokyo Game Show. It was my first chance to see how its controversial shift to a JRPG-style menu-based battle system will actually play out in reality. First, though, comes our introduction to new series. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Ikea demonstrates its €15 Sonos remote control, launching soon

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - The Symfonisk remote control now has an official product page showing a price of €14.99. First spotted on the French Ikea website by Tweakers, the remote is designed to control Ikea’s Sonos-compatible Symfonisk speakers and will begin shipping in the UK and beyond on October 1st, according to the reliable Dutch tech site. It’s not yet clear when it’ll be available in the US. The small controller works like this: Push it down once to. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Free Disney+ pilot launches in The Netherlands, here’s what it’s like

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - Disney+ on Android and Apple TV (background). | Photo by Thomas Ricker / The Verge I just spent the last few minutes signing up for Disney+ and downloading apps for iOS, Android, and Apple TV. I then spent a few more minutes, several actually, streaming titles like Avengers Infinity War, Star Wars The Last Jedi, Incredibles 2, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, and Free Solo. No, I’m not a decorated general fighting at the front. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Uber argues its drivers aren’t core to its business, won’t reclassify them as employees

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Uber won’t be reclassifying its drivers from independent contractors to employees in light of a new bill that passed in California, largely because the bill doesn’t specifically require them to do so, the company’s chief legal official argued Tuesday. “Contrary to some of the rhetoric we’ve heard, AB5 does not automatically reclassify any ride-share drivers from independent contractors to employees,” Tony West, chief legal. [more...]

Sep 11, 2019 1:10 PM ET

The 5 biggest announcements from Apple’s September 2019 event

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 11, 2019 - Apple’s big hardware event for 2019 has wrapped, and, as expected, it brought a bounty of exciting announcements. Of course, the iPhone 11 happened — and, yes, a version is really called the iPhone 11 Pro Max — but there were a bunch of other good moments that are worth talking about. If you weren’t able to follow along with this year’s Apple fall hardware event or if you just. [more...]

Sep 11, 2019 12:40 PM ET

The iPhone 11 Pro comes with a USB-C 18W wall charger and USB-C to Lightning cable

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 11, 2019 - For the first time since the original iPhone was released back in 2007, Apple is finally upgrading the included wall plug and cable that comes in the box: the newly announced iPhone 11 Pro will — at long last — come with a fast-charging 18W USB-C charger and a USB-C to Lightning cable in the box. Sadly, the change isn’t universal: the cheaper iPhone 11 will still come with the. [more...]

Sep 11, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Uber announces another round of layoffs as financial uncertainty looms

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 11, 2019 - Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Uber announced an additional round of layoffs Tuesday, this time from its product and engineering teams. A total of 435 people were let go, or around 8 percent of the ride-hailing company’s entire workforce. The news, which was first reported by TechCrunch, comes a few months after Uber said it would be cutting 400 employees from its marketing division. This latest round of layoffs comes. [more...]

Sep 11, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Scraping public data from a website probably isn’t hacking, says court

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 11, 2019 - Scraping data from a website likely doesn’t violate anti-hacking laws as long as the data is public, a US court has concluded. Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said LinkedIn probably couldn’t tell an analytics company to stop pulling profile information from its platform. LinkedIn had sent the company, HiQ, a cease-and-desist letter — which has been enough to declare companies “unauthorized” in earlier cases. Here, however, the court ruled that. [more...]

Sep 11, 2019 11:10 AM ET

AirDrop on the iPhone 11 will let you point at people to share photos

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 11, 2019 - Image: Apple One of the understated components of Apple’s iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro is the new U1 chip. It didn’t get a prominent callout onstage at today’s announcement event, but it will underpin what Apple says are “amazing new capabilities” coming to iOS devices in the future, including a more accurate, directional version of AirDrop coming with iOS 13. The “U” in U1 stands for “ultra-wideband,” which is the technology. [more...]

Sep 11, 2019 10:40 AM ET

Apple Watch Studio lets you make the Apple Watch of your dreams

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 11, 2019 - Today, coinciding with the announcement of the Apple Watch Series 5, Apple has launched Apple Watch Studio, a way to mix and match Watch casings and Watch straps to order the exact Apple Watch Series 5 that you want. It’s available right now on Apple’s website and in the Apple Store App, and will be coming to Apple’s retail stores in the future. Previously, Apple only let you customize your Watch by. [more...]