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Nov 7, 2019 11:10 AM ET

Uncovering what goes into your secret consumer score

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 7, 2019 - Facebook Prineville Data Center | Photo: Vjeran Pavic When you try to return an item at Best Buy or Sephora, before deciding whether to take back the item, those businesses have apparently been secretly looking at something called your consumer score — a hidden rating based on data you didn’t even give them that determines how they treat you, according to Kashmir Hill’s recent expose for The New York Times. Apparently, your. [more...]

Nov 7, 2019 10:40 AM ET

SoftBank’s chairman admits he blew it with WeWork after disastrous earnings

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 7, 2019 - An actual slide from SoftBank’s earnings presentation. | Image: SoftBank SoftBank leader Masayoshi Son admitted that it was a mistake to have invested in WeWork, the beleaguered office space rental company that’s been in chaos ever since an attempt to go public revealed systemic mismanagement and ludicrous behavior by its founder and CEO. During an earnings conference, Son said that WeWork’s troubles resulted in “quite a large impact” on SoftBank and its. [more...]

Nov 7, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Two former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 7, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Two former Twitter employees have been charged with spying on user accounts on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government, according to The Washington Post. One employee accessed more than 6,000 accounts The Justice Department announced the charges today after one of the former employees was reportedly arrested. That suspect, Ahmad Abouammo, was charged with spying on three Twitter accounts for the government, according to the Post. Another. [more...]

Nov 7, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Uber is being sued by NYC drivers for allegedly undercutting their earnings

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 7, 2019 - Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images Uber drivers in New York City are suing the company for allegedly failing to repay taxes it deducted from their earnings. The suit was filed by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, which is a vocal critic of Uber and the ride-hail industry. The plaintiffs seek to represent a class of 96,000-plus Uber drivers in New York City who worked for. [more...]

Nov 7, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Pre-Black Friday deals on Amazon devices will start on November 22nd

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 7, 2019 - Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Amazon has shared a long list of devices that will be discounted ahead of Black Friday. These deals will begin on Friday, November 22nd, with several waves of Amazon’s own products going on sale during the week that leads up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Like the other major retailers, Amazon usually goes big for the shopping season, so you can probably expect. [more...]

Nov 7, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Google teams up with security companies to catch bad apps before they hit the Play Store

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 7, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google announced today that it’s teaming up with three security companies to help identify malicious apps before they’re published on the Play Store and can potentially do harm to Android users. The company is calling this partnership the App Defense Alliance. Android is on over 2.5 billion devices, according to Google, and the company says that makes the platform “an attractive target” for abuse.. [more...]

Nov 7, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Executives at Google are under investigation by the board for how they handled sexual harassment

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 7, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Alphabet’s board has opened an internal investigation into how the company handles claims of sexual harassment and misconduct, forming both an independent subcommittee that will investigate as well as hiring an external law firm, according to a report from CNBC. The investigation comes after a series of reports over the past year around sexual harassment by high-level Google and Alphabet executives, including: Google’s chief legal. [more...]

Nov 7, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Amazon picks up Critical Role’s animated show as a Prime exclusive

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 7, 2019 - Amazon has ordered 24 episodes of the upcoming animated show Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina, according to Deadline. The show is based on the web series’ popular Twitch show, and Amazon is bringing it to Prime Video as an exclusive. On top of that, Critical Role has also signed a first-look deal to produce additional content exclusively for Amazon Prime. Critical Role, which features voice actors playing Dungeons and Dragons, has streamed on Amazon-owned. [more...]

Nov 7, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Google is open sourcing Cardboard now that the Daydream is dead

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 7, 2019 - In October, Google officially discontinued its Daydream View VR headset — and the company took another step away from its initial leadership position in phone-based VR today by announcing that it’s open sourcing the software of Cardboard, its “no-frills” VR headset. It had already “open-sourced” the actual Cardboard VR viewer by posting its technical specifications for anyone to download, so it isnice to see Google open up the software as well. Google says it’s shipped “more. [more...]

Nov 7, 2019 6:40 AM ET

AT&T just redefined the word ‘bonus’ as a $10 price hike for data you didn’t ask for

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 7, 2019 - AT&T has a gift for wireless subscribers on many of its old Mobile Share Value data plans: it’s giving them an extra 15GB of “bonus” data — and it’s making them pay an extra $10 a month for that “bonus.” It’s almost like the company is forcing people to move to a more expensive plan, only AT&T figured out a way to make that not technically true. Instead, it’s worded in a way that. [more...]

Nov 7, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Adobe previews an AI feature that can tell when an image has been manipulated

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 7, 2019 - Adobe is previewing a bunch of experimental features that could one day come to its apps, including several that use AI to manipulate images and audio. The features were revealed during Adobe’s Sneaks event last night at the company’s annual Max creativity conference, and this year, the features made heavy use of the Adobe’s Sensei AI platform. Sneaks is where apps like Adobe Fresco and features like content-aware fill were first previewed, so there’s a. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 1:10 PM ET

How to enable LTE cellular service on your Apple Watch

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge If you want to leave your iPhone at home without missing out on iMessages, calls, and other notifications, now you can — if you have the right Apple Watch. Specific Apple Watch models are able to connect via 4G LTE, enabling you to go on a run or an errand without needing to carry your phone. So far, three models of the Apple. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 12:40 PM ET

Razer’s first truly wireless earbuds aim to fix gaming audio lag on Android

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - One of the worst things about using wireless headphones while gaming on an Android phone is the latency. Whether the fault lies with the OS or the manufacturing (or both), I’ve found that most headphones — even expensive ones like the Sony WH-1000X M3s — aren’t able to keep up with what’s on the screen. It’s infuriating, and it’s a situation that Razer’s $99 Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds aim to. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 12:10 PM ET

LG’s G8X ThinQ is coming to AT&T on November 1st

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge The LG G8X ThinQ, LG’s new phone that can snap into a case that gives it a second screen, will be available in stores starting on November 1st, AT&T announced. Sprint also shared that it will support the G8X on its network, though the carrier won’t launch it until November 8th, a week later than AT&T. This phone costs $699 unlocked if you don’t want to. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Amber Baldet on what blockchain technology can do for us beyond cryptocurrency

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro This week on the interview episode of The Vergecast, Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel interviews cryptocurrency expert Amber Baldet, co-founder of blockchain startup Clovyr and a board member of the financial privacy nonprofit Zcash Foundation. Nilay and Amber discuss where cryptocurrencies on the blockchain are going, the potential of Facebook’s Libra project, and how the blockchain can revive our trust in putting our data online. Below is a lightly edited excerpt of the conversation. Nilay. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 11:10 AM ET

The California fires show how unprepared we are for climate change

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - Photo by Jane Tyska/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images For days now, a cloud of acrid smoke has settled over the Bay Area, blown down from the Kincade Fire in the north. More than 200,000 people have been evacuated from that fire alone, while the lingering effects of a long drought and high winds have turned the region into a tinderbox. On Sunday, a sudden fire in Vallejo stopped traffic on. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 10:40 AM ET

Uber sues Los Angeles as the fight over scooter data escalates

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images The fight between the city of Los Angeles and scooter companies over location data is heating up. On Monday, Uber filed a lawsuit against LA’s Department of Transportation (LADOT) pushing back against the requirement that scooter operators share anonymized real-time location data with the city. The suit, which was first reported by CNET but has yet to be filed in LA Superior Court, centers on. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Razer’s Junglecat brings Nintendo Switch-like snap-on controllers to Android

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - Remember when Razer announced a sleek sliding gamepad for your iPhone called the Junglecat? I bet not, considering how the company axed that idea without ever releasing it to the world. But today, it’s launching a $100 mobile gamepad called the Junglecat yet again — this time reincarnated as a set of two Nintendo Joy-Con-like gamepads that snap onto either side of your handset. The catch is you’ll need to stick. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 9:40 AM ET

YouTube Music gets Siri and desktop web app support

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - YouTube Music is getting a pair of small but helpful updates today: full support for Siri, and support for being installed as a desktop web app. If you’re on an iOS device, you’ll now be able to ask Siri to play songs straight from YouTube Music. For the longest time, Siri only supported Apple’s own music sources. But in iOS 13, Apple added the ability for Siri to tap into third-party apps with. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 9:10 AM ET

League of Legends’ new hip-hop group has outfits designed by Louis Vuitton

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - Last year, at the League of Legends World Championship in Incheon, the biggest moment of the event arguably wasn’t the competition itself: it was a virtual K-pop group called K/DA that performed an AR concert during the opening ceremonies. The group’s song became a hit, inspiring a deluge of memes and fan art, and players could even dress up as the members in-game. Now developer Riot is following that up with another in-game musical act:. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Here’s how Apple’s new AirPods Pro stack up with other truly wireless earbuds

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - Image: Apple Apple’s new AirPods Pro stick out from the regular AirPods in a few ways. They offer active noise cancellation, a pass-through audio feature so you can easily hear what’s happening around you, and customizable ear tips, all of which are improvements over the standard AirPods model. Comparing Apple’s two headphones against each other is fairly simple to do, but it gets a little bit more tricky if you’re trying. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Afterparty is a hilarious exploration of the afterlife and binge drinking

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - Throughout Afterparty, there’s an ongoing mystery around the game’s pair of leads. They’ve died, but why have they gone to Hell? Surrounded by serial killers, bigoted robbers, and people who insisted on using only the express checkout lanes in grocery stores, the answer could be anything. Or perhaps, as Satan suggests, it’s far simpler: What did you do to deserve anything else? Moral fiber and the overarching question of “how good. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Porsche trials online sales that still require a trip to the dealer

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - Photo by Sean O’Kane / The Verge Porsche has announced it will start selling new and pre-owned cars and SUVs online in the US, but there’s a catch: buyers will still have to trek to a dealership to sign some paperwork and, of course, pick up their vehicle. This is not all that surprising, but it is somewhat funny to me to announce a new online sales initiative that still requires the review and. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 7:10 AM ET

watchOS 6.1 now available with Series 1, Series 2, and AirPods Pro support

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Apple is releasing its latest watchOS 6.1 update today, and it will introduce watchOS 6 support for the Series 1 and 2 Apple Watch models. watchOS 6 originally debuted last month, but Series 1 and 2 owners have had to wait on this 6.1 update to upgrade. This latest update also includes support for Apple’s new AirPods Pro headphones, just a day before they start. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Samsung’s new Galaxy Book Flex and Ion laptops look as good as their spec sheets

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - Photo by Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge Samsung has a pair of new laptops — the Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion — that will replace the company’s old Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 models, respectively. Samsung is making some big changes on these laptops, both inside and out. There are the expected boosts in specs, of course, as well as very welcome redesigns that bring the. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Sony is shutting down its live TV service PlayStation Vue in January 2020

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - Image: Sony Sony is shutting down its live TV streaming service PlayStation Vue on January 30th, 2020, the company announced today. The sudden announcement of the shutdown comes just a week after a report published by The Information saying Sony was looking for a buyer for the service, which has continually lost money for the company since its launch in March of 2015. Sony has repeatedly raised the price of Vue to try to. [more...]

Nov 5, 2019 1:10 PM ET

Call of Duty’s city-based league kicks off in January: The debut weekend will be hosted by the Minnesota Røkkr

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 5, 2019 - Photo by Kevin Haube/ESPAT Media/Getty Images Professional Call of Duty is changing in a big way, and today Activision revealed that its upcoming city-based Call of Duty League will be kicking off in January. The debut weekend will take place from January 24th to the 26th at the 8,400-seat Minneapolis Armory, hosted by CDL team Minnesota Røkkr. All 12 teams in the fledgling league will compete over the three-day-long event. The CDL will be. [more...]

Nov 5, 2019 12:40 PM ET

Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash kick off $90 million fight against California’s gig worker law

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 5, 2019 - Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images A group of drivers and couriers for Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash launched a new group called Protect App-Based Drivers and Services, which is aimed at passing a ballot initiative in California to counteract the effects of the state’s recently passed gig worker bill. The effort is being supported by the companies, which have vowed to spend $90 million to get the measure passed in. [more...]

Nov 5, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Amazon adds new wake-up lighting and sleep timer features for Alexa-powered smart lights

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 5, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon today just fixed one of the more inexplicable holes in Alexa’s feature set with the addition of new sleep timers and wake-up lighting, as well as more robust routine features for smart lights. Until today, you could use Alexa to control compatible smart lights, and you could use Alexa to set timers. But you couldn’t use both features together, and you could. [more...]

Nov 5, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Samsung unveils new foldable flip phone concept: It looks like a folding flip phone

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 5, 2019 - Samsung has teased a new foldable phone concept onstage at the company’s developer conference today. The new concept, which Samsung didn’t name, looks more like a traditional flip phone thanks to a foldable display that allows the device to fold in half. “This brand-new form factor that we’re now exploring will not only easily fit in your pocket, but it also changes the way you use your phone,” explained Hyesoon. [more...]