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Aurora will test its fleet of self-driving cars and semi trucks in Texas.
Jul 22, 2020 10:30 AM ET

Aurora will test its fleet of self-driving cars and semi trucks in Texas.

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 22, 2020 - Aurora, the startup founded by former lead engineer for Google’s self-driving project Chris Urmson, is bringing its fleet of test vehicles to Texas. It’s the latest company to shift resources to the Lone Star State, which has quickly become a hotbed of autonomous vehicle testing. Aurora says it is bringing a “small” fleet of vehicles to the Dallas-Fort Worth area within the next few weeks. The company tests out its. [more...]

Coinbase says it halted more than $280,000 in bitcoin transactions during Twitter hack
Jul 22, 2020 10:15 AM ET

Coinbase says it halted more than $280,000 in bitcoin transactions during Twitter hack

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 22, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro The cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase said that it stopped around 1,100 customers from sending bitcoin to hackers who gained access to high-profile Twitter accounts last week. Last Wednesday, over 100 Twitter accounts, some belonging to major companies like Apple and high-profile people like Vice President Joe Biden and Bill Gates, were hacked as part of a massive coordinated bitcoin scam. According to Twitter, the hackers were able to. [more...]

The brain behind the Google Pixel camera is building a universal camera app for Adobe.
Jul 21, 2020 6:44 PM ET

The brain behind the Google Pixel camera is building a universal camera app for Adobe.

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Image: Google Marc Levoy, the researcher who used software to turn Google’s Pixel camera into a powerhouse, has joined Adobe to build a universal camera app, Adobe announced today. Levoy headed up the team that developed the impressive computational photography technology used in Google’s Pixel smartphones, including features like Night Sight, Portrait Mode, and HDR+. His work also helped Pixels take great photos without requiring as much hardware as competing phones — the. [more...]

HBO Max and Peacock are losing some of their biggest titles just after launching.
Jul 21, 2020 6:13 PM ET

HBO Max and Peacock are losing some of their biggest titles just after launching.

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - When HBO Max launched, one of WarnerMedia’s big selling points was having the entire Harry Potter collection available to stream. Three months later, that’s no longer the case. An email detailing what’s coming to and leaving HBO Max in August points out that all eight movies, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, will leave the service on August 25th. It’s unclear where the films will wind. [more...]

Wemo’s new WiFi Smart Plug is smaller, cheaper, and available now.
Jul 21, 2020 5:41 PM ET

Wemo’s new WiFi Smart Plug is smaller, cheaper, and available now.

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Wemo’s new miniaturized WiFi Smart Plug — which the company announced at CES earlier this year — is now available to actually buy. The new Wemo WiFi Smart Plug is functionally the same as the previous model, but it’s 45 percent smaller than the old (and now somewhat inaccurately named) Wemo Mini model that preceded it. Like the last version, it supports Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and the Wemo app for your. [more...]

Wyze will try pay-what-you-want model for its AI-powered person detection.
Jul 21, 2020 4:39 PM ET

Wyze will try pay-what-you-want model for its AI-powered person detection.

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Image: Wyze Smart home company Wyze is experimenting with a rather unconventional method for providing customers with artificial intelligence-powered person detection for its smart security cameras: a pay-what-you-want business model. On Monday, the company said it would provide the feature for free as initially promised, after it had to disable it due to an abrupt end to its licensing deal with fellow Seattle-based company Xnor.ai, which was acquired by Apple in. [more...]

The Nikon Z5 is an entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera for $1,399.
Jul 21, 2020 4:18 PM ET

The Nikon Z5 is an entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera for $1,399.

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Last year Nikon released its first full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Z7 and Z6, and now the range is expanding to a lower price with the announcement of the Z5. Unlike the Z50, which used the same Z mount but had a smaller APS-C sensor, the Z5 uses a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor. You lose a few features compared to the Z6, but the Z5 still looks like a capable camera. There’s no status. [more...]

Amazon confirms Prime Day delay in the US.
Jul 21, 2020 3:46 PM ET

Amazon confirms Prime Day delay in the US.

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon Prime Day has been delayed in the US, the company announced today. The annual shopping event, which promises discounts for Amazon Prime members, is usually held in mid-July, but Amazon has now confirmed that it intends to hold the event “later than usual” this year. The company did not set a new date, but said it would be “sharing more details soon.”. [more...]

Antitrust investigations aren’t the biggest threat to Facebook’s future
Jul 21, 2020 3:45 PM ET

Antitrust investigations aren’t the biggest threat to Facebook’s future

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge I. A week from now, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg will be among the CEOs appearing before the House of Representatives’ antitrust committee. Today let’s check in on how the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust case is developing. The first thing to say is that the case is developing slower than expected. Once on track to wrap up before the US presidential election, it now appears. [more...]

Ford made a ludicrous 1,400-horsepower electric Mustang Mach-E
Jul 21, 2020 3:13 PM ET

Ford made a ludicrous 1,400-horsepower electric Mustang Mach-E

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Images: Ford Performance About a year ago, before the Mustang Mach-E broke cover, Ford’s motorsports division quietly started work on something outrageous: a one-off version of the electric vehicle that makes 1,400 horsepower. Now, the company is showing it off for the first time. Dubbed the Mustang Mach-E 1400, it’s a wicked-looking three-seater demonstration car that screams like a banshee and smokes tires like they’re kindling. Equipped with a massive rear. [more...]

LG launches repair program for overheating OLED TVs in South Korea
Jul 21, 2020 2:42 PM ET

LG launches repair program for overheating OLED TVs in South Korea

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - LG’s wallpaper-style OLEDs are among the models affected. | Photo by James Bareham / The Verge LG has launched a repair program for some of its OLED TVs sold in South Korea since 2016, Yonhap News reports. The issue is related to components in the TVs’ power boards, which LG said could cause current increase leading to potential overheating as performance degrades over time. A spokesperson for the company said that the issue. [more...]

Amazon expands its robot delivery trials to more states
Jul 21, 2020 2:10 PM ET

Amazon expands its robot delivery trials to more states

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Amazon Scout delivery robots will now be operating in Atlanta, Georgia and Franklin, Tennessee. | Image: Amazon Amazon unveiled its six-wheel delivery robot, Scout, in January 2019, but has only been slowly expanding its field tests. After launching in a single neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington and then adding a larger site in Irvine, California last August, Scout is now undergoing trials in Atlanta, Georgia and Franklin, Tennessee, Amazon announced today. It’s unclear how. [more...]

Voicemod arrives on iPhone to change your voice to Darth Vader, T-Pain, and more
Jul 21, 2020 1:38 PM ET

Voicemod arrives on iPhone to change your voice to Darth Vader, T-Pain, and more

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Voicemod Clips | Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge Popular voice changing app Voicemod is making its way to the iPhone today. Voicemod Clips is a new mobile app that will allow iPhone owners, and Android users soon, to modify their voice for short video and audio clips. The app is completely free to use, with no annoying ads or freemium features. You can choose from a variety of facial. [more...]

This $30 remote is for anyone who loves their Apple TV but hates its Siri Remote
Jul 21, 2020 1:17 PM ET

This $30 remote is for anyone who loves their Apple TV but hates its Siri Remote

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Image: Function If you’re someone who hates the minimalist approach Apple has taken to its latest Siri TV remote, then this $30 replacement might be worth a look. The “Button Remote for Apple TV,” as it’s been branded by its seller Function, looks almost identical to a version developed by Swiss TV and internet provider Salt that we covered last year. The biggest difference is that it should be easier to get your hands. [more...]

If you really want a smaller phone, try the tiny Jelly 2
Jul 21, 2020 12:36 PM ET

If you really want a smaller phone, try the tiny Jelly 2

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Have you been lamenting that the new iPhone SE is just too darn big? Unihertz might have the solution. The Jelly 2, launching today on Kickstarter, is a truly tiny phone — the world’s smallest 4G phone with Android 10, apparently. How tiny? I just tried looking for it on my desk to help inspire a good description for this sentence, and I eventually found it underneath my air conditioner remote. Now it’s. [more...]

Acer’s new Chromebook Spin is already $100 off at Best Buy
Jul 21, 2020 12:14 PM ET

Acer’s new Chromebook Spin is already $100 off at Best Buy

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Image: Acer Acer announced the Chromebook Spin 713 last month, and it’s already $100 off at Best Buy. Its normal price is set at $629, though it’s now $529. There are a few reasons you might want to consider this one over the countless other affordable options as well as some of the pricier models. First off, it has a 3:2 aspect ratio display, which affords extra vertical space so you can see. [more...]

Netflix is now available on Google’s Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max
Jul 21, 2020 11:42 AM ET

Netflix is now available on Google’s Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Image: Google Google’s Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max smart displays have beaten Amazon in being the first to get official support for streaming Netflix content. Starting today, you can link your Netflix subscription through the Google Home or Assistant app to watch its content on your Google Nest-branded smart display. After that, you can call out to the Google Assistant to play a particular show, or just say “Hey Google, open Netflix.” You. [more...]

Instagram tests letting people run their own personal fundraisers
Jul 21, 2020 11:11 AM ET

Instagram tests letting people run their own personal fundraisers

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Image: Instagram Instagram will soon allow people in the US, UK, and Ireland to raise money for their own personal causes. The company is launching the feature today as an initial test on Android phones, with iPhones to follow, after already making personal fundraising available to Facebook users. To create a personal fundraiser on Instagram, edit your profile, tap “add fundraiser,” and then select “raise money.” You’ll then have to categorize the fundraiser,. [more...]

T-Mobile declares war on robocalls in latest ‘Uncarrier’ move
Jul 21, 2020 10:42 AM ET

T-Mobile declares war on robocalls in latest ‘Uncarrier’ move

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge T-Mobile said Thursday it is once again moving to tackle robocalls by scammers, repackaging several features it’s had in place for a while as a program it’s calling Scam Shield. It includes free caller ID and call blocking, free enhanced caller ID to let people know when a number calling is verified, and a free second “proxy” number to filter out scam calls from. [more...]

Apple aims to become carbon neutral by 2030
Jul 21, 2020 10:40 AM ET

Apple aims to become carbon neutral by 2030

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - The Montague wind farm in Oregon is one of Apple’s largest projects at 200 megawatts and powers Apple’s Prineville data center. | Image: Apple Apple plans to eliminate its contributions to climate change this decade, the company announced today. To reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, it will slash its greenhouse gas pollution by 75 percent and then find ways to draw down the remaining 25 percent of. [more...]

OnePlus Buds review: cheap AirPods for OnePlus phones
Jul 21, 2020 10:19 AM ET

OnePlus Buds review: cheap AirPods for OnePlus phones

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - If the rigid design fits your ears, the OnePlus Buds are a good value OnePlus has been making excellent earbuds for years now, and today, the company is introducing its first true wireless pair. The aggressively priced $79 OnePlus Buds have an AirPod-like rigid design that’s all hard plastic — marking a shift away from the Bullets, Bullets Wireless 2, and other OnePlus earbuds that used silicone tips for a. [more...]

OnePlus’ midrange Nord announced with 90Hz display, dual selfie cameras, and 5G
Jul 21, 2020 9:38 AM ET

OnePlus’ midrange Nord announced with 90Hz display, dual selfie cameras, and 5G

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - The OnePlus Nord shares a lot of the DNA of the OnePlus 8. OnePlus has officially announced the Nord, its first serious attempt at a midrange handset since 2015’s ill-fated OnePlus X. Yet, despite the fact that it starts at just £379 (around $480), the phone shares a lot of the DNA of the $699 OnePlus 8 released just a few short months ago, which, along with the OnePlus 8 Pro,. [more...]

Microsoft Teams opens its doors to third-party apps during meetings
Jul 21, 2020 9:16 AM ET

Microsoft Teams opens its doors to third-party apps during meetings

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Microsoft is allowing third-party app developers to integrate into the Microsoft Teams meeting experience for the first time. The new developer-focused features will let apps integrate into Teams meetings during video calls, and even before and after meetings. Third-party apps will be able to display content during Microsoft Teams calls, and even display notifications during calls. It’s a big expansion of what third-party apps are able to do in Microsoft. [more...]

League of Legends esports is getting a big rebrand in an attempt to become more global
Jul 21, 2020 8:45 AM ET

League of Legends esports is getting a big rebrand in an attempt to become more global

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - There are 12 different professional League of Legends leagues spread across the world, which can make it hard for even the most diehard fans to keep track of everything. Developer Riot Games is rolling out a partial solution today: a complete rebrand with the aim of tying together the action from all over the globe. “We’re kind of at a pivot point with our sport,” says Riot’s David Higdon. The core of. [more...]

New COVID testing strategy could speed up backlogged labs
Jul 21, 2020 8:14 AM ET

New COVID testing strategy could speed up backlogged labs

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - A COVID-19 test administered in Montana. | Photo by William Campbell / Getty Images Samples scraped from the back of patients’ noses and throats can now be bundled together and tested for the coronavirus in groups in one of the country’s biggest commercial labs. Quest Diagnostics, which handles tens of thousands of coronavirus tests each day, received authorization for the method, called pooled testing, from the Food and Drug Administration over the. [more...]

LG’s stylish midrange Velvet phone launches in the US on July 22nd
Jul 21, 2020 7:43 AM ET

LG’s stylish midrange Velvet phone launches in the US on July 22nd

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - LG’s Velvet will be available in the US starting tomorrow, July 22nd, following its launch in South Korea and several European countries. The midrange phone will debut online at AT&T with support for its 5G network, costing $20 per month for 30 months (totaling $600). For a limited time, the carrier is offering the phone for half that monthly cost if you buy one on an installment plan with a new line of. [more...]

The OnePlus Buds are $79 true wireless headphones with 30 hours of battery life
Jul 21, 2020 7:12 AM ET

The OnePlus Buds are $79 true wireless headphones with 30 hours of battery life

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Image: OnePlus OnePlus has officially announced the OnePlus Buds, its first pair of true wireless earbuds, alongside its midrange OnePlus Nord. If you’ve been following the company’s numerous teases and announcements, their appearance and features won’t come as much of a surprise. Their price might, however, because at just $79 / £79 / €89, the OnePlus Buds are among the most affordable sets of true wireless earbuds on the market. Considering their price, these. [more...]

AMD’s first 7nm Ryzen 4000 desktop chips bring the fight to Intel
Jul 21, 2020 6:40 AM ET

AMD’s first 7nm Ryzen 4000 desktop chips bring the fight to Intel

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - AMD is beginning to bring its latest 7nm Ryzen 4000 chips based on its Zen 2 architecture to desktops today, following a successful rollout of the laptop version of those processors earlier this year. AMD is starting with chips for consumer-focused prebuilt systems by OEMs, which means customers looking to use the new 4000-series chips in their own custom-built rigs will still have to wait a bit. It also means that. [more...]

Facebook suspends anti-mask group for spreading COVID-19 misinformation
Jul 21, 2020 6:19 AM ET

Facebook suspends anti-mask group for spreading COVID-19 misinformation

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 21, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook has removed one of the largest anti-mask groups on its platform for violating its policies against spreading misinformation about COVID-19. The About section of the public group Unmasking America! — which had more than 9,600 members — described it as “here to spread the TRUTH about masks!” It made several claims which have been widely debunked about masks obstructing oxygen flow and having a. [more...]

LG’s self-cleaning earbuds are now available in the US for $149.99
Jul 20, 2020 2:57 PM ET

LG’s self-cleaning earbuds are now available in the US for $149.99

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 20, 2020 - Image: LG LG’s latest true wireless earbuds, whose case has a UV light to kill bacteria on the headphones, are now available in the US for $149.99. The Tone Free HBS-FN6 earbuds’ case has a UV light that kills 99.9 percent of the bacteria on the earbuds’ speaker mesh, LG says. The company debuted the technology with last year’s Tone Plus Free earbuds, which were released in South Korea. Outside of their. [more...]