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Sep 27, 2019 10:40 AM ET

A24 is making limited-edition books for Ex Machina, The Witch, and Moonlight

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 27, 2019 - A24 gained recognition and prominence within the film industry for producing powerful, award-winning movies like Moonlight, Eighth Grade, and Midsommar, and now the studio is giving a few of those films the book treatment. Ex Machina, The Witch, and Moonlight will receive limited edition books that run about 225 pages in total, according to tweets from the company’s official account. Moonlight’s book will include a forward by singer Frank Ocean and an essay by Hilton Als (author of White Girls),. [more...]

Sep 27, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Logitech is buying Streamlabs for $89 million

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 27, 2019 - Image: Logitech Logitech has agreed to acquire Streamlabs, which makes the popular live streaming app Streamlabs OBS, for approximately $89 million in cash. The pairing seems like a natural fit, as Logitech already makes widely-used gaming peripherals and streaming gear. Streamlabs OBS already helps streamers set up their streams, track donation alerts, set up stream overlays, follow their chats, and more. Logitech makes popular gaming and streaming peripherals like keyboards, mice, and. [more...]

Sep 27, 2019 9:40 AM ET

YouTube just made it way easier for creators to search and filter comments

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 27, 2019 - The Verge YouTube has introduced an updated filtering system for managing comment sections, with the goal of making it easier for creators to find questions and separate comments by subscriber count. Creators can receive thousands upon thousands of comments on their videos, making a robust filter system instrumental for engaging with viewers. A better search system is the top feature request the company gets from creators, according to YouTube’s blog post on. [more...]

Sep 27, 2019 9:10 AM ET

The NBA 2K League expands beyond the NBA with new Shanghai team

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 27, 2019 - Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images The NBA 2K League kicked off in 2018 with an interesting premise: a group of professional teams, each affiliated with an NBA squad, playing a virtual rendition of the sport. Now, after two seasons, the league is looking to expand beyond the NBA with a new club based in Shanghai. The Chinese team will be the first in the league based outside of North America. [more...]

Sep 27, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Elgato makes an extendable rigging system for streamers and creators

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 27, 2019 - Image: Elgato Earlier this year, Elgato announced a lighting rig that can attach to a desk so YouTube creators, Twitch streamers, and other online content makers can more easily light their home setups. Today, Elgato is taking that idea a step further by announcing the Multi Mount, an extendable, multi-purpose rigging system creators can use for their lighting, cameras, mics, or whatever they want to mount. Image: Elgato The basic $49.99 Multi Mount. [more...]

Sep 27, 2019 8:10 AM ET

HP’s new Chromebooks support the universal stylus standard

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 27, 2019 - HP’s latest Chromebooks, the x360 12b and 14b, are the company’s first to support the Universal Stylus Initiative (USI), the new standard that lets compatible styluses work seamlessly across a range of different devices. The Chromebooks have been released as part of a first wave of USI 1.0 devices, meaning they should be compatible with any of the USI styluses that have been released, in addition to HP’s own $70 stylus due for. [more...]

Sep 27, 2019 7:40 AM ET

More and more countries are mounting disinformation campaigns online

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 27, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge There is now an impeachment inquiry underway against the president of the United States, and today we read a credible complaint from a whistlebloweralleging that the president had sought the aid of a foreign nation in interfering with the 2020 election. (We also heard some threatening audio of him discussing the whistleblowing with his staff.) The whistleblower further alleged that the White House had covered it. [more...]

Sep 27, 2019 7:10 AM ET

DoorDash announces data breach affecting 4.9 million people

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 27, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Thursday, DoorDash announced in a blog post that an “unauthorized third party” had accessed user data of approximately 4.9 million “consumers, Dashers, and merchants.” DoorDash said names, email addresses, delivery addresses, order histories, phone numbers, and hashed, salted passwords all “could” have been accessed. But it’s not clear what, if anything, might have been done with the data by the third party. Some financial. [more...]

Sep 27, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Facebook is testing hiding like counts to see if that makes people feel better

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 27, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / Th Facebook will begin testing hiding like counts, starting in Australia on September 27th, according to TechCrunch. The test will hide the number of likes on a post, only displaying that a post was liked by “[a friend] and others,” instead of displaying the actual number to the public. The limited test is a gauge of whether the feature can improve users’ sense of well-being, and. [more...]

Sep 27, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Tesla starts rolling out biggest software update ever with Spotify, Netflix, YouTube, and more

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 27, 2019 - Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Tesla has announced that version 10 of its in-car software has begun rolling out to Model S, Model X, and Model 3 owners. Those who paid for the Full Self-Driving option on their car are higher up on the priority list, with a wider release coming in “about a week” containing “slight improvements” from this build, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Tesla says this. [more...]

Sep 26, 2019 1:10 PM ET

Amazon creates a huge alliance to demand voice assistant compatibility

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 26, 2019 - Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge But Google, Apple, and Samsung aren’t on board A day ahead of its annual fall hardware event, Amazon is making a big partnership announcement: it has created the Voice Interoperability Initiative, which is sort of a statement of intent from over 30 different companies that they will strive to ensure devices will work with multiple digital assistants at the same time. For example, you. [more...]

Sep 26, 2019 12:40 PM ET

Amazon has an event tomorrow, but we have no idea what its new products look like

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 26, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge If you’re an avid reader of tech news, you likely often have a good idea of what Apple is going to announce at any given product event. For a Google event, there’s a good chance that you’ve even seen videos of someone using a leaked product weeks in advance. But when it comes to Amazon events, it’s not unusual to go in with very little. [more...]

Sep 26, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Sprint under FCC investigation for ‘outrageous’ misuse of millions of dollars

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 26, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Sprint took millions of dollars meant to subsidize phone and internet service for low-income consumers, even while those consumers were not using the service, according to the Federal Communications Commission. FCC chairman Ajit Pai called it a “careless disregard” for taxpayers and commission rules and called on the agency’s enforcement arm to conduct a full investigation. “It’s outrageous that a company would claim millions of. [more...]

Sep 26, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Amazon’s 2019 hardware event: all of the latest rumors, news, and announcements

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 26, 2019 - Everything you need to know about Amazon’s new hardware It’s time for Amazon to take the wraps off of its latest batch of hardware. The company will host an event on Wednesday, September 25th, at its Seattle headquarters where it will announce a bunch of new products. We expect to see a refreshed Amazon Echo smart speaker that sounds good enough to push people to sign up for the new Amazon. [more...]

Sep 26, 2019 11:10 AM ET

Kik is shutting down its messaging app to focus exclusively on cryptocurrency amid fight with SEC

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 26, 2019 - Image: Kik The saga of Kik — the once-popular messaging app — is getting even stranger. CEO Ted Livingston has announced that the company is shutting down the Kik messaging application and focusing entirely on its Kin cryptocurrency. It’s an effort for the company to save money as it battles the Securities and Exchange Commission over whether its initial coin offering (ICO) should count as a security. The SEC alleges that the company was. [more...]

Sep 26, 2019 10:40 AM ET

Microsoft to hit 1 billion Windows 10 devices in 2020

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 26, 2019 - Microsoft is edging closer to its 1 billion goal for Windows 10. The software giant is revealing today that Windows 10 is now running on more than 900 million devices, a significant jump from the previous 800 million figure achieved earlier this year. Microsoft says there have been more new Windows 10 devices in the last 12 months than in any previous year since Windows 10 was introduced back in 2015. This. [more...]

Sep 26, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Gmail’s dark mode begins rolling out today

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 26, 2019 - Google has started to roll out dark mode for Gmail starting today on both Android and iOS devices. If you already use Android 10 or iOS 13 and have dark mode switched on at the system level, Google says that Gmail will automatically adjust to dark mode. Additionally, dark mode will activate if you use a Pixel phone set to battery saver mode. If you’re using an earlier Android or. [more...]

Sep 26, 2019 9:40 AM ET

How games like Minecraft and No Man’s Sky help players connect to their worlds

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 26, 2019 - JC Hysteria’s “Replicant Alley” in No Man’s Sky. A new perspective on building games Condensed into the first few minutes of one of the biggest games of all time is the entire essence of a genre. Minecraft presents you first with a lush, almost infinitely large world, and then it allows you to instantly set about transforming it. You chop down trees and dig down through dirt and stone, each tapped block and. [more...]

Sep 26, 2019 9:10 AM ET

The strange state of iPhone reviews: The Vergecast interview with Apple blogger John Gruber

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 26, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge This week on our Vergecast interview series, The Verge’s editor-in-chief Nilay Patel brings in John Gruber of Daring Fireball to discuss the annual iPhone review week. John also just reviewed the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, so the two compare notes on their reviews, talk through their approach for reviewing tech products in 2019, and take a look at the “state of iPhone reviews.” Below is a lightly. [more...]

Sep 26, 2019 8:40 AM ET

iPadOS and iOS 13.1 now available to download

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 26, 2019 - Apple is releasing iPadOS to all compatible iPads today. After moving the release date up from September 30th, iPadOS brings some highly anticipated features to Apple’s tablet line. The most obvious one is the addition of widgets to the home screen. These can be displayed alongside the regular app icons, and it allows for a little more customization on what was previously a very static iPad home screen. This is the. [more...]

Sep 26, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Chassepot’s mechanical keyboard is super tall and super silly

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 26, 2019 - I love a compact keyboard. Once I’ve got a cup of coffee, a glass of water, mouse, headphones, and a notebook open on my desk, I don’t want to dedicate any space to a bigger keyboard than what I need. But this approach comes with trade-offs. When you use a keyboard without a function row, for example, you have to get pretty used to holding down multiple keys just to. [more...]

Sep 26, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Amazon will reportedly pay Fleabag creator tens of millions of dollars for three-year deal

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 26, 2019 - Emma McIntyre/Getty Images Fleabag creator, writer, and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge has signed an exclusive overall deal with Amazon Prime Video, Deadline reports. The deal is reportedly for three years and valued in the “mid-eight-figure range,” Deadline is reporting, indicating tens of millions of dollars. The announcement comes just after an incredibly successful Emmys weekend for Waller-Bridge. Fleabag won three of the night’s most coveted awards in the comedy categories, including Best Comedy, Best Actress in a Comedy Series, and. [more...]

Sep 26, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Webkinz prepares to kill off dormant pets starting next week

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 26, 2019 - Launched in 2005, Webkinz was one of the first children’s toys to bridge the physical and digital world. The stuffed animals were sold with codes that allowed you to bring your pet to life and care for it in the cartoon-style Webkinz World online. The half-physical, half-virtual pets lined the shelves at Target and Limited Too retail stores for years, providing a safe, online space for kids to play and. [more...]

Sep 26, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Ring experimented with activating all nearby cameras after a 911 call

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 26, 2019 - Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Amazon’s Ring was working on a feature that would automatically activate cameras on nearby Ring doorbells so that they would begin recording and streaming video when someone called 911, according to emails seen by CNET.These recordings could, in theory, then be used by law enforcement to help with investigations. This feature doesn’t appear to be something the company is pursuing right now, however, according to. [more...]

Sep 25, 2019 3:40 PM ET

Apple’s new 10.2-inch iPad begins shipping tomorrow

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 25, 2019 - Image: Apple The new entry-level iPad, now with a 10.2-inch display, will start shipping out tomorrow. In a press release coinciding with the release of iPadOS, Apple noted that the iPad will also be available at the company’s retail stores later this week. Apple had previously indicated a September 30th release date, so this is slightly earlier than expected — just like the moved-up launch of iPadOS and iOS 13.1. The seventh-gen iPad. [more...]

Sep 25, 2019 3:10 PM ET

NIO’s having a bad year that might get even worse

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 25, 2019 - Photo by James Bareham / The Verge One year after becoming a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange, Chinese EV startup NIO appears to be in dire straits. The company reported early Tuesday morning that it lost $479 million during the second quarter of 2019, and only generated $220 million in revenue, thanks to a major dip in sales of its flagship ES8 electric SUV. What’s more, NIO had. [more...]

Sep 25, 2019 2:40 PM ET

Lyft tweaks its app to boost bikes, scooters, and mass transit

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 25, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Lyft, a company that makes almost all of its money through car trips, is redesigning its app in the hopes that people take fewer car trips. The new app, which is live today in every city where Lyft operates, will make it easier for customers to switch back and forth between different modes of travel like scooters, bike-share, public transit, and car rentals.. [more...]

Sep 25, 2019 2:10 PM ET

Apple warns that third-party keyboards on iOS 13 and iPadOS can send data to internet without permission

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 25, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Apple rolled out iOS 13.1 and iPadOS earlier today, which should fix some of the bugs found in the pretty rocky iOS 13.0 release. But the company is already warning customers about another bug it hasn’t gotten around to resolving just yet. As detailed in this support article, Apple says that third-party keyboards installed on iOS 13 and iPadOS might be able. [more...]

Sep 25, 2019 1:40 PM ET

iOS 13.1 finally fixes the squid, mosquito, and abacus emoji

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 25, 2019 - Today’s release of iOS 13.1 doesn’t just have bug fixes and some features that missed iOS 13.0 — it also brings updates to the designs of 24 emoji, according to Emojipedia, including changes to make a few of the animals anatomically accurate. The most significant change is probably the squid emoji. Last December, the Monterey Bay Aquarium eloquently noted that Apple’s squid emoji has a “siphon” on the front — but apparently, the siphon is. [more...]

Sep 25, 2019 1:10 PM ET

Comscore, the internet’s traffic judge, settles fraud charges for $5 million

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 25, 2019 - Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images for AWXII Comscore, the influential analytics firm that measures web traffic, has been formally accused of falsely reporting its own revenue and customer numbers. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Comscore and its former CEO Serge Matta with fraud today. Matta and Comscore agreed to settle the case for a total of $5.7 million without admitting wrongdoing. The SEC writes that between 2014 and 2016,. [more...]