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Nov 11, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Microsoft reveals the future of OneNote and it’s all about Fluid and desktop

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Microsoft is detailing its plans for its popular OneNote app today. The software giant reversed course and revived its OneNote 2016 desktop app earlier this week, with a new dark mode and extended support. Microsoft has much deeper plans for this desktop app, and OneNote overall, though. “We are literally merging all of our modern code back into the legacy 2016 codebase to create a unified single codebase that we can. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 11:10 AM ET

The big questions behind TikTok’s looming national security investigation

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Less than two months after TikTok came under fire for appearing to censor videos related to the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, the app is facing a new challenge from the US government. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has contacted TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDancewith concerns that the app could pose a threat to US citizens. Those concerns will most. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 10:40 AM ET

The Lion King helped boost Disney’s earnings as company prepares for Disney+ launch

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Photo: Walt Disney Studios Disney’s final earnings call before the launch of its anticipated streaming service, Disney+, reminded investors that Disney is in a strong place, beating revenue estimates. The company reported a quarterly revenue of $19.1 billion. It was estimated to pull in $19.04 billion. The company posted $2.32 billion in profit during this same quarter last year on $14.3 billion in revenue. Still, Disney’s numbers are almost up across. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 10:10 AM ET

YouTube enters the live-streaming fight (again)

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - The Verge The first time YouTube tried live-streaming, it failed. YouTube Gaming began in 2015, after Google tried and failed to buy Twitch, and as of this May the project was shuttered because it was confusing for users. “It was pretty bad. It could not have been worse, to be completely honest,” says the e-sports consultant and broadcaster Rod Breslau, when I reach him by phone. The failure knocked YouTube out of the race. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 9:40 AM ET

The Google Pixel 4 will be up to $400 off on Black Friday

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge If you’ve been holding out for a sale on the newly released Pixel 4, this upcoming Black Friday deal is worth the wait. Best Buy announced a heap of Black Friday deals earlier today. While you can grab some of those deals right now, others, like big savings on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, will be available starting at 5PM on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th.. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Smartphones haven’t killed GoPro, they’ve only made it stronger

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Photo by Brent Rose for The Verge GoPro’s new Hero 8 Black had the best first month of sales of any camera in the company’s history, according to third quarter financial results released Thursday. What’s more, GoPro says sales of the new camera were up 40 percent compared to the first month of Hero 7 Black sales in 2018 — the camera that set the company’s previous record. People have spent years guessing that the. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Disney is using FX to ensure people don’t forget about Hulu

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Hulu With Disney+ just five days out from launching, it’s easy to assume that Disney executives would want to talk to investors during its fourth quarter earnings callabout the anticipated streaming service. Instead, Disney CEO Bob Iger spent a large portion of time talking about another major streaming service the company owns — Hulu. Hulu now has more than 28.5 million subscribers, but its lack of original programming compared to Netflix and bigger libraries from incoming. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Oppo’s Reno Ace really does have the fastest fast charging

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Last month Oppo announced its latest flagship phone, the Reno Ace, with a headline feature of the world’s fastest fast-charge solution yet. Oppo’s 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charger is claimed to be able to charge the Reno Ace’s 4,000mAh battery in half an hour, which would put it ahead of all other competing technology on the market. I have the Reno Ace in hand now, and I can confirm that it is. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Motorola Moto G8 Plus review: a battery boost for the budget king

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - It’s hard to fault at this price Over the last few years, Motorola’s Moto G-series phones have been consistently excellent budget devices. In fact, the Moto G7 is our current pick for the best budget phone available today. Now Lenovo-owned Motorola is back with the first of its G8 range of devices. This is the £239 (€269 or about $306) Motorola Moto G8 Plus, which sits at the top end of the affordable G-series. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Disney+ is launching in the UK on March 31st 2020

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Image: Disney Disney+ will be available in the UK on March 31st, a little over four months after it launches in the US on November 12th, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced on an earnings call yesterday. Along with the UK, the service is also set to launch in other major European markets — including Germany, France, Italy, and Spain — on the same date. Disney+ is already available in the Netherlands, where. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 6:40 AM ET

T-Mobile’s latest merger gambit isn’t subtle: John Legere trades a pink t-shirt for a fireman’s hat

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images T-Mobile announced its plans for a 5G rollout yesterday, promising to launch “nationwide” service on December 6th. It’s much wider coverage than either AT&T or Verizon has promised, thanks in large part to T-Mobile’s use of the 600MHz spectrum it licenses. But even though T-Mobile appears to be doing better with 5G, there are still important caveats. We need to see it actually tested for speed. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 6:10 AM ET

How leaked court documents reveal Facebook’s fundamental paranoia

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - Illustration by James Bareham / The Verge Oh fine, let’s talk about some ancient Facebook history. Once upon a time there was an atrocious company called Six4Three. It made an app called Pikinis that found photos of your Facebook friends in their swimsuits and organized them all in one place. It was basically the living embodiment of contemporary fears over misuses of Facebook’s developer platform, and few mourned it when Facebook shut down. [more...]

Nov 10, 2019 7:40 AM ET

James Dean, who died in 1955, just landed a new movie role, thanks to CGI

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 10, 2019 - Image: Mondadori via Getty Images James Dean is making his return to the big screen more than 60 years after dying in a car crash, thanks to two VFX companies. Finding Jack is a movie set within the Vietnam-era that is “based on the existence and abandonment of more than 10,000 military dogs at the end of the Vietnam War,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Dean isn’t the leading role, but his performance. [more...]

Nov 10, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Microsoft bet against Intel with its new Surfaces — and lost

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 10, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Microsoft’s latest Surface hardware is now out in the world, and it’s clear that the biggest gamble that the company took with this year’s models — a move away from Intel’s market-dominating processors — hasn’t quite panned out. The focus on non-Intel chips was a big part of Microsoft’s 2019 Surface announcement. The company went out of its way to highlight the new, co-engineered. [more...]

Nov 10, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Disney reaches deal with Amazon to put Disney+ on Fire TV devices

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 10, 2019 - Disney+ will be available on Amazon Fire TV devices for the November 12th launch after all, according to The Wall Street Journal, following a WSJ report last month that said the streaming service may not be available on Amazon products due to a disagreement over advertising. CEO Bob Iger announced the news on Disney’s fourth quarter earnings call, alongside news that Disney+ will also be available on LG and Samsung smart TVs. “We’re pleased to announce. [more...]

Nov 10, 2019 6:10 AM ET

HBO is giving away big cardboard boxes for your next TV fort

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 10, 2019 - Image: HBO There are plenty of things that baffle me about American culture, none more so than the tradition of having to share a room with a stranger when you go away to college. If you’re currently suffering through exactly that, then HBO has a promotional product for you. It’s called the HBO Box, and as far as I can tell, it’s basically a big black cardboard box with air holes. [more...]

Nov 10, 2019 5:10 AM ET

Google’s Nest Hubs can now sense when you’re standing nearby and show you the weather

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 10, 2019 - Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Google’s new Nest Mini and Nest Wifi have ultrasonic sensing so they can light up when you’re nearby. Now, Google is rolling out ultrasonic sensing to its Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max smart displays, letting them show you information depending on how close you are (via Android Police). Engadget got an early look at the feature in October. Apparently, when the smart displays detect that you’re nearby, they’ll pull up. [more...]

Nov 9, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Behind Color Factory, one of the photogenic pop-ups trying to conquer the experience economy

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 9, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales Behind Color Factory, one of the photogenic pop-ups trying to conquer the experience economy People can’t be left alone in a pop-up. Sure, most of the tens of thousands of attendees will get through the 14 rooms of photogenic eye candy just fine. But there are exceptions: the ones that’ll write nasty things on your walls, tangle their hair up in your confetti, or chip. [more...]

Nov 9, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Leica’s latest full-frame mirrorless camera has a new touchscreen and more resolution

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 9, 2019 - Leica SL2 with 50mm f/1.4 Summilux lens Leica has announced the new SL2, the latest version of its full-frame mirrorless camera system. The new SL2 succeeds the SL from 2015 and introduces a higher-resolution sensor, upgraded construction, a new touchscreen, and an upgraded electronic viewfinder. It will be available starting on November 21st for $5,995. The design of the SL2 will be familiar to anyone who’s seen the SL, though there are. [more...]

Nov 9, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Amazon Echo Studio review: finally, an Echo that sounds great

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 9, 2019 - The Studio is a great-sounding smart speaker that has some silly gimmicks you can thankfully ignore For the first time in four years of reviewing Echo speakers, I can finally say that there is an Amazon Echo that actually sounds good for listening to music — which is the main thing people do with their smart speakers. The new Echo Studio is not only the best-sounding Echo speaker ever made,. [more...]

Nov 8, 2019 1:10 PM ET

Apple’s new privacy pages are easier to read and look way better

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 8, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Today, Apple refreshed apple.com/privacy, its webpages that explain what the company does to protect your privacy. They’re much easier to read, letting you skim through a list of individual Apple apps to see what each one does to protect your personal data. Previously, if you looked at that URL, you’d find Apple’s generic statement about how it protected your personal information, followed by a. [more...]

Nov 8, 2019 12:40 PM ET

This teen Overwatch pro just had one of the best seasons in e-sports history

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 8, 2019 - Photo by Robert Paul / Blizzard Entertainment Jay “Sinatraa” Won is going to have to buy a bigger trophy case. The 19-year-old professional Overwatch player spent this year winning just about everything he possibly could. It started when he was named MVP for the 2019 Overwatch League season, which he followed by winning the league championship as the driving force behind the San Francisco Shock. This weekend, he added to his accolades as Team. [more...]

Nov 8, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Pokémon Go is getting a live AR multiplayer feature called Buddy Adventure

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 8, 2019 - Photo by Sam Byford / The Verge Niantic Labs is bringing some of its next-generation augmented reality tech out of the experimental phase. The company today announced that a live multiplayer feature for Pokémon Go called Buddy Adventure will make its way to the mobile AR game sometime in the next few months. The feature is based on Niantic’s Codename: Neon multiplayer AR technology, which it first showed off last year. It effectively. [more...]

Nov 8, 2019 11:40 AM ET

After five years of Amazon’s Alexa, why isn’t it better?

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 8, 2019 - Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Five years ago today, Amazon surprised the tech press by unveiling Alexa and the Echo, its first smart speaker. “Well this one came out of nowhere,” was the reaction of Verge reporter Chris Welch. Five years later, Alexa is a household name — literally. If you have children and an Alexa device, they probably know how to ask the robot to play their favorite songs at breakfast.. [more...]

Nov 8, 2019 11:10 AM ET

Razer’s new wireless Basilisk gaming mice start at $59 and boast incredible battery life

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 8, 2019 - Razer has announced two wireless versions of its ergonomic Basilisk gaming mouse: the Basilisk Ultimate and Basilisk X Hyperspeed. Sitting next to each other, they look almost identical, but one is $149 and the other is $59. The Basilisk Ultimate is Razer’s premium mouse that’s made for people who want more features and LEDs. The other option, the Basilisk X Hyperspeed, is a solid, comfortable mouse that supports Bluetooth and. [more...]

Nov 8, 2019 10:40 AM ET

Twitter is rolling out Topics, a way to follow subjects automatically in the timeline

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 8, 2019 - Recently, a friend told me he wanted to spend more time using Twitter, but he didn’t quite know how. His primary interest is comedy, he told me, and he hoped to find a way to see comedians’ best jokes on Twitter as they were posted. But when he followed comedians, he mostly saw a lot of self-promotion — tour dates, late-night appearances, and that sort of thing. No matter your. [more...]

Nov 8, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Tesla will unveil its ‘Cybertruck’ electric pickup on November 21st

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 8, 2019 - The front of the Tesla pickup truck seen in a mostly indiscernible teaser image released earlier this year. | Image: Tesla Tesla will finally unveil its long-awaited electric pickup truck on November 21st, Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday. The truck, which Musk has dubbed “Cybertruck,” is supposed to look like something straight out of Blade Runner, the CEO has said. The truck will be unveiled at Tesla’s design studio in Los Angeles, California,. [more...]

Nov 8, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Serious safety lapses led to Uber’s fatal self-driving crash, new documents suggest

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 8, 2019 - Image: ABC 15 Uber did not have a formal safety plan in place at the time when one of its self-driving cars killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, last year, according to a trove of new documents released by the National Traffic Safety Board on Tuesday. Its autonomous vehicles were not programmed to react to people who were jaywalking, and the company had been involved in over three dozen crashes. [more...]

Nov 8, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Tumblr is launching a new group messaging feature built with fandoms in mind

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 8, 2019 - Image: Tumblr Tumblr is launching a new group messaging feature that will allow different fandoms on the site to chat more easily with each other instead of replying on re-blogs. The “group chats” are public spaces, meaning that anyone can find and read them, though only approved members can send messages. People should notice a new group chat icon in the upper right-hand corner of Tumblr’s app starting today. Group. [more...]

Nov 8, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Cryptocurrency scam allegedly duped investors through promises of a worldwide sports group

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 8, 2019 - A New York man allegedly ran a fraudulent cryptocurrency scheme by claiming it was tied to a United Nations affiliate promoting international development through sports, according to an indictment released this week by the Department of Justice. A digital coin called IGOBIT According to the department, 47-year-old Asa Saint Clair sold investors on a digital coin called IGOBIT, offering them guaranteed returns and a stake in the cryptocurrency. The funding,. [more...]