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Jan 21, 2020 1:10 PM ET

Sen. Ron Wyden calls for an investigation of the ad-blocking industry

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Photo by Erin Schaff for The Verge On Tuesday, one of the Senate’s fiercest tech critics, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), called on regulators requesting that they investigate the ad-blocking industry for anti-competitive behavior. For years now, some of the largest tech firms have paid ad-blocking companies like Eyeo, which owns Adblock Plus, to avoid the software’s restrictions and have their ads displayed on devices. In 2015, a report from the Financial Times showed that companies. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 12:40 PM ET

Square Enix delays Final Fantasy VII Remake and Avengers games until later in 2020

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Square Enix has announced delays for two of its most anticipated 2020 games: Final Fantasy VII Remake has been pushed from March 3rd to April 10th, while the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers has been delayed from May 15th to September 4th. Both games’ development teams are explaining their respective delays as needed to give the developers more time to polish the gameplay experiences. “We are making this tough decision in order to give ourselves a few extra weeks. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Time zones mess up more than just your sense of time

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - I hate time zones. I manage to screw up my time zone math every time I call someone in a different part of the country, to say nothing of calls abroad. True story: in reporting the very video I’m introducing here, I scheduled a call with a source on the East Coast of the United States. I’m on the West Coast. I missed the call by six hours. In truth,. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 11:40 AM ET

Epic says its PC game store now has more than 100 million users

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Image: Epic Games Epic has some new metrics for the Epic Game Store a little over a year after its launch. The Fortnite developer now says the store has amassed 108 million users, thanks in part to the software doubling as the official PC launcher for the hit battle royale game. That means it’s on par with, and perhaps even larger than, Valve’s competing Steam store, which had 90 million users as of January. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 11:10 AM ET

How to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Microsoft’s free upgrade offer for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users ended a few years ago, but you can still technically upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge. While Microsoft has removed the special upgrade offer sites, the company continues to activate Windows 10 licenses for people who upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. ZDNet’s Ed Bott has been testing this method for years, and the free upgrade still works. It’s. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 10:40 AM ET

Google to ‘phase out’ third-party cookies in Chrome, but not for two years

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google will join Safari and Firefox in blocking third-party cookies in its Chrome web browser. However, unlike those browsers (which have already started blocking them by default), Google intends to take a phased approach. Justin Schuh, the director at engineering for Chrome, writes that Google’s “intention is to do this within two years.” In those cookies’ place, Google is hoping that it can. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 10:10 AM ET

SpaceX continues to blast satellites into orbit as the space community worries

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - SpaceX’s most recent batch of 60 Starlink satellites launched in January. | Image: SpaceX The company has made changes, but some wonder if there’s more work to do Early in 2020, SpaceX became the operator of the world’s largest active satellite constellation, with 180 satellites orbiting the planet. The milestone is a mere starting point for Starlink, SpaceX’s ambitious project to provide internet capabilities to every inch of the globe. To get. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Coral is Google’s quiet initiative to enable AI without the cloud

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Some of Coral’s hardware products, including an AI accelerator (far right) and dev board (center). | Image: Coral AI allows machines to carry out all sorts of tasks that used to be the domain of humans alone. Need to run quality control on a factory production line? Set up an AI-powered camera to spot defects. How about interpreting medical data? Machine learning can identify potential tumors from scans and flag them. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 9:10 AM ET

Netflix’s new take on Dracula is here to suck the life out of vampire stories

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Image: Netflix There are two big problems that arise when you decide you’re going to tell a story about Dracula. The first one is simple: he’s the most famous vampire in all of fiction, perhaps the most widely known horror villain in the world. This makes surprising people difficult. The other is that everyone thinks they know what Dracula is about, so each take is battling against dozens of other ideas at any. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 8:40 AM ET

How to live stream tonight’s 2020 Democratic debate

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images On Tuesday, six Democratic presidential candidates will take the stage for their last debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses. The Democratic field has continued to shrink over the past few weeks, and tonight’s debate stage will house the fewest number of candidates we’ve seen yet. This seventh debate will be hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa,. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 8:10 AM ET

DNA from detained immigrants will change the nature of the FBI’s genetic database

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Illustration by Ana Kova Sending genetic material from detained immigrants to an FBI database could have consequences for both immigrant privacy protection and criminal justice in the US more generally, experts say. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the FBI’s national genetic database would house immigrant DNA, as part of a program that will collect DNA samples from people who are detained at the border. Those additions will fundamentally. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 7:40 AM ET

TCL’s 2019 65-inch QLED 4K Roku TV is cheaper than ever at Best Buy

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Image: TCL TCL’s 65-inch Series 6 TV is seeing a hefty price drop at Best Buy (via Slickdeals). Normally $699.99, it’s now $594.99 if you use the offer code TCLDOLBY15 at checkout (underneath where you put in your credit card number for the payment). This is the 2019 version of TCL’s 6 Series; its 2018 version was considered by my colleague Chris Welch to be the best 4K TV that you could buy for under $1,000.. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 7:10 AM ET

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau doesn’t think folding phones are good enough

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Last week at CES 2020, The Verge’s Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn sat down with OnePlus CEO Pete Lau on The Vergecast for his first official podcast appearance. OnePlus debuted a new concept phone, the OnePlus Concept One McLaren Edition, at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, so Lau came on the show to discuss what the design of the phone means for the future of the OnePlus smartphone line as well as his. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 6:40 AM ET

Grindr shares personal data with ad companies in violation of GDPR, complaint alleges

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images Grindr is sharing personal user data in violation of the EU’s GDPR data protection legislation, a new series of complaints is alleging. The app shares data including location and device information with more than a dozen companies, according toThe New York Times. The Norwegian Consumer Council has filed three complaints against Grindr, as well as five adtech companies that received personal data through the app. Grindr describes itself. [more...]

Jan 21, 2020 6:10 AM ET

Go watch this local TV news investigation about front blind spots in SUVs and trucks

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 21, 2020 - As drivers, we typically think of our blind spots as being to the left and right of the vehicle, not in the front underneath the bumper. But as this investigation by a local Indiana television station reveals, many of the most popular vehicles in the US today have shockingly huge front blind spots — and that could spell danger for a lot of people, most notably small children. It’s a problem that’s. [more...]

Jan 20, 2020 3:40 PM ET

GoDaddy’s new logo is a flattening of the personality-driven days of the early web

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 20, 2020 - GoDaddy via FastCompany Web services company GoDaddy has unveiled its new logo: a generic, sans-serif type accompanied by a heart shape that looks like an upside-down version of the Airbnb logo. At first glance, I thought the other half of the heart opposite of the “G” was a poorly shaped “D” as initials for GoDaddy, but it’s actually supposed to be an “O” so the logo spells out “GO.” That’s. [more...]

Jan 20, 2020 3:10 PM ET

Apple’s rack-mounted Mac Pro variant is now available to order

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 20, 2020 - Apple’s new Mac Pro has been available in a standard desktop tower configuration since December, but starting today, Apple is selling its promised rack model that’s designed to be mounted in server rack setups — starting at $6,499, an extra $500 over the regular model. From a specification perspective, the new rack Mac Pro is virtually identically to the tower model. Apple offers the same configuration options at the same prices. [more...]

Jan 20, 2020 2:40 PM ET

Microsoft patches Windows 10 security flaw discovered by the NSA

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 20, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft is patching a serious flaw in various versions of Windows today after the National Security Agency (NSA) discovered and reported a security vulnerability in Microsoft’s handling of certificate and cryptographic messaging functions in Windows. The flaw, which hasn’t been marked critical by Microsoft, could allow attackers to spoof the digital signature tied to pieces of software, allowing unsigned and malicious code to masquerade. [more...]

Jan 20, 2020 2:10 PM ET

Sony launches new wireless camera grip to make it easier to vlog

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 20, 2020 - Image: Sony Sony today announced a new camera grip, the GP-VPT2BT, which connects to many of the company’s recent mirrorless cameras over Bluetooth and will cost $140 when it ships this month in North America. Unlike camera grips that use a wired connection, the Bluetooth approach prevents any cables from getting in the way and leaves your camera’s ports sealed and protected. This design should give you a little more flexibility to. [more...]

Jan 20, 2020 1:40 PM ET

Some of Google’s biggest rivals are taking its side in a Supreme Court battle

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 20, 2020 - Illustration by William Joel / The Verge After nearly a decade, Oracle’s copyright lawsuit against Google is close to settling an important question: can you own the basic commands of a coding language? The Supreme Court will reach an answer over the coming months, but a long list of academics, advocacy groups, and businesses — including some of Google’s competitors — are urging it to throw out Oracle’s claims. Outside groups filed over. [more...]

Jan 20, 2020 1:10 PM ET

This $30 PS4 accessory is the cheapest way to get a great pro controller

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 20, 2020 - Photo by Brennan King / The Verge Official “pro” controllers for Sony’s PlayStation 4 are in a perplexing category. While Microsoft’s Xbox Elite, and its second-generation version released last year, have offered all of the benefits of a high-end gamepad in a best-in-class package, Sony has stubbornly refused to do the same for its console, leaving the market up to a smattering of third-party companies with varying degrees of quality. None. [more...]

Jan 20, 2020 12:40 PM ET

Why the NYT thinks Russia hacked Burisma — and where the evidence is still shaky

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 20, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The disastrous Democratic National Committee hack in 2016 was a wake-up call for anyone worried about international chaos campaigns, and on Monday night, we got a new reason to be worried about 2020. The New York Times and cybersecurity firm Area1 broke the story of a new hack by Russian intelligence services targeting Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company at the center of President Trump’s. [more...]

Jan 20, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Amazon no longer banning Marketplace sellers from using FedEx shipping

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 20, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon has lifted its ban on FedEx Ground and Home shipping services after initially prohibiting its third-party Marketplace sellers from using the company over the holiday season. The news, which was reported on Tuesday by CNBC, means Marketplace sellers will be able to use the potentially cheaper options from FedEx over Amazon’s own shipping platform and UPS starting today, January 14th, at 5PM ET, according to. [more...]

Jan 20, 2020 11:40 AM ET

Google just bought a startup that will help it list physical stores’ products online

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 20, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google is expanding its grasp on retailers. In a blog post today, Google announcedthat it’s purchased Pointy, a Dublin-based startup that helps local retailers sell their products online. The deal is expected to close in the weeks to come. Currently, Pointy allows sellers to either use an app or special bar code scanner to keep up-to-date inventory information on in-store products. That way, a. [more...]

Jan 20, 2020 11:10 AM ET

Boeing had more cancellations than orders in 2019 as 737 Max crisis deepens

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 20, 2020 - Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images Boeing ended the year with negative commercial airplane orders for the first time in decades, CNBC reports. At the end of 2019, the aerospace giant lost orders for 87 airplanes, meaning it had more cancellations than new orders. The high rate of cancellations is the latest sign that the crisis surrounding the 737 Max — the airplane involved in two fatal crashes that took the lives of. [more...]

Jan 20, 2020 10:40 AM ET

Yahoo parent Verizon promises it won’t track you with OneSearch, its new privacy-focused search engine

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 20, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Verizon and its subsidiaries, including Yahoo, have become known for massive data breaches, privacy blunders, and oddly named web entities, but now the internet service provider has launched a whole new search engine without Yahoo branding, one that it says will definitely not share your search results with advertisers or tailor results based on your search history. On its ad-supported OneSearch platform, users can “search the internet with. [more...]

Jan 20, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time is the GOAT of low-stakes television

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 20, 2020 - Sony Pictures It’s kind of amazing that Jeopardy! still makes news. Maybe someone is in the middle of a 70-game winning streak, or a robot is playing, or someone is making an insane amount of money on the show. Somehow, you can still become a minor celebrity on Jeopardy! On Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time, three contestants are competing in a seven-night gauntlet. Three nights in, and it’s one of my favorite TV shows right. [more...]

Jan 20, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Microsoft tries to improve child abuse detection by opening its Xbox chat tool to other companies

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 20, 2020 - Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Microsoft has released a new tool for identifying child predators who groom children for abuse in online chats. Project Artemis, based on a technique Microsoft has been using on the Xbox, will now be made available to other online companies with chat functions. It comes at a time when multiple platforms are dealing with child predators targeting kids for sexual abuse by striking. [more...]

Jan 20, 2020 9:10 AM ET

Aston Martin won’t say whether its electric car is dead or alive

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 20, 2020 - Image: Aston Martin Aston Martin might have killed the Rapide E, its first electric car, before it ever shipped according to an Autocar report from late last week. But Aston Martin won’t say if this is true or not, as a spokesperson tells The Verge that the company “can’t comment on product speculation.” “Everybody is asking...” the spokesperson said in a text message, before repeating the line about speculation. “Can’t say any more than that. [more...]

Jan 20, 2020 8:40 AM ET

Latest Galaxy S20 Plus leak shows off 120Hz display and no headphone jack

iCrowdNewswire - Jan 20, 2020 - Photo: XDA Developers Details surrounding Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S20 are starting to pick up ahead of the planned debut on February 11th, and a new leak from XDA Developershas confirmed tons of new information about the flagship, including the rumored 120Hz display, the fact that the S20 will still use an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, and the loss of a headphone jack. The new leak comes from the S20 Plus, which will feature a 3200 x. [more...]