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Dec 9, 2019 8:40 AM ET

AMD confirms 64-core Threadripper 3990X for 2020

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 9, 2019 - Pictured: AMD Ryzen Threadripper, 2nd-gen | Image: AMD Next year will see the release of AMD’s first Threadripper CPU with 64 computing cores and 128 threads, double that of the 32 cores and 64 threads found in the second-generation flagship 2990WX. AMD has yet to provide an exact release date or pricing information for the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, but don’t expect it to come cheap; the most expensive of AMD’s. [more...]

Dec 9, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Texas drops lawsuit to block T-Mobile-Sprint merger

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 9, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Monday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that his office would drop its lawsuit opposing the multibillion-dollar merger between telecommunications giants T-Mobile and Sprint. Texas dropped its lawsuit as part of a settlement with the proposed New T-Mobile. In the settlement, New T-Mobile committed to providing “5G wireless broadband coverage to areas where most Texans live” and across most rural parts of the state over. [more...]

Dec 9, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Huawei has collaborated with Devialet on its new China-exclusive smart speaker

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 9, 2019 - Image: Huawei Huawei’s latest smart speaker, the Sound X, is being made in partnership with Devialet, a high-end audio company known for its premium Phantom speakers. Engadget reports that the Sound X is available to preorder now for 1,999 yuan (around $285), but there’s no word of a release outside of China. The 360-degree speaker includes a 60-watt double subwoofer and comes equipped with a full array of Huawei services, including the company’s Xiaoyi voice. [more...]

Dec 9, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Tumblr’s introducing community hubs feature to make following interests way easier

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 9, 2019 - Tumblr is rolling out a new community hub feature called tag pages to keep people engaged with what they’re following. The new product feature comes not too long after Tumblr announced it was launching group chats to help people connect with others. The way tag pages function on Tumblr might be recognizable to anyone who used Google Groups in the past. People can follow tags, see the most recent and popular. [more...]

Dec 9, 2019 6:40 AM ET

A Mickey Mouse-themed Echo Wall Clock might be on the way

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 9, 2019 - Last year, Amazon launched the Echo Wall Clock, a physical clock that can also display timers from your Echo device via a ring of LEDs around the clock’s face. Now, a new model of the device, the Echo Wall Clock ME, has shown up in Federal Communications Commission filings, and it appears that the new model will be Mickey Mouse-themed. Beyond the addition of Mickey’s smiling face, twisted time-telling arms, and a. [more...]

Dec 9, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Amazon’s New York City warehouse is reportedly a dangerous place to work

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 9, 2019 - Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images One of Amazon’s largest urban fulfillment centers opened last fall in the New York City borough of Staten Island, but the more than 3,000 workers it employs may be more at risk for injury than at other manufacturing facilities. According to a report from Gizmodo this morning, the NYC warehouse, called JFK8 and opened in September 2018, has a alarming high injury rate. And we don’t. [more...]

Dec 8, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Here are the best Black Friday deals that are still available

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 8, 2019 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge It’s no longer Black Friday, which means that some of the deals have been swept away with the night. However, there are still plenty (and by that, I mean a lot) of deals available to you to shop. For those remaining deals, Saturday is likely to be the last day you’ll be able to take advantage of them. Cyber Monday is coming on Monday, December. [more...]

Dec 8, 2019 8:40 AM ET

The Black Friday sales on the games we actually loved this year

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 8, 2019 - Image: Remedy Entertainment Black Friday is the best time of the year for the gaming fans who’ve felt like they didn’t have the budget or the time to pick up every new hit title on release day. I find myself in that category, as someone who played Insomniac’s excellent Spider-Man a year late (currently on Black Friday sale for $14.99 at Best Buy) and still has quite a few 2019 game of the. [more...]

Dec 8, 2019 8:10 AM ET

This USB-C battery that can fully charge a 15-inch MacBook Pro is $100 for Black Friday

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 8, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge The coupon for this discount is no longer available and the price has gone back up to $140.99. In May, we introduced you to high-wattage USB-C PD external batteries that can charge a full-size laptop on the go — not just a phone — and the $150 Zendure SuperTank was one of our top picks thanks to its (relatively) compact size and price. But. [more...]

Dec 8, 2019 6:40 AM ET

WeChat keeps banning Chinese Americans for talking about Hong Kong

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 8, 2019 - Protesters gather outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 25 | Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images Pro-democracy candidates won a landslide victory in Hong Kong yesterday, but many Chinese Americans have been unable to express their approval online. WeChat, a popular social media messaging app, has been censoring political messages and disabling people’s accounts if they voice their support for the movement — even if they’re in the United States. Bin. [more...]

Dec 8, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Facebook and Twitter data was exposed to developers through app store bug

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 8, 2019 - On Monday, Facebook and Twitter announced that the data of “hundreds of users” may have been improperly accessed after their accounts were used for logging into Google Play Store apps on Android devices. The issue was first reported by CNBC. So far, there is no indication that iOS users were affected. The companies were notified of the vulnerability by third-party security researchers, Twitter said in a blog post disclosing the issue.. [more...]

Dec 7, 2019 8:40 AM ET

The Tesla Cybertruck is even better when it’s made of mashed potatoes

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 7, 2019 - It’s rude to play with your food at the Thanksgiving dinner table, but exceptions can be made if you’re sculpting newly announced cyberpunk pickup trucks out of your tubers. On Thanksgiving day, Dan Milano, a producer for NowThis News, shared a video of his brother Greg recreating a Tesla Cybertruck out of his mashed potatoes. Amazingly, the tiny car truly does resemble the truck’s polarizing angular style. My brother has been. [more...]

Dec 7, 2019 7:40 AM ET

The LG G8 ThinQ might be the best Black Friday phone deal at just $400

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 7, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge The LG G8 ThinQ isn’t the most amazing phone in the whole wide world, but it might just be the best bang for the buck this Black Friday. In April, we wrote that“you’ll get a lot of phone for your money” if you managed to find it at $699 — but today, you can snap up the unlocked version for just $400 at Amazon!. [more...]

Dec 7, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Ryan Reynolds (yes, that one) now owns a cellphone carrier

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 7, 2019 - Mint Mobile, a wireless carrier known for its cheap cellphone plans, announcedtoday that it has a new owner: Ryan Reynolds. That’s right. The voice of Deadpool is now part-owner of a cell service provider. Based on the press release, it doesn’t seem as though Reynolds is going to make drastic changes to the company, which as an MNVO (or mobile network virtual operator), currently offers its service over T-Mobile’s network. All. [more...]

Dec 7, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Apple’s holiday commercial is a live-action version of the saddest scene in Up

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 7, 2019 - Apple’s annual holiday advertisements are designed to make people tear up, and this year’s is no different. The only noticeable change between this new commercial and those from years prior is the addition of Pixar’s incredibly popular Up theme song, part of the Oscar-winning soundtrack created by longtime Pixar collaborator and composer Michael Giacchino. It’s appropriate since Apple’s new advertising spot incorporates an Up-like moment at the end of the commercial. Two kids use Apple’s. [more...]

Dec 7, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Gigabyte’s new $1500 external GPU is powered by a water-cooled RTX 2080 Ti

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 7, 2019 - Image: Gigabyte Gigabyte’s latest eGPU is the Aorus RTX 2080 Ti, a $1500 external graphics box containing one of Nvidia’s most powerful consumer graphics cards. Rather than relying on air-cooling, this is the first external graphics card to use an all-in-one water-cooling system, and it includes a 240-mm radiator equipped by two 120-mm fans. The result is an accessory that should give a Thunderbolt 3-equipped laptop or desktop a decent graphics. [more...]

Dec 6, 2019 1:10 PM ET

Pirate Radio: a special series from The Verge

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 6, 2019 - Features and podcasts that explore the complicated narrative of what illegal transmissions can do and who they reach Where does your mind go when you hear the phrase “pirate radio”? Maybe you think of revolutionaries, deploying broadcasts to subvert an oppressive regime. Or maybe you imagine a raucous boat of rock stars, buoyed by the consequence-free promise of international waters. Maybe it evokes something far away, distant, from the past.. [more...]

Dec 6, 2019 12:40 PM ET

Netflix reopens iconic New York theater to showcase its most prestigious films

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 6, 2019 - Netflix has signed a lease to keep New York City’s iconic Paris Theater open, and will use the space to play some of its most prestigious films, the company announced today. The Netflix have plans to get into major theatrical distribution, but will instead use this to showcase their own films. The move comes at a time when AMC Theaters and Regal have also refused to stream Netflix originals because. [more...]

Dec 6, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Facebook launches new market research app after shutting down its controversial VPN service

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 6, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook has a new market research app launching today called Viewpoints, just a few months after the company introduced an Android data collection app called Study designed to monitor what and for how long users are accessing other software on the Google-owned operating system. Both apps have a controversial history. In January, Facebook shut down a market research app ostensibly offered as a virtual private network (VPN) provider.. [more...]

Dec 6, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Musicians plan to remove their music from Amazon to protest its ties with ICE

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 6, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge A group of musicians and activists is calling for artists to pull their music from Amazon’s music streaming service until it ends its ties with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), as spotted by Stereogum. The group, No Music For ICE, was formed under the nonprofit advocacy group Fight for the Future last month, initially asking artists to sign a pledge to boycott performing. [more...]

Dec 6, 2019 11:10 AM ET

The Monopoly Longest Game Ever edition proves that Hasbro is just trolling now

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 6, 2019 - Image: Hasbro If you’re looking for a familiar game to play this Thanksgiving that could also eat up the weekend and destroy your entire family, Hasbro’s got you covered with a brand-new version of Monopoly called “Monopoly Longest Game Ever” edition, which is available exclusively on Amazon right now for $19.99 (via BleedingCool). If you thought Monopoly was a long game before, this version will probably be pure torture. The only. [more...]

Dec 6, 2019 10:40 AM ET

How to get your money back after a bad purchase

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 6, 2019 - According to the Consumer Federation of America, of the top ten consumer complaints in 2018, the third most frequent was concerned with retail sales: “False advertising and other deceptive practices, defective merchandise, problems with rebates, coupons, gift cards and gift certificates, failure to deliver.” We all like to think that the retailers we buy from, either online or in person, are trustworthy, reasonably honest, and willing to honor their guarantees (as. [more...]

Dec 6, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Allbirds tells Amazon it forgot to steal the most important part of its shoe

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 6, 2019 - Photo: Allbirds Allbirds co-CEO Joey Zwillinger has waded further into the ongoing debate over Amazon’s propensity for cloning popular products, penning a short Medium post slamming the company’s copycat behavior and offering to help the e-commerce giant make its version more environmentally friendly. Amazon made headlines earlier this year when its private label brand, 206 Collective, began selling a shoe that copies the most distinctive features of Allbirds’ namesake runners. Amazon has employed a. [more...]

Dec 6, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Fiat Chrysler is shopping for EV tech from damaged startups like Faraday Future

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 6, 2019 - Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images In October, Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley told investors that he’s open to making cars powered by other companies’ electric vehicle technology. But Fiat Chrysler (FCA), which owns brands like Jeep and Dodge, is doing more than just considering the idea. The Verge has learned the automaker is in talks with at least two distressed EV startups about leveraging their technology to build electric. [more...]

Dec 6, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Watch Google Assistant’s new Ambient Mode in action for the first time

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 6, 2019 - Image: Google Google posted a new video today showing its upcoming Ambient Mode feature for Google Assistant in action on an Android device. The company first announced Ambient Mode at IFA in September. The mode shows onscreen items like calendar info, notifications, weather, and smart home controls on your lock screen when your phone or tablet is plugged into a charger. It effectively turns your phone into a smart display and until now,. [more...]

Dec 6, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Google is accused of union busting after firing four employees

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 6, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On November 22nd, roughly 200 Google employees and supporters rallied to protest the suspension of two colleagues, Rebecca Rivers and Laurence Berland, for allegedly accessing internal information they shouldn’t have in the course of their worker activism. Now, it appears Google has fired both those workers, as well as two other employees who participated in the rally. Bloomberg reports that Google sent out a company-wide memo today confirming that. [more...]

Dec 6, 2019 8:10 AM ET

How to use your AirPods with an in-flight entertainment system

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 6, 2019 - You’re going to need a special dongle The death of the headphone jack on your phone has unintended consequences. For travelers, one of the most annoying ones is that your very fancy Bluetooth headphones won’t work with the seatback entertainment systems on airplanes. If you are lucky — or clever — you have a pair of over-ear headphones that include a headphone jack, so using them is just a matter. [more...]

Dec 6, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Honor announces $550 V30 Pro with 5G Kirin 990

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 6, 2019 - Honor V30 Pro | Honor Honor has announced the V30 and V30 Pro, the latest in its range of generally impressive upper-mid-range phones. The Honor V range is usually released globally as the View series and offers competitive specs based on parent company Huawei’s latest technology: this year’s View 20 debuted with a 48-megapixel camera, Kirin 980, and hole-punch selfie camera, for example. The V30 Pro has a 6.57-inch 1080p screen with. [more...]

Dec 6, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Amazon dodged workplace safety regulators for years, investigation shows

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 6, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge A new investigation has claimed that Amazon attempted to dodge workplace safety regulators for years up until 2015. The investigation, which lead to a joint report published in The Atlantic and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting is well worth reading in its entirety, and catalogs a series of safety failings across a number of Amazon’s US warehouses, as well as the company’s attempts to minimize. [more...]

Dec 6, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Elon Musk promises Cybertruck vs. Ford F-150 rematch after controversy

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 6, 2019 - All’s fair in love and tug-of-war? A few days after Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s new Cybertruck, he posted a video of the truck taking part in a tug of war with a Ford F-150, which showed the electric Cybertruck easily overpowering the Ford pickup. But after accusations that the competition was unfair, Musk has agreed to a re-match, saying he’ll aim to record a new video next week. A number of blogs pointed out the apparent. [more...]