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Apr 8, 2020 2:40 PM ET

Asus Chromebook Flip C436 review: pricey, premium Chromebook

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - Admire its processor, but buy its predecessor The Chromebook Flip C436 has big shoes to fill. Asus is known for producing solid Chromebooks, but last year’s C434 was the top of its class. It had a thin-bezeled, slim and light chassis, excellent performance, and a 360-degree hinge with a starting price of just $569. We called it the best Chromebook you could buy in 2019. This year’s C436 is considerably more expensive,. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 2:10 PM ET

Instacart’s new features make it easier to get groceries delivered in a crisis

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Instacart is introducing a pair of new delivery options in an attempt to deal with the increased demand the grocery shopping service is seeing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fast & Flexible and Order Ahead are both designed to increase the number of available delivery windows, depending on whether customers are willing to be flexible with delivery times or if they want to. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 1:40 PM ET

Samsung is bringing 5G to its midrange phones this year

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - Samsung Samsung is refreshing its Galaxy A-series midrange phones for 2020. The lineup consists of a whopping six phones, all of which are aimed at people who want high-end features without paying an exorbitant amount of money. The most affordable option costs $110, while the highest-end A71 5G tops out at $600, and as you probably guessed from its name, it supports 5G connectivity. There will also be a slightly. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 1:10 PM ET

Passover and Easter are now Zoom events

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Easter for college student Kayley Ng usually means a big family gathering. Her mom’s five siblings come up to the Chicago area with their kids and spouses for a huge special get-together that happens only once annually. This year, that tradition’s being challenged, along with the holiday plans of millions of others as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt daily life. The pandemic. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 1:05 PM ET

Firefox 75 overhauls the browser’s address bar

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - The 2020 release schedule won't change, the team says. Today, Mozilla rolled out Firefox 75, its latest update for the open source Web browser. The big change is a redesign of the address bar, which comes with some tweaks to how searches work when you're using it. When you begin using the new search field, you'll notice that it looks a little different; it's larger, and it has a larger. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 12:40 PM ET

The Apple Watch Series 5 is cheaper than ever today at Amazon and Best Buy

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge If an Apple Watch Series 5 has been on your tech wishlist, Amazon and Best Buy are offering the best deals yet on both the 40mm and 44mm sizes of Apple’s latest smartwatch. Mind you, these are technically the lowest prices we’ve seen, but it’s only a hair more affordable than the stellar Black Friday deals we saw a few months ago. For a bit. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 12:15 PM ET

Pixel 4 face unlock finally gains an alertness check

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - The Pixel 4's face unlock will now finally check to make sure you're awake. oogle is shipping Android's April security patch this week, and with it comes a fix for a long-standing issue with the Pixel 4's face unlock feature. The Pixel 4's face unlock system is finally getting an alertness check, almost a whopping six months after launch.   FURTHER READING Google Pixel 4 review—Overpriced, uncompetitive, and out of touch Google. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Clearview AI CEO disavows white nationalism after exposé on alt-right ties

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Two employees of controversial facial recognition startup Clearview AI have been found to have ties to white nationalism, according to an exhaustive report byHuffPost published on Tuesday. The report found that one investigator for the company belonged to a white nationalist group based in Washington, DC who continued to work for the company as recently as last month. Another employee had enthusiastically endorsed “Islamophobia, Eurocentrism. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 12:05 PM ET

Moto Razr review—A beautiful, disintegrating smartphone

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - The touchscreen on our $1500 smartphone died after a single day. After being on backorder for months, my Moto Razr arrived on March 30, 2020. It was beautiful. Motorola had perfectly captured the essence of old-school Moto Razr design and updated it with futuristic folding display technology. While it was still an impractical flip phone, it was fun and cool and different. The Moto Razr was something I was excited to. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 11:40 AM ET

Sony’s new DualSense controller is its most exciting design since the original PlayStation

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - Image: Sony The next-gen console rollouts from Sony and Microsoft this year have been, for lack of a better word, soporific. But after weeks of spec comparisons and hardware boasts, Sony finally gave things a shot in the arm with the reveal of its new DualSense controller. It’s the most interesting announcement surrounding a next-gen console yet, and for Sony, in particular — which has barely updated its controller design. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 11:10 AM ET

Verizon is canceling home internet installations during the pandemic

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Verizon is canceling scheduled appointments for internet installation and repairs, according to some customers and two Verge reporters with persistent internet issues. The decision potentially leaves Fios subscribers without wired internet at a time when they’re likely relying on it for work and to see friends and family during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are minimizing our in-home installation work to critical needs to keep our. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 10:40 AM ET

Google Fit redesign makes step tracking much more prominent

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - Illustration: Alex Castro / The Verge Google is rolling out a refreshed user interface for its Google Fit apps for iOS, Android, and Wear OS that puts a bigger focus on step tracking. The app will now show your step count as one of the two main metrics in the two circles at the top of the app in place of the Move Minutes measurement. “We recognize that counting steps. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Tesla is cutting salaries and furloughing workers to ‘manage costs’ during pandemic

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Starting April 13th, Tesla is cutting pay for all salaried employees in the US and placing hourly workers who can’t work at home during the coronavirus pandemic on unpaid leave, according to an internal email that was viewed by The Verge. Salaried employees at the vice-president level and above will have their pay cut by 30 percent, according to the email, which was first reported. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 9:40 AM ET

This photographer is taking lockdown portraits over FaceTime

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - Tim Dunk Lockdown has disrupted everyone’s lives to varying degrees, and wedding photographers are some of the unluckier ones in terms of the impact on their careers — there aren’t any weddings happening, and even if there were it’d be unwise or impractical to attend. Yorkshire-based photographer Tim Dunk, however, has found a way to keep on taking portraits in self-isolation: FaceTime. Writing in PetaPixel, Dunk describes the process, which involves making. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 9:10 AM ET

Foxconn will produce ventilators at its controversial Wisconsin plant

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - Photo by Joshua Lott for The Verge Foxconn’s Wisconsin plant, the controversial recipient of billions of dollars in tax subsidies and the focus of multiple Verge investigations, will produce ventilators with medical device firm Medtronic. The partnership was announced by Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak in an interview with CNBC, who said that Foxconn will be manufacturing ventilators based on its PB-560 design in the next four to six weeks. Foxconn’s Wisconsin plant was first announced. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 8:40 AM ET

How WhatsApp is making it more expensive to spread misinformation

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge We always have at least some reason to worry about the spread of misinformation, but we worry more about misinformation during a public health crisis. We are generally not well informed on public health issues even in good times, and so the emergence of new disease to which the human race has no natural immunity presents an incredible target for bad actors.. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 8:10 AM ET

High-end PC builder Maingear will produce ventilators for the NYC area

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - Maingear is known for building custom, high-end gaming PCs, but it’s responding to the novel coronavirus pandemic in a noble way by developing ventilators to help patients who suffer from COVID-19. It has allocated a portion of its manufacturing capability specifically to aid New York City’s overwhelmed intensive care units. In a press release, it also pledged to scale up its efforts if necessary to assist hospitals around the world. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 7:40 AM ET

Microsoft’s Xbox Game Bar is getting custom widgets and its own store on Windows

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - Microsoft is unveiling some significant changes to its Xbox Game Bar on Windows today, including new custom widgets that any developer can build. We’ve seen Microsoft gradually improve the Game Bar with widgets, but it’s now opening it up fully today with a beta SDK to enable any developer to create custom widgets. It’s a big move that’s accompanied by a new Xbox Game Bar app store within the overlay,. [more...]

Apr 8, 2020 7:10 AM ET

Jack Dorsey to donate $1 billion to fund COVID-19 relief and other charities

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 8, 2020 - Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images Jack Dorsey, the CEO of both Twitter and digital payments platform Square, said on Tuesday that he will donate $1 billion worth of equity in Square to his Start Small LLC to fund COVID-19 relief around the world. Dorsey made the announcement in a tweet, revealing that the sum equates to roughly 28 percent of his current net worth, or about $3.6. [more...]

Apr 7, 2020 12:20 PM ET

Bose investigation concludes QC35 firmware update didn’t break noise cancellation

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 7, 2020 - But customers will (temporarily) be allowed to downgrade firmware anyway Bose is bringing an end to the long-running saga of complaints regarding noise cancellation issues with its Quiet Comfort 35 and Quiet Comfort 35 II Bluetooth headphones. After spending months looking into reports of reduced NC performance — something many customers have blamed on firmware updates — Bose has concluded that firmware isn’t responsible for the perceived drop in noise cancellation. [more...]

Apr 7, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Instagram pop-up experiences lay off employees as the business tanks

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 7, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Color Factory CEO Jeff Lind knew his Instagram pop-up experience had to close when the NBA canceled the remainder of its season. He was watching the Utah Jazz game when the announcers confirmed the match’s postponement, followed by the league halting all future games. “That’s when I started making the decision that we’re going to have to close New York immediately,” he. [more...]

Apr 7, 2020 11:40 AM ET

After walkouts, Amazon pledges temperature checks and masks in all warehouses

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 7, 2020 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon has pledged new health protections for its workers in fulfillment centers in the US and Europe, as first reported by Reuters. Under the new system, workers will receive a no-contact temperature check on arrival, and anyone who tests over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) will be sent home. Workers will also receive surgical masks for use while on the premises. The protections are. [more...]

Apr 7, 2020 11:40 AM ET

The show must go on: here’s how Twitch streamers are handling quarantine

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 7, 2020 - Alex Castro Viewership is up, but so is the sense of having a responsibility to the people watching Twitch is bigger than it’s ever been before. The site’s viewership increased a full 31 percent between March 8th and March 22nd, growing to 43 million hours watched from 33 million hours, according to data from StreamElements and Arsenal.gg. There’s also been a concurrent growth in streamers joining the platform: musicians joined en. [more...]

Apr 7, 2020 11:10 AM ET

Epic mostly wins Fortnite saxophone lawsuit, but judge lets one claim go forward

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 7, 2020 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Epic Games has mostly prevailed in a lawsuit over its “Phone It In” Fortniteemote, although saxophonist Leo Pellegrino can continue with a claim of false endorsement. A Pennsylvania judge ruled on the case earlier this week, offering a rare legal exploration of whether you can own a signature dance move — and the results look good for Epic. Pellegrino sued Epic last year for allegedly misappropriating his likeness. [more...]

Apr 7, 2020 10:55 AM ET

WhatsApp imposes even stricter limits on message forwarding

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 7, 2020 - The company wants to slow the spread of misinformation. At a time people are more reliant on messaging platforms than ever before, WhatsApp has introduced new measures in a bid to limit the spread of fake news. If you receive a frequently forwarded message – one that’s been forwarded more than five times and identifiable with a double arrow icon – you’ll only be able to forward them on to one chat. [more...]

Apr 7, 2020 10:40 AM ET

Several Sonos smart Wi-Fi speakers are cheaper than usual today

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 7, 2020 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge The Sonos Beam soundbar is $50 off at Amazon and includes a free $20 gift certificate that you can use for future purchases. This model is Wi-Fi-ready, so if you have other Sonos speakers, those can be connected for multiroom audio. It also supports Alexa voice commands. The Verge’s Nilay Patel reviewed it, and he found that it’s easy to set up, and it provides a big boost. [more...]

Apr 7, 2020 10:10 AM ET

Go read this: the New England Patriots plane brought 1 million N95 masks from China

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 7, 2020 - The Patriots custom plane, landing in Atlanta in 2019 for Super Bowl LIII. | Photo by Rachel Bowers / The Boston Globe via Getty Images If you had “NFL team plane brings N95 masks from China to Massachusetts” on your list of “improbable things that may happen during the coronavirus outbreak,” congratulations. The Wall Street Journal has a remarkable, tense tick-tock account of the process that got the New England Patriots’ custom-branded airplane to. [more...]

Apr 7, 2020 9:40 AM ET

Nikon is offering free online photography classes for all of April

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 7, 2020 - Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge Nikon has made its entire curriculum of online photography classes free until the end of April. Now through April 30th, all 10 classes available at the Nikon School can be streamed for free. The classes are normally priced anywhere between $15 to $50 each. Each class is taught by a professional photographer and provides in-depth lessons to help you get better at taking photos. Some. [more...]

Apr 7, 2020 9:10 AM ET

Plastic bags are making a comeback because of COVID-19

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 7, 2020 - Photo by Fiona Goodall / Getty Images With grocery stores being one of the few places still open during COVID-19 lockdowns, disposable plastic bags are making a comeback as some people fear that reusable bags could spread the disease. Before the pandemic, a growing number of governments banned single-use plastic bags in an effort to cut down on waste. But as the novel coronavirus has spread around the globe, people. [more...]

Apr 7, 2020 8:40 AM ET

Amazon’s new Blink Mini is a small indoor camera that allows for two-way audio

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 7, 2020 - Image: Amazon The latest addition to Amazon’s Blink lineup of home security cams is the Blink Mini, a compact indoor camera that supports two-way audio. It’s available for preorder through Amazon now for $35 (two of them cost $65, saving you $5), and it will release in a few weeks. Considering the low cost, it seems to hit all of the fundamentals that you might expect from a home security camera, plus. [more...]