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Sep 16, 2019 7:40 AM ET

You can buy vapes illegally on eBay — and these senators want the practice to end

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 16, 2019 - Photo Illustration by Avishek Das/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images A group of senators is expected to demand that eBay, Alibaba, and Craiglist explain how they plan to counter the illegal sale of vaping products on their platforms in letters they will send to the companies on Monday. In June, The Verge reported that e-commerce platforms like eBay were littered with e-cigarette listings. Some of these listings appeared to be authentic, brand-name products like. [more...]

Sep 16, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Wilmot’s Warehouse is a clever puzzler about staying organized

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 16, 2019 - It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play, we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend. About two minutes into puzzle game Wilmot’s Warehouse, I had an “Oh no!” moment. It was the sort of moment that comes from playing a lot of Sid Meier games. [more...]

Sep 16, 2019 6:40 AM ET

LastPass fixes bug that could let malicious websites extract your last used password

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 16, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge LastPass has patched a bug that would have allowed a malicious website to extract a previous password entered by the service’s browser extension. ZDNet reportsthat the bug was discovered by Tavis Ormandy, a researcher in Google’s Project Zero team, and was disclosed in a bug report dated August 29th. LastPass fixed the issue on September 13th, and deployed the update to all browsers where it should. [more...]

Sep 16, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Huawei’s entire flagship Mate 30 lineup leaks ahead of Thursday launch

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 16, 2019 - Image: @EVLeaks Days before Huawei is due to reveal its new flagship Mate 30 lineup, launching without Google apps or services on September 19th, promotional images of four of the upcoming devices appear to have leaked online. The images were shared by leaker Evan Blass, and show off what he claims is the new Mate 30, Mate 30 Pro, Mate 30 Lite, and what appears to be a Porsche Design edition of one of the. [more...]

Sep 15, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Google’s updated Nest Mini speaker might be able to hang on your wall

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 15, 2019 - Google may soon release an updated version of its Home Mini smart speaker, and according to a Federal Communications Commission filing, it could bring a few improvements in tow. As reported by 9to5Google, the rough sketch of the next iteration — said to be renamed the Google Nest Mini — shows off a wall mount so you can easily hang it on your wall. The current version requires an accessory purchased. [more...]

Sep 15, 2019 6:10 AM ET

PewDiePie pledges $50,000 to the Anti-Defamation League, spurring bizarre conspiracy theories

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 15, 2019 - Pewdiepie, YouTube Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg announced in a video on Tuesday that he would be donating $50,000 to the Anti-Defamation League in an attempt to make amends and “move on” after a shooter in Christchurch, New Zealand, said “Subscribe to PewDiePie” before carrying out his attack last spring. “Making a donation to the ADL doesn’t make sense to everyone, especially since they’ve outright spoken against me,” Kjellberg said in a. [more...]

Sep 14, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Taylor Swift threatened Microsoft with legal action over its racist Tay chatbot

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 14, 2019 - Taylor Swift’s lawyers threatened to sue Microsoft over the company’s Tay chatbot. The Guardian reports that a new book by Microsoft president Brad Smith reveals lawyers for Taylor Swift weren’t happy with the company using the name Tay for its chatbot. Microsoft’s chatbot was originally designed to hold conversations with teenagers over social media networks, but Twitter users turned it into a racist chatbot in less than a day. Smith checked his emails during a. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 1:10 PM ET

Final Fantasy VII Remake’s TGS trailer is full of familiar scenes

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - We’re inching closer to the long-awaited release of Final Fantasy VII Remake, but it also feels like we’ve seen very little of the game to date. Thankfully, at Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix revealed a new trailer that is full of scenes that will be familiar to longtime fans of the 1997 original. There’s the creepy Don Corneo (who appears to be played by Mark Hamill), hints at Cloud’s infamous cross-dressing. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 12:40 PM ET

Microsoft will give iPhone users up to $650 toward a new Samsung Galaxy Note 10

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge If you’re on the hunt for a good deal on a Samsung Galaxy Note 10, heading to your local Microsoft Store might be your best bet. It’s offering up to $650 of credit when you trade in an eligible phone toward a new Note 10 or Note 10 Plus. Of course, how much you get in return depends on the device you. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Apple just turned its extended warranty for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch into a monthly subscription

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Apple’s extended warranty, AppleCare+, has always covered iOS and Apple Watch devices for a total of two years. But after its iPhone 11 event, the company quietly introduced a new option that basically turns AppleCare+ into a full-on monthly subscription, allowing consumers to continue paying beyond the regular coverage period and keep going for as long as Apple is able to service their product. The change was spotted by 9to5Mac. Apple had already. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Apple TV Plus is trying to be HBO, not Netflix

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images In a blowout event in March, Apple announced its plans for TV Plus, its standalone streaming service to stand alongside the growing number of offerings from Netflix, HBO, Disney, and others. At the company’s iPhone event on Tuesday, it gave us a fuller picture of the service, which is set to launch on November 1st. It will cost $4.99 a month — less than half of a standard Netflix. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 11:10 AM ET

Empathy, Inc. is a virtual reality thriller for an age of tech cynicism

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Photo: Dark Star Pictures Here’s a science fiction premise you’ve probably heard before: a person encounters a shadowy company that sells hyper-realistic virtual experiences. They’re put into an incredibly vivid simulated reality through some kind of brainwave helmet or injected drug. Then something goes wrong and the protagonist discovers — say it with me now — that the experience isn’t virtual at all. The new film Empathy, Inc. is nominally one of these. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 10:40 AM ET

Apple TV Plus will launch in India for $1.40 a month

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Photo credit should read NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images Apple’s upcoming streaming service, Apple TV Plus, will launch in India for 99 rupees, or $1.40 a month, Bloomberg reports. The subscription fee is cheaper than the plans that services like Netflix and Amazon offer in India, which are also competing to capture the growing market. With over 500 million users on the internet, India has more of its population online than any other country. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 10:10 AM ET

YouTube creators have begun shifting channels after FTC fine leaves futures in jeopardy

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Toya (left), a YouTuber who is changing the direction of her channel after YouTube’s changes. | YouTube/MyFroggyStuff YouTube creators are already making changes to their channels out of fear that they’ll be unable to make money once the platform begins enforcing new limits around kid-friendly content. Some of these changes include fully renaming channels to make them feel less kid-oriented, cutting out popular series dedicated to toys or games, taking. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Pixel 4 XL leaks turn into a flood of videos showing off new colors, camera samples, and more

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Image: Rabbit TV (YouTube) The Pixel 4 leaks are starting to feel even more frequent than the avalanche of early videos and photos that preceded last year’s announcement of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. In the most comprehensive look yet at Google’s new phone, today we’re seeing two extensive video tours of the Pixel 4 XL. The first comes from YouTube channel AnhEm TV, which has posted a six and a. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Dangerous results from unproven stem cell treatments led to Google ad ban

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Photo by Lyu Liang/VCG via Getty Images Acting to prevent clinics from misleading patients, Google announced on Friday that it will ban ads for “unproven or experimental” medical procedures. For several years, the Food and Drug Administration has inched toward cracking down on clinics that offer unproven and unsafe “stem cell therapy.” Scientists have long condemned these clinics for attracting patients with promises not backed by science. The FDA wants these clinics to test. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Trump calls on FDA to ban all flavored vapes after mystery lung illness

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images In a surprise meeting on Wednesday, President Donald Trump pushed to ban all non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes from the market. Trump discussed the proposal during a meeting at the White House after discussing the move with advisers like Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and acting Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Norman Sharpless, Bloomberg reported. “Not only is it a problem overall, but really specifically with respect for. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Colorful overlays will track athletes’ speed during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - The track and field events at next year’s Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo will feature new augmented overlays to help viewers keep track of what’s going on during a race. In a new video, Intel previews footage that includes overlays that identify the top runners’ names and speeds. A color trail appears behind them, too, seemingly showing their speeds at different points along the track. You can see in the GIF. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 7:40 AM ET

California just dropped a bomb on the gig economy — what’s next?

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images Uber and Lyft drivers still face a long road ahead in their fight for employment status California just grievously wounded the gig economy. But Assembly Bill 5, the California bill that was approved by the state Senate on September 10th, is only the beginning of a long fight over the relationship between gig companies like Uber and Lyft and the drivers they employ. While it. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Taika Waititi’s Hitler comedy Jojo Rabbit needs way more Hitler

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Photo: Courtesy of TIFF Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. It isn’t impossible to make a comedy about Adolf Hitler. Mel Brooks got belly laughs out of satirizing the German dictator in his 1967 movie The Producers, and even during the war itself, Hollywood mocked Hitler with movies like the. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 6:40 AM ET

How to preorder the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Photo by Nilay Patel / The Verge Apple has announced the iPhone 11 lineup, including the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. Each phone will release on September 20th, and preorders begin this Friday, September 13th, at 5:01AM PT / 8:01AM ET. That’s a few hours later than Apple usually kicks off preorders, so you’ll either get to sleep in a little more or wake up earlier than before. [more...]

Sep 13, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Apple’s HomePod will soon let you play ocean waves, birdsong, or rainstorms while you sleep

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 13, 2019 - Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Apple yesterday managed to sneak in a few updates to its HomePod speaker in between iPhone-related announcements, including the addition of a brand-new feature. Later this fall, the HomePod will be able to help you relax by playing “the soothing sounds of ocean waves, forest birds, rainstorms, and more,” or what Apple calls Ambient Sounds. Apple hasn’t provided any other details, but we’d assume you’ll. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 11:40 PM ET

Civilization VI is the latest improbable game to get a battle royale mode

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - PUBG. Fortnite. Battlefield. Call of Duty. Mario. Tetris. Flappy Bird. It’s practically a joke within the gaming world that if a game exists, it’ll eventually get a battle royale version or mode. But the latest entry might take the cake: Civilization VI, the popular turn-based strategy game, via Rock Paper Shotgun. You may be wondering how Civilization, a franchise in which players slowly and meticulously build their global societies up over time scales that span the whole of human history,. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 1:10 PM ET

What we’re still waiting for after Apple’s iPhone 11 event

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - The rumor mill was remarkably right. On Tuesday, Apple revealed practically everything we expected it to reveal at its “By Innovation Only” iPhone 11 event. You can watch our supercut (above), read our recap, or skim through our detailed live blog for all the highlights, but arguably the only true surprises were these: The two new “Pro” iPhones will have four-plus extra hours of battery life. The new Apple Watch Series 5 has an always-on display. Practically. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 12:40 PM ET

World of Warcraft is dominating Twitch because Fortnite streamers are desperate for change

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - Fortnite fans perusing Twitch for their favorite streamers to watch have been running into an issue for the past couple of weeks: almost all of the biggest names in the community are playing a different game. It’s not a battle royale title or even a competitive multiplayer game; it’s a largely cooperative fantasy RPG that came out 15 years ago. Maybe you’ve heard the name before: World of Warcraft, the Blizzard-produced massively. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 12:10 PM ET

People are throwing their Juuls out windows and drenching them in water just to quit

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - Shannon Dunlop Also subbing in sugar snap peas Henry Korman is exactly who Juul wants using its e-cigarettes. He’s not a teen, and he’s a former smoker, so he thought substituting a vape for cigarettes was a healthy decision when he switched two years ago. But then, he wanted to quit the Juul, too. He tried multiple times, cold turkey, to no avail. The Juul addiction stuck around, at least. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 11:10 AM ET

Apple’s 1TB iPad Pro just got $200 cheaper

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Apple has slashed the price of its 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros with 1TB of storage by $200. The savings apply to both Wi-Fi and cellular models. So the 11-inch 1TB iPad Pro is now $1,349 for Wi-Fi only or $1,499 if you want LTE, while the larger 12.9-inch device is $1,549 or $1,699. MacRumors first reported the change. Retailers like Best Buy and B&H have. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 10:40 AM ET

College student tried to hack into Trump’s taxes by creating a fake FAFSA application

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - Photo by Michele Doying / The Verge Two college students are facing federal prison time for attempting to hack into President Trump’s tax returns, as reported by CyberScoop. Andrew Harris, 24, and Justin Hiemstra, 22, tried to import the president’s financial records through a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Both men have pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor accounts for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and face up. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Firefox is testing a VPN, and you can try it right now

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - Last week, Mozilla said its Firefox browser would block third-party trackers for everyone by default and yesterday, Mozilla announced a new product that could give Firefox users even more privacy on the web: the Firefox Private Network, which claims to be “a secure, encrypted path to the web” — essentially, a Firefox-made VPN (though Mozilla never calls it one). The Firefox Private Network seems like it could be useful, but it does have its. [more...]

Sep 12, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Tesla tests Model S with an even faster ‘Plaid’ powertrain at Laguna Seca

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 12, 2019 - Photo by David Bush / The Verge Tesla teased a prototype Model S that Elon Musk says can go faster than the “Ludicrous” speed the company’s cars currently achieve. The new powertrain is dubbed “Plaid” and is “about a year away from production,” Musk tweeted Wednesday. (Both names are a reference to the Mel Brooks movie Spaceballs.) The Plaid Model S made its debut at Laguna Seca raceway, where it lapped the famous. [more...]