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Sep 17, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Augmented reality headset company Daqri is reportedly shutting down

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 17, 2019 - Daqri, known for its business-focused augmented reality headsets, is reportedly shutting down. TechCrunch wrote yesterday that the company’s headquarters had been shuttered and many employees had been laid off, citing reports from former staff members. An email also apparently stated that Daqri is trying to sell its assets in preparation for a shutdown. Road to VR elaborated on the email, which said that the company would end its Smart Glasses and Worksense programs by. [more...]

Sep 17, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Trek’s new lineup of electric city bikes is gorgeous, speedy, and expensive

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 17, 2019 - Trek is a brand mostly known for its high-quality performance and mountain bikes, but the Wisconsin-based manufacturer is making a major play for urban commuters with its new lineup of powerful, sleekly designed, and impressively fast electric city bikes. Trek’s new Allant+ lineup features 10 different e-bikes, ranging in price from $3,600 to $6,000. If that seems steep, it’s because every model is powered by a top-of-the-line Bosch motor that is lighter and. [more...]

Sep 17, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Amazon-owned Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for part-time workers

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 17, 2019 - National grocery chain Whole Foods, which is owned by multibillion-dollar corporation Amazon, is cutting medical benefits for hundreds of part-time employees, Business Insider reported today. The decision, according to the company, is designed “to better meet the needs of our business and create a more equitable and efficient scheduling model,” a Whole Foods spokesperson told BI. Amazon purchased Whole Foods in 2017 for $13.7 billion, and the grocery chain currently employs roughly 95,000 people.. [more...]

Sep 17, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Adobe Premiere Pro will use AI to reframe videos for all of your social apps

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 17, 2019 - Adobe is hoping to eliminate the tedious, time-consuming process that comes with editing videos for different social platforms with its new AI-powered Auto Reframe feature for Premiere Pro. For example, if you’ve got a video that you want to post to YouTube, the Instagram grid, and Instagram Stories, you’d currently have to manually edit that video for three different aspect ratios. Auto Reframe can automatically identify the main action happening in the video and. [more...]

Sep 17, 2019 6:10 AM ET

J.J. Abrams reportedly walked away from a $500 million exclusivity deal with Apple

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 17, 2019 - Michael Short/Getty Images J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions has signed a new overall deal reportedly worth $250 million with WarnerMedia, but the director apparently walked away from a $500 million offer from Apple in the process. Abrams and his team at Bad Robot, including co-CEO Katie McGrath, were reportedly uninterested in signing a 100 percent exclusive deal with Apple for the company’s new streaming service, Apple TV Plus, according to The Hollywood Reporter.. [more...]

Sep 16, 2019 1:10 PM ET

SimpliSafe’s 11-piece home security system is $100 off at Best Buy

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 16, 2019 - Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Smart home security systems can be pricey, but Best Buy is hosting a good deal on SimpliSafe’s 11-piece system, our top pick among popular do-it-yourself home security systems. Usually priced at $369.99, it’s currently $269.99 as part of the retailer’s deal of the day promotion. This kit configuration is exclusive to Best Buy, and unlike the 12-piece set sold on Amazon for $499, this one doesn’t. [more...]

Sep 16, 2019 12:40 PM ET

CNN will stop running Juul and other e-cigarette ads after vaping deaths

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 16, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge CNN will no longer run ads for Juul or other e-cigarettes, following reports of a deadly lung illness linked to them. The Daily Beast reports that CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker announced the news at an employee meeting; the network also confirmed it in a statement to the outlet. However, it says the policy may change in the future as health agencies continue to investigate the disease. “Given the. [more...]

Sep 16, 2019 12:10 PM ET

The Indonesian superhero film Gundala is out to launch a vast cinematic universe

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 16, 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. Everybody working in genre movies these days wants their own long-running franchise. The financial success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has brought in billions worldwide for Disney and Marvel Studios, has become a kind of holy grail for. [more...]

Sep 16, 2019 11:40 AM ET

Watch Apple throw cake, and many other things, at the iPhone 11 Pro in its new ads

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 16, 2019 - Apple has released two new commercials for the iPhone 11 Pro, both of which show the phone standing up to more abuse than any one phone should ever have to. The first ad below focuses solely on how tough the iPhone 11 Pro supposedly is against everyday objects being flung at it in a high-speed wind tunnel. First, kids toys and food items pummel it (including an entire head of green. [more...]

Sep 16, 2019 11:10 AM ET

Disney CEO Bob Iger has resigned from Apple’s board

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 16, 2019 - Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Disney CEO Bob Iger has resigned from Apple’s board, just a couple of months before both companies are set to launch their independent streaming services. Iger resigned on September 10th, according to a filing from Apple to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. That’s the same day Apple unveiled the launch date and subscription price for Apple TV Plus, which officially made Apple and Disney. [more...]

Sep 16, 2019 10:40 AM ET

Free stock trading could come to Square’s Cash app

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 16, 2019 - Image: Square Square’s Cash App already lets you do more than just pay back your friends for lunch — the app started letting users buy and sell Bitcoin back in 2017. Soon, it may give you access to another kind of investment: Square is testing a feature to let users buy and sell stocks for free, according to Bloomberg. We don’t know how this might actually work, and Bloomberg didn’t share any details that. [more...]

Sep 16, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Music publishers say Peloton stole even more music, ask for $300 million

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 16, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has asked the courts to allow it to double its claims against exercise bike and treadmill startup Peloton, after discovering more unlicensed music — including songs by Taylor Swift and Kesha — being used in workout videos that play on the bikes’ built-in screens. It’s now seeking $300 million in damages, as reported by Forbes. The original complaint,. [more...]

Sep 16, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame are almost better performed by high school dancers

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 16, 2019 - Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame mark the end of a decade-long saga, told over the course of 22 movies, that have inspired millions of fans around the world and made Disney wealthy in the process. They’re also incredibly long. Like, super long. We’re talking Lord of the Rings long. If you don’t want to invest even more hours watching the first 20 movies that lead up to that point, either, it can be a. [more...]

Sep 16, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 may include a new 15-inch model

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 16, 2019 - Microsoft is planning to refresh its Surface lineup next month, and there could be a bigger version of the Surface Laptop 3 in the cards. WinFuture reports that Microsoft will unveil a new 15-inch version of the Surface Laptop 3 next month, with the same 3:2 aspect ratio. We’re expecting Microsoft to launch an AMD-powered Surface Laptop 3, and it’s possible that this chip could be found on this rumored 15-inch model. If. [more...]

Sep 16, 2019 9:00 AM ET

100 Million People are not going to read your release even if you are Apple – introducing ReleaseLive™ the Future of Press Release Distribution

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 16, 2019 - Miami, Florida – September 16, 2019 – “Potential Reach” and long lists of web sites and media with estimated audience figures have been the mainstay of the press release distribution industry for decades – no one believes that posting on Yahoo! Finance really delivers a potential viewership of 100 million. Yahoo! Finance is an excellent publication that I use frequently but even then, they have an audience of 60 million. [more...]

Sep 16, 2019 8:40 AM ET

9 new trailers you should watch this week

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 16, 2019 - Photo: Warner Bros. There was a lot of big streaming service news this week. First, Apple announced pricing and a launch date for Apple TV Plus — $4.99 per month, starting November 1st. Then, Disney launched a free pilot of Disney+ in the Netherlands, offering up a ton of details on how the whole thing is going to work. It seems surprisingly robust for a service that’s not out for another two months, when. [more...]

Sep 16, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Someone sent us 21 more pictures of the leaked Pixel 4 XL

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 16, 2019 - The Pixel 4 XL hasn’t been able to stop leaking this week, and now we have yet another set of photos showing off the unannounced, unreleased phone. Several of the leaks we’ve seen this week have stemmed from a Vietnam-based shop that sells imported phones, called D Store Mobile. D Store declined to share how it acquired an unreleased Pixel 4 XL, but it told The Verge that the phone was not a final unit. [more...]

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...]