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Sep 11, 2019 10:10 AM ET

Google’s Apple Arcade competitor Play Pass is officially on the way

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 11, 2019 - Illustration: Alex Castro / The Verge Earlier this year, screenshots leaked of an experimental Google Play game subscription service called Google Play Pass, which looked to be a direct answer to Apple’s similar Apple Arcade. But it doesn’t seem to be a test anymore — Google has now teased that Play Pass is officially “coming soon.” Google Play   ✔@GooglePlay     It’s almost time Google Play Pass is coming soon.  . [more...]

Sep 11, 2019 9:40 AM ET

This screenshot might be the first explicit confirmation of Apple’s AR headset

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 11, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge It’s no secret that Apple’s been quietly trying to build an augmented reality headset. Over the past several years, Apple has hired, acquired, attempted to patent and repeatedly talked up the idea — Apple CEO Tim Cook called AR as big an idea as the smartphone, and reportedly had 1,000 engineers working on the tech in 2017. But despite repeated rumors that Apple is getting ready to produce such a headset — Bloomberg, CNET and reliable. [more...]

Sep 11, 2019 9:10 AM ET

California Senate passes bill to limit the gig economy

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 11, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge The California Senate has passed legislation that will make it more difficult to classify workers as independent contractors, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The bill, AB5, will go back to the state Assembly, where lawmakers will have to approve new amendments. If it goes into effect, it will drastically change gig-economy companies including Uber and Lyft. Should the bill pass the Assembly, Governor Gavin Newsom. [more...]

Sep 11, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Google Chrome now lets you send web pages to other devices

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 11, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google is starting to make its Chrome 77 browser update available to Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android this week. While there are many visual changes to Chrome this time, Google is introducing a new send webpage to devices feature. You can right-click on a link and a new context menu will appear that simply lets you send links to other devices where you. [more...]

Sep 11, 2019 8:10 AM ET

The Fairphone 3 is just as modular and repairable as claimed

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 11, 2019 - Opening up the modular Fairphone 3. | Image: iFixit The Fairphone 3 is that rare gadget that’s designed to last, not to be quickly replaced through a relentless cycle of planned obsolescence. What the €450 phone lacks in specs is made up for in value with a modular design that’s meant to be repairable, according to the company. It’s a claim that was put to the test with an iFixit teardown. Unsurprisingly, the latest. [more...]

Sep 11, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Apple’s antitrust issues could be just beginning

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 11, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Today was Apple Day, the charmed 24-hour period in which enough traffic is printed by curious would-be iPhone buyers to cover the cost of several staff salaries. There was a new watch, a new iPad, and several new phones, in multiple new colors. iPhone sales may be on the decline, and antitrust concerns are mounting, but from a business perspective Apple is still quite. [more...]

Sep 11, 2019 7:10 AM ET

How to choose between the iPhone 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, and 11

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 11, 2019 - As is its habit, Apple has introduced its new 2019 phones with an appropriately high-visibility event. And as happens every year, the question many people are asking is: which one should I get? One thing, at least, should be easier than in the past: telling which phone is which. Apple has tweaked its naming convention somewhat, and so last year’s lower-priced (but popular) iPhone XR is making way for the. [more...]

Sep 11, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Apple is playing catch-up with the iPhone 11 camera

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 11, 2019 - “Customers love iPhone because we focus on technologies that matter in their lives,” Apple’s Kaiann Drance said when introducing the iPhone 11 yesterday. If that’s the case, then Apple’s competitors have been doing the same thing for even longer when it comes to the camera. What might previously have been dismissed as gimmicks are now headline features for Apple. The two biggest additions to the iPhone 11 camera system, the. [more...]

Sep 11, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Audi’s new concept is an all-electric off-roader with drones for headlights

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 11, 2019 - Audi is not a brand you’d typically associate with off-road adventures, but that didn’t stop the automaker from kicking up some dirt with its new concept at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Audi AI:Trail (maybe it’s less of a mouthful in German?) is an all-electric, all-terrain vehicle for the future of outdoor adventures. Before we get to the specs, keep in mind this is just a concept and may not ever. [more...]

Sep 9, 2019 11:40 AM ET

YouTube creators are turning the site into a podcast network

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 9, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge And they’re launching secondary channels to do so YouTube might not be the first platform people think of when they’re looking for podcasts, but a growing number of top creators are proving YouTube is a bonafide podcast network. Several YouTubers — including Logan Paul, Marques Brownlee, and Emma Chamberlain — have launched podcasts in the last year. They’re all available through traditional audio. [more...]

Sep 9, 2019 11:10 AM ET

Uber will spend $200 million to expand its Uber Freight trucking venture

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 9, 2019 - Uber will invest $200 million and hire thousands of engineers to bolster its two-year-old long-haul trucking venture, Uber Freight, the company announced today. The expanded business will be headquartered in a newly opened office in downtown Chicago where it will house up to 2,000 engineers that Uber plans to hire over the next three years. Launched in 2017, Uber Freight connects truck drivers with shippers, much in the same way. [more...]

Sep 9, 2019 10:40 AM ET

Spotify now lets you share music directly to Snapchat

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 9, 2019 - Image: Spotify Spotify is adding the ability to share whatever it is you’re listening to with a snap on Snapchat — long after other platforms like Instagram already got this same type of integration. So long as Snapchat is installed on the same device you’re using Spotify on, you’ll now see it appear in Spotify’s share menu. When chosen, Snapchat will automatically create a snap that includes song info and. [more...]

Sep 9, 2019 10:10 AM ET

If you asked Equifax for $125, you need to update your request

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 9, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge If you requested money from Equifax for leaking your personal data, you’ll need to provide more information by October 15th. The Equifax settlement administrator sent an email with details over the weekend. It asks consumers to confirm that they’re actually signed up for credit monitoring, which is a prerequisite for requesting the money. If they can’t do that, they can amend their claim. [more...]

Sep 9, 2019 9:40 AM ET

Carnival Row is the latest H.P. Lovecraft descendant to directly subvert his racism

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 9, 2019 - Photo by Jan Thijs / Amazon Studios Warning: broad spoilers ahead for season 1 of Carnival Row. H.P. Lovecraft is one of the most imaginative, singular, brilliant, and influential horror writers of all time. He’s also one of the most overtly, profoundly racist. Lovecraft’s fans and heirs have long struggled with the question of how to separate his particular vision of cosmic horror from the visceral loathing of non-white people he expressed in his. [more...]

Sep 9, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Microsoft unveils redesigned To Do app that will replace Wunderlist

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 9, 2019 - Microsoft is making some big tweaks to its To-Do app this week, with a redesign that includes more customization options and a rename from To-Do to simply To Do. The big headers in the current version of To Do are going away in favor of a variety of background images and color templates that can theme the entire app. You’ll even be able to choose from the Berlin TV tower. [more...]

Sep 9, 2019 8:40 AM ET

Leaked Google Pixel 4 promo video includes gestures, astrophotography mode, and more

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 9, 2019 - It’s only been a few hours since the last Google Pixel 4 leak, and now what looks like an official promo video has appeared online. Spanish site ProAndroid has obtained a promo video of the Pixel 4, and it appears to confirm gestures, an astrophotography mode, and Google’s nighttime camera improvements. Rumors that appeared last week suggest Google is preparing a new “Motion Mode” for shooting sports and actions shots. The rumors also revealed. [more...]

Sep 9, 2019 8:10 AM ET

Where does the Apple Watch go next?

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 9, 2019 - Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Apple is widely expected to announce the latest iteration of the Apple Watch on Tuesday, presumably called the Apple Watch Series 5, if the naming conventions hold out. But where does Apple even take the Watch next? What improvements can it possibly make that will turn it into the kind of product that Series 4 (or even Series 3 or Series 2) owners will rush. [more...]

Sep 9, 2019 7:40 AM ET

Vivaldi is releasing an Android version of its highly-customizable browser

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 9, 2019 - Image: Vivaldi Vivaldi, a web browser from a group of developers that formerly worked on Opera, is one to consider if you really want to customize your browsing experience. Now, Vivaldi is bringing that power-user spirit to mobile with a new Android version, available today in beta. The Android version offers a number of features that will be familiar to current Vivaldi users. Whenever you open a new tab, you’ll see your. [more...]

Sep 9, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Google’s Pixel 4 might come in a bright orange color

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 9, 2019 - Rumored Pixel 4 orange color | Weibo Google’s annual Pixel unveiling is likely around a month away, but we’re starting to hear and see a lot more about the upcoming Pixel 4. A potential leak from Weibo (spotted by Android Central) suggests that the Pixel 4 may come in a new bright orange color this year. Rumored images appear to show the new color option alongside the large rear camera section on the device.. [more...]

Sep 9, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Focos 2.0 turns any photo into a ‘portrait’

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 9, 2019 - A new update to Focos lets you turn any photo into a “portrait mode”-style image with fully adjustable depth of field, no matter what kind of camera you took it with. It’s not quite magic, but it is pretty cool. Focos has long been one of the most ambitious photo-editing apps on iOS, giving you control over the depth map generated by dual-camera iPhones in portrait mode. You can adjust. [more...]

Sep 9, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Elon Musk: Tesla pickup truck pushed back to November

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 9, 2019 - An early concept image of the pickup truck shown at the unveiling of the Tesla Semi. | Image: Tesla The Tesla pickup truck, described by Elon Musk as “the coolest car I’ve ever seen,” is now looking at a November reveal at the earliest, according to a tweetfrom the Tesla CEO. The science-fiction inspired electric pickup truck had been expected to arrive this summer, or October at the latest, based on previous statements made by. [more...]

Sep 8, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Jabra’s Elite 75t earbuds boost battery life and make the long-awaited switch to USB-C

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 8, 2019 - Jabra’s Elite 65t true wireless earbuds were the default recommended alternative to AirPods for a long time. They were one of the first pairs to nail the basics of solid connectivity, satisfactory battery life, and good-enough sound quality. But other companies like Sony, Beats, and Samsung have managed to catch up in recent months. So it makes sense that at IFA 2019, Jabra is ready to unveil what’s next. The. [more...]

Sep 8, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Samsung is canceling all Galaxy Fold preorders so it can ‘rethink the entire customer experience’

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 8, 2019 - Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Samsung may have finally fixed the Galaxy Fold and confirmed new release datesfor the foldable phone, but anyone who preordered the phone earlier this year may still be out of luck: Samsung is emailing customers to cancel all preorders while it “rethink[s] the entire customer experience” surrounding the sale of the phone, as seen in a tweets from YouTuber M. Brandon Lee and others. A Samsung representative confirmed. [more...]

Sep 8, 2019 6:10 AM ET

GM will use Google’s embedded Android Automotive OS in cars starting in 2021

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 8, 2019 - Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images General Motors will use Google’s new Android Automotive OS to power the infotainment systems in its cars starting in 2021, the two companies announced on Thursday. That means Google Assistant, Maps, and other automotive-approved Android apps will be available in GM’s cars via the Play Store without requiring the use of an Android smartphone. All GM brands outside of China will offer the native automotive. [more...]

Sep 7, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Facebook throttles clickbait parody site Reductress for sharing too much clickbait

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 7, 2019 - Reductress is a well-known feminist satire site that skewers clickbait-y women’s media — popular articles include “Wealthy Friend A Totally Free Spirit” and “These Women Are Beautiful, Even Though They Are All Freshwater Catfish.” Facebook periodically tries to cut back on sensational, low-quality “clickbait” content by reducing the reach of pages that post it. Facebook is also a gargantuan platform policed by a combination of automated systems and overworked moderators. You won’t believe what happened next. This morning, site. [more...]

Sep 7, 2019 6:10 AM ET

Apple iPhone 11 event rumors ranked from mind-blowing to no way

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 7, 2019 - Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Apple’s September 10th hardware event is just a few days away, and there’s lots of news and hardware to look forward to. Reports indicate that you should expect three new iPhones with the same screen sizes and resolutions as the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max. The 2019 lineup will also likely have a different naming scheme: if one popular rumor is true,. [more...]

Sep 6, 2019 3:40 PM ET

Thieves are now using AI deepfakes to trick companies into sending them money

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 6, 2019 - Illustration by Alex Castro and Grayson Blackmon / The Verge It seems like every few days there’s another example of a convincing deepfake going viral or another free, easy-to-use piece of software (some even made for mobile) that can generate convincing video or audio that’s designed to trick someone into believing a piece of virtual artifice is real. But according to The Wall Street Journal, there may soon be serious financial and legal ramifications. [more...]

Sep 6, 2019 3:10 PM ET

Lenovo embraces Google Assistant with new Smart Display 7 and convertible tablets

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 6, 2019 - Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge Lenovo was one of the first companies to build a Google Assistant-powered smart display, and at IFA 2019 it’s introducing a few new Google Assistant display options: a smaller Smart Display 7 and a pair of Smart Tab tablets that run Android, but offer enhanced Assistant integration thanks to a new Ambient Mode feature.   First up is the Smart Display 7, which joins Lenovo’s larger. [more...]

Sep 6, 2019 2:40 PM ET

Google Assistant’s Ambient Mode turns Android devices into smart displays

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 6, 2019 - Image: Google Today at IFA, Google is announcing a new feature for Google Assistant: Ambient Mode. On a few upcoming Android phones and tablets, this new mode will turn those devices into something like a Google Nest Hub (neé Google Home Hub) display when docked. It will show calendar info, weather, notifications, reminders, music controls, and smart home controls. Also like the Nest Hub smart display, it will automatically show a slideshow. [more...]

Sep 6, 2019 2:10 PM ET

Season 1 of Into the Dark blurred the line between TV and film, but rarely in a good way

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 6, 2019 - Photo: Richard Foreman / Hulu Blumhouse Productions was in the news quite a bit in August 2019 due to the uproar over the movie The Hunt. Co-produced by Blumhouse founder Jason Blum, the satirical thriller was pulled from release by distributor Universal Pictures after right-wing pundits slammed the film’s trailer, saying it appeared to endorse the idea of wealthy liberal elites stalking and killing salt-of-the-earth middle-American conservatives. Amid the furor, Blumhouse quietly announced. [more...]