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Christmas has arrived early this year, in the form of a 4K remaster of Wham!’s iconic “Last Christmas” music video. It’s living proof that the 1980s did really happen, complete with the crazy hair styles, shell suits, and shoulder pads of the ‘80s. The track was originally released 35 years ago in December 1984, and Sony Music Entertainment has now remastered the original footage in 4K. The best way to describe it is... odd. It’s like watching people dress up in ‘80s costumes because the remaster is so good. I had to personally play it back side-by-side with the original “Last Christmas” video on YouTube to make sure they didn’t hire actors to recreate it. The indoor scenes and snow ball fights look incredible, especially when we’re used... Continue reading…

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is so inescapable that it’s even started invading video games. This afternoon, director J.J. Abrams stopped by a unique location to show off a new clip from the movie: Risky Reels, the drive-in theater on Fortnite’s virtual island. It was a unique promotional event for the film, which naturally ended with a lightsaber duel. The event opened with Abrams arriving on the Millennium Falcon, amidst a battle with some TIE fighters and a few Star Destroyers. There was even an in-game avatar that looked remarkably like the director. After a bit of a preamble with host Geoff Keighley — best known as the host and creator of The Game Awards — a massive floating display appeared. The brief, exclusive clip of Rise of... Continue reading…

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It was the Rorschach mask in the glove box that sold me. Watchmen, HBO’s sequel / reinvention of the comic of the same name by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore, came out the gate swinging with a prologue set during the 1921 Tulsa race riot. But it was the next scene that got me fully on board, one that showed that Rorschach, the original comic’s most popular character, was a hero to white supremacists. It felt transgressive but also right — and then I flipped back to the comic and you know what? It was right. The TV Watchmen sold me on its relevance by resurfacing something incredibly obvious about its source material that years of fan culture had scrubbed away, mostly because the character looked cool. We all wanted to be heroes, but white... Continue reading…

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Image: Warner Bros. I recently saw Motherless Brooklyn, Edward Norton’s adaptation of the two-decade-old Jonathan Lethem novel about a private investigator with Tourette syndrome. I’ve never read the book, but from what I gather, the movie is an almost complete departure from the text outside of its core conceit. Departing from the book isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Norton’s instinct to play up the noir elements makes for a fun, slapstick twist on the genre at points, and 1950s New York is a lot of fun to explore. But the movie also feels a little hollowed out. Norton basically jams a tour through The Power Broker (the famously thorough 1975 biography of Robert Moses, which has nothing to do with Motherless Brooklyn) into the core of his adaptation,... Continue reading…

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Apologies to Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber, but the most interesting cat content online right now is a Snapchat filter that lets humans try on a feline face. The resulting clips are adorable, confounding, and a great example of just how little we know about cat cognition. this video of cats reacting to cat face filter has me crying. pic.twitter.com/pNDmF8JQ8t— M (@miaaselaa) December 9, 2019 In a video compilation making the rounds online, cats look at a phone screen that shows their owners with a cat face filter. The cats whip their heads around to look up at the human, and then back to the screen. “It appears the cat recognizes that their owner’s face should be on the phone, but it is not,” Kristyn Vitale, who studies cat... Continue reading…

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WWE has one of the most popular YouTube channels in the world and has become a social media force, and today (as reported by Variety) the company officially joined TikTok. There’s a WWE TikTok channel, sure, but more important to wrestling fans and meme creators is that WWE’s arrival brings with it a slew of licensed entrance music for some of the company’s most recognizable performers past and present. You can now add “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s theme music to your TikTok uploads. Same for The Undertaker, John Cena, or Becky Lynch. And yes, The Rock’s music is available as well. Music for over 30 superstars can now be included in TikTok videos globally. The songs are not yet available for use in Instagram stories, so this is a decent... Continue reading…

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Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge It’s an awful feeling realizing that your internet speed is far slower than what your provider promised. But according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission could be doing very little to force providers to live up to their customers’ expectations. According to the WSJ, companies like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast have worked to influence the reports and have used a variety of tactics over the years to boost their numbers. In doing so, the FCC’s reporting system could be showing connection speeds that are far faster than what customers actually get. Toward the tail end of the Obama administration, the FCC launched a program called Measuring Broadband America. It’s a yearly review of... Continue reading…

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Photo by Donat Sorokin / TASS via Getty Images A new software system that will let people with diabetes customize their treatment and automatically adjust their insulin levels was just approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration. It will reach patients in January 2020. The technology, called Control-IQ, is manufactured by Tandem Diabetes Care and connects with blood glucose sensors and insulin pumps to automatically increase, decrease, or stop the delivery of insulin in response to the glucose levels of people with Type 1 diabetes. People with Type 1 diabetes can’t produce their own insulin, which regulates blood sugar (aka glucose), so they need to take it from an external source every day. Currently, many patients with diabetes have to manually adjust and readjust the... Continue reading…

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Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge It’s common knowledge that Google has photographed a huge amount of the planet for its Street View and Google Earth projects. But for the first time, Google has revealed how much of the world it has photographed: 10 million miles of Street View imagery and 36 million square miles of Google Earth imagery, according to a report from CNET. That Google Earth number is particularly impressive: Google says that it now covers 98 percent of the places in the world where people live. And the 10 million miles of Street View imagery puts Google miles ahead of competitors like Apple, which has just started to include similar street-level photography in Apple Maps with the release of iOS 13 this year. But Apple has a long way to go before it catches... Continue reading…

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In November, Google said that it was starting to roll out RCS Chat, the successor to SMS, as Android’s primary texting platform, and as of Monday, if you are an Android user on any carrier in the US, you should now be able to use it — though you may need to update your Messages app and carrier settings (via Android Central). In theory, RCS messaging should be an improvement over regular SMS, as it supports read receipts, typing indicators, and is better for group chats. Unlike Apple’s iMessage, though, RCS doesn’t support end-to-end encryption, so you’ll need to use a third-party app like Signal if you want to send encrypted messages. Google first said RCS would become Android’s primary texting platform more than a year and a half ago,... Continue reading…

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Illustration by William Joel / The Verge Billboard has announced that YouTube streams will be factored into the Billboard 200 albums chart starting early next year. Video streams from other platforms will also count, including Apple, Spotify, Tidal, and Vevo, and Billboard says the change will also impact genre album consumption charts, like country, Latin, and others. Billboard’s charts have historically been seen as a barometer of success within the music industry. Video streams have counted toward many of Billboard’s song-specific charts since 2013, but have never been incorporated into the albums chart. Billboard has been slowly updating its albums chart for years to shift it from being purely sales-based to a “multi-metric consumption” model. It added audio streaming to... Continue reading…

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Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images Amazon has been steadily growing its logistics operation over the last decade, and it now delivers more than half of all Amazon packages in the US, according to an estimate from Morgan Stanley published on Thursday and reported by CNBC. That’s a staggering increase over the course of the last few years. It means Amazon, which now operates its own freighters and cargo planes, is accelerating its push to own the entire logistics chain and end its relationship with companies like FedEx and UPS. At the current rate, Amazon is set to pass both FedEx and UPS in US package volume, with the company currently delivering 2.5 billion packages per year compared to FedEx’s 3 billion and UPS’s 4.7 billion, Morgan Stanley says. Amazon’s number doubled... Continue reading…

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is just days away, bringing a promised end to the nine-episode Skywalker saga on December 20th. But if you want to catch up on the earlier movies, you can pick up digital copies of Episodes 1 through 6 for the lowest price they’ve ever been: $42.99 over at the Google Play Store for HD copies of all six films. The deal is also available at iTunes for $49.99, should you prefer to buy through Apple, $48.99 over at Vudu, or $45.99 at the Microsoft Store (if you’ve got a gift card to one of those services lying around). The digital six-film collection usually runs for $89.99, making it a fantastic deal for anyone who wants to marathon some Star Wars films before the last movie comes out. Alternatively, just... Continue reading…

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Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge When Google announced its relatively inexpensive new Pixelbook Go, it said that a more expensive Pixelbook Go configuration with a 4K screen was on the way, and that model is finally available for purchase (via Android Central). The 4K configuration is more than twice as expensive as the base model — $1,399 for the 4K version instead of $649 for a base Pixelbook Go — and it even eclipses the $999 base price of Google’s Pixelbook 2-in-1. (The Go is supposed to be the affordable alternative.) But that machine doesn’t have a 4K screen option, and you get a Core i7 processor for cheaper with the Pixelbook Go than with Google’s backflipping laptop, where you’ll pay $1,649. That said, it might be hard to see the benefits of a 4K screen on the... Continue reading…

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Image: Epic Games Fortnite is about to host another of its now-iconic in-game live events, but this one has a pretty important real-world connection. For the first time, Epic’s battle royale game will host an exclusive film clip, and this one happens to be from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, ahead of its December 20th release. The event is happening on Saturday, December 14th. We’ve known about the clip premiere since last week, but Epic disclosed some more concrete details last night at the Game Awards. The studio says it’ll open the gates of its virtual world starting at 1:30PM ET. The clip will start airing at the Risky Reels drive-in movie theater at 2PM ET. Speaking with Game Awards host Geoff Keighley yesterday, Epic’s worldwide creative... Continue reading…

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Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge If you’ve been holding out on a deal for the latest iPad Air, the wait is over. The Wi-Fi-only version of this year’s iPad Air is $100 off at Target and Best Buy. That makes it $399.99 for the 64GB model and $549.99 for the 256GB model. The cellular-enabled models are also $100 off at Best Buy. That brings the price down to $529.99 for the 64GB model and $679.99 for the 256GB model. We didn’t see any deals on the iPad Air over Cyber Monday, so this is a good opportunity if you’re looking to buy one. Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge The Verge’s Dieter Bohn said that even at its original price, the iPad Air is an affordable alternative to the iPad Pro. It has an expanded 10.5-inch screen, good battery life, and allows... Continue reading…

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X-Box One S | Tyler Pina If you’re looking for some good gaming deals, and particularly, if you were hoping to get a deal on Call of Duty, today’s your day, because both Best Buy and Walmart have sales on consoles and games. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Best Buy is continuing its run of day-long deals for the holiday season. The company has discounted the PlayStation 4 to $298.99, down from $399.99. For the same price, you can also get the PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB bundled with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. If you just want Call of Duty by itself, you can snag it for $37.99, which is $22 off of its normal price, for PS4 and Xbox. If you’re looking for a game to play with your PS4 that’s not Call of Duty, you can get $20 off of... Continue reading…

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Banking data for 29,000 Facebook employees, which was stored on unencrypted hard drives, was stolen by a thief from a payroll worker’s car, according to a Bloomberg report. The hard drives contained information on thousands of US workers who were employed by Facebook in 2018, including bank account numbers, employee names, the last four digits of their social security numbers, their salaries, bonuses, and equity details. Facebook notified its staff of the theft via email Friday morning. Though the stolen drives didn’t contain any Facebook user data, the theft still raises questions about Facebook’s level of caution around personal data, which seems shockingly low considering its history of user privacy scandals. The company also failed... Continue reading…

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Watch company Citizen is expanding its (less well known) line of wall clocks today with two new models that add support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, in what are effectively nicer looking versions of Amazon’s existing Echo Wall Clock. Like the Echo Wall Clock, the Citizen clocks is part of the “Works with Alexa” program. That means that they don’t actually feature Alexa hardware like a microphone or speaker. Rather, they’re meant to augment an existing Alexa-powered smart speaker by serving as a display for timers you’ve set using Alexa using a ring of lights around the dial. The Citizen Smart Clock comes in two designs —one with a metal frame clock that will cost $79.99, and one with a wooden frame for $89.99.... Continue reading…

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facial recognition has been heralded as a secure way to confirm your identity on your phone or at payment terminals, and with features like Face ID on your iPhone, it sometimes seems like the tech really is more secure than other options. But the tech isn’t infallible, as public facial recognition terminals can still be fooled with just a mask, as some recent experiments have shown. An AI company, Kneron, shared a video with The Verge of tests it ran at facial recognition terminals in China where it appeared to fool the systems. Kneron asked us not to publish the video, so we will describe what we saw — and it looked pretty convincing. In two examples, a tester approaches AliPay and WeChat terminals at shops in China while wearing a 3D... Continue reading…

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Photo by Nilay Patel / The Verge Not only is the year ending, but the decade is ending, too. So The Verge lists the most influential gadgets in the first decade of its existence. Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller discuss how they picked their favorite gadgets of the decade as well as their process for deciding the list. But first, we start the show with the release of Apple’s Mac Pro. The crew talks about what they know so far without having tested the computer, including the lack of information on benchmarks and running apps outside of Apple’s ecosystem. We finish the show with news of Twitter funding research into a decentralized version of its platform. But first, we’re updated on Paul’s weekly segment “Web authen, oh yeah.” So listen through to get it all. ... Continue reading…

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Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Starting today, Apple Podcasts is available through Amazon Alexa-enabled devices like Echo speakers. People just have to say, “Alexa, play (insert show name here) on Apple Podcasts” to get a program. Apple Podcasts can be set as the default podcast player from the Alexa app, too, so Amazon will default to checking Apple Podcasts first whenever a show is requested. If users link their Apple ID to their Alexa app, they’ll also be able to pick up where they left off listening in the Podcasts app. The command would be: “Alexa, resume playing (show name here) on Apple Podcasts.” Spotify also announced today that its users would be able to ask Alexa to play podcasts from its platform. Both Spotify and Apple linking podcasts up to Alexa is... Continue reading…

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