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Image: SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn, which manufactures key products for countless tech companies including Apple, says it will not be adjusting any manufacturing timelines or closing its factories due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The company, which is based in Taiwan and operates numerous factories in mainland China, said in a statement that it is monitoring the situation, but it’s not expecting it to affect any of its “manufacturing obligations.” “Foxconn is closely monitoring the current public health challenge linked to the coronavirus and we are applying all recommended health and hygiene practices to all aspects of our operations in the affected markets. Our facilities in China are following holiday schedules and will... Continue reading…

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Photo by Daniel Slim / AFP via Getty Images United Airlines is suspending some flights to and from China because of a “significant decline in demand” brought on by the emerging coronavirus outbreak, the company announced on Tuesday. Flights between major US hubs and Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong will be suspended between February 1st and February 8th, CNBC reports. United offers more flights to and from China than any other US airline. It provides about 12 flights per day between the US and China (and Hong Kong), but that total number will decrease by about “three or four” per day, according to CNBC. Specifically, the company is reducing the number of flights at San Francisco, Newark, Chicago, and Washington Dulles airports. The virus, which first appeared in Wuhan, China,... Continue reading…

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When it premiered in 2014, it was one of Netflix’s earliest, best shows — and it would have failed in 2020. BoJack Horseman, one of Netflix’s longest-running shows, comes to an end this Friday. But it’s unclear if BoJack Horseman would have succeeded if it was ordered today. It’s a show that needed time to breathe, and that’s a luxury most shows don’t get on Netflix anymore. BoJack Horseman feels like the end of an era for Netflix, one that produced long-running series like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. All three shows were ordered by Netflix between 2013 and 2014, an ambitious time for the company. This was a period when Netflix didn’t have a new series or movie every week. Netflix slowly started rolling out original... Continue reading…

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Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu via Getty Images As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, the Chinese government and health officials around the world are counting on an intangible factor to help them contain the virus: trust. “I think of it as the ‘because I said so’ theory of governance,’ says Rob Blair, assistant professor of political science and international and public affairs at Brown University. To prevent the spread of disease, governments ask people to comply with public health recommendations that might seem onerous, like avoiding contact with certain people, isolating themselves, or changing travel plans. Even authoritarian governments can’t control every single person’s actions — much less control millions of people across a broad area. For those measures to work,... Continue reading…

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google plans to add a live transcription feature to its Google Translate app for Android at some point in the future. The feature will allow users to record audio in one language and have it rendered in another in real time. It’s still in the prototype stage, but Google gave a demonstration of the technology during a series of artificial intelligence demos at its San Francisco office on Tuesday. The feature will likely require an internet connection at launch, Google says, which means it will differ from the AI-based and on-device translation features that are in Google Translate today. The company says this is because real-time multilingual transcription is more complicated than simply translating written text from one language to... Continue reading…

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Facebook expects its long-simmering oversight board to begin hearing cases this summer, with board members to be announced “in the coming months.” The announcement came on Tuesday, as the company released a set of recommended bylaws for the body and gave new details about how it will be structured. According to Facebook governance director Brent Harris, the board selection process has focused on representing the full diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints found on Facebook and Instagram. “Almost any person on the planet may not like one or two people who are on the board, and we think that’s a feature,” Harris said on a call with reporters. “When we announce, you’re going to see that this isn’t just a board that looks like Silicon... Continue reading…

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Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Apple today released iOS 13.3.1, and the new update contains two important fixes. First, it eliminates a Communication Limits workaround that allowed younger iPhone users to add contacts without first having to enter a Screen Time passcode. That’ll come as a relief to parents. For the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, you’ll also now find a new toggle to disable location tracking by the U1 Ultra Wideband chip. Apple ran into some controversy last month when security expert Brian Krebs realized that the company’s latest phones were requesting location data even when customers had disabled such tracking in settings. Apple said the iPhone 11’s new U1 chip — and international requirements that prohibit ultra-wideband... Continue reading…

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Image: Scroll A new subscription service called Scroll is offering ad-free access to hundreds of websites — not by blocking the ads, but by working with an expanding group of publishers to take the ads down in exchange for a slice of the subscription fee. Scroll launches today with support for a number of major websites and networks, including The Atlantic, BuzzFeed News, G/O Media (which includes websites like Gizmodo and Kotaku), and Vox Media, which — important disclosure here — includes The Verge. Websites should look cleaner and load faster Once you sign up for Scroll, those websites should all be free of advertisements when you load them. For the most part, you don’t need to use a special app or install an extension. Scroll works by placing a... Continue reading…

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The social media accounts of several NFL teams and one belonging to the NFL were hacked, the NFL said in a statement today. Nearly half of the teams in the league had their Twitter accounts hacked on Sunday and Monday, and the hacker group OurMine has taken responsibility for the hacks, according to the BBC. Many of the hacked tweets promoted OurMine, announcing that the hacking collective is “back” and that “everything is hackable.” NFL reporter Dov Kleiman collected many screenshots of the hacked pages in this Twitter thread. The twitter accounts for the @NFL, @Chiefs, @packers and @ChicagoBears got hacked. pic.twitter.com/7Ps2kINm4b— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 27, 2020 The BBC reports that Facebook and Instagram... Continue reading…

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Anna Kooris / Sundance Institute Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. In 2015, a little-known Twitter user named Aziah King posted the first words of a 148-tweet saga: “Y’all wanna hear a story about why me & this here bitch fell out???????? It’s kind of long but full of suspense.” The tale that followed — a stripper road trip to Florida involving murder, human trafficking, and an attempted suicide — seemed too wild to be true. But #TheStory, as it was called, turned into a Twitter phenomenon. Rolling Stone confirmed it actually happened, albeit with some major dramatic embellishments and disagreements about the facts. Zola, which... Continue reading…

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Photo by David McNew / Getty Images The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding its enhanced health screening to 20 airports as part of its efforts to identify people with the new coronavirus who are traveling into the United States, the agency said in a press conference today. For the past week, the agency has been actively checking travelers from Wuhan for symptoms at five airports: San Francisco International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Los Angeles International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. There are no longer any direct flights leaving Wuhan, but the CDC will still be monitoring any people who passed through Wuhan during travel and are still in the... Continue reading…

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Former Windows chief Steven Sinofsky has revealed his perspective of being on the Windows team when Apple unveiled the iPad 10 years ago this week. Microsoft tried to make tablet PCs a thing with Windows XP, but the company didn’t get the timing, hardware, and software right in order to succeed. So when Apple unveiled its iPad in 2010, it surprised many people inside Microsoft. Sinofsky admits that the iPad was “as much a challenge as magical,” especially as Microsoft had been “fixated on Win32 [desktop apps], pen, and more” over a period of 10 years. “The success of iPhone blinded us at Microsoft as to where Apple was heading,” reveals Sinofsky. Microsoft had been anticipating a cheap, pen-based Mac to compete with the Windows-based... Continue reading…

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Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Google announced today that two new games are coming to Stadia Pro, the subscription plan that lets customers of its Stadia cloud gaming service play a small selection of titles for one flat monthly fee. Metro Exodus and Gylt will be available in the Stadia Pro library on February 1st. However, Samurai Shodown and Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will no longer be free to claim on January 31st, so you may want to add those to your Stadia Pro account quick if you’re already a subscriber. They’ll remain attached to your account as long as you keep paying for the monthly subscription. Are you prepared to be scared? Creepy puzzle adventure, GYLT, and survival horror shooter, Metro Exodus, join the Stadia Pro lineup. Log-in &... Continue reading…

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Image: Facebook Facebook’s Clear History tool is now available in all countries, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a blog post today. It’s part of a new section in your settings called “Off-Facebook activity,” and it lets users see which third-parties have shared user interactions with the social network — even when they’re not using Facebook directly. Off-Facebook activity is the information that businesses and websites share with Facebook based on your interactions with those sites or apps. The Clear History tool can be helpful if you’re constantly getting ads for something you were just looking at online or being served suggestions for things Facebook thinks you might be interested in. Besides clearing your history, the new section also includes... Continue reading…

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Image: WinFuture Rumors about Samsung’s next foldable, the vertically folding Galaxy Z Flip, have been swirling for weeks. But thanks to a new leak, the full details for the upcoming foldable phone have been revealed. WinFuture’s leak is the biggest yet for the upcoming device, with official renders from Samsung and a full spec sheet for the Galaxy Z Flip. As expected, the Z Flip will feature a 6.7-inch, 22:9 aspect ratio foldable OLED display with an FHD+ (2636 x 1080) resolution. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, the new leak confirms that the Z Flip will feature an “ultra thin glass” display, instead of the more fragile plastic panel that caused issues on the Fold. Like Samsung’s other recent phones, the Z Flip will feature a centrally located hole-punch... Continue reading…

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Moment announces its first Variable ND filters for DSLR cameras and drones | Image: Moment Moment, a company that’s well-known for its smartphone and drone accessories, has announced a first: a lineup of filters for full-blown mirrorless and DSLR camera lenses. “We’ve shot with a lot of Variable ND filters. They were either too expensive or the quality wasn’t there,” reads a statement on the company’s website. “We’ve shot with a lot of Variable ND filters.” “What makes these filters unique is the quality, price, and ability to see your stops through the viewfinder when you shoot,” the statement continues. The company has announced three sets of Variable ND filters for mirrorless and DSLR camera lenses: a 67mm, a 77mm, and an 82mm filter, all of which are available as a 2-5 stop or a 6-9 stop. They’ll retail for $149.99,... Continue reading…

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The Moto G8 (pictured) will have a hole-punch notch and a triple-camera array on its rear. | Image: Motorola / 91Mobiles Motorola’s upcoming Moto G8 and G8 Power have been detailed in a pair of leaks from XDA-Developers and 91Mobiles, and they reveal much of the unannounced phones’ specs and design. Both phones feature displays with hole-punch cutouts, a first for Motorola’s G-series lineup, and are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 that Motorola used in last year’s Moto G8 Plus. Although XDA reports that there are a lot of similarities between the two devices (including their display notches, button locations, physical fingerprint sensors, processors, and Android 10 operating systems), there are a few key differences to be aware of. The first is their battery capacities: while the standard G8 has the same 4,000mAh battery capacity as the G8... Continue reading…

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Image: Nintendo / Game Freak The Pokémon Company is making it easier for players to keep all of their pokémon from every game in one place with a cloud storage service known as the Pokémon Home. The tool will launch in February. Details about how Home will work were released in a new blog post from the company today. Essentially, people can use their phones and mobile devices to store pokémon from the old Pokémon Bank and transfer them into Pokémon Switch games as long as those pokémon are supported in the newer games. Support for Pokémon Go is in development. There is also a version of Pokémon Home that lives on the Nintendo Switch, but it will only support Switch games including Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and Pokémon: Let’s Go,... Continue reading…

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Nomad has released a new AirPods Pro case, and, like the company’s previous AirPod cases, it’s thoughtfully designed for something that’s effectively just a case that you put on top of another case. Like nearly all of Nomad’s cases, the AirPods Pro cases are plastic shells wrapped in leather (sourced from the Horween Leather Company), which feels slightly worse than if the entire thing were made of leather. It’s here where most cases would have called it a day, but Nomad’s version goes the extra mile with a few quality-of-life improvements that elevate its model over other cases. For example, the inside of the case is lined with microfiber, which makes it easier to put it on and take it off while also preventing it from... Continue reading…

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Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Some products are worth buying at full price, but Google’s Nest Hub smart display shouldn’t be one of them. This device launched for $129, but it’s not difficult to find one for around $70. Best Buy’s offer today takes the cake, though: you can get two of them for $100. Considering that Google’s Nest Mini smart speaker usually costs around $50, getting a Nest Hub for the same price is an incredible value. It can handle all of the usual speaker tasks, but its display goes a step further by showing visuals to accompany the Google Assistant’s answers to questions and commands. Additionally, you can use the small seven-inch screen to watch YouTube videos and YouTube TV (if you subscribe). Perhaps the Nest Hub’s defining feature, though, is... Continue reading…

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Super Cruise, the hands-free driver assistance system from General Motors, is getting a major upgrade. An enhanced version of the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) will be introduced starting on the 2021 Cadillac CT5 and CT4, followed by the all-new 2021 Escalade, the automaker announced on Tuesday. Among the improvements will be an automated lane-change functionality, which enables the hands-free system to change lanes when conditions are appropriate. Launched in 2017, the Super Cruise driver assistance feature is currently only available on the Cadillac CT5 and CT6 sedans. It uses information from cameras and radar sensors embedded on the car, GPS data, and 3D mapping data collected by the company to allow for hands-free... Continue reading…

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Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge When your Fitbit dies in the middle of a workout or fails to register an excellent night’s sleep, it can be a frustrating experience. Batteries deteriorate over time, which is an unfortunate fact of the tech-enthusiast lifestyle. But there are some settings you can change to squeeze as much juice out of your fitness tracker as possible. Here are some tricks to try. Switch to a simple watchface A Fitbit’s watchface can impact its battery in a major way: a more demanding screen can remove days from its life. Make sure the Fitbit app is downloaded and paired to your device In the Fitbit app, tap your profile image in the top-left corner Tap the icon labeled “Clock Faces.” Select “All Clocks.” From here, you’ll be able to browse the... Continue reading…

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These days, building and launching your own satellite means creating a sophisticated piece of technology — and then flinging it into space where you’ll never see it again. That means if anything breaks on the satellite, there’s not much you can do to fix it. “Once you launch a mission, as soon as it leaves the pad, it’s never going to be touched again by human or robotic hands,” Jonathan Goff, president and CEO of Altius Space Machines, tells The Verge. “Which means that if anything goes wrong and you can’t fix it with a software update, you’re out of luck. There’s not much you can do.” “as soon as it leaves the pad, it’s never going to be touched again by human or robotic hands.” An emerging industry within the space community is trying... Continue reading…

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Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Almost two full years after they were released in March 2018, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are starting to get updated to Android 10, with the update already rolling out to users in Germany and Xfinity Mobile customers in the US, according to SamMobile. The S9 lineup originally launched with Android Oreo, making this the third major Android version available for the two phones. (They were previously updated to Android Pie in late 2018 and early 2019.) As with the previous Pie update, it seems that Samsung is once again starting to roll out the Android 10 update to international and Xfinity Mobile customers. Thanks to the complexity of Android updates across multiple carriers in the US, though, it could be days or even weeks before it hits... Continue reading…

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Image: Apple TV Plus According to its Apple TV Plus webpage, Little America is “an anthology of funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, and surprising stories about the lives of immigrants in the United States.” Its first season, released this month on the streaming service, is a collection of eight half-hour stories about immigrants who are trying to make it in the US. It’s the best show Apple has produced so far, but it’s also the most misguided. It almost hurts, considering the talent behind Little America. Created by Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, and Lee Eisenberg, just about every episode is an excellent half-hour of television. Each actor on-screen is wonderful to watch, warm and likable at all times. The array of brown faces in front of and behind... Continue reading…

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