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Snap wants its users to play games with their friends in Snapchat. The company’s launching new lenses today, called “Snappables,” that let users play games through touch, motion, or facial expressions. The games sound similar to Snapchat’s Cuphead lens, which let you treat your friends as bosses to destroy. Wired reports that users can add friends to a rock band, challenge them to an emoji dance-off, or play basketball. You can see some of them in the video above. One person plays a Space Invaders-like game, another appears to be blowing bubbles, and another raises her eyebrows to lift a virtual barbell. New Snappables will be released every week, Snap says. Snap clearly wants to differentiate itself and prove how much more users can do... Continue reading…

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Netflix is expanding its streaming video reach further into journalism programming with a new series from BuzzFeed called Follow This. Follow This, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will be a 20-episode, weekly short-form documentary series that will feature a number of BuzzFeed’s journalists reporting on a range of topics. Netflix revealed a clip from the first episode of the upcoming show, following Scaachi Koul as she covers the world of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) videos. Each episode is expected to be around 15 minutes long. Netflix has been increasingly focusing on regular, weekly content, ranging from late-night shows such as Chelsea Handler’s Chelsea and Joel McHale’s The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale. T... Continue reading…

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Automatic savings mobile app Digit is expanding its services, adding the option to let users pay off credit card debt with money in their Digit account, as reported by TechCrunch. To try out the new feature, called Digit Pay, users create a “credit card debt” goal in the Digit app settings, then activate the service. Once Digit Pay is enabled, the app will begin to use funds saved within the account to pay off your credit card balances. There’s also a new feature called “Boost,” which tells the app how to prioritize the goals you’re saving for. So, if credit card debt is most important, you can mark it with a boost, and the app will work toward clearing that goal first. Digit was first launched in 2015, and it’s a service that smartly... Continue reading…

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The Justice Department is reportedly investigating Chinese electronics company Huawei over possible violations of sanctions against Iran, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Details of the investigation are unclear Details of the investigation are unclear, including what, specifically, the company is suspected of doing, but the probe is a new front in ongoing US scrutiny of Chinese manufacturers looking for a bigger slice of the American market. Huawei has faced severe hurdles to operating in the US, as the government questions how cooperative the company might be with the Chinese government, and how that might affect national security. Earlier this year, AT&T pulled out of a major deal with the company, apparently... Continue reading…

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Google just updated Gmail with one of its biggest redesigns in a long time. The update brings several security features like confidential mode, which allows you to add two-factor authentication and / or set expiration dates for individual emails. Phishing alerts are also now highlighted in a much clearer way, with bold red boxes that are harder to overlook. There’s also a new Tasks integration to make your to-do lists easier to manage alongside your emails. So, if you’re here, reading this article, obviously you’re trying to figure out how to get the new Gmail on your account. Google is still rolling this out, but here are two ways to enable it right now. Personal Gmail accounts Head to your Gmail account on the web, click the gear icon... Continue reading…

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Back in February, Ron Amadeo wrote an excellent piece at Ars Technica that pointed out an obvious fact: Google’s Wear OS is in serious trouble. Of course, back in February, Wear OS wasn’t called Wear OS; it was called Android Wear. The renaming happened mainly because Google wanted to emphasize that watches based on the OS could work with iPhones as well as Android phones. Though, in this context, “as well” doesn’t exactly apply: Wear OS is a much better experience with Android than with iOS. But Wear OS isn’t all that great of an experience on Android, either, which was the point of Amadeo’s piece. One of the big problems is that there’s really only one processor available for these watches: a Qualcomm chip that’s woefully out-of-date.... Continue reading…

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Nintendo’s DIY cardboard Labo construction kits for the Switch were released last week, offering multitudes of projects to build and play with. But the beauty of the Labo is that you can turn cardboard and the Switch into anything. For example, the variety kit comes with a piano, but The Verge’s Dami Lee and Meg Toth decided to make their own cardboard guitar for a one-woman band. Since the launch last Friday, many people have come up experimental and offbeat uses for the Labo, including a candy dispenser, several paper versions of Game & Watch LCD games, and repurposing the Switch as a simple clock. We’ve rounded up some of the niftiest, neatest ways Labo has been used this past week. For a bout of nostalgia, Twitter user @BSpowerx has... Continue reading…

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Dell has announced a slew of updates to its business laptops, including a new 15-inch Precision 5530, which is essentially a professional, business-oriented version of the XPS 15. Like the XPS 15, the new Precision 5530 comes in two models: a standard clamshell and a 2-in-1 version that converts into a tablet. The 2-in-1 option is a little more interesting because it takes the XPS 15 2-in-1 and tweaks it with some enhancements for professional graphics users. Specifically, it swaps the hybrid Intel processor with onboard AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics for integrated Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL graphics. (This marks the first time we’ve seen AMD’s enterprise GPU make an appearance in an integrated Intel chip.) It can be configured with up to... Continue reading…

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Eric Lundgren, an e-waste recycler and inventor, will have to serve a 15-month prison sentence for selling Microsoft restore disks. Lundgren received his sentence months ago, but a federal appeals court confirmed it earlier this month. He’ll also have to pay a $50,000 fine. Although restore disks are given to everyone who buys a computer with a licensed version of Windows (and can be downloaded for free), Microsoft decided to press criminal charges against Lundgren for distributing the disks, which he did to help people keep their computers running longer. Microsoft argued that this free-to-download software was worth $25 per disk, which the court accepted. Lundgren had 28,000 disks made and shipped to a broker in Florida in an effort... Continue reading…

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A startup that uses artificial intelligence to help emergency dispatchers identify signs of cardiac arrest over the phone will begin testing its software across Europe this summer. Danish firm Corti says its algorithms can recognize out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (those that occur in the home or public) more quickly and accurately than humans. The software has already been deployed in Copenhagen, but this year, it will start four new pilots in as-yet-unnamed European cities in partnership with the European Emergency Number Association (EENA). Quick recognition of cardiac arrests is vital, as every minute that passes without treatment reduces an individual’s chances of survival by 7 to 10 percent. Corti’s software works by listening in... Continue reading…

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In honor of our new wallpaper page, we are excited to announce a phone wallpaper design contest! The winning wallpaper will be featured on a phone in an upcoming phone video review on The Verge. Judging criteria Originality — we will do a Google image search... Creativity — make The Verge’s art director jealous Something that echoes The Verge’s artistic aesthetic Here’s our color palette, but you can definitely diverge from this color scheme: Throughout the duration of the contest, we will reach out to finalists for a high-resolution file of their submission(s) in the following format: PNG file at a minimum resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels, 72 ppi, and RGB colors. Please be prepared to deliver it upon request. How to... Continue reading…

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Last night on The Late Show, Hank Azaria addressed the controversy surrounding The Simpsons’ Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a character he voices that has been accused of being a racist caricature. In response to Stephen Colbert’s question about what should happen to the character, Azaria mentioned the need for more diversity in the writers’ room, and said he was “perfectly willing to step aside or help transition it to something new.” “The most important thing is, we have to listen to South Asian, Indian, people in this country when they talk about how they feel and what they think about this character,” he said. Azaria’s statements are a departure from The Simpsons’ own dismissive response to criticism earlier this month. In an episode called... Continue reading…

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There are many reasons why the new God of War is good: the revamped combat, the closer camera, the astonishing single-shot perspective, or the more mature story all jump to mind. But what escalates God of War is not just nailing the big stuff, but the smaller things, too, like Kratos’s new axe. It might just be my favorite video game weapon in recent memory. The Leviathan Axe might be my favorite video game weapon in recent memory Officially dubbed the Leviathan Axe, the new blade is the signature weapon for Kratos in the 2018 reboot, replacing the fiery Blades of Chaos as his weapon of choice for slicing and dicing through the hordes of enemies that the game will throw at you. As a weapon, the axe is brutal and efficient, and you’re... Continue reading…

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The 2018 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition is currently running in China, and Mercedes has unveiled a new concept high-end luxury SUV at the event. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury SUV features a spacious interior, and there’s even a bespoke tea set hidden in the car’s console. The car is sleek, cherry red, and aimed at the Chinese market, where the color red symbolizes happiness, luck, and joy. The model is conceived as being fully electric, with all-wheel drive and four seats (one driver and three passengers). Mercedes says the system allows a charging capacity of up to 350kW, and with five minutes of charging, the car will have an additional range of 62 miles (100km). It can be charged by cable or through... Continue reading…

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Twitter is having a surprisingly good 2018, at least from a business perspective. Not only has the company made a profit for the second time ever, but its users are growing again, too. In reporting its Q1 2018 earnings today, Twitter also revealed that it expects to be profitable throughout the rest of the year, which would be a significant turnaround after four years of losses as a public company. Twitter posted its first ever quarterly profit last quarter. Also good news is Twitter’s user numbers: it added 6 million new monthly users last quarter. It’s only done better than that twice since the start of 2015; in most recent quarters, it’s added 3 million monthly users or fewer, and it’s even lost users in some periods. Are Twitter’s... Continue reading…

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“Awexa, play songs from Moana.” If you have an Amazon Echo in your home and you also have kids, you’ve probably heard a variation of that phrase uttered before. Today, Amazon is making it easier for both kids and parents to integrate Alexa into their routines with the new Echo Dot Kids Edition and FreeTime services for Alexa. The Echo Dot Kids Edition follows the formula of Amazon’s popular Kindle Fire Kids Edition tablets: it is a standard Echo Dot bundled with a protective rubber case (available in red, green, or blue), a year’s subscription to the FreeTime Unlimited service, and a two-year promise from Amazon to replace the device if it gets damaged, no questions asked. It sells for $79.99 — a $30 premium over a standard Echo Dot —... Continue reading…

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Microsoft’s next version of Window 10, currently codenamed Redstone 5, will include a new “Lean edition” designed for devices with less storage space. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the new edition will be offered to OEMs to load onto low-cost laptops and tablets. Windows Central first reported that the edition will be available for devices with 16GB of storage, and it’s primarily designed to ensure these machines still receive Windows updates. Twitter user Lucan discovered references to the Lean edition in the latest publicly released Windows 10 test build (17650), and at the moment the install cuts around 2GB of storage space. Microsoft is reducing the storage space needs by removing components that won’t... Continue reading…

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Google is the latest company to ditch the pistol with a new emoji update for Android users. The switch to a bright orange and yellow water gun, rolling out now, mimics changes made by Apple, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Samsung over the last few years. That leaves Microsoft as the only major platform with the realistic handgun emoji. True, Facebook still uses it, but a spokesperson for the company confirmed to Emojipedia that it would also be replacing its gun emoji with a toy water gun. The Verge has reached out to Microsoft for comment. The move makes Google’s gun emoji correspond with other platforms. So, if a friend sends the playful water pistol from an iPhone, it will now look similar on an Android device or in a tweet without any... Continue reading…

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Opera is releasing a new Android web browser today with a couple of clever interface choices meant to make it easier to use than other mobile browsers. It’s called Opera Touch, and the interface is designed around one-handed use. When you open it, the address bar immediately opens up and is ready for you to begin typing a URL or a search query. And when you’re on a website, scrolling up will reveal a button at the bottom of the page that you can tap to access your other tabs or to start a new one. That alone is a handy addition: a lot of mobile browsers still place all of their buttons on the top of the screen (namely, Chrome), forcing you to reach up or reposition your hand just to change tabs. Being able to do that with just one hand... Continue reading…

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Xiaomi has announced the Mi 6X, a new phone for China. The phone sees Xiaomi start using 18:9 displays in the middle of its range after the recent launch of the more affordable Redmi 5 line and the high-end Mi Mix 2S. The Mi 6X has an 18:9 2160 x 1080 LCD, a Snapdragon 660 processor, a dual-camera setup with a 20-megapixel main sensor, a 20-megapixel selfie camera with a flash, a fingerprint sensor on the rear, USB-C, and no headphone jack. It's 7.3mm thick, weighs 166 grams, and comes in black, red, blue, gold, and pink. Pricing starts at 1599 yuan, about $250 USD or 17,000 Indian rupees. Though the 6X is focused on China, it could hint at an important upcoming device for India and other big markets for Xiaomi. Last... Continue reading…

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Google has finally admitted that a proper suite of office productivity apps needs to include Tasks. Alongside the launch of the new Gmail, the company is announcing integration with Google Tasks. In Gmail, you’ll be able to drag emails over to the Tasks section of the web app to create a new to-do item based on that email. But, blessedly, Google is finally releasing separate Google Tasks apps for both iPhone and Android. Before now, using Google Tasks has involved a confusing mess of inputs and outputs: a melange of Google Keep, Google Assistant, and Google Calendar all either accepted or showed you tasks, but getting a simple, single list of them was nigh-impossible. As you can see in the screenshot above, Google Tasks on Android looks... Continue reading…

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Despite official confirmation of its display notch, its internals, and even its Avengers special edition, the OnePlus 6 hasn’t actually been announced yet. Today, though, the company is finally saying when it’s ready to take the wrappers off its brand new flagship. May 16th is the date, and OnePlus is holding the launch event in London. Over one thousand tickets to the showcase are now available for fans to buy, costing £16/€18 (~$22) until 8pm on Friday UK time, when the price will rise to £30/€34 (~$42). It’s worth noting that tickets to the OnePlus 5T event sold for $40 and came with a bag including a $40 coupon for the 5T itself, among other things. OnePlus is promising “bigger and better” things this time around, too, though we’d... Continue reading…

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The world’s most popular email service is getting a big overhaul today. Google is making official the changes we saw leaked earlier this month, with email snoozing, nudging, and confidential mode making their debut alongside a substantial visual redesign for Gmail on the web. The new Gmail begins a global phased rollout today, which is to say that it won’t be available to every one of Gmail’s 1.4 billion users right away, and the first to get it will be invited to opt in rather than being able to just turn it on themselves. Speaking with The Verge ahead of today’s launch, Jacob Bank, lead product manager for Gmail, says that Google’s redesign was done with an eye on “making people safer and more productive.” Those sound like the... Continue reading…

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