posted about 8 hours ago on the verge
Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, an outspoken tech industry figure who is apparently not afraid to criticize other business leaders, spent all week bashing Facebook over the company’s refusal to moderate certain content on its platform, like political ads that contain lies. He’s on tour promoting his book, Trailblazer, and is understandably generating headlines and free promotion as a result. But one peculiar call to action that Benioff voiced two days ago on Twitter, in favor of abolishing the oft-misunderstood Section 230, may not have been all that well thought out. That’s because, according to BuzzFeed News, Salesforce lawyers are using Section 230 as a defense in not one, but seven lawsuits involving the website Backpage, to which... Continue reading…

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Image: Mobielkopen Motorola’s Moto E6 line is all about compromises for the sake of affordability. As a budget Android handset, you’re sacrificing high-end features, build quality, and oftentimes aesthetics for something cheap and functional. But according to new renders acquired by German website Mobielkopen, the E6 line may be getting a slick visual update in the form of a proper E6 Play variant of the phone. The $149 standard E6 came out this summer as a budget Android phone on the cheaper end, just below the Moto G7 Play. But unlike last year’s E5, which came in a standard E5 and then Play and Plus variants, the E6 was the only model available until the addition of the E6 Plus back in September, which was only made available for European and South... Continue reading…

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Image: Kik Last month, Kik announced that it would be shutting down the once-popular Kik Messenger app to focus on selling its Kin cryptocurrency, and fighting an SEC battle about the Kin cryptocurrency. But today, in a surprise, it was announced on the Kik blog that Kik Messenger will apparently live on, as it has been purchased by MediaLab, a holding company that owns companies like anonymous-messaging app Whisper and mixtape-sharing service DatPiff. In the blog post, MediaLab committed to continuing to develop Kik Messenger, saying that it will spend “the next few months” on making the app “faster, more reliable, [and] less buggy.” However, MediaLab also said that, to help pay for the expenses of maintaining the messaging service, it will be... Continue reading…

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You can now subscribe to your favorite streamers from your iOS device, provided you have an iOS device and have updated the Twitch app. Truly we are living in the future. Twitch announced the news at this year’s TwitchCon in San Diego, but the feature rolled out today. It’s a little different than your usual Twitch subscribing experience, and yes, it is Apple’s fault. The reason it’s taken this long for Twitch to offer subs through its iOS app is because Apple takes a 30 percent cut of any digital subscriptions or media sold through apps on its App Store. So most companies — like Amazon, which owns Twitch — just don’t sell media through iOS apps. To subscribe on iOS, you have to buy what Twitch is calling “iOS Sub Tokens,” which cost... Continue reading…

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In February, Blizzard announced a new Hearthstone e-sports program, called the Masters Tour, to pit the game’s best players against each other for a chance to win the acclaim of the internet (and potentially a lot of money). A European leg of the tour is currently happening in Bucharest, and you can catch the action over on Twitch. But there’s a catch: anybody who posts anything pro-Hong Kong seems to be earning an automatic 24-hour chat ban, as reported by Dot Esports. (On Twitch, a chat ban means that you can’t post anything in a channel’s chat for a certain amount of time; offenses and ban lengths are both specified by moderators.) That said, the bans seem inconsistent. On Friday afternoon, over at the @PlayHearthstone Twitch... Continue reading…

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Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images In two letters, a bipartisan group of lawmakers sharply criticized Apple and Blizzard over their recent actions in China. “Strong concern” over Apple’s decision The first, addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook, expresses “strong concern” over the company’s decision to remove an app used by Hong Kong protesters from its App Store. The app, called HKMap, tracked police presence and was used by pro-democracy activists, but was removed earlier this month after Apple claimed it was being used for criminal activity. The app’s developers said there was no evidence of that, and Apple has been slammed for the move. “Cases like these raise real concern about whether Apple and other large US corporate entities will bow to growing Chinese demands rather... Continue reading…

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Wing’s drone delivery service is now live in Virginia. The Alphabet subsidiary is now delivering snacks and health care products to residents of Christiansburg, Virginia, after receiving approval from the government and teaming up with major players like FedEx and Walgreens. Wing says it’s the first commercial drone delivery service in the US. Earlier this year, Wing became one of the first drone operators to be certified as a commercial air carrier by the Federal Aviation Administration, allowing it to deliver goods to people who may live miles away and not in the drone operator’s line of sight. A video posted by Wing shows an elderly couple and a family with young children using their smartphones to select items for delivery. The... Continue reading…

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It’s new tech season. New iPhones, new Pixels, new Surface devices, new Echos... and a new Banana Phone. Now, before I tell you more about the biggest tech gadget of 2019, I want to be perfectly clear that the Banana Phone isn’t a phone — it’s a Bluetooth headset that connects to your phone, and you can use it to take calls. But it looks like a banana! Image: Banana Phone And soon, it’s getting a refresh. Earlier today, I spotted FCC filings for an updated model of the Banana Phone, so I called up Brian Brunsing, president of Banana Phone LLC, to learn more about what’s new. Turns out, it has some meaningful updates. The biggest new feature: the new Banana Phone will apparently be able to play music over a speaker... Continue reading…

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posted about 13 hours ago on the verge
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Google’s Pixel 4 won’t launch with support for RCS messaging on some of the biggest US networks. Verizon and T-Mobile both said on Twitter that the phone was not supported, as spotted by 9to5Google, and AT&T has yet to say whether it’ll be supported. Only Sprint has said, in an email to The Verge, that it will support RCS, which adds features like read receipts, typing indicators, and higher-quality attachments to the standard Android Messages app. The rollout of RCS messaging has been a complete mess. The standard, which is supposed to replace the basic SMS and MMS messaging that’s been around for as long as we’ve used smartphones, has been slated to roll out for years now. Its biggest push came in 2018, when Google settled on RCS as... Continue reading…

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Photo: Eric Liebowitz / Netflix Netflix’s Living with Yourself, which launches on October 18th, is in many ways a standard sitcom. Ant-Man’s Paul Rudd stars as Miles Eliot, a man whose marriage and career are floundering as he faces the general malaise of approaching middle age. The catch is that he attempts to get out of his familiar rut by cloning himself. To be fair, that wasn’t actually his goal. Miles gets a tip from zero-turned-office-hero co-worker Dan (Desmin Borges of You’re the Worst) about a highly exclusive spa that gives its clients’ DNA a detox and lets them live up to their full potential. Desperate enough to pay Top Happy Spa’s $50,000 fee, Miles lies down in a treatment chair and wakes up as a new man, filled with a zest for life that has him sticking... Continue reading…

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Disney’s massive 600-plus tweet thread announcing which titles would be available to stream on Disney+ in the US come launch day was mostly met with a rousing chorus of, “that’s not a real movie.” In an attempt to illuminate each title even more, Disney followed up that thread with a 3.5-hour video on YouTube listing each title that will appear on the service. It’s similar to Netflix’s monthly videos on YouTube that tell subscribers what’s being added to the service — just longer. Much longer. About three hours and 28 minutes longer, to be precise. It’s necessary, though. Each title is accompanied by a 15-second clip or montage of the movie in question. It’s the best way to get an idea of what a lesser-known Disney movie is. Not every... Continue reading…

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Harley-Davidson has restarted production and deliveries of LiveWire, its first electric motorcycle, after resolving an issue with the bike’s charging technology that was discovered last week, the company tells The Verge. The first customers of the $30,000 LiveWire, which just started shipping in September, can resume charging their motorcycles at home. (The company previously advised customers to only charge at dealerships until the issue was resolved.) Harley-Davidson has repeatedly declined to specify the problem. But whatever it was, the company claims the issue was only found on one motorcycle after “rigorous analysis.” “We take pride in our rigorous quality assurance measures” “Temporarily stopping LiveWire production allowed us... Continue reading…

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Vice President Pence, President Trump, and Ivanka Trump talk to astronauts during a spacewalk | NASA Livestream Today, President Trump took a few moments out of his day to speak with NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, who are currently conducting the first all-female spacewalk in history on the outside of the International Space Station. While speaking with the pair, Trump mistakenly suggested this was the first female spacewalk ever — a point that the astronauts corrected him on. “This is the first time for a woman outside of the space station,” Trump said. He later added: “You are amazing people; they’re conducting the first ever female spacewalk to replace an exterior part of the space station. They’re doing some work, and they’re doing it in a very high altitude — an altitude that very few people will ever see.” In her response,... Continue reading…

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Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images Instant messages from 2016 suggest that Boeing may have misled the Federal Aviation Administration about a controversial safety system of its grounded 737 Max jets, Reuters reports. The messages, between two Boeing employees, raise questions about the safety of the MCAS software that is thought to have brought down two 737 Max jets, killing a total of 346 passengers. In the messages, a Boeing pilot named Mark Forkner griped that the MCAS system was making the plane difficult to fly the 737 Max in simulation, according to a similar report in The New York Times. “Granted, I suck at flying, but even this was egregious,” Forkner said, according to a transcript reviewed by the Times. “Granted, I suck at flying, but even this was egregious” F... Continue reading…

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posted about 15 hours ago on the verge
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge In a blog post published earlier this week, image-sharing site Imgur wrote that it won’t display any content from Reddit’s NSFW communities on its site. If you search for, say, r/NSFW on Imgur, you’ll hit a landing page that reads: “As of Oct 2019, Imgur will no longer display NSFW Imgur r/subsections associated with Reddit subreddits.” They also helpfully link to a couple alternatives that you can use in Imgur’s place. No content, however, has been deleted or moved, and any NSFW images previously uploaded to Reddit and hosted on Imgur are staying at their original URLs. You can also still upload NSFW images to Imgur as long as they’re marked “hidden.” The move came because, as Imgur wrote in its post, “over the years,... Continue reading…

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Photo: A24 Robert Eggers’ new black-and-white arthouse drama The Lighthouse is the kind of film that’s just about impossible for a studio to market. It’s nominally a horror film, set in the brutal isolation of a remote, storm-wracked coastal lighthouse in the 1890s. But it’s hard to say what kind of horror film — Eggers and his brother and co-writer Max Eggers deliberately keep the details ambiguous. It centers on an older lighthouse keeper (Willem Dafoe) who takes on a young, initially reticent apprentice (Robert Pattinson) who eventually turns belligerent. As tensions rise between them, they deal with events that might be hallucinations, or an assault by the supernatural. It’s the kind of film that deeply frustrates conventional horror fans who... Continue reading…

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Image: MacGeneration Rumors have been circulating for months that Apple is readying a new, 16-inch MacBook Pro model — some reports claiming as early as this year — and we might have just gotten a first look at it, thanks to a new image hidden in the latest macOS Catalina 10.15.1 beta that was uncovered by MacGeneration. The file apparently refers to a new MacBook Pro model designated “MacBookPro16,1” (which in and of itself just indicates that it’s a new model — the 16 here is likely just a coincidence based on how Apple does its model numbering), and features a thumbnail image for what definitely looks like a larger MacBook Pro with thinner bezels than the current 15-inch model’s icon. MacRumors has confirmed that the files — which depict the new model... Continue reading…

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posted about 16 hours ago on the verge
Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Google announced a new version of its two-year-old Pixel Buds headphones on Tuesday, alongside the new Pixel 4 phone. The Pixel Buds 2 are smaller and lighter, and they also ditch that fabric-colored cord that connected the original pair. They’re truly wireless earbuds now, and that makes them a better contender against Apple’s AirPods, the Samsung Galaxy Buds, and others. We won’t know exactly how they sound or how well they’ll work till 2020, since Google won’t be shipping them until then. But what we can talk about right now is their design and fit, which is more important to some consumers than even sound quality, and just how much competition they already have right now. Photos by The Verge A lot of wireless... Continue reading…

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Photo: Warner Bros. There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services, and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend. What to watch V for Vendetta, the 2006 movie adaptation of the politically charged graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist David Lloyd. Set in a dystopian future England, the film stars Natalie Portman as idealistic young woman Evey Hammond, who becomes a protégée of “V,” an anarchist revolutionary (Hugo Weaving) in a Guy Fawkes mask. The original... Continue reading…

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posted about 18 hours ago on the verge
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge There are two big things we need to talk about today: Google’s new gadgets and Mark Zuckerberg’s remarks on free speech. So this week on The Vergecast, hosts Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller go through all the products Google announced at its hardware event on Tuesday, then invite senior reporter Adi Robertson and Silicon Valley editor Casey Newton on to discuss Zuckerberg’s speech at Georgetown University on Thursday. In the first half of the show, the crew discuss what we saw Google announce this week: the Pixel 4, the Nest Mini, the Nest Wifi, the Pixelbook Go, and the new Pixel Buds. After attending the event and interviewing Google’s hardware leader, Rick Osterloh, earlier this week, today’s episode turns to how the Pixel 4... Continue reading…

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Photo by Thomas Ricker / The Verge Ikea’s new Fyrtur smart blinds are finally making their way to the US after a delay earlier this year, but they only seem to be available in retail locations for now, with online purchases still listed as “not available.” As Ikea had announced earlier in the year, the US is only getting the Fyrtur blackout blinds, not the lighter Kadrilj model. Ikea is selling eight sizes of the blinds, ranging from 23 inches wide (for $129) to 48 inches (for $179). As my colleague Thomas Ricker notes in his review, the shades can’t be cut: they’re all 76 3⁄4 inches long, with the maximum length that they unroll to limited by the user as part of the setup process. While Ikea’s website doesn’t list all the models just yet, Reddit user HomeKit_Hero has h... Continue reading…

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posted about 18 hours ago on the verge
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Nearly a year after launch, RED has dropped the price on its Hydrogen One smartphone to $645 — a price that is still too expensive for what you get, and even at launch, would not have justified all of the phone’s shortcomings. The 50 percent price drop, spotted by Sascha Segan of PCMag, seems to have been implemented on RED’s website sometime in the past week. The phone originally sold for $1,295. Even with this dramatic price drop, the Hydrogen One remains a terrible deal. A brand new iPhone 11 — a remarkably better phone, with much better cameras and video shooting capabilities (something RED fans might care about) — costs just $54 more. And most year-old phones are even cheaper: the iPhone XR is now down to $599, and Google’s Pixel 3... Continue reading…

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posted about 19 hours ago on the verge
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Nintendo’s Ring Fit Adventure, the spiritual successor to the Wii Fit that launches today for the Switch, is a genuinely fun way to work up a sweat. After playing it regularly for two weeks, my colleague Andrew Webster noted in his review that Ring Fit Adventure is an easy way to fit physical activity into your life. But it’s got another perk, one that Nintendo developers probably didn’t intend for (and don’t condone): the mini-games are perfect party games, best played when everyone’s a little tipsy. In my experience, it might even be more fun to play with a crowd than Super Mario Party. The issue with Super Mario Party is that it’s not really made for spontaneous play — if you want to play with more than two people, you have to plan... Continue reading…

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posted about 21 hours ago on the verge
This morning, two of NASA’s astronauts will make history when they don their space suits and leave the confines of the International Space Station for a 6.5-hour spacewalk. That’s because the two astronauts who are heading out into space — Christina Koch and Jessica Meir — will be performing the first all-female spacewalk in the history of space travel. To get a perspective on just how big of a deal this is, look at the numbers. Ever since humans started going into space, 227 people have left their spacecraft and done some sort of spacewalking activity. Of that number, only 14 of those humans have been women. Svetlana Savitskaya, a Soviet cosmonaut, was the first woman to spacewalk in 1984, nearly 20 years after the first spacewalker,... Continue reading…

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posted about 21 hours ago on the verge
Luna Display, the solution that lets you use an iPad as a secondary display for your Mac, now works Mac to Mac. Announcing the new functionality in a blog post, Luna Display says that the feature works between any combination of iMacs, Mac minis, and MacBooks running on macOS 10.8 Mountain Lion or later. In a tweet, Luna Display CEO Matt Ronge said that the functionality was a direct response to being “sherlocked” by Apple’s new Sidecar feature, which builds much of Luna Display’s functionality natively into macOS Catalina. Apple’s first-party solution only lets you use iPad tablets as a secondary display. The new functionality should help you find a use for any old Mac lying around, which you might have been tempted to sell or recycle.... Continue reading…

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