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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google is experimenting with a badge of shame for websites that load slowly in Chrome. “In the future, Chrome may identify sites that typically load fast or slow for users with clear badging,” explains a blog post from the Chrome team. “This may take a number of forms and we plan to experiment with different options, to determine which provides the most value to our users.” A new badge could appear in the future that’s designed to highlight sites that are “authored in a way that makes them slow generally.” Google will look at historical load latencies to figure out which sites are guilty of slow load times and flag them, and the Chrome team is also exploring identifying sites that will load slowly based on device hardware or network... Continue reading…

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Ivan Solis The newest season of Netflix’s Queer Eye has the Fab Five bringing their joyful brand of self-love and wellness to Japan, joined by stars Kiko Mizuhara and Naomi Watanabe to act as local guides. In the four-part miniseries, the show handles language barriers and cultural expectations with a refreshing thoughtfulness, and each of the experts in food, fashion, culture, grooming, and design bring new perspectives to help their Japanese heroes, which is what the show calls its makeover subjects. We caught up with the show’s design expert Bobby Berk at Adobe Max, where he gave a talk on how he balances running his own interior design business while juggling Queer Eye. Berk, who essentially transforms entire houses in the span of a week, truly... Continue reading…

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Google is secretly gathering millions of patient records across 21 states, in an effort dubbed ‘Project Nightingale’, reports The Wall Street Journal. Neither doctors nor patients were made aware of the effort, according to the report. The Wall Street Journal’s Rob Copeland reports that the data amassed in the program includes “lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, among other categories, and amounts to a complete health history, complete with patient names and dates of birth.” The tech giant reportedly partnered with health heavyweight Ascension, a Catholic health care system based in St. Louis that operates across 21 states and the District of Columbia. The company calls itself “a faith-based healthcare... Continue reading…

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Google’s cloud gaming platform, Stadia, will launch on November 19th. The service costs $130 for a hardware kit; while you can pay $9.99 per month for a subscription plan called Stadia Pro, you’ll need to purchase most of the games from a storefront. Google has been announcing Stadia games throughout 2019. Its big titles include Destiny 2, Cyberpunk 2077, and Baldur’s Gate III. But as Google recently revealed, the selection at launch will be more limited, with more games rolling out over the coming year. Some of these games will get Stadia-specific features: Destiny 2 takes advantage of cross-save support that Google is bringing to Stadia, allowing players to share their progression between Xbox, PC, and Stadia. Here’s what’s going to be... Continue reading…

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Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge WeWork is in discussions to hire John Legere, the trash-talking executive who turned T-Mobile around, as its new CEO, according to The Wall Street Journal. WeWork has had a chaotic two months since a very messy attempt to go public revealed bizarre management and behaviors by the company’s founder and now-former leader, Adam Neumann. Legere seems to be WeWork’s idea of a fixer. When he was brought into T-Mobile in 2012, T-Mobile was in a distant fourth place among US wireless carriers. He’s since turned it into a strong third-place competitor and is in the middle of a merger with Sprint that would turn the company into an even more formidable member of the industry. SoftBank, which owns most of WeWork, is intent on turning the company... Continue reading…

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon will be opening a new, full-size grocery store in a neighborhood of Los Angeles, and it won’t be under the Whole Foods brand, the company confirmed to CNET this morning. Job listings describe the store, which will be in Woodland Hills, California, as “Amazon’s first grocery store.” Amazon also told CNET that the store won’t use the company’s cashierless checkout technology from its Amazon Go stores, so it seems this grocery chain will have new Amazon branding. The Wall Street Journal first reported on a new chain of Amazon grocery stores in March, and the report said the new chain would offer “a different variety of products” at a “lower price point” than Whole Foods. In October, the publication reported that the first stores in... Continue reading…

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The latest XPS 13 2-in-1 rights the wrongs of its predecessor and is even better than the standard XPS 13 Continue reading…

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Monday, Twitter announced that it would be developing a deepfake policy and asked users to help make its final decision on the new rule. Late last month, the Twitter Safety team announced it’d be seeking feedback on what a deepfake and synthetic media policy would look like on the platform. In a blog post on Monday referencing that announcement, Twitter vice president of trust and safety Del Harvey wrote that if manipulated media was flagged on the platform, Twitter could end up placing a notice next to it alerting users that it’s been distorted, warning them that it’s false before they share it, or adding context in the form of a link or news article breaking down why others believe that it’s untrue. Twitter could also remove the... Continue reading…

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The Verge YouTube is rolling out updated terms of service on December 10th, and a new line acts as a reminder that the company doesn’t have to keep any video up that it doesn’t want to. “YouTube is under no obligation to host or serve content,” the new terms of service policy reads. It’s another way of saying that just because YouTube is a relatively open platform, it doesn’t mean that the company is required to keep videos up. YouTube has faced criticism from all sides over its video removal process. Some critics argue that YouTube could do more to take down videos that butt up against the company’s rules but don’t outright violate them; others argue that YouTube ought to be a fully open platform and shouldn’t control what remains up and what... Continue reading…

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SpaceX SpaceX is about to launch 60 satellites at once, sending them into orbit on a veteran rocket that’s already seen space four times. If successful, the launch will be a big step forward for the company’s space internet ambitions. The satellites are part of SpaceX’s Starlink project — a group of satellites that the company hopes will eventually provide stunningly fast internet nearly anywhere in the world. SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell has said they hope to begin offering services to customers as early as mid-2020. they hope to begin offering services to customers as early as mid-2020 There’s still a ways to go before SpaceX can start connecting customers. The company has gotten approval from the Federal Communications Commission to... Continue reading…

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Apple plans to release its first augmented reality headset in 2022, followed by a smaller device — a pair of AR glasses — in 2023, according to a new report from The Information. Apple’s entry into the world of augmented reality has long been rumored, with many in the tech world seeing AR and VR as the next big platforms after mobile. But an exact entry date has been unclear, with some analysts suggesting a 2020 launch. Citing internal presentations made at Apple’s headquarters, The Information pushes this rumored timeline back to 2022, presumably due to difficulties in developing the technology. As well as the new timeline, The Information’s report offers new detail about Apple’s AR headset, codenamed N301. The device supposedly... Continue reading…

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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has said in an interview with Axios that the murder of the journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabia was a “serious mistake,” before comparing the incident to the death caused by Uber’s self-driving car and adding that “people make mistakes, it doesn’t mean that they can never be forgiven.” Khosrowshahi later backtracked, telling Axios after the interview had ended that he had misspoken. “I said something in the moment that I do not believe,” said the CEO in a statement. “When it comes to Jamal Khashoggi, his murder was reprehensible and should not be forgotten or excused.” Khosrowshahi was being questioned over his company’s continuing relationship with the government of Saudi Arabia, which... Continue reading…

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Microsoft keeps making boring software look really sexy. Earlier this year the software giant put out sizzle videos for SharePoint and Windows Terminal, which were highly produced and looked like the type of video you’d see for a new Surface device. At Microsoft’s Ignite conference last week, the company quietly released three new sizzle videos for Yammer, Tasks, and the Fluid Framework. All three follow the same sizzle approach as the SharePoint video from earlier this year, seeking to turn what is typically boring software into something much more desirable. Yammer is used by companies as a private social networking service, and Microsoft is overhauling it with a new design that’s more integrated with Teams, SharePoint, and Outlook. To... Continue reading…

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Image: Apple Apple’s new credit card is being investigated by financial regulators after customers complained that the card’s lending algorithms discriminated against women. The incident began when software developer David Heinemeier Hansson complained on Twitter that the credit line offered by his Apple Card was 20 times higher than that offered to his spouse, even though the two file joint tax returns and he has the worse credit score. “The @AppleCard is such a fucking sexist program,” wrote Hansson. “My wife and I filed joint tax returns, live in a community-property state, and have been married for a long time. Yet Apple’s black box algorithm thinks I deserve 20x the credit limit she does.” Hansson said Apple’s customer service responded... Continue reading…

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Photo by Sam Byford / The Verge Realme keeps on increasing its share of the Indian smartphone market, growing shipments more than 400 percent year-on-year to grab 14.3 percent in the third quarter of 2019, according to figures from IDC. That’s a huge increase on the 3.1 percent recorded a year ago when the brand had only just launched, initially as a spin-off from Oppo. IDC cites “heavy shipments” of the C2 phone as well as the new 5 series. Oppo itself is now one place behind Realme in Indian market share, but it also grew significantly to capture 11.8 percent. Vivo is in third place after growing to 15.2 percent, while Xiaomi’s leading share shrunk slightly to 27.1 percent. If you were to count Vivo, Realme, and Oppo as one company, due to their shared ownership by... Continue reading…

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NASA On Monday, November 11, the planet Mercury will pass directly between Earth and the Sun in an event that won’t happen again for another thirteen years. During this transit, Mercury will be visible as a tiny pinprick of darkness against the Sun’s surface. This transit will start at 7:35 AM ET and will last for about five and a half hours, giving people plenty of time to check in on the planet’s progress. Weather permitting, people in South America and eastern North America will have the best view of the entire transit, but other parts of the world, including western North America, Europe and Africa will be able to catch up on at least part of the action. If you do want to enjoy the show, please remember that looking... Continue reading…

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Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge It’s a bonus episode of The Vergecast! Dieter Bohn sits down with Tom Warren and Dan Seifert to go over all of our reviews of Microsoft’s new Surface hardware. The Surface line changed up this year with new processors, entirely new models, and new sizes. So we have decided to go much deeper into the topics that we couldn’t fit into our reviews. Want to know what happens when Tom uses the Surface Pro X with only ARM-native apps? What happens when Dieter buys and returns three different Surfaces in his quest to get the perfect Microsoft tablet? What happens when Dan tries to export video on a 15-inch Surface Laptop? All that and much more is in this redux of the big reviews of Microsoft’s Surface lineup for 2019. Here are the stories... Continue reading…

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SFB games It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend. When we talk about production values in video games, it usually means big-budget titles like The Last of Us or Red Dead Redemption 2. The kinds of experiences where the studio can put additional time into seemingly minor things like making sure characters walk up stairs in a way that looks normal, or having horses realistically poop. They aren’t things that greatly affect the moment-to-moment gameplay, but instead help to create an illusion of realism, allowing for more immersion. In Tangle Tower, there is so much production... Continue reading…

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Once again, a virtual music group stole the show at one of the biggest e-sports events of the year. Back in 2018 the opening ceremonies for the League of Legends World Championships featured an incredible augmented reality K-pop performance. This year, developer Riot took things a step further with a stunning concert featuring holographic performers that opened the show before Europe’s G2 took on China’s FPX. The event, which took place in Paris, featured the debut of a brand-new in-game musical group called True Damage that was revealed earlier this year. (Some of the characters even have outfits designed by Louis Vuitton.) A large, nearly invisible screen on the stage featured holographic projections of in-game characters and other... Continue reading…

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Photo: Kyle Kaplan / Sony Pictures The Deuce wrapped up a couple weeks ago with one of the all-time weirdest final episodes. Part of me loves it: the show jumped decades into the future to show just how much New York has changed, which has really been the story of the show all along. It also felt like fan service, letting people see how these characters and events turned out down the road. Jumping from a very stylized 1970s / 80s to a sort of stylized 2019 is extremely weird, though. It’s like seeing a character from a Western pop up on a space ship — just completely and utterly out of place. I’m sure that was part of the point, but combined with James Franco in old man makeup, the whole thing felt uproariously goofy. The Deuce has always tried to be so much bigger than... Continue reading…

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