posted 6 days ago on the verge
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Thursday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced that, if his company’s merger with Sprint closes, the New T-Mobile would roll out a program to help provide children across the country with greater access to the internet and close the “homework gap.” T-Mobile is calling it “Project 10 Million,” and it aims to provide 10 million households with free access to the internet. It’s a $10 billion commitment from the proposed New T-Mobile that will take place over the next five years. The company has also vowed to invest another $700 million to put hardware, hot spots, and reduced-cost devices in 10 million households to help deliver access. Eligible families will receive “up to 100GB of free internet access each year, one free Wi-Fi enabled hot... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Google has upgraded its Teachable Machine, an in-browser web experiment it originally released in 2017 to teach people some basic principles of machine learning. The original version of the app was really just a fun little experiment that could be used to classify visual data from your webcam. (I taught it to identify my houseplants!) But Google has added new modes to the system along with the option to export trained models, making Teachable Machine 2.0 a more functional system for building actual AI tools. Along with image data, Teachable Machine now works with audio and body pose input. Users can upload their own pre-collected datasets, sort data into more than three categories, and download and deploy their models locally or host... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
YouTube YouTube is launching a new homepage design today that will include bigger thumbnails, which is a move that frustrated people when the company first tested the refreshed look in August. Users will see fewer videos on the homepage because of the bigger thumbnails, a YouTube spokesperson confirmed to The Verge. The representative added that people are being presented with more information about each video they’re seeing, though. Allowing videos to have more physical space on the page also gives creators the ability to use longer titles. The goal is to give people using the platform more information about a video from a quick glance, rather than ask that they hover a cursor over a video or click through to learn more. With the redesign,... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Something strange is happening with text messages in the US right now. Overnight, a multitude of people received text messages that appear to have originally been sent on or around Valentine’s Day 2019. These people never received the text messages in the first place; the people who sent the messages had no idea that they had never been received, and they did nothing to attempt to resend them overnight. It’s unclear right now what the problem is. Delayed messages seem to have been sent from and received by both iPhones and Android phones, and the messages seem to have been sent and received across all major carriers in the US as well as some regional carriers. Many of the complaints involve T-Mobile or Sprint, although AT&T and Verizon... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Best Buy has shared its Black Friday ad, and one of the big surprises was that some of its best deals are already happening. If you’re a My Best Buy member (Best Buy’s free membership service), you can save a lot of money today on the new seventh-generation iPad. You can also save on various sizes and storage configurations of the 2018 iPad Pro. But you don’t have to be a My Best Buy member to take advantage of some big sales that we didn’t think we’d see until later in the month, like the steeply discounted Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with a Type Cover included at no extra charge. This bodes well if you don’t want to wait, but perhaps it bodes even better for those who want to wait since there may be even better deals coming in just a few... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Uber has admitted that it may either have to come to a licensing agreement with Waymo or make design changes to its autonomous vehicle technology, following an independent investigation into its self-driving tech, Reuters reports. The disclosure came in Uber’s 10-Q filing earlier this week. The investigation is the result of a settlement Uber reached with Waymo back in February 2018 after the Alphabet-owned company sued Uber over alleged theft of its intellectual property. As part of the settlement, both companies agreed to employ an independent software expert to ensure that Uber’s autonomous vehicle technology had not misappropriated Waymo’s intellectual property. Now, the results of that expert analysis are in, and Uber is warning... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
T-Mobile has announced a new T-Mobile Connect wireless plan that’s now the cheapest plan the carrier offers: $15 per month for unlimited talk, text, and 2GB of data. That price includes access to 5G data, although you’ll likely burn through that 2GB pretty quickly on 5G. There’s also a $25-per-month plan that offers 5GB of data. Use up that allotment, though, and you’ll need to pay for more (instead of getting dropped down to slower speeds, which is what happens on the “unlimited” plans). it’s half the cost of T-Mobile’s current cheapest plan To sweeten the deal, T-Mobile also says that it’ll add 500MB to your monthly allowance each year you have the plan, for at least five years. (So after the first year, you’ll have 2.5GB of data per... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Thursday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced that if his company’s merger with Sprint closes, the new company would offer free 5G service to first responders across the United States for the next 10 years. The proposed New T-Mobile calls this program its “Connecting Heroes Initiative,” and it’s part of a broad “5G for Good” action plan that the company announced on Thursday. State and local public and nonprofit law enforcement, fire, and EMS agencies can sign up for the program on T-Mobile’s website and receive coverage if the proposed merger with Sprint closes sometime next year. “First responders are under more pressure than ever before. With the 5G network New T-Mobile will create, we can do our part to help say thanks,” Legere... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Ore Huiying/Getty Images Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is defending the company’s decision to pull an episode of Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act from its service in Saudi Arabia, stating Netflix isn’t in the “truth to power business.” Hastings spoke about the decision, which occurred earlier this year, while at a New York Times DealBook event this week. Minhaj’s episode criticized Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the government’s reaction to the high-profile, heavily criticized death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The government reportedly told Netflix that Minhaj’s episode violated the country’s cybercrime laws. “We’re not in the truth to power business, we’re in the entertainment business,” Hastings told journalist Aaron Ross Sorkin, as reported by NBC’s... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network — built on the company’s 600 MHz band of spectrum — will launch on December 6th, company CEO John Legere announced today. This marks the largest rollout for the carrier’s 5G plans yet. T-Mobile has also started rolling out its 5G network on a smaller scale with faster (but short-range) mmWave technology in a few cities, similar to Verizon. The 600 MHz half of the network looks to help make up for the shortcomings of mmWave networks, like the short range and difficulties of getting signals into buildings. According to Legere, the network will eventually cover 200 million customers and hit speeds of up to 450 Mbps by 2024, which is 10 times faster than its current LTE speeds. We’ll have to wait and see for... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
From celebrities to jar babies Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC The most implausible thing about Death Stranding is that it exists at all. Hideo Kojima, its writer and director, has been saying that he wants to stop making Metal Gear Solid games for as long as he’s been making Metal Gear Solid games. Now, with a newly independent Kojima Productions receiving what appears to have been carte blanche from Sony to make whatever it wanted to as long as it was a PS4 game, Kojima’s first non-Metal Gear directorial project in decades is here. And, while I love Metal Gear, the one thing Death Stranding has made me feel above all else is that I wish Kojima had left the series behind sooner. Death Stranding positively drips with Kojima’s aesthetic, from its evocative not-quite-English terminology to its... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Photo: iFixit Microsoft’s new Surface Pro X computer may not have taken the world by storm as a Windows-on-ARM showcase, but as iFixit’s teardown reveals, the new hardware design is groundbreaking in other respects by being far easier to repair than other Surfaces. When Microsoft announced the Surface Pro X, it highlighted the removable SSD, which is hidden behind a pop-up door alongside the SIM card and can be easily removed by taking out a single screw. But there are plenty of other changes Microsoft has made here that make the Surface Pro X easier to repair than older models (like the Surface Pro 6). The screen is held down with foam adhesive instead of the globs of glue that nearly every other tablet-style device uses. All of the screws are... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Image: Casetify Casetify is known for teaming up with popular brands and artists like Pokémon and Lisa Frank to create cases for personal devices, and that now extends to popular K-pop supergroup, BTS. The announcement comes just a couple of weeks after the band launched a pop-up event in Seoul, South Korea, called “House of BTS.” The Casetify collection includes merchandise that depicts imagery from BTS’s most recent EP, Map of the Soul: Persona. More specifically, the line will incorporate graphics from the band’s single, “Boy with Luv.” Each accessory will come with a “stage front” and “backstage” adaptation, according to Casetify. They can be seen below. Designs will land on cases and accessories that are compatible with the iPhone, Samsung devices,... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
AMD’s Threadripper processors (pictured: Threadripper 2nd-gen) come with high core counts and are designed for workstations. | Image: AMD AMD has announced its first two third-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors: the $1,399 Threadripper 3960X and the $1,999 Threadripper 3970X. Both processors feature higher clock speeds and more PCIe lanes than their second-generation predecessors, and they also support PCIe version 4.0. You’ll be able to get your hands on the new chips on November 25th when AMD has also announced that it’ll be launching its mainstream AM4 flagship: the 16-core, 32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X. You can see how the specs of the new Threadripper processors compare to the previous generation below, but outside of these, there are a couple of other improvements. Both chips are built using AMD’s 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture, and they feature a total of 72 usable... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Everything you need to know about the year’s most anticipated game Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Bloodhound LSR, the UK-based team that made its public debut in September 2015 with an ambitious project to design, build, and run a vehicle capable of achieving land speeds in excess of 1,000 mph, is now halfway to that goal. Under the blistering Kalahari sun in South Africa this week, the team’s car hit a speed of 501 mph (806 km/h), securing its place among the 10 fastest cars on the planet. It’s a remarkable comeback for a team that was on the verge of shutting down last year after its funding ran dry. Though it got a lot of people intrigued and excited, it failed to secure quite as much funding as it needed, which forced the project to go into administration in October 2018. But thanks to an 11th-hour acquisition by an entrepreneur... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Image: Britbox Britbox, the streaming service formed as a joint venture between the UK’s broadcasters, which came to the US over two years ago, has finally launched in its home country. For £5.99 a month (the same as a basic Netflix or Amazon Prime Video subscription), BBC News reports that viewers can get access to a range of shows, including Downton Abbey, Gavin & Stacey, Wolf Hall, Broadchurch, and Happy Valley. Eventually, the service will play host to content from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Comedy Central UK, and Channel 5. While each UK broadcaster currently operates its own free “catch-up” services for recently broadcast shows, one of the big selling points of Britbox is the older content it will offer from broadcasters’ back catalogs. These... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 mixed reality headset is shipping today after being announced earlier this year. The HoloLens 2 headset, which costs $3,500, will be delivered to preorder customers in around a half-dozen countries. It’s an upgraded version of the device first released in 2016, featuring a wider field of view and more complex gesture controls. The HoloLens 2 is shipping in the US, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom. As my colleague Dieter Bohn detailed earlier, the HoloLens has gotten a redesign for better ergonomics, so its weight sits more comfortably and it’s less difficult to find a good viewing angle. Its field of view has substantially increased, from 34 degrees to 52 degrees diagonally —... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Alex Castro / The Verge The best pair of $20 earbuds you’ll ever buy Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The research lab OpenAI has released the full version of a text-generating AI system that experts warned could be used for malicious purposes. The institute originally announced the system, GPT-2, in February this year, but withheld the full version of the program out of fear it would be used to spread fake news, spam, and disinformation. Since then it’s released smaller, less complex versions of [email protected] and studied their reception. Others also replicated the work. In a blog post this week, OpenAI now says it’s seen “no strong evidence of misuse” and has released the model in full. GPT-2 can write fake news articles, stories, poems, and code GPT-2 is part of a new breed of text-generation systems that have impressed experts with their... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Nintendo As Nintendo approaches this holiday season, the company seems to be in a good position. The streamlined Switch Lite launched in September and has already seen impressive sales, moving 1.85 million units in its first month, while new Pokémon games are on the horizon, joining other recent releases like Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Ring Fit Adventure. All told, the Switch has sold more than 40 million units, which puts it on pace to surpass the iconic SNES some time in the coming months. While December 25th is still a ways away, the holidays begin now for Nintendo; today, the company announced its Black Friday plans, which include steep discounts on games and a Switch bundle that includes a free copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Ahead of the... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Nintendo has announced its Black Friday deals, and chief among them is a $299.99 Switch console bundle that includes a free download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This deal will start on Thursday, November 28th, and will be available at several retailers. So far, we’ve seen it confirmed in Target’s Black Friday ad, but expect it to pop up at the other major players, like Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, and more. Getting a free game with the Switch is great, especially one that’s as good as Nintendo’s popular kart racer, but there’s some fine print with this deal that you may, or may not, care about. You’ll only get the free game with the HAC-001 version of the console, the original launch model that has been superseded by a new version with... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verg The latest version of Chrome OS, version 78, adds picture-in-picture support to its YouTube Android app, as well as improving the operating system’s support for printers, and tweaking Chrome OS’s settings menus. 9to5Google reports that YouTube’s picture-in-picture mode activates whenever the app is minimized or otherwise covered while a video is still playing. Google has also announced that Chrome OS 78 introduces virtual desktop support for the operating system with a feature called Virtual Desks. This virtual desktop feature has been kicking around in Chrome OS releases since at least August, and it lets you move apps into separate virtual workspaces much like macOS or Windows 10. Plus settings menu tweaks Chrome OS 78 should also... Continue reading…

Read More...
posted 6 days ago on the verge
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge One of my chief criticisms of Twitter over the years has been that the company would much rather talk about new features than actually ship them. “Twitter’s CEO keeps substituting talking for doing,” is how I put it in January, amid an extended podcast tour for Jack Dorsey in which the CEO acknowledged every possible criticism from every one of the company’s critics while doing little to address them. The problem has never been that Twitter doesn’t know what products to build — it’s that it has an awful lot of trouble actually building them: At Twitter, good ideas languish for years. The expansion of a tweet from 140 to 280 characters required such bruising internal battles that the designer responsible quit in exhaustion after shipping... Continue reading…

Read More...