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Facebook will pin voting registration links to the top of the News Feed for all US voters

Facebook will pin voting registration links to the top of the News Feed for all US voters

Filed under:Starting July 3rdFacebook will pin a box with information about voter registration on the top of the News Feed for every US user who is of voting age starting tomorrow, July 3rd, the company announced today.The box, once it’s live, will show you information about how to register to vote, including a link to your state’s registration website or to a nonpartisan partner if your state doesn’t have voter information readily available online. Here’s what you can expect it to look like on your phone:Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs and communications, first...

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Google is on a mission to stop you from reusing passwords

Google is on a mission to stop you from reusing passwords

Filed under:It’s adding its Password Checkup tool to the Security Checkup dashboard“Passwords are one of the worst things on the internet,” Mark Risher, Google’s senior director for account security, identity, and abuse told The Verge. Though they’re essential for security and to help people log in to many apps and websites, “they’re one of the primary, if not the primary, ways that people actually end up getting compromised.”It’s a strange thing for a Google security executive to say because the last time you logged into Gmail, you probably typed in a password. But the company has been...

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Jun 23
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Apple announces Car Key for wirelessly unlocking your car with an iPhone

Apple announces Car Key for wirelessly unlocking your car with an iPhone

Filed under:It works over NFC and will support the new BMW 5 SeriesApple today announced Car Key, a way to wirelessly unlock your car with your iPhone, at its at Worldwide Developers Conference. The feature is part of the , and it will work over NFC, Apple says. The first car supported will be the new 2021 BMW 5 Series, which comes out next month, and Apple says its working on an industry-wide standard that would use its new U1 ultra wideband chip instead of relying solely on NFC.Once you’ve paired your iPhone or Apple Watch with a car that supports Car Key, if you want to unlock your car,...

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Jun 22
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Big tech companies are responding to George Floyd in a way they never did for Michael Brown

Big tech companies are responding to George Floyd in a way they never did for Michael Brown

In the days since the death of George Floyd, technology’s biggest companies and their leaders have made public statements expressing solidarity with Black communities. The communications — which, really, are press releases — condemn racism and call for unity. Some at least name George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Some have said “Black Lives Matter” outright.More meaningfully, many companies have committed donations to causes fighting racial injustice in the millions of dollars.So some of the wealthiest businesses in the world are showing up in a moment when the national...

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Jun 5
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Facebook moves to limit spread of extremist ‘boogaloo’ pages and groups

Facebook moves to limit spread of extremist ‘boogaloo’ pages and groups

Filed under:The term refers to idea of an impending second Civil WarFacebook is limiting the spread of pages and groups linked with the word “boogaloo,” an used in some far-right extremist circles to refer to the idea of an impending second American Civil War, . The boogaloo term has more recently evolved into a disjointed anti-government movement with various and at times conflicting views.Facebook says it will no longer recommend boogaloo pages and groups to users and is demoting them in search results, Facebook tells The Verge. The change was made on June 2nd. On May 1st, Facebook...

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Jun 6
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New SD Express card spec is nearly four times faster than the current one

New SD Express card spec is nearly four times faster than the current one

Filed under:It promises transfer speeds of nearly four gigabytes per secondThe SD Association, the group that sets the standards for memory cards, for SD Express memory cards today that will allow the cards to transfer data at a rate of nearly four gigabytes per second, in large part thanks to commonly found in solid-state drives. That faster transfer rate could be useful as new technologies, like 8K video, create ever-larger files, which in turn require faster throughput if you want to transfer data in a timely manner.Specifically, the 8.0 specification allows for transfer speeds of up to...

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May 20
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Facebook’s Giphy acquisition might have big implications for iMessage and Twitter

Facebook’s Giphy acquisition might have big implications for iMessage and Twitter

Filed under:Giphy is integrated into some of the internet’s most popular apps and servicesFacebook is , and that means how you send and receive GIFs on the internet could change forever. The service more than 700 million people see Giphy content every day, and many of those views come from some of the internet’s most popular apps— from Apple’s iMessage to TikTok and Twitter — most of which rely on Giphy’s API and archives to let users share and post GIFs.It’s likely that at least some of those services won’t want to have a Facebook-owned platform integrated with their products moving...

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Jay Peters
May 16
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Google Duo will soon let you make group calls in Chrome

Google Duo will soon let you make group calls in Chrome

Filed under:The feature is rolling out in the coming weeksGoogle’s Duo video chat app will soon let you make group video calls on the web, the search company . That could be a handy way to catch up with your friends and family while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, though group call participants will need a Google account to join, Google says. The feature is rolling out as a preview in Chrome in the coming weeks.There’s also a new “family mode” in Duo, which lets you draw on the screen in real time and apply Snapchat-like masks and effects on yourself. Duo will hide the...

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May 8
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Neural net-generated memes are one of the best uses of AI on the internet

Neural net-generated memes are one of the best uses of AI on the internet

Filed under:I can’t stop making memesI’ve spent a good chunk of my workday so far creating memes thanks to from Imgflip that automatically generates captions for memes using a neural network. I’m addicted because the site A) takes the pressure off trying to be clever by auto-filling the captions; B) actually, somehow, regularly generates clever captions; and C) sometimes creates captions that make no sense, which are hilarious anyway.You can pick from 48 classic meme templates, including distracted boyfriend, Drake in “Hotline Bling,” mocking Spongebob, surprised Pikachu, and Oprah giving...

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Apr 29
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Some 5G iPhones and a new larger iPhone SE model could be delayed

Some 5G iPhones and a new larger iPhone SE model could be delayed

Filed under:iPhones that support the faster mmWave 5G have a ‘potential delay risk’Some of Apple’s iPhones rumored to launch in the fall and a larger iPhone SE model apparently slated for 2021 could be delayed, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo ( ).This fall, Apple is rumored to launch as many as four iPhones that support 5G, and Kuo says the iPhones that support the faster mmWave 5G have a “potential delay risk,” . In addition, mass production of the rumored 6.7-inch iPhone could be delayed until October, reports Kuo, which would mean that model would release later than the typical...

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Jay Peters
Apr 21
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Google is now listing COVID-19 testing centers in search results

Google is now listing COVID-19 testing centers in search results

Filed under:It will list more than 2,000 COVID-19 testing centers across 43 statesGoogle searches for terms related to COVID-19 will now display information for more than 2,000 COVID-19 testing centers across 43 states in the US, the company tells The Verge.There are other changes, too. When you search for something related to COVID-19, you’ll now see a new “Testing” tab as part of the information shown in Google’s . When you click or tap that Testing tab, you’ll see a number of resources regarding COVID-19 testing at the top of your search results. Those include: a link to the Centers for...

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Jay Peters
Apr 17
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Apple starts selling Mac Pro wheels for $699 and feet for $299

Apple starts selling Mac Pro wheels for $699 and feet for $299

Filed under:Those are some expensive wheelsApple is now selling the wheels and feet separately from the 2019 Mac Pro via individual kits, but like the Mac Pro itself, both kits are pretty expensive ().If you configured your Mac Pro with the standard feet and want to give it some mobility, the $699 gives you four stainless steel wheels you can install. But you should be aware that the Mac Pro’s wheels are cheaper when you buy them as part of a Mac Pro configuration — they cost $400 when you buy them that way.The $299 gives you four stainless steel feet you can install on your Mac Pro. If you...

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Apr 15
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ESRB introduces a new label to indicate that a game has loot boxes

ESRB introduces a new label to indicate that a game has loot boxes

Filed under:It’s an additional descriptor to the ‘In-Game Purchases’ label introduced in 2018The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), which is the organization that rates the content of video games, today to indicate that a game will offer in-game purchases of loot boxes or similar types of items that provide a player with randomized rewards.“This new Interactive Element, In-Game Purchases (Includes Random Items), will be assigned to any game that contains in-game offers to purchase digital goods or premiums with real world currency (or with virtual coins or other forms of in-game...

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Apr 13
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Google Fit redesign makes step tracking much more prominent

Google Fit redesign makes step tracking much more prominent

Filed under:There’s also a new way to track heart pointsGoogle is rolling out a refreshed user interface for its Google Fit apps for iOS, Android, and Wear OS that puts a bigger focus on step tracking. The app will now show your step count as one of the two main metrics in the two circles at the top of the app in place of the Move Minutes measurement.“We recognize that counting steps is a familiar activity goal and a great starting point for many of our users when on the path to getting active,” a Google representative said in a about the changes. “Many users track steps daily in Google Fit...

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Apr 7
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Google and YouTube launch new resources to help teachers and families educate students at home

Google and YouTube launch new resources to help teachers and families educate students at home

Filed under:Teach from Home and Learn@Home are live nowGoogle and YouTube new resource pages to help teachers and families continue to educate students while they’re home from school due to the novel coronavirus.Google’s page, called , offers recommendations on how teachers can teach remotely using Google products. Right now, the page features ideas like doing a video call with a class using Hangouts or creating an online quiz using Google Forms. The page will “continue to evolve,” . There’s also a “,” which has resources about how to teach remotely organized into a series of slides.Teach...

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Mar 20
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Medical company threatens to sue volunteers that 3D-printed valves for life-saving coronavirus treatments

Medical company threatens to sue volunteers that 3D-printed valves for life-saving coronavirus treatments

Filed under:The valve typically costs about $11,000 — the volunteers made them for about $1A medical device manufacturer has threatened to sue a group of volunteers in Italy that 3D printed a valve used for life-saving coronavirus treatments. The valve typically costs about $11,000 from the medical device manufacturer, but the volunteers were able to print replicas for about $1 ().A hospital in Italy was in need of the valves after running out while treating patients for COVID-19. The hospital’s usual supplier said they could not make the valves in time to treat the patients, . That...

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Mar 17
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Google can reportedly revoke Android licenses if TV makers also partner with Amazon

Google can reportedly revoke Android licenses if TV makers also partner with Amazon

Filed under:Google could take away the Play Store and Google apps from their other Android devicesGoogle can apparently revoke the software licenses from Android TV makers if they also make devices running certain forked versions of its operating system, including Amazon Fire TV, . If they do, Google’s licensing terms for Android reportedly dictate that those TV makers would no longer be able to run the Play Store and Google apps on any devices they make, including phones and tablets.The policies, which fall under the Android Compatibility Commitment, appear to spell out that devices that...

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Jay Peters
Mar 11
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Apple, Netflix, WarnerMedia, and LinkedIn pull out of SXSW appearances

Apple, Netflix, WarnerMedia, and LinkedIn pull out of SXSW appearances

Filed under:Exits follow Facebook and Twitter in pulling out of the conferenceApple is pulling out of SXSW due to the coronavirus outbreak, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman . Apple is following in the footsteps of , , , and others in not attending the Austin-based conference due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Apple’s withdrawal from the event. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Bloomberg also that Netflix is backing out of SXSW, citing a company representative. Netflix has cancelled a panel and five film screenings. WarnerMedia, which owns HBO, CNN, Warner Bros....

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Mar 10
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IBM stops all domestic travel for internal meetings due to coronavirus

IBM stops all domestic travel for internal meetings due to coronavirus

Filed under:It’s also cutting down on international travelIBM that it’s halting all domestic travel for internal meetings and cutting down on international travel because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The company is also banning employee participation in external events with more than 1,000 attendees. IBM says those restrictions apply through the end of March.IBM is also changing its into a “digital-first” event, though the conference will still place from May 5th to May 7th. Domestic travel for work with clients is still allowed, but the company is encouraging employees to hold...

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Facebook sued by the IRS for $9 billion in unpaid taxes

Facebook sued by the IRS for $9 billion in unpaid taxes

Filed under:The trial is expected to last for three to four weeksFacebook is facing a lawsuit from the US Internal Revenue Service, which claims the social network owes $9 billion in unpaid taxes, . That lawsuit went to trial in a San Francisco court on Tuesday, and the crux of the case is a 2010 deal between Facebook and an Irish subsidiary it uses to shuffle money around internationally. The IRS alleges Facebook undervalued the intellectual property it sold to the subsidiary, thereby dodging billions in taxes.Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer, AR and VR chief Andrew Bosworth, and three other...

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Feb 22
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Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change

Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change

Filed under:The Bezos Earth Fund will begin issuing grants this summerToday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he would be committing $10 billion to fight climate change through a new fund called the Bezos Earth Fund.He announced new fund in a post . Amazon confirmed the existence of the fund to The Verge:A post shared by (@jeffbezos) on Feb 17, 2020 at 10:00am PSTBezos said that the money will be used to help scientists, activists, NGOs, and “any effort that offers a real possibility” to help preserve the earth from the impact of climate change. A person close to the fund told The Verge...

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Feb 17
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Oculus Link is out in beta now, so you can plug a Quest into your PC to play Rift games

Oculus Link is out in beta now, so you can plug a Quest into your PC to play Rift games

Today, the Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus announced that Oculus Link, which lets you plug a standalone Quest headset into your gaming PC so you can play Oculus Rift games, is out now in beta. On its own, the cordless Quest is less powerful than its wired cousin, the Rift S. But by plugging the Quest directly into a VR-ready PC with Oculus Link, it seems like it could be able to run much more powerful VR experiences if Link works as promised. Oculus says on a support page that you’ll need to have a “high-quality” USB 3 cable and a computer that supports a list of minimum...

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