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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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November 18, 2019
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Google salvaged Robinhood’s one-star rating by deleting nearly 100,000 negative reviews

Google salvaged Robinhood’s one-star rating by deleting nearly 100,000 negative reviews

Google is actively removing negative reviews of the Robinhood app from the Google Play Store, the company confirmed to The Verge. After some disgruntled Robinhood users to give the app a one-star review on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store — and succeeded in review-bombing it all the way down to a one-star rating — the company has now deleted enough reviews to bring it back up to nearly four stars.Robinhood came under intense scrutiny on Thursday, after the stock trading app announced made popular by the r/WallStreetBets subreddit, and some users have already replaced their deleted...

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Jan 29
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Twitter now lets you add stickers to Fleets

Twitter now lets you add stickers to Fleets

Filed under:Add stickers, GIFs, and ‘Twemoji’ to tweetsTwitter is adding stickers to its ephemeral, Snapchat Stories-like Fleets, the social media company . Stickers are available for users on both Android and iOS.When you’re making a Fleet, you’ll be able to add stickers by tapping the smiley face icon on the bottom row of your screen. When you do, you’ll see a collection of Twitter-made animated stickers and emoji (the latter of which Twitter calls “Twemoji”). And if you search for something in the search bar at the top of the screen, Twitter will pull up GIFs sourced from Tenor and .Your...

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Mar 31
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Watch the trailer for the Rugrats reboot headed to Paramount Plus

Watch the trailer for the Rugrats reboot headed to Paramount Plus

Filed under:The babies are backA Rugrats reboot is headed to the new streaming service Paramount Plus this spring, ViacomCBS announced today. The show is described as a “reimagining of the classic ‘90s hit,” and you can see a preview of the new CG-animated style in this trailer:But even though the animation might look different, many of the characters should sound the same — Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, Angelica Pickles, Susie Carmichael, and Phil and Lil DeVille will all be voiced by their original voice actors.The new show is produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio, according to a...

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Feb 24
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Google’s own iOS apps were begging for updates that don’t exist, but the company says it was because of a bug

Google’s own iOS apps were begging for updates that don’t exist, but the company says it was because of a bug

Filed under:‘You should update this app.’Google hasn’t updated many of its iOS apps in weeks, perhaps to avoid potential criticism from what might be revealed from Apple’s new . But for a little while on Wednesday, some of Google’s own iOS apps seemed to be complaining about the wait: we were seeing confusing notices inside Gmail, Google Maps and Google Photos saying that the apps were out of date — even though there aren’t newer versions of the apps available (.But we aren’t seeing the notices now, and Google says they were there because of a bug. “We’ve identified a bug and an update has...

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Feb 11
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Reddit stopped rogue r/WallStreetBets mods from taking over the community

Reddit stopped rogue r/WallStreetBets mods from taking over the community

Filed under:Reddit says the rogue mods violated moderator policiesReddit’s r/WallStreetBets has grown significantly due to the community’s role in driving up the stock prices of companies like GameStop, AMC, and Nokia, and the whole saga has garnered so much attention that there are currently . But that increased attention has also put strain on the r/WallStreetBets community itself, forcing Reddit to step in to help sort things out.The trouble started Wednesday night, , as some r/WallStreetBets moderators talked with each other about trying to get a movie deal. On Thursday morning, “the...

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Feb 6
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Discord bans the r/WallStreetBets server

Discord bans the r/WallStreetBets server

Filed under:It was banned following repeated warnings for allowing hate speechDiscord has banned the r/WallStreetBets server, the company confirmed to The Verge. Reddit’s WallStreetBets subreddit is the driver of and has received a great deal of attention in the press as the stock continues to soar.Discord says it did not ban the server for financial fraud — rather, it was banned because it continued to allow “hateful and discriminatory content after repeated warnings.” The Verge gained access to the server and can confirm the claim that users of the channel were spamming hateful language,...

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Mortal Kombat’s producer says the movie’s violence is "like Bambi" compared to the games

Mortal Kombat’s producer says the movie’s violence is "like Bambi" compared to the games

Filed under:‘We’re like a G-rated movie compared to the game’The for the upcoming movie adaptation of Mortal Kombat makes the film look extremely violent. In one scene, Mortal Kombat icon Sub-Zero slices an opponent’s arm with a sword, freezes the resulting blood splatter into a dagger, and uses that blood dagger to stab his foe. But in an interview this week, producer Todd Garner told The Verge that the movie’s violence isn’t nearly as over-the-top as it is in the classic game series.“Compared to the game, we’re like Bambi,” says Garner. “We’re like a G-rated movie compared to the game....

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Mar 17
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Amazon bans Oath Keepers and Three Percenters groups from charitable shopping program

Amazon bans Oath Keepers and Three Percenters groups from charitable shopping program

Filed under:AmazonSmile’s policies forbid groups that support violenceAfter pressure from , Amazon has banned groups tied to the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters militia movements from its AmazonSmile charity program, the company tells The Verge. Members of the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters for their suspected involvement in the January 6th attack of the US Capitol.Through its , Amazon donates 0.5 percent of eligible purchases on the site to a user’s chosen charity. Users can pick from more than 1 million charities — a list that, until recently, included the Oath Keepers and...

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Jan 25
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Twitter may let you tip people for their great tweets right from their profiles

Twitter may let you tip people for their great tweets right from their profiles

Filed under:You might just have to click a tip buttonTwitter has said like tipping to give people a way to pay other Twitter users, and now we have further evidence that a tip feature may be on the way. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong shared images on Thursday and Friday showing that Twitter could offer a tipping button right on user profiles.— check out the little blue cash button under the “@wongmjane” watermark in the left image. Clicking or tapping that button apparently shows options to let you tip via Bandcamp, Cash App (made by Square, which counts Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey as its...

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Apr 23
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