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Prolonged AWS outage takes down a big chunk of the internet

Prolonged AWS outage takes down a big chunk of the internet

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×AWS has been experiencing an outage for hoursAmazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon’s internet infrastructure service that is the backbone of many websites and apps, has been experiencing a...

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Biden transition team forced to build its own cybersecurity protections

Biden transition team forced to build its own cybersecurity protections

Filed under:It uses a standard Google Workspace networkPresident-elect Joe Biden is preparing to take over from President Donald Trump, but his transition team isn’t getting the level of cybersecurity support usually provided by outgoing administrations, . That could mean Biden’s team is more vulnerable to cyberattacks than if it had the full support and resources of the federal government.Typically, a departing administration would help the transition team with things like setting up government email accounts and making sure those accounts are protected, reports The Wall Street Journal....

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T-Mobile’s TVision Home IPTV service is shutting down at the end of December

T-Mobile’s TVision Home IPTV service is shutting down at the end of December

Filed under:TVision Home won’t work after December 30th at 3AM ETT-Mobile is shutting down TVision Home, its IPTV cable service that utilized technology from its 2017 . The service will officially shut down on December 30th, 2020 at 3AM ET, according to an FAQ on .TVision Home’s shutdown comes shortly after the November 1st launch of the company’s — which, confusingly, also uses the TVision brand. The new TVision works via an app that’s available across many platforms and over a $50 4K Android TV dongle that’s sold by T-Mobile — a far more accessible way to access content than the TVision...

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‘No evidence’ voting in the US ‘was in any way compromised,’ says Department of Homeland Security

‘No evidence’ voting in the US ‘was in any way compromised,’ says Department of Homeland Security

Filed under:“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history.”The November 3rd election was the “most secure in American history” and “there is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” according to from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The statement follows of supposed election fraud by President Donald Trump and his allies.“While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections,...

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YouTube went down around the world, but it’s now fixed

YouTube went down around the world, but it’s now fixed

Filed under:There were issues loading videos during the outageYouTube has recovered from a seemingly worldwide outage that prevented videos from loading for roughly an hour. During the outage, many Verge staffers were unable to watch videos, and at 7:23PM ET that something was going on:If you’re having trouble watching videos on YouTube right now, you’re not alone – our team is aware of the issue and working on a fix. We’ll follow up here with any updates.— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube)The issue appeared to affect other services that use the YouTube infrastructure too, including YouTube TV and...

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Samsung’s original Galaxy Fold adds some of the Z Fold 2’s smartest features for free

Samsung’s original Galaxy Fold adds some of the Z Fold 2’s smartest features for free

Filed under:A new way to take selfies, App Pairs, and moreOne of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2’s coolest new features was the ability to use the phone’s front display as a viewfinder for the back cameras, which could be really useful for things lining up higher-quality selfies. If you’ve wanted that handy way to take better selfies but have been holding on to the original Galaxy Fold, you’re in luck: Samsung is bringing that selfie functionality and a number of other features from the Z Fold 2 to the first Fold through a software update that’s available .The Fold isn’t just getting a new way...

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Oct 27
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Apple revamps more stores into ‘Express’ format for faster iPhone 12 pickups

Apple revamps more stores into ‘Express’ format for faster iPhone 12 pickups

Filed under:The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro will be available tomorrowApple is expanding its new “Express” retail format to more locations, . The Express stores have a wall of plexiglass-protected sales counters and some shelves with accessories right at the front of the store. The new format should allow customers to pick up orders (such as the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, which launch tomorrow) while respecting COVID-19 safety guidelines.There are about 20 Express stores in the US and Europe right now, and Apple is planning to have 50 across both regions by the end of October, Apple senior vice...

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Oct 22
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Epic judge permanently restrains Apple from blocking Unreal Engine, but won’t force Fortnite

Epic judge permanently restrains Apple from blocking Unreal Engine, but won’t force Fortnite

Filed under:Apple won’t be forced to bring Fortnite back to the App StoreFortnite won’t be coming back to the App Store any time soon. On Friday, Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers refused to grant Epic Games a preliminary injunction against Apple that would force the game developer to reinstate Fortnite on the App Store, while simultaneously granting an injunction that keeps Apple from retaliating against the Unreal Engine, which Epic also owns (). In other words, we now have a permanent version of from last month.That means the state of affairs, in which Epic is banned from publishing new games...

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Oct 9
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Twitter’s voice tweets are rolling out to more iOS users, and transcriptions are on the way

Twitter’s voice tweets are rolling out to more iOS users, and transcriptions are on the way

Filed under:Voice tweets will come to Android and the web in 2021Twitter its voice tweets feature, which lets you record a snippet of audio to include with a tweet, to more users on iOS. But perhaps more significantly, Twitter is now saying it plans to add transcriptions to voice tweets to improve accessibility, which could help address criticisms from the feature’s June 17th launch.If you want to get an idea of how voice tweets work right now, just press play on to hear a voice clip from my colleague Tom Warren. There’s currently no way to see captions or a transcription of what he’s...

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Google Meet’s noise cancelation feature is rolling out on iOS and Android

Google Meet’s noise cancelation feature is rolling out on iOS and Android

Filed under:It’s been available on the web since JuneGoogle is rolling out its impressive noise cancelation in Google Meet to Android and iOS, but unfortunately, it won’t be available to everybody — you have to be a G Suite Enterprise or G Suite Enterprise for Education customer to take advantage of the handy feature, . Google rolled this out first for the web .The technology is designed to dampen background noise like a keyboard or a barking dog while you’re on a Google Meet call. If you want to get an idea of how effective it can be, check out of Serge Lachapelle, a G Suite director of...

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The remastered version of Spider-Man on PS5 won’t let you carry over your PS4 saves

The remastered version of Spider-Man on PS5 won’t let you carry over your PS4 saves

Filed under:We don’t know if this is the exception or the ruleInsomniac Games’ hugely-successful 2018 hit Spider-Man for PlayStation 5 with ray-tracing, faster loading, and support for the DualSense controller’s new haptic feedback. And better yet, it’ll be available on the PS5’s launch day as a pack-in with Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition.But if you’ve been waiting for the PS5’s new hardware as an excuse to dive back into Spider-Man’s virtual Manhattan, you unfortunately won’t be able to transfer your saves from the original game to the remastered version, Insomniac Games...

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Sep 22
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Google announces new tools to help with virtual education during the pandemic

Google announces new tools to help with virtual education during the pandemic

Filed under:Including new updates to Meet and a homework helper toolon Tuesday a number of new features on the way to help make virtual education easier, including updates to its Google Meet conferencing service and a new homework helper tool that just requires a photo from a phone.For Meet, Google says that a larger tiled view that can show up to 49 meeting participants, which Google first announced , will now arrive in September. Google first launched its tiled view for Meet with the ability to see 16 participants at a time. So being able to see 49 people at once will bring Meet’s gallery...

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Google is trying to test a secret 6GHz network in 17 different states

Google is trying to test a secret 6GHz network in 17 different states

Filed under:FCC filings reveal that the company wants to test something with the 6GHz spectrumGoogle is trying to secretly test a 6GHz network in 17 different states, according to a batch of FCC filings spotted . But exactly what Google is trying to test is unclear.Here’s a few things we do know. Google experiment with 6GHz spectrum to “produce technical information relevant to the utility of these frequencies for providing reliable broadband connections.” The company also says it expects the experiments to take place , and has asked permission to do the tests in 26 cities and towns across...

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Intel’s hardware chief is leaving the company

Intel’s hardware chief is leaving the company

Filed under:Dr. Venkata (Murthy) Renduchintala’s last day will be August 3rdThe executive in charge of almost all of Intel’s hardware, chief engineering officer Dr. Venkata (Murthy) Renduchintala, is leaving the company on August 3rd, .His departure comes on the heels of Intel’s announcement that its next-gen 7nm chips are delayed until , and after years of delays for the company’s as well, which bottlenecked advancements for much of the laptop industry. Intel did not cite a specific reason for Renduchintala’s departure.Intel poached Renduchintala from Qualcomm , and put him in charge of...

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Trump’s Twitter account has extra protections, which could be why it didn’t get hacked

Trump’s Twitter account has extra protections, which could be why it didn’t get hacked

Filed under:A lot of high-profile accounts were hit yesterday, but not Trump’sIn yesterday’s massive attack , some of the highest-profile accounts on the service, including President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates had their accounts hijacked to peddle bitcoin scams. Notably, however, Donald Trump, perhaps the most famous Twitter user of all, was untouched by the attack, and it could be because Twitter has implemented extra protections for his account.In a on the attack, The New York Times writes that Trump’s Twitter account has extra protection after “past incidents,”...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Apr 21
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