Sean Hollister
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Run news at @Verge. (DM me for Signal.) Former @CNET @Gizmodo @Engadget. Avid gamer, lucky husband, happy dad! Maybe too blunt. Note: Wife works at Facebook.Source
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Apple’s $64 billion-a-year App Store isn’t catching the most egregious scams

Apple’s $64 billion-a-year App Store isn’t catching the most egregious scams

Recently, I reached out to the most profitable company in the world to ask a series of basic questions. I wanted to understand: how is a single man making the entire Apple App Store review team look silly? Particularly now that Apple’s in the fight of its life, both and , to prove its App Store is a well-run system that keeps users safe instead of a monopoly that needs to be broken up.That man’s name is , and over the past few months, he’s made a convincing case that Apple is either uninterested or incompetent at stopping multimillion-dollar scams in its own App Store. He’s repeatedly found...

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Apr 21
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Apple’s App Store hosted kiddie games with secret gambling dens inside

Apple’s App Store hosted kiddie games with secret gambling dens inside

Filed under:Kosta Eleftheriou has found another iOS scamIn popular culture, access to an illicit gambling den is as easy as stumbling into the right shop and saying the password — or greasing some palms. Apple’s App Store apparently has a real-life parallel: today, app developer Kosta Eleftheriou discovered a terrible kiddie game that’s actually a front for gambling websites.The secret password isn’t one you’d be likely to guess: you have to be in the right country —or pretend to be in the right country using a VPN.But then, instead of launching an ugly monkey-flipping endless runner game...

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Apr 15
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"Hey Spotify" is another hands-free way to control your music, rolling out now

"Hey Spotify" is another hands-free way to control your music, rolling out now

Filed under:Not as convenient as native voice assistants, but Spotify hardware is on the wayIf you want to pull up your favorite Spotify track or playlist without pressing buttons, there is no shortage of voice assistants to help you get those jams, including . But now, Spotify has its own hands-free wake word: “Hey Spotify” appears to be rolling out on Android and iOS, as tested by , , and us here at The Verge.Frankly, it’s a little less handy than some of the native voice assistants built into your phone because you need to leave the app open for it to work — it’s not something you’ll...

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Apr 7
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Trump used dark patterns to trick supporters into donating millions more than intended

Trump used dark patterns to trick supporters into donating millions more than intended

Filed under:“Asking for forgiveness is easier than permission” was one saying of the man in chargeWhen Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, he didn’t stop asking his supporters for money. The emails kept coming in. But by the end of his four years in office, according to , they had begun to look an awful lot like a scam.By June 2020, the Trump campaign had begun using , computer interfaces designed to trick users, to automatically sign up campaign contributors to donate far more money than they had intended — recurring monthly donations, recurring weekly donations, even a...

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Apr 3
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25 years later, Space Jam has a new website — and the first trailer for the sequel

25 years later, Space Jam has a new website — and the first trailer for the sequel

Filed under:Tune Squad livesSince 1996, has been an internet time capsule — a largely pristine sample of the early World Wide Web and all the most advanced multimedia offerings available at the time, such as animated GIFs and Windows 95 screensavers. But 25 years later, it’s finally been supplanted; the new sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring LeBron James, has taken over the URL to showcase the new movie’s very first trailer.Here’s what spacejam.com looks like today:But before you go boycotting the sequel, you should probably know that the original Space Jam website isn’t dead yet. In...

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Apr 3
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Amazon apologizes for lying about pee — and attempts to shift the blame

Amazon apologizes for lying about pee — and attempts to shift the blame

Filed under:Pocan 2, workers 0Amazon has issued a rare public apology — but not to its workers, and with no real admission of guilt.Over a week ago, the company to Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) that its workers never feel the need to pee in water bottles (which is, in fact, because of ).RelatedNow, late on the Friday evening before Easter weekend, when few (hat tip to ) are paying attention, — and no one else. Amazon only apologizes for not being “accurate” enough, too — not for actually creating and contributing to situations where workers pee in bottles.The @AmazonNews account didn’t bother to...

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Today I learned BMW charges extra for a ‘don’t blind other people’ software update

Today I learned BMW charges extra for a ‘don’t blind other people’ software update

Filed under:Making drivers pay for others’ safetyWhen you typically think of luxury car features, do you envision rich leather seating and extravagant trim? Advanced cruise control and intelligent self-parking? Whatever you’re imagining, I’m betting “dim my headlights so I don’t blind other people” isn’t it.But not only has BMW used its “High Beam Assistant” as an upsell , it’s also charging drivers extra to unlock the safety feature that’s already built into their cars — by buying it as an over-the-air software update.Apparently, this has been going on , but Car Magazine editor Jake Groves...

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Mar 28
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Microsoft may have fixed what wasn’t broke with Windows 10 BSOD printer patch

Microsoft may have fixed what wasn’t broke with Windows 10 BSOD printer patch

Filed under:Second time’s the charm?If you’re the kind of person who’d be amused to learn here’s a dose of schadenfreude to welcome you into the weekend: when Microsoft tried to fix those blue screen issues , the patch may have not gone quite as planned — some users their printers would simply spit out blank pages or ones with missing graphics.Now, the company’s to address those issues too (via ):Microsoft identified an issue that affects Windows 10 devices which applied the March 2021 security update released March 9, 2021 and the out-of-band updates released March 15, 2021, and a...

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Mar 20
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A hacker who exposed Verkada’s surveillance camera snafu has been raided

A hacker who exposed Verkada’s surveillance camera snafu has been raided

Filed under:Based on an “alleged hack that took place last year”Tillie Kottmann, a 21-year-old hacker, has been raided by Swiss authorities and their devices seized, — days after helping to reveal how Silicon Valley security startup Verkada’s own security was so poor that that hackers were able to to see the insides of schools, jails, hospitals, police stations, and Tesla factories.The raid doesn’t have anything to do with Verkada, according to Bloomberg, but instead an “alleged hack that took place last year,” and interestingly, a Swiss authority pointed Bloomberg to the US Department of...

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Mar 13
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Amazon is in talks to buy MGM for $9 billion

Amazon is in talks to buy MGM for $9 billion

James Bond, The Handmaid’s Tale, Rocky, Stargate, Robocop, Legally Blonde, Vikings, a historic catalog of films dating back many decades, an array of production and distribution companies, and the content network Epix — these are the things that Amazon might own if it buys storied film giant MGM for billions of dollars in the very near future. Amazon has reportedly offered $9 billion for the company, according to Variety, following a scoop from The Information earlier in the day that suggested a range of $7-10 billion for a potential deal, and Variety suggests that $9 billion was also the...

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Sean Hollister
May 18
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