• UK plans cut in Huawei's 5G network involvement: newspaper report

    UK plans cut in Huawei's 5G network involvement: newspaper report
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to reduce Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's involvement in Britain's 5G network in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported https://bit.ly/2zmI2DE.
  • You can now watch Quibi shows on a TV using AirPlay

    You can now watch Quibi shows on a TV using AirPlay
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Short-form mobile video service Quibi now supports Apple’s AirPlay protocol, which means you’ll be able to stream content from Quibi on your phone to AirPlay-enabled TVs and devices.Quibi is also “working hard” to have support for Chromecast available in June, according to Tom Conrad, chief product officer at Quibi. That should let Android users cast content from the Quibi app to their TVs as well, once it’s rolled out.
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  • macOS 10.15.5 is out now with a new battery health feature

    macOS 10.15.5 is out now with a new battery health feature
    Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge Apple released macOS Catalina 10.15.5 today, adding a new battery health feature and new FaceTime options. That battery health feature could extend the life of your MacBook’s battery.Lithium-ion batteries, like the ones in a MacBook, slowly age over time, which means they typically begin to hold less of a charge as the computer gets older. Apple’s new battery health feature in macOS is designed to slow that aging process so that your battery will hol
  • Twitter labels Trump tweets as ‘potentially misleading’ for the first time

    Twitter labels Trump tweets as ‘potentially misleading’ for the first time
    Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images On Tuesday, Twitter labeled two tweets from President Donald Trump making false statements about mail-in voting as “potentially misleading.” It’s the first time the platform has fact-checked the president.The label was imposed on two tweets Trump posted Tuesday morning falsely claiming that “mail-in ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent” and would result in “a rigged election.” The tweets focused pri
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  • Amazon gave TV stations coronavirus propaganda, and some aired it

    Amazon gave TV stations coronavirus propaganda, and some aired it
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon has been successfully feeding talking points, video footage, and other corporate messaging to local television news stations ahead of its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday. The footage and script are designed to paint Amazon in a positive light as it faces a torrent of bad media coverage and criticism from activists and politicians over its handling of workplace safety issues during the coronavirus pandemic.As Zach Rael, an anchor for ABC aff
  • Google is reopening offices in July on a limited basis

    Google is reopening offices in July on a limited basis
    Photo by Andrej Sokolow / Picture Alliance via Getty Images Google will begin reopening offices starting on July 6th for a limited number of employees. In a blog post published on Tuesday, CEO Sundar Pichai said that, while returning to work will be optional for the rest of the year, those who need to come in will be able to on a rotating basis — one day every couple weeks. The company is also giving workers a $1,000 stipend for home office equipment to make remote work easier.
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  • Democrats want to restrict political ad targeting ahead of the 2020 election

    Democrats want to restrict political ad targeting ahead of the 2020 election
    Photo By Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call On Tuesday, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced a bill that would upend political advertising on platforms like Facebook and Google.The Banning Microtargeted Political Ads Act would bar platforms like Google and Facebook from allowing advertisers to target messages based on the demographic or behavioral data of their users. The Federal Elections Commission would act as the primary enforcer of these proposed rules, but the bill leaves room for individuals to br
  • Trump’s New Space Force Missile Might Be Too ‘Super-Duper’

    Trump’s New Space Force Missile Might Be Too ‘Super-Duper’
    To go that fast, it would need a ridiculous amount of fuel—and even then, it might never come back down.
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  • BlizzCon 2020 is canceled

    BlizzCon 2020 is canceled
    Image: Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment will not host its annual BlizzCon event this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The event is usually held later in the year, with BlizzCon 2019 kicking off on November 1st and concluding on November 2nd. In early April, Blizzard announced that it was uncertain about hosting BlizzCon this year.Despite canceling the convention, Blizzard may be looking to hold a virtual event in its place. “We’re talking about how we might b
  • Twitch signs multiyear deals with popular streamers Summit1G, Dakotaz, and JoshOG

    Twitch signs multiyear deals with popular streamers Summit1G, Dakotaz, and JoshOG
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Twitch has re-signed popular streamers Jaryd “Summit1G” Lazar, Brett “Dakotaz” Hoffman, and Josh “JoshOG” Beaver, ensuring they will stay with the service at a time when others are taking deals to stream elsewhere (via The Washington Post). The terms of the contracts were not disclosed, though they are “multi-year content deals,” according to a press release from Loaded, the talent agency that represents all
  • Apple will reopen about 100 retail stores in the US by the end of the week

    Apple will reopen about 100 retail stores in the US by the end of the week
    Photo: Apple Apple will reopen around 100 retail stores in the US by the end of the week, the company confirmed to The Verge. That will put Apple’s active retail locations in the country at 130 out of 271 spread out across 21 states. The company is reopening each location in phases, so some stores will support only curbside pickup, while others will allow in-store service and sales.The states that will soon have active Apple Stores are: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kans
  • YouTube took down Michael Moore’s film attacking renewable energy

    YouTube took down Michael Moore’s film attacking renewable energy
    ‘Planet of the Humans’ executive producer Michael Moore with director Jeff Gibbs and producer Ozzie Zehner at the Traverse City Film Festival. | Photo: Planet of the Humans The controversial film Planet of the Humans, produced by Michael Moore, was taken down from YouTube on Monday because of a copyright infringement claim. The complaint was filed by photographer Toby Smith, who was alarmed that his work was used in a film that he doesn’t support, The Guardian reports.“I
  • Poolside.fm is the chillest place you should be hanging out right now

    Poolside.fm is the chillest place you should be hanging out right now
    Poolside.fm, an online radio station, might be the chillest place online: a place where it’s perpetually the summer of 1997, and where, as the intro copy says, “safety comes second and drinks come first.” And that feels true, when you boot up the page — it looks like an Apple desktop from the late ’90s, and retains mostly the same functionality. Curated audio is piped in via SoundCloud, and it’s matched with equally considered video streams. The effect isn&rsq
  • Lenovo made two new tablets with detachable Bluetooth keyboards

    Lenovo made two new tablets with detachable Bluetooth keyboards
    Lenovo Yoga Duet 7i. | Image: Lenovo Lenovo is adding two new devices to its Windows 10 lineup — the Yoga Duet 7i and the IdeaPad Duet 3i — both of which are detachable 2-in-1 devices that support LTE. They both feature a design similar to Microsoft’s Surface tablets but have the bonus of coming bundled with the keyboard, which, this time around, supports Bluetooth for use while detached.
    The Yoga Duet 7i is the top-of-the-line of the pair. This 2-in-1 features up to a 10th Ge
  • HBO Max is full of potential, but its biggest hurdle remains AT&T’s messy execution

    HBO Max is full of potential, but its biggest hurdle remains AT&T’s messy execution
    Photo by Presley Ann / Getty Images for WarnerMedia At launch, new streaming services prompt the same question: what can I watch? But HBO Max also elicits a different line of questioning: how is this different from HBO Now? From HBO Go? From AT&T TV Now? Do I have to pay extra for this, or is it wrapped into my HBO package?
    HBO Max, which is set to launch tomorrow, May 27th, is AT&T and WarnerMedia’s new crown jewel in the streaming space — a general entertainment platform t
  • Audi drops driver for secretly using a ringer to compete in virtual race

    Audi drops driver for secretly using a ringer to compete in virtual race
    Photo by Xavier Bonilla / NurPhoto via Getty Images Audi has dropped driver Daniel Abt in the all-electric racing series Formula E after he had a pro sim driver surreptitiously race for him during a virtual competition over the weekend. He has also been told to pay €10,000 to charity as a result.Abt said Tuesday that he thought the idea would be funny and that he had planned to release a video about the whole ruse.
    Abt was supposed to be competing in the fifth round of Formula E’s on
  • Facebook reportedly ignored its own research showing algorithms divided users

    Facebook reportedly ignored its own research showing algorithms divided users
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge An internal Facebook report presented to executives in 2018 found that the company was well aware that its product, specifically its recommendation engine, stoked divisiveness and polarization, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.Yet, despite warnings about the effect this could have on society, Facebook leadership ignored the findings and has largely tried to absolve itself of responsibility with regard to partisan divides and other fo
  • Emergency COVID-19 vaccines will have to convince a skeptical public

    Emergency COVID-19 vaccines will have to convince a skeptical public
    Photo by Paul Chinn / The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, Sandra Quinn asked hundreds of Americans if they’d be willing to take a hypothetical vaccine that was authorized for emergency use but wasn’t formally approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Most were hesitant: Quinn, the senior associate director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland, found that only around 8 percent of people said that they&rsquo
  • Minecraft Dungeons is a lighter, more family-friendly take on Diablo

    Minecraft Dungeons is a lighter, more family-friendly take on Diablo
    On the surface, Diablo isn’t exactly what most people would call comforting. It’s a series about exploring dark realms and fighting all manner of undead and demonic monsters. But there’s something about its formula of exploring dungeons, gathering loot, and steadily becoming immensely powerful that makes it easy to jump into, despite the dark subject matter. That feeling of comfort is even more pronounced when you take that formula and apply it to a familiar world, like, say, t
  • You can now play Microsoft’s new surf game inside the Edge browser

    You can now play Microsoft’s new surf game inside the Edge browser
    Microsoft created a fun Easter egg for its Edge browser to reveal the new logo last year, and it’s now available for everyone to play. The Edge surf game is very similar to SkiFree, a classic game that was released as part of Microsoft’s Entertainment Pack 3 for Windows back in 1991. While it was used as part of an elaborate Easter egg hunt, where Microsoft employees posted cryptic clues to a series of puzzles and images, it’s now an official offline game inside Microsoft Edge.
  • T-Mobile now supports cross-carrier RCS messaging

    T-Mobile now supports cross-carrier RCS messaging
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge T-Mobile subscribers can now send RCS messages to people on other phone networks, so long as everyone involved has an Android phone and support for the new messaging standard.
    There are still a bunch of caveats here, but this appears to be a big step forward for RCS. The messaging standard is meant to be the successor to SMS, but its rollout has been slow and messy. Many carriers — T-Mobile included — began supporting RCS years ago, but it gen
  • J.K. Rowling is releasing a new book chapter-by-chapter online for free

    J.K. Rowling is releasing a new book chapter-by-chapter online for free
    J.K. Rowling will stagger the release of her new children’s novel The Ickabog over the next seven weeks, publishing the book in tiny chapters online and making it available to readers for free.Rowling is hosting The Ickabog on a new website with anywhere from “a chapter (or two, or three)” being published at a time, according to Rowling’s note. The first two chapters are available to read now, and although there’s no description of what the story entails, The Ickabo
  • DJI’s Osmo Action camera is almost half off at Amazon

    DJI’s Osmo Action camera is almost half off at Amazon
    DJI’s first action camera is almost as good as the best GoPro, says reviewer Brent Rose. | Photo by Brent Rose for The Verge Today’s deals are a mix of low-priced gadgets made even more affordable as well as some high-end products that don’t usually see a discount. The biggest price cut is on DJI’s Osmo Action 4K HDR camera. It usually costs $500, but today at Amazon, you can get it for $288. The price reduction is impressive, but what makes this deal extra special is th
  • Facebook renames Calibra digital wallet to Novi

    Facebook renames Calibra digital wallet to Novi
    Image: Facebook Facebook is renaming Calibra, the digital wallet it hopes will one day be used to access the Libra digital currencies, Novi. In a blog post the company said that the new name was inspired by the Latin words “novus” and “via,” which mean “new” and “way,” respectively. Novi Financial is the new name of the Facebook subsidiary that will develop the company’s digital wallet.
    A new name is just the latest in a series of changes Fa
  • Slack CEO: Microsoft is ‘unhealthily preoccupied with killing us’

    Slack CEO: Microsoft is ‘unhealthily preoccupied with killing us’
    Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield claimed earlier this month that Microsoft Teams isn’t a competitor to Slack. In an interview with The Verge, Butterfield has revealed that, inside Slack, the company feels that “Microsoft is perhaps unhealthily preoccupied with killing us, and Teams is the vehicle to do that.”
    Butterfield sat down with Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel for a wide-ranging interview that discusses Slack’s battles with Microsoft Teams, the future of Slack, new S
  • Slack is looking to add support for scheduled messages and more control over notifications

    Slack is looking to add support for scheduled messages and more control over notifications
    Illustration by Alex Castro / Th Slack is exploring a wide variety of new features that could be making their way to the popular messaging platform, including scheduled messages, Instagram-style stories, and short video and audio messages.According to CEO Stewart Butterfield in a recent interview on The Vergecast, the company has already “implemented APIs for scheduled sending of messages, and I think we’re going to end up putting that in the product at some point.” He also no
  • Niantic adds ‘reality blending’ to Pokémon Go to make your virtual pals even more realistic

    Niantic adds ‘reality blending’ to Pokémon Go to make your virtual pals even more realistic
    Photo by Sam Byford / The Verge Niantic Labs is adding a new augmented reality feature to Pokémon Go next month that will make the virtual creatures look even more realistic. The new feature will let real-world objects obscure parts of the pocket monsters or let them hide entirely behind environmental fixtures like trees or furniture.The company calls the feature “reality blending,” and it’s based on the AR technique known as occlusion, which uses a mix of hardware and
  • The OnePlus 8 can now run Fortnite at 90 frames per second

    The OnePlus 8 can now run Fortnite at 90 frames per second
    Image: OnePlus The OnePlus 8 series can now run Fortnite at 90fps, thanks to a collaboration between OnePlus and Epic Games. The update makes these devices the first phones to run Fortnite at a smooth 90 frames per second.
    Most Android phones run Fortnite at a maximum of 60fps, similar to the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game. Nintendo’s console, the Switch, falls behind with a maximum of 30 frames per second. Most Apple devices, including the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, have the optio
  • Spotify finally removes its 10,000-song library limit

    Spotify finally removes its 10,000-song library limit
    Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge Spotify has finally removed its 10,000-song cap on library sizes, allowing users to add as much music as they’d like to their personal libraries without any limits at all, fixing a problem that has plagued music-lovers on the service for years.
    While Spotify has more than 50 million songs available to customers to stream at any time, until today, there was a hard limit of 10,000 songs that users could save to their own“Your Music” collections o
  • Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield on competing with Microsoft, the future of work, and managing all those notifications

    Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield on competing with Microsoft, the future of work, and managing all those notifications
    Photo illustration by William Joel | Photography by Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images A conversation on The VergecastContinue reading…