• WandaVision can be weird because Marvel has already won

    WandaVision can be weird because Marvel has already won
    Photo: Marvel Studios WandaVision is the Marvel universe’s most comic book show yet, if not in content at least in concept. It’s a dense-looking storyline that will be released on an episodic basis, with characters and a setting that are virtually impenetrable to new viewers — so much so that Marvel Studios even went so far as to produce a clip show recapping the critical moments of the 23-odd films that precede it.It may seem like WandaVision would be barreling into the same i
  • North Korea Targets—and Dupes—a Slew of Cybersecurity Pros

    North Korea Targets—and Dupes—a Slew of Cybersecurity Pros
    The sweeping campaign took advantage of the collaborative spirit among researchers, with an unknown number of victims.
  • DJI is now selling a warranty to replace your drone if it flies away

    DJI is now selling a warranty to replace your drone if it flies away
    Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge DJI is now offering flyaway coverage for its Mini 2 and Mavic Air 2 drones, should they develop a mind of their own and take off. The cost of replacing the escaped drone is $225 for the Mini, and $399 for the Mavic, which is on top of the price of DJI’s Care Refresh extended warranty. For that, you’ll pay $50 for the Mini, and $80 for the Mavic. If you already own one of these drones and the extended warranty, you’re eligible for flyway replace
  • Bloodhound’s 1,000 mph rocket car being sold for $11 million

    Bloodhound’s 1,000 mph rocket car being sold for $11 million
    Image: Bloodhound LSR For sale: a rocket-powered car named Bloodhound built specifically to break the land speed record. Theoretical top speed of 1,000 miles per hour. Seats one. Price? A paltry $11 million.The tortured saga of the Bloodhound Land Speed Record project has reached a sadly predictable impasse: the current owner is done spending money trying to set a new record after saving the project from bankruptcy in 2018. It’s hard to blame him. The Bloodhound program has been going for
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  • Xbox Game Pass subscribers hit 18 million

    Xbox Game Pass subscribers hit 18 million
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft is continuing to attract people to its Xbox Game Pass service. The “Netflix for video games” service now has 18 million subscribers, up from the 15 million previously reported in September. Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that offers access to a growing selection of more than 100 Xbox games for $9.99 per month.
    Microsoft has been pushing Xbox Game Pass for more than a year now, and it’s clear the company is heavily inve
  • The new iPhone update fixes security bugs, so it’s best to install it ASAP

    The new iPhone update fixes security bugs, so it’s best to install it ASAP
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Apple just released iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4, and the update notes contain some worrying language (via TechCrunch). Under kernel updates, Apple notes that “a malicious application may be able to elevate privileges,” and under WebKit updates, it says “a remote attacker may be able to cause arbitrary code execution.” After both statements, the update notes say, “Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively e
  • Tweetbot 6 brings essential updates and a monthly subscription to the iPhone’s best Twitter app

    Tweetbot 6 brings essential updates and a monthly subscription to the iPhone’s best Twitter app
    Tweetbot has long been one of the best third-party Twitter applications around for the iPhone and Mac, and today sees the launch of the latest version for iOS: Tweetbot 6, which converts the app into a paid subscription service instead of the single-time purchase that was previously offered.
    The new app makes the change to Twitter’s new API that the company introduced last summer, enabling some long-missing features in the premium Twitter app like Twitter cards and polls. That change does
  • Google’s VR painting app is getting the axe, but it will live on as an open-source project

    Google’s VR painting app is getting the axe, but it will live on as an open-source project
    Image: Google Google is ending development on the virtual reality painting app Tilt Brush — one of the most well-known VR applications — and making it open source. Tilt Brush was acquired by Google in 2015 after launching for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, and it was soon folded into the company’s larger VR plans, like its Google Cardboard and Daydream headsets.
    Tilt Brush’s main feature is three-dimensional painting in VR, but the app received interesting updates over its
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  • Verizon plans to almost double its mmWave 5G coverage this year

    Verizon plans to almost double its mmWave 5G coverage this year
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Verizon has big 5G plans for 2021 after formally launching its next-gen network in October of last year, and close to the top of its list of priorities is expanding coverage of its ultra-fast mmWave coverage. That flavor of 5G is currently restricted to select areas within select cities in the US, and it’s highly dependent on your proximity to a Verizon 5G site due to the inherent technology that powers it.Marketed under the name 5G Ultra Wideband (5
  • These are Intel’s first Iris Xe desktop GPUs

    These are Intel’s first Iris Xe desktop GPUs
    Asus’ first Intel Iris Xe graphics card. | Image: Intel Intel is launching its first Iris Xe desktop graphics cards today. Originally codenamed “DG1,” these new desktop GPUs are primarily aimed at small- and medium-sized businesses and mainstream desktop PCs. Intel is teaming up with Asus and other partners to sell these cards to system integrators who will bundle them with prebuilt systems.
    Much like the Iris Xe Max graphics cards that debuted in laptops back in October, these
  • Nvidia is making buying a gaming laptop more confusing

    Nvidia is making buying a gaming laptop more confusing
    Photo by Cameron Faulkner / The Verge Gaming laptops that have Nvidia’s powerful RTX 30-series graphics chips inside are now shipping. I have a first-look at MSI’s 2021 GS66 Stealth with the RTX 3080, and my colleague Monica Chin published two reviews for launch day: the Asus ROG Flow X13 (with its detachable RTX 3080 eGPU) and the MSI GP66 Leopard with the RTX 3070.
    We discovered something strange: an RTX 3070 can now be faster than an RTX 3080 in some cases. We saw this first-hand
  • Verizon says Fios internet should be returning to normal in the Northeast after disruptive outage

    Verizon says Fios internet should be returning to normal in the Northeast after disruptive outage
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Verizon says that it has resolved issues with Fios, its fiber optic network, that affected many locations in the Northeastern US for hours on Tuesday. The company says that things should be returning to normal, but a fiber cut in Brooklyn may mean that some might still be without service.Users began reporting problems with Verizon on Downdetector shortly after 11AM ET, and the volume of reports peaked at more than 22,000 on Tuesday. Hotspots for problems o
  • Byte, Vine’s successor, has been purchased by another TikTok clone

    Byte, Vine’s successor, has been purchased by another TikTok clone
    Image: Byte Byte, a TikTok competitor, has been purchased by Clash, another TikTok competitor. It sounds as though Clash may be merged into Byte, but the details are vague for the time being. Clash’s website now directs visitors to download Byte, and the company says Clash won’t be available on the iOS App Store for “an extended period.”
    Clash co-founder Brendon McNerney told The New York Times that the two apps will be released “together as one product” withi
  • AMD made a billion dollars more in Q4, and multiple billions in 2020

    AMD made a billion dollars more in Q4, and multiple billions in 2020
    AMD is firing on all cylinders these days: it’s the guts of every modern PlayStation and Xbox, it has the desktop CPUs to beat, it’s nearly caught up to Nvidia in GPU performance (if not availability), and it’s about to challenge Intel in laptops as well — with its Ryzen 5000 mobile CPUs and RDNA 2 GPUs due later this year.It turns out all of that can translate to eye-popping dollar signs, too. The chipmaker just announced its Q4 and full-year 2020 earnings, and it&rsquo
  • Xbox, Surface, and cloud once again boost Microsoft’s Q2 earnings

    Xbox, Surface, and cloud once again boost Microsoft’s Q2 earnings
    Microsoft posted the second quarter of its 2021 financial results today, reporting revenue of $43.1 billion and a net income of $15.5 billion. Revenue is up 17 percent, and net income has increased by 33 percent.
    We saw some impressive growth for Surface, Xbox, and cloud-related services in Microsoft’s previous quarter, and it’s very much the same this time around.
    The PC market just had its first big growth in 10 years, with around 300 million shipments of devices during 2020. The
  • How to personalize your Chromebook’s lock screen

    How to personalize your Chromebook’s lock screen
    Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge Google has released the latest version of Chrome OS, with a few new features for Chromebook owners to try out. If you’re a Chromebook owner, your device should have the newest version now or very shortly.
    First off, your Chromebook can now function as a smart display (like Google’s Nest Hub Max) when you’re not actively using it. Like the Nest Hub, it can act like a digital photo album and display pictures on its lock screen. You can select a
  • Weeks later, Google still hasn’t added privacy labels to its most popular iPhone apps

    Weeks later, Google still hasn’t added privacy labels to its most popular iPhone apps
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Three weeks after Google promised it would add Apple’s mandatory app privacy labels “as soon as this week,” none of the company’s main apps have the labels, including Gmail, search, Photos, Docs, and YouTube.There have been some questions about whether Google is purposefully not updating its apps to avoid the labels, so I looked through every Google app in the iOS App Store to find out whether the updates have been coming.Some have:
  • The HomePod mini finally adds its long-promised ultra-wideband handoff feature

    The HomePod mini finally adds its long-promised ultra-wideband handoff feature
    Image: Apple Apple has officially released iOS 14.4 and a matching update for its HomePod mini speaker, adding the long-promised ultra-wideband (UWB) handoff feature that will allow newer iPhones to more seamlessly transfer music, calls, and podcasts between the two devices.
    While both the original HomePod and the HomePod mini have supported handing off music for some time, the smaller device features a U1 ultra-wideband chip that promises to make it even easier to transfer content over from an
  • Vizio’s 75-inch P-Series Quantum X 4K TV is cheaper than ever

    Vizio’s 75-inch P-Series Quantum X 4K TV is cheaper than ever
    Image: Vizio Vizio’s P-Series Quantum X remains the company’s flagship line of QLED televisions. If you are in the market for a new TV and have room to fit a 75-inch device on your entertainment station, Vizio’s P75Qx-H1 model is $1,600 at Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Vizio. This is $400 off its usual price and the lowest we have seen this TV go for yet.Released last fall, the P-Series Quantum X TVs can hit up to 3000 nits of peak brightness and support a variable refresh rate
  • Twitter is opening up its full tweet archive to academic researchers for free

    Twitter is opening up its full tweet archive to academic researchers for free
    Illustration by Alex Castro Twitter on Tuesday announced a significant shift in the type of data it makes available for free to third-party academic researchers interested in studying user behaviors and trends related to online discourse. Now, Twitter says it will no longer require researchers pay for premium or enterprise developer access and will instead make the “full history of public conversation” — what the company refers to as its full-archive search endpoint — ava
  • Axiom names first private crew paying $55 million for a trip to the ISS

    Axiom names first private crew paying $55 million for a trip to the ISS
    An American real estate investor, a Canadian investor and a former Israeli Air Force pilot are paying $55 million each to be part of the first fully private astronaut crew to journey to the International Space Station. The trio will hitch a ride on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule early next year, with a veteran NASA astronaut as the commander.
    The Ax-1 mission, arranged by Houston, Texas-based space tourism company Axiom Space, is a watershed moment for the space industry as companies race t
  • Plex is launching a game subscription service filled with Atari games

    Plex is launching a game subscription service filled with Atari games
    Plex, well known as a service for streaming movies, music, and TV shows from your own computer, is now adding another thing you can stream: video games (via Protocol). Plex announced the new service, called Plex Arcade, on its blog and also launched a website for it. The service will cost $3 a month if you’re a Plex Pass subscriber, and $5 a month if you’re not.Instead of focusing on modern console or phone games like its competitors, Plex lets you play Atari games. It’s takin
  • Hacker pleads guilty to blackmailing Adafruit, Bleacher Report, and other sites for bitcoin

    Hacker pleads guilty to blackmailing Adafruit, Bleacher Report, and other sites for bitcoin
    A Cypriot man pleaded guilty to hacking and blackmailing several US companies. Joshua Epifaniou admitted to computer fraud and paid $600,000 in restitution to his victims. He was extradited from Cyprus and will be sentenced on March 3rd.
    Epifaniou operated what he described as a “hacking, extortion, blackmailing, [and] bluffing” scheme from 2014 to 2016. Going by aliases that included “Charley Sullivan” and “Richard Charley,” he picked targets based on their
  • Biden’s Commerce nominee backs changes to Section 230

    Biden’s Commerce nominee backs changes to Section 230
    Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images In a hearing on her nomination for Commerce Department secretary on Tuesday, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo told lawmakers that she will pursue changes to Section 230 if confirmed.Responding to questions posed by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Raimondo said that she would use the tools available through the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to convene stakeholders, industry leaders, l
  • Testing sidelined as health departments focus on vaccination

    Testing sidelined as health departments focus on vaccination
    Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles was the biggest COVID-19 testing site in the United States, with the ability to test over 10,000 people each day. But two weeks into January, amid a chaotic and slow-moving COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the city shut down the site in order to convert it into a vaccination site. The city closed another testing site, as well, temporarily slashing government-run COVID-19 testing capacity by one-third.It’s a pattern pla
  • Apple execs discussed not ‘leaving money on the table’ when setting Apple TV subscription fees

    Apple execs discussed not ‘leaving money on the table’ when setting Apple TV subscription fees
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge In Apple and Epic’s ongoing court battle over App Store fees, one of the key sticking points has been Apple’s insistence on maintaining a 30 percent cut as a cornerstone of the storefront.
    But newly revealed Apple executive emails from the case show that the App Store rules that Apple flouts as essential to the fairness of the app economy were carefully negotiated into existence over time in a way that ensured Apple wasn’t “leaving
  • Verizon Fios is experiencing outages on the East Coast

    Verizon Fios is experiencing outages on the East Coast
    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Verizon Fios, the company’s fiber optic network, appears to be experiencing outages in many locations on the US East Coast.
    There are more than 22,000 user reports of problems with Verizon on Downdetector, and there appear to be hotspots on Downdetector’s outage map for Verizon in Boston, New York City, Washington, DC, and more. A few Verge staffers are experiencing outages as well.
    A screenshot of Downdetector’s outage map for Verizon, c
  • Club Feast raises $3.5M to help restaurants deliver meals that only cost $5.99

    Club Feast, a startup with a more affordable approach to meal delivery, is announcing that it has raised $3.5 million in seed funding led by General Catalyst.
    The company was founded by Atallah Atallah, Ghazi Atallah and Chris Miao. The basic concept is pretty simple: Restaurant delivery that only costs $5.99 per dish — cheaper than almost anything you’d find on other delivery services. (The startup also charges diners a $2 delivery fee, as well as a $1 fee for single meal orders.)
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  • The Alpha 1 is Sony’s new flagship camera with monstrous specs and a $6,500 price

    The Alpha 1 is Sony’s new flagship camera with monstrous specs and a $6,500 price
    Image: Sony Sony has today announced its most advanced mirrorless camera yet: the $6,500 Alpha 1 features a new 50.1-megapixel full-frame sensor, is capable of continuous photo shooting at 30 images per second, and can record 8K video at 30fps. It’ll ship beginning in March.
    The powerhouse camera is priced significantly above the highest-end mirrorless cameras from Canon and Nikon, but Sony promises that customers who buy in will be rewarded with “the most technologically advanced, i
  • Does a $27 or $29 billion valuation make sense for Databricks?

    Late last week, independent journalist Eric Newcomer reported that Databricks is raising new capital at a valuation of “about $27 billion.” A few days later, another publication chimed in, saying that they had heard the round could be worth $29 billion at a slightly higher valuation.
    Well, well!
    Last year, The Exchange covered Databricks’ financial progress as a private company. Databricks, as a refresher, provides its customers with analytics and data science tooling and&