Kevin Systrom potentially received’t win over TikTok, nonetheless it’s fun to dream

Kevin Systrom potentially received’t win over TikTok, nonetheless it’s fun to dream

This week was the deadline for ByteDance to divorce itself of TikTok over security concerns, but at press time no deal has been struck. Instead, we have the strangest of corporate entities now taking shape. And, thanks to journalists at the New York Times, we have perhaps the most delicious morsel of reporting to ever…
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Designate Zuckerberg on why he doesn’t are making an try to “place an Apple Peep on your face”

Designate Zuckerberg on why he doesn’t are making an try to “place an Apple Peep on your face”

Social networks contain multitudes. One day you’re writing about internal dissent over the company’s ability to uproot influence campaigns and election interference; the very next, you’re watching a live stream of the same company’s foray into virtual reality helmets and designer mixed reality glasses. At a company with as many interests as Facebook has, different…
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The PS5 is priced, the Oculus Quest 2 launched, and the GoPro Hero 9 reviewed

The PS5 is priced, the Oculus Quest 2 launched, and the GoPro Hero 9 reviewed

Processor is a digest for what’s happening in the world of consumer technology, with incisive analysis (or maybe just jokes) from Dieter Bohn. Sign up for the newsletter here and check out the Processor video series on YouTube. It is a remarkably good time to be into video games. It’s not just that we’ve got…
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The DS used to be Nintendo at its only and most weird and wonderful

The DS used to be Nintendo at its only and most weird and wonderful

Nintendo has always been a strange company. The Kyoto-based game maker turned an Italian plumber into one of pop culture’s biggest icons, and the company has experimented with everything from DIY cardboard game accessories to three-pronged controllers. This unpredictable nature is what makes Nintendo so exciting (and occasionally infuriating). Often, these concepts seem to come…
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Designate Zuckerberg on why he doesn’t are making an try to “place an Apple Peep on your face”

Designate Zuckerberg on why he doesn’t are making an try to “place an Apple Peep on your face”

Social networks contain multitudes. One day you’re writing about internal dissent over the company’s ability to uproot influence campaigns and election interference; the very next, you’re watching a live stream of the same company’s foray into virtual reality helmets and designer mixed reality glasses. At a company with as many interests as Facebook has, different…

The DS used to be Nintendo at its only and most weird and wonderful

The DS used to be Nintendo at its only and most weird and wonderful

Nintendo has always been a strange company. The Kyoto-based game maker turned an Italian plumber into one of pop culture’s biggest icons, and the company has experimented with everything from DIY cardboard game accessories to three-pronged controllers. This unpredictable nature is what makes Nintendo so exciting (and occasionally infuriating). Often, these concepts seem to come…

We examined one of Intel’s Tiger Lake processors — and Xe Graphics are the accurate deal

We examined one of Intel’s Tiger Lake processors — and Xe Graphics are the accurate deal

Earlier this month, Intel announced its 11th-Gen “Tiger Lake” laptop CPUs. The company proclaimed them the new best processor for thin-and-light laptops — but thanks to AMD’s 7nm Ryzen 400 chips, competition for that title is fierce. This week, we finally got a chance to try one out. For some background: the Tiger Lake line…

What newsrooms can be taught from threat modeling at Facebook

What newsrooms can be taught from threat modeling at Facebook

Editor’s note: We’re barreling toward the 2020 election with big unresolved problems in election interference — from foreign actors to domestic troublemakers. So how can journalists sort through all of the noise without having their coverage or their newsrooms compromised? Jay Rosen, one of America’s foremost press critics and a professor of journalism at NYU,…

The LG Hover’s twisting camouflage offers a brand new stir on the twin-camouflage smartphone

The LG Hover’s twisting camouflage offers a brand new stir on the twin-camouflage smartphone

LG is no stranger to two-screen smartphones in recent years, but the company has just officially announced its boldest foray into a dual-screen device in recent memory: the LG Wing. It’s a wild-looking, swiveling-display smartphone that looks to — quite literally — offer a new spin on what a phone can do. The new phone…

Three takeaways from a discuss over with to TikTok’s modern transparency heart

Three takeaways from a discuss over with to TikTok’s modern transparency heart

In July, amid increasing scrutiny from the Trump administration, TikTok announced a novel effort to build trust with regulators: a physical office known as the Transparency and Accountability Center. The center would allow visitors to learn about the company’s data storage and content moderation practices, and even to inspect the algorithms that power its core…

Lenovo’s IdeaPad Slim 7 is a showcase for AMD’s distinctive unique processor

Lenovo’s IdeaPad Slim 7 is a showcase for AMD’s distinctive unique processor

AMD has started a laptop revolution. For evidence, just look to The Verge’s Instagram account. “No Ryzen no buy,” reads the most-liked comment on a recent photo of the Intel-powered Lenovo Legion 5i. “If it’s INTEL no point of purchasing it,” reads the second comment down. There’s no doubt about it: the Ryzen 4000 series…

These students discovered their checks were graded by AI — and the easy come to cheat

These students discovered their checks were graded by AI — and the easy come to cheat

On Monday, Dana Simmons came downstairs to find her 12-year-old son, Lazare, in tears. He’d completed the first assignment for his seventh-grade history class on Edgenuity, an online platform for virtual learning. He’d received a 50 out of 100. That wasn’t on a practice test — it was his real grade. “He was like, I’m…

Apple stumbled into a battle with the gaming industry, and the future of iOS is at stake

Apple stumbled into a battle with the gaming industry, and the future of iOS is at stake

Image by Epic Games Apple’s cloud ban and Fortnite feud have made it gaming’s latest villain Apple has always had a complicated relationship with the game industry, but this month that relationship slid into a bitter and very public legal and regulatory war that could shape the future of iPhone apps. The first escalation occurred…

Facebook is making Oculus’s worst characteristic unavoidable

Facebook is making Oculus’s worst characteristic unavoidable

Yesterday, Facebook infuriated the VR world, announcing plans to require a Facebook login for future VR headsets. The decision broke an early promise from Oculus founder Palmer Luckey and was almost universally reviled online, with critics raising concerns about intrusive data collection, targeted advertising, and being forced to use a service they hated. On the…

How a dressmaker extinct AI and Photoshop to elevate passe Roman emperors again to lifestyles

How a dressmaker extinct AI and Photoshop to elevate passe Roman emperors again to lifestyles

Machine learning is a fantastic tool for renovating old photos and videos. So much so that it can even bring ancient statues to life, transforming the chipped stone busts of long-dead Roman emperors into photorealistic faces you could imagine walking past on the street. The portraits are the creation of designer Daniel Voshart, who describes…

Platforms efficiently stopped a lame COVID conspiracy video from going viral

Platforms efficiently stopped a lame COVID conspiracy video from going viral

One of the more hopeful developments at tech platforms this year has been their investment in removing misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter were all relatively quick to acknowledge the threat that COVID hoaxes represent, and have worked to purge it from their networks. Enforcement of those misinformation policies has sometimes…

Why Account can’t afford to lose the Unreal Engine in its abundant fight with Apple

Why Account can’t afford to lose the Unreal Engine in its abundant fight with Apple

A demo of Epic’s upcoming Unreal Engine 5 release, scheduled to come out next year. Image: Epic Games Apple and Epic’s Fortnite fight has spiraled into something much more Epic’s legal fight with Apple over the future of Fortnite has quickly evolved into an existential battle for one of the game studio’s most lucrative and…

Trump’s WeChat ban may perchance contact all the pieces from Spotify to League of Legends

Trump’s WeChat ban may perchance contact all the pieces from Spotify to League of Legends

Last night, the Trump administration issued a pair of stunning executive orders against Chinese technology companies, banning US transactions with the companies after a deadline of September 20th. Most of the immediate focus has been on TikTok, which was targeted through its parent company ByteDance — but the second order could have a far more…

Microsoft and Samsung need each somewhat a mode of now extra than ever

Microsoft and Samsung need each somewhat a mode of now extra than ever

Outside of its hardware announcements, one of the bigger takeaways from yesterday’s Samsung event was its ever-closer relationship with Microsoft. The two companies are partnering together on everything from mobile gaming bundles, to optimizing their apps and integrating their software. They even announced that you’ll soon be able to use and control multiple apps from…

Why Microsoft needs TikTok

Why Microsoft needs TikTok

Based on wallpaper by Michael Gillett (Wallpaper Hub) Forty-five days to close the deal At first glance, a Microsoft acquisition of TikTok seems a little unusual. Microsoft has spent years walking back consumer plays like the Groove Music service, the Kinect Xbox accessory, its Microsoft Band fitness device, Windows Phone, and more recently the Mixer…

The tech antitrust hearing used to be appropriate, essentially

The tech antitrust hearing used to be appropriate, essentially

Well, we had an antitrust hearing. A long one, too. The House Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the market power of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google ran to nearly six hours, accounting for a handful of delays and intermissions. Alternating Democrats and Republicans asked the CEOs of those companies a combined 217 questions, ranging from pointed…

OpenAI’s most original step forward is astonishingly extremely efficient, but peaceful struggling with its flaws

OpenAI’s most original step forward is astonishingly extremely efficient, but peaceful struggling with its flaws

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The ultimate autocomplete The most exciting new arrival in the world of AI looks, on the surface, disarmingly simple. It’s not some subtle game-playing program that can outthink humanity’s finest or a mechanically advanced robot that backflips like an Olympian. No, it’s merely an autocomplete program, like the…

An exceptional Nintendo leak turns into a safe predicament for archivists

An exceptional Nintendo leak turns into a safe predicament for archivists

For the past week, Nintendo fans have resembled digital archaeologists. Following a massive leak of source code and other internal documents — appropriately dubbed the gigaleak — previously unknown details from the company’s biggest games have steadily trickled out. Those poring over the code have uncovered a new Animal Crossing villager, early prototypes for games…

How Tony Hawk’s Expert Skater modified the lives of one of the main arena’s finest skaters

How Tony Hawk’s Expert Skater modified the lives of one of the main arena’s finest skaters

Rodney Mullen.Photo: Activision Rodney Mullen, Chad Muska, and Bucky Lasek on the series’s lasting impact Rodney Mullen still remembers the first time he went on tour after appearing in a Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater game. Mullen is widely regarded as one of the most influential skaters of all time, credited with creating many of the…

Mischief managed

Mischief managed

How MSCHF managed to dominate the internet — with fun! Illustration by Grayson Blackmon / Alex Castro / The Verge Here is the first honorable use of venture capital: using the funds to design, prototype, test, and then build a rubber chicken pipe to smoke weed out of. The first time I saw Puff The…

‘COVID parties’ are a virulent disease urban legend that won’t hobble away

‘COVID parties’ are a virulent disease urban legend that won’t hobble away

Amid hosts of reasonable fears about the coronavirus pandemic, there’s also one far more dubious threat: “COVID parties.” As Wired explains in a good exploration of the topic, COVID parties (or “corona parties”) are events where people supposedly expose themselves to the coronavirus on purpose. Medical professionals and government officials have periodically warned about these…

Librarians was Google Kinds into the unlikely platform for virtual destroy out rooms

Librarians was Google Kinds into the unlikely platform for virtual destroy out rooms

Illustration by Grayson Blackmon / The Verge Librarians are using the activities to keep communities entertained and informed On the day the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, Pennsylvania, was supposed to unveil a superhero-themed escape room, the library had to close its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. With no physical location to work…

The huge Twitter hack would possibly perchance well per chance also very neatly be a world security disaster

The huge Twitter hack would possibly perchance well per chance also very neatly be a world security disaster

You can’t say you didn’t see it coming. Whatever Twitter eventually comes to say about the events of July 15th, 2020, when it suffered the most catastrophic security breach in company history, it must be said that the events were set in motion years ago. Beginning in the spring of 2018, scammers began to impersonate…

Peacock’s no longer-so-secret ingredient in the streaming wars is its free tier

Peacock’s no longer-so-secret ingredient in the streaming wars is its free tier

Peacock is NBCUniversal’s new streaming service and the last major entrant in the colloquial streaming wars. But Gidon Katz, the company’s president of direct to consumer, believes Peacock can win by leaning into something most of its biggest competitors won’t: offering premium entertainment, mostly for free. When Peacock launches tomorrow across the United States, people…

Ubisoft’s Hyper Scape is a fleet, chaotic combat royale from the developer of The Division

Ubisoft’s Hyper Scape is a fleet, chaotic combat royale from the developer of The Division

Ubisoft on Thursday unveiled Hyper Scape, an all-new free-to-play battle royale (BR) shooter from the Montreal-based team behind Rainbow Six Siege that will attempt to carve out its own niche in the highly competitive genre. As first confirmed by leaks earlier this week, Hyper Scape is a much more futuristic-styled BR game set in a…

How I hosted my first charity circulation, and the diagram you might want to presumably host one, too

How I hosted my first charity circulation, and the diagram you might want to presumably host one, too

Congratulations! The world is falling apart (or at least feels like it’s falling apart), and you’ve decided to do something about it. That’s a commendable urge. Here’s where I tell you that you’ve also decided to do something very hard. Hosting a charity stream (on Twitch, YouTube, or on any other platform) is much more…

Gaming can’t fix its abuse voice one particular person at a time

Gaming can’t fix its abuse voice one particular person at a time

Over the last week, dozens of developers, journalists, and streamers have come forward on Twitter with allegations of abuse they’ve endured as part of the video game industry. Their stories span several high-profile companies and include figures in powerful positions. While the sheer number of people speaking up at once is remarkable — and concurrent…

Turning off political ads on Facebook will contain unpredictable consequences

Turning off political ads on Facebook will contain unpredictable consequences

Programming note: The Interface is off on Thursday. Back on Monday. It seems hard to believe now, but there was a time when political advertising was relatively uncontroversial. Sure, individual ads regularly proved to be controversial, from the nuclear provocations of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Daisy” to racist fear-mongering of George H.W. Bush’s “Willie Horton.” And…

Squawk material moderation factors are taking heart stage in the presidential election campaign

Squawk material moderation factors are taking heart stage in the presidential election campaign

Happy Worldwide Developer Conference to those who celebrate. I spent the weekend watching three stories unfold at the intersection of social networks and politics. Let’s take them in turn. I. During the initial George Floyd protests earlier this month, a big question was whether the social networks would take action against President Trump for one…

Manual to streaming: from Disney Plus and HBO Max to NBA League Roam and Crunchyroll

Manual to streaming: from Disney Plus and HBO Max to NBA League Roam and Crunchyroll

There is a plethora of streaming services available for anyone with a credit card handy. Hulu and Netflix are general entertainment providers offering licensed content and originals for subscribers. Others, like anime provider Crunchyroll and NFL Sunday Ticket, are targeted at specific interests. Streaming services like Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus are flashy newcomers…

TikTok reveals one of the most secrets and ways, and blind spots, of its recommendation algorithm

TikTok reveals one of the most secrets and ways, and blind spots, of its recommendation algorithm

Like many social media platforms and apps, TikTok feeds are built using a recommendation algorithm that uses a number of tools and factors to personalize it for each person. Now, TikTok has published a new blog post explaining how its recommendation feed works, and it includes tips for personalizing the feed to avoid being served…

Guidelines on how to dawdle Disney Plus

Guidelines on how to dawdle Disney Plus

The highly anticipated Disney Plus streaming service, which will likely prove as essential as Netflix to many consumers, is now available. Disney Plus combines content from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic into a single streaming app. You can dig into Disney Plus’ vault of animated classics, superhero blockbusters, TV shows, and new originals,…

Tinder CEO Elie Seidman on discovering be pleased at some level of the pandemic

Tinder CEO Elie Seidman on discovering be pleased at some level of the pandemic

Tinder and its parent company Match Group have weathered the COVID-19 pandemic relatively well, all things considered. User engagement is up, as is interest around new product features, like video calls. More than six years after its launch, Tinder is finally introducing a one-on-one video calling feature that it says will be heavily moderated for…