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…
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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…
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The gargantuan takeaways from Samsung’s Unpacked bulletins

The gargantuan takeaways from Samsung’s Unpacked bulletins

Samsung’s big Unpacked event went off with just a few hitches. It’s nice to know that even when an event is online some kind of logistical issue can cause AV problems and delay the beginning of a keynote. Makes everything feel a little more normal. I tease — the event itself was actually well executed.…
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The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is Samsung’s immense promise that it ought to repair its foldable future

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is Samsung’s immense promise that it ought to repair its foldable future

Samsung’s first look at the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 2 during its Unpacked event seemed to spend more time focusing on how the new model fixes the flaws of the original rather than emphasizing whatever will make the foldable flagship great. In putting so much effort into convincing customers that this time it got things…
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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…

TikTok is having a monster 2020

TikTok is having a monster 2020

Today felt like an unusual lull in the intersection of our many unfolding national and global crises, and so I thought I’d take the opportunity to write about something different — a subject that, despite all my best efforts, I keep getting crushingly wrong. That subject is TikTok, the ByteDance-owned app whose fading into irrelevance…

Destiny 2’s first Fortnite-kind stay tournament turned into once boring and underwhelming, but it completely’s a solid start up

Destiny 2’s first Fortnite-kind stay tournament turned into once boring and underwhelming, but it completely’s a solid start up

Destiny 2’s first ever Fortnite-style live event just wrapped earlier today, and it was unfortunately not quite what some players were expecting. Instead of something monumental and game-changing for a key part of the game world, it was more of a slow burn alternative to a standard video game cutscene. And instead of delivering a…

Sonos Arc review: an immersive soundbar that home theater enthusiasts can cherish

Sonos Arc review: an immersive soundbar that home theater enthusiasts can cherish

The new Sonos Arc soundbar is perhaps the biggest flex of the company’s design, engineering, and technology advancements that we’ve seen yet. Whereas the $399 Beam was aimed squarely at the massive market of people looking to upgrade the dull, lackluster sound coming from their TV speakers, the $799 Arc represents the pinnacle of what…

NYU’s digital graduation tournament grew to change into into ‘a vaporwave nightmare’

NYU’s digital graduation tournament grew to change into into ‘a vaporwave nightmare’

On May 19th, New York University student John DiLillo attended Grad Alley, the school’s annual block party to celebrate commencement. For two hours, he and a few friends went to places like “Pictionary Island” and peered into the (surprisingly hollow) rubbery inside of a dolphin. He got stuck underground. He ran into exactly six people,…

Apple and Google’s COVID-19 notification contrivance won’t work in a vaccum

Apple and Google’s COVID-19 notification contrivance won’t work in a vaccum

Last month, before Google and Apple announced their joint effort to enable COVID-19 exposure notifications, I wrote about the trouble with using Bluetooth-based solutions for contact tracing. Chief among the issues is getting a meaningful number of people to download any app in the first place, public health officials told me. And now that such…

Summer sport fest: suggestions to watch this summer time’s digital gaming events

Summer sport fest: suggestions to watch this summer time’s digital gaming events

Even though E3, Gamescom, and other summer gaming events have become online-only or outright canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems there’s still going to be a lot of gaming news this summer. Publishers and media have already scheduled many digital events, promising news and announcements, which could help fill the void left by…

Sundar Pichai on managing Google via the pandemic

Sundar Pichai on managing Google via the pandemic

Like all big tech companies, Google and Alphabet are playing an outsized role in our lives as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Whether it’s helping people find reliable information in search, working with the government on testing, building an exposure-tracking system into Android and iOS in partnership with Apple, or battling misinformation on YouTube, Google’s capability…

How public arts funding helps developers fetch uncommon, more diverse games

How public arts funding helps developers fetch uncommon, more diverse games

After launching Untitled Goose Game on my Nintendo Switch, the game loads into its opening credits, transitioning from logo to logo. First, it credits the studio that made it, House House, then the publisher, Panic. After that, the screen reads “with support from Film Victoria.” Although the moment is brief, the credit on-screen gestures toward…

This year’s graduates accept as true with one ingredient in general: disappointing online ceremonies

This year’s graduates accept as true with one ingredient in general: disappointing online ceremonies

Taylor Walker worked hard during her time at Salem State University. She was her class’s homecoming queen, she sang in the university’s Grammy award-winning choir, and she completed a double degree in communication and speech. Graduation was her chance to reflect on all those accomplishments. To celebrate, she planned to host a party with her…

See the first Xbox Series X gameplay photos, displaying off ray-tracing and graphics of the subsequent-gen console

See the first Xbox Series X gameplay photos, displaying off ray-tracing and graphics of the subsequent-gen console

After months of hardware reveals, spec reveals, and hype, Microsoft is finally doing a proper first look at gameplay footage for its upcoming next-gen console, the Xbox Series X, showing off gameplay from 13 games that will be headed to the console this fall. Before you get too excited, the trailers showed off come from…

Candidates can’t campaign, so they’re making an strive to head viral

Candidates can’t campaign, so they’re making an strive to head viral

On Wednesday, the field director for Mel Gagarin’s congressional campaign sat shirtless — illuminated by candlelight — in his bathtub reading a scary story over Instagram Live. “Bedtime Bathtime Storytimes” have become regular events for Gagarin’s campaign even if they’re only for an audience of around a dozen people, including other members of the campaign.…

Oculus gross sales spiked in the lead-up to 1/2-Lifestyles: Alyx

Oculus gross sales spiked in the lead-up to 1/2-Lifestyles: Alyx

Despite pandemic-related hardware shortages, Facebook’s virtual reality business exploded at the start of 2020. The company revealed yesterday that it made $297 million in non-advertising revenue during the first quarter of 2020. That was “driven largely by sales of Oculus products,” rather than other products like Portal. The number is a full 80 percent higher…