Librarians grew to become Google Kinds into the now now not going platform for virtual wreck 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 gigantic Twitter hack may possibly per chance also furthermore be a world security crisis

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 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…

Librarians grew to become Google Kinds into the now now not going platform for virtual wreck out rooms

Librarians grew to become Google Kinds into the now now not going platform for virtual wreck 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 gigantic Twitter hack may possibly per chance also furthermore be a world security crisis

The gigantic Twitter hack may possibly per chance also furthermore be a world security crisis

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…

Ghost of Tsushima is a blinding samurai epic buried below a well-diagnosed open-world game

Ghost of Tsushima is a blinding samurai epic buried below a well-diagnosed open-world game

Filed under: Games Review The last big PS4 exclusive is a conflicted one Ghost of Tsushima is at its best when it’s quiet. The latest PS4 game from developer Sucker Punch is an attempt to merge the structure of a conventional open-world game with the setting of a classic samurai film. Think of it as…

Our finest burning do a question to about Apple’s ARM silicon

Our finest burning do a question to about Apple’s ARM silicon

For years, Apple has steadily revealed how the ARM-based chips in its mobile phones were catching up in performance to the beefier silicon you’d find inside a laptop or desktop — in 2018, the company claimed its new iPad Pro was faster than 92 percent of portable PCs. At some point, it seemed inevitable that…

Basecamp’s issue of Apple’s policies is already benefiting other developers

Basecamp’s issue of Apple’s policies is already benefiting other developers

A weird thing about running a tech company is that if you are very successful, at some point you will also be operating a vast quasi-legal system. Up to a certain point, one of your users complaining that they got locked out of their account is just a customer service problem. But after some threshold…

The creators of the buzzy audio app Clubhouse made a depressingly customary mistake

The creators of the buzzy audio app Clubhouse made a depressingly customary mistake

I. Yesterday we talked about how a recent social media conflict between journalists and the tech world might be better framed as a conflict between managers and their employees. Today I want to look at that conflict from another angle — how it played out on the buzzy, audio-only, invite-only social network Clubhouse. Like many…

Apple doubles down on controversial decision to reject electronic mail app Hello

Apple doubles down on controversial decision to reject electronic mail app Hello

Apple is standing behind its decision to reject future updates for the iOS app of new email service Hey. In a letter sent to Hey creator Basecamp and obtained by The Verge, Apple outlines the App Store rules it says the Hey app breaks and advises the company to adhere to developer guidelines if Basecamp…

Sen. Ed Markey on the politics of craftsmanship

Sen. Ed Markey on the politics of craftsmanship

If you’ve ever had an 18-inch satellite dish, you’ve enjoyed the work of Senator Ed Markey. Sen. Markey (D-MA) was there in 1992 as a US Representative when the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act was passed, which regulated cable service pricing, increased competition, and, in his eye, birthed the 18-inch satellite dish. He…

The entirety it’s miles critical to circulation TV

The entirety it’s miles critical to circulation TV

We live in the era of streaming entertainment, and it’s easier than ever to start watching whatever new Netflix, Prime Video, or Hulu show that your friends and co-workers are raving about. No matter if you’re looking for movies, sports, live TV, or anything else, you can probably stream it, and that’s why consumers have…

Lenovo’s Flex 5G proves it’s too early to lift a 5G computer

Lenovo’s Flex 5G proves it’s too early to lift a 5G computer

Lenovo’s Flex 5G has a lot to live up to as the world’s first 5G-enabled Windows 10 2-in-1 laptop. Not just that, it also needs to convince people that putting ARM-based processors in a Windows laptop is a perk, not a liability that spells incompatibility doom for those who rely on a lot of apps.…

TikTok’s success has made it a spacious target for regulators

TikTok’s success has made it a spacious target for regulators

I. A recurring theme of this newsletter is that I write about TikTok, make some dark prediction about its future, and then turn out to be totally wrong. In that spirit, I thought today we could look at the particularly newsy week the ByteDance-owned video app has had, and then contribute some additional speculation that…

Evan Spiegel on maps, Minis, and the future of Snapchat

Evan Spiegel on maps, Minis, and the future of Snapchat

On Thursday Snap held its second-ever partner summit as a virtual event, announcing a new suite of products and developer tools for Snapchat. The inaugural event was one of the more memorable tech productions I’ve been to — a high-energy keynote from CEO Evan Spiegel in front of giant vertical screens on a converted Hollywood…

Quibi is flailing because of the no person at Quibi understands what Quibi is

Quibi is flailing because of the no person at Quibi understands what Quibi is

After 90 days, Quibi’s free trial period has come to an end. Now, executives at the company have their biggest hurdle yet: getting people to willingly pay $5 or $8 a month for a service that most critics argue lacks exciting shows and flopped on launch. Quibi, a shortform video streaming service, is supposed to…

Fading Light: the story of Magic Soar’s lost blended actuality magnum opus

Fading Light: the story of Magic Soar’s lost blended actuality magnum opus

In April 2020, the weird and ambitious startup Magic Leap cut its workforce in half and delayed plans to take mixed reality glasses mainstream. The company had a wealth of ideas about how ordinary people might use its hardware, which overlays virtual images on reality. But after years of development, many were still prototypes or…

The most easy tech affords for the July Fourth weekend

The most easy tech affords for the July Fourth weekend

Tomorrow is July Fourth, or Independence Day if you live in the US. Like all major US holidays, there are some good sales happening on tech that are worth mentioning. We’ve listed the best ones we know about below, broken up by category. Many of them are happening through tomorrow night, so it’s best to…

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

Ubisoft’s Hyper Scape is a speedy, chaotic warfare 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 Division developer Massive Entertainment 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 sprawling urban…

How I hosted my first charity circulation, and the formulation you may well host one, too

How I hosted my first charity circulation, and the formulation you may well 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 enviornment one particular person at a time

Gaming can’t fix its abuse enviornment 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…

The total lot that the gigantic social networks banned this week, ranked

The total lot that the gigantic social networks banned this week, ranked

Rarely do we see so many ban hammers drop over a 48-hour period as we have seen this week. The big social platforms, who were once loath to intervene in matters of political speech, are getting much more comfortable with the idea. Today let’s look at what happened and why — and, for the sake…

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

Manual to streaming: from Disney Plus and HBO Max to NBA League Trot 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…

How activists needs to be focused on cybersecurity

How activists needs to be focused on cybersecurity

In this week’s edition of our Vergecast interview series, Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and policy editor Russell Brandom talk with cybersecurity expert and founder of CryptoHarlem Matt Mitchell. Mitchell has worked with activists in the US to help them better understand the tools technology offers as well as the threats it can impose. On The…

Scream moderation factors are taking center stage within the presidential election campaign

Scream moderation factors are taking center stage within 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…

TikTok unearths one of the most indispensable secrets and techniques, and blind spots, of its recommendation algorithm

TikTok unearths one of the most indispensable secrets and techniques, 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…

Turning off political ads on Fb would maybe well additionally private unpredictable penalties

Turning off political ads on Fb would maybe well additionally private unpredictable penalties

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…

wander Disney Plus

wander 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,…

How Apple is making the antitrust case in opposition to it stronger

How Apple is making the antitrust case in opposition to it stronger

I. Say your company makes a new email platform. In 2020, that means building not just a website but also an app — several of them, actually. You’ll probably want clients for Mac and Windows, iOS and Android, the open web, and — if you’re showing off — Linux. In some of these places, like…

Apple’s App Store polices are terrifying, but its interpretation and enforcement is worse

Apple’s App Store polices are terrifying, but its interpretation and enforcement is worse

I started this morning all riled up and ready to write a newsletter about how Google is using its market power in one segment — Gmail — to give itself a potentially unfair advantage in another segment: video conferencing. That was the plan, but then Apple decided to use its market power in one segment…

How Lego’s Mario sets lift the magic of Nintendo to life

How Lego’s Mario sets lift the magic of Nintendo to life

Mario is making the jump from the digital worlds of the Mushroom Kingdom to a new — but fitting — collaboration with Lego that lets players build their own IRL Super Mario levels. I’ve had the chance to try out the first sets, which are a fun spin on both the classic Mario and Lego…

Sony’s PS5 recount changed into the estimable leer yet at next-gen gaming

Sony’s PS5 recount changed into the estimable leer yet at next-gen gaming

Ahead of the long-awaited arrival of the next generation of video game consoles, Microsoft had clearly grabbed the initiative. Its reveal of the Xbox Series X at the Game Awards came out of nowhere, and Sony’s weak response at CES a few weeks later was to show off the PS5 logo. (It’s a PS4 logo…

The Final of Us Phase II is unhappy and laborious, nonetheless that’s what makes it immense

The Final of Us Phase II is unhappy and laborious, nonetheless that’s what makes it immense

The Last of Us Part II isn’t fun. Over the game’s 20-hour runtime, I often found myself wanting to quit because the violence became unbearable. I didn’t want to bash that lunging dog with a hammer or slice at that defenseless woman with a knife. I certainly didn’t want to watch a religious zealot’s head…

Working from dwelling, with robots

Working from dwelling, with robots

When the pandemic stopped Sam Seifert from going into the office, he, like millions of other Americans, was forced to bring his work home with him. His work, though, wasn’t exactly suited to the domestic environment. It was big and loud. It stomped about his apartment and upset the neighbors. But that’s robots for you…

Android 11 incessantly is the entirely texting platform at the same time as you make use of just a few chat apps

Android 11 incessantly is the entirely texting platform at the same time as you make use of just a few chat apps

The official beta for the next version of Android is out now, and if you have a spare Pixel phone, I really do recommend you check it out. If you don’t, my recommendation is not to install it — betas are never a great idea on something you truly depend on, and your main phone…

Tinder CEO Elie Seidman on discovering devour throughout the pandemic

Tinder CEO Elie Seidman on discovering devour throughout 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…

Asus ZenBook Duo review: two monitors, too many compromises

Asus ZenBook Duo review: two monitors, too many compromises

There is one — and only one — reason to buy the Asus ZenBook Duo. If you’ve seen a picture, you know what that reason is: there are two screens. Specifically, there’s the primary display, a 14-inch 1080p matte screen. There’s also another display, a 12.6-inch IPS panel called the ScreenPad 2.0, built into the…

What Home windows can educate the Mac about the swap to ARM processors

What Home windows can educate the Mac about the swap to ARM processors

We knew ARM-based Mac processors were coming, but Mark Gurman is reporting at Bloomberg that Apple will announce the transition at its online-only WWDC later this month. Back in April, I called on Apple to announce as early as possible and to provide as much detail as possible to both developers and users. The main…

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…

The Verge’s 17 accepted kitchen devices

The Verge’s 17 accepted kitchen devices

When you’re stuck at home because of pandemics, bad weather, or just because you don’t feel like going out, there’s nothing more satisfying than cooking something really fantastic. Even if you’re not an experienced or enthusiastic cook, sometimes it’s really satisfying to create a new and tasty dish for you, your friends, and / or…

Future 2’s first Fortnite-style live occasion was once slack and underwhelming, but it for sure’s a real open

Future 2’s first Fortnite-style live occasion was once slack and underwhelming, but it for sure’s a real open

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…

How attain you got Fortnite dazzling?

How attain you got Fortnite dazzling?

Sometime in the next few weeks, Fortnite will begin a new season, the third since its Chapter 2 overhaul debuted last October. I’ve been playing since the second season — which began way back in December 2017 — and over the years I’ve seen the game and its players change and evolve. The game shifted,…

Video game companies most sensible likely stand for what you develop them stand for

Video game companies most sensible likely stand for what you develop them stand for

On May 25th, the police killed George Floyd, and in every state, protests against police brutality and anti-black racism have been ongoing ever since. For reasons that risk trivializing a serious moment in history, the brands have also decided to speak up, too, issuing statements of solidarity across social media platforms. This, for better or…