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Verge 04/09/2020 11:34
The pandemic is even affecting emoji. The Unicode Consortium, the group behind emoji releases, that it’s delaying its version planned for 2021, meaning that devices won’t receive new emoji next year and instead will get a release in 2022. The good news is that the emoji that were , like the olive, beaver, and plunger, will still be available this fall. Unicode says the delay is happening because it relies on volunteers who are currently overwhelmed dealing with the pandemic. “Under the current circumstances we’ve heard that our contributors have a lot on their plates at the moment and decided it was in the best interests of our volunteers and the organizations that depend on the standard to push...
Verge 04/09/2020 11:18
Photo by Evan Blass. There have been rumors and leaks aplenty about the Google Pixel 4A, but they’re starting to bubble up even more today. published what it claims is a complete set of specs for the Pixel 4A, and most intriguing of all, it says that Google won’t be releasing a Pixel 4A XL. The Pixel 4A will instead split the difference in size between the prior models, with a 5.8-inch display that’s a little larger than the 5.6-inch Pixel 3A but slightly smaller than the 6-inch Pixel 3A XL. Most of what’s reported aligns with what we’ve already heard about the 4A, like that it will house the Snapdragon 730 processor, feature 6GB of RAM, and have a single 12.2MP rear-facing lens. It is also said to have a headphone jack. Though, there are a
Verge 04/09/2020 11:10
Image: Yelp. Yelp laid off 1,000 employees and furloughed an additional 1,100 workers today as it struggles with reduced spending from restaurants. Yelp co-founder and CEO Jeremy Stoppelman on Thursday announcing that, due to the impact of the pandemic, the company would need to decrease the number of employees through a combination of layoffs and furloughs.
Verge 04/09/2020 11:09
VENN, otherwise known as the , wants to succeed where G4TV failed by launching a television channel entirely dedicated to gaming that appeals to both hardcore esports fans and people with a casual interest in video games. The network plans to offer a constant schedule of highly produced shows that revolve around professional esports, gaming culture, and video game news.
Verge 04/09/2020 10:50
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. Online conspiracy theories have been trying to link the novel coronavirus pandemic to the rollout of 5G technology recently. Despite there being no scientific links, . Theories shared on Facebook, Nextdoor, and Instagram are being widely spread, leading the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to : “5G technology does NOT cause coronavirus.”None of the conspiracy theories that try to link 5G and the coronavirus even make sense. The virus is spreading in countries without access to 5G, the frequencies from 5G can’t harm your body, and COVID-19 is caused by a contagious virus that is in no way related to electromagnetic...
Verge 04/09/2020 10:50
Airbnb that it will now offer Experiences that are entirely digital so people who are practicing social distancing and staying at home can find activities to do remotely. The new offers activities like bartending and cooking classes, virtual bike tours, Korean makeup tutorials, fortune reading, comedy shows, and language lessons. When it launched in 2016, Airbnb Experiences was part of the company’s foray into transforming the rental platform into a full-fledged travel company. It offered tours, events, and activities hosted by local individuals and companies in cities around the world. Experiences was put on pause after major cities began closing nonessential businesses due to the pandemic and...
Verge 04/09/2020 10:26
Photo by Steve Pfost / Newsday RM via Getty Images. As the rate of COVID-19 testing slowly creeps up in the US, public health experts have a new concern that many people with negative test results . "If you have had likely exposures and symptoms suggest Covid-19 infection, you probably have it — even if your test is negative," Harlan Krumholz, a professor of medicine at Yale, in The New York Times . Doctors and clinicians struggle with test accuracy all the time, across all areas of medicine.
Verge 04/09/2020 09:43
Image: Logitech. Most laptops come with a built-in webcam, but if you’re working at home from a desktop or maybe just looking to touch up the mediocre quality of whatever camera you’re stuck with, external webcams are still a crucial accessory. But with so many people now firmly settled into work-from-home life, they’ve become nearly impossible to find. NPD Group in sales for webcams over the first three weeks of March as consumers settled into quarantine. As a result, popular webcams from Logitech and other companies are completely sold out at retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Dell, and others, and restocks are rare to come by. “With a dramatic shift in remote work, distance learning and telemedicine...
Verge 04/09/2020 09:00
Photo by AMANDA SABGA/AFP via Getty Images. In today, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) raised new concerns about the service’s safety and privacy policies amid unprecedented consumer usage of the product in education and elsewhere. The letter pays particular attention to users under the age of 13 who are subject to special privacy protections under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The letter details a number of Zoom’s recent security and privacy issues, including the recent “Zoombombing” harassment attacks and its iOS app . “We appreciate your announced intention to address each of these issues,” the letter reads, “but it is alarming that Zoom allowed these security...
Verge 04/09/2020 08:00
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. TikTok has announced a to support those fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help other individuals and organizations struggling with its impact. In total, the company is pledging $375 million; including $250 million in funds, $100 million in ad credits, and $25 million in ad space for public health information. The $250 million in funding is split into a couple of different relief funds. There’s the Health Heroes Relief Fund ($150 million), which will provide money for medical staff, supplies and hardship relief for healthcare workers. Then there’s its Community Relief Fund ($40 million) which provides money to organizations helping communities that have been hit hard by the health crisis (TikTok..
Verge 04/09/2020 07:31
Image: Wing. Alphabet’s drone delivery company Wing has seen a “significant” increase in demand in recent weeks as people adhere to social distancing rules during the COVID-19 pandemic. that in the last two weeks the company’s drones have made over 1,000 deliveries, while a doubling of deliveries in the US and Australia. Wing currently offers its drone deliveries in a limited number of places worldwide. These include locations in , , and , where the company has partnered with local shops for deliveries. Customers use Wing’s app to make an order, and their deliveries can arrive within minutes thanks to drones that can travel at around 65 mph.
Verge 04/09/2020 06:00
Illustration by Grayson Blackmon and Alex Castro / The Verge. As of Friday, I’ll have been self-isolating at home for 30 days. Thanks to quick action on the part of city officials to lock the city down, San Francisco is . Within weeks, talk will turn to how we go about re-opening cities to public life — and what role, if any, technology companies should play in the response. Today — and also tomorrow; this column ends on a cliffhanger! — let’s talk about some of the proposals for using tech to reopen cities. First, you’re probably wondering when your city will reopen, and how. This talk is a bit premature, particularly outside of California and Washington. But if you’re wondering how public health officials will make that decision,
Verge 04/09/2020 01:52
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge. The , Microsoft’s dual-screen PC that runs a new operating system called Windows 10X, will miss its planned release date of holiday 2020, according to reports from and . The company is said to have shifted its focus to get Windows 10X to run well on single-screen devices like laptops and 2-in-1s. The , the dual-screen Android phone that Microsoft announced alongside the Neo last year, is apparently unaffected so far. Third-party dual-screen or foldable PCs, however, like a planned model of , reportedly won’t be able to launch this year with Windows 10X, which is likely to mark a major setback for the form factor.
Verge 04/08/2020 22:45
LG’s flagship phones over the past couple years have all looked extremely similar to each other: good luck picking out the G7, the V40, the G8, the V50, the G8X, or the V60 from a lineup unless you have a very good memory for the number of cameras. The company appears to be changing things up for an upcoming device, however, which it says will use an altogether new design language. LG describes this design language as “a nod to the natural world with a visual form factor that differs from the industry trend.” A “raindrop” camera features smaller lenses and an LED flash below the larger main camera, evoking dripping water; LG notes this is in opposition to current trends for big camera bumps. Elsewhere LG says it’s using a new “3D Arc...
Verge 04/08/2020 19:24
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. Google’s automated, artificial intelligence-powered calling service Duplex is now available in more countries, according to a updated today. In addition to the US and New Zealand, Duplex is now available in Australia, Canada, and the UK, , which discovered newly added phone numbers on the support page that Google says it will use when calling via Duplex from a distinct country. Duplex launched as an via the Google Assistant back in late 2018 after a at that year’s Google I/O developer conference. There were concerns about the use of Duplex without a restaurant or other small business’ express consent and without proper disclosure that the automated call...

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