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Verge 10/17/2019 20:53
The Vatican continues to take great pains to bring Catholic faith into the modern era, and this week it’s — adapting today’s popular fitness tracker idea into a $110 bracelet that tracks your prayers. No, we’re not joking: launched whose specs include:. Six-axis inertial sensing. Bluetooth 5.0. IP67 water and dust resistance. Wireless charging. a 15mAh lithium-ion battery. 10 black agate beads and 11 hematite beads. It’s basically an adapted fitness tracker, and it still doubles as a fitness tracker, too:. "Once the prayer begins, the smart rosary shows the user’s progress throughout the different mysteries and keeps track of each rosary...
Verge 10/17/2019 18:25
We heard early this year that Motorola would be as a pricy smartphone with a vertically folding screen, and in February it was working on a foldable for this year. Now, that the company has sent out invites for a November 13th event that prominently displays the unmistakable silhouette of a classic RAZR as part of an animated teaser image. While it’s hard to tell for sure, it sure looks like we’re seeing the RAZR’s signature hinge pulled away from the edge of the handset to reveal a different sort of hinge underneath — perhaps to better house a true foldable screen like . Motorola appears to have multiple taglines for the event, but they...
Verge 10/17/2019 18:06
Image: Yahoo. Yahoo Groups is , and it’s taking a lot of the old web with it. All content that had been posted there will be deleted by mid-December, and although it will be available for download before the end comes, the site will be largely shuttered by . Because Yahoo didn’t give the internet much warning, a lot of weird externalities of the company’s decision are being worked out in public. One that’s particularly surprising: the United Kingdom’s phone system actually relies in part on a Yahoo group founded in 2002 — which I learned about through a . Today it was announced that Yahoo! Groups is shutting down, and taking with it a piece of critical national infrastructure: the Oftel Yahoo Group which...
Verge 10/17/2019 18:03
Photo: Chris Welch / The Verge. Since 2018, Google has slowly added ways to report incidents on the road like , and — something made popular by Google-owned Waze — to Google Maps on Android. Starting this week, though, Google says Google Maps users on iOS will soon be able to report road incidents as well. In a (), Google says that iPhone users will be able to report those crashes, speed traps, and traffic slowdowns now too. To report an incident, you’ll tap a new button under the compass in the driving navigation UI, as shown in this GIF:. And iOS users aren’t the only ones getting new reporting options — Google says that users on both platforms will be able to report construction, lane...
Verge 10/17/2019 17:16
Berkeley Seismological Laboratory. Seconds before an earthquake hits anywhere in California, people nearby will now get a warning on their smartphones to duck and cover. The first state-wide early warning system in the nation launched today, on the 30th anniversary of the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake that killed 63 people in the San Francisco Bay Area. The early warning system will reach people in two ways: through an app called MyShake and through the existing wireless emergency alerts that sound an alarm on cellphones for flood warnings and missing children (Amber Alerts). If all goes well, it will give people up to “tens of seconds” of advance notice before they might feel the ground shaking.
Verge 10/17/2019 16:14
is just days away from its October 25th release date, and how it’ll be running the in-game economy for the upcoming shooter. Specifically, Modern Warfare will be the first Call of Duty game to use a battle pass system, instead of the much maligned random loot boxes, to dispense content and cosmetics to players. Popularized by Fortnite , the battle pass system allows for players to buy the pass at the beginning of the season, and unlock a variety of items as they progress. Modern Warfare ’s system sounds like it’ll be extremely similar to the Fortnite model (which has since been adopted by other major titles, like Destiny 2 and PUBG ). Players will be able to buy a pass at the...
Verge 10/17/2019 15:26
Nvidia can’t be very happy with its online retail partners today. After , Newegg has now spoiled the reveal of a seemingly more mainstream Shield TV that also supports 4K playback with Dolby Vision. managed to save everything before Newegg wised up and removed the listing. Both streaming devices run Google’s Android TV software. The first thing you’ll notice about this one is definitely the form factor. Whereas the new flagship Shield TV Pro resembles Nvidia’s old model, this device has a completely fresh cylindrical design. It measures 6.5 inches wide and 1.57 inches tall, according to Newegg. Nvidia has found room for HDMI, microSD, a figure-8 power jack, and even...
Verge 10/17/2019 15:06
Image: rLoop. Reddit-born hyperloop and engineering collective rLoop has bought the intellectual property of Arrivo, a fellow hyperloop startup that , The Verge has learned. rLoop co-founder Brent Lessard confirmed the sale, but he would not disclose how much the group paid. Lessard said rLoop might try to revive some of the deals that Arrivo had been working on, like a test track outside of Denver, Colorado, and that it may hire back some of Arrivo’s former employees. But, Lessard said, rLoop is still only in the “final stages” of assessing the progress Arrivo’s employees had made toward developing a type of hyperloop that relies on magnetic levitation (as opposed to the vacuum-based solution that was originally...
Verge 10/17/2019 14:45
In a speech at Georgetown University on Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg laid out Facebook’s approach to moderation in terms of an ongoing commitment to free expression — and in one particular section, drew a sharp contrast with Chinese companies that may not share those values. As Zuckerberg described it, regulators and technologists face the question of "which nation’s values are going to determine what speech is going to be allowed for decades to come," China or the US.
Verge 10/17/2019 14:39
Mark Zuckerberg defended Facebook’s policy of letting politicians lie in political ads — along with free speech more broadly — . “I don’t think it’s right for a private company to censor politicians” he said. Zuckerberg’s speech, which amounted to a rallying cry for the First Amendment during a time when speech rights are under siege globally, acknowledged the fact that Facebook profits off misinformation — but said that’s not why the company decided to allow inaccurate ads to remain on the platform:. Given the sensitivity around political ads, I’ve considered whether we should stop allowing them altogether. From a business perspective, the controversy certainly isn’t worth the small part of our...
Verge 10/17/2019 14:35
Image: Razer. Razer’s new Blade 15 Studio Edition laptop is now available in the US and Canada. Its design fits right into the company’s lineup of gaming-focused laptops, but this one is built specifically for creative professionals who demand especially high-end specs and who have a lot of money to spend. The only configuration that’s currently available costs $3,999 and comes in “mercury white,” which looks silver. Its 15.6-inch touchscreen is a 4K OLED with a 1ms response time that covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut. For its processor, Razer selected the 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H hexa-core CPU. Inside, you’ll find Nvidia’s Quadro RTX 5000 Studio Edition graphics card with a whopping 16GB of video RAM.
Verge 10/17/2019 14:28
On Tuesday, Google held their annual hardware event in New York City to announce all their upcoming products under the Pixel and Nest line. hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn attended and were able to record an interview with Google’s hardware chief Rick Osterloh, the company’s senior vice president of devices and services. Osterloh talked about the new products Google announced, including the Pixel 4, the Pixelbook Go, the Nest Mini, and the all-new Pixel Buds. The conversation also touched on Google’s approach to marketing its many hardware products, updates to the camera on the Pixel 4, and how serious the company is about motion gestures and the smart home protocol. Take a listen to the interview or...
Verge 10/17/2019 14:25
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge. Google came up with its own face unlock system using those advanced sensors in the phone’s top bezel. The technology behind it is similar to Apple’s Face ID, and aside from just letting you into your phone, Google believes face unlock is secure enough to serve as an authentication method across Android. (There’s no more fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 4, remember.) And it’s very fast. But has noticed an alarming privacy concern with Google’s face unlock: it works even if your eyes are fully closed. A directly confirms as much. “Your phone can also be unlocked by someone else if it’s held up to your face, even if your eyes are closed,” the page reads....
Verge 10/17/2019 13:34
If you signed up for a free trial for Apple Arcade when it launched on September 19th, that trial runs out tomorrow, so you might think about canceling your subscription today if you don’t want to pay for it going forward. If you stick with it, you’ll be charged $4.99 per month. I suspect a lot of people are going to stay subscribed, because, as it turns out, Apple Arcade is already . It’s chock-full of great games like Assemble With Care , Card of Darkness , and Grindstone , and more games are being added all the time, like the cool-looking architecture-puzzler Manifold Garden that . And you can play all of those Apple Arcade games on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV. If Apple keeps bringing great...
Verge 10/17/2019 13:18
Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images. General Motors has reached an agreement with the United Auto Workers to end a month-long strike, and the automaker’s idling manufacturing facility in Lordstown, Ohio will officially close as part of the deal. But a to a new electric truck startup called Lordstown Motors, which is partially owned by struggling electric vehicle maker Workhorse Group, is still on, The Verge has learned. “It’s still our intention to sell the plant to Lordstown Motors,” Jim Cain, senior manager for sales and executive communications, tells The Verge . News of the sale to Workhorse was , who touted it as “GREAT NEWS FOR OHIO!” The president had previously berated GM for wanting to close the...
Verge 10/17/2019 13:09
Image: Nintendo. Nintendo’s new, slightly improved Switch console has vastly improved battery life over the original model. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading to this version, or are purchasing your first Switch, Amazon’s deal might appeal to you. For a limited time, by clipping the coupon on its product page over at Amazon. Right next to the price, click to clip the coupon, then you’ll see the price drop on the checkout page. The original Switch console that released in 2017 could last between 2.5 and 6.5 hours, depending on the game that you’re playing. This new model almost doubles the base lifespan per charge, up to 4.5 hours. And if you’re playing something that isn’t particularly taxing to the Switch...
Verge 10/17/2019 12:49
Putting aside the monstrous thirst for flesh, a zombie is essentially halfway between a living human and a rotting corpse, animated but staggering around without much grace, a desiccation disguised as a person. Zombieland: Double Tap occupies a similar space in the world of sequels. As a decade-later follow-up to 2009’s irreverent horror-comedy Zombieland , it isn’t an entry in an active franchise. It’s more like an 1980s-style cheapie retread, disguised as a more respectable legacy sequel. Given the endless (and mostly basic) references to both pop culture and the original Zombieland , it wouldn’t be out of character for Zombieland: Double Tap to lay out this sequel-as-zombie parallel itself. The script (by Dave Callaham, Rhett Reese, and.

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