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Verge 06/04/2020 19:09
US President Donald Trump on January 9, 2020 announced sweeping changes to an environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), that would speed up the construction of highways, airports and pipelines. | Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images. President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday allowing major infrastructure projects and energy projects to move forward without rigorous environmental review. Agencies would be able to waive provisions put in place by cornerstone environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). That would apply to projects like new mines, pipelines, and highways, . The move is aimed at spurring recovery from the economic fallout of the COV.
Verge 06/04/2020 17:30
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. Slack is partnering with Amazon in a multi-year agreement designed to make its communications app more appealing to enterprises. The deal comes just as Slack faces increased competition from Microsoft Teams, and it will see Slack migrate its voice and video calling features over to platform. Voice and video conferencing is a particular weak point of Slack compared to Microsoft Teams, but this new integration should mean it will be vastly improved in the future. While Slack has long used Amazon Web Services (AWS) to power parts of its chat app, it’s now committing to using Amazon’s cloud services as its preferred partner for storage, compute, database, security, analytics, machine learning, and future
Verge 06/04/2020 17:29
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. General Motors is working on , according to Reuters . If true, GM would the latest automaker to hone in on what’s expected to be a successful slice of the nascent electric vehicle market. It’s also a segment that is in desperate need of electrification, especially with the rise of Amazon and home deliveries in general. Five people with knowledge of the project told Reuters that the van, codenamed “BV1,” will enter production in late 2021. The van will be powered by GM revealed in early March, and will share some components with the company’s forthcoming electric pickup trucks and SUVs. Those sources also said the van will be built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant. None of that is...
Verge 06/04/2020 16:43
HBO Max without any Roku support and integration, and new numbers from multiple research firms show just how much of a problem that might be for the new streaming service. Roku dominates viewing time among streaming boxes. The company commands 44 percent of viewing time, according to research from Conviva. That more than doubles its biggest competitor, Amazon Fire TV, which maintains about 19 percent of viewing time. Roku has also grown its viewing time by about 50 percent year over year, based on . Time spent watching content through connected TV devices, like Roku and Amazon Fire TV, increased dramatically during the pandemic. According to a new report, Nielsen data...
Verge 06/04/2020 16:22
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. Hulu will no longer be supported on some older Roku devices as of June 24th, according to (). The affected models were released in 2012 or earlier, and include Roku players with a model number between 2400 to 3100 and Roku Streaming Sticks with a model number of 3420 or earlier. Those older Roku devices were already running , a more limited version of Hulu that lets you access content from Hulu’s library and Showtime (if you’re a subscriber). The Hulu app on newer Roku devices, by contrast, lets you access those as well as live TV and , as long as you subscribe to them.
Verge 06/04/2020 16:07
Image: Kitty Hawk. Secretive Larry Page-backed "flying car" startup Kitty Hawk has pulled the plug on its Flyer electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, and will lay off most of the 70-person team that was working on it, . "We have learned what we needed from [Flyer] — things like vehicle design and testing, manufacturing aircraft, and most of all, how humans would experience eVTOL," Alex Roetter, the president of the Flyer project, and Sebastian Thrun, Kitty Hawk’s CEO, wrote in a blog post.
Verge 06/04/2020 14:29
Photo by Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images. Americans in all 50 states are protesting against police brutality. That alone should be all anyone needs to know that something is gravely wrong and that police violence has touched every community in the nation. And yet, as people continue to deny , it’s important to remember the reasons why police brutality is undeniable. One of those is the internet’s favorite way of making a death threat: calling on a SWAT teams to terrorize people in their homes. Swatting is when someone makes anonymous, fake emergency call that baits a heavily-armed police response. These hoaxes can have deadly results, and many of the perpetrators are never found. Swatting has been used t.
Verge 06/04/2020 14:00
Photo by Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images. Mangrove forests aren’t moving fast enough to escape rising sea levels and could disappear by 2050, according to new research. That’s because these forests won’t be able to keep up with rising sea levels if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated. The trees play a vital role in storing planet-heating carbon dioxide and protecting communities from storms and coastal erosion. Mangrove forests will be in danger of dying out when sea levels rise by more than 6 millimeters per year, the published in the journal Science found. That threshold could be reached in as little as 30 years, scientists say, if people don’t cut their greenhouse gas emissions. Sea levels are already risin.
Verge 06/04/2020 13:52
Facebook. Facebook has that are “wholly or partially under the editorial control of their government,” of the policy in 2019. It will start labeling ads from these outlets later this year, as well as banning state-controlled media from advertising inside the US. The company is labeling these pages because “they combine the influence of a media organization with the strategic backing of a state, and we believe people should know if the news they read is coming from a publication that may be under the influence of a government.”Facebook labels “state-controlled media” outlets based on a variety of factors, including information about their ownership and funding, the level of transparency around...
Verge 06/04/2020 12:23
Sony’s WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones have leaked in full thanks to that reveals basically everything else there is to know about the refreshed headphones. This includes new AI features to enhance compressed music, the ability to connect to multiple devices at once, and a $348 price tag, . Most of the 1000XM4s appear to be identical to the M3s, with what appears to be a similar design, noise-cancellation technology, USB-C fast charging, support for Sony’s LDAC transmission technology, and touchpad controls. That’s probably a good thing, given that the M3s were already some of the best headphones around. New to the M4 model is a.
Verge 06/04/2020 11:52
Google , a revamped version of its video chatting program Hangouts Meet, and made the app available to anyone with a Google account. You can start or join a Meet videoconference , using the buttons that Google has placed on the left-hand side of the page. But what if you don’t intend to use Meet, or even if you just don’t want it to be there all the time? No worries — you can . (Note: if you’re on a corporate G Suite account, you may not be able to change this, depending on your administrator’s settings.). Here’s how to hide Google Meet in Gmail:. Open Gmail. Click on the cog icon in the top-right corner. Click on “Settings” in the drop-down menu. Click on the...
Verge 06/04/2020 11:35
Image: EA. We regret to inform you that a for The Sims 4 seems to be making some sims pee fire. to our attention, with users posting about the behavior across . The patch was released ahead of the game’s and includes numerous new features including ladders (which appear to have ), a repo person NPC for the base game, and itemized bills. If there was ever a good time for sims to start indulging in bodily-based toilet arson it would be now, thanks to the new firefighter NPCs that the patch has also added to the game. Unfortunately, the good news ends there. RockPaperShotgun reports that some of the new recruits don’t...
Verge 06/04/2020 10:21
Capcom’s remake of Resident Evil 3 landed on the PS4 and Xbox One in April, and it’s already $20 off at Best Buy. Instead of paying $60, . This is the first price drop that we’ve seen for RE3 , and based on the takeaway from , this seems like the right price for the game. Compared to the excellent remake of Resident Evil 2 , this game is less substantial. That’s because it’s a shorter game that lacks the multiple storylines found in RE2 . Sam notes that, as a result, it feels more like an expansion than a whole new game. That said, it’s visually stunning and fun to play, and the game includes the 4-on-1 multiplayer-focused mode called RE Resistance. So,...
Verge 06/04/2020 10:09
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. US internet service providers can continue to charge customers a device rental fee — even if they have their own equipment — at least until December 20th. A law barring the practice was set to go into effect on June 20th, but the Federal Communications Commission has extended the deadline for ISPs to comply due to the pandemic (via ). The “truth-in-billing” requirements of the Television Viewer Protection Act (TVPA) of 2019 state that ISPs must “refrain from charging a consumer for using equipment not provided by the service provider.”The that broadband ISPs are integral to efforts to “keep Americans informed and connected” during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it was granting the six-month extension “so.
Verge 06/04/2020 10:00
Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images. People are taking to the streets to organize for justice and protest against systemic racism and . If you’re attending or even just watching the protests, then be aware: not only is your phone a trove of information about you and the people you communicate with, it also functions as a tracking device. That’s why it’s important to keep your digital footprint as small as possible — any evidence placing people at protests could be enough to get them arrested. You should account for the fact that your phone may get lost, stolen, or broken. There’s also a risk of your phone being confiscated by authorities — which means that if they’re able to unlock your phone, they’ll have access to data on you and peo.

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