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Verge 12/08/2019 11:00
Jason Godbey. It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend. At the start of this year, I wrote about , a first-person puzzle game similar to Myst or Gone Home, though on a much smaller scale. In the game, you are confined to a single attic room where all of the puzzles and storytelling takes place. Discolored is similar, except you are confined to an entire deserted and desaturated desert diner. In Discolored, you play what seems to be some sort of secret agent working to return color to a world that has mostly become monotone due to some strange force. There is a 1960s...
Verge 12/07/2019 14:18
Unicorn, the electric scooter startup from the co-creator of , is shutting down operations after blowing all its cash on Facebook and Google ads but only receiving 350 orders for its glossy white e-scooters, it claims. In an email to customers, the company says it lacks the resources to deliver any of its $699 two-wheelers, and won’t be issuing refunds “as we are completely out of funding.”In a remorseful email, Unicorn CEO Nick Evans said the company had “totally failed as a business” and has also “spread the cost of this failure to you, the early customers that believed in us.”as part of a new crop of scooter...
Verge 12/07/2019 10:00
Photo: DANJAQ and MGM / Nicola Dove. Hi everyone, I’m back after a couple weeks away — partly because of the holidays, partly because the trailer selection just wasn’t very good. (I’m sorry, I couldn’t post another Cats trailer). I got to watch a few things during the break though, with the biggest being Joker . There’s something incredible about indie filmmaking styles now being so mainstream that a major comic book movie is able to emulate them. All of Joker feels this way to an extent, but the clearest moments are the occasional sequences that have the camera floating close beside a silent, emotional Joaquin Phoenix, in the oddest of homages to Terrence Malick. I love how the filmmakers are trying to apply that vibe here, but it’s just wa.
Verge 12/06/2019 17:35
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. Elon Musk’s tweets calling caver Vernon Unsworth, who was involved in the rescue of 13 people from a cave in Thailand, a “pedo guy” are not defamation, a jury found. As a result, Musk will not be liable for damages, according to the ruling. The standard in the case is recklessness, which means Musk didn’t check to see if what he was saying was true before he tweeted it. The jury had to be convinced by a preponderance of the evidence that this was true, a lower standard than “actual malice.” But ultimately, they ruled that Unsworth’s case did not clear that standard. Leaving the courtroom, Musk , “my faith in humanity is restored.”Since Tuesday, the Los Angeles court has heard testimony from Unsworth,
Verge 12/06/2019 16:56
Truth Be Told should be a home run. Its premise — the story of a podcaster revisiting a murder case 20 years after a suspect has been incarcerated — immediately evokes . The pilot, which showcases what appears to be a coerced minor’s testimony, might as well mention by name. These are popular, compelling true crime stories, and Truth Be Told is out to recreate the thrills of the genre through fiction. Truth Be Told is the latest original series from Apple TV Plus. Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) is a true crime podcaster returning to the case of Warren Cave (Aaron Paul), a man convicted of murdering his neighbor when he was a teenager. Poppy has reason to believe that Warren might be innocent, but she’s also got...
Verge 12/06/2019 16:27
Photo courtesy Flipkart. When the brand “Nokia” is mentioned, most of us immediately think “phone.” This is pretty much what it is known for. However, it looks like the company is branching out — or, at least, it’s licensing its name to third-party retailers to branch out for it. As reported by , Indian company Flipkart has been granted the use of the Nokia brand for its smart TVs — “a global first for the brand in the TV category,” , which is a major e-commerce retailer in the country. Vipul Mehrotra, Flipkart’s VP of Nokia brand partnerships, adds, “Flipkart’s understanding of the needs and behaviors of Indian consumers, and the power of its reach, will help it make Nokia branded smart TVs accessible and affordable.” If...
Verge 12/06/2019 16:16
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge. As Cyber Week draws to a close, and retailers begin their sales leading up to the holidays, deals are coming and going quickly. In this transition between sales season, we’ve picked out a few worthwhile deals, and we’ll be updating our coverage to bring you more as the next season of deals kicks off. And some of these deals are even better than the Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge. Best Buy is offering sizable discounts on the 11-inch models of the latest iPad Pro. The savings range from $150 to $200 and each purchase comes with a free year of Apple TV Plus. We didn’t see any major deals on any iPad Pros over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but we ha.
Verge 12/06/2019 15:55
Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images. The NFL is hoping big data tools can help bring down the number of concussions, ligament tears, and other injuries sustained in each game of professional football. Currently, the injury count per game is holding steady at an average of . League engineers are working with Amazon Web Services to apply machine learning and artificial intelligence tools to player data, with the hope of finding in-game situations that commonly lead to injury, this week. “Ultimately, we will be able to identify injury risk scenarios, and we will be able to predict injury risk scenarios, and we will be able to find innovations that will make the game safer for our athletes while maintaining high quality of play,”...
Verge 12/06/2019 14:44
Adobe is acquiring Oculus Medium, a virtual reality sculpting tool originally in 2015. Nothing is apparently changing for now — an Oculus blog post notes that Medium will remain free for people with an Oculus VR system. But it suggests that “more features, improvements, and other developments” to Medium in 2020. Sébastien Deguy, Adobe’s 3D and immersive content head, says Medium will complement Adobe’s existing Substance app for 3D texturing. Medium was launched as a mass-market art tool, but as Oculus notes, it’s been used by game developers, concept artists, and other ideal Adobe customers. Deguy and the Medium team both mention wanting to preserve Medium’s existing community....
Verge 12/06/2019 13:44
Photo by James Bareham / The Verge. Magic Leap’s sales numbers reportedly haven’t matched CEO Rony Abovitz’s high expectations — and a second-generation headset could be years away from release. a sobering update on the much-hyped augmented reality company, which released its first product last year. According to former employees and people close to the company, Magic Leap had sold around 6,000 Magic Leap One headsets six months after release, compared to a goal of 100,000. The company is apparently prototyping a Magic Leap Two headset with 5G connectivity, a wider field of view, and smaller and lighter hardware with multiple color options. But the project is reportedly hampered by “fundamental technology constraints,” and Magic Leap is more.
Verge 12/06/2019 13:37
This genius combination of Christmas string lights and phone charger borders the line between kitschy and adorable, but I first saw it on , and I trust their judgment when it comes to cute items. It’s a 50-inch USB cable that comes in a Lightning charger cable version for , for Android phones, and . And it is freakin’ delightful. Is it worth buying a $12 charger from a that describes itself as, “Our brand name is: Cewuidy. Our seller’s name is YAGE TALE .”? That’s for you to decide, but for me, it is absolutely worth it. Reviewers say the lights won’t get hot even after being plugged in for 12 hours, and that it’s not absolute garbage because it still works after a year! The...
Verge 12/06/2019 13:30
Alex Castro / The Verge. Away CEO Steph Korey has apologized for her treatment of employees, following an yesterday that showed a pattern of intimidation and manipulation from executives at the popular luggage company. “I can imagine how people felt reading those messages from the past, because I was appalled to read them myself,” she said. CNBC received the statement, which the network’s SF bureau chief . “I am sincerely sorry for what I said and how I said it,” the CEO went on. “It was wrong, plain and simple. We want Away to be a company that sets the highest standards for how we treat our employees and help them grow. Over the last 12 months we’ve invested in creating a culture that allows our people to thrive,...
Verge 12/06/2019 13:20
Credit:. What will video games be like when they can truly harness the power of AI? If the machine learning-powered text adventure is anything to go by, they’ll be open-ended, ludicrously silly, and bags of fun to play. AI Dungeon 2 isn’t exactly a polished game, but more of a passion project from developer Nick Walton. He’s harnessed the power of a state-of-the-art, open-source built by OpenAI and fed it a bunch of in the style of Choose Your Own Adventure books. The result is a text adventure where, to modify a cliché, the only limit is the AI’s imagination. . Once you’ve gone through a bit of...
Verge 12/06/2019 11:36
Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images. On Friday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) announced a new plan aimed at expanding broadband internet access across the country and dismantling what he referred to as “internet and cable monopolies.”, Sanders calls for broadband to be considered a public utility, much like electricity, and calls access “a basic human right.” The plan would provide $150 billion in grants and technical assistance to states and communities for the purpose of building out their own “democratically controlled, co-operative, or open access broadband networks.”
Verge 12/06/2019 11:03
Photo by Sean O’Kane / The Verge. is back after a Thanksgiving break and our with a new tech news roundup for the week. This week’s theme: billionaires doing weird billionaire things. Dieter Bohn, Casey Newton, Andrew Hawkins, and Paul Miller begin the show discussing when it unveiled its new electric pickup truck “,” as well as Ford revealing its first electric Mustang. Who among the crew is on board for this weird billionaire thing? In the second half of the show, deputy editor Liz Lopatto joins us from Los Angeles where she is covering regarding Musk’s bad tweets. Liz explains how this lawsuit came to be and what has happened at the trial so far. There’s a whole lot more in...

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