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Verge 01/19/2020 23:34
Epic Games has just released an for the iOS version of Fortnite that unlocks a niche-but-cool feature if you have the hardware to support it: a 120 frames per second mode for the latest (2018) iPad Pro. This mode makes the most of the screen’s high refresh rate to deliver ultra-smooth performance. The update also adds support for controller thumbstick buttons. I checked the 120 fps mode out for a few rounds, and while I’m not sure how many people play competitive Fortnite on an iPad, the difference is noticeable. The frame rate does occasionally drop down into the 100s or 90s, which I’m sure will happen more often if you’re playing for hours on end, but otherwise the game does indeed deliver the advertised 120 fps.
Verge 01/19/2020 11:00
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. I was really into playing open-world games when the genre was still new. While I didn’t complete everything in those early Assassin’s Creed games, or in the original Crackdown or Infamous , I did spend a lot of time doing pretty much everything the games had to offer. These days, however, I find it pretty difficult to devote enough time to finish the main quest line of an open-world game, never mind the additional stuff. But The Touryst scratches that itch, only in a much shorter time frame. The Touryst is a platformer /...
Verge 01/18/2020 12:00
(NASA/Joel Kowsky). On Sunday, SpaceX is launching one of its last big flight tests for NASA, one that could ultimately pave the way for the company to fly people to space later this year. For this flight, SpaceX on its new passenger spacecraft — and will probably destroy a Falcon 9 rocket in the process. The vehicle that SpaceX is testing is its new Crew Dragon capsule, a passenger spacecraft the company has been developing for NASA as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew program. Before NASA will let its astronauts fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, the agency wants to know that the vehicle can keep people safe in the unlikely event of an emergency. That’s what this weekend’s test, known as an in-flight abort test, is...
Verge 01/18/2020 10:00
Image: Sony Pictures. With all the noise around how there’ll probably never be a second season of Watchmen this week, I figured I should finally get around to writing about Watchmen since it’s been weeks since it wrapped up. There was a ton I liked about the series: the show within a show; the oddball, barely explained side characters; the way it reframes some of the graphic novel’s biggest ideas.
Verge 01/17/2020 19:43
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge. Lenovo hasn’t made the best bets in virtual reality so far, but it seems like the company’s about to try again — according to for the "Lenovo VR3030S," which company docs identify as an upcoming standalone VR headset. Standalone means that like or the Oculus Quest, it shouldn’t require you to plug in a phone or PC, because the processing power is built right in.
Verge 01/17/2020 17:22
Photo by James Bareham / The Verge. You might have read headlines today about how the EU is looking to force Apple to ditch the Lightning cable. That’s not really true. Since 2009, the European Commission has been trying to convince tech companies to adopt a single wall charger instead of opting for a proprietary method, one that can power any and all portable devices. And now, following by the Commission at Parliament that calls for stricter enforcement on the matter — possibly to the point of regulation — a few publications have been erroneously convinced that this action could lead to disappearing once and for all, and across the board. But that’s based on a fundamental misunderstanding of...
Verge 01/17/2020 16:57
Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images. Google added tiny favicon icons to its search results this week for some reason, creating more clutter in what used to be a clean interface, and seemingly without actually improving the results or the user experience. The company says it’s to make clearer where information is coming from, but how? To give you an idea of how minimal the change is, here’s what it looked like when Google made the same tweak last year to the browsing experience on phones:. In my Chrome desktop browser, it feels like an aggravating, unnecessary change that doesn’t actually help the user determine how good, bad, or reputable an actual search result might be. Yes, ads are still clearly marked with the word “ad,” which is a good...
Verge 01/17/2020 15:16
For practically as long as the Nintendo Switch and its removable Joy-Con controllers has existed, fans have been mocking up and wishing for Joy-Con-style GameCube controllers to use with the portable console. But did more than just dream: he spent months , combining Joy-Con internals with original GameCube hardware to build the ultimate Switch accessory. For the best look at the entire modification process, you should check out the full video on the Shank Mod YouTube channel, which gives a detailed and well-explained breakdown of the process.
Verge 01/17/2020 15:01
Microsoft is unveiling its first TV commercial for Microsoft Teams this weekend. A 30-second ad will air during Sunday’s NFL playoffs, and will also be shown in the UK, France, and Germany next month. Dubbed “The Power of Teams,” the ad opens with boring business meetings, flip charts, ancient speaker phones, and slidedecks printed on paper before quickly moving on to Teams. Microsoft has been aligning its Teams software as the , and this ad plays into that. This TV commercial, which also includes Microsoft’s latest Surface hardware, is obviously designed to take on Slack in markets that may consider the rival group chat software over Microsoft’s alternative. Microsoft has successfully chased and.
Verge 01/17/2020 15:00
Image: Moog. Moog has officially announced a new synth called Subsequent 25 at this year’s . Replacing the adored Sub Phatty synth, Moog’s made several tweaks with the Subsequent 25 that make it capable of delivering even more powerful bass and thicker leads than its predecessor. The Subsequent 25 is Moog’s most compact keyboard synthesizer, which the company says makes it a fit for both stage and studio. Some will balk at the synth’s teeny size (the entire thing is just over 20 inches long!), but there’s appeal if you’re looking for that classic, beefy Moog sound in a pint-sized footprint. Building upon the success of the and , the Subsequent 25 is a two-note paraphonic analog synth that comes with...
Verge 01/17/2020 13:01
Photo by Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images. Next month, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles will release the latest batch of reports from companies testing self-driving vehicles in the state. But the reports offer, at best, a flawed glimpse into the slow and often opaque process of testing autonomous vehicles on public roads, says Kyle Vogt, co-founder and CTO of GM-based Cruise. In a , Vogt posits that maybe it’s time for a new metric for reporting safety of self-driving cars. By law, all companies that are actively testing self-driving cars on public roads in California are required to disclose the number of miles driven and the frequency in which human safety drivers were forced to take control of their autonomous veh.
Verge 01/17/2020 12:26
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. of 20th Century Fox last year is complete, and now the company is looking to phase out the "Fox" branding in its new assets: the 20th Century Fox film studio is being rebranded to just "20th Century Studios," and Fox Searchlight Pictures is now "Searchlight Pictures," according to a . The move away from the Fox brand isn’t entirely surprising, given that Fox Corporation — the remaining piece of the original Fox brand — still exists and runs things like Fox News, Fox Sports, and the Fox TV channel that weren’t sold to Disney.
Verge 01/17/2020 11:29
The Vergecast is back in the studio after the holidays and CES. The Verge ’s Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller get together to talk about the big takeaways from the Consumer Electronics Show as well as a few announcements in tech this week. On Wednesday, we saw Microsoft release its new Chromium-based version of Edge across both Windows and macOS. The crew discusses whether this is the dawn of — you guessed it — a new round of the browser wars. Then on Thursday, NBC hosted an event revealing details of its new streaming service Peacock, aka another participant in — you guessed it — the streaming wars. All wars aside, these three friends are back together to put on an enjoyable episode of The Vergecast that you can listen to...
Verge 01/17/2020 11:27
Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge. After a patent lawsuit against Google last week, to go after Google (and potentially other tech giants) in front of Congress today. The audio company’s CEO is for the House Judiciary Committee, alongside executives from PopSockets, Tile, and Basecamp — all of which have complained about copying, unfair pressure, or even at the hands of big Silicon Valley companies. The hearing is part of a long string of similar events held by the antitrust subcommittee under the name “Online Platforms and Market Power.” Previous events have covered the intersection of competition and topics like press freedom, privacy, and entrepreneurship. This session — the fifth in the series — examines “Competitors in...
Verge 01/17/2020 11:16
The Pokémon Company has released two ASMR videos to kick off your weekend: one featuring a Charmander peacefully snoozing beside a crackling fire, and one with a Chespin munching away on some macarons. “This is a ASMR video for those who need a gentle Pokémon touch in everything!” the description reads. Headphones are recommended for optimal effect, so you can take in the full sounds of the crunching and crackling. ASMR and pokémon are really a perfect match, because the tingly sensation I get from listening to soft sounds and voices are one and the same as the warm fuzzies I get from looking at cute pokémon. The 30-minute video of Charmander’s fireside slumber can be found on the official . I’m bookmarking this...
Verge 01/17/2020 11:09
Co Star. Today I am going to get to the bottom of things and take myself out to dinner because I have an Android phone and there is finally an of the . The FOMO can now come to an end for Android users who have not been able to get the often snarky, always insights from one of the iOS lifestyle apps. The app launched today after much anticipation, adding a huge new audience segment to its loyal following. “There were over 120,000 of you on the waitlist, and yes, we read every single one of your DMs and emails,” the company said in an announcement of the new Android app. “The truth is, Co–Star is just eleven humans, and we wanted to get it right.”

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