• Microsoft reveals more Edge details, including Chrome Extension support
    by Jon Porter on December 10, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser intends to support existing Chrome extensions, a member of the software’s development team has confirmed on Reddit (via Thurrott). The announcement will be good news for anyone who relies on the thousands of extensions in Chrome’s library which add functionality ranging from integrating password managers and project management apps, to one that simply replaces Elon Musk’s name with ‘Grimes’s Boyfriend’ whenever it appears on a webpage. “It’s our intention to support existing Chrome extensions,” Edge Project manager Kyle Alden confirmed in response to a series of questions about how the new browser, which Microsoft confirmed it was working on last week, will work. The exact wording means that... Continue reading […]

  • The 48-megapixel phones are coming
    by Sam Byford on December 10, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Sony and Samsung both announced 48-megapixel image sensors designed for smartphones earlier this year, and we’re starting to hear details of the first devices to make use of the massive pixel counts. Honor has just pre-announced the View 20, which uses Sony’s IMX586 sensor with Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor and the same “hole-punch” selfie camera design as Huawei’s upcoming Nova 4, set to be revealed in full next week. The View 20 is the followup to the View 10, a mid-range device that we were reasonably impressed with earlier this year. Honor isn’t providing full details on the View 20 just yet — that’ll have to wait until a January 22nd event in Paris for the global model, while the Chinese V20 variant will come on December 26th. What... Continue reading […]

  • Elon Musk says nobody is approving his tweets after the SEC settlement
    by Sean O'Kane on December 10, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Elon Musk doesn’t respect the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), he said in an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes that aired Sunday night. Musk told CBS’s Lesley Stahl that none of his tweets have been censored since reaching a settlement with the SEC in September. He said that no one has to read his tweets before he hits send. He also explained he’d personally picked his successor as Tesla’s chairperson, before undercutting her authority by saying he could “get anything done that I want.” Musk has criticized the SEC before, but not quite like this The Tesla CEO announced in a tweet this August that he wanted to take his electric car company private, and that he had “funding secured” from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. The... Continue reading […]

  • Soulja Boy is selling his own video game consoles
    by Makena Kelly on December 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Soulja Boy is stepping back from “cranking it,” and pivoting to an entirely new field this week: selling his own video game consoles and refurbished tech accessories. Soulja has been a gamer his entire life, so it’s only natural for him to want to launch his own systems, and this week, he’s done just that. He now sells two different consoles on his website, both of which bear his namesake: the SouljaGame Console and the SouljaGame Handheld. Soulja Boy claims that the console is capable of running PlayStation, NeoGeo, PC, Sega, Game Boy Advance, and NES games, as well as “SouljaGames.” The website states that the console comes with 800 games preinstalled onto the console. According to the site, the handheld runs Switch,... Continue reading […]

  • Google and Levi’s smart jacket can now warn you if you’re about to leave your phone behind
    by Dani Deahl on December 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Google and Levi’s Jacquard smart jacket has introduced a new function designed to stop you from mistakenly leaving your phone behind, as spotted by Android Police. The feature, called Always Together, is an automatic alert that will go off if the jacket moves too far away from your phone. When triggered, notifications happen on both ends. So, your phone will get a notification, and the jacket’s signature sleeve tag will also blink and vibrate. Previously, Android Police notes, there was a manual “find your phone” option where an assigned gesture on the jacket could prompt your phone to ring at full volume. It’s a neat addition for the smart jacket, which can already use touch inputs to control things on your smartphone like music... Continue reading […]

  • These crocheted AirPods cases make me want to buy AirPods
    by Dami Lee on December 9, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    I have never been too interested in the art of crochet, nor have I ever wanted a pair of AirPods. But put those things together in the form of crocheted AirPods cases, and suddenly, I’ve found myself in an Instagram hole, scrolling through photo after photo of these unfathomably cute creations. AirPods accessories are having sort of a moment in South Korea, with online stores selling keychains, skins, and cases for the wireless earbuds with an enthusiasm that can’t be matched anywhere else. Although there are plenty of official accessory companies that offer AirPods cases that come with keychain holes and keychain accessories made specifically for AirPods cases, the real innovation is coming from artists and small business owners who... Continue reading […]

  • Lethal League Blaze turns handball into a stylish fighting game
    by Michael Moore on December 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    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 Short Play we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend. Lethal League Blaze is a game that feels like a distillation of the things I loved about games on the Sega Dreamcast. During that time I was really into sports games like NFL 2K and Virtua Tennis, and also fell hard for fighters like Soulcalibur and Capcom vs. SNK. At the same time, I was also enthralled by the incredibly creative gameplay and aesthetics Sega produced with Crazy Taxi and Shenmue. Lethal League Blaze combines all of these elements. It’s the sport of handball turned into a fighting game, with the brightly... Continue reading […]

  • An artist on creating the retro art for a new edition of Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers
    by Andrew Liptak on December 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    The Folio Society is responsible for a number of beautiful editions of classic works of science fiction. Earlier this fall, it began offering another fan-favorite edition: Robert L. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. The specialty publisher has released high-end books for more than 50 years, has only recently begun to issue its own editions of genre works like Frank Herbert’s Dune, Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot, Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, and others, which Starship Troopers now joins. Heinlein’s controversial book was first published in 1959 at the height of the Cold War, depicting a brutal war between humans and a civilization of insectoid aliens. Heinlein uses the novel to muse about a citizen’s responsibilities to their... Continue reading […]

  • This map lets you hear what the world sounds like without humans
    by Angela Chen on December 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    “Humans are a really, really noisy bunch and we’re getting louder all the time,” says composer Stuart Fowkes, creator of the “global collaborative sound project” Cities and Memory. Since its beginning in 2014, Cities and Memory has created sound maps focused on protest, sacred places, and photographs. Its newest project, however, steps away from humans and instead focuses on the areas where the natural world is undisturbed. Sounding Nature is the biggest global collection of nature sounds, featuring nearly 500 sounds from 55 countries, from jungles to glaciers to underwater shrimp recordings. The map has two parts: the field recording of the sound itself, and then the musical remix it inspired. The Verge spoke with Fowkes about the... Continue reading […]

  • Amazon is selling a Kindle Paperwhite and Audible bundle
    by Andrew Liptak on December 9, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Last year, Amazon began adding Audible to its Kindle Oasis, the entry-level Kindle, and the latest Paperwhite, allowing users to listen to their audiobook library, provided they had a set of Bluetooth headphones. Now, Amazon is selling a Kindle package that includes a Kindle Paperwhite, a set of Bluetooth headphones, and a three month trial for Audible. The Good eReader spotted the deal, which will run you $139 for the 8GB Kindle, and $179 for the 32GB model. The package comes with the latest Kindle Paperwhite model, as well as a set of Amazon’s POP Design headphones — which Good eReader points out retails for $79 on their own. The deal also comes with a starter subscription Gold Membership for Audible, which will provide you with... Continue reading […]

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