Day: May 18, 2021

  • Spotify and YouTube Music will bring much needed offline tunes to Google’s Wear watches

    Spotify and YouTube Music will bring much needed offline tunes to Google’s Wear watches

    Image: Google Spotify’s product lead for cars and wearables teased an exciting new feature coming to Wear devices during Google’s Developer Keynote on Tuesday: the ability for the streaming services’ 356 million users to download music directly to their watch, and listen to it at times when they don’t want to carry their phone (via […]

  • At the Epic trial, Phil Schiller got away clean

    At the Epic trial, Phil Schiller got away clean

    phil schiller wwdc 2013 Phil Schiller is one of the biggest names at Apple, and at the Epic v. Apple trial, his job was to make Apple feel small. Over two days of testimony including several hours of cross-examination, he didn’t always succeed — but he left the stand without facing some of Epic’s harshest […]

  • Top streamer says Twitch revoked her ability to run ads without warning

    Top streamer says Twitch revoked her ability to run ads without warning

    Amouranth during an ASMR stream. | Image: Amouranth / Twitch Twitch has removed the ability for Kaitlyn “Amouranth” Siragusa, one of the most popular streamers on its platform, to run ads on her videos — even though it’s unclear that she broke any of the site’s rules. Siragusa said in a tweet that it’s because […]

  • Amazon extends ban on police use of its facial recognition software ‘until further notice’

    Amazon extends ban on police use of its facial recognition software ‘until further notice’

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon has extended its moratorium on law enforcement use of its facial recognition software “until further notice,” according to Reuters. The ban was set to expire in June. As early as 2018, Amazon employees had pushed Amazon to scale back the project, arguing that documented racial bias in […]

  • Google employees call for company to support Palestinians and protect anti-Zionist speech

    Google employees call for company to support Palestinians and protect anti-Zionist speech

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge A group of Jewish Google employees is calling on the company to increase its support of Palestinians amid Israel’s deadly bombing campaign in Gaza. The conflict started with Israel’s attempt to evict Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem, and escalated when militants fired rockets toward Jerusalem and […]

  • Google previews Project Starline, a next-gen 3D video chat booth

    Google previews Project Starline, a next-gen 3D video chat booth

    Project Starline | Image: Google Google is working on a next-gen video chat booth that makes the person you’re chatting with appear in front of you in 3D. You can see them from different angles by moving around and even make eye contact, Google said during a preview of the project at its I/O conference […]

  • The Android 12 public beta is available now

    The Android 12 public beta is available now

    Photo composite by Amelia Holowaty Krales and Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Google unveiled Android 12 at its opening I/O 2021 keynote, and now you can try the new update yourself as part of the first public beta. The Android 12 public beta is currently available for Google’s Pixel phones (Pixel 3 and up) and […]

  • Google is trying to make its image processing more inclusive

    Google is trying to make its image processing more inclusive

    Google says its tweaked image processing will avoid over-brightening black and brown faces. | Image: Google It’s a long-standing problem that dates back to the days of film: image processing tends to be tuned for lighter skintones and not that of black and brown subjects. Google announced an effort to address that today in its […]

  • Google I/O 2021: the biggest announcements

    Google I/O 2021: the biggest announcements

    Image: Google Google just finished its live Google I/O 2021 keynote, where the company unveiled a huge number of announcements, including a new look coming to Android, a bunch of features coming to its Google Workspace productivity suite, and even a new AI that talked as if it were Pluto. Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn […]

  • There are over 3 billion active Android devices

    There are over 3 billion active Android devices

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge There are over 3 billion active Android devices in the wild now. Sameer Samat, VP of product management at Google, announced the news at Google I/O 2021, which is live, but totally online, this year. Google added over 500 million active Android devices since its last developer’s conference […]

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