Day: October 15, 2021

  • Qualcomm is salty about Pixel’s switch to Tensor but really shouldn’t be

    Qualcomm is salty about Pixel’s switch to Tensor but really shouldn’t be

    Image: Google The Google Pixel 6 phones will ditch Snapdragon chips for an in-house design, and Qualcomm is clearly feeling a little hurt about it. Qualcomm couldn’t help but throw some shade at Google — in the form of a red flag meme on Twitter (via 9to5Google). In August, Google revealed its Tensor chip, which […]

  • Apple removed a popular Quran app in China

    Apple removed a popular Quran app in China

    Image: Pakistan Data Management Services Apple has removed Quran Majeed, a popular app for reading and listening to the Quran, from the App Store in China, the BBC reports. The company reportedly removed the app at the request of government officials, a somewhat surprising move given Islam is a protected religion in the People’s Republic […]

  • Valve bans blockchain games and NFTs on Steam

    Valve bans blockchain games and NFTs on Steam

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Games that use blockchain technology or let users exchange NFTs or cryptocurrencies won’t be allowed on Steam, according to a rule added to Valve’s “What you shouldn’t publish on Steam” list. The change was pointed out by SpacePirate, a developer working on an NFT-based game, who said that […]

  • Netflix just fired the organizer of the trans employee walkout

    Netflix just fired the organizer of the trans employee walkout

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Netflix has fired a leader of the trans employee resource group who was organizing the upcoming October 20th walkout. The employee, who is Black and currently pregnant, asked not to be named for fear of online harassment. They have been encouraging trans employees and allies to walk out […]

  • Busta Rhymes has questions about NFTs, and he has NFTs for sale

    Busta Rhymes has questions about NFTs, and he has NFTs for sale

    Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage You can’t always take Busta Rhymes literally, and sometimes you shouldn’t take his questions seriously at all, but a tweet from this morning about NFTs is solidly in line with the disturbing reality of 2021. SHOULD I BUY A HOUSE… or.. A LINK TO A PICTURE OF A PIXELATED MONKEY — […]

  • Moscow adds facial recognition payment system to more than 240 metro stations

    Moscow adds facial recognition payment system to more than 240 metro stations

    Photo by TASSTASS via Getty Images Moscow launched “Face Pay” on Friday, a facial recognition payment system implemented in more than 240 Mosmetro stations, “the largest use of facial recognition technology in the world,” officials claim (via The Guardian). The service relies on stored photographs to validate metro payments, an obvious privacy concern given the […]

  • Human rights activist suing Twitter for allegedly giving Saudi spies access to his info

    Human rights activist suing Twitter for allegedly giving Saudi spies access to his info

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge A Saudi human rights activist has filed a lawsuit against Twitter, alleging that the company hired two people who spied on behalf of the government of Saudi Arabia and accessed his personal information. Ali Al-Ahmed, head of the human rights advocacy organization Institute for Gulf Affairs, has frequently […]

  • McDonald’s is testing the McPlant, a Beyond Meat meatless burger

    McDonald’s is testing the McPlant, a Beyond Meat meatless burger

    Photo by McDonald’s McDonald’s new plant-based burger, aptly named the McPlant, is coming to eight restaurants across the US (via CNBC). The fast-food chain teamed up with Beyond Meat to make the meatless option. This comes about a year after McDonald’s ended its P.L.T. pilot, another Beyond Meat branded burger. It’s still unclear what the […]

  • Here’s everything you need to know about Apple Watch Series 7 fast charging

    Here’s everything you need to know about Apple Watch Series 7 fast charging

    One of the headlining features of the new Apple Watch Series 7 is its new support for fast charging. Apple made a big deal about this improvement during its “California Streaming” event last month, but there are some important things to keep in mind… more… The post Here’s everything you need to know about Apple […]

  • Parallels Desktop 17.1 adds full support for macOS Monterey and Windows 11

    Parallels Desktop 17.1 adds full support for macOS Monterey and Windows 11

    Popular virtualization software Parallels was updated to version 17 earlier this year with several enhancements such as improved performance, virtual TPM chip, drag and drop between macOS and Windows, and more. Now the company has released Parallels Desktop 17.1, which adds full support for macOS Monterey and Windows 11. more… The post Parallels Desktop 17.1 […]

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