The biggest changes to Microsoft’s high-end laptop are on the inside — but the device itself still looks good.
I’ll admit that I’ve been curious to see the inside of one of these, and Marques Brownlee did a full tour on his Auto Focus channel. It looks like, well, a delivery van, but clearly a very highly-engineered one. (He shot the video on the iPhone 15 Pro, if you are curious about how video footage looks from that phone.)
There’s a new cozy game in the works based on life in the Shire from The Lord of the Rings. Wētā Workshop and Private Division are working on the game, titled Tales of the Shire, which will be available in 2024.
I’m imagining a game that’s Hobbit life mixed with Stardew Valley, and I can’t wait to learn more.
The new FineWoven iPhone cases are very bad
Peacock’s John Wick prequel series, The Continental, shoots itself in the foot
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GM CEO Mary Barra drops out of the Code Conference due to UAW strike
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Microsoft’s big Windows and Surface event will focus on its AI vision of the future.
For iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, the oil from your skin might temporarily alter the color of the outside band. Wiping your iPhone with a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth will restore the original look.
Google says it’s more likely than you think! The company is still fighting with the DOJ over whether to admit a potentially “embarrassing” document into evidence — the one that led to public records of the trial getting pulled off the internet. Mehta says he’ll rule on admitting the document tomorrow.
And that’s right, it sounds like we also still don’t know if the Justice Department will be allowed to resume posting exhibits online. But we got some testimony from DuckDuckGo’s CEO on the company’s travails competing with Google.
Bloomberg reports that annual increases for Apple’s retail employees, including AppleCare technical support, will be about 4 percent this year, down from eight to 10 percent last year. Bloomberg cites labor shortages, inflation, and unionization efforts as factors in last year’s higher increases. Guess things are back to normal?
PG&E — not the most popular utility — can now just press a button to dispatch a self-flying Skydio X2 for inspections. It’s setting up automatic drone docks at 12 substations by end of year, and California will let the drones fly along power lines up to two miles away.
While the utility’s BVLOS waiver doesn’t seem to waive the need to have someone watching the drone from the ground, PG&E says it doesn’t need them.
I just tried it on the smallest Echo, the Show 5, and it started playing ABC News before I hopped over to America's Test Kitchen. Now, time for dinner.
After first rolling out Studio Bot to Android developers in the US in May, Google has announced that it’s launching the tool in over 170 different countries and territories. Google notes that it’s still “designed to be used in English,” however.
In addition to generating code, Studio Bot can also fix errors and answer questions about Android. It’s currently available in the canary release channel of Android Studio.
Android expert Mishaal Rahman found a setting in Android 14 that could let you use your device as a webcam — as long as you do a little tinkering first. Rahman posted a picture of what this might look like... and I can’t tell if it’s cool or kind of useless.
If you are in charge of Tether and someone shows up at your office to pitch you on a clever investment that will get you a higher return with only a little risk, you should put your fingers in your ears and scream “NO” and kick them out of your office. You can make billions of dollars of pure profit taking no risk!
Anyway, the implications are even weirder: Tether might be propping up crypto prices.
Today on The Vergecast: iPhone reviews, Watch reviews, and how widgets really work.
After 10 years covering startups, former TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino tells us what’s next
We tried to make a hit song with only AI tools — and it got messy
Today on The Vergecast: The mysteries of the iPhone’s Thread radio, and what’s at stake in US v. Google.
Apple phones, Apple watches, and Apple earbuds.
History as written to soothe the bagholders.
That’s a quote from Apple’s Eddy Cue in a new interview with GQ about the company’s ventures into sports streaming. Given the recent uptick in interest in the league thanks to Lionel Messi, I think he’s a bigger fan now.
The interview has a lot of interesting tidbits, and I suggest reading it in full. I just wish Cue had given GQ pictures of this:
At home, [Cue has] nine televisions arrayed in a grid, plus a digital ticker relaying scores—the sort of sports-viewing system you’d dream up if you were a wildly successful, sports-mad tech executive.
The first games on offer are the three classic GTA games included with Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition. You can read more about it on Rockstar’s website.
The subscription, launched last year, costs $5.99 per month.
There’s another Twitter spat going on, this time between market-makers DWF Labs, GSR and Wintermute. Worth keeping an eye on, because at least once when there was this kind of Twitter trash-talking — between FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried and Binance’s Changpeng “CZ” Zhao — FTX melted down.
And they call themselves... the future of finance!
Hundreds of governments and thousands of protesters descended upon New York City this week to ramp up action on climate change.
The company confirmed to TechCrunch that it laid off about 30 people in its talent acquisition organization.
EA Sports FC 24, the first entry in EA’s new non-FIFA soccer franchise, launches next week. But so does a mobile version — and you can get a first glimpse at it in the reveal trailer below. The mobile game is out on September 26th, while the full PC and console release hits on the 29th.
Apple didn’t choose the USB-C life, but boy are we glad it got here anyway.
The biggest feature might be the ability to work on a document together with somebody over FaceTime — but that’s probably not enough to get more people to use these apps. MacRumors has more details about the updates.
It’s the desktop peripheral control app PC gamers love to hate. Now Razer says a new streamlined version of Synapse, rewritten for multithreaded CPUs and coming Q4, is 30 percent faster. Razer’s breaking out a standalone Chroma RGB app too.
“Every single person, ourselves included, complained that when you plug in a new piece of hardware, you have to update the drivers in Synapse,“ says spokesperson Will Powers. “Not anymore.” Check the gallery below for a peek.