Sean is a senior editor at The Verge, a very good website he helped found in 2011. He thrives at the intersection of gaming, technology, and toys, with a side of consumer advocacy because companies just can't help themselves, can they?
Sean previously led breaking news teams at The Verge and CNET and the reviews program at Gizmodo. He also has that voice.
Ethics statement, June 2023: Sean's wife is employed by Apple as a video producer. He therefore does not currently report or edit stories about Apple products or Apple as a company.
Tesla reportedly stiffed a Black-owned bakery during Black History Month, canceling an order for thousands of dollars worth of pies — after asking the owner to double the amount.
[The Giving Pies (Facebook)]
Did you know Google tested removing its News tab from search results entirely? It’s back now “and we do not have plans to remove it,” says the company.
But many searches downplay News in what I’d argue is an irresponsible way. When I search for “Wyze Camera,” stories about major security lapses are buried under an avalanche of product results. I saw the same thing after we wrote about SanDisk’s data-losing portable SSDs.
Byju Raveendran is CEO of the company once described as India’s most valuable startup, but... maybe not anymore?
Inquiring minds would like to know. Officially, there’s a new “vividness” option, and “image quality and sharpness optimization code has been applied” as well.
Unofficially, SamMobile says it “improves text clarity while using high zoom ranges,” improves “the exposure of dark parts of a scene while capturing images indoors,” helps with backlit photos, improves colors and exposure in various photo modes, and more.
Zuck says both features are in testing, and Meta just forwarded us the below:
Drafts: allows you to save in-progress posts for future editing and posting.
Threads Camera: opens your phone’s camera directly in the Threads composer, making it easier to share photos on Threads.
Today’s release of Draft and Camera are initial tests. Currently, you can save one draft post, and you can take one photo per post with the Threads Camera.
Correction, 7:34PM ET: Meta originally told us you could take videos too, but now says videos aren’t available yet. If you don’t see the options, it’s because “This is a global test with a limited number of people.”
Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones lets you switch onscreen button prompts to Google Stadia icons, CaliDrewVos has discovered. (Yes, the face buttons are mostly labeled the same as Xbox, but Stadia has L1/L2/R1/R2 instead of LB/LT/RB/RT.)
Intel has said 2025 is the year it leads the world in chips again (TSMC begs to differ).
Beyond that lies Intel 14A — the company’s smallest node yet, thanks to High-NA EUV. But Intel is hedging its bets with a tick-tock 18A successor, where the P in “18A-P” stands for performance jump. What does 14A stand for? Intel didn’t say. “We think this is the next leadership technology and we don’t want to give anyone something to shoot at,” Intel VP Craig Orr tells me.
That’s Briana White, who voices Aerith in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. “Everyone has a theory,” she told The New York Times.
Also, TIL Broadway actor Lea Salonga, singing voice of Jasmine and Mulan, is a huge Final Fantasy fan.
Correction: Salonga was the singing voice of Mulan; lines were voiced by Ming-Na Wen.