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Month: December 2018

Google Fit adds new breathing exercise feature and home screen widgets

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Like Apple, Google has been slowly building out a suite of mobile and wearable health features to turn our phones and smartwatches into the center of fitness and wellness regimens. Although Google’s Wear OS lags a bit behind Apple’s watchOS and dedicated Health app, it’s beginning to catch up. This week, Google is adding a […]

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Instagram is testing Creator Accounts for high-profile influencers

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Instagram is testing new Creator Accounts that will give high-profile influencers and celebrities the ability to filter direct messages and offer more in-depth analytics over their follower counts. The new tier is currently being tested with a small group of users, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but it’s expected to roll out to more high-profile […]

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Puma is rereleasing its classic 1986 RS-Computer running shoe

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Puma is rereleasing a limited run of its 1986 RS-Computer running shoe, which had a computer chip built into its chunky heel module to record distance, time, and calories. Runners could connect the shoe via a 16-pin connector to any Apple IIE, Commodore 64, or IBM PC to view their data. You can see the […]

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Coffee Meets Bagel redesigns its app and introduces profile commenting

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Coffee Meets Bagel, a dating app that’s raised roughly $20 million from outside investors, is completely overhauling its mobile app for the first time to introduce a fresher look and the option for users to comment on specific parts of a profile, like a photo or bio. The app now looks a lot more like […]

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Google tests teaching you word pronunciation

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I have a confession to make. On a recent episode of Workflow, I went on camera to recommend the Halide camera app. Everything went perfectly until the video made its way online, at which point the comments started rolling in to politely inform me I’d been pronouncing Halide completely wrong for the past year. Apparently, […]

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Sundar Pichai had to explain to Congress why Googling ‘idiot’ turns up pictures of Trump

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In a House Judiciary Committee hearing today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai was asked to explain why a Google image search for “idiot” turned up pictures of Donald Trump — and whether that was a case of intentional bias. The question came from Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), who was trying to refute the idea that Google […]

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RavPower’s thin, powerful USB-C wall charger is cheaper for Verge readers

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If you own a device that gets its power via a USB-C port — like a Google Pixel 3, a new MacBook, a 2018 iPad Pro, or a Nintendo Switch — your charger should be three things: powerful, low-profile by design, and inexpensive. RavPower’s 45W gallium nitride (GaN) wall charger fits these criteria better than […]

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Google Lens can now be accessed directly from the search app on iOS

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Google Lens, the search giant’s visual identification tool, can now be accessed directly from within the Google app on iOS (via 9to5Google). To do so, simply hit the Lens icon to the left of the microphone in the app’s search bar, at which point your phone’s camera will open, and Google will attempt to identify […]

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What Foxconn’s really doing in Wisconsin, with Reply All’s Sruthi Pinnamaneni

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What happens when a large, multinational electronics company shows up in rural Wisconsin and cuts a major development deal? This week on the interview episode of The Vergecast, Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel sat down with Reply All producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni to discuss her recent reporting on Foxconn and the company’s subsequent tensions and dealings with […]

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Russian cosmonauts are spacewalking to figure out the origin of a mysterious spacecraft hole

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This morning, the two Russian crew members on board the International Space Station are going on a spacewalk to investigate a mysterious hole that popped up in a visiting spacecraft that caused air to leak out of the ISS a few months ago. The origin of the hole has yet to be determined, and its […]

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