/Technology/ Last Updated: Tue, Nov 30th, 2021 @ 8:05pm EST

Engadget

Igor Bonifacic

Twitch will use machine learning to catch ban-dodging trolls

Twitch is introducing a new machine learning feature to help streamers protect their channels from people attempting to avoid bans. Dubbed "Suspicious User Detection," the tool will automatically flag individuals it suspects may be "likely" or "possible" ban dodgers.

In cases involving the former, Twitch will prevent any messages they send from showing up in chat. It will also identify those individuals for streamers and any mods helping them with their channel. At that point, they can decide...

Engadget

Igor Bonifacic

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will power the next generation of Android flagships

Every December for the last few years, Qualcomm has held an annual event in Hawaii to announce its latest flagship mobile chipset. This year was no different with the company taking the opportunity to unveil the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. That’s right, for the second year in a row, Qualcomm is moving away from the sequential numbering scheme that has defined its processors for years. Just as the Snapdragon 865 gave way to the 888, the company will now replace the 888 with the Gen 1. 

The...

The Verge

Chaim Gartenberg

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip is here to power the Android flagships of 2022

Qualcomm has a new flagship smartphone processor: the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, announced at the company’s annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, giving an early preview at the brains behind the most powerful smartphones of 2022.

The successor to last year’s Snapdragon 888, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is the first chipset to bear Qualcomm’s new naming scheme (which the company had previously teased last week), ditching the triple-digit numbering system that Qualcomm has previously used for new,...

The Verge

Kim Lyons

Amazon faces new pressure over COVID protections in warehouses

Amazon workers protested outside a warehouse last year | Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Amazon is facing new questions over failed COVID protections in its fulfillment centers, spurred on by New York Attorney General Letitia James. After more than a year of protests from workers and inquiries from legislators, James is now seeking a court order to require Amazon to appoint a monitor to oversee health and safety measures at its warehouse on Staten Island. As part of the same motion,...

The Verge

Emma Roth

Edge users aren’t happy about Microsoft’s built-in ‘buy now, pay later’ tool

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Microsoft is tacking on a “buy now, pay later” extension to Edge that prompts users to use short-term financing service Zip (formerly QuadPay) when making a purchase on the browser.

The option to sign up and use Zip will appear on checkout pages

The company introduced the service earlier this month, and now some users are reportedly seeing it integrated into their browsers after updating to Edge version 96, as noted by Ars Technica. The...

The Verge

Umar Shakir

Microsoft is selling ugly Windows sweaters again, and this time, it’s Minesweeper

Image: Microsoft

Microsoft has launched a new Windows software-themed ugly sweater on its Xbox Gear Shop dedicated to the infamous Windows game Minesweeper.

It’s well done: not only is the whole Minesweeper level shaped like a Christmas tree, but it’s also got mines masquerading as snowflakes and “buttons” to minimize the window or exit the game if you so desire, plus the classic wavy Windows logo that hearkens back to Windows 3.1. (If you’re wondering why the sweater has...

Gizmodo

Phillip Tracy

Microsoft's Ugly Holiday Sweater Is a Hideous Ode to Minesweeper, and I Need It

I’m glad I didn’t buy anything on Black Friday this year—not because it means I can finally afford Apple’s mythical microfiber cloth, but because Microsoft just dropped a new ugly holiday sweater and I’m on the brink of spending $75 on it.

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The Verge

Jay Peters

Twitch will use machine learning to detect people evading bans

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Twitch is furthering its efforts to reduce harassment with a new tool that uses machine learning to detect people who may be attempting to evade bans. It’s the company’s latest addition to combat things like hate raids, where streamers’ chats are overrun with trolls sending hateful messages.

The new tool, called Suspicious User Detection, can identify users as “likely” or “possible” people who have evaded bans from a streamer’s...

Gizmodo

Cheryl Eddy

Finish Out 2021 With 14 New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books for December

December is traditionally the month with the least amount of new sci-fi and fantasy book releases, so you’ll notice our regular list is a bit shorter than usual. But there are still plenty of intriguing releases on the way, so read on for tales of magic and mages, murder and mutations, and more.

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Gizmodo

Phillip Tracy

Microsoft Keeps Making Its Edge Browser Worse for Some Reason

Microsoft can’t help but undermine itself, it seems. After launching the new Edge browser last year to widespread praise, Microsoft has seemingly done everything possible to ruin it, including imposing unwelcome features and intrusive restrictions.

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Wired Top Stories

Cecilia D'Anastasio, Gian M. Volpicelli

The Escapist Fantasy of NFT Games Is Capitalism

In blockchain-based video games like Axie Infinity, wealthier players are becoming bosses in a flourishing international labor market.

Wired Top Stories

Gear Team

253 Last-Chance Cyber Monday Deals You Can Still Get Now

These discounts are the last ones standing—for the moment.

Wired Top Stories

Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

Malicious Google Play Apps Stole User Banking Info

Using tricks to sidestep the app store's restrictions, malware operators pillaged passwords, keystrokes, and other data.

Engadget

Igor Bonifacic

Quest headset owners can capture VR gameplay using their phones

Meta’s Reality Labs unit is rolling out one last major software update for the Quest and Quest 2 before the end of the year. And it’s one you’ll want to download as soon as you can because it adds some handy features.

One of them allows you to record yourself while inside a game or app. If you own a VR headset, you’ve probably seen videos like the one above where you can see how a game physically plays. Before today, you needed special equipment to capture footage from that mixed...

The Verge

Catie Keck

Why Red Notice was able to beat Bird Box as Netflix’s biggest movie debut ever

Image: Frank Masi/Netflix

Netflix’s heist drama Red Notice has officially overthrown Bird Box as the streaming service’s biggest movie debut to date, with over 328 million total hours viewed as of today. That beats out Bird Box’s prior record — 282 million hours in its first 28 days — by a good margin, and Red Notice still has ample time to expand its debut-month record.

That might seem like great news for Netflix: a movie it wanted to be a huge hit was in fact a huge hit....

The Verge

Mitchell Clark

These transparent Apple prototypes clearly show the greatness of see-through gadgets

Image: Giulio Zompetti

Apple device collector Giulio Zompetti has photographed a prototype 29W Apple charging brick, and it may be one of the rare instances where the product-in-progress may look better than the final version. What makes it special is that you can literally see Apple’s design process because of the clear plastic shell, unlike the retail version where the internals are hidden by opaque white plastic.

Zompetti also tweeted another clear prototype, a pair of AirPods...

The Verge

Cameron Faulkner

The latest Quest update brings cloud backups and a mixed reality view

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Meta has delivered a new batch of features for Quest headsets in an update rolling out today. The changes include cloud backups, a mixed reality camera mode, and other settings that round out the Quest’s already impressive feature set.

I’m most excited about the cloud backups feature, which gives you a way to restore user-specific data to your apps, including game saves and headset settings, if you need to replace, update, or reset your...

Gizmodo

Lucas Ropek

A Bot Stole Your PS5 and Lawmakers Have Heard Your Cries of Anguish

Democratic lawmakers want to get serious about a particularly frustrating scourge of the holiday season: the “Grinch” bot.

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Gizmodo

Germain Lussier

Nicolas Cage Is Dracula! Stop the Presses! Nicolas Cage Is Dracula!

Nicolas Cage is probably some kind of vampire in real life, so the fact that he’s about the play the most famous one ever makes perfect sense. The Oscar-winning star of Face/Off and Mandy and many, many other strange films is set to play Dracula in the upcoming film Renfield. Which means, no, Dracula isn’t the main…

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The Verge

Emma Roth

Cyber Monday spending was reportedly down due to early shopping

Cyber Monday sales were down 1.4 percent year over year, according to a report from Adobe Analytics. Shoppers spent $10.7 billion this year, $100 million less than the $10.8 billion consumers spent in 2020.

“Consumers were not waiting around for discounts on big shopping days like Cyber Monday and Black Friday”

Amazon’s holiday shopping report only backs Adobe’s claims that Cyber Monday sales took a dip — the commerce giant didn’t report that this year’s Cyber Monday...

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