/Technology/ Last Updated: Wed, Feb 8th, 2023 @ 1:50pm EST

The Verge

Diego Nicolás Argüello

The making of surprise hit Hi-Fi Rush

Hi-Fi Rush. | Image: Tango Gameworks

Director John Johanas explains how the rhythm action game was inspired by everything from Radiohead to the Dreamcast.

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The Verge

Jess Weatherbed

Chrome’s new update is the first version you can’t run on Windows 7

Windows devices will need to run Windows 10 or later to continue receiving future Chrome releases. | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

If you’re currently using Google Chrome on an old or outdated PC, then you might want to consider upgrading your hardware. With the public release of Chrome 110 on February 7th, the browser will no longer support Windows 7 or Windows 8 / 8.1 and the lesser-used Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2. This follows Microsoft’s decision...

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Antonio G. Di Benedetto

Amazon’s latest Fire TV Cube is a square deal of $15 off

The Fire TV Cube (2022) retains its tiny obelisk-like boxy form factor. | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Ready for some deals to get you over the hump? The latest version of Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is selling for $124.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. That saves you $15 on Amazon’s highest-end streaming device, which sports speedy performance, hands-free voice control using Amazon Alexa, and Wi-Fi 6E for less network congestion if you have a lot of devices in your home (and a...

Engadget

Jon Fingas

Alibaba joins the rush to build a ChatGPT rival

If it seems like everyone is rushing to develop an alternative to ChatGPT, you're not wrong. Chinese online commerce heavyweight Alibaba has confirmed to CNBC that it's working on its equivalent to OpenAI's hit AI chatbot. The company isn't detailing features or offering a release schedule, but says it has been developing generative AI since 2017 and is in the middle of internal testing.

The reveal comes as multiple tech giants have introduced rivals to or spinoffs of ChatGPT this week....

Engadget

Karissa Bell

Twitter is shutting down its free API, here's what's going to break

Of all the once-unthinkable changes Elon Musk had made since taking over Twitter, pulling the rug out from under developers might seem relatively minor. After banning third-party clients without warning, Twitter announced that it would no longer allow any developer to use its APIs for free.

So far, Twitter has communicated very little about the changes, other than confirming a February 9th cut-off date. Musk has suggested Twitter could charge $100 a month “with ID verification,” but...

Engadget

Jon Fingas

The first Android 14 developer preview focuses on accessibility

It wouldn't be February without a peek at Google's next mobile OS. Sure enough, the company has released the first Android 14 developer preview (DP1) to help app creators target the new platform. This time around, the initial priorities are accessibility, battery life and security. You can scale fonts to a much larger size (200 percent versus the earlier 130 percent), and smarter scaling makes text more readable. It's easier to set preferred languages for apps, and developers can be more...

Engadget

Kris Holt

Turkey is reportedly blocking access to Twitter following devastating earthquakes

Turkey may be blocking access to Twitter, two days after a pair of catastrophic earthquakes struck the area. Thousands of people are still trapped in buildings in Turkey and Syria, where the death toll is approaching 12,000.

According to Bloomberg, people in Turkey started having trouble accessing Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. Some have resorted to VPNs to use the service. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey's main opposition party, has accused the government of blocking Twitter.

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Jon Fingas

UK Apple Store workers sign first union contract

Months after a successful vote, Apple Store employees in Glasgow have become the company's first retail workers to form a union in the UK. Apple and the trade union GMB Scotland have signed a collective bargaining agreement that theoretically gives staff at the Buchanan Street store more clout when pushing for improved working conditions.

The Glasgow employees voted to unionize in November. They sought better pay, increased wage transparency and improved shift scheduling. Union negotiators...

Gizmodo

Isaac Schultz

Whoa: Astronomers Find New Ring System in the Outer Solar System

Researchers observing a background star pass behind Quaoar, a dwarf planet in the Kuiper belt, found that the distant object has a ring system unlike any previously found in our solar system.

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Wired Top Stories

Robyn Huang

Tech Volunteers Rush to Save Turkey’s Earthquake Survivors

Within hours of the disaster, software engineers were rolling out applications to help locate people in need and distribute aid.

Engadget

Igor Bonifacic

Google Maps Search with Live View is coming to Barcelona, Dublin and Madrid

Last September, Google began rolling out Search with Live View, a feature within Maps that adds search functionality to the app's augmented reality layer. At the time, that feature was only available if you found yourself in London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Paris or Tokyo. Today, Google announced it's bringing Search with Live View to Barcelona, Dublin and Madrid within the coming months. The company is also greatly expanding the availability of Live View within indoor...

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Will Shanklin

Google’s Bard chatbot confidently spouts misinformation in Twitter debut

If the unofficial debut of Google’s Bard chatbot is any indication, misinformation is about to get a lot worse. The company posted an ad to Twitter this week showing off the natural-language AI model displaying false information about the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

In the advertisement (via Reuters), a short GIF shows an example of a Q&A with Bard. “What new discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope can I tell my 9-year old about?” the query reads. The machine quickly...

Engadget

Kris Holt

Google Maps' Immersive View is rolling out in five cities

At I/O 2022, Google revealed an Immersive View feature for Maps that uses computer vision and AI to combine Street View and aerial photography into a 3D format. The idea is to create a detailed perspective of buildings and other aspects of the environment. 

The feature is rolling out in five cities today. You'll be able to check it out in London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo. Google started offering a preview of the feature in those cities in September. Immersive View is...

Gizmodo

Andrew Liszewski

Teenage Engineering Now Has a $1,600 Desk To Hold Its $1,200 Mixer and $2,000 Musical Toys

If you’ve decided your tastes are too refined to work on a sheet of plywood precariously balanced on a couple stacks of cinderblocks, Teenage Engineering is back with another peculiar product with a barebones design: the minimalist Field Desk you build yourself using a modular aluminum rail system.

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Gizmodo

Rob Bricken

Japan's Spirited Away Stage Play Is Coming to America, Basically

If you heard the news that Japan would be getting a live, theatrical stage play version of Hayao Miyazaki’s acclaimed, Academy Award-winning film Spirited Away and burned with a longing to see it... well, I have mostly good news. The stageplay is finally coming to America, it just won’t be quite as live as if you had…

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Ed Cara

A Man’s Prostate Cancer Gave Him An 'Uncontrollable' Irish Accent

A man’s prostate cancer came with a bizarre complication: an Irish accent. The case is one of the few documented reports of the condition, and reportedly the first ever associated with this form of cancer. Tragically, the man ultimately died from his illness.

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The Verge

Charles Pulliam-Moore

Warner Bros. Discovery is backtracking on its plan to shut down Discovery Plus

Image: Warner Bros. Discovery

Just a few weeks ago, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav claimed that things were going so well over at the company that it was expediting its plan to merge HBO Max and DIscovery Plus into a not-so-secret third thing with an unimaginative name. Now, though, those plans are changing for reasons that Warner Bros. Discovery probably should have seen coming.

The Wall Street Journal reports that while Warner Bros. Discovery is still launching a new...

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James Vincent

Google’s AI chatbot Bard makes factual error in first demo

Google has been scrambling to launch a competitor to ChatGPT — but perhaps rushing a little too hard. | Image: Google

On Monday, Google announced its AI chatbot Bard — a rival to OpenAI’s ChatGPT that’s due to become “more widely available to the public in the coming weeks.” But the bot isn’t off to a great start, with experts noting that Bard made a factual error in its very first demo.

A GIF shared by Google shows Bard answering the question: “What new discoveries...

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Barbara Krasnoff

Where are the good Android apps for Mastodon?

Image: Mastodon

Recently, I started looking for an alternative to Twitter (somehow, I suspect I’m not the only one) and landed on Mastodon. I like it there: most of the residents seem smart, friendly, and less likely to blow up than on Twitter. But after I started getting used to the interface, I realized that the mobile app, while usable, left something to be desired. So when I heard that there was a new one in beta called Ivory that, according to several accounts, provided a much...

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