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Yesterday   Photo: Intel Corporation Apple may be closing in on a deal to buy up Intel’s abandoned smartphone modem business for $1 billion, with The Wall Street Journal reporting today that a deal could be announced as early as next week.

Yesterday   Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Nintendo Switch owners have been experiencing problems with the console’s removable Joy-Con controllers for months, with users reporting weird joystick drifting problems that cause false inputs and have been steadily growing over time as original Switch machines grow older.

Yesterday   In today’s digital age, it sometimes feels like hardware has taken a back seat to the software that drives our devices. Button of the Month is a monthly look at what some of those buttons and switches are like on devices old and new, and it aims to appreciate how we interact with our devices on a physical, tactile level.

2 Days Ago   Image: AMC AMC’s NOS4A2, based on the 2013 horror novel by Joe Hill will be returning for a second, 10-episode season, as announced at the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel.

3 Days Ago   The fourth Thor movie — now revealed to be called Thor: Love and Thunder — is on its way, and it’s bringing a surprising cast member: Natalie Portman, reprising her role as Jane Foster, who’ll be following in her comic counterpart’s footsteps to take on the role of Thor in the film, announced as part of Marvel’s massive San Diego Comic-Con panel.

4 Days Ago   Pixel buds | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Google has been steadily building out its Bluetooth Fast Pair features for the last few years, and the company just revealed the next wave of updates that should make managing compatible Bluetooth devices even better on Android.

4 Days Ago   Like nearly everything else this weekend, Google’s latest homepage Doodle is here to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, with an adorable animated video commemorating the historic occasion.

5 Days Ago   Flappy Bird is a gaming legend and one of the most explosively popular mobile games ever made. But what if it were more like Fortnite? That’s the idea behind Flappy Royale, a new game from developers Orta Therox and Em Lazer-Walker (with contributions from Zach Gage).

5 Days Ago   Verizon has announced its latest 5G device — a long anticipated 5G hotspot, the Inseego 5G MiFi M1000. But the 5G MiFi M1000 is the latest proof that 5G isn’t going to be cheap: the hotspot alone is set to cost $649.99, before you factor in the monthly cost of data.

6 Days Ago   FaceApp — the photo editing app that uses neural networks to create dramatic photo edits — is skyrocketing to social media popularity again, thanks to a new aging filter, but Democrats aren’t on board with the fun.

7 Days Ago   Accessory company Nomad is overhauling its line of charging cables across the board with a major redesign that adds a whole bunch of Kevlar — actual, licensed Kevlar — to the mix for what promises to be even tougher cables than the company’s already-strong cords.

7 Days Ago   Google Maps is adding support for bike sharing stations in a big way, with the company rolling out a new integration that will offer users information on docked bike sharing services like Citi Bike directly in the app.

7 Days Ago   Ubisoft has revealed the list of its initial game lineup for its upcoming UPlay Plus PC gaming service ahead of its September 3rd launch, with a surprisingly deep lineup of titles that looks to leverage Ubisoft’s biggest franchises, like Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and the seemingly endless number of Tom Clancy games.

7 Days Ago   Announced back in June for international markets, the Nokia 2.2 is now available for US customers. And it actually looks pretty good for a $140 phone, offering premium features like a teardrop notch display, face unlock camera, and a dedicated Google Assistant button at a very wallet-friendly price point.

8 Days Ago   Microsoft is putting a compatibility hold on its Windows 10 May 2019 update for some of its Surface Book 2 laptops due to an issue where the discrete Nvidia GPU can vanish from the device manager on the OS, which in turn can cause apps or games that rely on that GPU to have issues, via ZDNet.

8 Days Ago   Former Vine head Jason Toff is leaving Google to join Facebook, where he’ll be “starting up a new initiative under the recently formed NPE team.” Facebook just announced its new NPE (it stands for “new product experimentation”) team last week, as a brand that will be developing experimental apps for consumers who are still slightly removed from the core Facebook brand.

8 Days Ago   Myke Cole is best known for his fantasy work, including his military-focused urban fantasy Shadow Ops series and his more traditionally epic fantasy Sacred Throne trilogy.

11 Days Ago   Apple has reversed course on its ban of parental control app OurPact, allowing the ousted software to return to the App Store in its original form and without any limitations or restrictions.

11 Days Ago   USB-C hubs are (sadly) pretty common these days, and now Sony is getting in the game with the MRW-S3, a nice-looking hub that checks a whole bunch of high-end spec boxes like 100W USB-C PD charging and a UHS-II SD card reader that most don’t.

11 Days Ago   Charter Communications (and its Spectrum internet service) has officially reached a deal to stay in New York State, with the Public Service Commission agreeing on a settlement that will see Charter fulfill its original commitments for broadband expansion that the company had agreed to when it first merged with Time Warner Cable in 2016, via Ars Technica.

11 Days Ago   The already-crowded streaming market is on the verge of getting some new competitors, with Apple TV Plus, Disney+, HBO Max, and more gearing up to face off against more established players like Netflix and Hulu.

12 Days Ago   Sigma has announced its first full-frame mirrorless camera, the Sigma fp, and the company is looking to make an impression on the market with the claim that it’s the “smallest & lightest” full-frame mirrorless camera in the world.

12 Days Ago   Last year, Motorola began making its phones easier to repair by partnering with iFixit to provide official replacement parts and kits directly to customers. Today, the companies announced that they’re expanding that program to Europe as well.

12 Days Ago   The Switch Lite — the newly unveiled spinoff of the full-sized Switch console — doesn’t actually “switch.” Instead of the detachable controllers and TV dock that allows the standard Switch to shape-shift between a TV console, portable gamepad, and a mobile multiplayer machine, the Switch Lite has a much narrower focus on just one of those experiences — but that’s not a bad thing.

13 Days Ago   Amazon Game Studios has announced its latest project: a Lord of the Rings massively multiplayer online game that Amazon is developing in partnership with Leyou. It’s planned as a free-to-play title for both PC and consoles.

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