The Boring Phone is a nostalgic branding exercise by HMD and Heineken
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by Allison Johnson
3h ago
The phone is boring so you can focus on good times with your friends, get it? Image: HMD HMD really wants us to have more fun. Earlier this year, it announced a collaboration with Mattel on an upcoming Barbie flip phone. Now, it’s teaming up with Heineken and creative firm Bodega on another effort designed to tap into nostalgia: the Boring Phone. There are more details on Heineken’s site — which you’ll need to be at least 21 to view — but basically It’s a translucent flip phone with no apps, just good retro vibes to help you connect with your friends over a cold one. The Boring Phone is appare ..read more
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Drake muddies the ‘Push Ups’ AI debate with a deepfake
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by Wes Davis
3h ago
Drake performing in Atlanta, Georgia in 2022.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Last year, a few AI voice clone tracks went viral using Drake’s voice. His label, Universal Media Group, responded to one track with a strongly worded statement against AI and takedown requests that saw it removed from streaming services. And Drake, seemingly not happy about another one of the songs, posted, “This is the final straw AI,” on Instagram. BREAKING DRAKE DISS TRACK LEAKED. He was talking crazy‼️ #Drake pic.twitter.com/CkYpzsZGKz — Nothing But Sports (@NBSCENTRAL) April 13, 2024 Over the weekend, a ne ..read more
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Boston Dynamics Atlas robot, 2013-2024
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by Jess Weatherbed
3h ago
Image: Boston Dynamics The robotics company has retired the dancing bot after more than a decade ..read more
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A new NES emulator was briefly available on the Apple App Store
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by Wes Davis
3h ago
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Just two days after Apple removed the iGBA emulator from the iOS App Store, an NES emulator called Bimmy briefly appeared before being taken down. MacRumors reported that the app was described as being for homebrew games but also supported ROMs provided by players. Unfortunately, when we attempted to download Bimmy, we received an error message saying it’s no longer available. Now, clicking on a link to Bimmy shows “This app is currently not available in your country or region.” This time, it wasn’t Apple that removed it but the developer. Over on MacRum ..read more
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Report: TikTok’s efforts to silo US data are ‘largely cosmetic’
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by Gaby Del Valle
7h ago
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Since 2022, TikTok has undertaken a massive, expensive effort to silo off its US operations — and American users’ data — from its Chinese parent company, ByteDance. TikTok has described the corporate restructuring, which it dubbed Project Texas, as “an unprecedented initiative dedicated to making every American on TikTok feel safe, with confidence that their data is secure and the platform is free from outside influence.” Several former employees, however, told Fortune that Project Texas is instead “largely cosmetic” and that they and their colleagues co ..read more
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Motorola’s new $130 earbuds are a Bose collab
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by Chris Welch
7h ago
Image: Motorola A new wooden Edge phone isn’t all that Motorola announced today. The company also introduced two pairs of earbuds: the higher-end set is called the Moto Buds Plus and costs $129.99, while the more basic Moto Buds will only be available in select markets. But the Plus standout as the more interesting product, and that’s because Motorola teamed up with Bose for the EQ tuning and active noise cancellation on these buds. There’s a “Sound by Bose” emblem right on the carrying case. There isn’t a ton of detail on exactly how deep this collaboration was, but Motorola’s store page says ..read more
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People are afraid of self-driving cars — can the industry change that?
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by Andrew J. Hawkins
7h ago
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Self-driving cars have an image problem. They stumble into construction zones, block ambulances, run red lights, and even injure the occasional bicyclist or pedestrian. Forget the fact that most autonomous vehicles operate each day safely, anonymously, and without fanfare. There are hundreds in operation today in California, Arizona, Texas, and elsewhere, and the numbers are only going to increase. But when they do make mistakes, people tend to notice. Numerous public opinion polls have shown declining support for autonomous vehicles (AV) over the years ..read more
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Take it slow in this stop-motion sci-fi adventure
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by Andrew Webster
8h ago
Image: Slow Bros. Harold Halibut moves at its own pace. A point-and-click adventure built with real-world materials and then animated with stop-motion, Harold Halibut tells a story that’s at times slow and ponderous and, at others, cozy and heartwarming. It’s sort of like what would happen if Wes Anderson teamed up with Aardman Animations to make a sci-fi game. Which is to say that it’s charming and built with an incredible amount of care and detail. As a game, it’s standard stuff — but as a place to experience, there’s nothing quite like it. The developers at German studio Slow Bros. say that ..read more
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Humane AI Pin launch: the reviews are in, and they’re not good
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by Alex Heath
8h ago
Photo by Amelia Holoway Krales / The Verge At the least the only way to go from here is up... right ..read more
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Amazon Music’s Maestro lets listeners make AI playlists
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by Emilia David
8h ago
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon Music may soon let you create playlists with a text prompt using Maestro, its new AI playlist maker. Maestro, which is currently available in beta to a small number of Amazon Music subscribers in the US, will let users put together playlists using any prompt, including emojis, Amazon said in a blog post. According to the company, listeners will be able to save the AI-created playlists and share them with other Amazon Music users. In the post, Amazon Music’s suggested prompts included “ and eating ,” “Music my grandparents made out to,” and “I trac ..read more
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