Algorithms that detect cancer can be fooled by hacked images

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Artificial intelligence programs that check medical images for evidence of cancer can be duped by hacks and cyberattacks, according to a new study. Researchers demonstrated that a computer program could add or remove evidence of cancer from mammograms, and those changes fooled both an AI tool and human…

YouTube TV warns subscribers it could lose Disney’s channels later this week

Illustration by William Joel / The Verge Google has warned that YouTube TV could lose access to over a dozen Disney-owned channels later this week if it’s unable to renew its agreement with the company. In a blog post, YouTube TV says its current deal with Disney is due to expire this Friday, December 17th,…

Google staffs up to build OS for unknown ‘innovative AR device’

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google is hiring an “Augmented Reality OS” team focused on building software for an “innovative AR device,” according to job listings spotted by 9to5Google. The team is led by Mark Lucovsky, who announced he’d joined the company this week. Lucovsky previously worked at Meta developing an in-house alternative…

Don’t buy a monitor or TV just for HDMI 2.1 — read the fine print or you might get fooled

HDMI cable shutterstock Four years running, we’ve been jazzed by the potential of HDMI 2.1 — the relatively new video connector standard that can provide variable refresh rates (VRR), automatic low latency connections (ALLM), and of course, a giant pipe with 48Gbps of bandwidth (and fixed rate signaling) to deliver up to 10K resolution and…

Nike just bought a virtual shoe company that makes NFTs and sneakers ‘for the metaverse’

RTFKT made these A16Z sneakers to celebrate a round of venture capital funding | Image: RTFKT One comparison I’ve heard repeatedly over the last year is that buying NFTs to “flex” on people in the metaverse is just like collecting sneakers, and now Nike is apparently trying to make sure it’s ready for the literal…

SharePlay is now available on Macs as part of the latest macOS Monterey update

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Apple has brought SharePlay to the Mac as part of macOS Monterey 12.1, which was released Monday. With SharePlay, you can now enjoy entertainment like movies, music, and games synchronized with your friends over FaceTime while on your Mac. (You can see a list of some supported…

Google starts rolling out major Pixel 6 update with camera and fingerprint sensor improvements

Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are today receiving their most significant software update since Google released the phones in October. Last week, the company detailed a very lengthy list of bug fixes and improvements that are included in the December update, which has now started rolling…

WhatsApp will hide your ‘last seen’ status from strangers by default

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge WhatsApp is rolling out a new privacy measure that hides your “last seen” status from people you don’t know or haven’t chatted with in the app (via WABetaInfo). Previously, WhatsApp set the feature on “Everyone” by default, allowing anyone on WhatsApp to see your status. WhatsApp’s new update…

Instagram’s new Reels Visual Replies are just another feature copied from TikTok

It looks familiar… | Image: Instagram Instagram has added another strikingly familiar feature to Reels: the ability to add a user comment to a video (via TechCrunch). Now, if a user comments on a reel you’ve posted, tapping the “reply” button will let you add a sticker of the comment into a new reel, which…

OSHA opens investigation into fatal Amazon warehouse collapse in Illinois

The Amazon distribution center in Edwardsville, Illinois was struck by a tornado on December 10th. | Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has opened an investigation into the collapse of an Amazon warehouse in Illinois that left six people dead. The damage was caused by a tornado that…

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Alpha Motor’s EV designs look cool, but will they ever get made?

The Alpha Motor Ace electric coupe design. | Images: Alpha Motor Corporation Alpha Motor Corporation is nominally an electric vehicle startup. It has spent the last year pumping out retro-futuristic design after retro-futuristic design, one of which just won the award at this year’s LA Auto Show for best electric coupe. But for every new…

Universal Control won’t be coming to macOS Monterey until sometime this spring

Apple’s Universal Control feature has been delayed again, with the company’s website updating today to note that the drag-and-drop feature won’t be arriving until sometime “this spring,” as spotted by the AppleSWUpdates Twitter account. Universal Control was originally announced alongside macOS Monterey and iPadOS 15 at WWDC back in June, but the feature — which…

Researchers trigger new exploit by renaming an iPhone and a Tesla

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Security researchers investigating the recently discovered and “extremely bad” Log4Shell exploit claim to have used it on devices as varied as iPhones and Tesla cars. Per screenshots shared online, changing the device name of an iPhone or Tesla to a special exploit string was enough to trigger a…

The PS5 Darkplates made me want to grab Sony’s upcoming black faceplates

My PS5 Digital Edition with the Darkplates 2.0. | Photo by Jay Peters / The Verge I now stan the PS5’s original design Sony has finally announced official PS5 faceplates in different colors, including red, pink, blue, purple, and — thankfully — black. But if you’re looking for an easy way to change up the…

Walmart is selling PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles at 3PM ET today

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge If you haven’t been able to secure a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, you might be in luck. Walmart is opening orders for Sony’s $499.99 PS5 Disc Edition and Microsoft’s $499.99 Xbox Series X (online only) at 3PM ET today, December 13th. Several previous drops have been…

TikTok’s 2021 music recap says it’s getting even better at creating billion-listen megahits

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge TikTok says that around 430 songs exceeded 1 billion video views on the platform this year, three times as many songs as last year, as noted in 2021’s Year on TikTok Music Report. Some of the most popular songs in this bracket garnered around or above 20 billion…

Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series take top slots in US console sales as shortages continue

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge We’ve heard you: many of you are still trying to secure a new video game system, and we’ve done what we can to help people find them. But now, a year after the “next-gen” PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S consoles debuted, they’re still in…

Biden launches federal effort to make online benefits less painful

White House / Flickr President Biden is expected to sign an executive order on Monday that would make it easier for Americans to access a broad swath of federal services and benefits, like renewing a passport or accessing retirement benefits. “This executive order is really focused on how the federal government delivers services to the…

Apple releases iOS 15.2 with App Privacy Report, Digital Legacy, and more

You should now be able to download iOS 15.2 | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Apple’s iOS 15.2, which includes a ton of features and fixes, has started to become roll out to iPhones after an extensive beta period. According to Apple’s release notes, posted by 9to5Mac and MacRumors, the update includes: The…

$300,000 Bored Ape NFT sold for $3,000 because of misplaced decimal point

Or just right click > save image to save yourself $$$. | Image via OpenSea How much have you ever lost on a typo? Probably not hundreds of thousands of dollars. But that’s just what happened to one unlucky individual this weekend, who accidentally sold a Bored Ape NFT for $3,000 instead of $300,000 —…

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio is $200 off for the first time at Best Buy

Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Microsoft’s intriguing Surface Laptop Studio with an articulating display and a plinth platform to keep cool is seeing its first decent price drop since its release a few months ago. The base configuration that normally costs $1,599.99, and comes with an Intel Core i5-11300H processor, 16GB of RAM,…

Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle brand LiveWire is merging with a SPAC to go public

LiveWire, the electric motorcycle company spun out of Harley-Davidson, is going public by merging with a special acquisition company, or SPAC. The transaction will net LiveWire approximately $545 million at a pro forma enterprise value of approximately $1.77 billion, Harley-Davidson says in its announcement. LiveWire is the latest electric vehicle company to go public by…

Analogue Pocket review: Game Boy games have never looked so good

A modern handheld that celebrates the classics For the last week or so, I’ve been buried in cartridges from my youth. I’ve spent hours slicing through cute blue slimes in Dragon Warrior III and reacquainting myself with a decades-old team of monsters in Pokémon Yellow. While all my friends have been raving about Halo Infinite,…

Adobe launches Creative Cloud Express, a new app that simplifies its powerful editing tools

Adobe knows there’s a bigger audience of would-be creators out there than full-on pros, so it’s launching a new app that attempts to open up some of its more powerful tools to amateurs. The app, called Creative Cloud Express, offers basic versions of image and video editing tools, letting users work with layers, AI effects,…

Takedown notices are threatening online thrift shops — just as business is exploding

Illustration by Kristen Radtke Small businesses say their livelihoods are threatened even when they aren’t running afoul of copyright claims and trademark In January 2020, Jade Myers, a successful seller of secondhand clothes on Poshmark, came across a trove of designer swimwear and apparel at a thrift store that she knew would be a hit…

Peloton responds to surprise death in And Just Like That… with new commercial

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Peloton has responded to a plot-line in HBO Max’s new Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That…, turning around a commercial in less than 48 hours after the company’s stock continued to plummet in reaction to events on the TV show over the weekend. (Spoiler…

Toyota is going to make you pay to start your car with your key fob

Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images Toyota is charging drivers for the convenience of using their key fobs to remotely start their cars. According to a report from The Drive, Toyota models 2018 or newer will need a subscription in order for the key fob to support remote start functionality. As The Drive notes,…

Chris Wallace leaves Fox News to host weekday show on CNN’s new streaming service

Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images Long-time Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace is leaving the network to join CNN’s upcoming streaming service, CNN Plus, as noted in a press release from CNN. The new show will be available when its streaming platform launches in 2022 The 18-year Fox News veteran announced his departure during his…

Sony WF-C500 earbuds review: basic ain’t bad

Sony’s entry-level buds stick to the fundamentals Sony’s new WF-C500 true wireless earbuds have an appealing price of $99.99 and come with a sleeker, more traditional design than the WF-XB700 buds that they’re replacing. Aside from the reined-in looks, they improve upon that model by adding support for Sony’s Headphones Connect app, which allows you…

Tesla hit with another lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, and retaliation by management

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge A second Tesla employee within one month has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment at the workplace, according to reports by Reuters and Business Insider. Erica Cloud, an assembly line worker at Tesla, filed a lawsuit in California’s Alameda County Superior Court, claiming that she experienced “continuous and…

Install the Microsoft Teams update for Android now to fix 911 calling bug

Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Microsoft Teams has rolled out a fix for the dangerous bug that could prevent Android users from calling 911 — and you’ll want to install it ASAP (via Android Police). In his analysis of the issue on Medium, Mishaal Rahman, the senior technical editor at Esper,…

DraftKings signs up real NFL players to use in ‘gamified NFT collections’ next season

New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) stretches during the New England Patriots practice session in Foxborough, MA on Oct. 22, 2020. | Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images You only have to look at the negative response to Ubisoft’s NFT gaming announcement and the number of people chortling along with Keanu…

Halo Infinite is getting four new playlists on December 14th — including Slayer

Image: Microsoft Halo Infinite is getting Slayer, Free-For-All (FFA), Tactical Slayer (SWAT), and Fiesta playlists, according to a Reddit post from u/ske7ch343, otherwise known as 343 Industries’ community director Brian Jarrard (via Windows Central). Jarrard confirmed that the four playlists are coming to the game via an update on December 14th. Halo Infinite MP is…

Amazon Web Services says overwhelmed network devices triggered outage

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon Web Services (AWS) has provided an explanation as to what caused the outage that downed parts of its own services, as well as the third-party websites and online platforms that utilize AWS. In a post on the AWS website, the company explains that an automated process caused…

Former Apple employee says she won’t withdraw her labor board complaint

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Former Apple employee Cher Scarlett says the company didn’t adequately live up to its half of a settlement, so she won’t withdraw her complaint to the National Labor Relations Board as agreed, according to Forbes. Scarlett says that her settlement with Apple required it to post “a company-wide…

Multiple deaths confirmed after tornado hits Amazon warehouse

Photo by TIM VIZER/AFP via Getty Images An Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois collapsed following a bout of severe weather and tornados that ripped across the Midwest and South on Friday night. According to a report from Reuters, at least two deaths have been confirmed, and a number of workers are still unaccounted for. A…

Apple’s app tracking transparency feature isn’t an instant privacy button

Image: Apple A report from the Financial Times acts as a reminder of what Apple’s App Tracking Transparency settings do and do not do to protect your privacy (via Ars Technica). While asking apps to not track you does keep them from collecting and selling data tied to your personal advertising identity, it doesn’t keep…

Watch these Excel pros duke it out in a financial modeling competition

Diarmuid Early competes in the second round of the Financial Modeling World Cup. | Image: Financial Modeling World Cup | YouTube Microsoft is sponsoring an esports competition with prizes totaling $10,000. The game? Well, it’s not exactly a game — it’s Microsoft Excel. Every year, the top Microsoft Excel users (players?) from around the world…

Apple’s Invasion feels like the first chapter of a sci-fi epic

Image: Apple The first season of Invasion on Apple TV Plus feels a little incomplete. Across its 10 episodes, which chart a handful of humans grappling with an alien invasion, the story slowly teases out the reality of what’s happening. There are hints here and there — a haunting artificial voice, a mysterious alien-killing weapon,…

Halo Infinite’s creators say your wildest stunts are part of the series’ DNA

YouTuber “Mint Blitz” found a way to soar through the air in Halo Infinite. | Image: Mint Blitz on YouTube On Monday, a jaw-dropping Halo Infinite video kept showing up on my Twitter feed that looked like something out of a Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild speedrun. The video, from Australian YouTuber “Mint…

LG C1 OLED vs. Samsung Odyssey Neo G9: the perfect monitor doesn’t exist

Still searching for endgame I hate leaving unfinished business, but that’s what I did on November 27th of last year. I ended my review of the most ridiculous, most advanced PC monitor ever made — the 49-inch Samsung Odyssey G9 — by wondering out loud whether a similarly sized OLED television might actually be better….

The Matrix Awakens didn’t blow my mind, but it convinced me next-gen gaming is nigh

The Matrix Awakens single-handedly proves next-gen graphics are within reach of Sony and Microsoft’s new game consoles. It’s unlike any tech demo you’ve ever tried before. When we said the next generation of gaming didn’t actually arrive with Xbox Series X and PS5, this is the kind of push that has the potential to turn…

Adam Mosseri explains how Instagram is bringing back the chronological feed

The return of a proper feed could come soon. | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Instagram head Adam Mosseri used his story to answer people’s questions about the company’s plan to bring back the much-missed chronological feed, which he promised during his appearance at a Senate hearing on Wednesday. In a Q&A on…

Apple’s concessions in China reportedly include a secret $275 billion deal and one odd change in Maps

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook attends China Development Forum (CDF) 2018 | Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images Tim Cook has pushed Apple’s value within close range of $3 trillion, and a lot of that has to do with the former operations lead’s ability to manage a relationship…

Google tells employees it won’t raise everyone’s wages to keep up with inflation

The company won’t be doing a company-wide pay raise to match rising prices. | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google parent company Alphabet announced its fifth quarter in a row of record profits ($18.9 billion) and second straight quarter of record revenue ($65.1 billion) in October, but a company executive told employees that…

Go read this story explaining in detail the scary Teams bug that blocked a 911 call

Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge Sometimes when technology bugs out, I like a good and heavy analysis on why something didn’t work as intended. Mishaal Rahman, former editor in chief at XDA Developers, wrote an excellent explainer on why a 911 call on a Google Pixel 3 with Microsoft Teams failed during a…

Sony was bringing PlayStation Now to mobile phones, according to a confidential Apple presentation

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge In 2017 — long before Apple declared that cloud gaming could only exist on the iPhone if it jumped through gigantic hoops — Sony was preparing to launch its PlayStation Now cloud gaming service on mobile phones, a confidential document reveals. It could have been the single biggest…

Activision exec asks employees to ‘consider the consequences’ of unionizing

Brian Bulatao, former Trump admin and current chief administrative officer for Activision Blizzard, sent a letter to his colleagues that doesn’t outright discourage them from unionizing but also kind of discourages them from unionizing. The letter was sent after workers engaged in their fifth straight day of work stoppage in response to layoffs at Activision…

Ford reportedly delays Explorer EV in favor of Mustang Mach-E

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Ford is delaying the launch of its forthcoming all-electric Explorer SUV from mid-2023 to at least December 2024, according to Automotive News. The rollout of an all-electric Lincoln Aviator built on the same shared Ford EV platform is also being delayed along that same timeframe. Ford also no…

‘Extremely bad’ vulnerability found in widely used logging system

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Security teams at companies large and small are scrambling to patch a previously unknown vulnerability called Log4Shell, which has the potential to let hackers compromise millions of devices across the internet. If exploited, the vulnerability allows remote code execution on vulnerable servers, giving an attacker the ability to…

‘No easy solution’ for Tesla Cybertruck’s comically large windshield wiper, Elon Musk says

New drone footage of a prototype Tesla Cybertruck being tested on the company’s track in Fremont, California, was published Friday, prompting Elon Musk to address the vehicle’s hilariously oversized windshield wiper. The Cybertruck’s massive, flat windshield, blending seamlessly into the hood, was one of the electric truck’s most distinctive features when it was first unveiled…

This is BTS’s Twitter world, and we are living in it

Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartRadio The most-liked tweet of 2021 was a note from Joe Biden on the day of his inauguration. The fourth and fifth most-liked tweets are messages from Barack Obama and Kamala Harris, respectively, also celebrating Biden’s inauguration. In second place, sandwiched right in there with 3.2 million likes, is…

Peloton really wants you to know that what happened to Big isn’t because of its bike

A Peloton Bike was at the center of a shocking plot twist in HBO’s Sex and the City reboot. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge The punches keep coming for Peloton. Its treadmills were recalled after a series of injuries and a child’s death, people are returning to gyms, and now —…

New social media transparency bill would force Facebook to open up to researchers

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing | Photo by Alex Brandon-Pool/Getty Images A bipartisan group of US senators have announced a new bill that would require social media companies to share platform data with independent researchers. The bill was announced Thursday by Democratic senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Amy Klobuchar…

Tesla leak reveals all-in-one ‘Superhorn’ for Model 3 and Y

Image: Tesla Tesla may be adding new hardware components to its upcoming 2022 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles — including a new all-in-one “Superhorn” that combines a horn, alarm, and loudspeaker. This feature and more was revealed (via Electrek) in a leaked document on German-speaking Tesla forum TFF. The listed component changes presented in…

Meta adds Quest 2, Portal, and Ray-Ban Stories updates to its bug bounty program

Meta added some hardware products to its bug bounty program | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook parent company Meta is adding updates to its bug bounty program for products from its metaverse division Reality Labs, including its Quest 2, Portal, and Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses, the company announced Friday. The work will…

Moderna data shows mRNA isn’t a quick fix for the flu vaccine

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The first data from clinical trials of Moderna’s mRNA-based seasonal flu vaccine, released by the company Friday morning, were underwhelming — a finding that shows gene-based vaccines might not be a fix for all the problems with vaccine development. The overwhelming success of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, made…

Mercedes-Benz fixes error that let drivers watch TV while in motion

Photo by Andrew Hawkins / The Verge Mercedes-Benz has fixed a server issue that made it possible to browse the internet and watch TV on the 56-inch “hyperscreen” in the new electric EQS and newer S-Class sedans. While the oversight is already resolved, the German automaker filed for a recall with the National Highway Traffic…

The Better CEO who fired 900 people over a Zoom call is taking time off

CEO Vishal Garg is reportedly taking time off from Better.com, the company he founded in 2012. | Better.com The CEO of digital mortgage firm Better.com, who fired 900 employees on a Zoom call last week, is taking time off from the company while it conducts a “leadership and cultural assessment,” according to an email to…

Samsung’s working on a rollable smartwatch with a camera

Samsung recently filed a patent depicting a rollable smartwatch display and camera | Screenshot: WIPO via LetsGoDigital Though there have been attempts at wraparound smartwatches, the gadget category itself hasn’t really seen much design innovation for quite a while. Earlier this year, there was talk of a flat-edged Apple Watch, but those turned out to…

Analogue’s Pocket will be available to order December 14th but at a higher price

Analogue has announced in a Twitter thread that it will accept orders for its Pocket handheld on December 14th at 8AM PT / 11AM ET, and those who place an order will be placed into a fulfillment group, similar to the process Panic lined up with its now-delayed Playdate handheld and the staggered rollout planned…

Marvel’s Eternals is coming to Disney Plus on January 12th

Marvel’s supersized superhero epic Eternals is officially going to be available to stream on Disney Plus on January 12th, Disney announced today, about two months after it was first released on November 3rd. Eternals will also be available to stream in IMAX’s Expanded Aspect Ratio format, which Disney Plus started rolling out on other Marvel…

Citing fires, London’s transport agency bans e-scooters on public transit network

E-scooters have been banned on London’s transport network after several fires. | photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images Transport for London announced a ban on all e-scooters on its network, effective December 13th, over safety concerns following recent fires. The ban will apply to all public transport in London, including underground trains and…

Vergecast: Matrix Unreal Engine 5 demo, Snap’s first AR Spectacles, and Android games coming to Windows

Photo by Amanda Lopez for The Verge Every Friday, The Verge publishes our flagship podcast, The Vergecast, where co-hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn discuss the week in tech news with the reporters and editors covering the biggest stories. This week on The Vergecast, Nilay and Dieter bring in Verge senior reporter Alex Heath to…

How to (hopefully) restore your Gmail account if you lose access

Illustration by Ori Toor It’s a good idea to prepare ahead of time in case of problems Losing access to your Google / Gmail account can be an incredibly frustrating and unhappy experience. When researching this article, I came across several accounts of people who had been locked out of their accounts after forgetting their…