Live Photos are one of Apples signature camera options on iOS, making your photos look like one of the living photographs in Harry Potter. But if youve tried to post that Live Photo on Twitter, it would render as a still photo, taking away some of that magic. You could use an app to convert that Live Photo into a GIF and post that new GIF on its own, but that might be more work than youd want to do.
Starting today, though, Twitter says you can now just post Live Photos as GIFs directly on the platform, no conversion required:
Give the gift of GIFs. You can now upload your iOS Live Photos as GIFs anywhere you upload photos on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/D8TIfsBwyd
The first Half-Life game in 13 years might prove to be the first killer app for VR. In the 23 days since Valve announced Half-Life: Alyx, its first full-length VR game, the companys Valve Index headset has continually been number one on Steams top sellers list until yesterday, when another VR game called Boneworks surpassed it.
Even though Alyx may be pushing some to spend serious money on VR, the company tells The Verge that itll be a traditional Half-Life game in some key ways: itll be a linear adventure from start to finish, one thatll let you save the game whenever youd like. Valve also suggests that youll be able to play it for hours on end even though youll be wearing a headset thats physically tethered to a computer.
Going to the theater now feels like going to a comic book shop. You can usually pick between Marvel or DC at the box office every summer. This extends to TV and streaming its possible to have an entertainment diet made entirely of superhero media and still not get to it all. (Trust me, Ive tried.) Despite this pervasiveness, we tend to mostly talk about the big-budget film stuff. The MCU and everything you need to keep up with it. It can, frankly, feel like work but there are still places where keeping up with superheroes is what it should be: goofy, nonsensical fun.
One of the strangest successes in superhero comics march across pop culture has been whats known as the Arrow-verse: The CWs sprawling universe of connected DC…
Tinder is the swipe, and the swipe is Tinder. But as we close out the decade, it might be time to retire the swipe we once knew. Tinders introduction in 2012 ushered in not only the beginning of an era in which seemingly everyone dates online, but also the beginning of the swipe as a design and interaction concept. A left swipe means no and a right swipe means yes but of course, you already knew that.
While it feels rudimentary to explain the swipe, it once seemed radical. Before its existence, online daters built profiles, on a website, that took hours to perfect. OkCupid gave users seemingly endless questions to answer, and eHarmony focused on personality quizzes, all in an effort to assign people scores and offer compatibility…
This isnt the first thing you need to know about him, but it should be said: Dr Disrespect isnt actually a doctor. He is, however, good at giving people what they seem to need. So good, in fact, that hes amassed a staggering 3.8 million followers on Twitch, where he streams himself in the trademark black mullet wig and red tactical gear playing shooters like PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
Disrespects government name is Guy Beahm and, as one of the most prominent streamers working now, he is beginning to expand his empire beyond the sandbox of live gaming. Beahm recently scored a TV development deal with Skybound Entertainment the production company helmed by The Walking Dead creator Robert…
If youve always wanted an iPod click wheel on your iPhone, a new app is helping to bring Apples iconic music player back into the modern touchscreen era. Rewound is a basic music player app thats available in Apples App Store. It uses downloadable skins to transform the app into an iPod or more, and it syncs to an Apple Music library. It even includes haptic feedback so it looks and feels like a classic iPod.
Rewounds developer, Louis Anslow of Rethought agency, has been working on the app for a year. The idea is to bring back the idea of buttons and the nostalgia of devices like the iPod. You can program physical appearance of a device, explains Anslow in an interview with The Verge. It could become anything.
BMW is finally going to start integrating Android Auto into its cars starting in July 2020, the automaker announced Wednesday. And not only that, but it will be wireless Android Auto, making BMW one of the few automakers to offer Googles smartphone-powered in-car infotainment option without requiring owners to plug in.
Android Auto will appear on all BMW vehicles equipped the 7.0 version of the companys in-car software (iDrive) and the companys Live Cockpit Professional hardware (a fancy name for the biggest touchscreens), which are available on all 2019 / 2020 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, and 8 Series sedans, as well as the newest X3, X5, and X7 SUVs. (It will also be available on the 2020 X6 SUV.) Since its the wireless…
Apples newest top-of-the-line display, the Pro Display XDR, is out today. And it doesnt come cheap, starting at $4,999, with a matte nano texture upgrade for a mere $1,000. If you buy that nano texture upgrade, though, and you ever allow a speck of dust to grace it, dont you dare think about cleaning it with some water and a microfiber cloth. Instead, an Apple support document says you should only clean that nano-texture glass with a special dry polishing cloth that comes with the display, and nothing else (via MacRumors).
Apple hasnt said why nano-texture Pro Display XDR owners must use its specific cloth over another screen cleaner (weve asked), but its likely due to how the display is made. Nano-texture glass is Apples…
Torrent site The Pirate Bay has long been infamous for allowing people to download pirated movies and TV shows. But now, it looks like its giving users a new option: streaming. For certain titles, a green play button appears next to the download buttons, which gives the option to Play now using Baystream. BayStream, according to TorrentFreak, allows you to stream videos in your browser, although right now, its not clear who runs BayStream, and what their connection is to The Pirate Bay. The streaming feature also doesnt appear to be fully functional yet.
This isnt the first time The Pirate Bay has tried to enter the world of streaming. In 2016, the torrent site enabled Torrents Time, a plug-in that similarly allowed…
Apples new $4,999 Pro Display XDR has a lot of features and high-end specs, but one thing it doesnt have is an integrated webcam for video calls. Fortunately, Logitech is here to fill in the gap on the spec sheet with its new 4K Pro Magnetic Webcam, a $199.99 accessory specifically designed to work with Apples new display.
At $199.99, its by no means the cheapest webcam solution out there, but Apples Pro Display XDR is no stranger to pricey accessories like its infamous $999 stand. The 4K Pro Magnetic Webcam attaches magnetically to the display with a stand designed to perfectly fit the screen. Logitech says that the magnet is strong enough that itll stay attached even when rotated sideways into portrait mode. It can even…
Netflix has finally revealed the first numbers for how many customers watched The Irishman, the streamers high-profile crime epic from director Martin Scorsese. According to the company, 26,404,081 accounts watched the film during its first seven days on Netflix, putting it roughly on par with last years Bird Box when it comes to overall views during the first week.
*pours glass of wine*
My friends, Ive got some news from the big guy at the top: THE IRISHMAN was watched by 26,404,081 accounts globally within its first 7 days on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/abVV993CWS
In this weeks interview on The Vergecast, editor-in-chief of The Verge Nilay Patel and Verge reporter Julia Alexander sit down with CEO / co-owner of Faze Clan, Lee Trink.
Founded by e-sports players, Faze is an all-in-one e-sports / merchandising / influencer marketing agency and cultural phenomenon. Lee speaks about how he runs a multifaceted company, from growing pains while working with talent to the dependence on platforms and selling apparel.
Below is a lightly edited excerpt of the conversation.
Nilay Patel: Alright, lets start at the start. What is Faze Clan?
Lee Trink: What is Faze Clan? Faze Clan is a gaming organization thats really split up into two parts. Theres the part that is kind of the buzzword of 2019, of…
Apple is releasing its new iOS 13.3 update for all compatible devices today. The biggest addition is the ability to use FIDO2-compliant USB-C, NFC, and Lightning physical security devices with Apples Safari browser. These physical security keys offer greater account protection, and Yubico released the first Lightning security key back in August. Previously, iOS apps had to individually add support for a Lightning connector on the YubiKey 5Ci into their apps, but Apples native support will open this up to all apps and sites.
A number of web services like Gmail, Dropbox, Twitter, Outlook, and Facebook support security keys, so Apples native iOS support is a big improvement for any iPhone owner who wants to use a physical security key.
When Apple first showed off its new Mac Pro, the company also revealed that you could configure it with optional wheels, which might be handy if you need to regularly move your workstation. At the time, Apple didnt share how much the wheels would cost, but it did say that the base Mac Pro started at an eye-watering $5,999, so they didnt seem likely to come cheap.
The Mac Pro is now available to order, and it turns out that youll need to drop a cool $400 to be able to roll your new computer from place to place. Broken down another way, thats $100 per wheel. What a steal!
If that sounds like a drop in the bucket, why not go all-in and max out a Mac Pro? It will only cost you a paltry $52,599. Just dont forget to buy the $4,999 Pro…
Adobe announced its December updates to its photography apps today, and among the most significant is the ability to direct import photos on Lightroom for iOS and iPadOS. iOS and iPadOS 13.2 now allows raw files to be directly imported into Lightroom from cameras and memory cards. Previously, importing photos to Lightroom required transferring photos to the iPad camera roll first, then Lightroom, and then deleting the photos from the camera roll after to save space. Now, users will be able to bypass the iOS camera roll entirely, and imports can happen in a single step.
Its a long-awaited feature users have asked for since Lightroom for iOS was released, but delayed until the iPad could support external storage connectivity. Earlier this…
Just ahead of the holidays, Nintendo held a showcase event focused entirely on indie games coming to the Nintendo Switch. Most of the games on display are scheduled for next year, and that includes sequels to hits like Axiom Verge and Golf Story, but there are also a handful of titles that you can download today. Here are the highlights from the event.
Axiom Verge is getting a sequel
The brilliant Metroid-like adventure Axiom Verge is getting a sequel. We dont know much else besides the name Axiom Verge 2 but given how great the original was, and how great it was on the Switch in particular, thats more than enough to get excited about. Itll be out sometime next year.
Google has an update that might make you hate your alarm a little bit less: a new feature lets it automatically change up what your alarm plays based on the time of day and the weather, theoretically playing something slightly more appropriate than the same awful song you hear day in and out. At least, itll be nice as long as youre okay with waking up to AI-generated piano.
The feature is confined to a single device for now: Lenovos Smart Clock, a small smart display that basically has the functionality of a Google Home Mini paired with a screen that can show the time and weather. Google says this feature which it calls Impromptu is part of Google Assistant, though, which suggests it should reach other smart displays, and…
Today, Google is announcing that Android 10 is arriving on Android TV, and its about as bland of an update as they come. Primarily, its just the performance and security benefits of Android 10, without a single new user-facing feature. But at the bottom of Googles blog post, the company hints at why: Googles busy prepping for the next-generation of Android TV, starting with the miniature box above.
Google says this new ADT-3 dongle is a full-fledged Android TV platform, with a quad-core ARM Cortex A53 CPU, 2GB of DDR3 memory, and the ability to output 4K HDR content at 60 frames per second over its HDMI 2.1 port.
Before you get too excited, know that its a developer device. Like…
The Mac Pro starts at $5,999, which gets you an 8-core Intel Xeon CPU, an AMD Radeon Pro 580X GPU, 32GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The Mac Pro is designed to be modular, so you can configure it with a better processor, graphics, memory, storage, or even $400 wheels, if you want. It tops out at over $50,000.
The 32-inch 6K Pro Display XDR starts at $4,999 though it doesnt come with a stand. If you want to actually be able to use the monitor at a normal height, youll either need to shell out $999 for Apples Pro Stand or pay a still-outrageous $199 for Apples VESA mount adapter so you can use a stand you already own.
Shovel Knight came out back in June 2014, and its a wonderful 8-bit-inspired 2D platformer thats one of my favorite games from this decade. As part of the Kickstarter for Shovel Knight, developer Yacht Club Games promised an enormous amount of content in the months and years to come. This week, the studio finally released the third and final expansion, Shovel Knight: King of Cards, as well as an entirely new fighting game called Shovel Knight Showdown. For fans of the series, the new releases are a welcome excuse to dig further into Shovel Knights charming world. But if you didnt love the original, they likely wont change your mind.
King of Cards stars the humorously pompous King Knight, and just like the other three Shovel Knight…