Twitter will now let you post iOS Live Photos as GIFs

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Live Photos are one of Apple’s signature camera options on iOS, making your photos look like one of the living photographs in Harry Potter. But if you’ve 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 you’d want to do.

Starting today, though, Twitter says you can now just post Live Photos as GIFs directly on the platform, no conversion required:

The feature is pretty easy to…

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Valve says Half-Life: Alyx will be a ‘one-way journey’ with no multiplayer

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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 company’s Valve Index headset has continually been number one on Steam’s 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 it’ll be a traditional Half-Life game in some key ways: it’ll be a linear adventure from start to finish, one that’ll let you save the game whenever you’d like. Valve also suggests that you’ll be able to play it for hours on end — even though you’ll be wearing a headset that’s physically tethered to a computer.

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Crisis On Infinite Earths is the most comic book thing ever made for TV

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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 — it’s possible to have an entertainment diet made entirely of superhero media and still not get to it all. (Trust me, I’ve 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 what’s known as the Arrow-verse: The CW’s sprawling universe of connected DC…

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Swiping meant dating this decade, and it’s time for a change

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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. Tinder’s 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…

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The Doc is in: we talked to Dr Disrespect about his huge new TV deal

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This isn’t the first thing you need to know about him, but it should be said: Dr Disrespect isn’t actually a doctor. He is, however, good at giving people what they seem to need. So good, in fact, that he’s 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 PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Disrespect’s 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…

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Rewound is a new app that turns your iPhone into an iPod

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If you’ve always wanted an iPod click wheel on your iPhone, a new app is helping to bring Apple’s iconic music player back into the modern touchscreen era. Rewound is a basic music player app that’s available in Apple’s 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.

Rewound’s 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.”

Although Anslow…

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BMW finally announces Android Auto integration is coming in 2020

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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 Google’s 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 company’s in-car software (iDrive) and the company’s “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 it’s the wireless…

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Apple’s most expensive Pro Display XDR requires a special, Apple-made cloth to clean it

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Apple’s newest top-of-the-line display, the Pro Display XDR, is out today. And it doesn’t 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, don’t 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 hasn’t said why nano-texture Pro Display XDR owners must use its specific cloth over another screen cleaner (we’ve asked), but it’s likely due to how the display is made. “Nano-texture” glass is Apple’s…

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The Pirate Bay seems to be testing a streaming option again

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Torrent site The Pirate Bay has long been infamous for allowing people to download pirated movies and TV shows. But now, it looks like it’s 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, it’s not clear who runs BayStream, and what their connection is to The Pirate Bay. The streaming feature also doesn’t appear to be fully functional yet.

This isn’t 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…

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Logitech made a bespoke $200 magnetic 4K webcam for Apple’s Pro Display XDR

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Apple’s new $4,999 Pro Display XDR has a lot of features and high-end specs, but one thing it doesn’t 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 Apple’s new display.

At $199.99, it’s by no means the cheapest webcam solution out there, but Apple’s 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 it’ll stay attached even when rotated sideways into portrait mode. It can even…

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Netflix reveals first Irishman watch numbers, confirms over 26 million streams in first week

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Netflix has finally revealed the first numbers for how many customers watched The Irishman, the streamer’s 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 year’s Bird Box when it comes to overall views during the first week.

According to Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, that 26.4 million number counts any account that…

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Faze Clan CEO talks growing pains, global expansion, and lawsuits

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In this week’s 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, let’s start at the start. What is Faze Clan?

Lee Trink: What is Faze Clan? Faze Clan is a gaming organization that’s really split up into two parts. There’s the part that is kind of the buzzword of 2019, of…

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iOS 13.3 arrives with full support for physical security keys

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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 Apple’s 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 Apple’s 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 Apple’s native iOS support is a big improvement for any iPhone owner who wants to use a physical security key.

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The Mac Pro’s optional wheels cost $400

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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 didn’t 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 didn’t seem likely to come cheap.

The Mac Pro is now available to order, and it turns out that you’ll need to drop a cool $400 to be able to roll your new computer from place to place. Broken down another way, that’s $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 don’t forget to buy the $4,999 Pro…

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Lightroom finally adds direct photo import on iOS

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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.

It’s 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…

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The biggest announcements from Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase

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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 don’t 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, that’s more than enough to get excited about. It’ll be out sometime next year.

Dauntless is available on the Switch today

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Google is using machine learning to make alarm tones based on the time and weather

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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, it’ll be nice as long as you’re okay with waking up to AI-generated piano.

The feature is confined to a single device for now: Lenovo’s 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…

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Google built its own tiny HDMI 2.1 box to jump-start ‘the next generation of Android TV’

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Today, Google is announcing that Android 10 is arriving on Android TV, and it’s about as bland of an update as they come. Primarily, it’s just the performance and security benefits of Android 10, without a single new user-facing feature. But at the bottom of Google’s blog post, the company hints at why: Google’s 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 it’s a developer device. Like…

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You can now buy Apple’s new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR

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Apple’s new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR are now live on Apple’s online store.

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 doesn’t come with a stand. If you want to actually be able to use the monitor at a normal height, you’ll either need to shell out $999 for Apple’s Pro Stand or pay a still-outrageous $199 for Apple’s VESA mount adapter so you can use a stand you already own.

When these pages first went live, some…

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Shovel Knight’s new expansions are great for fans, but they won’t sell you on the series

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Shovel Knight came out back in June 2014, and it’s a wonderful 8-bit-inspired 2D platformer that’s 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 Knight’s charming world. But if you didn’t love the original, they likely won’t change your mind.

King of Cards stars the humorously pompous King Knight, and just like the other three Shovel Knight…

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