Is your internet service provider charging you every month for the cable modem or router that you purchased with your own money? Or, perhaps, have you never bothered to buy those items because you couldnât escape the fee? That fee will be illegal starting Sunday, December 20th, and you should tell your ISP that youâll no longer tolerate it, threaten to sue, and/or take advantage of any binding arbitration clause it may have with you.
âAlexa, play the Queenâs Christmas Day messageâ will soon be a thing â even if you donât live in the UK. Starting December 25th at 3PM GMT (or 10AM ET, 7AM PT), that phrase will deliver the Queenâs traditional Christmas Day broadcast, according to The Guardian.
If youâre curious what the Queenâs message might contain, you can check out transcripts of all her previous Christmas Broadcasts (going back to 1952!) at The Royal Householdâs website. No doubt this one will spend some time on the COVID-19 pandemic, whose latest variant is currently forcing London to impose its harshest lockdown yet, but perhaps itâll be a bit of an escape from the harsh reality, too.
Amazon seems to think it might be: âAfter a challenging year, millions of…
The holidays can be overwhelming â even during years like this one when most of us arenât actually traveling to visit family and friends. If buying gifts is still looming on your to-do list, you certainly arenât alone. Itâs tough to find the right kind of gift for everyone, especially people who have an affinity for tech. Thatâs where we come in.
The holiday season has arrived â but donât panic. If you forgot to buy a gift for someone, you canât decide what to give your loved one, or the item you wanted to give canât be delivered on time, itâs not a problem. Digital gifts are the most convenient and easiest gifts. And with so many digital gifts to choose from â like a subscription to a popular streaming service, some extra cash for iTunes or a new game, or a gift card from your favorite retailer â we made a list of a few quick gift ideas.
For movie / TV show streamers
With the pandemic continuing to keep most of us inside, thereâs never…
Many of us were not commuting as usual during 2020, so our podcast listening time may have been somewhat lessened. However, podcasts are still popular. Theyâre great to listen to while driving, cleaning your home, exercising, or just hanging out. There are podcasts to suit every taste, including topics like politics, history, music, and comedy. In fact, there are so many out there that it may be difficult to choose where to start. We asked the staff at The Verge what their current favorite podcasts were. Here they are â try them out and see what you think.
Lost Notes 1980
Last year, this podcast told about musicâs untold stories. This season focuses on the year 1980…
Cyberpunk 2077âs second promised hotfix is out for Xbox and PlayStation platforms. The PC version will follow âsoon,â according to developer CD Projekt Red. You can read the extensive list of fixes here.
While there doesnât seem to be anything quite as significant as the changes to reduce epilepsy risk made in last weekâs 1.04 hotfix, hopefully this new update will make what has been a very buggy game have a few less issues.
The game has been out for a little more than a week, and players have been criticizing the game for its numerous bugs and performance issues, particularly on older consoles. The outcry led to Sony offering full refunds of digital copies of the game and taking the unprecedented step of yanking the game from the…
Cyberpunk 2077âs listing on Microsoftâs digital games store now includes a label warning of potential performance issues on Xbox One. âUsers may experience performance issues when playing this game on Xbox One consoles until this game is updated,â the warning reads.
Players have observed numerous bugs and performance issues with Cyberpunk 2077 since its launch last week, especially on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The dissatisfaction led the company to quickly issue a statement suggesting that unhappy players try to get refunds for the game. Many players had trouble actually getting refunds, though, given Sony and Microsoftâs typically strict policies for issuing refunds of digital games.
Today, we have another Galaxy S21 leak, which seems to confirm some of the specs that have been floating around, published by WinFuture. Information about and images of Samsungâs upcoming Galaxy S21-series phones have been landing almost daily in the run-up to Samsungâs January event. With this newest leak, we now have a better idea of what to expect â especially in the camera department. In short, the hardware appears to be a big part of Samsungâs plan to take on the highly capable iPhone 12 Pro Max.
The S21 Ultra will reportedly offer 3x and 10x telephoto cameras (72mm and 240mm equivalent focal lengths, respectively), both with optical image stabilization. Thatâs one additional rear-facing camera compared to the S20 Ultraâs three rear…
Nintendoâs Shigeru Miyamoto led a video tour of the companyâs Mario-themed Super Nintendo World attraction at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka during the companyâs latest Direct livestream.
The theme park looks to be packed with Mario iconography that will be familiar to Nintendo fans. Even the entrance Mario-themed: you enter the park by walking through a giant pipe that spits you out in the atrium of Princess Peachâs castle that first debuted in Super Mario 64.
Miyamoto showed how you can you use a special smart wristband, called the âPower-Up Band,â to interact with different parts of the zone. In one example, he punched a question mark block with the hand wearing the…
Microsoft is designing its own ARM-based processors for servers and possibly a future Surface device, according to Bloomberg News. The processors will be used in servers for Microsoftâs Azure cloud services and be based around ARM designs, according to the report. Microsoft is also reportedly âexploringâ using another chip for some of its Surface devices, but itâs not clear if this will progress into a final product.
Microsoft currently uses Intel-based processors for the majority of its Azure cloud services, and most of the companyâs Surface lineup run on Intel chips, too. Microsoft has worked with AMD and Qualcomm for custom chips for its Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro X devices, showing a willingness to move away from just Intel.
Best Buy has joined the list of retailers offering returns for copies of Cyberpunk 2077, with the company announcing (in a forum post) that itâll be accepting returns through December 21st.
The move is an unusual one for Best Buy, which typically excludes opened video games from its usual return policy â in most circumstances, âopened physical copies of computer software, movies, music, video games, books, video game guides and sheet music can only be exchanged for an identical item.â
However, in light of developer CD Projekt Redâs own acknowledgement of issues with the game â and its offer to supply refunds through December 21st â Best Buy will be offering a similar opportunity for disappointed buyers to return their copies.
CD Projekt Red (CDPR) has issued yet another statement regarding the ongoing Cyberpunk 2077 debacle, this time clarifying its stance on retail refunds for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game that have been riddled with bugs and performance issues since launch last week. The developer now says it will honor every refund request it receives between now and December 21st out of its own pocket.
âWeâve just started reaching out to people who sent us a message with a confirmation of receipt. We send these emails out in waves, so donât worry if you donât receive an answer immediately,â CDPR writes in its new statement, issued via the official Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account on Friday afternoon. âAt the same time, weâd like you…
Microsoft is bringing one of its best Teams video calling features over to Skype this week. Together Mode, which uses AI to segment your face and shoulders and place you together with other people in a virtual space, is now available in Skype. Youâll need at least five people all with webcams to enable the feature, and it will place everyone into a virtual environment as if theyâre sitting next to each other.
You donât even need the Skype app to take advantage of Together Mode, as it works through the web version of Skype without the need for an account. Skype users can create a Meet Now meeting and share the link with anyone to join.
Microsoft says itâs now offering Cyberpunk 2077 refunds to anyone who has purchased the game via its Microsoft Store. While the company has been offering refunds to some customers already, Microsoft is now expanding this to cover anyone who has purchased the game digitally.
âWe know the developers at CD Projekt Red have worked hard to ship Cyberpunk in extremely challenging circumstances,â explains a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. âHowever, we also realize that some players have been unhappy with the current experience on older consoles. To date, we have granted refunds to the vast majority of customers who have requested one. To ensure that every player is able to get the experience they expect on Xbox, we will be…
League of Legends developer Riot Games is working on a massively multiplayer online (MMO) roleplaying game in the League universe, Riotâs VP of IP and entertainment, Greg Street, tweeted on Thursday.
âMy recent job at Riot has been to help develop the League universe, which weâre going to need!â Street said. âMy new job is to kick off a big (some might say massive) game that many of you, and many Rioters, have been asking us to create.â If the deliberate use of the word âmassiveâ in that quote wasnât enough of a hint, in a reply to another Twitter user, Street confirmed the game is an MMO.
I have news!
My recent job at Riot has been to help develop the League universe, which weâre going to need!
Fortniteâs annual holiday event is back, and this time, it brings a surprise: the return of airplanes. âOperation Snowdown,â as itâs called, lasts from December 18th to January 5th, and it adds the expected to the game, including a snowy map and free unlockables like a soldier snowman called Snowmando. Everyone who logs in before January 5th will also get a free caroling emote.
The biggest feature, though, is the return of airplanes. The timing is perfect: planes were first introduced in season 7, back in 2018, which was also a winter-themed update for the game. (There was even a militarized Santa character.) They were later removed, and it sounds like their latest appearance will be short-lived as well.
The holidays are upon us, and weâre just about to enter crunch time for gift-getting. If you havenât made your selections, itâs possible that gifts might not get where they need to go on time â unless you pay for rush shipping or you take advantage of curbside pickup services. I know thatâs a lot of pressure, but if youâre ready to make a few purchases for tech fans in your life, we have a few last-minute suggestions that also happen to be good deals. Depending on the retailer, these might not arrive in time for the holidays, but itâs the thought that counts, right? Youâve got this!
Googleâs latest Pixel Buds wireless earbuds rarely see a discount, but theyâre $35 off at online store…
It seems like thereâs no sign of tech news stopping for the holidays. In The Vergecastâs last regular episode of 2020, The Vergeâs Dieter Bohn and Nilay Patel bring on senior reporter Adi Robertson and editor Chris Welch to explain the biggest stories in tech from this past week.
In the first half of the show, Adi explains two (!) more antitrust cases brought against Google this week: one from the Texas attorney general and the other from a coalition of 38 states. The Vergecast breaks down their arguments about Googleâs alleged anti-competitive behavior around ad tech and search manipulation.
In the second half of the show, The Vergecast shift gears to a review of the latest product announcement from Apple: the AirPods Max. Chris…
For the last eight weeks, waking up on Friday morning has come with a gamble for many Star Wars fans: check Twitter to see the latest headlines orwatch the new Mandalorian episode before anyone has a chance to spoil it?
This weekâs episode of The Mandalorian is a perfect example. The second season finale includes some moments that Twitterâs trending tags and ânews for youâ curated topic sideline are already ruining. Without getting into spoiler territory here (and use this as a warning to stay away from Twitter if you havenât seen the finale yet), one of the proposed solutions to this problem seems simple: release the episodes at a later time. Instead of dropping episodes at 3AM ET, why not pivot to 8 or 9PM ET, similar to how Game of…