Here are all the winners of the 2019 Webby Awards

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Every year, the Webby Awards honor the best of the internet. From games to podcasts to videos to influencers, the awards cover a wide range of internet content — including The Verge. In the 2019 competition, The Verge took home two awards for its Science YouTube channel, one for The Vergecast, and it was nominated for Why’d You Push That Button.

Disney won the most awards this year: 32 across all Webby categories. National Geographic won 17 awards for categories including best photography, best data visualization, and best user experience. Google followed with 14 awards, including best user interface, productivity, and technical achievement. Vice, Condé Nast, and HBO all received nearly a dozen awards apiece.

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Google Maps now tells you if an EV charging station is in use

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Along with showing you the location of charging stations for your electric car, Google Maps now also shows you whether they’re currently in use. The functionality is available across the US and UK for charging points from Chargemaster, EVgo, and SemaConnect. Google plans to add ChargePoint chargers soon.

Google first added EV charging locations to Maps last October. At the time, the service would show you the number of chargers at each location as well as their wattage, pricing, and reviews from other drivers. With this latest update, you’ll also be able to see whether a charger is in use before you go out of your way to visit it.

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Nvidia’s new GTX 1660 Ti and 1650 could power your next budget gaming laptop

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Gaming laptops have never been so thin and yet so powerful as they are with Nvidia’s RTX graphics chips, and we believe the RTX 2060 is the sweet spot for price and performance. But if laptops with those chips are too pricey for your pocketbook, you’ll want to check out the new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and 1650 mobile GPUs, which were just announced today.

Featured in laptops starting at $1,000, Nvidia says the standard GeForce GTX 1660 Ti can deliver 100 frames per second in today’s popular battle royale games, including Fortnite, Apex Legends, and PUBG, and over 60 fps with an $800-plus laptop sporting the new GTX 1650, each at 1080p resolution and high settings.

But as is typical with many of Nvidia’s recent chips, there is one catch: each…

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OnePlus 7 Pro launch event set for May 14th

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<em>OnePlus 7 Pro render based on leaks.</em>

OnePlus is preparing to launch the OnePlus 7 series of phones on May 14th in what it says will be its most ambitious launch to date, coordinating simultaneous events in three cities: New York City, London, and Bangalore. Yesterday, The Verge reported that there will be an upgraded OnePlus 7 Pro model with the option for 5G mobile data and a “breakthrough” display (according to CEO Pete Lau), which has been rumored to have a 90Hz refresh rate. Other leaked specs for that device include a pop-up selfie camera, which will eliminate the notch on the display, and a triple-camera system on the rear — but, alas, there won’t be wireless charging. The more conventional OnePlus 7 is expected to retain the notch while upgrading the specs from the…

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This precision 3-piece knife set is just $70

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Seasoned chefs have a bit of a love-hate relationship with their cutlery. A really good set of knives has to prove its worth by being put through the wringer – and if they’re really good, they’ll still look great afterward. So it is with the Damasukasu Japanese 3-Piece Master Chef Hanshu Knife Set.

Sitting in their reverent, minimalist case, they really do look too good to actually be used. But pick one up, and you’ll want to start cutting immediately. They’re made from subtly patterned carbon-rich steel, triple-riveted with a full tang and nitrogen cooled. Science aside, they’re essentially made with the same techniques used to forge Japanese samurai swords, with a 12-degree cutting edge and Rockwell hardness rating of more than 62. Each one is precision-balanced, stain and rust resistant.

Each set contains a 7-inch Nakiri vegetable knife, 8.5-inch slicing knife, and 5-inch utility knife. The full Damasukasu Japanese 3-Piece Master Chef Hanshu Knife Set is now $69.99, a drop from the previous sale price of $199.99. Read the rest

Lasagne PC case

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Behold The Pasta PC, a computer that has a nutrition label in addition to a spec sheet, because he used sheets of pasta as the case. It works, but between the build (consider the thermals) and the antiquity of the Atom-based computer he sacrificed to make it, it’s pretty hinky. [via MeFi]

My wife said something one day joking about making a PC out of Pasta… Never joke with me on such things because I may just do it… and do it I have. Behold… The LASAGNA PC V.1 Clickbait you say?! NAY! This is the real deal. The first ever crazy PC build on this Channel, and the first ever Pasta PC in the world. You’re welcome.

Beautiful as it is, I’ll admit that I’m slightly disappointed he didn’t actually bake a PC into a lasagne. You could get away with what, about 160° without melting stuff on the board? Tasty. Read the rest

Sony’s new 4K OLED TVs start at $2,499.99

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<em>The A8G is one of two OLED ranges that Sony has announced for this year.</em>

Following their announcement at CES in January, Sony has announced pricing for its OLED and LCD TVs for 2019. The lineup includes Sony’s first ever 8K LCD TV, the Z9G, which will cost between $12,999.99 for the 85-inch model, and a whopping $69,999.99 for the 98-inch version. Also included in the lineup are the Master Series A9G and cheaper A8G OLED TVs, starting at $3,499.99 and $2,499.99 respectively, and a trio of 4K LCD TVs — the X950G, X850G, and X800G — starting at $1,399.99, $3,499.99, and $649.99.

The prices of Sony’s 8K TVs are eye-wateringly expensive, but they’re actually cheaper than those of its main competitor, Samsung, which released its first 8K TV last year. The 8K Q900’s price topped out at $99,999 for the 98-inch…

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iOS 13 will let apps like Lightroom access photos directly from external storage, report claims

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With iOS 13, Apple will let third-party apps import photos directly from external storage, reports 9to5Mac. If true, this would bring an end one of our key frustrations with iOS on the iPad Pro which requires importing images into the system’s camera roll before you can move them into an app like Lightroom CC. Apple previously released a Siri Shortcut to automate the process, but the new feature will make this unnecessary on the USB-C tablet aimed at professionals.

Apple also reportedly plans to announce improvements to Marzipan apps, Siri, and ARKit — Apple’s augmented reality developer kit. The iOS and macOS changes, first reported by 9to5Mac, were compiled by Guilherme Rambo with an assist from Steve Troughton-Smith.

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Netflix drops trailer for 2018 midterms doc ‘Knock Down the House’

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The Netflix doc Knock Down the House debuted at Sundance earlier this year, winning the Audience Award for U.S. Documentaries. Directed by Rachel Lears, it follows the midterm Congressional campaigns of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin.

Knock Down the House comes to Netflix May 1st.

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A peek inside the Huawei P30 Pro’s periscope lens shows off its clever zoom

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The periscope lens in the Huawei P30 Pro

The Huawei P30 Pro offers unprecedented zoom capability for a smartphone camera thanks to a simple periscope — and now we’re getting our first glimpse inside. As seen in a thorough teardown by YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, Huawei’s 5x optical zoom camera module has been cracked open, proving that a telephoto lens and mirror really can fit inside an extremely thin phone. That helps it achieve better zoom than any smartphone we’ve seen to date.

The periscope lens pictured above might not look very big, but to fit it inside of the phone, Huawei had to lay it sideways, as also revealed in an earlier teardown by iFixit. Traditionally, phone manufacturers position a sensor directly behind a lens, but there’s often a tradeoff.


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