Exclusive: Verizon is quietly testing its own Netflix-style cloud gaming service

Exclusive: Verizon is quietly testing its own Netflix-style cloud gaming service

Verizon is currently conducting alpha testing of Verizon Gaming, a game streaming service that would represent a major new initiative for the home and mobile internet giant. The Verge can report that Verizon Gaming is already up and running on the Nvidia Shield set-top box and will, according to the company’s documentation, eventually make its way to Android smartphones. In either usage scenario, the service can be played using a paired Xbox One controller. Verizon…

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The best creator tools from CES 2019

The best creator tools from CES 2019

This year at CES, I noticed more of two things: portable, on-the-go tech that makes vlogging easier, and vloggers. There were gimbals and selfie sticks aplenty as people filmed themselves walking around on the show floor, making content for their own personal audiences. Looking at the wealth of cameras, lighting rigs, and artist devices, they all seemed to be encouraging the notion that anyone can become a “creator” just by posting a video on YouTube,…

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Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro is $100 off at Best Buy

Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro is $100 off at Best Buy

The Wi-Fi versions of Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro are each $100 off at Best Buy. Whether you’ve got your eye on the 11 or 12.9-inch model, this is the biggest price drop that we’ve seen on the latest round of iPad Pro tablets. Both sizes feature a revised design over last year’s model that pushes the bezels to the edge, squeezing out Touch ID in favor of Face ID. You’ll also find a USB-C port…

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Transportation experts see Uber and Lyft as the future. But rural communities still don’t use them.

Transportation experts see Uber and Lyft as the future. But rural communities still don’t use them.

Only 19 percent of Americans in rural areas use ride-hailing apps. When Uber and Lyft released their subscription services last year, each said that its program was a step toward moving America away from being a car-dependent society. “We’ll own cars the way we own horses,” author of The Membership Economy Robbie Kellman Baxter told me. “It’s a folly, it’s a fun thing, but it’s not the way we get around.” Of course, ride-hailing services…

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Bird tries to forcibly remove Boing Boing’s story detailing how to hack and keep its scooters

Bird tries to forcibly remove Boing Boing’s story detailing how to hack and keep its scooters

Electric scooter company Bird has demanded that the publication Boing Boing take down a story that discusses a $30 way to hack Bird scooters, citing copyright infringement. The argument doesn’t seem to hold up at first glance, but Bird has been known to act quickly and face legal consequences later. The article, published last month, describes a large number of Bird scooters dumped on city streets and follows that by saying “maybe now is a…

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The soon-to-be longest shutdown in history, in photos

The soon-to-be longest shutdown in history, in photos

A look at how it’s affecting workers and government services around the country. The partial government shutdown has now hit its 21st day, tying for the longest in American history. While President Donald Trump holds fast to demands for his border wall, hundreds of thousands of federal employees are going without pay, national parks are getting trashed and TSA lines are facing logjams as more and more workers call in sick. The shutdown — which…

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House Democrats are forming a new oversight subcommittee to investigate Trump

House Democrats are forming a new oversight subcommittee to investigate Trump

And they’re scrapping a terrorism subcommittee to do it. House Democrats are scrapping an important terrorism subcommittee — and replacing it with one created in part to investigate President Donald Trump. It’s the latest sign that Democrats, who took control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections, will use their newfound powers to look hard at Trump’s financial ties to foreign countries. The goal, some Democrats tell me, is to see if the Trump…

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Impeaching Trump: why this congressman says the time is now

Impeaching Trump: why this congressman says the time is now

“I did not file articles of impeachment to further the interests of my party,” says Rep. Brad Sherman. The big story on the first day of the new Congress was Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a newly elected Michigan Democrat, declaring at an event in Washington, DC, that she was going to “impeach the motherfucker” — the “motherfucker” in this case being President Donald Trump. But shortly before Tlaib’s pronouncement, a pair of Democratic members of Congress,…

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Mo Brooks’s CNN interview shows how detached from reality Trump’s GOP has become

Mo Brooks’s CNN interview shows how detached from reality Trump’s GOP has become

Like the president, Brooks won’t let the facts get in the way of his narrative. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) is totally supportive of President Donald Trump’s border wall, including the possibility that Trump will declare a national emergency in hopes of building it without congressional approval. But during a CNN interview on Friday, Brooks revealed that his position, like Trump’s, isn’t rooted in the facts. Over the course of a number of heated exchanges with…

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