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Duolingo’s bilingual true crime podcast will entertain you while you learn Spanish

Language learning app Duolingo is debuting what it says is the world’s first bilingual true crime podcast designed for people learning Spanish. El Gran Robo Argentino (The Great Argentine Heist) tells the story of the 2006 robbery of a Banco Rio bank in Buenos Aires, where five men stole a fortune worth $20 million. It’s quite the riveting drama;...

Google tests smart displays that activate without a wake word

Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge A new feature being internally tested at Google could remove the need to say “Hey Google” before voicing commands to Nest Hub smart displays, Android Central reports. Instead, the feature codenamed “Blue Steel” could allow the device to simply sense your presence, and proactively listen for commands without first...

Microsoft wants to cut down pollution from its business travel  

An Alaska Airlines plane takes off from Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California on May 12, 2020. | Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images Microsoft announced a new effort today to reduce pollution coming from some of its employees’ flights. It plans to buy credits for sustainable aviation fuel to cover travel on the...

Porsche’s Taycan is the first car with a native Apple Podcasts app

The service can be accessed from the Taycan’s infotainment system. | Image: Porsche Porsche’s all-electric Taycan is the first car to get full Apple Podcasts integration, allowing owners to natively access Apple’s library of 1.5 million shows see its podcast charts, the company has announced. The car’s infotainment system is also getting support...

Jony Ive is bringing his design talents to... Airbnb

I’m not going to pretend it makes obvious sense, but famed former Apple designer Jony Ive and his firm LoveFrom will soon be working for Airbnb. Yes, the company that primarily makes it easy for you to rent someone else’s home needs design help, and they’re going to the man best known for turning consumer tech on its head — as well as the occasional...

Iran and Russia obtained US voter registration data, officials say

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge National security officials announced Wednesday that Iran and Russia obtained voter registration information that could support efforts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election. The officials also confirmed that Iran sent threatening emails designed to intimidate voters. “Iran and Russia have taken...

Stunning images show NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft stirring up rocks on an asteroid

NASA shared astonishing images of its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft touching an asteroid yesterday, revealing how the vehicle stirred up rocks and debris on the object’s surface when it made contact. The goal of the tap was to collect a sample of material from the asteroid, but the engineers behind the spacecraft say they won’t for sure if they collected anything...

Facebook Dating launches in Europe after lengthy delay

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook Dating, the social network’s competitor to Tinder and other dating apps, launches today in Europe after a long delay from its planned Valentine’s Day debut. The dating service offers the same features in Europe as it does in the US, using the existing profile you’ve created on Facebook to find potential...

Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ software is starting to roll out to select customers

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Tesla sent out the first “Full Self-Driving” beta software update to a select group of customers this week, CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday. On an earnings call Wednesday, Musk said more Tesla owners would get the update as the weeks progress, with the goal of a “wide release” by the end of the year. Only...

Eric Schmidt, who bought YouTube for a premium, thinks social networks are ‘amplifiers for idiots’

Photo by Michael Kovac / Getty Images The Verge used to have a fine tradition of cataloging all of the times when Eric Schmidt stuck his foot in his mouth, and today’s feels like a worthy addition: the former Google CEO and executive chairman has decided that social networks are “amplifiers for idiots.” The fuller quote, according to Bloomberg:...

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