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Microsoft is selling ugly Windows sweaters again, and this time, it’s Minesweeper

Image: Microsoft Microsoft has launched a new Windows software-themed ugly sweater on its Xbox Gear Shop dedicated to the infamous Windows game Minesweeper. It’s well done: not only is the whole Minesweeper level shaped like a Christmas tree, but it’s also got mines masquerading as snowflakes and “buttons” to minimize the window or exit...

Edge users aren’t happy about Microsoft’s built-in ‘buy now, pay later’ tool

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft is tacking on a “buy now, pay later” extension to Edge that prompts users to use short-term financing service Zip (formerly QuadPay) when making a purchase on the browser. The option to sign up and use Zip will appear on checkout pages The company introduced the service earlier this month,...

Amazon faces new pressure over COVID protections in warehouses

Amazon workers protested outside a warehouse last year | Spencer Platt / Getty Images Amazon is facing new questions over failed COVID protections in its fulfillment centers, spurred on by New York Attorney General Letitia James. After more than a year of protests from workers and inquiries from legislators, James is now seeking a court order...

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip is here to power the Android flagships of 2022

Qualcomm has a new flagship smartphone processor: the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, announced at the company’s annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, giving an early preview at the brains behind the most powerful smartphones of 2022. The successor to last year’s Snapdragon 888, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is the first chipset to bear Qualcomm’s new naming scheme (which...

Twitch will use machine learning to detect people evading bans

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Twitch is furthering its efforts to reduce harassment with a new tool that uses machine learning to detect people who may be attempting to evade bans. It’s the company’s latest addition to combat things like hate raids, where streamers’ chats are overrun with trolls sending hateful messages. The new...

The latest Quest update brings cloud backups and a mixed reality view

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Meta has delivered a new batch of features for Quest headsets in an update rolling out today. The changes include cloud backups, a mixed reality camera mode, and other settings that round out the Quest’s already impressive feature set. I’m most excited about the cloud backups feature, which gives...

These transparent Apple prototypes clearly show the greatness of see-through gadgets

Image: Giulio Zompetti Apple device collector Giulio Zompetti has photographed a prototype 29W Apple charging brick, and it may be one of the rare instances where the product-in-progress may look better than the final version. What makes it special is that you can literally see Apple’s design process because of the clear plastic shell, unlike...

Why Red Notice was able to beat Bird Box as Netflix’s biggest movie debut ever

Image: Frank Masi/Netflix Netflix’s heist drama Red Notice has officially overthrown Bird Box as the streaming service’s biggest movie debut to date, with over 328 million total hours viewed as of today. That beats out Bird Box’s prior record — 282 million hours in its first 28 days — by a good margin, and Red Notice still has ample time...

Star Trek creator’s signature will live long and prosper in new NFT

DECEMBER 7: Actors Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and William Shatner pose for a portrait with writer Gene Roddenberry and director Robert Wise during the filming of the movie “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” which was released December 27, 1979 in the United States. | Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s...

Cyber Monday spending was reportedly down due to early shopping

Cyber Monday sales were down 1.4 percent year over year, according to a report from Adobe Analytics. Shoppers spent $10.7 billion this year, $100 million less than the $10.8 billion consumers spent in 2020. “Consumers were not waiting around for discounts on big shopping days like Cyber Monday and Black Friday” Amazon’s holiday shopping report only...

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