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Samsung’s latest ‘military grade’ rugged tablet arrives in the US starting at $489

The Tab Active 3 is IP68 rated and, with the included case, can withstand a 1.5 meter drop. | Image: Samsung The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 3, announced globally in September of last year, is now available in the US starting at $489.99. It’s a rugged 8-inch Android tablet designed primarily for manufacturing, retail, and job sites, with an...

Netflix surpasses 200 million subscribers, but has more competition than ever in 2021

LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX Netflix has surpassed another major milestone: 203.6 million subscribers around the world. The achievement comes after Netflix saw spectacular growth in the first half of 2020. But as it celebrates passing the 200 million subscriber mark, Netflix is also acknowledging that 2021 likely won’t see as many net subscriber...

In Search Party, the journey from poster to influencer to monster is a slippery slope

Image: Warner Media Much has been made of Search Party as a uniquely millennial show, like it’s a brunch line you can watch other people stand in. It’s true that the HBO Max comedy — initially about finding a missing acquaintance — is absolutely drenched in the iconography of privileged millennials; their world is Instagram-friendly and the...

Raise your hand if a gaming PC is currently heating your home

Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge A few weeks ago, our furnace (technically a ductless heat pump) stopped working at the worst possible time of the year. But at least one room stays nice and toasty all winter long — thanks to my gaming PC. Now, The Wall Street Journal is reporting this might actually be a trend: some bitcoin miners and...

Faraday Future’s best shot at redemption may be a SPAC

Photo by Sean O’Kane / The Verge Despite a whirlwind of electric vehicle SPAC mergers in the last few months, there’s still one startup flying solo that’s arguably the best-positioned. Yes, Faraday Future is still on the market — though maybe not for long. Sure, Faraday Future is distressed and its electric SUV is outrageous, but it developed...

DC is relaunching its mobile app to focus on comics

Image: DC Comics DC is shaking up its comics app on January 21st and relaunching it as DC Universe Infinite. The original DC Universe featured television shows and comics, but now that DC shows have moved to HBO Max, the company has decided to refocus the app on comics and the “fan community,” while keeping the same $7.99-a-month price. DC...

We don’t object to this Reddit bot that turns arguments into Ace Attorney videos

Someone had to do it: there’s now a bot that turns Reddit arguments into scenes from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, complete with music and the iconic “OBJECTION!” intercuts. It’s from those moments that it draws its name: objection-bot. Users can summon the bot by typing “!objection-bot” under a thread that would work as an Ace Attorney courtroom...

Epic pledges $20 million for Fortnite esports in 2021

Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images Fortnite developer Epic says that, for 2021, the game’s competitive scene will have a prize pool of $20 million. That’s a step up from last year’s total of $17 million — though it’s not as massive as the 2019 World Cup, where $30 million was on the line. The news comes as Epic provided details on the latest...

Today I learned bats are trendsetters in tracking tech

Look at this bat’s little backpack! | Image: dulog Bats are elusive little creatures, which makes them the perfect subjects for scientists to try out new animal tracking systems. This is great news for me specifically, because I love both bats and seeing images of animals with goofy little trackers on them. How can you look at these seals...

Some M1 Mac users reporting screensaver takeover bug

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge I picked up a new MacBook Air with Apple’s M1 chip, and I’ve absolutely loved it so far. It’s really speedy and the battery is fantastic. But I’ve been dealing with one nagging issue. Every once in a while, for reasons that I haven’t been able to figure out, a screensaver will suddenly take over the entire...

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