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T-Mobile and Sprint get DOJ approval for $26 billion merger deal

T-Mobile and Sprint get DOJ approval for $26 billion merger deal

The U.S. Department of Justice this morning gave the green light to T-Mobile US and Sprint for their proposed $26 billion merger. The deal, which would combine the nation’s third and fourth largest carriers (by subscriber number) has been green lit on the condition that Sprint sell its prepaid assets (including Boost Mobile) to Dish…
Before you see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, watch Smokey and the Bandit

Before you see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, watch Smokey and the Bandit

There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services and recommending a…
Save $20 on two Nintendo Switch games, plus deals on Beats headphones, and more

Save $20 on two Nintendo Switch games, plus deals on Beats headphones, and more

Fire Emblem: Three Houses was released today for the Nintendo Switch, and based on our review, you may want to pick it up if you like strategic, turn-based battles and building relationships a la Persona. But before you do, you can save $20 by snagging a set of Nintendo Switch game vouchers. This offer is…
Trump says Apple won’t get tariff waivers for Mac Pro parts

Trump says Apple won’t get tariff waivers for Mac Pro parts

President Trump said in a tweet this morning that his administration will not allow Apple to avoid tariffs on Mac Pro parts, after the company requested exemptions earlier this month. As part of an ongoing trade battle with China, the Trump administration has proposed stiff tariffs on imports from China. The list of proposed goods…
Police are using facial recognition the wrong way

Police are using facial recognition the wrong way

It’s easy to be alarmist about facial recognition, but at the end of the day, it’s a simple matching system. The algorithm establishes a set of features and looks for matches, just like a search engine or a speech-to-text system. The problems come with how people use that capability — whether it’s commercial marketing or,…
Record labels have a new target: streamers and gamers

Record labels have a new target: streamers and gamers

On a quiet street in Vancouver, Canada, independent EDM record label Monstercat is carving out a solution to a problem that has plagued gamers and content creators for more than a decade: can streaming culture and the music industry coexist in a world where algorithms are used to track down unlicensed tunes, strip audio from…
Trump threatens Apple with tariffs, Google with investigation on Twitter

Trump threatens Apple with tariffs, Google with investigation on Twitter

The president of the United States called out two of the nation’s largest tech firms in a pair of tweets this morning. Google was the first target. The statement follows weeks of suggested investigations of the tech giant over a supposed relationship with China. There may or may not be National Security concerns with regard…
FeaturePeek wants put an end to last-minute front-end design reviews

FeaturePeek wants put an end to last-minute front-end design reviews

FeaturePeek, a member of the Y Combinator Summer 2019 cohort, wants to change the way companies review front end interfaces. Instead of kludging together reviews with screen shots or involving product managers and marketing people at the last minute, they want to make it easy to carry out reviews throughout the development cycle. “FeaturePeek allows…
Google giving away 100,000 Home Minis to people living with paralysis

Google giving away 100,000 Home Minis to people living with paralysis

Google announced this morning via blog post that it has partnered with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to give away 100,000 Home Mini units to people living with paralysis. The news is designed to mark the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law on this day in…
Apple could release the Apple Card during the first half of August

Apple could release the Apple Card during the first half of August

According to a new report from Bloomberg, the launch of the Apple Card is imminent. Customers based in the U.S. should be able to order the new credit card at some point during the first half of August. Rumor has it that the most recent update of iOS contains everything needed for the Apple Card.…