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San Francisco wants to slow robotaxi rollout over blocked traffic and false 911 calls

Cruise and Waymo are causing traffic issues in San Francisco. | Image: Getty Images San Francisco transportation officials want Waymo and Cruise to slow the expansion of their robotaxi services in the city due to safety concerns, as reported earlier by NBC News. In two letters written to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC),...

Google’s new AI turns text into music

Song of the bots. | Illustration: The Verge Google researchers have made an AI that can generate minutes-long musical pieces from text prompts, and can even transform a whistled or hummed melody into other instruments, similar to how systems like DALL-E generate images from written prompts (via TechCrunch). The model is called MusicLM, and...

What matters about Matter, the new smart home protocol

The Verge How Matter works, when it’s coming, what you’ll need to use it, and how it integrates with Alexa, Apple Home, Google Home, and Samsung SmartThings. Continue reading…

Google 101: how to format text in Google Docs

Samar Haddad / The Verge Google Docs has become a very useful word processing tool — a lot better than it was only a few years ago — but some of its more useful features may not be immediately obvious. For example, you would think that all the ways available to provide specialized text, such as underlining, italicizing, and strikethroughs,...

Computing 101: how to zip and unzip a file

Samar Haddad / The Verge The ability to compress a file or a group of files so that they take up less space is something that has been available for practically as long as consumer computers have been available. The most popular method is called ZIP, which was first introduced back in 1989 and is still being used (although there are others...

Google services to offer more accurate information in compliance with EU

Outside of providing more transparency for its customers, Google is still under pressure to fully comply with the EU’s geo-blocking regulations. | Illustration: The Verge Many of Google’s offerings will soon be updated to provide clear and accurate information in compliance with consumer protection laws in the EU. Announced by the European...

Now Google Search results for cars include what’s on the lot at nearby dealerships

Illustration: The Verge Google isn’t just useful for helping research your next car; it can also help you shop for one while you search. SearchLab initially reported that the search giant has opened up access to a vehicle listings feature that lets dealerships advertise inventory right beside search results (via 9to5Google and Search Engine...

Google’s expanding Chrome’s Incognito lockdown on mobile and Safety Check

Keep your Incognito tabs away from prying eyes. | Illustration: The Verge Google is rolling out access to a feature that lets you lock your Chrome Incognito sessions behind biometric authentication, making it so someone using your phone won’t be able to open your browser and see what you were looking at privately, according to a Thursday...

The best smartphone you can buy for under $500

The Verge You can get a great smartphone at this price, whether you want an iPhone, a 120Hz screen, or water resistance Continue reading…

The best phone to buy right now

Photo Illustration by William Joel / The Verge Bad news: flagship phones cost a small fortune these days. Good news: we can help you pick the right one and get the most for your money. Continue reading…

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