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Google confirms new Nest smart speaker with official photo and video

Google has responded to the inadvertent reveal of a new Nest smart speaker through regulatory filings by, well, confirming its existence. The company just sent The Verge an official photo of the device, referring to it only as “what the Nest team is working on from home.” The speaker looks somewhere between the pillowy Nest Mini and the larger Google...

Google confirms new Nest smart speaker with official photo

Google has responded to the inadvertent reveal of the new Nest smart speaker through regulatory filings by, well, confirming its existence. The company just sent The Verge an official photo of the device, referring to it only as “what the Nest team is working on from home.” The speaker looks somewhere between the pillowy Nest Mini and the larger Google...

Dell XPS 15 gets new ‘frost’ white color option coming later this summer

Image: Dell Dell is adding a new color option to its popular XPS 15 laptop for the first time ever, and it’s a huge visual upgrade to the usual silver aluminum and black carbon fiber of the standard model. Dell is calling the color option frost, and it comes with a ”frost machined aluminum with arctic white woven glass palm rest,” the company says...

Fisker and Karma raise millions of dollars following wave of Tesla optimism

Image: Fisker Inc. Fisker Inc. and Karma Automotive, two electric vehicle startups with a long shared history, each announced this week that they’ve raised millions of dollars. Fisker has taken in $50 million of fresh capital from “hedge fund king” Louis Bacon and Karma Automotive has raised $100 million from undisclosed “outside investors.” The...

NASA is updating its guidelines on how to prevent contamination of the Solar System

An artistic rendering of astronauts landing on the surface of the Moon again | Image: NASA After years of debate, NASA plans to update its guidelines for how much biological contamination of other worlds will be allowed while the agency explores the Solar System. The new rules would relax some of the agency’s requirements for how to explore the...

Android 10 had the fastest adoption rate of any version of Android yet

Google has long struggled with getting device manufacturers to update older devices to the latest version of Android, but the company announced today that it’s starting to see some success, with Android 10 seeing the fastest adoption rates of any version of Android. According to Google, Android 10 was installed on 100 million devices five months after...

San Diego Comic-Con goes digital, but heavy hitters from Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. may be absent

Dünzl\ullstein bild via Getty Images Tens of thousands of people won’t be descending upon San Diego this summer for the annual Comic-Con International gathering, but the festival is still going ahead as a virtual event with a lineup that includes some heavy hitters. It’s a good year for streamers. Amazon, FX, HBO, Hulu, and ViacomCBS are just...

TikTok’s likes briefly broke down at the worst possible time

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge For a few hours on Thursday afternoon, videos that appeared on TikTok user pages, following feeds, and the For You Page all displayed broken Like totals for some users across the globe. TikTok showed that these videos had zero likes. “Earlier today, some of our users experienced app issues around notifications,...

Superhot creators are giving away millions of free copies of Mind Control Delete expansion

Image: Superhot Team The team behind time-bending first-person shooter Superhot has a pretty good proposition: buy or have bought the first game and you get the follow-up for free. Called Superhot: Mind Control Delete, the standalone expansion has been in early access on Steam since 2017. But it’s releasing in full on July 16th, and developer Superhot...

Right-to-repair advocates say hospitals need new rules to keep equipment working

Photo by MORRIS MAC MATZEN/AFP via Getty Images An advocacy group is urging lawmakers to make sure hospitals can repair their own equipment — citing a survey of over 200 medical professionals. The US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) has released a new report on how “right-to-repair” rules affect medical professionals, especially during the...

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