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Kyocera DuraSport 5G UW review: tough choices

The DuraSport 5G is one of the few rugged options available After releasing the tank-like $899.99 DuraForce Ultra 5G UW in April 2021, Kyocera is back with a more subtly rugged (and more affordable) phone — the $579.99 DuraSport 5G UW. If you want a sub-$600 rugged phone that works on Verizon’s millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G network, the DuraSport 5G UW...

Leak reveals Microsoft’s canceled Windows OS for dual-screen devices

Microsoft was working on a secret “pocketable” Surface device powered by a custom Windows OS before the company turned to Android for its Surface Duo. Codenamed Andromeda, the device appeared in leaked emails, patents, reports, and throughout various references to it in Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Now, Windows Central has obtained an early...

MSI Creator Z16 review: thin isn’t everything

The Creator Z16 is slim, powerful, and starved for battery MSI’s Creator Z16 is one of a new cadre of “creator” laptops that have been popping up from companies that are traditionally gaming-oriented over the past two years. They tend to take the sorts of specs that you might see in a gaming laptop and cram them into a thinner chassis that looks more...

How Twitter could take NFTs mainstream

Image: Twitter Today, just four months after announcing it was exploring the idea, Twitter began letting some people use non-fungible tokens as their profile pictures. Subscribers to the $2.99-a-month Twitter Blue service can now connect a crypto wallet, and display any NFTs they own in their profile. These users are easily distinguished...

Target is selling PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles right now (update: sold out)

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Update 8:23AM ET, January 21st: Target has sold out of consoles for now. We hope you had some luck on your side today. Target restocked the $499.99 standard PS5 console, and the $399.99 Digital Edition but both are sold out, and now the $499.99 Xbox Series X is available (depending on location, and possible...

We regret to inform you that Apple now verifies anyone asking for educational discounts

Image: Apple Apple has introduced a new verification process in the US to ensure that customers who want to benefit from its discounted education pricing are actually involved in education. It’s not clear exactly when its policy changed, but at some point this month, some Reddit users noticed that Apple’s education pricing page was updated...

This controller turns your Android phone into a portable Xbox

A good solution for mobile Game Pass games... or at least some of them It seems unlikely that Microsoft will ever make a portable Xbox. Between Sony’s failure with the Vita, Nintendo’s dominance of the market with the Switch, and Microsoft’s device-agnostic business model, there isn’t really much need for such a product. That doesn’t mean there’s no...

Intel selects Ohio for ‘largest silicon manufacturing location on the planet’

A render of the planned site. | Image: Intel Chip manufacturer Intel will spend at least $20 billion on a new chip manufacturing site in New Albany, near Columbus, Ohio, the company announced today. The 1,000-acre location will initially play host to two chip factories, and is set to directly employ at least 3,000 people and “tens of thousands”...

Blizzard boss details what the studio is doing to ‘rebuild your trust’

Blizzard chief Mike Ybarra posted a blog about the changes on Thursday. | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Blizzard Entertainment, the developer of huge franchises like Diablo and Overwatch, has been under intense scrutiny since California sued parent company Activision Blizzard last summer over allegedly fostering a culture of harassment...

TikTok is thinking about letting its creators charge subscription fees

TikTok is testing paid subscriptions | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge TikTok confirmed Thursday that it is testing support for paid subscriptions, paving the way for creators on the short form video platform to charge for their content. First reported by The Information, the company didn’t share details about when it might roll out...

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