• Eminem’s publisher sues Spotify for copyright infringement over ‘Lose Yourself’ and other tracks
    by Nick Statt on August 21, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival Eminem’s music publisher, Eight Mile Style, has filed a lawsuit against Spotify, alleging copyright infringement. The suit claims the steaming platform didn’t get proper licenses for the rapper’s music and wants Spotify to compensate the publisher for billions of streams. There are two prongs to the suit, which was first reported today by The Hollywood Reporter. Spotify is accused of willfully ignoring Eight Mile Style’s ownership of Eminem’s catalogue when deciding how to pay out streaming revenue for his playback metrics. Spotify also allegedly violated sections of the Music Modernization Act (MMA), which passed last October and is designed to help streamline the process by which artists, songwriters, producers, and rights holders get... Continue reading

  • The conservative audit of bias on Facebook is long on feelings and short on facts
    by Casey Newton on August 21, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales There are many criticisms of Facebook’s size, power, and business model, but two stand out for the intensity with which they are usually discussed. One is that Facebook is a dystopian panopticon that monitors our every move and uses that information to predict and manipulate our behavior. The other is that Facebook has come such a pillar of modern life that every product decision it makes could reshape the body politic forever. Today, in an impressive flurry of news-making, Facebook took steps to address both concerns. First, the company said it was finally releasing its long-delayed “Clear History” tool in three countries. (The United States is not one of them.) I wrote about it at The Verge: It was nearly a year and a half ago that... Continue reading

  • Apple warns you may permanently discolor your Apple Card if it’s stored in leather
    by Nick Statt on August 21, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Image: Apple Apple’s new Goldman Sachs-backed credit card launched to all US iPhone users just yesterday, and now we’re learning all sorts of fun facts about the physical, titanium card the company is shipping to likely thousands of users at this very moment. Namely, that it can be easily damaged. Thanks to a support webpage unearthed by MacRumors, Apple is advising against keeping your Apple Card in a leather wallet or in direct contact with denim, as such fabrics “might cause permanent discoloration that will not wash off.” Apple claims its credit card, one of the heaviest cards on the market, is “laser-etched with the card holder’s name and the Apple logo” and contains a bright white finish “achieved through a multi-layer coating process that’s... Continue reading

  • The Google Play Store’s redesign is cleaner but not greener
    by Chaim Gartenberg on August 21, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    The Google Play Store is getting a fresh new look, which, like most of Google’s redesigns of late, nixes the colorful green header in favor of a brighter and whiter style. (The Gmail app similarly lost its red header earlier this year as part of the same Material Design revamp.) Bright and white Like the iOS App Store — which got a similar redesign two years ago — the new Play Store now has separate tabs for apps, games, books, and another for movies and TV shows. The tab bar will appear on the bottom for phones and in a sidebar on tablets and Chrome OS devices. Google will also only show icons in the Play Store with rounded rectangles, just like iOS, which gives the whole storefront a more cohesive and consistent look. Say to fresh... Continue reading

  • An MCU breakup could be a terrific step forward for Spider-Man
    by Caroline Siede on August 21, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Warning: This essay contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Interviews with the filmmakers behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe almost always get around to what seems to be the studio’s core creative ethos: paint yourself into a corner, then find a creative way to get out of it. That mission statement inspired the snap in Avengers: Infinity War and the big secret-identity reveal that ends Spider-Man: Far From Home. And while creative inspiration probably wasn’t at the top of anyone’s mind during the business impasse that reportedly dissolved the partnership between Sony (which owns the current film rights to Spider-Man and his rogues’ gallery) and the Disney-owned Marvel Studios, that unexpected split could... Continue reading

  • Dell’s latest XPS 13 and Inspiron laptops feature Intel’s Comet Lake 10th Gen CPUs
    by Cameron Faulkner on August 21, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Dell has announced a refresh of its XPS 13 laptop ahead of IFA 2019, and each configuration will be built with Intel’s new U-series Comet Lake 10th Gen processors. The most affordable model starts at $899 and features the Intel Core i3-10110U. Dell will offer a high-end model with the souped-up hexacore Intel Core i7-10710U CPU beginning in October. All XPS 13 configurations use LPDDR3 Dual-Channel SDRAM, which is slightly disappointing since Intel’s new 10th Gen CPUs support faster LPDDR4x RAM. This aside, having a more capable, efficient processor in the best laptop you can buy is a good thing. If you’re in the market for the XPS 13, I’d recommend waiting at least until these hit shelves next week. Dell also notes that its XPS 13... Continue reading

  • Microsoft contractors have listened to voice recordings from the Xbox One
    by Chris Welch on August 21, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    X-Box One S | Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge Microsoft contractors have listened to voice recordings captured by the Xbox One console, according to Motherboard. The practice dates back to the early days of the Xbox One when it could be controlled with voice commands directed at the optional Kinect camera accessory, and it continued after Microsoft added its more advanced Cortana voice assistant to the console. Motherboard spoke to several contractors who could listen to these Xbox recordings. Many of them were intentional, with users commanding the Xbox One to perform a certain function, but others were triggered accidentally by unknowing customers. Microsoft has already confirmed contractors have similarly screened voice recordings from Cortana (on Windows) and listened to Skype... Continue reading

  • Trump is mad some automakers want to make cleaner cars
    by Sean O'Kane on August 21, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images President Donald Trump is reportedly “enraged” that Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, and Honda struck a deal with California to steadily reduce the amount of pollution emitted by their new cars, according to The New York Times. The deal directly contradicts (and potentially threatens) one of the cornerstone efforts of his administration: an attempt to roll back even higher standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency under Barack Obama. Trump reportedly even summoned other automakers — General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, and Toyota — to the White House to pressure them to stick with the administration’s plan, according to The New York Times. He’s reportedly trying to keep other automakers from joining the California deal The new deal with... Continue reading

  • Samsung made a sad Giphy page filled with comeback GIFs to send people who diss green bubbles
    by Ashley Carman on August 21, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Samsung Samsung knows some people don’t buy its phones because doing so means committing themselves to becoming a green bubble person in their iPhone friends’ texts. Samsung feels for these people, so it launched an entire Giphy page filled with comeback GIFs they can send to self-righteous iPhone users. For the green bubble unacquainted, many iOS users don’t enjoy texting Android users because Apple treats SMS, MMS, and RCS messages differently than iMessages. All sorts of iMessage features act up when someone texts an Android user — signified by a green bubble — so many times, iOS users will leave Android users out of group chats or stop talking to them altogether. It’s unfortunate. Along with the GIFs, Samsung also seems to be reaching out... Continue reading

  • Google postpones shutdown of Hangouts for G Suite users
    by Jacob Kastrenakes on August 21, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Google will let G Suite customers continue to use Hangouts until next year, delaying a shutdown of the service that was supposed to begin in October. Hangouts will now stay around for business customers until at least next June. The shutdown will move customers of Google’s business-focused G Suite subscription over to a pair of new chat services: Hangouts Chat, a Slack competitor; and Hangouts Meet, a video conferencing service. While the services generally include the same functionality (and more), people are pretty used to Hangouts, and Google says it’s heard from companies’ IT teams that they’d “like more time to migrate [their] organizations from classic Hangouts to Hangouts Chat.” The shutdown will start by the end of next year G... Continue reading