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The next No Man’s Sky update makes the game lonelier — and more dangerous

A screenshot from the video game No Man’s Sky.
Image: Hello Games

Things are about to get a little quieter in the No Man’s Sky universe. Developer Hello Games just released the sci-fi adventure’s latest update — it’s called “Adrift,” and it introduces an alternative universe that’s completely devoid of other characters. That means no NPCs to chat or trade with. The studio calls it “the first time players can be truly alone in No Man’s Sky.”

In addition to making the game lonelier and heightening the sense of isolation that was very present in the early days of the game, “Adrift” will also make the experience more challenging. Here’s how the studio explains it:

This alternative universe is more dangerous too, with sandworms now roaming free and fiend eggs spreading across planets. Buildings are broken...

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Published on 29 May 2024 | 1:00 pm


Amazon is publishing new open-world racer from former Forza developers

Teaser art for a deal between Amazon and Maverick Games.
Image: Amazon

Amazon is continuing to expand its presence in video game publishing. The latest example: the company is teaming up with Maverick Games, a new studio formed by former Forza developers at Playground, to launch “a narrative-led open-world driving game.” There’s no title or release date for the game, but it’ll be coming to PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X / S when it does launch.

Publishing has become a large facet of Amazon’s push into gaming, with the company partnering with Bandai Namco on the upcoming anime MMO Blue Protocol as well as Crystal Dynamics on the next Tomb Raider game. Amazon is also developing a Lord of the Rings MMO at its internal Orange County studio, which previously launched New World. Many of these projects tie into other...

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Published on 29 May 2024 | 1:00 pm


Right to repair is now the law in Colorado

iPhone 15 Pro Max internals
Device manufacturers have until January 1st, 2026, to comply with Colorado’s new rules. | Screenshot: iFixit via YouTube

Colorado now has some of the broadest right-to-repair laws in the US thanks to a new bill signed by Governor Jared Polis on Tuesday. The HB24-1121 “Consumer Right to Repair Digital Electronic Equipment” rules require all manufacturers to make it easier for consumers and independent electronics businesses to purchase the necessary equipment needed to repair devices themselves.

“Under this bill, when an item is broken, it could be a cellphone like this, a dishwasher, a washing machine, or a laptop, Coloradans will have the information they need to repair their own equipment or use the repair provider of their own choice,” Polis said at the bill signing, as reported by the Colorado Times Recorder.

This builds on Colorado’s right-to-repair...

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Published on 29 May 2024 | 12:41 pm


Sony made a PSVR 2 adapter for PC support

A PSVR 2 headset on a wooden box.
The PSVR 2 headset should have PC support by the end of this year, curtosy of a new adapter. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

PlayStation VR2 headset owners are one step closer to being able to use the virtual reality device with PCs. According to a certification discovered by VR enthusiast Brad Lynch, Sony has developed a PSVR 2 “adapter” that provides PC support for the otherwise PS5-exclusive device.

Sony said that it was working on PC support for PSVR 2 in February, targeting a non-specific 2024 release date, but the company hadn’t previously mentioned what form this support would take. With the adapter certification being filed back on March 27th with South Korea’s regulator, it seems Sony is on track to easily meet its self-imposed PC support deadline.

No other information about this mysterious adapter — including its price, appearance, or specified...

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Published on 29 May 2024 | 10:01 am


This app put my Apple Home smart devices into an interactive map

Using Apple’s RoomPlan Controller for HomeKit has added a map view for Apple Home to its app. | Image: Controller for HomeKit

Controller for HomeKit, a third-party app for controlling your Apple Home smart home, has a new Floor Plan feature that adds a map interface for interacting with connected devices like lights, locks, shades, sensors and more. I got some time with the new feature ahead of its launch this week and it’s a compelling way to control your smart home. A 3D scan of your house becomes an interactive map filled with all your connected devices providing an intuitive way to control them: Just tap the lamp next to the sofa on the map and that light will turn on.

For those unfamiliar, Controller for HomeKit is a well-regarded app that can manage and control any Apple Home and HomeKit compatible devices, scenes, automations, and so on. It uses the...

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Published on 29 May 2024 | 9:00 am


GPD is making a dual-screen OLED laptop that flips and folds

A new dual-screen laptop from GPD
Image: GPD

GPD has been creating handheld gaming PCs and miniature mobile PCs for years, but it’s now turning its attention to regular-sized laptops. After teasing a dual-screen laptop last week, GPD has now published an image of its upcoming GPD Duo — complete with two 13.3-inch OLED displays, a range of ports, and stylus support.

While we’ve seen new dual-screen laptops emerge over the past year, the GPD Duo looks like it might be the most practical yet. GPD is stacking the two 13.3-inch OLED panels so you get an extra screen on top. That’s similar to Asus’ new Zenbook Duo, but GPD is aiming to do this without a removable keyboard and kickstand, so the second display can fold behind the main one in what looks like a regular laptop form factor.

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Published on 29 May 2024 | 7:20 am


Former OpenAI board member explains why they fired Sam Altman

ChatGPT logo in mint green and black colors.
Illustration: The Verge

On November 17th, 2023, OpenAI’s board shocked everyone by suddenly ousting co-founder and CEO Sam Altman.

He had been overseeing one of the fastest-growing app launches in history with ChatGPT, so what happened? Former board member Helen Toner is filling in blank spaces in an interview on The TED AI Show podcast, providing her perspective on the events that caused board members to stop trusting Altman, as well as how he eventually returned.

In her telling, once the board decided they needed to bring in a new CEO, they felt the only way to make it happen was to go behind his back. “[I]t was very clear to all of us that as soon as Sam had any inkling that we might do something that went against him, he would pull out all the stops, do...

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Published on 29 May 2024 | 1:36 am


New Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Galaxy Ring details have leaked, courtesy of the FCC

Two renders of the Z Flip 6, one folded and one half-folded.
Image: OnLeaks / SmartPrix

It looks like the not-yet-announced Galaxy Z Flip 6 is getting a tiny boost in battery capacity compared to the Z Flip 5, according to FCC testing records spotted by MySmartPrice. The Galaxy Ring’s size ranges and battery ratings showed up, too, revealing good news for the small-of-finger, as it’s been tested as low as size 5.

The Z Flip 6’s battery is rated at 3,790mAh, based on screenshots shared by the outlet. That’s a touch higher than the 3,700mAh capacity that Samsung advertises for the Z Flip 5. Assuming that translates to increased battery life — which is not safe to assume — it could be a slight if welcome change for a phone that may not be changing all that much otherwise, at least judging from Z Flip 6 renders that leaked...

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Published on 28 May 2024 | 11:55 pm


Verizon’s latest streaming deal is a $10 monthly YouTube Premium subscription

Illustration of the Verizon logo over a red and black background
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Verizon is doubling down on efforts to sell you streaming services. Starting May 30th, the company will offer a discounted $10 / subscription to YouTube Premium through its myPlan perks.

YouTube Premium typically costs $13.99, letting you watch videos on the platform ad-free, download content, and access YouTube Music Premium. You can get the perk if you have one of Verizon’s myPlan subscriptions, which lets subscribers tack on services like Disney Plus and Apple One.

In addition to YouTube Premium, Verizon is adding Peacock to its digital content hub on June 5th. Verizon Plus Play lets you sign up and manage subscriptions to Netflix, Max, Paramount Plus, AMC Plus, and more from one place. Like most other services available on Plus...

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Published on 28 May 2024 | 10:32 pm


Refreshed Beats Pill will reportedly gain Find My, 24-hour battery life, and better sound

Leaked render of 2024 Beats Pill in red
It dons a familiar look, but you can expect many meaningful upgrades for the 2024 Beats Pill. | Image: 9to5Mac

Leaked renders and celebrity sightings are clues for a likely summer launch of Apple’s upcoming Beats Pill speaker — its first since the Pill Plus, which we called “the best yet” when it launched in 2015 and was discontinued in 2022. A report from 9to5Mac, citing unnamed sources, gives more details about its modernization.

Reported upgrades include up to 24 hours of battery life, IP67 water resistance, faster and more reliable device pairing / switching with Bluetooth 5.3, and integrated Find My tracking on both Apple and Google’s networks. 9to5Mac also says Apple plans to update the Pill’s charge-out and input ports to USB-C, from USB-A out and Lightning in. There’s also a detachable carry strap (as displayed by LeBron James and Daniel...

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Published on 28 May 2024 | 10:24 pm