Google is trying to reinvent search — by being more than a search engine

The internet is more visual and more interactive than ever. So how does the world’s biggest search engine change to fit the times? By redefining the whole idea. Share this story Google’s search is becoming both more visual and more exploratory.Image: Google Google is trying to blow up how you think about search. To say […]

Google’s trying to become a one-stop shopping destination

Google/ Tech / Its new shopping tools bring product insight, outfit inspiration, and buying guides to search You’ll soon be able to access Google’s shopping features by typing “shop,” followed by whatever you’re looking for.Image: Google Google wants its search engine to become the place where you do your online shopping. To do that, the […]

The 11 biggest announcements at Amazon’s hardware launch event

/ Here’s all the big news from Amazon’s hardware event Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon just held its fall hardware launch event, where it revealed a ton of new tech, including a new Kindle Scribe, an updated Fire TV cube, and a second-generation Echo Auto device. Here’s a roundup of some of […]

Whale Safe project trials buoys with AI scanning to help prevent ship strikes

/ The algorithm has been trained to pick out whales’ Californian dialects among all the other sounds in the ocean. Buoys equipped with onboard computers could use AI to help save humpback whales in the US from ship collisions.Photo by Tim Graham / Getty Images AI software monitoring sounds from within bright yellow buoys could […]

Google wants to make Maps much more immersive

Google/ Tech / With new features like Immersive View and search with Live View, Google’s looking to go beyond a static top-down map Illustration: The Verge If you open up Google Maps right now, I’m guessing you’ll probably search for where you want to go using a traditional 2D map. But Google has some ideas […]

COVID-19 tests will no longer get emergency treatment at the FDA

/ It’s sending some COVID-19 tests through the normal regulatory pathways, not the emergency ones. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Since the start of the pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration has signed off on 430 COVID-19 tests through its emergency use authorization powers — rules that let the agency push tests and […]

Google’s impressive multisearch tool will be available in a lot more languages

Google/ Tech / Multisearch, which lets you search using both an image and text, is expanding to more than 70 languages in the coming months Google’s impressive multisearch tool, which lets you search using both an image and some text, will be expanding to more than 70 global languages in the next few months, the […]

Alexa is getting some much-needed smart home upgrades

/ ‘Alexa, turn off the lights in 10 minutes’  Amazon’s smart displays like the Echo Show 10 (pictured) will soon be able to display multiple security camera feeds.Photo by Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge Amidst a slew of new hardware announcements today, Amazon is also announcing a host of new capabilities for Alexa, including […]

CNN lays off audio staffers as it shifts podcast strategy

/ Plus, iHeart engages in some questionable download practices Kristen Radtke / The Verge; Getty Images Welcome to the Wednesday edition of Hot Pod. You can blame Rosh Hashanah for my tardiness. We have a lot to get into today, but first, some shameless self-promotion! I made an episode of The Vergecast about how the […]

The new Amazon Fire TV Cube has an HDMI input for controlling cable boxes

/ Yes, there’s still an IR blaster, and Amazon is also announcing the Alexa Voice Remote Pro with backlit buttons and a remote finder feature. The latest Fire TV Cube has a fabric finish.Image: Amazon Amazon just announced its latest and most powerful Fire TV Cube to date. Like past models, the $139.99 streaming player […]