SpaceX launches new Starlink service aimed specifically at governments

/ The announcement of Starshield comes as the US military has conducted tests using Starlink. SpaceX has quietly announced a new government-focused service on its website — Starshield — which it says offers a “secured satellite network for government entities.” The page, which appeared on the SpaceX website earlier this week, says that while its […]

Proton’s encrypted cloud storage service is now a mobile app

/ Proton Drive is coming to iOS and Android two months after the launch of the web app. 1GB of free cloud storage, 200GB for $3.99/mth, or 500GB for $9.99/mth. Proton Drive is an end-to-end encrypted cloud storage service that can be used to access files and securely share them with others — even if […]

Wednesday’s Top Tech News: Chips born in the USA

Filed under: TSMC prepares to manufacture processors in its new Arizona facility, and Call of Duty returns to Nintendo consoles. By Verge Staff 4 updates since Dec 6, 2022, 3:00 PM UTC RSSFollow this stream President Joe Biden at TSMC’s Arizona facility.Photo: Andy Blye The worst of the global chip shortage may now (thankfully) be […]

San Francisco reverses plans to allow police robots to kill suspects

/ The city’s supervisors reversed the controversial policy following outcry from citizens and advocacy groups. They’ve sent the issue back to a committee for further review. The policy allowed the SFPD to arm bomb disposal robots similar to the one seen here with explosives to incapacitate and even kill suspects. Photo by Peerapon Boonyakiat/SOPA Images/LightRocket […]

Robotaxis are now available to hail on the Uber app in Las Vegas

/ For the first time, the Uber app can be used to hail an autonomous vehicle. The ridehail company has a 10-year deal with Motional, which is a joint venture between Hyundai and Aptiv. Uber now has robotaxis available for its customers to hail in Las Vegas. The vehicles are operated by Motional, a joint […]

Twitter advertisers aren’t happy with ads appearing on pages of white nationalists

/ Ads from dozens of major brands and organizations were spotted on accounts unbanned after Elon Musk’s takeover.  Laura Normand / The Verge Ads for around 40 high-profile brands and organizations have been spotted on the Twitter pages of white nationalists, according to a report from The Washington Post. Ads from brands including Amazon, Uber, […]

Microsoft reaches 10-year deal with Nintendo for Call of Duty

/ Microsoft is also committing to keep Call of Duty on Steam as it puts the pressure on Sony to accept a similar 10-year deal. The concession could help ease concerns from regulators over Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquistion. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft says it has reached a 10-year agreement with Nintendo […]

WhatsApp is adding official support for Meta’s Bitmoji-style avatars

/ The personalized characters can be set as your profile picture or sent as stickers. Avatars, the customizable characters that are already available across Meta services like Facebook and Instagram, are officially launching on WhatsApp. Meta has announced that they can be used as a profile picture on the messaging service or sent in the […]