My weather app is now a dating sim

/ Carrot Weather is getting an update that adds the ability to romance its homicidal AI character. Filling up the heart meter gets you gifts.Image: Carrot One of Carrot Weather’s main selling points, besides the fact that it’s a genuinely very good app for getting the forecast, is its character. The app has an “AI” […]

Comic: How to Replace the Sky

How to Replace the Sky, a comic by Matt Hyunh. At the end of 2020, the painting software I’d used my entire professional life updated itself with a new button. Illustration of a Photoshop window, with the Sky Replacement tool selected in a menu. I made my living as a commercial illustrator, making pictures for […]

Mickey 17, the next film from Parasite director Bong Joon-ho, is out in 2024

/ Robert Pattinson stars in the sci-fi movie, which comes to theaters on March 29th. You’ll have to wait a bit to see Parasite director Bong Joon-ho’s next project. The sci-fi film, called Mickey 17, will hit theaters on March 29th, 2024. The news was revealed via the briefest of teaser trailers, which shows star […]

Kodiak gets $50 million to develop self-driving reconnaissance vehicles for the US Army

/ The California-based startup will work with the army’s Robotic Combat Vehicle program over the next 24 months. Image: Kodiak Robotics Kodiak Robotics, the autonomous truck startup, will receive $49.9 million to help the US Army develop self-driving vehicles for reconnaissance, surveillance, and other “high-risk” missions. The Mountain View, California-based company, which primarily builds self-driving […]

Elon Musk’s Neuralink is reportedly facing a federal probe on animal welfare grounds

/ Employees are said to have raised concerns internally that demands for fast progress are causing unnecessary mistakes. A monkey in Neuralink’s in-house facility.Image: Neuralink Neuralink, the brain implant company founded by Elon Musk, is reportedly facing a federal probe over the treatment of animals used in its experiments. Reuters reports that a probe was […]

YouTube is making its own Twitch-like emotes

/ YouTube now has its own set of custom emotes that work across all comments and live chats. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge YouTube is starting to roll out its own custom emotes. The Twitch-like emotes, dubbed YouTube Emotes, can be used across YouTube in comment sections and during live chats, though the […]

Meta Oversight Board demands changes to “cross-check” program that protected Donald Trump

/ Cross-check is supposed to reduce the ‘perception of censorship,’ but it amounts to special treatment of big accounts. Illustration: Nick Barclay / The Verge Meta’s Oversight Board has released an in-depth report on Facebook and Instagram’s controversial cross-check system, calling on Meta to make the program “radically” more transparent and beef up its resources. […]

Tuesday’s top tech news: Apple’s DIY repair service comes to Europe

Europeans, this could soon be you.Image: Apple It’s always nice to start the day with a bit of unambiguously good news, so it brings me great pleasure to report that Apple’s DIY repair service for iPhones and Macs has launched in select (read: eight) European countries. The service is still not perfect (Apple’s devices arguably […]