Exclusive: Ikea’s new Dirigera hub and Home smart app deliver big improvements

Smart Home Reviews Easier to use and stable. But let’s check in again after a few months. Ikea’s new Matter-ready Dirigera smart home hub is hitting retail shelves in North America and most of Europe this week, alongside a completely redesigned Home smart app. Dirigera — which means “conducting” in Swedish — is at the […]

Indian news outlet The Wire retracts its story on Meta

/ The outlet originally accused Meta of giving an Indian politician the ability to freely remove posts from Facebook and Instagram Nick Barclay / The Verge The Wire, an independent news outlet based in India, retracted its story that accused Meta of granting an Indian politician special permissions to remove posts on its platforms. In […]

Facebook warns it could block news in Canada over proposed legislation

/ Canada’s Online News Act would force Facebook to pay news publishers for their content Nick Barclay / The Verge Facebook might ban news sharing in Canada if the country passes legislation forcing the company to pay news outlets for their content (via The Wall Street Journal). In a post shared on Friday, Facebook parent […]

The new Mac Pro chip could double or quadruple the power of the M2 Max

/ The high-end machine is rumored to come with “M2 Pro” and “M2 Extreme” chips that have 24 and 48 CPU cores, along with 76 and 152 GPU cores, respectively Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro.Photo by Avery White for The Verge The next Mac Pro is rumored to come with chip options “that are at least […]

PopGrip JumpStart review: what if a battery bank were also a PopSocket?

/ This accessory doesn’t do a great job at either of its roles, but it does fill a very specific niche PopSocket’s battery bank isn’t a small accessory.Image: Mitchell Clark / The Verge We’re smack in the middle of new phone season and getting close to the time when some of us are going to […]

A history of the horny side of the internet

/ In a new book, journalist Samantha Cole digs through the rich history of sex on the internet, from BBS to FOSTA Vincent Kilbride / The Verge From the very beginning, people on the internet have been obsessed with sex. That’s the argument laid out in a new book by journalist Samantha Cole, How Sex […]

WhatsApp is getting Facebook’s Bitmoji-style avatars

/ Currently, only some WhatsApp beta testers on Android can create and use their avatars After Facebook’s Bitmoji-style avatars invaded Instagram and Messenger, now they’re coming to Whatsapp, too. According to a report from WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is rolling out support for customizable avatars in the latest beta on Android, but only for some users. […]

Leak suggests Ecobee’s entering the video doorbell space

Smart Home/ Tech / Ecobee might want to expand its lineup beyond its existing lineup of smart thermostats, security cameras, and smart sensors Ecobee’s next product could be a video doorbell.Image: ZatzNotFunny Ecobee, a company best known for its line of smart thermostats, may be working on a video doorbell. A leaked image from ZatzNotFunny […]