Stability AI, proponent of hands-off AI image generation, gets a $1 billion valuation

/ The upstart start-up has differentiated itself from incumbents like Google and OpenAI by letting anyone use and build on its its model with little oversight. Investors say this open-source approach is a winner. Stability AI, the company behind popular text-to-image AI program Stable Diffusion, has raised new funding that values the company at around […]

FedEx is shutting down its robot delivery program

/ It follows news this month that Amazon is stopping development of its own last-mile delivery robot. FedEx’s Roxo robot was able to navigate autonomously, but was overseen by human operators at all times. Image: FedEx FedEx is stopping development of its last-mile delivery robot, Roxo. The news was first reported by Robotics 24/7, with […]

Nothing hikes price of Ear 1 earbuds by 50 percent

/ The $99 earbuds will soon cost $149 The Ear 1 earbuds released last year for $99.Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge Nothing is hiking the price of its debut Ear 1 earbuds from $99 to $149, the company’s CEO Carl Pei has announced. Citing “an increase in costs,” Pei said that the new […]

Fortnite’s Halloween update will turn you into a werewolf

/ Fortnitemares has returned with a number of spooky features Image: Epic Games Spooky season has arrived in Fortnite. The game’s most recent patch has ushered in Fortnitemares, the annual Halloween event, and it includes the ability to turn into a werewolf. As part of the update, there’s now a DJ hanging out at the […]

Motorola’s teasing a rollable concept phone

/ The ‘proof of concept’ featured in a brief demo video doesn’t fold — it rolls The device appears to extend and retract with the push of a button.Image: Motorola At parent company Lenovo’s Tech World 2022 event, Motorola is showing off a rollable mobile phone in a quick video demo. With the press of […]

YouTube ends the test that made 4K a premium feature

/ ‘Viewers should now be able to access 4K quality resolutions without Premium membership’ Looks like 4K’s back on the menu, boys.Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge YouTube has ended the experiment that locked the ability to watch videos in 4K behind its $11.99 a month premium membership, according to one of its official […]

Cadillac outrolls Rolls-Royce with the $300,000 Celestiq electric sedan

The low-volume ultra-luxury Celestiq is the second EV in Cadillac’s lineup and features a host of 3D-printed parts for extensive customization Share this story The 2024 Celestiq is not your typical Cadillac. Three months ago, Cadillac revealed a “show car” version of the Celestiq, the brand’s ultra-luxury battery-powered sedan. Today, I got to spend time […]

FuboTV shuts down its sports betting service that synced with on-screen action

/ After building up the potential of gambling integrations with live sports streaming for the last couple of years, FuboTV decided to cancel that entire plan. The FuboTV Sportsbook app.Image: FuboTV On Monday, the live TV streaming platform FuboTV dropped a shocking announcement with its decision to immediately close its gambling business, Fubo Gaming, and […]

Leaked documents show just how fast employees are leaving Amazon

/ According to the company’s internal reports, its attrition rate is immense, and costing it billions of dollars a year. Two thirds of new hires in 2021 didn’t last 90 days.Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Last year, only a third of Amazon’s new hires stayed with the company for more than 90 days […]