Hacking gang sends ransom demand to LA school district

/ Attackers may be able to access data from the district’s student information system Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge The hackers who hit the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) with ransomware over Labor Day weekend have now issued a ransom payment demand, according to the district superintendent. On Tuesday, superintendent Alberto Carvalho told the Los […]

Yale’s new keypad locks are smaller and smarter

/ The Yale Assure 2 series has integrated Bluetooth and Apple Home support, but the real magic comes from its swappable networking modules. There’s one for Z-Wave, one for Wi-Fi, and one for Matter, and they’re all compatible with first-gen Assure locks Yale’s new smart lock line includes touchscreen, keypad, and keyed versions.Image: Yale Yale […]

Apple AirPods Pro (second-gen) review: same look, better everything else

Redesigned inside but not out, the new AirPods Pro are destined to be another hit — even if the magic is waning Share this story There are two main reactions to Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro, which will be available September 23rd for the same $249 as the original pair released in 2019.  The first is […]

DJI’s new smartphone gimbal aims to get you filming quicker than ever

/ A new status panel shows its current battery level The extension rod feature returns from the previous model.Image: DJI DJI has just announced the latest model in its lineup of smartphone gimbals, the Osmo Mobile 6. Like its predecessors, it’s designed to stabilize videos and photos taken with phones, but it features a new […]

ByteDance’s new Pico headset is a Quest 2 competitor for Europe and Asia

Tech/ Virtual Reality / The Pico 4 will cost €429 and ship in mid-October The Pico 4 headset and controllersImage: Pico Pico, the Chinese startup acquired last year by TikTok parent company ByteDance, has a new virtual reality headset on the way. The Pico 4, which will sell starting at €429 (around $425) in several […]

Google’s more affordable Chromecast HD is available today for $30

Google/ Tech / It’s hard to fault the price, but many are still waiting for a true flagship streaming player from Google — and this certainly isn’t that The cheaper Chromecast looks identical to the 4K model.Image: Google Google’s less expensive no-4K streaming player is officially being announced today. As rumored, it’s called the Chromecast […]

How platforms turn boring

/ There’s a delicate balance between platform culture and viral arbitrage — and most social networks are on the wrong side of it Nick Barclay / The Verge TikTok is changing.  Even a year ago, my For You page was mostly stuff you could only see on TikTok, whether it was Vine refugees making comedy […]

This RTX 4090 is so ridiculous it needs a “Dark Obelisk” RGB support stick

/ Galax’s latest GPU is so mysterious it might have been buried years ago Say hello to the Dark Obselisk.Image: Galax If you thought the prices of Nvidia’s new RTX 40-series cards were ridiculous, wait until you see all the third-party RTX 4090 designs. Ridiculous doesn’t even begin to describe the RTX 4090 Serious Gaming […]

This new turntable can play music directly to a Sonos system

/ The $799 Stream Carbon can wirelessly play your vinyl on Sonos speakers without requiring a Five, Amp, or Connect No wires necessary to get this turntable on your Sonos system.Image: Victrola Getting your vinyl playing on a Sonos system has never been necessarily hard; it just takes the right gear. You can plug a […]

How to use Focus modes in iOS 16

/ iOS 16 gives you a lot more options to help tune out unwanted distractions and the terrible internet while having a bit of fun iOS 16 makes programming Focus modes less tedious. Illustration by Samar Haddad / The Verge Apple added Focus modes last year in iOS 15 to help you stay on task. […]