Hot and hyped: inside the strange launch of the Nothing Phone 1

There was a lot riding on Nothing’s Phone 1 launch this week. For months, the company’s CEO Carl Pei, who rose to prominence as one of the co-founders of OnePlus, has been making big promises about Nothing’s first smartphone. “Consumer tech, how did we let it get so boring?” the CEO asked rhetorically during a […]

Porter Robinson on crafting a new anthem for League of Legends

Like many of us, Porter Robinson turned to video games during the pandemic. In particular, the musician got really into League of Legends. He remembers getting his first kill and thinking, “Oh, I get it. I get why people play this. I get why people love it.” It became a hangout for his group of […]

Amazon Prime Day 2022: the best deals you can still get

Prime Day may be done and dusted, but there are still plenty of awesome deals to be found at Amazon and other retailers. There are still plenty of discounts to be found on wireless earbuds, laptops, TVs, games, and more. A few of the highlights still available include the Beats Fit Pro, currently still discounted […]

Razer’s Stream Controller takes on the Stream Deck for $269.99

Razer is going head to head with Elgato’s Stream Deck with the launch of its new Stream Controller. The $269.99 touchscreen device is designed to sit on a desk alongside a keyboard and allow content creators — or anyone, really — to quickly launch shortcuts and control hardware and software on a PC. If you’re […]

Don’t rely on iMessage’s new unsend feature yet

The upcoming version of iMessage will let you unsend and edit messages for up to 15 minutes. Sounds great, very convenient — Signal and WhatsApp and Viber have had similar features for years. You can try it out right now in the public betas for iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura. Just one small […]

White Houses pushes for chips funding as Intel loses patience

It’s been over a year since the Senate passed its bill to boost domestic semiconductor manufacturing — but with time running out before Congress’ August recess, the White House is pushing hard to make sure that funding gets through. On Wednesday, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo led a classified briefing with senators stressing the importance […]

Instagram now lets creators publish feed posts just for their subscribers

After getting off to a small start with paid subscriptions for creators earlier this year, today, Instagram is announcing more features to further build out the experience — and better compete with Twitter in this area. In a video, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri said the platform aims to be “the best place online for creators […]

Netflix is bringing back its Tudum event in September

Netflix’s “global fan event” is returning for a second-straight year. The streaming service announced that Tudum — not to be confused with Netflix’s troubled fan site of the same name — will be streaming on YouTube on September 24th. There aren’t many details yet, but Netflix says the event will cover more than 100 movies […]

Twitter is back after a major outage

Twitter went down for around 40 minutes this morning, in a major outage for the social network. Issues started with the service at around 8:05AM ET, with many users reporting “over capacity” error messages, and even errors saying “this page is down.” The issues affected Twitter web, mobile, and even the company’s TweetDeck app. Downdetector […]