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Here’s why it’s important to audit your Amazon Alexa skills (and how to do it)

What are you up to, glowing orb? | Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge Amazon has always tried to push its Alexa-enabled smart speakers as a platform, boasting about the number of third-party “skills” available (more than 100,000 in the most recent count). In our experience, the majority of these skills are useless gimmicks; …

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Hogwarts Legacy developer leaves after controversy over reactionary YouTube videos

Hogwarts Legacy developer Troy Leavitt has left the project following criticism of videos that defended the reactionary Gamergate harassment movement and dismissed sexual misconduct complaints against media executives. Leavitt tweeted the news last night, saying he had resigned from studio Avalanche Software despite feeling “absolutely secure in my position.” Leavitt was the lead designer on …

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TikTok is making it easier for creators to answer their fans’ questions

Presenters can spotlight questions during a live stream. | Image: TikTok TikTok has officially launched a new Q&A feature that’s designed to help creators answer questions from their fans. It’s available on both pre-recorded and live videos, and works by having viewers mark their comment as a question. Creators can then either answer questions via …

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Unannounced Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti GPU appears on Asus’ website

Photo by Sam Byford / The Verge Nvidia might be preparing to launch a new RTX 3050 Ti GPU, according to a leak from laptop maker Asus. VideoCardz reports that Asus has published updated specifications for its latest TUF Dash F15 gaming laptop, and it mentions an unreleased Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU. …

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Satechi’s latest USB-C hub supports 4K at 60Hz, and 100W pass-through

HDMI, VGA, USB-A, and USB-C ports are all included. | Image: Satechi Satechi has released a new USB-C hub for your laptop to add all the ports that it arguably should have included in the first place. Although the port selection on the $99.99 USB-C On-the-Go Multiport Adapter is similar to other hubs, the high …

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Getaround wants to help you start your own car-sharing business

Getaround, the peer-to-peer car-sharing service, is launching a new program to help support people who want to rent out more than just a couple of cars. The program is called Power Host, and it’s designed to help customers manage small fleets of shared vehicles. Getaround, which operates in 800 cities globally and has over 6 …

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Here’s what Twitter’s rumored ‘undo send’ feature could look like

Alongside the typical “Your Tweet was sent” dialogue, there’s a new Undo button. | Screenshot: Twitter / Jane Manchun Wong A potential animation for Twitter’s long-rumored “undo send” feature has been discovered by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, giving us our best look yet at how it might work. The interface shows Twitter’s familiar “Your …

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Google is speeding up Chrome’s release cycle to every four weeks

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google says it will speed up how it releases Chrome updates. Starting with Chrome 94 in Q3, 2021, Google will release milestones of its browser every four weeks, instead of every six weeks. This is the first time Google has sped up its Chrome release schedule for more …

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Tencent-branded RedMagic gaming phone launched with 165Hz screen

RedMagic, the gaming brand of ZTE subdivision Nubia, has launched a new smartphone in collaboration with Chinese tech and gaming giant Tencent. The RedMagic 6 and 6 Pro are high-end devices available to order now in China, with a global launch coming later this month. The RedMagic 6 has an Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, active …

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Razer’s new Anzu smart glasses break from the pack with truly wireless audio

Image: Razer Razer is tonight formally announcing its Anzu “smart” glasses, which follow Bose, Amazon, and other companies by integrating audio speakers directly into the glasses temples. The $199.99 Anzu glasses will be available in both rectangular and round frames, and each will come in two sizes: small and large. You can place an order …

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