Month: February 2024

Google Chrome packs more searches into the Search Bar

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If you’ve ever opened a new browser tab with no clue what to search for, today’s Chrome updates may help.

First off, the Google Search box on Chrome will now display suggested queries based on your previous searches before you’ve started typing. In Google’s example, a user who had previously searched for the Korean noodle dish japchae would see images of similar Korean dishes beside the search box under the heading “People also search for.” Some of the search suggestions will also include images.

It’s not an entirely new feature. As Search Engine Roundtable points out, Google started testing a “People also search for” suggestion bar in 2020.

The Verge tested the updated Chrome search suggestions feature. Typing in “pesto sandwich…

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Setapp is opening its subscription-only iOS app store

An image showing Setapp’s app store open on an iPhone
Image: MacPaw

One of the first third-party app stores on iOS is getting ready to open up in the European Union. The software company MacPaw has announced that it’s releasing its Setapp store in beta on Thursday, with an official launch planned for April.

Setapp is currently only available on macOS and offers users access to over 240 third-party apps for a $9.99 per month subscription. Some examples of the curated apps available through Setapp include music software n-Track Studio, project planner MindNode, and the productivity app Session.

The new app store on iOS will feature a “carefully selected assortment of apps, including fan favorites from the Setapp catalog.” In addition to productivity and business tools, Setapp on iOS will also offer design…

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X adds live video to Spaces instead of bringing back Periscope

The X logo on a colorful blue and light purple background.
Illustration: The Verge

Spaces, the live audio feature for X, is now letting hosts turn on their video during chat sessions. The platform formerly known as Twitter announced the news on Wednesday as owner / CTO Elon Musk reposted a walkthrough from a user named “Dogedesigner.”

Spaces users will notice a new option to “enable video” when they first create a new Spaces session. Hosts can opt for either their phone’s front or back-facing cameras as well as either a landscape or vertical view of their video feed.

The Video Spaces are available on the iOS version of the X app, but we haven’t seen them available on Android or the web yet. Multiple users reported significant lag while trying out the feature so far.

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Apple is turning William Gibson’s Neuromancer into a TV series

U.S. Author William Gibson attends the 7th editition of the Festival of Literature at Literature House on May 26, 2007 in Rome, Italy.
William Gibson. | Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage

Another sci-fi adaptation is making its way to Apple TV Plus. The streamer announced that it’s adapting William Gibson’s seminal cyberpunk novel Neuromancer into a 10-episode series. Graham Roland (Lost, Jack Ryan) will serve as showrunner, while JD Dillard (Utopia) will direct the first episode. (Both will also be executive producers on the series.)

That’s about all we know right now. There are no details on when the series might start streaming or who will star. In a press release, Apple said that the show “will follow a damaged, top-rung super-hacker named Case who is thrust into a web of digital espionage and high stakes crime with his partner Molly, a razor-girl assassin with mirrored eyes aiming to pull a heist on a corporate…

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Tubi’s new redesign wants to push you down the rabbit hole

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Tubi’s new logo and signature shade of “turple.” | Image: Tubi

Tubi knows that people fire up its app just to see what happens to be streaming rather than to search for one specific thing, and the platform is trying to embrace that reality about itself in the form of a playful new brand identity.

Today, Tubi began rolling out a new look and feel for its login-free service that’s meant to emphasize how the streamer wants viewers falling down rabbit holes as they search through the thousands of films and series it has to offer. That was also the concept behind Tubi’s 2023 Super Bowl ad in which people were thrown down literal holes by anthropomorphic rabbits, and while the new branding is nowhere near as unsettling, chief marketing officer Nicole Parlapiano said in a press release that it’s meant to…

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Substack’s platform now has direct messages

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Illustration by The Verge

Substack writers and readers can now send private one-on-one direct messages to others on the platform, the company announced today. The highly requested feature works similarly to DMs found on social networking apps like X and Instagram, though it is optional and can be disabled.

Just as you can from X or Facebook, users can initiate direct messages from a writer’s or reader’s profile page. You can also start a message via the website’s or app’s Chat tab. In addition, writers have the option to add a “Send a message” button on a post or note. Substack will then notify recipients via the app or email.

Only readers and writers you’re connected to can send messages directly to your inbox. Other messages will just land in a “Requests”…

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TikTok is removing even more songs as music rights battle drags on

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Illustration by Nick Barclay / The Verge

TikTok is now taking down all the songs written or co-written by artists signed to Universal Music Group (UMG) as the platform’s battle over music rights drags on.

“We are in the process of carrying out Universal Music Group’s requirement to remove all songs that have been written (or co-written) by a songwriter signed to Universal Music Publishing Group, based on information they have provided,” TikTok writes in a statement on its website. “Their actions not only affect the songwriters and artists that they represent, but now also impact many artists and songwriters not signed to Universal.”

On Tuesday, Variety reported that TikTok was set to lose even more UMG songs, but it wasn’t clear how many would be affected. This will also impact…

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Frequency And Boostr Partner To Supercharge The Automation Of Host-Read Ad Production

Frequency, the leader in workflow automation and ad management for audio, announces it’s teaming up with Boostr, a premier advertising management platform catering to publishers and media companies. By creating a unified production workflow, Frequency and Boostr will power quicker, more accurate requests for host-read ads. The combined offering brings greater operational efficiencies to podcast networks to drive revenue growth and increased profitability.

The API integration between the two companies connects its podcast ad management platforms to streamline and automate workflows. As flights are added to Booster’s OMS (order management system), production requests are triggered in Frequency with details such as ad types, copy execution, approval requirements, and more.

The automatic creation of production requests feeds into Frequency’s Production Automation workflow, where teams can easily manage back and forth to finalize host-read ads for launch. With requests centralize and communication streamlined, users can track details, set reminders, use bulk editing tools, QA recordings, and provide feedback.

“Together, Boostr and Frequency power the full production workflow to revolutionize the way teams work,” said Patrick O’Leary, Founder and CEO of Boostr. “The elimination of redundant tasks and manual data entry saves time for ad operations while ensuring production requests are accurate for shows.”

“Now that Frequency provides a full suite of workflow automation tools for podcast networks, our next mission is to connect to other essential platforms like Boostr,” says Pete Jimison, CEO of Frequency. “We’re pioneering the infrastructure for scalable growth, automating the entire ad ops workflow through key integrations. For podcasting to grow revenue, the focus must shift from administration to innovation.”

Interested in learning more? Visit frequencyads.com or contact sales@frequencyads.com.

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Realm Welcomes Kids And Family Audiobook Publishing Legend Tim Ditlow To Board Of Directors

Realm, the industry-leading podcast studio and one of the world’s fastest-growing independent podcast networks, proudly announced the addition of Tim Ditlow, a distinguished figure in children’s audiobook publishing, to its Board of Advisor. Ditlow, with over four decades of experience in the children’s audio industry, will bring valuable insights to Realm’s new leadership in the Kids and Family sector.

Tim Ditlow’s deep roots in the recording industry, coupled with a lifelong passion for stories, make him an unparalleled authority in children’s audio and book publishing. His impressive career includes leadership roles at Listening Library, Random House, Brilliance Audio, and Amazon’s Children’s Publishing, where he played pivotal roles in acquiring, producing, and overseeing a multitude of iconic audio titles, including the internationally acclaimed Harry Potter series.

His contributions to the industry have been recognized with multiple Grammy nominations and awards, as well as commendation from the White House for his work on the Year of the Young Reader. In the past decade, Tim served as VP of Content, for Epic, the leading digital reading platform for kids, where he built a library of over 40,000 titles from 250 top publishers.

Molly Barton, CEO and Co-Founder of Realm, expressed her enthusiasm, saying, “Tim is a true legend in the children’s audiobook publishing world, and his wealth of experience and industry knowledge is an incredible asset for Realm. We share a passion for finding new ways to bring immersive and engaging audio storytelling to families worldwide, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our Board of Advisors.”

Ditlow shared his excitement about joining Realm, stating, “I am excited for this opportunity to advise alongside Molly’s talented Board members in order to support and grow Realm’s phenomenal roster of talent and licensing partners.”

Realm’s board includes media visionary and Time 100 alum Lauren Zalanick, who has previously advised Gimlet and Ira Glass’ Serial Productions; Michalel Smith, NPR’s Chief Marketing Officer; Russell Binder, President of IP accelerator Striker Entertainment; and Marci Wiseman, award-winning producer and former Co-President of Blumhouse TV. In his new advisory role at Realm, Ditlow will bring his vast experience to further enhance Realm’s mission to develop, produce, distribute, and monopolize immersive audio series in collaboration with top-tier talent and entertainment companies.

Realm expanded into the Kids and Family audio sector in 2023 with the acquisition of the Peabody award winning kids audio streaming platform Pinna featuring an extensive library of licensed content and a slate of 150+ wholly-owned titles. These include award-winning kids and family audio series like Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest, Opal Watson: Private Eye (soon to be a 2-book series with HarperCollins), Totally Unauthorized Minecraft Fan Show, Quentin & Alfie (soon to be a four book series with FSG/MacMillan) and A-Z Mysteries produced with Penguin Random House inspired by the bestselling book series by Ron Roy.

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Eufy’s new 360-degree 4K camera doesn’t need Wi-Fi or power outlets

Eufy 4K LTE Cam S330 on a pole
Eufy

Anker’s Eufy brand has started shipping a new 4K security camera that should offer 360-degree views, panning 344 degrees and tilting up to 70 degrees. It could also run indefinitely without wired internet or power.

That’s because in addition to Wi-Fi, the $249.99 Eufy 4G LTE Cam S330 can connect to nearby LTE towers instead, and comes with a detachable solar panel that supposedly needs just two hours under the sun to keep the 36.2Wh battery charged. Since the battery also lasts up to a month on a full charge, according to Anker, it could keep going even through the rainy season.

On paper, the S330 seems to address many of the pain points we encountered with earlier LTE-capable cameras from both Eufy and Arlo for around the same…

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