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Microsoft is rolling out a new Xbox app update to Windows. It includes a new performance label to let people know if games play well on their PCs before they download them. Microsoft is adding a new game performance indicator to its Xbox app on Windows today that will let you know if a title plays well on your PC before you go ahead and download it. While system requirements have always been listed, this simple label

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The Callisto Protocol’s director on his return to horror: ‘I don’t know what too scary is’

During Summer Game Fest, The Callisto Protocol director Glen Schofield talks about his new sci-fi horror game and how the genre has changed since the original Dead Space. When Glen Schofield left Call of Duty developer Sledgehammer Games back in 2018, he needed a break. The game designer, best known as the creator of the seminal sci-fi horror series Dead Space, decided to head out to the desert in Arizona for a

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How fandom built the internet as we know it, with Kaitlyn Tiffany

Her new book on the long history of fans from the Beatles and Grateful Dead to One Direction, Justin Bieber, and K-Pop Every now and again, I’m asked to describe what The Verge is or do a mission statement or something like that. What I always come back to is that The Verge is about how technology makes us feel. Our screens and our systems aren’t inert or

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Scientists grow cells on a robot skeleton (but don’t know what to do with them yet)

Scientist have grown human cells on a robot skeleton, hoping that by moving the skeleton they can better approximate the cells’ natural growing environment. The cells certainly grew, but it’s not clear yet if they would be any better for medical treatments. The science of tissue engineering — or growing human cells for use in medicine — is very much in its infancy, with only the simplest lab-grown cells able to be used in experimental treatments today. But researchers say a new method of tissue

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Every ridiculous thing we learned today about Elon Musk’s plan to take over Twitter

Everything we now know about Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase. Peter Thiel may have nudged him into it. Former CEO Jack Dorsey can’t concentrate when Elon is in his DMs. And Twitter execs don’t know what he’s planning. This is the end of the first week after Twitter accepted Elon Musk’s $44 billion buyout offer, and one of the strangest tech transactions ever just keeps adding new twists. A detailed report from The Wall Street Journal has peeled back a few

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Valve upgrades its Steam Deck dock ahead of release, but we still don’t know how much it costs

Valve has quietly updated the specs to its still-unreleased official dock for the handheld gaming PC, as reported by Review Geek. The Steam Deck tech specs page now says the dock’s three USB-A ports will be 3.1 ports, and the networking port is now a Gigabit Ethernet port. Valve has quietly updated the specs to its still-unreleased official dock for the Steam Deck handheld gaming PC, as reported by Review Geek. The Steam Deck tech specs page originally said the dock would have one USB-A 3.1 port, two USB-A 2.0 ports,

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Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter: here’s everything you need to know

Elon Musk made an offer to buy Twitter for $43 billion. The company’s board is moving to block him. Stay up to date on all the latest with this unfolding story. On Thursday, April 14th, Elon Musk announced an offer to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share. This is a huge story with a lot of fast-moving parts to it. It’s also a story that will likely stretch out over the next few months, maybe even longer. So we

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DJI drones, Ukraine, and Russia — what we know about AeroScope

Ukraine accused China’s DJI — the world’s leading drone maker — of letting Russia target innocent civilians with missiles using DJI drone technology. But DJI AeroScope, the technology in question, isn’t about missiles. Last week, Ukraine accused DJI — the world’s leading drone maker — of letting Russia target innocent civilians with missiles using DJI drone technology. “Are you sure you want to be a partner in these murders?” tweeted Ukraine Vice Prime

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Google says Steam has arrived on Chromebooks, let us know if you find it?

Google has announced that a version of Steam will be available to test on some Chromebooks. The game store has been a long time coming to ChromeOS. Google has announced that some ChromeOS users will finally be able to start testing Steam. During the Google for Games Developer Summit, Google’s product director for games, Greg Hartell, announced that “the Steam alpha just launched” for

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Google says attackers worked with ISPs to deploy Hermit spyware on Android and iOS

Researchers at Google’s Threat Analysis Group say attackers are working with internet service providers to deploy the commercial-grade Hermit spyware on both Android and iOS devices. A sophisticated spyware campaign is getting the help of internet service providers (ISPs) to trick users into downloading malicious apps, according to research published by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) (via TechCrunch). This corroborates

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Apple Music’s student plan is getting more expensive in the US, UK, and Canada

Apple Music is increasing the price of its subscription for students in the US, UK, and Canada. Students in the US and Canada now have to pay $5.99 / month, while subscribers in the UK will have to pay £5.99. Apple Music has raised the subscription price of its student plan in the US, UK, and Canada, as first reported by 9to5Mac (via TechCrunch). While it’s increasing the price from $4.99 to $5.99 / month in the US and Canada, student users in the UK

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