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Facebook gets into the meme-making biz with experimental Whale app Last week, Facebook quietly released a new meme-making app called Whale, The Information reports. The app is currently only available on the Canadian App Store, where its listing says it can be used to edit your own photos or images from a library of stock photos. You can then share your creations on social media platforms such as Instagram and Messenger. The app's listing confirms that it's been developed by Facebook's New Product Experimentation (NPE) team, which was set up earlier this year to develop new experimental apps for the social media giant. At the time, Facebook said it was using the separate brand name to set the expectation that its apps could change rapidly, or even shut down if the company finds that...

Two years and nine months after announcing it would build three (3) full-length VR games — a number that Valve Software has historically never been able to count to before, and one of the most exciting announcements in VR's short history so far — the company has today announced Half-Life: Alyx, the first new game in the acclaimed Half-Life series in well over a decade. We don't currently have any details beyond the tweet from Valve above, which appears to be the first tweet from a new, Twitter-verified Valve Software account established in June. But clearly, we’ll be learning more on Thursday, presumably from this social media account, at 10am PT. But Alyx almost certainly refers to Half-Life 2 protagonist Gordon Freeman's closest ally Alyx Vance, who was last seen... who am I...

Ford is now taking preorders for its first all-electric SUV, the Mustang Mach-E. The company is currently taking $500 deposits for those wishing to reserve their Mustang Mach-E. But as the automaker noted at its launch event in Los Angeles Sunday night, deliveries are still a long way off. You can visit Ford's reservation site for the Mach-E, where you can configure the desired trim, paint color, battery pack, and more. As mentioned previously, Ford is offering a veritable smorgasbord of different versions of this car in an effort to cast as wide a net as possible. The cheapest version is the $43,895 Select (or $44,995 when taking into account delivery costs), which comes standard with 255 horsepower, a 75.7kWh standard range battery pack, and a driving range of 230 miles. But that can...

Apple will be hosting a special event on December 2nd that will honor the company's "favorite apps and games of 2019." The event comes as a surprise; Apple has handed out awards for its apps of the year in the past but not with a press event. Apple isn't expected to announce new products, according to CNBC. The event is not currently listed on Apple's event website. Apple has been pushing further into curation with the surprisingly good Apple Arcade and not-as-good (yet) Apple TV Plus, and hosting its own app awards show is another step down that path. Apple was previously known for determining what many of us viewed content on, but as of late, it's trying to determine what some of that content is as...

Huawei has been given yet another reprieve from the Trump administration's ban on its products, according to Commerce Department documents filed today. Earlier this year, citing concerns of electronic espionage, the United States moved to restrict the purchase of equipment from "foreign adversaries." The decision took aim directly at Huawei, as officials expressed concern that the Chinese government could exploit the China-based company to spy on Americans. (The company has denied any wrongdoing.) But after the initial announcement, Huawei and its subsidiaries were quickly granted licenses to continue work in the US. And after one 90-day delay ended in August, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross granted another, giving rural wireless carriers that rely on Huawei products time to change their...

Google's Stadia cloud gaming service is just two days away from launch — a launch that's taken some serious criticism (including from yours truly at The Verge) because the company keeps revealing that most of the service's promised features and games won’t be ready. But now, Google has given its early adopters a welcome surprise for a change: 22 games will be ready to play on day one, nearly double the number that Google said would be available as of last week. Here's the revised launch list of titles the company just shared on Sunday evening, with newly added ones in bold: Assassin's Creed Odyssey Attack on Titan: Final Battle 2 Destiny 2: The Collection (available in Stadia Pro) Farming Simulator 2019 Final Fantasy XV Football Manager 2020 Grid 2019 Gylt Just Dance 2020 Kine Metro...

Dell is launching new efforts to shrink its carbon footprint and cut down on e-waste. The sustainability targets were unveiled at a summit in Austin, Texas, alongside other initiatives on diversity, inclusion, and privacy. When it comes to stemming the greenhouse gases that lead to climate change, Dell will source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040. (For comparison, Apple announced in 2018 that it uses 100 percent renewable energy.) Dell isn’t just switching to renewable sources; it's also trying to use less energy. It plans to make its products more energy efficient and cut the emissions generated directly from its operations and its electricity usage in half by 2030. The company will work with other manufacturers to shave off emissions along its supply...

Pokemon Sword and Shield introduce Gigantamax forms, supersized versions of pokemon that can be activated during specific battles for more powerful attacks. While all pokemon are capable of turning into towering monsters, only a few have special forms. That includes Pikachu and Eevee, which players can snag for free with a save file from Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! In addition to special moves only available in Gigantamax forms, certain pokémon also get a small makeover. (Pikachu, for example, fills out into his iconic fat Pikachu look of old.) Pikachu and Eevee are available at the game's Wild Area Station via the game's online functionality. Players will need to save from Let's Go, Pikachu! or Let's Go, Eevee! to grab whichever pokemon corresponds to their save...

Airbnb is announcing new guidelines for its Experiences program, including more screening for risky or specialized experiences. Its rules are meant to improve the safety and quality of the program, which supplements Airbnb's short-term rentals with paid activities like walking tours, scuba diving, and mushroom foraging. According to a statement, the company aims to make all experiences "100 percent verified," repeating a promise it previously made for rental listings. It doesn't explain precisely what verification will entail, but the process includes looking at information from guests. Airbnb is also expanding the list of activities that are considered "technically specialized." Hosts of technically specialized experiences need to provide proof of permits for the activities, as well as...

Microsoft is rolling out its November 2019 Update for the Xbox One today. The big new addition is Google Assistant support, allowing you to use a device with the assistant or app to control an Xbox One. Google Assistant won’t run on the Xbox One itself, but you'll be able to use it to launch games, apps, turn the console on and off, pause videos, and more. Microsoft first started testing this feature back in September. Alongside the Google Assistant support, Microsoft is also implementing its new gamertag support in the November update. This means you can now pick any gamertag and use numbers at the end like Discord or Battle.net use. While you could change your gamertag earlier this year, it’s now fully supported on console in friends, messages, LFG, and more. The final big addition...