Top tech news for Monday, December 12, 2022 - The Verge

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Ok, let’s try this again. Elon Musk’s Twitter will attempt to relaunch its premium Blue subscription today, allowing users to pay $8 a month ($11 if you subscribe on iOS) for early access to new features and, of course, a blue checkmark. The social media network had attempted to roll out the new subscription offering last month, but pulled it after a wave of fake-yet-verified accounts flooded the platform.
Elsewhere, NASA’s Orion spacecraft successfully returned to Earth over the weekend, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday. Although this Artemis I mission was uncrewed, NASA hopes that will change with an upcoming 2024 flight that’ll send a group of astronauts around the Moon.
Finally, although 16GB has long served as the default amount of RAM recommended for most PC games, Returnal’s upcoming port looks set to buck the trend if its Steam listing is to be believed. The listing lists 32GB of RAM as the recommended amount for decent performance, though you should be able to scrape by with 16GB as a minimum.
And now, here’s a silly tweet:
Dec 13, 2022, 5:48 PM UTCJustine Calma
The Biden administration is expected to announce a milestone in a decades-long pursuit for clean fusion energy.
Dec 13, 2022, 2:40 PM UTCJennifer Pattison Tuohy
With updates to its Eve Motion, Eve Energy, and Eve Door & Window, Eve’s smart home gadgets become the first Thread devices to work with Matter.
Dec 13, 2022, 7:32 AM UTCRichard Lawler
The founder and former CEO of the fallen FTX exchange will likely be extradited to the US to face criminal charges.
Dec 13, 2022, 2:38 AM UTCMitchell Clark
Yes, the once-flagship HBO Original TV show is close to meeting the same cost-cutting fate as those episodes of Sesame Street.
Dec 12, 2022, 10:53 PM UTCEmma Roth and Mitchell Clark
You can once again get Twitter’s revamped Blue subscription after it was launched and promptly halted last month. This time, you’ll need a verified phone number.
Dec 12, 2022, 10:12 PM UTCChris Welch
If you’ve ever used Sonos’ Trueplay feature to tune your speakers for the best sound quality, you know what a difference it can make. But since the process relies on microphone measurements from supported iPhones, Sonos is often slow to include new models.
Case in point: the company only just today added Trueplay support for Apple’s iPhone 14 lineup — nearly three months after the phones went on sale. Recent iPad buyers are still out of luck, and the tuning feature remains unavailable on Android altogether. Sometimes the best option is just borrowing a friend’s iPhone.
Dec 12, 2022, 9:42 PM UTCEmma Roth
In a dispute with two songwriters, Swift argued she’d never heard the song “Playas Gon’ Play” by 3LW, cited in 2015 by a judge dismissing another claim against “Shake It Off” over the same lyrics.
With a jury trial set to start on January 17th, Variety reports the parties settled and the credits of the song unchanged.
Compare that to Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams paying Marvin Gaye’s family $7.3 million for “Blurred Lines.” That result, and this episode of Decoder, shows why artists like Olivia Rodrigo have opted to hand out credits instead of fighting in court.
Dec 12, 2022, 8:08 PM UTCMitchell Clark
Food $200. Data $150. Rent $800. Drill books $3,600. Someone who is good at the economy, please help me budget this.
Dec 12, 2022, 7:48 PM UTCRichard Lawler
If something is popular, then The Brands will follow, and so it goes for “lo-fi” streaming music, which exploded in popularity during the pandemic.
The Star Wars YouTube channel is filling out a playlist of selections, and Starkiller Base Holiday is good enough to make the cut on any Bandcamp Friday. Disney isn’t the first media company to make the leap, though, Riot launched a lo-fi League of Legends album last year.
Dec 12, 2022, 7:03 PM UTCElizabeth Lopatto
... and it’s not just because of the Bankman-Frieds or Elizabeth Holmes.
Marc Tessier-Lavigne, the president of Stanford, is also under investigation for scientific misconduct. There are also lawsuits around student deaths and a person who posed as an undergrad on campus for a whole year.
[The San Francisco Standard]
Dec 12, 2022, 6:00 PM UTCAriel Shapiro
SiriusXM-owned Earwolf will continue to have exclusive distribution rights to the beloved comedy show.
Dec 12, 2022, 5:57 PM UTCMonica Chin
There is no longer any laptop on the market that offers the combination of features the Surface Book line promised. That’s a shame.
Dec 12, 2022, 5:55 PM UTCAndrew Webster
Geralt is a changed man at 60fps.
Dec 12, 2022, 5:09 PM UTCT.C. Sottek
T-Mobile’s latest stunt is this “ATM” that gives people free money and looks like it’s the VIP section of the world’s lamest club. It’s almost 10 years since T-Mobile became the “Uncarrier”, which came with some genuinely good ideas about disrupting the mobile industry.
But its classic silly stunts are only getting sadder as the company slowly becomes the thing it once hated.
Dec 12, 2022, 5:00 PM UTCJay Peters
One of the biggest YouTubers is joining one of the biggest video games.
Dec 12, 2022, 4:31 PM UTCAdi Robertson
Sometimes it’s fascinating, often it’s boring, and I’d usually rather be doing it myself.
Dec 12, 2022, 4:30 PM UTCNilay Patel
Meta is shutting down its connectivity division, which tried to give away “free” internet access around the world that zero-rated Facebook and put data caps on competitors. Makes sense, times are tight.
Anyway, one time Meta invited us to write an entire feature about the Aquila connectivity drone but did not disclose the drone had actually crashed. Memories!
Dec 12, 2022, 4:21 PM UTCEmma Roth
Last month’s layoffs broke up Meta’s Connectivity arm, which, at one point, worked on developing a satellite-based internet system.
Dec 12, 2022, 4:18 PM UTCAlex Cranz
Not long after Musk made transphobic remarks, he appeared on stage with a comedian who has been repeatedly criticized for his own transphobic remarks.
Dec 12, 2022, 2:12 PM UTCRichard Lawler
We’ve got AMD’s new GPU on the test bench, and the pre-CES 2023 news is starting to flow. There’s also a rumor about a major breakthrough in fusion energy, and we’re looking into that, but for now, here are a few stories you might have missed.
Google enabled support for passwordless passkeys in Chrome 108.
The big crypto group exchange leader chat that may or may not exist.
The deadlines you’ll need to know to get holiday gifts shipped on time.
The new Twitter Blue subscription is coming back online today.
Dec 12, 2022, 2:00 PM UTCTom Warren
AMD’s top RDNA 3 GPU manages to beat the RTX 4080 in many games at a $200 lower price. But ray-tracing performance is far behind Nvidia.
Dec 12, 2022, 1:55 PM UTCRichard Lawler
If you weren’t at the Dave Chappelle / Chris Rock comedy show in San Francisco on Sunday night, then you missed this event. Chappelle brought Elon Musk on stage, only for Twitter’s billionaire owner to receive so many boos he couldn’t get a word in edgewise.
Presumably, this isn’t the reception Musk usually gets on the 10th floor of the Twitter HQ from any of the software engineers who still work there.
Welcome to hell, Elon.
Dec 11, 2022, 10:54 PM UTCEmma Roth
While the game requires 16GB of RAM just to get it running, you’ll need at least 32GB of RAM to meet the recommended system requirements.
Dec 11, 2022, 5:56 PM UTCEmma Roth
The Orion spacecraft safely splashed down into the Pacific Ocean after a historic mission around the Moon.
Dec 10, 2022, 10:08 PM UTCEmma Roth
The package will cost $11 per month if you buy it from Apple, with Blue verified checks for people who provide a phone number, while features “coming soon” include prioritized placement in replies and search plus fewer ads.
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