No matter how Watchmen ends, it’s already done more than enough

It was the Rorschach mask in the glove box that sold me. Watchmen, HBO’s sequel / reinvention of the comic of the same name by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore, came out the gate swinging with a prologue set during the 1921 Tulsa race riot. But it was the next scene that got me fully on board, one that showed that Rorschach, the original comic’s most popular character, was a hero to white supremacists. It…

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J.J. Abrams shows off Star Wars clip inside Fortnite, and now lightsabers are in the game

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is so inescapable that it’s even started invading video games. This afternoon, director J.J. Abrams stopped by a unique location to show off a new clip from the movie: Risky Reels, the drive-in theater on Fortnite’s virtual island. It was a unique promotional event for the film, which naturally ended with a lightsaber duel. The event opened with Abrams arriving on the Millennium Falcon, amidst a battle with some…

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Billboard is changing its albums chart to count YouTube streams

Illustration by William Joel / The Verge Billboard has announced that YouTube streams will be factored into the Billboard 200 albums chart starting early next year. Video streams from other platforms will also count, including Apple, Spotify, Tidal, and Vevo, and Billboard says the change will also impact genre album consumption charts, like country, Latin, and others. Billboard’s charts have historically been seen as a barometer of success within the music industry. Video streams have…

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PSA: RCS, the successor to SMS, is now live for all US Android users

In November, Google said that it was starting to roll out RCS Chat, the successor to SMS, as Android’s primary texting platform, and as of Monday, if you are an Android user on any carrier in the US, you should now be able to use it — though you may need to update your Messages app and carrier settings (via Android Central). In theory, RCS messaging should be an improvement over regular SMS, as it…

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Google reveals just how much of the world it’s mapped with Street View and Earth

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge It’s common knowledge that Google has photographed a huge amount of the planet for its Street View and Google Earth projects. But for the first time, Google has revealed how much of the world it has photographed: 10 million miles of Street View imagery and 36 million square miles of Google Earth imagery, according to a report from CNET. That Google Earth number is particularly impressive: Google…

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FDA approves new closed-loop insulin delivery system for people with Type 1 diabetes

Photo by Donat Sorokin / TASS via Getty Images A new software system that will let people with diabetes customize their treatment and automatically adjust their insulin levels was just approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration. It will reach patients in January 2020. The technology, called Control-IQ, is manufactured by Tandem Diabetes Care and connects with blood glucose sensors and insulin pumps to automatically increase, decrease, or stop the delivery of insulin…

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How the FCC lets your ISP paint a rosy picture of internet speeds

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge It’s an awful feeling realizing that your internet speed is far slower than what your provider promised. But according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission could be doing very little to force providers to live up to their customers’ expectations. According to the WSJ, companies like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast have worked to influence the reports and have…

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WWE joins TikTok and brings popular entrance music to the app

WWE has one of the most popular YouTube channels in the world and has become a social media force, and today (as reported by Variety) the company officially joined TikTok. There’s a WWE TikTok channel, sure, but more important to wrestling fans and meme creators is that WWE’s arrival brings with it a slew of licensed entrance music for some of the company’s most recognizable performers past and present. You can now add “Stone Cold”…

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Google’s 4K Pixelbook Go is now available for purchase

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge When Google announced its relatively inexpensive new Pixelbook Go, it said that a more expensive Pixelbook Go configuration with a 4K screen was on the way, and that model is finally available for purchase (via Android Central). The 4K configuration is more than twice as expensive as the base model — $1,399 for the 4K version instead of $649 for a base Pixelbook Go — and it even…

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Get the first six Star Wars movies for the lowest price yet ahead of Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is just days away, bringing a promised end to the nine-episode Skywalker saga on December 20th. But if you want to catch up on the earlier movies, you can pick up digital copies of Episodes 1 through 6 for the lowest price they’ve ever been: $42.99 over at the Google Play Store for HD copies of all six films. The deal is also available at iTunes for $49.99, should…

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