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1. Here’s where you can buy the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max14:09[−]
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Apple’s iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max are now available. If you placed a preorder within the last week, you’ll hopefully receive your new phone today. If not, there’s still a good chance that your local retailer or carrier store has some in stock, but call ahead first.

If you’re still debating it, check out our reviews of all three phones below. Nilay Patel reviewed them, and alongside our video and photo team, they got some amazing sample photos and footage that illustrate how each iPhone 11 device stacks up against the competition.

Choosing between iPhone models is never easy, but our reviews should help you narrow your selection down. Whichever one you think is right for you, we’ve listed every link you will need to buy an...

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2. iOS 13.0 is out, but why?14:00[−]
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

iOS 13 is now available to download, and if you’re reading this there’s a good chance you’ve already installed it. But if you haven’t, I encourage you to wait. You’ll need to turn off auto-updates in order to keep the install from ...automatically updating, though. Barbara Krasnoff explains how to do that here.

You should wait because iOS 13.0 is buggy. Chaim Gartenberg has a review and it’s worth a read, but the headline has it right: iOS 13 review: dark mode, a new Photos app, and bugs.

In fact, Apple quietly pushed up the release date for iOS 13.1 and iPadOS to September 24th — it was originally slated for September 30th. That’s just four or five days from when you’re likely reading this, and well worth the wait. I’d actually...

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3. The Batman Arkham trilogy is now free to download from the Epic Games Store13:47[−]
Image: Epic Games Store

From now until September 26th, you can grab six Batman games for free on the Epic Games Store. These include Rocksteady’s three Batman Arkham games, as well as three Lego Batman games from Traveller’s Tales. To get your hands on the games, just log into the Epic Games Store and claim them free of charge.

Of the six, the three Arkham games are probably the most interesting. Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City are two exceptional games, with a great mix of combat, stealth, and exploration gameplay. Although Batman: Arkham Knight didn’t quite hit the highs of its predecessors, it’s still well worth picking up for the low, low price of $0.

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4. 100,000 free AI-generated headshots put stock photo companies on notice13:27[−]
Image: Generated Photos

It’s getting easier and easier to use AI to generate convincing-looking, yet entirely fake, pictures of people. Now, one company wants to find a use for these photos, by offering a resource of 100,000 AI-generated faces to anyone that can use them — royalty free. Many of the images look fake but others are difficult to distinguish from images licensed by stock photo companies.

The project’s Product Hunt page lists Icons8 product designer Konstantin Zhabinskiy as the creator. Icons8 is a designer marketplace for icons and photographs. The AI-produced images are intended to be used as design elements in anything from presentations to websites and mobile apps. Everything is free to use with link attribution back to


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5. Zuckerberg’s visit to DC shows how high the stakes are getting for Facebook13:00[−]
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to meetings for technology regulations and social media issuesFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to meetings for technology regulations and social media issues | BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Say for the moment you are the founder and CEO of a vast social network that has recently come under scrutiny from governments around the world. Your company is incredibly successful, but lately members of various congresses and parliaments have begun wondering aloud whether it is actually too successful. Political parties who once cheered you as a job creator are now musing aloud about chopping you up for parts.

You are paranoid — because you believe only the paranoid survive — and so you have built a large policy, communications, and lobbying apparatus to manage these threats into advantages. (It is a happy accident of working in technology that government regulations tends to benefit you by making it harder for challengers to make it...

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6. Google ‘Phoebe Buffay’ and she’ll sing Smelly Cat to celebrate 25 years of Friends12:16[−]

Google is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Friends with some Easter eggs in its search results. If you Google all of the Friends characters you’ll find a variety of different fun little tricks that take over the usual list of results, but you’ll need your headphones for most of them. Phoebe Buffay results include a guitar that you can click to hear Phoebe sing Smelly Cat, while Ross Geller results in him screaming “pivot!” each time you click until he gives up and says “I don’t think it’s gonna pivot anymore.”

Fans of the show will enjoy the hidden Easter eggs, and we’ve listed the whole set below. Google did a similar stunt for a “Thanos” search earlier this year, allowing the power of the Infinity Stones to wipe out half the search...

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7. Bowers & Wilkins’ new noise-canceling headphones are lighter than ever11:00[−]

Bowers & Wilkins’ original PX noise-canceling headphones were some of the best-sounding (and expensive) around, and today the company is following that up with two new models: the PX7, an over-ear successor to the original, and the PX5, a new on-ear model that promises to bring similar sound and noise cancellation to a smaller and cheaper form factor.

The changes here aren’t huge, at least for the flagship PX7: B&W was already ahead of the game by offering USB-C headphones back in 2017, although the PX7 now supports USB-C fast charging, with B&W promising five hours of playback off a 15-minute charge. The design has also been tweaked to include “custom carbon fiber composite arms,” which make the new model lighter than the original PX.


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8. Apple’s location tracking Tags detailed in new leak10:33[−]
Possible image of an Apple Tag extracted from internal iOS 13 code. | Image: 9to5Mac

Details about Apple Tags, the company’s Tile-like location trackers you can attach to things like your keys, bag, or bike, have leaked again. The latest screenshots come courtesy of MacRumors, and show a new “Items” tab, that replaces the “Me” tab in the new Find My app that rolled out yesterday with the global release of iOS 13.

”Keep track of your everyday items,” reads the Items tab when clicking in. “Tag your everyday items with B389 and never lose them again.” B389 is the internal Apple codename for Apple Tags, first mentioned by 9to5Mac back in April. The screenshots were sourced from an internal build of iOS 13 released in early June, according to MacRumors.

Image: MacRumors
The new Items tab with...

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9. Vivo’s V17 Pro has two pop-up selfie cameras10:30[−]

Right on the heels of the sleek, experimental Nex 3, Vivo has announced a new phone at the mid-to-high end of the market. The V17 Pro will serve as the company’s headline device in many of its regions, or for people who aren’t ready to give up volume buttons just yet.

The V17 Pro has the same Snapdragon 675 processor as the V15 Pro, which was released earlier this year, but otherwise basically everything is all-new. It has 8GB of RAM as standard, the battery has been increased to 4,100mAh, and the build is a noticeably bulkier at 9.8mm thick.

Part of that bulk can be accounted for by the battery, but the new pop-up selfie camera module probably also has something to do with it. The V17 Pro has two selfie cameras, including a 32-megapixel...

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10. Twitter rolls out “hide replies” to let you tame toxic discussions03:41[−]
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Twitter announced today that it’s giving people more control over the conversations they start with a new feature that lets them hide replies. The company has been testing the feature in Canada and is now rolling it out in the US and Japan as well. The move is part of a concerted effort the tech giant is making to stop the spread of hate and vitriol online.

Previously, users could only manage their individual experience of a conversation by muting certain keywords so they no longer showed up in notifications, or by blocking specific users altogether. They couldn’t change how others engaged in the debate, which proved problematic when lively discussions inevitably began to melt down.


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