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User Adds Car to HomeKit for In-App Controls and Automations, Showing Future Potential.

Blogger Siobhán Ellis has successfully integrated their electric car into their Apple HomeKit setup, adding in-app toggles for door locking, climate control, and more. The setup, which is outlined in detail on the blog Practical HomeKit, allows multiple elements of a Jaguar I-Pace electric vehicle to be monitored, controlled, and automated using the Home app. ...

Apple Launches $200 Million 'Restore Fund' to Remove Carbon From Atmosphere.

Apple today announced a "first-of-its-kind carbon removal initiative" called the Restore Fund that will make investments in forestry projects to remove carbon from the atmosphere while generating a financial return for investors. Launched with Conservation International and Goldman Sachs, Apple says the $200 million fund aims to remove at least one million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually from the atmosphere, equivalent to the amount of fuel used by over 200,000 passenger vehicles, with a viable financial model aimed at increasing investment in forest restoration. ...

DJI unveils the Air 2S drone with 20-megapixel camera.

The Mavic Air 2's replacement offers more megapixels and a larger sensor for superior photo credentials.

Google Earth's biggest update in years adds free 3D timelapse videos.

Google Earth is getting its biggest update to the service since 2017. It's adding 3D timelapse videos that anyone can watch and download for free.

Adidas' Stan Smith Mylo are its first mushroom leather sneakers.

Adidas wants to launch a mushroom leather shoe in 12 months.

Google Earth’s historical 3D time lapses show the ravages of climate change.

Google Earth is getting a new 3D time-lapse feature that lets you observe how Earth has changed from 1984 to 2020, allowing you to see just how much the devastating effects of climate change have already shaped the geography of the planet. “It’s best for a landscape view of our world,” Rebecca Moore, director of Google Earth, Google Earth Engine, and Google Earth Outreach, said in a call with reporters this week. ...

DJI’s new Mavic Air 2S comes with one big upgrade.

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Comcast's Xfinity Mobile unlimited 5G plans start at $30 per month.

Comcast has unveiled new unlimited Xfinity Mobile 5G plans promising "the lowest ever prices for unlimited data for new and existing customers."

Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro hit all-time low of $165 at Woot.

Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds are on sale at an all-time low, while the Galaxy Buds+ have also been reduced.

Lyft lets you request rides directly from your healthcare provider.

Lyft is introducing a healthcare pass that lets health plan provides and social services organizations cover rides for eligible patients.

Lyft launches health care transportation program .

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Lyft launched a program that will let health care organizations send patients prepaid passes that they can use for rides to doctor’s appointments. “We’ve automated an important piece of health access that allows patients to be self-sufficient and in control, while allowing our partners to focus on the services they provide, rather than on administrative processes,” said Megan Callahan, vice president of Lyft Healthcare, in a statement. ...

In an about-face, Xfinity Mobile will offer discounts on additional unlimited plan lines.

Xfinity Mobile offers cell service on Verizon’s network in addition to 20 million Wi-Fi hotspots across the country. | Image: Xfinity Mobile Comcast’s wireless service, Xfinity Mobile, is changing the pricing structure on its unlimited plans. The company will now discount additional lines on its unlimited plan: a single-line plan will still cost $45 per month, but additional lines become cheaper the more you add. ...

Apple Again Rumored to Be Readying Third-Generation Apple Pencil.

Apple is preparing to release a third-generation Apple Pencil, according to a leaker on the Chinese social networking platform Weibo, suggesting it could conceivably appear alongside new iPads at Apple's upcoming "Spring Loaded" April event. Image via Mr White. The claim comes from Weibo account "Uncle Pan Pan," which doesn't have much of a track record for sharing accurate Apple information, although it was first to share images that allegedly showcase new colors for Apple's 2021 spring iPhone 12 case collection. ...

Nvidia warns the great GPU shortage will continue throughout 2021.

Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge If you were hoping to pickup a new RTX 30-series GPU in the coming months, Nvidia is warning about supply shortages for the rest of 2021. “We expect demand to continue to exceed supply for much of this year,” said Colette Kress, Nvidia CFO, on an investors call earlier this week. ...

The Morning After: TCL's Fold n' Roll phone transforms between three sizes.

TCL has a funky concept phone to show off and LG is ready to sell its ultra-expensive rollable TV.

Apple’s AirPods Pro fall to $197 at Amazon.

You can get a pair of Apple's AirPods Pro for $197 right now from Amazon, where it's on sale for $52 lower than its original price.

The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G is coming to the US with a 144Hz display and a whole lot more.

The Axon 30 Ultra 5G offers a whole bunch of rear-facing cameras. | Photo: ZTE ZTE has unveiled the Axon 30 Ultra alongside two other 30-series devices — the Axon 30 and Axon 30 Pro — though the Ultra has at least one unique feature: it will be sold in the US and Canada. Exact availability and pricing are still TBD, but we do know that the 30 Ultra has all of the trappings of a high-end Android device. ...

Chip manufacturer TSMC warns shortages could continue through 2022.

Photo by SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images TSMC, which makes processors for Apple, Qualcomm, AMD, and numerous other big consumer tech companies, has warned that chip shortages could last through 2022. “We see the demand continue to be high,” TSMC CEO C. C. Wei said in comments reported by Bloomberg, “In 2023, I hope we can offer more capacity to support our customers. ...

This is the best Windows File Explorer design concept I’ve ever seen.

File Explorer concept. | Alur2020 (Reddit) Microsoft’s Windows File Explorer has existed in the operating system since Windows 95, and it has served as a focal point for design concepts ever since. I’ve seen a variety of mockups over the years that try to redesign the File Explorer and modernize it, but Reddit user Alur2020 has really nailed what modern file management should look like in Windows 10. ...

Apple Transporter and Microsoft Remote Desktop Gain Native M1 Mac Support.

Apple has updated its Transporter app for developers with native support for Apple silicon Macs, while Microsoft has done the same for its Remote Desktop app. The Transporter app lets developers drag and drop binaries for quick upload to App Store Connect and easily view details like progress, warnings, errors, and delivery history. ...

Facebook reaches its target of using 100 percent renewable energy.

Facebook says it has reached its goal to power its global operations on renewable energy several months ahead of its targets thanks to a large investment in solar and wind energy projects.

Nvidia’s GeForce Experience now optimizes settings for creative apps.

Nvidia has released a new feature for its GeForce Experience software that helps users of creative applications make sure they’re getting the best performance out of their GPUs. GeForce Experience can now tell you whether you have the best settings enabled for more than 30 creative apps including DaVinci Resolve, Adobe’s Lightroom and Illustrator, and Autodesk’s AutoCAD. ...

Apple Supplier TSMC Says Global Chip Shortage Likely to Last into 2022.

Apple supplier TSMC today said it is doing all it can to increase productivity and alleviate the worldwide chip shortage, but that tight supplies will likely continue into next year (via Reuters). The comments followed a reported 19.4% rise in the Taiwanese firm's first-quarter profit, which beat market expectations, thanks to strong chip demand and a global shift to home working. ...

Twitch is purging 7.5 million bots that inflated view and follower counts.

Twitch has discovered over 7.5 million bot accounts that have been inflating streamer stats.

Bang and Olufsen’s latest speaker disappears into your bookshelf.

The Emerge’s design was “inspired by the compact form factor of a book.” | Image: Bang & Olufsen Bang and Olufsen’s latest connected speaker is the Emerge. Its thin form-factor should blend right in to most bookshelves, and that’s no accident. In a press release announcing the speaker, the company says its design was “inspired by the compact form factor of a book” with side panels that wrap around like a cover, and a logo on the front that’s meant to evoke a title printed on the spine. ...

Gurman: Apple's 'Spring Loaded' Event Won't Feature Anything 'Particularly Innovative'.

Bloomberg's highly-respected Mark Gurman says that he expects nothing "particularly innovative" or "extraordinary" to launch at Apple's "Spring Loaded" event next week, Tuesday, April 20. Gurman made the remarks during an interview for Bloomberg Technology, in which he reaffirmed that Apple will launch a new 11-inch and 12. ...

Chrome 90 Defaults to HTTPS, Adds AV1 Codec for Optimized Video Conferencing.

Google today rolled out Chrome 90 to its stable channel, introducing automatic preference for HTTPS sites over the HTTP protocol, plus some other notable changes. By default, Chrome will now redirect all websites to use the more secure HTTPS protocol. Encrypted using Transport Layer Security (TLS), HTTPS secures communication over networks by authenticating the website and protecting the privacy of data in transit. ...

Ubisoft delays Assassin's Creed Valhalla's first major expansion to May 13th.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla's first major expansion, Wrath of the Druids, will come out a couple of weeks later than expected.

Bang & Olufsen's latest speaker was designed to look like a book.

With a design inspired by a book, Bang & Olufsen's Beosound Emerge is an impressively slim and full-featured speaker.

Sony's PS5 update added 120Hz for 1080p displays and better HDMI control.

The first big PlayStation 5 update adds new features to almost every part of the system.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra gets eSIM support for T-Mobile in the US.

T-Mobile has rolled out an update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra that adds eSIM support to the phone, allowing you to use your number without having to slot in a physical SIM.

Google rolls out Chrome 90, which defaults to HTTPS instead of HTTP.

Starting with Chrome 90, Google will automatically try to create an encrypted connection with any websites you visit.

Microsoft: Timeline is staying in Windows 10, but without free syncing.

Timeline was the "star" of Microsoft's big 2018 update for Windows 10 and while it will still remember everything you did, it just won't save that information to the cloud anymore.

Apple Celebrates Earth Day by Donating $1 for Every Apple Store Purchase Made With Apple Pay.

From now until April 22, Apple will be donating $1 to Conservation International for every Apple Pay purchase made on, through the Apple Store app, or in Apple retail stores. The donations will be made in celebration of Earth Day, which takes place on April 22.Conservation International works to spotlight and secure the critical benefits that nature provides to humanity. ...

LG's rollable OLED R TV is available in the US, if you can afford one.

LG's rollable OLED TV is available, it's just probably not affordable.