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Whole Foods now offers free one-hour grocery pickup at all US stores.

Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images Amazon Prime subscribers now get free one-hour grocery pickup at all of Whole Foods’ 487 US stores, Amazon announced today. The news marks an expansion of Whole Foods’ existing pickup service, which was previously only available at select stores, according to CNBC. ...

Google Assistant can now play Spotify podcasts on your Nest speakers.

Users around the world can now use Google’s Assistant to play and control Spotify podcasts in English, Spotify has confirmed to Engadget. Until now, the voice assistant has only supported its own Google Podcasts, with third-party services limited to...

Facebook is testing a Nextdoor-like 'Neighborhoods' feature in Canada.

Facebook is testing a feature called Neighborhoods that would allow users to join community-based groups, much as you can with Nextdoor. Screenshots spotted by social media consultant Matt Navarra show the product being used in Calgary (also using th...

'Fortnite' will host a Halloween ‘cross reality’ concert for singer J Balvin.

Epic Games has teamed up with Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin for Fortnite’s next big event: A Halloween concert that Epic says would combine an artist’s performance and its XR technology (cross reality) technology for the first time. The singer’...

Fortnite’s Halloween event includes a J Balvin concert.

Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP via Getty Images Fortnite’s annual Halloween event is back, and this year’s edition sounds like the most ambitious yet. Today, Epic Games revealed the return of “Fortnitemares,” and like past events, it will add some spooky elements to the battle royale island. But there’s a twist: Halloween night will also feature a virtual concert from reggaeton star J Balvin. ...

Vivo makes big expansion into Europe.

Vivo, one of the largest smartphone brands in the world, is expanding its operations in Europe. The company will now sell phones and accessories in six new markets: the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain. Vivo is kicking things off with the X51 5G flagship phone, essentially a rebranded version of the X50 that launched earlier in the year. ...

Short Form Video Service Quibi Now Available on Apple TV.

Short form video streaming service Quibi today introduced an Apple TV app, allowing Quibi content to be watched on the ‌Apple TV‌ for the first time. Quibi launched earlier this year in April with a smartphone-focused platform that had content meant to be viewed in a mobile-only format, but that has not proven particularly popular. ...

Apple's TV Remote App Pulled From App Store Since Functionality is Available in Control Center.

Apple recently pulled the "Apple TV Remote" app from the App Store, which was designed to let users control their Apple TVs from their iPhones or iPads with a touch-based remote interface. It's not quite clear when Apple nixed the app, but it was quietly removed and clicking on the prior link for the app confirms that it is no longer available. ...

'Pokémon Go' gets AR Mapping tasks to enable more realistic effects.

Pokémon Go players may see a new tag marking some PokéStops next time they check the app. Niantic has officially launched AR Mapping tasks for level 20 Trainers and up, almost five months after the company announced that it’s launching the feature. W...

A long-awaited Willow sequel is official, and it’s coming to Disney Plus.

Image: Lucasfilm After years of silence, Disney has confirmed that Lucasfilm’s Willow will receive a sequel, in the form of a TV series coming to its Disney Plus streaming subscription service. The pilot will be directed by Crazy Rich Asians’ John M. Chu. Willow has largely remained untouched since its original release in 1988, but this long rumored sequel will join existing novels and a comic book that previously built out the world of the film. ...

iPhone 12 Pro Max Has Smaller 3,687 mAh Battery According to Regulatory Filing.

Apple's new iPhone 12 Pro Max is equipped with a 3,687 mAh battery, which is around 7% less capacity than the 3,969 mAh battery in the iPhone 11 Pro Max, according to a regulatory filing published by TENAA, the Chinese equivalent of the FCC. The regulatory filing, spotted by MacRumors, also lists the iPhone 12 Pro Max with 6GB of RAM as seen in benchmark results last week. ...

Quibi apps arrive on Apple TV, Android TV, and Fire TV.

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Quibi, the troubled streaming service focused on “quick bites” of mobile-first content, has just launched apps for Apple TV, Android TV and Fire TV. The company quietly announced the change in an updated support article. These apps follow Quibi’s ongoing attempts to get more eyes on its content after launching as a mobile-only app. ...

Quibi chairman reportedly looked into selling its content library.

Not sure about whether or not Quibi will make it? The mobile-first video service with its “quick bites” content approach and Turnstyle technology for portrait or landscape viewing has failed to make much of an impact on viewers this year. Execs blame...

AOC’s debut Twitch stream is one of the biggest ever.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reacts to being chosen to be an impostor during her first live-streamed round of Among Us, moments after saying she hoped not to be picked as an impostor. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made her Twitch debut tonight to play Among Us and encourage viewers to vote. ...

Fast & Furious can’t resist that joke about turning it up to 11, so you get one last movie.

The Fast & Furious saga will finally end after its 11th installment, Deadline and Variety report — which, if you’re counting, is one more movie than we were expecting until now. Justin Lin, who directed five of the past eight F&F films (counting the upcoming F9), is reportedly set to direct the last two as well. ...

GMC's 1000HP Hummer EV is an 'all-electric supertruck'.

During a livestream Tuesday coinciding with the start of the first game of the World Series, GMC executives took to a virtual stage and unveiled the first new Hummer model in more than a decade and the first ever to sport an electric power plant. Plu...

The Hummer is back as a 350-mile range ‘electric supertruck’ that can drive diagonally.

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AOC's 'Among Us' Twitch stream peaked at over 435,000 viewers.

About a year ago the campaign for Donald Trump joined Twitch to push promotional live streams, and tonight, US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will host her first stream on the service. Trump’s foray into Twitch streaming was curious after hi...

Netflix is experimentally giving an entire country two days of Netflix for free.

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Netflix is planning a two-day “event” that will allow non-subscribers in India to stream the company’s library without a subscription plan. The move follows news that Netflix has ended free trial periods, choosing instead to focus on other marketing promotions to try and amass new subscribers. ...

Ford will use its Escape SUV to power a self-driving car service.

With the unveiling of its latest autonomous test vehicle, Ford believes it’s one step closer to offering a commercial self-driving car service (via NBC News). In a new Medium post, the automaker detailed its fourth-generation autonomous test vehicle,...

U.S. Government Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google for Search Engine Dominance.

The United States Justice Department today filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, claiming the Mountain View-based company has used anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and advertising markets to maintain an unlawful monopoly. "Today, millions of Americans rely on the Internet and online platforms for their daily lives. ...

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully taps an asteroid in attempt to grab a sample.

Image: Lockheed Martin This afternoon, a NASA spacecraft more than 200 million miles from Earth successfully touched the surface of an asteroid, in an attempt to grab a handful of pebbles and dust from the space rock. Data from the spacecraft confirmed that the vehicle did indeed touch the asteroid today, but NASA won’t know until tomorrow if it actually snagged a sample of material. ...

NASA's OSIRIS-REx successfully collected bits of an orbiting asteroid.

NASA made history on Tuesday afternoon as its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully “tagged” the asteroid, 101955 Bennu, and in doing so collected a small sample of regolith from the passing celestial body’s surface. This marks the first time that a NAS...