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Chord Hugo 2 review: The worst kind of audiophile equipment - The Verge
(On the Chord Hugo 2, the Schiit Jotunheim, and other DACs:)
“I just can’t relax while listening to the uptight and regimented sound of the Hugo 2. Switching to the Woo Audio WA7 tube amplifier feels like a warm hug from an old friend by comparison, and the Schiit Jotunheim and DragonFly Red DAC/amps each produce a more listenable and enjoyable output than the Hugo. Call my tastes plebeian if you must, but I can only relay what I’ve experienced: the Hugo 2’s technical superiority doesn’t translate to better music.”
schiit  2018  dacs  theverge  chord  hugo 
11 days ago by handcoding
Instacart launches grocery pickup service in cities across the US - The Verge
“Instacart just announced that its new grocery pickup service will launch in cities across the United States. The new pickup option works alongside Instacart’s delivery service, which supports many of the same supermarkets.

“Any viable grocery delivery / pickup service needs a wide variety of retailers to source from. Instacart has different buying options that include both pickup and delivery to keep customers interested and to stay competitive against the likes of Amazon’s grocery stores, Prime Fresh, or even DoorDash.”
instacart  groceries  theverge  2018 
11 days ago by handcoding
There’s nothing dystopian at all about these high-tech blinkers for humans - The Verge
"The Wear Space certainly has a dystopian vibe. It looks like a high-tech version of the “wings” (or bonnets) worn by characters in the TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale. In the book, these are designed to hide the wearer from view but also limit their ability to perceive their surroundings, smothering any feelings of independence or freedom."
theverge  distraction  product  technology  symptom 
4 weeks ago by danhon
Facebook’s ex-security chief is starting an institute to tackle tech’s biggest threats - The Verge Oct 2018
Alex Stamos, Facebook’s ex-chief security officer, ... is launching a new institute he’s calling the Stanford Internet Observatory.
TheVerge  Facebook  cybersecurity  Stanford 
4 weeks ago by pierredv
The new Palm is a tiny phone to keep you away from your phone - The Verge
"I’m not worked up about it because this new Palm phone has its own ideas which are fascinating. Is this product a luxury? Absolutely. It’s a phone only for people who already have phones. Still, the idea of having a tiny phone that you could get you to stop being Extremely Online is compelling."
verizon  devices  formfactor  size  palm  theverge  phone  design  notpalm  tcl 
4 weeks ago by danhon
Times Newer Roman is a sneaky font designed to make your essays look longer - The Verge
“Any skiving student worth their salt knows the usual tricks to make an essay look longer: use larger punctuation marks and spaces, mess around with the margins, maybe even try to creep up to a larger font size. But now, there’s an easier solution: Times Newer Roman, a font from internet marketing firm MSCHF (which you may remember from the Tabagotchi Chrome extension). Times Newer Roman looks a lot like the go-to academic font, but each character is subtly altered to be 5 to 10 percent wider, making your essays look longer without having to actually make them longer.

“According to Times Newer Roman’s website, a 15-page, single-spaced document in 12 point type only requires 5,833 words, compared to 6,680 for the standard Times New Roman. (That’s 847 words you don’t need to write, which is more than twice the length of this post!)”
timesnewroman  typefaces  fonts  theverge  2018 
5 weeks ago by handcoding
Reddit moves away from Imgur with new photo-uploading tool - The Verge
“Reddit this week announced its own image-uploading tool, marking a shift away from its informal partnership with Imgur. A member of Reddit’s product team announced the beta feature in a post to the website on Wednesday, saying it will roll out to ‘select communities’ this week.

“The tool allows users to upload images (up to 20MB in size) and GIFs (100MB) directly to Reddit, and to access threads about any image by clicking on it from any listing. Imgur, which has long been the de facto image uploading service for Reddit, supports images up to 20MB and GIFs up to 200MB.”
reddit  2016  imgur  images  theverge 
5 weeks ago by handcoding
Wi-Fi now has version numbers, and Wi-Fi 6 comes out next year - The Verge
“All of those convoluted codenames are being changed. So instead of the current Wi-Fi being called 802.11ac, it’ll be called Wi-Fi 5 (because it’s the fifth version). It’ll probably make more sense this way, starting with the first version of Wi-Fi, 802.11b:

“Wi-Fi 1: 802.11b (1999)
“Wi-Fi 2: 802.11a (1999)
“Wi-Fi 3: 802.11g (2003)
“Wi-Fi 4: 802.11n (2009)
“Wi-Fi 5: 802.11ac (2014)”
wifi  theverge  2018 
5 weeks ago by handcoding
The future of DIY abortions is the internet, not a back-alley doctor - The Verge
“Thanks to the introduction of abortion pills mifepristone and misoprostol — which, in combination, effectively induce abortion 95 percent to 98 percent of the time — it’s become possible to terminate an unwanted pregnancy without an invasive medical procedure. More to the point, it’s possible for women to take these pills to induce an abortion on their own, without the assistance of a doctor. Those pills can be bought online — so for many people, it’s possible to avoid the clinic entirely.”
abortion  2018  theverge 
8 weeks ago by handcoding
The Verge covers Tracked (Big Idea)
2018  theverge  BigIdea  hbspnews  zittrain 
8 weeks ago by hbrinthenews

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