Verizon 5G will launch in New York City on September 26th

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Verizon’s 5G millimeter wave network will face perhaps its biggest coverage test yet when it launches in “parts of” New York City on September 26th. Today the carrier announced that 5G service will reach areas of uptown, midtown, and downtown Manhattan, along with select parts of Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens.

With NYC included, Verizon will have rolled out mobile 5G service to a total of 11 cities. The company aims to reach over 30 cities by the end of this year. “Our goal is to provide 5G network coverage to more than 50 percent of the US by the end of 2020,” Verizon said in a press release.

However, as with its other 5G markets, Verizon isn’t yet providing a coverage map that outlines exactly where customers will be able to get…

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Arcimoto’s finally delivering its weird, fun electric trike

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More than three years after Oregon’s Arcimoto let us drive a prototype version of its delightfully oddball three-wheeler, the electric vehicle is finally going into production, and deliveries are underway. The EV startup announced Thursday that it’s handing over the first Arcimoto SRK that has come off the production line, and that customers who placed deposits in California, Washington, and Oregon are about to get their vehicles, too.

Arcimoto calls the SRK a “fun utility vehicle,” or FUV for short. (It’s even the company’s stock ticker.) It’s a two-seater EV that you drive using motorcycle handlebars, though it’s one Arcimoto has said people won’t need a motorcycle license to operate.

At a…

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Pocket Casts changes subscription plans after user backlash

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Pocket Casts is making a change to its recently announced subscription plans after a backlash from users who were angry about losing access to apps they’d previously paid for.

The company is now giving free lifetime access to Pocket Casts Plus, its premium subscription service, to anyone that paid for the service’s web or desktop apps before the pricing changes. These apps were previously available to purchase and use via a one-off fee of $9, but now require a paid subscription of $0.99 a month or $10 a year to use.

Prior to Tuesday, Pocket Casts proudly touted its subscription-free offering. “No monthly subscriptions or freemium hoo-ha,” one of its promotional messages read, “We’ll ask you for $9. Just once.” However, it seems the…

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Tesla’s Model 3 scores the company’s first top safety award from IIHS

Tesla often touts that its cars are really safe, but the company has just received a specific recognition of that safety for the first time ever: the Model 3 was just awarded “top safety pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Model S had previously fallen short of earning top marks from IIHS, and the Model X was never tested by the nonprofit group,

The Model 3 is the second battery electric car to earn the award, as Audi’s E-Tron was the first to earn the honor back in August. Like the E-Tron, the Model 3 earned “good” ratings in all categories, which is the best distinction the IIHS gives out. The Model 3 was only really dinged in two places. IIHS said that pre-June 2018 versions of the car only had…

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Apple releases two new trailers showing off its TV Plus children’s shows

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Apple today posted trailers and new info for two of its original shows destined for its upcoming Apple TV Plus streaming service. The programs, the family-oriented shows Helpsters and Ghostwriter, are slated to arrive on launch day for TV Plus, which will be available starting November 1st. We can’t embed the trailers, but they’re available on the Apple TV Plus sites linked below.

The first, Helpsters, is a show for preschoolers about monsters who love to help people solve problems. The show is made by the Sesame Workshop, and in the trailer, the studio’s knack for blending puppets with real-world locations is on full display. The main monster, Cody, walks down a busy city street before singing a song with her monster companions at…

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Netflix is debating bonuses for directors with popular or award-winning films

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Netflix is mulling over paying some form of bonuses to filmmakers whose movies perform well on the streaming platform or nab prestigious awards, according to a report from Bloomberg. The tactic would be a way to win over on-the-fence directors and producers who might be shopping a project around at multiple streaming services, while also entertaining the idea of a traditional theatrical release.

According to Bloomberg, the bonus idea is still being debated internally, but it could be a costly change in strategy for Netflix. The company has traditionally covered the cost of production and paid fixed premiums to filmmakers and producers on top of that.

Hollywood operates differently. Studios tend to grant talent — typically directors and…

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Google almost had a Pixel smartwatch — here’s why it reportedly failed

Google’s Pixel-branded smartwatch was supposedly very close to being a real thing. As detailed in a Business Insider report that interviewed six former employees, Google hardware lead Rick Osterloh reportedly dropped the axe on the idea just ahead of the original Pixel phone’s unveiling in 2016. The main reason for the sudden change in plans, according to an employee who reportedly worked on the project, was because they “didn’t look like what belonged in the Pixel family.”

Google was gearing up for its first big attempt at building an gadget ecosystem, and a former employee said the company feared the watches might “…bring down the name of the Google hardware brand.” Also, one former employees said the syncing process between the…

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Here’s how cross-play will work in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

The next game in the massive Call of Duty franchise, a reboot of the Modern Warfare series, launches in just over a month, in line with Activision’s annual release model. Yet new to this Call of Duty entry is cross-play multiplayer, so you can squad up with your friends across systems. Now, the developers at studio Infinity Ward have detailed how exactly cross-play will work in advance of an open beta that will support the feature kicking off this weekend.

Cross-play in Modern Warfare sounds a lot like how it works in Epic’s battle royale shooter Fortnite, which has become the industry gold standard. Infinity Ward says that Modern Warfare supports keyboard and mouse and controllers on all platforms, and you’ll be able to choose…

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CBS and WarnerMedia ban e-cigarette advertisements amid vaping health crisis

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CBS and WarnerMedia, both properties of CBS Corporation, have decided to ban advertisements for Juul and other e-cigarette makers amid global health concerns over a mysterious vaping-related lung disease that has claimed the lives of seven people and hospitalized hundreds of others. The decision, reported first this afternoon by CNBC, follows a similar ban from WarnerMedia-owned CNN announced last week.

CBS tells CNBC it will consider allowing vaping ads once research can show definitively that the products are not harmful. WarnerMedia, which has run Juul ads in recent weeks on cable channels it owns like TBS and TNT, will no longer accept such ads, which have spiked, in particular from Juul, since news of the vaping-related lung…

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India bans e-cigarette sales and says there’s an ‘epidemic’ of kids vaping

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India has banned e-cigarettes as US health inspectors investigate a series of deaths linked to vaping. Reuters reports that an executive order prohibits selling, producing, importing, or advertising e-cigarettes. First offenders could receive up to one year in prison and a 100,000 rupee ($1,400) fine; later violations could cost up to three years and 500,000 rupees. The ban doesn’t apply to actually using e-cigarettes — but it means users can’t legally buy refills for their vapes.

Traditional cigarettes are legal in India, although they’re highly taxed. E-cigarettes, however, have held a less certain position. The government has been weighing a ban for years, despite concerns over the legality of stopping imports, and Reuters reported on…

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