Judge rejects bid to delay TikTk U.S. app store ban set for Sunday
A federal judge has set a hearing for Sunday morning to decide on the fate of TikTok ahead of Trump's ban slated to take effect by midnight of the same day.
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Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds Live wireless earbuds are $35 off at Woot
Photo by Chris Welch / The VergeSamsung’s fantastic Galaxy Buds Live, lovingly referred to as “Galaxy Beans” due to their shape, are $35 off at Woot if you’re an Amazon Prime member. This brings the cost from $170 down to $135 (just make sure you’re signed in with your Prime account on Woot). If you aren’t a Prime member, you can still get a great deal. It’s $25 off, so $145 at checkout.
The coronavirus pandemic by the numbers
Illustration by Alex Castro / The VergeI’m dwelling on numbers because this week, the US officially counted 200,000 COVID-19 deaths. Words like “grim milestone” just don’t seem adequate in the face of that toll. Numbers are valuable. Case counts help scientists track the infection’s spread. Death tolls help policy makers figure out where things are going right — or horribly wrong. They’re utilitarian.
How Duolingo designed the new characters for its Project World
The cast of characters from Duolingo’s Project World | DuolingoDon’t worry, Duo the owl isn’t going anywhere Continue reading…
Great news! The Polestar Precept will enter production
The concept car, which was supposed to grace the Geneva Motor Show before the pandemic hit, will be built in China.
Microsoft had a secret Windows XP theme that made it look like a Mac
Microsoft created a secret Windows XP theme back in 2000 that looked a lot like Apple’s Aqua theme. It was used to create the initial theme engine for XP, before its release in 2001.
Amazon is also warning Xbox Series X preorder customers that their consoles might show up late
Last week, Amazon informed customers who had preordered the PS5 that they might not actually get their consoles on launch day. Now, Amazon started to tell people who preordered the Xbox Series X that they might not get that console right when it’s out, either.
Vergecast: Amazon announces a new fleet of hardware
Image: AmazonAmazon announced so many gadgets at one event we had to move our Vergecastrecording from Thursday to Friday. That’s what the bulk of this week’s show is about.
Return of Google Maps is an important step for the Apple Watch
Why Google Maps return to the Apple Watch after five years validates the smartwatch with a well thought out Watch app
U.S. files opposition to TikTok’s request to halt Trump ban
Judge had given the administration until 2:30 p.m. today to delay the ban or fight TikTok’s request.
Apple is waiving its fee for Facebook’s online events
Last month, Facebook introduced support for paid online events — and since many of the businesses offering those events have struggled during the coronavirus pandemic, the company also said it would not collect fees for the next year. At the same time, it complained that Apple had “dismissed” its requests to waive the App Store’s customary 30% fee on in-app purchases.