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Valve says Half-Life: Alyx will be a ‘one-way journey’ with no mul

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The first Half-Life game in 13 years might prove to be the first killer app for VR. In the 23 days since Valve announced Half-Life: Alyx, its first full-length VR game, the company’s Valve Index headset has continually been number one on Steam’s top sellers list — until yesterday, when another VR game called Boneworks surpassed it.

Even though Alyx may be pushing some to spend serious money on VR, the company tells The Verge that it’ll be a traditional Half-Life game in some key ways: it’ll be a linear adventure from start to finish, one that’ll let you save the game whenever you’d like. Valve also suggests that you’ll be able to play it for hours on end — even though you’ll be wearing a headset that’s physically tethered to a computer.

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EPA says the Porsche Taycan Turbo will get just 201 miles on a full ba

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The Environmental Protection Agency has finally published its range estimate for Porsche’s first electric car, and it’s particularly lower than most people expected. The EPA says the Taycan Turbo — the $150,900 dual-motor version with 616 horsepower — will only be able to travel around 201 miles on a full battery. The figure is much lower than the 280-mile estimate Porsche received from European regulators earlier this year, which the company has touted since the Taycan’s unveiling in September.

That’s on par with the EPA range estimate for the Audi E-Tron (204 miles), but notably less than that of the Nissan Leaf (226 miles in the version with the 62kWh battery pack), the Jaguar I-Pace (234 miles), Chevy Bolt (259 miles), and even the...

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Cruise, GM-backed self-driving company, teases life ‘beyond the car

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Cruise, the self-driving car company backed by General Motors, is teasing an “alternative” to pollution-spewing, congestion-causing motor vehicle traffic. In a Medium post published on Wednesday, Cruise president Dan Ammann said it was time to “move beyond the car.”

Ammann, the former president of GM who now leads the autonomous vehicle firm in San Francisco, lays out the ills of our car-centric world — congestion, carbon emissions, underutilization, and tens of thousands of deaths annually — before pondering “alternatives that are superior to the status quo in every way.”

“The status quo of transportation is broken,” Ammann writes, “and ... our need to find better solutions grows more urgent every day.”

Taking a step back, Ammann’s...

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Crisis On Infinite Earths is the most comic book thing ever made for T

Going to the theater now feels like going to a comic book shop. You can usually pick between Marvel or DC at the box office every summer. This extends to TV and streaming — it’s possible to have an entertainment diet made entirely of superhero media and still not get to it all. (Trust me, I’ve tried.) Despite this pervasiveness, we tend to mostly talk about the big-budget film stuff. The MCU and everything you need to keep up with it. It can, frankly, feel like work — but there are still places where keeping up with superheroes is what it should be: goofy, nonsensical fun.

One of the strangest successes in superhero comics’ march across pop culture has been what’s known as the Arrow-verse: The CW’s sprawling universe of connected DC...

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YouTube calls for ‘more clarity’ on the FTC’s child privacy rule

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In the coming weeks, YouTube will be rolling out a new system for labeling children’s content after a landmark settlement with the FTC. But as the changes grow nearer, YouTube is demanding clearer guidelines from the regulator in charge of enforcing the new rules that could have far-reaching consequences for the platform.

“Many creators have expressed concern about the complexity of COPPA [the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act],” YouTube wrote to the FTC. “We believe there needs to be more clarity about when content should be considered primarily child-directed”

Creators are also writing to the FTC out of fear that the changes and vague guidance could destroy their channels. “It is my dream for my channel to soar,” one person told...

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Larry Page is quietly funding efforts to develop a universal flu vacci

Google co-founder Larry Page is funneling money from his charitable foundation to a private flu-fighting initiative run as a for-profit company, TechCrunch reported. The program offers free flu shots to children in Oakland, California-area schools. Page also has a second company funding efforts to create a universal flu vaccine, according to the report.

The free flu shots are offered through a group called Shoo The Flu, which started funding flu shots for both elementary and kindergarten through eighth grade schools in 2014. Shoo the Flu reimburses the Alameda County Public Health Department and school districts for the cost of the program.

The second company, Flu Lab, provides funding for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand...

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The Doc is in: we talked to Dr Disrespect about his huge new TV deal

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This isn’t the first thing you need to know about him, but it should be said: Dr Disrespect isn’t actually a doctor. He is, however, good at giving people what they seem to need. So good, in fact, that he’s amassed a staggering 3.8 million followers on Twitch, where he streams himself — in the trademark black mullet wig and red tactical gear — playing shooters like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Disrespect’s government name is Guy Beahm and, as one of the most prominent streamers working now, he is beginning to expand his empire beyond the sandbox of live gaming. Beahm recently scored a TV development deal with Skybound Entertainment — the production company helmed by The Walking Dead creator Robert...

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Swiping meant dating this decade, and it’s time for a change

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Tinder is the swipe, and the swipe is Tinder. But as we close out the decade, it might be time to retire the swipe we once knew. Tinder’s introduction in 2012 ushered in not only the beginning of an era in which seemingly everyone dates online, but also the beginning of the “swipe” as a design and interaction concept. A left swipe means no and a right swipe means yes — but of course, you already knew that.

While it feels rudimentary to explain the swipe, it once seemed radical. Before its existence, online daters built profiles, on a website, that took hours to perfect. OkCupid gave users seemingly endless questions to answer, and eHarmony focused on personality quizzes, all in an effort to assign people scores and offer compatibility...

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Skydio 2 review: a drone that flies itself

A new bar for flying cameras, but it needs to reach even higher

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Rewound is a new app that turns your iPhone into an iPod

If you’ve always wanted an iPod click wheel on your iPhone, a new app is helping to bring Apple’s iconic music player back into the modern touchscreen era. Rewound is a basic music player app that’s available in Apple’s App Store. It uses downloadable skins to transform the app into an iPod or more, and it syncs to an Apple Music library. It even includes haptic feedback so it looks and feels like a classic iPod.

Rewound’s developer, Louis Anslow of Rethought agency, has been working on the app for a year. The idea is to bring back the idea of buttons and the nostalgia of devices like the iPod. “You can program physical appearance of a device,” explains Anslow in an interview with The Verge. “It could become anything.”

Although Anslow...

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