How the Spotify layoffs impact its podcasting business

Nick Barclay / The Verge Another week, another round of layoffs. This time, it is Spotify. CEO Daniel Ek informed employees yesterday morning that the company would be cutting 6 percent of its workforce and said he took “full accountability for the moves that got us here today.” The most high-profile change is the departure of chief content and advertising officer Dawn Ostroff. And while no additional shows have been cut, advertising and business employees, particularly under Podsights and Chartable, were laid off nearly a year after Spotify acquired both companies. Plus (and I am fully aware of how incongruous this is, apologies), we have some more announcements for Hot… Read More

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Nvidia’s new AI tool for Chrome will make YouTube videos pop

Nvidia finally revealed the official launch date of its RTX Video Super Resolution feature, which was first announced during CES 2023. The tool, which upscales videos up to 4K resolution using artificial intelligence, is set for a February 2023 release window for both Chrome and Edge browsers. RTX Video Super Resolution, as clarified to PC Gamer, will allow “resolutions beyond 1080p. It’ll upscale video with a native resolution anywhere between 360p and 1440p, and it’ll work with video up to 144Hz frame rate.” This feature requires either an RTX 3000-series or 4000-series GPU to run. You can see how well it works in the video from Nvidia below. Could this… Read More

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Elon Musk is theoretically sad that Tesla investors lost money because of his tweets

Illustration by Laura Normand / The Verge In testimony that was at times fiery and combative, Elon Musk came extremely close to expressing regret that Tesla investors lost money as a result of his tweets. Musk took the stand for a third day of testimony in a lawsuit brought by a class of Tesla investors who claim that Musk cost them millions of dollars with his tweets about taking the electric car company private in 2018. The jury will need to decide whether Musk is liable for potentially billions of dollars in damages to Tesla investors. Musk has already agreed to a $40 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange… Read More

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My favorite new Steam Deck mod is this $30 see-through heatsink backplate

A see-through Steam Deck, with JSAUX’s backplate. | Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge Silly me. I thought I was buying JSAUX’s transparent backplate for the Steam Deck for the bragging rights. Transparent gadgets are fun! But you know what’s cooler than seeing inside your Steam Deck? Having a Deck that runs cooler, too. I’m happy to report that after spending $30 on my very own JSAUX PC0106 Transparent Back Plate for Steam Deck, my original skepticism didn’t pan out. Not only does it look great, its built-in aluminum heatsink actually does help manage the $400 handheld gaming PC’s heat. And at just eight Phillips-head screws and a little… Read More

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Activision Blizzard studio says CEO pressure stymied their union efforts

<img width="150" src="https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/proletariat-800×450.png" alt="A scene from Proletariat's Spellbreak illustrating union members dodging alleged management interference.”> Spellbreak illustrating union members dodging alleged management interference.”> Enlarge / A scene from Proletariat’s Spellbreak illustrating union members dodging alleged management interference. Last month, workers at Spellbreak studio Proletariat became the third group within Activision Blizzard to form a union. Today, though, the Communication Workers of America is pulling back on its push for a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election that could have forced parent company Activision Blizzard to recognize that union. In doing so, the CWA cites actions by Proletariat CEO Seth Sivak that have made “a free and fair election impossible.” In… Read More

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It’s getting easier to buy bigger SSDs for the Steam Deck and Surface PCs

Enlarge / Microsoft’s Surface devices have user-replaceable SSDs, but it’s difficult to find them in the right (physical) size. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Microsoft’s Surface devices had a well-deserved reputation for being impossible to repair in their early years, but Microsoft has sought to change that more recently. Newer Surfaces feature detailed repair manuals and, at least in theory, easily upgradeable SSDs. I say “in theory” because it hasn’t been as simple as going out, buying a drive, and installing it. The Surface’s storage slot uses the standard M.2 interface, and most devices make it easy to access, but the PCs use relatively rare 30-mm-long drives that most of the big… Read More

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How to file and pay your 2022 taxes online

Samar Haddad / The Verge It’s a new year, and while we may have a variety of hopes for the coming year — a cessation or at least a lessening of disease and war might top some lists — one of the things that you can be sure you’ll have to deal with are your annual taxes. (The usual quote about death and taxes goes here.) While tax day traditionally has been set for April 15th, this year, we have until Tuesday, April 18th. (April 15th is a Saturday, while the following Monday is Emancipation Day, which is an official holiday in Washington, DC.) One thing to be aware of… Read More

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How to file for a tax extension

Samar Haddad / The Verge When it comes to filing and paying your federal and state taxes for 2022, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you have until Tuesday, April 18th, to file — April 15th is a Saturday, while the following Monday is Emancipation Day, which is an official holiday in Washington, DC. The bad news is: you still have to file. If you won’t be able to file your taxes by then — because of a family emergency, a large work project, or simple procrastination — what do you do? Well, one thing you don’t do is panic. You can file for an… Read More

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Microsoft Q2 2023: Windows, devices, and Xbox down as cloud holds strong

Illustration: The Verge Microsoft has just posted the second quarter of its 2023 fiscal financial results. The software maker made $52.7 billion in revenue and a net income of $16.4 billion during Q2. Revenue is up 2 percent, but net income has dropped by 12 percent. The results come just days after Microsoft announced 10,000 layoffs. Microsoft previously forecast a tough quarter for Windows OEM revenue and hardware, and the results are clear on the state of the PC industry right now. PC shipments fell by 16 percent in 2022, according to analysis by Canalys, and Gartner reported a nearly 29 percent year-over-year drop in Q4 — the largest quarterly… Read More

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LastPass owner GoTo shares more bad news about November’s security breach

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge GoTo, the remote collaboration and IT software company that owns LastPass, has confirmed that, along with LastPass’ password vaults, it had customer data taken by attackers during a November 2022 security breach (via TechCrunch). The company, which was formerly known as LogMeIn, is updating its blog post about the breach for the first time since November 30th, when GoTo confirmed “unusual activity” within its development environment and cloud storage service. Many of GoTo’s enterprise products were affected, including Central, Pro, join.me, Hamachi, and RemotelyAnywhere. GoTo CEO Paddy Srinivasan writes that a hacker “exfiltrated encrypted backups from a third-party cloud storage service” and… Read More

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Microsoft Edge will soon let you split two tabs in a single window

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft has started testing a new split-screen feature for Edge that lets you compare two tabs side-by-side. The feature was first discovered by Leopeva64-2 on Reddit, and it’s available in an experimental flag in the beta, dev, and canary versions of Microsoft Edge. Once enabled, a new button appears alongside the address bar that lets you split an Edge window into two separate tabs side-by-side. While you can already compare tabs next to each other in Windows by dragging a tab and then using built-in Windows split views to place them side-by-side, it can be fiddly to achieve this unless you drag the… Read More

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Forget free beer and ping pong tables: The top job perks to look for in 2023

Tech is notorious for its bountiful and fun perks: think nap pods, or free food including catered meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as open access to healthy snacks. On-site gyms too, are a frequent perk as are endless branded swag gifts—that Patagonia fleece vest being a strong contender among male finance and tech workers. Throw in some arcade games, ping-pong tables, and free beers from the fridge for when your brain just needs a bit of a rest, and it’s easy to think tech workers have it all sewn up. Some perks are so off-the-wall they just… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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A Samsung Galaxy S23 teaser video highlights epic night and moon shots

One thing a lot of the best phones are surprisingly good at is taking photos of the moon, and there’s a high chance the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will be even better than the current crop, going by a new official teaser video. Samsung has posted a short video to its YouTube channel (via GSMArena) showing a moon coming out of shadow to be lit up clearly, then overlaid with the word “Mooon” with three camera lenses used in place of each ‘o’. This obviously suggests that one or more phones in the Samsung Galaxy S23 series will be capable of taking bright, detailed shots of the moon. The use… Read More

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More moderate and vigorous physical activity may boost your brain power

In a study from University College London and elsewhere, scientists found the amount of time spent in moderate and vigorous physical activity every day is linked to midlife brain power. This intensity level seems to be the best for working memory and mental processes, and replacing it with just 6-7 minutes of light-intensity activity or […] The post More moderate and vigorous physical activity may boost your brain power appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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