Don’t Look Up narrowly misses becoming Netflix’s all-time-best film debut

Image: Netflix | NIKO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX Don’t Look Up is Netflix’s second most popular film debut to date, coming in around 4 million viewing hours short of Netflix’s crown jewel Red Notice. The new film racked up nearly 360 million hours of viewing during its first 28 days on the service, per Netflix’s Top 10 portal for tracking its most successful titles. Red Notice, meanwhile, tallied 364 million hours during its first four weeks on Netflix, while Bird Box holds third place with 282 million hours viewed. While it narrowly missed its opportunity to overthrow Netflix’s biggest film success to date — it looked like it still had a chance last… Read More

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The International Monetary Fund tells El Salvador it shouldn’t use Bitcoin as legal tender

El Salvador introduced Bitcoin as a legal tender alongside the US dollar in 2021. | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The International Monetary Fund’s executive board has recommended El Salvador no longer use Bitcoin as a legal tender, citing potential risks to financial stability and consumer protection. The country’s use of Bitcoin could make it difficult for it to get a loan from the IMF, according to Bloomberg. The recommendation comes as part of the organization’s consultation, where staff members visit a country and prepare a report that’s discussed by the IMF’s executive board. The summary from the board looks at and discusses El Salvador’s economic policies as… Read More

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The next iMac Pro could feature a monster twelve-core chip more powerful than the M1 Max

The next Apple iMac Pro will feature a beefy twelve-core CPU that’s even more powerful than the M1 Max, a prominent leaker has claimed. According to a tweet from Dylandkt, the existence of an iMac Pro configuration powered by a new mystery chip was revealed by a section of Apple code. “I have received confirmation that there will be an additional configuration for the upcoming iMac Pro beyond M1 Max,” he explained. “A 12 Core CPU configuration was tied to a snippet of code referencing the iMac.” I have received confirmation that there will be an additional configuration for the upcoming iMac Pro beyond M1 Max. A 12 Core CPU… Read More

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Booby-trapped sites delivered potent new backdoor trojan to macOS users

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Researchers have uncovered advanced, never-before-seen macOS malware that was installed using exploits that were almost impossible for most users to detect or stop once the users landed on a malicious website. The malware was a full-featured backdoor that was written from scratch, an indication that the developers behind it have significant resources and expertise. DazzleSpy, as researchers from security firm Eset have named it, provides an array of advanced capabilities that give the attackers the ability to fully monitor and control infected Macs. Features include: victim device fingerprinting screen capture file download/upload execute terminal commands audio recording keylogging Deep pockets, top-notch talent Mac malware has become… Read More

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Here are the best Kindle deals right now

The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is one of many e-readers currently available as part of a discounted bundle at Amazon. | Photo by Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge When it comes to finding a device to use to read your ebooks, you have a few options to choose from. You can always buy a tablet or use your smartphone, but those devices are multipurpose and can be used for a ton of things, like surfing the web or doom-scrolling on Twitter. If you are looking for something to strictly read books, e-readers, while niche, are designed to store all of your books in a virtual library with limited functionality. Amazon,… Read More

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14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros still suffering from month-long shipping delays

The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models have been in short supply in the United States. As we reported earlier this month, there have been month-long delays on the various 2021 MacBook Pro models. And three months after the launch of said laptops, there’s now a much clearer look at just how long of a wait customers can expect. The standard 14-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro chip has been delayed for roughly three to four weeks, making delivery stretch well into February. Meanwhile, the more powerful 14-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Max chip is delayed even longer, with wait times heading into March. The 16-inch MacBook Pro… Read More

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Giant iceberg releases 152 billion tons of fresh water around remote Atlantic island

Image: British Antarctic Survey/Povl Abrahamsen An iceberg that was once the largest on the planet, dubbed A68a, recently released 152 billion tons of fresh water close to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, potentially impacting the region’s ecosystem, a study published earlier this month found. A68a captured the world’s attention in 2017 when it broke off the Larsen-C ice shelf, located near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The largest iceberg in the world at the time of its formation, it initially floated around the Weddell Sea close to Antarctica before making its way its way across the Drake Passage between southern South America and the northern reaches of Antarctica.… Read More

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AT&T announces multi-gigabit fiber: $110 a month for 2Gbps, $180 for 5Gbps

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | zf L) AT&T has started offering 2Gbps and 5Gbps symmetrical Internet speeds over its fiber-to-the-home network, the telecom company announced today. The multi-gigabit speeds are available to “nearly 5.2 million customer locations in parts of more than 70 metro areas, such as LA, Atlanta, and Dallas,” AT&T said. AT&T is charging $110 a month plus taxes for its 2Gbps home-Internet plan and $180 a month plus taxes for the 5Gbps home-Internet plan. Business fiber prices are $225 a month for 2Gbps and $395 for 5Gbps. Base prices for other fiber home-Internet plans are $55 for 300Mbps, $65 for 500Mbps, and $80 for 1Gbps. The fine… Read More

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At long last, Nvidia and AMD GPU street prices are beginning to drop

Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge We’re not out of the woods yet — not even close — but it looks like the prices of Nvidia and AMD GPU prices may finally be coming down. Tom’s Hardware in the US and 3DCenter.org in Germany have been charting eBay and local retail prices, respectively, and they’re each seeing the same thing: a substantial dip for nearly every new graphics card that Nvidia and AMD make. Want an Nvidia RTX 3080? Just two months ago, that might have cost you $1,773 on the street — over two and a half times the manufacturer suggested retail price. As we reported in November… Read More

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Intel might have a plan to keep up with Moore’s Law

(Image credit: Intel) The end result from this extremely nerdy patent application is that Intel could create a 3D vertically-stacked CMOS architecture, allowing for increased transistor counts over today’s current architectures – a huge boost for the company. The company does note however that, as it stands, the constraints are “overwhelming”.  It’s impossible to tell exactly what kind of performance uplift could be achieved by Intel’s design, and the company conspicuously doesn’t speculate, but TSMC Intel is a company in a spot of bother: TSMC, Apple, and other rivals are outpacing its chip technology and Moore’s Law – literally created by Intel’s founder – is starting to cause the chipmaker… Read More

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Steam Deck will get the trippiest cloud-save functionality we’ve ever seen

Enlarge / Steam Deck’s head is in the clouds—and thanks to Dynamic Cloud Sync, that’s a good thing. (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images) As Valve’s first portable PC, the Steam Deck, approaches its estimated February launch, the back-end work to translate third-party PC games to a Switch-like form factor has ramped up considerably. While we expected to see the Steam ecosystem get updates for things like improved Linux support and Deck-compatible store flags, a surprise Monday announcement confirmed a cool feature that nobody necessarily saw coming: a major change to Steam’s support for save files in the cloud. Dynamic Cloud Sync is now live on the Steam platform, and… Read More

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Happy Birthday, Macintosh, you weren’t a sure thing

Apple’s Lisa Computer (Image credit: Shutterstock) At the time, though, the media was consumed with compatibility. A few years into the personal computer revolution, most of which was still happening in offices and, to a lesser extent, academia, unveiling a computer that offered zero interoperability with the IBM PC was at least shocking. Yes, Apple and Steve Jobs bet the farm on the Macintosh launch, but what’s been lost to memory is how Apple hedged is bets a bit with the Lisa 2, 2/5 and 2/10, 32-bit updates to 1983’s Apple Lisa computer. Despite a graphical desktop, no one remembers the Lisa as a ground-breaking system that made the Macintosh… Read More

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Kombucha cultures make excellent sustainable water filters, study finds

Enlarge / Close-up of fresh SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) used in kombucha. (credit: Whitepointer/Getty Images) The refreshing kombucha tea that’s all the rage these days among certain global demographics might also hold the key to affordable, environmentally sustainable living membranes for water filtration, according to a recent paper published in the American Chemical Society journal ACS ES&T Water. Experiments by researchers at Montana Technological University (MTU) and Arizona State University (ASU) showed that membranes grown from kombucha cultures were better at preventing the formation of biofilms—a significant challenge in water filtration—than current commercial membranes. As we’ve reported previously, you need three basic ingredients to make kombucha. Just combine tea… Read More

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Twitter’s ‘close friends’ feature could share tweets with up to 150 select users

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Twitter appears to be working on a feature that lets you share tweets with a specific group of people (via Input). If this sounds familiar, it’s because Instagram’s Close Friends feature lets you do the exact same thing — but in Twitter’s case, you’ll be limiting your tweets to your “Flock.” Twitter first gave us a glimpse of the feature last July, which it called “Trusted Friends” at the time. Since then, mobile developer Alessandro Paluzzi has been keeping track of Twitter’s progress, and it’s really starting to take shape. #Twitter continues to work on Twitter Flock by adding an explanation of how… Read More

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