Controversial carbon removal technology just got $1.2 billion from the Biden administration

Shovels during a groundbreaking ceremony at the Occidental Petroleum and 1PointFive Direct Air Capture (DAC) plant in Ector County, Texas, on Friday, April 28th, 2023.  | Photographer: Jordan Vonderhaar / Bloomberg via Getty Images The Department of Energy chose the first two locations for “hubs” it envisions for industrial plants that suck planet-heating carbon dioxide … Read more

Ford’s hands-free BlueCruise feature is now available as a monthly or annual subscription

Image: Ford Ford is changing how it sells its hands-free BlueCruise driver-assist feature to its customers. Previously, customers had to decide at the dealership whether they wanted to purchase a new Ford vehicle with BlueCruise hardware installed — and they couldn’t go back and change their minds if they opted not to include it. Now, … Read more

Netflix finally streams video games, too

Oxenfree is one of two games available as part of Netflix’s initial cloud gaming test. | Image: Night School Studio Netflix is kicking off the first public tests of its cloud-streamed games. Beginning Monday, some Netflix subscribers in Canada and the UK will be able to check out Netflix games streamed to select TVs, connected … Read more

Here are the best AirPods deals you can get right now

Apple’s second-gen AirPods Pro are currently $50 off, matching their all-time low. If you know where to look, there are often some great discounts available on Apple’s ever-popular AirPods. Since Apple launched the third-gen AirPods toward the end of 2021, we’ve seen the starting price of the second-gen, entry-level model slowly dip to around $100. … Read more

BuzzFeed is using AI to write SEO-bait travel guides

Image: Hugo Herrera / The Verge BuzzFeed has taken its next step into AI-written content and started publishing AI-generated travel guides, as reported by Futurism. The publisher’s first AI-generated articles were ad-lib quizzes that were largely innocuous, but the travel guides appear to be a more brazen play to attract search traffic about different destinations. … Read more

The English dub trailer for Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume is for closers

A scene from Suzume. | Crunchyroll Ahead of director Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume finally being released outside of Japan, Crunchyroll’s debuted a new English dub trailer that spotlights some of the animated feature’s most magical ideas. Like everyone from her town in Kyushu, 17-year-old high school student Suzume (Nichole Sakura) knows all about the abandoned ruins … Read more

Waymo retires its Chrysler Pacifica minivans as it switches to an all-electric robotaxi fleet

Waymo’s minivans at its Arizona depot in 2018. | Image: Waymo Waymo’s Chrysler Pacificas are heading off into the sunset. On Thursday, the Alphabet-owned autonomous vehicle operator announced it was phasing out the plug-in hybrid minivans it had been using for the last seven years. Instead, Waymo will rely on the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace as … Read more

Chromebooks are popular with students — but Google wants teachers using them, too

Big news for Chromebook users. | Image: Google Google has announced a laundry list of classroom-focused updates to its services across ChromeOS, Google Classroom, Docs, and more. Many of the tools center around teachers — in particular, using AI to save teachers time. It’s safe to say that Chromebooks are a classroom staple, with many … Read more

Disney reportedly eliminates metaverse division in first round of layoffs

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Disney’s next generation storytelling and consumer experiences division, which had been exploring how the company could enter the so-called metaverse, has been eliminated according to The Wall Street Journal. The team is thought to have been made up of around 50 employees, and was exploring how Disney could … Read more

Apple Music Classical is now available from the App Store

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Apple Music Classical, Apple’s long-in-the-works app for listening to classical music with an Apple Music subscription, is now available to download from the App Store. Apple Music Classical was born from Primephonic, which Apple acquired in 2021 with the intent of launching a classical music-focused app in 2022. … Read more