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xydrobe and Dr. Barbara Sturm to Launch New London-Based Virtual Reality Experience “Pause”

xydrobe, a new and exclusive VR destination, has announced its brand-new partnership with aesthetics, skincare, and anti-inflammatory pioneer, Dr. Barbara Sturm.Together, the new collaborators will be working to create a "one-of-a-kind immersive experience," titled "Pause." The hybrid physical-virtual world will be available to experience this Fall/Winter in xydrobe’s Mayfair flagship, a stone’s throw from Dr. Sturm’s Mount Street Spa & Boutique.xydrobe prides itself as a "luxury virtual reality destination," offering ticketed access to original and exclusive experiences both in the virtual world and the physical.Guests of the space will immerse themselves in a guided journey through exclusive physical exhibits and treatments, along with bespoke refreshments and access to original shor...

Up Close with the Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Apple is continuously attempting to one-up itself by introducing flashy features to the iPhone. Granted, the company is under pressure to roll out a new flagship line each fall and naturally, some releases are more promising than others. For instance, the iPhone 11 was celebrated for its massively increased battery life, while its succeeding release lacked the same scale of technological improvement. Thankfully, with the iPhone 15 Pro powered by the new A17 bionic chip, Apple has raised the bar for what buyers can expect from a yearly upgrade — particularly in comparison to the subtler passage from the iPhone 13 to the iPhone 14.It’s immediately obvious upon picking up the iPhone 15 Pro that it’s lighter than its predecessors. Apple has swapped out its standard aluminum frame for “aerospac...

Google quietly raised ad prices to boost search revenue, says executive

/ Google brings in tens of billions of dollars a year with search ads — and the Justice Department claims it faces little competition. a:hover]:text-gray-63 [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:text-gray-bd dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-gray [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-63 dark:[&>a]:text-gray-bd dark:[&>a]:shadow-underline-gray”>Illustration by Cath Virginia / The Verge As the second week of the US v. Google antitrust trial gets underway, the Department of Justice is focusing on the real moneymaker behind Google Search: ads. It alleges that Google’s dominance lets it raise prices for advertisers with few repercussions — a claim backed up by Google ads executive Jerry Dischler on the stand. Bloomberg’s Leah Nylen has the details of Disch...

Digimarc adds copyright information to digital data

Artificial Intelligence/ Tech / The digital watermark could let AI models know something is copyrighted before using it to learn. a:hover]:text-gray-63 [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:text-gray-bd dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-gray [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-63 dark:[&>a]:text-gray-bd dark:[&>a]:shadow-underline-gray”>Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Software company Digimarc will now let copyright owners add more information to their work, which the company said will improve how AI models treat copyright in training data.  In a statement, Digimarc said its newDigimarc Validate service lets users include ownership identification in the metadata. The company said this means that when copyrighted material becomes part of a ge...

Apple Launches iOS 17, Introducing ‘Standby’ and Personalized Contact Posters

Apple has officially rolled out its iOS 17 software update, delivering users a new set of features for improved efficiency and usability.Leading the charge is the communication-forward introduction of a Personalized Contact Poster. True to its name, the posters are displayed when a given contact calls a user, even when using a third-party app. A poster can be designed using photos, Memoji, and Apple’s own typography and font offerings.Live Voicemail, meanwhile, creates a transcription of a voicemail as a caller is leaving it. The tool is perfect for those who are able to view their home screen but may not have to bandwidth to actually pick up a call at a given time. When Silence Unknown Callers is enabled, unknown numbers will be automatically directed to Live Voicemail, so a user can deci...

Elon Musk Shares Plans of Charging All X Users a Fee To Be on the Platform

Since Elon Musk took over Twitter, now X, the billionaire has made some less than favorable changes. Just recently, Musk discussed his future plans for X in a livestreamed conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In his conversation with the Prime Minister, Musk suggested the idea of charging all users on the platform a fee. He said, "[We're] moving to a small monthly payment for use of the X system," in order to combat "vast armies of bots." He did not divulge just how much this plan would cost its users on the social network or what exactly the paid features would include. This is not the first time Musk has mulled over the idea of placing X behind a paywall. In the past, Musk has said that X's ad sales have declined 50% since he bought the company. On July 15 Musk po...

This is Microsoft’s new disc-less Xbox Series X design with a new controller

/ FTC vs. Microsoft documents revealed plans for a cylinder-shaped ‘all-digital’ 2TB Xbox Series X, plus a new two-tone controller with modular thumbsticks. a:hover]:text-black [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:text-gray-e9 dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-gray-63 [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-13 dark:[&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-63″>The planned ‘Brooklin’ Xbox Series X.a:hover]:text-black [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:text-gray-e9 dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-gray-63 [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-13 dark:[&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-63″>“Sebile” Xbox controller redesign revealed in court documents with wireless upgrades and modular thumbsticksa:hover]:text-black [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-bla...

Netflix ends a three-year legal dispute over Squid Game traffic

/ Netflix and SK Broadband have been fighting over broadband usage costs since 2020. a:hover]:text-gray-63 [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:text-gray-bd dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-gray [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-63 dark:[&>a]:text-gray-bd dark:[&>a]:shadow-underline-gray”>Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Netflix and South Korean ISP SK Broadband have been locked in a legal tussle over network usage cost-sharing since 2020 when Netflix filed a lawsuit against the provider, and SK Broadband responded with its own suit. Now the fight is over, Netflix announced, as the companies drop their lawsuits and instead become partners (via Reuters). The lawsuits started because SK Broadband wanted Netflix to help cover the expense of parti...

What’s next for Windows and Surface without Panos Panay?

/ There’s a major shakeup atop the Surface line as Microsoft starts looking more toward AI. a:hover]:text-black [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:text-gray-e9 dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-gray-63 [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-13 dark:[&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-63″>The Surface Pro 9.a:hover]:text-black [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:text-gray-e9 dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-gray-63 [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-13 dark:[&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-63″>The Surface Pro has had a lasting effect on Windows laptops.a:hover]:text-black [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:text-gray-e9 dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-gray-63 [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-13 dark:[&>a]...

Court blocks California’s online child safety law

/ The California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act probably violates the First Amendment. a:hover]:text-black [&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-black dark:[&>a:hover]:text-gray-e9 dark:[&>a:hover]:shadow-underline-gray-63 [&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-13 dark:[&>a]:shadow-underline-gray-63″>California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the CAADCA last year.*:last-child>*:last-child]:mb-0″> Freeman cites arguments made by legal writer Eric Goldman, who argued that the law would force sites to erect barriers for children and adults alike. Among other things, the ruling takes issue with the requirement that sites estimate visitors’ ages to detect underage users. The provision is ostensibly meant to cut down on the amount of data collected about young users, but Freeman notes ...

Mowalola Distresses a Pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless for New Collaboration

Beats is teaming up with Nigera-born, London-based fashion designer Mowalola for a new pair of over-ear headphones.The collaboration is centered on Mowalola’s impact on the city’s nightlife scene and club culture. For her take on the Beats Solo3 Wireless, she chose a bright silver colorway, unexpectedly adorned with scratch marks.The brand name is subtly etched at the top of the band, while the exterior of each ear features the distinct red Beats logo. The interior of the headphones and ear cups come lined with plush white leather.For a campaign celebrating the launch of the Solo3, Mowalola tapped one of her frequent collaborators, JT of the hip-hop duo City Girls.Just late last week, Mowalola showcased Spring/Summer 2024 looks during London Fashion Week with a collection inspired by David...

Agility Robotics Is Building a Factory to Make “Humanoid Robots”

Agility Robotics is gearing up to break ground in the field of humanoid robots. Known for creating the bipedal robot Digit, the company has announced it’ll be building the “world’s first” factory for humanoid robots, with the aim of churning out more than 10,000 bots per year.With Digit, Agility aimed to streamline the daily tasks of running a warehouse. Digit was lauded as being able to move more like a real person than a traditional robot and was capable of lifting and putting down objects, walking around and turning in place.The robot manufacturing facility will be opening its doors in Salem, Oregon, and focus on producing Digit, and will also utilize Digit models to help run it. Agility is calling the factory “RoboFab” and says it’ll provide jobs to more than 500 local workers.With the...