‘Pro Tools proficiency’ may be keeping us from diversifying audio

Photo by Andrew Marino / The Verge It’s been nearly eight years since Radiotopia executive producer Julie Shapiro noticed that 70 percent of the most popular podcasts were hosted by men. It’s been six years since journalist and audio editor Charley Locke argued that podcasting’s biggest problem isn’t discovery but diversity. And it’s approaching three years since podcast producer Phoebe Wang’s infamous Third Coast call out of audio companies’ lack of diversity, which led, in Read more…

Microsoft is increasing the price of Xbox Live Gold

Microsoft is increasing the prices of its Xbox Live Gold subscription soon. The software giant has started notifying existing Xbox Live Gold members of the changes in certain markets, and it will see the price rise by a dollar to $10.99 per month in the US and $5 for a three-month membership. Twelve-month and six-month pricing is also going up, but the increase won’t affect existing subscribers here. Three months will now be priced at Read more…

This all-inclusive bundle explores every step of development creation through production

TLDR: The All-In-One Developer and Project Manager Exam Certification Prep Bundle features 10 courses for learning programming, app production, project management and more. Many might scoff at the one-man band, frantically playing a handful of instruments at once. But there’s a lot to be said for the self-contained solo artist that can do it all. With all the skills to create an idea, test that it works, then move that idea from the concept stage Read more…

WandaVision Is Serving Up Mayhem…for the Children

While WandaVision’s double feature of a premiere dropped us right into the swing of a warped, in-universe television reality with no real explanation or context to make it easier to grasp what the hell is going on, the series’ sudden jump into a new era started to paint a more nuanced, vibrant picture of the Visions’… Read more…

Here’s What Biden Should Prioritize at NASA

Despite the ongoing pandemic, there’s much to be excited about in space this year. NASA’s Perseverance rover is less than a month away from landing on Mars; the James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to launch on Halloween; and the Space Launch System—NASA’s most powerful rocket ever—could see its inaugural launch… Read more…

How Do I View Messages on a Broken Phone?

Nobody likes a broken phone screen—especially when you need to access something on your device, but can’t see your display at all. It’s a frustrating predicament, as Lifehacker reader Ayana explains in this week’s Tech 911 question: Read more…

It sure sounds like Valve’s Gabe Newell is having a lovely time in New Zealand

Newell during a rare interview. | Image: 1 News Valve co-founder and president Gabe Newell has given one of his famously rare interviews with New Zealand’s 1 News. In it, he discusses his admiration for the island country, where he recently applied for residency after having sheltered there during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also used the interview to confirm that Valve does indeed have new games in development (though he declined to offer more details) Read more…

In WandaVision’s third episode, the devil really is in the details

It’s just a jump to the left and a step to the right for Wanda and Vision, who have time warped from the ‘50s and ‘60s to the 1970s. The third episode picks up right where the last ended: Wanda is pregnant, but she and Vision are still trying to figure out how they ended up in their perfect suburban life together with no past memories. It’s a wackier installment than the first two episodes, Read more…

Ever wondered what’s inside a Tesla battery pack? Watch this

Electric vehicle maker Tesla is lauded for its no compromises approach to battery technology. It knows drivers want big range, coupled with fast and ample recharging facilities. When it comes to these features, it’s fair to say that Tesla has set the standard. But what exactly goes into its battery packs. What do they even look like? [Read: How Netflix shapes mainstream culture, explained by data] Thankfully, electric vehicle restomodders like to take Tesla battery Read more…

The Morning After: The Galaxy S21 reviews are in

The verdict is in for Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series. We’ve got two separate reviews for you today, one on the premium Ultra variant and another for the standard S21 — which should also inform you of what to expect from the S21+ model. Don’t expect any…

Apple reportedly planning new MacBook Air design with MagSafe charging

The new MacBook Air with the M1 chip. | Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Apple is reportedly working on a new design for its MacBook Air that will include the return of MagSafe charging. Bloomberg News reports that the updated MacBook Air may appear later this year or in 2022, and is designed to be thinner and lighter than the existing model. Apple may make the MacBook Air smaller thanks to reduced bezels Read more…

YouTube finally enables HDR support on Xbox consoles

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge YouTube is finally enabling HDR support on Microsoft’s Xbox consoles. The HDR support works across existing Xbox One devices and new consoles like the Xbox Series X and Series S. As long as you have a TV or monitor capable of displaying HDR videos, the YouTube app will now automatically switch to output HDR content. The YouTube app on Xbox has never supported HDR previously, despite HDR being Read more…