Top tech news for Monday, January 9, 2023 – The Verge

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It’s been rumored for years, but 2023 might finally see Apple launch its long awaited mixed reality headset. That’s according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman (and previously reported by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo), who reports that the device could be revealed ahead of this year’s WWDC, ready to ship this fall. There’s no guarantee that Apple will actually hit this internal deadline (it’s apparently having issues with drop testing), but its announcement still seems closer than ever.
In the more immediate future, Raspberry Pi has a new camera module it's announcing today. The big addition with the Camera Module 3 is autofocus support, which should allow Pi users to take crisper photographs with the diminutive DIY computers. There are also reports that Apple is preparing to open its first stores in India, a country that’s an increasingly important manufacturing hub for the company.
Finally, if you missed out on our CES coverage this year, then I heartily recommend giving our CES awards a read as a nice summary of the biggest announcements of the show. You can find a complete roundup of our coverage here; just be warned that it’s a little… exhaustive.
For now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day:
Jan 10, 2023, 3:59 AM UTCCharles Pulliam-Moore
Kang the Conqueror looms large in the latest ad for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Jan 9, 2023, 10:48 PM UTCMitchell Clark
They, along with all the other YouTube Partner Program members, will have to accept new terms first, though.
Jan 9, 2023, 10:22 PM UTCRichard Lawler
Cabel Sasser is the co-founder of Panic (maker of the Playdate handheld) and also, apparently, a sucker for trawling Yahoo Japan auctions.
His annual thread of finds kicks off 2023 with some classic equipment perfect for any retro gamers, an uncle who just woke up from a 17-year coma, or any Sega fanboy / senior news editors you happen to know. And if that’s not rare enough, try this Hitachi Car Navi GPS Sega Saturn with Karaoke.
Jan 9, 2023, 10:15 PM UTCMitchell Clark
It’s also dropping some social features for the headset.
Jan 9, 2023, 10:14 PM UTCJay Peters
Apple will apparently start with a chip that replaces the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chip it already uses from Broadcom, but down the line, it might make a chip that includes cellular functionality, too.
Jan 9, 2023, 10:12 PM UTCBarbara Krasnoff
As reported by 9to5Google, Google has pulled its Switch Access feature (which lets you use either physical switches or facial expressions to control your Android phone) from its Accessibility Suite and made it into a separate app. This way, apparently, the feature can be more easily updated. Which is fine, but be aware that you may end up with two separate Switch Access entries in your Accessibility listing — at least, for now.
Curious about this, and Android’s other accessibility features? We’ve got some info for you.

Jan 9, 2023, 8:33 PM UTCChris Welch
It falls off the wall if the batteries all run out. Need I say more?
Jan 9, 2023, 8:27 PM UTCJay Peters
Horizon Worlds is getting a new ‘Account Status’ feature and a way to prevent vote-to-kick spam. They’re useful additions but also feel like things that should have been added long ago.
Jan 9, 2023, 7:07 PM UTCMia Sato
The company began testing a home feed without the Shop tab last year. Starting in February, the app’s main navigation will look different for all users.
Jan 9, 2023, 7:06 PM UTCAlex Heath
That’s one of the scoops in the first edition of my new newsletter for The Verge called Command Line, which hit inboxes last Thursday. Also in the edition: an exclusive on how Meta is attempting to fix the bureaucracy in its Reality Labs vision (who knew “pre-meetings” were a thing?), a chat over DM with Jack Dorsey about the promise of decentralized social media, and an interview with Shopify’s COO about the company’s plan to kill meetings.
Subscribe to Command Line to get last week’s edition in your inbox and the next one when it arrives this Thursday.
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Jan 9, 2023, 6:50 PM UTCAndrew J. Hawkins
Musk said he would update the driver-assist system to allow certain drivers to turn off steering wheel warnings, which apparently caught the attention of federal regulators at NHTSA.
Jan 9, 2023, 6:21 PM UTCMitchell Clark
Android 13’s photo picker will be available on some devices with Android 11 and 12.
Jan 9, 2023, 5:59 PM UTCSean Hollister
Why re-download a game on Steam Deck if you’ve already got it installed on another PC? Valve has been asking itself that question, too! SteamDB noticed it’s working on a feature where you can transfer games directly over LAN, saving time and/or your data cap.
Steam’s existing vestigial backup feature didn’t work well with Deck; can’t wait to do this instead.
Jan 9, 2023, 5:38 PM UTCTom Warren
Microsoft is rumored to be holding a special Xbox event later this month. Windows Central reports a “Developer_Direct” games show will be held on January 25th with Arkane, Bethesda, and more.
Games like Redfall, Forza Motorsport, and Minecraft Legends are all expected to appear, but Starfield might be skipping the show entirely. Microsoft is expected to announce this event in the coming days.
[Windows Central]
Jan 9, 2023, 5:31 PM UTCAdi Robertson
Copyright is a rare exception to America’s expansive legal shields for platforms.
Jan 9, 2023, 5:23 PM UTCEmma Roth
In 2019, WhatsApp sued the Israel-based NSO Group for allegedly accessing its servers and deploying Pegasus spyware, allowing it to surveil 1,400 people on the app. With the Supreme Court’s approval, the case will move forward in a California Northern District court.
[NBC News]
Jan 9, 2023, 5:18 PM UTCJess Weatherbed
Updated regulations require new properties to be built with gigabit broadband connections and make it easier to install into existing blocks of flats across the UK.
Jan 9, 2023, 4:41 PM UTCCharles Pulliam-Moore
Netflix initially renewed Shion Takeuchi’s Inside Job adult animated series for a second season shortly after the first half of its first season debuted back in the fall of 2021. Between Netflix’s ordering more episodes, and the second batch of episodes ending on something of a cliffhanger, it seemed very much like the streamer was serious about keeping Inside Job going.
But over the weekend, Takeuchi took to her Twitter account to announce that, unfortunately, Inside Job’s going the way of Blockbuster, 1899, and GLOW.
Jan 9, 2023, 4:19 PM UTCEmma Roth
The company signed a memorandum of understanding with the American Farm Bureau Federation — but can exit the agreement if state or federal right-to-repair laws go into effect.
Jan 9, 2023, 3:47 PM UTCJames Vincent
ChatGPT has sent the web wild with its surprising and eloquent demos — but don’t forget it’s also a business. Forbes reports that ChatGPT will soon be used by customer service automater Ada, which works with companies from Meta to AirAsia. AI is already widely deployed in customer service, so it’s no surprise that ChatGPT’s skills are being recruited, too.
Jan 9, 2023, 2:53 PM UTCRichard Lawler
Becca Farsace and The Verge video team will take you through the best tech Las Vegas had to offer over the last week.
Matter took home our Best in Show award because of its potential for connecting the smart home, but it had plenty of competition on the show floor.
Jan 9, 2023, 2:11 PM UTCRichard Lawler
And with that, CES 2023 is over.
Now we wait to see all of those screens, chips, sensors, and cars appear in real life. That is, of course, assuming ever actually ship — on the Vergecast we had some doubts about that Sony sedan.
See anything we missed? Let me know in the comments (you can click these posts now, right there on the first line.)
Jan 9, 2023, 11:43 AM UTCJess Weatherbed
Version of Samsung’s Nearby Device Scanning adds a new ‘Matter EasyPair’ feature (seen via Sammobile), which automatically alerts Galaxy users to nearby Matter-compatible devices for a speedier connection, similar to Fast Pair on Android.
The update has started rolling out to some users via the Galaxy Store.
Jan 9, 2023, 11:32 AM UTCTom Warren
Microsoft has reportedly been looking at ways of integrating OpenAI’s GPT features into Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
Jan 9, 2023, 11:27 AM UTCTom Warren
There are six Oreo cookies available in 22 countries that unlock Xbox skins and armor.
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