Top tech news for Thursday, January 26, 2023 – The Verge

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Remember the Cybertruck? The cyberpunk-inspired pickup truck that Tesla announced all the way back in 2019? It’s been delayed again. Last year CEO Elon Musk said he hoped deliveries would start in the middle of 2023, but as of Tesla’s earnings call yesterday the company now doesn’t expect the vehicle to enter mass production until 2024. Here’s our full writeup on the company’s earnings release.
After banning Donald Trump from its platforms in 2021, Meta has now announced it plans to allow the former president back on Instagram and Facebook. Trump has also been unbanned from Twitter, although as of this writing he is yet to resume tweeting and instead favors communicating via his own social media platform Truth Social.
Now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day:
Jan 27, 2023, 1:48 AM UTCTom Warren and Andrew Webster
After years of rights issues, a remastered version of GoldenEye 007 has finally arrived on Xbox, along with a port of the original for Switch that adds online multiplayer.
Jan 27, 2023, 12:56 AM UTCJay Peters
Irwin has become one of the most prominent execs at the company under Musk’s turbulent tenure. Bloomberg reporter Davey Alba shared some of the highlights of the piece in a Twitter thread, which I also recommend reading.
Jan 26, 2023, 11:55 PM UTCMitchell Clark
It’s now easier to protect your private tabs.
Jan 26, 2023, 9:02 PM UTCUmar Shakir
Ford is working with dealerships to enhance mobile service options for more customers — giving them access to free vehicle pickup and delivery as well as providing on-site repairs that competing companies like Tesla offer.
Jan 26, 2023, 8:15 PM UTCAndrew J. Hawkins
The proposed rule would likely affect an estimated 100,000 vehicles that operate in the five boroughs. And Uber and Lyft have both set the goal of transitioning to an all-electric fleet by 2030.
Jan 26, 2023, 6:30 PM UTCAndrew J. Hawkins
The Activesphere is an autonomous electric vehicle with rugged features designed for off-roading and outdoor lovers. It’s the fourth in a series of concepts that Audi says will guide its design process in the future.
Jan 26, 2023, 6:19 PM UTCChris Person
Artist Retroldtech produces and sells tiny scale models of retro gaming consoles, and they decided to take a crack at a model from Sony’s iconic video monitor line.
Is the screen real? Can you plug your MiSTer or old consoles into it? No, but it looks fun and comes with your choice of six swappable screens. Get this and save money so you can buy a VGA monitor and maybe a Retrotink 5x instead.
Jan 26, 2023, 6:02 PM UTCJames Vincent
It’s the latest media organization to turn to automated methods to process content. But the company says its newsroom will stay focused on human work.
Jan 26, 2023, 5:42 PM UTCJay Peters
On the web, you might see a different font. It’s unclear why Twitter changed it, but the new font has some tweaks that might make it easier to spot impersonators.
Jan 26, 2023, 5:00 PM UTCDan Seifert
Noise-canceling wireless earbuds aren’t just great for listening to music or podcasts — they are also great for turning down the volume of the world around you.
Jan 26, 2023, 4:58 PM UTCAllison Johnson
Antarctica is a great place to find meteorites because they stand out against the ice so well.
In just four minutes, cosmochemist Maria Valdes tells NPR the delightful story of finding a rare cantaloupe-sized meteorite on the frozen continent, and how to spot the difference between actual space rock and — this is the scientific term — a meteor wrong.
Jan 26, 2023, 4:33 PM UTCJess Weatherbed
The AI-powered Watermark Remover.io effortlessly erases watermarks on copyrighted images in seconds.
Jan 26, 2023, 4:00 PM UTCMitchell Clark
It could be especially useful after a bad experience.
Jan 26, 2023, 3:46 PM UTCJennifer Pattison Tuohy
The smart home camera company known for its battery tech is launching its first hardwired security camera today.
Announced last September, the $99.99 Blink Wired Floodlight Camera features person detection with local processing, plus local storage (with its Sync Module 2). This is the first camera from Blink — which is owned by Amazon — to offer local processing powered by Amazon’s AZ2 silicon chip.
Jan 26, 2023, 3:32 PM UTCRichard Lawler
Besides Elon Musk, other businesses also have quarterly reports. Today that list includes Intel later this afternoon, and Comcast, which said it shed 440,000 TV subscribers in three months but added 365,000 customers to Xfinity Mobile.
For now, we’re looking at keyboards and controllers, as Sony’s new $199.99 DualSense Edge gamepad is available, but only directly from Sony. Check out our review to see if it’s worth the high price.
Jan 26, 2023, 2:15 PM UTCAntonio G. Di Benedetto
The AM Compact Touch is a weird half measure between a 65 percent layout and a HHKB. It’s a joy to use when I don’t want to throw it into a river.
Jan 26, 2023, 1:50 PM UTCJon Porter
Leaked renders of the OnePlus Pad show off its interesting-looking camera bump ahead of its launch on February 7th.
Jan 26, 2023, 12:31 PM UTCJames Vincent
DoNotPay has aggressively marketed itself as the “world’s first robot lawyer” — an easy way to automate small claims and lawsuits using AI. But this fantastic test of the service is mostly damning. As author Kathryn Tewson writes:
“There is literally nothing AI about this. This is a straight-up plug-and-chug document wizard, and it is not well done at all.”
[Techdirt]
Jan 26, 2023, 11:27 AM UTCJames Vincent
But Springer Nature says it has no problem with AI being used to help write research — as long as its use is acknowledged.
Jan 26, 2023, 10:54 AM UTCTom Warren
A smartphone market recovery in 2023 looks unlikely as consumer demand weakens amid rising inflation.
Jan 26, 2023, 12:27 AM UTCUmar Shakir
Cybertruck full volume production will not be realized until 2024, reveals Elon Musk.
Jan 25, 2023, 10:15 PM UTCMakena Kelly
The social media giant banned the former president following the deadly January 6th attack at the Capitol two years ago. 
Jan 25, 2023, 9:35 PM UTCAndrew J. Hawkins
The company ended its third year in a row in the black, but price cuts and flagging demand mean there are more questions than answers.
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