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Top tech news for Wednesday, November 23, 2022 – The Verge

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Everyone’s getting a little tired of the constant Twitter discussion, so thank god Chinese smartphone company Honor is here with a fancy gadget to distract us all. It’s just announced its second foldable phone, the Magic VS, and the big news is that this one is actually getting release outside of China! Hurray!
Granted, it’s unlikely to ever get an official release stateside, but at least it’s good news for Europeans, who might finally have a valid competitor to Samsung’s foldables to choose from when the Magic VS releases there early next year.
In lighter news, Google search data suggests that Kia’s redesigned logo has led a not insubstantial amount of people to confusedly Google what in the world the “KN car” is. And finally, if you haven’t checked out the video component of our 4 out of 10 review of Meta’s $1,500 Quest Pro VR headset, I thoroughly recommend it.
For now, here’s a silly tweet:
Nov 23, 2022, 10:50 PM UTCSean Hollister
Remember when Umar pointed out that Tesla’s attempt to claim the “North American Charging Standard” was silly ‘cause most automakers use CCS instead? Well, Aptera — the zombie EV brand — claims it’ll use Tesla’s plug for its vehicle. Someday.
Will that unlock hundreds of millions in federal funding for Tesla charging stations, since the law mandates “non-proprietary charging connectors” open to “motor vehicle operators from more than one company”? Not by itself: the Federal Highway Administration’s current plan says each station needs four CCS chargers as well.
[Electrek]
Nov 23, 2022, 10:22 PM UTCMitchell Clark
We may soon get options besides thumbs up, heart eyes, laughing, shock, crying, and anger.
Nov 23, 2022, 8:04 PM UTCDavid Pierce
After Semafor reported that former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried owned a stake in Musk’s Twitter, Musk has been loudly denying that SBF is actually an investor.
Honestly, I’m not exactly sure what’s going on here. But here’s one theory that makes sense to me: that the FTX balance sheet including Twitter shares was either outdated, or like so many other things about FTX, straight-up inaccurate.
Nov 23, 2022, 7:47 PM UTCMitchell Clark
Two people have been arrested in connection to HashFlare. They’re accused of defrauding investors to the tune of half a billion dollars.
Nov 23, 2022, 7:22 PM UTCMitchell Clark
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union has withdrawn its petition to hold a union election at an Apple store in St. Louis. It says the decision is due to Apple’s “anti-union practices and increased hostility towards workers,” according to Bloomberg.
The accusation is similar to one from the Communications Workers of America union, which called off its own Apple store election earlier this year. Both the CWA and IAM have successfully unionized other Apple stores.
Nov 23, 2022, 6:40 PM UTCMitchell Clark
He’s running another poll, and we all know how the last one went.
Nov 23, 2022, 5:20 PM UTCAllison Johnson
OnePlus’ N300 comes with 33W wired charging and a very budget-friendly price tag, but it’s not enough to make up for a less-than-enjoyable experience.
Nov 23, 2022, 5:00 PM UTCAndrew Webster
It’s a goofy Christmas caper, but the special also feels like a prologue to the next Guardians movie.
Nov 23, 2022, 4:24 PM UTCJustine Calma
Governor Kathy Hochul signed a two-year moratorium on certain kinds of crypto mining after fears Bitcoin would bolster coal and gas-fired power in the state.
Nov 23, 2022, 2:35 PM UTCAndrew Webster
The unannounced title sounds like something very different from the company’s current efforts in mobile gaming.
Nov 23, 2022, 2:24 PM UTCJess Weatherbed
The German auto manufacturer is the latest company to offer subscription services for features a vehicle was already capable of.
Nov 23, 2022, 1:55 PM UTCThomas Ricker
The Elephant Card supports your iPhone for use as a full-featured Mac webcam. It costs less than $10 and folds up flat to easily fit into a pocket or wallet.
Nov 23, 2022, 1:08 PM UTCJennifer Pattison Tuohy
Aqara’s new Cube controller works with Apple Home and Amazon Alexa, with Matter support coming soon.
Nov 23, 2022, 12:50 PM UTCJon Porter
Its second foldable will bring some much needed competition to Europe.
Nov 23, 2022, 11:27 AM UTCJames Vincent
Twitter’s greatest poster has shared his thoughts on the platform’s new owner in an interview with The Washington Post. Here’s Dril on Musk:
“Everything he does is a comedic bit. He’s always trying to get a laugh, that’s why he makes all his cars suicidal. Just watching everything burn, it’s entertaining, that’s for sure.”
Wise words.
[Washington Post]
Nov 23, 2022, 11:22 AM UTCJess Weatherbed
Footage has emerged of workers clashing with hazmat-suited officials over delayed pay and working conditions. The world’s largest iPhone factory has been under strict covid lockdown for weeks.
Nov 22, 2022, 7:25 PM UTCMitchell Clark
A tale of rebrands, search engine optimization, and the difficulty of trying to figure out what car you’re looking at.
Nov 22, 2022, 3:10 PM UTCAdi Robertson
Meta’s $1,499 headset is better at showcasing VR’s weaknesses than its new strengths.
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