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China now has two history-making robots sending back images from an area of the Moon where humankind has never been before. This side of the Moon is distant and mysterious, but, despite pop culture references to the contrary, it isn’t always dark. In fact, after touching down on the lunar surface, the probe sent back a snapshot of its new home that shows a rocky, cratered, and distinctly lit landscape.

China’s probe — which includes a lander and a rover — landed at 10:26AM Thursday, Beijing time, as part of China’s Chang’e-4 mission to scout out the side of the Moon we can’t see from Earth. Since it takes the Moon roughly the same amount of time to spin around its axis as it does to orbit the Earth, we only see one half of the Moon: its...

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https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/3/18167356/china-change-4-mission-lunar-lander-rover-moon-dark-far-side

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Audio company Klipsch has announced a new series of smart sound bars ahead of CES 2019. The five new sound bars have options like built-in Google Assistant, Alexa, and, in one model, Dolby Atmos. They will cost between $299 and $1,599 and will be rolling out this spring, with a couple of the models shipping this fall.

Klipsch’s new sound bars will range from 40 inches to 54 inches in length. The smallest is the Klipsch Bar 40, which is also available as the Bar 40G with Google Assistant built in. The Klipsch Bar 48 is the next largest and also comes as the Bar 48W, which is loaded with Google Assistant, Alexa, AirPlay 2, and DTS Virtual:X surround sound. Lastly, the Klipsch Bar 54A comes with Dolby Atmos and discrete elevation drivers....

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https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/3/18167286/klipsch-new-smart-sound-bar-google-assistant-alexa-dolby-atmos-ces-2019

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioner Brendan Carr are canceling their appearances at CES this year as a consequence of the ongoing partial government shutdown, according to Politico Pro.

Pai’s planned session with moderator Gary Shapiro, from the Consumer Technology Association, would have focused on “the exciting opportunities the FCC faces as the agency navigates the rapidly changing technological landscape.”

Carr was expected to attend a roundtable session with Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter to discuss regulatory and policy issues involving 5G, privacy and accessibly, along with other topics.

Both events have been removed from the CES schedule, but organizers have yet to...

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https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/3/18167311/ajit-pai-fcc-ces-19-consumer-electronics-government-shutdown

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YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul are working to protect their upcoming boxing rematch against pirated live streams after their initial fight was pirated by more than a million viewers. In a video published yesterday, KSI says that in addition to sorting out distribution options and a location for the match, they’re also “working on protection and the legal side of things when it comes to streaming.”

, though these are subject to DMCA...

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https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/3/18167116/logan-paul-ksi-boxing-rematch-youtube-live-stream-pirates

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An official Spectrum TV app has been released for Apple TV customers after delays pushed back Charter’s planned 2018 launch for the app into the new year. The free app is straightforward, allowing subscribers to watch Spectrum programming — both live channels and on-demand content — when an Apple TV is connected to Spectrum home internet service without requiring the customer to sign in with their account details.

To use the new Spectrum TV app, you’ll need an active Spectrum TV / internet subscription and a fourth-generation Apple TV (or the Apple TV 4K).

The Spectrum app isn’t going to radically change your Apple TV experience, but if you’re already paying for Spectrum, it doesn’t hurt to know there’s another way to access the...

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https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/3/18167304/charter-spectrum-app-apple-tv-login

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General Motors confirmed on Thursday that it sold its 200,000th plug-in vehicle in the US during the fourth quarter of 2018, which has triggered a slow phaseout of the $7,500 federal tax credit over the next 15 months. GM is the second automaker to pass this mark; Tesla reached 200,000 vehicles sold in the US last summer.

Customers of GM cars that are eligible for the credit (like the Chevy Bolt or the Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid) will only be able to receive a maximum of $3,750 starting on April 1st. The maximum available credit will halve again on October 1st to $1,875, and it will completely phase out six months later in April 2020.

The EV tax credit was created by the Obama administration in 2009 to encourage automakers to embrace...

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https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/3/18166619/gm-ev-tax-credit-bolt-sales

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Asus made a tablet that runs on Chrome OS for the first time, and it’s made with students in mind. The Chromebook Tablet CT100 has a 9.7-inch touchscreen and is supposed to be protected against drops by its rubberized chassis and tempered glass display.

Chrome OS is relatively new to tablets, and it has mainly been put to use in classrooms where it’s dominated US sales in recent years. The latest Asus tablet gives schools another option for devices.

Asus’ Chromebook Tablet is powered by a hexa-core OP1 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It has a USB-C port, and Asus claims the tablet has “a full school day” of battery life — so, presumably, seven hours on a single charge.

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https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/3/18167066/asus-chrome-os-tablet-classroom-specs

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A gift card is a good gift to give or receive because you can use it on anything. Some might know exactly what to buy with it, or maybe they’ll stow it away for later use. If you don’t know what you’ll use it for, or if you just want to spend it now on something cool, we’d like to direct you to a few popular products from The Verge’s Holiday Gift Guide that cover a range of prices. Most of the products below are available on Amazon, though a few can be found at Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and others.

Gifts under $20

Gifts under $50

Gifts under / over $100

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https://www.theverge.com/good-deals/2019/1/3/18166975/holiday-gift-card-video-game-smartphone-headphones-recommendation

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Last month, AT&T filed several trademark applications for “Verge TV”, which suggests the company may be working on a new streaming television service that has a really great name. Seriously, we think “Verge TV” sounds like a great idea. Please check out our YouTube channel.

If it’s not just a re-brand, Verge TV would be AT&T’s third streaming TV service, following its acquisition of Time Warner’s DirecTV Now and the launch of WatchTV in 2018. A few days before filing the trademark, we noted that AT&T plans to bully its way to streaming domination, and a flurry of new streaming services could be part of that plan. We just didn’t know that bullying would feel so personal.

Unfortunately, AT&T, we simply can’t let you have The Verge — if...

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https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/3/18167137/att-verge-tv-streaming

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Warning: spoilers ahead for some of the endings of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Careers in game design are widely considered dream jobs — one of the ultimate versions of getting paid to do what you love. Black Mirror’s new interactive episode Bandersnatch lets you experience one — and then concludes that a career in the arts is a nightmare dystopia with no escape. The new Netflix project is a painful parable about how creating commercial art leads to misery, despair, and the destruction of everyone and everything you love.

And yet as dark as Bandersnatch is, its picture of the creative life still isn’t bleak enough. For actual working artists, Black Mirror often looks too optimistic — not least because it oddly never presents art as work....

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https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/3/18167033/black-mirror-bandersnatch-netflix-missing-pieces-dead-ends-game-design