NASA delays launch of rover designed to search and drill for water on the Moon

An artistic rendering of NASA’s VIPER lander on the Moon | Image: NASA NASA is delaying the flight of its VIPER rover — a specialized bot designed to hunt for water on the surface of the Moon. Originally set to embark on its lunar expedition in November of 2023, VIPER is now targeting a launch in November of 2024 in order to allow for testing of the lander that will deliver the vehicle to the Moon’s surface, according to NASA.
Standing for Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, VIPER is a big component of NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to send humans back to the Moon. The robotic rover is, in essence, a prospector. Equipped with specialized agile wheels, science instruments, and a drill, VIPER is designed to hunt for water ice that is thought to be located on the Moon’s surface in order to…
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Chris Evans still misses his iPhone 6S and its home button

Chris Evans as Lloyd Hansen in The Gray Man | Image: Paul Abell/Netflix Fans of buttons can count on Captain America for support, as Chris Evans notes that even after a few weeks with a newer phone, he still prefers his old iPhone 6S and its button. The topic came up in an interview with Collider(via iMore)while doing a press tour for Netflix’s $200 million+, Russo brothers-directed spy flick The Gray Man, which he stars in along with Ryan Gosling.
Evans is far from the only person still stuck on the missing button (he and Donald Trump agree on at least one thing), which Apple swapped for a solid circle with taptic engine feedback on the iPhone 7, and eventually dropped entirely from the iPhone X onward. Evans’ other big complaint is that it’s just too heavy. Like many people who struggle with bulkier…
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Today I learned Amazon will recycle small electronics for free

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge If you have a flip phone that you haven’t used in over a decade, or maybe even a broken tablet, Amazon will pay for a shipping label that you can use to send it in to get recycled. Apparently, this recycling program has been a thing for a while now, but several of us at The Verge never even knew about it until we saw this tweet from journalist Dave Zatz, and thought it might be a good idea to spread the word.
Amazon’s recycling program lets you ship your small electronics for free from any UPS dropoff point (you just have to provide the packaging). Amazon then transfers the devices it receives to a licensed recycling facility, and notes that it will remove or destroy any “identifying marks or personal information” during the process….
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You’re not hearing things — yes, the Twitter app chirps now

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge A few of us at The Verge have noticed something new about Twitter’s iOS app: when you pull down to refresh your feed, you might hear a couple of new noises. One is a little windup trill that plays when you first pull the feed, and after your feed is done refreshing, you might hear a short confirmation chirp. (Though the sounds are more robotic than any real-life bird I’ve heard.)
I made a recording so you can hear what I’m hearing. It’s a little different from the short “pop” you might have heard when refreshing before.
Anybody else hearing this when you pull to refresh on Twitter’s iOS app? pic.twitter.com/x0BsxbZF2u
— Jay Peters (@jaypeters) July 15, 2022 We’re not exactly sure when the change kicked in, but we first noticed it…
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Amazon Prime Day 2022: the best deals you can still get

Illustration by Grayson Blackmon / The Verge Prime Day may be done and dusted, but there are still plenty of awesome deals to be found at Amazon and other retailers. Right now, for instance, are still plenty of discounts to be found on true wireless earbuds, laptops, TVs, video games, and a host of other tech. A few of the highlights still available include the Beats Fit Pro — which are still discounted to $159.95 (normally $200) — as well as the Apple Watch SE, which currently starts at $219 ($60 off).
We’ll continue to update this page by adding any products that we might have missed and removing anything that’s no longer available, so make sure to check back regularly.
Some of the best Prime Day deals still standing The HP Envy x360 15 is a convertible laptop that typically… Continue reading…

The Chipofy USB-C cable with a built-in power display is selling for a new low on Prime Day

Yes, that’s a power meter in this USB-C cable that costs only a bit more than $15 right now. | Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge All kinds of stuff are on sale when Amazon Prime Day lasts two whole days. Here are some things we love, some of our favorites, and even some utter crap. But one intriguing piece of tech that’s currently on a Lightning Deal is the Chipofy 6.6-foot USB-C 100W charging cable, complete with a freakin’ built-in display for power metering. This nifty little tool is on sale for just $15.32, a savings of $10.67 (41 percent) off its regular $25.99 asking price. It outputs enough wattage to power and charge even some full-size laptops, but the best part is you’ll know exactly how many watts are actually reaching your device. Read our hands-on impressions here.
What else is better to get us tech nerds excited like a speedy USB-C cable that can…
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The best Prime Day 2022 deals on smart home tech

The excellent Roborock S7 mop / vacuum hybrid robot vacuum is $220 off for Prime Day. | Photo by Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge Amazon Prime Day is the second-best time of year to bag some smart home gadgets at excellent prices. While Black Friday and its various offshoots traditionally have deeper discounts and wider product options, Prime Day feels strategically situated on the calendar as an ideal buying season for those invested in the smart home. This is particularly true if you are looking for some bargains on Amazon Alexa devices or compatible gadgets.
This year, there are some good deals to be found for Prime members this July 12th and 13th on everything from smart thermostats and smart locks to security cameras and smart lighting. Plus, it’s a great time to stock up on a couple more Echo speakers if there’s a room in your house that still doesn’t have…
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YouTube’s picture-in-picture mode is rolling out to more iPhone and iPad users

Floating YouTube videos, (maybe) coming to a screen near you. | Image: Google Google has announced that YouTube’s picture-in-picture mode for iOS and iPadOS, which lets you watch videos in a floating window while using other apps, is rolling out to more people. According to a community post on Monday, people running iOS 15 should start seeing the feature soon, though there is some fragmentation in its availability.
YouTube Premium subscribers should be getting access to the feature no matter where in the world they live — as long as its an area where you can actually get YouTube Premium, of course — and they’ll be able to use it to watch any sort of content. For non-paying YouTube users, YouTube only mentions that picture-in-picture is available in the US. Within the US, though, the company says that “everyone…
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Ford-backed autonomous car startup Argo AI lays off 150 employees

An Argo AI vehicle in Miami, Florida. | Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Argo AI, an autonomous vehicle startup backed by both Ford and Volkswagen, has laid off about 150 employees, as reported earlier by Bloombergand The Wall Street Journal. The move is supposed to offset a period of rapid growth, in which the company hired more employees than needed.
“With incredible growth and progress made in our mission to deploy driverless vehicles, we are making prudent adjustments to our business plan to best continue on a path for success,” Argo AI said in an emailed statement obtained by Bloomberg. The Verge reached out to Argo AI with a request for comment but didn’t immediately hear back.
As noted by the WSJ, the layoffs make up about 6 percent of the Pittsburgh-based company’s 2,000-person team. Argo AI was…
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Rogers restores service for ‘vast majority’ of customers after massive outage

Rogers Communications provides mobile and home phone services, internet, and cable to millions of Canadians. Canadian telecom giant Rogers Communications says it has restored connectivity to the “vast majority” of customers following a major outage that took down its internet, mobile, and home phone services on Friday. In an update posted to Twitter on Saturday morning, Rogers explained that some customers “may experience a delay in regaining full service” as it works to get everyone back online.
Tony Staffieri, the president and CEO of Rogers, wrote a message to customers Saturday afternoon, announcing that services “have been restored” and that its network and systems “are close to fully operational.” Staffieri attributes the outage to a “network system failure following a maintenance update” that caused an issue with the company’s routers.
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