Day: February 13, 2020

Facebook quietly releases a Pinterest clone

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A new app from Facebook’s new products division looks an awful lot like Pinterest, The Information reports. Hobbi is a photo-sharing app where you can “capture and organize your creative process” like cooking, baking, arts and crafts, fitness or home decor, according to its page in the App Store.

Aimed at hobbyists, the app organizes photos of projects into collections so users can track their progress over time, TechCrunch notes. It doesn’t have a social sharing component, but Hobbi can be used to create videos of projects after they’re finished.

App Store preview of Hobbi

Facebook introduced its New Product Experimentation team last summer to develop experimental apps outside of the company’s core brands. So far…

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Robert Pattinson’s Batman revealed in new teaser video

Robert Pattinson is the new Batman, and thanks to a new teaser, we just got a first look at what he looks like in the famous batsuit.

Matt Reeves, who is directing the new Batman movie, shared a screen test of Pattinson in the new suit, and many Verge editors, myself included, are very here for it.

I loved Christian Bale as Batman, and I never thought another actor would really replace him as the Batman in my mind. (I never saw any of the movies with Ben Affleck as Batman, but my understanding is that they weren’t great.) But based just on this short video, I think Pattinson could have a real shot at becoming my favorite version of the caped…

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What you need to know about the Australia bushfires

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Australia faced a devastating start to it’s fire season in late 2019, and things swiftly got worse before rains helped contain many of the worst fires in February 2020. The Verge will update this page with news and analyses.

What’s happened so far?

Dozens of fires erupted in New South Wales, Australia, prompting the government to declare a state of emergency in November 2019. Fires rapidly spread across all states to become some of the most devastating on record. An area about the size of South Korea, roughly 25.5 million acres, has burned. At least 33 people are dead, including at least three volunteer firefighters, and more are missing. Around 3,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged. As blazes intensified in the days leading up to…

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Roku predicts half of US households with a TV will cut the cord by 2024

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Roku just reported a strong holiday quarter, which doesn’t really come as a surprise: there’s no time of year when people buy more streaming boxes, sticks, or new TVs that happen to run Roku’s software. The company ended 2019 with 36.9 million active accounts, and customers streamed 11.7 billion hours of content in the fourth quarter.

“We have now entered the streaming decade when we believe consumers around the world will choose streaming as their primary way of viewing TV,” Roku CEO Anthony Wood wrote in his letter to investors. Roku believes that by 2024, half of all US households with a TV will have either cut the cord or never had cable to begin with.

During the earnings call, Roku CFO Steve Louden said the company’s hardware…

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