OS 13.5

iOS 13.5 is out now with a faster way to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask

Apple released iOS 13.5 today with two new features that are a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic: changes to Face ID to make it easier to unlock your phone if you’re wearing a face mask and support for the first phase of Apple and Google’s jointly-developed exposure notification system.

YouTube’s Activision

YouTube’s Activision partnership finally leads to Call of Duty

The Call of Duty League (CDL) announced on Tuesday that you’ll soon be able to earn in-game rewards, or “drops,” for watching CDL broadcasts, and the Overwatch League has detailed its plans for drops as well. The announcements follow Activision Blizzard and YouTube’s multiyear deal announced in January 

5G markets

Verizon switches on 5G uploads in all 5G markets

In the majority of Verizon’s 5G markets, uploads have so far remained on LTE and been unable to match the blistering download speeds of millimeter-wave.

Netflix

Netflix is starting to restore normal streaming quality in parts of Europe

Netflix is working to restore streaming quality in various European countries following government requests for the company to reduce bandwidth usage out of fear that it was putting too much stress on broadband connections.

Facebook’s oversight

Questions about Facebook’s oversight board Quibi’s popularity

On this episode of The Vergecast, hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn welcome on a few of our colleagues to discuss the week’s important stories.

GTA V for free

The Epic Games Store has been down for hours as everyone tries to get GTA V for free

The Epic Games Store has been counting down to the launch of an unnamed free title at 11AM ET today, and we learned last night that game would be Rockstar’s smash hit Grand Theft Auto V, thanks to an early tweet posted by Epic Games’ official Twitter account.

TikTok

TikTok hit with complaint from child privacy advocates who say it’s still flouting the law

A group of child privacy advocates has filed a complaint against TikTok with the Federal Trade Commission, claiming the video app violated an agreement to protect children on its platform

COVID-19

Free new interactive online service for educators affected by COVID-19

The World Literacy Foundation announced today the development of an interactive “Netflix” type platform to equip educators with resources that have been affected by the indefinite school lockdown as a result of COVID-19.

Motorola’s foldable

Motorola’s foldable Razr gets some new features with its Android 10 update

Motorola is rolling out the Android 10 update for the foldable Razr and adding a host of new features for the external “Quick View” display and some new visual customization options for icons.

digital gift cards

Twitch is now selling digital gift cards

Twitch is now selling official gift cards you can use to buy items on the popular streaming platform, the company announced today. Despite being a free service, Twitch offers a number of ways you can spend money, including buying subscriptions to channels and paying for Twitch’s.

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