Read issue #1 of Daily Digest, by Mailbrew Team.
Friday May, 2024
The dog from the doge meme has died
Mia SatoMay 24
Kabosu, the shiba inu doge dog, lying on the floor, eyes peering up softly.
Photo: Cameron Allan McKean / The Verge

The face of one of the defining memes of the 2010s, the doge meme, died on Friday. Kabosu, the shiba inu with the knowing face that launched a million internet jokes, was 18 when she died, her owner posted on Instagram.

Kabosu’s …

ChatGPT has a Scarlett Johansson problem
David PierceMay 24
A photo of Sam Altman over a Vergecast illustration.
Photo by JASON REDMOND / AFP via Getty Images, Image by Alex Parkin / The Verge

Did you think Sky, the new and newly personable voice of ChatGPT, sounded like Samantha from Her? Not everyone did, but enough people noticed a distinct Scarlett Johansson...ness in the chatbot that it became …

Here’s why deleted iPhone photos returned to some iOS devices
Jess WeatherbedMay 24
A picture of an iPhone with the iOS Photos app on-screen.
Turns out the “deleted” files may have been on devices this entire time. | Photo: Wes Davis / The Verge

We finally have a better understanding of why devices running iOS 17.5 started resurfacing long-deleted photos, courtesy of Apple and some third-party researchers. While Apple released the iOS 17.5.1 …

Fortnite’s new post-apocalyptic season has Fallout, Magneto, and vehicular mayhem
Andrew WebsterMay 24
A screenshot from the video game Fortnite.
Image: Epic Games

Out with the gods, in with... a post-apocalypse. After some teasing, Fortnitejust launched its latest battle royale season — we’re up to Chapter 5: Season 3 — and it’s heavily inspired by Mad Max and Fallout (in fact, Fallout is part of it). …

Even J.Lo in a mech suit can’t save Netflix’s by-the-numbers AI thriller
Andrew WebsterMay 24
A still photo from the Netflix film Atlas.
Image: Netflix

You would think that a sci-fi movie where Jennifer Lopez partners with a smart-ass, sentient mech suit to fight against her evil AI brother would be a little more fun. Alas, AtlasNetflix’s latest attempt at a hit streaming action movie — takes itself far too seriously. …

You can now share passwords within your Google family group
Umar ShakirMay 23
Illustration showing six different multicolored door keys on a light blue background.
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Google is now letting users securely share passwords with members of their own family group over the internet, making it easier for everyone in the household to access passwords for shared services like Netflix. The new ability is included in the Google Play …

You can save up to $20 on Anker’s newest Qi2 power banks
Quentyn KennemerMay 23
Anker MagGo charger sitting on nightstand
Anker’s latest wireless chargers work great whether you’re on the move or getting ready for bed. | Image: Anker

I’m in the process of overhauling my entire arsenal of chargers now that the world is finding common ground when it comes to charging tech — whether voluntarily or not. …

IRS extends its Free File tax program for five more years
Emma RothMay 23
Illustration: Hugo Herrera / The Verge

The IRS Free File program will be around for another five years. The agency has announced that it’s extending the program through October 2029, allowing people to file their taxes with one of the IRS’s partners for free.

The Free File program got more …

Why is Google telling us to put glue on pizza?
Kylie RobisonMay 23
Photo illustration of a computer with a brain on the screen.
Illustration by Cath Virginia / The Verge | Photos by Getty Images

Imagine this: you’ve carved out an evening to unwind and decide to make a homemade pizza. You assemble your pie, throw it in the oven, and are excited to start eating. But once you get ready to take …

Leak: the Asus ROG Ally X will have twice the battery at 80Wh and two USB-C ports
Sean HollisterMay 23
VideoCardz obtained this first — very modified —image of the Ally X. | Image: VideoCardz

I exclusively revealed what the Asus ROG Ally X handheld gaming PC will be all about and even touched an early prototype, but Asus wouldn’t talk specs ahead of its June 2nd release. But …

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