Nick Statt

The Verge

@nickstatt

  • Currently a San Francisco-based reporter at The Verge covering Silicon Valley, gaming, and AI.
  • Graduated from Stony Brook University in 2012 with a degree in journalism and a minor in philosophy.
  • Previously worked for CNET, ReadWrite, and Flipboard.
Palmer Luckey is giving away free audio repair kits for Oculus Rift owners

Feb 19

In a blog post, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey says he’s offering free audio repair kits to owners of the initial consumer version of the Oculus Rift headset, which suffers from a widespread audio cutout issue that Luckey says is caused by a “failure of the com…

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Amazon starts selling Echo Wall Clock again after issuing connectivity fix

Feb 18

After a few weeks back in the product lab, Amazon’s Echo Wall Clock is again ready to ship after the company released a software update to address connectivity issues plaguing the initial version of the product that began selling last month.

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Apex Legends players think its in-game items are way too expensive

Feb 16

An interesting case study in the limits of free-to-play pricing

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Hasbro’s new Fortnite Nerf guns launch on March 22nd, with preorders starting today

Feb 16

Hasbro, owner of the Nerf brand, today revealed its full lineup of Fortnite-themed Nerf products, including the previously announced AR-L Elite blaster modeled after the SCAR in Epic Games’ hit battle royale game. Prior to today, only the AR-L Elite was confi…

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Apple buys AI voice startup that helps companies build Alexa and Google Assistant apps

Feb 15

Apple has acquired a San Francisco-based artificial intelligence startup called PullString that specializes in helping companies build conversational voice apps, according to a report from Axios. It may be used to help accelerate the adoption of Siri.

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Dragon Quest XI S is coming to the Nintendo Switch this fall with 8-bit graphics option

Feb 13

The latest main entry in the long-running Japanese RPG series Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest XI, is coming to the Nintendo Switch this fall, the company announced during one of its Direct live stream events this afternoon. The port features new music, new charact…

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Twitter is testing a pop-up mini profile inside of threads

Feb 13

Twitter is testing a profile preview feature that could make threads much easier to parse. The company is hard at work on the issue, and one new feature Twitter is testing — profile preview overlays — aims to address the problem of following threaded conversa…

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It’s time for Overwatch to go free-to-play

Feb 13

Respawn’s Apex Legends is a good example of how certain games can add fuel to an e-sports scene and really accelerate its growth, namely Blizzard’s Overwatch. No, I’m not saying Overwatch should add a battle royale mode. But the game should absolutely go free…

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Apex Legends has hit 25 million players after one week

Feb 11

Apex Legends, the free-to-play battle royale game from the creators of Titanfall, has just passed 25 million registered players after just one week since its release, developer Respawn Entertainment announced this afternoon. The milestone shows just how explo…

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Google is poaching Qualcomm and Intel engineers for its new chip design team

Feb 11

Google is expanding its efforts to design its own smartphone and data center chips by building a new team of engineers dedicated to the project in Bengaluru, India, according to Reuters. The new division is the latest sign that the tech industry’s biggest pla…

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Casper Glow smart light review: clever, but not smart

Feb 11

A smart light with a thoughtful purpose, but lacking some key features

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Amazon reportedly reconsidering New York headquarters after widespread backlash

Feb 8

Amazon’s proposed 25,000-employee office in Queens, New York, may not go forward after all, according to a report from The Washington Post. Citing local opposition from activist groups and politicians, two sources tell the Post that the company is reexamining…

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Jeff Bezos says National Enquirer is threatening to publish his nude photos

Feb 7

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has published an astonishing personal blog post on the platform Medium detailing what he claims is extortion and blackmail on behalf of The National Inquirer.

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Apple is telling developers to disclose secret screen recordings or face ‘immediate action’

Feb 7

Following revelations yesterday regarding the use of session replay code to recode iPhone users’ screens, Apple is now telling developers to either remove the code responsible or disclose it to users, according to a new report from TechCrunch. The punishment …

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Fortnite adds account merging to help console players rescue their v-bucks and collectibles

Feb 7

Epic today announced that it’s much-anticipated account merge feature for console players is finally live. If you head to the dedicated support page now, you’ll get a rundown of how it works and what the special conditions are to ensure everything goes smooth…

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Big-name travel apps may secretly record your iPhone screen, including credit card info

Feb 6

A number of popular airline, hotel, and retail apps engage in the practice of recording your iPhone screen with your knowledge or consent, according to an investigation from TechCrunch. The practice, known as session replaying, typically involves hiring a thi…

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Oculus’ next-gen Rift headset could be called the Rift S and feature onboard cameras

Feb 6

Oculus VR’s next-generation Rift headset may be called the “Rift S,” according to Upload VR, which says it’s found new filenames in Oculus’ PC application that support the naming scheme. Additionally, Upload VR reports the device will have cameras built-in, w…

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Amazon says babies now have their own Alexa API for childcare smart home gadgets

Feb 5

It may not be too surprising to learn that new parents use Amazon a lot, for diapers, formula, and all manner of other childcare products that, in earlier times, you’d have to trek out to the store to buy in the middle of the night. So Amazon decided that it …

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EA says Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will come out this fall

Feb 5

Electronic Arts said today that it’s next Star Wars game, to be called Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, will come out this fall. The company had previously set 2019 as the release window for the story-focused game, which is in development with EA-owned studio an…

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Alphabet spent more than $1.3 billion last quarter on ‘other bets’ like Loon and Waymo

Feb 4

In its most recent quarterly earnings report, Google parent company Alphabet said it incurred a more than $1.3 billion operating loss in its “Other Bets” category, the collection of divisions that includes its experimental X lab, its internet group Access, it…

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