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Alex Cranz

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Alex Cranz is the Managing Editor at The Verge. Before that she spent five years overseeing the consumer tech coverage at Gizmodo and whacking gadgets with a machete. Her work has also appeared in Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Laptop Mag and she has trained at least two dogs to do fist bumps.

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    Alex CranzSep 22
    The Verge is hiring!

    The Verge is almost always hiring, and right now we’re looking for a big Verge fan with big journalism ambition to join us as a fellow for the next year. We’re also hiring a Space Reporter to join our Science team, a Designer to work with our Art team, and a Senior Editor focused on Search. Come apply to work with us!


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    Alex CranzSep 21
    I regret to inform you that phones are not good for cloud gaming.

    Logitech announced the G Cloud Gaming Handheld earlier today. The new device comes with apps for some of the biggest cloud gaming services pre-installed, and you may be wondering what the point of it is when we all have very powerful phones with great screens. Don’t worry, I answered this question months ago when I wrote about just how bad phones are for serious cloud gaming! I cannot wait until we can run this thing through its paces and see if it gives us the cloud gaming hardware we need.


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    Alex CranzSep 20
    If you’re into the minimalist PC build then Nvidia’s latest GPUs might present a problem.

    Nvidia finally announced the 40-series—specifically the more expensive and more powerful 4090 and 4080. But big power means these are some big cards and that could be a problem for PC builders who prefer smaller, minimalist looks for their PCs. Builders at the /sffpc subreddit, that focuses on small form factor pc builds, are already worried.


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    Alex CranzSep 19
    Music labels are incorporating old songs into new songs to trigger your nostalgia.

    The Vergecast is doing a special miniseries for the next three Mondays on the future of music. This week I spoke with music reporter and podcaster Charlie Harding about how the future of music could sound very familiar.


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    Alex CranzSep 19
    The Babylon 5 reboot is in jeopardy.

    Remember Bablyon 5? Alongside Star Trek: Deep Space 9, it was one of the first television shows to embrace long-term serial storytelling...on a space station. A reboot was planned at The CW, but with Warner Bros. Discovery stepping back from The CW and Nexstar gaining majority control of CW, the reboot is now in trouble, and its creator is asking fans for help.


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    Alex CranzSep 16
    Who built the Dynamic Island?

    The iPhone 14 Pro is shipping today and new owners will see the sharp little black pill pretty quickly after they power on their phone. One of its designers, Chan Karunamuni, took to Twitter to talk about it. Did you know it can move to the side of your phone when you have Reachability enabled? I didn’t!


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    Alex CranzSep 14
    Animation continues to be a casualty of the streaming wars.

    First, Netflix canceled a number of animation projects and laid off 70 employees, then HBO Max pulled multiple animated shows leaving creators and fans shocked and with little recourse.

    Now Deadline has confirmed that 30 more employees are being laid off from Netflix Animation. Animation is historically a pricier form of entertainment than reality TV or scripted live-action content, and that makes it, unfortunately, a prime focus for companies looking to balance their books.


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    Alex CranzSep 13
    The cheapest Amazon Kindle got a much-needed update to USB-C,

    but for me the more exciting news is this thing has 300ppi. That means the display should be nearly as crisp and easy to read as all the other Kindles, but for a lot less money.