Google will send air raid alerts to Android phones in Ukraine

Android users in Ukraine will get air raid alerts directly on their phones before expected attacks happen near them, Google announced today. In an updated blog post, the company said it’s working with the Ukrainian government to roll out an alert system for Android phones in the country. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/10/22971213/google-ukraine-android-air-raid-alerts

PlayStation 4 owners now get three free months of Apple TV Plus

Sony is once again announcing a cross-promotion with Apple TV Plus to offer its console owners an extended free trial of the premium service. Owners of the last-gen PlayStation 4 console that are not already Apple TV Plus subscribers can redeem three months of service at no charge. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/10/22971067/sony-playstation-4-ps4-apple-tv-plus-free-trial-subscription

Captain Pike rides more horses than starships in the first Star Trek: Strange New World trailer

Paramount has debuted the first trailer for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the latest Star Trek series that’s centered on the USS Enterprise (the first time that a show has returned full-time to the iconic ship since Star Trek: Enterprise ended in 2005. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/9/22969411/star-trek-strange-new-worlds-trailer-discovery-spinoff-enterprise-paramount-plus

Disney CEO called the governor of Florida to oppose ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

Disney CEO Bob Chapek addressed criticism over the company’s handling of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill today, saying he called the state’s governor to express “concern” with the bill and pledged millions to charity in response to its passing. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/9/22969458/disney-dont-say-gay-bill-florida-bob-chapek-ron-desantis

Amazon’s block on Russia suspends shipments, Prime Video streaming, and New World MMO purchases

Amazon is suspending shipments to Russia and Belarus due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, the company announced in a blog post (via Bloomberg). It’s also barring access to Amazon Prime Video in Russia. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/9/22969220/amazon-russia-belarus-ukraine-invasion-prime-video-stops-sending-orders

The first trailer for Obi-Wan Kenobi teases the ultimate Star Wars rematch

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. The first teaser for the upcoming Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney Plus has arrived, giving a first look at Ewan McGregor’s return as the exiled Jedi. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/9/22927002/star-wars-obi-wan-kenobi-trailer-darth-vader-battle

Volkswagen officially unveils its ID.Buzz EV, the hippie bus reborn

The Microbus is back, baby! Nearly 75 years since the first Volkswagen Type 2 rolled off its assembly line and into the annals of Americana as an icon of 1960s counterculture, VW is re-releasing the emblematic vehicle — this time as a full EV. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/volkswagen-officially-unveils-its-id-buzz-ev-181057412.html

Apple’s new M1 Ultra aims to beat Nvidia’s RTX 3090

Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Max chips were a GPU-shaped warning to Nvidia and AMD last year, and now Apple has cranked up the heat with its new M1 Ultra. Apple claims it will rival Nvidia’s giant RTX 3090 graphics card, the fastest GPU on the market right now. via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/9/22968611/apple-m1-ultra-gpu-nvidia-rtx-3090-comparison

Amazon stops accepting new AWS customers in Russia and Belarus

Another important internet player is changing its relationship with Russia due to the country’s invasion of Ukraine. Over the weekend, Amazon quietly stopped accepting new Amazon Web Services customers in Russia and Belarus, as first reported by The New York Times. via Technology and News Today https://www.engadget.com/amazon-aws-stops-accepting-new-customers-russia-belarus-230051139.html

The 7 biggest announcements from Apple’s Peek Performance event

Apple has just finished its Peek Performance event, where it introduced a new version of the iPhone SE with its latest mobile processor and 5G, a new desktop Mac aimed at creative professionals, and an external monitor that doesn’t have a $5,000 starting price (finally). via Technology and News Today https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/8/22965564/apple-event-iphone-se-ipad-air-m1-ultra-mac-studio-display-biggest-announcements