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’Tis the season for AI apps and AI gadgets


Hi, friends! Welcome to No. 21, your guide to the best and -iest stuff in the world. (If you’re new here, welcome, sorry for all the bad jokes, and also you can read all the old editions at the homepage.

) I’ve been in Vegas all week for CES, the annual extravaganza of gadgets and gizmos aplenty, whozits and whatsits galore. Most of what’s here isn’t yet available for purchase (and a lot of it never will be), but I love getting a peek into what the tech industry is dreaming about, so I figured I should share some of the best new stuff here. I’ve also been reading about , learning some new , watching and rewatching and trying out a new homescreen layout after discovering the app for iOS.

I also have for you some awesome updates to old apps, a couple of movies worth streaming this weekend, all the AI silliness you could imagine, an Android launcher worth trying, and much more. Big week, lots of gadgets! Let’s go. (As always, the best part of is your ideas and tips.

What are you into right now? What should everyone else be into right now? Tell me everything: installer@theverge. com. And if you want to get in your inbox a day early, subscribe here.

) / As I mentioned above, it’s CES time! Usually I spend this week wandering around Las Vegas checking out neat new gadgets, devising strategies for convincing my wife that we totally need a 98-inch TV that costs as much as a house, and trying to figure out what fun trends we’re going to see over the next 12 months. This year, it was both obvious and not at all surprising what everyone’s thinking about. It’s AI.

It’s cars. It’s cars with AI. It’s headphones and smart rings and robot bartenders and projectors and AI inside of all those things, too.

has a lot of great coverage of all things CES, and you should definitely spend some time poking through our stories and streams. Here are just a few of what I think are the most interesting, -y things in Vegas this year: I’d bet heavily that at least one of these things will never ever actually hit the market. (Ballie and Honda are probably the favorites to never appear.

) But the trends here are really interesting: cars are being rethought from the ground up, the screens are starting to follow us around, and everyone is pushing hard to find a new kind of device that isn’t a smartphone or a watch. It’s going to be really fun to see if any of it actually takes off. ’s Mia Sato warned me when I asked her to share her screen that it was going to be super boring.

To which I said, Mia, there are no boring homescreens, only boring people. Wait, no, not that. Only boring app icons? I don’t know.

We’ll come back to it. Mia covers a lot of things for , and this week wrote a spectacular story about how SEO culture and optimization has changed the way websites work. Everyone’s trying to be seen by Google, and so the whole web looks the way Google wants.

It’s a great story, with some amazing illustrations and interactives. Here’s Mia’s (decidedly not super boring) homescreen, plus some info on the apps she uses and why: iPhone 11 Pro. I’ve had this wallpaper for almost a decade and across several phones.

I have to keep finding a resized version when I upgrade my device. It’s a quote from William Blake, and the design is by artist Tessa Forrest. Messages, Photos, Camera, Settings, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Instagram, Slack, Gmail, Clock, Bose Connect, Messenger, Transit, Compass, Notion, Mail, Safari, Phone, Apple Music.

I try to keep my homescreen a neutral space, so it’s heavy on the practical things: camera, photos, calendar, my public transit app, my Bose app for my headphones, Gmail for work. I have messaging apps that I need to keep an eye on: Slack for my job, Messenger for family. Most social media is buried deep on other pages, because otherwise I would be unwell — I don’t know why Instagram is there, to be honest.

I’m obsessed with the Compass app and am a Compass app power user, probably. When you get off the subway, Google Maps is always directionally confused, but the compass app will tell you which way to start walking. Putting Notion on the homescreen is my delusional stretch goal for the year: I’m trying to make a habit of organizing my thoughts instead of writing them on random scraps of paper that are then lost.

I leave the bottom row empty so I can swipe without accidentally opening apps. I also asked Mia to tell us a few things she’s into right now. Here’s what she shared: Installer “ is the next level of kitchen gadgets! It’s been popular in Europe for decades, and they recently launched in the US.

We’ve used it almost every day for years, it’s the best appliance! That said, pretty much the only things it doesn’t do are frying and pressure cooking, so your instant pot is still a great companion!” — Christophe “ . The best new game on Apple Arcade! a mix of , and . ” — Gabriel “I recently stumbled across a website called .

It’s a website that curates longer-form articles from different publications in a wide range of subjects. I think we could probably all benefit from going a little slower on the internet in this hyper-consumerism age, and this website is perfect for that. It’s like a really good restaurant in a town full of fast food joints.

” — Tommy “The new season of came out on Dropout this week — it’s the third season of their very popular ‘Fantasy High’ storyline!” — Zach “ on my Pixel Fold! I usually shy away from third-party launchers on Pixel phones but I’ve been having a blast with Niagara. It’s super clean, has nice features and has a dev team that communicates!” — Nation “The book and a refurb as a sort of at-home tablet / widget to futz with. ” — Matt “Watching on Netflix.

It’s better than expected, a fun action show about the Taiwanese triads. Most of the locations are based in LA. ” — Andy “After leaving Apple Music and Spotify for Plex, one thing I was going to miss was my Wrapped at the end of the year.

But I hooked Plex up to to track my listens, and got an awesome year in review page at the end of the year. ” — Michael “ . Reading it again in preparation for the second movie later this year.

” — Manuel On Thursday this week, I woke up and found out my iPhone had updated overnight. And suddenly it was totally unresponsive. I could wake up the screen, but touch didn’t work, swipes didn’t work, nothing worked.

And over the course of a bunch of hours trying to fix it — which I eventually did, by semi-miraculously managing to just factory reset the thing — I realized I’m way too reliant on my phone. I had no other way to log into some apps without my phone for two-factor and QR scanning. I had no good way to reach my wife, because we talk on SMS.

It was a bad setup. So my new 2024 resolution is to make sure I’m not reliant on a single device for anything. I have to rethink my messaging setup, move my passwords and codes to a cross-platform app, and add some redundancy and backup plans to everything.

It’s going to be a pain, but I am not eager to relive the feeling I had that morning of just being completely out of luck and out of touch for way too long. It’s the year we go device agnostic, my friends! See you next week!.

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