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This graph lets you listen to every hip-hop hit from 1989 to 2015

The 90's were very much a golden era for hip-hop. But since I was born in the 90's, I've had to experience a lot of these great albums years after they wer

Dancer's LED shoes are the envy of the Internet

Instagram user Elena Cruz-Nichipor loves to shuffle wearing her light-up, glow-in-the-dark shoes.

What's up with Pikachu's voice in this new detective game?

Continuing its year long 20th anniversary celebration of Pokémon, Nintendo has announced a new detective game in Japan starring the one and only Pikachu. T

This is your next jam: A$AP Rocky, Zayn, and more

Welcome back to The Verge’s weekly musical roundup. I’m Jamieson, I’m still your host, and I’m exhausted after working through one of the craziest weeks in recent musical memory. Rihanna finally...

What you need to know about Hyperloop

Elon Musk's futuristic train system could revolutionize travel, but there's plenty of obstacles.

Stephen Hawking and Paul Rudd battle it out at Quantum Chess

Stephen Hawkings and Marvel's Ant-Man - AKA actor Paul Rudd - have been enlisted in the fight to make quantum mechanics something that everyone understands.

The 2017 Acura NSX jams with Van Halen in this high-octane Super Bowl spot

Acura has revealed the 30-second TV spot that will air during the first quarter of Super Bowl 50.

That time Twitch jumped the shark

As Twitch grows, it may sometimes choose cash over community. And that's OK.

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Google breaks its silence on how much they paid the guy who briefly owned

Of course, it was short lived, and Ved had no intentions of actually keeping the domain name, but Google decided to offer a financial reward anyway. At the time, Ved declined to share how much this reward was, but he did note that it was “more than $10,000.”


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Windows Phone is dead

Windows Phone started off life as a promising alternative to Android and iOS five years ago. Microsoft positioned its range of Windows Phone 7 handsets as the true third mobile ecosystem, but it's time to admit it has failed. If a lack of devices from phone makers and even Microsoft itself wasn't enough evidence, the final nail in the coffin hit today.  Microsoft only sold 4.5 million Lumia devices in the recent quarter, compared to 10.5 million at the same time last year. That's a massive 57 percent drop. Even a 57 percent increase wouldn't be enough to save Windows Phone right now.

Apple reportedly has a huge, secret VR team

Earlier this week during Apple's earnings call , CEO Tim Cook responded to a question about virtual reality by saying this: "In terms of VR, I don't think it's a niche. It's really cool and has some interesting applications." Well, it turns out that he could know more than he let on. Today, the Financial Times reports that Apple has already assembled a "secret" team that's solely dedicated to working on augmented and virtual reality. And yes, this means that Apple is supposedly also looking into making actual VR hardware.

AI Researcher Yoshua Bengio Says Machines Won’t Become Dangerously Smart Anytime Soon | MIT Technology Review

Yoshua Bengio leads one of the world’s preëminent research groups developing a powerful AI technique known as deep learning. The startling capabilities that deep learning has given computers in recent years, from human-level voice recognition and image classification to basic conversational skills, have prompted warnings about the progress AI is making toward matching, or perhaps surpassing, human intelligence. Prominent figures such as Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have even cautioned that artificial intelligence could pose an existential threat to humanity. Musk and others are investing millions of dollars in researching the potential dangers of AI, as well as possible solutions. But the direst statements sound overblown to many of the people who are actually developing the technology. Bengio, a professor of computer science at the University of Montreal, put things in perspective in an interview with MIT Technology Review ’s senior editor for AI and robotics, Will Knight.

Report: Facebook to ban private gun sales

As Facebook continues to delve into ecommerce, it is no surprise that it will take the steps its forerunners have already made. In turn, it will possibly kill one of the biggest ways people privately sell guns online.

DraftKings And FanDuel Loses Ability To Process Your Deposits and Payouts

Daily Fantasy Sports sites like DraftKings and FanDuel have been dealt another major blow today, but this time it didn’t come from an attorney general or federal court.

Exclusive: Facebook to prohibit private firearm transactions on its service

Facebook already prohibited private firearms sellers from advertising "no background check required," or offering transactions across state lines without a licensed dealer because the company said such posts indicated a willingness to evade the law.

Apple Maps Stops Sending People Searching For "Abortion" To Adoption Centers

Apple’s reputation for creating products that are easy to use and understand is well deserved. However, the transformation of Siri’s lack of knowledge of abortion providers to Siri’s anti-choice suggestions is alarming, and contributes to the stigma surrounding abortion care in our country. Despite the commonness of abortion, as nearly one-in-three women will have an abortion by the age of 45, women are confronted on a daily basis with society’s shame-based messaging that having an abortion is morally wrong and unacceptable. Women continue to be bullied, shamed, and marginalized for seeking an abortion, which can lead to isolation and silence. It is in these times of isolation, when women are more likely to turn to your product to locate the health care they need, that Siri’s misdirection to adoption agencies and nurseries is all the more undermining, implying women do not know what is best for themselves.

11 Facebook now lets all US iPhone users livestream to the world, just like Periscope

Facebook now lets all US iPhone users livestream to the world, just like Periscope

Google's Project SkyBender aims to beam 5G internet from solar-powered drones

Google is working in secret at a spaceport in New Mexico to build and test solar-powered internet drones in a new initiative codenamed Project SkyBender, according to a  report from The Guardian today . The company is reportedly renting 15,000 square feet of hangar space from Virgin Galactic — the commercial spaceflight outfit of business mogul Richard Branson — at the privately owned  Spaceport America located near a town called Truth or Consequences. The lynchpin of Project SkyBender appears to be cutting-edge millimeter wave technology, which can transmit gigabits of data every second at speeds up to 40 times faster than modern 4G LTE.

Xbox One Sales Figures May Have Been Revealed by EA - IGN

“As I said, we have a level of conservatism about just the global economy, which at some point in time, there's trouble in the global economy that would impact everybody probably. I think our business seems to be operating pretty consistently, as it has been over the last couple of years. The console purchases up through the end of calendar year 2015, our estimate is 55 million units out there, which has exceeded virtually everyone's forecast for the year, and is now almost 50% higher than the previous console cycle,” Jorgensen said.

Facebook has banned person-to-person gun sales

To wit, Reuters writes that Facebook previously nixed firearm advertisements stating "no background check required" or sales that'd cross state lines because those displayed a "willingness to evade the law" around two years ago . Still feel like testing your luck? A Facebook spokesperson tells us the site has systems in place to remove and review listings. "Over the last two years, more and more people have been using Facebook to discover products and to buy and sell things to one another," head of product policy Monika Bickert tells us in a prepared statement. "We are continuing to develop, test and launch new products to make this experience even better for people and are updating our regulated goods policies to reflect this evolution."

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will feature microSD, water resistance, and larger batteries

Further details about the two devices, tipped to feature largely the same design as the S6 generation, were also revealed to VentureBeat. Whereas last year’s pair of flagships had the same 5.1-inch display size, this year only the flat S7 variant will retain that screen diagonal. The S7 edge was said to offer a larger, curved display measuring 5.5 inches.

Facebook and Instagram are creating hidden ASCII art of your photos

First, you need to get the URL for the image itself, not the link to the post that accompanies it. On Facebook, you can do this by right-clicking on an image and selecting "open image in new tab" or "copy image URL." Once you've opened the URL in a new tab, look for the ".jpg" extension. If .jpg appears at the end of the URL, then you simply need to add .html or .txt to get the ASCII versions.

17 Live on TV & Facebook, your favorite local newscaster

Live on TV & Facebook, your favorite local newscaster TV news types embrace Facebook and Periscope to reach viewers in-between commercials Check out this story on

These SteamVR games will make or break virtual reality

In one month, the HTC Vive will be available for pre-order , giving consumers a chance to buy the first room-scale virtual reality system with full head and hand motion tracking. It sounds great, but what are you going to play with it? Valve knew you were going to ask that -- which is why it hosted the SteamVR Developer Showcase in Seattle this week. In all, the company showcased twelve games that stood out as some of the best VR experiences Vive owners can have in 2016. Better still? There's not a bad egg in the bunch -- I've played all of them, and I already want to play all of them again.

The only video game developer in Mississippi

He isn't interested in working only with the top developers in the nation; he wants people from his area to have a place they can express themselves and network with other creative types. His incubator is community-focused; it includes plans not just for video game development, but other forms of art, too. He hasn't explored all of his funding options, and alternative routes like Kickstarter are still on the table, even though Weymouth says he has a problem taking money from people before he has an actual product to deliver. He even likes the idea of running a nonprofit business. Still, he'll have to figure out some way to keep the lights on.

US Government may soon make piracy judgements more reflective of actual damages

An award that takes into account the likely heightened magnitude of harm to the market for a pre-release work may enable the copyright owner to receive a more appropriate level of compensation than an award of actual damages.

Justice League Action: Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill Starring in New Animated Series - IGN

Per the press release, on Justice League Action, "Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman lead the DC Comics Super Heroes against their most infamous foes in adventures packed with relentless thrills, fun and action. No need to wait for the good stuff to start, each eleven-minute episode jumps in with lightning-paced action and heroics. Whether defending the Earth, facing invaders from space, or battling the bizarre forces of magic, the always-rotating team of Justice League heroes, are up to any challenge."

True wireless charging, without the annoying mat, may come to the 2017 iPhone

However, before we get really excited, it’s not certain the technology will arrive in 2017. Apple is supposedly working on, “overcoming the technical barriers” for implementing long distance wireless charging, including how to deal with power loss when a device isn’t resting on a charging plinth. Therefore, a decision is still being made on when the tech will be pushed forward for inclusion on an iPhone, according to the sources.

'Gilmore Girls' is officially coming back to Netflix

All the signs have been there , but now it's official: Gilmore Girls will be coming back via Netflix. News of the series' revival broke last fall , and all the evidence had pointed towards the show coming back for real. But until today, Netflix hadn't actually confirmed that the show would be the latest reboot to find a home with the service. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. and Netflix both have confirmed its return with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and the majority of the show's original cast. Netflix also appears to have confirmed the news with a pretty ridiculous and awesome tweet.

Amazon rumored to be building a 'Spotify killer'

In recent years, Amazon has ramped up its digital offerings in a clear effort to sweeten the pot for those who may not otherwise be willing to subscribe for expedited shipping alone. The more people Amazon signs up, the more recurring fees it generates — and the more often customers potentially shop on site to justify the fee and take advantage of the faster shipping.

Fewer than 700 Jolla Tablets will ever ship; 21,000 backers will eventually maybe get a refund

We have been analyzing different alternatives regarding the Jolla Tablet project situation. But no matter how you come at it, the tight financial situation remains a major constraint and therefore a main driver of the solution. Furthermore, due to the delays in the latest financing round it has simply become too late to produce all the tablets for the project. The supplier no longer has the needed components and many of them are no longer available. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done now to change this.

The End of Twitter - The New Yorker

Ultimately, Twitter’s service is so confused and undifferentiated in the market that it’s increasingly difficult to make a clear case for its existence. There are a small handful of features Facebook might add, or a separate app that it could easily create (as it did with Messenger and the photo-sharing stand-alone feature Moments) that would provide a similar but more consistent experience, with vastly more reach than anything the company can provide today (or tomorrow, for that matter). This is especially notable to all of us in the world of media, the people who fill these services with highly valuable and hotly traded “content,” such as the piece you’re currently reading. Social media is a scale game or a product game, and Twitter is failing at both.

I use my art to combat stigma against mental illness

The first was my concert for Bring Change 2 Mind. I had a cast of about 20 singers, a full band and a director/producer who all believed in ending the stigma, and who all believed in me and my original music. I told my story throughout the show, and afterward, the number of people who came up to me and said, “I have this disease” or “my mother/brother/friend/wife, etc. has this” was overwhelming. It made me think: Wow, this is really all around us. People like me are everywhere and we’re just not talking about it. Everyone knows someone, or has dealt with it themselves, but they never feel like they can talk about it.

Google Open Sources Its Seesaw Load Balancer

GitHub is a web-based company that offers code hosting services. It is a platform that allows its users to discuss and share codes with friends, co-workers, classmates and complete strangers, and track and assign issues to other teammates. In addition to code hosting services, GitHub also offers a control system for the collaborative development of software; provides access to several collaboration …

Snapchat Challenges Twitter And Facebook For Sports Talk

Possession wins trophies or, in this case, ad dollars. That’s why Snapchat stepped up its game late last year by quietly partnering with Now TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has rolled new Live Score geofilters at every NBA arena and some other matches. They let anyone attending overlay real-time updated score graphics atop their photos and videos.

White House denies clearance to tech researcher with links to Snowden

Soltani since then has been on loan from the FTC to the White House. He was in the process of getting approved for a clearance to work in one of America’s most secured office buildings. Soltani said he passed his drug test and the Federal Bureau of Investigation hadn’t yet finished his background check, meaning it would have been too early for the bureau to weigh in on his employment.

Apple is working on a wireless charging solution for iPhone | DT Daily

According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a “long distance” wireless charging solution which would mean you wouldn’t have to place the phone on a charging mat, you’d just need to be within range of a charging station.

This electric trike is the weirdest way to drive to work

After a few minutes at speed I finally got the hang of the experience, and my desire to own an SRK eclipsed my fears. The base model will have a range of 70 miles, which — as electric vehicles go — is on the border of being practical. Arcimoto plans to offer an extended range model that will give riders 130 miles on one full charge, which makes it look a lot more like something you could drive every day. (Arcimoto says the base model's battery system will last at least six years.) A regenerative brake on the handlebars lets you feed energy back into the system — which shows up on the dashboard — and the trike supports both Level 1 and Level 2 charging, so you can fill the battery back up at home or on the road.

Stupid Patent Of The Month: Sharing Your Hard Copy Documents, But On A Social Network | Techdirt

Back when you were a kid, you may (depending on your age) have checked books out of your library using a circulation card. The cards, like the one pictured below, would allow the librarian to keep track of the books, who had them, and when they were expected back at the library.

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Augmented Reality Rock Climbing Turns a Sport Into a Videogame

Time Trial assigns points that climbers rack up as they go up the wall—the goal is to hit the intended holds while also being the first to the top. A projector throws the numbers up on the wall, so climbers can actually see the points they want to get. Visual and audio cues tell them when they’ve acquired the points. It might sound—and look—complicated, but Time Trial really just consists of a laptop, projectors, and camera sensor. “ We use a projector and a laptop connected to our cloud based platform to play. Once that’s all setup, gym staff can login to their account, pick a bouldering wall, and start projecting any game we have in our library,” says Cheng, who’s been climbing for about two years.  Cheng’s system will recognize visual obstructions and automate a reaction, which will trigger all the effects in real life. “In essence, [Jon’s] creating a real life video game!” says Graziano.

The Best Apple Watch Apps: 25 essential apps and games

The effect of the Apple Watch on the iOS App Store has been significant. Since the Watch’s introduction last spring, we have seen the steady migration of apps from the iPhone to the Apple Watch. We’ve also noticed the development of new and exciting apps that are tailor-made to operate on Apple’s wristwatch device. From fitness trackers to social media apps, here are some of our favorite apps for the Apple Watch.

The internet is shaming Nikon for awarding prize to a Photoshopped picture, and it's awesome

Nikon makes some stellar photography kit, but it doesn’t seem to have an eye for end results. The company’s Singapore branch recently awarded a prize for a seemingly impressive photo, except that it was just a bad Photoshop job.

Why the war on VPNs is one Netflix can't win

Annoyingly, Fullagar's post characterized the situation as though Netflix was being tricked by people who had something to hide. Nothing was mentioned about the legitimate use of VPNs by millions of people worldwide. Much in the same way we heard very little about non-criminal use of file-sharing services during the MPAA and RIAA's decade-plus of campaigning against the evils of torrenting. Hollywood is, in fact, pleased as punch with Netflix's VPN purge. This week the studios even called on Netflix to maintain its VPN crackdown.

Hyperspektiv App Review: Your Photos and Videos Have Never Been Trippier

As worthy as Hyperspektiv is of my $2, I do have two complaints: The app only applies filters to photos and videos you shoot in the app itself. There’s no option to import them from the camera roll for editing. Also, the maximum video resolution, for now, is 720p. I’d like it to handle full at least 1080p HD video, if not 4K.

Reggie Watts Is Bringing Comedy to VR—And Making It Weird

The idea to mix big, bold visuals with slow, sly comedy originated, naturally, with weed. A few months back, VR startup Wevr was looking for new people to bring into the medium. It reached out to director Benjamin Dickinson about creating something, perhaps a music video, since he’d done those before. Dickinson didn’t think a straight-up video was the way to go, but figured it would be a good idea to bring on a musically-minded person. He contacted Watts, the current band leader of The Late Late Show with James Corden and a collaborator on his recent film Creative Control . They got stoned, got lunch, and started to brainstorm.

Star Wars: Episode 9 Director Colin Trevorrow Wants to Shoot Film in Outer Space - IGN

"I asked the question, 'Is it possible for us to shoot IMAX film in actual space for Star Wars, and I haven’t gotten an answer yet, but they’ve shot IMAX in space!'" he said.

Woman sends message of self-love to people dealing with emotional abuse

Her inspirational and empowering Facebook post shows Shane coming to terms with the fact that she was not the problem in the relationship, and furthermore, accepting that all she needs to be in this world is herself and encouraging others to do the same. The post has been shared more than 35,000 times since Shane first shared it in early December.

As the gig economy booms, more workers fear lack of predictable income

The silver lining in this report actually comes in the form of job satisfaction. More than half of workers say that they are “Highly Satisfied” or “Satisfied” with their current work, which shows that there is a merit to the job flexibility these companies provide. But stability is key in the long run, and that might be a challenge.

Barack Obama launches data-driven initiative to tackle pay inequality

Barack Obama is taking new action on pay inequality by launching a proposal to collect and report data from every American business with more than 100 employees so that gender and racial pay gaps among 63 million workers can be addressed.

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A brief history of Barbie's work wardrobe, from pilot to CEO

Whether she's in the headlines or writing them, Barbie has immersed herself in every facet of the media industry. The black-and-white swimsuit she wore during her modeling days will forever remain an iconic look in fashion history. The hardworking doll also forayed into broadcast journalism as a news anchor, and she also tried directing — twice.

Google's My Tracks activity tracker will shut down April 30

Google ’s My Tracks, a mainstay for Android users who want to track outdoor walks or bike rides, is being shut down.

'Star Wars' and the coming holographic cinema revolution

"What we're experimenting with and planning around is to actually give you more of what could be happening in the convergence of that story," says Gaeta of AR storytelling's promise. "What happened just before. What happens just after. What's happening around the boundaries. ... Without getting too into 'Choose your own adventure' and going into crazy multi-branching, what we're trying to do is show you that, in this moment in time, in this space that you happen to be standing in, there are things still going on around the periphery of the story for you to find. And if you wanna go free, you can do that, too."

What's holding the on-demand economy back? Too many atoms

This is the first generation of online businesses whose expansion is routinely constrained not only by traditional factors like government-made laws but by the laws of physics too. The problem is that there are just too many pesky atoms involved – too much of the physical world.

But wait, what about a 'dad bod' Ken doll?

But many feel it's simply not far enough (besides being incredibly overdue). Many critics on social media are pointing out that Barbie's now four total body types and seven skin tones are only the beginning. They say if Mattel is truly striving for fair representation of different body types, the line should include but not be limited to transgender, disabled, overweight and postpartum bodies.

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52 I spent three days checking out Kazakhstan’s tech scene
53 @androidguys on Instagram: “Got a NYNE Rock Bluetooth speaker for review this week. It has a sound befitting of its size. A few hours in and we're in love.”
54 Spotify video is now on Android and iOS
55 How did Rihanna’s new album go platinum in one day? It didn’t, says Billboard
56 Material Design is slowly coming to Chrome, take a peek
57 New York Is Going to Turn Off Niagara Falls. Here’s How
58 Gregg Keizer on Twitter
59 Nomineering, Week 4: The Birth of a Nation and Hollywood’s struggle to course-correct
60 Apple reportedly has a huge, secret VR team
61 Obama Aims To Close The Wage Gap With A New Proposal For Salary Transparency
62 These SteamVR games will make or break virtual reality
63 Our campaign to ban plastic bags in Bali
64 Israeli Drone Feeds Hacked By British and American Intelligence
65 US government says 22 Clinton emails contain top secret info
66 Google launches iOS AdWords app for marketers to manage their ad campaigns on the move
67 Google Fiber testing home phone service to bundle with TV, Internet
68 NASA Rover Designed To Last 90 Days Celebrates 12 Year Anniversary
69 The best virtual reality from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival
70 iTunes Radio is now part of Apple Music
71 Guess how much Google paid the guy who briefly owned
72 London asked Apple to sponsor Garden Bridge | Cult of Mac
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74 8 ridiculous lyrics from B.o.B.'s 'Flatline' track decoded
75 HP and fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi team up on a crystal-laden smartwatch for women
76 T-Mobile’s Binge on Violates Key Net Neutrality Principles [pdf] | Hacker News
77 Watson lives in more areas of our lives than we think
78 Dow soars nearly 400, but sees worst January since 2009
79 Hip San Francisco park reopens with hip new open-air urinal
80 IBM Closes Weather Co. Purchase, Names David Kenny New Head Of Watson Platform
81 EA’s ‘Battlefront’ Burden: We Can’t Violate the ‘Star Wars’ Canon
82 Meet The Startups Vying For The Founder Of The Year Crunchie For 2015
83 Tesla Says CEO Elon Musk Just Bought More of The Company
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