Project Ara Lives: Google's Modular Phone Is Ready for You Now
After more than a year of silence, Google's wildest idea about smartphones is starting to come true.
Star Trek Beyond's new trailer rips the Enterprise apart
When director Justin Lin jumped from the Fast & Furious franchise to Star Trek Beyond, it promised an even bigger emphasis on adrenalized action, and the movie's latest trailer seems to support...
Meet Justin Lin, the Most Important Blockbuster Director You’ve Never Heard Of
The director supercharged the Fast and Furious franchise and gave it global appeal. Now he's about to soup up Star Trek.
This is your next jam: Brand New, Wolf Parade, and more
Welcome back to The Verge’s weekly musical roundup. I’m Jamieson, I’m still your host, and this week we’re celebrating the fact that some of the finest purveyors of ‘00s indie rock are still...
Project Ara is finally shipping to developers fall 2016
Google's Project Ara modular phone is finally shipping to developers in the fall of this year, but with major changes. It's still awesome, but less modular.
The Dangerous Acceptance of Donald Trump - The New Yorker
If Trump came to power, there is a decent chance that the American experiment would be over. This is not a hyperbolic prediction; it is not a hysterical prediction; it is simply a candid reading of what history tells us happens in countries with leaders like Trump. Countries don’t really recover from being taken over by unstable authoritarian nationalists of any political bent, left or right—not by Peróns or Castros or Putins or Francos or Lenins or fill in the blanks. The nation may survive, but the wound to hope and order will never fully heal. Ask Argentinians or Chileans or Venezuelans or Russians or Italians—or Germans. The national psyche never gets over learning that its institutions are that fragile and their ability to resist a dictator that weak. If he can rout the Republican Party in a week by having effectively secured the nomination, ask yourself what Trump could do with the American government if he had a mandate. Before those famous schoolroom lines, Pope made another observation, which was that even as you recognize that the world is a mixed-up place, you still can’t fool yourself about the difference between the acceptable and the unacceptable: “Fools! who from hence into the notion fall / That vice or virtue there is none at all,” he wrote.
The 10 Most Pirated Movies
Now, before you dive into last week's most pirated movies, please understand that this fine publication doesn't condone illegally streaming or downloading movies. At all. That's not what we're trying to accomplish in this weekly update. This most pirated movies roundup contains mere observations about the nature of Internet film piracy. That's it. We're just the messengers, folks, and possess no ill will toward movie studios, even though they greenlight highly questionable projects. Got it? Good.
The World’s Largest Solar Plant Just Torched Itself
Located on 4,000 acres of public land in the Mojave Desert, the sprawling concentrated solar thermal plant is equipped with 173,500 heliostats—each with two mirrors—that focus sunlight on boilers located on top of three 459-foot towers. The tremendous heat created by the concentrated solar power produces steam that drives turbines to produce electricity. The plant, the largest of its kind in the world, features a gross capacity of 392 megawatts, enough to power 140,000 homes. Each of the computer-controlled solar-reflecting mirrors is about the size of a garage door.
Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in the US
Google's low-cost Chromebooks outsold Apple's range of Macs for the first time in the US recently. While IDC doesn't typically break out Windows vs. Chromebook sales, IDC analyst Linn Huang confirmed the milestone to The Verge . "Chrome OS overtook Mac OS in the US in terms of shipments for the first time in 1Q16," says Huang. "Chromebooks are still largely a US K-12 story."
Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo, and More Will Star In Thor: Ragnarok
Tons and tons of rumors about the cast of the next Thor movie have been floating around for ages, but now Marvel has finally confirmed its cast list. While there’s a few expected faces on there, there’s one really big surprise: Holy Christ, Jeff Goldblum is in this movie.
The laws that sex workers really want
Everyone has an opinion about how to legislate sex work (whether to legalize it, ban it or even tax it) ... but what do workers themselves think would work best? Activist Toni Mac explains four legal models that are being used around the world and shows us the model that she believes will work best to keep sex workers safe and offer greater self-determination. "If you care about gender equality or poverty or migration or public health, then sex worker rights matter to you," she says. "Make space for us in your movements." (Adult themes)
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Scott Disick's sponsored Instagrams reach a new low, even for him
But, as Scott Disick will show you, posing for an Instagram with diet products requires slightly more than minimal effort. The reality star posted a photo promoting Bootea protein shake mix and copied an email with instructions from the company as the photo's caption.
The Best Security Suites of 2016
What's the Best? The chart at top details ten security suites that we definitely recommend, including multi-device suites, mega-suites, and entry-level suites. If you're looking for a suite that covers the basics without getting in the way, Bitdefender Internet Security 2016 and Kaspersky Internet Security (2016) are our Editors' Choice winners. In the mega-suite range, Editors' Choice goes to Bitdefender Total Security 2016, with more features than you can imagine. Symantec Norton Security Premium protects up to 10 devices, and McAfee LiveSafe (2016) doesn't put any limit on the number of devices—these two are our Editors' Choice products for cross-platform multi-device security suite.
Everything you need to know about Android Pay in the UK
Simply, Android Pay won't work if your phone is out of battery. It also means when jumping on the London Underground you'll need to make sure you have enough battery to get to the end of your journey, as you'll need your phone to be on to tap out the other side.
Google launches Science Journal to turn your phone into a research lab
Google believes there’s a scientist in all of us, so it’s launching a new app that turns your phone into a powerful little research lab.
Reasons to Cancel the Olympics, Ranked
Just before every Olympics, looming doubt starts to surface. Are the cities ready? Has the host country accepted its geopolitical consequences? Will people come?
Uber knows you're more likely to pay surge prices when your phone is dying
Uber's surge pricing uses a proprietary algorithm that accounts for how many users are hailing rides in an area at a given time. Customers are apparently less willing to believe that when the multiplier is a round number like 2.0 or 3.0, which seems more like it could have been arbitrarily made up by a human.
Apple’s New SF Store Showcases Jony Ive’s Design Vision
Now, 15 years later, Apple’s trying to rekindle that enthusiasm in the heart of San Francisco, with a flagship store in Union Square. And it’s a big ‘un, with 42 foot high sliding glass doors fronting a revamped interior, full of design flourishes that are likely to filter outward to Apple monoliths everywhere.
Here's Your First Look at America's New Food Label
The FDA just released its first major change to its nutritional labels in over twenty years. Here’s the new label you can expect to see on the back of your food:
The Arctic Circle Just Had Its Earliest Snowmelt Ever
Three hundred miles above of the Arctic Circle is America’s northern most snow observatory, typically the last place in the nation to see its snow melt. As of today, its snow has melted, setting a new (and terrible) record.
This Is How Your City Got Crazy Expensive
If you’ve been considering the idea of purchasing real estate, this map of “Million Dollar Listings” in the US’s priciest cities will make you want to roll up into the fetal position and bawl your eyes out.
Your Photo Guide to All the New Network TV Shows - IGN
In the past week, we got the finalized list of new TV shows coming to the broadcast networks (CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX and CW) for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. The full slate include new headlining gigs for Kiefer Sutherland, Hayley Atwell, Joel McHale, Kevin James and NCIS' Michael Weatherly and no less than THREE new time travel shows.
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Microsoft throws Windows 7 users a bone, issues cumulative roll-up pack. http://www.computerworld.com/article/3071190/windows-pcs/microsoft-issues-cumulative-roll-up-pack-for-windows-7.html … pic.twitter.com/ZeHV28aIHn
LinkedIn Users Might Want To Change All Of Their Passwords ASAP
That's a big problem if you use the same password across websites. Think of it this way: If a hacker sees from the LinkedIn hack that your email address ends in @gmail.com, he or she might try logging into your inbox with the same password from the LinkedIn breach. If it works, all of your messages are now exposed, potentially including banking information or allowing access to other sites.
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Some demographic subgroups living in urban areas use ride-hailing at especially high rates http://pewrsr.ch/1OQaJK3 pic.twitter.com/usLx614Xr2
Google: Help Us Name Android N
Daydream's main contribution is a list of requirements for Android N-powered devices, from the OS itself to the sensor, display, and processor. Clay Bavor, who leads Google's VR team, said Daydream will mean a latency of less than 20 milliseconds, key for more seamless interactions with VR games and 360 video. It will also define standards for VR accessories like game controllers and headsets.
The Top 5 Content Marketers and What You Can Learn From Them
What distinguishes Guy, is that he pumps out tons of curated content. He and his team are always trying to find stuff the educates, entertains and inspires people. He does this because social media is a platform for him, and his value proposition is that if you follow him, you’ll get stuff you never would have gotten.
The 10 biggest announcements from Google I/O 2016
At I/O this year, Google displayed its vision for a more ubiquitous and conversational way of interacting with technology. Its Assistant is chattier, answering natural language queries with a more human voice, and it’s found its way into several new Google products: the messenger Allo and the Echo-like speaker Home. Both are areas where other companies have a lead, but Google’s strength in AI gave these services some nice twists, doing things like automatically generating surprisingly specific reactions to photos.
Good luck getting that Chewbacca mask because it's sold out almost everywhere
Just 24 hours after the world was introduced to Candace Payne and her "happy Chewbacca" mask in the most-watched Facebook Live video to date, the toy has flown off shelves and is now out of stock at virtually every retailer that carried it.
'Game of Thrones' star drops big hint about King's Landing S6 storyline
So from the sounds of it, the Lannister/Tyrell plan — basically to march the Tyrell army into King's Landing in order to arrest/kill the High Sparrow — could be about to pay off after all.
The Best Music Apps You've (Probably) Never Heard Of
Spotify, Apple Music , Google Play Music, blah blah blah... change the record, can’t you? Stand out from the crowd by using one of these lesser-known jukebox apps to listen to your tunes on your smartphone. In the end you might find you prefer using them to the more well-known alternatives.
The wallpapers on our smartphones, tablets and computers can speak volumes about who we are. Today’s collection of wallpapers represents those who prefer simple and minimal things with our collection of 150 HD and QHD Minimalist wallpapers.
Chance The Rapper's Strategy For Staying Two Steps Ahead In The Music Industry
Your career path probably wouldn’t have been possible a decade ago. Do you think you’re opening doors for new artists?
Yeah. I mean, I wouldn’t want to say that I am the person who opened up the door for free music, because music has been in existence long before there was an industry for it. But it does give the artist much more independence and a better footing in the world. Technology just naturally moves faster than business, and music and thought and ideas move faster than technology. We’re in a position to be two steps ahead.
Report: Apple Pulls iOS 9.3.2 Update for iPad Pro
Through said message instructs iPad Pro owners to plug their devices into a laptop or desktop and run a full iTunes restore of the device to fix things, it doesn't work. Owners have been forced to trudge to the Apple Store for service (where Apple is reportedly replacing the devices of those affected by the issue.)
How to lock in your free Windows 10 upgrade and keep using your old Windows version | ZDNet
The year-long free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ends on July 29. But what if you're not ready to upgrade yet? Here's how to claim your upgrade so it's available at no cost when the time comes.
Jennifer Lawrence isn't sure she'll appear in more 'X-Men' roles, says Fox should 'be terrified'
“Fassbender and McAvoy and I were all talking,” she says, “Like, ‘Will you come back?’ ‘I dunno.’ ‘I’ll come back, if you come back.’ Fox should be terrified because the deal we made was like if one of us doesn’t come back, none of us are.”
Maximize the marketing potential of any social media network
When a network is at the early adopters stage it’ll usually go one of two ways: it’ll disappear, or continue growth towards mainstream popularity. And it’s only when platforms begin to march towards the mainstream that they’re worth fully investing in (for example, how Snapchat has grown in the past 12 months).
With Instant Apps, Google Aims to Make the Web and Apps One
Let’s say a friend texts you a 360-degree 3D photo of the new kombucha brewery in his basement. This is one of those self-consciously tech-savvy hipster friends who uses all the latest smartphone apps. And well, you don’t. You don’t have that 360-degree 3D photo app, and frankly, you don’t really feel like downloading The way apps work now, you’d just have to give up on seeing that basement panorama in all its glory. But Google wants to change that. It wants to give you a way to view that photo from inside the app without ever having to download the app at all.
Google's Chrome to block Flash this year - except for 10 top websites | ZDNet
Google will soon close one more door on the Flash plugin in Chrome, requiring users to authorize each and every site where they want Flash to load, rather than running it automatically.
New ABC Trailers: Designated Survivor, Conviction, Time After Time and More - IGN
ABC debuted trailers for all their upcoming new TV series this past week at their Upfront presentation in New York. Check out all the trailers below, including Kiefer Sutherland's intense-looking new series, Hayley Atwell's follow-up to Agent Carter, a new comedy with Minnie Driver and a new take on the HG Wells vs. Jack the Ripper story, Time After Time.
Levi's will ship the Google Jacquard smart jacket next year
Google and Levi’s say the jacket is designed for the commuter, so cyclists can keep their eye on the road and simply tap away at their jacket sleeve to control apps. Whether this is the most optimal way to use apps while you’re commuting is to be determined, but it does give us an interesting glimpse at the direction of smart clothing.
Reshaping human health and changing lives through gene editing
Gene editing is going to change the way people are treated by curing the roots of diseases instead of merely treating the symptoms. It’s going to change the way we think about what we put into our bodies, as gene editing will put healthier food on our plates without polluting the planet. This food will not only be safe to eat, it will also meet the environmental challenges related to sustainable growth and climate change.
Secretive $20 billion startup Palantir is buying $225 million of stock back from employees
This is actually the second liquidity event mounted by Palantir. The first, last year, was for $50 million at $6.13 per share. That means that any employees, past or present, who held on to their shares are eligible for heftier paydays.
The 10 Best Wireless Routers of 2016
With the gaggle of connected home products, smartphones, smart TVs, and other mobile devices ruling our lives, it's more important than ever to outfit your home or business with a wireless router that can handle the increased demand for Wi-Fi connectivity. When choosing a new router, you should consider the size of your coverage area, and the number of clients, as well as the types of devices that will connect to the router. Granted, not everybody needs the kind of performance that you get with the latest and greatest models, and there's no reason to pay for features that you will likely never use, but if you have several family members vying for bandwidth for things like streaming video and playing Grand Theft Auto V online, a new router can make a world of difference and help keep the peace. We guide you through choosing a router that will handle your current and future wireless networking needs, and offer our top picks to get you started.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 video review: Behold, the GPU king
As far as video card upgrades go, there's a lot to love with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 . We called it "the upgrade you've been waiting for" in our full review . The GTX 1080 blows away last year's high-end cards, and even though it's $599 ($699 for the Founders Edition we tested), it's well worth the cost for serious gamers. In our video review above, check out some gameplay footage from the new Doom remake, as well as Quantum Break .
Microsoft is purging terrorist content from its services
Microsoft is officially prohibiting users from posting anything that incites terrorist acts on its services, including Xbox Live , Outlook consumer version and document-sharing website Docs . In a blog post , the tech giant explained that it's taking these steps, because it has "a responsibility to run [its] various internet services so that they are a tool to empower people, not to contribute, however indirectly, to terrible acts." For Bing, however, the company will only remove links to websites if the authorities demand it. Search engines don't host content, after all, and Microsoft has to respect people's "right to access information."
Angry Birds Is Over
The dramatic climax of the film starts when the birds fling each other at the palace, a ham-fisted (look, if they’re gonna do it, so am I!) attempt to invoke the core Angry Birds gameplay experience. “Just look where the last bird went and adjust from there,” Red says smarmily. Sure, you’ll clear a level like that, but you need to do better if you want three stars. After the birds begin their siege of Pig Castle, one of the main characters exclaims “we’re making history here!” It’s the wrong kind of history. From there, it’s a buffet of recycled by-the-numbers plot beats: “Don’t be a hero,” “We’re outnumbered!” “You don’t know when to stop, do you?!” “I thought you were dead!” Bomb’s performance anxiety gets overcome, Terence turns out to have a lovely singing voice and Red’s transformation in a hero comes from saving fuzzy blue triplets that were presumed dead. These sturdy pillars of popcorn fare gets rolled out in their most basic form with no cleverness or subversion to justify their presence. This isn’t Inside Out or The Lego Movie . There’s no heart or soul here. The execution reeks of contemptuous four-quadrant Hollywood calculus.
The 8 biggest new features in Android N
Android N may not yet have a name, but we already know a lot about it. Google has been iterating on its ubiquitous mobile OS far more publicly than usual, issuing a couple of developer preview versions earlier this year and now releasing a "beta-quality" build that it says is ready for regular use.
Apple working on a fix for iPad Pros bricked by iOS 9.3.2
Some 9.7-inch iPad Pro units are showing "Error 56" when updated to iOS 9.3.2, rendering the device unusable. Apple will need to issue an update.
Microsoft makes saying no to Windows 10 update a little easier | ZDNet
Microsoft has changed the wording in its 'Get Windows 10' update prompt in a way that gives Windows 7 and 8.1 users a bit more visibility about their options.
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When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Sound reproduction is definitely top notch. The X7s aren’t just great because they provide lots of bass like some headphones. Highs, mids and lows all shine bright, and cover a wide spectrum of frequencies that make music sound fantastic. These are the first wireless earbuds that have convinced me I no longer need a wired connection for high quality sound reproduction. They’re great for working out, but they’re also perfect for enjoying music when I am at home and am doing chores. The Bluetooth range is fantastic, and call quality is flawless even with the wire placed behind my neck.
Woman unboxes Chewbacca mask, experiences ecstasy
Candace Payne recently brought home a Chewbacca mask. And while most people might experience a twinge of joy upon unboxing it, Candace feels it all. Watch her as she opens the mask (the moment happens around 1:59) and her soul detaches from her body. The joy is simply too much.
This character-limit tweak is exactly the kind of change Twitter needs
To be clear, I'm not in favor of an unlimited character limit. That would go too far in the other direction, taking away Twitter's identity and, honestly, the appeal it holds for me. What I'm in favor of is a fix to an annoying quirk that counts something you didn't write against you.