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Merry Christmas! The NSA's gift is a list of all the times it wrongly spied on you

Elizabeth Lopatto December 25, 2014 12:00 pm1 hour ago 3

If you want to release something no one will pay attention to, what time's better than Christmas Eve? At least, that appeared to be the National Security Agency's thinking. Last night, the NSA released...

The best apps for your new iPad

Verge Staff December 25, 2014 08:21 am5 hours ago 49

Even if you already own an iPhone — in which case many iPad apps will automatically sync over for you during setup — you’ll find that getting apps for your iPad is an easy process. Pop open the app store...

Consume, create — you pick

The best books for your new Kindle

Verge Staff December 25, 2014 08:21 am5 hours ago 17

Anyone picking up a blank Kindle this year is running headlong into the paradox of choice. The device stocks 23 million titles and counting, ranging from War & Peace to algorithmically generated self-help...

From sports to sci-fi

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The 10 games we can't wait to play in 2015

Andrew Webster December 23, 2014 08:24 am12.23.2014 141

This year was a pretty great one for new game releases. But being a site about the future, we can't help but look ahead — and it seems like 2015 might be even better. Next year will see new entries in some...

From Hyrule to Hoth

The best games for your new iPhone or iPad

Verge Staff December 25, 2014 08:21 am5 hours ago 44

Goodbye, Game Boy. The best mobile game platform is iOS, and both the iPhone and the iPad have an embarrassing depth of riches to plumb. Whether you’re a classic shoot-em-up gamer or just looking for...

The best games for your new console

Verge Staff December 25, 2014 08:20 am5 hours ago 111

A year ago, we got a new Xbox and a new Playstation, with more power and more features than anything we've ever seen before. This year, we got the games. 
If you got a new console this year, or unwrapped a...

Game on!

The best apps for your new Mac

Verge Staff December 25, 2014 08:20 am5 hours ago 73

Whether you're among the chosen to get a new computer for the holidays or are burdened with the responsibility of playing family tech support, we've got you covered with an essential pack of Mac apps,...

A little work, a little play

The best games for your new Android phone or tablet

Verge Staff December 25, 2014 08:20 am5 hours ago 97

Android gets a bad rap for not having as many good games as iOS, and while it’s true that the platform hasn’t yet closed the gap, there are still plenty of great games to be had. But if you just want our...

The best apps for your new Windows PC

Verge Staff December 25, 2014 08:19 am5 hours ago 144

“A Windows device” can mean any number of things. Maybe this year you unwrapped a 17-inch gaming behemoth — or maybe you’re holding an 8-inch tablet. Either way, there’s a lot more to Windows 8 than Office...

Turn any Windows PC into your Windows PC

The Verge 50: a definitive list of 2014's most important people

Verge Staff December 8, 2014 01:38 pm12.08.2014

Who are the 50 most important people at the intersection of technology, art, science, and culture? Who are the 50 people whose work this year will shape the next 50 years? It has been a strange and...

2014 was a doozy

The best apps for your new iPhone

Verge Staff December 25, 2014 08:19 am5 hours ago 58

In A Christmas Story, young Ralphie begs his parents for a Red Ryder BB gun. Alas, how times have changed. Today, you’re more likely begging for a red iPhone — but just as the Red Ryder is useless without...

So many choices

Mazda puts Le Mans heritage on display with LM55 Vision Gran Turismo car

Vlad Savov December 25, 2014 07:53 am5 hours ago 2

Mazda's Christmas gift to the world of racing fanatics has been revealed as the LM55 Vision Gran Turismo concept supercar. It joins a growing cadre of outlandishly designed vehicles that car manufacturers...

All-out vehicular aggression

LG will build a stereo camera system for driverless Mercedes-Benz cars

Vlad Savov December 25, 2014 05:23 am8 hours ago 6

The future of driving, it appears, won't require much driving at all. LG and Mercedes-Benz have this morning announced plans to co-develop a stereo camera system to be used in future autonomous vehicles....

Drivers, who needs 'em?

Oops: people are downloading and keeping Sony's rental for The Interview

Josh Lowensohn December 24, 2014 06:34 pm19 hours ago 114

It's been an interesting day for Kernel, the site powering Sony's digital rentals of The Interview in the US. Not only did it briefly buckle under the pressure of people hammering its site to watch the...

Rent to own

Walmart will take your unwanted holiday gift cards

Josh Dzieza December 24, 2014 05:44 pm20 hours ago 24

Walmart is making a play for your gift cards, testing a program that lets you exchange cards from more than 200 other stores for a Walmart card. The Walmart card, notably, will be worth a fraction of the...

CDC scientists may have been exposed to Ebola in Atlanta lab

Elizabeth Lopatto December 24, 2014 05:00 pm20 hours ago 3

As many as 12 scientists may have been exposed to Ebola earlier this week in a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab in Atlanta, The Washington Post reports. On Monday, scientists who were...

"I am troubled by this incident in our Ebola research laboratory in Atlanta," CDC Director Tom Frieden

Watch this: the best light display you'll see all year

Elizabeth Lopatto December 24, 2014 04:32 pm21 hours ago 3

Courtesy of the European Space Agency, here's the best Christmas light display I've seen all year: a time lapse of more than 12,000 images taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst, while he was on the...

more than 12,000 images from the ISS

Uber's Christmas gift to New York taxis is a $2 booking fee

Josh Dzieza December 24, 2014 02:54 pm22 hours ago 8

Uber is putting the screws to New York taxis, and it's announcing the move with a Christmas Eve news dump. This morning, New York City Uber users received an email saying that anyone hailing a yellow cab...

Uber's latest attempt to undercut its competition

NFL strikes a deal with Facebook to share video highlights

Micah Singleton December 24, 2014 02:35 pm23 hours ago

The NFL has agreed to a deal with Facebook to allow video clips of NFL games and content on the social network, according to The Wall Street Journal. The NFL will begin posting highlights and fantasy...

Getting the rights to NFL content isn't easy

What movies to see (and skip) in theatres on Christmas Day

Emily Yoshida, Bryan Bishop, David Pierce, and Ben Popper December 24, 2014 01:00 pm12.24.2014 13

After the presents have been unwrapped and the pie eaten (and eaten ... and eaten ...) everyone knows it's time to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas — working off your wine-drunk while checking out...

Make your yuletide entertainment choice wisely

FBI arrests Colorado man for threatening to kill police in YouTube comments

Adi Robertson December 24, 2014 12:53 pm12.24.2014 13

Days after the shooting of two New York Police Department officers, the FBI has announced the arrest of a man who allegedly posted YouTube comments about hunting down and killing police. Yesterday, the...

"For every innocent citizen that cops kill WE, VETERANS WILL KILL RETIRED HELPLESS COPS." 'Vets Hunting Cops'

Sony looked into selling its music publishing business because of growth concerns and streaming

Micah Singleton December 24, 2014 12:15 pm12.24.2014 11

Sony has been considering selling Sony/ATV music publishing, according to leaked internal emails obtained by Bloomberg. According to the emails — which have come to light thanks to the massive Sony hack,...

"this is a top-secret project." Sony Corporation of America CFO Steve Kober

The Interview is now available online: $6 to rent, $15 to own

Ross Miller December 24, 2014 12:11 pm12.24.2014 146

Not one hour after we heard YouTube had "tentatively agreed" to offer The Interview as a rental, Sony Pictures has confirmed the film will be available online starting today at 1PM ET. It'll be offered...

In Franco and Rogen We Trust

@AP_Planner is your completely random guide to future news

Adi Robertson December 24, 2014 11:09 am12.24.2014

The Associated Press sets the style standard for much of journalism. It gathers news most reporters can't reach. Tweeting fake stories from one of its accounts can send a shiver through the stock market....

"Tomorrow: Christmas Day." AP Planner

Sony is now offering The Interview online via YouTube, Xbox Video, and Google Play (update)

Ross Miller December 24, 2014 10:47 am12.24.2014 68

Update: It's official — Sony will release The Interview online at 1PM ET today through YouTube, Xbox Video, and others. It'll be $5.99 to rent and $14.99 to own.

Not only will The Interview be available...

Thanks, Obama

Can a podcast spark the dialogue police and black communities need?

Kwame Opam December 24, 2014 10:40 am12.24.2014 16

The gulf between people and police is widening, and comedian W. Kamau Bell is podcasting about it.

On December 20th, gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley allegedly shot and killed two New York City police officers...

"Sometimes the best thing we can do is shut the fuck up and listen to other people." W. Kamau Bell

DirecTV signs deal to offer access to Disney and ESPN streaming video

Adi Robertson December 24, 2014 09:38 am12.24.2014 4

Under a new deal, DirecTV can give subscribers online access to Disney and ESPN programming. Earlier this week, Disney announced that it had signed a multi-year deal with DirecTV, renewing its right to...

Renews broadcasting agreement for all Disney properties

Sony reportedly asked the White House for help getting The Interview on iTunes

Ross Miller December 24, 2014 09:12 am12.24.2014 46

If Sony Pictures today announces an online distribution option for The Interview (which seems to be the case) it won't be through Apple — and it definitely won't be for lack of trying.

Not compatible with AirPlay

Amazon starts its post-Christmas sale before Christmas

Sean O'Kane December 24, 2014 09:00 am12.24.2014 8

Much like it did with its Black Friday deals, Amazon is posting its after-Christmas sales early. Some of them end as early as tonight or tomorrow, but many others will run all the way up until January 1st....

Jolly old St. Click

Watch this bush burn for 11 hours in bizarre Exodus film promotion

Cassandra Khaw December 24, 2014 08:10 am12.24.2014 11

Ridley Scott's elegiac Exodus: Gods and Kings has a new promotional video of sorts: an 11-hour-long performance starring the iconic burning bush, a sweeping orchestral score, and endlessly scrolling text...

A burning boredom

Amazon is giving away $220 worth of free apps for Christmas

James Vincent December 24, 2014 07:44 am12.24.2014 18

Amazon is always responsible for delivering a lot of presents at Christmas, but its holiday deals are something else. This year the retailer’s two-day discounting spree includes a free app bundle worth...

Sorry about the Fire, have some apps

PlayStation Now game streaming is coming to Samsung TVs in 2015

Vlad Savov December 24, 2014 06:38 am12.24.2014 10

Samsung and Sony have struck a deal to bring the latter's PlayStation Now game streaming service to select Samsung Smart TV models in 2015. Jointly announced this morning, the partnership makes Samsung the...

Playing PlayStation games is no longer tied down to just Sony devices

This is probably what WhatsApp voice calling will look like

James Vincent December 24, 2014 05:46 am12.24.2014 20

WhatsApp has been promising to introduce call functionality for almost a year now, but new images from an experimental build of the app suggest the feature could be close to completion. The "screenshots"...

call waiting
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