Mass protests convince Hungarian government to drop internet tax plans

Amar Toor October 31, 2014 06:13 amless than a minute ago

Hungary has decided to suspend a controversial plan to tax internet data transfers, after the proposed policy sparked large protests earlier this week. As Reuters reports, Prime Minister Viktor Orban...

"This must be withdrawn, and we do not have to deal with this now." Prime Minister Viktor Orban

France doesn't know who's flying drones over its nuclear power plants

Rich McCormick October 30, 2014 11:12 pm7 hours ago 23

The French government is investigating a series of unidentified drone flights recently conducted over state-owned nuclear power plants. Unmanned aerial vehicles were spotted over seven different nuclear...

look to the skies

Sony replaces mobile chief and slashes smartphone sales forecast

Sam Byford October 31, 2014 02:20 am4 hours ago 31

Sony's attempt to become a major player in mobile has hit another speed bump. The company now expects to ship 41 million smartphones in its current fiscal year — that's down from a forecast of 43 million...

Camera sensors are Sony's real mobile success

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Amazon exec says 'we didn’t get the price right' on the Fire Phone

Josh Lowensohn October 30, 2014 08:59 pm9 hours ago 82

Hindsight is 20-20, something Amazon now has about the launch of its first smartphone. Amazon debuted the $199 Fire Phone in June, though trimmed the price of the device to 99 cents (with a two-year...

"I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort of mismatched expectations." David Limp, Amazon senior vice president of devices

The Vergecast 125: I have 23 children

John Lagomarsino October 30, 2014 07:17 pm11 hours ago 8

The hype meter is off the charts this week. The sweat is real. This Vergecast is beef, not bust. Our hosts Nilay Patel, Chris Plante, and The Verge's social beast Sam Sheffer begin the hour with a...

Enter the Mountain Zone

Why Twitter's new head of product could be the one to fix it

Casey Newton October 30, 2014 06:55 pm11 hours ago 2

Even in an industry where things move quickly, 2014 has seen a dizzying amount of change for Twitter. In the last 10 months, Twitter has lost: its chief operating officer, its chief financial officer, its...

Mark Zuckerberg will answer your questions for one hour next week

Chris Welch October 30, 2014 06:14 pm12 hours ago 7

Mark Zuckerberg's not afraid of you, internet. The Facebook CEO has announced that he'll participate in a public Q&A session next Thursday afternoon, answering questions submitted and voted on by the...

Ask Zuck Anything

MSI is putting a legitimate mechanical keyboard in a laptop

Sean O'Kane October 30, 2014 05:03 pm13 hours ago 44

Gaming laptops are prone to wild designs, and the newest one from MSI — called the GT80 Titan — is no exception. The massive 18-inch laptop was announced today and its most notable feature is a mechanical...

Starz hints that it'll let you subscribe without cable, just like HBO

Jacob Kastrenakes October 30, 2014 04:23 pm14 hours ago 8

Now that HBO plans to start offering online subscriptions, it seems like everyone else is eager to join in. On a call with investors today, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht strongly hinted that the network was...

"I assume [HBO is] talking to some of the same people that we're talking to." Chris Albrecht, Starz CEO

Seth Rogen may play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian Bale as Steve Jobs

Jacob Kastrenakes October 30, 2014 03:22 pm15 hours ago 31

Not only has the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic likely found an actor to play Jobs, it may have found an actor to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak too: according to The Wrap, Seth Rogen is being considered...

Bale and Rogen as Apple's co-founders

The Vergecast, live today at 4:30PM ET!

Sam Sheffer October 30, 2014 03:20 pm15 hours ago 25

Hello humans! Today is Thursday, which is the day we Vergecast, so guess what — we're Vergecasting! Today on the show we have our fearless leader Nilay Patel, joined by the inimitable Chris Plante, and me,...

Let's do this

See every Apple product ever made on one poster

Josh Lowensohn October 30, 2014 02:57 pm15 hours ago 40

It's maybe not as iconic as a blacklight Led Zeppelin poster, or this cat parading as an actual sandwich, but Pop Chart Lab has a freshly updated version of its history of Apple products poster. It goes...

Even the hockey puck

South Park does drones, #TheFappening, and Ferguson all in one episode

Sean O'Kane October 30, 2014 02:16 pm16 hours ago 9

What happens if a drone enthusiast leaves his quadcopter unattended and his son's friends use it to spy on the neighbors? Many big, sweeping issues have been addressed as the popularity of personal drones...

Google will have to pay publishers for aggregating news in Spain

Colin Lecher October 30, 2014 01:56 pm16 hours ago 83

The fight between Google and news publishers is a story that's been playing out for years. Publishers have argued that aggregation services — like Google News — are infringing on copyrighted material,...

Publishers will be paid for Google News results

A piece of Amelia Earhart's plane has been found, researchers claim

Arielle Duhaime-Ross October 30, 2014 01:37 pm17 hours ago 4

Researchers think they’ve finally found a piece of Amelia Earhart’s lost plane. An aluminum sheet, found in 1991 on Nikumaroro Island, might be the patch that once covered a window on Earhart’s plane, r...

"The artifact is not, as previously suspected, a random fragment" Richard Gillespie, International Group of Historic Aircraft Recovery

Louisiana tells tropical disease docs to stay away from their meeting

Elizabeth Lopatto October 30, 2014 01:26 pm17 hours ago 9

Some doctors who were planning to come from the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention won't be going to the tropical medicine meeting in New Orleans, if Louisiana...

The Louisiana Ebola guidelines are interfering with a medical meeting

A gold Moto 360 is coming soon, according to Amazon

Chris Welch October 30, 2014 01:07 pm17 hours ago 78

Motorola hasn't announced the champagne gold Moto 360 seen above yet, but Amazon accidentally revealed it to the world early this morning. The listing has since been pulled, but remains visible through...

New leather options, too

Google Play Books is now a lot better for reading nonfiction titles like textbooks

Nathan Ingraham October 30, 2014 11:00 am19 hours ago 16

By now, you're likely quite familiar with the concept of reading an ebook, whether on a tablet or dedicated e-reader: you load it up with as many books as you can, tap or flip your way through the pages,...

One new UI trick makes flipping through your books much easier

Any.Do updates its to-do app with new sharing features

Adi Robertson October 30, 2014 10:56 am19 hours ago 17

There's a revamped version of minimalist to-do app Any.Do out today, and using it might cost you. Today, the company announced Any.Do 2.0, a version of the cross-platform service focused on turning your...

Also new colors, if you're willing to pay

'Game of Thrones' stars sign for seventh season

Jacob Kastrenakes October 30, 2014 10:49 am19 hours ago 19

It looks like HBO wants a seventh season of Game of Thrones. The series has already been ordered through its sixth season, and now The Hollywood Reporter says that HBO has reworked its stars' contracts to...

Seven seasons for seven books?

Metallica will play for a week on Craig Ferguson's 'Late Late Show'

Colin Lecher October 30, 2014 10:18 am20 hours ago 27

Craig Ferguson, host of the Late Late Show, announced he was leaving his gig for new horizons earlier this year. He'll be getting a slightly unexpected — but amazing — musical send-off: Metallica says...

"Bring it!" Lars Ulrich

Samsung's Gear S smartwatch coming to the US on November 7th

Chris Welch October 30, 2014 10:16 am20 hours ago 32

Samsung's Gear S smartwatch will launch in the United States on November 7th, the company announced today. All four major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) will carry the device, and you'll...

It's not what you'd call cheap

Life would be better if our cars had Formula 1 steering wheels

Sean O'Kane October 30, 2014 10:10 am20 hours ago 33

Whether you're talking on-track performance or off-track health benefits, Formula 1 has been at the forefront of technology for decades. One obvious example is the evolution of the cars' steering wheels,...

A banking giant and payment startup unite to modernize money transfer

Ben Popper October 30, 2014 10:00 am20 hours ago 15

As change in the finance industry accelerates, financial titans are beginning to embrace the disruption.

"Banks traditionally have not been able to facilitate a good customer experience when it comes to payments." Chad Ballard, Director of Digital Challenges, BBVA Compass

Ghosts in the machine? Using the Kinect to hunt for spirits

Alexa Ray Corriea October 30, 2014 10:00 am20 hours ago 33

The room is completely dark, save for the soft light of a computer monitor.

A solitary man stands in the middle of the old, musty foyer, surrounded by an audience of several ancient pieces of furniture....

Watch the trailer for 'Ex Machina,' a sci-fi thriller from the writer of '28 Days Later'

Jacob Kastrenakes October 30, 2014 09:52 am20 hours ago 36

If you're a sci-fi fan, you're probably familiar with some of Alex Garland's incredible work: he wrote the tense thriller Sunshine and the revered zombie film 28 Days Later. Now Garland is directing his...

The directorial debut of Alex Garland

Michael Bay could be in talks to direct a movie about Benghazi

Adi Robertson October 30, 2014 09:37 am21 hours ago 30

Michael Bay may be officially handing off his crowd-pleasing but critically panned Transformers for weightier fare: a film about the 2012 attack on US diplomatic and CIA compounds in Benghazi, Libya. The...

Fox News surely rejoices

The MPAA and theater owners have officially banned Google Glass

Colin Lecher October 30, 2014 09:21 am21 hours ago 35

If there was any doubt on how theaters felt about patrons using Google Glass, the Motion Picture Association of America and National Association of Theatre Owners have quashed it: an update to their joint...

Rules now "fully integrate wearable tech"

Instagram launches video ads today

Jacob Kastrenakes October 30, 2014 09:18 am21 hours ago 11

Your Instagram feed is going to start having a new type of ad in it: videos. Starting today, Instagram is allowing advertisers to start running 15-second video ads that'll appear in your feed the same way...

The ads look really incongruous

Mysterious smart energy company raises $150 million, led by ex-HTC executive

Chris Ziegler October 30, 2014 07:30 am23 hours ago 6

Horace Luke, Gogoro's CEO.

Taiwanese firm Gogoro came out of stealth mode this morning — sort of — announcing in very broad, vague terms that it's looking to "utilize the power of mobile connectivity and...

But what is it doing?

Tim Cook: I'm proud to be gay

Tom Warren October 30, 2014 07:23 am23 hours ago 741

In an editorial at Bloomberg Businessweek today, Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals he's proud to be gay. "So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given...

"I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." Tim Cook, Apple CEO

Motorola is now part of Lenovo

Tom Warren October 30, 2014 07:00 am23 hours ago 47

Motorola Mobility officially becomes part of Lenovo today. Lenovo’s acquisition was announced back in February for $2.91 billion, and today marks the finalization of the deal. Motorola is now "a Lenovo...

Hello, Lenovo

Samsung will 'fundamentally reform' its smartphones after dire earnings report

Vlad Savov October 30, 2014 06:57 am23 hours ago 129

Samsung's earnings this past quarter have been exactly as downbeat as the company predicted: operating profit is down 60 percent and income from sales is now 20 percent smaller than a year ago. In other...

Time for change

China's Xiaomi becomes world's third biggest smartphone maker without leaving Asia

Vlad Savov October 30, 2014 04:55 am10.30.2014 62

Over the past three months, more than 327 million new smartphones were shipped out from factories around the world, and young Chinese company Xiaomi has been responsible for more than 5 percent of them....

Samsung's still the biggest, but others are catching up fast
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