Samsung's Back to School Essentials

Going back to school can be a struggle. No more lazy days at the beach. No more sleeping in until noon. Your days are full classes rather than fun in the sun. But with a few Samsung gadgets — like the Samsung Galaxy S ®5, Samsung Tab® S, and the Samsung Level ™ family of products — and some new...

Cable companies want to stop the best internet in America from growing

A group representing giants in the cable industry is trying to shut down two municipalities' proposals to expand their public broadband networks, arguing that public broadband has a "mixed record" and can be harmful to taxpayers, despite these two networks already being successful where they're already operational. Laws in 20 states prevent municipalities from from creating their own broadband...

Lyft says Uber's recruiting tactics caused drivers to lose money

Earlier this week, The Verge's Casey Newton published exclusive details of Uber's "Operation SLOG," an aggressive campaign aimed at recruiting drivers away from its competitor Lyft. Now the company claims that Lyft drivers taking calls from SLOG recruiters saw their hourly earnings drop by as much as 48 percent, as a result of unusually short rides and a huge surge in cancelled pickups.

Drivers in Orange County saw a 48 percent decline in wages

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Smartphones are about to get awesome again

Smartphones. They’re all just a bunch of undifferentiated rectangles, right? You’d be forgiven for feeling a little jaded about the rate of innovation in smartphones over the past couple of years. A 4-inch iPhone still dominates the consumer landscape, HTC is still designing beautiful but flawed masterpieces, and Samsung is still the world’s foremost purveyor of cheap plastic.

It’s as if we’ve...

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The voice of Mario and Luigi has brought Nintendo's plumbers to Instagram

There's no telling how Nintendo feels about the whole thing, but voice actor Charles Martinet has brought the iconic characters of Mario and Luigi to life on Instagram. And he's doing it with action figures. Martinet has taken a liking to carrying Mario and Luigi toys around and voicing conversations between them based on what's going on in the real world. He's been at it for nearly a month...

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Check out these insane new bikes from designer Philippe Starck

Industrial designers love to be provocative almost as much as they enjoy being original. Fulfilling both briefs with a furious disregard for common sense, leading French designer Philippe Starck has this week unveiled a new range of electric bikes. Dubbed Starckbike and built by e-bike specialists Moustache, the new collection features four distinct styles, each with "specific ergonomics adapted to its terrain and field of exploration."

The Mud Starckbike is designed for all-terrain adventuring. While it lacks any actual mudguards, it makes up for it with a tasteful "medium hot grayscale"...

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Ikea's catalog now uses 75 percent computer generated imagery

Browsing through an Ikea catalog is basically a modern adult's version of playing make-believe, letting you imagine just how gorgeous your apartment will never be. And it turns out, an Ikea catalog is even further from reality than you may have already thought: 75 percent of its product images are now CG. The surprising fact was noted by the The Computer Graphics Society, which spoke at length with Ikea about why it's eschewing photography for digital renders. Basically, it gives Ikea's designers a lot more flexibility, and it removes hurdles associated with getting products shipped around the globe in time to photograph them when on a...

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Watch NASA's 3D-printed rocket part survive a 6,000 degree test-firing

From pizza to rocket engines, its safe to say that NASA is really interested in 3D printing these days. But the agency's latest experiment in that realm may be its most spectacular yet. Using a technology known as "selective laser melting," NASA was able to create a rocket injector — the part that shoots fuel into a rocket engine — out of just two separate components, instead of the 163 that were required using traditional manufacturing...

It is rocket science
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T-Mobile's next 'Uncarrier' announcement coming September 10th

T-Mobile is going to try shaking up the wireless industry again on September 10th. The carrier has just sent out invitations for an "Uncarrier 7.0" event taking place at one of its own stores in San Francisco early next month. There's no big stage show this time, and T-Mobile's tagline for the...

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Keurig's coffee brewer 'DRM' has already been defeated

Maybe getting past Keurig's DRM-protected brewing system won't be so challenging after all. Keurig Green Mountain incensed many third-party coffee pod makers with its decision to lock down the Keurig 2.0 system with the coffee equivalent of DRM...

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Microsoft's 2008 recruitment videos are a dark '90s acid trip

We gave Microsoft a gentle ribbing for its corny parody of "Sexy and I Know It," but little did we know that the company made — or at least commissioned — two masterpieces of short film. In 2008, working with the production team at Digital Kitchen, Microsoft created two psychedelic recruitment videos. In one, a mysterious man in a lab ecoat invites you to work on a project called Mind House, before dissolving into polygons. In another, a pair of gentlemen are washed into a surreal computer...




The US government might finally let someone else supply scientists with pot

Since 1968, the University of Mississippi has been the only source of marijuana that scientists in the US can use for federally-approved medical research. With its contract set to expire next year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse is now accepting bids from anyone with a 12-acre pot farm who meets the very specific requirements. Don't get your hopes up, though — chances are very high that Mississippi will win the contract again.


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The littlest Rapture: we played 'BioShock' on an iPhone

BioShock is an absolutely classic video game, and anyone who likes action games should play it at some point in their life. Its "underwater Ayn Rand" premise is great, it contains one of the most memorable video game speeches of all time, and the combination of conventional weapons, psychokinetic powers, and hacking is open-ended without being too complicated. And as of today, you can purchase a version of the original BioShock, packed down to fit in a tiny 2GB package, for $15 on the App...


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