I spent a weekend on a cruise ship staffed by robot bartenders

David Pierce November 21, 2014 10:18 am26 minutes ago 8

The two robots are perfectly efficient, fast bartenders. They always select the perfect amounts of Bulleit borboun, ice, and lime, and shake it just so before dumping it carefully into my plastic cup. They...

I'm on a ship

Pebble updates Android app with full notification support

Dan Seifert November 21, 2014 09:41 am1 hour ago 1

This week, Pebble released an update for its Android app that finally provides support to push every notification that hits your phone to your Pebble watch. Prior to this, the native Pebble app only...


10 new trailers you should watch this week

Jacob Kastrenakes November 21, 2014 10:00 am1 hour ago 5

This is kind of a huge week for movies by the power of The Hunger Games alone. Even though Mockingjay Part 1 may not be the series' strongest film, there's little chance that fans aren't going to storm...

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Let's talk about Black Friday deals

Dan Seifert November 21, 2014 08:34 am2 hours ago

We've already started coverage of Black Friday deals on the main site, but we know that we're not going to be able to catch all of them. So we're asking you, our knowledgeable and helpful readers, to share...

Deals on deals on deals

Staples' Black Friday sale starts Sunday, includes $49 Kindle and $99.99 Beats headphones

Dan Seifert November 21, 2014 09:04 am2 hours ago 5

Staples will be kicking off its Black Friday sales this Sunday, November 23rd and running the deals through Black Friday itself. The big box office supplier will give shoppers 20 percent off of anything...

That was easy

With Assembly, anyone can contribute to open source software and actually get paid

Ben Popper November 21, 2014 09:01 am2 hours ago

The open-source movement has produced some of the most widely utilized software in the world, a huge economic value driven by a widely dispersed community who believe contributing good work is often its...

The Vergecast 128: Stephen Elop, king of thieves

John Lagomarsino November 21, 2014 09:00 am2 hours ago 3

It was a week of learning and growth on the Vergecast. Specific lessons included who actually owns Nokia, who has used an Apple Watch, what qualifies as a varsity sport, the merits of Pitch Perfect, and...

"I jailbreak for that shit." Sam Sheffer

Adobe's got Photoshop running in Chrome

Sean O'Kane November 21, 2014 09:00 am2 hours ago 35

Using Photoshop usually requires lugging a typically cumbersome, expensive computer around, and changing that experience has been the dream of many creatives for years. As we found out back in September,...

Only educational institutions can test it for now

Victoria Ying is helping bring back classic Disney style

Andrew Webster November 21, 2014 08:58 am2 hours ago 1

Disney's animation studio is experiencing a renaissance. Thanks to films like Frozen and Big Hero 6, the company is once again at the forefront of the industry. Much of it has to do with stellar writing...

"It's been exciting to see the studio turn around" Victoria Ying

The best tablet you can buy

Dan Seifert November 20, 2014 02:40 pm20 hours ago

Since the introduction of the first iPad in 2010, tablets have taken off faster than any other piece of technology in recent history. A good tablet is little more than just a screen, and that screen has...

Tabs on tabs on tabs

Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Jacob Kastrenakes November 21, 2014 08:49 am2 hours ago 8

Aereo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after months of grasping at straws in attempts to stay afloat following its loss to cable giants in the Supreme Court this June. Aereo says that the...

The streaming startup has been dying for months

First 'Jurassic World' teaser rumbles into the past

Tom Warren November 21, 2014 07:42 am3 hours ago 16

Jurassic World is coming next summer, and the teasers begin today. While a full trailer is set to arrive on November 27th, today’s teaser brings viewers back to the exact Tyrannosaurus rex scene from the...

The cups of water are back

Democrats also used secret Twitter profile to circumvent election laws, says report

Rich McCormick November 20, 2014 11:18 pm12 hours ago 10

Earlier this week, the Republican party was discovered to have used Twitter to inform its fundraising groups of polling numbers during elections, potentially infringing on a rule that bars US political...

hiding in plain sight

Amazon is giving Kindle Fire owners 6 free months of The Washington Post

Josh Lowensohn November 20, 2014 07:16 pm16 hours ago 7

When Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he was purchasing The Washington Post last year, one of the big questions was whether he'd put the marketing weight of Amazon behind the paper. Today...

Fire freebie

Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic dies at Sony, but it may find a new home

Jacob Kastrenakes November 20, 2014 05:53 pm17 hours ago 31

Aaron Sorkin's highly anticipated Steve Jobs biopic has had an extremely rocky development under Sony Pictures, culminating last night with Sony choosing to simply drop the movie altogether, according to D...

Universal may pick it right back up

Newegg's Black Friday deals include cheap hard drives and lots of laptops

Sean O'Kane November 20, 2014 05:14 pm18 hours ago 18

Black Friday deals are coming fast and early, and now Newegg is starting to release its as well. This is the best time of year to do everything from making an impulse tablet purchase to upgrading your PC's...

'Better Call Saul' gets February premiere date and a new teaser

Jacob Kastrenakes November 20, 2014 04:46 pm18 hours ago 10

The loveably sleazy Saul Goodman is almost back on the air. AMC has announced that Better Call Saul will premiere across two nights, Sunday, February 8th and Monday, February 9th at 10PM ET/PT. From there,...

A two-night premiere for the 'Breaking Bad' spinoff

Comcast wants to let you track when your cable technician will arrive

Jacob Kastrenakes November 20, 2014 03:57 pm19 hours ago 9

Comcast is trying to make waiting for the cable technician to arrive a less unbearable experience than what you're used to. It's beginning to start trials on a system that will allow technicians to update...

They won't necessarily be on time, but you'll at least know they're late

Google Contributor will let you pay a monthly fee to see select websites without ads

Nathan Ingraham November 20, 2014 03:45 pm19 hours ago 40

Chances are good that most of your favorite websites are almost entirely supported by advertising. In exchange for free content, the thinking goes, you have to view some ads — but Google is trying to shake...

Pay to play

Batman and the Joker unite to fight NYC's costume registration act

Ross Miller November 20, 2014 03:35 pm19 hours ago 37

New York City Councilmember Andy King wants to require costumed performers in Times Square (and other public places) to register with the city — $175 for a two-year license plus $75 for fingerprinting fees...

"This straight up seems like fascism to me." The Joker

Today on The Vergecast: Uber, Apple Watch, and Nokia

Sam Sheffer November 20, 2014 03:22 pm19 hours ago 25

Thursday Vergeday. Is that a thing? No? Let's make it a thing.

The Vergecast will be live today at 4:30PM ET / 1:30PM PT with Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Chris Plante, and Sam Sheffer aka Mr. #hypecheck....

Join us live at 4:30PM ET

How iPads are making airports less terrible

Josh Dzieza November 20, 2014 02:54 pm20 hours ago 77

What if airports weren’t miserable gauntlets of long lines, heat-lamp food, and ambient anxiety?

A restaurant company uses more iPads than all the Apple stores

Watch the first trailer for Telltale's 'Game of Thrones' video game

Andrew Webster November 20, 2014 02:00 pm21 hours ago 14

Telltale's Game of Thrones video game is almost here, and the Walking Dead developer has just released the very first trailer showing the title in action. The game sports a similar visual style as past T...

Winter is almost here

Robots spent six years acting like humans in three Tennessee homes

Arielle Duhaime-Ross November 20, 2014 01:37 pm21 hours ago 32

For six years, a group of robots lived in three houses on a street in Campbell Creek, Tennessee. No humans resided there with them. The house was solely occupied by robots, fake sweat machines, and a bunch...

The houses were even equipped with fake sweat machines

Uber hires outside auditor to review privacy practices

Jacob Kastrenakes November 20, 2014 01:17 pm22 hours ago 10

Uber has hired an outside auditor to review its current privacy policies amid growing concerns around how its customers' personal data is being used. Uber announced that it would have Harriet Pearson,...

"We must treat [trip history] carefully and with respect." Uber

Square goes global, turns on its Register app for 130 currencies around the world

Ben Popper November 20, 2014 12:56 pm22 hours ago 4

Since it launched its Register app two and a half years ago, Square has noticed adoption all around the world. But until today, those merchants had to work in dollars.

Square goes 'round the globe

The beautiful art behind the Paris of 'Assassin's Creed: Unity'

Andrew Webster November 20, 2014 12:45 pm22 hours ago 7

Whatever you think of Assassin's Creed: Unity as a game, there's one undeniable fact: its rendition of French Revolution-era Paris is gorgeous. The team at Ubisoft Montreal built a city that feels both big...

Building a virtual city starts with a paintbrush

Microsoft's Black Friday deals include $150 off the Surface Pro 3

Dante D'Orazio November 20, 2014 12:37 pm22 hours ago 41

Are you ready for some more Black Friday deals? You better be. The Microsoft Store has announced its selection of offerings for the biggest shopping day of the year, and surprise, surprise, it includes...

The Pitch Perfect 2 trailer is here

Chris Plante November 20, 2014 12:36 pm22 hours ago 40

Pitch Perfect 2's first trailer is available on YouTube, finally.

Now, let me explain that there are two types of people in this world:

People who love Pitch Perfect, the a cappella comedy starring Anna...

When I'm gone

'Bourne' director may make a new '1984' movie

Jacob Kastrenakes November 20, 2014 12:17 pm23 hours ago 17

George Orwell's 1984 feels as — if not more — relevant than ever, and it looks like it may soon be adapted into a new movie. Deadline reports that there are early discussions at Sony Pictures to have B...

A story as apt as ever

Why goats are the future of gaming

Ross Miller November 20, 2014 12:05 pm23 hours ago 6

I'm a Microwave with legs, a force of true chaos. I have catapulted myself across the map and into a town full of evil sheep warriors who are running around on fire. (They weren't on fire before I got...

"You can [already] play as a demonic giraffe with a jetpack that knocks a car into a gas station. It felt like MMO was the natural next step." Armin Ibrisagic

Dropbox's Carousel photo software comes to iPads and the web

Casey Newton November 20, 2014 12:00 pm23 hours ago 7

In April, Dropbox launched Carousel, a standalone app for storing and managing photos and videos on your phone. Designed as a single place to view your life's memories, until now Carousel has only been...

And it's a glorified camera roll

Why Mozilla is scared of Google

Russell Brandom November 20, 2014 11:00 am24 hours ago 187

In tech, little things can have big consequences — in this case, a tiny search bar. Last night, Firefox made a surprising announcement: after 10 years with Google as its default search engine, it would be...

Google's unified platform might not leave room for Firefox

Watch Paul McCartney perform in virtual reality with a new Android app

Adi Robertson November 20, 2014 10:54 am24 hours ago 3

360-degree video company Jaunt is trying to turn virtual reality into a truly viable movie platform, for anyone with an Android phone and a cheap mobile headset like Google Cardboard. Today, the company...

Anybody have any good Beatles VR puns?
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