Office Depot's Black Friday deals include $179.99 Dell and $159.99 Toshiba laptops

Josh Lowensohn November 21, 2014 09:08 pm12 hours ago 4

Office Depot kicks off its Black Friday sales on Thursday, November 27th with deals on Dell and Toshiba computers, and a ton of Android tablets. The big attraction on Black Friday proper is a Toshiba...

Line up for laptops

Microsoft is bringing chat to its Word and PowerPoint web apps

Chris Welch November 21, 2014 06:05 pm15 hours ago 18

Collaborating with co-workers using Office Online is about to get a bit easier: Microsoft is bringing chat to the web versions of Word and PowerPoint. Sorry, Excel users: it seems you can't yet chat while...

No chat for Excel users

Netflix picks up Tina Fey's first show since '30 Rock'

Ross Miller November 21, 2014 06:21 pm15 hours ago 29

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's first show since they made 30 Rock together, was supposed to be coming to NBC this Spring. That is, until tonight: Netflix just announced that it...

'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' premieres March 2015

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Before protests, Hong Kong news sites were hit with the largest DDoS ever

Russell Brandom November 21, 2014 05:59 pm15 hours ago 3

While protestors were filling the streets of Hong Kong, there was another kind of gridlock flooding the city's independent media sites. A new report from Forbes says the protests saw the largest...

Independent media sites may have provoked the central government

Let's talk about Black Friday deals

Dan Seifert November 21, 2014 08:34 am11.21.2014

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

Howard the Duck has officially made a comeback

Ross Miller November 21, 2014 05:56 pm16 hours ago 18

The world has forgiven Howard the Duck. What started as a bizarre 1973 tale of a grumpy anthropomorphic drake surviving in an otherwise normal human world eventually became one of the biggest bombs in film...

"He's an everyman who happens to be a duck!" Chip Zdarsky

Barack Obama still uses a BlackBerry

Nilay Patel November 21, 2014 05:37 pm16 hours ago 81

Sure, Obama billed himself as the first "BlackBerry President" during his first presidential campaign, but that was in 2008, everyone.

BlackBerry is still looking for a creative director

FCC is taking its time with net neutrality because 'the big dogs are going to sue'

Jacob Kastrenakes November 21, 2014 05:24 pm16 hours ago 30

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler is getting blunt about why we don't have net neutrality rules yet: "The big dogs are going to sue regardless of what comes out," he said today, a...

"We need to make sure that we have sustainable rules." Tom Wheeler, FCC chairman

Formula E returns this weekend

Sean O'Kane November 21, 2014 05:15 pm16 hours ago 10

It’s been two months since Formula E made its thrilling debut, but the all-electric racing series is finally back this weekend with its second race. This time, it stops in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The race...

The all-electric series looks to build on its exciting debut

Apple's $450 million ebook settlement receives final court approval

Jacob Kastrenakes November 21, 2014 04:13 pm17 hours ago 23

Apple has received final court approval to settle a class-action lawsuit over claims that it harmed consumers by fixing the price of ebooks, according to Reuters. The settlement could have Apple paying...

How much Apple pays depends on the federal case's outcome

Walmart's Cyber Monday deals include a $998 4K Samsung TV, PlayStation 4 bundles, more

Dan Seifert November 21, 2014 03:49 pm18 hours ago 9

Walmart has already announced its Black Friday deals, but now it's following them up with more blowouts for Cyber Monday. As expected, the best deals can be found on TVs, though Walmart says it has over...

More TVs

This is how you make phones work 100 feet underground

Sean O'Kane November 21, 2014 03:36 pm18 hours ago 13

Anytime your phone signal briefly drops, it's annoying — even if it happens somewhere as technically challenging as Lincoln Tunnel, which connects New Jersey to Manhattan. Never mind the fact that you are,...

A twenty-year-old technology lets you tweet from the Lincoln Tunnel

This Seinfeld/Evanescence mashup won't save you from the nothing you've become

Kwame Opam November 21, 2014 03:33 pm18 hours ago 13

There's so much going on in this demented and utterly essential mashup of the Seinfeld theme and Evanescence's 2003 classic Bring Me to Life that it demands examination. At first it's just silly....

"Wake us up!"

The EU has a plan to break up Google

Ben Popper November 21, 2014 02:48 pm19 hours ago 343

Europe's parliament is prepared to throw down with the search giant, with a plan calling for the "unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services."

Google won't give Europe's politics its secret recipe

Xbox Live Gold members can play 'Sunset Overdrive' for free on Saturday

Chris Welch November 21, 2014 02:02 pm19 hours ago 24

This Saturday, Microsoft is letting all Xbox Live gold members play Sunset Overdrive for free. All day. And it's the full game; you'll get to experience the acclaimed Xbox exclusive without any...

You can start downloading at 12:01AM

Price Check: get Apple's original iPad Air for $80 off, play GTA V for $59

Sean O'Kane November 21, 2014 01:15 pm20 hours ago 15

Welcome to Price Check, our weekly post dedicated to sorting through all the new products and deals that we find. We also get a ton of gadgets sent to our office, so consider this the best place for us to...

Plus some great bluetooth headphones

Google giving new Chromebook buyers 1TB of Drive storage for two years

Chris Welch November 21, 2014 12:53 pm21 hours ago 38

Cloud storage prices have been on a steep decline this year, but there's nothing better than free. Google is offering new Chromebook buyers 1TB of Google Drive storage to go along with their purchase. The...

All the cloud you need

Disney can save Nintendo, and it would only cost $19 billion

Steve Bowler November 21, 2014 12:30 pm21 hours ago 181

Everyone had always assumed that Disney was going to buy Pixar.

Dell's Black Friday deals include $99.99 24-inch monitor and $329.99 Xbox One

Chris Welch November 21, 2014 12:15 pm21 hours ago 31

Most of the best Black Friday deals from Dell aren't even Dell products. Not PCs, anyway. Yes, the company is offering extremely inexpensive Windows laptops, desktops, and Android tablets, but they're not...

Plenty of deals, but no great PCs on offer

Listen to the only new Beyoncé songs this year

Ross Miller November 21, 2014 12:10 pm21 hours ago 8

Beyoncé's big boxset is only a few days away of release, but why wait? There are only two new tracks featured in Beyoncé Platinum Edition, and you can listen to them now for free.

Here's the first track,...

Clap, Clap, Clap

'The Imitation Game' review: turning Alan Turing's life into a code-breaking thriller

Jacob Kastrenakes November 21, 2014 11:45 am22 hours ago 16

We all want to know what it’s like to be a genius. That seems to be the big appeal of going to see a movie about one, and there happens to be two this month alone — both focusing on hugely important...

Sit back and watch Benedict Cumberbatch play another genius

10 new trailers you should watch this week

Jacob Kastrenakes November 21, 2014 10:00 am23 hours ago 12

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...

Pebble updates Android app with full notification support

Dan Seifert November 21, 2014 09:41 am24 hours ago 12

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...


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

Dan Seifert November 21, 2014 09:04 am11.21.2014 13

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 am11.21.2014 6

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 am11.21.2014 8

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 am11.21.2014 61

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

Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Jacob Kastrenakes November 21, 2014 08:49 am11.21.2014 21

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 am11.21.2014 22

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 pm11.20.2014 11

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 pm11.20.2014 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 pm11.20.2014 34

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

Nickelback watched CNN for 15 minutes and wrote a political anthem about it

Adi Robertson November 20, 2014 05:39 pm11.20.2014 54

"I don't know if North America is on the edge of a revolution, but I wanted it to feel that way in the song, since it feels that way in so many other parts of the world. You turn on CNN and it's like,...

Hey, hey, just obey / Your secret’s safe with the NSA
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