Ohio postpones 2015 executions as it seeks lethal injection drugs

Dante D'Orazio January 31, 2015 01:24 pm1 hour ago 6

The state of Ohio has postponed all of its scheduled its seven 2015 executions as it works to find adequate supplies of the right drugs to put prisoners to death. Executions scheduled for 2016 are...

State needs more time to find acceptable drugs

This is what's happening inside your camera at 10,000 frames per second

Josh Lowensohn January 30, 2015 11:31 pm15 hours ago 21

The "D" in DSLR does not stand for dark magic. In fact, that snap of the shutter you hear when taking a picture is a wonderful symphony of mechanical engineering at work, and happens so fast that you can't...

Shutter porn

The Pirate Bay comes back online seven weeks after police raid

Dante D'Orazio January 31, 2015 11:10 am3 hours ago 14

A phoenix has replaced the iconic pirate ship atop The Pirate Bay today, celebrating the site's rise from the ashes. The torrent site's servers were raided by Swedish police forces over seven weeks ago,...

Torrent site rises from the ashes

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Magic Leap's futuristic patent art was copied from other artists' designs

Adi Robertson January 30, 2015 07:16 pm19 hours ago 11

When Google-backed augmented reality company Magic Leap quietly applied for a patent, it did so with dozens of pages of futuristic (and slightly creepy) scenarios: a social media charm bracelet, a gargoyle...

"Images such as these are setting consumer expectations of VR and AR today." Magic Leap

Joystiq is closing and I'll miss them like hell

Brian Crecente January 30, 2015 04:26 pm22 hours ago 99

The death of a gaming news website is a terrible thing.

Watch the trailer for Game of Thrones Season 5

Jacob Kastrenakes January 30, 2015 05:38 pm21 hours ago 21

You may have seen this earlier today in much blurrier form, but now HBO is giving it a proper release. The first trailer for Season 5 of Game of Thrones has just been put up to stream on the show's...

Just a couple months to go

So what happens after the big game? Retiring from the NFL isn't easy

Arielle Duhaime-Ross January 30, 2015 11:31 am01.30.2015 19

Seattle defensive tackle Kevin Williams will consider retiring after the big game on Sunday, reports azcentral. With 12 NFL seasons under his belt, the 34-year-old is quite literally an old pro now. But...

"When athletes are playing in front of hundred of thousands of people… You can’t replace that feeling." Anne Smith, Wimbledon champion and psychologist

Tom Hanks, Edward Norton, and Brad Pitt are bringing a Lewis and Clark miniseries to HBO

Chris Welch January 30, 2015 05:16 pm21 hours ago 5

HBO has officially greenlit Lewis and Clark, a six-hour miniseries that will chronicle the pair's exploration of the Louisiana Purchase. Starring Casey Affleck as Meriwether Lewis and Matthias Schoenaerts...

It stars Casey Affleck, and production starts this summer

Everyday life can make an awesome video game

Andrew Webster January 29, 2015 07:00 pm01.29.2015 22

More video games should be set in mundane places.

I've spent a lot of time saving the world from monsters and engaging in intergalactic warfare, but there are few games that let me experience the drama...

Life is Strange is teen angst meets time travel

Marriott withdraws awful Wi-Fi blocking proposal after taking heat from FCC

Jacob Kastrenakes January 30, 2015 05:06 pm21 hours ago 8

With the FCC pretty much laughing off Marriott's request for permission to block guests' access to external Wi-Fi networks, the hotel chain has decided to withdraw its petition in a late attempt to save...

"We thought we were doing the right thing." Bruce Hoffmeister, Marriott CIO

Aziz Ansari brings his newest stand-up special exclusively to Netflix

Lizzie Plaugic January 30, 2015 03:57 pm22 hours ago 6

Comedian and Parks & Rec star Aziz Ansari will join forces with Netflix to release his newest comedy special, Variety reportsAziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden will be available exclusively on...

Joke stream

You can now watch Philae's historic descent to comet 67P in GIF form

Sean O'Kane January 30, 2015 03:45 pm23 hours ago 2

The Philae lander had quite the exciting end to its 10-year journey to Comet 67P last fall. Now the ESA has just released this GIF of the lander tumbling towards the comet as it left its resting place...

I'll tumble for you

The FCC has changed the definition of broadband

Micah Singleton January 29, 2015 11:48 am01.29.2015 222

As part of its 2015 Broadband Progress Report, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to change the definition of broadband by raising the minimum download speeds needed from 4Mbps to 25Mbps, and...

Project Tango, Google's all-seeing tablet experiment, will live on

Nathan Ingraham January 30, 2015 03:05 pm23 hours ago 5

Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP for short) are the weird masterminds behind such experimental hardware ventures like the modular smartphone Project Ara and the 3D-sensing Project...

A small but important milestone for Project Tango

Chevy's new Volt ad makes the future look boring

Chris Ziegler January 30, 2015 02:55 pm24 hours ago 41

The second-generation Chevrolet Volt that's coming out later this year is probably the most technologically advanced production car that General Motors has ever announced. You wouldn't know that from the...

Why this would make someone want a car?

The best Gmail app for the iPhone is now made by Microsoft

Vlad Savov January 29, 2015 10:00 am01.29.2015 274

Gmail is the world's most popular email service, and the iPhone, as if this week didn't make it abundantly clear, is the world's most popular smartphone. The two have been around for years and years,...

Outlook. Yes, Outlook.

White House unveils $215 million plan to develop patient-specific medical treatments

Arielle Duhaime-Ross January 30, 2015 02:25 pm24 hours ago 2

The White House unveiled a "Precision Medicine Initiative" today — a $215 million investment that will go toward building a database containing genetic information and medical records belonging to millions...

"I worry that this $200 million will ultimately come from basic research funding." Michael Eisen, geneticist

AT&T emerges as big winner in FCC spectrum auction

Dan Seifert January 30, 2015 02:19 pm01.30.2015 21

Yesterday, the Federal Communication Commission revealed that it took in a record $44.9 billion in bids for it s AWS-3 wireless spectrum auction. Today, it released more data about the winners and how much...

$18.2 billion from ma Bell

Google Now for Android can now work with third-party apps

Nathan Ingraham January 30, 2015 02:17 pm01.30.2015 68

Google Now has probably been one of the best features the company brought to Android over the last few years, and today it's getting a big update. The company just announced that it will now allow...

Price Check: wireless headphones, a cheap camera bag, and a discount on Madden

Sean O'Kane January 30, 2015 01:51 pm01.30.2015 7

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...

The Vergecast 138: Dressed as a pirate

John Lagomarsino January 30, 2015 01:48 pm01.30.2015 6

It's a very special episode of The Vergecast. This is David Pierce's final day at The Verge, and as such, we have dressed him as a pirate and forced him to discuss technology, film, and the merits of...

David is dead to you now

Snapchat's new original series is called Literally Can't Even

Lizzie Plaugic January 30, 2015 01:17 pm01.30.2015 31

Snapchat will premiere its first original scripted series tomorrow, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The show, Literally Can't Even, will star Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn.

Spielberg and Goldwyn,...

Gone in 24 hours

Watch a captivating timelapse of the Earth in infrared light

Lizzie Plaugic January 30, 2015 12:48 pm01.30.2015 3

From November 30th, 2014 to January 26th, 2015, two geostationary satellites, GOES 13 and GOES 15, captured images of the Earth in infrared light. Now James Tyrwhitt-Drake, a student of advanced...

27 days later

Vine released a version of its app made just for kids

Chris Welch January 30, 2015 12:30 pm01.30.2015 9

Vine's looping videos can be an effective way of keeping kids entertained, but giving young ones unbridled access to the regular app probably isn't a great idea. So with that in mind, the company is today...

More Marnie, less Rudy Mancuso

The best virtual reality from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Bryan Bishop and Casey Newton January 30, 2015 12:30 pm01.30.2015 1

We saw some incredible films during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but equally important was the explosion of virtual reality experiences. From soaring over San Francisco to exploring the streets of...

Soar away from the snow

Verizon will allow users to opt out of its 'permacookie'

Russell Brandom January 30, 2015 12:14 pm01.30.2015 9

There may be a way around Verizon's "permacookie" after all. The New York Times is reporting that the company will soon give users the chance to opt out of the tracking method, as part of the companies...

"We have begun working to expand the opt-out" A Verizon representative

Secret co-founder leaves company one month after its relaunch

Chris Welch January 30, 2015 11:26 am01.30.2015 8

A month after Secret relaunched its anonymous social network with a bigger emphasis on cleaner design, chat, and one-on-one messaging, one of its co-founders is departing the company. In a note to his team...

"The next chapter of Secret is beginning in a way that will be less about the kind of creation and design that I love." Chrys Bader

ESPN will let you buy Cricket World Cup live stream without a cable subscription

Jacob Kastrenakes January 30, 2015 11:26 am01.30.2015 14

More and more TV networks are giving online subscription services a shot, and ESPN is about to try out one of the more interesting approaches to date: it's selling a package specifically for one sporting...

$99.99 to watch 49 matches live

Middle-aged heavy drinkers put themselves at risk of stroke

James Vincent January 30, 2015 10:20 am01.30.2015 19

Doctors have long known that heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk of stroke, but new research suggests that it's even more of a factor in middle-age than previously thought. A study published in...

heavy drinkers 34 percent more likely to suffer a stroke

Watch the leaked trailer for Game of Thrones Season 5

Jacob Kastrenakes January 30, 2015 10:14 am01.30.2015 30

Update: HBO has officially released the trailer for Season 5. You can watch it here.

Viewers who attended HBO's IMAX screenings of Game of Thrones' Season 4 finale last night got a big bonus when it was...

The new season starts April 12th

10 new trailers you should watch this week

Jacob Kastrenakes January 30, 2015 10:10 am01.30.2015 19

This week, there are new trailers out for films big and small — from huge franchises to short pictures, all of which are worth checking out for one reason or another. You can see the biggest and best of...

Fantastic Four, Terminator Genisys, Insurgent, and more

Google is making fake human skin to test its cancer-detecting nanoparticles

James Vincent January 30, 2015 08:52 am01.30.2015 26

Last October, Google announced that it was working on magnetic nanoparticles that would seek out cancer cells in the bloodstream and report back to a smart wristband. Now, if this didn't sound bizarre...

skin in the game

AOL is shutting down its Apple blog TUAW

Micah Singleton January 30, 2015 08:01 am01.30.2015 76

There goes another one. AOL is shutting down The Unofficial Apple Weblog, better known as TUAW, sources familiar with the situation tell The Verge. The company — which is also shutting down its gaming site...

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