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...

See the gorgeous luxury submarine made by a former James Bond villain

It turns out that James Cameron is far from the only wealthy individual who likes exploring the oceans. For the past 18 years, a company called DeepFlight has specialized in creating high-end, recreational submarines for well-off aquatic adventurers. As the company proudly notes on its website: "DeepFlight personal submarines are ideal toys for superyachts, resorts, and tour operators because...

Snapchat lets you watch and create group videos of live events with 'Our Story'

Snapchat isn't just for sharing slices of your life with your friends anymore. A new feature called "Our Story" has begun rolling out to all users today, which lets you create and view public collections of photos and videos captured at the same live event  — say a concert or sports game — even with people who aren't on your Friends list.

Here's how it works: if you're using Snapchat at a big event where other people are also using the app, you can choose to add your video and photo snaps to a larger public collection. Anyone in the world with Snapchat can then open their app, find the collection of snaps from that event, and watch it as a single Snapchat Story. The feature doesn't identify who created which snaps, only showing that they were all captured at the same event.

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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...

This fall's going to be a little bit bonkers

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.

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 networks — much to the pleasure of private cable companies, which have shown an impressive dedication to avoiding any competition and any suggestion that their service is merely a utility....

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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" color scheme and a selection of high-end...

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 now, and considering it's little more than some cute,...

"Is your mama a llama?" Mario
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Watch the 5 best new movie trailers of the week

Each week's new trailers are starting to look more and more different as we head out of the summer. Forget Michael Bay's explosions — we're stepping toward October's horror films and this winter's award contenders. We've got a bit of all that...

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This Diddy remix of a Smashing Pumpkins song took 16 years to release

There was a time — 1998, to be precise — when the Smashing Pumpkins and Diddy (then Puff Daddy) were two of the biggest acts in the industry. Despite their musical differences, they even came together for a collaboration, with Diddy remixing two of the band's songs from their Adore album. But, for reasons unknown then, the remixes were never released.

A few years ago, one of the remixes finally popped up, a funkier version version of the Pumpkins' song "Perfect." Now, after 16 years, Rolling...

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...

NATO releases satellite imagery of Russian forces in Ukraine

NATO is releasing satellite imagery today that it says depicts Russian troops engaging in military operations within Ukraine. Russia has slowly been encroaching on Ukraine since earlier this year, and its actions are increasingly beginning to look like an invasion — even if no one is willing to say it. "Over the past two weeks we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia’s military interference in Ukraine," brigadier general Nico Tak, of NATO's crisis...

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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