Twitpic saved by Twitter just hours before planned shut down

Dante D'Orazio October 25, 2014 04:25 pm33 minutes ago 6

Twitpic has reached its final chapter. The once-popular image sharing service announced today that it has reached an agreement to be acquired by Twitter, saving millions of photos that were set to go up in...

"Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your photo sharing memories for nearly seven years." Noah Everett, Twitpic

Air New Zealand's epic, 'Hobbit'-themed safety video is the most fun you'll have finding your exit row

Nathan Ingraham October 25, 2014 12:30 pm4 hours ago 5

New Zealand's tourism industry has benefited greatly from Peter Jackson's films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, so it was natural for airline Air New Zealand to partner up with...

Cameos galore

Wi-Fi hotspots turn New York subway musicians into a wireless orchestra

Dante D'Orazio October 25, 2014 02:27 pm2 hours ago

Wi-Fi in New York City Subway stations makes it easy to burn through your inbox during your commute, but did you know it can also be used to make some great music? Director Chris Shimojima paired eleven...

Here's one way to use a Wi-Fi connection

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'Run the Jewels 2' can cause spontaneous combustion (according to Twitter)

Ross Miller October 25, 2014 11:00 am6 hours ago 12

This week, El-P and Killer Mike released Run the Jewels 2, the followup to their critically-acclaimed 2013 album, as a free download. And while we're loving the album a lot so far, our favorite part so far...

"I SHOULDN'T HAVE DOWNLOADED RTJ2 STRAIGHT TO THE CELL" @quantumwashere

Small Empires Season Two premieres October 28th

Verge Video October 23, 2014 05:41 pm10.23.2014 26

Get ready for another season of great stories about fascinating startups

Great stories about fascinating startups

Brookstone puts up pre-order page for Fitbit Surge before it's been announced

Chris Welch October 25, 2014 01:04 am16 hours ago 27

Fitbit still hasn't gotten around to officially announcing its new $250 Surge fitness watch, but the company's retail partners are no longer waiting around. An apparent mixup has led Brookstone to...

It's anything but a secret at this point

Google CEO Larry Page just put Sundar Pichai in charge of almost everything

Chris Welch October 24, 2014 05:56 pm23 hours ago 128

Google's Sundar Pichai, who's already responsible for overseeing Android and Chrome, is about to have even more on his plate. According to Recode, CEO Larry Page has sent a memo to employees revealing that...

A huge promotion

Watch a 'Game of Thrones' star create planets in this sci-fi short film

Kwame Opam October 24, 2014 09:55 pm19 hours ago 25

Aiden Gillen is by now best known for playing ambitious men, particularly on critically acclaimed HBO series. On Game of Thrones, he plays the conniving Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, and on The Wire, he...

"You're ready." Aiden Gillen

The Vergecast 124: an incorrect oral history of vaping

John Lagomarsino October 24, 2014 09:08 am10.24.2014 13

Following an immediate but brief foray into Nilay Patel’s dark memoir-in-progress, the Vergecast progresses nicely into a week chock full of news, led by Nilay, Dieter Bohn, and David Pierce. We have...

I overvape a lot.

Doctors transplanted 'dead hearts' into three patients, and it worked

Arielle Duhaime-Ross October 24, 2014 05:37 pm23 hours ago 30

Two months ago, doctors in Australia transplanted a "dead heart" — a heart that had stopped beating inside a donor's chest — into a 57-year-old woman, reports the BBC. The operation, which has been deemed...

The technique eliminates the current requirement for brain-dead patients

Stephen Hawking joins Facebook, promises to share work toward 'what makes the universe exist'

Jacob Kastrenakes October 24, 2014 04:23 pm10.24.2014 20

Stephen Hawking has joined Facebook, promising to share his work toward discovering "what makes the universe exist" with his followers of his new account. "Time and space may forever be a mystery, but that...

"I’m eager to share this journey with you." Stephen Hawking

Remember that time Sonic the Hedgehog starred in a remake of 'Jaws'?

Kwame Opam October 24, 2014 04:05 pm10.24.2014 12

It's Friday, so allow us to get a little weird. Back in 2011, Balena Productions created Sonic in JAWS. It's exactly what it sounds like, which is to say it's a remake of the Steven Spielberg classic...

"I think Station Square just had its first shark attack." Sonic the Hedgehog

Gamergate can't stop being about harassment

Adi Robertson October 23, 2014 03:22 pm10.23.2014 485

Yesterday, actress, gamer, and geek icon Felicia Day wrote a piece called "Crossing the Street," about how the Gamergate campaign had made her hesitant to engage with a culture she loves, knowing that...

The road to hell is paved with good intentions

FCC delays auction for 600MHz spectrum

Dan Seifert October 24, 2014 04:00 pm10.24.2014 17

The Federal Communications Commission announced today that the spectrum auction planned for mid-2015 will now take place in early 2016. In a blog post, Gary Epstein, chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction...

Carriers will have to wait

AT&T is locking down Apple SIM cards in the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

Casey Newton October 24, 2014 03:09 pm10.24.2014 141

Just when we think the SIM card may be about to die, here comes AT&T on a self-serving life support mission. MacRumors reports that the Apple SIM card, which is designed to be used by a growing number of...

"It's just simply the way we've chosen to do it." AT&T spokesman

How Kevin Smith learned to love making movies again

Nathan Ingraham October 23, 2014 12:25 pm10.23.2014 40

A few years ago, Kevin Smith was ready to get out of the filmmaking industry altogether, despite a successful career making oddball but personal films — but his bizarre box office flop Tusk reinvigorated...

"Happy people don't make great art, but they can make weird art." Kevin Smith

Nest acquires Revolv in a bid to control your entire smart home

David Pierce and Nilay Patel October 24, 2014 03:00 pm10.24.2014 31

Nest has just acquired Boulder, CO-based Revolv, one of the most flexible smart home platforms on the market. It's a big move in the growing smart home market, which has two main battles: the individual...

Works with Nest, indeed

Marc Newson's last pre-Apple designs include a shotgun and a beer keg

Ross Miller October 24, 2014 02:48 pm10.24.2014 33

Newson's collaboration with Beretta will reportedly be unveiled next month, while his "draught beer appliance" collaboration with Heineken and Krups is due out soon.

Beretta, Heineken, and Apple

Apple will reportedly integrate Beats Music with iTunes next year

Jacob Kastrenakes October 24, 2014 02:10 pm10.24.2014 33

Apple plans to relaunch Beats Music as part of iTunes next year, integrating the recently purchased streaming service into its hugely popular music store, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal n...

Beats could help Apple as music sales decline

Amazon hid a full app store in its Android app for six weeks and no one noticed

Dan Seifert October 24, 2014 01:05 pm10.24.2014 106

Back on September 9th of this year, Amazon released a big update to its main Android app, which lets you purchase things from your phone. That update added the ability to stream Prime Instant Video content...

An app store that you can get from an app store

J.K. Rowling publishing new 'Harry Potter' short story

Jacob Kastrenakes October 24, 2014 01:03 pm10.24.2014 8

J.K. Rowling may not be writing more Harry Potter novels, but she's far from leaving the world behind. This Halloween, she's planning to release another short story fleshing out the Harry Potter universe,...

Coming on Halloween

Meet the startups trying to stop pedestrian deaths

Sean O'Kane October 24, 2014 12:34 pm10.24.2014 11

As phones get more powerful and screens get bigger, it gets harder and harder to pull our attention away from them, even when it puts us at risk. One place where that unavoidably happens is in the...

Deezer buys podcast app Stitcher

Jacob Kastrenakes October 24, 2014 12:18 pm10.24.2014 11

Deezer has purchased the talk radio and podcast app Stitcher, giving the widely used music service access to 35,000 radio shows and podcasts. Stitcher's iOS and Android apps will continue to be supported...

Stitcher has 1 million users and 35,000 shows

This man just sold Ebola.com for $200,000

Chris Welch October 24, 2014 12:00 pm10.24.2014 30

Just a few weeks ago, businessman Jon Schultz was hoping to capitalize on news headlines around the globe and wanted to sell the Ebola.com domain for around $150,000. He's managed to rake in even more than...

After buying it for $13,500 in 2008

8 new songs and albums you should listen to this week

Nathan Ingraham October 24, 2014 10:30 am10.24.2014 55

Every week, a veritable flood of new music is released to the world, and with it the tyranny of choice rears its ugly head. There's only so many hours in the day, so where do you focus your listening...

Tunes to power you through Friday — and beyond

The whimsical animations of Robin Davey

Andrew Webster October 24, 2014 10:08 am10.24.2014 7

"If you'd told me five years ago that I'd be delivering work in GIF format," says Robin Davey, "I'd have laughed."

As the web continues to take over the space of traditional magazines, many aspects of the...

Turning GIFs into art

Millions of candidate Ebola vaccine doses should be ready in 2015, WHO says

Jacob Kastrenakes October 24, 2014 10:00 am10.24.2014 6

Millions of doses of a candidate Ebola vaccine are expected to be available next year, with efficacy trials beginning in certain West African countries this December, the World Health Organization said...

The vaccine won't be a 'magic bullet'

8 new trailers you should watch this week

Jacob Kastrenakes October 24, 2014 10:00 am10.24.2014 16

Between Avengers and Halo, this was a huge week for trailers — though we can't blame you if you missed everything else in all the sci-fi and comic-book commotion. We've rounded up eight of this week's best...

'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' 'Halo Nightfall,' 'Judge Dredd: Superfiend,' and more

Queen Elizabeth II sends her first tweet, or does she?

Tom Warren October 24, 2014 07:27 am10.24.2014 29

On a trip to London’s science museum today, Queen Elizabeth II sent her first official tweet. The occasion was witnessed by 600 guests celebrating the history of communications technology, and the many...

A royal tweet

How a computer error helped Deep Blue beat humanity's best chess player

Rich McCormick October 24, 2014 03:50 am10.24.2014 32

Chess legend Garry Kasparov beat IBM computer Deep Blue four games to two in a match organized in 1996. A year later, he was man versus the machine again, accepting another challenge from the team behind...

deep blue something

Microsoft Lumia design officially revealed without Nokia branding

Tom Warren October 24, 2014 03:25 am10.24.2014 214

Microsoft is officially replacing its Nokia branding with Microsoft Lumia on the company’s Windows Phones. The software giant is "looking forward to unveiling a Microsoft Lumia device soon," and, as The...

No more Nokia Windows Phones

Wii U 'Super Smash Bros.' has eight-player fights on gigantic battlefields

Rich McCormick October 23, 2014 09:38 pm10.23.2014 35

The Wii U version of frantic fighting game Super Smash Bros will support eight player matches, introduce a range of new modes, and allow players to build their own stages on which to battle. The new...

Wii fight together

New York patient tests positive for Ebola

Josh Lowensohn October 23, 2014 09:30 pm10.23.2014 116

New York City has its first confirmed case of Ebola in a doctor who had recently been traveling in West Africa to treat patients suffering from the deadly disease. Craig Spencer, 33, was taken to Bellevue...

Not a great thing to happen

Final nail in Aereo's coffin: broadcasters win nationwide preliminary injunction

Chris Welch October 23, 2014 06:00 pm10.23.2014 31

In what may amount to the final nail in Aereo's coffin, a New York federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction against the now-defunct service on Thursday, officially barring the company from...

There's nowhere to go from here
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