Meet Jurassic World's monstrous new dinosaur

Rich McCormick January 29, 2015 09:05 pm2 hours ago 10

Not content with the thousands of identified species of real-world dinosaurs, beasts that grew so huge, with claws so sharp and teeth so long that their collective name literally means "terrible lizard,"...

life finds a way

Comcast's "asshole" problem

Timothy B Lee January 29, 2015 05:20 pm6 hours ago

A Comcast customer service rep changed a customer's name to "asshole." That shouldn't surprise us.

Once again, unvaccinated people experience a measles outbreak

Elizabeth Lopatto January 29, 2015 07:30 pm4 hours ago 57

The Disneyland measles outbreak is directly attributable to vaccine-denier movements, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today in a conference call with reporters.

From January 1 to 28,...

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Spotify reportedly raising another $500 million to expand its streaming music empire

Josh Lowensohn January 29, 2015 07:17 pm4 hours ago 10

Spotify is reportedly in the process of raising $500 million in funding, a move that could open up new avenues for expansion, though delay its plans to go public. Citing sources, both The Wall Street...

Because Taylor Swift is expensive

How one of the best films at Sundance was shot using an iPhone 5S

Casey Newton January 28, 2015 08:00 am01.28.2015 131

Tangerine, a breakout hit from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is full of surprises. There’s the subject matter: transgender prostitutes working in a not-so glamorous part of Hollywood. And there are...

A breakout hit made with an $8 app

'Sex crimes' by DARPA (and other Twitter poems)

Ross Miller January 29, 2015 05:12 pm6 hours ago 8

The poem of your life is a selection of tweets from your account hacked together in pseudo-rhyme. Don't believe us? Try poetweet out for yourself using any Twitter account you'd like. It may take a few...

"I mean, these are better than most real poems." Chris Zielger

FTC bans notorious revenge porn operator from posting nude photos without consent

Jacob Kastrenakes January 29, 2015 04:46 pm7 hours ago 4

The Federal Trade Commission is banning Craig Brittain, founder of the notorious revenge porn site IsAnybodyDown, from publishing any more nude photos or videos of people without first receiving their...

Revenge porn still remains difficult to prosecute

Amazon reports better-than-expected profits and big growth for its Prime service

Ben Popper January 29, 2015 04:41 pm7 hours ago 28

Amazon has always been good at generating massive revenue. What the company has struggled with is generating a consistent profit. Today the company announced its fourth quarter results, reporting net...

"Prime is a one-of-a-kind, all-you-can-eat, physical-digital hybrid." Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon

Google pulls in $4.76 billion in net income in the last quarter of 2014

Nathan Ingraham January 29, 2015 04:26 pm7 hours ago 71

Google just announced its earnings for Q4 of last year, and it's looking like one of the stronger financial quarters the company has had in some time. Overall revenue for the quarter was $18.1 billion, up...

Big revenue and profits, but Google still missed analyst expecations

Lego made a 2,996-piece set of Avengers' SHIELD Helicarrier

Sean O'Kane January 29, 2015 04:15 pm7 hours ago 24

Avengers fans have to wait until May for Age of Ultron to hit theaters, but Lego just announced something that might help pass the time. The Wall Street Journal has an exclusive look at the new set based...

The massive set goes on sale in March

Alibaba has reportedly invested $10 million in Ouya

Chris Welch January 29, 2015 03:45 pm8 hours ago 19

Ouya, the miniature Android gaming console that began as a Kickstarter sensation but largely fizzled with consumers, is getting a boost from Alibaba. The Chinese e-commerce giant has invested $10 million...

After stalling in the US, Ouya hopes for success overseas

Tesla will make the absurdly fast P85D even faster with a software update

Chris Ziegler January 29, 2015 03:43 pm8 hours ago 41

Tesla's Model S P85D is already a wolf in sheep's clothing — a sedan with a 0-60 time bordering on supercar territory — and CEO Elon Musk says they're going to make it even crazier.

Hang on tighter

Vince Gilligan and Bob Odenkirk chat about Better Call Saul in new preview

Jacob Kastrenakes January 29, 2015 02:30 pm9 hours ago 1

Creating a successful spinoff is never easy, and that must be particularly true for Vince Gilligan, who's tasked with following up the enormous success of Breaking Bad with a new series focused on one of...

"If you write it, I'll do it." Bob Odenkirk

Can super cute puppies save these #brands?

Thomas Ricker January 29, 2015 02:10 pm9 hours ago 13

Your company is embroiled in scandal, the stock price is down, and public opinion is turning against you. What do you do? If you're Uber, Budweiser, and Go Daddy then the answer is easy: make a Super Bowl...

Total canine distraction

Microsoft may be investing in Android mod maker Cyanogen

Nathan Ingraham January 29, 2015 02:04 pm9 hours ago 115

The last year and a half has been big for Android mod community turned legit outlet Cyanogen — the company has raised a bunch of moneylaunched some official hardware, and made inroads in India. Now, it...

Strange bedfellows

Your shopping habits are one in a million, literally

Adi Robertson January 29, 2015 02:00 pm10 hours ago 10

In 2006, Netflix showed the world that anonymity isn't the same thing as privacy. The company released millions of movie ratings from its users, offering a cash prize to anyone who could use them to build...

A handful of purchases can unmask an anonymous credit card record

The Vergecast, live today at 4:30PM ET!

Sam Sheffer January 29, 2015 01:24 pm10 hours ago 25

It's Thursday, January 29th, 2015. I'm Sam Sheffer and there's only — wait, this isn't 90 Seconds! Let me try that again.

Ladies and gentlemen, today is a day in which a few members of the Verge staff...

Better than 90 Seconds

Bill Gates is guest editing The Verge in February

Nilay Patel January 22, 2015 09:01 am01.22.2015 169

Throughout February, The Verge will explore how rapid changes in health, farming, banking, and education technology can lift millions out of poverty over the next 15 years.

A new type of collaboration for The Verge, but there’s no better time than now

Cloud photo service Picturelife is being acquired, but insists this isn't the end

Chris Welch January 29, 2015 12:39 pm11 hours ago 6

The options for backing up and preserving your photos outside of Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Dropbox, Flickr, and other big companies are starting to dwindle. Picturelife — one of our previous...

Photo startups are finding it tough to survive alone

The FCC will force wireless carriers to track indoor 911 calls

Colin Lecher January 29, 2015 12:20 pm11 hours ago 3

There's been a long-recognized gap in 911 call response. If you make an emergency call from a landline or while you're outside, emergency operators can track the call with some degree of accuracy. Indoors,...

Commission overrules carrier objections

The FCC just closed its biggest wireless spectrum auction in history

Dan Seifert January 29, 2015 12:02 pm12 hours ago 11

The Federal Communications Commission has closed its auction of AWS-3 wireless spectrum licenses, raising a record $44.9 billion in the process. The Wall Street Journal reports that this is the largest...

$44.9 billion raised

Steam users have earned more than $50 million selling in-game hats and maps

Andrew Webster January 29, 2015 11:29 am12 hours ago 7

Since Valve launched its community content marketplace Steam Workshop in 2011, creators have earned more than $57 million. According to the company, that money was made by more than 1,500 creators spread...

"We expected that it would grow, but not that it would grow this much." Valve

Watch the video for Kanye West and Paul McCartney's single 'Only One'

Jacob Kastrenakes January 29, 2015 11:24 am12 hours ago 30

The surprising and incredible collaboration between Kanye West and Paul McCartney has added another member: filmmaker Spike Jonze. West just released a music video, directed by Jonze, for the song "Only...

Spike Jonze directs

Internal email: We need to change our official photos immediately

Chris Plante January 29, 2015 11:03 am13 hours ago 34


It's come to my attention that official staff photos haven't been taken since the founding of The Verge dot com. I understand how something like staff photos can be bumped further and further...

Must love dogs

Millionaires in China love gifting Apple products

Jacob Kastrenakes January 29, 2015 11:00 am13 hours ago 27

Millionaires in China overwhelmingly look to Apple when they want to give someone a nice gift, according to a new survey from Hurun Report. In a poll of 376 millionaires in Mainland China — people with a...

This is how Apple will sell those gold smartwatches

Fitness app RunKeeper integrates Spotify to stream music for your workouts

Rich McCormick January 29, 2015 10:00 am14 hours ago 5

Spotify is continuing its push for ubiquity. A day after Sony confirmed it had killed its Music Unlimited service and inked a deal with the Swedish company to bring the music streaming service to...

to the beat of your own drum

Nickelodeon to launch subscription video service

Jacob Kastrenakes January 29, 2015 09:38 am14 hours ago 12

Nickelodeon is the latest TV network with plans to roll out an online subscription service. According to Variety, Viacom — the network's parent company — announced plans for the service this morning,...

Big competition for Netflix and Amazon on kids' shows

Scientists use lasers to make metals super water-repellent

James Vincent January 29, 2015 09:26 am14 hours ago 18

A new method for producing super water-repellent surfaces could lead to self-cleaning materials that are much more slippery than Teflon and never corrode. Researchers from the University of Rochester say...

"The water actually gets bounced off." Chunlei Guo, researcher

Nintendo is finally sharing ad revenue with YouTube users

Andrew Webster January 29, 2015 09:18 am14 hours ago 12

Nintendo has just launched a beta for what it's calling its "Creators Program," an affiliate program for sharing advertising money with YouTube content creators. Essentially, anyone who is part of the...

A long time coming

SoundCloud's iPad app gets a fresh redesign, loses recording capabilities

Chris Welch January 29, 2015 09:00 am15 hours ago 4

After giving its main iPhone app a big redesign back in June, SoundCloud is back today with a revamped iPad experience. And much like the smaller-sized version, this new SoundCloud is fast, fluid, and...

It's for listening and listening only

Imgur's new tool makes the most beautiful GIFs on the web

Jacob Kastrenakes January 29, 2015 09:00 am15 hours ago 48

Imgur has been on a quest to upgrade the GIF, and part of that means making GIFs look a whole lot nicer. It's starting to make that happen today with the release of Video to GIF, a simple tool that lets...

The tool has its problems, but the GIFs look great

The history of Microsoft's new Outlook for iPhone app

Casey Newton January 29, 2015 07:23 am16 hours ago 72

Less than two months after acquiring Acompli, Microsoft is releasing an Outlook for iOS app today. Microsoft's new app is simply a rebrand of Acompli's existing app, but the company is promising new...

Mobile email grows up

Whistle, a 'Fitbit for dogs,' acquires pet-tracking company Tagg

Lizzie Plaugic January 29, 2015 07:00 am17 hours ago 1

In the past few years, we've seen the emergence of two big ideas when it comes to pet tech: the ability to monitor your pet's fitness levels and the ability track lost pets. Now, those two ideas are...

Fitbit for dogs meets GPS for dogs
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