This spider combs its tiny silk threads to make them extra sticky

Arielle Duhaime-Ross January 27, 2015 07:00 pm1 hour ago 2

There's a spider in Britain that's a tad unusual. Instead of spinning "thick" silk threads (in this case, thick means several micrometers), the garden center spider can spin tiny nano-scale threads that...

"Electrostatically yours" spider

China is the biggest driver of Apple's insane earnings growth

Ben Popper January 27, 2015 05:32 pm3 hours ago 27

Apple announced staggering quarterly earnings today, posting a record $18 billion in profit on the sale of 74.5 million iPhones. Those sales figures are global, but there is one part of the world that is...

China is rapidly becoming Apple's most important market

Motorola offering more big discounts on Moto X starting February 2nd

Chris Welch January 27, 2015 06:13 pm2 hours ago 13

It may be January, but Motorola is still hoping it can find more people interesting in buying the Moto X at a discount. We've already seen a few nice sales come and go, but the worst laggards among you...

It's still a fine smartphone to buy

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Microsoft reveals its Internet Explorer successor will support extensions

Tom Warren January 27, 2015 05:18 pm3 hours ago 40

Microsoft is planning to support extensions in the successor to its Internet Explorer browser. Currently codenamed Spartan, the new browser will be included as part of Windows 10 across PCs, phones, and...

More features coming to Spartan

Apple Watch will be released in April, according to CEO Tim Cook

Chris Welch January 27, 2015 05:14 pm3 hours ago 63

Apple CEO Tim Cook just announced that the Apple Watch will begin shipping in April. Cook revealed the shipping timeframe during Apple's quarterly earnings call with investors; the company enjoyed a...

Stretching 'early 2015' to the limit

Apple shipped its billionth iOS device this past November

Nathan Ingraham January 27, 2015 05:12 pm3 hours ago 11

Apple has started the investor call for its huge Q1 2015 earnings release, and CEO Tim Cook took a moment to announce that the company has now shipped more than 1 billion iOS devices. That milestone was...

The device in question was a 64GB, space grey iPhone 6 Plus

Apple Pay is already crushing all competitors in the contactless payment space

Nathan Ingraham January 27, 2015 05:03 pm3 hours ago 106

Back in October, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the newly launched Apple Pay was already the leader in the contactless payments, with it already been used more than the total of all other competitors...

"I think that this is the year of Apple Pay." Tim Cook

The all-female Ghostbusters reboot will arrive on July 22, 2016

Ross Miller January 27, 2015 04:30 pm4 hours ago 69

Melissa McCarthy. Kristen Wiig. Kate McKinnon. Leslie Jones. Barring some calamitous event like cats and dogs living together, this is the new quartet starring in Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot. Earlier...

This is who you gonna call

Microsoft is no longer manufacturing the Surface 2

Josh Lowensohn January 27, 2015 04:06 pm4 hours ago 68

Microsoft's Surface just had a very healthy quarter, bringing the company $1.1 billion in revenue. While we don't actually know how many units that is, Microsoft says that most of them were its newest...

End of the line

Psycho vs. Seven: How movie title sequences have changed over the years

Lizzie Plaugic January 27, 2015 03:08 pm5 hours ago 2

A title sequence does more than just hint at the movie to come; it documents the state of film technology at the time it was produced. That's what Susana Sevilla, a digital design student, argues in her...

The effects of After Effects

We need to stop treating weather scientists like oracles

Kwame Opam January 27, 2015 02:54 pm5 hours ago 31

It's mid-afternoon on Tuesday, and much of New York City is probably still smarting after the so-called snowstorm of the century turned out to be just a snowy day. Wherever you stand on the...

Weather science is hard

Man who crashed drone into White House was reportedly drunk

Ben Popper January 27, 2015 02:20 pm6 hours ago 18

The man who crashed a DJI Phantom drone into the White House grounds on Monday morning has now told Secret Service investigators that he had been drinking prior the accident. According to a report in The...

"We don't really have any kind of regulatory structure at all for it." Barack Obama

This is not how to advertise virtual reality, Samsung

Sean O'Kane January 27, 2015 01:52 pm7 hours ago 36

We've had a lot of fun with Samsung's Gear VR since we first tried it back in September. Despite the total cost, the untethered portability combined with the decent resolution of the Galaxy Note 4 has made...

You still need to try before you buy

Watch this: Great horned owls try to steal a bald eagle nest

Elizabeth Lopatto January 27, 2015 01:31 pm7 hours ago 9

Bald eagles in Decorah, Iowa, are fighting off some interlopers hoping to steal their nest: great horned owls. Here's a tangle between the two predators, as seen by nest cameras. The action starts around...

Great horned owls are "the tigers of the air"

Google Fiber rollout confirmed for Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham

Nathan Ingraham January 27, 2015 01:23 pm7 hours ago 30

Right on schedule, Google has confirmed the next cities to receive its high-speed Google Fiber gigabit internet and TV service. According to a blog post from the company, 18 cities across four major...

The Southeast US gets some love from Google

Louis C.K. has just released a new $5 comedy special online

Ross Miller January 27, 2015 01:22 pm7 hours ago 12

Comedian Louis C.K. is once again releasing a special for $5. Following in the tradition of last year's movie ($5) and HBO special ($5), Live at The Comedy Store is a one-hour stand-up special that's now...

Live at The Comedy Store

Apple releases iOS 8.1.3, reduces amount of free space needed for updates

Dan Seifert January 27, 2015 01:19 pm7 hours ago 36

Apple has just released an update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that addresses a number of bugs and adds a couple of new features to the platform. Available for download now, the biggest thing that...

Misfit partners with Nest and August to control your home from your wrist

James Vincent January 27, 2015 01:00 pm7 hours ago 7

Wearables company Misfit is turning its fitness tracking devices into controllers for the smart home, announcing a string of new partnerships with Nest, Logitech, August, and If This Then That (IFTTT)....

from wearables to controllables

This headset filters out ads from the real world, will make watching Super Bowl ads awkward

Chris Plante January 27, 2015 12:42 pm8 hours ago 15

For the most recent PennApps, a student-run hackathon that seeks to "solve real-world problems," a group of developers submitted a solution for unwanted ads offline. Dubbed "Brand Killer," the custom-built...

"It's AdBlock for Real Life." Brand Killer

France wants to make Google and Facebook accountable for hate speech

Lizzie Plaugic January 27, 2015 12:38 pm8 hours ago 62

The French government announced today a plan to hold web companies accountable for any extremist messages they may host, Bloomberg reports. French president Francois Hollande wants to introduce a law that...

Combating extremism on the internet

Someone just hijacked Taylor Swift's Twitter and Instagram accounts

Jacob Kastrenakes January 27, 2015 12:31 pm8 hours ago 44

Taylor Swift's Twitter account was broken into this afternoon, with her profile tweeting out to over 51 million fans that they should follow someone who claims to be the "leader" of Lizard Squad — the...

"go follow my boy @lizzard :)" Taylor Swift, Twitter

FCC Commissioner says Marriott shouldn't be able to block your Wi-Fi hotspot

Jacob Kastrenakes January 27, 2015 12:22 pm8 hours ago 9

You should be able to use your own Wi-Fi hotspot at a hotel without the hotel trying to block you, FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel says. Speaking this morning at the State of the Net conference,...

"This is a bad idea." Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioner

Moment's new case gives your phone a real shutter button

Dan Seifert January 27, 2015 12:00 pm8 hours ago 26

Taking photos with your smartphone is quick, convenient, and, more often than not, pretty fun. But even the most die-hard smartphone shooters would admit that taking photos with your phone isn't quite the...

Blurring the lines between a phone and a camera

White House wants to nearly double funding to fight antibiotic resistance

Arielle Duhaime-Ross January 27, 2015 11:52 am8 hours ago 4

President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget request will include a proposal to nearly double federal funding dedicated to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria — a health issue that causes approximately 2 million...

"The rise of resistance could hamper our ability to perform a range of modern medical procedures" White House

Vergecast Special Edition: adventures at the Sundance Film Festival

Casey Newton January 27, 2015 11:28 am9 hours ago 2

Put on your snow boots, gang — it's time to visit Park City, Utah, for this special Sundance Film Festival edition of the Vergecast. Emily Yoshida, Bryan Bishop, and Casey Newton are on hand to run down...

One word: celebs

This is Swyp, the latest card that wants to store all your other credit cards

Josh Lowensohn January 27, 2015 11:00 am9 hours ago 23

Every startup has an origin story, sometimes original but often manufactured to make a company seem more exciting. Ash Dhodapkar’s is about as mundane as they come. While on vacation he managed to lose his...

Not to be confused with the keyboard

A crowdfunded startup explains why crowdfunding can be a complete disaster

Ben Popper January 27, 2015 10:12 am10 hours ago 60

Like so many ambitious young hardware startups these days, Lockitron used crowdfunding to sell people a product before they built it. The company promised users a keyless door lock that paired with...

"Our crowdfunded backers became the unfortunate guinea pigs." Cameron Robertson, co-founder, Lockitron

The DEA has been spying on millions of US drivers for years

Lizzie Plaugic January 27, 2015 09:57 am11 hours ago 34

The United States Justice Department is tracking millions of vehicles nationwide as part of a secret intelligence-gathering program, The Wall Street Journal reports. The surveillance program is part of the...

On the road

Auschwitz Museum celebrating 70th anniversary of liberation with YouTube livestream

Kwame Opam January 27, 2015 09:52 am10 hours ago 11

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, when Soviet troops marched into the Nazi death camp and freed its remaining survivors. By January 1945, the Nazi war machine had...

An extension of Google's efforts to remember the Holocaust

This Paris apartment is a better Unreal 4 demo than Epic's own trailers

Adi Robertson January 27, 2015 09:50 am11 hours ago 27

"Unreal Paris," a portfolio-builder from level designer Dereau Benoit, is a quietly flashy piece of work. It's low on the particle effects and cityscapes, but impressive in capturing things we know well:...

Epic architecture

Watch the first ever video of a laser beam moving through thin air

James Vincent January 27, 2015 09:45 am11 hours ago 18

For the first time ever scientists have captured a video of a laser’s flight path as it moves through the air. The clip above was created using a new ultra high-speed camera capable of detecting single...

20 billion FPS makes even lasers look slow

Watch the first teaser trailer for The Fantastic Four

Kwame Opam January 27, 2015 09:29 am11 hours ago 64

The first teaser trailer for Chronicle director Josh Trank's take on The Fantastic Four is finally out, and it looks amazing. Here we see the cast show off their new powers, and it already looks...

"...and there are consequences."

Chinese officials allegedly feasted on an endangered giant salamander

Amar Toor January 27, 2015 07:32 am13 hours ago 31

Chinese officials have come under fire for allegedly eating an endangered giant salamander and attacking journalists who saw them do it. According to China's Global Times newspaper, the incident occurred...

Journalists reportedly attacked for photographing banquet
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