'The Colbert Report' gets a date for its final episode

Chris Plante October 31, 2014 10:46 am5 minutes ago 4

The Colbert Report has a date for its final episode. On December 18th, one of the best political satires ever will conclude its nine year run.

The show, a spin-off of the long running comedy news program T...

Two months left

9 new trailers you should watch this week

Jacob Kastrenakes October 31, 2014 10:00 am1 hour ago 6

This week's best trailers range from huge epics to tiny productions, but they all look pretty great in one way or another. Head down below to see trailers for a number of new things to watch this November...

'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay,' Netflix's 'Marco Polo,' and more

Samsung's Galaxy A5 and A3 smartphones are its thinnest ever

Chris Welch October 31, 2014 10:36 am14 minutes ago 17

In light of disappointing earnings, Samsung just told the world that it's planning to "fundamentally reform" its take the smartphone. But it's fair to say that the company may have changed its thinking...

Less plastic than ever before

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Is a Slip n’ Slide too slow for you? Is your local water park just not doing it? Why not try the Verruckt at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City? At 17 stories tall, the Verruckt is the tallest...

37 awesome things we saw at Tokyo Designers Week

Sam Byford October 30, 2014 04:07 am10.30.2014 19

Tokyo Designers Week is one of the Japanese capital's biggest calendar events in art, culture, architecture, and design, and it gets bigger every year.

From the colorful characters of Hiroshi Yoshii...

Robots, smartphones, the Oculus Rift, and a giant pink bear

The Russian World Cup logo looks like a bug-eyed alien

Vlad Savov October 31, 2014 09:26 am1 hour ago 20

This week, the internet has found some time away from quarrelling with itself over GamerGate to try and figure out exactly what the logo for the next soccer World Cup is meant to represent. To hear it...

Still not as bad as London 2012

Starbucks will begin delivering coffee next year

Amar Toor October 31, 2014 07:38 am3 hours ago 21

Starbucks will begin delivering coffee and food in select markets next year, as part of its push to expand into e-commerce. CEO Howard Schultz revealed the company's plans during its quarterly earnings...

"Imagine the ability to create a standing order of Starbucks delivered hot to your desk daily." Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO

Mass protests convince Hungarian government to drop internet tax plans

Amar Toor October 31, 2014 06:13 am5 hours ago 14

Hungary has decided to suspend a controversial plan to tax internet data transfers, after the proposed policy sparked large protests earlier this week. As Reuters reports, Prime Minister Viktor Orban...

"This must be withdrawn, and we do not have to deal with this now." Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Gamergate is dead

Chris Plante October 30, 2014 12:25 pm22 hours ago 537

As an activist movement with the ability to inspire positive change, Gamergate is dead. Its constituents and its hashtag will remain — and I suspect will be, for sometime, as fierce, aggressive, and vocal...

Sony replaces mobile chief and slashes smartphone sales forecast

Sam Byford October 31, 2014 02:20 am8 hours ago 83

Sony's attempt to become a major player in mobile has hit another speed bump. The company now expects to ship 41 million smartphones in its current fiscal year — that's down from a forecast of 43 million...

Camera sensors are Sony's real mobile success

France doesn't know who's flying drones over its nuclear power plants

Rich McCormick October 30, 2014 11:12 pm12 hours ago 40

The French government is investigating a series of unidentified drone flights recently conducted over state-owned nuclear power plants. Unmanned aerial vehicles were spotted over seven different nuclear...

look to the skies

Amazon exec says 'we didn’t get the price right' on the Fire Phone

Josh Lowensohn October 30, 2014 08:59 pm14 hours ago 106

Hindsight is 20-20, something Amazon now has about the launch of its first smartphone. Amazon debuted the $199 Fire Phone in June, though trimmed the price of the device to 99 cents (with a two-year...

"I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort of mismatched expectations." David Limp, Amazon senior vice president of devices

The Vergecast 125: I have 23 children

John Lagomarsino October 30, 2014 07:17 pm15 hours ago 11

The hype meter is off the charts this week. The sweat is real. This Vergecast is beef, not bust. Our hosts Nilay Patel, Chris Plante, and The Verge's social beast Sam Sheffer begin the hour with a...

Enter the Mountain Zone

Why Twitter's new head of product could be the one to fix it

Casey Newton October 30, 2014 06:55 pm16 hours ago 3

Even in an industry where things move quickly, 2014 has seen a dizzying amount of change for Twitter. In the last 10 months, Twitter has lost: its chief operating officer, its chief financial officer, its...

Mark Zuckerberg will answer your questions for one hour next week

Chris Welch October 30, 2014 06:14 pm17 hours ago 8

Mark Zuckerberg's not afraid of you, internet. The Facebook CEO has announced that he'll participate in a public Q&A session next Thursday afternoon, answering questions submitted and voted on by the...

Ask Zuck Anything

MSI is putting a legitimate mechanical keyboard in a laptop

Sean O'Kane October 30, 2014 05:03 pm18 hours ago 51

Gaming laptops are prone to wild designs, and the newest one from MSI — called the GT80 Titan — is no exception. The massive 18-inch laptop was announced today and its most notable feature is a mechanical...

Starz hints that it'll let you subscribe without cable, just like HBO

Jacob Kastrenakes October 30, 2014 04:23 pm18 hours ago 9

Now that HBO plans to start offering online subscriptions, it seems like everyone else is eager to join in. On a call with investors today, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht strongly hinted that the network was...

"I assume [HBO is] talking to some of the same people that we're talking to." Chris Albrecht, Starz CEO

Apple iMac with Retina 5K display review

David Pierce October 27, 2014 01:24 pm10.27.2014 298

Every once in a while, a gadget completely resets the curve. Once I started wearing good, expensive headphones, I suddenly couldn’t even tolerate Apple’s EarPods anymore. When I first grabbed my friend’s...

Well would you look at that

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

Sam Sheffer October 30, 2014 03:20 pm19 hours ago 25

Hello humans! Today is Thursday, which is the day we Vergecast, so guess what — we're Vergecasting! Today on the show we have our fearless leader Nilay Patel, joined by the inimitable Chris Plante, and me,...

Let's do this

See every Apple product ever made on one poster

Josh Lowensohn October 30, 2014 02:57 pm20 hours ago 42

It's maybe not as iconic as a blacklight Led Zeppelin poster, or this cat parading as an actual sandwich, but Pop Chart Lab has a freshly updated version of its history of Apple products poster. It goes...

Even the hockey puck

South Park does drones, #TheFappening, and Ferguson all in one episode

Sean O'Kane October 30, 2014 02:16 pm21 hours ago 11

What happens if a drone enthusiast leaves his quadcopter unattended and his son's friends use it to spy on the neighbors? Many big, sweeping issues have been addressed as the popularity of personal drones...

Google will have to pay publishers for aggregating news in Spain

Colin Lecher October 30, 2014 01:56 pm21 hours ago 93

The fight between Google and news publishers is a story that's been playing out for years. Publishers have argued that aggregation services — like Google News — are infringing on copyrighted material,...

Publishers will be paid for Google News results

A piece of Amelia Earhart's plane has been found, researchers claim

Arielle Duhaime-Ross October 30, 2014 01:37 pm21 hours ago 5

Researchers think they’ve finally found a piece of Amelia Earhart’s lost plane. An aluminum sheet, found in 1991 on Nikumaroro Island, might be the patch that once covered a window on Earhart’s plane, r...

"The artifact is not, as previously suspected, a random fragment" Richard Gillespie, International Group of Historic Aircraft Recovery

Louisiana tells tropical disease docs to stay away from their meeting

Elizabeth Lopatto October 30, 2014 01:26 pm21 hours ago 10

Some doctors who were planning to come from the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention won't be going to the tropical medicine meeting in New Orleans, if Louisiana...

The Louisiana Ebola guidelines are interfering with a medical meeting

A gold Moto 360 is coming soon, according to Amazon

Chris Welch October 30, 2014 01:07 pm22 hours ago 81

Motorola hasn't announced the champagne gold Moto 360 seen above yet, but Amazon accidentally revealed it to the world early this morning. The listing has since been pulled, but remains visible through...

New leather options, too

Grocery chain Meijer breaks with other CurrentC retailers to accept Apple Pay

Adi Robertson October 30, 2014 12:33 pm22 hours ago 145

At least one member of the Merchant Customer Exchange — a coalition of retailers that are blocking Apple Pay and other mobile payment systems in order to promote their own option — seems to have broken...

"We don't plan to remove or disable these systems." Frank Guglielmi, Meijer

Google Play Books is now a lot better for reading nonfiction titles like textbooks

Nathan Ingraham October 30, 2014 11:00 am24 hours ago 16

By now, you're likely quite familiar with the concept of reading an ebook, whether on a tablet or dedicated e-reader: you load it up with as many books as you can, tap or flip your way through the pages,...

One new UI trick makes flipping through your books much easier

Any.Do updates its to-do app with new sharing features

Adi Robertson October 30, 2014 10:56 am24 hours ago 17

There's a revamped version of minimalist to-do app Any.Do out today, and using it might cost you. Today, the company announced Any.Do 2.0, a version of the cross-platform service focused on turning your...

Also new colors, if you're willing to pay

'Game of Thrones' stars sign for seventh season

Jacob Kastrenakes October 30, 2014 10:49 am24 hours ago 19

It looks like HBO wants a seventh season of Game of Thrones. The series has already been ordered through its sixth season, and now The Hollywood Reporter says that HBO has reworked its stars' contracts to...

Seven seasons for seven books?

Metallica will play for a week on Craig Ferguson's 'Late Late Show'

Colin Lecher October 30, 2014 10:18 am10.30.2014 30

Craig Ferguson, host of the Late Late Show, announced he was leaving his gig for new horizons earlier this year. He'll be getting a slightly unexpected — but amazing — musical send-off: Metallica says...

"Bring it!" Lars Ulrich

Samsung's Gear S smartwatch coming to the US on November 7th

Chris Welch October 30, 2014 10:16 am10.30.2014 34

Samsung's Gear S smartwatch will launch in the United States on November 7th, the company announced today. All four major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) will carry the device, and you'll...

It's not what you'd call cheap

Life would be better if our cars had Formula 1 steering wheels

Sean O'Kane October 30, 2014 10:10 am10.30.2014 34

Whether you're talking on-track performance or off-track health benefits, Formula 1 has been at the forefront of technology for decades. One obvious example is the evolution of the cars' steering wheels,...

A banking giant and payment startup unite to modernize money transfer

Ben Popper October 30, 2014 10:00 am10.30.2014 16

As change in the finance industry accelerates, financial titans are beginning to embrace the disruption.

"Banks traditionally have not been able to facilitate a good customer experience when it comes to payments." Chad Ballard, Director of Digital Challenges, BBVA Compass

Ghosts in the machine? Using the Kinect to hunt for spirits

Alexa Ray Corriea October 30, 2014 10:00 am10.30.2014 33

The room is completely dark, save for the soft light of a computer monitor.

A solitary man stands in the middle of the old, musty foyer, surrounded by an audience of several ancient pieces of furniture....

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