Motorola returns to China with launch of Moto X, Moto X Pro, and Moto G

Vlad Savov January 26, 2015 03:03 am11 minutes ago

Motorola has a history of operating in China stretching all the way back to 1987, and today the company marks its return to "the biggest and most exciting smartphone market" with the launch of its full...

"We're now back in the biggest and most exciting smartphone market in the world!" Rick Osterloh, Motorola President and COO

This concept turns old phone parts into a supercomputer

Dante D'Orazio January 25, 2015 05:59 pm9 hours ago 22

One of the selling points for modular smartphones like Project Ara or the Puzzlephone is that they reduce waste. But little has been said about how discarded modules could be put to use. Finland's Circular...

Reuse and reduce

Official NFL highlights are coming to YouTube and Google search results

Rich McCormick January 26, 2015 01:53 am1 hour ago 1

You'll be able to stream Super Bowl XLIX online for free next weekend, but it won't be the only place you'll be able to watch official footage of the game. Google has agreed a deal with the National...

gridiron goes to google

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Pay T-Mobile $5 per month to get deep discounts on smartphones

Dante D'Orazio January 25, 2015 05:56 pm9 hours ago 36

T-Mobile is announcing its latest "uncarrier" move today. You can now opt to pay $5 a month for exclusive access to discounts when upgrading to new devices. The service is called Score, and some of the...

Latest "uncarrier" move sounds like a discount club

My First Sundance Journal Day 2-3: Oh, that’s supposed to be amazing

Emily Yoshida January 25, 2015 04:12 pm11 hours ago 5

I'm getting acquainted with Sundance Hype, and now, on the morning of my fourth day at my first ever Sundance Film Festival, I think I'm ready to explain how it works.

Sundance Hype is like a game of...

Your weekend Sundance hype audit

As soon as one 'Uber for weed' startup gets cut down, another grows in its place

Nitasha Tiku January 25, 2015 03:00 pm12 hours ago 14

It was only a matter of time before someone spun the "Uber for __" wheel and landed on WEED. More and more states are voting in favor of legalization. Congress recently instructed the feds to back off...

It was only a matter of time before someone spun the "Uber for __" wheel and landed on WEED.

This supercut turns cinema's greatest sword fights into one epic duel

Dante D'Orazio January 25, 2015 12:46 pm14 hours ago 21

Ah, the sword fight. What would cinema be without it? The action movie staple is so familiar — and, at times, formulaic — that it seems you could smush them all into one. Video editor Clara Darko has done...

A fight to the death

DayZ has sold 3 million copies even though it's still in development

Dante D'Orazio January 25, 2015 11:40 am16 hours ago 18

Open-world zombie survival game DayZ has sold over three million copies since launch in December 2013, according to developer Bohemia Interactive. It sold one million copies during its first month on sale,...

The game's still in alpha

Microsoft is ready to be loved again

T.C. Sottek January 22, 2015 08:00 am01.22.2015 345

"We have bigger hopes, higher aspirations for Windows," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on Wednesday, standing on a stage above a secret room filled with crazy holographic technology. "We want to move...

All you need is a good operating system

MakerBot Android app lets you control your 3D printer from your phone

Dante D'Orazio January 25, 2015 10:40 am17 hours ago 5

MakerBot is embracing Android. The company has rolled out a version of its mobile app for Android, allowing you to control and monitor your 3D printer straight from your smartphone.

The app largely...

3D print from the palm of your hand

HTC gets involved in e-sports, foreshadowing move into home entertainment

Vlad Savov January 25, 2015 04:30 am23 hours ago 12

HTC doesn't want to be known as just a smartphone maker anymore, and one of its first moves to update its brand image in 2015 has been to sponsor three prominent e-sports teams. Cloud9, Team Liquid, and...

There will be giveaways

A supercut of stares in Darren Aronofsky movies

Colin Lecher January 24, 2015 11:45 pm01.24.2015 6

Darren Aronofsky can be a grandiose director. Think of his big set pieces: Black Swan's ballet or The Wrestler's final match. But, as with other directors, the tiny moments add up. This supercut, from V...

From PI to Noah

Walmart goes after Chromecast with $25 Vudu Spark

Dante D'Orazio January 24, 2015 07:36 pm01.24.2015 48

Walmart thinks it can out-price the Google Chromecast, Roku Streaming Stick, and Amazon Fire TV Stick. The mega retailer has quietly put out its very own streaming device, called the Vudu Spark, and it...

It's cheap, but there's no Netflix

The End of the Tour is about the soul-sucking nature of the celebrity profile

Emily Yoshida January 24, 2015 05:49 pm01.24.2015 3

The End of The Tour may be about David Foster Wallace, but James Ponsoldt's (The Spectacular Now, Smashed) new film can't be called a biopic. Its scope is more concentrated than that: a chronicle of a...

A literary Talented Mr. Ripley

Two flights grounded in Atlanta following Twitter bomb threats

Dante D'Orazio January 24, 2015 05:25 pm01.24.2015 25

Two US passenger planes were targeted by bomb threats today. Delta flight 1156 and Southwest flight 2942, both bound for Atlanta, were escorted by F-16 fighter jets before landing. According to Reuters and...

"I have a bomb on one of your planes, but I forgot which one when I left the airport." @kingZortic

Sony is giving away old games to settle its 2011 PlayStation Network breach

Dante D'Orazio January 24, 2015 05:04 pm01.24.2015 21

Are you still feeling bitter about the PlayStation Network outage that left PS3 and PSP owners offline back in 2011? If so, Sony's here to ease your pain. The company has started accepting claims as part...

You could score some really old games

A Jetsons animated movie is reportedly in the works

Dante D'Orazio January 24, 2015 03:23 pm01.24.2015 12

The Jetsons might just get a second chance on the silver screen. Warner Bros. has hired writer Matt Lieberman to pen a script for a feature film based on the iconic Hanna-Barbera show from the early ‘60s,...

21st century Jetsons

Chuck Norris vs. Communism: how VHS piracy started a political revolution

Bryan Bishop January 24, 2015 01:34 pm01.24.2015 14

Objectively speaking, piracy is bad. Except when it changes the world.

The Rambo movies have never seemed so important

Save $27 on an Amazon Prime subscription today only

Dante D'Orazio January 24, 2015 12:20 pm01.24.2015 13

If you've been holding off from buying Amazon Prime, today might be the day that you change your mind. The retailer is discounting the service to $72 today only in order to celebrate its Golden Globe...

A rare discount on Amazon's subscription service

What to do, see, and read this weekend

Verge Staff January 24, 2015 11:06 am01.24.2015 3

Hello fellow weekend-goers, and welcome back to The Weekender. The week's big news may have included Windows Holographic — and we'll certainly be catching you up on anything you might've missed — but we'll...

You've got your weekend all set

There's going to be a Batkid movie starring Julia Roberts

Josh Lowensohn January 23, 2015 09:05 pm01.23.2015 25

The story of Miles Scott, a five-year-old battling leukemia who took over part of San Francisco as "Batkid" in 2013, is set to become a feature film thanks to a documentary about him and his family that's...

BAM! KAPOW! ZAP!

The Supreme Court steps in to review Oklahoma's lethal injection process

Lizzie Plaugic January 23, 2015 07:00 pm01.23.2015 20

Following a botched lethal injection in April, Oklahoma has recently been under scrutiny for its execution process. Now, the Supreme Court has said it will review the state's injection procedure to...

A June decision is expected

SpaceX settles dispute with US Air Force over national security space launches

Chris Welch January 23, 2015 05:38 pm01.23.2015 15

SpaceX has announced it has settled its dispute with the United States Air Force and will dismiss standing claims in a US federal claims court. Last year, Elon Musk and Co. accused the Air Force of...

Competition is coming

NASA is testing an autonomous Martian helicopter

Sean O'Kane January 23, 2015 05:30 pm01.23.2015 19

Drones are everywhere these days. They're under Christmas trees. They're at the X-Games. They're even in Congress. And if NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has its way, they could be headed to Mars next in...

Drones in space!

Netflix will produce four movies from the brothers behind HBO's Togetherness

Jacob Kastrenakes January 23, 2015 04:25 pm01.23.2015 3

Netflix is out at the Sundance Film Festival this week looking for new movies to buy up, but its first deal is actually for four movies that don't exist yet. According to Deadline, Netflix has agreed to...

"The reason we do things like the Adam Sandler deal is so we can do things like this." Ted Sarandos, Netflix

FAA tells airlines to remind flyers that checking e-cigs is a bad idea

Chris Welch January 23, 2015 03:37 pm01.23.2015 42

There's currently no ban against packing e-cigarettes in your checked baggage before a flight, but the FAA seems to be convinced it's a pretty terrible idea. The FAA has sent out an alert to airline...

"E-cigarettes have overheated or caught fire when the heating element was accidentally activated." FAA

Price Check: a discounted MacBook Pro, LG's bargain 4K set, and our favorite cheap drone

Sean O'Kane January 23, 2015 02:46 pm01.23.2015 34


Welcome to Price Check, our weekly post dedicated to sorting through all the new products and deals that we find. We also get a ton of gadgets sent to our office, so consider this the best place for us to...

Even Apple didn't cut the price this much on Black Friday

Sundance journal day 1: exile (and fur bikinis) on Main Street

Emily Yoshida January 23, 2015 02:32 pm01.23.2015 12

A lot of the difficulty of writing about Sundance is trying to make it interesting for people who may not see any of these movies, either because they never get significant distribution or because oh man,...

I was on the receiving end of some serious mad-dogging from local moms / Legendistas.

Watch 10 trailers for Sundance 2015 movie premieres

Jacob Kastrenakes January 23, 2015 02:28 pm01.23.2015 12

Rather than round up this week's new trailers, today we're taking a look at what's going to be playing at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend. If you're not at the festival, chances are you won't be...

Obviously James Franco has something to share

Winklevoss twins look to legitimize Bitcoin with a regulated US exchange

Chris Welch January 23, 2015 01:32 pm01.23.2015 36

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss think they have the answer to Bitcoin's rocky 2014 and tumbling value: a "fully regulated" Bitcoin exchange based in the United States. If Bitcoin is to break through as the...

This is Gemini

An imaginary life with Microsoft's new HoloLens

Ross Miller January 23, 2015 01:03 pm01.23.2015 47

"Honey, have you seen the Skype icon? I've checked the bedroom, the couch cushions, everywhere — it's just gone!"

"Tap your nose with your right hand to save, and then please quit out of Minecraft."

Bud Light's Super Bowl ad puts a man in the middle of a life-size Pac-Man game

Lizzie Plaugic January 23, 2015 11:56 am01.23.2015 17

For many people, the big-budget, celebrity-exploiting commercials are the best part of the Super Bowl, and Bud Light is responsible for some of the most popular ones. It doesn't look like that's going to...

An '80s fantasy

NHL will broadcast live GoPro footage during games

Jacob Kastrenakes and Sean O'Kane January 23, 2015 11:46 am01.23.2015 14

GoPro is about to bring NHL fans a lot closer to the ice. GoPro has partnered with the NHL to provide its small, rugged cameras for use during live broadcasts of the league's games. This includes...

GoPro's cameras will show players' skating and stickhandling
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