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

Chris Welch October 25, 2014 01:04 am3 hours ago 5

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

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

Arielle Duhaime-Ross October 24, 2014 05:37 pm11 hours ago 25

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

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

Kwame Opam October 24, 2014 09:55 pm7 hours ago 13

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

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

Kwame Opam October 24, 2014 04:05 pm12 hours ago 11

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

FCC delays auction for 600MHz spectrum

Dan Seifert October 24, 2014 04:00 pm13 hours ago 14

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 pm13 hours ago 132

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

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

David Pierce and Nilay Patel October 24, 2014 03:00 pm13 hours ago 28

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 pm14 hours ago 26

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 pm14 hours ago 26

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 pm15 hours ago 97

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 pm15 hours ago 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 pm16 hours ago 10

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 pm16 hours ago 9

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 pm17 hours ago 26

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

Apple iPad mini 3 review

Dieter Bohn October 21, 2014 09:01 pm10.21.2014 173

For the past few years, most of the technology world has ruled by a cold, hard truth: to get the best thing, you pretty much had to get the biggest thing. Every Android phone was bigger than the last, and...

How much is Touch ID worth?

Iron Man's ‘Hulkbuster’ armor is the biggest clue to Marvel's 5-year future

Ross Miller and Kwame Opam October 24, 2014 11:52 am17 hours ago 95

Why are Iron Man and the Hulk fighting in The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer? Better question: why was Tony Stark already prepared? Stark's paranoia is the moment good and evil becomes very gray in...

Equal parts brilliant, narcissistic, and paranoid

8 new songs and albums you should listen to this week

Nathan Ingraham October 24, 2014 10:30 am18 hours ago 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 am18 hours ago 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 am18 hours ago 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 am18 hours ago 15

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 am21 hours ago 28

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 193

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 pm10.24.2014 34

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 pm10.24.2014 111

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 pm10.24.2014 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

Classic Macs turned into modern furniture

Colin Lecher October 23, 2014 04:31 pm10.23.2014 62

The Apple Power Mac G5 was a classic computer of the early millennium, but for all of its strengths — besides its gorgeous design, it was the fastest Mac in Apple's lineup when it was released in 2003 — it...

The project's called "benchma[r|c"

Amazon's losses balloon to $544 million, driven by weak Fire Phone sales

Ben Popper October 23, 2014 04:16 pm10.23.2014 142

The red ink keeps spreading at Amazon, even as sales grow.

A bigger bust than expected

Microsoft's Q1 2015: Surface growing strongly and Lumia sales up

Tom Warren October 23, 2014 04:09 pm10.23.2014 280

Microsoft has published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, and the company has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. Revenue has increased compared to $18.53 billion from the same...

Surface revenue up 127 percent

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donating $100 million to fight Ebola

Chris Welch October 23, 2014 03:35 pm10.23.2014 21

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will contribute "at least" $100 million to fight the spread of Ebola, he announced Thursday. In a tweet, Allen revealed the new donation amount and urged others to make...

"Join me in helping those responding to this outbreak..." Paul Allen

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

Dieter Bohn October 23, 2014 03:23 pm10.23.2014 16

The Vergecast is back after two weeks of big news from Apple and Google, so we're going to definitely talk about the two weeks of big news from Apple and Google. Also, Twitter wants to convince developers...

Tablets, phablets, and digits

Gamergate can't stop being about harassment

Adi Robertson October 23, 2014 03:22 pm10.23.2014 479

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
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