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Name your own price for Radiohead singer Thom Yorke's latest single

Dante D'Orazio December 27, 2014 03:15 pm20 minutes ago

Well, well, well, what do we have here? It looks like there's one little present left under the Christmas tree, and if you're a Radiohead fan you'll likely be pleased. Lead singer Thom Yorke has posted a...

"I can't come when you call / I am not who you thought / You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." Thom Yorke

North Korea blames US for internet outage, calls Obama a reckless 'monkey'

Dante D'Orazio December 27, 2014 10:41 am5 hours ago 44

North Korea believes it is being punished for a crime it did not commit. KCNA, the North's state-run media outlet, has published an official statement from an unidentified spokesperson that accuses the US...

"Like a monkey in a tropical forest." Spokesperson, North Korea

Idris Elba addresses James Bond rumors: 'Isn't 007 supposed to be handsome?'

Dante D'Orazio December 27, 2014 12:25 pm3 hours ago 52

Daniel Craig is signed on for just one more Bond film after 2015's Spectre, which means a new actor will soon step into the role of 007. And it seems like almost everyone wants to see Idris Elba portray...

"Glad you think I've got a shot!" Idris Elba

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All classic Dark Horse Star Wars comics are on sale one last time

Kwame Opam December 26, 2014 03:09 pm12.26.2014 10

With the Star Wars Expanded Universe officially non-canon, fans of the original Dark Horse comics don't have much longer to complete their collections before Marvel fully takes the reins on January 1st....

May the Force be with you always, Expanded Universe

Hackers allegedly behind Xbox and PlayStation network shutdown set sights on Tor

Adi Robertson December 26, 2014 02:49 pm12.26.2014 43

The group that allegedly took down Microsoft and Sony's gaming networks now says it's set its sights on a new target. Lizard Squad, which took credit for denial of service attacks that kept Xbox Live and...

Attack could be attempting to break Tor's anonymity

Who is Mr. Bitcoin and what are his demands?

Sean O'Kane December 26, 2014 01:05 pm12.26.2014 9

Bitcoin is sponsoring a college football bowl game this year, officially dubbed the "Bitcoin Bowl." And because sports fans love mascots, "Mr. Bitcoin" is now apparently a thing that exists. All around the...

The conspiracy begins

The Interview made over $1 million in theaters on Christmas

Jacob Kastrenakes December 26, 2014 12:40 pm12.26.2014 33

The Interview managed to bring in over $1 million at the box office during its opening on Thursday, a figure that's being seen as respectable given the unusual situation surrounding its premiere, according...

No figure released for online sales and rentals

These 65 movies and TV shows are disappearing from Netflix on New Year's Day

Jacob Kastrenakes December 26, 2014 11:08 am12.26.2014 60

Hopefully your New Year's resolution isn't to binge watch all five Rocky films, because Netflix won't be able to help you out. As usual, the beginning of a new month marks the disappearance of a lot of old...

Say goodbye to Good Burger

People are unwrapping drones for Christmas and it's not going so well

Sean O'Kane December 25, 2014 12:19 pm12.25.2014 139

Thanks to the massive rise of consumer drones, one of the most popular items under the tree this year is likely to have four rotors and a camera. The FAA even released a video this week that proposes best...

Watch out for the dads!

Amazon says 10 million new customers tried Prime over the holidays

Chris Welch December 26, 2014 10:10 am12.26.2014 21

Pushing the cost of Amazon Prime up to $99 annually hasn't done much to hurt the subscription service; Amazon today announced that 10 million new customers used its premium membership program over the...

Here's what everyone bought

7 new trailers you should watch this week

Jacob Kastrenakes December 26, 2014 10:00 am12.26.2014 10

It may be a slow, restful, holiday week, but new trailers are still coming out — including one particularly big one. Head below to see seven of this week's best new trailers, including the first for the E...

Entourage, Better Call Saul, In the Heart of the Sea, and more

Kodak is launching a line of Android smartphones in 2015

James Vincent December 26, 2014 09:53 am12.26.2014 18

Kodak has announced that it’s licensing its name to a range of mobile devices that make it easier to print and share images. The company’s first smartphone will be unveiled at CES in January followed by a...

the return of the instamatic?

The Verge 50: a definitive list of 2014's most important people

Verge Staff December 8, 2014 01:38 pm12.08.2014

Who are the 50 most important people at the intersection of technology, art, science, and culture? Who are the 50 people whose work this year will shape the next 50 years? It has been a strange and...

2014 was a doozy

Tesla's Roadster is getting an upgrade to nearly double its range

James Vincent December 26, 2014 06:56 am12.26.2014 29

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the company’s Roadster model is getting a battery upgrade to extend its range from 244 miles to almost 400 miles. It's a significant boost, and one that means the...

Musk promises bigger batteries for Christmas

The Interview is YouTube's most popular video right now

James Vincent December 26, 2014 05:17 am12.26.2014 38

The Interview is top of YouTube's Popular Right Now chart after being released online on December 24th through four digital channels: Google PlaySeeTheInterview.comXbox Video, and YouTube Movies.

From...

No such thing as bad publicity

We spent Christmas at the Alamo Drafthouse's screening of The Interview

Lana Berry December 26, 2014 10:27 am12.26.2014 53

Flags, freedom, and a heroic emergency rescue by the fire department

"You can only get this in a democracy, my friend." Tim League

How a false chain email enlisted a writer in the 'War on Christmas'

Colin Lecher December 25, 2014 08:00 pm12.25.2014 26

The so-called "War on Christmas" has been raging for years now, but so rarely do we hear about the casualties. At Backchannel, tech journalist Steven Levy explains how he was drafted against his will.

The internet myth-machine on the loose

What did you get (and give) today?

Chris Ziegler December 25, 2014 04:15 pm12.25.2014 119

Like this generic stock photo family transfixed by something just off to their left, you've probably seen some things today. The gifts are opened. "Adult" egg nog is flowing like water. A wily pet has...

Any weird robots?

Merry Christmas! The NSA's gift is a list of all the times it wrongly spied on you

Elizabeth Lopatto December 25, 2014 12:00 pm12.25.2014 15

If you want to release something no one will pay attention to, what time's better than Christmas Eve? At least, that appeared to be the National Security Agency's thinking. Last night, the NSA released...

The best books for your new Kindle

Verge Staff December 25, 2014 08:21 am12.25.2014 17

Anyone picking up a blank Kindle this year is running headlong into the paradox of choice. The device stocks 23 million titles and counting, ranging from War & Peace to algorithmically generated self-help...

From sports to sci-fi

The best games for your new console

Verge Staff December 25, 2014 08:20 am12.25.2014 111

A year ago, we got a new Xbox and a new Playstation, with more power and more features than anything we've ever seen before. This year, we got the games. 
If you got a new console this year, or unwrapped a...

Game on!

The best apps for your new Mac

Verge Staff December 25, 2014 08:20 am12.25.2014 73

Whether you're among the chosen to get a new computer for the holidays or are burdened with the responsibility of playing family tech support, we've got you covered with an essential pack of Mac apps,...

A little work, a little play

The best games for your new Android phone or tablet

Verge Staff December 25, 2014 08:20 am12.25.2014 97

Android gets a bad rap for not having as many good games as iOS, and while it’s true that the platform hasn’t yet closed the gap, there are still plenty of great games to be had. But if you just want our...

The best apps for your new Windows PC

Verge Staff December 25, 2014 08:19 am12.25.2014 144

“A Windows device” can mean any number of things. Maybe this year you unwrapped a 17-inch gaming behemoth — or maybe you’re holding an 8-inch tablet. Either way, there’s a lot more to Windows 8 than Office...

Turn any Windows PC into your Windows PC

The best apps for your new iPhone

Verge Staff December 25, 2014 08:19 am12.25.2014 58

In A Christmas Story, young Ralphie begs his parents for a Red Ryder BB gun. Alas, how times have changed. Today, you’re more likely begging for a red iPhone — but just as the Red Ryder is useless without...

So many choices

Mazda shows the beautiful future of racing with LM55 Vision Gran Turismo car

Vlad Savov December 25, 2014 07:53 am12.25.2014 9

Mazda's Christmas gift to the world of racing fanatics has been revealed as the LM55 Vision Gran Turismo concept supercar. It joins a growing cadre of outlandishly designed vehicles that car manufacturers...

All-out vehicular aggression

LG will build a stereo camera system for driverless Mercedes-Benz cars

Vlad Savov December 25, 2014 05:23 am12.25.2014 8

The future of driving, it appears, won't require much driving at all. LG and Mercedes-Benz have this morning announced plans to co-develop a stereo camera system to be used in future autonomous vehicles....

Drivers, who needs 'em?

This is what happens when you ask hundreds of architects to design Santa's workshop

Arielle Duhaime-Ross December 24, 2014 08:00 pm12.24.2014 11

If you've ever wondered what would happen if you told a bunch of architects to design a building without worrying about the realities of budgets, bylaws, or building codes, here's your chance to find out....

The winners came up with a buildings that's only visible at night

Oops: people are downloading and keeping Sony's rental for The Interview

Josh Lowensohn December 24, 2014 06:34 pm12.24.2014 137

It's been an interesting day for Kernel, the site powering Sony's digital rentals of The Interview in the US. Not only did it briefly buckle under the pressure of people hammering its site to watch the...

Rent to own

Walmart will take your unwanted holiday gift cards

Josh Dzieza December 24, 2014 05:44 pm12.24.2014 29

Walmart is making a play for your gift cards, testing a program that lets you exchange cards from more than 200 other stores for a Walmart card. The Walmart card, notably, will be worth a fraction of the...

CDC scientists may have been exposed to Ebola in Atlanta lab

Elizabeth Lopatto December 24, 2014 05:00 pm12.24.2014 5

As many as 12 scientists may have been exposed to Ebola earlier this week in a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab in Atlanta, The Washington Post reports. On Monday, scientists who were...

"I am troubled by this incident in our Ebola research laboratory in Atlanta," CDC Director Tom Frieden

The Ebola epidemic is slowing in Africa, but it's not yet controlled

Elizabeth Lopatto December 24, 2014 05:00 pm12.24.2014 7

Though the world has made progress in ending the Ebola epidemic, reports from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone suggest the fight against Ebola isn't over, according to correspondence from the World Health...

The fight against Ebola isn't over

Watch this: the best light display you'll see all year

Elizabeth Lopatto December 24, 2014 04:32 pm12.24.2014 5

Courtesy of the European Space Agency, here's the best Christmas light display I've seen all year: a time lapse of more than 12,000 images taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst, while he was on the...

more than 12,000 images from the ISS
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