Internal email: We need to change our official photos immediately

Chris Plante January 29, 2015 11:03 am8 minutes ago 2


It's come to my attention that official staff photos haven't been taken since the founding of The Verge dot com. I understand how something like staff photos can be bumped further and further...

Must love dogs

Microsoft rebrands Acompli as Outlook for iOS and Android

Tom Warren January 29, 2015 03:00 am8 hours ago 55

Microsoft is bringing a fully featured version of Outlook to iOS and Android today. The launch comes less than two months after Microsoft acquired email app Acompli in early December, and the software...

It's Acompli rebranded for now

Millionaires in China love gifting Apple products

Jacob Kastrenakes January 29, 2015 11:00 am10 minutes ago 2

Millionaires in China overwhelmingly look to Apple when they want to give someone a nice gift, according to a new survey from Hurun Report. In a poll of 376 millionaires in Mainland China — people with a...

This is how Apple will sell those gold smartwatches

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Fitness app RunKeeper integrates Spotify to stream music for your workouts

Rich McCormick January 29, 2015 10:00 am1 hour ago 3

Spotify is continuing its push for ubiquity. A day after Sony confirmed it had killed its Music Unlimited service and inked a deal with the Swedish company to bring the music streaming service to...

to the beat of your own drum

Taylor Swift has trademarked the phrase "This Sick Beat"

Kelsey McKinney January 28, 2015 12:50 pm22 hours ago

"Party like it's 1989," I guess.

Nickelodeon to launch subscription video service

Jacob Kastrenakes January 29, 2015 09:38 am2 hours ago 7

Nickelodeon is the latest TV network with plans to roll out an online subscription service. According to Variety, Viacom — the network's parent company — announced plans for the service this morning,...

Big competition for Netflix and Amazon on kids' shows

Scientists use lasers to make metals super water-repellent

James Vincent January 29, 2015 09:26 am2 hours ago 7

A new method for producing super water-repellent surfaces could lead to self-cleaning materials that are much more slippery than Teflon and never corrode. Researchers from the University of Rochester say...

"The water actually gets bounced off." Chunlei Guo, researcher

Nintendo is finally sharing ad revenue with YouTube users

Andrew Webster January 29, 2015 09:18 am2 hours ago 3

Nintendo has just launched a beta for what it's calling its "Creators Program," an affiliate program for sharing advertising money with YouTube content creators. Essentially, anyone who is part of the...

A long time coming

SoundCloud's iPad app gets a fresh redesign, loses recording capabilities

Chris Welch January 29, 2015 09:00 am2 hours ago 1

After giving its main iPhone app a big redesign back in June, SoundCloud is back today with a revamped iPad experience. And much like the smaller-sized version, this new SoundCloud is fast, fluid, and...

It's for listening and listening only

Imgur's new tool makes the most beautiful GIFs on the web

Jacob Kastrenakes January 29, 2015 09:00 am2 hours ago 31

Imgur has been on a quest to upgrade the GIF, and part of that means making GIFs look a whole lot nicer. It's starting to make that happen today with the release of Video to GIF, a simple tool that lets...

The tool has its problems, but the GIFs look great

The history of Microsoft's new Outlook for iPhone app

Casey Newton January 29, 2015 07:23 am4 hours ago 72

Less than two months after acquiring Acompli, Microsoft is releasing an Outlook for iOS app today. Microsoft's new app is simply a rebrand of Acompli's existing app, but the company is promising new...

Mobile email grows up

Whistle, a 'Fitbit for dogs,' acquires pet-tracking company Tagg

Lizzie Plaugic January 29, 2015 07:00 am4 hours ago

In the past few years, we've seen the emergence of two big ideas when it comes to pet tech: the ability to monitor your pet's fitness levels and the ability track lost pets. Now, those two ideas are...

Fitbit for dogs meets GPS for dogs

Analysts say Apple has beaten Samsung to become world's largest smartphone vendor

James Vincent January 29, 2015 05:24 am6 hours ago 87

After recording the biggest quarterly profit by any company ever, Apple might have earned itself another accolade: world's largest smartphone vendor. It's clear that the iPhone maker had a bumper quarter,...

world-beating shipments and world-beating profits

LG's growing smartphone sales offset loss taken from plasma TVs

Vlad Savov January 29, 2015 04:39 am6 hours ago 16

The death of the plasma TV impacted LG's bottom line in the last quarter of 2014, but it wasn't enough to derail what's been a good year for the Korean electronics manufacturer. Reporting a $189 million...

Operating on a different scale to Samsung and Apple, but still doing well

Watch the Minecraft episode that Conan O'Brien was forbidden to make

Rich McCormick January 29, 2015 03:26 am8 hours ago 4

Conan O'Brien, by his own admission, isn't a regular player of video games. But with more than 100 million registered players, Mojang's Minecraft isn't an average game — it's a cultural phenomenon. The...

multiplayer host

Microsoft Office is out on Android tablets today

Sam Byford January 29, 2015 03:00 am8 hours ago 11

Microsoft's Android tablet versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint are no longer in preview mode; you'll be able to download them today. As with the iOS apps launched last year, Office is essentially free...

Office for iOS hits 80 million downloads

The Nobel prize-winning inventor of the laser dies at 99

Rich McCormick January 29, 2015 01:05 am10 hours ago 1

Charles Townes, the man responsible for inventing the laser, died this week aged 99. A Nobel prize winner and a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Townes thought up the idea for the...

major laser

OneDrive updates make Microsoft's cloud storage system better for photos

Rich McCormick January 28, 2015 11:18 pm12 hours ago 28

Microsoft is updating OneDrive, its cloud storage service that competes with rivals such as Dropbox and iCloud, in a bid to make it a better photo management tool. Over the next few weeks, the company says...

the onedrive to succeed

VR will soon be in-flight entertainment, because it makes perfect sense

Sam Byford January 28, 2015 10:22 pm13 hours ago 17

No matter how many cool moviesmusic videos, or lightsaber simulators we see, virtual reality is still going to be a hard sell for the mainstream — not only do the headsets look weird, they require you to...

Samsung's Gear VR is coming to Australia's biggest airline

Samsung's profits continue to slip

Sam Byford January 28, 2015 07:23 pm16 hours ago 82

Samsung Electronics made an operating profit of 5.29 trillion won ($4.87 billion) off the back of 52.73 trillion won ($48.6 billion) in revenue last quarter. These are big numbers by almost anyone's...

"New materials, innovative design" for upcoming phones

Tumblr cleans up its interface in an attempt to entice longform writers

Lizzie Plaugic January 28, 2015 06:46 pm16 hours ago 14

Tumblr has begun rolling out new features to make its editor more appealing to longform writers. Over the past two days, the company has announced a new lineup of tools meant to make its interface both...

Looking good

Bill Gates working on mysterious 'Personal Agent' project at Microsoft

Tom Warren January 28, 2015 06:20 pm17 hours ago 18

Bill Gates promised to "substantially increase" his time at Microsoft last year, but his involvement at the company he founded in 1975 has been a mystery ever since. When he’s not busy guest-editing The...

It sounds a lot like Cortana

Best Buy begins selling virtual reality with Samsung's Gear VR

Chris Welch January 28, 2015 05:47 pm17 hours ago 15

Maybe we should've seen this coming when the commercials started. Seemingly out of nowhere, Samsung has started selling its Gear VR headset at Best Buy. The Galaxy Note 4-powered virtual reality headset c...

Buying Samsung's VR experiment just got way easier

Samsung is probably ditching Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 for the Galaxy S6

Dan Seifert January 28, 2015 05:45 pm17 hours ago 63

It sounds like the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 won't use a Snapdragon processor in the US, as previous Galaxy devices have all done. Dominant mobile chipmaker Qualcomm revealed today that its new flagship...


The EU wants states to flag terrorist-related content on YouTube

Lizzie Plaugic January 28, 2015 05:17 pm18 hours ago 9

The European Union's Counter-Terrorism chief Gilles De Kerchove called on member states today to help flag extremist content on YouTube, AP reports. In a Parliament meeting of the liberal ALDE party, De...

Flagging by the feds

Watch the first super slow GoPro footage recorded at 240 frames per second

Sean O'Kane January 28, 2015 05:09 pm18 hours ago 16

GoPro has a huge lead over its competition these days — we found out just how big when we pitted the best action cameras against each other last fall. Now, a new firmware update is about to widen the gap...

The best action camera just got better

An experimental Ebola vaccine looks promising in a human trial

Arielle Duhaime-Ross January 28, 2015 05:00 pm18 hours ago 3

An Ebola vaccine produced using a chimpanzee common cold virus appears to be safe to use on humans, according to a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. Three different doses of...

Participants showed "a good immune response." Kristen Lyke, ebola vaccine researcher

Hit mobile game Badland is headed to consoles

Andrew Webster January 28, 2015 05:00 pm18 hours ago 1

After launching on iOS to much acclaim in 2013, the dark and wonderful Badland has since made its way to all the major mobile platforms — you can even pick it up for your BlackBerry. Two years later, the...

Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, and more

Facebook posts strong earnings and tops $12 billion in annual revenue

Ben Popper January 28, 2015 04:27 pm19 hours ago 17

Facebook is far and away the largest social network in the world and increasingly dominates the time we spend in mobile apps. It's running neck and neck with YouTube when it comes to data consumption on...

Facebook's ad business is booming

Finally, proof that the Kool-Aid man could actually break through a wall

Sean O'Kane January 28, 2015 03:47 pm19 hours ago 26

Brands spend a lot of time desperately grasping for our attention, but sometimes they leave us with burning questions without even trying. "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie...

Oh yeah he can

Climate change could mean massive ocean dead zones

Josh Dzieza January 28, 2015 03:41 pm20 hours ago 28

In 2002, fishermen off the Oregon coast pulled up their traps to find them full of dead crabs. Baby octopuses were climbing up their lines, seemingly struggling to get out of the deep. "In 30 years of...

History shows the ocean can change alarmingly quickly

The next Air Force One will be a Boeing 747-8

Chris Ziegler January 28, 2015 03:28 pm20 hours ago 42

Boeing will build a fleet of three aircraft based on the 747-8 to serve as the next Air Force One, Bloomberg reports. The 747-8 is the latest version of the iconic jumbo jet — a design that dates back to...

A big plane for a big job

Rolling Stone opens its archives on Google Play Newsstand

Jacob Kastrenakes January 28, 2015 02:30 pm21 hours ago 5

Rolling Stone is opening up its archives, making select stories from its nearly 50 years of publication free for anyone to read. The stories will all be available through Google Play Newsstand, making this...

Google reportedly paid a lot to be part of this partnership
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