Squeezed out: as iPhone's get bigger in size and sales, the iPad keep slumping

Ben Popper October 20, 2014 05:05 pmless than a minute ago

In its earnings report today, Apple said that it sold a little over 12.3 million tablets over the last three months, a decline of 13 percent compared to the same period in 2013.

The iPad's biggest sales may already be behind it

'Dead Rising' film has its lead: former 'Daily Show' war correspondent Rob Riggle

Ross Miller October 20, 2014 04:01 pm1 hour ago 7

Comedian Rob Riggle is probably best known for his work as a Daily Show correspondent through 2008, as well as his various film and TV cameos (21 Jump Street, The Other Guys, NTSF:SD:SUV). And now he's...

He's covered wars, you kn... oh, you've heard that one already?

Apple Q4 2014 earnings: revenue surges on huge iPhone 6 sales

Josh Lowensohn October 20, 2014 04:41 pm28 minutes ago 41

Apple, once the darling of Wall Street with a ballooning stock price, has disappointed investors in recent quarters with slowdown on its growth. But this quarter, it surprised with a blowout, posting...

It's a blowout

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Indie-rock trio Sleater-Kinney are back and as great as ever

Jacob Kastrenakes October 20, 2014 03:32 pm2 hours ago 13

At this point, Carrie Brownstein is probably best known as a comedian, she being half of the wildly successful Portlandia duo. But prior to Portlandia, Brownstein rocked out hard in the band...

Seriously just forget about the new Taylor Swift song and listen to this

The 8 most important announcements from the Apple iPad and Mac event

Casey Newton, Adi Robertson, and Carl Franzen October 16, 2014 02:49 pm10.16.2014 188

Just about all of the announcements from Thursday’s Apple event leaked out in advance, and the event felt somewhat subdued compared to last month’s iPhone 6 announcement. A phone call with Stephen Colbert...

Tablets and Macs and Yosemite, oh my!

WikiLeaks is winning over Gamergate with a confusing Twitter campaign

Adi Robertson October 20, 2014 02:22 pm3 hours ago 99

It's far from an organized protest movement, but Gamergate — which ostensibly opposes unethical journalism and "social justice warriors" in video games — has managed to launch an undeniably political...

Gaming's culture wars are getting even more surreal

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite review

David Pierce October 16, 2014 03:00 pm10.16.2014 430

For nearly two decades, the release of a new PC operating system was an event. Upgrading cost money; you had to go to the store to get the necessary floppy disk or a CD; the new OS was expected to be...

There's a great "top of the mountain" to be made here

CVS reportedly wants to punish other pharmacies that still sell tobacco

Jacob Kastrenakes October 20, 2014 01:23 pm4 hours ago 70

CVS apparently has a plan to make up some of the $2 billion in annual profits that it's losing from cutting off the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products last month. According to The Wall Street...

And to make a bunch of money while doing it

James Bond's submarine car is on sale on eBay for $1 million

Carl Franzen October 20, 2014 01:06 pm4 hours ago 8

Among James Bond's many glorious gadgets over the years, one that stands out even to this day is his submarine car from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977): a modified 1977 Lotus Espirit S1 sportscar that was...

Not street or water legal

FKA twigs made using Google Glass look like stepping into the Matrix

Kwame Opam October 20, 2014 12:59 pm4 hours ago 33

Up-and-coming singer FKA twigs is using Google Glass to inspired, if somewhat unsettling, effect. For her latest conceptual video #ThroughGlass, twigs dons the headset and suddenly bursts into dance,...

This is twigs' brain on Glass. Any questions?

Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay

Tom Warren October 20, 2014 12:58 pm4 hours ago 103

Apple’s iOS 8.1 update is now available to download. The biggest addition is the new Apple Pay service which goes live today alongside iOS 8.1. Apple Pay will allow iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and...

Get ready to tap and pay

A preventable coding error knocked out 911 service for millions

Colin Lecher October 20, 2014 11:14 am6 hours ago 15

For hours on an April day this year, 6,600 emergency calls from people in seven states didn't reach responders. The 911 outage affected 11 million people; in Washington state, every single person was...

911 outages are on the rise

The Big Future: Can we colonize Mars?

Russell Brandom October 16, 2014 07:45 am10.16.2014 139

Mars has been seeing a lot of action lately, between NASA's string of rovers and new projects from Elon Musk and Mars One. But what would it take to set up a permanent settlement there? Could humans...

Martian colonies, here we come

John Oliver's all-dog Supreme Court on 'Last Week Tonight' is hilarious and free for anyone to remix

Carl Franzen October 20, 2014 11:07 am6 hours ago 32

Comedian newscaster John Oliver has aired some hilarious and incisive sketches so far throughout the first season of his HBO show, Last Week Tonight. But there's a new top dog among them: last night's bit...

"Real animals, fake paws" John Oliver, 'Last Week Tonight' for October 19th, 2014

The SIM card is about to die

Chris Ziegler October 16, 2014 05:51 pm10.16.2014 422

If there's one thing I've learned about Apple's dealings with SIM cards in the past seven years, it's that Apple gets what Apple wants.

The little gold-plated circuits — which identify you as a subscriber...

Apple just dealt the first blows, and the wounds are mortal

Polygon responds to Gamergate

Polygon Staff October 20, 2014 11:02 am6 hours ago

Over the last few months, we've seen many people — some of them friends, some of them colleagues, some of them professional acquaintances — harassed, threatened, bullied for daring to suggest that video...

"How do you condemn a mob without drawing attention to that same mob?" Christopher Grant, editor-in-chief

Skype's new drawing feature debuts first on Windows Phone

Tom Warren October 20, 2014 10:48 am6 hours ago 36

Microsoft is updating its Skype for Windows Phone app today and it’s introducing an entirely new feature: drawing. The addition allows Windows Phone owners to draw on a canvas, add ink to photos, or...

Doodle all day

Watch this: The Simpsons recreates Adventure Time, South Park, Archer, Pokemon, and many more

Ross Miller October 20, 2014 09:56 am7 hours ago 35

"I just had a worrisome thought. If there could be two incarnations of The Simpsons why couldn't some evil marketing entity produce millions of others?"

Crisis of Infinite Simpson

Listen to The Flaming Lips cover all of 'Sgt. Pepper,' with a little help from friends

Jacob Kastrenakes October 20, 2014 09:41 am7 hours ago 21

The Flaming Lips have kind of just done whatever weird projects they want to lately, and their newest is a cover album of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band that has a whole bunch of other artists...

With guest stars Miley Cyrus, Moby, and more

Spotify Family lets you share a subscription from $14.99 per month

Tom Warren October 20, 2014 06:19 am11 hours ago 64

Spotify is finally letting subscribers share their accounts with family and friends. The streaming music service is unveiling Spotify Family today, a way to share a premium subscription with up to four...

Available in coming weeks

The Dyson humidifier cleans your air with ultraviolet light

Sam Byford October 20, 2014 12:00 am17 hours ago 54

Dyson doesn't enter new product categories all that often, but today we're seeing the second in less than two months. Following the September introduction of the 360 Eye robot vacuum, Dyson is now...

Latest Air Multiplier is designed to battle dry winters

'Doctor Who' recap: 'Flatline'

Ross Miller and Kwame Opam October 19, 2014 09:58 pm19 hours ago 22

"Oh, wow. This is an honor. Does this mean I'm you now?"

For this season of Doctor Who, Ross Miller and Kwame Opam will be sounding off on each episode in a series of emails we'll be publishing on the...

"Congratulations. Lying is a vital survival skill. And a terrible habit." The Doctor

Microsoft to launch its wearable fitness band in coming weeks

Tom Warren October 19, 2014 05:01 pm10.19.2014 156

Microsoft is planning to launch its own wearable fitness band in the coming weeks. Forbes reports that the announcement is due "within the next few weeks," and The Verge can confirm this is accurate....

Facebook tells the DEA it can't use phony profiles to go after suspects

Dante D'Orazio October 19, 2014 04:28 pm10.19.2014 32

Facebook has a message for the DEA: if you want to use our service, you have to use your real name. In a letter sent to the Drug Enforcement Administration on Friday, chief security office Joe Sullivan...

Facebook's real name policy applies to the feds, too

This trailer turns 'Wall-E' into an animated version of 'Interstellar'

Dante D'Orazio October 19, 2014 01:10 pm10.19.2014 12

Wall-E is one of Pixar's finest films, but what if that adorable little robot was just a bit more... epic? A teenaged filmmaker named Bobby Burns has decided to do just that by giving the film the...

Hans Zimmer can make anything epic

Beats celebrates LeBron's homecoming with another epic commercial

Chris Welch October 19, 2014 11:18 am10.19.2014 58

You can try shutting Beats out of the NFL, but there's nothing you can do about the company's impeccable advertising. The new NBA season gets underway this month, and Beats has teamed up with the league's...

LeBron's back in Akron with Beats in tow

Google opened Nexus Player pre-orders before receiving FCC certification

Dante D'Orazio October 19, 2014 12:28 am10.18.2014 164

When it comes to the living room, it seems Google just can't catch a break. Pre-orders for the company's latest effort, the Nexus Player, started briefly on Friday, but there was a bit of a problem. The...

Google's living room woes continue

Snapchat just ran its first ad and it's for 'Ouija'

Kwame Opam October 18, 2014 07:48 pm10.18.2014 12

Making good on CEO Evan Spiegel's announcement earlier this month, Snapchat ran its first ad this weekend. The brief spot was a sponsored story for the upcoming horror film Ouija, and it's safe to assume...

Creepy #brands

The Verge Playlist: Brian Eno

Colin Lecher October 18, 2014 07:00 pm10.18.2014 24

There was a New Yorker article, published over the summer, explaining how musician-producer Brian Eno allowed randomness to take control of his work, which by now has directly or indirectly touched some of...

Ambient classics and deep cuts

Watch Jony Ive explain Apple's design process in a rare public interview

Dante D'Orazio October 18, 2014 04:33 pm10.18.2014 99

Earlier this month, Apple chief designer Jony Ive appeared on stage for a rare interview during the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit. You can now watch the 25-minute-long interview on YouTube. Ive is...

"I didn't really know what it did, but I somehow assumed it did it very well." Jony Ive

Flickr's iPad app is exactly what you'd expect – and that's a good thing

Dante D'Orazio October 18, 2014 03:01 pm10.18.2014 18

Flickr finally has an iPad app — just four and a half years after Apple's tablet first hit store shelves. Fortunately, Flickr fans should be happy with the results. The new app takes cues from Yahoo's...

Four and a half years late

Watch Sir Ian McKellen give the best advice possible to students

Kwame Opam October 18, 2014 02:16 pm10.18.2014 25

Sir Ian McKellen is one of the finest Englishmen working in Hollywood. But his Gandalf persona, with that sonorous delivery, is just iconic. You could watch him all day it's so perfect. So, the...

Your dark curriculum will not avail you, Flame of Udûn

Steam is letting you play ten games for free this weekend

Dante D'Orazio October 18, 2014 11:16 am10.18.2014 8

Are you looking to get your game on this weekend? Is your collection looking a bit stale? If so, you might want to boot up Steam, as the online store is throwing one of its largest free weekend promotions...

Weekend plans: solved

This is the most beautiful owner's manual you've ever seen

Chris Ziegler October 18, 2014 09:01 am10.18.2014 17

When you invest seven figures in securing one of the most exotic, exclusive vehicles ever made, perhaps you just expect that the owner's manual is going to be a work of art. I don't know, I've never been...

For one of the most beautiful cars ever made
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