First Click: Simpsons, Halo, and a look at the week ahead

October 26th, 2015

It’s another big week at The Verge. Sam Byford just published our Halo 5 review and sometime later today we’re expecting the new Apple TV with apps and Siri voice control to go up for preorder before shipping later in the week.

Tomorrow the EU will decide the future of its internet with a critical vote on Net Neutrality legislation. Then we’ll hear about Verizon's and Motorola’s new Droids before Apple and Twitter release their respective earnings.

Wednesday we’ve also got earnings on deck from Nintendo, followed by Samsung Electronics and Sony as we extend into Thursday. Thursday will also see the anticipated launch of the OnePlus X.

We’ll close out the week with movie premieres of the Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse and Sandra Bullock's Our Brand is Crisis.

But until then, let’s take a look back at the weekend that was.


  1. Halo 5: Guardians review

    Don’t expect the Halo 5: Guardians that Microsoft has been trying to sell you over the past couple of years. That Halo 5, detailed in moody trailers and previewed in a spin-off TV show, is a...

  2. Europe votes on the future of its internet tomorrow

    Europe's internet is about to go on trial, and activists are very worried about its future. On Tuesday, European lawmakers will vote on a proposal that aims to protect net neutrality — the...

  3. How an episode of The Simpsons is made

    In 1996, The Simpsons passed The Flintstones as the longest running prime-time animated show. In the 30-year interim, the tenor of adult cartoons had shifted dramatically: The Simpsons was more...

  4. Smartwatches aren't what we expected, and that's okay

    Let’s face it, smartwatches aren’t what we expected them to be. Dreams of a world managed from your wrist — control over your budding smart home, curated notifications to cut down on the noise, and...

  5. The most popular Popcorn Time fork has been shut down

    Is Popcorn Time's wild run coming to an end? One of the two biggest versions of the illegal streaming service, popcorntime.io, was reportedly shut down for good last week after a dispute between...

  6. 11 things Amazon shut down without you noticing

    You probably already know this, but Amazon does a lot of different things. It sells products, it makes products, and it's a major provider of cloud services to both the consumer and enterprise...

  7. Concept for NASA's monster rocket passes critical test — and gets an updated look

    The design for NASA's future monster rocket — dubbed the Space Launch System (SLS) — passed its last critical design review. That means NASA found that the vehicle’s specifications hold up, and the...

  8. Can Formula 1 conquer America?

    In late October, coverage of sports in America reaches its annual frenzy. The World Series starts next week, NFL broadcast coverage is on full weekend blast, the NBA season is about to kick off,...

  9. The Verge Review of Animals: the Halloween Crab

    This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we've written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now...

  10. Ask Stoya: When is porn actually educational?

    When talking about the differences between pornography and educational videos, jessica says, "I don’t like to use terms like ’real sex’ and ‘porn sex’ because, well, when I’m having sex on camera, it sure is real. And I love porn — I think it’s a great tool, but people must be made aware that foreplay is so very important, anal sex isn’t exactly easy, women don’t spontaneously orgasm, and we also (usually) don’t bang the pool guy..."

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