First Click: R2-D2, Nuka-Cola, and a look at the week ahead

November 2nd, 2015

Our own Christopher Thomas Plante won the World Series this weekend leaving the rest of humanity with a baseball-sized hole in their hearts — a hole that can only be filled by one thing: The Verge. So let's take a look at the week ahead.

We’re still in earnings season with Tesla reporting on Tuesday, followed by Facebook on Wednesday. And we’ve also got plenty of reviews lined up following the big product announcements from the September and October.

This week also sees the film premieres of Brooklyn (with Saoirse Ronan), Trumbo (with Bryan Cranston), and The Peanuts Movie (with a CGI version of Charlie Brown and gang). Friday’s also the US premiere of James Bond in Spectre which opened in Europe last week to a record box office draw.

And that’s only what we know is going to happen as we train our gaze upon future. But first, let’s take a look back at the weekend that was before throwing ourselves into the week ahead.


  1. A frame-by-frame analysis of the R2-D2 mini fridge trailer

    Well, here we are. It's been a long time coming but it's finally arrived: the first full-length trailer for the R2-D2 mini fridge. Now, if you're anything like me you've already watched the...

  2. Meet the man behind CarPlay and Android Auto at GM

    If you've bought a car in the last decade, you probably think of "infotainment" as a four-letter word. The touchscreens in the centers of our dashboards have been, to put it bluntly, bad. In some...

  3. Watch the first trailer for AMC's Preacher

    It took nearly a decade, but the live-action Preacher is finally on its way — and here's the first trailer. Dominic Cooper stars as small-town preacher Jesse Custer who, after merging with an...

  4. Five Nights at Phony's: the terrifying world of Five Nights at Freddy's clones

    Everyone knows about Android game clones — the ripoffs that are generally named something like Flappy [Insert Noun Here], Crush Some Candy-Like Objects, and Mine Block Craft Story. I'm willing to...

  5. The Verge Review of Animals: the Apatosaurus

    You know you’re famous when you’ve been dead for millions of years and everyone still knows your name. Just ask the Apatosaurus, which was, at 75 feet snout-to-tail, longer than a city block, and...

  6. Russian female astronauts asked how they would cope in space without men and makeup

    It was inspiring news at first: Russia announced that starting this week, six female astronauts would live in a mock-spacecraft in Moscow for eight days, to test out the physical and psychological...

  7. Instagram Builds Its Own Version of Snapchat Live Stories

    Instagram is taking cues from Snapchat and Twitter with its latest update — curated content streams for specific events, in this case, Halloween...

  8. Fallout's Nuka-Cola Quantum soda is coming to life — minus the radioactive stuff

    Soon, you'll be able to live out a little piece of your Fallout dreams — without all of the downsides of a deadly post-apocalyptic society. And it's all thanks to a cross-brand promotion the likes...

  9. NWA's former manager is suing nearly everyone involved with Straight Outta Compton

    Former NWA manager Jerry Heller is suing the stars and producers attached to recent hit film Straight Outta Compton, claiming the movie has done irreversible damage to his reputation and that its...

  10. How to be human: how do I win back my high school friend?

    Leah Reich was one of the first internet advice columnists. Her column "Ask Leah" ran on IGN, where she gave advice to gamers for two and a half years. During the day, Leah is Slack’s user...

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