Minnesota is grappling with 73 cases of measles right now – more cases than the entire country had last year. The outbreak is thanks to people who don’t vaccinate their children, according to the…
Great Britain has gone an entire day without using electricity produced from coal for the first time since the industrial revolution says National Grid, the country’s energy utility. The country…
Inside Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters, the arrival of Instant Articles in the spring of 2015 was presented as a cause for celebration. Talking with reporters, executives described the fast-loading, natively hosted articles as a promising new creative format.
Republicans in Congress just voted to reverse a landmark FCC privacy rule that opens the door for ISPs to sell customer data. Lawmakers provided no credible reason for this being in the interest of…
Earlier this week, much of the internet ground to a halt when the servers that power them suddenly vanished. The servers were part of S3, Amazon’s popular web hosting service, and when they went…
The federal court for the Eastern District of New York issued an emergency stay halting President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry to the US from seven majority-Muslim countries…
Pokémon’s yellow mascot is ageless. The franchise celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, but aside from some small tweaks, Pikachu remains as reliably cute as it was the day it was introduced….
Publishing platform Medium announced today that it had laid off 50 people – about a third of it staff – amid growing concerns about its advertising-based model. The company said it would explore…
After Facebook tried to stay silent on the subject
Donald Trump used Twitter to make outrageous claims during the entire 2016 election, and he’s still making them after winning the presidency. He is now turning Twitter into a state-media machine…
As expected, Apple just sent out invites for an event in Cupertino next week on October 27th. It’ll be streamed live starting at 10AM Pacific – and if an endless stream of speculation is true,…
The Federal Aviation Administration officially banned Galaxy Note 7s from being brought onto airplanes earlier this week, and under a new Emergency Restriction / Prohibition Order, it’s now a…
Southwest Airlines flight 944 from Louisville to Baltimore was evacuated this morning while still at the gate because of a smoking Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. All passengers and crew exited…
Earlier this morning, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft took a leisurely dive onto the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. After 12 years in space and more than two years…
How will Elon Musk and SpaceX fund its ambitious plan to go to Mars? The question was a big one coming into today’s announcement, and Musk opted to suggest some kind of “public-private” partnership…
Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is financially supporting a pro-Donald Trump group of “shitposters,” he confirmed to the Daily Beast today, using his considerable personal fortune to fund the creation…
Twitter is about to make a big change to the way that tweets work, The Verge can report. Beginning September 19th, the company will no longer count media attachments (images, GIFs, videos, polls etc.) and quoted tweets towards the platform’s 140-character limit. The extra room for text will give users more flexibility in composing their messages.
The final season of had a conspicuous absence: the build team of Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci, and Kari Byron. While the Science Channel is rebooting Mythbusters as as a reality show, the secondary team will be returning to audiences with a new venture called The White Rabbit Project, which will begin airing on Netflix in December.
Twitter has permanently suspended the account of Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos, a day after the infamous internet troll helped incite his followers to send a torrent of racist abuse to Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones.
Deep inside Facebook’s very first data center, located in a sprawling facility in the hills of Prineville, OR, lies a series of about 60 server racks. Each one houses 32 smartphones, all of which are running a version of one of Facebook’s many mobile apps.
Pokémon Go for iOS has just been updated to version 1.0.1, with developer Niantic Labs promising improved stability, crash fixes, and a less intrusive grip on Google account permissions. Last week, it was discovered that the massively popular augmented reality game was granting itself “full access” to the accounts of those who signed up to start playing Pokémon Go using a Google account.
Hours ago, SpaceX landed the first stage of one of its Falcon 9 rockets. It was the third time in a row that the company has landed one of these rocket boosters on a drone ship at sea, and the fourth overall.
For months, the FBI pressured Apple to break security measures on an iPhone used in the San Bernardino attacks, only to call off the case at the last minute when it was presented with a third-party method for breaking into the phone.
The University of California, Davis spent at least $175,000 to improve its reputation on the internet after images of campus police pepper-spraying protestors went viral in 2011, according to documents obtained by The Sacramento Bee . The money went to public relations firms that promised to clean up the university’s search results.
SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching the vehicle into space this afternoon. It’s the first time the company has been able to pull off an ocean landing, after four previous attempts ended in failure.
President Barack Obama called on the tech community to build a safe encryption key to assist in law enforcement investigations, saying that if it failed, it could one day face a more draconian solution passed by a Congress that is less sympathetic to its worldview.
Twitter’s oft-neglected app for Mac got a much-needed update today, adding support for inline GIFs, videos, quote-tweets, and other features that mobile users have had for years. But while many users were glad to see the app getting attention, others criticized it for performance issues: laggy scrolling, the new-notification dot failing to disappear after clicking, and login issues.
So let’s talk about ad blocking. You might think the conversation about ad blocking is about the user experience of news, but what we’re really talking about is money and power in Silicon Valley. And titanic battles between large companies with lots of money and power tend to have a lot of collateral damage.
Two days after his arrest for bringing a homemade clock to school, Ahmed Mohamed appeared at a press conference today to address his supporters. The 14-year-old student at MacArthur High School in Irving, TX, thanked his many fans on social media, who include Mark Zuckerberg, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, among many others.
Following its $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL, Verizon today internally unveiled a new logo, writes Advertising Age . Because Google isn’t the only company that can revamp itself, right? Old logo pictured left, new logo on the right: The new design drastically deemphasizes Verizon’s signature red checkmark, moving it over to the right beside the “n.”
Amazon has been making real strides in its attempt to catch up to Netflix, and today the company is delivering a feature that arguably leapfrogs its streaming competitor in sheer utility: offline playback for both iOS and Android devices.
There was a time in the not-too-distant past where you couldn’t just open Spotify, your favorite torrent client, or iTunes and get hold of a song you wanted to hear. No, you had to obtain actual physical goods that they sold in things called stores.
Remember when Elon Musk said Tesla was working on a car charger “that automatically moves out from the wall and connects like a solid metal snake. For realz”? Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. It doesn’t really matter because now you can see a prototype in action, for realz – and on a “stuff of nightmares” scale of 1 to 10, it’s about a 6.5.
Designed for Hollywood, not consumers When Microsoft bought Nokia’s handset business in 2013, two big questions hovered above all. The first was “why?” and we never got a convincing answer: Microsoft wrote off $7.6 billion in Nokia costs this month, higher than the purchase price.
You’ve probably seen the photos by now: a massive wildfire caused an apocalyptic scene on Interstate 15 at the Cajon Pass in California yesterday. Dry conditions sparked the blaze at 2:30PM PT, and it quickly grew before crossing the freeway later that after afternoon and destroying over 20 vehicles.
After yesterday’s news that Facebook’s new chief security officer wants to set a date to kill Flash once and for all, today brings another nail in the coffin – Mozilla’s Firefox browser now blocks Adobe’s vulnerability-riddled software as standard.
From the very start, community has been at the heart of The Verge – we are unique among almost every major media brand of our size in having a vocal, engaged audience that cares deeply about what we cover, why we cover it, and how we do it.
Uber is laying down the law in China. The ride-hailing service has ordered its drivers in China not to participate in taxi protests in the city of Hangzhou, located in Eastern China. According to The Wall Street Journal , Uber has threatened to cancel its contracts with those who disobey its commands.
Harry Shearer, the voice of Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Otto, Smithers, and many more on The Simpsons, has apparently left the show. Shearer used Twitter to indicate that he wouldn’t be returning in upcoming seasons of the long, long-running cartoon, suggesting that his desire to work on other projects was the reason for the decision.
While the news that Fox was bringing back The X-Files may have seemed like a fan fever dream, it’s closer than ever – and now we know exactly when we’ll be able to see Fox Mulder and Dana Scully back in action.
has been coming back here and there over the past year, and today we’re finally getting a proper return for one of its biggest stars: Strong Bad. For the first time in almost six years, a Strong Bad Email segment has been released on Homestar Runner’s site – the last email segment was released in October 2009.
Super Mario 64 is still an amazing game, but nearly 20 years after it first launched on the Nintendo 64, it looks pretty dated. But with a little love, it can look amazing.
While Microsoft has dropped hints that the Internet Explorer brand is going away, the software maker has now confirmed that it will use a new name for its upcoming browser successor, codenamed Project Spartan. Speaking at Microsoft Convergence yesterday, Microsoft’s marketing chief Chris Capossela revealed that the company is currently working on a new name and brand.
Yesterday Tim Cook showed off all the things you can do with an Apple Watch. You can transmit your heartbeat and open your garage door; you can summon an Uber and peruse Instagram. Basically, you can do a lot of the things you can do on your phone, but on your wrist.
Google is splitting Google+ apart, breaking the social network’s photo element away from what it’s now calling “Streams.” Bradley Horowitz, a longtime Google VP of product, announced that he had become the new lead for both new products, Google Photos and Streams, in a post on Google+ today.
Net neutrality has won at the FCC. In a 3-to-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission today established a new Open Internet Order that implements strict net neutrality rules, including prohibitions on site and app blocking, speed throttling, and paid fast lanes.
Lenovo’s Superfish bug just went from bad to worse, as researchers have turned up an easy way to take advantage of the security flaws opened up by the pre-installed software. Superfish is present on Lenovo laptops sold between September 2014 and January 2015, although Lenovo says no Thinkpads were shipped with the software.
Most internet users don’t consider the protocols that underpin the web anymore than they do the stitching in their socks, but a major update to HTTP – the protocol that lets browsers download websites from servers – will affect everyone who goes online. After years in development, HTTP/2 has been formally approved.
Earlier this week, during a disappointing Tesla earnings call, Elon Musk mentioned in passing that he’d be producing a stationary battery for powering the home in the next few months. It sounded like a throwaway side project from someone who’s never seen a side project he doesn’t like.
Today, in a statement given to Wired , FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler revealed his plan to reclassify ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Telcommunications Act.