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Google's AI Just Did Something Nobody Thought Possible

Human beings who design intelligent computers have a long history of getting those computers to beat other humans at games to prove how great their …

The FCC Wants You To Choose Your Own Cable Box

To lower consumers’ cable bills and enhance innovation, federal regulators want companies to design and sell new types of set-top boxes.<p>Should consumers who pay for cable or satellite TV have an array of set-top options from which to choose? The head of the Federal Communications Commission thinks …

Telecoms

Lenovo thinks 'detachables' will be the next giant tech trend

The company is betting on a new technology trend it calls "detachables."<p>Lenovo is making products it calls "2-in-1" and "4-in-1" solutions. Instead of having to buy both a tablet and a computer, for example, their products allow users to convert one product into many.<p>Gerry Smith, Lenovo's Executive …

Skype hides IP addresses to protect users from online trolls

Let's be honest: it's pretty hard to find someone who will be genuinely happy for you when you win something. When it comes to online gaming, however, that probability falls to zero. Losing a multiplayer game leaves some people so angry that they'll go out of their way to force fellow players …

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Will Be A Very Different, Hulk-Filled Experience Than The Prior Films

Kevin Feige’s chat with Empire that revealed some tidbits about <i>Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2</i> — namely that big bad Thanos wouldn’t be making an appearance — also included some insights on what we can expect from <i>Thor: Ragnarok</i>, the third Marvel film scheduled for 2017. While he’s mum on any solid …

Get one of the best mobile games for free

The offer runs for the next three weeks<p>The Room series is one of the best collections of mobile games available and, to celebrate the release of <i>The Room Three</i>, the original will be given away on iOS until December 31.<p>"At Fireproof we'd always heard a mobile game had to be a casual, free to …

Mobile Gaming

Xbox One Likely Won't Be Microsoft's Last Console, Exec Says

The Xbox One most likely will not be the last console from Microsoft. That's according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who was asked in a new interview if he foresees a day when Xbox exists as an app, storefront, or brand only instead of an actual piece of hardware.<p>"No," Spencer told The Verge. "I fully …

Xbox

Xbox One 2015 Report Card - Game of the Year 2015

To mark the start of GameSpot’s Game of the Year 2015 series, over the following four days we will publish annual performance reviews of all the home game platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and PC.<p>We start with Microsoft’s once-divisive home console, which has undergone a striking …

Metal Gear

Sunken treasures from ancient Egypt heading to British Museum

More than 200 spectacular ancient Egyptian treasures buried beneath the Mediterranean seabed for more than 1,000 years are to travel to the British Museum for a blockbuster exhibition in 2016.<p>The museum announced a six-month show that will tell the remarkable story of two lost cities at the mouth …

Archaeology

A Mom’s Ruining Of Her Son’s ‘Netflix And Chill’ Will Take You Back To Your Own Teenage Frustration

This video, which may be too hilarious to be real, has certainly found an audience of more than 400,000 viewers in only a day. The clip also rose to prominence on Reddit under the guise of a mom’s interruption of her son’s “Netflix and Chill.” For those who aren’t aware, that’s millennial speak for …

USB-C just took a big step toward becoming the port of the future

The dream of a one-cable future is looking a little more real now that newer, better USB Type-C ports are here.<p>You may remember USB-C — the small, …

Microsoft's newest app turns anyone into a programmer

As software continues to eat the world, there's more demand than ever for mobile apps in every facet of our lives.<p>But while the consumer app market just keeps growing and growing, the number of business apps just isn't keeping pace. Meanwhile, users are stuck using their old legacy software, tied …

Raspberry Pi Zero is a tiny computer that costs only $5

When Raspberry Pi first arrived in 2012, it was revolutionary not because of its computing power — although, for a credit card-sized PC, it was …

Here's everything coming to Netflix in December that you should watch

Other originals include two comedy specials, an Adam Sandler-led comedy film, and a documentary crime series.<p>The final season of "Parenthood" is also making its way to the site, as well as all seven seasons of Showtime's "Nurse Jackie."<p>Here's everything you should check out come December on Netflix:<p>…

Entertainment

Here's why RBS is using Facebook to replace company emails

If you've never heard of Facebook at Work, don't worry. Facebook is trialing the software, which competes against Slack (a buzzy messaging client for teams), email, Microsoft's Yammer (a Skype-like messaging client) and others, on a small number of companies before making it available to …

Why Red Dead Redemption Isn't Playable on Xbox One...Yet

Microsoft has spoken out to explain why Red Dead Redemption, among other Xbox 360 games, are not playable on Xbox One through backwards compatibility--at least not yet. As you might have guessed, it likely has something to do with licensing agreements.<p>"After the technological breakthrough that got …

Red Dead Redemption

Weekly Recap: PS4 Outsells Xbox One Again, Kojima Leaves Konami, High-Power PS4 Model

<b>THE BIG STUFF:</b><p><b>PS4 Tops Xbox One in September US Sales:</b> Sony's PlayStation 4 was the top-selling console in the US during September, the company announced this week as part of the monthly NPD report. The Xbox One was no slouch, though, as sales grew year-over-year and the platform continues to …

Virtual Reality

HTC's One A9 is a $399 iPhone running Android 6.0

The HTC One M9 introduced earlier this year was a disappointment, both to fans of high-end smartphones and, consequently, to HTC itself. Stung by criticism of that device's camera and feeling an ever-greater urgency to change its ways, the Taiwanese company today introduces its second hero handset …

Microsoft is launching an Apple Wallet competitor to fix a big problem with Windows 10

"Windows is going to have a wallet concept. You've seen it on phones before. We're going to continue to iterate it," Microsoft Corporate VP of Windows Joe Belfiore told The Verge.<p>It seems like a small thing, but it has the potential to make some waves for Microsoft.<p>Belfiore also hinted that Windows …

Dell Chromebook 13 review: We have almost zero complaints

When Chromebooks first made their appearance in 2011, I didn’t see myself ever becoming a part of the product’s target audience. I need something with a hard drive that can play games. I also need it to work like a tablet so that I can work on digital art.<p>But in the past year or so, Google’s suite …

Consumer Tech

Malicious adware's latest trick is replacing your whole browser

On Friday, infosec celebrity Swift on Security pointed out a new piece of adware called the "eFast Browser." It does the kind of malicious crap that we've all seen quite often over the years: throwing pop-up and pop-under ads on your screen, putting other ads into your web pages, pushing you toward …

A $1.5 billion startup that’s been hiring a bunch of ex-Salesforce execs is growing like crazy

The company's been making a lot of headlines for its growth and predictive technology, but it's also known for its recent hiring spree — particularly for bringing in a bunch of executives who were once a major part of Salesforce, the $50 billion cloud software maker.<p>In the past year alone, …

Startups

Halo 5 Multiplayer Bans, Skill Ranking System, Medals, and More Outlined

With just 10 days to go before the release of Halo 5: Guardians, Microsoft has now announced more details about the game's multiplayer component regarding its ban policy, skill ranking system, medals, and more.<p>First up is Halo 5's ban policy. In an effort to "maintain the quality of the Arena …

Halo

Steam Machines: First impressions, The Specs, Prices, and Release Dates

With Valve's various Steam Machines launching next month, gamers will finally be able get to their hands on these compact gaming PCs. To help you get the full details before you potentially take the plunge, we've compiled all the Steam Machine's first wave details you need to know!<p>This collection …

Computer Hardware

A $1.5M Kickstarter Project Fails, Leaving Most Backers Without Their 3D Printer

Pirate3D Inc raised nearly $1.5M on Kickstarter in 2013, promising a 3D printer that anyone can use. A total of 3,520 backers pledged money to the project including 3,389 who pledged over $300 to eventually get a printer. But as of now, 60 percent of the orders have still not been fulfilled and it …

Discovery of 47 teeth in Chinese cave changes picture of human migration out of Africa

Forty-seven smooth teeth dug out of a cave in southern China reveal that <i>Homo sapiens</i> may have arrived there 80,000 years ago — long before humans were able to leave their mark on northern China or Europe.<p>The findings, published this week in the journal Nature, may compel researchers to reconsider …

Anthropology

Apple faces $862M fine after losing processor patent dispute

A federal jury has ruled that Apple infringed on a patent held by the University of Wisconsin relating to chips the company uses in its iPhones and iPads.<p>Apple could be forced to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars in damages after losing a patent lawsuit over its processors.<p>The case relates to …

iPhone

Smart grenade launcher set for 'final tests' with US Army

<b>A computerised weapon designed to attack enemies protected by walls or otherwise sheltered is set to be tested by the US Army early next year.</b><p>The XM25 "smart grenade launcher" lets combatants set its ammunition to explode when it reaches a set distance.<p>It means a grenade can be set to go off just …

Thor: Ragnarok Could Take Darker Tone, With Hulk Playing Major Part

There's no fewer than four new Marvel movies in the pipeline before the next Thor movie arrives in late 2017, but already some details have emerged about the hammer-wielding Avenger's third standalone adventure.<p>BMD are reporting that <i>Thor: Raganrok</i> will be a "dark, serious" movie that focuses upon …

Construction

Halo 5 Dev Talks Free DLC, Attracting New Players, and Fair Microtransactions

Developer 343 Industries has taken a different approach in making Halo 5: Guardians. The Xbox One-exclusive shooter was first announced in 2013, and since then the studio has taken ample steps to ensure the game will have a trouble-free launch, having already gone through several beta testing …

Halo