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18 Gmail settings that will change how you think about your inbox

Make your inbox more efficient and effective with these easily overlooked options.<p>When it comes to managing email, you need every advantage you can get.<p>Google recognizes this. The company has packed Gmail with dozens of advanced options that can save you time and add powerful possibilities into …

Google

Google’s Duplex wants to normalize bots speaking for humans

At Google’s I/O developer conference this week there was a lot of news to unpack, but the story that seems to have captured people’s imagination — or fueled their nightmares — is Duplex, the AI that enables Google Assistant to make phone calls for you.<p>In the demo, Google Assistant goes back and …

Facebook is full of could-be CEOs — but no one ever leaves

“The stakes are more intense than ever.”<p>This month was the perfect month to leave Facebook.<p>The social giant, which has been under fire over the past 18 months because of Russia or Cambridge Analytica or Myanmar or one of numerous other company oversights, shuffled its executive deck in a major way. …

Social Media

Google’s Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley social engineering

This internal video from 2016 shows a Google concept for how total data collection could reshape society<p>Google has built a multibillion-dollar business out of knowing everything about its users. Now, a video produced within Google and obtained by <i>The Verge</i> offers a stunningly ambitious and …

Social Issues

A Spanish Architect Converts a Cement Factory Into a Breathtaking Home and Headquarters

With La Fábrica, architect Ricardo Bofill reimagines a ruin from Barcelona’s industrial age.<p>In the mid-1970s, architect Ricardo Bofill transformed the abandoned Sansón Cement Factory, which is five miles outside Barcelona in the village of Sant Just Desvern, into his home and the headquarters for …

Architecture

Gordon Ramsay can now swear at your cooking through an Amazon Echo

Amazon’s Alexa ad was the biggest winner of this year’s Super Bowl outside the greater Philadelphia area. The company spilled the beans early, but the spot still managed to drum up the biggest response of the night (outside of some very unfortunate choices from automakers). The silly 90-second …

Amazon Echo

Jeff Bezos’ guide to life

Here are Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ tips about inspiration, work-life balance, and how to be an inventor. Oh, and how it felt getting doused with champagne at his rocket landing. The world’s richest person displayed an unprecedented level of candor during an interview at invite-only getaway Summit …

Space Travel

Frost is a chill new iPhone puzzle game to zone out to

Control swarms of glittering light with your fingers<p>There’s a certain breed of game that just fits perfectly on your phone. Games that look beautiful, with pleasing visuals and serene sounds, that can lull you into a trance while you zone out with some headphones on. Think titles like <i>Alto’s</i> …

Winding Tree is the new kid on the blockchain set on disrupting Airbnb and Expedia

Bitcoin and Ethereum may be the stars of the cryptocurrency story, but the real hero is the technology behind them: blockchain. Platforms like Winding Tree, which is operated by a non-profit out of Switzerland, are using the blockchain to disrupt industries.<p>Essentially there are two ways that …

Blockchain

Fast, Secure Blockchain Tech From An Unexpected Source: Microsoft

Microsoft is aiming to make shared ledger transactions safe enough for its stalwart corporate clients.<p>The networks behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and Ethereum were built with mistrust in mind. After all, virtual currency users have every reason to believe that others on the network are trying …

Blockchain

Behind the scenes with Tezos, a new blockchain upstart

Alice Lloyd George Contributor<p>Alice Lloyd George is an investor at RRE Ventures and the host of Flux, a series of podcast conversations with leaders in frontier technology.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>A conversation with Dean Kamen on the myth of “Eureka!”<br>• Using drones to build the ambulance fleet …

Cryptocurrency

Todoist's Slack competitor is for people who hate constant notifications

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Apps

How chatbots are pumping up customer service

It’s no secret that in this instant gratification economy, customers demand immediate responsiveness from brands and expect fast and reliable customer service across all channels.<p>Customer care is moving quickly to keep up with evolving technological opportunities and companies are under constant …

The secret origin story of the iPhone

An exclusive excerpt from The One Device<p><i>This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each other. Ahead of that anniversary,</i> Motherboard <i>editor Brian Merchant embarked on an investigation to</i> …

Microsoft launches new IoT services for the enterprise

Microsoft is launching IoT Central today, a new Internet of Things (IoT) service that gives enterprises a fully managed solution for setting up their IoT deployments without needing the in-house expertise necessary for deploying a cloud-based IoT solution from scratch. It’s basically …

Internet of Things

Watch this all-electric "flying car" take its first test flight in Germany

Watch this all-electric ‘flying car’ take its first test flight in Germany<p>Lilium Jet claims its can reduce travel headaches with a network of vertical take-off and landing aircraft

Flying Car

Facebook announces React Fiber, a rewrite of its React framework

Facebook has completely rewritten React, its popular JavaScript library for building user interfaces. The company hasn’t previously talked much about React Fiber, as the project is called, but it has actually been working on it for a while. It’s now ready to talk about this project publicly in more …

JavaScript

Will Blockchain Technology Be the Ultimate Disrupter? Harvard Says Yes

Say goodbye to the middleman for your financial transactions. Blockchain technology will change the way you do everything.<p>"Imagine a technology that could preserve our freedom to choose for ourselves and our families, to express these choices in the world, and to control our own destiny, no matter …

Blockchain

No Echo required: Alexa is coming to Amazon’s iPhone app

Amazon is about to let anyone with an iPhone talk to its Alexa virtual assistant. By pressing the microphone button in Amazon’s shopping app, users will be able to purchase items, play music, check the weather, ask trivia questions, and control smart home devices by voice. (Some of those skills …

Sony’s crazy projector that turns any surface into a touchscreen is going on sale this year

It’s called the Xperia Touch, is powered by Android, and will cost around $1,600<p>Over the past couple of years, Sony has shown off a number of experimental products designed for the home. Now, though, one of them is actually going on sale: the newly christened Xperia Touch — an Android projector …

Google Play

The bull case for Snapchat

Sibjeet Mahapatra Contributor<p>Sib Mahapatra is a growth consultant, entrepreneur and writer based in San Francisco.<p>Before I make a product-driven case for Snap Inc. achieving a $100 billion market cap by 2020, I should note that I’ve been a Snapchat bear for much of the company’s existence. That guy …

Social Media

IMAX’s first virtual reality arcade is here and it is beautiful

Has IMAX cracked the code to mainstream VR?<p>With headsets like the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR finally shipping out to customers, 2016 was supposed to be the year virtual reality finally went mainstream. But things haven’t exactly worked out that way, and in 2017, all eyes are now on …

Lightlines are humanity's latest attempt to protect smartphone zombies

The city of Bodegraven in the Netherlands is testing "Plus Lightlines" (+Lichtlijn, in Dutch) to alert distracted smartphone users at road crossings. The pilot project puts an embedded strip of illuminated LEDs in the sidewalk, thus placing it in the line of sight of people staring at their phones. …

Social Media

Exclusive: The Caavo streaming box is built on a gamechanging machine vision for TV

Something huge is happening here<p>The Caavo TV box was announced yesterday in an live demo with <i>The Verge</i>’s own Lauren Goode and Walt Mossberg at Code Media — it’s not <i>exactly</i> a streaming box, but rather a universal control system for every other streaming box you might have. You can plug in an Apple …

Elon Musk could soon share more on his plan to help humans keep up with AI

In nearly the same breath as he shared updates on his plans to dig tunnels, Elon Musk also noted he’s looking to hopefully share more on his progress with developing a “neural lace” next month. That’s a technical term for direct cortical interface, and it’s something that the SpaceX and Tesla CEO …

Tesla

Opera made a new web browser called Neon to try out weird ideas

Opera released a new web browser today called Neon that’s meant to try out a bunch of untested design ideas. Neon isn’t close to being ready to replace your main web browser — it’s being called a “concept browser” — but it does have some neat ideas that are fun to try out and, in some cases, you …

Sennheiser’s new earbuds record 3D audio using just an iPhone

Binaural on the go<p>You <i>could</i> use Sennheiser’s newest pair of earbuds to listening to music. But what the wired Ambeo Smart Surround earbuds are really about is recording binaural, or three-dimensional, audio — the kind of thing that typically required big, weird, ear-shaped rigs. Sennheiser hasn’t …

Willow's smart breast pumps slide into moms' bras

Smart breast pumps aren't novel, but a new product relieves moms from the hassle of having to hold up a device or be chained to a power outlet while pumping. Willow's smart breast pumps are two individual motorized cups that mothers can slip into their nursing bras and go about other tasks instead …

How to fix agile teams that are notoriously bad at hitting release dates

Many of today’s best software companies tout agile development as a way to release software early and often, as longer-term planning can be more heavily impacted by project unknowns.<p>Yet why do IT projects using agile still consistently hit delays and exceed budgets? Our development team was able to …

Project Management

Osmo raises $24 million from Sesame, Mattel and other big names in toys and education

Hardware kits, internet-connected toys and robots that teach kids to code are now commonplace. But Osmo, an early entrant in IoT toys, is pulling ahead of the pack with funding and partnerships with top names in the field.<p>Specifically, Osmo has raised $24 million in new venture funding from Mattel, …

Kids