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3D printing breathes new life into old inventions

The US Patent and Trademark Office may be the key battleground in today's high-tech lawsuits, but it's also home to a trove of inventions that have fallen into the public domain. Now patent lawyer Martin Galese is trying to bring some 21st century tech to the charming ideas patented in the 19th and …

This MS Paint maestro is 97 years old and legally blind

In an age of widespread vector illustration and Cintiq tablets you’d be hard pressed to find someone clinging to Microsoft Paint, but for 97-year-old Hal Lasko, it’s the only way to create. The video below was created by Josh Bogdan and Hal’s grandson, Ryan Lasko, and it takes a look at the …

Everything you need to know about PRISM

Since September 11th, 2001, the United States government has dramatically increased the ability of its intelligence agencies to collect and investigate information on both foreign subjects and US citizens. Some of these surveillance programs, including a secret program called PRISM, capture the …

Garmin's portable HUD puts your navigation on any car's windshield

Garmin has officially announced the HUD, a portable heads-up display unit for vehicles that can receive navigation instructions from a smartphone and display them on any car's windshield. Paired with a transparent film that sticks to the window or a dedicated reflector lens, the HUD is designed to …

Siri, make it so: what designers can learn from sci-fi interfaces

Even though interfaces, devices, and controls in movies and TV shows are often visible just long enough to drive the story forward, many have achieved pop culture immortality, ranging from <i>Star Trek</i>'s communicator and the <i>WarGames</i> WOPR computer to the Terminator HUD, and of course, HAL. Nathan …

The Verge Book Club podcast: William Gibson's 'Neuromancer'

"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."<p>This month we're reading Margaret Atwood's Booker Award-winning novel, The Blind Assassin. But just a few hours ago, Adi and I sat down with our old friend Joshua Topolsky to talk about William Gibson's cyberpunk classic,</i> …

UX Spotlight: Behind the scenes of Tumblr’s design process

A quick look at how UI features are developed by designers and engineers.<p>New York City noise blares right outside Tumblr’s office in the Flat Iron …

The Weekender: saving websites, building startups, and looking up into the Large Hadron Collider

The best of the week gone by<p>Welcome to <i>The Verge</i>: Weekender edition. Every Saturday, we'll bring you some of the best and most important reads of the past seven days, from original reports, to in-depth features, to reviews and interviews. Think of it as a collection of some of our favorite pieces …

What is a next-gen game?

This November, the Xbox 360 will be eight years old. The PlayStation 3 will be seven. At the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo, we finally got acquainted with their successors. The new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 represent a new generation of consoles, the fabled "next generation," and with them …

The man behind famous 'Minority Report' interface is back for 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Jorge Almeida has made his name designing the futuristic user interfaces of action and science fiction movies, most notably the extremely influential <i>Minority Report.</i> His work also appears in the recently released <i>Star Trek Into Darkness</i>, and he's spoken to <i>Inventing Interactive</i> about the process, his …