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Small but beautiful: the Quad VA-One integrated valve amplifier

Of all the unintended consequences wrought by the craze for quality headphones, a boost for traditional hi-fi was not anticipated. Everything about the new wave of headphones mitigated against any benefits for the audiophile market, even if high-end headphones were selling in the thousands. The …

The OnePlus 3 proves there’s no reason why smartphones should cost so much

It’s becoming less and less apparent why high-end smartphones need to cost so much.<p>A brand new, unlocked, iPhone 6S starts at $649, and a Samsung Galaxy S7 starts at $700. They’re both great phones, but other than brand names, it’s not entirely clear what you’re getting for your money, at least …

Phones

Bang & Olufsen's H6 are my new benchmark for portable headphones

<i>The best</i>. The ultimate superlative is one of those dicey things that tech reviewers shouldn't play around with, owing to how different everyone's needs and preferences are, but I'm sorely tempted to use it about Bang & Olufsen's updated Beoplay H6 ($299, sold under the B&O Play sub-brand) …

Audiophile

The first R-rated 'Batman' movie is coming out this month

One of the most famous — and controversial — Batman comics of all time is being made into a movie. In fact, the story is so dark, it's going to be the first-ever R-rated Batman film.<p>"Batman: The Killing Joke," an animated feature film adaptation of the original 1988 comic, is getting a special …

Comic Books

Buying an iPhone Right Now Is Just Plain Dumb

A few months of patience can really pay off.<p>If you’re thinking of buying an iPhone 6S or 6S Plus this summer, don’t do it. Unless your current device …

Mobile Technology

Android Nougat will stop password-reset ransomware

Ransomware shuts users out of their phones by changing the lock-screen password.<p>Android Nougat will come with a new security feature that prevents …

Android News

Google Now on Tap update adds app translation, barcode/QR scanner, and more

Building on a new text selection and search feature introduced last month, an update to Now on Tap adds the ability to translate foreign languages found in any app. On Tap can now also read QR and bar codes, as well as suggest interesting articles and videos as part of a new Discover feature.<p>The …

Fallout 4 patch 1.6 adds 300 new names for Codsworth and fixes major bugs

Bethesda released a new patch for Fallout 4 today and it's standout features are adding 300 names for Codsworth and fixing a bug that caused player …

Bose’s QuietComfort headphones go wireless without missing a beat

Bose took its damn time.<p>It’s not always the wisest policy in this fast-moving world of consumer electronics, but as countless competitors pushed past to bring wireless noise cancelling headphones to market, the audio company whose name has long been synonymous with active noise canceling bided its …

Consumer Tech

How to tell if your Android phone has the HummingBad malware

HummingBad is bad news. Luckily you can find out if you're affected and do something about it.<p>Bad news: a malicious app has taken hold of about 10 million Android phones around the world, and it's creepy.<p>Security specialist Check Point says the software, called HummingBad, can take root in your …

Apps

Release: PS4 Linux. Steam + Emulators + office out of the box

This is not SteamOS on the PS4, but this is still the real deal. /Talk member D-ecks, who’s provided us with a great tutorial on how to install Linux …

Linux

Blu claims this phone's battery will last for three days

The Blu Energy XL<p>Blu has released a new smartphone called the Energy XL, which the company says will last three full days on a single charge. The Energy XL is fitted with a truly massive 5,020mAh battery which Blu says is rated for 72 hours of standard usage and over 30 days of standby. In …

Mobile Technology

Create a free, multi-room home monitoring system with unused Android devices

There's a good chance that you have an old, unused Android smartphone or tablet collecting dust in a box or your desk drawer. You could sell it and …

Google Play

The next Iron Man will be black teenager Riri Williams

With <i>Civil War II</i> now off to the races, Marvel is gearing up for its next big shake-up. <i>Time</i> reports that, by the end of the event, Tony Stark will pass the mantle of Iron Man to 15-year-old Riri Williams, a young genius, former MIT student, and the first young black woman to don the armor. (She …

Comics

Someone at Nintendo Thought Wii U Would Sell 100 Million Units

In September 2015, a report claimed that Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima predicted--before he was named as Satoru Iwata's successor--that the Wii U would "fail." Now, the executive has clarified that, saying he "never made any pessimistic comments" about the Wii U.<p>During Nintendo's latest …

How Mobile Internet Actually Works

In some ways, the internet actually <i>is</i> a series of tubes. Some cell phone and internet companies might like you to think that your mobile internet …

Internet of Things

Brother of Pablo Escobar wants to be first to see next season of Netflix's 'Narcos'

The late drug kingpin's sibling submits a "formal, friendly request" to Netflix to see the show before it airs.<p>Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, brother of Pablo Escobar, has asked Netflix to let him preview the upcoming season of its original series " Narcos."<p>"I am submitting a formal, friendly …

Pablo Escobar

How to install and set up Authy for two-factor authentication on your Android

Using two-factor authentication is a great way to protect yourself and your data. It's also fairly easy to do once you get used to having an extra …

The first UWP app for Xbox One is the new Blu-ray Player app | On MSFT

Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console has had the capability to run Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps for a few months now ever since it …

Apps

Superhero anime One-Punch Man coming to Adult Swim

The hero for fun has his English debut<p>This past weekend at Anime Expo, Viz Media announced that their acclaimed anime <i>One-Punch Man</i> will receive an English-language dub, premiering July 16 on Adult Swim.<p>The series, which initially began as a webcomic, parodies many tropes of superhero and martial …

13 Superhero Movie/TV Replacement Actors That Improved On The Original

Occasionally, actors just don’t work out. Sometimes, like with “Arrow’s” Vixen, played by Megalyn E.K., scheduling gets in the way. Other times …

Comics

Strip club baron’s abandoned ‘Swingers’ Palace’ will give you nightmares

Take a peek around this abandoned swingers’ pad, where the pool’s all dried up and the party finished a long time ago.<p>The Swingers’ Tiki Palace is …

Samsung's world-first UFS memory cards are blazing fast

We've heard arguments for and against removable storage on smartphones, but we can all agree on the fact that the more the merrier. And we're not just talking about memory space here, as the speed becomes more crucial when it comes to capturing higher video resolutions on our smartphones and …

Here's Literally 16 Animated DC Movies You Should Just Go Watch Right Now

In the lead-up to the release of The Killing Joke, we take a look at some highlights of the lesser-known DC movies.

Sony May Be Preparing To Finally Let You Play PC Games With Your PlayStation Controllers

For years now, people who wanted to play action-heavy games on a PC basically had two choices – use an Xbox controller, or take your chances with some sort of sketchy third-party option. But what about folks who (rightfully) prefer the feel of a PlayStation controller? The ol’ DualShock is the way …

iPhone display maker takes hit as Samsung steals OLED orders

The rumors that Samsung is ramping up its OLED facilities bodes well for superior displays on next year’s iPhone refresh, but there’s one party that’s not quite so pleased: struggling Apple display maker Japan Display.<p>The reason? Because while other companies bet big on OLED, it seems that Japan …

Torbjorn is destroying Overwatch on console

We’ve all done it. Don’t sit here and pretend like you haven’t tried the six Tjorborn strategy. While this was a phase during beta and upon launch, …

Time I

Watch Dogs 2 Will Not Feature Ubisoft's Map-Unlocking Towers

Watch dogs, not watchtowers.<p>Watch Dogs 2 won't feature the map-unlocking towers familiar to players of Ubisoft's open world games.<p>Towers have been an …

Watch Dogs (Video Game)

Mossberg: HP aims at the Mac with super-slim laptop

Can PCs get healthy by dropping the gimmicks?<p>Welcome to Mossberg<i>, a weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Recode by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an Executive Editor at The Verge and Editor at Large of Recode.</i><p>For years, Apple’s Macintosh computers, while far from the …

MacBook Air