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Say hello (again) to the Nokia 3310

The rumors were true. The Nokia 3310 is back. Courtesy of new brand owner HMD, the phone is returning with a mixture of 3310 charm and some specification upgrades. The good news: it's cheap (around $50), it has Snake, those nostalgic ringtones of yesteryear and seems pretty darn indestructible …

Nokia

LG G6 ushers in a new era of smartphones with huge screens

How much bigger can your smartphone screen become? You're about to get the answer.<p>LG just announced a new flagship phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona — the LG G6. Although it's not all screen on the front, it's pretty damn close. And it's widely rumored that Apple and Samsung will also …

Phones

World gets thirst for British gin as exports hit record of nearly £500m

Foreign sales of spirit outperform those of British beef, with the US the biggest overseas market<p>Exports of British gin surged to record levels last year, reaching nearly £500m.<p>Figures from HM Revenue & Customs show exports of the juniper-based spirit rose by 12% to £474m, outperforming exports of …

Wine & Spirits

Weekly U.S. Oil Rig Count: Keep Drilling

Plenty of horizontal rigs added during the week.<p>Strong activity in the Permian.<p>Strong activity in the Eagle Ford basin.<p>Very strong activity, with ten …

Oil

The Market Is Overbought, But There Is Plenty Of Room In The Near Future

US growth is rock solid.<p>The market shows no mercy when it comes to short sellers. Another record close this week.<p>It doesn't harm to protect some …

Stocks

Nordic Tech 'Miracle' Delivers 30% Returns for $1 Billion Fund - Bloomberg

Ignoring its global mandate to invest in Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. is delivering top returns for this technology fund.<p>The Swedbank Robur Ny Teknik …

Wall Street

Nordstrom says Trump’s tweets after Ivanka’s collections were dropped didn’t hurt results

Getty Images<p>Nordstrom will invest more than $3 billion in the coming years in upgrades, including tech enhancements<p>The furore over Nordstrom’s decision to drop Ivanka Trump’s collection, and the president’s unhappy response, didn’t seem to hurt its bottom line.<p>During the company’s late-Thursday …

Markets

The $74 trillion global economy in one chart

The latest GDP numbers from the World Bank were released earlier this month, and today’s visualization from HowMuch.net breaks them down to show the relative share of the global economy for each country.<p>The full circle, known as a Voronoi Diagram, represents the entirety of the $74 trillion global …

Infographics

How The Rio Carnival Aided a Multi-Million Dollar Art Heist

In 2006, thieves took advantage of the bustle of the Rio Carnival, stealing five major works of art from a museum and ending up on the FBI’s Top Ten Art Crimes list.<p>As anyone who has ever watched a good art heist flick knows, the key is in the planning. First, you need to assemble a trustworthy …

Art

Overshadowed by Rodin, but his lover wins acclaim at last

Camille Claudel, tragic model and muse, gets the recognition she sought as a great sculptor<p>France is finally recognising the talent of the 19th-century sculptor Camille Claudel with the first national museum dedicated to her. It opens next month in Nogent-sur-Seine, 100km south-east of Paris, …

Art

Wireless Apple CarPlay will finally come to more cars

Apple's CarPlay in-vehicle infotainment system has been around since 2014 — and since then, it's been tethered to car dashboards by a Lightning connection like any another anonymous AUX cord.<p>It's not for any lack of trying on Apple's part — the company announced an update for wireless CarPlay …

iOS

New Nokia 3310 will have a color display, report says, so 'Snake' will look super dope

We may have a few more details about what the new version of Nokia's classic 3310 will look like.<p>The handset will ship with a color display and have feature phone capabilities, according to information from Chinese site Vtech, which claims to have leaked information about the upcoming handset.<p>The …

Phones

April the pregnant giraffe: live stream attracts millions – and YouTube censors

Giraffe in New York became an online celebrity as millions tuned in to watch her birth, but zoo ran into hiccups after alleged violation of YouTube’s nudity policy<p>April the pregnant celebrity giraffe continued to do well on Saturday as she awaited the arrival of her fourth calf – and a live stream …

Wildlife

Twitch lets you change your username now

Unlike one console service we can name ...<p>Twitch has made good on its community's most frequent request: Changing one's username. Whether the original one you chose now sucks, or you want to make it consistent with a gamertag on some other service, the choice is yours.<p>The feature was announced …

Gaming

BetterTouchTool is the best app for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar

In the months since Apple introduced the new MacBook Pro with its distinctive Touch Bar display above the laptop’s keyboard, more and more developers have updated Mac apps with support for the component, from Chrome to Evernote, from documentation app Dash to Instagram client Flume.<p>Typically, Touch …

Apple

5G phones are coming earlier than you thought

A standards body for the next-generation wireless network says it can hit a deadline of 2019 instead of 2020.<p>5G's coming -- and it will be here faster than predicted.<p>5G New Radio (5G NR), a flavor of the next-generation wireless network that's expected to be the global standard, should be available …

AT&T

The Facebook Algorithm Is Watching You

Here’s one way to confuse it.<p>You can tell a lot about a person from how they react to something.<p>That’s why Facebook’s various “Like” buttons are so powerful. Clicking a reaction icon isn’t just a way to register an emotional response, it’s also a way for Facebook to refine its sense of who you are. …

Facebook

ProBeat: SHA-1 encryption is shattered, so stop using it

OPINION:<p>Software’s biggest advantage is that innovations can be rapidly adopted. But that’s also its biggest downfall: It’s incredibly difficult for everyone to move on after that software is no longer deemed safe. SHA-1 is the latest example in a long list of technologies that needs to be …

Security

Alexa passes 10,000 skills — here are the top 10

Amazon today announced that there are now more than 10,000 Alexa skills available on devices like the Amazon Echo. By comparison, there were roughly 130 skills available last January, and Amazon surpassed the 5,000 mark just last November.<p>Skills have been created that allow you to order chicken …

Amazon Echo

Oscar Voting Is Engineered To Favor Movies Like ‘La La Land’

The Academy Awards are upon us, and with no more award shows left to give us a look inside the minds of voters, our points-for-wins model is all set …

La La Land

Humble Bundle raises more than $6.5M for charity

‘Cause I need freedom, too<p>Humble Bundle’s recent charitable effort, the Humble Freedom Bundle, was a major success. The company announced yesterday that it sold more than 200,000 units of the package, which included several acclaimed games and books, with a final tally of $6.43 million going …

PlayStation

Why we physically couldn’t write a John Wick Chronicles review

This isn’t what minimum spec should mean in VR<p>The plan was to write a full, scored review for <i>John Wick Chronicles</i> on the HTC Vive, but I physically wasn’t able to play long enough to finish the full game due to the low frame rate. The PC I was using met the game’s minimum specifications in all …

Virtual Reality

The Internet Is Freaking Out Over This Song Made from a Unicorn Drawing - Creators

Making music from image files (and vice-versa) has been a project of noise and glitch artists for years, but it normally yields a sort of cacophonous-yet-satisfying chaos. This is not the case with a picture of a Lisa Frank-status unicorn converted into a MIDI art composition by YouTube star Andrew …

Illusion

Cosmunity brings the geek convention experience online

Cosmunity is a new social network for people who want to keep the experience of Comic Con (or another geek event of your choosing) going all year long.<p>Co-founder and CEO Cole Egger recalled attending a Dallas Comic Con (now known as Fan Expo Dallas) and being “blown away by the size.” However, he …

Geek

How Apple CarPlay could completely disrupt the auto industry

Automakers have given up fighting Apple and Google and are now joining the tech giants.<p>General Motors has made Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available on its entire model lineup, and other automakers are quickly following that lead.<p>We got our first real taste of Apple CarPlay a while back, …

Transportation

Now you can send money internationally through Facebook Messenger

Sending money on Facebook is finally international.<p>A new bot released on Facebook Messenger on Sunday lets users send money to and from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia or Europe.<p>Powered by TransferWise, the bot completes money transfers and guides users through the …

Facebook

Verizon will pay $350 million less for Yahoo

Despite two massive security breaches, which saw over a billion user total accounts compromised, Verizon still wants to make Yahoo its own. Early reports suggested that the carrier has been seeking to reduce its $4.83 billion offer by $250 million, but the two parties announced today that they have …

Yahoo

World’s first rideable hoverbike looks cool as hell but will probably kill you

Or at least amputate your legs<p>Hoversurf, a Russian company that builds drones, posted a video last week showing off its latest prototype: the Scorpion-3, a single-seat, electric-powered hoverbike that looks cool as hell but probably won’t be ready for the X Games anytime soon.<p>The manufacturers say …

Drones

Trump is ditching the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Determining which music is the “most hipster” has long been plagued by ambiguous methodology, such as reading the comments on any single article ever posted about any band ever. While that can lead you to the safe, blanket conclusion that the mere act of listening to recorded sound is incredibly …

La La Land

This very distressed purple bird is derailing conversations across Facebook

His name is Trash Dove<p>Seemingly out of nowhere, every post on <i>The Verge’</i>s Facebook page (and several other Facebook pages, including <i>Vox</i>, <i>Polygon</i>, <i>Business Insider</i>, and I Fucking Love Science) has been flooded with GIFs of a purple bird who is not happy about what is going on. One <i>New York Times</i> article …

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