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Unexpected Lessons From ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

“A man watches a movie, and the critic must acknowledge that he is that man.” So wrote Robert Warshow, almost exactly 60 years ago, setting down what would become an unofficial motto for the profession. The idea that movies and other forms of popular culture could be subjected to serious critical …

Fifty Shades of Grey

This Tesla Model S Easter Egg Lets You Be James Bond

The Tesla Model S is one helluva car – but it can’t do everything. It can’t recharge as fast as you could fill a tank of gas. It can’t go over 155 miles per hour. Oh, and it can’t transform into a submarine and cruise around underwater.

With this awesome little easter egg, though, that last one …

James Bond

In Los Angeles, Stadiums Battle Heats Up

For years, the N.F.L. played cat and mouse with the city of Los Angeles. Every so often a team in, say, Minnesota, would threaten to move to L.A. in an effort to crowbar concessions out of its government leaders back home. Once the team got public financing, it stayed put.

To move the ball, AEG, the …

Los Angeles

Why Silicon Valley has a chance to dominate the auto industry

A 1985 article in the New York Times wondered what had happened to the fad of laptop computers, which had (the article claimed) been relatively …

Silicon Valley

Valve's big announcement should get you excited (and terrified) about virtual reality

We knew Valve would be showing some form of virtual reality something at this year's Game Developers Conference, but a surprise Sunday announcement blew the lid off the device and gave us more than enough details to get excited.

Here are a few reasons this is a very big deal.

The specs are …

Virtual Reality

Futures of text

When the weather is bad I take a bus to work. I’m forever grateful to the person at the bus stop who informed me that you can text New York’s MTA …


Apple Watch makes UK fashion magazine debut with three-page feature in Style

Following from features in fashion magazines in France and Germany, the Apple Watch has made its UK editorial debut in Sunday’s publication of Style. Although the Watch is not on the cover of the issue I received, there are four covers circulating — one of them features the Apple Watch as the cover …

United Kingdom

50 best things Warren Buffett told investors over past 50 years

We found 50 of the most memorable quotes from Buffett’s annual letters to shareholders. Read and enjoy.

Memorable quotes from past letters to shareholders

Warren Buffett

In Annual Letter, More Hints, but Still No Confirmation, of a Buffett Successor

Warren E. Buffett released his annual letter to shareholders on Saturday, expounding on business, reflecting on his 50 years assembling one of the world’s largest companies and adding to the growing tome of folk wisdom that has made him the rare beloved billionaire.

In it, he repeated previous …

Warren Buffett

Every Second Counts in Bid to Keep Sports Fans

On a summer evening in Sydney in January, two former Grand Slam champions, John McEnroe and Patrick Rafter, played an abbreviated version of tennis.

Rafter won the exhibition match by the strange and truncated score of 4-3, 4-1.

“It’s whatever the crowd wants; whatever TV wants,” Rafter said of the …


In 1982, Steve Jobs presented an amazingly accurate theory about where creativity comes from

Back in 1982, a 26-year-old Steve Jobs gave a speech upon receiving the "Golden Plate" award from the Academy of Achievement in Washington, D.C.

It was a chance for Jobs to talk to high-achieving youngsters about how to make their lives and the world better.

"If you're gonna make connections which

Steve Jobs

Gigantic Black Hole Discovered From the Dawn of Time

Astronomers find a cosmic monster that pushes theories of the early universe to the limit.

Astronomers have identified a mammoth black hole weighing as much as 12 billion suns.

It's not the biggest black hole ever found, but it's astonishingly young. The giant appears to have swelled to its enormous …


Lego Crosses The Digital Divide

Having learned from its own mistakes, Lego is embracing technology on its own terms, putting kids—and the fun of building—first.

With licensing agreements with Hollywood’s biggest franchises, a wildly successful film series of its own, and original product lines that have spawned television and …


Under Armour Turns Ambitions to Electronic Apparel, Monitoring Apps

Under Armour Inc. has some out-there ideas for your clothes.

The athletic gear company has been spending big to buy developers of apps to monitor personal fitness, aiming in the short term to sell more shirts and shoes. Longer term, Chief Executive Kevin Plank envisions a time when clothes …

Under Armour

Dolby dives into virtual reality with Atmos surround sound for VR

As the momentum behind virtual reality slowly continues to build we’re seeing more traditional movie companies dip their toes into the medium. Today Dolby is announcing a partnership with Jaunt that will bring its Atmos surround sound technology to the world of VR — and it may turn out that virtual …

Virtual Reality

NASA astronaut gives Leonard Nimoy the Vulcan salute from space

Leonard Nimoy's death this week hasn't just hit the entertainment world and Verge staffers hard. NASA astronaut Terry Virts tweeted a simple Spock tribute yesterday while aboard the International Space Station.

Virts' Vulcan salute is a symbol of Star Trek's lasting influence on space …


Final Cut Pro X finally gets some love from Hollywood

If you plan on seeing Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie this weekend, you will be watching the first major studio film edited entirely with Final Cut Pro X.

Originally criticized as “iMovie Pro” for its incredibly simplistic interface and feature set, Final Cut Pro X has managed to start …

Final Cut Pro

Dick Costolo Thinks It’s O.K. to Never Tweet

The C.E.O. of Twitter talks with Farhad Manjoo about how the platform plans to handle harassment, and why improv comedy is good management training.

In a recent earnings report, you said Twitter had 288 million active users a month — only a few million more than in the quarter before. Do you worry

Dick Costolo

Google machine learns to master video games

A machine has taught itself how to play and win video games, scientists say.

The computer program, which is inspired by the human brain, learned how to play 49 classic Atari games. In more than half, it was as good or better than a professional human player.

Researchers from Google DeepMind said this …


Meet Silvercar, The Startup Trying To Shake Up Airport Car Rental

No paperwork, no queuing at fluorescent-lit counters at midnight, and no bizarre pricing tricks. The Austin-based company is taking a shot at a stubbornly old-school industry.

The idea came, as so many have, on the golf course. Or it might have been in the clubhouse, just after a round a few years …

Car Rentals

Artificial Intelligence Goes to the Arcade

Artificial Intelligence Goes to the ArcadeA shaky video, recorded with a mobile phone and smuggled out of the inaugural First Day of Tomorrow …


For Bill O’Reilly and Fox News, a Symbiotic Relationship

Hours after the news broke that Brian Williams had misrepresented his account of a helicopter trip in Iraq, he issued an on-air apology. NBC News started an investigation, and within days had suspended Mr. Williams, calling his actions “wrong and completely inappropriate.”

When the magazine Mother …


Astronomers Find Supermassive Black Hole 12 Billion Times Size of the Sun

Astronomers say they have have discovered a black hole so big that it challenges the theory about how they grow. Scientists said this black hole was formed about 900 million years after the Big Bang. But with measurements indicating it is 12 billion times the size of the sun, the black hole …

Black Holes

Google network learns to play Space Invaders in breakthrough for artificial intelligence

The DQN network learned how to play classic video games including Space Invaders and Breakout without programming

Artificial intelligence has taken a major step forward after Google created a network which learned to play a range of computer games on its own without being pre-programmed.

The Deep Q …


‘Birdman’ Captures Best Picture Oscar

LOS ANGELES — For the third time in four years, Hollywood’s top honor went to a story mostly about itself: “Birdman” won best picture at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday night.

Despite relatively meager domestic ticket sales of $37.8 million, “Birdman” had been the favorite to win best picture, …

Neil Patrick Harris

Rivals Google and Apple Fight for the Dashboard

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — When Google hosted a boot camp here this month for its Android operating system, there were some new faces in the room: auto manufacturers.

They made the trip to learn about Android Auto, a new dashboard system meant to let a smartphone power a car’s center screen. Tasks as …


The money shot

AT THE peak of its popularity one copy of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy was being bought somewhere in the world every second. Last year E.L. …

Fifty Shades of Grey

Is the Many Worlds hypothesis just a fantasy?

In July 2011, participants at a conference on the placid shore of Lake Traunsee in Austria were polled on what they thought the meeting was about. …


Meet the tweet-deleters: people who are making their Twitter histories self-destruct

Advertisement Like most media workers, Matthew Lazin-Ryder, a Vancouver-based producer with CBC Radio, spends a fair amount of time on Twitter. When …