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What happened to Apple design?

Unapologetically bad<p>Apple today announced its very own battery cases for the iPhone 6 and 6S. And where Apple design chief Jony Ive and crew may have seen a practical way to improve the devices' longevity, the rest of the world saw a terribly designed case — one that makes your smartphone look as …

Some e-cigarette flavors contain chemical linked to 'popcorn lung' disease

Some flavored electronic cigarettes may contain a chemical flavoring linked with a severe lung disease. The chemical, diacetyl, was found in over 75 percent of flavored e-cigs and refill liquids tested by Harvard researchers, along with two other compounds that are potentially harmful to human …

Too many US schools are failing sex ed

Teenagers are having sex — and they should know how to protect themselves<p>In most of the US, fewer than half of US high schools teach all the sex ed topics the CDC recommends, according to an agency report. Only 20 percent of middle schools do. About a third of teens ages 14 and 15 in the US say …

Tim Cook is bitter that Google is beating Apple in the classroom

He calls Chromebooks 'test machines'<p>Tim Cook isn't very impressed with Chromebooks, and in an interview with <i>BuzzFeed News</i> today, he seemed to brush off the fact that they're fast becoming more prevalent than Macs and iPads in classrooms. Though he didn't mention them by name, Apple's CEO implied …

Sacha Baron Cohen revives Borat to diss Donald Trump

Is Kazakhstan's most notorious fictional journalist still funny a decade later?<p>It's hard to believe it's been almost a decade since <i>Borat</i>, the satirical mockumentary that won Sacha Baron Cohen a Golden Globe and made it impossible to walk down the street without hearing someone yelp, "My wife! Very …

Google Photos’ new shared albums aren’t designed for a social world

You can't like them<p>Google is tired of Apple getting all the glory when it comes to photo sharing. Today, the company introduced a feature in its Google Photos app that’s designed to compete with Apple’s popular iCloud Photo Sharing. It's available for iOS, Android and the web. That cross-platform …

The flagship smartphone is dead

The demise of terrible phones has made all phones exceptional<p>We used to live in simpler times. Five years ago, there was only one iPhone, one Palm Pre, one Nokia N8, and one Xperia X10. Each mobile company’s flagship phone was readily identifiable. But then 2011 and the inexorable rise of Android …

Inside Faraday Future, the secretive car company chasing Tesla

Inside a suburban Los Angeles industrial building that once served as an R&D facility for Japanese automotive giant Nissan, natural midday light spills through the windows. Today, a very different company occupies this space. I arrive at lunchtime. It's catered, in true startup fashion — there’s no …

T-Mobile threatens smartwatch company over its use of magenta

T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom AG is once again waving its magenta trademark around and threatening companies who dare use any bright pink hue to market their products and services, this time targeting smartwatch producer OXY.<p>According to an OXY blog post, the German telecom sent the …

Fargo creator Noah Hawley is working on a Cat's Cradle TV series

Showrunner Noah Hawley has had remarkable success with his television adaptation of <i>Fargo</i>, and now he's working on turning another well-known work into TV: Kurt Vonnegut's <i>Cat's Cradle</i>. According to <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i>, Hawley is developing a limited series for FX based on the novel, which he will …

The Chromebit turns any old monitor or TV into a computer for $85

Asus and Google have finally started selling the Chromebit, a candybar-sized Chrome OS computer that retails for a measly 85 bucks. You can plug it into any HDMI port, hook up the power cable and a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, then kaboom: instant computer.<p>We've become familiar with Chromebooks. …

A designer’s take on the iPad Pro

The reviews are out on iPad Pro, and they address how big it is, whether it’s worth the price, and whether it can or can’t replace a laptop for average consumers. But as a design director at Vox Media, I was more interested in whether I could run all of the apps I normally use on it.<p>In a lot of …

Watch the Bob Ross of engineering dispel the myth of high-res audio

What a difference a DAC makes<p>I've spent the past month reviewing a pair of smartphones with one thing in common: great audio. First came the HTC One A9, capable of upscaling 16-bit recordings to 24-bit and powering high-end headphones with an especially potent integrated amplifier. Then I spent …

The Weeknd is teaming up with Pax Labs to create the ultimate fashion vape

I can't hit my vape when I'm with you / but I love it<p>Fancy smoking startup Pax Labs is releasing a limited-edition version of its popular Pax 2 vaporizer, one designed in collaboration with debauched pop prince The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye). The Madness Tour Limited Edition Pax is a little more …

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Google's security audit of the Galaxy S6 Edge illustrates Android's vulnerability

The Project Zero team at Google, tasked with discovering severe bugs and exploits in Android, recently turned its attention to Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone, and its findings, published this week, have identified "11 high-impact security issues" with the handset. Samsung's email client and …

Google says EU antitrust charges don't take into account that search is free

New 130-page response suggests it's going to be a long fight<p>Earlier this year, the European Union accused Google of monopolistic practices, alleging that, among other things, it unfairly prioritized its comparison shopping service when users searched for things to buy. Google has since commented on …

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Mossberg: It's time for Google to make its own hardware

Nexus should be pure Google<p>Welcome to Mossberg<i>, a new weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Re/code by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an Executive Editor at The Verge and Editor at Large of Re/code.</i><p>It's Nexus time again, the time each year when Google ships its hero …

Cibele is a game about the muddled reality of video games and online love

If the name Nina Freeman is familiar to you, it might be because of <i>How Do You Do It</i>, a short and clever game about making dolls collide in ways that may or may not resemble sex. Freeman’s new game <i>Cibele</i>, released this week, is a more ambitious project, a semi-autobiographical story about falling in …

Dell Chromebook 13 review

Google’s Chromebook Pixel is the ultimate Chromebook. It’s easily the most powerful, capable, and beautiful Chromebook. But at $999, it’s also an impractical product. Even if you’ve got the cash to burn, spending so much on a laptop that lives and dies by the web browser is a hard sell. I’ve got …

A brief history of Popcorn Time, the piracy service everyone’s watching

Most of us think of Netflix when we think of streaming movies and TV shows, but over the past year and a half, a competitor has emerged: one that's almost as easy to use, doesn't charge a thing, and — you guessed it — steals everything it streams. That new service is called Popcorn Time, and it's …

Amazon made a huge plastic box called Snowball so people can ship data to the cloud

Backing data up to the cloud is pretty fast for most of us since we're syncing small files, but it can be a hugely time-consuming process if you're backing up something bigger, say, an <i>entire data center</i>. So Amazon has come up with a solution: essentially a big ugly box that holds 50TB of storage …

Microsoft shows that backwards compatibility is forward thinking

We've already talked about the triumph that was Microsoft's launch event yesterday, but I want to touch on one of the subtler aspects of it that might have gone unnoticed: the relationship between the new Surface Pro 4 and the incumbent Surface Pro 3. Yes, there actually is one, and it extends far …

Scientists can draw very different meanings from the same data, study shows

Crowdsourcing research 'gives space to dissenting opinions'<p>Giving the same information to multiple scientific teams can lead to very different conclusions, a report published today in <i>Nature</i> shows. And that's exactly why two researchers think scientists should share their data with others — well …

Altering how sperm develop could lead to a reversible male birth control

Blocking a certain protein in male mice prevented the rodents from impregnating any females<p>It may be possible to create male birth control by altering how sperm develop, according to new research published this week in <i>Science</i>. Researchers blocked a protein that plays a role in sperm production — …

Elon Musk-backed SolarCity claims to have built industry's most efficient solar panel

SolarCity — the leading installer of residential solar panels in the US — announced today in Times Square that the company has built the industry's most efficient solar panel, Reuters reports. The panel converts sunlight into electricity with a 22.04 percent efficiency, according to third-party …

Editorial: I Used The Pixel C, And It Seems Like A Pretty Bad Idea

There's no denying that the increased performance:power consumption ratio of CPUs has been benefiting laptops and tablets alike of late. Microsoft's …

Dell is also building its own Microsoft Surface clone

Dell already makes one of the best Windows laptops you can buy, and now it seems the company is working up its own rival for Microsoft's Surface tablet. Leaked slides show a new PC that Dell apparently plans to call the XPS 12. It's a tablet that magnetically latches onto a stand-alone keyboard, …

How to be human: talking through a marriage-threatening porn addiction

<i>Leah Reich</i> <i>was one of the first internet advice columnists. Her column "</i><i>Ask Leah</i><i>" ran on IGN, where she gave advice to gamers for two and a half years. During the day, Leah is Slack’s user researcher, but her views here do not represent her employer. You can write to her at askleah@theverge.com.</i><p><b>Hi</b> …

T-Mobile introduces Video Calling that's built directly into phone software

T-Mobile is known as the Uncarrier, as it’s garnered a reputation for taking steps to shake up the wireless industry and take risks that other …

Review: Pac-Man 256 is fine time with the original Maze Runner

Endless runner games are a dime a dozen these days. With respect to some of them, the graphical approach or design aesthetics are so nice that it’s a shame they couldn’t be adapted for a more traditional platformer or action title. One recent game that stood out was Crossy Road, a somewhat modern …