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Nintendo turns its first annual profit since 2011

Nintendo has turned its first annual profit following three years of consecutive losses. The Kyoto video games company made a slim operating profit of ¥24.8 billion (about $207 million) and a net profit of ¥41.8 billion ($350 million) off ¥549.8 billion ($4.6 billion) in revenue, making for the …

A third of new iPhone users in Europe are switching from Android

Apple's attempts to convince Android users to switch to iOS are having an effect in Europe. New data from Kantar WorldPanel shows that in the first quarter of 2015, close to 33 percent of new iPhone sales were to former Android users — something that Apple CEO Tim Cook boasted about during Apple's …

The best stylus for the iPad

The Winner<p>Sensu Artist Brush & Stylus<p>If you want the best stylus for iPad, one that won't be a hassle and will work every time, you should get Sensu's Artist Brush & Stylus. It's a small, sleek, and simple capacitive stylus that always makes the iPad react when you touch the screen. You can also …

State Department on Hillary Clinton's private email: 'that is not acceptable'

A representative of Clinton's own department says using a second email isn't standard procedure<p>Testifying at a Congressional hearing yesterday on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email address for official business, a senior State Department official said "the message is loud and clear that that …

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What happened to Windows 9? This Microsoft T-shirt keeps the mystery alive

Why is there no Windows 9? What happened to Windows 9? It’s a mystery that haunts Windows 10 to this day, but Microsoft has an answer. Kind of.<p>During Microsoft’s Build developer conference last week, several Microsoft employees, including Joe Belfiore, were seen wearing a special blue T-shirt …

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Flickr redesigns web and mobile apps to create a powerhouse in online photo storage

A major renovation for the once-neglected photo-sharing service<p>When Marissa Mayer became Yahoo’s CEO in 2012, she was greeted with a viral internet campaign from one of the company’s most loved — and neglected — properties. "Dear Marissa Mayer," began the website created by entrepreneur Sean …

Microsoft’s Surface tablet started off life as this doodle in a sketchbook

The days before Surface Pen<p>Microsoft’s Ralf Groene held a fascinating session on stage at the company’s Ignite conference this week. Groene is responsible for the design of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, and he offered some unique insights into the early days of Surface. While <i>The Verge</i> previously …

Vine released a version of its app made just for kids

Vine's looping videos can be an effective way of keeping kids entertained, but giving young ones unbridled access to the regular app probably isn't a great idea. So with that in mind, the company is today releasing Vine Kids, a version of the Vine experience that's tailored for young children — …

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Snapchat's new original series is called Literally Can't Even

The show stars Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn<p>Snapchat will premiere its first original scripted series tomorrow, <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i> reports. The show, <i>Literally Can't Even</i>, will star Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn.<p>Spielberg and Goldwyn, daughters of Steven Spielberg and John Goldwyn, also …

20 Things You Should Throw Away for Better Health

When we talk about the steps you need to take to get healthier, they often involve buying new things: workout clothes, fitness equipment, ingredients …

How These Scammers Got Walmart To Sell Them PS4s For $90

<b>UPDATE:</b> Here’s Wal Mart’s Statement:<p>“We launched online price matching because it’s the right thing for our customers. It’s making a meaningful difference for people who want to feel confident they’re getting the best price, and we’re committed to matching online prices going forward.<p>“At the same …

Sesame Street is the perfect TV show

<i>For most of the history of television, the barrier to syndication—and to profitability—has been 100 episodes. The shows that have made it to that</i> …

Why Wall Street Loves Hillary

She's trying to sound populist, but the banks are ready to shower her campaign with cash.<p>An odd thing happened last month when, stumping just before the midterms, Hillary Clinton came in close proximity to the woman who has sometimes been described as the conscience of the Democratic Party. …

Nexus 9 review

For years, Apple’s iPad has set the bar for tablets. If you are making a tablet, the iPad is what you’ll be judged against and ultimately compete with. In light of this, Google has traditionally worked around Apple’s tablets: the small and cheap Nexus 7 carved out a niche for itself by filling a …

You can buy the 'Grand Theft Auto V' soundtrack on vinyl very soon

New boxed set launches December 9th<p>A spruced up version of <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> is coming to the PS4 and Xbox One shortly, and to celebrate Rockstar Games and Mass Appeal Records are releasing an expansive new version of the game's excellent soundtrack. The limited edition boxed set will feature 59 …

Retro City Rampage: DX arrives this month on original game's platforms and two new ones

<i>Retro City Rampage: DX</i>, the remastered version of Vblank Entertainment's old-school take on Grand Theft Auto and its ilk, is set for release this month on seven different platforms, studio head Brian Provinciano announced today.<p>The changes and additions contained in <i>DX</i> represent "a top-to-bottom …

One Hell Of A Video Game Coffee Table Book

If you have any video game coffee table books, they're probably about concept art, or maybe even cosplay. But Every Day is Play is a little …

Explore 75 years of Marvel superheroes from A-Bomb to Zzzax

Student web project maps the history of Marvel<p>Ultimate 75th is a slick exploration of Marvel Comics' prodigious stable of works. It's broken up into years, beginning with the company's inception in 1939. Clicking on a date will reveal even more data, notably the number of super heroes introduced or …

HBO is finally going to let you watch its shows without cable

Starting next year, you'll finally be able to watch HBO on the web without a cable subscription. In a dream come true for cord cutters, HBO CEO Richard Plepler has confirmed the company plans to launch a "standalone, over-the-top" HBO Go subscription offering at some point in 2015. This service …

Final Fantasy Explorers will have local and online multiplayer modes

<i>Final Fantasy Explorers</i> — the upcoming Monster Hunter-like Final Fantasy spin-off for Nintendo 3DS — will feature both local and online multiplayer modes, according to Game Watch.<p>In <i>Final Fantasy Explorers</i>, up to four players can select a job class — a unique combat style — and set out together …

Here’s What Google Mailed Its ‘Pokemon Masters’

You might remember that back on April 1st Google Maps had been completely taken over by Pokemon. Google asked the world to sort through Google Maps …

Apple didn't want Beats, it needed Beats

As music downloads dwindle, streaming is the new king<p>Onstage at the Code Conference last night, Apple's Eddy Cue and Beats' Jimmy Iovine answered some questions about the marriage of their two companies. Beats is best known for its headphones, the product that built its brand and accounts for most …

You can play the next 'Smash Bros.' with a GameCube controller

The Wii U offers plenty of different control options, from the Gamepad to a Wii Remote, and with the upcoming release of <i>Super Smash Bros.</i> that list is getting even bigger. Nintendo just announced that you'll be able to play the game with a GameCube controller — a favorite among hardcore fans — …

Apple smart home features will reportedly let iPhones control certified devices

Apple is reportedly working on a way to let iPhones control smart home devices, but <i>GigaOm</i> reports that the experience will be fairly limited at first. The upcoming smart home features reportedly won't give iPhones a grand way of controlling a home, but will instead allow manufacturers of smart home …

Scientists say e-cigarettes could save millions of lives, warn against strong regulation

The World Health Organization is interested in regulating e-cigarettes like all other tobacco products, but an international group of over 50 researchers is hoping to change its mind. The group has sent it a letter arguing that placing strong regulations on e-cigarettes would harm the opportunity …

New 'Stargate' film trilogy is happening with original director

With wormhole-hopping sci-fi film <i>Interstellar</i> garnering buzz ahead of its November release, Warner Bros. and MGM want to get in on the action as well. The studios are planning a new film trilogy based on Stargate, says <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i>. The project is said to be based on the 1994 film, which …

This striking iOS 8 concept reinvents the homescreen

Before iOS 7, the weather icon on the iPhone's home screen always read 73 degrees and sunny, and none of the app icons sprung to life at all. Not much changed with the redesigned iOS 7, with the exception of an animated clock icon, but designer Jay Machalani has created a concept that overhauls …

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Sign up today and finally make your children proud of you<p>Do you love news? Do you love letters? Do you love <i>The Verge</i>? If you answered "yes" to those questions, then you're in luck, because <i>The Verge</i> now has its very own newsletter!<p>We're starting up daily emails to let readers know about the most …

Companies are using fear to market lifestyle accessories to women

'Cute' anti-sexual assault tools trivialize a serious issue<p><i>We apologize for our original headline; it's been updated. Please read Adi Robertson's editorial on the fear-based marketing of products to women. -Ed.</i><p>The JWT Singapore ad agency thinks women need a guardian angel to prevent sexual …

Medicare will now cover transgender surgical procedures

The Obama administration announced today that transgender people who receive Medicare will no longer be denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries — at least not automatically.<p>The move comes as a surprise to many, despite a recent shift in public opinion regarding trans issues, as illustrated …