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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ are exactly what leaks suggested, and that’s a good thing

Pretty much everything you’ve already read about the Samsung Galaxy S8 is true. And that’s a good thing. Whether by accident or design, the company did a truly abysmal job keeping its new flagship under wraps in the month or so following its likely intended unveiling at Mobile World Congress last …

Samsung Galaxy

Privacy Concerns Loom as Congress Moves to Allow Internet Providers to Share Users' Sensitive Data

The House of Representatives voted this week to repeal a law previously passed by the Obama administration, requiring Internet Service Providers to gain permission from users in order to access and share certain pieces of personal information with advertisers (via <i>The Washington Post</i>).<p>The law, which …

Net Neutrality

What can Britain's technology industry expect from Brexit?

Any minute now, Sir Tim Barrow, the British ambassador to the European Union, will hand EU president Donald Tusk a letter. Inside will be the UK’s formal Article 50 notice, saying that after 44 years of membership, it wishes to exit the bloc.<p>This will fire the starting pistol on a two year race to …

Brexit

‘iPhone Edition’ could have rear-facing Touch ID sensor

A (somewhat sketchy) new report claims that the tenth anniversary iPhone, commonly referred to as the iPhone 8, will instead by called the iPhone Edition.<p>In addition, it suggests that the major form factor redesign that’s been reported on may turn out to be less drastic than some are imagining — …

iPhone

After once calling for a boycott of Apple, President Trump is now using a ‘new iPhone’

Over a year ago, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a boycott of all Apple products amid the company’s battle with the FBI over unlocking the San Bernardino iPhone. Fast forward to to present day, however, and President Trump has seemingly rescinded his call for boycott and …

iPhone

Samsung's new Gear VR and controller arrive on April 21st for $129

While the VR war between the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive is getting most of the hype, the competition in mobile VR is a far bigger deal for most consumers. After all, you only need a phone and a cheap headset for mobile VR, not a powerful gaming rig and lots of spending money. Samsung's Gear VR …

Virtual Reality

Windows 10's Creators Update arrives on April 11th

Microsoft is planning to distribute its free Windows 10 Creators Update on April 11th. The update will start rolling out to machines during the next Patch Tuesday, and Microsoft plans to release it gradually to existing devices. If you don’t want to wait a couple of weeks, Microsoft is already …

Microsoft

Three things we know Samsung’s new assistant can do on the Galaxy S8

Samsung’s new virtual assistant, Bixby, is a different sort of thing than what you’re used to. Where Siri, Google, and Alexa are focused on collecting and understanding information out on the internet and then answering your questions about it, Bixby is trying to help you use your own phone. …

Samsung

Buzzfeed got listicle-trolled by the guy suing them in court filing

Buzzfeed got trolled in court.<p>The website's been embroiled in a lawsuit with a Russian tech executive since early February, a spat that stems from Buzzfeed's decision to publish a dossier of unverified information alleging a number of ways in which Russian officials compromised the electoral …

Buzzfeed

#BlackWomenAtWork hashtag uncovers the everyday racism black women face at work

The disrespectful and condescending treatment of two prominent black women in the U.S. has sparked a global hashtag campaign about everyday racism.<p>On Tuesday, Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly said he couldn't listen to Congresswoman Maxine Waters' latest speech about Trump because of her hair, …

Women of Color

GE invests $2 million in Alchemist Accelerator to back industrial IoT startups

Alchemist Accelerator has raised $2 million from GE Digital to start a new program for industrial IoT startups. Stanford lecturer Timothy Chou, formerly President of Oracle On Demand, will chair Alchemist’s new IIoT accelerator along with GE Digital’s West Coast group.<p>In the past, enterprise …

Startups

Alibaba is making moves in the world's fastest-growing e-commerce market

Amazon's foremost competitor in Asia, Alibaba, is slowly yet steadily gaining a foothold in India, the world's fastest-growing e-commerce market.<p>The Chinese internet giant has started working out of a shared office space in India's Silicon Valley, <i>Economic Times</i> reports.<p>This comes a few months after …

Emerging Technology

SF Giants trying 'Halo' headphones to get back to World Series

With three world championships in six years, the baseball team is using the Halo Sport high-end headphones to make another title run.<p>Count the San Francisco Giants among the few pro sports teams admitting it's using Halo Sport headphones.<p>With Opening Day next week, the Major League Baseball club, …

Baseball

The Xbox One gets Microsoft’s Beam streaming and a faster interface today

Microsoft is rolling out some big changes to the Xbox One today. The biggest additions are the new dashboard and Xbox Guide and the integration of Microsoft’s new Beam streaming service.<p>The new dashboard was shown off back in January and finally overhauls the user interface to be faster and easier …

Microsoft

Amazon's checkout-free physical shop 'can't cope with more than 20 people'

Official opening of Amazon Go store delayed after camera and sensor technology found wanting in beta testing<p>Amazon’s cashier-less grocery shop, dubbed Amazon Go by the company, is going through some teething problems, according to the Wall Street Journal.<p>Specifically, the new shop can’t handle …

Amazon

'Unreal when it targets you': Faceless trolls attack online

One morning near the end of her long-shot congressional campaign, 25-year-old Erin Schrode rolled over in bed, reflexively checked her cellphone — and burst into tears.<p>With mounting horror, she scanned a barrage of anti-Semitic emails from anonymous trolls. "Get out of my country, kike," read one. …

Social Media

Windows update will bring 3-D, game tools and less clutter

NEW YORK (AP) — A major update to Microsoft's Windows 10 system will start reaching consumers and businesses on April 11, offering 3-D drawing tools, game-broadcasting capabilities and better ways to manage your web browsing.<p>This "Creators Update" also aims to make future updates less …

Microsoft

Micromax Dual 5 with 5.5-inch screen and dual-camera setup is official

Today, Micromax has taken the wraps off a new smartphone called the Dual 5. Its biggest feature is definitely the dual-camera setup that’s found on the back. It has two 13 MP sensors — monochrome and color — which can work together to create better-looking images.<p>The Dual 5 sports a 5.5-inch Super …

Mobile Technology

Slacker Radio's new feature goes old-school

Sound Bytes are audio clips (not music) that consist of news bits, artist song introductions and short interviews.<p>Slacker Radio is attempting to differentiate itself from the streaming music competition by incorporating nonmusic audio clips called Sound Bytes into its radio service.<p>Sound Bytes can …

Music

Waze Now Lets You Order Dunkin’ Donuts

Waze has adding a new feature to its navigation app, letting hungry drivers put in orders at Dunkin' Donuts.<p>Drivers were able to start using the new …

Dunkin' Donuts

Ikea’s poised to do for the smart home what it did for design

March 29th, 2017<p>Welcome to First Click, a daily essay written by The Verge staff in which we opine on lives lived in the near future.<p>Ikea can be criticized for using cheap materials and veneers, but you have to admire its commitment to tasteful furniture design that has — to a fault — raised the …

IKEA

LiveSmart, a London-based employee health platform, raises £700,000

LiveSmart, a London-based startup that offers a platform to help employees track and improve their health, has raised £700,000 in funding.<p>Investors include Matt Merrick (formerly the Managing Director of Virgin Active Health Clubs) and Lawrence Mitchell (formerly Global Marketing Director and …

Startups

Google can now translate Korean while you watch

Point your phone at Korean text and watch the words transform into your language of choice.<p>It's easier than ever to get around in South Korea -- assuming you have Google's Translate app downloaded on your phone.<p>The Translate app has just been updated with Korean language support for its Word Lens …

Google

Garmin's Forerunner 935 smartwatch knows how hard you work out

Two months after updating its Fenix line of multisport fitness watches at CES, Garmin revealed its latest GPS-enabled timepiece, the Forerunner 935. However, unlike the Fenix family, which was designed more for general outdoor adventuring, this new tracker is built specifically for serious athletes …

Wearable Tech

Think hard before buying an all-glass, bezel-free smartphone

Over the past eight years, I've reviewed almost every major smartphone, and one of the changes I've come to notice in that time is how the subject of a handset's durability has become inseparable from that of its display. Without spinning hard drives, slide-out mechanisms, or telescopic camera …

Phones

UE Wonderboom: A waterproof Bluetooth speaker with a 10-hour battery life

<i>This post was originally published on our sister site SoundGuys.com.</i><p>Ultimate Ears has just announced a new Bluetooth speaker. It’s called the Wonderboom and offers a slightly different design when compared with some other popular UE speakers, like the Boom 2 for example. It is both shorter as well …

Bluetooth

HTC targets the classroom with 10-headset Vive bundle

The folks over at HTC Vive have been talking up the potential of VR in education since day one, and this year, they're hoping to make a bigger push into this space by focusing on multi-user scenarios. At this week's Vive Ecosystem Conference in Shenzhen, the company announced the Vive Group Edition …

Virtual Reality

Google's new site showcases its open source projects and favorite tools

Over the years, Google has not only implemented numerous pieces open source software in its own products and services, but also contributed several tools for people to use in their own projects.<p>That includes things like a JPEG encoder which can reduce file sizes by 35 percent, beautiful usable …

Google

Apple now forbids apps to mention price in their name

No more “FREE iPHONE WALLPAPERS JUST TAP HERE” on the App Store<p>For a long time, iOS and Mac developers have published apps on the App Store which reference the software’s price in the title. It may seem a little crude to write “[Your App Name Here] — Free [App Function],” but it puts important …

Apps

Domino’s is going to use sidewalk robots in Germany to deliver pizza

No, you don’t have to tip a robot when it delivers your pizza.<p>While technology may innovate at lightning speed, good old pizza is here to stay. But that doesn’t mean that the <i>way</i> you get your pizza won’t change.<p>Today the global pizza chain Domino’s announced it is partnering with Starship …

Robots

SoundCloud cofounder: London was 'crucial to our success'

BERLIN — SoundCloud is one of Europe's best known startups but the Berlin-based music streaming business wouldn't be where it is today if it wasn't for London, according to the company's cofounder, Eric Wahlforss.<p>SoundCloud was founded in the German capital in 2007 but the company, which had global …

SoundCloud

As Criticism Of 'Electronics Ban' Mounts, Airlines Hone Their Twitter Marketing Skills

Perhaps the most notable aspect of the electronics ban by the US is how few countries have followed America’s lead. To date, the UK government is the only other one to have brought in similar restrictions, although its list of targeted countries and airlines is different, as is the range of …

Airlines

Tesla fan: Can we please, please have a standard speedometer in Model 3? Elon Musk: No.

We don't know, exactly, what the interior of Tesla's Model 3 will be like, but prototype vehicles we've seen so far had a large center screen instead of a standard instrument cluster facing the driver.<p>If you're still hoping for a traditional, driver-centered instrument cluster or a HUD in Tesla's …

Tesla

AT&T and Sprint start shipping LG G6 pre-orders, may arrive today

The LG G6 isn’t set to be released until April 7, but last week we heard that T-Mobile was shipping early pre-orders to customers. It seems other manufacturers are now following suit, as some of those who pre-ordered the handset AT&T and Sprint have started to receive delivery notices for</i> …

AT&T

ZTE escapes US trade blacklist

The US Commerce Department strikes ZTE's name off the trade blacklist after the company admitted to violating trade sanctions placed against Iran.<p>ZTE finally gets a breather -- the Chinese telecommunications giant and phone maker is off the US Commerce Department's trade blacklist after it admitted …

Iran

As the Oculus Rift turns 1, Facebook is still responsible for where VR goes next

Today, the Oculus Rift turns one. 🎂🎂🎂<p>The virtual reality system very well may have been the most important consumer gadget to be released last year, and for all the critiques and praise that have pushed it through 2016, it’s clear we’re still looking at a technology that hasn’t scratched its …

Virtual Reality

The UE Wonderboom is the newest adorable member of Ultimate Ears’ speaker lineup

Ultimate Ears has a new entry-level speaker in its lineup: the $99 UE Wonderboom, and it’s an adorable little fellow that replaces the UE Roll as the cheapest Ultimate Ears speaker.<p>The Wonderboom ditches the flying saucer form factor of its predecessor and instead looks like a shorter version of …

Bluetooth