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The entire spectrum of human emotion, in one spelling bee Vine

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the most grueling of all timeless American sporting events. It's tense, cutthroat, and is basically scripted almost entirely in dead languages. The stakes are higher than you could ever imagine. That's why it's not surprising that Nihar Janga, 11, and Jairam …

Jaguar's Formula E car makes its first appearance in the wild

<i>Autosport</i> has published the first images of Jaguar's Formula E car. The British car manufacturer is joining the all-electric racing series when the third season begins later this autumn. The Jaguar team will take the place of the Trulli Formula E team, which ceased operation after the third race of …

Google's search app for iOS is now faster and loads news articles instantly

Google released an updated version of its namesake app on iOS today, with the company claiming that some new speed improvements and performance optimizations will save users "a combined 6.5 million hours" this year. "Each time you open the app or do a search, everything will load just a bit …

Checking in with pop's B-list: Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, and Meghan Trainor

2016 has been a landmark year for the world’s biggest pop stars, people who’ve ascended to the highest possible level of cultural prominence. Rihanna’s assured, defiant <i>ANTI</i> has racked up a handful of hits and the most critical acclaim of her career; Kanye West’s <i>The Life of Pablo</i> has turned a …

Philips will release cheap 4K Google Cast TVs this summer

Polaroid released details on its decently affordable Google Cast TVs earlier this week, and now Philips is showing off its 6000 Series Google Cast Ultra HD TVs. They'll be available in July. The 6000 Series TVs are available in four sizes — 43 inches, 49 inches, 55 inches, and 65 inches — and start …

Terrapattern is the first open-access visual search engine for satellite maps

Terrapattern is a amazing visual search engine for satellite imagery, and somehow the first of its kind. It's very easy to use, click on a section of the map, and Terrapattern will show you all similar geographical features or landmarks in the area. A football field, bus station, outdoor pool — it …

Maps

Would you set foot on this insane, beautiful staircase?

This scaffolding staircase is 95-feet tall, 187-feet long, and definitely not for people who are scared of heights. If you have ever struggled to hold down your lunch while climbing to the top of a waterslide, maybe skip it.<p>But it's also beautiful, and has a great backstory. The staircase was built …

Rotterdam

Making Harry Potter glasses and huffing plastic fumes with the 3Doodler 3D-printing pen

I had high hopes for the 3Doodler Create, the $99 third-generation 3D-doodling pen from WobbleWorks. It's basically a hot glue gun that heats up colored plastic to let you make 3D-printed creations.<p>After about an hour of playing around with it, however, I was left with nothing but a vague headache …

Harry Potter

Vergecast season 3 has arrived

Some of you may have been wondering, where'd <i>Vergecast</i> go these past two weeks? No live video on Thursday? Why audio only?<p>Well, we want to make <i>Vergecast</i> the best it can be, so we decided to retire the live aspect of our show to focus more on produced segments, interviews, and fun stuff. But don't …

Kara Swisher

What do we want from an X-Men movie in 2016?

<b>Tasha:</b> <i>X-Men: First Class</i> and <i>X-Men: Days of Future Past</i> felt like a big step forward for the X-films franchise. After so many grim, overcrowded stories pitting Charles Xavier and his mutant students against Magneto and his mutant-supremacist followers, suddenly there was a storyline that …

Comics

GTA Online is getting a huge new expansion in June

The next expansion for <i>Grand Theft Auto Online</i> will also be one of the biggest. Today Rockstar announced the add-on "Further Adventures in Finance and Felony," which it describes as "one of <i>GTA Online</i>'s biggest and deepest updates yet." It's a follow-up to last year's "Executives and Other …

Celebrity Gossip

Why there’s no great VR dueling game — and why you should want one

The first time games artist James Leggett saw a gladiator fight in VR, it was a simple sword hacking away at “enemies” that were just virtual blocks. But he saw the potential right away — even if it was years ahead of its time. When the team behind it asked if he wanted to work with them, he signed …

Virtual Reality

Acer's Liquid Zest Plus is coming to the US in July

Acer will release its Android-based Liquid Zest Plus in North America this July. I'm not sure what "liquid zest" is. Like, the zest of an orange but purified? Acer's phone isn't citrus-colored, though, so even that makes no sense. The phone comes in either navy or white, so I think a more accurate …

Acer

Would you pay for Android updates?

Being an Android device manufacturer has to be one of the most thankless jobs in the world. Each day, you go into your lab and perform minor engineering miracles to fit more power, bigger batteries, and better cameras into less space. And each day the price and value of your product diminishes. You …

Mobile

New trailers: Beauty and the Beast, Finding Dory, Star Trek Beyond, and more

Hello everyone, New Trailers roundup person here. I'm here today to serve up your weekly dose of new movie and / or TV trailers (except not actually TV this week because there was <i>so</i> much last week). For those of you asking (none of you), I unfortunately did not get around to watching <i>Magic Mike XXL</i> …

Star Trek

Minecraft-like Dragon Quest Builders is launching in October

<i>Dragon Quest Builders</i> — a game that mashes up the sandbox building elements of <i>Minecraft</i> with the story and world of <i>Dragon Quest</i> — is coming to North America.<p>Today Square Enix announced that the game, which first launched in Japan in January, will be releasing in the West in October, coming to both …

Dragon Quest

London Olympics drug retests may disqualify 23 athletes from competing in Rio

The International Olympic Committee announced today that 23 athletes who competed at the 2012 Games in London failed a retrospective doping test. The news comes one week after the IOC announced that it would begin proceedings against 31 athletes who violated anti-doping rules during previous …

London

Doom is the Mad Max: Fury Road of video games

The signs weren't good for <i>Doom</i>. Id Software's reboot of the most storied shooter in gaming had languished in development hell for the better part of a decade. Talismanic studio founder John Carmack had left for Oculus. A public debut at E3 last year was less than inspiring. Even the box art …

Mad Max

Someone's trying to gut America's strongest biometric privacy law

For years, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act has been a headache for any tech company working with facial recognition. It's a simple law, requiring a person's explicit consent before a company can make a biometric scan of their body. In the eight years since the law was first passed, …

Privacy

First Click: How much would you pay for Google’s modular Ara phone?

Google’s modular Ara phone update was easily my favorite announcement from I/O 2016. It also turned out to be one of the most controversial.<p>Many of us, <i>Verge</i> readers and writers alike, have awaited the arrival of a modular phone ever since we first saw Dave Hakkens’ 2013 Phonebloks concept video. …

Google

The 2017 GT-R NISMO may be the most badass Nissan you can buy

Earlier this year, Nissan unveiled the refreshed 2017 Nissan GT-R. It came with a focus on the "GT" part of GT-R: <i>gran turismo</i>. That new GT-R is more comfortable, smoother, and easier to drive.<p>But the new GT-R NISMO is firmly aimed at racing enthusiasts. Its body panels are built to improve airflow, …

Supercars

Researchers want robots to feel pain

Researchers in Germany are developing a way for robots to feel pain, in the hopes that doing so will enable them to better protect humans. The researchers, from Leibniz University of Hannover, are working on an "artificial robot nervous system to teach robots how to feel pain," <i>IEEE Spectrum</i> …

Robots

Facebook begins tracking non-users around the internet

Facebook will now display ads to web users who are not members of its social network, the company announced Thursday, in a bid to significantly expand its online ad network. As <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports, Facebook will use cookies, "like" buttons, and other plug-ins embedded on third-party …

Facebook

HP just officially made backpack VR computers a trend

HP's recently launched Omen gaming line will soon include a high-end PC that's also a backpack, designed for walking around in virtual reality. Because we live in a strange world, this is becoming far less unusual than it sounds.<p>The unnamed backpack PC (technically part of a premium "Omen X" line) …

Virtual Reality

Jolla's Sailfish OS perseveres with second smartphone release

Founded by a group of former Nokia engineers, Jolla is one of those companies built more on goodwill and rose-tainted optimism than practical business acumen. Back in 2013, its Sailfish OS promised to extend and develop the potential of Nokia's Harmattan interface, as best demonstrated by the …

Nokia

The guy who inspired the modular Ara phone says Google can do better

You might remember Dave Hakkens as the young Dutch designer behind the Phonebloks concept video. A video that went viral back in 2013 and currently registers almost 22 million views. It was this outpouring of support for Hakkens’ modular, upgradeable phone meant to help eliminate electronic waste …

Google

Optical disc drives aren't dead

There's something about obviated technology that just makes it endearing to me. Take the once ubiquitous CD drive of laptops and desktops of yore (<i>yore</i> being roughly a decade ago). It has been all but deprecated out of existence by Apple's MacBook Air and the legion of PC clones that followed in …

Laptops

Acer's new 4K monitor has almost no bezels

Unless you're a diving watch aficionado, you probably hate the word "bezel." And by extension, you probably love the idea of this 4K monitor from Acer, which looks like it might be the best implementation yet of the company's "ZeroFrame" branding. Designed for video and graphics professionals, the …

Acer

Acer announces two cheap 2-in-1 notebooks

Just ahead of Computex Taipei, which kicks off next week, Acer has announced a pair of inexpensive 2-in-1 notebooks. The Switch V 10 and Switch One 10 both feature detachable 10-inch IPS displays and quad-core Intel Atom processors; the main differences are that the V 10 is available in more …

Acer

These 'stealth motorcycles' DARPA commissioned could run on nearly any fuel

Say this for DARPA, it's not shy about picking ominous names for its projects. Or, in this case, not worried when the partners it works with choose them. Pictured above: the "Nightmare" a "stealth bike" developed by LSA Autonomy for DARPA that has just been moved on to the second stage of …

DARPA