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All of Westworld’s questions mashed into one thorough video

Well?<p>Why is <i>Westworld</i> so complicated? Is it really that dense? Is it too complicated, contorted, and confusing? Did we really need Burger Fiction to put together a super cut of the show that shows every question that was asked? Do you really need to watch it? Or do you merely want to watch it? Is …

Westworld

Bose made earbuds that act like hearing aids

A hearing aide, if you will<p>Bose has quietly launched a new set of around-the-neck earbuds called Hearphones that can apparently augment the sounds of the world around you, something first spotted by a user over at Hacker News. While the company is known for its active noise-cancellation technology, …

Life Sciences

Fitbit CEO says buying Pebble could help it crack the code on smartwatches

All signs point to an upcoming smartwatch from Fitbit<p>Following Fitbit’s acquisition of smartwatch maker Pebble, it seems obvious that Fitbit is considering a deeper dive into the smartwatch market. The more important question is whether that’s a smart move or not, with a recent report suggesting …

Gear & Gadgets

Microsoft’s Surface Book isn’t the dream video-editing machine I hoped for

There’s something about the Microsoft Surface Book that has always caught my attention whenever I see one in public. Its design is weird, but unique; it’s portable, but still has the power to outperform most 2-in-1’s in this category. We’ve already covered the basics of how the laptop performs for …

Microsoft

Fitbit buys Pebble, Windows 10 on ARM, and gadgets aren't dead

This week on Vergecast<p>Nilay, Dieter, Lauren, and Ashley are back! This week on <i>Vergecast</i>, we talk about Fitbit buying Pebble, the status of the gadget universe, and Microsoft bringing Windows desktop apps to mobile ARM processors. Lots of tech, lots of jokes, here we go.<p>01:34 - Fitbit / Pebble / …

Microsoft Windows

Obama has ordered a review on election hacking

President Obama has directed US intelligence agencies to produce a report on attempts to influence the 2016 election through hacking, according to an Obama homeland security adviser.<p>Adviser Lisa Monaco told reporters that the country may have “crossed into a new threshold” of hacking threats, and …

Politics

The Planet of the Apes series is quietly showing the world how to reboot a franchise right

And Hollywood should take note<p>The trailer for the third film in the modern Planet of the Apes reboot, <i>War</i> <i>for</i> <i>the Planet of the Apes</i>, was released earlier this morning, and based on this admittedly early impression, the story will build on the rapidly escalating conflict between the apes and humans …

Planet of the Apes

La La Land is a gloriously earnest Singin' in the Rain for the 21st Century

This is a film that doesn't pull punches on any of its big, broad emotions<p>Full disclosure: it is just possible that <i>La La Land</i> is not for you. Damien Chazelle's follow-up to his Oscar-winning breakout film <i>Whiplash</i> got such rapturous responses in its early festival releases that it started to sound …

21st Century

Think LaGuardia airport is bad now? Wait until it’s underwater

Rising sea levels = bad<p>If you think catching a flight in the New York City area is a nightmare today — out-of-this-world traffic jams, never ending tarmac delays, impossibly long security lines — just wait another 30 years. I promise you, it’s going to get much worse. Why, you ask? Climate change. …

Airports

Watch a tiny teaser for Fast 8, now officially titled The Fate of the Furious

The eighth installment in the popular franchise <i>The Fast and the Furious</i> is officially called <i>The Fate of the Furious</i>. The title raises heavy questions about choice. Was Brian O’Conner assigned by a divine force to investigate this particular Los Angeles street racing family? Did Dom Toretto decide …

Dwayne Johnson

Verizon refuses to release update that would kill Samsung’s Note 7

“We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation.”<p>Verizon will not be releasing a just-announced Galaxy Note 7 software update designed to stop the recalled smartphone from charging. In a statement, the leading US mobile …

Verizon

Unlike US, Samsung isn’t (yet) bricking the Note 7 in Europe

But the next update will limit the battery to just 30 percent of original capacity<p>Moments after announcing an upcoming software update that will brick remaining Note 7s in the United States by permanently stopping them from charging, Samsung revealed it’s taking a slightly different strategy for …

Samsung

PewDiePie deletes his (other) YouTube channel

Joke’s on us<p>YouTube’s most popular creator, Swedish sensation PewDiePie, followed through on his promise and deleted his channel after reaching 50 million subscribers. Not his main channel of course, that’s how he makes a living, but a second channel he started back in October. Gotcha!<p>PewDiePie …

You Tube

Bridge is a new headset that lets you mix virtual objects with the real world

A fresh take on mobile VR and AR, powered by your iPhone<p>A few days ago I played fetch with a robot. I threw a ball, and the robot — named Bridget — zoomed around one of our meeting rooms trying to retrieve it, along the way dodging a table, a box, and a chair. When the game was over, I took off the …

Virtual Reality

Samsung confirms it will render the US Note 7 useless with next update

Update will be released December 19th and rolled out within 30 days<p>Samsung will render remaining Galaxy Note 7s in the United States useless and inoperable with its next and final update for the recalled smartphone. Today the company confirmed that it plans to release an update on December 19th — …

Samsung

Movies with Mikey is a video celebration of what makes movies great

Look on the bright side of life<p>Saying that the internet can be a negative place sometimes is a bit of an understatement. And in that vein, if you look at the landscape of some of the biggest movie-related YouTube channels — Red Letter Media, Honest Trailers, Cinema Sins, How It Should Have Ended, …

You Tube

Zynga’s Dawn of Titans turns epic battles into bite-sized snacks

But the game is marred by common free-to-play frustrations<p>In <i>Dawn of Titans</i>, you can make hundreds of tiny soldiers do your bidding with a tap of your finger. They fire arrows, swing swords, and toss fiery bombs, while a giant titan fights alongside them. All you need to do is tell them where to go. …

Zynga

Data on immigrants won't be safe from Trump, unless the data doesn't exist

When New York City implemented its IDNYC municipal ID system, it was meant to give undocumented immigrants a way to access crucial services that require government identification. But as Donald Trump’s inauguration looms, a new lawsuit will test the wisdom of keeping sensitive data for the …

Politics

Watch the first trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes

‘Nature has been punishing us ever since’<p>20th Century Fox has unveiled the first trailer for Matt Reeve’s upcoming film<i>War f</i><i>or</i> <i>the Planet of the Apes,</i> which sets up what appears to be the biggest confrontation between humans and apes in the series.<p>The teaser opens with a group of apes on horseback …

Trailers

Taylor Swift’s first new music in over two years is a Zayn duet for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack

Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik have released a moody slow jam for the soundtrack of the upcoming moody sex and masks movie <i>Fifty Shades Darker</i>. The song, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” is her first since her Grammy-winning 2014 album <i>1989</i>, though she had writing credits this year on Calvin Harris and …

Taylor Swift

Poll: Have we reached peak nostalgia?

December 9th, 2016<p>Last week I yelled at the internet about our collective obsession with nostalgia. Since then, we got the first trailer for the <i>fifth</i> transformers film and this lovely blast from the past:<p>As my colleague Chaim Gartenberg said in our company Slack room, "Is this <i>22 Jump Street</i> on a …

Nostalgia

Congress cracks down on bots used by ticket scalpers

BOTS Act outlaws bots that bypass security systems on ticketing websites<p>The US Congress this week passed legislation that would outlaw bots used by scalpers to purchase tickets to concerts, sporting events, and Broadway shows. The Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act was passed in the House of …

U.S. Congress

Super Mario Run will need an active internet connection to play

<i>Super Mario Run</i> is coming out December 15th, but to play it you’ll need an active internet connection. That means no using the game on a subway or plane — unless you’re above ground or connected to Wi-Fi. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto conformed this detail in an interview with <i>Mashable</i>, saying the …

Gaming

Apple’s CarPlay is now available in more than 200 different models

CarPlay diem<p>If reports are to be believed, Apple has scaled back ambitions to build its own car, but it’s still going strong with its more prosaic automobile offering: CarPlay. As spotted by <i>9to5Mac</i>, the in-car operating system (like a stripped back version of iOS) is now available in more than 200 …

Autos

Facebook now lets anyone make their own Snapchat-like photo frame

But the new tool is not available in the US yet<p>Facebook continues to flesh out its in-app camera features, releasing a new tool that lets members of the public create and submit their own custom photo frames for others to use. Like Snapchat’s geo-filters, the frames have to surround — but not …

Facebook

Watch the first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer

The first trailer for Marvel’s <i>Spider-Man: Homecoming</i> debuted on <i>Jimmy Kimmel Live!</i>, giving us a clear look at how well leading man Tom Holland can handle himself in the ol’ red and blue pajamas.<p>The trailer follows the new Spider-Man as he interrupts a bank robbery, perches on tall buildings, and …

Tom Holland

Twitter reverses update that 'accidentally' killed the @ symbol in replies

If you were using Twitter this evening and noticed a distinct lack of @-symbols in your mentions, you weren't alone. Twitter has confirmed that it 'accidentally' pushed an 'experiment around replies' to all iOS users, removing the conventional username signifier from the start of replies and making …

Twitter

This dinosaur tail in amber reminds birds of their once and future empire

The T. Rex was just a chicken enabled with the killing powers all chickens wish they possessed<p>For the first time, the feathered tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur has been found preserved in amber. That would be plenty exciting, but there’s more: this dinosaur had <i>feathers</i>.<p>The 1.4-inch tail, …

Dinosaurs

Magic Leap is actually way behind, like we always suspected it was

Reality check<p>Magic Leap’s allegedly revolutionary augmented reality technology may in fact be years away from completion and, as it stands now, is noticeably inferior to Microsoft’s HoloLens headset, according to a report from <i>The Information</i>. The report, which incorporates an interview with Magic …

Ben Horowitz

President-elect Trump is still an executive producer for Celebrity Apprentice

As yet another potential example on the long list of conflicts of interest facing Donald Trump, <i>Variety</i> reports that the President-elect will keep his executive producer credit for the upcoming season of <i>Celebrity Apprentice</i> on NBC, complete with payment. The news serves as one more reminder that the …

Republican Party