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Trump got in a truck, made some funny faces, and the internet reacted accordingly

“I am Speed”<p>Donald Trump welcomed members of the American Trucking Association to the White House today to listen to truckers and CEOs talk about healthcare. Later, the leader of the free world got in the cab of a truck and pretended to drive it. He pulled the horn and made some funny faces that …

Fast & Furious

Disney is looking at creating ‘another decade and a half of Star Wars stories’ after Episode IX

Iger dropped hints about The Last Jedi and the standalone Han Solo film<p>At the Scale: The Future of Tech and Entertainment conference in Santa Monica, California, Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke on a variety of topics, from his tenure at Disney, the next installments of the <i>Star Wars</i> franchise, and that …

Star Wars

Samsung shows off a wild Gear S3 hybrid pocket watch concept at Baselworld 2017

And also two other concepts that aren’t as cool as a smart pocket watch<p>The Baselworld 2017 watch show is in full swing, and Samsung is using it as an opportunity to show off three new series of concepts from watch designer Yvan Arpa inspired by its Gear S3 smartwatch, including an honest-to-god …

Watches

Google and Howard University launch residency program for black engineers

Google has partnered with Howard University to launch a school branch right on the company’s campus, where undergraduate students will have a chance to learn from Google engineers in addition to the university’s own faculty.<p>The new campus, called Howard West, “is now the centerpiece of Google’s …

Google

A rocket’s launch from French Guiana has been delayed indefinitely due to protests

European launch provider, Arianespace, was forced to indefinitely postpone the launch of one of its Ariane 5 rockets this week, due to protests at the French Guiana space center where the vehicle is meant to take off. Employees from two companies and a local hospital have been striking, partially …

SpaceX

Apple reportedly to start manufacturing iPhones in India

Possibly as soon as the next two months<p>Apple will begin to manufacture iPhones in India in the next two months, according to a new report from <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The manufacturing duties will fall to Wistron Corp which will reportedly start manufacturing iPhone 6 and 6S models in the next four …

iPhone

Gorillaz return with an album date, a video, and creepy CGI portraits

Where do Gorillaz fit in the age of vocaloids?<p>Nearly a year has passed since the hype cycle began for the next Gorillaz album. Today, the record finally has a name and a release date. Humanz, the band’s third full-length album, will be available on April 28th. Along with that info, the band has …

Music

Deadly bat fungus has been found in Texas for the first time

It’s spreading westward<p>For the first time, the fungus causing the deadly white-nose syndrome in bats has been found in Texas. The fungus, called <i>Pseudogymnoascus destructans</i>, or PD, was also detected for the first time on two species of bats. That means PD is spreading westward and to more species, …

Nature

Mark Cuban's hoverboard will hit Kickstarter in April

Yes, he’s still making a hoverboard<p>Mark Cuban threw his hat into the proverbial hoverboard ring in 2015, smack in the middle of the height of the fad. He signed a letter of intent to buy the patent rights to a hoverboard design from Shane Chen, the (somewhat disputed) creator of the hoverboard. But …

Mark Cuban

Volvo put a Seattle coffee shop in the back of an XC90

In Sweden, <i>Fika</i> is one of the first words that foreigners learn when visiting the country. It’s sort of like a coffee break or afternoon tea in England, but with much greater social connotations. This Swedish obsession with coffee is part of the reason why Volvo outfits its auto show booths with a …

Coffee

Asus Chromebook Flip C302 review: standard issue

The new baseline for Chrome OS convertibles<p>Using the Asus Chromebook Flip C302, you can almost see how Chrome OS devices are going to stop being education machines or backup couch computers and become something different for a lot of people. Just computers (or, well, maybe just tablets).<p>It's a …

Chromebook

Jaguar Land Rover now offering $20 per month unlimited data plan

Jaguar Land Rover and AT&T have partnered up to offer a $20-per-month, unlimited, prepaid data plan for owners of select JLR cars. This makes JLR the second automaker after General Motors to offer an unlimited data plan for its in-car Wi-Fi hot spots.<p>Notably, this car-based unlimited data plans …

AT&T

A tale of two smartwatch Kickstarters

Should we add smarts to a mechanical watch, or add mechanical parts to a smartwatch?<p>Should a hybrid smartwatch take modern tech back in time or bring legacy timekeeping mechanisms to today’s digital watches? Two new smartwatches hit Kickstarter this morning, peddling radically different visions of …

Watches

Curling is way more watchable when the stones are replaced with Soviet-era cars

Curling is not the most riveting sport in the world to watch. The fact that you can earn an Olympic medal for sliding a heavy stone across some ice seems a little ludicrous, but I’m sure it has its finer points. (Scrubbing the ice with those brooms looks pretty athletic, I guess.) Leave it to a …

Car Insurance

Dell’s next-level 8K monitor is now on sale for $5,000

Dell announced its 32-inch 8K desktop display — the UP3218K — at CES this year, which promises a resolution of 7680 x 4320 with a pixel density of 280ppi. Today, that monitor is available to order through Dell’s website for $4,999.99. It’s expected to ship on April 14th.<p>Now, most of us probably …

Dell

Twitter is being unbundled before our eyes

How Amazon and Reddit are rethinking the unthinkable<p>On Tuesday, Reddit announced it was introducing profile pages. The Reddit profile contains a list of the user’s posts in reverse-chronological order, and a follow button for subscribing to them. Co-founder Alexis Ohanian told <i>The Verge</i> that …

Reddit

5 reasons Brett Ratner’s Rotten Tomatoes complaints are garbage

Now is a great time for readers of criticism<p>In 2017, Hollywood is struggling with declining ticket sales, increased competition from other media, botched international co-productions, and the threat of cultural irrelevance. But Brett Ratner has found the real target: review aggregators!<p>At last …

Movies

Muji created a sixth pocket for our smartphones

Genius?<p>Editor-in-chief of <i>Recode</i> and friend of <i>The Verge</i> Dan Frommer tweeted this today, bringing Muji’s sixth pocket to my attention:<p>The pocket, which looks like a simple seam, is actually specifically designed to hold smartphones. Even phones kept in cases. Whoa! Ingenuity. These pants debuted in …

Phones

10 things you can learn from a terrible Twitter account

It’s easy: be the opposite<p>To paraphrase first lady Michelle Obama: even when something is absolutely terrible, possibly the worst in history, it also represents an opportunity — for you to do the same thing but the opposite.<p>The Twitter account operated by Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and …

Mike Huckabee

US Senate votes to let internet providers share your web browsing history without permission

Just what no consumer asked for<p>The US Senate has voted to overturn consumer-friendly internet privacy rules that would have prevented internet providers from sharing your web browsing history without permission.<p>The privacy rules, passed last year by the FCC, required internet providers like …

Net Neutrality

BlackBerry’s Privacy Shade app should just come as a standard feature on all phones

I’m not very good at listening to music when commuting on the subway. I enjoy the sights and sounds of the busy city — it’s nice to just hang and observe the world outside of your own for a small chunk of the day.<p>This all sounds nice and philosophical in theory, but in practice it’s actually a lot …

Mobile Technology

Someone strapped a VR tracker to a cat to play video games with it

Look, I’m not going to pad things out here. A game studio called Triangular Pixels strapped a Vive VR tracker to a cat with a little cat jacket, coded a matching digital cat into virtual reality, and now the cat can follow players around inside VR. The software “detects cats standing up, walking …

Virtual Reality

The full trailer for Hulu's Handmaid's Tale shows the rise of Margaret Atwood's dystopia

The show will premiere on Hulu on April 26th<p>The first couple of short teaser trailers for Hulu’s upcoming series <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> have given us tantalizing glimpses of the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel. A new, longer trailer shows off the rise of the Republic of Giliad …

TV

Mass Effect: Andromeda's character creator is stressing me out

Damnit, why’d I pick this hair<p>Video game character creators bring out every ounce of my neuroses. I’ve sunk hours into each one I’ve used, preening and polishing the most minute detail. My first encounter with <i>Mass Effect</i><i>:</i> <i>Andromeda</i>was no different.<p>My inevitable panic spiral led me to restart the …

Game Development

Corsair releases its deceptively thin gaming PC

Corsair, a company most well known for its PC parts, released its first complete gaming computer today, called the Corsair One. There are four models available: the Corsair One, Corsair One Pro, the Corsair One Pro (webstore only), and the Corsair One Ti (also a webstore exclusive).<p>The models …

PC Gaming

Scientists reconstruct medieval man’s face after 700 years — and he looks just like James Bond

Meet Context 958<p>About 700 years after his death, a working-class man from Cambridge is getting a new face — one that looks like Daniel Craig after a poor night’s sleep.<p>The 13th century man, called Context 958, was found with hundreds of other skeletons in one of the largest medieval hospital …

History

FCC votes to let prisons more easily shut down contraband cellphones

In a 3-0 vote, the FCC today opened up options for jails and prisons to more easily use new technology to shut down contraband cellphones in facilities.<p>The agency’s order notes that correctional facilities have already employed “contraband interdiction systems,” which are able to block wireless …

Net Neutrality

Wuu is a confusing Snapchat alternative from the creator of Ello

Wuu are you?<p>Remember Ello? It was a social network that had a brief moment in the sun back in 2014 as a friendly alternative to Facebook. Founded by Paul Budnitz, it was built around the ideals of increased privacy and no ads. While Ello had noble ambitions, it ultimately failed due to a …

Snapchat

Nerf John Wick might be as badass as movie John Wick

I haven’t even seen <i>John Wick</i><i>:</i> <i>Chapter 2</i> yet, but I do know that it involves Keanu Reeves killing lots of people for his dog’s enjoyment. As far as action movies go, that’s hard to top, but “Nerf John Wick” might be the perfect parody-slash-homage we never asked for. Here, instead of actual pistols …

Movies

New WikiLeaks docs show how the CIA hacks iPhones and MacBooks

For years, the CIA has been developing tools for hacking into Apple products — and thanks to WikiLeaks, those tools are now public. Today, the group published a new set of documents dubbed “Dark Matter,” part of the ongoing Vault 7 publication on CIA hacking tools. Today’s documents focus …

Apple