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Verge ESP: Guts and glory

Hi, we're back! The month-long hiatus was mostly an accident, and also (as usual) mostly Liz's fault. But here we are!<p>First: a speed round of the news, of which there has been a lot. Rocket landings! Lemonade! Robot surgeons! Drake!<p>Rocket landings! Lemonade! Robot surgeons! Drake!But really we're …

Scarlett Johansson

Facebook to move forward with GOP convention plans despite Trump protests

Facebook plans to have a major presence at the Republican National Convention in July, where frontrunner Donald Trump will officially become the party's nominee for president. The social network has no plans to bow to pressure from protestors and critics of Trump, who've urged tech leaders like …

Facebook

Deutsche Bahn looking at adding autonomous cars to its mass transit network

German railway giant Deutsche Bahn is working on adding autonomous cars to its transport network as a way of getting riders to and from the train station — the last mile, so to speak. It's even looking at competing with companies like Uber in getting travelers around urban areas where a train might …

Transportation

Professor Pranksman fools his students with a TA powered by IBM's Watson

Ashok Goel, a computer science professor at Georgie Institute of Technology, recently pulled a huge prank on his students: he gave them a robot for a teaching assistant. "Jill Watson" did regular TA work, like remind students of due dates and answer questions, all over email. According to a <i>Wall</i> …

IBM

Everything we know about the WWI-themed Battlefield 1

The newest game in the <i>Battlefield</i> franchise is also the first, chronologically speaking. <i>Battlefield 1</i>, which publisher Electronic Arts unveiled today on a global Twitch stream, is set during World War I. Occurring before EA's <i>Battlefield 1942</i>, which came out in 2002, this new entry is the earliest …

Call of Duty

Watch the trailer for Battlefield 1, EA’s new World War I-era shooter

Today, Electronic Arts took the wraps off <i>Battlefield 1</i>, the confusingly named fifth main entry in the wartime first-person shooter series. The game will be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 21st, and the title's first trailer debuted live this afternoon on Twitch.<p>If you're …

Xbox 360

FCC approves Charter acquisition of Time Warner Cable

The Federal Communications Commission has officially approved Charter's acquisition of Time Warner Cable, according to a statement issued by the FCC. Together, the companies will constitute the second-largest cable company in America, second only to Comcast. The acquisition will still require …

Time Warner

Smartwatch concept puts two screens on your wrist

There's something wrong with smartwatches. We all feel it, deep down. "This is not as cool as I thought it would be!" we constantly yell to anyone who will listen. Well, good news: science is <i>on it</i>. Thanks to the power of magnets and duct tape, Doppio offers up a humble solution: "Bro, what if there …

Duct Tape

Fiat Chrysler CEO insists Google partnership is just about building self-driving minivans for now

Earlier this week, Google and Fiat Chrysler (FCA) agreed to work together and build self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans with Google's autonomous technology. But the details of the partnership — and what happens after the Pacificas roll off the line — is anyone's guess.<p>Though FCA chief Sergio …

Google

YouTube says its primetime audience is bigger than the top 10 TV networks combined

For the last three years, YouTube has put on a series of increasingly extravagant parties meant to convince advertisers that the video platform is the best place to spend their marketing dollars. The fourth annual Brandcast took place last night at the Javits Center, and compared with previous …

YouTube

This is your next jam: Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, and more

Welcome back to <i>The Verge’s</i> weekly musical roundup. I’m Jamieson, I’m still your host, and I’d love to go just one week without some kind of album-length surprise. It’s exhausting! James Blake hopped on BBC Radio 1 yesterday to reveal his new album was dropping in a matter of hours; after showing …

Justin Timberlake

Formula E cancels June race in Moscow

Formula E, the all-electric racing series, has officially canceled the June 4th race in Moscow. The race in Russia was slated to be the ninth in the series' 11-race season.<p>“While it is unfortunate news not to race in Moscow on June 4, we looked at a number of alternative options as a replacement …

Moscow

Xiaomi is about to release a 6.4-inch Android phone

We're expecting a bunch of new products out of Xiaomi next week, but in the meantime we still have leaks to chew on. The latest is out of TENAA, China's version of the FCC, which is never shy with sharing pictures of upcoming hardware. Xiaomi is about to announce the Mi Max, a truly mid-range …

Phones

Your new Han Solo vs. the original Han Solo: fight!

May the 4th may have ended up relatively quiet on the news front, but the world of <i>Star Wars</i> made up for it last night, when reports first surfaced that actor Alden Ehrenreich was in final negotiations to play young Han Solo for the standalone film due in 2018. The actor has been percolating …

Star Wars

Battlefield 1 is set in alternate history World War I, but still has a bald hero

The official Twitch <i>Battlefield</i> stream is four hours away from announcing the game next in the first-person shooter franchise, at the time of publish. But it appears that game's title and promotional image have already leaked.<p><i>Polygon</i> reports that the <i>Battlefield</i> promotional image, above, appeared …

Historical Fiction

Apple Music's Connect tab is reportedly going away in iOS 10

Earlier this week, reports from <i>Bloomberg News</i> and <i>9to5Mac</i> outlined some changes coming to Apple Music in iOS 10, including a new design and the addition of song lyrics. But one aspect of the music service that's reportedly not due for an overhaul is Connect. In fact, <i>9to5Mac</i> is now claiming that …

Apple News

Where is SpaceX storing all of its landed rockets?

SpaceX is now in possession of three recovered Falcon 9 rockets following last night's drone ship landing. After the touchdown, CEO Elon Musk joked on Twitter that the company may be running out of space to put all these reusable vehicles.<p>Like most good jokes, this contains an element of truth. For …

Elon Musk

People are announcing their baby’s sex by shooting stuff

Today on the internet, some ordinary Americans who are very thrilled about their forthcoming offspring are expressing their excitement in a creative and highly American manner. That is to say, they are filling boxes with colored powder, and then shooting the boxes from afar with heavy artillery. …

Guns

Purported photos of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active leak out

It's looking like a rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 is heading to AT&T soon. <i>Samsung Viet</i> published photos of what looks to be the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active with AT&T branding, which has routinely been the only carrier to carry the ruggedized phone.<p><i>(Photo Credit:</i> <i>Samsung Viet)</i><p>Images of the …

Samsung

HTC rebrands the One M9s as the One M9 Prime Edition for Europe

Last year, HTC launched the One M9s — a mid-range version of the 2015 flagship, One M9 — in Taiwan. Today it's launching the same exact smartphone again, under a different name, in Europe. Why even bother to change the name? In a world where a quick Google search can show you that the brand-new …

Europe

Radiohead's new album is coming out on May 8th

Radiohead's new album doesn't have a title yet, but it finally has a release date: May 8th. The band confirmed on Twitter that it's releasing its first LP since 2011's <i>The King of Limbs</i> and its ninth album overall this Sunday at 7:00PM BST (2:00PM ET). It also released a new single, "Daydreaming," …

Paul Thomas Anderson

Man discovers he loves hockey, hockey discovers it loves man

When was the last time you felt genuine excitement over discovering something you're passionate about? Like, actually stumbling upon something that makes you want to share your happiness with others?<p>Most recently for me, it was when I found this random girl on Instagram who consistently shares the …

NHL

Specs for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 Advanced leak online

The Samsung leaks keep coming. Reported specs for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Advanced dropped online yesterday (the tablet above is the Tab 4), and the Advanced doesn't look like it's coming with any major changes. Here's what we know:<p>10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display<br>• 2GB RAM, with microSD support up to …

Samsung

Synek is a really cool, really complicated way to drink beer at home

Do you like drinking beer? Do you think beer taps are cool? Do you wish you had a beer tap at home? Do you think it would be great if that tap were connected to a mini fridge maintaining a constant temperature of your choosing? Do you imagine that mini fridge fitting on or under a counter? Do hope …

Beer

Claymation Doom is just as gruesome as the real thing

If there's one thing <i>Doom</i> is known for, it's violence. Since the original, the series has been defined in part by its gruesome monsters, giant weapons, and copious amounts of blood. It turns out that doesn't change when you swap out 3D graphics for clay. In fact, things get even more violent.<p>To …

3D Graphics

Julianna Barwick’s Will is a meditative album that has blissfully little to do with 2016

Julianna Barwick’s 2013 album <i>Nepenthe</i> was a lot like its title: a healing salve, a soft buffer against the constant thrashing of the outside world. Part of that buffer was created by physical space: Barwick recorded the album during the winter in Reykjavík, Iceland, an oft-cited fact which imbued …

Bon Iver

New trailers: The Handmaiden, Bad Moms, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and more

This week may have included <i>Star Wars</i> Day, but <i>Star Wars</i> is being totally overshadowed by another juggernaut — <i>Captain America: Civil War</i>, which comes out today and has been getting all-around fantastic reviews. If you're looking for something to watch this weekend, that's probably your answer.<p>In the …

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Minecraft is great in Gear VR

The best version of <i>Minecraft</i> will always be "that one time" when "that one thing happened." Maybe it was in the early beta days, when multiplayer Lego was so novel you couldn't help but be amazed. Maybe it's on the Xbox One, where four-player split screen <i>Minecraft</i> on a couch gives griefing a whole …

Minecraft

A look inside the Department of Homeland Security's cyberhub

The building where the Department of Homeland Security tracks every cyber attack against the US is surprisingly bland. With its neutral exterior and circular drive, I wasn’t even sure we were at the right place until I saw our press liaison standing in the lobby. There are no signs to distinguish …

Homeland Security

See the ridiculous way Star Wars: The Force Awakens almost opened

On <i>Star Wars</i> Day, Mark Hamill confirmed that <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> nearly had a different — and arguably not so hot — opening sequence. The intro, detailed by Hamill in an interview with <i>The Sun,</i> would have featured Luke Skywalker's severed hand floating through space, his lightsaber still …

Mark Hamill