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T-Mobile's new promotion offers three unlimited data lines for $100

In its continuing efforts to attract more sign-ups, T-Mobile’s latest promotion offers an additional line for free for accounts with two or more lines. The offer works whether you want to add an extra phone line or a line for wearables or tablets.<p>The deal is available for current and new customers …

Net Neutrality

FCC chief doesn’t plan to review AT&T–Time Warner merger

So... it’s probably gonna go through<p>FCC chairman Ajit Pai said today that he doesn’t expect the commission to review AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner, clearing the way for the Justice Department to very likely approve the deal.<p>Pai has long been critical of the FCC putting conditions on mergers and …

Net Neutrality

The Walking Dead would be better off without Negan

Minor characters are outshining the big, bad villain<p><i>Last year, AMC’s</i> The Walking Dead <i>sparked an outrage. The gory season 7 premiere threw away beloved characters in the name of archvillain Negan and audiences followed suit: by the time the</i> <i>midseason finale</i> <i>rolled around,</i> <i>ratings had dropped 40</i> …

Zombies

Samurai Jack returns deeper, darker, and more violent than ever before

A masterful return for a masterpiece<p>Probably no cartoon series today needs and deserves a conclusion more than <i>Samurai Jack</i>. The series, from legendary animator and director Genndy Tartakovsky, ended its run on Cartoon Network back in 2004 with a painfully incomplete story and a legion of diehard …

TV

Watch last night's awkward Best Picture mixup at the Oscars

The most exciting part of a very dull Oscars ceremony last night was when the wrong movie was announced as the Best Picture winner. Presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty read out <i>La La Land</i> as the winner, but it turned out Beatty was holding the wrong award envelope — for Best Actress, which …

The Oscars

Playing Snake on the Nokia 3310

A funny thing is happening at this year’s Mobile World Congress: a show defined by its future-facing announcements and innovations essentially ground to a halt to gawk at Nokia rewinding the clock a decade and a half with its launch of the Nokia 3310. The 2017 edition of that true classic of a …

Nokia

The Middle-earth: Shadow of War teaser trailer is like a Lord of the Rings bestiary

Following an early leak yesterday, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith have officially announced <i>Middle-earth: Shadow of War,</i> the sequel to <i>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</i>, with a new cinematic trailer.<p>Like the first game, <i>Shadow of War</i> is set between <i>The Hobbit</i> and <i>The Lord of the Rings</i><i>.</i> …

PlayStation

This year at the Oscars: why would women expect any better?

This year at the Oscars, much like every year at the Oscars, men were honored for the movies they made.<p>Outside of the women-only acting categories, almost no women were nominated for anything, and almost no women won. Casey Affleck won. Mel Gibson was not only there, but in the third row and often …

The Oscars

SanDisk ups its iOS flash drive capacity to 256GB

SanDisk announced at Mobile World Congress today that it’s beefing up its iOS flash drive line. Both the iXpand Flash Drive and Connect Wireless Stick are now capable of holding 256GB-worth of data. The iXpand includes a Lightning and USB 3.0 connector, so users can transfer data between their iOS …

Apple

Roborace finally reveals its self-driving race car

With a top speed of 199 miles per hour<p>Robot racing series Roborace finally pulled the wraps off its first real self-driving race car. The British company behind the series showed off the “Robocar” for the first time ever in public during a press conference at Mobile World Congress today.<p>The cars of …

Mobile World Congress

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 appears in leaked videos ahead of March release

Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S8 may be sitting out Mobile World Congress this year, but we’re still getting a good look at the upcoming smartphone this week, courtesy of a pair of leaked videos that show off the phone on film, as spotted by <i>9to5Google</i>.<p>And yes, while we’ve seen pictures and renders …

Samsung

YouTube will be available on Comcast’s X1 box later this year

Comcast and Google have struck a deal to bring YouTube to the cable company’s X1 set-top box. The deal will give Comcast users full access to the YouTube app, and content from the video platform will be integrated alongside other on-demand content.<p>Voice commands will also work for YouTube, allowing …

Net Neutrality

Facebook launches its new video app on Samsung smart TVs

Facebook’s new dedicated video app for TVs — which the company announced a few weeks ago — has officially launched on Samsung smart TVs today, as noted by <i>VentureBeat</i>. The app is available on any Samsung smart TV from 2015, 2016, or 2017, and can be accessed by downloading it through the Samsung …

Facebook

Exclusive: ICE put detained immigrants in solitary confinement for hunger striking

At a remote private ICE facility in Georgia, detainees refused to eat until they’d seen their deportation officer<p>Beginning last April, and picking up in the weeks following the November election, dozens of detainees at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in rural Georgia went on hunger …

Torture

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport: when physical buttons make more sense than a touchscreen

<i>Cars have become expensive rolling gadgets, full of screens, speakers, and sensors</i> <i>—</i> <i>but are they actually good gadgets? In</i> <i>our new series,</i> <i>ScreenDrive</i><i>,</i> <i>we'll review cars just like any other device, starting with the basics of what they’re like to use.</i><p>I pulled up to my friend Colin’s apartment in …

Hyundai

Twitch will start selling games and giving its streamers a cut

It already dominates video game streaming, but Twitch is now getting into a new market: video game selling. The company will start selling games and in-game content through its service this spring, it announced today, allowing viewers to buy titles from publishers both big and independent through …

Game Development

Bill Gates does David S Pumpkins parody four months late

Bill Gates loves making silly videos. During his time at Microsoft he made hundreds that were distributed internally as a way for him to reach out to colleagues with humor. He especially loves goofing around for Reddit Ask Me Anything appearances, and today is no different. Gates is planning to …

Bill Gates

Audible had words for the Trump administration during the Oscars

While plenty of jokes and comments about our current political reality were made onstage at last night’s Academy Awards, Audible went out of its way to make commercials to criticize the White House. In two spots that aired last night, the Amazon-owned audiobook company used literature to attack the …

Entertainment

Oppo could kill phone camera bumps with this new zoom lens design

Oppo has announced a new camera technique designed to enable 5x zoom even in thin smartphones. The company’s “5x Dual Camera Zoom” technology gets around vertical height constraints — the biggest design challenge in smartphone cameras — with a periscope-style lens array that runs horizontally along …

Cameras

Samsung’s Staedtler stylus is roughly 5,000 times more awesome than the Apple Pencil

Almost a real pencil!<p>Samsung introduced some tablets at Mobile World Congress last night. I was there, I listened to the whole thing, and I can’t really tell you much about them other than they exist and they’re technologically advanced. What swept me up in real emotion, however, was the Korean …

Samsung

Nintendo Switch, Zelda, phones, tablets, and more phones in the week ahead

February 27th, 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>It's only Monday but we've already been very busy with the 2017 Academy Awards and Mobile World Congress (MWC). If you've fallen behind on our coverage then be …

Nintendo

Windows 10 will soon let you block desktop apps from installing

Just like macOS<p>Microsoft is adding a last-minute feature to its Windows 10 Creators Update that is designed to block desktop apps from installing. <i>MSPoweruser</i> reports that the latest Windows Insider preview build of Windows 10 includes options to only allow apps from the Windows Store, but the …

Microsoft

Samsung promises stronger transparency and oversight after bribery scandal

Company says donations will be publicized and subject to board approval, following the arrest of Lee Jae-yong<p>Samsung Electronics says it is taking measures to enhance transparency and oversight over donations made to third parties, following the arrest of Samsung Group heir Lee Jae-yong in …

Samsung

White nationalists seem to have manipulated Google search results for ‘Boasian anthropology’

Top result falsely describes the term as ‘a pseudo-scientific Jewish assault on White European racial consciousness and identity’<p>Google’s algorithm appears to have been manipulated to deliver a racist, anti-Semitic top result on searches for the term “Boasian anthropology” — a reference to the work …

Google

HTC’s Vive Deluxe Audio Strap is coming in June for $99.99

Last month at CES HTC announced the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, a Vive accessory that adds integrated headphones and improves the VR headset’s comfort, and today at Mobile World Congress the company is revealing details on availability. The Deluxe Audio Strap will sell for $99.99 and ship in June, …

Virtual Reality

ZTE is launching two budget phones with Android N

Nearly two months after ZTE announced that the Blade V8 Pro would be coming to the US, the company is adding two new devices to the line: the Blade V8 Lite and Blade V8 Mini. Both phones will only be initially available in the Asia Pacific and Europe, including Russia, Japan, and Germany. Let’s …

Tablets

These shiny concept earphones are the latest vessel for Sony’s digital assistant

Sony has a compelling vision for the future of computing, but it doesn’t always manage to follow through. Case in point, the company has announced at MWC today a new concept version of its Xperia Ear — a headphone with a built-in digital assistant (the Sony Agent).<p>Sony says the technology is …

Headphones

Sony’s crazy projector that turns any surface into a touchscreen is going on sale this year

It’s called the Xperia Touch, is powered by Android, and will cost around $1,600<p>Over the past couple of years, Sony has shown off a number of experimental products designed for the home. Now, though, one of them is actually going on sale: the newly-christened Xperia Touch — an Android projector …

Sony

Sony's "super mid-range" XA1 and Xperia XZs flesh out its 2017 phone range

The Xperia XZs has the same camera as the flagship XZ Premium<p>Sony’s just-announced XZ Premium isn’t the company’s only new smartphone debuting here at Mobile World Congress. Along with the Premium, billed as Sony’s “most ground-breaking smartphone to date,” three other phones are also being …

Phones

Sony Xperia XZ Premium announced: 4K HDR screen, memory-stacked camera, and Snapdragon 835

The spec crown is shiny and fingerprint-friendly<p>Speaking with one of Sony Mobile’s product planners ahead of today’s launch, I was told that in 2016, Sony just didn’t have much innovation in its smartphones. That candid admission is corrected in a big way today with the introduction of the mighty …

Cameras