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Apple will replace some USB-C cables because of a 'design issue'

USB-C cables have run into yet another stumbling block. Apple has announced a worldwide replacement program for the USB-C cable that it shipped between April and June 8th of last year. The cable was released alongside the 12-inch Retina Macbook and also sold separately at the Apple Store. According …

Apple News

Congress wants to privatize US air traffic control, but what does it mean for flyers?

As part of the reauthorization for the FAA, Congressional Republicans are proposing a big change to the way America's air traffic control system works. Currently, a federal agency, the Federal Aviation Administration, oversees the air traffic control (ATC) of the nation — but HR 4441, the Aviation …

Air Traffic Control

This Dragon Ball eating montage is the most satisfying video you'll see all day

My favorite part of every book is the inevitable passage where a group of people sit down for a meal and, for whatever reason, tear at bread, throw back wine, and slurp down inordinate amounts of food in the space of a couple sentences. It is gloriously indulgent, often in the middle of a Hemingway …

Food

Watch this DARPA drone speed around a warehouse at 45 mph

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is testing autonomous drones that can maneuver around obstacles at up to 45 mph. The devices are part of DARPA's FLA program, short for Fast Lightweight Autonomy, which is developing drones for disaster relief and military reconnaissance.

DARPA …

DARPA

CenturyLink joins Comcast in bringing data caps to home internet

Data caps have become an accepted part of getting internet access on your phone, and now caps are slowly starting to make their way into the world of home internet, too. Comcast, AT&T, and some other smaller internet providers either test data caps or have them in active use, and this week …

ISPs

Create your own The Life of Pablo album cover

While the verdict may be out on the cover art for Kanye West's latest album The Life of Pablo, the internet has wasted no time in creating generators letting users add their own sayings to the postmodern image. There are now a handful of websites including thepablo.life, tlopcover.com, and …

Album Covers

Apple Music now has over 11 million subscribers

Apple senior vice presidents Craig Federighi and Eddy Cue appeared on John Gruber's podcast, The Talk Show, which was published today. The pair gave the long-time writer some interesting insights into the state of Apple, its products, and the path that the company is on.

Let's start with the numbers. …

John Gruber

Google will shut down Picasa this spring

Google announced earlier today in a blog post that it will stop supporting its Picasa photo storage service this spring. Starting in March, the company will shutter the Picasa desktop app, and in May, Picasa web albums will no longer be editable.

Google, of course, is suggesting its own Google …

Google

UK tribunal rules that GCHQ hacking does not violate human rights

The GCHQ has won a major court case in defense of its persistent hacking program. Today, the UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal declared that the surveillance agency is not in violation of British law, despite a complaint by Privacy International. Launched in the wake of the Snowden revelations, …

Human Rights

This is how something starts trending on Facebook

Facebook wants to own the internet. It wants to be the first and last place you go when logging onto your computer, and it’s doing that by becoming far more than just a social network. The company is best known for its News Feed where you primarily see updates from your friends and the pages you …

Facebook

Verge ESP: Badly behaved record execs, badly behaved scientists

We rarely go into this thing with a theme in mind, but an unfortunate (and all too common) one just fell in our laps this week: men doing bad things — and getting away with it. First we talk about the repeated reports of sexual harassment coming out of the science community, and why universities …

University of Illinois

Apple will reportedly release new iPhone and iPad Air 3 on March 18th

Apple's planning to release the upcoming iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 on March 18th, according to 9to5Mac. If accurate, that would come just three days after the rumored March 15th press event — also still unconfirmed — so Apple may skip preorders entirely for the new products. The iPhone 5se is said …

iPad

The Amazon Echo can now control your thermostat

Starting today, if you have an Amazon Echo and an Ecobee 3 connected thermostat, you can change the temperature of your home by just barking commands at Amazon's connected cylinder. The $249 Ecobee 3 is the first thermostat that works directly with the Echo, allowing you to set specific …

Amazon

YouTube just acquired a startup that helps musicians sell direct to fans

YouTube just scooped up San Francisco-based startup BandPage, a software tool that helps musicians sell direct to fans through social media sites, streaming services, and ticket vendors. BandPage says it works with more than 500,000 musicians, who each create a account to link up with third-party …

YouTube

A new earthquake-sensing app just hit the Google Play Store

Scientists have a new way to predict earthquakes, harnessing the combined power of the world’s smartphones. An app called MyShake is arriving today on the Google Play Store, alongside an accompanying paper in Science Advances. Created by a team of scientists from UC Berkeley, the app turns your …

Google Play

4 billion people face severe water scarcity at least one month a year

An estimated 4 billion people face severe water scarcity at least one month a year, researchers have found, and nearly half of them live in China and India. The findings, published today in the journal Science Advances, suggest that severe water scarcity affects far more people than previously …

Water

The New York Times just published a Ben Stiller diss track

Today is going to be a legendary day in the history of fierce beefs between middle-aged comedy stars and extremely advanced-age film critics.

While I can't honestly say that the prospect of going to see Zoolander 2 is any more exciting to me than attending a mandatory Chipotle anti-E. coli workshop, …

Ben Stiller

Apple is reportedly making a TV show starring Dr. Dre

Apple appears to be getting in on the original content game. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple is developing a TV series starring Dr. Dre — who, of course, is a co-founder of the now Apple-owned Beats. Dre's series is already said to have started filming. The show is reported to be a dark …

Apple News

Syfy’s new VR crime drama will be watchable through the Oculus Rift

Syfy is staying true to its name with an upcoming short-form TV show called Halcyon, a crime drama about virtual reality that viewers will be able to watch using VR headsets. Commissioned by NBCUniversal and produced by studio Secret Location, Halcyon will feature 10 episodes distributed through …

Oculus Rift

Toyota's weird, bright green Prius uses science to stay cooler in the sun

The Prius is an intentionally odd-looking car that gets odder with every generation; I'm pretty sure even ardent defenders of Toyota's flagship hybrid could agree with me on that. So why not throw an equally odd paint color on top?

What you're looking at here is the new Prius in "Thermo-Tect Lime …

Hybrid Vehicles

Uber limits drivers in NYC to 12 hour shifts

Uber drivers in New York City who drive longer than 12 hours at a time will risk deactivation, under a new policy being adopted by the ride-hail company. In a letter to the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) Thursday, Uber says that drivers who are on the road longer than 12 hours will be …

Uber

UK police reportedly arrest teen accused of hacking CIA director's email

Police in the UK, in coordination with the FBI, have reportedly arrested a teenager alleged to be the leader of the hacktivist group "Crackas With Attitude," Motherboard reports. The group took credit for compromising CIA director John Brennan’s personal email account, as well as accessing accounts …

Policing

Prism is a gorgeous, futuristic puzzle box for your iPhone

We've been carrying around touchscreen devices in our pockets for years now, but there still aren't a lot of games that really get the tactile pleasure of manipulating virtual objects with your fingertips. Prism, out now on iOS, is a game that's entirely about that feeling. It's essentially a …

iPhone

This Death Cab and Kanye mashup is everything you need to get through Valentine's Day weekend

Kanye West hype is in full swing right now thanks to his debut of The Life of Pablo and his Yeezy Season 3 fashion collection last night. While you're waiting for the full release of the album (or in between plays of Ye's surprise new GOOD Fridays track), you might want to spend some time listening …

Kanye West

Kanye West adds six more songs to The Life of Pablo, says album will drop today

Only two days after firming up his album name and track list, Kanye West is adding six more tracks to his new album TLOP.

The artist also says the album will officially be released today, although he didn't specify where it'll be available. West debuted most of the initial tracks yesterday afternoon …

Kanye West

NBCUniversal is launching a streaming service dedicated to reality TV

NBCUniversal has just announced Hayu, a new subscription video service that will exclusively stream reality shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Real Housewives, I Am Cait, Top Chef, and others when it launches in March. Hayu won't be available in the United States; instead, it's coming …

Streaming

Kanye releases '30 Hours,' says he’s bringing back GOOD Fridays

Despite the impending release of The Life of Pablo, Kanye West isn't giving up on GOOD Fridays. "30 Hours" is the latest release in the ongoing series, and features West giving us more bars than usual over a mellow beat. The track, which will appear on The Life of Pablo, is the first GOOD Friday …

Kanye West

New evidence ties Sony attacks to Korean malware campaign

The group behind the Sony attacks has been waging a sustained campaign against South Korean targets, according to new research revealed at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit and first reported by Wired. Researchers at Kaspersky and Alienvault Labs traced the campaign by comparing samples from the …

Sony

The original Pokemon starters are now in Super Mario Maker

Between the Super Bowl commercial, new games like Pokken Tournament and Pokemon Go, and the re-release of the original Game Boy games, you might think you've already had enough Pokemon for one year — but you'd be wrong. Today Nintendo released a trio of new costumes for its build-your-own-Mario-game …

Nintendo

HBO's Vinyl is an office drama masquerading as a rock show

Every once in a while in Vinyl, Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) takes a ride in his car. It's a ride, not a drive — his chauffeur is at the wheel, naturally. He winds through the primitively dark streets of New York City, 1973, trembling in the rain-speckled windows, the lurid lights of downtown …

Martin Scorsese