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Theranos hit by another setback as it withdraws request for Zika test approval

Troubled diagnostic company Theranos suffered another blow as it withdrew its request for federal approval of a new Zika virus blood test, <i>The</i> <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports. The Food and Drug Administration is said to have turned up evidence that Theranos began testing the diagnostic without the …

FDA

Google's new In Apps search lets you look through your Android apps for information

Android users have a new way to look for information stored inside their smartphone apps, with a new Google search feature appropriately titled "In Apps." The new feature, announced tonight, appears as an option inside Android's Google app, and allows you to search for — among other things — …

Google

Monster's lawsuit against Beats has gone very poorly

Monster's claims that Beats Electronics fraudulently ended their relationship were dismissed in a Los Angeles Superior Court today, leaving Beats and Apple off the hook. The judge ruled that Beats was allowed to end their partnership, meaning its actions were not, as Monster and its CEO Noel Lee …

Apple News

Apple adds 2TB iCloud storage option before iPhone 7 launch

Apple has introduced a new storage tier for iCloud that grants 2TB of space for $19.99 a month. This pricing is similar to Google Drive’s terabyte pricing, which starts at $9.99 a month for 1TB, and is slightly more than Microsoft’s 1TB plan for $6.99 a month. Apple’s new plan is not replacing a …

iCloud

Tasmanian devils are adapting to their gnarly face cancer

For years, Tasmanian devils have been ravaged by gnarly facial tumors, cutting their numbers and pushing them toward extinction — but a new study suggests they may pull through after all.<p>Scientists at the University of Tasmania have been collecting genetic samples from the devils since before the …

Cancer

This cat-sized pterosaur looks like adorable origami

Paleontologists found the fossils of a pterosaur the size of a cat — and it’s not just cute as hell, it’s also an important cue for whether ancient birds outcompeted the smallest flying reptiles. This teensy pterosaur, in fact, is from the late Cretaceous, around 83 to 72 million years ago, a time …

Origami

Griffin's Bluetooth headphone adapter is about to kick off a new trend

As we get closer to next week's Apple event where the world will presumably be shown a new iPhone without a 3.5mm headphone jack (along with some ridiculous explanation for removing it), you'll start to notice more and more companies introducing Bluetooth headphone adapters, and Griffin is first …

Bluetooth

Revived lawsuit says Twitter DMs are like handing ISIS a satellite phone

A long-standing lawsuit holding Twitter responsible for the rise of ISIS got new life today, as plaintiffs filed a revised version of the complaint that was struck down earlier this month. In the new complaint, the plaintiffs argue Twitter's Direct Message service is akin to providing ISIS with …

Satellites

Archos’ new ‘55 Diamond Selfie’ phone isn’t made of diamonds

French erstwhile portable media player manufacturer Archos is releasing a new phone this fall called the 55 Diamond Selfie. It feels misleading because it doesn’t involve diamonds, and it doesn’t do anything to improve your selfies. A press release describes the phone as having "chic design, …

Phones

That Russian superhero movie with a machine-gun-wielding bear gets an English trailer

This spring, I shared the international trailer for <i>Guardians,</i> Russia’s answer to Marvel superhero movies. I wrote then about the value of many international tributaries feeding into modern mythology. American action films, in particular, have been guilty of villainizing foreign nations. The …

Russia

Google is taking dozens of Nest engineers to work on the smart home

Google parent company Alphabet is moving some developers from its Nest subsidiary over to Google as the latter ramps up its efforts in the smart home, <i>The Verge</i> has learned. These engineers are mainly responsible for the Nest platform, and they will now be working with Android chief Hiroshi …

Smart Homes

Why calling screentime ‘digital heroin’ is digital garbage

The supposed danger of digital media made headlines over the weekend when psychotherapist Nicholas Kardaras published a story in the <i>New York Post</i> called "It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies." In the op-ed, Kardaras claims that "iPads, smartphones and XBoxes are a …

Addiction

Parrot's new Minidrones look like they can fly the Death Star trench run

Today, Parrot announced its new Parrot Swing and Parrot Mambo Minidrones. The Minidrone line serves as a good entry point for people looking to get into the hobby, with their smaller, cheaper, and more toy-like designs versus larger and more expensive models like Parrot's full-size Bebop 2 and …

Drones

A post on Tim Allen's personal forum devolves into an existential play

Life has brought you to Tim Allen’s official forum.<p>Naturally curious and bored at work, you skim the list of sections. Beneath a few sub-forums pertaining to "Tim’s Movies, TV and Books," you find the more evocative secondary message boards. These are "Tim’s Favorite Things."<p>There is "The …

Tim Allen

Please reconsider before buying this wooden Jim Beam watch

Fine whiskey and expensive watches are two things that go together — both are pricey luxury items that cater to a very specific and overly affluent demographic, and are, for better or worse, associated with the advertising-built image of the so-called "modern gentlemen." If you picture a wrist with …

Watches

Google reportedly launching Waze ride-share carpooling in San Francisco

Google is launching a new ride-sharing service focused on carpooling, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Google launched a carpooling service through its Waze product back in May but it was limited to “a select group of employers” in the Bay Area.<p>Google is now said to open the program to all Waze …

Google

Google DeepMind wants to use machine learning to help treat certain cancers

Google DeepMind is launching a project to reduce the time it takes doctors to prepare treatment for head and neck cancers. Alphabet’s London-based artificial intelligence division has partnered with the UK’s National Health Service and will be conducting the research in coordination with the …

Google

Pebble continues to focus on health tracking with latest update

After introducing Pebble Health last December, Pebble has been building out its smartwatch health and fitness features. A new update released today brings redesigns to Pebble’s health app, as well as revised timeline features, iPhone updates, and more for most (but not all) Pebble smartwatches.<p>The …

Health

Snapchat releases a new web tool for making custom geofilters

Snapchat has let you create custom geofilters for events since February, but until now you've needed image editing software to make one. Today the company rolled out a tool for creating on-demand geofilters on the web, using templates for weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations. The filters, …

Snapchat

Microsoft's OneNote will help you solve equations you've handwritten

Microsoft is adding a neat little trick to its OneNote app today: ink math assistant. Popular with students, OneNote is often used to jot down notes with a stylus, and the new ink math assistant is designed to help students convert handwritten equations into text, and teach them how to solve …

Microsoft

Watch the first teaser for Where Cards Fall, the somber follow-up to Alto’s Adventure

Back in March, Snowman — the team behind breakout mobile hit <i>Alto’s Adventure</i> — announced a collaboration with designer Sam Rosenthal and his new studio The Game Band on a game called <i>Where Cards Fall</i>. That announcement was coupled with just a single piece of art: but now we finally have a teaser …

Snowman

Google reportedly dropping the Nexus brand name from its phones

Google’s newest smartphones won’t be Nexus devices after all. According to <i>Android Central</i>, Google is dropping the Nexus branding with its two upcoming, HTC-made smartphones. Instead, the company is expected to market the devices under a different name and to lean heavily on the Google brand in the …

Google

A few simple tech tips for living in a dorm or New York apartment

Because you have clicked this story, I will assume you have moved into your first dorm room, continue to live in a small apartment because modern rent charges are stacked against us, or you have a perverse fascination with confined spaces. Whatever the case, welcome.<p>Normally on <i>What’s Tech</i> we focus …

Dot-com

Apple adds Jessica Alba to Planet of the Apps reality show

Actor and entrepreneur Jessica Alba will appear on Apple's <i>Planet of the Apps</i> as a "mentor" for up-and-coming developers. She's the fourth big name to be added to the show's list of mentors, the last three including Will.i.am, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Gary Vaynerchuk.<p>Alba's addition shows Apple sticking …

Jessica Alba

PlayStation Now game streaming launches on PC today

It was just last week that Sony announced that its PlayStation Now streaming service would be expanding to PC — and now it’s already available. The service lets users stream hundreds of different PS3 games for a single monthly fee of $19.99, making it something akin to Netflix for games. As part of …

PlayStation

Yuneec released an affordable drone designed for social photography

The latest drone from Yuneec isn't targeted at drone enthusiasts, but at people who want to step up their Instagram game. The Yuneec Breeze is a $499 "flying camera" that can take 4K video and 13MP images that can easily be shared to your social media accounts through the accompanying app.<p>The …

Drones

The Verge fall movie preview: from Snowden to Star Wars

If summer movie season is when thought and reason are jettisoned in favor of explosions and bombast, then fall is when Hollywood decides to get serious. Or should we say, it's when Hollywood decides <i>audiences</i> are ready to get serious — because over the next few months a slew of Oscar hopefuls and …

Spying

You'll be able to drive Halo's Warthog in Forza Horizon 3

Microsoft has been gradually detailing all the new car options in <i>Forza Horizon 3</i> in recent months, but the company has saved a secret addition for <i>Halo</i> fans. <i>Halo's</i> Warthog will be driveable in <i>Forza Horizon 3</i>, alongside 350 other vehicles. It's the first time Microsoft has allowed the Warthog to be …

Microsoft

A summary of every Facebook friendship anniversary video

Disembodied hands put a vinyl record on a turntable. It is not the turntable <i>The Wirecutter</i> recommends for casual listening. Nor is it <i>The Verge</i>'s preferred turntable. The taste of the owner of these hands is suspect.<p>The hand-possessor sets the record to play.<p>"Five years ago today" <b>Your Friend</b> became …

Facebook

Welcome to alphanumeric car hell

Et tu, Hyundai?<p>Until recently, the Korean brand offered two upmarket cars, the Genesis and the Equus. The first name had biblical shades and the latter shared a title with a play where an adolescent likes to get naked and straddle horses. So while the connotations were a bit muddled, at least they …

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