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Relive Sonic the Hedgehog’s glory days with this eclectic remix album

Gotta go fast<p>2017 is shaping up to be a big year for Sonic. Later this year, we will see the launch of two new games starring the iconic Sega character, including both the old-school <i>Sonic Mania</i>, and the more modern (and 3D!) <i>Sonic Forces</i>. With all of this going on, you may well be in the mood for a</i> …

Gaming

Samsung Pay now supports Discover cards

Two years after it was announced<p>Discover card shoppers can finally use their credit card with Samsung Pay on their phones, two years after the credit card company announced that the card would come to the system.<p>A customer service representative for Discover confirmed that customers can now add …

Banking

The British Parliament has been hit by a cyberattack

The attack is described as ‘sustained and determined’<p>The British Parliament has been hit by a “sustained and determined” cyberattack attack, according to <i>The Telegraph</i>, which has left lawmakers unable to remotely access their e-mail.<p>Authorities discovered unusual activity on the computer networks …

UK Parliament

The major difference between the Preacher comic and the AMC show has to do with God

The show’s second season kicks off on June 25th, and moves the series closer to the comics that inspired it<p>The big difference between <i>Preacher</i> the television show and <i>Preacher</i> the comic is that on the television show, the protagonist doesn't walk with God.<p>Admittedly, that isn’t the <i>only</i> change. The …

TV

Essential gadgets for throwing the best SmartBarbecue

Outsmarting heat waves and veggie patties, too<p>Every summer, when the sun is hot and everyone is drowning in sweat, barbecue invitations go out. While these get-togethers create the perfect setting to catch up with old friends, befriend your neighbors, and meet new people, they also highlight how …

Gear & Gadgets

8 stories to read while you wait for the next season of American Gods

Transactional magic<p>The first season of <i>American Gods</i> ended with a bang earlier this week, leaving us with a long wait until we get to see just what happens next for Shadow, Wednesday, and the others. However, like <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i>, the show is based on a novel, and there’s a number of others about …

American Gods

Big discounts on the Samsung Galaxy S8, Steam summer sale, and more tech deals

This week we already mentioned several big sales, including another T-Mobile BOGO deal for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Steam’s annual summer sale on popular (and sometimes not-so-popular) PC gaming titles. But we’ve also got some new deals to tell you about, the most noteworthy being eBay’s $125 …

Samsung Galaxy S8

8 new trailers you should watch this week

The last two movies I saw were <i>Magic Mike XXL</i> and <i>The Invitation</i>. The former is a tale of male strippers, friendship, and the danceability of “Pony,” while the latter is a terrifying, suspense-driven look at a (fictional) Los Angeles cult.<p>Where am I going with this? I have no idea, but Jake usually …

Netflix

An ode to my $7 HTC pack-in headphones

Headphones are an interesting slice of the technology market, where companies build products that are as much gadget as they are art. Design, style, and personal taste in sound quality and tuning are just as important as the more technical aspects of a pair of headphones. And there have never been …

Gear & Gadgets

Microsoft confirms some Windows 10 source code has leaked

A portion of Microsoft’s Windows 10 source code has leaked online this week. Files related to Microsoft’s USB, storage, and Wi-Fi drivers in Windows 10 were posted to Beta Archive this week. Beta Archive is an enthusiast site that tracks Windows releases, and asks members to donate money or …

Microsoft

Scientists are racing to predict where the next pandemic will start

But, where exactly should they look?<p>In a race to prevent future deadly pandemics, scientists are trying to pinpoint the animals and regions where the next Ebola or Zika might arise — before the viruses start harming people. But some experts argue that it makes more sense to look for new viruses in …

Microbiology

Snapchat’s newest feature is also its biggest privacy threat

This detail about Snap Map is frightening<p>Snap Map introduction<p>Earlier this week, Snapchat introduced Snap Map, an opt-in function that allows you to share your location with your friends on a map. Snapchat’s introduction video to Snap Map, seen above, focuses on sharing the location of posted Snaps …

Social Media

SpaceX successfully launches and lands a used rocket for the second time

The seventh at sea, and the 12th successful landing overall<p>SpaceX has successfully launched and landed a recycled Falcon 9 rocket for the second time. The rocket’s first stage — the 14-story-tall core that houses the fuel and the rocket’s main engines — touched down on one of the company’s …

Exploration

Local businesses can now feature content directly in Google search results

The ‘Posts on Google’ feature is expanding<p>Last year, Google opened up a program called “Posts on Google,” which let big companies and celebrities feature content in a carousel in search results. And today, Google is opening that up to local businesses, allowing them to directly inject things like …

Google

HTC’s next Edge Sense features for the U11 still seem very gimmicky

HTC today released a video of some new features coming to Edge Sense, the headlining, squeeze-your-phone-to-do-something feature of its U11 smartphone. The examples shown include Google Maps (which automatically zooms in when you squeeze), Google Photos (same thing), Calendar (change to a different …

Phones

Google will stop scanning your Gmail messages to sell targeted ads

Google will stop its long-standing practice of scanning the contents of individual Gmail users for advertising purposes, the company announced in a blog post today. The practice, something Google has done nearly since the launch of its email service, allows the company to digest the contents of …

Google

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is coming to PS4 next week

No word on Xbox One or PC<p>The enhanced version of <i>Call of Duty 4</i> is now a standalone title — at least on PS4. Today Activision announced that <i>Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered</i> will be available on Sony’s console on June 27th for $39.99. The game — which features the same story campaign and …

Gaming

The hunt for offshore oil is killing tiny sea creatures that are key for healthy oceans

‘Plankton underpin whole ocean productivity’<p>A widely used method to find oil and gas for offshore drilling can kill tiny sea creatures that are key for feeding many marine animals like shellfish, fish, and even whales. And the impacts on these tiny, drifting creatures — called zooplankton — are …

Oceans

Old-school Mystery Science Theater 3000 is returning for six days with a Twitch marathon

The 38-episode run will draw from the series’s run on Comedy Central and the Sci Fi Channel<p>2017 has been a big revival year for <i>Mystery Science Theater 3000</i>. The show got its start in the late 1980s, moved to Comedy Central for half the 1990s, and closed out the decade on the Sci Fi Channel before …

TV

Leaked photos of the Tesla Model 3 ignite an internet power struggle

Tesla’s secrecy about its new car is making people go a little crazy<p>Yesterday afternoon, popular gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee tweeted out a link to an article on a Tesla fan site of new leaked photos of the upcoming, hotly anticipated Model 3 electric car. “Yo Tesla Model 3 looks better and …

Autos

FCC grants OneWeb approval to launch over 700 satellites for ‘space internet’

Coming as early as 2018<p>FCC chairman Ajit Pai has released a statement announcing that the commission has granted OneWeb approval for US market access to launch a network of internet-beaming satellites into orbit. OneWeb, which is backed in part by Richard Branson, has been working on providing …

Internet

Ana Lily Amirpour on romance in the desert and the racial controversy over her new film, The Bad Batch

Amirpour’s follow-up to A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night isn’t for everyone, but she says that’s none of her business<p>Ana Lily Amirpour’s <i>The Bad Batch</i>, the follow-up to her acclaimed 2014 vampire love story <i>A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night</i>, is set in a world that feels like a Lana Del Rey song made …

Movies

Instagram tests favorites, a major rethinking of private sharing

Reinventing the friends list<p>Instagram has begun testing a way to share posts with a more limited group of friends. Called favorites, the feature attempts to improve on earlier social network friend lists, encouraging users to post more often by giving them more control over their audience. If it …

Instagram

YouTube TV is expanding to 10 new markets

YouTube TV will expand to 10 more cities across the US, the company announced yesterday. The OTT service will expand to Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Phoenix, and Washington, DC.<p>The expansion …

YouTube TV

Does Disney want its directors to have creative freedom?

The recent fiasco on the Han Solo movie suggests the studio wants obedient showrunners, not directors<p>Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been booted from the upcoming Han Solo movie — right in the middle of shooting — over creative differences with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and …

Movies

Monster Hunter World could finally be the series’s breakout global hit

Big changes for a bigger audience<p>Ryozo Tsujimoto didn’t set out to create a <i>Monster Hunter</i> game aimed at Western audiences. It’s more like he stumbled upon the idea. Four years ago, Tsujimoto, who serves as producer on the upcoming <i>Monster Hunter World</i>, sat down with his development team at Capcom’s …

RPGs

From Uber to Tumblr, The Vergecast explains it all

This week’s tech news on The Vergecast<p>Here we go, another classic episode of <i>The Vergecast</i>. There were a lot of little things that happened this week, and we wanted to discuss them all, so Nilay, Dieter, and Paul go through their list of hits on the site.<p>Also, to continue our weekly summer interview …

Uber

Nissan, eyeing fully self-driving cars, offers a glimpse of its new semi-autonomous Leaf

Single-lane, autonomous driving for the masses<p>Nissan says the next generation of its all-electric Leaf vehicles will feature the Japanese automaker’s most advanced driver assistance system yet. Nissan first revealed its plan to include the ProPilot technology, which allows single-lane autonomous …

Transportation

Watch SpaceX launch and land a recycled Falcon 9 rocket this afternoon

The first of two launches scheduled for this weekend<p>This afternoon, SpaceX is set to launch a used Falcon 9 rocket for the second time ever. The rocket will take off from SpaceX’s launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and it’s sending a communications satellite into a super-high orbit around Earth. …

SpaceX

Here’s your dose of AI-generated uncanny valley for today

As we get better at making, faking, and manipulating human faces with machine learning, one thing is abundantly clear: things are going to get ~freaky~ fast.<p>Case in point: this online demo hosted (and, we presume, made) by web developer AlteredQualia. It combines two different research projects, …

Machine Learning