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NASA is extending Dawn’s mission over Ceres for a second time

Mission planners want to bring the spacecraft even closer to the surface<p>In June 2016, the Dawn spacecraft reached the end of its primary mission over Ceres. Since then, the spacecraft has remained in orbit around the dwarf planet, where it has continued to monitor and study its surface. This week, …

Space Exploration

Soonish: Zach and Kelly Weinersmith on 10 technologies that will change everything

The future, soonish<p>We hear a lot of promises about the future. But what’s truly on its way, and what’s going to remain a pipe dream for a few decades yet?<p>That’s the question that Zach and Kelly Weinersmith set out to answer in <i>Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve</i> <i>a</i><i>nd/</i><i>o</i><i>r Ruin Everything</i>, …

Pokémon Go

iPhone Upgrade Program members can get a ‘head start’ when upgrading to an iPhone X

Starting on October 23rd<p>Preorders for the iPhone X begin on October 27th, and supplies are expected to be limited. If you’re a member of the iPhone Upgrade Program, you might have a chance to streamline the ordering process when preorders begin.<p>Apple announced that members of the program can get a …

IPhone X

7 new trailers you should watch this week

I've really been enjoying the selection of offbeat, smaller films that Amazon picks up for Prime. One of those is <i>Paterson</i>, the Jim Jarmusch movie that has Adam Driver playing a bus driver named Paterson in the city of Paterson. It's slow and odd, and it's hard to imagine a movie like that finding a …

Movies

Exclusive discount on Anker PowerCore 2, and more tech sales on Amazon

Save on BeatsX wireless headphones, Samsung 4K TVs, and more.<p>As mentioned in last week’s roundup, most retailers are holding out on any major promotions until November, but there are a couple deals we recommend taking a look at. This week we’ve got two exclusive deals for our readers — both the …

Shopping

Why Only The Brave director Joseph Kosinski left science fiction

The director of Oblivion and Tron: Legacy moves on to real-life heroes and 4K fire<p>When director Joseph Kosinski made his 2010 feature debut with <i>Tron: Legacy</i>, he was almost instantly heralded as an impressive visual stylist with impeccable attention to detail. He solidified that reputation with his …

Storytelling

What’s in your bag, Dieter Bohn?

Travel essentials<p><i>What’s in</i> <i>Y</i><i>our</i> <i>B</i><i>ag?</i> <i>is a recurring feature where we ask people to tell us a bit more about their everyday gadgets by opening their bags and hearts to us. This week, we’re featuring Verge executive editor Dieter Bohn.</i><p>It's been four years since I last published the contents of my bag, …

Gear & Gadgets

For those who want to watch the world burn, there’s Geostorm

It’s almost too obvious to say this disaster movie is dumb, scattershot, and borderline incoherent, but at least it has some large ambitions<p>This is probably how <i>Geostorm</i> came about: at some point a year or two ago, a bunch of Warner Bros. executives were sitting in front of a dartboard marked “big …

Movies

Alphabet’s Project Loon deploys LTE balloons in Puerto Rico

Alphabet’s Project Loon has officially deployed its LTE balloons to Puerto Rico, the team announced this afternoon. In a blog penned by Project Loon head Alastair Westgarth, the company says it’s working with the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Aviation Authority, FEMA, and other …

Google

Nokia’s retro 3310 3G is coming to the US for $60 on October 29th

The 3G version of Nokia’s resurrected 3310 was announced in September as theoretically working in the US, unlike the 2G version released earlier this year. But at the time HMD Global, which owns the rights to Nokia phones, didn’t say when (or even if) the 3310 3G would be coming to the US.<p>Now, we …

HMD Global

Apple sued by Japanese company that owns Animoji trademark

A Japanese company, which owns the trademark for “Animoji” in the US, is suing Apple for using the word to name its iPhone X feature.<p>The Tokyo-based company, Emonster, filed the suit on Wednesday in US federal court, saying, “Apple made the conscious decision to try to pilfer the name for itself.” …

Patents

A Silent Voice shows why Kyoto Animation is one of the top animation studios

The best animation isn’t always about spectacle<p>Kyoto Animation’s work isn’t quite like anyone else’s. The style of its animation and storytelling separate the studio from the majority of other Japanese companies. It’s known for high production values compared to its contemporaries; Kyoto’s smooth, …

Animation

Razer made a webcam with a selfie light for streamers

Razer launched two new products today for streamers: the Razer Seiren X portable microphone and the Razer Kiyo webcam with a selfie light. These two products are Razer's latest attempt to become the popular choice for microphones and webcams, which people normally don't go to it for.<p>The Razer Kiyo …

Gear & Gadgets

YouTube Red greenlights a Tinder-themed romantic comedy series called Swipe Right

252 Tinder dates, in one TV show<p>YouTube Red just greenlit a scripted comedy series about Tinder, <i>Deadline</i> reports. <i>Swipe Right</i>, written by and starring Carly Craig (<i>Role Models</i>), is about a mother and her two daughters navigating app-based dating in different ways.<p><i>Swipe Right</i> is inspired by Craig’s …

TV

Young Thug tames a horse in the candlelit video for Family Don’t Matter

Tell your loved ones that you love them<p><i>Every week, a slew of new music videos hits the web. Watching them at your desk is not time theft because you deserve it; think of it as a nice reward for surviving another work week. But what if you don’t have time to watch every video — maybe you have a</i> …

Young Thug

The movement to regulate Facebook is attracting powerful new allies

But will it be enough for the Honest Ads Act to pass?<p>This week, a bipartisan group of US senators took the first steps toward regulating online political advertising in a manner similar to the way the government already regulates these ads in traditional media. Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar (MN) …

Government

Say what? Playing a puzzle video game could help improve your hearing

Play this game and call me in the morning<p>For elderly gamers, this could be the biggest hit since <i>Wii Sports</i>: a new video game helped older people with hearing loss get better at tracking speech in noisy environments, new research says.<p>The game had players complete a puzzle by listening for clues as …

Hearing Loss

On the Vergecast: Pixel 2 review, Krack, and Microsoft's Surface Book sequel

That camera, though<p>The reviews are in and everybody just loves the quality OLED component Google picked for the Pixel 2 XL. They really just can't stop talking about it. And talking? That's what <i>The</i> <i>Vergecast</i> is for. On this week’s episode, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul discuss the reviews of Google's new …

Microsoft

Nintendo quietly added wireless USB headphone support in the last Switch update

Still no Bluetooth audio, though<p>Along with the ability to transfer save files and capture video, the Nintendo Switch’s 4.0 firmware update seems to have come with a hidden bonus: support for USB-based wireless headphones, via <i>Engadget</i>.<p>To take advantage of the new feature, simply plug in your …

Gear & Gadgets

Spotify announces a program to ‘identify and break’ new music superstars

Spotify just announced a new program called RISE, intended to “identify and break the next wave of music superstars.”<p>The promises of the program are a little vague, but Spotify says its hand-picked artists will be aided with “multi-tiered marketing” and “editorial programming,” including social …

Spotify

Is Star Trek: Discovery about to copy the twist from The Trouble with Tribbles?

Who is Javid Iqbal?<p>At first glance, the classic <i>Star Trek: The Original Series</i> episode “The Trouble with Tribbles” and the new series <i>Star Trek: Discovery</i> don’t have a lot in common. One is a lighthearted romp with some critters that are basically designed to be as adorable as possible, and the other …

Star Trek

Billboard just gave Spotify and Apple music an advantage in chart counts

Beginning in 2018, subscription service streams will count more than ad-supported streams<p><i>Billboard</i> just announced that it will change the way it counts streams on its charts beginning in 2018. Next year, streams from paid subscription services like Apple Music and “hybrid paid/ad-supported …

Billboard Charts

On social media, Harvey Weinstein’s downfall engenders fragile hope in a sea of hypocrisy

What do we have other than our anger?<p>It has been two weeks since <i>The New York Times</i> published a report detailing three decades of sexual misconduct and abuse by one of Hollywood’s most powerful players, producer Harvey Weinstein. That piece centered on eight women who spoke up about his behavior, …

Feminism

Sharp made a mini version of the Essential Phone, just uglier

Sharp's newest Aquos-branded phone, the Aquos R Compact, looks a lot like the Essential Phone, except with worse design. It features the same top notch as Essential, but has larger bottom bezels and a real home button. I'm usually super into Sharp's Aquos phones, but that's not the case with this …

Tablets

Harman Kardon Invoke review: Cortana gets a speaker of its own

A smart speaker for Microsoft’s world<p>For a company that makes a voice-controlled assistant, it has become table stakes to have a smart speaker for the home that uses it: Amazon’s Alexa debuted on the Echo smart speaker two years ago, Google now has a complete lineup of Home speakers that use the …

Amazon

Razer’s Electra V2 headset does virtual 7.1 surround sound on a budget

Gaming headphones and headsets can be a real crapshoot, with some of them being downright excellent and others, <i>the majority</i>, tending toward poorly engineered disappointment. I can’t yet speak for where on that spectrum Razer’s Electra V2 cans will land, but the good thing is that you won’t be …

Headphones

You can remap the squeeze functionality on Google’s Pixel 2

How’s this for a wheeze? Remap that squeeze<p>The squeeze functionality on HTC’s U11 and Google’s new Pixel phones is undeniably odd, but HTC’s implementation has the advantage for one reason: the U11 lets you map the squeeze to different functions, while the Pixel 2 only silences calls or summons …

Google

Essential Phone is $100 off at Best Buy

Now $599.99 unlocked<p>Remember the Essential Phone; the all-screen smartphone with 128GB of storage and magnetic accessories that Andy Rubin announced in May? That was a long time ago in phone years, and well before a spate of other bezel-less devices including the iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, Mi …

Essential Phone

Twitter releases its calendar of upcoming measures to combat harassment and abuse

Twitter this afternoon publicly posted its schedule for instituting fixes and changes to longstanding abuse and harassment issues that have plagued the social network for years. The calendar, first disclosed earlier this week in an internal Twitter email obtained by <i>Wired</i>, details nearly two dozen …

Social Media

Blue Origin fires up its next big rocket engine for the first time

It’s a big step for a critical piece of the company’s hardware<p>For the first time, Blue Origin successfully fired up its BE-4 rocket engine, a crucial piece of hardware the company has been working on for the last six years. Blue Origin tweeted out a video today of the test, known as a “hot fire,” …

Exploration