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Yellow taxis have a new weapon in their war against Uber: gadgets

Riding in a yellow taxi used to be a miserable experience, which helps explain why Uber and Lyft were able to swoop in and so thoroughly disrupt the industry. Fed up with unreliable and dirty taxi rides, passengers migrated en masse to ride-hail apps that promised cleaner rides, friendlier drivers, …

Gear & Gadgets

Google's upcoming 4K Chromecast might ditch the Chrome logo

Google's got a growing list of gadget announcements we're expecting at the company's October 4th media event, and this is one of the more exciting ones: a Chromecast capable of 4K playback. It's reportedly called Chromecast Ultra, according to a previous report from <i>Android Police</i> — but in this new …

Google

Someone may have hacked dozens of university websites for a gambling SEO scheme

People will do crazy things to get to the top of the "real money slots" search rankings.<p>Last week, researchers at eTraffic uncovered a scheme that sent a certain site rocketing up the organic search rankings. When eTraffic investigated, 76 different university and foundation web pages — including …

Google

This poor drone can never leave its box

Wouldn’t it be nice to not need batteries to power our gadgets? Like if our drones could fly without us needing to plug them into the wall for some juice? One researcher at the Imperial College London is working on that goal. Dr. Samer Aldhaher designed a battery-less drone that can hover through …

Batteries

This $50 stick-on camera could be a less-embarrasing replacement for your selfie stick

Last year, Podo Labs released the first iteration of the Podo — a Bluetooth-controlled, stick-on camera — on Kickstarter, and now the company is back with a new, upgraded version.<p>The second-generation Podo camera looks a lot like the first, but adds a few new features. The new Podo offers a …

Selfies

Google reportedly working on a laptop and tablet running an Android-Chrome OS hybrid

Google is reportedly working on a new Pixel laptop that will run on the long-gestating new operating system that merges Android and Chrome OS. According to <i>Android Police</i> and <i>9to5Google</i>, the device is known internally by the codename "Bison" or Pixel 3, and will run on what's currently being called …

Google

Researchers restore the first ever computer-generated music, made in Alan Turing's lab

A computer scientist and a composer have restored an ancient recording of the first ever computer-generated music. Jack Copeland and Jason Long remastered a recording of three melodies, including "God Save the Queen," made by the BBC in the labs of computer pioneer Alan Turing in 1951.<p>The snippets …

Alan Turing

Square is trying to fix the chip card speed problem

As we approach the one year anniversary of America’s switch from magstripe credit card readers over to EMV chip cards, the track record for them is not good. In fact, as I complained back in July, the entire technology stack is bad, slow, user hostile, and annoying. I still believe that the lion’s …

Contactless Payments

This adorable wireless controller looks like a classic Apple logo

8bitdo — the company behind some of the best classic-style Bluetooth controllers around — is making something special to celebrate Apple’s 40th anniversary. Called the AP40, it’s a wireless controller that’s functionally similar to a SNES gamepad, but is designed to look like the classic rainbow …

Wireless

Can virtual reality help us talk politics online?

The more remote someone feels, the less human they seem. This is the driving force behind large parts of what is wrong with communicating on the internet, and it often makes talking about politics on the internet a special kind of hell. But virtual reality, theoretically, can make people on …

Virtual Reality

The Philadelphia 76ers just acquired an e-sports team

Following in the footsteps of soccer clubs like Valencia and Schalke, the Philadelphia 76ers are getting into e-sports. The NBA team announced that it has acquired two e-sports franchises — Team Dignitas and Team Apex — and will be merging them together under the Dignitas name. 76ers ownership …

Philadelphia

Facebook accused of censoring Palestinian journalists

Facebook has apologized for disabling the personal accounts of several editors and executives at two major Palestinian news publications, according to a report from <i>The Electronic Intifada</i>. Facebook says the accounts were mistakenly suspended after being reported for violating the site's community …

Facebook

Trump launches nationwide Snapchat filter to attack 'Crooked Hillary' before debate

After blasting her in Twitter tirades and during campaign trail speeches, Donald Trump is turning to Snapchat to attack Hillary Clinton. Trump's campaign has purchased a national Snapchat geofilter, the <i>Independent Journal Review</i> reports, that will be available to Snapchat users during Monday's …

Snapchat

The Fruit Ninja game is going to be a movie

After <i>Angry Birds</i> earned more than $300 million at the box office, it was only a matter of time before other studios decided to jump on the bandwagon to adapt mobile phone games. The next one? <i>Fruit Ninja.</i><p>New Line Cinemas has snapped up the rights to turn the mobile game — which lets its users slice …

Ninja

To reduce shipping damages, a Dutch bike company printed a television on their boxes

Dutch bicycle manufacturer VanMoof found that it had a problem. As it shipped its products to customers, it found that they were arriving to customers damaged. The company came up with a genius solution: print a graphic of a flatscreen television on the side of the box.<p>VanMoof had planned on …

TV

Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe weighs in on Palmer Luckey’s apology

After revelations that its founder had donated money to a pro-Donald Trump group, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe has joined the discussion, noting in a Facebook post on Friday that "Palmer acted independently in a personal capacity, and was in no way representing the company."<p>Oculus Rift founder Palmer …

Donald Trump

A pair of cute robots run into unexpected peril in short film Planet Unknown

Shawn Wang’s recently completed short film <i>Planet Unknown</i> looks a bit like <i>WALL·E.</i> It features a pair of rovers sent to a planet to see if it can harbor life, and as they set out to complete their mission, they run into some unexpected troubles.<p>Comparisons to <i>WALL·E</i> are appropriate<p>Wang told <i>The Verge</i> …

Animation

Tokyo Thrift: The Rez Trance Vibrator is gaming's most intense peripheral

If you read our coverage of Tokyo Game Show earlier this month, you'll know that <i>Rez</i> is my favorite game of all time, and that the new version for PlayStation VR is its most spectacular iteration yet. <i>Rez Infinite</i> is the rare example of a pre-existing game that feels like it was designed for virtual …

PlayStation

Europa changed how we saw the solar system

Science

How to be human: how to be happy and alone in New York City

<i>Leah Reich</i> <i>was one of the first internet advice columnists. Her column "</i><i>Ask Leah</i><i>" ran on IGN, where she gave advice to gamers for two and a half years. During the day, Leah is a Senior User Researcher for Slack, but her views here do not represent her employer. You can write to her at</i></i> …

New York City

Here's how Snapchat's new Spectacles will work

The company formerly known as Snapchat surprised the world last night by unveiling Spectacles, its first hardware product. The sunglasses, which record videos in 10-second increments, are expected to be available for sale sometime "soon." Snap Inc., as the company is now called, says it will be …

Snapchat

Evolution is partly to blame for our obsession with Brangelina

I’ve never seen a movie featuring either Brad Pitt or his soon-to-be ex-wife, Angelina Jolie And yet, I’m not immune to the draw of celebrity gossip. Though I have trouble telling Brad from Chris Hemsworth, I still want to know what happened with Brangelina.<p>I’m not alone, and there is a scientific …

Brangelina

New trailers: Passengers, Hidden Figures, Dog Eat Dog, and more

Our dearest Jake is off duty, so I will be taking over the trailer round-up this week. I’ve noticed that Jake usually kicks things off with a nice little anecdote about what he’s been watching in his free time, and it’s always such a pure delight, but I’ve been in a bit of a fugue state recently, …

Amanda Knox

Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in October

We’re just a few days away from October, and that means it’s time for Halloween. Scary movies. Spooky stories. Specters that crawl out of your television and have really long hair. Given that, it’s hard to not see this upcoming month as a streaming service contest: which player can out-Halloween …

TV

Snapchat unveils $130 connected sunglasses and rebrands as Snap, Inc.

Snapchat's first hardware product is coming to the market sooner than anyone expected. The company said tonight that it will sell Spectacles, a set of connected sunglasses that record 10-second snippets of video, for $130 sometime this fall. It also rebranded itself as Snap, Inc. — a reflection of …

Snapchat

Snapchat's secret camera sunglasses just showed up in a video

There's yet more evidence that Snapchat might be working on a pair of sunglasses with a video camera built in. A promotional video for the unannounced-but-previously-rumored glasses was apparently just sitting on YouTube, and a tipster forwarded that clip to <i>Business Insider</i>. When questioned about …

Snapchat

Whatever you do, don't send your robot lawnmower after a moose

You might be angry that a moose has come into your yard to eat the apples from your apple tree, but scaring it away with a robotic lawn mower just isn’t going to work.<p>This is what was probably going through the moose’s head:<p>"Hey, I like apples. I’m going to eat these ones here."<br>• "I love …

Lawn Mowing

Google will reportedly launch a new Wi-Fi router similar to Eero on October 4th

Google is preparing to announce a new home router product called Google Wifi, according to a report from <i>Android Police</i> today. It's expected to debut at the company's October 4th event alongside new Pixel smartphones, a release date for the Google Home speaker, and a 4K-capable Chromecast rumored to …

Google

These transformable train seats could make your commute 30 percent less awful

PriestmanGoode, the design shop behind the new London Tube and this insane luxury space capsule, has released a pair of adjustable seat designs that aim to tackle overcrowding on commuter trains. The seats are adjustable to accommodate 15–30 percent more passengers, depending on the design, the …

Long Island

Queen of Katwe redefines the underdog-sports story in all the right ways

Mira Nair’s inspirational chess drama <i>Queen of Katwe</i> is remarkable in the simplest but most profound way: it’s an American film about Africa that doesn’t feel like it was made by tourists. The film, based on the life of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, was partially shot in the Kampala slum of …

Walt Disney Company