• Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 675 with faster cores and triple-camera support

    Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 675, a mid-range smartphone SoC with some high-end features. Perhaps most notable is the fact that its new Kryo 460 architecture is built around ARM’s Cortex-A76 cores, which are designed for flagship devices and haven’t yet made their way into a Qualcomm chip. (The first major SoC with A76 is Huawei’s Kirin 980.)
    The Snapdragon 675 has two performance-focused cores at 2.0GHz alongside six 1.78GHz cores designed for power efficiency. For c
  • Oracle acquires DataFox, a developer of ‘predictive intelligence as a service’ across millions of company records

    Oracletoday announced that it has made another acquisition, this time to enhance both the kind of data that it can provide to its business customers, and its artificial intelligence capabilities: it is buying DataFox, a startup that has amassed a huge company database — currently covering 2.8 million public and private businesses, adding 1.2 million each year — and uses AI to analyse that to make larger business predictions. The business intelligence resulting from that service can i
  • Twitter says it has removed several accounts affiliated with Infowars and Alex Jones

    Twitterhas cleared more Infowars related accounts off its platform. The company told CNN today that it permanently suspended 18 accounts affiliated with the far-right website, known for spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories, on Monday after “numerous violations and warnings.” It added the removals were in addition to five Infowars affiliated accounts that had been already been banned.
    Alex Jonesand Infowars, which he launched in 1999, had their accounts permanently suspend
  • Hurricane Willa’s dangerous intensification, explained

    After a massive intensification over the weekend, Hurricane Willa is whirling toward Mexico’s west coast as a Category 4 storm. Everything about the storm will be life-threatening, the National Hurricane Center warns: hurricane-force winds, flash flooding, landslides, and storm surge are predicted along the storm’s path. “Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,” the National Hurricane Center says.Just days ago, Hurricane Willa was a trop
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  • Linus Torvalds returns to Linux development with new code of conduct in place

    Linus Torvalds, the software engineer and outspoken Linux kernel creator, has returned to oversee the open source project following a self-imposed break last month designed to help him adjust his controversial behavior. Torvalds, who has a reputation for being rude and aggressive to other members of the community, said at the time that wanted to address his “flippant” actions and proclivity for personal attacks. “I need to change some of my behavior, and I want to apologize to
  • How a Turkish Airlines Jet Flew an Extra 800 Miles and Landed on Time

    Turkish Airlines Flight 800 went over Greenland on its way from Panama City to Istanbul, a testament to the power of the jet stream.
  • Water Abundance Xprize’s $1.5M winner shows how to source fresh water from the air

    You may remember that back in March, the Water Abundance Xprize named the five finalists in its contest to demonstrate the sustainable and scalable collection of water from the air. Interestingly, none of those finalists were the winner — after one dropped out, an eliminated team stepped in and took the prize.
    The goal of the program was to  collect “a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere using 100 percent renewable energy, at a cost of no more than 2 cen
  • Los Angeles investors and entrepreneurs launch PledgeLA, a diversity and inclusion program

    In an attempt to boost diversity and inclusion efforts and civic engagement between the growing technology industry in Los Angeles and the community that surrounds it, over 80 venture capitalists and entrepreneurs joined the city’s mayor, Eric Garcetti, and the non-profit Annenberg Foundation to announce PledgeLA.
    The initiative is one way in which the Los Angeles technology community is attempting to ensure that it does not repeat the same mistakes made by Silicon Valley and San Francisco
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  • Looks like Tiger Global Management just closed the second biggest venture fund this year

    As we noted six months ago, Tiger Global Management,the 17-year-old investment group, is starting to see a whole lot of its venture-related startup investments pay off. We also guessed that because of those wins, the outfit was likely lining up commitments for a new mega fund.
    It was a safe bet. According to a new report from the Financial Times, the New York-based outfit has just closed its newest venture vehicle with $3.75 billion after actively marketing it for just six weeks.
    That makes Tige
  • Mozilla is going to sell VPN subscriptions within Firefox

    Today Mozilla announced that it will be running an experiment where a small group of Firefox users will be shown an ad to purchase a subscription to ProtonVPN, as spotted by ZDNet. In a blog post, Mozilla says it picked ProtonVPN for the partnership due to factors like transparency and data retention policies.
    Beginning October 24th, the ad will show for select US-based Firefox users who are running the latest version — Firefox 62 — on desktop. If eligible and browsing on an unsecur
  • Asus will soon launch its first 15-inch Chromebook

    Asus has made a new Chromebook with a 15.6-inch display, the biggest it’s ever gone for a Chrome OS notebook, according to ChromeUnboxed. Besides the new display size, the rest of the upcoming Chromebook C523’s specs sound similar to the company’s previous efforts.The 15.6-inch anti-glare display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080; Asus will also optionally offer a version with a touchscreen. The “NanoEdge design” allows for slimmed-down side bezels, though the top an
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  • Netflix Hiring Guillermo del Toro to Make 'Pinocchio' Isn't About Kids—It's About Oscars

    Netflix knows what it's doing hiring the master of macabre to tell the story of everyone's favorite puppet-turned-boy.
  • Your Poop Is Probably Full of Plastic

    A new study suggests that microplastics routinely show up in our food—and our digestive tracts.
  • Amazon exec and Super Micro CEO call for retraction of spy chip story

    Today, executives from both Amazon and the server manufacturer, Super Micro, are calling for the retraction of a Bloomberg report published earlier this month. The report alleged that these chips were able to compromise the computer networks of as many as 30 companies, including networks belonging to Amazon.
    Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook called for Bloomberg to retract a report claiming that Chinese spies smuggled malicious microchips into a company server. In an unprecedented move, Cook sat do
  • Google News app bug is using up gigabytes of background data without users’ knowledge

    Some users of Google News for Android are reporting that the app has used up excessive amounts of background data, leading to overage charges. According to dozens of posts on the Google News Help Forum, users have been experiencing this issue as early as June. The issue was verified and addressed by a Google News community manager in September, stating that the company was investigating and working toward a fix, but the issue is still ongoing.
    Verge reader Zach Dowdle emailed in with his experi
  • Guillermo del Toro is making a stop-motion Pinocchio movie for Netflix

    Guillermo del Toro, the Academy Award-winning director of “The Shape of Water” (not to mention “Hellboy,” “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Pacific Rim”) is making a new version of “Pinocchio” for Netflix.
    I’d thought that after del Toro’s awards victory earlier this year he might finally make his long-thwarted adaptation “At the Mountains of Madness.” And while I’m not giving up hope that I’ll see a del T
  • Apple’s Phil Schiller confirms the iPhone XR name doesn’t stand for anything

    It is one of the enduring mysteries of our time: in a lineup full of otherwise neatly named products, Apple’s alternative hardware cycle iPhones have always seen an -S appended to their names, going back to the iPhone 3GS in 2009. But the question remains: what does the S actually stand for?Turns out, mostly nothing — according to Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller, who told Engadget in an interview that the letters the company picks for its pro
  • Uber’s head of corporate development resigns

    Less than one month after The Wall Street Journal reported allegations of sexual misconduct by Cameron Poetzscher, Uber’s head of corporate development, Poetzscher has resigned, according to the WSJ.
    Uberhas confirmed Poetzscher’s resignation to TechCrunch. While Uber searches for a new corporate development lead, Uber CFO Nelson Chai will oversee Poetzscher’s duties.
    “We thank Cam for his four and a half years of service to Uber,” an Uber spokesperson tol
  • Samsung teases a reveal for its foldable, dual-screen smartphone

    Samsung is getting closer to taking the wraps off its foldable smartphone, a prototype of which has supposedly been in the works for years now. In a tweet sent late last week, the company teased a big reveal of the device, or at least a prototype version of it, describing its upcoming developer conference as “the crossroads between the present and the future” and showing a subtle graphic of two lines unfolding into a right-facing arrow.We’ve been hearing for a while now that S
  • Honor teaser knocks the Magic 2 against a table to a beat and it’s really hard to watch

    Honor briefly showed off its upcoming Magic 2 phone a few months back, revealing a bezel-less screen and a sliding mechanism that opens up to a camera. The company will unveil the device officially on October 31st, but until then, Honor is teasing the phone with a series of hands-on videos by Chinese celebrities giving their impressions. We can see from the video there are three rear cameras, similar to the P20 Pro by Huawei, its parent company.
    Honor is also leaning hard into the clicking soun
  • Be More Chill, Broadway’s unlikely viral hit, is getting a film adaptation

    Be More Chill — the up-and-coming sci-fi Broadway musical based on Ned Vizzini’s novel of the same name — is getting a film adaptation, according to a report from Deadline. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions have been tapped to make a movie version of the musical, although the deal is still early on, and no film studio has been chosen for distribution yet.If you’re not familiar with Be More Chill, you’re likely not alone: the
  • The future of photography is code

    What’s in a camera? A lens, a shutter, a light-sensitive surface and, increasingly, a set of highly sophisticated algorithms. While the physical components are still improving bit by bit, Google, Samsung and Apple are increasingly investing in (and showcasing) improvements wrought entirely from code. Computational photography is the only real battleground now.
    The reason for this shift is pretty simple: Cameras can’t get too much better than they are right now, or at least not withou
  • Richard Branson steps down as chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One

    Richard Bransonhas reportedly stepped down from the chairman role of Virgin Hyperloop One.
    In a statement, cited by Reuters, Branson said the company would require more time than he could devote to the company:
    At this stage in the company’s evolution, I feel it needs a more hands-on Chair, who can focus on the business and these opportunities. It will be difficult for me to fulfill that commitment as I already devote significant time to my philanthropic ventures and the many bus
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  • YouTube is investing $20M in educational content, creators

    YouTube is investing $20 million toward educational content through its new Learning Fund program.Malik Ducard, global head of learning, announced the initiative today. Channels like TED-Ed, dedicated to educational Ted Talks, and Hank and John Green’s Crash Course have already secured additional funding, according to YouTube’s blog post. The company plans to invest in content from independent creators, like the Green brothers, as well as traditional news sources and educational org
  • Cardi B doing ASMR is even more amazing than it sounds

    Cardi B is known for being so lively and boisterous that she’s probably the last person you’d think of when it comes to the soothing aesthetics of ASMR — but that’s exactly what makes this new video from W Magazine so good. Behold: the “I Like It” rapper whispers gently and seductively into not one but two highly sensitive microphones. (As with many ASMR videos, it’s recorded in stereo and works best with headphones.) If she seems like an ASMR natural,
  • Scientists Help Robots 'Evolve.' Weirdness Ensues

    Algorithms design robot legs tailored to walk on specific surfaces. The results are at once logical, counterintuitive, and bizarre.
  • Ford expands self-driving vehicle program to Washington, D.C.

    Ford is bringing its autonomous vehicles to Washington, D.C., the fourth city to join the automaker’s testing program as it prepares to launch a self-driving taxi and delivery service in 2021.
    Ford will begin testing its self-driving vehicles in the district in the first quarter of 2019. The company is already is testing in Detroit, Pittsburgh and Miami. 
    Ford is a bit different from other companies that have launched autonomous vehicle pilots in the U.S. Ford is pursui
  • Apple unveils repair pricing for iPhone XR, screen fix costs $199

    Apple will start shipping the iPhone XR this week, and ahead of its launch, the company has unveiled repair pricing. If you crack that notched LCD display, it’ll cost you $199 to fix (if you don’t have AppleCare+). That’s significantly cheaper than the OLEDs on the iPhone XS and XS Max: the XS costs $279, and the XS Max costs $329. Meanwhile, a battery replacement will cost $69 across the three new devices.
    Repairs related to “other damage,” like a shattered glass
  • Richard Branson reportedly quits as chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One

    Richard Branson has stepped down as chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One, Bloomberg and Reuters are reporting. Branson announced his decision Monday, saying the company needed a more involved chairman as it moves forward with its plans to build a fully operational hyperloop.Last week, the Financial Times reported that Saudi Arabia had canceled a feasibility study with the company after Branson criticized the kingdom for its involvement in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.A little over a year
  • NASA lost a rover and other space artifacts due to sloppy management, report says

    Thanks to improper management, NASA has lost a wide array of historical spaceflight memorabilia over the last few decades — such as an old lunar soil bag, former spaceflight hand controllers, and even a test lunar rover. That’s according to a new report out today from NASA’s Office of the Inspector General, which analyzed how the space agency oversees its historical assets. While procedures have improved at NASA, a few unique pieces of storied spaceflight property have either
  • A look at the Android Market (aka Google Play) on its 10th Anniversary

    Google Play has generated more than twice the downloads of the iOS App Store, reaching a 70 percent share of worldwide downloads in 2017, according to a new report from App Annie,released in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Android Market, now called Google Play. The report also examined the state of Google Play’s marketplace and the habits of Android users.
    It found that, despite the large share of downloads, Google Play only accounted for 34 percent of worldwide consumer spen
  • Former Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe is leaving Facebook

    Brendan Iribe, former CEO of Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus, is leaving the company. Iribe posted the news on Facebook, writing that “after six incredible years, I am moving on” from Oculus. Iribe didn’t give a reason for his departure or say exactly what he’ll be doing next. “Working alongside so many talented people at Oculus and Facebook has been the most transformative experience of my career,” he wrote. “This will be the first real b
  • Ford will test self-driving cars in Washington, DC, with an emphasis on ‘equity’

    Autonomous cars are coming to the nation’s capital. Ford announced Monday that it would begin testing its self-driving cars on the streets of Washington, DC, early next year, with a particular emphasis on “equitable deployment.”
    Autonomous in the first quarter of 2019
    Ford currently has vehicles on the road in DC gathering mapping data, and will begin operating those cars autonomously in the first quarter of 2019. A safety driver and a second engineer will remain in the vehicl
  • Cowboy, the Belgian e-bike startup, raises €10M Series A

    Cowboy, the Belgian startup that designed and sells a smarter electronic bicycle, has raised €10 million in Series A funding.
    Leading the round is Tiger Global Management, with participation from previous backers Index Ventures and Hardware Club. The new capital will be used to scale operations and expand beyond Belgium into Germany, U.K., Netherlands and France.
    Founded in January 2017 by Adrien Roose and Karim Slaoui, who both previously co-founded Take Eat Easy (an early Deliveroo compet
  • Lime will open brick-and-mortar scooter ‘lifestyle stores’

    How can Limedifferentiate its scooters and bikes from the piles of Birds and Spins filling Los Angeles sidewalks? Apparently with a physical storefront where it can convince customers of the wonders of on-demand mobility. According to a job listing from Lime seeking a “Retail Store Manager,” the startup plans to open a “lifestyle brand store in Santa Monica”.
    [Update: Following the publication of this article, Lime responded to our inquiry, telling TechCrunch “In th
  • Oculus co-founder is leaving Facebook after cancellation of ‘Rift 2’ headset

    Brendan Iribe,the co-founder and former CEO of Oculus,announced today that he is leaving Facebook, TechCrunch has learned.
    Iribe is leaving Facebookfollowing some internal shake-ups in the company’s virtual reality arm last week that saw the cancellation of the company’s next generation “Rift 2” PC-powered virtual reality headset, which he had been leading development of, a source close to the matter told TechCrunch.
    Iribe and the Facebook executive team had “fundam
  • Android: a 10-year visual history

    Google’s Android operating system has undergone a pretty incredible metamorphosis since it debuted on the T-Mobile G1 on October 22nd, 2008. A decade might seem like a long time, but on the scale of the PC's growth, it's a blink of an eye. You could make a pretty convincing argument that no consumer technology in history has evolved as quickly as the smartphone, and Android has been at the very center of that evolution.
    When Android launched, the OS came into a crowded but troubled market.
  • YouTube backed itself into a corner with Logan Paul and PewDiePie

    YouTube surprised everyone last week by releasing Logan Paul’s premium movie, The Thinning: New World Order, a high-gloss YouTube Red film that had previously been put on indefinite hold after the star filmed a dead body in Japan. The release has been controversial because it not only seemed like YouTube was rewarding a problematic creator, but also that the company treats Logan Paul differently than other YouTubers.Days after Logan Paul’s suicide forest controversy broke out, YouTu
  • Spotify is testing a ‘what’s new’ timeline feature to promote new releases

    Spotify is testing a What’s New timeline feature with some users that shows new releases seemingly from artists you enjoy. Spotify confirmed the test to The Verge, saying “We are always testing new ways to create better listening experiences for more users, while continuing to find ways to connect artists to their fans.”
    The streaming service has been trying to get better at promoting new releases recently, as it now occasionally offers prompts once you open the app for new al
  • Saudi Arabia’s ‘Davos in the Desert’ website was hacked and defaced

    The website of the Saudi government’s upcoming Future Investment Initiative conference was hacked and defaced with images of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
    Several reporters tweeted screenshots of the site after its defacement, purporting to show Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman — the kingdom’s de facto ruler — brandishing a sword. A portion of text on the site was replaced with an accusation the kingdom of “barbaric and inhuman action,&rd
  • Intel says 10nm chips still on track, despite report they’re canceled

    Intel has been struggling to mass produce its next-generation 10nm Cannon Lake processors. Dubbed Cannon Lake, the 10nm chips were originally supposed to appear in 2016. Delays have hit the process of creating these chips, and Intel revealed earlier this year that the processors should start shipping in 2019. SemiAccurate reported earlier today that Intel has killed off work on its 10nm processors, citing internal sources.
    While the SemiAccurate report claims Intel’s 10nm aren’t fin
  • YouTuber Marzia calls it quits in a personal video about mental health

    YouTuber Marzia Bisognin is leaving the platform. The fashion and lifestyle vlogger announced in a video today that after much consideration and personal introspection, she’s ready to leave YouTube behind. “All I have is this feeling that it is time for me to try something new in my life,” she says. “This may seem so sudden to most of you, probably, but it is something that I knew for a long time. Especially this year I’ve struggled with finding a reason to keep go
  • Faraday Future hit with layoffs, salary cuts in attempt to stay alive

    Faraday Future is cutting its employees’ salaries by 20 percent, and laying off some others, in an attempt to keep the electric car startup alive as it fights with its main investor, The Verge has learned.
    The austerity measures were announced in an email to staff sent Sunday night and will go into effect next week. Faraday Future will also cut its hourly employees’ wages by 20 percent, according to the email, which was obtained by The Verge.
    Jia will decrease his salary to $1, acco
  • Saudi conference site apparently hacked to display image of murdered journalist

    The website for the Future Investment Initiative, the annual Saudi investment forum, was shutdown after some users were redirected to a protest statement a day before the event is scheduled to take place.“For the sake of security for children worldwide, we urge all countries to put sanction on the Saudi regime,” the website reportedly read. “The regime, aligned with the United States, must be kept responsible for its barbaric and inhumane action, such as killing its own citize
  • Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers are 30 percent off at Newegg

    Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers are more than 30 percent off at Newegg. Normally priced at $79.99, you can get a pair for $55.99 with the offer code EMCEPRR37 used at checkout. At the time of writing, Newegg offers a few different color options to choose from, including blue, gray, red, or the red and blue controller combo that comes with some consoles.
    Picking up an extra set of Joy-Con is something that most Switch owners will eventually do, or have already done (at full price, no less),
  • Get a free SanDisk microSD with the GoPro Hero 7 Black from Best Buy

    The GoPro Hero 7 Black is here to capture your every move: in the rapids, on the trails, down the slopes, and more. Basically if you're moving, a GoPro can handle the action.
    For those who like to seriously get after it, you'll need a microSD card to store all that footage — which is why this deal at Best Buy is so great.
    SEE ALSO: Best deals for Oct. 22: Save on Instant Pot, Crock-Pot, KitchenAid, Sony Blu-ray players, Echo Show, and more
    When you buy the new GoPro Hero 7 Black at Best Bu
  • Japan is the latest country to challenge Facebook to improve security

    The latest Facebook data breach is prompting scrutiny on the world stage.
    On Monday, the Japanese government asked Facebook to be more proactive and transparent about protecting its users' dataReuters learned of the request via a statement from Japan’s Personal Information Protection Commission.
    SEE ALSO: Mark Zuckerberg on election interference: 'This has been an intense year'
    Specifically, Japanese authorities want Facebook to increase monitoring of third party apps, tell users when ther
  • Time for a new 4K TV? Shop sales from Sony, Samsung, LG, VIZIO, and more.

    Shopping for a new 4K TV? We're rounding up the best sales on Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and the Samsung Store. If you're looking to upgrade, now is your chance to get a new 4K TV and save.
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    Starting with 4K TVs that are 40+ inches, Samsung 49-inch Class LED Q6F Series 4K UHD TV with HDR is on sale for $899.99 from Best Buy, while Walmart has JVC's 49-inch Class 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart LED TV priced at just $249.99. T