Fullscreen’s new streaming service aims to be the MTV for the YouTube generation

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Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 1.46.25 PM It’s not exactly a Netflix or YouTube rival, but AT&T-backed Fullscreen is hoping to carve out its own niche in the now-crowded subscription video market with its new service, launched this week. The $5 per month offering includes a mix of shorter, original content alongside full-length Hollywood movies and TV shows, like “Hitch,” “Dawson’s Creek,”… Read More

Puma built a fast robot to race fast humans

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If you’re an athlete sponsored by Puma, you’re about to get a new toy. The shoe company partnered with ad agency J. Walter Thompson New York to create the Puma BeatBot, a self-driving robot built to help runners train. The BeatBot, which looks like a rolling shoebox with LED lights, can trace a perfect line around a track at world record speeds to help give professional runners a physical target to chase down.

“We found a lot of anecdotal evidence that head to head competition raised performance levels, even a few studies that showed an uptick performance,” Florent Imbert, JWT New York’s executive creative director told Fast Company. “But, to us, it felt like a human truth. Running against an invisible clock will never be as motivating…

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Roaming fees in Europe get cheaper on April 30th before vanishing next year

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Europe is putting an end to the roaming fees that can quickly add up on a consumer’s wireless bill, but before that happens, the charges will first be capped. Beginning April 30th, roaming charges across the European Union can be no higher than €0.05 per minute for outgoing voice calls, €0.02 for texts, and €0.05 per megabyte for data usage (VAT excluded). That shakes out to around 25 percent of the current maximum cap for voice and data, and 33 percent of the existing roaming cap on SMS, according to the European Commission These caps will remain in place until June of next year, when roaming fees will be abolished completely. More specifically, as of June 15th 2017, it’ll be illegal for Europe’s telecoms to hit customers with roaming…

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Microsoft closes Fable developer Lionhead Studios

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Following the cancelation of its latest game last month, Fable developer Lionhead Studios is shutting down. Lionhead’s parent company Microsoft confirmed the news to Polygon today, saying that it is working to place former Lionhead employees in different divisions of Microsoft or at outside gaming companies. “We can confirm that after much consideration over the six week consultation period with Lionhead employees, we have reached the decision to close Lionhead Studios,” a Microsoft spokesperson tells The Verge. “We have nothing but heartfelt thanks for the team at Lionhead for their significant contributions to Xbox and the games industry.”

Lionhead’s demise was strongly suggested in early March, when Microsoft announced it was ceasing…

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Chris Sacca says there’s “a greed case for diversity”

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 31: Ryan Lawler and Chris Sacca present award at the 6th Annual Crunchies Awards at Davies Symphony Hall on January 31, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for The Crunchies) Chris Sacca, the angel investor in companies like Twitter, Uber and Instagram, gets it. He understands that diversity is simply good for business. “There is a greed case for diversity,” Sacca told CNN’s Laurie Segall at the Collision Conference yesterday. “Diverse perspectives bring us into markets we didn’t know existed.” It’s true. There’s a… Read More

Samsung’s Artik is the perfect example of why IoT is confusing

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Samsung held a developer conference this week in San Francisco. The company talked about a bunch of neat stuff! An untethered VR headset. A personal assistance robot called Otto. Utilizing a new graphics API in Android to improve battery life. Using Samsung Pay to get cash from ATMS. Giving developers access to the fancy car dongle that turns your car into something smarter. CNet has a nice roundup of everything Samsung announced.

It also had some news about the Artik 10 and the Artik cloud service. Let’s talk about that.

The Artik 10 is a tiny (and, according to PC World, slightly underpowered) ARM computer that you can probably think of as a competitor to the Raspberry Pi. Samsung makes other Artik devices, primarily designed to be…

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Microsoft’s new tool for building line-of-business apps is now in public preview

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innovations Microsoft PowerApps allows anybody to build basic business apps without having to touch any code. These apps can run on the web and on mobile (through the PowerApps apps for iOS and Android). Microsoft first announced a private preview of this project last November but starting today, it’s open for anybody who wants to give it a try. Building apps in PowerApps is mostly a… Read More

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

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There’s an existential question that the staff of The Verge has struggled with since we launched the site: what is the best version of Blade Runner? This May it’s going to get a little more difficult to make an evaluation, because the theatrical cut of the film is disappearing from Netflix.

It’s calamitous news, but of course, there will be similar things for streaming fans to watch in its place. On May 1st, audiences can witness a depiction of a futuristic world where intergalactic travel is commonplace when Airplane II: The Sequel arrives on Amazon Prime. And on May 12th, they’ll be able to ponder what it means to fall in love with someone that may — or may not — be human when Benjamin Dickinson’s Creative Control lands on the same…

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Red Bull debuts its partially closed cockpit solution

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The Red Bull Racing Formula One team officially debuted its partially closed cockpit solution during practice this morning in Russia. They are the second team to test a solution on track, after Scuderia Ferrari ran a lap in Barcelona with its own partially closed cockpit back in March. The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the sport’s governing body, announced in February that Formula One cars will be required to use some sort of cockpit protection starting in the 2017 season.

Red Bull is calling its solution the “aeroscreen,” and driver Daniel Ricciardo took one lap with it fixed to his car. The clear screen stretches 180 degrees around and in front of the driver, and is a bit taller than the driver’s helmet, protecting…

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Uber is offering yacht rentals in Dubai because it’s still a luxury product

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Uber’s stated mission is “transportation as reliable as running water.” Now, that literally includes luxury vessels that operate on running water.

This Saturday, Uber is offering yacht rentals to residents of Dubai for 300 AED (or $82). That price includes free Uber rides to and from Marine Pier 7, where Uber’s yachts are moored, as well as DJ music provided by global beach club brand Nikki Beach.

Uber’s Dubai general manager, Christopher Free, said the new Uber Yacht service is an outgrowth of the success of the ride-hail company’s on-demand helicopter service at Coachella, Sundance, and in the Hamptons. And last summer, Uber began offering boat trips across the Bosphorus for residents of Istanbul. He called the yacht rental “an…

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CloudMagic can now tell you everything about the person who just emailed you

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Sender-Profile_In-Action CloudMagic, an email application that today has grown to 4 million users, has just added a useful feature that can aid those who receive a lot of inbound email from unknown persons: Sender Profile. Similar to services like LinkedIn’s Rapportive or newly launched Connect from Clearbit for desktop email, Sender Profile lets you quickly view a summary of information about the person who… Read More

Casio Smart Outdoor Watch review: Android Wear climbs a mountain

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The trouble with smartwatches is that no one really knows what they’re for yet. Undercooked as app platforms, underperforming as fitness trackers, and underwhelming as fashion items, it’s unclear to most people why they’d want to strap a little computer to their wrist.

As a company that’s very used to getting people to strap little computers to their wrist, however, it’s perhaps not surprising that Casio has taken a different approach with its first smartwatch. The $500 Smart Outdoor Watch twists Android Wear into a new shape like no other product before it. Although it’s far from perfect, the result is the rare modern smartwatch with actual focus.

That focus is hiking, with a slew of sensors and features designed to help you scale…

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A sneak peek at Google’s upcoming travel app, Trips

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trips News that Google would soon begin testing a new mobile travel application leaked out last week, and now we have more details, including screenshots, of what that app will look like. The app, called Trips, is being trialed with a small group of testers, and will allow users to keep track of past and upcoming trips, while also making recommendations about tourist destinations, restaurants,… Read More

The Punisher is officially getting a series on Netflix

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After months of rumors, Netflix has officially given the green light for a The Punisher series. Entertainment Weekly reports that Marvel has just ordered a new series starring the gun-toting vigilante first introduced in Daredevil season 2. Jon Bernthal is set to reprise the role of Frank Castle, army veteran turned anti-hero, for the show. Writer and producer Steven Lightfoot will serve as showrunner.

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