‘Destiny’ is a beautiful mess

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I’ve spent close to two dozen hours playing Destiny. I completed a galaxy-spanning quest that took me to Venus and Mars, teamed up with complete strangers to take down massive space monsters in thrilling boss encounters, and jumped into a free-for-all multiplayer combat arena where I died many, many times. I spent an embarrassingly long time agonizing over which weapons to equip and what armor provides the best compromise between function and style. Hell, I even downloaded a mobile app so I…

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Microsoft confirms it will buy ‘Minecraft’ for $2.5 billion

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Microsoft is buying Minecraft maker Mojang. Reports of Microsoft’s plans surfaced nearly a week ago, and the software maker is making it official today. Microsoft is paying $2.5 billion to acquire Mojang, and the deal is expected to close by the end of the year. “Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms,” says Xbox chief Phil Spencer. “Gaming is the top activity across devices and we see great potential to continue to grow the Minecraft community and nurture the franchise. That is why we plan to continue to make Minecraft available across platforms – including iOS, Android and PlayStation, in addition to Xbox and PC.”

Minecraft creator Markus Persson, known as Notch, will not…

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Canon’s EOS 7D Mark II will ship in November starting at $1,799

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Today at the Photokina imaging show, Canon announced the latest addition to its line of DSLRs: the EOS 7D Mark II, which features several improvements over its predecessor. The camera includes a native ISO of 100 to 16,000 and a 150,000-pixel RGB and IR metering sensor, and shoots at up to 10 FPS. It also features 60p full-HD capture, a 20.2 APS-C CMOS megapixel sensor, and a 65-point autofocus system. That’ll go on sale this November, starting at $1,799 without a lens.

Canon also announced a few other new products, including the high-end point-and-shoot PowerShot G7 X, which features a 20.2-megapixel, one-inch sensor. It’ll be going on sale in October for $700. Also part of the announcement: a lineup of new lenses. Canon announced a…

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Panasonic puts a 1-inch sensor and a Leica lens on new CM1 smartphone

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Panasonic has made the biggest news of Photokina so far with the announcement of its new Lumix CM1 Android smartphone. The Japanese company quit making smartphones after the failure of its Eluga handsets two years ago, but now it’s returning with an imaging-focused device that’s as much camera as it is phone. The CM1 comes with a 1-inch sensor that dwarfs most imaging sensors in smartphones today and is on a par with what you’d find inside Sony’s RX100 and Nikon’s 1 Series of cameras. It has…

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Apple sold a record four million iPhones in 24 hours

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Apple is once again setting new pre-order records for its new iPhone. After announcing a new “overnight” record last week, Apple is revealing today that it has sold more than four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets in just 24 hours. “iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better in every way, and we are thrilled customers love them as much as we do,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook in a statement. “Pre-orders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record for Apple, and we can’t wait to get our best iPhones yet into the hands of customers starting this Friday.”

The demand for the new iPhones is exceeding the initial pre-order supply according to Apple: “While a significant amount will be delivered to customers beginning on Friday and…

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First Windows Phone spotted with new Windows branding

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Leaked documents revealed earlier this week that Microsoft is planning to kill off the Windows Phone brand this holiday season in favour of just Windows. Now a new handset from My Go appears to be one of the first to use the Windows logo instead of Windows Phone. Images available on My Go’s own website show a variety of Windows logos, and the Windows logo placement on the rear of the upcoming GoFone GF47W device.

My Go’s plans to brand its devices as Windows follows a similar move by HTC with its One M8 for Windows instead of Windows Phone. The shift to just the Windows name appears to be a move by Microsoft in preparation for a combined version of Windows RT and Windows Phone due next year. As the future operating system will run…

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They actually blew stuff up while making ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

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We live in an exciting age where computer-generated graphics can be virtually indistinguishable from the real thing, which makes big-budget movies as much about rendering farms and rooms full of digital artists as it does old-fashioned acting. But sometimes, it just feels good to fire a missile on a movie set: the critically acclaimed (but underperforming) sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow involved a lot of practical effects, it turns out, as a new montage shows. Stars Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise are shown wandering through flaming hellscapes in full armor (which looks super heavy) and getting tossed around on harnesses while flares go screaming by and explosions go off in the background.

On a personal note, I have never had the…

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Watch this: a full hour of Tim Cook’s interview with Charlie Rose

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Between the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch — an entirely new product category for the company — this is one of the most interesting moments in Apple’s history, which makes it a great time to hear CEO Tim Cook speak at length about a wide range of topics. Only the first half of Cook’s fascinating sit-down with Charlie Rose has aired so far (the second half airs Monday), and you can watch the first hour in its entirety here.

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Motorola Hint and Moto X go on preorder this Tuesday, Moto 360 will be back in stock

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Motorola had been pretty silent on when it would start accepting money for the new products it introduced earlier this month, but now we have some answers: the Her-like Hint along with two versions of the new Moto X — the AT&T model and the Pure Edition — will go on pre-order this Tuesday, September 16th at noon ET. Additionally, the Turbo Charger, an accessory that promises 8 hours of battery life in 15 minutes, will go on sale for $34.99. Motorola isn’t saying when any of these will ship, but that dates will be provided at checkout (the X is expected this month, while the Hint is coming later in the year).

Finally, Motorola will be replenishing stock of its Moto 360 smartwatch, which went missing mere minutes after first going on sale…

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Concrete twists and turns in this trippy music video

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Brutalist buildings — the kind you find on some university campuses, and all over Washington, D.C. — are frequently maligned. They’re slabs of concrete; they’re eyesores. There was a myth they were designed to quell student riots. But British band Metronomy and director Callum Cooper have found a way to make them weird.

To create the music video for “Month of Sundays,” Cooper took the band to London’s Barbican Estate. Using a system of spinning cameras, he shot the musicians as they wandered through the building, then edited the footage together into the jumpy video you see here. To be sure, it’s disorienting, but also a lot of fun. The song’s pretty great, too.

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Curiosity rover reaches long-term goal: a massive Martian mountain

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A little over two years after landing, Curiosity has reached a milestone. NASA recently announced that the rover has arrived at the base of Mount Sharp, a 3.4-mile-high mountain that Curiosity has been heading towards since July of 2013. The initial landing was in Gale Crater, and the total journey has been around 9km or 5.5 miles — a number that becomes more impressive if you consider that Curiosity was designed to travel a maximum of 660 feet per day and navigate difficult terrain on its six wheels. The Spirit rover traveled only 4.8 miles over its lifespan, although the still-active Opportunity rover has logged about 25 miles since 2003. Curiosity’s path was rerouted earlier this year after scientists found that sharp rocks were…

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Anita Sarkeesian shares the most radical thing you can do to support women online

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Anyone looking to support women suffering from harassment online has a surprisingly simple place to start, says Anita Sarkeesian, founder of the web video series Feminist Frequency. “One of the most radical things you can do is to actually believe women when they talk about their experiences,” Sarkeesian told the audience today at XOXO Festival in Portland. It’s radical in part because of misinformation campaigns organized against high-profile women that accuse them of making up the threats against them — and it’s an issue that Sarkeesian has recent experience dealing with.

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The Verge Playlist: I’m not buying an iPhone

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Look. There’s nothing wrong with being excited about the next Apple product. The new iPhones are sure to own the market, and are already breaking records for preorders. But how about we take a minute for the crazy ones not buying into the hype? How about saying something for the people buying a Moto X or HTC One M8 for Windows?

The point is, it’s been a long week of Apple news, so we can finally start to the shut the fire hose off. There are good phones for everyone, and they weren’t all designed in Cupertino. If you felt like you were drowning this week, this is for you. And you know what? Let’s keep it going. What songs are you listening to to drown out the Apple noise?

  1. Public Enemy – Fight the Power
  2. Beastie Boys – Sabotage

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Leaked Windows 9 video shows new Notification Center in action

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Windows 8 debuted with a notification system to allow apps to generate brief alerts, but the operating system lacked a central Notification Center to collect and display them all. Microsoft appears to be planning to provide a Notification Center in Windows 9. WinFuture has published a new video of the feature in action, providing an early look at how the Notification Center will work. The functionality appears to be similar to the Windows Phone 8.1 Notification Center, with the ability to dismiss individual notifications or clear all at once.

The Windows 9 Notification Center collects toasts and alerts from traditional Windows applications and system notifications, alongside those generated from Windows 8-style apps. Skype is…

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Microsoft reportedly announcing ‘Minecraft’ acquisiton on Monday

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Reports of Microsoft’s plans to acquire Mojang, creator of the Minecraft video game franchise, surfaced earlier this week, shortly after Apple’s iPhone 6 event. Reuters now reports that the surprise deal is said to be worth $2.5 billion, and Microsoft will announce the acquisition on Monday. While there are a number of reasons Microsoft might want to secure the rights to Minecraft, some analysts and developers believe it could be related to Windows Phone.

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Taye Diggs is a master of Vine and it’s deeply confusing

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When Taye Diggs effectively followed everyone on Twitter earlier this year, it confused the internet to no end. His videos on Vine are no less peculiar, exposing a man with a talent not only for acting but also for eating hard-boiled eggs and pole-dancing. There’s even (what we assume is) a homage to Monty Python’s classic Silly Walks sketch. Does he have a Tumblr we’re not aware of?

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The Weekender: on Jaws and jazz in space

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Welcome back to The Weekender, and what a week it’s been. We’ve gone from the Flint Center to the Cretaceous period and back, and the world will never be the same. So it’s time to take a little break and unwind. Time to take a minute as the weather gets a little cooler, step outside into this futurescape we’ve created for ourselves, and take stock. Together. Below you’ll find a collection of the week’s finest, most important work from here and abroad, along with some of the best ways you can…

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Leaked Windows 9 video shows multiple desktops at work

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Glimpses of the next Windows have been coming out at a steady clip, but the latest is the clearest yet of the operating system’s multiple desktops. German site WinFuture obtained a video showing off a build of the new feature and how users can expect to use it.

As seen in the video, the taskbar for this early build of Windows 9 includes an icon for creating and closing virtual desktops. New workspaces can be made on the fly, and each workspace and their open programs can be accessed from this icon. The interface is certainly reminiscent of what’s already been available on OS X and even Linux for years, but it’ll be a welcome feature for power users when the new OS finally debuts.

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