This bent iPhone 6 poster is perfect

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Billboards can be big and unwieldy things. Sometimes big things need to bend a little to fit into the limited space of our puny little planet. And sometimes the thing that’s being advertised is so perfectly in sync with the billboard’s shape as to require no further explanation.

The massive advert for the iPhone 6 above is purportedly from Berlin — a place where Samsung also maintains a big presence — while the promotional poster below comes from a store in the Netherlands. We can’t yet verify the legitimacy of either image, but that’s really beside the point. Either they’re delightfully grand examples of self-sabotage or incredibly witty visual satire. Both work for us.

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Watch the first full trailer for Ridley Scott’s biblical epic ‘Exodus’

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If the first teaser for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings showed us just how somber the movie is portraying Moses’ story, the first full-length trailer, which has just been released, really starts to show us why. This is the first solid look at Scott’s next movie, and it’s a good one: there’s no denying that it’s an action-packed biblical epic, but it appears that there’s a lot more to it than just the action. And, when the action does hit, it looks pretty great too. The movie is out on December 12th.

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Can a massive seawall save New York from flooding?

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Come along with The Verge for the second season of Detours. We’ve traveled across the country to find the people, groups, and companies that are solving America’s problems in new and unconventional ways.

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy destroyed homes, wasted businesses, flooded tunnels, and submerged subways. The storm brought tens of thousands of lives to a halt, and revealed New York City’s vulnerabilities to severe climate conditions and rising waters.

“I saw the devastation,” says Henk…

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Please don’t ask me to visit my bank in virtual reality

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Here is, without a doubt, the most dangerous thing about virtual reality: it’s convinced way too many people that the highest-bandwidth solution to a problem is the best one.

Do you watch Netflix? Well, what about a virtual Netflix where you walk around a video rental store and pick up a movie box to start watching? Amazon? How about a virtual shopping mall where every department is a different outlet store and you can examine everything in 3D, and when you buy something, you can carry it outside and drop it into a virtual drone delivery box? Looking up a word in a dictionary? Why not join an immersive virtual chat with an etymologist whose avatar will juggle anthropomorphic representations of its conjugates?

Wells Fargo invited The…

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Garmin announces new flagship $450 Forerunner 920XT sport watch

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Garmin today announced the Forerunner 920XT, its latest multisport watch designed for athletes who need metrics beyond what your average fitness tracker can provide. At $449.99, you’d expect this watch to do just about everything under the sun, and it promises to offer detailed stats on swimming, biking, and running. You’ll also get notifications for incoming texts, emails, calls, and calendar reminders, though the “smartwatch” functionality here isn’t what anyone will be buying the 920XT for. Instead, they’d likely be after its deep and accurate daily activity tracking, which is a step above what your typical wrist-worn fitness band can do. But there are also features you’d expect from a Jawbone, like sleep tracking.

In the water, the…

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Cortana will tell you when your favorite musicians are playing nearby

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The new Concert Watch feature located in Cortana’s Notebook will keep you updated on whether your favorite musicians are playing in a town near you. WP Central writes that all it takes to activate this function is accessing Interests and then adding Music from the list of categories. Concert Watch reportedly uses data from Seat Geek, a ticket search and recommendation engine. It is unknown as to how Concert Watch actually identifies who your most beloved bands are, but WP Central speculates it may be related to Xbox Music. The feature is currently being rolled out, so if it is not present in your version of Cortana, it will likely be soon.

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Sophisticated iPhone and Android malware is spying on Hong Kong protesters

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A fake smartphone app is being used to remotely monitor pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, according to a report from the New York Times. Researchers from Lacoon Mobile Security say the phishing scam is spreading across the messaging application WhatsApp, through texts that read: “Check out this Android app designed by Code4HK for the coordination of OCCUPY CENTRAL!”, along with a link to download software. Lacoon says the software, once downloaded, can access a user’s personal data, including phone calls, text messages, and the physical location of their smartphone. Code4HK — a developer community that has helped to spread information about the protests — tells the Times it had nothing to do with the texts.

The origin of the scam…

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Microsoft teases Windows 10 phone and Xbox interfaces

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 unveiling was focused on the desktop and the enterprise, but the company also dropped some significant hints at its future direction for phone and Xbox. While there was no meaningful discussion about the user interface changes to Windows Phone and Xbox, Microsoft did reveal some changes in an image highlighting Windows 10 across multiple devices. Traditional Windows Phone devices appear to feature the familiar tiled interface with Windows 10 that currently exists with Windows Phone 8.1, scaling all the way up to devices with 6-inch displays. Where things seem to change are with 7- or 8-inch tablets. Microsoft’s image appears to suggest that small Windows tablets will take on more of a Windows Phone-like interface…

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Gold iPads coming this month, rumored 12.9-incher next year

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Apple will add gold to the iPad’s monochromatic palette, according to Bloomberg. “People familiar with the plans” reportedly stated that the color option will be revealed this month along with new versions of Apple’s tablets. Bloomberg writes that the decision could be attributed to a desire to boost sales of the iPad, which have been in slow decline since its introduction. With the help of this aesthetic update and next year’s rumored introduction of iPads with a 12.9-inch screen, Apple may be able to appeal to a wider range of customers, including the business-oriented demographic.

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76 of 79 deceased NFL players’ brains had evidence of degenerative disease

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New data from the United States’ largest repository of human brain samples has shown that an overwhelming majority of NFL players who submitted their brains for analysis after their death suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The Department of Veterans Affairs’ brain repository, based in Massachusetts, found that 76 of 79 former pro players had evidence of the condition, which can be caused by repeated head trauma.

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‘Rush Hour’ may be made into a TV show

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It’s probably impossible to replace the hilarious duo of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, but someone’s going to try: Deadline reports that Rush Hour is now in the process of being adapted into a TV series. The show will be an action-comedy with hourlong episodes, and it’ll likely still be about a Hong Kong police officer getting stuck with a wild LA cop. The show happening isn’t a done deal just yet — it still needs to find a network — but Deadline suggests that it could be a hot property, so we just end up getting to see the remake.

Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence will reportedly be co-writing and executive producing the new series. Arthur Sarkissian, who produced the three Rush Hour films, and Brett Ratner, who just directed Hercules, will…

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California is the first state to ban plastic bags

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California has become the first US state to sign into law a ban on single-use plastic bags, including those used for bagging up purchases at grocery stories. The legislation is meant to cut down on waste throughout the state and to help protect its land from pollution. The ban will begin this coming July in grocery stores and pharmacies, and it’ll expand to convenience stores and liquor stores one year later. “This bill is a step in the right direction,” California Governor Jerry Brown says in a statement. “It reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks, and even the vast ocean itself.

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Watch Microsoft’s Windows 10 event

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Microsoft didn’t live stream its Windows 10 event this morning, but the company has now posted the full 40 minute video from its press event for all to see. Windows chief Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore, head of PCs, tablets, and phones, both discuss Windows 10 at its first unveiling in San Francisco. There’s a look at how Windows 10 will work on touch machines, the new Start menu and interface changes, and an overview of the future of Windows. If you missed our live blog, or you want to see Microsoft joke about the naming for Windows 10 it’s worth the 40 minutes of your time.

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TiVo now lets Android users stream their recorded TV shows

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You can now stream TV shows recorded with TiVo’s latest DVRs on Android devices. Today, the company announced that its app for Google’s mobile operating system has finally added streaming capabilities. You can also find the app in Amazon’s Appstore to use with the Fire Phone or Fire tablets. Like the iOS version, TiVo’s app lets Roamio owners watch recorded shows when on their home Wi-Fi network and — in some limited cases — even when away from home.

You can schedule future recordings and search for shows or movies both on TV and across popular video-on-demand services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. TiVo also notes that the app can display cast and crew info for whatever you’re watching on TV at home without interrupting the big…

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PayPal broke up with eBay so it could take on Apple

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News broke this morning that PayPal will spin off from eBay into a separate publicly traded company, ending a 12-year union between the online merchant and the payments processor. At the most basic level this creates two simpler, more focused companies — but the real impetus for an independent PayPal is more likely the rapidly maturing ecosystem of digital wallets and mobile payments, especially Apple Pay, which threatens to eat PayPal’s business from the inside out.

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This is what happens when two pixel-mashing bots get in a Twitter fight

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This week saw a truly bizarre twitter fight between two image-mashing bots. In the red corner, there was @pixelsorter, designed to create relaxed, fuzzy remixes of photos, like the one above. In the blue corner, @badpng was running every image through a broken PNG encoding algorithm, resulting in harsh compression and jarring color shifts. Pixelsorter’s creator, Way Spurr-Chen, sent the same photo to both bots, locking them in a potentially endless back-and-forth, chewing on the same image over and over until it disintegrated into a mess of pixels.

It started with this…

…which turned into this.

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A closer look at Windows 10

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Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 10 this morning, and the company is planning to distribute a Technical Preview of the new operating system tomorrow. At Microsoft’s event today there were a number of machines running the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and I got an opportunity to briefly explore the new OS. While Microsoft pushed hard with touch on Windows 8, Windows 10 is the complete opposite. If you mouse into the corners to find the tricky Charms Bar they no longer trigger and frustrate. Instead, you’re greeted with the familiar Windows desktop and Start Menu from the moment you use Windows 10. It’s Windows 7 right now and very early in its development, but it has some interesting improvements waiting inside.

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Ello is the doomed utopia we can’t stop building

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One day this summer, I spent an afternoon with computing pioneer Jaron Lanier talking about virtual reality. Lanier is a leading critic of the internet’s advertising-based business models, and when Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus Rift came up, he pushed the company to look for alternative sources of revenue. “Every time there is a new platform, there is a chance to create a new economic model,” Lanier said.

The desire for an alternative to Facebook goes most of the way in explaining the overnight sensation that is Ello, a three-month-old social network founded on the idea that ad-based internet businesses are corrupt. The service, which has yet to build a mobile app and is available only on the web, exploded in popularity this…

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