Apple Watch debut in Paris attracts more fanboys than fashionistas

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The Apple Watch went on display this morning at Colette, a high-end Paris boutique that consistently attracts swarms of the hipper-than-thou. The event marked the first time that the watch has been shown to the public since company CEO Tim Cook unveiled it at a media event in California earlier this month, though it remained a decidedly hands-off affair. The watches were kept behind glass displays on the ground floor of the store, and visitors were not allowed to touch them.

Yet the chance…

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Wild chimps learning to use tools from each other may hint at humanity’s past

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Under a tree in Uganda’s Budongo forest in 2013, Catherine Hobaiter first mentioned the strange chimp behaviors she’d seen two years before. Hobaiter, a chimpanzee researcher at the University of St. Andrews in the UK, told fellow primatologist Thibaud Gruber that she had witnessed a group of chimps using a mix of moss and leaves to soak up drinking water from a watering hole in the forest. In 20 years of research, no one had observed this behavior in this community of chimps, and yet Hobaiter had managed to capture the behavior on video — numerous times.

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Reddit gets $50 million in funding and will share 10 percent of that with its users

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The front page of the internet has a lot more money in the bank, with Reddit confirming $50 million in new funding. More interesting than the amount raised, however, was that investors promised 10 percent of their new equity in the company will be shared with community members, a highly unusual move. While the exact mechanics of how these shares will be distributed to users is not yet clear, lead investor Sam Altman told The Verge that it will most likely use a block chain method similar to the systems used to create and distribute Bitcoin.

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Pharrell became an SNES character for his latest video and it’s a little creepy

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Pharrell’s latest music video, “It Girl,” is out and it’s very weird, guys. Just very weird. Here he is, Arby’s hat and all, singing inside what looks like a Japanese Super Nintendo dating sim crossed with an extremely fan-service-y shojo anime. While he sings — the song is kind of catchy — you can watch him leer at his It Girl from afar, with extreme closeups of his eyes thrown in every now and then. It’s bright, unsettling, and might even induce seizures in some. But most concerning of all, I’m left with that damn Pharrell sprite dancing in my head. Proceed with caution.

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Fox is remaking ‘Big’ as a television series and that’s a great idea in 2014

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Fox wants to remake Big as a television series. Finally, we have show to decode the mystery that is the man-child!

The 1980’s comedy Big, starring Tom Hanks, is being developed as a half-hour comedy by writers Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, the creators of the underrated workplace comedy, Enlisted. That show — canceled by Fox in May after playing outs its first season at 9:30 PM on Friday nights, also known as viewership wasteland — was a heartfelt and funny take on life at a rear detachment U.S. Army base. In fact, the show felt too warm and kind for Fox, which for years has trafficked largely in gritty, bloody, loud and snarky programs.

But Big seems to continue a shift in a gradual directional shift for Fox, a networks that’s…

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Windows 10 is the official name for Microsoft’s next version of Windows

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Microsoft is officially unveiling the name for the next release of Windows today: Windows 10. While the software maker had referred to Windows 10 as codename Windows Threshold internally, today’s official naming puts any rumors of Windows, Windows TH, Windows X, Windows One, and even Windows 9 to bed. It’s simply Windows 10, marking a jump from the mixed reception of Windows 8.

Described as Microsoft’s “most comprehensive platform ever,” Windows 10 will offer a tailored experience for all hardware across a single platform family. And it turns out that’s intentional. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore pointed to the millions of customers still using Windows 7, and said the company wants to make their transition to Windows 10 much more comfortable…

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If Windows 10 is the Tesla to the Windows 7 Prius, what was Windows 8?

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Microsoft has “hundreds of millions of Windows 7 users” that it wants to convert to the latest version of its operating system, which has just been revealed under the name of Windows 10. In presenting the changes and upgrades in the next Windows, Joe Belfiore stressed how familiar it will be for Windows 7 users, deploying a car analogy for the jump being as significant yet familiar as that form a first-gen Toyota Prius to an all-electric Tesla.

“We want all these Windows 7 users to have the sentiment that yesterday they were driving a first-generation Prius… and now with Windows 10 it’s like a Tesla.”

It’s not the nicest compliment Toyota has ever received, but the implication’s clear: Windows is slicker, more advanced, and purer…

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Windows 10 will be available late next year, preview coming tomorrow

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The next major version of Windows, Windows 10, will be available late next year. The new operating system is being unveiled today at an event in San Francisco, where Microsoft announced its name and has begun detailing new features, including the return and makeover of the Start Menu, the introduction of multiple desktops, and a new universal search feature. Microsoft isn’t hiding that, for mouse and keyboard users, this is a move back toward what Windows users are used to and away from the contentious changes in Windows 8. “It gives the familiarity of Windows 7 with some of the elements of Windows 8,” Windows chief Terry Myerson says.

While most PC owners won’t start using Windows 10 for a while, developers and enthusiasts can get…

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Microsoft just unveiled the future of the command prompt

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Surely the crowd-pleaser at today’s event, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore unveiled Windows 10’s biggest improvement yet: the command prompt. Your mom is probably very excited to hear about it. Power users will now be able to use CTRL+V to paste in directories, which is actually a welcome change. Copy and paste is important. (Especially for those of us who’ve been able to do this in command prompts for years on other OSes). But don’t worry, it still looks exactly as you’d expect it to look. It’s also probably not touch-enabled. Sorry.

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Watch how Windows 10 works with touch interfaces

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During its big unveiling of the new Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft demonstrated a feature called Continuum, which is designed to make it easy for users to switch between touch interfaces and non-touch environments. One of the biggest criticisms of Windows 8 was that it was difficult for users of mice and keyboards to navigate the interfaces designed for touch, and touchscreen users had trouble navigating the traditional desktop that works so well with a mouse and keyboard.

With Continuum, Microsoft appears to be taking that criticism to heart, and it says the new interface design smoothes those transitions. Microsoft says this interface was built specifically for devices such as the Surface Pro 3 and Lenovo Yoga, which have…

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Sweepstakes: win an HTC One Harman Kardon Edition!

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You like free stuff. So do we, which is why we’ve put together one of our biggest giveaways yet: we’re giving away 10 — yes, 10 — HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon Edition phones for Sprint!

The sweepstakes is open from now, until tomorrow at 11:59AM ET, October 1st.

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FCC unanimously votes to eliminate sports blackout rules

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The FCC today unanimously voted to end its sports blackout rules nearly four decades after they were first implemented in 1975. Despite stiff objections from the NFL, the Commission has put an end to the rules that barred cable and satellite providers from airing games blacked out on local broadcast stations because they failed to sell out. But it only ends the government’s rules. The NFL still has its own, private blackout rules in place with broadcasters like FOX and CBS, and those may still prevent fans from watching local games when tickets remain at the box office.

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NHL will use GoPro footage to demonstrate players’ POV during games

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GoPro’s tiny cameras are about to make watching hockey a bit more interesting: this coming season, NHL games on NBC and Rogers will start cutting to point-of-view footage that’s been captured by GoPro cameras, according to Adweek. Unfortunately, the footage won’t actually be live and from the game — instead, it’ll be prerecorded footage of select players demonstrating what it’s like to be in specific situations. Adweek suggests that you might see New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist blocking a shot, for instance. For any player that GoPro has footage for (and it’s not stated how many that is), the networks will be able to cut to their point-of-view demonstration whenever it wants to in order to better illustrate what’s happening in…

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A five-Airbus formation flight is as beautiful and crazy as it sounds

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It isn’t often you see airliners flying in formation. There’s a good reason for that, of course: they’re too busy earning money for the airlines that own them to engage in any sort of photogenic tomfoolery.

Occasionally, though, it all comes together. Airbus is in the midst of launching its A350 XWB, a next-generation hauler that will replace the A330 and A340 while doing battle with Boeing’s 777 and 787 Dreamliner. In celebration of achieving certification from the European Aviation Safety…

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I am woman, hear me Thor

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For superheroes to stay alive, they have to change with the times. It’s a dilemma the comics industry has struggled with for decades, here and there resisting and elsewhere confronting head on. It’s also one of the best parts about loving comics. When I was a kid, few of the characters I loved looked much like me. The few that did weren’t exactly marquee characters, the icons like Spider-Man and Wonder Woman that fans could rally behind outside their local comic book shops. Today, however,…

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This ‘Tak3n’ trailer is everything you wanted in ‘Taken 3’

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The extended trailer for Taken 3 — henceforth, Tak3n — is here. It literally does not matter what I write here, so here are the best Liam Neeson quotes from the trailer.”Listen carefully, Kim. Something terrible has happened to your mom. Don’t trust anyone”

“There are things I have done in my life and I was always ready to face the consequences. To protect my family.”

“My first priority is to protect the only one I have left… I’m going to finish this.”

“Good luck.”

Reactions from the staff:

  • “The Porsche drifting under the jet and taking out the landing gear is everything to me.” — Chris Ziegler, noted expert on cars, planes, and Fast & Furious
  • Liam Neeson’s been hotter… nothing especially science-y going on except that…

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A real stand against antibiotic resistance starts at the farm, not the hospital

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The US government made history on September 18th when President Obama signed an executive order establishing a task force to combat antibiotic resistance at the federal level. The order outlined general goals such as tracking the use of antibiotics and creating incentives for drug development. Some applauded the announcement, while pointing out other countries’ continued failure to do the same.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to humans worldwide, according to the…

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Windows 9 event: Live blog, updates, start time and more from Microsoft’s announcement

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We’re about to find out what’s next for Windows. Microsoft is preparing to take the stage in San Francisco to unveil the latest improvements to its desktop operating system. We can’t say for sure whether it’ll be called Windows 9, but it sounds like a significant upgrade all the same. The Start Menu is making its grand return, which in and of itself will be enough to thrill many users hanging onto a mouse and keyboard.

But the next version of Windows is expected to offer much more than that. Recent leaks hint Microsoft is planning some fairly drastic user interface changes for traditional desktop users. The Start Screen as we know it in Windows 8 may be going away completely on devices that don’t use touch as a primary input method.

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Architects rush to protect New York from rising sea levels: Detours episode 6 debuts tomorrow

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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. Check in for new dispatches every Wednesday.

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy laid waste to Manhattan, leaving much of it underwater. Now, a group of architects is building a $335 million protective barrier around the island’s southern tip to spare the Big Apple from the next big one.

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