Now Coming With Your Laptop: Large Helpings Of Cloud Storage

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Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 9.45.12 AM Out this morning is a spec list for the forthcoming HP Stream laptop that will run Windows 8.1, and is expected cost $199. It’s a device that Microsoft hopes will compete with Chromebooks, Google’s laptop offerings that have consumed some PC market share, mostly among less expensive devices. To make machines running its operating system more competitive, Microsoft has reduced… Read More

Google Makes It Easier For Advertisers To Track Which Ads Generate Phone Calls

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4982722491_24b29a4516_o Over the course of the last year, Google’s AdWords advertising platform started launching a number of new products that allow advertisers to link ads and phone calls. Those include click-to-call ads, call metrics and calls as conversion in your AdWords stats, but today, it is taking this concept a bit further with the launch of Website Call Conversions. Read More

This Real-Time Projected CGI Makeup Is Beautiful And Terrifying

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Screenshot 2014-08-18 12.53.08 CGI has come a long way – from simulating Jar Jar Binks on the silver screen to replacing green screens with King’s Landing. Today, we should add this video to the progression. Producer and technical director Nobumichi Asai has used a projection technology called Omote to project makeup onto a live model’s face. At first, the model goes from very basic makeup to a more… Read More

Uber Germany back in business after court suspends the ban in Berlin

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The presiding judge of Berlin’s administrative court has overturned a ban on Uber put in place by the Berlin State Department of Civil and Regulatory affairs four days ago. That ban shut down Uber citing safety concerns. Uber can now operate legally, although it seems likely that the legal wrangling is far from over. This follows the pattern Uber has been through in cities around the globe, with overlapping agencies and incumbent industries jockeying to allow or outlaw the transportation app.

Uber Germany’s general manager, Fabien Nestmann, said in a statement reported by Techcrunch: “This is good news for the great people of Berlin and the thousands of German citizens already benefitting from Uber’s great services. We’re delighted to…

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Quiz: Can you name the product with only a quote from its commercial?

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Welcome to the first annual Verge Hack Week. We’re totally blowing up our site: we’ve given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of interesting new things. Learn more.

Everyone remembers “think different,” but can you name other products using taglines and quotes from their commercials?

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Slaying the demons of ‘Dungeons & Dragons’

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Twenty three years ago I left my just-purchased copy of the Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia in math class. I went back for it at the end of the day, and found that my teacher wanted to have a Very Serious Talk about D&D.

I was primed for this discussion, ready to fight. I’d been an avid reader of Dragon magazine, which in those days was filled with letters from soldiers in Iraq for Operation Desert Shield. They were writing in defense of D&D — how it taught them leadership, teamwork,…

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Find your perfect zombie movie

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Welcome to the first annual Verge Hack Week. We’re totally blowing up our site: we’ve given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of interesting new things. Learn more.

Zombies are everywhere. It’s easy to get fatigued by the hundreds of movies, books, and TV shows dedicated to the flesh-eating undead every year. However, whether you’re a The Walking Dead junkie or a devoted George A. Romero fan, it’s almost certain that you’ve missed out on something fantastic. Let us steer you in the right direction with a simple quiz.

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Tom Hanks’ Typewriter App Shoots To The Top Of The App Store

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BvAkv7NCcAADqDM Tom Hanks’ name can do more than sell a movie, it seems. His recently launched, hipster-ish typewriter app for iPad, Hanx Writer, has now shot up to the top of the iTunes App Store, ranking number one in both the Productivity section, as well as Overall. Launched last week, Hanx Writer turns your iPad into an old-fashioned typewriter, offering a pseudo-analog typing experience. The bangs… Read More

Blogging History: Greenwald’s partner detained at Heathrow; Michael Jackson’s FBI file; Stealth Lynndie-ing

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One year

UK officials detain Glenn Greenwald’s partner at Heathrow, question him about Snowden interviews, steal all his gadgets & data: Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda was detained at Heathrow Airport under an anti-terrorism law that allows the cops to hold terrorism suspects and question them for nine hours without a lawyer.

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Google coming for your children, says The Information

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Remember that heartwarming Dear Sophie Google Chrome ad? Where the dad made his newborn daughter a Gmail account and then emailed her photos and memories as she grew older, creating an ongoing archive of her life? It was great. It was also technically not allowed: Google’s terms of service forbid kids under 13 from signing up.

That all might be about to change: according to a new report in The Information, Google has been working on a suite of tools that would let kids more easily use its services with permission from their parents, including a child-safe version of YouTube. Under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, sites that want let kids under 13 sign up need to get permission from their parents in one of several ways;…

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Xbox One system update lets you buy games with your phone

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The latest Xbox One system update being rolled out today will for the first time let players purchase games on their phones and mobile devices through the free Smartglass app, as well as on Xbox.com. The games will automatically begin downloading upon purchase, so they’re ready for play whenever you get back to your system, Microsoft says. Today’s update also includes a few other useful additions, including a low battery indicator for wireless controllers and 3D Blu-Ray functionality. The activity feed has also been redesigned in a single-column view. Read the full list of updates over at Major Nelson’s page.

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