iPhone 6 announcement: start time, live blog, and streaming for Apple’s event

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Apple’s September 9th event has been described as historic before it’s even started. To match the great hype, the Cupertino company has booked a larger venue than usual and supplemented its capacity with a mysterious three-story structure. The elaborate buildup is for the launch of a new iPhone (or two), plus there’s the widely anticipated announcement of a long-rumored iWatch and the tantalizing “wish we could say more” tagline from Apple itself.

The iPhone 6 is expected to come in two variants: a 4.7-inch model that would feature a sapphire glass display and a larger 5.5-inch version that may end up being released a few months after the first. Multiple iPhone 6 dummies and even one functional device have leaked onto the web,…

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Watch The Verge Live today after Apple’s iPhone 6 / iWatch event!

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It’s Apple day — inarguably its biggest one since the iPad reveal in 2010 (if not bigger than that). Follow along with our live blog of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iWatch event starting at 1PM ET / 10AM PT. After all is said and done, when Tim Cook and co. walk off stage and everyone on site is running to the demo booths, join Ross Miller and Chris Ziegler live from our New York studio for all a relevant / irreverent breakdown of all the biggest news, the latest video reports from San Francisco as they come in, and a conversation with our reporters-on-the-scene.

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iPhone is like the Predator

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The iPhone is a destroyer of worlds. Over the years, it’s been speculated Apple’s smartphone has “killed” numerous industries (while simultaneously being hunted). This year, the iPhone 6 will reportedly topple financial institutions as we know it. A few years before that? Compact cameras and standalone GPS navigators. Before that? Love. As you get ready for today’s major event, here’s a look back at what the iPhone has reportedly tried to “kill” over the years.

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Jawbone opens its fitness tracking to Android Wear, Pebble, and the iWatch

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The Up24 is our favorite fitness wearable, not so much because of its design or ergonomics, but because of Jawbone’s excellent software — it does the best job of converting the data collected by the wristband’s sensors into useful and stimulating information for the user. Now Jawbone’s decided to be more inclusive and will accept such data from competitors like Fitbit and other mobile platforms, including Google’s Android Wear, the Pebble smartwatch, and Apple’s HealthKit. The latter preempts Apple’s widely anticipated announcement of an iWatch. Windows Phone is also about to get its own long-awaited Jawbone app.

In all cases, what’s on offer is the chance to continue using Jawbone’s great software with a much wider range of hardware….

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Microsoft is making the Xbox One better without Kinect

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Microsoft has been aggressively updating its Xbox One console over the past six months, offering the latest features to members of a preview program before rolling them out more broadly. The latest October system update is being released today to preview, and it brings a number of features that will be particularly useful for those without Kinect.

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Someone on Kickstarter wants to build Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer out of 90,000 Lego bricks

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Forget potato salad — there is perhaps no more worthy use of Kickstarter than helping Thomas Benedikt piece together an exhaustive replica of Darth Vader’s Executor Super Star Destroyer from 90,000 Lego bricks. Lego apparently refused to help Benedikt because his project doesn’t match up to the company’s own 5-million-brick X-Wing, but come on. Just look at how this thing will stack up next to a stormtrooper.

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Credit card details at risk as The Home Depot confirms it was hacked

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The Home Depot today confirmed that its payment systems were breached by hackers earlier this year. The company is yet to outline the details of the attack, but used vague language to suggest that customers who used credit or debit cards at its retail stores in the US and Canada over the last five months may have had their card details compromised. The breach appears to have been carried out using a similar method to recent attacks on companies such as TargetP.F. Chang’s, and Neiman Marcus. The perpetrators of such attacks uploaded malicious software to cash registers and other point-of-sale systems in order to siphon off card details, which could be sent off-site and could be used to make fraudulent purchases.

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The father of net neutrality could become the next lieutenant governor of New York

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Most of the tech industry will be focused on Cupertino, California, tomorrow, where Apple is hosting a much-hyped event, likely to unveil a new iPhone 6 and iWatch. But September 9th could see another tech milestone: the election of Tim Wu, a Columbia law professor nicknamed the “father of net neutrality,” as the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of New York state.

If Wu wins in the primary against his rival Kathy Hochul, a former Congresswoman, it would be a huge upset, making him very likely to win the general election in November. Wu’s running mate is Zephyr Teachout, a fellow law professor at Fordham university who has an even tougher race to become New York’s first female governor, challenging sitting Democratic governor…

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To win the smartwatch war, Apple must beat this ‘GoldenEye 007’ watchface on the Moto 360

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If you have a Moto 360 and a strong sense of nostalgia for Nintendo 64, download the Secret Agent Watchface and walk around with the Goldeneye 007 pause screen on your wrist (seen here, modeled by by Phandroid). The left bar seems to always stay at 100 percent (congrats, you’re healthy!) while the right bar will go down according to battery life. And if Apple doesn’t tempt you tomorrow, the more James Bond-appropriate all-metal Moto 360 is coming this fall.

If you don’t have a Moto 360, you can do what I did about six months back and make your own $7 version. Touchscreen doesn’t work but battery life is phenomenal.

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Tinder settles with former exec over sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit

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Tinder has settled a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit brought by a former executive who alleged that she left the company after being subject to repeated instances of abusive behavior. In a statement sent to BuzzFeed, the law firm representing former Tinder marketing VP Whitney Wolfe says that Wolfe and Tinder have resolved the suit without any admission of wrongdoing. The firm reportedly declined to comment on whether Wolfe would receive any compensation as part of the settlement. It did not immediately respond to our own requests for comment.

“Wolfe is proud of her role as a co-founder of Tinder and of the role she played in the app’s success,” the law firm writes in a statement to BuzzFeed. “She is now pleased to be able…

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Google Play Movies and TV for iOS finally lets you watch offline video

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Google brought its Play Movies and TV shows app to iOS recently, something that comes in handy for those using both Android and iOS devices — but it left out a pretty key feature. The original app didn’t offer the ability to save movies or shows to local storage and watch them without an internet connection, but Google has just fixed that oversight some nine months after the app launched.

Of course, the app is still limited in a major way  — namely, users can’t actually buy or rent movies through it. They can only play back things that have been purchased through Google’s Play Store online or through Android devices. That’s a pretty standard restriction for non-Apple media players, though — Google would have to give Apple a cut of…

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Live out your wildest Nicolas Cage fantasies with this 32-page activity book

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Have you ever wanted to know what it was like to be tormented by a helmet full of bees, swap faces with your worst enemy, or don the luscious locks of a fugitive? Now you might be able to get closer than ever before! Behold: Snake Eyes, a 32-page activity book that promises to let you live out your wildest Cage-ian fantasies by doing things like dressing up (or down) the movie star in the looks of his numerous roles, or even coloring in your own new face for Cage himself. The book’s creators also promise puzzles, games, and “the best of times” for under twelve bucks.


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That’s not a celebrity you’re following on Twitter, it’s an assistant

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Adam Levine tweeted from an iPhone mere days after promoting Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4. Except, he probably didn’t. While we laugh at the hypocrisy of Levine selling one phone and using another, we miss the larger hypocrisy: that the person running @adamlevine probably isn’t Adam Levine, but his iPhone-using assistant.

In the past couple years, some celebrities have parlayed their fame and social media accounts into micro-media companies. Their handles are self-contained streams of self-promotion, brand management, and empty aphorisms. Like most media companies, they’re designed to court advertisers and business partners. They’re designed to make money.

Of course, the actual celebrities are too rich, too busy, or too indifferent to…

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Right now, the internet needs your help to survive

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Alexis Ohanian is an entrepreneur and partner at Y Combinator best known for co-founding Reddit, which has grown to become one of the largest community websites in the world. In recent years, he’s become one of the loudest voices in support of internet freedom and its benefit to society. He believes the internet is the most powerful and democratic tool ever made for sharing information, and is a strong supporter of net neutrality regulation.

Today, I am calling on my fellow founders and investors (and anyone who loves the Internet) to join me in fighting to protect net neutrality. Internet freedom activists have organized a day of mass action to protect net neutrality on Wednesday, September 10th. On that day, every large company,…

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Because ‘Dark Souls’ is so easy, someone beat it with a ‘Rock Band’ guitar

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For a brief period in modern video game history, plastic controllers in the shape of musical instruments ruled the world. Much like Dance Dance Revolution before it, the age of Guitar Hero of Rock Band seems to have come and gone — but the hardware peripherals live on as means by which people can make their favorite challenge games that much more frustrating.

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‘Minority Report’ TV series gets pilot order at Fox

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There’s a good chance that we’ll be seeing further into the future of Minority Report. Late last month, Steven Spielberg’s production company was reported to be working on turning his classic sci-fi film into a TV series, and Deadline is now reporting that Fox has put in an order for a pilot episode with a good chance that it’ll be taken to series.

Beginning 10 years after the film’s Precrime unit is shut down

The show will apparently serve as a sequel to Spielberg’s film, beginning 10 years after the shut down of its famed Precrime unit — which used premonition to catch supposed “murderers” before they commit their crime. The show will reportedly pair up a detective and a Precog who can’t stop seeing visions of the future. From there,…

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Reddit is a failed state

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As Reddit trips over itself trying to contain its stolen nude photo problem, CEO Yishan Wong finally addressed the controversy on Saturday by releasing a remarkably clueless manifesto. Reddit, he wrote, is “not just a company running a website where one can post links and discuss them, but the government of a new type of community.” So, then, what type of government is Reddit? It’s the kind any reasonable person would want to overthrow.

Imagine you live in a nice little community. You have barbecues with the folks next door and discuss your mutual interests. You feel safe walking the streets at night. You trust the local police, who are selected from your neighbors. Everything is going well. Then, one day, someone breaks into your house…

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Motorola Moto X (2014) review

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Just over a year ago, Motorola introduced its new brand and identity and launched the Moto X, a different kind of smartphone than anything before it. It could be customized differently for each and every person that bought one, something no other smartphone maker had done before (or since). And the Moto X was a critical darling, packed with innovative and user-friendly features.

Despite the critical acclaim, the Moto X didn’t turn out to be a great seller. Motorola quickly discounted the…

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British comedian James Corden is now officially the post-Colbert ‘Late Late Show’ host

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And now we know officially who’ll be following Stephen Colbert‘s Late Show on CBS every night. British actor / comedian James Corden will take over for Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show when both he and David Letterman step down later this year The Wrap originally reported the news early last month. Both Corden and Colbert will begin in 2015.

Corden, somewhat unknown to American audiences, won a BAFTA in 2008 for Gavin & Stacy, a BBC sitcom he co-created and starred in. He also won a Tony Award in 2012 for his leading role in the play One Man, Two GuvnorsFor Doctor Who fans, he played Craig in two episodes from the Matt Smith era (“The Lodger” and “Closing Time”).

With Corden confirmed, this arguably marks the end of a late night…

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