Dropbox now lets you add comments to hosted files

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Filesharing service Dropbox has today introduced Dropbox Comments, a way for all users to add notes to files that it hosts. The feature — which was previously only available in early access to paid-up Dropbox for Business customers — lets multiple people leave feedback and mentions for other users in a dedicated comments pane overlaid on the document itself. Users can invite people without Dropbox accounts to open files and read the comments, but you’ll need to sign up if you want to add your own points.

Dropbox started life as a simple cloud-based filesharing service, but recent moves have seen it pitch itself as a more integral component of your online existence. The company launched dedicated photo and email apps last year, and last…

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The first new Dragon Ball series in nearly 20 years will debut this July

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Eighteen years after the end of Dragon Ball GTa new Dragon Ball series is set to debut this summer. Titled Dragon Ball Chou (meaning Super), series creator Akira Toriyama will return to run the show.

The news is a bombshell for fans of the series, both in Japan and in the States. Dragon Ball Z, the sequel to the original Dragon Ball, is one of the most recognizable animes in the world, spawning movies, video games, and merchandise to the point of ubiquity. Recent movies like Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ , which hits theaters earlier this month, have only stoked the series’ popularity.

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Broken Age is the best and worst of classic adventure games

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Sometimes, the development of a game threatens to overwhelm the game itself. You can’t talk about Duke Nukem Forever without talking about its many years of gestation, and for a while it seemed like the same might be said of Broken Age, a classic-style adventure game from Tim Schafer and his studio Double Fine. Broken Age was the original Kickstarter blockbuster. The campaign launched in 2012, and the studio was initially looking for $400,000, but the game eventually raised more than $3 million through crowdfunding as fans clamored for a return to the long-dormant genre.

With more money came more ambition, and Broken Age eventually grew into a much bigger game. In January 2014, it finally launched, but not all of it — in order to…

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LG’s new G4 is a powerhouse phone wrapped in leather

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LG’s new flagship smartphone, the G4, is official. If you’ve been following this space, none of that should come as a surprise: virtually everything about the phone has either leaked or has already been announced by LG over the past few weeks. But the lack of surprise doesn’t take away from the fact that the G4 is LG’s new flagship, the phone that will go head to head with the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 when it hits shelves in a few weeks.

Visually, the G4 isn’t a stark departure from last year’s G3. It has a 5.5-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel (that’s QHD) display, volume buttons and power key on the back, and has roughly the same dimensions as last year’s phone (which means it’s compact, but just slightly too big for me to use in one hand). The…

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John Legere implies T-Mobile could someday merge with a cable company

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Despite his company’s failed merger with AT&T, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has always maintained that consolidation in the wireless industry is inevitable. “In five years, we will think it comical that we thought about the industry structure as the four major wireless carriers,” he said during today’s T-Mobile quarterly earnings call. But for the first time, Legere expanded on his thinking and raised some interesting — and perhaps controversial — possibilities for the future. “I’ve always said it’s not a matter of if; it’s when and how. And now I’m going to add and who.”

As it turns out, that “who” could take the form of an existing cable provider. “As content and entertainment and social are moving to the internet, and the internet is…

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The Livescribe 3 smartpen finally works with Android devices

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Livescribe has been in the business of merging physical content you generate — things like hand-written notes and voice recordings — with the digital world for years now. The Livescribe 3 “smartpen,” which launched in the fall of 2013, was certainly its most successful attempt to date. The combo of the Livescribe 3 pen alongside specially designed notebooks meant that you could take traditional notes, make drawings, do calculations, or anything else you do with a pen and paper and have them synced to your phone, tablet, or computer. That’s assuming you were an iOS user, of course — the Livescribe 3 only supported Apple’s mobile devices.

That all changes today — Livescribe for Android is moving out of beta and into a “preview” mode for…

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VR company Jaunt is starting a virtual reality movie studio

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As virtual reality steadily moves closer to mainstream reality, one of the biggest outstanding questions is content: how popular can VR devices get if there’s nothing to watch or play, and where will the content come from if nobody has devices? Today VR company Jaunt is announcing a new initiative to help answer that question, and a trio of Lucasfilm veterans are jumping on board to bring its plans to fruition.

The newly announced Jaunt Studios is a Los Angeles-based wing of the company that will be dedicated solely to developing and producing live-action VR experiences. It’s similar to what Oculus announced earlier this year with Oculus Story Studio: an in-house creative initiative, designed to both bolster the production of VR…

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Sesame Street parodies The Avengers. Poor Hawkeye

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If you were tasked with mapping Sesame Street characters to Marvel Studios’ preeminent superhero team, Cookie Monster as The Hulk is a pretty natural fit. Thus, we form the basis of The Aveggies: Age of Bon Bon, wherein the team tries to get “Dr. Brownie” to focus, turn green, and eat the flying chocolate chip with a jam-shooting gun. The five-minute segment is a nod to the ending of the first Avengers, and as with Sesame Street‘s plentiful other parodies (e.g. “House of Bricks,” “Star S’Mores,” “Big Birdman“), the video is a highly concentrated dose of puns.

We’re not sure of the ultimate lesson here. Is it about learning to focus to achieve your goals? Is it about the satisfaction of walking down the street eating asparagus? Is it the…

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This cuddly Japanese robot bear could be the future of elderly care

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Deep in the bowels of a secluded facility outside the central Japanese city of Nagoya, a team of dedicated researchers has been working on a monster. It’s a primal, animalistic robot that uses advanced technology to power its intelligent vision, flexible movement, and giant arms strong enough to lift a human right off the ground. It could have profound implications for the relationship between man and machine.

But perhaps most importantly, it is very cute.

Meet Robear. It’s a high-tech teddy with a mission: helping make elderly care much easier in the future.

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Windows 10’s notifications sound like you’re booting up a Windows 95 PC

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Microsoft originally commissioned English musician Brian Eno to create the startup sound for Windows 95. Eno’s piece of music was known widely as the Windows sound. At just over three seconds long, it became an iconic sound as Windows 95 grew in popularity. Microsoft has since changed its sound schemes for many Windows versions over the years, but now it appears to be evoking memories of the summer of 1995 with Windows 10.

The Windows 10 startup sound is still a mystery

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Building The Witcher 3’s huge, wild fantasy world

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Westeros. Hyrule. Middle-earth. Some fantasy worlds are so distinct you just need to hear their name to conjure up images of them. And if the developers at CD Projekt Red have their way, soon you’ll be adding the vast plains and fetid swamps of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s Northern Kingdoms to that list.

The upcoming game takes place in a virtual fantasy realm that’s 30 times bigger than the previous title in the series, and larger even than Skyrim, the torchbearer for open-world games like this. But it’s not just big for the sake of being big. “The story that we’re telling needs this huge world,” says senior environment artist Jonas Mattsson.

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The Just Cause 3 trailer promises the open-world game of our dreams

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Five years after the release of Just Cause 2, one of the best and most underrated games of the previous generation, we finally see Just Cause 3. The footage follows plenty of teasing, from postcards to James Bond intro homages. It also follows the recent gameplay trailer for Mad Max, the other often-delayed open-world game from developer Avalanche Studios. There are some noticeable similarities, both games focusing heavily on vehicular combat, but for me, Just Cause 3′s use of color helps it stand out against its cousin and the vast majority of blockbuster video games.

In the footage, we see series protagonist Rico Rodriguez zipping through lush fields, flying over malevolent dictators, and blowing up practically everything. I spoke…

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Mothers are buying breast milk online —because they don’t have better options

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Add this to the list of “things you can buy online”: a stranger’s breast milk.

Online milk exchanges — unregulated sites where breast milk is bought, sold, and donated — have taken off in recent years, with multiple websites facilitating transactions between moms with milk to spare and those in need. Despite the long list of milk-seeking ads by adult men — some simply pervy, others interested in the purported health powers of breast milk — researchers say the bulk of the market is moms unable to breastfeed or produce enough milk.

Milk from untested sources, like the ones on online markets, comes with risksThe long list of the benefits of breast milk — ranging from protection against childhood infections, to a lower risk of diabetes and…

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YouTube to start making feature films with its biggest stars

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YouTube is continuing to put money behind its community of video makers, and today it’s announcing five new partnerships including one to begin making feature films this year. The feature films will be made in partnership with AwesomenessTV, which was purchased two years ago by DreamWorks Animation. Together, they intend to release “several” feature-length movies during the next two years, with the first targeted for this fall. The films will be “driven by YouTube stars” and developed by AwesomenessTV CEO Brian Robbins.

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Live Nation adds Bonnaroo to its collection of music festivals

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Music industry powerhouse Live Nation has added Bonnaroo to its continually growing collection of festivals. The entertainment company purchased a controlling interest in the music and arts festival, which is held in Manchester, Tennessee, every year. Bonnaroo joins the over 60 festivals under the control of Live Nation, including Lollapalooza, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Bonnaroo is one of the landmark music festivals held in the US, and had been run independent of a major corporation since its inception in 2002. Bonnaroo founders Superfly and AC Entertainment say they will still maintain control of the day-to-day operations. Live Nation says it’s planning “enhancements to the festival experience”…

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Google tries to play nice with European publishers with $163M fund

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Google is attempting to mend relations with European publishers, launching a series of initiatives to train digital journalists and work with papers to build new products to deliver the news. The US company announced partnerships with eight European newspapers — including The Guardian and The Financial Times — as well as a $163 million pot (€150 million) to fund “innovation in digital journalism” over the next three years.

The announcement comes at a time of heightened tensions between Google and European institutions, with the European Union formally accusing the company of monopolistic search practices earlier this month. Although the charges do not cover the news industry, publishers in Europe have been criticizing Google’s business…

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The US government wants YOU for its virtual e-cybermission

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It starts innocently enough. You’re just a young snow leopard with a flip phone strapped to your ski goggles, the whole world at your fingertips. You program high-concept video games about snow drifts that are also cryptographic mazes and gamification apps for robots. The Museum of the Moving Image is very interested in your avant-garde web art installation, Secrets That Were Kept And Secrets That Were Not. Fortunately, this is exactly the kind of technological innovation that the National Security Agency likes to fund. All you and your crack team of CryptoKids® have to do is put together the occasional Flash site.

But a few years later, Crypto Cat® and Decipher Dog® have split off into open source development, T. Top® the…

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First Click: Apple’s worth more than… everything

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Nothing is new, not even the proclamation that nothing is new is new. Yet here I am repeating it as a premise for giving you a list of things dwarfed by Apple’s financial scale. The construct has been regenerated so many times during Apple’s meteoric rise that a tumblr called Things Apple is Worth More Than was created in 2011 when Apple was only worth a mere $340 billion, or about 45 days of global oil consumption.

In 2012 Apple’s market cap exceeded $500 million causing CNNMoney to proclaim it more valuable than Poland. You know, the country.

By 2014 Apple’s market cap hit $668 billion. CNBC was “surprised” by seven things that Apple was more valuable than including 10,000 times the worth of Kim Kardashian. 9,000 times? Not…

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Uber is bringing its food delivery service to New York City and Chicago

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This week Uber is launching its food delivery service, UberEats, in New York City and Chicago. The company has already piloted the program in Los Angeles and Barcelona. UberEats will be accessible from within Uber’s existing app, although the food option only shows up when consumers are in the coverage area. The service promises dishes from “popular, iconic restaurants” delivered curbside — not to your door — “faster than it takes to boil water.”

An Uber representative told The Verge that UberEats has its own dedicated drivers. Lunch options will range from $9 to $12, while dinner options will range from $10 to $15. The Uber rep said meals come with a $3 delivery fee ($4 in New York City), regardless of the number of meals you order.

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Now Tamagotchi can nag you from your Apple Watch

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Not many apps can boast that they’re a natural fit for a tiny smartwatch screen, but Tamagotchi Classic is one of the exceptions. Japanese video game company Bandai Namco has transposed this classic ’90s experience to the Apple Watch, bringing the blobby, amorphous, digital pets that many of us remember from our childhood into the 21st century. But while the hardware might be new, the experience of owning and caring for a Tamagotchi hasn’t changed: it’s as annoying as ever.

you hatch your tamagotchi, feed it, and then one day it dies from neglect

For readers who haven’t heard of Tamagotchi before, these digital pets first launched in Japan in 1996 as plastic eggs with tiny screens and buttons. You turned your Tamagotchi on and were…

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