I swear, Katy Perry wore a Wii remote strap during the Super Bowl halftime show

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Missy Elliott’s Super Bowl Halftime show was amazing, introduced by Katy Perry riding a large polygonal tiger. For the final song, which went back to Perry for “Firework,” the songstress had to make extra sure she didn’t drop the mic as she was floated over the field — and apparently that means using a Wii remote strap, i.e. that-safety-precaution-Nintendo-gave-you-avoid-throwing-your-controller-into-a-TV-while-virtual-bowling.

At least, it looks like a Wii remote strap, and I’m not the only one who thought so. Cue the tweetstorm:

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Here’s the Fast & Furious 7 Super Bowl trailer

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Here it is, the high-octane, explosion-heavy, tagline-intensive Super Bowl spot for the new Fast & Furious film. It’s the one Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has really wanted you to see, and for good reason: he’s got a very large gun (and, in some scenes, a very large arm cast). Furious 7 also stars Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, and the late Paul Walker, along with virtually everyone from the series thus far.

Furious 7 will hit theaters April 3rd, 2015. If 30 seconds isn’t enough for you, here’s the extended IMAX trailer.

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Watch Jurassic World’s new dinosaur rampage in Super Bowl teaser

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In the minutes before Super Bowl XLIX even began, we got a brand new trailer for Jurassic World and a better look at Indominus Rex, the film’s über dinosaur. Things definitely go crazy in the park this time around, with pterosaurs snatching up visitors in their claws and gangs of velociraptors serving as Chris Pratt’s muscle, but we’re still waiting for our first clear look at the new genetic experiment gone wrong.

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Tomorrowland’s new Super Bowl trailer looks like a steam-punk wonderland

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With the exception of a teaser-trailer released last year, insight into Disney’s upcoming sci-fi flick Tomorrowland has remained largely under wraps. This week, Disney promised Tomorrowland‘s Super Bowl ad would unravel a little more of the mystery, and tonight it has delivered…sort of.

The clip shows George Clooney, Britt Robertson, and Hugh Laurie entering a world with flying trains, massive skyscrapers, a litany of steampunk-looking machines, and some very suspenseful music. The story goes, Tomorrowland was inspired by a box found in the Disney archives that contained mysterious clues to a world unknown.

The movie, a collaboration between Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and Damon Lindelof (Lost, Star Trek Into Darkness), is out in…

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Super Bowl XLIX: the best ads and breaking news from the big game

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No one turns sport into spectacle quite like Americans. The biggest game of them all, the Super Bowl, brings with it over 100 million viewers from the US alone. Everything is magnified during the Super Bowl, from the plays themselves and the tech around the game, to all of those multi-million-dollar commercials. We’re collecting it all right here for Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, Arizona, so stay tuned for the updates as they come in.

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Super Bowl will be lit by LEDs for the first time

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The big game today will be the first ever Super Bowl illuminated by LEDs instead of traditional metal halide lamps. University of Phoenix Stadium — home of the Arizona Cardinals and Super Bowl XLIX — was outfitted with the LED fixtures last year. Since LEDs are brighter than the old lamps, only 312 units were needed to replace the 780 metal halide lights that were originally installed in the stadium. The new lights also use 75 percent less energy, and they should last at least 20 years — far longer than the old lights that required maintenance every few seasons.

Brighter and whiter

But the lights are changing more than just corporate bottom lines. If you haven’t watched a Cardinals game this season, you might notice a difference in the…

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Microsoft spends big with two new Super Bowl ads

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Microsoft is back at the Super Bowl tonight with super cash. The software giant is airing two new commercials that build on the “empowering” campaign that the company kicked off last year. Given NBC asks for between $4.4 million and $4.5 million per 30-second slot, it’s safe to say Microsoft is spending millions for two 60-second ads.

This is only the second time that Microsoft has aired a national Super Bowl ad, and this time around it’s bringing in the voice of Common, an American hip hop recording artist, to narrate passages from speeches delivered by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Both of Microsoft’s Super Bowl ads will run for 60 seconds during today’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, and they start by…

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Microsoft Clippy’s annoying cousin fights for his life in SNL skit

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Poor Clippy. All he wanted to do was help guide us through the wonderful world of Microsoft Office. In exchange for that, we’ve given him a lifetime worth of mockery. For good measure, Saturday Night Live piled it on this week with Pushie, Clippy’s equally annoying cousin in the form of a red push-pin. Host J.K. Simmons is left at the mercy of Pushie’s, erm, questionable tastes while writing a birthday letter to a college pal, before deciding that he’s had enough with the digital “assistant.” That leaves him with one option: the “Murder Pushie” button.

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Companies are turning Katy Perry’s halftime show into an online shopping event

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When you think about buying things during the Super Bowl, one thing comes to mind: those championship T-shirts, hats, and DVDs that go on sale directly after the last down. But halftime performer Katy Perry and a slew of companies are working to find a new way to get you to spend money during the game.

Shop ’till you drop

The artist will sell limited edition products branded with her name during the game and the halftime show through a host of connected TV apps and other outlets, reports Variety. Instead of relying on a costly TV ad during the Super Bowl, Katy Perry, Universal Music Group, and Pepsi will use a service called Delivery Agent to try to sell the products to fans. The products will be promoted on Samsung and LG smarts TVs,…

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Incredible video shows how Space X plans to land largest rocket in the world

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You know what’s cooler than a gigantic rocket? A gigantic rocket that can land itself. Elon Musk’s Space X released a new video this week demonstrating just what it plans to do with its upcoming Falcon Heavy rocket, which is set to launch for the first time later this year.

In essence, the rocket is three of the company’s current Falcon 9 rockets strapped together. The result is a rocket that can carry over 115,000 pounds (53,000 kg) — the equivalent of a fully-loaded Boeing 737 passenger jet — to low-earth orbit. When it flies later this year, the Falcon Heavy will be the world’s most powerful rocket. Only the Saturn V rocket, which was retired in 1973 after sending Apollo missions to the moon, was more powerful.

Powerful enough to…

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The Verge Playlist: Future Jock Jams

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At some point on Sunday, if you’re watching the Super Bowl, you’ll hear a familiar sound. Not the sound of a referee making a bad call, or the sound of an abandoned hot dog falling to the floor, or the sound of half-drunk fans growling at other half-drunk fans. No, I’m talking about the sound of jock jams; the only sound capable of satisfying an entire stadium of aggressively competitive people with a lot of money. There’s “Tootsie Roll,” “Pump Up The Jam,” “It Takes Two.” Even if you haven’t listened to those songs in years, I bet you can hear them in your head right now if you try.

Inspired by the mid-90s compilation tapes of the same name, I’ve put together a playlist of “Future Jock Jams.” Not songs that will be jock jams in the…

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Gorillaz announces its return with new artwork on Instagram

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Everyone’s favorite cartoon band is getting back together. Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett excited fans on Thursday when he posted new artwork of band members Murdoc and Noodle on Instagram. Hewlett later confirmed that the band was getting back together with a simple reply to one of the Instagram posts: “Yes, Gorillaz returns.”

#Murdoc

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There has yet to be an official announcement, but it’s expected that the band — together with Gorillaz co-creator Damon Albarn — will release a new album sometime this year. Its fifth album, The Fall, came out in 2011. Following that release, the band went on hiatus, though disagreements between Albarn and Hewlett are…

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Ohio postpones 2015 executions as it seeks lethal injection drugs

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The state of Ohio has postponed all of its scheduled its seven 2015 executions as it works to find adequate supplies of the right drugs to put prisoners to death. Executions scheduled for 2016 are currently unaffected. The move comes after a decision earlier this month to abandon the two-drug cocktail it tested for the first time last year in a problematic execution that took 25 minutes of struggling, gasping, and snorting to kill a prisoner.

In a statement, Tim Young, the state’s public defender, told the Associated Press that there was no need to follow through with executions “until we have answers to the numerous legal and medical questions posed by lethal injection.”

Supreme Court to weigh in this summer

With the delay, the state…

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The Weekender: on Kegels, Comcast, and Super Bowl Sunday

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Hello fellow weekend-goers, and welcome back to The Weekender. The week’s big news sent to Sundance and into space on NASA’s nickel — and we’ll certainly be catching you up on anything you might’ve missed — but we’ll also be setting you up for a stellar weekend back on this terrestrial plane. So sit back and take a journey with us. We promise you can film the whole thing on an iPhone 5S.

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Doctor Who and other BBC shows are vanishing from Prime in Amazon’s fight for exclusivity

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Amazon’s streaming war with Netflix is about to claim a new victim: Doctor Who. The Verge has learned that the program, along with the majority of BBC programming, will be vanishing from Prime Instant Video starting February 15th. According to sources familiar with the matter, the issue is exclusivity. Amazon’s licensing deal with the BBC allows other subscription services like Netflix to carry the same shows at the same time. That doesn’t align with Amazon’s current strategic goals, so we’ve learned the company is choosing to not renew the agreement.

It’s a bit of hardball that could frustrate Amazon’s customers in the short term, but demonstrates just how serious the company is about Prime. Amazon has been on a tear over the past two…

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Dropcam CEO leaves Nest; founding VP of technology goes to Twitter

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Two high-level employees at Nest have departed the company this week, The Verge has learned. Sources say that Nest’s vice president of technology Yoky Matsuoka, as well as Greg Duffy who co-founded Dropcam, are no longer with the company. Matsuoka was previously the head of innovation at Google, as well as a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. She’s leaving to join Twitter. Duffy joined Nest when Dropcam was acquired for $555 million last June.

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Magic Leap’s futuristic patent art was copied from other artists’ designs

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When Google-backed augmented reality company Magic Leap quietly applied for a patent, it did so with dozens of pages of futuristic (and slightly creepy) scenarios: a social media charm bracelet, a gargoyle bursting out of a box in a store, gamified cucumber chopping…

Wait a second. That last one sounds familiar. Maybe that’s because it’s a line drawing of a shot from “Sight,” a Black Mirror-esque short film about an augmented, sinister future. As it turns out, Magic Leap’s patent art isn’t so much its vision of the future as one created by various students and designers. Former Verge-r and current Gizmodo writer Sean Hollister was tipped off to a set of side-by-side comparisons that leave no doubt we’re looking at copies.

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Marriott withdraws awful Wi-Fi blocking proposal after taking heat from FCC

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With the FCC pretty much laughing off Marriott’s request for permission to block guests’ access to external Wi-Fi networks, the hotel chain has decided to withdraw its petition in a late attempt to save face. “We thought we were doing the right thing asking the FCC to provide guidance, but the FCC has indicated its opposition,” Bruce Hoffmeister, Marriott’s chief information officer, says in a statement.

“We thought we were doing the right thing.”

Marriott filed its petition with the FCC last year, requesting that it be allowed to “monitor and mitigate threats” to its network, even if that meant interfering with guests’ devices. The FCC and many others read this as Marriott wanting to block guests’ Wi-Fi hotspots and access to other…

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