Swiss watchmakers show off a new line of smartwatches

See the original posting on The Verge

Swiss watchmakers have laughed at the notion that the industry is in trouble due to the rise of smartwatches, and now we’re getting a glimpse as to why they are so confident. Last night in San Francisco, a few Swiss watchmakers showed off what they’ve been working on to combat the influx of smartwatches from tech companies. Watchmakers Mondaine, Frederique Constant, and Alpine have partnered with Manufacture Modules Technologies (MMT) to introduce three new smartwatches that straddle the line between traditional horology and technology.

MMT is a partnership between Silicon Valley-based Fullpower Technologies — the company’s MotionX technology powers the Jawbone Up and Nike Fuelband — and Union Horlogère Holding, which owns Frederique…

Continue reading…

Lenovo promises less bloatware on its new computers

See the original posting on The Verge

Lenovo says the next batch of Windows 10 computers will come with a minimum of bloatware, as the company looks to “become the leader in providing cleaner, safer PCs.” The announcement comes on the heels of the disastrous Superfish adware, which came pre-installed on a number of Lenovo machines and broke fundamental SSL protections, exposing users to man-in-the-middle attacks. Lenovo has been widely criticized for its pre-installed software practices in the wake of the news, and this is the first indication that the company may be changing its ways.

Continue reading…

Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek dead at 83

See the original posting on The Verge

Leonard Nimoy, the actor known for playing Spock on Star Trek, died today at age 83, according to The New York Times. He’s reported to have died in his home of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung disease that he attributed to years of smoking. Nimoy was also a writer, a photographer, and a musician, but none could touch the impact he made defining Spock, the Enterprise’s logical and emotionless science officer. Even through Nimoy’s final tweet, he was signing off with one of his character’s most memorable phrases: “live long and prosper.”

Continue reading…

Twitter is surveying users about how much they get harassed online

See the original posting on The Verge

Twitter, as its CEO Dick Costolo has put it, sucks at dealing with harassment and trolls. It’s been trying to get better — although its changes have sometimes misfired badly in the past. Right now, though, it’s apparently apparently trying to gauge just how big of a problem Twitter abuse really is. Its mobile app is inviting some users (specifically, verified users, as far as we can tell) to take a short survey about their personal experiences and opinions on the platform. It doesn’t seem to ask the same questions of everyone, but among other things, it asks how important it is to see interactions, how much they worry about harassment on Twitter, and the overall level of abuse users receive on other services, like YouTube.

This is the…

Continue reading…

Frank Underwood has great taste in video games

See the original posting on The Verge

The biggest change in the third season of House of Cards might just be Frank Underwood’s taste in video games. While he was previously known to let loose with a few rounds of FPS action, this season sees Underwood with an iPad in hand, chilling out with the wonderful Monument Valley. It’s a big change, but at least he has good taste — once he’s done with the game’s first expansion, I’d recommend hitting the serene slopes of Alto’s Adventure.

Continue reading…

Swatch announces new touchscreen watch with fitness features

See the original posting on The Verge

While we wait for Swatch to show off its upcoming smartwatch this spring, the company has decided to update its current touchscreen offering, the Swatch Touch. The Swatch Touch Zero One is a fitness watch geared toward volleyball players. It can track calories burned and steps taken, but it’s mainly designed to track and focus on volleyball-specific maneuvers like low hits, high hits, power hits, and high-fives. The Touch Zero One will send that information to Swatch’s app, where your skills as a volleyball player will be ranked from zero to 100. The Touch Zero One won’t win any design awards with its yellow, clunky watch face and multi-colored band, but it’s designed for function, not fashion. The Swatch Touch Zero One will retail for…

Continue reading…

10 things to expect at Mobile World Congress next week

See the original posting on The Verge

Every year, tens of thousands of reporters, analysts, and suited-up businesspeople descend upon Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress trade show. Mobile World Congress, or MWC if you’re in the know, is the largest trade show for mobile technology: phones, networks, hotspots, infrastructure, and more phones.

In recent years, MWC has been fairly sleepy, shifting from a consumer-centric show with big product launches to a more business-focused one that catered to infrastructure announcements. But this year it appears the show will swing back in the other direction: there are lots of companies that will be at MWC this year, and some major product announcements are expected to drop.

The fun starts on Sunday, and we’ll be there covering it…

Continue reading…

The Blade Runner sequel has a director, and it’s not Ridley Scott

See the original posting on The Verge

We knew that Ridley Scott wasn’t planning on directing the sequel to his 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner, and now it’s official. According to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, Denis Villeneuve is in talks to direct Harrison Ford in the new film. If you don’t know Villeneuve’s name, you should: he’s the filmmaker behind both Prisoners and Enemy, two films from 2013 that demonstrated a keen ability to generate tension, not to mention eliciting incredibly strong performances from his actors.

The as-of-yet untitled sequel to Blade Runner is said to take place several decades after Rick Deckard and Roy Batty battled it out in the original film, and while Scott won’t be directing his presence should be felt. He’s producing the film and came…

Continue reading…

This dress color war is the perfect way to end a wonderful day on the internet

See the original posting on The Verge

Truth is subjective. One plus one equals three, the sky is green and the grass is blue, there are five lights.

The dress is white and gold.

The dress is blue and black.

The dress in question was posted on Tumblr earlier today by user swiked, who noted that her friends were unable to agree from a picture whether the frilly number was white and gold, or blue and black. They were, in swiked’s words, “freaking the fuck out.” Discussion quickly leapt to Twitter. Some users quickly made up their minds, their reality locked in place by their first viewing.

Continue reading…

Tesla Model S has a hidden James Bond mode

See the original posting on The Verge

It’s not enough that Tesla’s Model S is the world’s best car, two years running — it’s also the coolest. A newly discovered easter egg lets you turn your e-car into a Lotus Esprit S1 submersible. Hold the “T” logo, enter “007” into the login and then adjust your suspension to a depth of 20,000 leagues under the sea.

Musk, as you’ll recall, purchased James Bond’s transformable submarine car featured in The Spy Who Loved Me with a bid of $866,000 back in 2013.

Of course, the setting won’t do anything but evoke gasps of delight from owners and passengers, alike. But really, isn’t that worth it?

Continue reading…

House of Cards season 3 is now on Netflix — and we’re live blogging all night!

See the original posting on The Verge

Netflix’s flagship original series is back. After (briefly) appearing a couple weeks early, the third season of House of Cards is now officially available. That’s 13 new episodes of the political drama starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright — and we’re about to binge-watch the whole thing in one sitting.

Continue reading…

Amazon wants to fit trucks with 3D printers to speed up deliveries

See the original posting on The Verge

Amazon has been experimenting with new shipping methods lately, but one day soon it might not have to worry about sending items at all, and use 3D printers to produce them on the curbs outside customers’ homes instead. The e-commerce giant has filed several patent applications for a system that could print goods on-demand in “mobile manufacturing hubs” — trucks outfitted with 3D printers that could rapidly produce and deliver items on their travels.

The patent filing explains that the system would help speed up the delivery process even further and help reduce the warehouse space the company needs to hold. “Time delays between receiving an order and shipping the item to the customer may reduce customer satisfaction and affect revenues…

Continue reading…

Google reverses decision to ban adult content on Blogger

See the original posting on The Verge

Google has reversed its decision to ban sexually explicit content on Blogger, according to a post on the company’s product forums by Social Product Support Manager Jessica Pelegio. Users of the blogging platform were told earlier this week that Google would no longer allow “graphic nude images or video” on the site from March 23rd. However, Pelegio’s post states that this is no longer the case, with Google deciding the ban would’ve had a “negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities.”

The ban would have affected accounts that have been running for “10+ years.”

“Rather than implement this change, we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial…

Continue reading…

Plan to crack down on ketamine puts millions of women at risk, say campaigners

See the original posting on The Verge

A new proposal to limit access to ketamine around the world would have a devastating effect on the health of millions of women in poorer countries, say campaigners. Although in developed nations ketamine is known primarily as a party drug, in lower income countries it’s one of the most widely used anesthetics available, and is particularly notable for its use during caesarean sections.

ketamine is easy to administer for non-skilled health workers

Because ketamine is injectable, it’s far easier to administer and transport than gas anesthetics, making it indispensable for doctors carrying out life-threatening surgeries in rural areas. It’s also safer than other anesthetics as it induces a dissociative state but allows patients to retain…

Continue reading…

Facebook stops defining gender for its users

See the original posting on The Verge

Last year Facebook took a socially responsible step forward when it allowed users to choose from preset custom genders like “cisgender” or “transgender.” But while the company worked with GLAAD to generate the custom genders, the move was not completely celebrated because users were still made to choose from pre-defined options. Now, it appears those options are gone as the company has started rolling out a new version of its custom gender field. This version still populates suggestions as you type, but also allows users to type in any word they wish to represent themselves with across Facebook.

It works the same way as the “infinite” gender options Google+ rolled out back in December, and the options that Facebook introduced last…

Continue reading…

Banksy went to the Gaza Strip to paint new artwork

See the original posting on The Verge

The man, woman, or collective known as Banksy released a video this week showcasing new artwork created in the Gaza Strip, and, understandably, it’s pretty dark. As The Daily Dot notes, the two-minute clip plays like a satirical travel ad, portraying war-torn Gaza as a kind of aspirational vacation spot. Titled “Make this the year YOU discover a new destination,’ the video follows Banksy — or a man presumed to be Banksy — as he enters the Strip and paints a series of images on the rubble inside.

Continue reading…

Sex Box: A television show where people have sex in a box

See the original posting on The Verge

“If we could actually be in your bedroom and help you with this, we would,” says Dr. Chris Donaghue. The tattooed, slick-haired sex therapist stares past the camera with a knowing smirk about what comes next.

Donaghue continues: “But we can’t. That’s where the Sex Box helps us. Because after sex, the oxytocin’s at its highest, so you’re going to feel the most open and vulnerable and honest. And that’s when we can best really, really help you guys… So, Elle and Brandon: are you ready to go into the Sex Box?”

Continue reading…

This drug blocks Ebola infection in mice, but it’s banned everywhere except China

See the original posting on The Verge

We’re finally starting to understand how Ebola infects living organisms, which means we’re getting closer to finding a way to stop it. The virus enters and infects cells thanks to channels in the cell’s membrane, according to a study published in Science today — and a molecule found in an Asian herb appears to be able to stop that process in mice.

Continue reading…

1 1,597 1,598 1,599 1,600 1,601 1,824