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Vol. 13 - No. 86
Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
January 10, 2011

Technology

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As nuclear loss grows, Toshiba needs chip investors, soon

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 06:18 PM

FILE PHOTO - Workers prepare the new year's eve numerals above a Toshiba sign in Times Square in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.By Makiko Yamazaki and Kentaro Hamada TOKYO (Reuters) - With mounting writedowns from its nuclear business, Japan's Toshiba Corp is looking to sell part of its core semiconductors business, a world No.2 in the flash memory chips used in smartphones. Toshiba, which warned last month of multi-billion dollar charges for U.S. nuclear project cost overruns, wants to boost its capital base by the end of the financial year in March. Failure to offset the nuclear hit could wipe out already thin shareholder equity and push the company into negative net worth - jeopardizing its role in public infrastructure projects and its place on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's 'first section', for larger companies.


Apple files $1 billion lawsuit against chip supplier Qualcomm

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 07:10 PM

People line up at an Apple store shortly before it opens in BeijingQualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for "modem" chips that connect phones to wireless networks. The two companies together accounted for 40 percent of Qualcomm's $23.5 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year. In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Apple accused Qualcomm of overcharging for chips and refusing to pay some $1 billion in promised rebates.


Amazon's Dash button goes online

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 09:57 AM

File photo of Amazon.com's logo at Amazon Japan's office building in Tokyo(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has put its popular Dash button on its website and mobile app, making it easier for shoppers to buy their favorite items such as peanut butter, detergent and paper towels. The online retailer launched its thumb-sized Dash button in 2015, allowing Prime members to re-order products such as Tide detergent, Huggies diapers and Gillette products by pushing a button. Prime customers can create virtual dash button on "millions" of Prime eligible products on Amazon, the company said in a video.


Canada's Competition Bureau reaches deal with Apple, publishers

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:54 PM

The Apple Inc. store is seen on the day of the new iPhone 7 smartphone launch in Los AngelesCanada's business competition watchdog said on Friday it had reached an agreement with Apple Inc and three major e-book publishers that will allow retailers to offer discounts to customers. The Competition Bureau's investigation found that an arrangement between the publishers and Apple led to higher prices for Canadians. The watchdog said it had entered into consent agreements with Apple, Lagardere SCA's Hachette, Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH's Macmillan and CBS Corp's Simon & Schuster that will let other retailers, including Amazon.com and Kobo, give discounts on e-books by those publishers.


Outgoing FCC chair warns against overturning net neutrality

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 10:36 AM

File photo of Wheeler testifying before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in WashingtonBy David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Outgoing U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler warned Republicans against dismantling the Obama administration's landmark "net neutrality" protections that bar internet service providers from slowing consumer access to web content. Wheeler, in an interview this week, repeatedly questioned why Republicans would institute new policies that he said would benefit major internet service providers such as Comcast Corp, AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc and CenturyLink Inc at the expense of thousands of other companies and consumers.


Impact of job-stealing robots a growing concern at Davos

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 12:16 AM

An attendee communicate with SARA a robot assisstant during a presentation at the WEF in DavosBy Martinne Geller and Ben Hirschler DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Open markets and global trade have been blamed for job losses over the last decade, but global CEOs say the real culprits are increasingly machines. From taxi drivers to healthcare professionals, technologies such as robotics, driverless cars, artificial intelligence and 3-D printing mean more and more types of jobs are at risk. "Jobs will be lost, jobs will evolve and this revolution is going to be ageless, it's going to be classless and it's going to affect everyone," said Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise .


New report sheds more light on the iPhone 8’s facial recognition feature

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 06:00 PM

With 2017 in full swing, we're already starting to see a noticeable uptick in the number of iPhone 8 rumors coming through the pipeline. Just a few days ago, a report surfaced indicating that Apple's next-gen iPhone may include an advanced form of facial recognition technology, capable of even discerning specific emotional states. Bolstering this report is a new research note from reputed analyst Ming Chi-Kuo who sheds even more light on Apple's upcoming smartphone plans. In a report obtained by MacRumors , Kuo writes that the iPhone 8's new design has forced Apple engineers to come up with a new Touch ID solution "to complement its full-screen (zero bezel) form factor design and to enhance transactions security." Indeed, it's widely believed that Apple's flagship iPhone 8 model will feature an edgeless display in the form of a wrap-around OLED display. As to the the aforementioned rumor regarding facial recognition, Kuo relays that Apple may be contemplating replacing Touch ID with a facial recognition alternative sometime down the line. Judging by the bio-recognition patents that Apple has applied for, we believe it is leaning toward facial recognition technology rather than iris recognition. However, we note that the technical challenges of facial recognition include: (1) algorithms; (2) hardware design; and (3) the build-out of a database for verification and authentication, which could be time consuming. As such, before Apple can fully replace the fingerprint system with facial recognition, a combination of the two steps of bio-recognition could be a valid solution for enhancing transactions security. This is an interesting development but it seems far-fetched to imagine a scenario where Apple would do away with Touch ID completely. Even if the implementation works swimmingly for things like authorizing financial transactions, it's inconceivable that a user would have to hold up an iPhone to his or her face in order to unlock it. Regardless, Kuo's note simply adds more evidence that Apple's upcoming iPhone will in fact feature a forward-thinking edgeless design. If this ultimately pans out, it will be a welcome change from the current design which, while elegant, has largely remained unchanged since the iPhone 6 which first hit store shelves in 2014. As for other features that might make their way into Apple's next-gen iPhone, we've seen reports that the iPhone 8 will sport a stainless steel industrial design, will be even more dust and water-resistant and may even include advanced wireless charging functionality.

Netflix’s new sci-fi movie is Black Mirror meets Chicken Soup for the Soul

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 05:25 PM

Netflix’s new sci-fi movie is Black Mirror meets Chicken Soup for the SoulThe Discovery has the premise of Black Mirror episode and the spiritual optimism of Chicken Soup for the Sci-Fi Nerd’s Soul. It's the not-so-distant future, and Dr. Thomas Harber (Robert Redford) has collected overwhelming scientific evidence that upon death our brainwaves make an exodus on a subatomic level. Two years and millions of suicides after the discovery, Dr. Harber’s estranged son Will (Jason Segel) returns home, hoping to convince dad to recant his findings and, in doing, so save the world from systematically offing itself.


Netflix’s new sci-fi movie is Black Mirror meets Chicken Soup for the Soul

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 05:25 PM

Netflix’s new sci-fi movie is Black Mirror meets Chicken Soup for the SoulThe Discovery has the premise of Black Mirror episode and the spiritual optimism of Chicken Soup for the Sci-Fi Nerd’s Soul. It's the not-so-distant future, and Dr. Thomas Harber (Robert Redford) has collected overwhelming scientific evidence that upon death our brainwaves make an exodus on a subatomic level. Two years and millions of suicides after the discovery, Dr. Harber’s estranged son Will (Jason Segel) returns home, hoping to convince dad to recant his findings and, in doing, so save the world from systematically offing itself.


Tesla rolling out Autopilot to cars built since October, will limit Autosteer to 45 mph

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 04:44 PM

Tesla rolling out Autopilot to cars built since October, will limit Autosteer to 45 mphTesla is rolling out its Autopilot software to Model S and Model X cars built since October, which are equipped with second-generation Autopilot hardware, according to a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The cars have been without a litany of safety features that are available in many older Tesla cars. The Autopilot software is being deployed to eligible Teslas over-the-air, and owners will not need to do anything special for the software to be downloaded.


Tesla rolling out Autopilot to cars built since October, will limit Autosteer to 45 mph

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 04:44 PM

Tesla rolling out Autopilot to cars built since October, will limit Autosteer to 45 mphTesla is rolling out its Autopilot software to Model S and Model X cars built since October, which are equipped with second-generation Autopilot hardware, according to a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The cars have been without a litany of safety features that are available in many older Tesla cars. The Autopilot software is being deployed to eligible Teslas over-the-air, and owners will not need to do anything special for the software to be downloaded.


Zoom in on the crowd in CNN’s inauguration gigapixel portrait

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 04:26 PM

Zoom in on the crowd in CNN’s inauguration gigapixel portraitCNNGigapixel imagery can capture an incredible amount of detail, whether it’s a stunt for a car promotion or if it’s used to capture every detail in fine art. CNN has released a new image of yesterday’s Presidential inauguration, allowing you to take in every detail of the event.These sorts of pictures have been taken before: The Washington Post and The New York Times released massive pictures of President Obama’s inauguration in 2013, which highlighted notable attendees or allowed visitors to tag themselves. ...


Zoom in on the crowd in CNN’s inauguration gigapixel portrait

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 04:26 PM

Zoom in on the crowd in CNN’s inauguration gigapixel portraitCNN has released a new image of yesterday’s Presidential inauguration, allowing you to take in every detail of the event. The CNN image only allows you to zoom in on just a handful of people, including President Trump, Presidents Obama, the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and others.


Cyberattack on Sundance briefly shutters box office

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 03:34 PM

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Representatives for the Sundance Film Festival say that they their network systems were subject to a cyberattack that caused its box offices to shut down briefly Saturday afternoon.

Ian McKellen brought an appropriate sign to the London Women’s March

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 02:52 PM

Ian McKellen brought an appropriate sign to the London Women’s Marchshxrlocked Lord of the Rings and X-Men actor Ian McKellen has been outspoken about his politics and activism, and it’s no surprise that he took part in today’s Women’s March in London. What’s even better is the sign that he carted along. Sir Ian McKellen's sign is EVERYTHING#WomensMarch pic.twitter.com/XS3hQ14Mir— my baker street boys (@shxrlocked) January 21, 2017Yep, that’s the Captain Picard facepalm meme, in protest sign form. Given his friendship with Patrick Stewart, it feels like the most appropriate thing for McKellen to be carry today.


Ian McKellen brought an appropriate sign to the London Women’s March

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 02:52 PM

Ian McKellen brought an appropriate sign to the London Women’s MarchshxrlockedLord of the Rings and X-Men actor Ian McKellen has been outspoken about his politics and activism, and it’s no surprise that he took part in today’s Women’s March in London. What’s even better is the sign that he carted along. Sir Ian McKellen's sign is EVERYTHING#WomensMarch pic.twitter.com/XS3hQ14Mir— my baker street boys (@shxrlocked) January 21, 2017Yep, that’s the Captain Picard facepalm meme, in protest sign form. Given his friendship with Patrick Stewart, it feels like the most appropriate thing for McKellen to be carry today.


Hackers briefly took down the Sundance Film Festival’s box office today

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 02:22 PM

Hackers briefly took down the Sundance Film Festival’s box office todayThe Sundance Film Festival reported this afternoon that its box office had been briefly been shut down due by a cyberattack. Sundance Film Festival has been subject to a cyberattack, causing network outages that has shut down our box office. The attack appears to have left the festival’s box office closed for just under an hour before the system was brought back online.


Hackers briefly took down the Sundance Film Festival’s box office today

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 02:22 PM

Hackers briefly took down the Sundance Film Festival’s box office todayThe Sundance Film Festival reported this afternoon that its box office had been briefly been shut down due by a cyberattack. Sundance Film Festival has been subject to a cyberattack, causing network outages that has shut down our box office. The attack appears to have left the festival’s box office closed for just under an hour before the system was brought back online.


Yesterday’s @POTUS transition didn’t go so smoothly for Twitter

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 01:46 PM

Yesterday’s @POTUS transition didn’t go so smoothly for TwitterWhen the official presidential Twitter handle changed hands yesterday, a number of users began to notice that they were following the account, even if they hadn’t followed it or had recently unfollowed it. According to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, when the accounts were transitioned from one to the other, those who followed @POTUS before the inauguration (at noon) ended up following two accounts: @POTUS and @POTUS44. Obama tweeted as @POTUS during his time in office, and with the transfer of power, his tweets were shifted to a new account, @POTUS44, while the @POTUS handle went to President Donald Trump (although he says that he will continue to Tweet via his regular handle, @realdonaldtrump).


Yesterday’s @POTUS transition didn’t go so smoothly for Twitter

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 01:46 PM

Yesterday’s @POTUS transition didn’t go so smoothly for TwitterWhen the official presidential Twitter handle changed hands yesterday, a number of users began to notice that they were following the account, even if they hadn’t followed it or had recently unfollowed it. According to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, when the accounts were transitioned from one to the other, those who followed @POTUS before the inauguration (at noon) ended up following two accounts: @POTUS and @POTUS44. Obama tweeted as @POTUS during his time in office, and with the transfer of power, his tweets were shifted to a new account, @POTUS44, while the @POTUS handle went to President Donald Trump (although he says that he will continue to Tweet via his regular handle, @realdonaldtrump).


The pros and cons of owning a furry blue phone case

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 01:00 PM

The pros and cons of owning a furry blue phone caseWhile there, I also found a few phone case retailers and decided to buy a furry blue case for my iPhone. Nilay Patel says it gives him a ‘70s vibe. Lizzie Plaugic says it looks like some kind of creature.


The pros and cons of owning a furry blue phone case

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 01:00 PM

The pros and cons of owning a furry blue phone caseWhile there, I also found a few phone case retailers and decided to buy a furry blue case for my iPhone. Nilay Patel says it gives him a ‘70s vibe. Lizzie Plaugic says it looks like some kind of creature.


Analyst: Apple could be exploring changes to Touch ID for its 2017 iPhone

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 12:00 PM

Analyst: Apple could be exploring changes to Touch ID for its 2017 iPhoneKGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new report that outlines some of his expectations with Apple’s 2017 iPhone. Kuo, a notable analyst with a good track record when it comes to predicting Apple’s hardware changes, outlined that Apple could be improving upon its 3D Touch ID technology for this year’s iPhone, in order “to complement its full-screen (zero bezel) form factor design.” He also notes that the phone could come with a flexible OLED panel, which would be accompanied by a metal structural part to prevent the OLED panel from deforming. Judging by the bio-recognition patents that Apple has applied for, we believe it is leaning toward facial recognition technology rather than iris recognition.


Analyst: Apple could be exploring changes to Touch ID for its 2017 iPhone

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 12:00 PM

Analyst: Apple could be exploring changes to Touch ID for its 2017 iPhoneKGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new report that outlines some of his expectations with Apple’s 2017 iPhone. Kuo, a notable analyst with a good track record when it comes to predicting Apple’s hardware changes, outlined that Apple could be improving upon its 3D Touch ID technology for this year’s iPhone, in order “to complement its full-screen (zero bezel) form factor design.” He also notes that the phone could come with a flexible OLED panel, which would be accompanied by a metal structural part to prevent the OLED panel from deforming. Judging by the bio-recognition patents that Apple has applied for, we believe it is leaning toward facial recognition technology rather than iris recognition.


Interview: Emmy-winning director takes leap into VR

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:00 AM

Jorge Gutierrez is the kind of artist who’s always looking for that Next Big Thing, a challenge that excites him, scares him a little and takes him out of his comfort zone for something altogether new and different. For the director of the Golden Globe-nominated animated feature film “The Book of Life,” working with Google on a new animated virtual reality short fit that bill. He’s writing and directing the project, called “Son of Jaguar,” which is set to be released later this year and will represent a new entry in Google’s Spotlight Stories line of releases. For a few years now, Google has brought together artists and technologists to crank out immersive shorts for mobile 360, mobile VR and room-scale VR headsets, and “Son of Jaguar” is being worked on by the Spotlight Stories team as well as in cooperation with Dallas-based Reel FX. In addition to writing and directing, Gutierrez is a voice actor and character designer for the project. His wife Sandra Equihua is helping with character designs, and “The Book of Life” art director Paul Sullivan is the production designer (“We’re getting the band back together!”). “I can't go too much into detail, but it's a funny and heartfelt story about a once mighty luchador on the Day of the Dead who has to come to terms with his family, his legacy and what it means to be a part of something bigger than himself,” Gutierrez tells BGR. “These are all themes that I have become obsessed with and, I feel like the luckiest filmmaker in the world for being able to explore them in this new medium with the amazing Google Spotlight Stories team and my family from Reel FX. Hopefully Son of Jaguar will make you laugh, cry and grow a mustache. “As I like to say, it's a fistful of Mexploitation to the face that will make you throw up love!” Gutierrez’s project, that colorful description notwithstanding, also represents something else --  it’s one of the latest examples of Hollywood creators sizing up the medium of VR and deciding there’s plenty of commercial and artistic potential there. Many of them descended on Paramount Studios in Hollywood for a two-day conference in October on VR that was keynoted by X-Men director Bryan Singer. All the usual suspects and big names were there -- representatives of everything from 20th Century Fox to Disney to Sony and DreamWorks, among others. “There’s always a richer, more immersive medium to experience the world,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said at the Oculus Connect event in Los Angeles back in 2014. Increasingly, artists like Gutierrez are deciding that next medium is - or, at least, might be - VR. He acknowledges the fact that he’s a “newcomer” to VR, but even approaching it as an artist, he says he began to latch on to parts of the experience with the enthusiasm of a storyteller and found himself thinking -- okay, I can definitely work with this. He acknowledges having to develop almost a new kind of film language for his project. The team, he says, has already figured out how to do things they were told you really can’t do, like cuts and camera moves (“I feel like I'm back in CalArts in the experimental animation lab!”). “I always wanted to be a luchador, and this is as close as I’ll ever get,” Gutierrez said, referring to the iconic masked Mexican wrestlers. “I'm a big fan of the honest emotion and heartfelt empathy in the storytelling that I'm starting to see in the medium, and that really inspired me to jump in with the amazing team at Google Spotlight Stories. Plus the physical act of putting on the VR head gear really made me think of putting on a Lucha Libre mask.” It’s interesting to see creators like him hopping onto the VR train. It’s also worth asking -- is that train actually leaving the station this year, zipping along the tracks on the way toward widespread mainstream adoption of the technology? Erin Griffith took a crack at that question over at Fortune  in recent days. In a piece titled, “ Will This Be the Year That VR Finally Goes Mainstream ,” she mused that current VR hype reminds her of early talk around 3D printers -- that these would be the wave of the future, oh don’t you see it? And that VR appears to be in the same place at the moment -- cool stuff on the whole, but not yet ready to be a staple of living rooms in Middle America. There’s gimmicky, though, and then there’s art. The latter is what Gutierrez and VR creators like him are focused on. “I can honestly say I'm hooked,” he said. “I would love to do more Son of Jaguar stories, shorts and other completely different VR pieces. Being able to stand and walk around your animated characters is a life-changing experience for someone like me. I can finally go into the worlds I see in my head. And the most intriguing part of VR is that we're all just getting started. The possibilities are endless. “New limitations and strengths make you adapt to the medium. Which is a little overwhelming at first for a newcomer like me. But eventually you get comfortable. With that said, story is story. Emotion and heart work the same in every medium. I created the story first. Like anything I do for film, TV or paintings, it had to work and feel right in my head. Then I had to figure out ‘why is VR the best medium to tell this story,’ and everything evolved from that. Art should always drive the technology. But heart should always drive the art.”

GM launches partnership with Girls Who Code

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:00 AM

GM launches partnership with Girls Who CodeMary Barra, the CEO and chairman of General Motors, believes that one way to build up more women leaders in the auto industry is to reach teenage girls who are interested in math and science. To that end, GM is investing in a new partnership with Girls Who Code, a nationwide after-school program that supports girls’ interest in STEM programs. Barra says the $250,000 grant is only the beginning to supporting the non-profit organization that provides free after-school program in schools, universities, and communities centers.


New trailers: Logan, Power Rangers, and more

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:00 AM

New trailers: Logan, Power Rangers, and moreHugh Jackman's final outing as Wolverine looks as action packed as you'd expect, but I certainly didn't expect it to look quite as personal and emotional as it seems to be hinting at in this trailer. This trailer doesn't exactly leave me feeling encouraged.


GM launches partnership with Girls Who Code

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:00 AM

GM launches partnership with Girls Who CodeMary Barra, the CEO and chairman of General Motors, believes that one way to build up more women leaders in the auto industry is to reach teenage girls who are interested in math and science. To that end, GM is investing in a new partnership with Girls Who Code, a nationwide after-school program that supports girls’ interest in STEM programs. Barra says the $250,000 grant is only the beginning to supporting the non-profit organization that provides free after-school program in schools, universities, and communities centers.


New trailers: Logan, Power Rangers, and more

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:00 AM

New trailers: Logan, Power Rangers, and moreHugh Jackman's final outing as Wolverine looks as action packed as you'd expect, but I certainly didn't expect it to look quite as personal and emotional as it seems to be hinting at in this trailer. This trailer doesn't exactly leave me feeling encouraged.


The Women’s March movement is taking place on every continent, even Antarctica

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 09:52 AM

The Women’s March movement is taking place on every continent, even AntarcticaToday, millions of women across the world are taking part in the Women’s March movement, to “send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights.” The marches are taking place in over 60 countries, spanning every continent — even Antarctica. In an interview with the UK’s Independent, organizer Linda Zunas, data analytics and market research professional from Oakland, California, noted that she set up the event after she “spent a month after the election mourning the impending damage to the earth that will be done.” She also noted that the non-political march was “pro-peace, pro-environment,” and told The Verge via DM that it included 30+ participants (and some penguins).


The Women’s March movement is taking place on every continent, even Antarctica

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 09:52 AM

The Women’s March movement is taking place on every continent, even AntarcticaToday, millions of women across the world are taking part in the Women’s March movement, to “send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights.” The marches are taking place in over 60 countries, spanning every continent — even Antarctica. In an interview with the UK’s Independent, organizer Linda Zunas, data analytics and market research professional from Oakland, California, noted that she set up the event after she “spent a month after the election mourning the impending damage to the earth that will be done.” She also noted that the non-political march was “pro-peace, pro-environment,” and told The Verge via DM that it included 30+ participants (and some penguins).


The Big Sick is a hilarious, tearjerking rom-com starring Kumail Nanjiani

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 09:15 AM

The Big Sick is a hilarious, tearjerking rom-com starring Kumail NanjianiKumail Nanjiani is arguably best known for his role as Dinesh Chugtai on HBO’s Silicon Valley, but I suspect regular readers of The Verge — folks fascinated with technology and the culture that unspools around it — probably know his work on Adventure Time, Bob’s Burgers, The X-Files, and The Indoor Kids. The Big Sick is the pair's first foray into co-writing a screenplay, and in an unintentional way, a prequel to their podcast. It’s a romantic comedy about how Nanjiani and Gordon met, started dating, and overcame a life threatening illness.


The Big Sick is a hilarious, tearjerking rom-com starring Kumail Nanjiani

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 09:15 AM

The Big Sick is a hilarious, tearjerking rom-com starring Kumail NanjianiKumail Nanjiani is arguably best known for his role as Dinesh Chugtai on HBO’s Silicon Valley, but I suspect regular readers of The Verge — folks fascinated with technology and the culture that unspools around it — probably know his work on Adventure Time, Bob’s Burgers, The X-Files, and The Indoor Kids. The Big Sick is the pair's first foray into co-writing a screenplay, and in an unintentional way, a prequel to their podcast. It’s a romantic comedy about how Nanjiani and Gordon met, started dating, and overcame a life threatening illness.


Orbiting Earth in a virtual reality skull is a great way to remember you’re going to die

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 09:00 AM

Orbiting Earth in a virtual reality skull is a great way to remember you’re going to dieOne of the first things artist Shaun Gladwell tells me about his new virtual reality installation, Orbital Vanitas, is that I am about to enter a real human skull. You’re in space, a giant skull is orbiting Earth, and over the course of a few minutes, your disembodied floating self flies through it. Gladwell says he got the idea from Caravaggio’s painting Saint Jerome Writing, which features the ever-popular symbol of our own impending deaths, as well as a halo that reminded Gladwell of a celestial orbit.


Orbiting Earth in a virtual reality skull is a great way to remember you’re going to die

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 09:00 AM

Orbiting Earth in a virtual reality skull is a great way to remember you’re going to dieOne of the first things artist Shaun Gladwell tells me about his new virtual reality installation, Orbital Vanitas, is that I am about to enter a real human skull. You’re in space, a giant skull is orbiting Earth, and over the course of a few minutes, your disembodied floating self flies through it. Gladwell says he got the idea from Caravaggio’s painting Saint Jerome Writing, which features the ever-popular symbol of our own impending deaths, as well as a halo that reminded Gladwell of a celestial orbit.


People who swear tend to be more honest

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 08:09 AM

People who swear tend to be more honestPhoto by Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesI can probably count the number of times I’ve sworn on one hand — which might not be such a good thing, says a new paper suggesting that people who swear more tend to be more honest. For a study published this week in Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchersran a three-part experiment to find a connection between foul language and telling the truth. Overall, they found that the more you swear, the more you honest you tend to be, and this holds true at both the individual level and the society level. ...


People who swear tend to be more honest

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 08:09 AM

People who swear tend to be more honestFor a study published this week in Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers ran a three-part experiment to find a connection between foul language and telling the truth. Second, the scientists analyzed the Facebook statuses of nearly 75,000 people who used a certain app. In all three conditions, more swearing equaled more integrity.


9 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 08:00 AM

It’s inauguration week, which means you know who has lost the “elect” part of his newly won title, and is now Commander-in-Chief. So if you’re bored with all the inauguration news, we’ve got a pretty awesome selection of new movie trailers this week. The studios probably knew you’d be looking for extra entertainment. Before I Fall Sam’s just a regular teen living a regular life, but that all changes on a Friday. February 12th is her own personal Groundhog Day, but it’s far from being as fun. In this movie, she dies on that day, and she gets to relive it over and over. Before I Fall launches on March 3rd. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEmizJOqX-8 Collide When she’s not playing in Star Wars movies, Felicity Jones… stars in plenty of other films. Here’s one: Collide . Launching on February 24th, Collide is a drug thriller about a backpacker who ends up driving for a ring of drug smugglers. Oh, Anthony Hopkins is also in this one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axlxf469OBA I am Michael Some people will tell you that religion can cure homosexuality. I am Michael is that kind of a story, only it’s based on real-life events. Starring James Franco as Michael, Emma Roberts, Zachary Quinto, and Daryl Hannah, the movie opens on January 27th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep9oLBrNuDU Logan If you first don’t succeed, try, try again, that should be the motto for the Wolverine series — well, who am I kidding, we’d still watch these movies no matter how bad they’d get. Logan , out March 3rd, might be the best movie of the saga yet, and we’ve got a fresh new trailer for you that shows us an interesting new young mutant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH3OxVFvTeg Power Rangers I’m what you’d call a Power Rangers hater. I didn’t particularly like the TV series, and I wasn’t excited at the prospect of seeing a Power Rangers movie. But it turns out the film might be worth checking out. Check out the fresh new trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kIe6UZHSXw The Belko Experiment Remember The Belko Experiment ? It’s a horror/action flick about a strange social experiment. A group of coworkers is sequestered in their office, and a voice tells them over the building’s intercom system that they must decide who should die next, so the others survive. The movie opens on March 17th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g010P5-JqE The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Remember the first Nut Job ? It’s fine, neither do I, but there’s a sequel for it already, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature . We’ve got a great cast, including Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, and others, and a distant August release date for it. Oh, and this trailer, enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYif5QTYI9w The Ottoman Lieutenant You don’t need to know a lot about history to know The Ottoman Empire died after the first World War. You don’t even need to see the trailer for The Ottoman Lieutenant to suspect it’s a war movie. But it’s also a love story, between an American nurse (Hera Hilmar) and an Ottoman lieutenant (Michiel Huisman). The movie comes out on March 10th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ9TZlyQSJM Wilson Woody Harrelson is Wilson. Wilson is a rather odd, middle-aged, divorced man. Wilson is also ready to meet his teenage daughter for the first time. He’s actually thrilled about it. Wilson launches on March 24th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfC5kLZI9LM

Galaxy S8’s best feature might have its own dedicated button

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 09:03 PM

Looking to lessen its reliance on Google and further differentiate itself among a crowded field of Android handsets, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone will feature a brand new intelligent personal assistant, similar in nature to Siri on the iPhone. Dubbed Bixby, Samsung's AI assistant will be based on technology the company picked up when it acquired Viv this past October. What makes the forthcoming release of Bixby so intriguing is that Viv's AI software was designed to answer layered questions that competing AI services are either unable to answer or struggle to process. For instance, Viv CEO Dag Kittlaus -- who we should note helped develop Siri -- explained that Viv can answer complex queries like, "Find me a flight to Dallas with a seat that Shaq could fit in." While it remains to be seen just how extensive Bixby's feature set will be once the Galaxy S8 hits store shelves, expectations are rather high. Indeed, we've already seen reports that Bixby will allow users to use voice commands to send money to friends and family. And just yesterday, word emerged that Bixby will be tightly integrated into the S8 camera and will be able to process text via OCR and even search for and identify objects. The most recent rumor involving Bixby centers on how users might call the feature into action. According to newly surfaced Galaxy S8 case renders , it appears that the Galaxy S8 may come with a fourth physical button. This had led some to speculate that this mysterious fourth button might be used as a way for users to quickly activate Bixby. As for other specs worth noting, the Galaxy S8 will likely feature an edgeless display, improved camera technology, 32GB of storage (with a 256GB model available), and an improved Super AMOLED display. Underneath the hood, the S8 will likely be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 S0C. There have also been rumors, however doubtful, that the device will come packed with 6GB of RAM.


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