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No one is building the smart speaker we actually want

The perfect smart speaker for the home is easy to describe, and completely elusive. Ask Verge readers for what they wanted in an Echo or HomePod, and the majority would likely land on more or less...
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Freezing while your partner is sweating? This smart comforter has an answer.

Sleep tech company has an Indiegogo campaign to fund a dual climate-controlled comforter.
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Are you forgetful? That's just your brain erasing useless memories

Most of us think "perfect" memory means never forgetting, but maybe forgetting actually helps us navigate a world that is random and ever-changing. So say two neuroscientists in a review published...
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Uber for pooping is here, and we can never go back

Charmin's latest promotion will let New Yorkers use their smartphones to instantly order a private bathroom.
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German police raided 36 homes over hateful Facebook posts

German police are cracking down on what they perceive to be threats, coercion, and incitement to hatred in online posts. Yesterday, police raided 36 people’s homes over social media posts that...
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Tesla confirms it’s in talks to build a factory in China

Tesla has confirmed it’s in talks with the Chinese government to open a factory in the Shanghai region, as the company aims to fulfill a promise by its CEO Elon Musk to produce 500,000 cars a year...
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President Trump is being sued for deleting official emails because we have learned nothing

After what felt like years of hammering Hillary Clinton for failing to adhere to federal email transparency policies, you might think politicians would take pains not to make the same mistake. But...
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Sega launches free retro game collection for iPhone and Android

Sega is bringing some of its best retro games to your smartphone. Today the company announced a new service called Sega Forever, which is essentially a lineup of classic games from the company that...
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Facebook has a rainbow Pride reaction, but not everyone gets to use it

Facebook unveiled a rainbow reaction for Pride, but users in countries with anti-LGBTQ regimes aren't seeing it.
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Sega wants to turn its classic catalogue into "the Netflix of retro gaming"

Sega exited the video game console business nearly 20 years ago, but the company still retains some of the industry’s most iconic characters and beloved classic catalogs. That explains why Sega...
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Amazon Prime Wardrobe will let you try on clothes before you buy them

Amazon is launching Prime Wardrobe, a new program that will let you try on clothes before you buy them. Once you select at least three Prime Wardrobe-eligible pieces from over a million clothing...
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Google is launching a new line of cameras for 180-degree VR video

Google is launching a new, more limited cinematic VR format that it hopes will be almost as accessible as regular YouTube videos. It’s called VR180, a collaboration between YouTube and Google’s...
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Facebook introduces profile picture protections to stop people from misusing images

Facebook is introducing new protections for profile pictures for users in India, in a bid to stop people from copying, sharing, or otherwise misusing their images. Users who elect to guard their...
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Oskar Fischinger’s musical animations come to life in Google Doodle sequencer

Today’s Google Doodle honors what would have been the 117th birthday of German-American abstract artist Oskar Fischinger. Fischinger’s musical animations were deemed "degenerate art" in Hitler’s...
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It’s so hot in Phoenix, planes are physically unable to fly

The extreme heat in Phoenix led to the cancellation of nearly 50 flights on Monday and Tuesday, according to the Arizona Republic. With temperatures soaring to a high of 120 degrees Fahrenheit,...
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Ron Howard is taking over the Han Solo standalone film

In June, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had stepped down as directors for the upcoming Han Solo film, saying that a replacement would "be...
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The Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom poster is just a single nostalgic callback

Thanks to a brand-new poster, we now know the title for the Jurassic World sequel: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. We have no idea what that means, though it may suggest that dinosaurs were royalty...
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A guide for buying one of Microsoft’s excellent Surface computers

Microsoft now has a variety of Surface devices that are designed to replace your laptop. There’s the Surface Book with a removable display, the Surface Pro with a kickstand, and now the new Surface...
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Mark Zuckerberg just unveiled Facebook's new mission statement

When asked about his life’s work, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has traditionally fallen back on a somewhat nebulous answer: making "the world more open and connected." It was an...
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This adorable driverless bus will soon be making stops at the University of Michigan

Starting this fall, students at the University of Michigan will have access to an entirely new form of transportation in the form of this adorable, completely autonomous shuttle bus. The...
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The Holo app is a tease of what's to come with AR on the iPhone

The most exciting thing about Apple’s recent announcement of iOS 11 at WWDC, to me, was ARKit. The idea that augmented reality is going to be baked into the mobile operating system means all sorts...
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Samsung releases another new smart flip phone in Korea, leaving me to cry

Yet again, Samsung is disappointing me by releasing a smart flip phone in its native Korea, leaving this flip phone fan empty-handed. The company announced its new Folder Flip 2 today, which looks...
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This app allows you to try on lipsticks from every brand you've ever had your eye on

Selfie-editing app Meitu is now branching heavily into makeup.
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Don’t forget to tune into the OnePlus live launch (Paid Content)

This is gonna be big...
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Airbnb reportedly launching a premium tier to compete with hotels

Airbnb is getting ready to launch a new premium service meant to attract higher-paying travelers, according to Bloomberg. This tier will try to lure new customers who have yet to try the platform...
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Facebook's AMBER Alerts system launches in Australia

Australia is the 13th country to have the child abduction alert system.
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Verizon is killing Tumblr’s fight for net neutrality

One of the open internet’s fiercest defenders has a new boss
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Airbnb is testing split payments so you won’t have to nag your friends

Airbnb is testing a feature that should have existed ages ago: split payments. Currently, if you book an Airbnb for a group of people, one person has to charge the entire expense, and if there’s a...
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Amazon will start selling Nike shoes directly for the first time

Amazon and Nike have partnered to help the apparel maker sell its shoes on the e-commerce giant’s website as a way to curb counterfeiting, according to Bloomberg. The deal is a big win for both...
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Fact-checking Owl City’s description of being hugged by 10,000 fireflies

Come with me, if you will, back to 2009: the ninth year of the third millennium and the year Owl City released its hit song "Fireflies." "Fireflies" eventually reached the No. 1 slot on the...
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Google Doodle lets you tap into your inner digital composer

Today's Google Doodle honors influential artist Oskar Fischinger with a Google tool to you compose digital music and create abstract animations.
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This woman is teaching a robot a craft that humans took centuries to master

Glassblowing has been around for centuries, now it's time for robots to develop it into a new craft.
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Construction could be revolutionized by a robot that lays 3,000 bricks a day

A company called 'Construction Robotics' has developed a one-of-a-kind robot that can lay bricks six times faster than a human.
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Asus’ new Vivobook S has slim bezels, a 7th-generation processor, and only costs $700

Asus launched a new VivoBook S, the S510, today that features a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor, runs Windows 10, and is designed to look nearly identical to the MacBook Air. The laptop...
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LG’s latest ridiculous OLED screen is transparent, flexible, and taller than Tom Cruise

How’s this for an incredibly specific record: LG announced today that it’s created the world’s first flexible, transparent 77-inch OLED display. That’s one huge display. Taller, in fact, than Tom...
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NASA's Mars rover is really good at laser-blasting rocks without human input

For the last year, the Curiosity rover has been studying the surface of Mars with more independence than ever before, saving human time and energy. The partly autonomous exploration is also helping...
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Some Uber employees are circulating a petition to get Travis Kalanick reinstated

‘Revolt’ seems like a poor choice of words
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Status Audio’s CB-1 headphones are just $63 this week on Amazon

In the market for an inexpensive pair of headphones with studio-quality sound? One of our recent favorites is the Status Audio CB-1, and this week, the company is offering Verge readers 21 percent...
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Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-exclusive, offering first year of unlimited service for $1

Virgin Mobile USA announced today that it will offer an iPhone-exclusive cellular plan that offers unlimited data, text, and calls for $50 a month. The partnership with Apple marks Virgin as the...
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DJI drones can get past no-fly zones thanks to this Russian software company

A Russian software company, ironically named Coptersafe, is selling modifications to help consumers get past government- and military-enforced no-fly zones. With mad flying In recent years, the US...
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American Gods and The Handmaid’s Tale are both about the same thing

Recently, both Starz’s American Gods and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale wrapped their debut seasons. Both shows have been acclaimed for their focus on relevant political issues, such as women’s rights,...
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Bionik's Power Plate keeps your Joy-Con controllers playable while they charge

The Nintendo Switch was very difficult to charge with anything but a Nintendo-branded wall charger when it was first released. But life is improving for people who want use the Switch for more than...
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Watch the return of the internet’s weirdest genre: flopping rubber bodies

Rubber humans are my favorite kind of non-living entity. They possess all the physical joy of the human form and none of the existential baggage! And when lumped together, they become something...
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Tesla Model S goes a record 560 miles on a single charge, Elon Musk is not impressed

Two Tesla enthusiasts drove a Tesla Model S a record 560 miles on a single charge ... but Elon Musk wasn't impressed.
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Emily bot walks you through end-of-life decisions | VentureBeat | Bots | by Khari Johnson

LifeFolder today launched a public beta of its Facebook Messenger bot Emily, which talks to people about death and end-of-life decisions. A conversation with Emily can last more than 30 minutes, and at the end, Emily emails you documents that spell out your wishes for family or healthcare officials.
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Netflix’s interactive shows arrive to put you in charge of the story

Can ‘choose your own adventure’ work on TV?
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Rogue One will be available on Netflix in July

Way back in 2012, Disney and Netflix signed an exclusivity agreement: starting in 2016, Netflix had the right to start streaming Disney films, including those from Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm, in...
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Killer whales are stalking boats and stealing their fish

Pods of killer whales are stalking the boats of Alaska fishermen and stealing their halibut catches, leaving the men with no fish and thousands of gallons of fuel wasted trying to flee. It’s not...
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Kim Kardashian is selling a fidget spinner now

*sigh*
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Inside the Hawaiian seed bank figuring out how to store the rarest seeds on Earth

‘We’re losing species right in front of our eyes’
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