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Porsche’s all-electric Tesla rival could cost less than $100,000

While automakers have been not-so-quietly making promises to catch up to the likes of Tesla when it comes to electric vehicle range, a sports car maker may be the first to beat the startup at its own game. A production version of the 2015 Porsche Mission E electric concept is scheduled to go on sale at the end of 2019, with a price expected to start in the $80,000 - $90,000 range, according to CAR Magazine . Speaking last week at the Intern...
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How long should a $999 iPhone last?

I usually spend about $1,300 on a new computer, and I usually expect it to stay in good shape for about four years — if not more. So if I’m spending over $1,000 on an iPhone , how long should I expect to use it for? Smartphones have never had the longevity that modern computers have, often staying current for only two or so years. There are a good number of reasons why: For one, smartphones are historically cheaper, so it makes sense that c...
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T-Mobile won’t slow down the Apple Watch’s data speeds after all

John Legere just tweeted out that T-Mobile will not be putting a cap on data speeds for the Apple Watch Series 3. Responding to customer “frustrations” about T-Mobile’s original plan to limit data on Apple’s smartwatch to 512kbps, Legere now says that upon the device’s release next Friday, customers will be getting full 4G LTE speeds. Adding an Apple Watch to your T-Mobile One plan still costs $10 extra per month. But this is definitely an ...
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A second prequel short introduces a new character from Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 is still a few weeks away, but fans will be able to get another look at the sequel with the release of the second of three short film prequels over at the iTunes Trailers site , via Polygon . Titled 2048: Nowhere to Run, this second prequel is set 12 years after the first short film, 2036: Nexus Dawn that was released a few weeks ago, and — as the name suggests — just a year before the upcoming Blade Runner 2049. ‘2048: No...
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The iPhone X’s new neural engine exemplifies Apple’s approach to AI

Apple’s new iPhone X is billed as “ the future of the smartphone ,” with new facial recognition and augmented reality features presented as the credentials to back up this claim. But these features wouldn’t be half as slick without a little bit of hidden futurism tucked away in the phone’s new A11 Bionic chip: Apple’s new “neural engine.” The neural engine is actually a pair of processing cores dedicated to handling “specific machine learni...
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Chatbot lets you sue Equifax for up to $25,000 without a lawyer

Equifax’s security failure affected 143 million US consumers, or 44 percent of the US population. To add insult to injury, Equifax waited over a month before revealing the security breach it had suffered. If you’re one of the millions affected by the breach, a chatbot can now help you sue Equifax in small claims court, potentially letting you avoid hiring a lawyer for advice. Even if you want to be part of the class action lawsuit against E...
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iOS 11 makes it a little harder for someone else to get data off your phone

If someone takes your iPhone, can they get your data too? For years, Apple has been working to make sure the answer is no. The iPhone’s local storage drive has strong encryption, and without a passcode or a fingerprint, there’s no way to get past the lockscreen. If the phone powers down or goes 48 hours without a login, it locks down even further, requiring a passcode to restart. It’s a huge problem for phone thieves — and, as the San Berna...
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A Japanese cat island made a music video to lure Ed Sheeran

A tiny cat island in Japan made a delightful promotional video in a sweet, earnest request to get Ed Sheeran to come visit. It’s sort of like the modern equivalent of a siren call, but with sleepy cats. Getting shipwrecked on this island wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen to the Irish singer, who is a noted cat lover and has previously visited Japan’s cat cafes to serenade its residents. The video, which politely starts by addressing “Mr...
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Pebble creator made an iPhone case that can store and charge AirPods

Apple's AirPods — like many truly wireless headphones — need to be recharged fairly often. This is typically done through the included case, which charges your headphones while you store them in it. PodCase is a new Kickstarter project from former Pebble creator Eric Migicovsky that aims to make that process a little easier by directly integrating an AirPod charger into an iPhone case. Nova Technology — the name of Migicovsky's new venture ...
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Kobo adds audiobooks to its iOS and Android apps

Audiobook fans have a new option to comparison shop against. Rakuten Kobo has announced it’s adding audiobooks to its iOS and Android ebook apps, with two ways to buy them: a la carte, or with a $10 per month subscription service that nets you one book per month. The service launches today in Canada, the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand via an update to the apps. Kobo, which was bought by e-commerce platform Rakuten in 2011 , is best k...
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The new Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones have better noise canceling and Apple’s W1 chip

After more than three years, Beats is finally updating its top-tier Studio headphones. The new Studio 3 Wireless headphones, available beginning today from Apple and other retailers, cost $349.95 and improve on the previous model by adding Apple’s W1 chip, more advanced noise cancellation, redesigned internals, and longer battery life. They still very much look like Beats and, at least in terms of apperance, aren’t much changed from the com...
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One of the world’s most influential math texts is getting a beautiful, minimalist edition

A couple of years ago, a small publisher called Kroncker Wallis issued a handsome, minimalist take on Isaac Newton’s Principia . Now, the publisher is embarking on its next project: Euclid's Elements. The publisher is using Kickstarter to fund this new edition. Euclid’s Elements is a mathematical text written by Greek mathematician Euclid around 300 BCE and has been called one of the most influential textbooks ever produced. The treatise co...
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An Instagram hack hit millions of accounts, and victims’ phone numbers are now for sale

A bug that exposed users’ contact information affected a far greater number of accounts than Instagram originally said. The bug, which appears to have been responsible for Selena Gomez’s account being hacked this week , allowed hackers to scrape email addresses and contact information for millions of accounts, Instagram said today. (It has since been fixed.) While the company first said the hack was limited to holders of verified accounts, ...
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CAT’s latest rugged smartphones won’t break your budget

CAT is launching the successors to its low and midrange smartphones, and these won’t crack if you drop them. The S31 and S41 are two ruggedized smartphones built by Bullitt Mobile, the manufacturer behind the CAT line of smartphones. The CAT S41 is the follow up to the S40. With a massive 5,000 mAh battery (compared to 3,000 mAh on the S40), you can use the S41 to recharge other devices, or never have to worry about recharging your smartpho...
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Aston Martin is the next automaker to electrify everything

With countries starting to give the non-electric car an end date, some automakers are starting to do the same. British sports car firm Aston Martin will go completely hybrid by 2025, its CEO Andy Palmer told Financial Times on Tuesday. His statement comes about a month after the United Kingdom announced it would ban sales of gasoline and diesel cars in 2040 and nearly two months after the French government said it would do the same . The mo...
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Feds seize smallpox vaccine from clinic injecting it into cancer patients

The US Food and Drug Administration has stopped a California company from continuing to inject the smallpox vaccine into the tumors of cancer patients. Last Friday, US marshals seized five vials of the smallpox vaccine from San Diego-based StemImmune Inc , which was using them as part of an unproven method for treating tumors. (The FDA found out about the vials from previous StemImmune inspections.) Each of the vials included 100 doses of t...
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Hackers are using the promise of Game of Thrones spoilers to spread malware

A report from cybersecurity company Proofpoint says that it’s observed a “targeted email campaign” that is using details of leaked Game of Thrones episodes to try and spread malware to unsuspecting users. The company first came across an e-mail on August 10th with the subject line "Wanna see the Game of Thrones in advance?" The emails contained some general details of upcoming episodes, as well as a Microsoft Word attachment with malware hi...
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Hands-on with the Note 8, Android Oreo, and Verizon’s sad new data plans

This week on The Verge, Dieter was able to get his hands on the new Galaxy Note 8 . So on The Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul go over the first impressions of Samsung’s latest product and what the pricing will mean for future smartphones. Next up, Loren Grush returns to the show to talk about the second episode of Space Craft , as well as her experience seeing the eclipse this week in Nashville. There’s a lot more in between, like Androi...
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Blood-delivering drone company Zipline readies for launch in Tanzania

Zipline, a California-based robotics company that has made a name for itself delivering blood by drone in Rwanda, has just announced plans to operate its services in Tanzania by early next year. In an interview with The Verge, Zipline co-founder and chief executive Keller Rinaudo said that the company plans to work with the Tanzania Ministry of Health and the country’s Medical Stores Department to open four distribution centers in Tanzania ...
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What’s that weird speck in my eclipse photo?

Maybe you didn’t plan ahead for the eclipse and found yourself in the same situation I did: unprepared. I expected to be traveling on Monday, so when I found myself under the clear Boston sky as the Moon began to move in front of the Sun, I had no eclipse glasses , no supplies to make a pinhole projector , and no decent camera . All I had was my iPhone SE in its grubby plastic case. If you’re like me, you might have taken as many photos as ...
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Elon Musk and AI leaders call for a ban on killer robots

Leaders in the fields of AI and robotics, including Elon Musk and Google DeepMind’s Mustafa Suleyman, have signed a letter calling on the United Nations to ban lethal autonomous weapons, otherwise known as “killer robots.” In their petition, the group states that the development of such technology would usher in a “third revolution in warfare,” that could equal the invention of gunpowder and nuclear weapons. “Once developed, [autonomous wea...
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Volkswagen is finally putting an electric Microbus into production

A staple of coastal California’s towns, the Volkswagen Microbus will be reincarnated as an electric vehicle. VW announced that it will build a version of its I.D. Buzz concept bus , which it hopes to begin selling by 2022. Unveiled earlier this year the Detroit Auto Show, the vehicle is a clear homage to the iconic vehicle that the company sold in North America between 1950 and 1980. The production version of the concept is expected to devi...
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Essential Phone review

Even though it was announced less than three months ago at the Code Conference , there's already enough mythology surrounding the Essential Phone to fill a book. It comes from a brand new billion-dollar startup led by the person who helped create Android itself, Andy Rubin. That origin binds it up with the history of all smartphones in a way that doesn't usually apply to your run-of-the-mill device. The phone was also delayed a bit, a sign ...
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Read Apple CEO’s email denouncing white supremacism in Charlottesville

Much like politicians, tech company CEOs are nowadays expected to take a position on the big social issues facing their country, and Apple boss Tim Cook has been the latest to join the fray with an email sent to all global employees of the company on Wednesday night, which was obtained by Recode . In the email, Cook provides a strong response to the violence on display in Charlottesville over the weekend, and he goes on to make an unequivoc...
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Charlottesville is reshaping the fight against online hate

This morning, the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer dropped off the internet, the result of sustained campaigning by the Southern Poverty Law Center and other groups. In the wake of a killing and widespread violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, web services company GoDaddy announced it was dropping the Daily Stormer as a client , leaving the site without a registrar. After a brief stay at Google , the site dropped...
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LG’s Graphy app will help you rip off your favorite photographer’s style

LG’s trickle of pre-launch news about the upcoming V30 flagship-tier Android smartphone today turns to the new software that will be on board. Chief among the novelties is Graphy, a component of the manual mode in LG’s camera app that will allow users to apply the same “style and mood” of a chosen professional photo to their own. It sounds almost like Prisma, last summer’s popular style transfer app , but LG is doing it in a different manne...
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Facebook has been secretly testing an app in China called Colorful Balloons

In May, Facebook quietly launched a photo-sharing app called Colorful Balloons in China, where the social networking site is banned, according to a report in The New York Times . Colorful Balloons appears to mimic the look and feel of Facebook’s Moments app, which allows users to share photos with friends and family members. Rather than interfacing with Facebook, the app works with the country’s biggest social network, WeChat. Facebook rele...
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After cancelled town hall meeting, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at girls’ coding event

Google chief executive officer Sundar Pichai, speaking at a coding event for girls happening at Google’s campus today, emphasized the importance of engineers “building products for everyone in the world” and said that in order to do that, “we need to have people internally who represent the world in totality.” “I want you to know there’s a place for you in this industry,” Pichai said to the teams of young women who were finalists in a month...
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Nissan Leaf will be cheaper than Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt, but have less range

A leader in this decade’s electric vehicle push, the Nissan Leaf has been left behind by newer models with bigger batteries and more exciting designs. A new version should help keep Nissan in the game, but a low price may help, too. Already caught in production form ahead of a September unveiling, the new Leaf’s pricing has also reportedly been leaked, as Autoblog has obtained some pricing and specification information for Nissan’s new EV. ...
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Latest iPhone leak reaffirms all-screen front

One of the fascinating aspects of this year’s iPhone rumor mill has been the uncertainty generated by conflicting rumors about exactly how the next phone will take shape, though many of those doubts are starting to dissipate now. A new image, freshly posted by Evan Blass , gives us a good view of what the screen-dominated front of the expected iPhone 8 will look like. There’s the now-familiar wedge at the top to accommodate the earpiece, fr...
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