Technological evolution of 2016

December 15, 2016

Author: Thomas Ricker The arrival of the 12th month in the Gregorian calendar is a sign that something old is about to be renewed. We, as writers and readers of The Verge, are people who live in the near-future, humans at the forefront of technology adoption and cultural change. So what better time to take stock of our tech portfolios to see how the industry is evolving? I’ll go first….


Google data to be stored within Cuba

December 13, 2016

Data for Google services will be stored in Cuba, under a deal announced this week between the company and the Cuban government. As the Associated Press reports, the deal will not expand public internet access in Cuba, one of the world’s least-connected countries, but it is expected to decrease load times for Google services like Gmail and YouTube. Speeds for non-Google services will not be affected. “Cubans who already have…


LinkedIn acquisition the most promising yet for Microsoft

December 12, 2016

It has been announced that Microsoft has completed the $26.2bn acquisition of LinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals. There are ample reasons to be skeptical that the deal, the biggest by far in Microsoft’s history, will pay off. To begin with, the company has not had a great history with this type of thing, as two of Microsoft’s largest acquisitions, the digital advertising firm aQuantive, and the mobile unit…


Facebook and others censoring extremist content

December 6, 2016

Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft have announced that they have teamed up to fight the spread of terrorist content over the web by sharing technology and information to reduce the flow of terrorist propaganda across their services. The group plans to create a kind of shared digital database, “fingerprinting” all of the terrorist content that is flagged. By collectively tracking that information, the companies said they could make sure a video…


The Snapchat social revolution began without us knowing

December 2, 2016

The parent company of the popular photo-messaging and storytelling app Snapchat, Snap, is having a productive autumn. A couple of weeks ago, Snap filed confidential documents for a coming stock offering that could value the firm at $30bn, which would make it one of the largest initial public offerings in recent years. Around the same time, it began selling Spectacles, sunglasses that can record video clips, which have become one…


Big Brother spies on protesters’ social media

November 21, 2016

Across the United States, hundreds of local police departments have collectively spent about $4.75m on software tools that can monitor the locations of activists at protests or social media hashtags used by suspects, according to new research. The research, by the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonprofit organization focusing on criminal justice issues, aims to take a comprehensive look at the fast-growing phenomenon of social media-monitoring by law enforcement. Using public…


Snapchat’s Snapbot Spectacles vending machine is on the move

November 14, 2016

If you’re trying to buy Snapchat’s new Spectacles glasses, you now have to trek to Northern California to do it. The company’s new camera-equipped glasses are now for sale in pop-up vending machines that Snap Inc. — the new corporate name Snapchat recently adopted — is placing in “surprising” locations. The first vending machine showed up in Venice Beach on Thursday morning. Now, Snap has moved it to a new…


Snapchat releases sunglasses with integrated video camera

September 26, 2016

Not only did Snapchat change the name of its company to Snap over the weekend, but it also revealed its first technology hardware product — Spectacles, a new kind of camera that gets integrated into a pair of sunglasses. According to the company, the glasses will make it easy to create memories with the help of  one of the smallest wireless video cameras in the world that can capture a day’s worth…


#MathFTW: From athlete to mathlete

August 9, 2016

When you’re a brilliant mathematician like the Baltimore Ravens’ John Urschel, a football playbook is only so challenging. So the 6ft3″, 305lb offensive lineman looks for mathematics in everyday life for mental stimulation, and he’s asking you to do the same. Get in the game by snapping photos of how and where you use math at school, at home, on the practice field — anywhere and everywhere – for a…