/Technology/ Last Updated: Sat, May 27th, 2017 @ 11:45pm EDT


Jon Russell

After beating the world’s elite Go players, Google’s AlphaGo AI is retiring

 Google’s AlphaGo — the AI developed to tackle the world’s most demanding strategy game — is stepping down from competitive matches after defeating the world’s best talent. The latest to succumb is Go’s top-ranked player, Ke Jie, who lost 3-0 in a series hosted in China this week. The AI, developed by London-based DeepMind, which was acquired by Google… Read More


Jon Fingas

The original 'Crazy Taxi' is free to play on your smartphone

If you've ever wanted to understand the fuss over Crazy Taxi but didn't want to spend money on a piece of gaming history, you now have your chance. Sega has made it free to play both the Android and iOS versions of the original title, giving you a s...


Katie Roof

Spotify settles lawsuits, adds board members as it gets ready to go public

 Spotify made a few moves this week that could put them in a better position to join the stock market. On Thursday, it was revealed that the company added four people to its board of directors. The music streaming startup has brought on former Disney COO Tom Staggs; Padmasree Warrior, a Cisco vet who runs an electric car business; Shishir Mehrotra, YouTube’s former head of product;… Read More


Adario Strange

Homer Simpson inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. D'oh!

Although it's no longer "America's favorite pastime," baseball is still at the heart of the county's popular culture and, along those lines, its Hall of Fame just hit a home run by adding Homer Simpson to its ranks. 

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On Saturday, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, added the animated character to its list of greats, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the episode "Homer at Bat," which aired in...


Patrick Kulp

Burger King upsets actual king with Belgian ad

The king of Belgium is apparently not amused by his appearance in a recent Burger King ad.

The country's royal family contacted the fast food chain this weekend over an online ad that asks people to choose between its mascot and a cartoon image of King Philippe, the BBC reports.

SEE ALSO: Burger King is hiring gamers to sell you food during online matches and I give up

A spokesperson for the family told the network that the company isn't allowed to use the monarch's likeness without their...

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Andrew Liptak

A render of LG’s V30 phone reveals a slide-out secondary display

LG is reportedly planning to release its premium V30 smartphone in September, and it’s thought that it’ll have an OLED screen instead of an LCD one. According to notable leaker Evan Blass, the original concept for the phone could also feature a slide-out secondary display.

Blass released a series of renders, cautioning that the images are older mock-ups, and it’s not clear if the phone is actually going to feature the secondary display as imagined. The renders reveal a primary screen...


Emma Hinchliffe

Change.org just got a $30 million investment to expand petitions into real social movements

Change.org is getting some major support from tech billionaires to create real social movements. 

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is leading a $30 million funding round for the site in what he said in a post on LinkedIn was his largest personal impact investment to date. 

Bill Gates and Y Combinator's Sam Altman are also investing in Change.org in this round, Change.org CEO Ben Rattray said in a blog post. 

"As a society, we should be doing everything we can to build powerful,...

The Verge

Andrew Liptak

YouTube star Colin Furze turned a microwave into a video game console

Internet star and maker Colin Furze has built all sorts of crazy inventions for his YouTube channel, ranging from a working hoverbike to a homemade Iron Man suit built to withstand a barrage of fireworks. In his latest video, he’s turned his microwave into a playable game console.

His new invention is the Play-o-Wave, a fully-functional microwave with a screen mounted on it. He built a screen into the door, and included a set of inputs for a handheld controller in the body. He proceeded...


Katie Roof

Tragedy strikes as Uber CEO Kalanick loses mother in boating accident, father in serious condition

 We’ve received word from Uber that the Kalanick family suffered an unthinkable tragedy this weekend. CEO Travis Kalanick’s parents were in a boating accident in Fresno yesterday and his mother Bonnie Horowitz Kalanick has passed away. His father Donald Kalanick was also injured. The company provided the following statement. “Last night Travis and his family suffered… Read More


Miriam Kramer

Juno sees something familiar looking out from Jupiter's rings

Imagine that you're standing on an alien world, far out in the galaxy. You look up and see a brilliant bed of stars above you, blanketing totally foreign sky. 

But what if you were on a different planet a little closer to home? What would you see then?

A new photo beamed back from Jupiter by NASA's Juno probe, gives us a good idea of what that could be like.

SEE ALSO: Jupiter is the gigantic, stormy hellscape we always feared

The new Juno image gives us our first view of what it's like to...


Mariella Moon

Google's AlphaGo retires from competition

To say that AlphaGo had a great run in the competitive Go scene would be an understatement: it has just defeated the world's number 1 Go player, Ke Jie, in a three-part match. Now that it has nothing left to prove, the AI is hanging up its boots and...

The Verge

Andrew Liptak

Lyft and Uber will return to Austin on Monday

Ride-share companies Lyft and Uber plan to resume their operations in Austin, Texas, on Monday, more than a year after both companies pulled out of the state following the rejection of a measure that would have restrictions on the ride-share companies in the city.

The return for both companies follows the passage of HB100 by the Texas legislature, which Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign on Monday. The bill stipulates that the ability to regulate ride-share companies is controlled by...

The Verge

Bryan Bishop

Flight of Passage is an incredible immersive ride through the world of Avatar

Theme park attractions don’t normally require real suspension of disbelief. You strap into a vehicle, get swung around a bit, and then you’re off and running to the next line. But when you’re dealing with an entire immersive world, like Disney’s new Pandora: The World of Avatar, that dynamic changes. There has to be a narrative behind the ride, an in-world reason for people to line up when they’ve ostensibly traveled to an alien world known for its lush, exotic landscapes....


Emma Hinchliffe

Uber is only legal in London for 4 more months

London isn't totally sold on Uber. 

The city's transportation authority, Transport for London, renewed Uber's license Friday — but only for four months. 

Uber's current 5-year license, which it won in 2012, expires May 30. 

Uber wants another five-year agreement — not a measly four-month extension. And Uber's opponents aren't thrilled about the short-term approval either. 

“Uber has still not answered questions that TfL asked months ago. We say they are either safe to licence or...


Patrick Kulp

Coke made a label that doubles as a wristband for music festivals

Bottles of Coke could get Romanians into concerts this summer.

The soda giant is printing detachable labels that double as festival wristbands to some of the country's biggest musical events. 

SEE ALSO: Why Warren Buffett is the new face of Coca-Cola in China

Not every bottle is a winner; drinkers have to use a special app to determine whether or not their package is a real ticket.

But the company is hoping that the eight quirky designs it's rolling out will make teens want to wear them...


Adario Strange

Shiba Inu dog: Yes, fidget spinners 'are' evil

It turns out that dogs (of course) know that fidget spinners are the work of the devil, and one brave Shiba Inu had no problem making her feelings known in a video posted on Instagram this week. 

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Nothing odd happens here other than the mere spinning of the popular time-wasting gadget, but Kiba the Shiba isn't fooled and emphatically calls out the unnatural movements of the seemingly innocent device. 

#kibatheshiba loves...

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Andrew Liptak

Snap recently acquired Ctrl Me Robotics, an LA-based drone company

Late last year, Snap acquired LA-based drone company Ctrl Me Robotics, according to Buzzfeed. Recent reports indicate that the maker of Snapchat and Spectacles intends to develop a drone of its own as it looks to push beyond developing apps and into hardware.

Snap reportedly acquired Ctrl Me Robotics for less than a million dollars last last year, in a deal that included some of the company’s equipment and assets, as well as its founder, Simon Nielsen. Ctrl Me Robotics described itself as...

The Verge

Adi Robertson

Breaking down Kim Dotcom’s bizarre, conspiracy-theory filled week

The conspiracy theory around murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich isn’t weird so much as sad: it drags a man’s fairly recent death into the spotlight in order to promote the idea of a “deep state” plot, based on evidence that’s either speculative or factually wrong. But it’s brought together a strange coalition of well-known subscribers — including the internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom.

Dotcom, founder of defunct cloud storage site Megaupload, isn’t just a...


Katie Roof

British Airways extends London flight cancellations through Saturday amid IT failure

 British Airways has yet to fix the IT outage that caused them to cancel all flights at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports earlier Saturday. They originally thought they would be back online by about 6pm GMT, but they’ve now acknowledged that operations will remain suspended through the rest of the day. Following a major IT system failure this morning, we've cancelled… Read More


Joanna Glasner

Chasing dreams may be the next sleeper hit for venture capitalists

 After decades spent funding technologies tailored to deprive us of sleep (see: streaming video, gaming, social networks and 24/7 online shopping), the venture capital industry has decided to direct its considerable capital reserves at helping us get more shut-eye. Read More

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