February 21, 2019

Return to sender: High courtroom to listen to undeliverable mail case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch Hungerpiller thought he had a first-class solution for mail that gets returned as undeliverable, a common problem for businesses that send lots of letters.
February 20, 2019

Solar Mystery Starts to Unravel as NASA Detects 'Tadpole' Jets Coming From Sun's Surface

One of the biggest mysteries of the Sun is why its upper atmosphere—also known as the corona—is over 200 times hotter than its surface. For some unknown reason, this region that extends millions of miles into space is superheated—while the surface temperature hovers around 5,500 degree Celsius, the corona can reach two million degrees Celsius.
February 20, 2019

DJI’s glorious Mavic 2 Pro is $150 off for Verge readers

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is $150 off for readers of The Verge, thanks to an exclusive discount from Wellbots, an online smart tech retailer. Normally $1,499, this drone is now down to $1,349 for a limited time, which is the lowest price yet. Just add the offer code THEVERGEFLY at checkout to receive the discount.
February 20, 2019

Can Samsung nonetheless make actually nice telephones?

June 15th, 2010. That was the first time that I, along with a majority of other tech bloggers and journalists, first got my hands on a Samsung Galaxy S. I’d love to say that there was a sense of a historical moment about the event, but in all honesty, the phone market was so diverse and dynamic at the time that it just felt like yet another intriguing pocket computer vying for our attention alongside the likes of the Toshiba TG01, HTC Evo 4G, and Nokia N8. Now, with the benefit of hindsight, I want to look back on why Samsung’s phone grew into a global smartphone dynasty while all of the others faded away. I also want to also consider what Samsung needs to do with the Galaxy S10 to keep its winning streak going into the future.
February 20, 2019

Xiaomi simply can’t assist overtly ripping off Apple

The signature wallpaper for Apple’s macOS Mojave features sand dunes, segmented by a pretty undulating curve, and it changes with the time of your computer so you see light dunes in the day and a dark scene at night. It’s a neat, organic little feature. It’s also been shamelessly ripped off by Xiaomi, whose latest flagship device, the Mi 9, doesn’t even try to have a different background and just recreates the entire idea of colors shifting with the time of day. I guess Xiaomi will want credit for expanding the color palette a little, but I’ve got none to give. This is embarrassingly obvious and unnecessarily brazen.
February 20, 2019

The Litho controller is sci-fi jewellery on your iPhone’s AR apps

The Litho looks like a set of miniature sci-fi brass knuckles, but it’s actually a motion controller that’s going on sale today for developers, with the goal of launching for everyone by the end of the year. Developed by a three-person team in the UK, the Litho fits around the first two fingers of your hand. It combines motion-control capabilities and haptic feedback with a small underside trackpad, so you can use it with a combination of pointing, swiping, and tapping. Now, developers just have to figure out what it’s good for.
February 20, 2019

Israeli spacecraft poised to turn out to be first privately funded lander on the Moon

On Thursday evening, SpaceX is scheduled to launch another Falcon 9 rocket from Florida, but this time, the vehicle will be carrying a payload it’s never transported before: a spacecraft bound for the Moon. One of the three payloads on the rocket is an Israeli-made lander that will travel through space over the next two months and then try to land on the lunar surface. If the touchdown is a success, it’ll be the first time that a vehicle made with mostly private money has ever landed on the Moon or any other planetary body.
February 18, 2019

China Denies Hacking Australian Parliament, Major Parties as Next Election Nears

Australia’s main political parties and the national Parliament have been targeted by a state-backed hacking attack just months before citizens head to the polls for federal elections.
February 18, 2019

Here’s how a ‘90s app made these reworking Animorphs e book covers

Today, I learned The Verge has never written a single post that so much as mentions Animorphs. This is a travesty that will now end.
February 17, 2019

I’ve used Dvorak for 10 years, and I’m right here to inform you it’s not all that

In the world of technology, almost nothing is constant. The mainframe gave way to the desktop, which stepped aside for the laptop, which has been superseded by the smartphone as our primary computing tool. Company-wide emails are now Slack channel alerts. Even USB Type-A, which has clung to relevance for a quarter of a century, is gradually being supplanted by USB-C.