As you may have heard, The Vergecast is live this week at South by Southwest! We have one episode down and another one to go on Tuesday. On this special episode, Nilay and Dieter welcome Lauren Goode and Casey Newton on to talk about the news outside of SXSW in the tech
Facebook showed off its latest ideas for social interaction in virtual reality today, demoing more complex avatars at Oculus Connect, the annual developer conference for the VR company. The avatars could smile, laugh, or express anger and shock. They had arms attached to their hands and personalized clothing. All this was new
It’s rare that a game becomes one of the biggest wins and the biggest losses of E3 at the same time, but The Last Night — a cyberpunk side-scroller made by indie studio Odd Tales — may have done it. The Last Night’s stylish, neon-drenched trailer was a highlight of Microsoft’s annual
Ever since Donald Glover shouted out Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” at the Golden Globes earlier this year, the song has topped charts and become an early contender for hit of 2017. That means it’s gonna be parodied, and with Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake hitting theaters soon, a mash-up was
Seventy years ago this week, the first Ferrari hit the streets of Maranello, Italy for a test drive. It was the 12-cylinder 125 S, the first to bear the name of Enzo Ferrari, and, naturally, the company wants to celebrate. Along with a video re-creating the first time the 125 S rolled
In an interview today at Code Conference, Hillary Clinton urged social media platforms to figure out new ways to slow “the weaponization and manipulation” of information, admitting at the same time that it was a difficult problem to solve. “We weren’t in the same category as the other side.”“I have a lot
Microsoft has started sharing its Windows Phone 8.1 Software Development Kit (SDK) with developers, and the inevitable leaks have begun. Over on Reddit, one developer has been documenting all of the updates discovered so far. The first major change appears to be the initial signs of a Windows Phone and Windows RT merger.
In April 2017, people using the music-recognition app Shazam might have noticed the app behaving a little oddly. Usually the mobile app identifies songs by comparing sound input to the sound records in an online database. But last month, users in the UK saw the app experiencing a little hiccup as it
When word spread in 2016 that Google would move into serious virtual reality, not just disposable cardboard viewers, my colleague Dieter Bohn immediately put a couple of pieces together. One was the need for headsets that could track motion without dedicated “VR rooms” full of cameras or markers. The other was Project
A few weeks ago, WhatsApp replaced the ability for users to set a text-based in-app status with a Snapchat Stories clone. Now, after user backlash, the company is re-adding the ability for users to set an availability status through the About section of the messaging app, according to a report from TechCrunch.