An unparalleled Nintendo leak turns staunch into a safe pickle for archivists

An unparalleled Nintendo leak turns staunch into a safe pickle for archivists

For the past week, Nintendo fans have resembled digital archaeologists. Following a massive leak of source code and other internal documents — appropriately dubbed the gigaleak — previously unknown details from the company’s biggest games have steadily trickled out. Those poring over the code have uncovered a new Animal Crossing villager, early prototypes for games…

How Microsoft Flight Simulator returned to the skies

How Microsoft Flight Simulator returned to the skies

A spectacular comeback for a Microsoft icon Let’s play a quick game of word association: Microsoft — Windows? Excel? Xbox? All solid answers. But for me, for a while in the ‘90s at least, I would have immediately answered “Flight Simulator.” Microsoft Flight Simulator is the very first thing I can remember ever doing on…

Mischief managed

Mischief managed

How MSCHF managed to dominate the internet — with fun! Illustration by Grayson Blackmon / Alex Castro / The Verge Here is the first honorable use of venture capital: using the funds to design, prototype, test, and then build a rubber chicken pipe to smoke weed out of. The first time I saw Puff The…

Xbox Sport Circulate is Microsoft’s merely subsequent-gen Xbox

Xbox Sport Circulate is Microsoft’s merely subsequent-gen Xbox

Microsoft is gearing up for a different Xbox future If you were heading into Microsoft’s Xbox game showcase yesterday to witness a demonstration of why next-gen gaming and the “world’s most powerful console” matter, you were probably left a little disappointed. Microsoft’s event featured a solid showcase for the future of Xbox and Xbox Game…

‘COVID parties’ are a virus metropolis narrative that won’t trek away

‘COVID parties’ are a virus metropolis narrative that won’t trek away

Amid hosts of reasonable fears about the coronavirus pandemic, there’s also one far more dubious threat: “COVID parties.” As Wired explains in a good exploration of the topic, COVID parties (or “corona parties”) are events where people supposedly expose themselves to the coronavirus on purpose. Medical professionals and government officials have periodically warned about these…

Our ideal burning query about Apple’s ARM silicon

Our ideal burning query about Apple’s ARM silicon

For years, Apple has steadily revealed how the ARM-based chips in its mobile phones were catching up in performance to the beefier silicon you’d find inside a laptop or desktop — in 2018, the company claimed its new iPad Pro was faster than 92 percent of portable PCs. At some point, it seemed inevitable that…

Sen. Ed Markey on the politics of workmanship

Sen. Ed Markey on the politics of workmanship

If you’ve ever had an 18-inch satellite dish, you’ve enjoyed the work of Senator Ed Markey. Sen. Markey (D-MA) was there in 1992 as a US Representative when the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act was passed, which regulated cable service pricing, increased competition, and, in his eye, birthed the 18-inch satellite dish. He…

TikTok’s success has made it a large diagram for regulators

TikTok’s success has made it a large diagram for regulators

I. A recurring theme of this newsletter is that I write about TikTok, make some dark prediction about its future, and then turn out to be totally wrong. In that spirit, I thought today we could look at the particularly newsy week the ByteDance-owned video app has had, and then contribute some additional speculation that…

Evan Spiegel on maps, Minis, and the manner ahead for Snapchat

Evan Spiegel on maps, Minis, and the manner ahead for Snapchat

On Thursday Snap held its second-ever partner summit as a virtual event, announcing a new suite of products and developer tools for Snapchat. The inaugural event was one of the more memorable tech productions I’ve been to — a high-energy keynote from CEO Evan Spiegel in front of giant vertical screens on a converted Hollywood…

Gaming can’t fix its abuse self-discipline one individual at a time

Gaming can’t fix its abuse self-discipline one individual at a time

Over the last week, dozens of developers, journalists, and streamers have come forward on Twitter with allegations of abuse they’ve endured as part of the video game industry. Their stories span several high-profile companies and include figures in powerful positions. While the sheer number of people speaking up at once is remarkable — and concurrent…

Turning off political ads on Facebook would perchance perchance perchance dangle unpredictable consequences

Turning off political ads on Facebook would perchance perchance perchance dangle unpredictable consequences

Programming note: The Interface is off on Thursday. Back on Monday. It seems hard to believe now, but there was a time when political advertising was relatively uncontroversial. Sure, individual ads regularly proved to be controversial, from the nuclear provocations of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Daisy” to racist fear-mongering of George H.W. Bush’s “Willie Horton.” And…

How activists will contain to be lively on cybersecurity

How activists will contain to be lively on cybersecurity

In this week’s edition of our Vergecast interview series, Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and policy editor Russell Brandom talk with cybersecurity expert and founder of CryptoHarlem Matt Mitchell. Mitchell has worked with activists in the US to help them better understand the tools technology offers as well as the threats it can impose. On The…

Straightforward the formula to circulate Disney Plus

Straightforward the formula to circulate Disney Plus

The highly anticipated Disney Plus streaming service, which will likely prove as essential as Netflix to many consumers, is now available. Disney Plus combines content from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic into a single streaming app. You can dig into Disney Plus’ vault of animated classics, superhero blockbusters, TV shows, and new originals,…

How Apple is making the antitrust case against it stronger

How Apple is making the antitrust case against it stronger

I. Say your company makes a new email platform. In 2020, that means building not just a website but also an app — several of them, actually. You’ll probably want clients for Mac and Windows, iOS and Android, the open web, and — if you’re showing off — Linux. In some of these places, like…

Working from home, with robots

Working from home, with robots

When the pandemic stopped Sam Seifert from going into the office, he, like millions of other Americans, was forced to bring his work home with him. His work, though, wasn’t exactly suited to the domestic environment. It was big and loud. It stomped about his apartment and upset the neighbors. But that’s robots for you…

Tinder CEO Elie Seidman on finding handle throughout the pandemic

Tinder CEO Elie Seidman on finding handle throughout the pandemic

Tinder and its parent company Match Group have weathered the COVID-19 pandemic relatively well, all things considered. User engagement is up, as is interest around new product features, like video calls. More than six years after its launch, Tinder is finally introducing a one-on-one video calling feature that it says will be heavily moderated for…

Asus ZenBook Duo overview: two screens, too many compromises

Asus ZenBook Duo overview: two screens, too many compromises

There is one — and only one — reason to buy the Asus ZenBook Duo. If you’ve seen a picture, you know what that reason is: there are two screens. Specifically, there’s the primary display, a 14-inch 1080p matte screen. There’s also another display, a 12.6-inch IPS panel called the ScreenPad 2.0, built into the…

TikTok is having a monster 2020

TikTok is having a monster 2020

Today felt like an unusual lull in the intersection of our many unfolding national and global crises, and so I thought I’d take the opportunity to write about something different — a subject that, despite all my best efforts, I keep getting crushingly wrong. That subject is TikTok, the ByteDance-owned app whose fading into irrelevance…

Destiny 2’s first Fortnite-model are residing tournament used to be leisurely and underwhelming, however it completely’s a solid originate

Destiny 2’s first Fortnite-model are residing tournament used to be leisurely and underwhelming, however it completely’s a solid originate

Destiny 2’s first ever Fortnite-style live event just wrapped earlier today, and it was unfortunately not quite what some players were expecting. Instead of something monumental and game-changing for a key part of the game world, it was more of a slow burn alternative to a standard video game cutscene. And instead of delivering a…

How pause you plan Fortnite shapely?

How pause you plan Fortnite shapely?

Sometime in the next few weeks, Fortnite will begin a new season, the third since its Chapter 2 overhaul debuted last October. I’ve been playing since the second season — which began way back in December 2017 — and over the years I’ve seen the game and its players change and evolve. The game shifted,…

The Verge’s 17 approved kitchen items

The Verge’s 17 approved kitchen items

When you’re stuck at home because of pandemics, bad weather, or just because you don’t feel like going out, there’s nothing more satisfying than cooking something really fantastic. Even if you’re not an experienced or enthusiastic cook, sometimes it’s really satisfying to create a new and tasty dish for you, your friends, and / or…

Facebook groups are falling apart over Murky Lives Matter posts

Facebook groups are falling apart over Murky Lives Matter posts

Women like Jocelyn Kopac joined the Boss-Moms Facebook group to network and chat about life as both a mom and business owner, and considering the group has more than 50,000 members from around the world, life inside has been relatively mundane. Up until now, that is, while the Black Lives Matter movement is picking up…

one year on, the Oculus Quest is the VR headset to web

one year on, the Oculus Quest is the VR headset to web

One year ago today, Facebook released the Oculus Quest, its first headset to deliver a credible standalone VR experience — true head tracking, good motion controllers, and so on. It also marked a split in the Oculus ecosystem: the Quest had its own store, curated with games that had been tailored specifically for the headset’s…

Listed below are the total winners of the 2020 Webby Awards

Listed below are the total winners of the 2020 Webby Awards

Lil Nas X’s “Panini,” NASA’s social media presence, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line, and John Krasinski’s Some Good News YouTube show are among the winners of this year’s Webby Awards. The annual awards show celebrates the wide variety of things that happen online, from websites and podcasts to design and data visualizations to video series and…

Sundar Pichai on managing Google by design of the pandemic

Sundar Pichai on managing Google by design of the pandemic

Like all big tech companies, Google and Alphabet are playing an outsized role in our lives as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Whether it’s helping people find reliable information in search, working with the government on testing, building an exposure-tracking system into Android and iOS in partnership with Apple, or battling misinformation on YouTube, Google’s capability…

Gigabyte Aero 15 evaluate: works laborious, plays laborious

Gigabyte Aero 15 evaluate: works laborious, plays laborious

The Gigabyte Aero 15 is a laptop aimed at designers and creative professionals. But when I first saw the thing, I didn’t believe that. It looks nothing like any laptop that comes to mind when I think of “creators” (the slim and sleek MacBook Pros, XPS 15s, Surface Books, and Zenbooks of the world). The…

Distress Memoir Four is 2020’s finest PS2 sport

Distress Memoir Four is 2020’s finest PS2 sport

Making video games is a difficult endeavor at the best of times, but spare a thought for the people behind Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories, which finally came out last month for the PC, PS4, and Switch in the West. I first played it at a game show in Osaka in 2009; it was running…

Why Amazon’s hardware makes more sense than Google’s

Why Amazon’s hardware makes more sense than Google’s

A tale of two hardware divisions. Google, as reported by The Information, suffers with operational chaos that is as bizarre as it is inept. Hardware boss Rick Osterloh reportedly held a meeting where he tells everybody “he did not agree with some of the decisions made about the phone” — are these decisions not things…

Supernatural for Oculus Quest is cherish Beat Saber meets Peloton

Supernatural for Oculus Quest is cherish Beat Saber meets Peloton

For obvious reasons, the interest in working out at home has never been higher. Whether you’re doing yoga with Adriene, working your way through Ring Fit Adventure, or scouring Amazon for a spin bike that’s in stock, you’ve probably been looking for ways to keep active without leaving the house. Me? I’ve been using VR.…

The many strategies video game pattern impacts the climate crisis

The many strategies video game pattern impacts the climate crisis

Since the beginning of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has overtaken the climate crisis as the most pressing existential threat for much of the world’s population. As we adapt to isolation, the warming planet has taken an understandable back seat in the news coverage, although scientists have noted the spread of the novel coronavirus instigating a…

The Verge’s Graduation Gift Records 2020

The Verge’s Graduation Gift Records 2020

Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen Nothing makes writing feel better than using a fancy pen, and Kaweco’s fountain pen is the perfect way to add some old-school charm to your note-taking, lease signing, or doodling without breaking the bank. Price: ~$19 Amazon Hario V60 Gooseneck Kettle There are many cheaper vessels for hot water, but…

Candidates can’t campaign, so that they’re looking out for to transfer viral

Candidates can’t campaign, so that they’re looking out for to transfer viral

On Wednesday, the field director for Mel Gagarin’s congressional campaign sat shirtless — illuminated by candlelight — in his bathtub reading a scary story over Instagram Live. “Bedtime Bathtime Storytimes” have become regular events for Gagarin’s campaign even if they’re only for an audience of around a dozen people, including other members of the campaign.…

employ your DSLR or mirrorless digicam as a webcam

employ your DSLR or mirrorless digicam as a webcam

If you’ve been working from home for the past few weeks, you’ve probably had to join more than a few video conference calls. Or perhaps you’ve been using video chat apps to keep in touch with friends and family while social distancing. Either way, you’ve probably noticed that the webcam on your laptop is, well,…

Microsoft’s gigantic Xbox Game Pass wager is starting up to repay

Microsoft’s gigantic Xbox Game Pass wager is starting up to repay

Microsoft now has 10 million subscribers to its Xbox Game Pass service, the company confirmed during an investor call yesterday. It’s the first time Microsoft has publicly disclosed Xbox Game Pass numbers, and it’s a sign that the company’s ambitious bet on subscription gaming is starting to pay off. Microsoft has been trying to build…

Oculus sales spiked in the lead-up to Half-Life: Alyx

Oculus sales spiked in the lead-up to Half-Life: Alyx

Despite pandemic-related hardware shortages, Facebook’s virtual reality business exploded at the start of 2020. The company revealed yesterday that it made $297 million in non-advertising revenue during the first quarter of 2020. That was “driven largely by sales of Oculus products,” rather than other products like Portal. The number is a full 80 percent higher…

Motorola’s Edge Plus is a contender, no longer a champion

Motorola’s Edge Plus is a contender, no longer a champion

When great just isn’t good enough After years mainly spent in the midrange phone market, Motorola burst back into the spotlight with the foldable Razr: it was bold, it was exciting, it was expensive, and it ultimately flopped. As interesting as it was, it simply wasn’t a very good phone. The newly announced Motorola Edge…

Streetwear fanatics are flocking to Animal Crossing

Streetwear fanatics are flocking to Animal Crossing

Last week, German techwear firm Acronym released a new version of its iconic J1A-GT jacket, one based on Hideo Kojima’s PS4 game Death Stranding. Like most Acronym gear, the jacket was both rare and expensive: it sold out almost immediately, despite a price tag of just under $2,000. But in another seemingly unconnected corner of…

Does Closing Fantasy VII Remake’s bizarro ending work?

Does Closing Fantasy VII Remake’s bizarro ending work?

The Final Fantasy VII remake does more than retell a familiar story from a classic roleplaying game. If you’re planning to play it, you shouldn’t read any further. But if you’ve finished the final chapter, you’ll know that its ending diverges pretty sharply from the original story — not only changing the game’s canon but…

OnePlus has set apart Samsung on look for

We got both the announcement and the embargo lift for OnePlus’ new top-tier smartphones yesterday. Here’s my review of the OnePlus 8 Pro and here is Jon Porter’s review of the OnePlus 8 — both with video. These phones are interesting for slightly different — but related — reasons. OnePlus has always positioned itself as…