Watch the new trailer for Amy Schumer’s HBO comedy special

Between the heaps of praise levied on her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer and the stellar box office performance of Trainwreck, Amy Schumer has had an incredible year — but that doesn't mean she's leaving stand-up behind. Schumer's first big break involved making a run on Last Comic Standing, and she's returning to her roots for a new HBO stand-up special directed by Chris Rock. (Yes, that Chris Rock.) Mashable premiered a new trailer for the special this afternoon, one that captures Schumer in fine form and dissecting some of her favorite topics: sex, sexism, and the soothing powers of white wine. Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo has been in the works for a while: it was announced and filmed back in May, and a teaser trailer was r...
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NASA just released the first new images of Pluto since the New Horizons flyby

     NASA, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and the Southwest Research Institute <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/feature/new-pluto-images-from-nasa-s-new-horizons-it-s-complicated">just released</a> the first new images of Pluto since the New Horizons spacecraft's historic flyby of Pluto almost two months ago. 
Perhaps the most striking image of the bunch is the one you see above. It's a mosaic that simulates what it would look like if you were about 1,100 miles (1,800 kilometers) above Pluto’s equator. In the picture you can see the diversity of Pluto's surface: the dark and crater-filled region informally called "Cthulhu" by the New Horizons team, the cracked and icy plains referred to as the Sputnik Planum, and even some of Pluto's mountains.
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Read Ellen Pao’s letter about ending her fight against Kleiner Perkins

Over the past three and a half years, I have pursued a legal case against Kleiner Perkins for gender discrimination and retaliation. Seeking justice in the courts has been painful for me personally and professionally, and for my family. I am now moving on, paying Kleiner Perkins’ legal costs and dropping my appeal. My experience shows how difficult it is to address discrimination through the court system.
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Ellen Pao drops lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins, will not appeal

Ellen Pao announced today she has dropped her lawsuit against her former employer, the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Pao's gender discrimination suit, which she lost in a jury trial in March, touched off debate on the underrepresentation of women in Silicon Valley; it also unveiled the inner workings of one of the Valley's most storied VC firms. "I feel gratified that my actions have encouraged others to speak up about discrimination in venture capital and technology more broadly," Pao wrote in a statement obtained first by Recode. "I am encouraged that companies are taking more action to quantify and address the disparity of opportunities for women and minorities." Pao will pay almost $276,000 in legal fees to...
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This new Destiny: The Taken King trailer is pure sci-fi hype

Destiny's mega-expansion / massive overhaul The Taken King is launching next week, and it's being promoted with a new live-action trailer. Three guardians land inside the titular king's giant floating fortress, the Dreadnaught, and they blast a few new enemies with hand cannons and flaming hammers before coming face to face with Oryx himself. Their hyperkinetic brawling is soundtracked by Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog," which is being recycled from another recent trailer that focused on gameplay. This isn't the first Destiny ad to use live-action, of course. Developer Bungie gave fans one of their earliest looks at the Destiny universe with a live-action trailer in 2013, and the company released another (also featuring Led Zeppelin) before...
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T-Mobile is knocking $125 off the price of the iPhone 6S

T-Mobile CEO John Legere isn't one to let the introduction of a new iPhone pass by without using it to drum up interest in his company, and this time he's doing it by offering an extravagant deal on Apple's latest flagship phones. In a blog post and video today, he announced that T-Mobile will be offering the iPhone 6S for $20 a month through the carrier's Jump on Demand program, with the 6S plus going for $24 a month. Jump on Demand is an 18-month leasing plan which allows customers to switch devices up to three different times during the term, but when you factor in the $164 pay-off prospective customers would owe at the end it means T-Mobile is essentially selling the iPhone 6S for $524. Given that the 16GB entry-level model will...
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Lady Gaga is the terrifying centerpiece of the first American Horror Story: Hotel trailer

Our first glimpse of Lady Gaga in Hotel, the fifth season of campy horror anthology series American Horror Story, is less than two seconds long, and we only see her face for a single frame. The trailer starts in what looks like a candied murder disco in a dilapidated Motel 6 and leads us to Gaga — who is rocking miles of platinum blonde hair that carpets the hall and a ghostly vampiric stare. She's supported by a terrifying ensemble cast: Sarah Paulson drags a mattress stitched up with a body inside; Angela Bassett traipses down the hall, tugging a man by a dog collar; and Kathy Bates, she just exists as Kathy Bates. And in standard Ryan Murphy so-tasteless-it-might-be-great style, we get a blender full of blood in the middle of the...
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The Vergecast will be live today at 4:30PM ET!

It's the day after an Apple event, so we're going to talk about the Apple event. The Rose Gold. The giant iPad Pro. The Apple TV. The iPhone 6S. Eddy Cue's shirt. How the subtle politics of who does and doesn't tuck in their shirt on the Apple keynote stage could signal future executive changes in the company. Whether cuffs should be rolled up and, if so, whether it's a good idea to have the inner part of said cuff be a different color from the rest of the shirt. Just kidding, we're going to focus on the tech news. So tune in! We'll be live at our regular time today — 4:30PM ET / 1:30PM PT / 8:30PM GMT. You can watch via the Livestream embed above. And if you miss the live show, you can always watch the replay (using the embed above)...
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California Assembly passes controversial right-to-die legislation

The California Assembly passed a bill on Wednesday that will give terminally ill patients access to life-ending drugs, reports the Associated Press. The End of Life Option Act now needs final approval by the Senate, which has until Friday to make a decision. If approved — the Senate is expected to endorse it — Governor Jerry Brown will have to sign it, making California the fifth US state to approve this kind of measure.
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Microsoft will soon invite gamers to test Windows 10 on Xbox One

The all-new Xbox One dashboard, which is powered by Windows 10, will roll out to all owners of the console in November. But before that happens, Microsoft is letting its Xbox Preview Program install the new software early and help mold the final product before it reaches everyone. "Because this is a significant update, we are giving Preview members the opportunity to decide for themselves if and how they want to participate in helping us release the New Xbox One Experience," the Xbox team wrote today. Microsoft will start with a small group of preview members who've given the company frequent feedback. "Our goal is to start with a group, get feedback, then roll out to larger groups for additional feedback over time." Invites for the New...
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iOS 9.1 will let you send people the middle finger emoji

Nearly 15 months after approval for Unicode 7, the middle finger emoji appears to be heading to iOS. 9to5Mac's gallery of the new emoji in iOS 9.1 includes many anticipated emoji, namely the :burrito: (:praise:), but the :middle finger: is the most unexpected icon to appear on Apple's platform. I have mixed feelings about the middle finger emoji, to be quite frank. On one hand, it's a widely used gesture with widely understood meaning. I respect the emoji's directness. On the other hand, I've always enjoyed the creativity previous emoji collections have required of people who want to express disapproval or rage. Maybe they had to combo with :smiley face:, :left pointing arrow:, and :angry face:. Perhaps they go passive aggressive with...
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Google’s Android Pay is launching today

It's time to do away with all the confusion: Android Pay, Google's second major attempt at figuring out the mobile wallet, is launching today. Well, it's starting to. Google says the new app will begin its rollout slowly with a small batch of users before reaching most Android phones (with NFC) running Android 4.4 KitKat or above within the next week. If you already have Google Wallet installed on your device, you'll soon be seeing an update that morphs that app into Android Pay. Google has re-released Google Wallet as a separate app now focused strictly on payments between friends and family like Square Cash and Venmo. Loyalty programs, gift cards, and offers previously stored in Wallet will now automatically move over to Android Pay. J...
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Why live streaming is the future of Fashion Week

Don't have a ticket to New York Fashion Week? No problem. While some 100,000 people attended last September's shows, 2.6 million live-streamed them instead.
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Class Actress’ video for ‘GFE’ leads you through a filthy, funny fame simulator

If you’ve spent any time with celebrity-endorsed mobile games like Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and Demi Lovato: Path to Fame, you’re familiar with the seductive power of virtual stardom. So is Elizabeth Harper, aka synth-pop artist Class Actress — but in the app-inspired video for her new single "GFE," she’s taking a different route to fame. Think less appearances and staged dates and scrounging around for "energy points," and more petty theft, late-night trysts, and under-the-table favors. If "GFE" was an actual game, it would be sticky, sordid, and totally addictive. "GFE" traces the ascent of humble trailer park denizen Kiki Hayes, a girl with big dreams and bigger scholastic issues. It only takes a few minutes for Kiki to become...
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The 2016 Nissan Leaf can take you 107 miles on a single charge

     Nissan <a href="http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/new-2016-nissan-leaf-now-offers-best-in-class-107-mile-range-in-affordable-fun-to-drive-package">just unveiled</a> the 2016 model of the best-selling electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf. And while it's nowhere near a major redesign — like <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/9/9277419/2016-toyota-prius-debut">we saw earlier this week</a> with Toyota's hybrid, the Prius — there are a few key changes that make Nissan's all-electric car more attractive. 
The biggest improvement is with the Leaf's battery. The 2016 Leaf has gotten a 27 percent boost to its battery capacity, bumping it from 24 kWh to 30 kWh. Nissan says that gives the new version of the leaf an EPA-estimated range of 107 miles on a single charge, which would be good enough for best-in-class status. This new battery only comes standard on the SV and SL models of the Leaf, however, which are Nissan's mid- and high-level trims. The lowest-end...
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Paper 3 brings the Pencil to the iPhone

Despite protestations to the contrary, yesterday was not a happy day for FiftyThree. The small American company, which makes its money by selling an iPad stylus called the Pencil, saw Apple announce an iPad stylus also called the Pencil. The good news, though, is that FiftyThree had some advance warning about this incoming threat, having worked with Apple on making its Paper drawing app compatible with the new Pencil model. That's given the team time to consider its best response and, aside from aiming to attract new Apple Pencil users to its software, the company will also broaden out the compatibility of its own Pencil, starting with the iPhone. Released today as a free download from the App Store, Paper 3.0 brings a major update to...
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What virtual reality postcards can tell us about the future of travel

The question of travel is integral to discussions of virtual reality. Travel, at least for middle-class Americans, is the prototypical "experience" — something exclusive and unpredictable that exists outside the normal ecosystem of physical products and consumable entertainment, requiring active participation to really matter. Structurally, VR is just a 3D, 360-degree visual representation of a sophisticated movie or video game. But it's described in similar terms, as a way to experience "really being there" and build empathy with other people. The idea of sufficiently advanced VR calls into question where the benefits of travel actually come from, particularly when fans of telepresence promise to make them available from the comfort of...
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California governor vetoes drone bill after objections from the tech industry

California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill yesterday that would have barred drones from flying within 350 feet above property without "express permission" of the property owners. Despite easily passing the state legislature, the bill was opposed by tech industry companies and trade organizations. As Recode reports, the Consumer Electronics Association — which counts Amazon and Google among its members, both of which are planning drone delivery services — was a vocal opponent of the legislation. GoPro, which recently announced plans for a drone, also pushed back against the bill. Brown, in a statement on the veto, raised legal concerns about the bill. "Drone technology certainly raises novel issues that merit careful examination," t...
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The Apple TV doesn’t need to be an Xbox killer to be good for gaming

Yesterday Apple unveiled a new version of the Apple TV, and for the first the first time, it can play video games. But in typical Apple fashion, games were far from the core focus; they’re just one relatively small aspect of what the set-top box can do, a bonus on a device meant for watching TV and movies. Compared to a modern game console, the Apple TV is underpowered with a sparse lineup of games, so it’s unlikely that it will go head to head with the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 anytime soon. But it doesn’t have to: just as the iPhone opened up gaming to a whole new audience, the Apple TV has the potential to do the same for gaming on a television. "I think it's fair to have high expectations for what Apple TV can mean for games," says...
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The most underappreciated Xbox 360 shooter is coming to Steam

The Xbox 360 had its own version of the App Store in 2008, all but hidden within the console's menus. Xbox Live Community Games, later renamed Xbox Live Indie Games, allowed independent developers to share and sell games created with Microsoft's XNA tools on the Xbox Marketplace. These games didn't receive nearly the promotion or real estate afforded indie games on Xbox Live Arcade, the official indie game store, which itself wasn't a guarantee for a game's success. Nonetheless, a couple dozen game makers committed to the platform, using it as an entry point for their studios. With little oversight, XBLIG regularly released some of the weirdest games on consoles at the time, one of which will finally travel to a more familiar, better...
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