NASA astronaut gives Leonard Nimoy the Vulcan salute from space


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Leonard Nimoy’s death this week hasn’t just hit the entertainment world and Verge staffers hard. NASA astronaut Terry Virts tweeted a simple Spock tribute yesterday while aboard the International Space Station.

Virts’ Vulcan salute is a symbol of Star Trek‘s lasting influence on space exploration.

“Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration to multiple generations of engineers, scientists, astronauts, and other space explorers,” NASA administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement. “As Mr. Spock, he made science and technology important to the story, while never failing to show, by example, that it is the people around us who matter most.”

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Toward Our 3D Future


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3dprinthouse If the past couple of years have been about one theme for me investment-wise, they have been about exploring the bridge between bits and atoms with a series of bets aimed to make a path between the digital world and the physical one we populate. And no, I am not talking about ordering a pizza from my smartphone or getting a maid-on-demand to come clean my house within an hour, but rather… Read More

Tinder Plus Will Launch On Monday


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tinder2014-10 Tinder Plus, the dating app’s first step into the wonderful world of freemium monetization, will launch on Monday for $9.99, according to sources familiar with the matter.
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The Verge Playlist: Victory for the internet


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It has been a glorious week for the internet. We were perplexed by the color of a (kind of tacky) dress, we got emotionally invested in a high-speed llama chase, a new season of House of Cards is on Netflix, and, most importantly, the FCC has officially voted in favor of Title II classification for the internet. Let’s raise our glasses to Tom Wheeler with this playlist of tracks by supporters of net neutrality and songs that capture the tenacious spirit of the open internet.

If you’re in a revolutionary mood, I suggest you start with “Try Out Your Voice” by Big D & the Kids Table. Revel along with Deniece Williams’ “Let’s Hear It For the Boy,” which I can only imagine was intended to laud Chairman Wheeler. Or maybe just take a cue from…

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Meet Tworlds, an app that lets you see how your life compares to a stranger’s around the world


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Two screens in Tworlds -- picking a Moment, seeing the combined images


One of the biggest reasons Chatroulette became so popular back in 2009 was that it offered a window into the lives of strangers around the world.

There’s something exciting about seeing the world through another’s eyes, and while Chatroulette has since devolved into a landscape littered with creepy guys doing creepy things, a photo-sharing app called Tworlds is trying to recapture some of that same magic by adding some structure to the idea of anonymous, random connection.

The concept of Tworlds is pretty simple.

First you choose from a list of hashtags, or “moments,” like #work or #happy that are meant to be the subject of your photo. Tworlds forces you to take a new picture from within the app, which is designed to keep the experience feeling more like it’s happening in real-time rather than turning into a place to share over-edited photos taken days ago.

After snapping a picture of your workplace or something that brings you happiness, you’re immediately connected with a random user’s photo that shares the same hashtag somewhere else in the world. Tworlds stitches the two photos together, and you can even see the city and country of where your stranger’s photo was taken.

I actually had a lot of fun playing around with Tworlds, and I think it boils down to the structure that comes with connecting users with a common hashtag thread. If the app just randomly linked you up to another stranger’s photo, the unifying connection would unravel into Chatroulette territory. Comparing how someone in Turkey and New York interpret what a “happy” photo looks like, though, makes you think. It reminded me a bit of the photo prompts in the pen-pal app Wayfare, but simplified to focus only on real-time photo sharing.

I’m not sure whether I’ll still be playing around with Tworlds next week, but for those looking for a quick and easy way to explore the world through someone else’s phone, it’s worth a try.

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Star Trek Online game developers are building a digital memorial to Leonard Nimoy


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Everyone’s finding a way to honor Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday at the age of 83. Star Trek Online developer Cryptic Studios has announced that it is building a permanent memorial to Nimoy — and Spock — in the world of the 2010 MMO. Nimoy’s connection to Star Trek Online goes deeper than the sci-fi franchise. The actor did voice work for the game, narrating brief introductions to the MMO’s locales.

Fans of the game will have to wait for regularly scheduled maintenance on March 5th before visiting the virtual memorial. In the meantime, players have found their own way to cope. Active players report that as many as a thousand active users traveled to Spock’s home planet of Vulcan after news of Nimoy’s death broke on…

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Study: elementary school teachers unconsciously discourage girls from math and science


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Silicon Valley is a male-dominated industry and big tech companies have spent lots of money trying to make it a more equitable place.

New research published this week in the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that the unconscious biases of teachers can cut off talented women in grade school, even before they have an opportunity to join the tech industry.

Israeli sixth-grade students were divided into groups where teachers knew the names and genders of some students and not others. Girls tended to outscore the boys when graded anonymously, which benefited their academic performance all the way through high school.

“It isn’t an issue of discrimination but of unconscious discouragement,” explained researcher Edith Sand, an economist at the bank of Israel. “This discouragement, however, has implications. The track to computer science and engineering fields, which report some of the highest salaries, tapers off in elementary school.”

The research dovetails the attempts by Google to combat gender discrimination through training in unconscious bias. Helping their employees become more conscious of these prejudices could make the search giant a more equal place for men and women.


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This could be the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch yet


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     It looks like Huawei is taking smartwatches very seriously. And it must be said, the company has made a very attractive looking smartwatch. As <a href="http://www.droid-life.com/2015/02/28/huawei-watch/" >spotted by <em>Droid Life</em></a>, Two official promo videos for the "Huawei Watch" have accidentally been set live on YouTube ahead of the device's likely announcement tomorrow at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Before the videos were released, the watch was <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/28/8125691/huawei-ad-mistakenly-reveals-new-android-wear-smartwatch">pictured in an advertisement</a> at Barcelona's El Prat airport. 

The metal watch has a circular face like the Moto 360. Unlike that device, however, it has an entirely circular display that measures 42mm in diameter. One of the promotional videos reveals that the device has a sapphire display and a stainless steel unibody casing. There is also a…

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Seattle’s police department has a YouTube channel for its body camera footage


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At the end of last year, the Obama administration pledged $263 million dollars in federal funding for police training and body cameras. Since then, cities around the country, from New York to LA, have been testing body cameras in their police forces. But we’ve yet to see what any of that body camera footage actually looks like — until now.

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TC Makers: We Sample The Goods At The Dogfish Head Brewery


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Dogfish Head Namaste w Ingredients Beer is my favorite food. That means I was especially excited to be able to visit the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, DE, a palace dedicated to the production of some of the nicest beers around.
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Former RadiumOne CEO making amends


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Former RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal made a scheduled court appearance in San Francisco superior court on Friday where a judge commended his “very good” progress completing classes related to domestic violence and battery charges he pled guilty to last year.

RadiumOne runs an automated platform for online and mobile ads.

Chahal was fired from RadiumOne last year after refusing to resign amid allegations he had beaten his girlfriend.

In a blog post last year, Chahal said he pled guilty to two misdemeanors because he didn’t want to endure a lengthy trial.

“While I had full intentions of getting fully exonerated of these charges, that would require me to go through trial and waste another one year of my life,” he said.

He’s since started a new ad tech venture called Gravity4. He’s also reportedly made moves to buy his old company back.

In a regularly scheduled court appearance, city prosecutors said Chahal had completed 43 classes — ostensibly related to domestic violence — and was compliant with his sentencing.

“This is a very good report Mr. Chahal,” said Judge Tracie Brown.

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The WebRTC Race Begins Today


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communications As recently as 2012, it seemed that Web Real-Time Communication, or WebRTC, was so clandestine that the technology was a skunk works project, hidden in a back office somewhere in Silicon Valley. It is now an emerging standard of web communication which makes high definition, high resolution, low bandwidth video, audio, chat and peer to peer data transfer as simple as a single browser link.… Read More