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Internet providers are thrilled with the FCC’s plan for weaker regulations

FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced today that he’s proposing to do away with the regulatory classification his predecessor used to enact tough net neutrality rules. Instead of classifying internet providers as “common carriers” under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, they’ll instead be classified as “information services” under Title I. That’ll subject them to much more lenient oversight — and naturally, internet providers are happy to hear it. Comcast, Verizon,

The fight for net neutrality is officially back on

After months of blunt force foreshadowing, the Federal Communications Commission announced today that it’s ready to pick a fight with the public over the future of the open internet. It’s great news if you’re a lawyer for Verizon or Comcast, and terrible news for the rest of us. In its first wave of propaganda, the FCC says that its proposal to roll back internet regulation will “Restore Internet Freedom for

Components drive record Samsung profits as mobile sales slide

Samsung Electronics has reported Q1 earnings in line with its guidance: as predicted, the company made an operating profit of 9.9 trillion won (about $8.7 billion), its second biggest quarter ever and its highest ever figure for the January to March period. Revenue was 50.55 trillion won, or about $44.7 billion. Samsung says that the record-breaking profit was down to strong sales in its components businesses: mostly displays and memory.

Google engineer shows the spectacular extremes of nighttime mobile photography

The Google Pixel and its predecessor, the Nexus 6P, are two of the best mobile cameras we have today, owing to Google’s algorithmic wizardry behind the scenes. I’ve been endlessly impressed with the low-light performance of the Pixel since its release, but it turns out there’s still a vast amount of untapped potential just waiting to be unlocked. Florian Kainz, a software engineer at Google Daydream who previously worked at

Nintendo predicts Switch sales of nearly 13 million by next April

Nintendo has announced its earnings for the final quarter of its 2016 fiscal year, which are particularly pertinent to recent news as they contain the first official sales data on the new Switch console. Since it became available on March 3rd, Nintendo sold 2.74 million Switch units for the rest of the month — more than the 2 million the company long maintained it would ship in March. Nintendo also

The Pope gave a TED Talk and asked tech companies to do better

TED Talks are known for bringing well-known individuals from around the world to a stage before an audience to share big ideas about science, technology, and culture. But during this year’s annual TED conference in Vancouver, there was one surprising addition to the schedule that opted to telecommute: Pope Francis. This was the first time that a reigning Pope has recorded such a speech, and the first time Pope Francis

Tribeca 2017: All the best films, VR, and stories from this year’s festival

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 20-29 in New York City. The festival primarily features independent premieres and international films seeking distribution, but it also has a growing exhibition track in virtual reality, games, television, guest lectures, and other special events. The Verge will be reporting from the festival on some of its highlight releases. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Andrew Liptak

The Beoplay P2 is a Bluetooth speaker that replaces buttons with tap and gesture controls

The Beoplay P2 is the latest Bluetooth speaker from B&O Play, and while it has most of the features you’d expect from a high-end portable speaker, there’s one thing conspicuously missing: buttons. In an effort to further streamline things, the P2 has only a single button hidden on the back to turn it on and off. Everything else — volume, play / pause, skipping tracks — is controlled through customizable

Desktop Metal's 3D printers aren't cheap, but they're cheaper than the alternatives

Printing ready-to-use metal objects at your desk is the dream for many engineers and tinkerers. Unfortunately, we’re not there yet, but these new Desktop Metal printers, as seen on TechCrunch, get us a lot closer. The Studio Printer is a $49,900 machine that prints metal layer by layer in a way similar to that of a traditional plastic 3D printer, instead of the subtractive method that’s more common with metal

A new Alien: Covenant prologue connects the film to Prometheus

20th Century Fox has released a new clip from Alien: Covenant and it shows off how the film connects to the last entry in the franchise, Prometheus. While the movie’s trailers have gone to great lengths to make viewers forget about Scott’s disappointing side film, this clip shows that Prometheus will have a role to play in this year’s film. This is the second prologue that we’ve seen for Alien: