theverge.com Archives - 11 February 2016, Thursday

  • Bitcoin is on the verge of splitting in two

    theverge.com 09 Feb '16, 3pm

    Bitcoin is in the midst of a civil war. It has been simmering for some time, though it remained largely out of view to the general public until last month, when a prominent Bitcoin developer announced that the cryptocurrency and the technology underlying were, in his opinion, a failed...

  • Kanye West will give you sneakers if you guess his album's new title

    Kanye West will give you sneakers if you guess his album's new title

    theverge.com 09 Feb '16, 1pm

    ? Your guess is as good as mine, and West's Twitter replies are littered with variations on the titles above alongside more humorous suggestions. (I'm partial to Tea Leoni / Original Pringles .) This is professional-grade promotional trolling, of course: West is going to keep his name...

  • This Month in Luxury: Apple Watch beats Rolex

    theverge.com 31 Jan '16, 4pm

    Welcome to This Month in Luxury, presented by Micah Singleton, The Verge's resident Luxury Director. In this monthly (or whenever we remember) column, I will take you on a completely superficial journey of opulence, pointing out one device, artifact, or service an upscale individual s...

  • Here’s how to watch the Rolex 24 at Daytona, featuring the Ford GT's debut: We're just hours away from the sta...

    Here’s how to watch the Rolex 24 at Daytona, featuring the Ford GT's debut |

    theverge.com 30 Jan '16, 5pm

    We're just hours away from the start of the Rolex 24, one of the biggest endurance races in the world. The action kicks off from Daytona International Speedway at 2:40PM ET, and the race will last through the night until — you guessed it — 2:40PM ET on Sunday. There are a few big stor...

  • Mike Tyson is launching his own Bitcoin wallet brand

    theverge.com 04 Jan '16, 4pm

    Mike Tyson’s Bitcoin ambitions don’t stop with a branded ATM . Now, the former boxer is launching a Bitcoin wallet in collaboration with Bitcoin Direct, the company behind his ATM. Users will be able to buy and sell Bitcoin from the branded wallet by going through the Gildera exchange...

  • #UnLockYourWorld 10 biggest gaming YouTube videos and most-watched games of 2015

    Australian police raid possible Bitcoin creator's house

    theverge.com 01 Jan '16, 10pm

    A house owned by Craig Wright, the man who Wired and Gizmodo today reported may be the secretive Satoshi Nakamoto character behind Bitcoin's creation, has been raided by Australian police. The Guardian reports that more than 10 police personnel arrived at a house owned by Wright in th...

  • Louis Vuitton gains +10 charisma by enlisting Final Fantasy’s Lightning: The overlap between Final Fantasy XII...

    Louis Vuitton gains +10 charisma by enlisting Final Fantasy’s Lightning |

    theverge.com 29 Dec '15, 9am

    fans and people who splash out on Louis Vuitton handbags might be a slim one, but modern marketing is all about exploiting those profitable niches. At least, that's the best explanation we can find for the appearance of FFXIII protagonist Lightning in a series of ads for the famed Fre...

  • Was the latest Bitcoin revelation actually an extortion scheme?

    theverge.com 11 Dec '15, 12am

    Earlier this week, Wired and Gizmodo dropped two bombshell reports putting forward a previously unknown figure as the possible founder of Bitcoin. The reports examined a man named Craig Steven Wright, a previously unknown businessman from Australia who had appeared at a few cryptocurr...

  • Transforming your sneakers with an app is an amazing, insane idea

    theverge.com 01 Dec '15, 9pm

    Let's get something out of the way: these shoes on Indiegogo don't look real yet and may never be real, but they're a great idea. The ShiftWear sneakers look like a minimalist pair of Air Jordans, until you realize the sides are made of a flexible e-paper display like the kind you'd f...

  • Bitcoin Ponzi scheme operator pleads guilty to securities fraud

    theverge.com 22 Sep '15, 1am

    Trendon Shavers pleaded guilty today to operating a Ponzi scheme using the virtual currency bitcoin. The 33-year-old McKinney, Texas native started his own company, Bitcoin Savings & Trust, in 2011 and used it to collect bitcoins from prospective investors over the internet, claiming ...

  • Netflix continues global expansion with launches across Asia

    theverge.com 09 Sep '15, 6am

    Netflix this week announced plans to expand its streaming service to Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan, as the company continues its push across Asia. In a press release, Netflix said it would launch in its four new Asian markets in early 2016, though details on programmin...

  • A Silk Road task force agent has pled guilty to stealing $820,000 in bitcoin

    theverge.com 01 Sep '15, 7pm

    One of the federal officers charged with investigating the Silk Road marketplace has pled guilty to obstruction of justice and money laundering. US Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges was part of the interagency Baltimore team investigating the online marketplace and took over an admin...

  • Criminals are already using the Ashley Madison leak for blackmail

    theverge.com 21 Aug '15, 7pm

    As these extortion schemes continue, it's important to note that many of the email addresses in the database do not correspond to actual Ashley Madison customers, since the company allowed for database entry without confirmation. That's led to awkward surprises for those who found the...

  • Sony's Metal Gear Solid Walkman is a truly tasteful video game tie-in

    theverge.com 19 Aug '15, 12pm

    In celebration of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Sony has released a bunch of Phantom Pain -branded electronics, including a new version of its high-fidelity Walkman, the super-expensive ZX2. The customized music player is listed for ¥140,000 on Sony's site (that's...

  • Mt. Gox was Bitcoin's ugliest success story

    theverge.com 03 Aug '15, 5pm

    This weekend, Mt. Gox founder Mark Karpeles was arrested in Tokyo , bringing years of confusion and paranoia to an end. Starting in 2010, Karpeles ran the largest and most powerful bitcoin exchange, but the site went offline in February 2014 after it was discovered that $400 million i...

  • What you need to know about Bitcoin

    theverge.com 07 Jul '15, 4pm

    Will bitcoin make me rich? That was my first question about Bitcoin when I heard the term years ago. I didn't know a thing about cryptocurrency, or why or how a bitcoin might be used, but it sounded like an internet gold rush. I never invested in bitcoin, and that may have been the ri...

  • shy college student who helped build Bitcoin into a global phenomenon

    theverge.com 10 Jun '15, 1pm

    These days the technology known as Bitcoin is a hot topic among the digerati of Silicon Valley and barons of Wall Street. But years before Bitcoin was a global phenomenon and the subject of financial speculation, it was a piece of open-source software that was struggling to attract mo...

  • Apple Watch is no harder to steal than a Rolex, but it should be

    theverge.com 14 May '15, 3pm

    The Apple Watch and Android Wear smartwatches are no easier or more difficult to steal than other watches. Do prized Rolexes or Tag Hauer watches come with anti-theft measures built in? Of course not. But long before tech companies were mandated to do so by law, Apple put its foot dow...

  • This is Mobile World Congress through the eyes of MKBHD

    theverge.com 19 Apr '15, 10am

    This week, we flew out to Barcelona to capture the madness of MWC , one of the year's biggest tech industry events. There with us was Marques Brownlee himself, otherwise known as MKBHD , and you might have seen him pop up in a few of our videos while he worked on his own. We were at H...

  • Charges say crooked feds used Bitcoin as a license to steal

    theverge.com 31 Mar '15, 5pm

    Yesterday, the bitcoin world got some shocking news. Two undercover agents are being charged with a massive corruption scheme as part of their work investigating the Silk Road. While they were working to catch the Dread Pirate Roberts, they were also funneling thousands of bitcoin int...

  • Two federal agents have been charged with stealing money from the Silk Road

    theverge.com 30 Mar '15, 4pm

    of stealing money from the Silk Road, an online drug marketplace that was taken down by federal warrant more than a year ago. Hailing from the Drug Enforcement Agency and Secret Service respectively, Carl Mark Force and Shaun Bridges were both involved in undercover operations that bu...

  • Even office mice now come with a narrative of craftsmanship and care

    theverge.com 25 Mar '15, 8am

    The MX Master Wireless was designed by hand, but its manufacturing is done in the same conventional way as every other Logitech mouse. Its price is also not that luxurious, coming in at $99.99 in April. That's not stopping Logitech from promoting it like a truly high-end piece of prec...

  • Looking for a $10,000 luxury watch? Don't buy the Apple Watch Edition

    theverge.com 09 Mar '15, 10pm

    At today’s Apple Watch announcement we learned just what it can do and how much it will cost. Comparisons between "smart" watches (about which I write maybe one-and-one-fourth days of the year) and traditional mechanical watches (about which I write some 364 days of the year) have bee...

  • uTorrent's latest update installs a cryptocurrency miner

    theverge.com 06 Mar '15, 3pm

    Bitcoin miners are a common way for botnet owners and other online criminals to make a profit off of compromised machines, leaving users to bear the cost of the excess computing power. As a result, bundling a bitcoin miner as part of an update is a somewhat slimy move, particularly fo...

  • Kanye West will simulcast the introduction of his new sneakers in movie theaters across the country

    theverge.com 11 Feb '15, 9pm

    Beyond making masterfully crafted albums and interrupting deserving award winners, Kanye West is a man of business. A man of the #brands, perhaps, but only certain brands. First it was Nike, but now it's Adidas — Kanye teamed up with the company back in 2013 to make a shoe worth of Ye...

  • Winklevoss twins look to legitimize Bitcoin with a regulated US exchange

    theverge.com 23 Jan '15, 6pm

    Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss think they have the answer to Bitcoin's rocky 2014 and tumbling value: a "fully regulated" Bitcoin exchange based in the United States. If Bitcoin is to break through as the frictionless payment method many believe it can be, it must evolve into "an ecosys...

  • Someone stole $5 million from a major Bitcoin exchange

    theverge.com 05 Jan '15, 11pm

    Nearly a year after the fall of Mt Gox, running a Bitcoin exchange is still a dangerous business. This morning, Bitstamp announced that its systems had been compromised by an unidentified attacker and shut down trading for the day, and speaking to ZDNet this afternoon , Bitstamp's CEO...

  • Who is Mr. Bitcoin and what are his demands?

    theverge.com 26 Dec '14, 6pm

    sponsoring a college football bowl game this year, officially dubbed the "Bitcoin Bowl." And because sports fans love mascots, "Mr. Bitcoin" is now apparently a thing that exists. All around the game's festivities, people are posing for photos with the rotund representation of the cry...

  • Bitcoin was the worst investment of 2014, but that's a good thing for Bitcoin

    theverge.com 15 Dec '14, 6pm

    Bitcoin, in the minds of many smart folks, is not a currency, but a protocol, more like TCP/IP , the bedrock of the internet. It enables an entirely new kind of interaction , a mechanism that is both centralized and decentralized at the same time, a platform that is completely anonymo...

  • Microsoft now accepts Bitcoin to buy Xbox games and Windows apps

    theverge.com 11 Dec '14, 9am

    Microsoft is now accepting Bitcoin as a payment option to download digital content. The software maker quietly started supporting the digital currency earlier this week, months after adding a Bitcoin currency converter to its Bing search engine . Bitcoin can be used to fund a Microsof...