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Flying cars don't exist yet, but one company already wants to race the

An Australian startup called Alauda came out of stealth mode this week to announce its plans to host the world’s first “flying car” race in 2019. It built its own scaled-down prototype, a racecar-shaped quadcopter called the Alauda Mark 1 Airspeeder, that it plans on testing in 2018. And naturally it’s taken to Kickstarter to raise money to fund all its efforts.

It’s a twist on the typical story we hear these days about flying cars. While most engineers and developers think the only possible use case for these vertical take-off and landing vehicles (VTOLs) — which are really just oversized drones, when you think about it — is some sort of aerial taxi service, Alauda is going in a different direction. Its focus is on speed and sport. Its...

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The 2018 Golden Globes continue tradition by totally ignoring female d

The nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes were announced this morning. Let’s see if you can spot the commonality among your options for Best Director!

Here they are: Guillermo del Toro (Shape of Water), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Ridley Scott (All the Money in the World), Steven Spielberg (The Post). Great, yes. They are all men.

Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird is nominated for Best Musical or Comedy at the awards show. It was lauded in The New York Times as a “perfect” movie, won Best Film from the New York Film Critics Circle, and has broken box office records for an indie movie with a release of its size. Gerwig was nominated for Best Screenplay, and Saoirse...

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American Express is getting rid of signatures for credit card purchase

American Express has announced that it will no longer require signatures for credit card purchases beginning in April 2018, joining Discover and Mastercard, which have also announced similar changes.

According to Jaromir Divilek, an executive VP at American Express, the company is making the change because its “fraud capabilities have advanced so that signatures are no longer necessary to fight fraud.” The company also cites advances in contactless payments, the explosion of popularity in online shopping, and the buzzword-citing use of “advanced machine learning algorithms” to help prevent fraud more efficiently than comparing a signature.

Unlike other card companies, American...

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Why Persona 5 is my game of the year

It’s been a shockingly packed year for great new video games. Over the course of the last 12 months, it seemed like there was never really a pause, or a moment when there wasn’t something interesting to play. To celebrate, this week Verge staff will be publishing essays on their favorite releases of the year, the games that spoke to us personally. Expect to see a new one each morning, culminating in a list of our collective 15 favorite games of 2017 on Friday.

I knew it was love just shy of the 10-hour mark. In that time, I’d befriended a handful of troubled students, discovered my alter ego as a masked vigilante, and infiltrated the psyche of an evil man: a teacher abusing his students. His darkest desires, laid out in a literal...

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Republic Wireless announces a clever walkie-talkie for tracking your k

Republic Wireless has announced two new communication devices called the Relay and Anywhere HQ. The Relay is a screen-less, water-resistant device that works like a walkie-talkie, but has the added ability of being able to locate children with GPS, so you can check on them whenever you want.

To talk, you just push the button and hold the device close to your face and speak. It connects over 4G LTE and Wi-Fi networks, and also features music, games, and Google Assistant. Other hardware features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, an accelerometer, haptics, and a LED notification ring. There’s also a companion app for Android and iOS devices, and the battery lasts several days. The Relay will be released in early 2018 and sold in pairs...

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Vint Cerf, Steve Wozniak, and other tech luminaries call net neutralit

A group of early internet and computing pioneers have called on the Senate’s FCC oversight committee to censure next week’s net neutrality vote. In an open letter to the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, 21 signatories said that FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s “rushed and technically incorrect” plan to repeal net neutrality “is an imminent threat to the internet we worked so hard to create.” They want the committee to ask Pai to cancel the vote, which is currently scheduled for December 14th.

The list includes some of the people responsible for creating the internet as we know it. That includes Steven Bellovin, a former FTC chief technologist who helped develop Usenet; Tim Berners-Lee,...

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Google Home Max is now on sale at Best Buy and Verizon for $399

If you’ve been patiently waiting for Google to release its Home Max speaker, well today is your lucky day. Best Buy has begun selling the Google Home Max speaker, with both the chalk and charcoal colors in stock, as first spotted by Phandroid. The $400 Home Max is designed to compete against high-end speakers like Sonos and Apple’s HomePod, whenever that gets released.

Google tells The Verge the Home Max will be available in its store today, but currently it still has an option to join a waitlist in place of the purchase option. Right now, Best Buy is the only place where you can buy the Home Max in both colors. Verizon has the Home Max available in chalk, but the charcoal version is currently sold out.

Update December 11th, 10:10AM ET:...

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Boy Band of the Future

Brockhampton is using DIY art, raw energy, and an innate understanding of online fandom to redefine one of the most loaded terms in pop music

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Congress took $101 million in donations from the ISP industry — here

Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and others spread their money far and wide to influence your government

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NFL games will start streaming on all mobile carriers in January — n

Verizon has long held exclusive rights to mobile streaming of live NFL games, offering the content as a lure to its own subscribers. Today, the telecoms company announced a new deal with the sports league which will see games streamed to mobile devices regardless of carrier.

From the 2018 playoffs in January onwards, customers with any mobile carrier will be able to access NFL games through the official NFL Mobile app, Yahoo Sports app, and go90, Verizon’s on-demand streaming service. (Watching on a PC or anything larger than a phone has already been possible, as those devices weren’t subject to Verizon’s exclusivity.)

A Verizon spokesperson told The Verge: “All in-market games including national pre-season, regular season, playoffs and...

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