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This is what Vlad Savov wants you to know about Berlin. Potsdamer Plaza is absolutely gorgeous and a must-see. A quadriga is a chariot drawn by four horses harnessed abreast, and the Berlin Quadriga was designed by Johann Gottfried Schadow in 1793 as the Quadriga of Victory. This is what the rest of The Verge team wants you to know about Berlin: a beer stein at our hotel bar is less than €3 and there is, alas, no discount for buying in bulk. Join us for a very special 90 Seconds on The Verge.
Stories of the day:
- Samsung at IFA 2012: Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Camera, Windows 8 tablets, and more
- Sony at IFA 2012: Tablet S, 4K TV, Windows 8, and more
- Twitter’s favorite spambot, @Horse_ebooks, hits 100k followers
People of the world: this is not a GIF. But wait, don’t leave! It’s something more. It’s something better. It’s a long-form GIF with an audio component. One that’s capable of high-quality visuals but loads more gradually, less choppy. A GIF you can jump around in. And it has a name that isn’t hotly debated. Now, you may be worried about this Brave New World of “video” — that’s what we call it, which is some foreign term for “GIF with enhancements.” Thomas Houston has taught us so much.
Stories of the day:
- 90-day trial version of Windows 8 now available to download
- Microsoft to begin banning all apps with ‘metro’ in the title from the Windows Store
- Windows 8: hands-on with your next OS
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 review
- Flash for Android…
A storm is brewing in New York City. It’s engulfed the heart of Manhattan, and with it, The Verge’s east coast offices and Vox studio. This is a catastrophe easily on par with the giant Stay Puft Marshmallow from Ghostbusters. We’re afraid we’ll never make it out alive. Our dying wish unto you and the world is to watch what may very well be the last 90 Seconds of The Verge. And if it is, hey, at least we’re going out on top with Nilay Patel at the helm.
(PS, We’re beta testing Ooyala’s new video player — help us out!)
Stories of the day:
- Apple ordered by UK judge to publicly state that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad
- AT&T gets into shared data: ‘Mobile Share’ plans coming late August
- YouTube introduces face blurring technology for…
We know what you’re thinking. 90 Seconds on The Verge is only 18 minutes old – why change up the format already? Well, it’s not your typical host. Coming to you live (in all the ways that aren’t live), we’ve got Paul “Mr. Offline” Miller giving you today’s top stories.
And there’s a lot to talk about here. New Tiny Wings. New hints of Amazon’s 4-to-5-inch smartphone. New barbs from Microsoft at Apple. New… indications that the Nexus 7 is shipping very, very soon. There’s just so much new — and better still, there’s Paul Miller!
Stories of the day:
- WSJ: Amazon smartphone in testing, may go into production this year
- Microsoft: Apple has it wrong, it’s a PC+ era
- ‘Tiny Wings 2′ is not a sequel, it’s a free update to the original
- Nexus 7:…
A new Nikon website has just gone live, the rather curiously-named iamcomings.com. I guess these guys didn’t want to sell. It consists of a lot of yellow, a countdown at around 43 hours as of this writing, and the ominous message “I AM COMING.”
What is coming? Well, we’re guessing it’s Nikon’s mirrorless cameras, the V1 and J1. We saw some leaked specs a while back, and have been seeing patents and rumors for a months.
The cameras are supposed to be quite compact, with 10.1-megapixel sensors an a 2.7x crop factor, with a new “CX” lens system. The higher-end V1 would have an EVF and the cheaper J1 would sport a built-in flash. Both would have a 3-inch LCD on the back and possibly an interesting form of motorized zoom.
A whole new Nikon system could be a major win if they get a quality product out before arch-rival Canon, but it could also be a colossal boondoggle if the devices fail to draw buyers away from the rapidly-improving micro four-thirds standard and others like it. That said, launching a working product is an accomplishment in itself, and if they’re on their second iteration when Canon decides to join the party, that’s worth it whether the camera is a hit or not.
We’ll be watching closely for news and maybe we’ll even find ourselves in a position to handle the new cameras come Wednesday.
It took them a while, but Sony today announced [JP] that they will fully restore all PlayStation Network services plus streaming media-on-demand service Qriocity in Japan this Wednesday. Sony’s home market is the last country in which the company is done picking up the pieces after that massive data breach from last April.
The hacking attacks affected more than 100 million PlayStation customers worldwide, with Sony expecting the (financial) damages to amount to $ 170 million this financial year.
The company started restoring services affected in other parts of the world (including the US) last month.
Facebook is prepping to reveal something ‘awesome’ next week on July 6th at 10 am in Facebook’s Palo Alto office, reports Techcrunch, after being invited for the event. No one knows what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to launch, but it will definitely take the social networking Mogul to the next level. Reuters earlier [...]Related Posts:
Windows Phone Wednesday; Over 15,000 apps and Marketplace failures Windows Phone 7 continues to do well in the software department with over 15,000 apps now in the Marketplace. There has been lots of WP7 news lately and it is an exciting time to be a WP7 user. Read more on ZDNet
Week in review: omnibus edition Why we’re not reviewing Brink , and why you shouldn’t buy it (yet) : The review situation for Brink was something of an unholy mess. With the game in such poor shape prelaunch and a known patch on the way for the one version reviewers were able to see, a traditional review was impossible. The hackers hacked: main Anonymous IRC servers invaded : They wanted “lulz” and drama, and now Anonymous has … Read more on Ars Technica
Boot up: Microsoft ‘to buy Skype’, Anonymous divided, and more Plus Google’s gadgets-prowess slammed ahead of I/O 2001, and 10 Apple iTunes annoyances A quick burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team Why Microsoft is Buying Skype for $ 8 Billion Giga Om Om Malik on why Microsoft would buy Skype: “Skype gives Microsoft a boost in the enterprise collaboration market, thanks to Skype’s voice, video and sharing capabilities … Read more on Guardian UnlimitedRelated Posts:
That, friends, is an inventory listing from Best Buy indicating the mythical white iPhone 4 will finally be in stock and for sale this Wednesday, April 27th (just in time to be overshadowed by rumors of the iPhone 5). Of course, we’ve seen it pop up in inventory systems before, including Best Buy’s, only to be let down when the alleged street date came and went without so much as a glossy-white glimmer of hope. But, we’ve heard straight from Apple’s Phil Schiller that it would ship in the spring, and with one already finding its way into the hands of a lucky Londoner a Wednesday release for the paler-than-black iPhone is looking plausible. Still, we’re not quite ready to call this one confirmed.
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