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At the Google I/O developer conference, the company took steps toward its vision of ambient computing, making its phones, watches, and software work well and work together. The story of this year’s Google I/O actually started three years ago. At I/O 2019, onstage at the Shoreline Auditorium in Mountain View, California, Rick Osterloh, Google’s SVP of devices and services, laid out a new vision for the future of

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The Verge’s 2022 Spring Gift Guide

While most are likely thinking about dads, grads, and moms when gift giving this season, spring is sure to have its share of birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings. Here are a bunch of gift ideas, from robot vacuums and Kindles to cold brew and gaming consoles like the Xbox Series S. Spring has already sprung, but it’s only just starting to feel like a new season — one that brings with it new possibilities. While most attention around this time of year is focused on gift-giving celebrations like Mother’s Day and

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The Verge’s 2022 Graduation Gift Guide

For this year’s graduation gift guide, we’ve put together a list of items to help grads transition to the next phase of their lives, highlighting everything from MacBooks and Sonos speakers to coffee makers, candles, and cameras. Finishing school during the pandemic is an accomplishment on a whole other level. Even with the introduction of vaccines and boosters last year, the pandemic has made life hard for all of us, particularly students. Not only have they had to deal

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The Verge’s 2022 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Shopping for your mom might be difficult, and it’s easy to fall into old-fashioned cliches. We’ve gathered all kinds of gift ideas for the mothers in your life, ranging from an Apple iPad to a Bialetti Express Moka Pot and Lego bonsai tree. Whether the mom in your life is your own mother, mother-in-law, or your partner, one thing we can all agree on is that moms deserve the world. And while it can be difficult to show your full appreciation each and every day, Mother’s Day is an

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Mark Zuckerberg’s augmented reality

The company Meta, formerly called Facebook, aims to release its first true pair of augmented reality glasses in 2024, along with a futuristic wrist device for controlling them. Mark Zuckerberg has a grandiose vision for the metaverse, and he hopes that you’ll one day see the same thing, too — quite literally, through a pair of augmented reality glasses. Zuckerberg calls AR goggles a “holy grail” device that will

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Steam Deck, one month later

One month and many updates later, has anything changed with Valve’s Steam Deck handheld gaming PC? We’re answering every question we can think of in this FAQ, and we’ll answer more if you have them. Love it or hate it, fail or succeed, the Steam Deck will go down in gadget history. It’s a bold attempt to make PC gaming more portable and affordable than ever before, an ultimate gadget with exotic features and infinitely customizable controls,

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How Robinhood’s Aparna Chennapragada is building the future of investing

Robinhood brings crypto and traditional investing together in one app. It also announced a cash card that lets you round up purchases to invest in crypto or stocks. Aparna Chennapragada is the chief product officer at Robinhood, the popular stock and crypto trading app. And we have some news to discuss: Robinhood is launching a new cash card today that allows people to spend money directly out of their

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How WordPress and Tumblr are keeping the internet weird

CEO Matt Mullenweg on what it’s like to run Automattic— a collection of small companies that includes WordPress, Tumblr, Pocketcasts, Simplenote, and others Matt Mullenweg is the CEO of Automattic, the company that owns WordPress.com, which he co-founded, and Tumblr, the irrepressible social network it acquired from the wreckage of AOL, Yahoo, and Verizon. Matt’s point of view is that the world is

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What platforms know — but don’t tell us — about the war on Ukraine

Brandon Silverman, co-founder and CEO of CrowdTangle, knows more about how stories spread than almost anyone. He has thoughts about Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and others’ responsibility to share in the wake Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Brandon Silverman knows more about how stories spread on Facebook than almost anyone. As co-founder and CEO of CrowdTangle, he helped to build systems that instantly understood which stories were going viral: valuable knowledge for publishers at a

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Google’s finally straightening out its legacy free G-Suite mess

It seems like Google has finally arrived at a solution for legacy free G-Suite users who weren’t terribly excited about having to pay to keep their accounts. Almost five months after Google announced that it was going to make G-Suite legacy free edition users start paying for their accounts, it seems to finally have a path in place that most people will be happy with. According to 9To5Google, there’s

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Netflix has been screening new shows and movies among subscribers before their release

Netflix has been showing movies and TV shows ahead of their public release to small groups of subscribers in the US, according to a report from Variety. The company takes feedback into account for potential changes ahead of a film or show’s debut. Netflix has been showing movies and TV shows ahead of their public release to small groups of subscribers in the US, according to a report from Variety. Subscribers who participate in the feedback panels will watch “several upcoming movies and

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