Dirt 5 review

Dirt 5 is the perfect racing game to launch the new generation of consoles: a thrilling arcade off-road racer that doesn’t skimp on visual flair.

TikTok and Sony Music reach a long-awaited licensing deal

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge TikTok and Sony Music Entertainment have reached a licensing deal that will keep bringing songs from the record group’s roster of hit artists to the shortform video app. Neither company would tell The Verge any real details about what this means for TikTok users. For the most part, it seems like things will largely stay the same. But that’s still an important development: TikTok has been working toward Read more…

Baby Shark is the most-viewed YouTube video of all time, and there’s no end in sight

“Baby Shark” has now crossed 7.043 billion views — which officially makes the kid-friendly, adult-terrorizing earworm the most-watched YouTube video ever. It’s been over three years since Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” took that crown, but parents won’t be surprised to see the music industry’s greatest hit laid low by the Pinkfong empire: we’ve been taking 2020 one day and one video at a time. “This is news?” says my wife. “Please don’t play Read more…

What’s the Best Air Purifier?

Houston, we’ve got allergies. Or rather my wife has allergies and I’m suffering the consequences secondhand. After introducing her to my good friend Claritin over the weekend—and after she fell asleep due to its famously “non-drowsy” effect—it became abundantly clear we need to finally shell out the money for a decent… Read more…

Edward Snowden Leaks Intent to Become Russian

Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contractor and whistleblower who leaked a trove of classified National Security Agency secrets to journalists, never quite made it to Ecuador. His attempt to avoid extradition and prosecution by U.S. authorities hit a snag in Russia back in 2013 where he claimed political asylum… Read more…

What’s the Best Air Purifier?

Houston, we’ve got allergies. Or rather my wife has allergies and I’m suffering the consequences secondhand. After introducing her to my good friend Claritin over the weekend—and after she fell asleep due to its famously “non-drowsy” effect—it became abundantly clear we need to finally shell out the money for a decent… Read more…

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season keeps raging with Hurricane Eta

The GOES-East satellite watched Tropical Storm Eta strengthen into a hurricane over the Caribbean Sea on November 2nd, 2020. | Image: NOAA The 28th named storm of an epic Atlantic hurricane season formed yesterday and is barreling toward Central America as Hurricane Eta today. That ties the record with 2005 for the most storms strong enough to earn a name in a single season. This is also the 12th hurricane to form this season, which Read more…

The best tech toys for kids

Kids are spoiled for tech these days. Phones, tablets and game consoles are all things they’ve grown up with, making traditional toys seem somewhat staid. To compete, toy makers have been integrating more and more tech into their products over the pa…