2013 has been a year of revelations, disclosures, heartbreaking losses, and thrilling wins. A year of changes. But most of all, it’s been a year when it was never more clear that just a single person could change the way we all feel and think. Meet the dreamers, the informers, the noisemakers, the entertainers, the world changers, the old guard, and (yes) the next wave that make up the Verge 50.
Namibia’s elephant count has risen from under 10,000 around the turn of the millennium to 20,000 today. Lion and leopard populations have doubled since 2004. Cheetah populations, once in decline, are now larger than anywhere else in the world. Creatures in Namibia and elsewhere prowl around ever-expanding human settlements, killing livestock, and potentially getting shot. Luckily, there are some high tech (and a few low-tech) ways to keep them alive—and out of the way.
The Delhi High Court ruled on Thursday that Nokia would be allowed to transfer a phone factory to Microsoft, clearing a major obstacle to Nokia’s $7.4 billion sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft.
Millions of students will learn some lessons in computer coding this week as part of “Hour of Code,” a national campaign offering free tutorials. The initiative is supported by President Obama, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Microsoft’s Bill Gates. But what most of us really need is semesters of code. Here’s why computer science courses should be mandatory for all young people.
The world’s first professional StarCraft II gamer has been granted a five-year pro athlete visa for the United States, making Kim “viOLet” Dong Hwan the first of his kind.
Devices that fire microwave blasts, scrambling cars’ onboard computers, could soon allow the authorities to rein in suspect vehicles.