Google is ending Play Service support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Pour one out for Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich: Google announced today that it’s dropping support for Ice Cream Sandwich for future Play Service API releases, meaning updates for apps on the older version of Android will likely be few and far between, via 9to5Google.

Google is instead having developers target API level 16 (for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean) as the minimum level of support. And while, in theory, developers can continue to maintain and update a version of their apps specifically for Ice Cream Sandwich users that support API level 14 or 15, it’s unlikely that many will do so.

It’s not the most surprising news: according to Google’s developer dashboard,…

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This is a terrific weekend for alternate realities

There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend.

What to watch

2013’s The Double, a loose movie adaptation of a Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella, directed by The IT Crowd star Richard Ayoade and co-written by Ayoade and Avi Korine. Jesse Eisenberg stars as meek office drone Simon James, who spends his days being undervalued by his boss (Wallace Shawn) and pining for his co-worker Hannah (Mia Wasikowska). Then…

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Stay up late to watch ULA launch a secret satellite with its most powerful rocket

<em>The Delta IV Heavy ahead of the NROL-71 mission</em>

Tonight, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to launch its most powerful rocket — the Delta IV Heavy — sending up a secret spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) from California. The mission will be the 132nd mission for the ULA, and the latest of many launches the company has done for the NRO, a significant customer of the launch provider.

As is the case with all NRO launches, it’s unclear what’s actually going into space; the NRO keeps the purposes of its missions under wraps. However, the satellite is likely pretty heavy and is perhaps going to a high orbit if it requires the power of the Delta IV Heavy. The rocket consists of three cores strapped together, which provide more than 2 million pounds of thrust at…

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Amazon is reportedly looking to expand its cashier-less Go stores to airports

Amazon’s cashier-less Go stores have been slowly rolling out across the country, but the retail giant may be setting its sights on a different area for its next expansion: airports, according to a report from Reuters.

It’s no secret that Amazon is looking to expand its retail footprint. A report from Bloomberg earlier this year claimed that Amazon was planning to add as many as 3,000 Amazon Go stores by 2021.

According to Reuters, Amazon talked to both the Los Angeles International Airport and the San Jose International Airport back in June about the possibility of adding Go stores as concession options at the airports.

The move makes sense: the grab-and-go nature of the stores without lines, cashiers, or registers would make it the…

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