Month: July 2020

How Microsoft Flight Simulator returned to the skies
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How Microsoft Flight Simulator returned to the skies

A spectacular comeback for a Microsoft icon Let’s play a quick game of word association: Microsoft — Windows? Excel? Xbox? All solid answers. But for me, for a while in the ‘90s at least, I would have immediately answered “Flight Simulator.” Microsoft Flight Simulator is the very first thing I can remember ever doing on…

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OpenAI’s most contemporary breakthrough is astonishingly great, however smooth combating its flaws
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OpenAI’s most contemporary breakthrough is astonishingly great, however smooth combating its flaws

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The ultimate autocomplete The most exciting new arrival in the world of AI looks, on the surface, disarmingly simple. It’s not some subtle game-playing program that can outthink humanity’s finest or a mechanically advanced robot that backflips like an Olympian. No, it’s merely an autocomplete program, like the…

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MSI’s GS66 Stealth virtually has what it takes to beat Razer
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MSI’s GS66 Stealth virtually has what it takes to beat Razer

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. For years, Razer has set the standard for making gaming laptops that are compact, slim, and feel great to use. MSI wants to end that streak, and its new GS66 Stealth is actually a viable alternative, at…

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An unparalleled Nintendo leak turns into an even fetch 22 situation for archivists
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An unparalleled Nintendo leak turns into an even fetch 22 situation for archivists

For the past week, Nintendo fans have resembled digital archaeologists. Following a massive leak of source code and other internal documents — appropriately dubbed the gigaleak — previously unknown details from the company’s biggest games have steadily trickled out. Those poring over the code have uncovered a new Animal Crossing villager, early prototypes for games…

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How Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater changed the lives of one of the indispensable realm’s greatest skaters
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How Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater changed the lives of one of the indispensable realm’s greatest skaters

Rodney Mullen.Photo: Activision Rodney Mullen, Chad Muska, and Bucky Lasek on the series’s lasting impact Rodney Mullen still remembers the first time he went on tour after appearing in a Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater game. Mullen is widely regarded as one of the most influential skaters of all time, credited with creating many of the…

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Razer Blade Stealth Thirteen (2020) review: huge gaming on the plod
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Razer Blade Stealth Thirteen (2020) review: huge gaming on the plod

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. The biggest question about the Blade Stealth 13 isn’t actually about the Blade Stealth 13. It’s about the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, the best ultraportable gaming laptop ever made. For a while, that title belonged to the…

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Mischief managed
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Mischief managed

How MSCHF managed to dominate the internet — with fun! Illustration by Grayson Blackmon / Alex Castro / The Verge Here is the first honorable use of venture capital: using the funds to design, prototype, test, and then build a rubber chicken pipe to smoke weed out of. The first time I saw Puff The…

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Xbox Sport Lag is Microsoft’s correct next-gen Xbox
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Xbox Sport Lag is Microsoft’s correct next-gen Xbox

Microsoft is gearing up for a different Xbox future If you were heading into Microsoft’s Xbox game showcase yesterday to witness a demonstration of why next-gen gaming and the “world’s most powerful console” matter, you were probably left a little disappointed. Microsoft’s event featured a solid showcase for the future of Xbox and Xbox Game…

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Big name Wars: Squadrons is chaotic, exhilarating, and extremely sophisticated
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Big name Wars: Squadrons is chaotic, exhilarating, and extremely sophisticated

Ask any fan of Star Wars what they most yearn to reenact in a video game, and they’ll likely tell you two things: lightsaber duels and space battles. Last year’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from Respawn gave us the first in a strong and sleek package. Now, another Electronic Arts studio — the Canadian…

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‘COVID occasions’ are an endemic metropolis memoir that gained’t trip away
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‘COVID occasions’ are an endemic metropolis memoir that gained’t trip away

Amid hosts of reasonable fears about the coronavirus pandemic, there’s also one far more dubious threat: “COVID parties.” As Wired explains in a good exploration of the topic, COVID parties (or “corona parties”) are events where people supposedly expose themselves to the coronavirus on purpose. Medical professionals and government officials have periodically warned about these…

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I talked to Amy Lee of Evanescence about sharp the world’s worst fanfiction
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I talked to Amy Lee of Evanescence about sharp the world’s worst fanfiction

Photo by Joseph Okpako / WireImage Filed under: Entertainment The singer of My Immortal (the song) has now read My Immortal (the fanfic) If you mention the name “My Immortal,” you may mean one of two things. The first is the 2003 hit song from rock band Evanescence. The second is a Harry Potter fanfic…

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Antitrust investigations aren’t the most fascinating possibility to Fb’s future
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Antitrust investigations aren’t the most fascinating possibility to Fb’s future

I. A week from now, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg will be among the CEOs appearing before the House of Representatives’ antitrust committee. Today let’s check in on how the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust case is developing. The first thing to say is that the case is developing slower than expected. Once on track to wrap up…

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Dell’s G5 15 SE is each and each an cheap and ideal gaming laptop laptop
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Dell’s G5 15 SE is each and each an cheap and ideal gaming laptop laptop

Dell’s G5 15 SE is focused. It’s not the best-looking gaming laptop or the fastest out there, but starting at $879.99, its AMD Ryzen processor and RX 5600M graphics chip make for a great tag team. Along with other speedy components like fast RAM, an NVMe SSD, and a 144Hz refresh rate display, this Dell…

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All the pieces all of us uncover out about this week’s colossal Twitter hack to this point
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All the pieces all of us uncover out about this week’s colossal Twitter hack to this point

It’s been such a newsy week that we’re ending it with two columns — enough to last you the whole weekend. First, we have what we hope is the ultimate Twitter hack FAQ, in response to this week’s catastrophic security breach. Yesterday’s issue was the most-read in Interface history, and we wanted to make sure…

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Microsoft to delivery out xCloud streaming free with Xbox Sport Cross Closing in September
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Microsoft to delivery out xCloud streaming free with Xbox Sport Cross Closing in September

Microsoft is planning to launch its game streaming service, currently known as Project xCloud, free to its paying Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers in September. The xCloud service will allow Xbox players to play games on mobile devices or even start a game on their consoles and resume it on their phone or tablet. Xbox…

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Librarians turned Google Kinds into the unlikely platform for virtual come by away rooms
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Librarians turned Google Kinds into the unlikely platform for virtual come by away rooms

Illustration by Grayson Blackmon / The Verge Librarians are using the activities to keep communities entertained and informed On the day the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, Pennsylvania, was supposed to unveil a superhero-themed escape room, the library had to close its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. With no physical location to work…

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The enormous Twitter hack may maybe well very properly be a world security crisis
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The enormous Twitter hack may maybe well very properly be a world security crisis

You can’t say you didn’t see it coming. Whatever Twitter eventually comes to say about the events of July 15th, 2020, when it suffered the most catastrophic security breach in company history, it must be said that the events were set in motion years ago. Beginning in the spring of 2018, scammers began to impersonate…

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Peacock’s no longer-so-secret ingredient within the streaming wars is its free tier
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Peacock’s no longer-so-secret ingredient within the streaming wars is its free tier

Peacock is NBCUniversal’s new streaming service and the last major entrant in the colloquial streaming wars. But Gidon Katz, the company’s president of direct to consumer, believes Peacock can win by leaning into something most of its biggest competitors won’t: offering premium entertainment, mostly for free. When Peacock launches tomorrow across the United States, people…

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Ghost of Tsushima is a beautiful samurai yarn buried underneath a familiar open-world game
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Ghost of Tsushima is a beautiful samurai yarn buried underneath a familiar open-world game

Filed under: Games Review The last big PS4 exclusive is a conflicted one Ghost of Tsushima is at its best when it’s quiet. The latest PS4 game from developer Sucker Punch is an attempt to merge the structure of a conventional open-world game with the setting of a classic samurai film. Think of it as…

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Our highest burning question about Apple’s ARM silicon
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Our highest burning question about Apple’s ARM silicon

For years, Apple has steadily revealed how the ARM-based chips in its mobile phones were catching up in performance to the beefier silicon you’d find inside a laptop or desktop — in 2018, the company claimed its new iPad Pro was faster than 92 percent of portable PCs. At some point, it seemed inevitable that…

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Basecamp’s command of Apple’s policies is already benefiting other developers
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Basecamp’s command of Apple’s policies is already benefiting other developers

A weird thing about running a tech company is that if you are very successful, at some point you will also be operating a vast quasi-legal system. Up to a certain point, one of your users complaining that they got locked out of their account is just a customer service problem. But after some threshold…

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The creators of the buzzy audio app Clubhouse made a depressingly overall mistake
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The creators of the buzzy audio app Clubhouse made a depressingly overall mistake

I. Yesterday we talked about how a recent social media conflict between journalists and the tech world might be better framed as a conflict between managers and their employees. Today I want to look at that conflict from another angle — how it played out on the buzzy, audio-only, invite-only social network Clubhouse. Like many…

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Apple doubles down on controversial choice to reject electronic mail app Hiya
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Apple doubles down on controversial choice to reject electronic mail app Hiya

Apple is standing behind its decision to reject future updates for the iOS app of new email service Hey. In a letter sent to Hey creator Basecamp and obtained by The Verge, Apple outlines the App Store rules it says the Hey app breaks and advises the company to adhere to developer guidelines if Basecamp…

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Sen. Ed Markey on the politics of technology
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Sen. Ed Markey on the politics of technology

If you’ve ever had an 18-inch satellite dish, you’ve enjoyed the work of Senator Ed Markey. Sen. Markey (D-MA) was there in 1992 as a US Representative when the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act was passed, which regulated cable service pricing, increased competition, and, in his eye, birthed the 18-inch satellite dish. He…

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All the pieces you need to movement TV
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All the pieces you need to movement TV

We live in the era of streaming entertainment, and it’s easier than ever to start watching whatever new Netflix, Prime Video, or Hulu show that your friends and co-workers are raving about. No matter if you’re looking for movies, sports, live TV, or anything else, you can probably stream it, and that’s why consumers have…

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Lenovo’s Flex 5G proves it’s too early to rob a 5G computer
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Lenovo’s Flex 5G proves it’s too early to rob a 5G computer

Lenovo’s Flex 5G has a lot to live up to as the world’s first 5G-enabled Windows 10 2-in-1 laptop. Not just that, it also needs to convince people that putting ARM-based processors in a Windows laptop is a perk, not a liability that spells incompatibility doom for those who rely on a lot of apps.…

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TikTok’s success has made it a monumental target for regulators
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TikTok’s success has made it a monumental target for regulators

I. A recurring theme of this newsletter is that I write about TikTok, make some dark prediction about its future, and then turn out to be totally wrong. In that spirit, I thought today we could look at the particularly newsy week the ByteDance-owned video app has had, and then contribute some additional speculation that…

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Evan Spiegel on maps, Minis, and the arrangement forward for Snapchat
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Evan Spiegel on maps, Minis, and the arrangement forward for Snapchat

On Thursday Snap held its second-ever partner summit as a virtual event, announcing a new suite of products and developer tools for Snapchat. The inaugural event was one of the more memorable tech productions I’ve been to — a high-energy keynote from CEO Evan Spiegel in front of giant vertical screens on a converted Hollywood…

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Quibi is flailing because nobody at Quibi understands what Quibi is
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Quibi is flailing because nobody at Quibi understands what Quibi is

After 90 days, Quibi’s free trial period has come to an end. Now, executives at the company have their biggest hurdle yet: getting people to willingly pay $5 or $8 a month for a service that most critics argue lacks exciting shows and flopped on launch. Quibi, a shortform video streaming service, is supposed to…

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Fading Gentle: the narrative of Magic Soar’s lost blended actuality magnum opus
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Fading Gentle: the narrative of Magic Soar’s lost blended actuality magnum opus

In April 2020, the weird and ambitious startup Magic Leap cut its workforce in half and delayed plans to take mixed reality glasses mainstream. The company had a wealth of ideas about how ordinary people might use its hardware, which overlays virtual images on reality. But after years of development, many were still prototypes or…

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The most productive tech presents for the July Fourth weekend
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The most productive tech presents for the July Fourth weekend

Tomorrow is July Fourth, or Independence Day if you live in the US. Like all major US holidays, there are some good sales happening on tech that are worth mentioning. We’ve listed the best ones we know about below, broken up by category. Many of them are happening through tomorrow night, so it’s best to…

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Ubisoft’s Hyper Scape is a like a flash, chaotic battle royale from the developer of The Division
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Ubisoft’s Hyper Scape is a like a flash, chaotic battle royale from the developer of The Division

Ubisoft on Thursday unveiled Hyper Scape, an all-new free-to-play battle royale (BR) shooter from the Montreal-based team behind Rainbow Six Siege that will attempt to carve out its own niche in the highly competitive genre. As first confirmed by leaks earlier this week, Hyper Scape is a much more futuristic-styled BR game set in a…

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How I hosted my first charity stream, and  host one, too
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How I hosted my first charity stream, and host one, too

Congratulations! The world is falling apart (or at least feels like it’s falling apart), and you’ve decided to do something about it. That’s a commendable urge. Here’s where I tell you that you’ve also decided to do something very hard. Hosting a charity stream (on Twitch, YouTube, or on any other platform) is much more…

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Every little thing that the vast social networks banned this week, ranked
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Every little thing that the vast social networks banned this week, ranked

Rarely do we see so many ban hammers drop over a 48-hour period as we have seen this week. The big social platforms, who were once loath to intervene in matters of political speech, are getting much more comfortable with the idea. Today let’s look at what happened and why — and, for the sake…

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Gaming can’t repair its abuse topic one particular person at a time
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Gaming can’t repair its abuse topic one particular person at a time

Over the last week, dozens of developers, journalists, and streamers have come forward on Twitter with allegations of abuse they’ve endured as part of the video game industry. Their stories span several high-profile companies and include figures in powerful positions. While the sheer number of people speaking up at once is remarkable — and concurrent…

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