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The head of HBO Max on launching with out Roku, including 4K HDR, and the Snyder Gash
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The head of HBO Max on launching with out Roku, including 4K HDR, and the Snyder Gash

HBO Max is AT&T’s big bet on the future of streaming, and it’s up to Tony Goncalves to pull it off. Goncalves is the CEO of AT&T’s Otter Media division, the group that’s responsible for the HBO Max streaming service. He’s been in and around AT&T for decades, led the launch of DirecTV Now, and…

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NYU’s digital commencement tournament became into ‘a vaporwave nightmare’
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NYU’s digital commencement tournament became into ‘a vaporwave nightmare’

On May 19th, New York University student John DiLillo attended Grad Alley, the school’s annual block party to celebrate commencement. For two hours, he and a few friends went to places like “Pictionary Island” and peered into the (surprisingly hollow) rubbery inside of a dolphin. He got stuck underground. He ran into exactly six people,…

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The Verge’s popular hobbies to attain whereas stuck at residence
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The Verge’s popular hobbies to attain whereas stuck at residence

If you’re anything like us, over the past couple of months you’ve probably finished every “must watch” TV series on Netflix, cleaned your apartment from top to bottom, and completed every video game in your backlog. We get it: social distancing can get pretty boring. So if you’re finding yourself with a lot of time…

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HBO Max is stuffed with doubtless, but its favorable hurdle stays AT&T’s messy execution
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HBO Max is stuffed with doubtless, but its favorable hurdle stays AT&T’s messy execution

At launch, new streaming services prompt the same question: what can I watch? But HBO Max also elicits a different line of questioning: how is this different from HBO Now? From HBO Go? From AT&T TV Now? Do I have to pay extra for this, or is it wrapped into my HBO package? HBO Max,…

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Apple’s butterfly keyboard failed by prioritizing maintain over characteristic
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Apple’s butterfly keyboard failed by prioritizing maintain over characteristic

In today’s digital age, it sometimes feels like hardware has taken a back seat to the software that drives our devices. Button of the Month will look at what some of those buttons and switches are like on devices old and new to appreciate how we interact with them on a physical, tactile level. Apple’s…

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Microsoft Ground E-book 3 (15-hump) analysis: extra power, extra issues
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Microsoft Ground E-book 3 (15-hump) analysis: extra power, extra issues

I’ve been waiting for the Surface Book 3 for two and a half years. Microsoft’s 15-inch Surface Book 2 was largely just a refinement over the original model — released nearly five years ago — so I was really hoping the company was holding back some big changes for the Surface Book 3. Unfortunately, no…

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Joe Rogan helped invent a podcast culture on YouTube, and now he’s leaving it
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Joe Rogan helped invent a podcast culture on YouTube, and now he’s leaving it

Joe Rogan is largely moving on from YouTube, a site that helped transform his podcast into a viral video-making factory, earning him nearly 10 million subscribers in the process. It’s the latest sign that creators who found success on YouTube see other platforms as the next step, but it doesn’t mean that YouTube is anywhere…

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One year on, the Oculus Quest is the VR headset to get
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One year on, the Oculus Quest is the VR headset to get

One year ago today, Facebook released the Oculus Quest, its first headset to deliver a credible standalone VR experience — true head tracking, good motion controllers, and so on. It also marked a split in the Oculus ecosystem: the Quest had its own store, curated with games that had been tailored specifically for the headset’s…

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Summer game fest:  inquire of this summer’s digital gaming events
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Summer game fest: inquire of this summer’s digital gaming events

Even though E3, Gamescom, and other summer gaming events have become online-only or outright canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems there’s still going to be a lot of gaming news this summer. Publishers and media have already scheduled many digital events, promising news and announcements, which could help fill the void left by…

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Ghost of Tsushima is a grounded open-world sport that goals to honor traditional samurai films
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Ghost of Tsushima is a grounded open-world sport that goals to honor traditional samurai films

When Nate Fox was working on Sly Cooper, a series of stealth games about a master thief who also happens to be a raccoon, he looked around for inspiration on how to make anthropomorphized animals feel more real. This led him to the comic Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai, which followed a wandering samurai who…

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Apple and Google’s COVID-19 notification machine obtained’t work in a vaccum
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Apple and Google’s COVID-19 notification machine obtained’t work in a vaccum

Last month, before Google and Apple announced their joint effort to enable COVID-19 exposure notifications, I wrote about the trouble with using Bluetooth-based solutions for contact tracing. Chief among the issues is getting a meaningful number of people to download any app in the first place, public health officials told me. And now that such…

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Eschaton is a surreal Zoom nightclub — and a theater for the age of social distancing
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Eschaton is a surreal Zoom nightclub — and a theater for the age of social distancing

The hyperlink reaches my inbox a few minutes before 10PM on Saturday night. I click the link and enter a password. And at precisely 10PM, a video pops up on the page, welcoming me to Eschaton: part performance art, part nightclub, and all conducted over video chat. During the next hour, I stumble across some…

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Listed below are the whole winners of the 2020 Webby Awards
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Listed below are the whole winners of the 2020 Webby Awards

Lil Nas X’s “Panini,” NASA’s social media presence, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line, and John Krasinski’s Some Good News YouTube show are among the winners of this year’s Webby Awards. The annual awards show celebrates the wide variety of things that happen online, from websites and podcasts to design and data visualizations to video series and…

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Sundar Pichai on managing Google thru the pandemic
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Sundar Pichai on managing Google thru the pandemic

Like all big tech companies, Google and Alphabet are playing an outsized role in our lives as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Whether it’s helping people find reliable information in search, working with the government on testing, building an exposure-tracking system into Android and iOS in partnership with Apple, or battling misinformation on YouTube, Google’s capability…

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Gigabyte Aero 15 review: works hard, performs hard
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Gigabyte Aero 15 review: works hard, performs hard

The Gigabyte Aero 15 is a laptop aimed at designers and creative professionals. But when I first saw the thing, I didn’t believe that. It looks nothing like any laptop that comes to mind when I think of “creators” (the slim and sleek MacBook Pros, XPS 15s, Surface Books, and Zenbooks of the world). The…

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Tech companies’ waste money working from home insurance policies gain some workers prepared to flit Silicon Valley
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Tech companies’ waste money working from home insurance policies gain some workers prepared to flit Silicon Valley

Live in Silicon Valley long enough and someone will tell you that the party is over. As far as I can tell, this phenomenon dates back to at least 1874. As Peter Hartlaub recounted last year in the San Francisco Chronicle, upon the occasion of a writer for the Washington Post announcing that San Francisco…

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Catastrophe Document 4 is 2020’s finest PS2 sport
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Catastrophe Document 4 is 2020’s finest PS2 sport

Making video games is a difficult endeavor at the best of times, but spare a thought for the people behind Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories, which finally came out last month for the PC, PS4, and Switch in the West. I first played it at a game show in Osaka in 2009; it was running…

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Why Amazon’s hardware makes extra sense than Google’s
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Why Amazon’s hardware makes extra sense than Google’s

A tale of two hardware divisions. Google, as reported by The Information, suffers with operational chaos that is as bizarre as it is inept. Hardware boss Rick Osterloh reportedly held a meeting where he tells everybody “he did not agree with some of the decisions made about the phone” — are these decisions not things…

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Animal Crossing is dwelling to 2020’s freshest leisurely-evening mutter demonstrate
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Animal Crossing is dwelling to 2020’s freshest leisurely-evening mutter demonstrate

Gary Whitta is seated behind a thick wooden desk, hair perfectly coiffed, wearing a suit and a smile that curls upward like a macaroni noodle. He’s halfway through introducing his next guest, Greg Miller, when a beachball-sized head bobs into view. Whitta starts to yell. “Greg! I — goddamn you. Get back up the stairs.…

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How public arts funding helps builders form distinctive, extra various video games
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How public arts funding helps builders form distinctive, extra various video games

After launching Untitled Goose Game on my Nintendo Switch, the game loads into its opening credits, transitioning from logo to logo. First, it credits the studio that made it, House House, then the publisher, Panic. After that, the screen reads “with support from Film Victoria.” Although the moment is brief, the credit on-screen gestures toward…

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Supernatural for Oculus Quest is indulge in Beat Saber meets Peloton
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Supernatural for Oculus Quest is indulge in Beat Saber meets Peloton

For obvious reasons, the interest in working out at home has never been higher. Whether you’re doing yoga with Adriene, working your way through Ring Fit Adventure, or scouring Amazon for a spin bike that’s in stock, you’ve probably been looking for ways to keep active without leaving the house. Me? I’ve been using VR.…

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This One year’s graduates like one part in frequent: disappointing on-line ceremonies
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This One year’s graduates like one part in frequent: disappointing on-line ceremonies

Taylor Walker worked hard during her time at Salem State University. She was her class’s homecoming queen, she sang in the university’s Grammy award-winning choir, and she completed a double degree in communication and speech. Graduation was her chance to reflect on all those accomplishments. To celebrate, she planned to host a party with her…

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Stare the first Xbox Sequence X gameplay footage, showing off ray-tracing and graphics of the next-gen console
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Stare the first Xbox Sequence X gameplay footage, showing off ray-tracing and graphics of the next-gen console

After months of hardware reveals, spec reveals, and hype, Microsoft is finally doing a proper first look at gameplay footage for its upcoming next-gen console, the Xbox Series X, showing off gameplay from 13 games that will be headed to the console this fall. Before you get too excited, the trailers showed off come from…

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Alternative ways on-line game fashion impacts the climate disaster
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Alternative ways on-line game fashion impacts the climate disaster

Since the beginning of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has overtaken the climate crisis as the most pressing existential threat for much of the world’s population. As we adapt to isolation, the warming planet has taken an understandable back seat in the news coverage, although scientists have noted the spread of the novel coronavirus instigating a…

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Joe Biden’s digital advertising campaign hasn’t quite advance into focus
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Joe Biden’s digital advertising campaign hasn’t quite advance into focus

The biggest story of today is the creeping sense that April was in many ways another lost month in the COVID-19 response, with the average number of new cases rising slightly throughout the month to around 29,500 per day. Large swathes of the country are preparing to re-open for business even as all signs point…

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The Verge’s Graduation Reward Files 2020
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The Verge’s Graduation Reward Files 2020

Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen Nothing makes writing feel better than using a fancy pen, and Kaweco’s fountain pen is the perfect way to add some old-school charm to your note-taking, lease signing, or doodling without breaking the bank. Price: ~$19 Amazon Hario V60 Gooseneck Kettle There are many cheaper vessels for hot water, but…

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Candidates can’t advertising and marketing campaign, in instruct that they’re attempting to pass viral
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Candidates can’t advertising and marketing campaign, in instruct that they’re attempting to pass viral

On Wednesday, the field director for Mel Gagarin’s congressional campaign sat shirtless — illuminated by candlelight — in his bathtub reading a scary story over Instagram Live. “Bedtime Bathtime Storytimes” have become regular events for Gagarin’s campaign even if they’re only for an audience of around a dozen people, including other members of the campaign.…

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The particular device to make pronounce of your DSLR or mirrorless digital camera as a webcam
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The particular device to make pronounce of your DSLR or mirrorless digital camera as a webcam

If you’ve been working from home for the past few weeks, you’ve probably had to join more than a few video conference calls. Or perhaps you’ve been using video chat apps to keep in touch with friends and family while social distancing. Either way, you’ve probably noticed that the webcam on your laptop is, well,…

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Microsoft’s huge Xbox Recreation Dash wager is starting to repay
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Microsoft’s huge Xbox Recreation Dash wager is starting to repay

Microsoft now has 10 million subscribers to its Xbox Game Pass service, the company confirmed during an investor call yesterday. It’s the first time Microsoft has publicly disclosed Xbox Game Pass numbers, and it’s a sign that the company’s ambitious bet on subscription gaming is starting to pay off. Microsoft has been trying to build…

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Oculus gross sales spiked in the lead-up to Half of-Lifestyles: Alyx
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Oculus gross sales spiked in the lead-up to Half of-Lifestyles: Alyx

Despite pandemic-related hardware shortages, Facebook’s virtual reality business exploded at the start of 2020. The company revealed yesterday that it made $297 million in non-advertising revenue during the first quarter of 2020. That was “driven largely by sales of Oculus products,” rather than other products like Portal. The number is a full 80 percent higher…

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Motorola’s Edge Plus is a contender, no longer a champion
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Motorola’s Edge Plus is a contender, no longer a champion

When great just isn’t good enough After years mainly spent in the midrange phone market, Motorola burst back into the spotlight with the foldable Razr: it was bold, it was exciting, it was expensive, and it ultimately flopped. As interesting as it was, it simply wasn’t a very good phone. The newly announced Motorola Edge…

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Streetwear lovers are flocking to Animal Crossing
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Streetwear lovers are flocking to Animal Crossing

Last week, German techwear firm Acronym released a new version of its iconic J1A-GT jacket, one based on Hideo Kojima’s PS4 game Death Stranding. Like most Acronym gear, the jacket was both rare and expensive: it sold out almost immediately, despite a price tag of just under $2,000. But in another seemingly unconnected corner of…

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Does Final Delusion VII Remake’s bizarro ending work?
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Does Final Delusion VII Remake’s bizarro ending work?

The Final Fantasy VII remake does more than retell a familiar story from a classic roleplaying game. If you’re planning to play it, you shouldn’t read any further. But if you’ve finished the final chapter, you’ll know that its ending diverges pretty sharply from the original story — not only changing the game’s canon but…

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The apt draw to fable your Dwelling windows PC veil veil using Xbox Game Bar
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The apt draw to fable your Dwelling windows PC veil veil using Xbox Game Bar

Screen recording is helpful for a number of things, from creating a tutorial to grabbing a clip to post on Twitter to share with friends. On Windows 10, you can capture a video of your screen by using the built-in Xbox Game Bar. The Xbox Game Bar was designed to record clips of video games,…

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The sort to walk Quibi
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The sort to walk Quibi

Quibi is the latest streaming service to launch in an increasingly crowded market — and it might be the weirdest one yet. Instead of relying on big franchise names or extensive catalogs of old content, like Disney Plus, Peacock, or HBO Max are doing, Quibi is betting big on a mobile-first strategy. Its “quick bites”…

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Intel NUC 9 Outrageous review: runt dimension, enormous skill – The Verge
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Intel NUC 9 Outrageous review: runt dimension, enormous skill – The Verge

Intel NUC 9 Extreme Intel’s latest NUC computer takes on the small form factor gaming PC world For the past few years, some of the most exciting developments in the PC gaming world have been around small form factor PCs. These compact machines are a fraction of the size of traditional gaming PC towers, but…

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OnePlus has assign Samsung on view
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OnePlus has assign Samsung on view

We got both the announcement and the embargo lift for OnePlus’ new top-tier smartphones yesterday. Here’s my review of the OnePlus 8 Pro and here is Jon Porter’s review of the OnePlus 8 — both with video. These phones are interesting for slightly different — but related — reasons. OnePlus has always positioned itself as…

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It’s not possible to screenshot a Quibi demonstrate, and that’s detrimental to its success

Trying to describe Quibi’s essence to people is difficult. There are shows where food explodes in chefs’ faces, series about flipping murder homes, and Chrissy Teigen presiding over a small claims court. Quibi’s best content operates on the belief that “the more ludicrous, the better,” but that’s easier to show than tell. Or it would…

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Zoom is exhibiting suggestions to respond to criticism the gorgeous manner

Sometimes it takes years of criticism to get a company to do the right thing. Every once in a while, it can happen overnight. Wednesday night was such a night. After a series of investigative reports, blog posts, and Twitter threads examining Zoom’s design practices and security features, CEO Eric S. Yuan said the company…

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Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 overview: AMD has rewritten the foundations

Asus and AMD have put Intel on notice In their early years, gaming laptops were meant to be desktop replacements. The first Razer Blade, released in 2011, was almost seven pounds; the 2012 Blade was 6.6. Battery life was a laughing matter. (The 2017 Zephyrus had just over two hours.) Gaming laptops were bulky and…

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Logitech’s Combo Touch is the Magic Keyboard for all people else
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Logitech’s Combo Touch is the Magic Keyboard for all people else

Add a keyboard and trackpad to an iPad or iPad Air The $149 Logitech Combo Touch is the case I’ve spent years waiting for — well, not this exact case, but the idea of a combination keyboard and touchpad that might turn my iPad into a laptop replacement. If you’ve been intrigued by Apple’s new…

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The joy of spying on celeb homes over Zoom and Instagram Dwell
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The joy of spying on celeb homes over Zoom and Instagram Dwell

In my sixth week of self-isolation, my favorite pastime has become judging the homes of celebrities over grainy Zoom calls and low-quality Instagram live streams. The more trouble they seem to have, moving cameras around and finding a perfect spot to film, the better. Julia Louis-Dreyfus confessing to Jimmy Kimmel that she wanted to film…

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How Fb’s pandemic reduction efforts will most certainly be undermined by its possess user heinous
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How Fb’s pandemic reduction efforts will most certainly be undermined by its possess user heinous

Thanks to the Morning Brew for recommending us as an “Essential” read. Here’s hoping all of you who signed up over the weekend find The Interface a useful guide to tech, democracy, and the pandemic. Facebook is a publicly traded company that mostly operates in rational and predictable ways. Facebook is also a collection of…

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express your Nvidia graphics card to beef up the typical of your calls
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express your Nvidia graphics card to beef up the typical of your calls

If you’re finding that background noise is disrupting voice or video calls made from your computer, then a new piece of software from Nvidia might help (provided you have the necessary hardware to run it). Released earlier this month, RTX Voice uses the hardware found in Nvidia’s RTX GPUs to process your incoming and outgoing…

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Netflix provides 15 million subscribers as other folks perambulate more than ever, nonetheless warns about powerful street forward
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Netflix provides 15 million subscribers as other folks perambulate more than ever, nonetheless warns about powerful street forward

Netflix is one of the rare companies benefiting from the global pandemic, which has kept billions of people at home with nothing to do but stream. But the question is how long can it last? Although much of Netflix’s recent boom didn’t start until mid-March, when more people were forced to stay home to help…

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Coronavirus misinformation is putting Facebook to the take a look at
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Coronavirus misinformation is putting Facebook to the take a look at

A few years ago, Facebook became aware that Russia kept posting misinformation all over the network. The misinformation was designed to rile people up and make them share with their friends, and because people are generally pretty easy to rile up, Russia’s strategy was very successful. Some prominent political scientists believe that the country’s election…

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Dell’s recent XPS thirteen is everything a Home windows laptop wants to be
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Dell’s recent XPS thirteen is everything a Home windows laptop wants to be

Photo by Monica Chin / The Verge Dell improves upon an already winning formula Every time a new XPS 13 comes out, the question is always the same: is it still the best Windows thin-and-light laptop? I’ll spare you the suspense here: the answer is yes. If there’s one thing Dell is great at, it’s…

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How draw recordsdata could well perchance play a feature in managing the coronavirus disaster
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How draw recordsdata could well perchance play a feature in managing the coronavirus disaster

Last week, as coronavirus marched around the world, a growing number of governments began to explore the use of our cellphone data to monitor the outbreak. Using location data, Israel sent alerts to citizens believed to have been exposed to the virus ordering them to self-quarantine. In England, authorities analyzed anonymized data from telecom provider…

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I went to an American Soccer point out in Minecraft
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I went to an American Soccer point out in Minecraft

For the first time in a month, I had somewhere to be on a Saturday night. It was a mini-music festival where emo fans and electronic music aficionados gathered, staring up at a handcrafted house that loomed over a massive stage. But first, I had to stand in a lengthy queue with a bunch of…

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How the ultimate gaming leagues are adapting to a web-most fantastic world
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How the ultimate gaming leagues are adapting to a web-most fantastic world

Almost every single major professional sports league across the globe is on indefinite hiatus due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. There’s no NBA, no Champions League, no Olympic Games. But an unlikely option has started to fill that void for viewers: competitive video games. For years, esports leagues have tried to emulate traditional sports…

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Welcome to HoloVista: a surreal game that explores our relationship with expertise
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Welcome to HoloVista: a surreal game that explores our relationship with expertise

Sitting in my room on a self-isolated morning, I’m immersed in a small alternate reality that lives in my phone. On the small, glowing screen, I’m not a writer, but a young architect preparing for the job interview of a lifetime. Looking through my phone like a next-gen viewfinder, I take in my digital surroundings…

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LG V60 Dual Show veil veil review: V for versatility
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LG V60 Dual Show veil veil review: V for versatility

Even without a second screen, LG’s latest phone offers a lot LG is planning a major refresh for its next mainstream smartphone, but before getting there, the company decided to release another entry in its spec-heavy V-series, the V60 ThinQ. With advanced manual camera controls, a hi-fi headphone jack, and top-end specs, these phones have…

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Welcome to HoloVista: a surreal sport that explores our relationship with expertise
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Welcome to HoloVista: a surreal sport that explores our relationship with expertise

Sitting in my room on a self-isolated morning, I’m immersed in a small alternate reality that lives in my phone. On the small, glowing screen, I’m not a writer, but a young architect preparing for the job interview of a lifetime. Looking through my phone like a next-gen viewfinder, I take in my digital surroundings…

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The PC Engine Mini is an out of this world retro console, would possibly probably maintain to it’s possible you will probably be in a situation to bag one
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The PC Engine Mini is an out of this world retro console, would possibly probably maintain to it’s possible you will probably be in a situation to bag one

Konami had planned to release its mini TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, and CoreGrafx consoles last week, but the production schedule has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic around the world. I managed to get my hands on a PC Engine Mini here in Japan, though, so here’s a quick look at it ahead of the TurboGrafx-16…

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What it’s seemingly you’ll well well perchance also must are residing circulate and the method one can enact it
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What it’s seemingly you’ll well well perchance also must are residing circulate and the method one can enact it

I keep writing about live-streaming like it’s accessible and easy to do — which it’s not. It’s actually quite difficult to get started. Sorry! My bad. I didn’t mean to lead you astray. If you’re still Twitch-curious, I have a gift for you: a guide for how to get started. Before I dive in, I’ll…

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11 tools to procure you started making video games
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11 tools to procure you started making video games

Making a video game is much less daunting than it might seem. While you likely aren’t going to go from having no experience to making the next Grand Theft Auto, it has actually never been easier to get started making games. Game development tools and resources have become increasingly accessible to the average person, even…

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PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: a fancy battle of SSD and GPU speeds
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PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: a fancy battle of SSD and GPU speeds

Sony has finally unveiled its PlayStation 5 specs today, and there are some surprisingly big differences between the PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. Both consoles are still arriving at the end of the year, and we’re now starting to get a better idea of what both Microsoft and Sony have prioritized for next-gen games.…

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Animal Crossing’s turnips are bringing the get together
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Animal Crossing’s turnips are bringing the get together

Slack was designed to be a place for co-workers to collaborate productively, but now, it’s been converted into a turnip forum. Tom Riley, a customer service employee at fintech startup Curve, participates regularly in his company’s growing Animal Crossing: New Horizons turnip channel on Slack, which has 34 people in it this week. It’s become…

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Muto review: a come-most involving electrical metropolis bike
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Muto review: a come-most involving electrical metropolis bike

A near-perfect city bike with innovative ‘Click & Roll’ accessory system What makes the perfect electric city bike? That depends on who you ask and where they live. For Europeans, a bicycle is often the primary mode of transportation in relatively flat, bike-friendly cities like Amsterdam, Copenhagen, or Berlin. We ride our bikes everywhere —…

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How 1/2-Life: Alyx’s designers constructed an escapist dystopia with a situation of hope
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How 1/2-Life: Alyx’s designers constructed an escapist dystopia with a situation of hope

I’m writing this story under self-quarantine for novel coronavirus exposure. I’ve been sequestered for over a week while the city outside my apartment has become America’s COVID-19 epicenter: 13,000 known cases and 125 deaths so far. The governor has ordered six feet of space between all residents in public, and my days are punctuated with…

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Here’s a listing of games it’s good to soundless play whereas you’re caught internal warding off the coronavirus
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Here’s a listing of games it’s good to soundless play whereas you’re caught internal warding off the coronavirus

Well, it happened: you’re stuck inside because of the novel coronavirus pandemic that is raging just outside of your door. If you’re lucky, and you’re a white-collar worker, you’re now doing your job — which, let’s be honest, is mostly email anyway — from home. If you’re in an industry that’s more susceptible to the…

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Hidden Thru Time is a chilled yet powerful puzzle sport
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Hidden Thru Time is a chilled yet powerful puzzle sport

It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play, we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend. Often, when I’m not sure what I want to play, I go…

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Animal Crossing: Fresh Horizons is a kick again, charming existence sim that places you as much as the mark
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Animal Crossing: Fresh Horizons is a kick again, charming existence sim that places you as much as the mark

Animal Crossing has always been a slow burn. It’s not the kind of game you marathon for hours at a time. Instead, its joys reveal themselves over days, weeks, and months. It’s a quirk of the premise: Animal Crossing is a laid-back life simulator that takes place in real time, forcing you to wait for…

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There’s no consensus on technology’s role within the COVID-19 response
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There’s no consensus on technology’s role within the COVID-19 response

As of Friday, I’ll have been self-isolating at home for 30 days. Thanks to quick action on the part of city officials to lock the city down, San Francisco is seeing great success in containing the spread of COVID-19. Within weeks, talk will turn to how we go about re-opening cities to public life —…

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Riot’s Valorant isn’t even out but, but it absolutely’s already taking a conception love an esports sensation
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Riot’s Valorant isn’t even out but, but it absolutely’s already taking a conception love an esports sensation

Riot’s new video game, Valorant, is both a breath of fresh air and completely unoriginal at the same time. The first-person shooter opened its closed beta on Tuesday to gargantuan Twitch viewership, thanks in part to Riot’s deal with the platform that let popular streamers gift access keys to its beta while they played the…

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The Bookshelf Limbo gamifies the resolution paralysis of gift-giving
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The Bookshelf Limbo gamifies the resolution paralysis of gift-giving

It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend. Sometimes what isn’t said in a story is just as important as…

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Trump’s chloroquine hype is a misinformation distress larger than social media
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Trump’s chloroquine hype is a misinformation distress larger than social media

Since late March, President Donald Trump has been promoting the antimalarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as treatments for the novel coronavirus. Among other things, he’s described “strong, powerful signs” that the drugs work and called them potentially “one of the biggest game-changers in the history of medicine.” That will be fantastic if it proves true,…

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VENN wants to re-arrangement the magic of G4TV nonetheless with YouTube and Twitch stars
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VENN wants to re-arrangement the magic of G4TV nonetheless with YouTube and Twitch stars

VENN, otherwise known as the Video Game and Entertainment News Network, wants to succeed where G4TV failed by launching a television channel entirely dedicated to gaming that appeals to both hardcore esports fans and people with a casual interest in video games. The network plans to offer a constant schedule of highly produced shows that…

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Quibi, Zoom, and Peloton all are battling video streaming throughout the pandemic
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Quibi, Zoom, and Peloton all are battling video streaming throughout the pandemic

Today is Tuesday. Yesterday was Monday. It has gotten confusing. My colleague Chaim Gartenberg made a Twitter account that can help. Otherwise, if you live in Cleveland, just watch your local news. The biggest news yesterday was Quibi’s launch. We have a full slate of coverage, from the stake setting to the CEO profile to…

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Loss of life Stranding and Zelda offer the readability of rock climbing without the exhaustion
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Loss of life Stranding and Zelda offer the readability of rock climbing without the exhaustion

I didn’t lose my breath until I started to make my way back down. Everything at the top was peaceful, if not a little anticlimactic. It was off-season, so there were no tents set up. The only thing elevated above the barren plain was a hulking, misshapen rock, bearing a weather-beaten banner with worn writing…

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The coronavirus is forcing tech giants to influence a unhealthy bet on AI
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The coronavirus is forcing tech giants to influence a unhealthy bet on AI

Today, let’s talk about some of the front-line workers at Facebook and Google working on the pandemic: the content moderators who keep the site running day in and day out. Like most stories about content moderators, it’s a tale about difficult tradeoffs. And actions taken over the past few days by Facebook and YouTube will…

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Can Meg Whitman outwit an endemic with Quibi?
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Can Meg Whitman outwit an endemic with Quibi?

Not much is going as planned for Meg Whitman. For instance, there’s a pandemic on. When I first spoke to her for this profile in December, the new coronavirus had emerged in Wuhan already, but no one in the US was yet the wiser. In January, when Whitman gave the CES keynote about her startup,…

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Quibi is coming, with the worst — or per chance finest — timing
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Quibi is coming, with the worst — or per chance finest — timing

Quibi was never supposed to compete with Netflix or Disney Plus. The novelty was shortform video for people as they waited for coffee or the bus. The space Quibi intended to seize was the lost minutes in the day — the ones big streamers aren’t competing for. But the COVID-19 pandemic has changed Quibi’s plans…

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The US authorities could well well peaceable expose the most effective probably arrangement it’s using space knowledge to wrestle the coronavirus
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The US authorities could well well peaceable expose the most effective probably arrangement it’s using space knowledge to wrestle the coronavirus

Last week, we talked about the case for the government using location data gleaned from our smartphones to manage the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Taiwan, Israel, and England have all been using location data in various ways to understand the spread of the disease and, in some cases, enforce orders requiring citizens to isolate…

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What’s Twitch, even?
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What’s Twitch, even?

Twitch is difficult to describe, to understand, and to start using. It is also incredibly rewarding once you get the hang of it, which is the way these things tend to go: the harder it is to get into something, the more you’ll like your mastery of it. I’ve been writing about Twitch and its…

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What Zoom doesn’t realize in regards to the Zoom backlash
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What Zoom doesn’t realize in regards to the Zoom backlash

[Ed. note: Today’s newsletter and column was written and distributed before Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan published his 1,300-word plan to address the security and privacy issues related to the company’s unprecedented consumer growth. What follows is unedited because email is forever.] Just in time for one backlash against the technology industry to end —…

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The present have to trail on: here’s how Twitch streamers are facing quarantine
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The present have to trail on: here’s how Twitch streamers are facing quarantine

Twitch is bigger than it’s ever been before. The site’s viewership increased a full 31 percent between March 8th and March 22nd, growing to 43 million hours watched from 33 million hours, according to data from StreamElements and Arsenal.gg. There’s also been a concurrent growth in streamers joining the platform: musicians joined en masse after…

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Why Half of-Lifestyles’s City 17 was pivotal to gaming’s publish-Soviet obsession
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Why Half of-Lifestyles’s City 17 was pivotal to gaming’s publish-Soviet obsession

The underground labs of the original Half-Life were set somewhere among New Mexico’s towering desert canyons. It wasn’t your prototypical blockbuster locale, but it was still Hollywood-esque, reminiscent of Cold War-era sci-fi films like Them!, where US Army men battled against giant irradiated ants below a blistering American sun. The setting of Half-Life’s sequel, on…

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Never expend hardware this day in response to a promise of utility tomorrow
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Never expend hardware this day in response to a promise of utility tomorrow

The headline on this story — never buy hardware today based on a promise of software tomorrow — doesn’t really apply to the new iPad Pro, which I reviewed yesterday. But I’ve been thinking about it ever since I hit the publish button. The phrase is a mantra we repeat over and over here at…

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Outside China, Android isn’t Android with out Google – The Verge
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Outside China, Android isn’t Android with out Google – The Verge

The tech story that made the biggest impact on me yesterday was Sam Byford’s “Living a Google-free life with a Huawei phone.” In the run up to the launch of Huawei’s new flagship P40 line, he got himself a Mate 30 Pro and used it to see what Android is like sans Google. This is,…

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Half of-Life: Alyx is an amazing return to Metropolis 17
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Half of-Life: Alyx is an amazing return to Metropolis 17

Half-Life: Alyx is definitely not Half-Life 3. It is a full-fledged game that expands the Half-Life universe. And City 17’s exploding barrel industry is still going strong. These are answers to some big questions Valve Software raised last year when it announced the first new Half-Life game since 2007 — but exclusively for virtual reality.…

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Tech corporations would possibly per chance face more stress to fragment space information with governments to fight coronavirus
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Tech corporations would possibly per chance face more stress to fragment space information with governments to fight coronavirus

By now most Americans have gotten the message that, as much as possible, they need to stay away from everyone else. In San Francisco and a growing number of other cities around the world, all non-essential travel has been banned. Even in cases where life more closely resembles normalcy, the government has encouraged social distancing.…

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Apple at closing admits Microsoft become once ultimate-attempting about tablets
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Apple at closing admits Microsoft become once ultimate-attempting about tablets

Apple has spent the past 10 years trying to convince everyone that the iPad and its vision of touch-friendly computing is the future. The iPad rejected the idea of a keyboard, a trackpad, or even a stylus, and Apple mocked Microsoft for taking that exact approach with the Surface. “Our competition is different, they’re confused,”…

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The iPad Pro is ready to supplant the Mac appropriate as the MacBook Air is wide all over again
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The iPad Pro is ready to supplant the Mac appropriate as the MacBook Air is wide all over again

I felt personally attacked by Apple yesterday, specifically by the marketing copy it used to promote the new iPad Pro: “Your next computer is not a computer.” This newsletter, Processor, is also (and originally) the name for the tech-focused video essays that I sometimes make. The very first one kicked off by asking the same…

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The actual approach to enhance your pickle’s Wi-Fi
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The actual approach to enhance your pickle’s Wi-Fi

If you’re now working at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you may have a moment when you realize that your Wi-Fi just isn’t cutting it anymore — it could be a frozen video feed, a rainbow spinner on your screen, or a cry from your kids when their favorite game doesn’t load. Here are…

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Expansive tech is on the brink of chat about new merchandise over again
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Expansive tech is on the brink of chat about new merchandise over again

As we settle in to the new reality of a locked-down, socially distant world, big tech is getting ready to start talking — and maybe even releasing — new consumer tech products. We’ve got rumors of the new flagship Motorola phone, a new speaker operating system from Sonos, and more. Sony’s also going to try…

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The most sensible likely motion pictures and TV shows to stream must you’re working remotely
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The most sensible likely motion pictures and TV shows to stream must you’re working remotely

In the era of social distancing that many of us now live in as part of a worldwide effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, tons of people are now stuck at home for days or even weeks, discouraged from meeting in public places or hanging out in large groups. That means…

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Ashly Burch saves video games by making fun of them
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Ashly Burch saves video games by making fun of them

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet isn’t just a great comedy about video games, but a strand connecting an older, weirder era of its culture to the more mainstream world of workplace comedies. Few people on the show exemplify this more than Ashly Burch, a writer on Mythic Quest who also plays Rachel, a wide-eyed game tester…

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Dr Disrespect is the villain who may perchance perchance well substitute the plan forward for TV
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Dr Disrespect is the villain who may perchance perchance well substitute the plan forward for TV

Violence becomes him. Stalking through the wild grass and brutalist concrete wilderness of Tarkov, he’s implacable, the unstoppable force you’ve always secretly wanted to see come up against an object that claims to be immovable. He sees an enemy unaware. He snarls. The sights come up instinctively. In the pause before the man drops, you…

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How social networks can carry out appropriate whereas we’re all trapped indoors
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How social networks can carry out appropriate whereas we’re all trapped indoors

If Wednesday was the day where the full magnitude of the COVID-19 crisis became clear to many Americans, Thursday was the day that the country seemed to enter shock. By now, a significant portion of the Silicon Valley workforce is working, or pretending to, from home, giving everyone near-unlimited time to refresh Twitter, Instagram, and…

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The Galaxy S20 is a big Android phone at present time, but how lengthy can it defend on high?
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The Galaxy S20 is a big Android phone at present time, but how lengthy can it defend on high?

The coronavirus is officially a pandemic and it has overshadowed quite a lot of other news. We’ve got stories on all the big news from yesterday, including the president’s speech and the NBA season getting suspended. But that other news goes on, and it turns out I have a lot of little things to say…

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Sad Mesa is the final observe solution to fetch into Half-Existence ahead of Alyx
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Sad Mesa is the final observe solution to fetch into Half-Existence ahead of Alyx

Upon its release in 1998, Half-Life instantly became my favorite game of all time. That wasn’t saying much, really, since we’d only just set up our first family computer, and I’d barely started playing video games. But history has proven my hot take to be a pretty solid one — Half-Life’s blend of first-person shooting…

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Google has been surprisingly proactive in struggling with COVID-19 misinformation
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Google has been surprisingly proactive in struggling with COVID-19 misinformation

Last week, as COVID-19 began its spread around the globe, I noted here that the epidemic had prompted a notable change in the big tech platforms. Where they were once loath to intervene in the affairs of their own algorithms, even when the potential harms to public health were clear, the arrival of a novel…

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Congress can’t repair Bluetooth pairing, however it doesn’t wound to strive
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Congress can’t repair Bluetooth pairing, however it doesn’t wound to strive

The week of iOS 14-based leaks continues, with hints about new Apple hardware and a new home screen view. The rumored list for apps on the home screen view strikes me as particularly interesting and particularly likely. Cracks about it copying Windows Phone aside, it seems likely to me because it also mimics a lot…

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A brand soundless stunt completely demonstrates how a broken streaming system encourages piracy
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A brand soundless stunt completely demonstrates how a broken streaming system encourages piracy

We’ve all been there: you have a sudden itch to watch a specific movie, and, after a cursory search of Netflix, you realize it’s not there. Next step: Google. Type in a search query for where that particular movie is streaming. It’s not on Hulu or Amazon Prime Video. It is, however, available via HBO…

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The upward push of impossibly lovable and healthful video games
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The upward push of impossibly lovable and healthful video games

“hello im a detective i solve every mystery” reads the Twitter bio of the Frog Detective, who’s widely known as the second-best detective in the fictional universe of his very own adventure game. As a whodunnit, The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game follows the plucky, amphibious investigator as he gets to the bottom of…

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Quibi’s most ludicrous presentations at birth — in step with nothing nevertheless their taglines
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Quibi’s most ludicrous presentations at birth — in step with nothing nevertheless their taglines

What is Quibi? Is it the final frontier in the streaming wars? Is it vaporware that’s managed to secure nearly $2 billion in investment funding before it’s even launched? Is it going to be the next big thing people spend time watching while in the bathroom? No one really knows. Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg sees it…

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Contagion shows the lengths of us gallop to witness a movie they may be able to’t hump
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Contagion shows the lengths of us gallop to witness a movie they may be able to’t hump

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film about a pandemic, Contagion, is seeing a spike in viewing. The problem is that Contagion isn’t streaming anywhere — especially in the United States — leading to an increase in rentals on iTunes and torrent downloads. The Verge partnered with TorrentFreak to examine the…

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Warren Ellis wrote Castlevania season three in a ‘rapture of angry vitality’
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Warren Ellis wrote Castlevania season three in a ‘rapture of angry vitality’

Netflix’s Castlevania is the rare video game adaptation that’s actually worth watching. Executive produced by Adi Shankar and written by prolific comics author Warren Ellis, it remixes the classic gothic series into a bloody anime-influenced adventure featuring some of the games’ biggest characters. Yesterday, Netflix released a third season that’s longer, weirder, and more ambitious…

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Granblue Fable Versus is a gargantuan first battling game
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Granblue Fable Versus is a gargantuan first battling game

Fighting games are different than other types of video games. A lot of titles — think action games like Control or Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — are about giving you the feeling of becoming more powerful over the course of the game, or just being powerful from the get-go. However, fighting games and other…

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