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Verge Editor's Choice: Nintendo Switch

I have a PlayStation 4 Pro and an Xbox One S attached to my oversized 65-inch 4K television. I haven’t touched either of them since I got my Nintendo Switch. At this point, it seems silly to enumerate all of the reasons why the Switch is great. It's not just that it's the best way to play the biggest game of the year, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it's that it's designed to play it anywhere and everywhere. Although the Switch is ...
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Hulk learns to talk in the new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok is looking like the roadtrip movie of the fall, and Marvel definitely delivered at Comic-Con today. In the movie’s latest trailer, Thor starts out saying he’s been on a “journey of self-discover.” He’s been reunited with Bruce Banner, who vanished after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the two are out to defeat Hela (Cate Blanchett), who’s bent on destroying Asgard. Directed by What We Do In the Shadows director Tai...
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Lyft is now building its own self-driving technology, which is a big deal

Lyft believes that by 2021, “a majority” of its rides will be in autonomous vehicles. But up until recently, it has been reluctant to do any of the expensive work of building and installing the technology necessary to power these self-driving cars. Today, the ride-hail company said it would finally go beyond partnering with other companies on autonomous driving, and in a significant shift, it will start building some of the technology itsel...
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Microsoft confirms it’s cutting Windows 10 updates for Atom PCs

Microsoft has been preventing PCs with Intel Atom Clover Trail processors from obtaining the latest Windows 10 Creators Update. While many devices with Intel’s Atom Clover Trail chips were released in the Windows 8 era, Microsoft offered a free Windows 10 update to keep the tablet / laptop hybrids up-to-date. ZDNet revealed earlier this week that compatible drivers are preventing owners from updating to the Windows 10 Creators Update, and M...
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Snapchat adds multi-snap recording and Photoshop-style editing features

Snap today announced a pair of new Snapchat features that should make recording and editing new footage a bit easier. The first feature, called multi-snap recording, will let you record up to six 10-second clips in succession, so you can go back over up to one minute of footage and pick out the best clips to send out or save to your Story. The other is a new effect called tilt brush that will let you edit the color of objects within a photo...
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Ed Sheeran made the most delightful cameo in the Game of Thrones season 7 premiere

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran appeared in the Game of Thrones season-seven premiere in a hilariously random cameo, singing a folksy tune. He plays a soldier from King’s Landing, part of a small group in transit in the woods. The lyrics are from a song that appears in George R.R. Martin’s source material, the Song of Ice and Fire books: “For hands of gold are always cold, but a woman's hands are warm.” Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) is ...
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Warner Music has acquired Songkick’s concert recommendation app

Music discovery and ticketing company Songkick has grown in in the last decade, providing local concert recommendations to users and ticket sales for live events around the world. The company is now dividing up some of its assets, according to Billboard , and is selling its concert discovery features to the Warner Music Group. Founded in 2007, Songkick developed an app that allows users to track and set up notifications of live events in th...
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Former DC staffer charged for distributing nude photos of sitting Congresswoman

Two former employees of a sitting member of the US House of Representatives were indicted today in a cyberstalking case, according to the Department of Justice . Juan R. McCullum was indicted on two counts of cyberstalking after he allegedly distributed nude images and videos of his former boss, while his fellow former co-worker Dorene Browne-Louis was indicted on two counts of obstruction of justice for deleting messages from McCullum and ...
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Neill Blomkamp on creating the horrific creature in his latest short film, Zygote

Last month, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp launched his experimental short film project, Oats Studios, releasing an alien invasion film called Rakka , and later, an alternate-history Vietnam War film called Firebase . Now, the director has shared his latest short film, Zygote, which features War of the Worlds and Twilight star Dakota Fanning. Compared to the other films, Zygote is a comparably straightforward affair. It opens with two p...
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Amazon Prime Day 2017: the best deals

Prime Day 2017 has arrived, and Amazon is opening the floodgates to unleash a wave of deals upon the world. Festivities kick off right now, July 10th at 9PM EST / 6PM PST, and will run for 30 hours until 2:59AM EST (July 12th) / 11:59PM PST (July 11th) on Amazon’s website. Amazon tends to run two kinds of deals on Prime Day: regular discounts, which will appear throughout the day and function as regular discounted Amazon purchases; and Ligh...
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RED’s modular Hydrogen One phone looks even crazier in its patent application

Last week we learned that RED, a company best known for making high-quality digital cinema cameras, is going to dip into the smartphone market with something called the Hydrogen One . The company announced the phone with a screaming hot price tag of $1,195 and up, but revealed little else aside from a few things: it will offer 3D (and “4D”) visuals and audio that will “ASSAULT YOUR SENSES,” the phone will be carrier-unlocked and run Android...
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Tesla wins bid to build world’s largest lithium-ion battery for South Australia

Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised back in March that his electric car company, which also owns solar energy provider SolarCity , could help the state of South Australia with its routine weather-caused blackout issues. At the time, Musk said Tesla was so serious about the endeavor, he wrote on Twitter that the project could be completed within 100 days of a signed deal or it’d come free of charge. Now, Tesla is getting the opportunity to make goo...
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Jawbone is reportedly going out of business

Jawbone as we knew it is no more. The tech company that produced Bluetooth earpieces and wireless speakers before betting everything on fitness tracking has entered into liquidation proceedings, according to a new report from The Information . Co-founder and chief executive Hosain Rahman has reportedly started a new company, Jawbone Health Hub, that will primarily focus on health-related hardware products and services. Many Jawbone employee...
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Laptop ban lifted on US-bound flights from Dubai and Istanbul

The Trump administration’s laptop ban has been lifted for US-bound flights out of Dubai and Istanbul, according to Emirates and Turkish Airlines. In a statement to Reuters on Wednesday, an Emirates spokeswoman said that the in-cabin ban on laptops and large electronic devices was lifted for flights out of Dubai after the airline implemented new security measures that the US Department of Homeland Security announced last week. Turkish Airlin...
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Microsoft could lay off ‘thousands’ as it focuses more on cloud services

Microsoft reorganized its global sales force today to heighten its focus on selling cloud services instead of standalone pieces of software, according to The Wall Street Journal . The reorganization, just the latest in a series of structural changes the company has undergone since former CEO Steve Ballmer resigned and Satya Nadella took over in 2014, won’t immediately result in layoffs. Yet the WSJ reports that thousands of jobs could be cu...
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Highlights from the dead characters’ panel at Con of Thrones

Today, at the first-ever Game of Thrones fan convention, Joanna Robinson and David Chen of the A Cast of Kings podcast hosted a panel discussion with actors who have already died on the show. All of the questions were about death! Called “Ghosts of Westeros,” the panel featured Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton), Kate Dickie (Lisa Arryn), Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Mace Tyrell), Amy Richardson (the original Myrcella Baratheon), Sam Coleman (young Hodo...
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Here’s why Netflix renewing Dear White People for a second season is such terrific news

Dear White People, Justin Simien’s witty, often profound satire of life on a fictional Ivy League campus, is coming back to television. Netflix said today that the ensemble cast will return for a second season, which is set to begin production later this year. As a fan of the series, I’m thrilled: Dear White People is as smart about race and campus life as anything I’ve ever seen, and its wonderfully complicated characters are entering seas...
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Amazon is bringing back Prime Day on July 11th

Set your alarm clocks and get your credit cards ready, everyone, because it’s time for Amazon’s Christmas in July. Or more accurately, Amazon’s Black Friday in July. That’s right, friends: Amazon has announced its third annual Prime Day on July 11th. For the third year in a row, Amazon is clearing out its warehouses of old stock running a festival of deals for Prime members. And just like Black Friday, Prime Day starts earlier than ever, wi...
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Google News gets a much-needed redesign to cut down on clutter and confusion

Google today unveiled a new look for its 14-year-old news reader that makes the web service much easier to digest. The Google News page now has three sections located at the center of the homepage: a top headlines list, a local list, and a personalized “For You” section containing stories in interest areas you’ve preselected. These efforts will go a long way in helping Google stay competitive with mobile-first news readers like Apple News a...
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The European SNES Classic is even more adorable than the US version

Nintendo just dropped a bomb in the sedate post-E3 summer game news cycle by announcing the SNES Classic , a miniature $79 version of the classic Super Nintendo Entertainment System preloaded with 21 fan-favorite SNES games. In other words, it’s basically a SNES version of last year’s nearly impossible-to-find NES Classic. The NES Classic was adorable, but many fans coveted the Famicom Classic Mini , the Japanese markets version of the cons...
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Relive Sonic the Hedgehog’s glory days with this eclectic remix album

2017 is shaping up to be a big year for Sonic. Later this year, we will see the launch of two new games starring the iconic Sega character, including both the old-school Sonic Mania, and the more modern (and 3D!) Sonic Forces. With all of this going on, you may well be in the mood for a Sonic fix right now. Well, there’s good news: this week, video game music collective Overclocked Remix released a fantastic celebration of the series’s long...
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FCC grants OneWeb approval to launch over 700 satellites for ‘space internet’

FCC chairman Ajit Pai has released a statement announcing that the commission has granted OneWeb approval for US market access to launch a network of internet-beaming satellites into orbit. OneWeb, which is backed in part by Richard Branson, has been working on providing broadband internet via satellite since 2000, when it acquired the satellite spectrum formerly owned by SkyBridge. OneWeb plans to launch a constellation of 720 low-Earth or...
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First look at Samsung’s Bixby Voice preview for Galaxy S8

The Bixby button on the side of Samsung’s fantastic Galaxy S8 is finally getting its most important feature: voice support. The company has started rolling out an update to enable Bixby Voice for Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners in the United States who signed up to test Samsung’s rival to Google Assistant, Siri, and Cortana. It’s in very early beta — this is day one — and Samsung will be putting more work into the feature before Bixby Voice is wid...
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Twitch and Blizzard sign a deal to bring big e-sports events to the streaming service

Twitch announced today that it has signed a deal with Blizzard Entertainment that gives the popular video game streaming site two-year, third-party live-streaming rights to some of Blizzard’s biggest e-sports events in popular games like Overwatch, Starcraft, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. The deal doesn’t seem to include total exclusivity for Twitch, just third-party streaming-platform rights, implying that if Blizzard or a tourname...
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Jay Z is releasing his new album 4:44 on June 30th exclusively on Tidal

Jay Z is preparing to release his thirteenth solo album on June 30th, and it’s going to be a Tidal exclusive. The album, titled 4:44, will be available to Tidal subscribers and to Sprint users in the latest manifestation of the partnership between the two companies. Tidal says 4:44 is the first in a line of exclusives that will be available to Sprint users, after the carrier purchased 33 percent of the streaming service for $200 million ear...
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