This is the most important MCU sequence to rewatch before seeing Avengers: Endgame

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Spoiler alert: This article does not address or reveal any plot points from Avengers: Endgame. It’s just a recommendation for a specific refresher course. Trust us on this one.

Ahead of the release of Avengers: Endgame, anti-spoiler mania has reached a point of frenzy, driven in part by the directors’ anti-spoiler statement, a seemingly actively malicious pro-spoiler movement, and an extremely popular social media hashtag urging people not to be dicks about it. The Verge is so on board that our spoiler-free review doesn’t reveal a single plot point from the movie, and neither will this post.

We’re just here to say that the film, as a whole, ties back into a whole lot of Marvel Cinematic Universe history. It’s a phenomenally referential…

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Anker’s new 60W USB-C GaN charger looks like the one we’ve been waiting for

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Anker’s first gallium nitride (GaN) charger — the 30W PowerPort Atom PD 1 — was interesting, largely due to its size, but it was less practical due to its low power and single USB-C port. The company’s new GaN charger, the aptly named PowerPort Atom PD 2, looks to solve most of those issues with 60W of power, a second USB-C port, and an improved design.

The changes are obvious just by looking at the Atom PD 2. Where the Atom PD 1 looks like a beefier iPhone brick, the PD 2 is more in line with one of Apple’s MacBook Pro chargers. At 60W, it’s much more suited to charging a MacBook Pro (or another USB-C laptop), too.

Unlike Apple’s bundled charger, the Atom PD 2 offers two USB-C ports, instead of just one. That might not…

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Network with CrunchMatch at TC Sessions: Mobility 2019

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If you’re planning to attend TC Sessions: Mobility 2019 on July 10, then get ready to network like never before. And by that, we mean easily. TC’s day-long event — dedicated to the future of mobility and transportation — features discussions, demos and workshops with the brightest founders, technologists and investors in these industries. With […]

Overwatch’s new Workshop lets players build their own custom games

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Blizzard’s team shooter Overwatch is getting a big new feature. Today, the developer announced the Overwatch Workshop, which it describes as “a simplified game scripting system” that will let players create their own custom games. Essentially, players will be able to take existing game modes and add new rules and win conditions to them. As an example, Blizzard released a floor-is-lava-style mode today where players catch fire if they touch the ground.

Currently, the Workshop is only available on PC in the game’s public test server (PTR), but it looks fairly robust. You can adjust a hero’s abilities or movement, or change up the way healing and damage work. Blizzard also says that players can add text to certain elements of the game, so…

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Here’s why Avengers: Endgame doesn’t have a post-credits scene

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The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Avengers: Endgame, is just starting to hit screens, and already, there are reports of viewers ending the movie with a titanic groan of disgust. It’s not because they hated the movie — which is actively designed as a rousing payoff for 10 years of MCU films — but because they stayed all the way through the credits, and got nothing. There’s no friendly visual joke with a giant ant, no rush straight into the next movie, no low-key, wordless sit-down with some shawarma.

Post-credits scenes have been a staple of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies since 2009’s Iron Man ended with Nick Fury inviting Tony Stark to join the Avengers Initiative. Recently, extra mid-credits scenes have also become a regular…

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Pandemic cooperative tabletop game on sale today

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Amazon is having a sale on tabletop games today, and the one I recommend is the highly rated Pandemic, a cooperative game for 2-4 players.

Game description:

Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out. Players must work together playing to their characters’ strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks. For example, the Operation Specialist can build research stations which are needed to find cures for the diseases. The Scientist needs only 4 cards of a particular disease to cure it instead of the normal 5. But the diseases are out breaking fast and time is running out: the team must try to stem the tide of infection in diseased areas while also towards cures. A truly cooperative game where you all win or you all lose.

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Use ASP.NET Web API and Angular to Build a Simple App

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Many .NET developers know and love ASP.NET 4.x, and will continue to build apps with it into the future. ASP.NET 4.X is a battle-tested web framework that has existed for over 15 years and is supported by a mature ecosystem.

On the client-side, many developers use Angular both for home and work projects, and it is outstanding for building enterprise-level, feature rich, applications.

Windows 10’s big May 2019 Update is blocked on PCs using USB storage

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Microsoft hasn’t officially released Windows 10’s May 2019 Update to everyone just yet, but the company is already warning of a very weird bug with it. Microsoft is blocking the update on PCs that have a USB hard disk like a thumb drive attached, or machines with an SD Card in the SD Card reader. “Inappropriate drive reassignment can occur on eligible computers that have an external USB device or SD memory card attached during the installation of the May 2019 update,” warns a Microsoft support article.

This means that if you had a USB drive with the D: letter assigned by Windows, after the May 2019 Update it could have shifted along to E: instead. That wouldn’t cause a lot of headaches for most consumers, but for tightly managed…

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A two-pack of Tile Pro Bluetooth trackers is $25 off for Verge readers

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A two-pack of Tile Pro Bluetooth trackers usually costs $70, but Daily Steals is offering Verge readers a $25 discount. This brings the price at checkout down to $44.99. The offer code will automatically apply if you click the link, but if you run into trouble, paste VERGETILE in at checkout.

Tile claims that the Pro is its most durable Bluetooth tracker yet, and unlike older models, it has replaceable batteries so you’ll be able to swap it out instead of trashing the whole tracker. A Bluetooth tracker isn’t the most fun tech upgrade, and ideally, you won’t need to rely on one often. But these trackers are worth the price since they’re super helpful when you’ve lost something, be it the keys that the Tile is attached to, or the bag…

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If you correctly guess the secret word on Slack you’ll win $1,000

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The Word of the Day is a daily guessing game in Slack. It’s easy enough to play. Just go there and enter words. If you are the first to match the secret word of the day, you win $1,000. The most recent winner was Erika Y. who correctly guessed “inscrutable.”


How and when will I get paid?

We will DM you on Slack for your Venmo handle, and you’ll get paid within 24 hours of winning.

How do you know who said the first correct word?

We built a slack bot to monitor the channel and notify everyone when someone wins.

What happens if no one gets the word right?

The slackbot will announce what the word was at 11:59PM EST. No one will get paid, and the $1000 will not roll over to the next day.

How many guesses do I get?

You can guess as many times as you want, but only in one word increments.

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How to cancel your Apple News Plus subscription

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Apple’s premium newspaper and magazine subscription service, News Plus, launched on March 25th, which means that if you signed up for the month-long free trial, your free ride is over, and you will be charged $9.99 per month going forward.

If you’re a reader of the magazines and newspapers that are available in Apple News Plus, it might be worth keeping the service, provided you can put up with its weird and sometimes incongruous interface. But if you aren’t planning to read a lot of magazine articles in the News app, it’s probably time to cancel your trial before you’re charged.

Contrary to what you might expect, canceling News Plus isn’t done through the app on your iPhone or iPad. Instead, you have to go to the App Store to do it….

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