9 new trailers you should watch this week

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Welcome to the annual biggest week in trailers, aka TV upfronts week. This is the week when TV networks present glimpses of their new shows to advertisers, trying to woo commitments ahead of the shows’ debuts later this year. Naturally, those trailers also end up online.

I love watching all the upfront trailers because they’re just incredibly awkward and strange most of the time. At this point, the shows have each only filmed a pilot episode, and so a trailer for them is basically a three minute tour through a single 20-or-so minute episode of TV. No surprise, a lot of them are pretty bad, but there are always a few gems.

I’ve included some highlights below, but if you want to watch them all, you can check out trailer roundups for ABC, N…

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Original Content podcast: ‘Game of Thrones’ burns it all down

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This post and podcast contain spoilers for “Game of Thrones.” Our original co-host Darrell Etherington returns for this week’s Original Content podcast, which is all about “Game of Thrones” — specifically “The Bells,” an episode that seems to have prompted more fan outcry than anything in the last seven-and-a-half seasons. The controversy, of course, comes […]

GameStop is discounting games, consoles, accessories, and more today

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GameStop is hosting a day-long sale today on games, consoles, accessories, and memorabilia based on movies, TV shows, and video game franchises. This is a rare opportunity, aside from Amazon Prime Day 2019 and Black Friday, to find popular games and console bundles for less than their usual prices.

Before jumping in to see a few of the best deals, you should know that a membership is required before you can take advantage of today’s deals at GameStop. Its PowerUp Rewards program costs $14.99 per year to join, and it will earn you 10 percent off of used inventory as well as an extra 10 percent back in store credit if you trade in a game, console, or an accessory. So if you still purchase games on disc, a membership may be worth it for…

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Surface Headphones are $100 off at the Microsoft Store

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Microsoft is discounting its Surface Headphones by $100. The deal is available over at the company’s online store, and it looks like a temporary price cut to $249.99 down from the regular $349.99 price.

Microsoft’s headphones have Cortana built-in, but they also work with Apple’s Siri or the Google Assistant on Android. Surface Headphones also include noise canceling (NC), smart switching between multiple paired devices, and USB-C charging.

Microsoft first released its Surface Headphones back in November, and this is the first major discount on the Surface cans since then. We reviewed the Surface Headphones and found them to have great wireless performance, excellent noise cancellation, but lacking in sound quality overall.


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How to use Google Maps to help someone find you

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Google Maps is great for helping you find your way — or even helping you find your car — but the app can also help other people find you.

Maps has an easily overlooked feature for sharing your real-time whereabouts with someone so they can see exactly where you are, even if you’re moving, and then navigate to your location. You can use the same feature to let a trusted person keep tabs on your travel progress to a particular place and know precisely when you’re set to arrive.

The best part? It’s all incredibly simple to do. The trick is knowing where to look.

Share your real-time location

When you want someone to be able to track your location:

  • Open the Maps app on your iOS or Android device
  • Tap the blue dot, which represents your…

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Pay what you want for over 120 hours of coding training

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Looking for a career in IT, gaming or software development? In the ever-changing world of the internet, versatility is your biggest asset. In other words, mastering Java might not cut it in an interview if you don’t know C#.

However, there’s a bundle that covers the essentials in most any language. The Legendary Learn to Code Bundle is a roundup of 13 online courses, each one focused on a different coding platform and its primary uses – and those uses cover nearly every aspect of the internet, from app development to data analytics.

Best of all, it’s currently priced on a “name your price” basis. Anything you pay will get you at least some of the pack, and beating the average price will let you take home the entire thing. Check out what you can learn in the complete bundle:

Google Go, a great all-around programming language for newbies.
Angular 7, the latest version of a Typescript-based tool for app development.
Git, one of the primary control systems for software engineers.
Java, a tried and true language that can be used for creating Android apps and much more.
Ruby, another user-friendly platform that’s great for web development.
C#, with a focus on how this object-oriented language can be used to create the framework for games.
SQL, the foundation for most big databases at major companies.
JQuery, a popular Javascript library that can build website forms and ordering mechanisms.
Python, a versatile language that uses the BeautifulSoup library to gather data.
React, another Javascript library that you can use to create and deploy user interfaces. Read the rest

Jony Ive’s latest product is the Apple Stage, a giant rainbow under which Lady Gaga is about to play

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According to MacRumors, Cult of Mac and a variety of social media reports, Apple employees are having a unique day at Apple’s spaceship campus — one filled with rainbows.

Last week, drone videographer Duncan Sinfield discovered that Apple had erected a gigantic new rainbow stage at the heart of its Apple Park campus, and this morning Apple employees learned what it meant: a huge celebration that may culminate in a private performance from Lady Gaga herself.

There was rainbow swag:

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Ask Slashdot: Are the Big Players In Tech Even Competing With Each Other?

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dryriver writes: For capitalism to work for consumers in a beneficial way, the big players have to compete hard against each other and innovate courageously. What appears to be happening instead, however, is that every year almost everybody is making roughly the same product at roughly the same price point. Most 4K TVs at the same price point have the same features — there is little to distinguish manufacturer A from manufacturer B. Ditto for smartphones — nobody suddenly puts a 3D scanning capable lightfield camera, shake-the-phone-to-charge-it or something similarly innovative into their next phone. Ditto for game consoles — Xbox and Playstation are not very different from each other at all. Nintendo does “different,” but underpowers its hardware. Ditto for laptops — the only major difference I see in laptops is the quality of the screen panel used and of the cooling system. The last laptop with an auto stereoscopic 3D screen I have seen is the long-discontinued Toshiba Satellite 3D. Ditto for CPUs and GPUs — it doesn’t really matter whether you buy Intel, AMD, or Nvidia. There is nothing so “different” or “distinct” in any of the electronics they make that it makes you go “wow, that is truly groundbreaking.” Ditto for sports action cameras, DSLRs, portable storage and just about everything else “tech.” So where precisely — besides pricing and build-quality differences — is the competition in what these companies are doing? Shouldn’t somebody be trying to “pull far ahead of the pack” or “ahead of the curve” with some crazy new feature that nobody else has? Or is true innovation in tech simply dead now?

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Minecraft Earth Goes a Step Beyond Pokemon Go To Cover the World In Blocks

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Microsoft is working on an ambitious new Minecraft game with an augmented-reality spin that hopes to one up Niantic’s wildly popular Pokemon Go mobile game. The Verge’s Tom Warren sat down with Microsoft’s HoloLens and Kinect creator, Alex Kipman, to take a look Minecraft Earth, a new free-to-play game for iOS and Android that lets players create and share whatever they’ve made in the game with friends in the real world, away from TV screens and monitors.

“We have covered the entire planet in Minecraft,” explains Torfi Ilafsson, game director of Minecraft Earth. “Every lake is a place you can fish, every park is a place you can chop down trees. We’ve actually taken maps of the entire world and converted them to Minecraft.” Warren writes: These maps, based on OpenStreetMap, have allowed Microsoft to start working out where to place Minecraft adventures into the world. These adventures spawn dynamically on the Minecraft Earth map and are designed for multiple people to get involved in. This is really where Minecraft Earth starts to get interesting and beyond anything I’ve played in other AR games like Pokemon Go. I tried a variety of adventures during my brief Minecraft Earth gameplay demo, and they range from peaceful and friendly to a little more risky, knowing you enter them and might lose all your treasure if you die to a monster. The fascinating part of adventures is that you can be side-by-side with friends, all experiencing the same game on the exact same spot of a sidewalk or in a park at the same time. Microsoft is doing some impressive behind-the-scenes computational magic (more on that later) so that when you play an adventure, it’s in a precise location, beyond regular GPS coordinates, so that everyone is experiencing the same thing. You can fight monsters, break down structures for resources together, and even stand in front of a friend to block them from physically killing a virtual sheep.

All of the blocks that are collected during an adventure are shared with fellow players, so there are no player-versus-player battles here to kill each other and steal materials. You’ll even see the tools that fellow players have in their hands on your phone’s screen, alongside their username. The idea is that you essentially become your phone in Minecraft Earth, and your camera is a lens into this virtual world. Once you’ve gathered lots of resources, you can then start building. Every player will have a library of build plates, with some that are as big as 200 x 200 feet. You can use build plates to sit a Minecraft build down on a table and build something with friends. Every piece of material that a friend uses on your own plate will then be part of your build, so it’s a collaborative effort to create giant structures; playing solo will mean a lot of searching around for materials. Once you’ve completed a build, you can then share a link to it for friends or followers to then play with your creation on a table or in giant scale in an open space. The game will be available in beta on iOS and Android this summer.

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Five questions about 5G, answered

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There is a lot of 5G hype — too much, actually — and it’s much more complicated than the transition to 4G was. On top of complicated technological questions about millimeter waves and modems, there’s also geopolitics, trade wars, gigantic lawsuits between tech titans, and empty buildings in Wisconsin.

We’re tracking all of those stories on The Verge — you can find our 5G coverage right here — but if you just want a quick primer on what’s going on now that 5G phones are starting to be sold in stores and the White House is issuing 5G-related orders, read on.

1. Should I buy a 5G phone this year?


Why not?

The networks are barely existent, present only in a few cities. Even then, they only work well in certain blocks, and even then, you…

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