Nintendo forecasts modest Switch growth as sales overtake the Nintendo 64

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Nintendo sold 2.47 million Switch consoles in the January to March quarter, or 16.95 million units for the financial year. Nintendo’s original target for the financial year was 20 million Switch consoles, later revised to a more realistic 17 million units. Nintendo also reported strong software sales of 118.55 million units thanks to titles like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee!, Super Mario Party, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — an 86.7 percent increase from the year earlier.

Nintendo has sold 34.74 million Switch consoles to date which moves it ahead of the Nintendo 64’s 32.93 million lifetime units. Impressive, but it still pales in comparison to the recent success of the Wii’s 101.63 million…

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Verizon confirms the next Galaxy Note will have 5G

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If you follow phones, this won’t be surprising to hear — the next Galaxy Note, presumably called the Galaxy Note 10, will support 5G cellular networks.

There are so very many reasons why this makes perfect sense, including:

But the best reason is that Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg explicitly said so yesterday, during the…

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You can, and should, put yourself into an Avengers GIF

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We’ve all imagined ourselves as superheroes at one point, and now there’s a website that lets you swap faces with your favorite Avenger — just in time for Avengers: Endgame. The “Avenge Them” site isn’t an official Marvel product, but does build off of the tech found in the Morphin app, which turns your mug into a 3D model to add to GIFs.

Currently, Avenge Them has 18 GIFs available, all of which will have you performing grandiose feats of heroism pulled from the Marvel movies. The selection covers a good range of Avengers heroes, including Star-Lord, Black Widow, Captain America, Black Panther, and more.

It takes about 30 seconds for the site to work you into each of the scenes, which isn’t that long considering that it turns a flat…

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Take a look at Spigen’s Galaxy Fold prototype cases

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Although major design flaws with the Galaxy Fold have forced Samsung to delay its launch indefinitely, smartphone accessories maker Spigen is still continuing plans to develop cases for the phone. Spigen has three cases in development: the Tough Armor, Ultra Hybrid, and Thin Fit. After showing us some mock-ups in March, the company has now shared actual photos of some of its prototype cases.

Spigen notes that its Tough Armor case was the hardest to develop due to its focus on hinge protection. However, based on the photos, it looks like the exposed hinge still doesn’t protect against the Galaxy Fold’s greatest weakness — debris that can slip underneath the screen, according to the iFixit teardown.

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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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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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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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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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Best Buy’s four-day sale discounts 4K TVs, Sonos-ready outdoor speakers, and more

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Best Buy is hosting a four-day sale that will end on Saturday night, and you’ll be able to save on 4K HDR televisions, the MacBook Pro, and more. Tech products spanning several categories are discounted, and since some of Best Buy’s deals are much better than others, we’ve picked those out from the rest.

4K HDR televisions built with Amazon’s Fire TV software are cheaper today. Toshiba’s 43-inch model usually costs $329.99, but you can buy one for $199.99. Amazon is offering this TV for $199.99, too. If you want a bigger TV, Insignia’s 55-inch TV is $249.99 at Best Buy, which is $180 off of its original price.

Sonos and Sonance’s pair of weatherproof outdoor speakers usually cost $799.99, but Best Buy is offering them for $649.98. This…

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Nvidia may be quietly building a transforming Shield Tablet

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<em>Nvidia’s last tablet was the Shield K1, released in 2015.</em>

Code found in Nvidia’s Shield Experience software suggests that the company is working on a 2-in-1 hybrid device that’s able to work as both a laptop and a tablet. The code, which was spotted by XDA-Developers, includes a new piece of software that’s capable of switching between three UI modes, including desktop, tablet, and a mysterious third mode called “dynamic.” It includes an option to start desktop mode if a keyboard is attached to the device.

The findings suggest that Nvidia is working on software for a new tablet, referred to by the codename “Mystique,” which can operate as a laptop if you attach a keyboard, similar to last year’s Google Pixel Slate. Nvidia’s last tablet was the Nvidia Shield K1, which was released in 2015. A r…

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iFixit’s Galaxy Fold teardown reveals its biggest design flaw

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Though it’s not technically the first time we’ve seen the innards of the now-delayed Samsung Galaxy Fold, iFixit’s teardown of the folding device is absolutely the most informed and detailed we’ve seen. Following up on its post speculating on the possible causes of the various screen breakages we’ve seen on review units, iFixit’s teardown analysis seems to reveal a fundamental design tradeoff Samsung had to make — one that may have doomed the phone.

It seems as though Samsung focused quite a bit on ensuring the mechanics of the hinge would be a sturdy and dependable mechanism for folding and unfolding a screen. Yet for whatever reason, the Galaxy Fold does not have enough protection against the ingress of debris. And because that screen…

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Avengers: Endgame — our spoiler-free review

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Spoiler notice: this review expressly doesn’t spoil any specific plot points in Avengers: Endgame whatsoever, but does discuss general themes, ideas, and cast members.

It’s been just over a decade since Marvel Studios launched its flagship franchise of interconnected comics-inspired movies with 2008’s Iron Man, and even now it’s difficult to begin to evaluate how much that franchise has changed the face of filmmaking. After 10 years, 21 films, nearly a dozen television shows, countless tie-in comics and games and merchandising options and viral videos, and billions upon billions of dollars in earnings, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the Holy Grail that every major studio is questing after, usually with little success. The MCU…

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SteelSeries may have just launched the best Xbox wireless gaming headset

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I am about to do something we rarely do at The Verge — get excited for an audio product I’ve never actually touched, let alone listened to. But that’s because when it comes to wireless gaming headsets for an Xbox One, the bar is so very, very low that I can’t help thinking SteelSeries’ new dual-wireless Arctis 9X, announced today, will be a better option than what’s out there right now.

What do I mean about a low bar? Well, very few manufacturers even bother to sell Xbox-compatible wireless headsets, and those that have tried to implement Microsoft’s official Xbox Wireless to communicate directly with an Xbox (instead of requiring a dongle) have pretty much bombed for me. Each of them — the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 and 700, the Razer…

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How long will it take to phase in driverless cars?

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Aurora CEO Chris Urmson stopped by The Vergecast to discuss the future of self-driving cars with Nilay Patel and Andrew Hawkins. They explore how the industry has evolved over the years and how long it will take before self-driving cars are commonly used on the road.

You can listen to the discussion in its entirety on The Vergecast right now. Below is a lightly edited excerpt from this interview regarding some of Urmson’s ideas about how he expects driverless cars to be rolled out in the coming years.

Nilay Patel: So you want to be one of many, many suppliers in the emerging driverless car / automotive industry?

Chris Urmson: Well, we don’t think there’ll be many, many people who can do this. We think actually building the driver is…

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Kerf’s sustainable wooden wireless chargers are cheaper for Verge readers

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Compared to most companies, Kerf takes a more sustainable approach to making phone accessories: it fashions them out of a wood casing of your choice. For a limited time, Kerf’s single-coiled wireless charging devices that support up to 10W of power are 20 percent off for readers of The Verge.

Starting at $39, the most affordable configuration of the wireless charging block is made with walnut wood (you can customize the wood grain to meet your taste and budget). It brings a nice accent to your coffee table or night stand. Save for the USB-C port on the back, the charger doesn’t even look like a piece of technology. You can save 20 percent off with the offer code VERGE used at checkout, bringing the price down to $31.20.

This wireless…

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The Apple Watch Series 3 is back down to $199, its lowest price yet

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Today’s best deals include the Apple Watch Series 3 dropping back down to its lowest price of $199, and RavPower’s slim fast-charging 60W USB-C wall charger is also discounted for readers of The Verge. The weeklong sale on Amazon’s Echo Dot smart speakers has come to an end, but we found a deal that still includes a free speaker with the purchase of a smart lighting kit.

The 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS connectivity is $199 at Amazon. This matches the best deal that we’ve seen, so this is another opportunity to save if you’ve missed out on previous promotions. This price applies to the silver aluminum watch with a white band, as well as the space gray aluminum model that comes with a black band. If you want the 42mm Watch, Amazon…

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Dell’s new XPS 15 will put the webcam above the screen where it belongs

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Dell’s XPS line has some of the best, most well-rounded Windows laptops you can buy, and the 15-inch variant is about to get even more versatile. Alongside announcements of new models in its gaming-oriented G-Series line and from its Alienware subsidiary, Dell is also revealing that a new XPS 15 is on the way, and it will come with improved graphics that let it double as an entry-level gaming laptop.

Even better: the new XPS 15 will also finally get the proper webcam design fix that we saw pop up on the refreshed XPS 13 from earlier this year, Dell XPS (and Alienware) boss Frank Azor tells The Verge. That means the webcam is no longer positioned beneath the Dell logo at the bottom of the screen — where it captures an upward shot of your…

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