Apple’s editorial App Store ‘Today’ stories now work in web browsers

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Apple has been offering editorial takes on apps in the App Store since it redesigned the storefront in iOS 11, but until now those interviews, guides, and recommendations were only available to read in the actual App Store apps themselves. Now, though, you can read them directly in a web browser on a computer, as spotted by 9to5Mac.

The new web view works on desktops and Android devices. iOS devices will still directly open the Today story in the App Store as usual. The old system would simply show an abridged version of the story in question, but the new web view now shows the entire thing, complete with screenshots and a link to the app or apps in question.

There’s still no way to actually browse and find those links directly on…

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Amazon’s terrific fantasy Carnival Row works best when it isn’t copying Game of Thrones

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Since Game of Thrones ended in May, HBO’s streaming rivals have been racing to capture their share of the viewers who still crave shows packed with fantasy spectacle, intrigue, and sex. Amazon seems especially focused on winning over genre fans: its Prime Video service is currently spinning up an epic-fantasy lineup that promises series based on The Lord of the Rings and The Wheel of Time. It’s starting its run with the original show Carnival Row, which will release its first eight-episode season on August 30th. It’s a gorgeous, well-written, and unrepentantly political series, but it’s at its absolute worst when the writers try too hard to make it feel like Game of Thrones.

Carnival Row is set in a world that resembles what the 1800s…

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How to change your PlayStation Network username

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It wasn’t always easy to change your PlayStation Network (PSN) account name. Actually, it wasn’t until April 2019 that Sony allowed account holders to do it at all. Now, each account is allowed to change their username once for free. Any changes after that come at a cost: $4.99 if you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber, or $9.99 for everyone else.

Whether you’ve outgrown your username or you simply want to change it, we’re going to walk you through the process. However, there are a couple of warnings to run through first.

If you mostly play newer games (specifically, games released after April 1st, 2018), Sony says that you shouldn’t encounter many, if any, issues with the username change since those games were developed to support this…

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The Boys demonstrates why evil-Superman stories are so popular

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Warning: This essay contains major spoilers for season 1 of The Boys.

In the first season of Amazon’s comics adaptation The Boys, anti-superhero vigilante Billy Butcher (Karl Urban of the Star Trek reboot movies and Thor: Ragnarok) comes to Susan Raynor, the deputy director of the CIA, with evidence of a massive corporate conspiracy, and a list of demands in exchange for the information. She’s willing to grant him and his team exorbitant salaries, security clearance, offices, and indemnity, but she refuses to help him in his vendetta against Homelander (Antony Starr), the world’s most powerful superhero.

“It’s suicide,” she tells Billy. “Not for you, for thousands of people if you push him too hard. I’m terrified, and you should be too.”

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The PS4’s DualShock 4 controller is getting some fresh fall colors

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Sony’s DualShock 4 controller for the PS4 already has dozens of color variants, but that’s not stopping the company from announcing a few more today: electric purple, titanium blue, rose gold, and red camouflage (for blending in to a bright red forest, I guess?).

All four controllers feature a subtle (or, in the case of the red camouflage, not-so-subtle) two-tone color scheme. The electric purple model, in particular, is getting some extra flair in the form of all-white icons for the face buttons in place of Sony’s iconic red / green / pink / blue colors.

As is typical for non-black DualShock 4 controllers, the new colorways will be available for $64.99 in September. That’s $5 more than the standard (boring) version, which starts at…

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GoPro’s Hero 8 and Max 360 camera pictured in new leak

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Two of GoPro’s upcoming cameras, the Hero 8 action cam and the Max 360 camera, have allegedly been pictured in a series of leaks from Photo Rumors. Alongside the images, the leaks claim that the Hero 8 will double the maximum frame rate of its predecessor, with the ability to shoot in 4K at up to 60 fps or at up to 480 fps when filming in HD. It could also support a range of new accessories, and it will allegedly be announced as early as next month.

The Hero 8 leak has emerged just after rival manufacturer DJI released a direct competitor in the form of the DJI Osmo Action, the company’s first action cam. When we tried it out for ourselves, we thought GoPro’s existing Hero 7 had a slight edge in terms of image quality and overall…

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This is the ultimate desk charging station

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There’s a new champion in town — if the town you’re in is full of ways to charge laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other devices. The new ZeroLemon Extreme Charge Station is the most powerful multidevice USB charger I’ve ever used. It outputs up to 135W of power across its two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, Qi charging pad, and Apple Watch dock. It has two fans to keep things cool, and the whole thing is about the size of a small paperback book. (It looks like a mini Xbox gaming console.) ZeroLemon is currently running a Kickstarter campaign through the end of August, and it expects to ship the Extreme Charge Station in October for $99.

All of that power and all of those ports means you can basically charge any USB device with this dock….

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Google Assistant will let you send reminders to friends and family

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Google is adding a new feature to its Assistant that will let you assign reminders to other people, so long as that person is part of an opt-in group of trusted fellow Assistant users. The feature is designed mostly for families — it will function via the Family Group feature — so that a parent can send reminders to their children or a spouse and have that reminder pop up on a mobile phone or a Google Assistant-powered Smart Display. But it can also work for friends or roommates, the company says.

The process is pretty straightforward. In a demo last week, a Google representative showed me how you can create a reminder with voice or text and set it to show up at a certain time or to pop up when the receiver is at a certain location. You…

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Logitech’s latest mechanical keyboards use its new super slim switches

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Logitech has announced a pair of new mechanical keyboards, the G915 Lightspeed Wireless and the G815 Lightsync RGB, which use the company’s new low-profile Romer GL switches. Both feature RGB lighting with support for up to 16.8 million colors and five programmable macro keys, while the G915 is also wireless, connecting to your PC via a dongle using Logitech’s proprietary Lightspeed technology.

The new Romer GL switches are available in three variants — linear, tactile, and clicky —which would make them the equivalent of Cherry MX Red switches, Brown switches, and Blue switches respectively. Whichever variant you prefer, Logitech says the GL switches are half the height of its existing Romer G switches. It also claims that they are 25…

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Amazon’s Wheel of Time show has a cast of unknowns but big ambitions

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Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings show might be getting most of the attention around the streaming service’s big-budget fantasy adaptations, but the company has just announced casting for nearly all the key characters in its other doorstop fantasy novel show: Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time.

The show announced its cast for the books’ five central characters: Madeleine Madden as Egwene al’Vere, Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara, Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon, Zoë Robins as Nynaeve al’Meara, and Josha Stradowski as Rand al’Thor.

Jordan’s original 15-book epic, which puts even the Harry Potter or A Song of Ice and Fire series to shame in terms of sheer page count,…

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Bon Iver owns a Tesla called ‘John Teshla’

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Pitchfork published a terrific profile of Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver, aka the guy who writes songs so mournful that he turned a generation of sad boys into sad men. Jeremy D. Larson’s piece is rich with details about the Eau Claire County crooner, but the best one is in the first sentence:

“Justin Vernon lights a blunt as he charges his Tesla, which is affectionately named John Teshla.”

It’s hilarious imagining that the man, famous for writing sad tunes alone in the woods, drives the automobile preferred by Logan Paul. But it’s even better that he’s named it after a pun on everyone’s favorite former Entertainment Tonight host and composer of the best sports theme song.

While we’re talking about Bon Iver, I’ve actually been thinking a…

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Virtual desktops finally come to Chrome OS

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The latest version of Chrome OS is rolling out to Chromebooks now and it comes with a lot more new features than usual. The biggest one, as noted by Android Police, is the addition of virtual desktops. You’ll be able to switch between up to four different desktops with their own window layouts.

When you swipe up to view all windows in the overview mode, you should see a new button in the upper right corner labeled “New Desk,” which will create a new space where you can drag windows. It’s not all that different from how Apple does it in Mission Control on the Mac. You should then be able to use a four-finger swipe to switch between them.

Google has also launched a new web app that shows the latest features available on Chrome OS. Since…

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Watch the first trailer for the second and final season of Star Wars Resistance

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Disney just released a trailer for the second and final season of its animated series Star Wars Resistance. We knew a second season was coming, but today’s big reveal is that the second season will be the show’s last, hinting that it has some big things in store — like the appearance of Kylo Ren, the volatile leader of the imperialist First Order from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Star Wars Resistance follows a young Resistance pilot named Kazuda Xiono and the crew of the Colossus, a refueling station once controlled by the First Order. Today’s trailer shows the crew of the Colossus fleeing from the First Order as Tam Ryvora, who defected from the Colossus to join the First Order at the end of the first season, begins her career…

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Misfit’s new Vapor X is a lightweight Wear OS smartwatch

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Misfit has launched the Vapor X, which it claims is its lightest and most efficient Wear OS smartwatch. The Vapor X has a 1.19-inch AMOLED display, and its 42mm case is built with a lightweight aluminum alloy that weighs in at 43 grams. (The weight of previous Vapor watches isn’t listed on their respective spec sheets for comparison; we’ve reached out to Misfit for a more complete rundown.)

The Vapor X features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 processor. Misfit asserts that you can expect a full day of battery power, or more if you use its new battery-saving mode. The watch features the usual 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. (If you want something more powerful, Fossil’s new Gen 5 watch is an exception: it has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of…

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Here’s where you can preorder the Sega Genesis Mini console

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Sega’s miniature Genesis console, the Genesis Mini, will come out on September 19th, but it’s available for preorder now at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Walmart.

Preorders have actually been open for a few months, but there’s more incentive to put your money down. Today, August 14th, is the 30th anniversary of the console’s original launch in the US, and The Verge’s Andrew Webster posted everything you’d want to know about the mini retro console.

Some of what you’ll get with the purchase of the Genesis Mini is expected, including an HDMI cable; power adapter; and a miniaturized, lovingly re-created version of the Genesis console. But like Nintendo’s NES Classic and SNES Classic, Sega has gone the extra mile for Genesis (Mega Drive,…

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Marvel and Stitcher announce a new podcast based on the Marvels comic miniseries

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Marvel and Stitcher have announced their next superhero podcast partnership: a radio drama adaptation of Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross’ limited Marvels series, which sees news photographer Phil Sheldon trying to get by in the chaos of a superhero world. The podcast marks the third collaboration between Marvel and Stitcher, following Wolverine: The Long Night and its sequel Wolverine: The Lost Trail.

The scripted Marvels series is meant to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the comics series, and it will largely follow the same story, seeing Sheldon (and other ordinary, non-superpowered people) deal with the aftermath of an attempted invasion by the world-devouring Galactus and his battle with the Fantastic Four.

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Here are our favorite picks from The Verge’s Deals event

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We’ve rolled out over 50 exclusive deals for readers this week as part of our deals event. This included some laptops that we liked, such as the LG Gram 17, Dell XPS 13, and Razer Blade Stealth, as well as deals that you can’t find elsewhere on unlocked phones, like the Sony Xperia 1 and Samsung Galaxy A50.

We’re wrapping things up, and we’ll soon be back on the hunt for other good deals. But in case you missed out on our many reader-exclusive deals (originally published Monday and Tuesday), we’re putting our favorite picks back in the spotlight once more.

You can also enter to win a giveaway from our Verge Deals Twitter account. Head over to this page, then follow the instructions to enter the contest, and you might win a mystery bag…

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Borderlands 3 has a billion guns, and its most dangerous weapon is vlogging

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Borderlands 3, the latest game in the 10-year-old series, is a bit of a time capsule. The original Borderlands was released in 2009 during a golden age of narrative-heavy first-person shooters. Its biggest selling points included a four-player cooperative design, a ludicrous number of procedurally generated guns, and a dark but deeply silly sense of humor. And developer Gearbox has maintained that style and tone for years, holding out against the rise of never-ending massively multiplayer shooters like Destiny and Fortnite.

Borderlands 3 will be released next month, and based on my recent preview of the game, it offers more and weirder options than its predecessors. The series’s original, fairly basic video game archetypes have evolved…

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How to watch YouTube on a Peloton bike or treadmill

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The Peloton bike and treadmill come with custom software that’s designed for you to stream live and on-demand classes, view your workout history, browse through the community to add friends, and, yes, even start a video chat with another user. But sometimes you want to bike or run without the motivational instructors screaming from the screen while still keeping yourself entertained for the duration.

Peloton prohibits users from modifying the bike to download other apps like Hulu or Netflix. Some users have gotten around this by opening the Just Ride mode and watching a nearby TV or even hanging a tablet over the screen to stream their own shows. However, there is a simple workaround that lets you stream non-Peloton content on the…

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The Folio Society’s next book brings Marvel’s Golden Age back to life

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The Folio Society has released a number of high-end editions of classic science fiction and fantasy novels over the years, including books by Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, George R.R. Martin, and more. Now, it’s taking on a new medium: comic books. This September, it’ll release Marvel: The Golden Age, 1939-1949, a compilation of the company’s classic comics.

The book is designed to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Marvel Comics #1. It’s now available for preorder, and it will retail for $225 when it’s released on September 25th. It’ll also come with a 64-page replica of that original comic.

The Folio Society’s books are aimed toward collectors and serious readers: its offerings aren’t paperbacks or…

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