Vergecast: Code Conference, Pixel 3 rumors, and WWDC preview

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The Vergecast is here once again to fulfill the weekly prophecy of illuminating tech news. This week, Dieter is at Recode’s Code Conference, but he still calls in to talk to Nilay, Natt, and Paul about what he saw and heard.

Also, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is next week, so the crew runs through what to expect.

There’s a whole lot in between that — like Paul’s weekly segment “Embarrassingly parallel,” rumors about the next Pixel phone, and some deep philosophy about whether a phone is a tool or an instrument — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

00:41 – Code Conference 2018

5:32 – Evan Spiegel on Facebook: ‘We would really appreciate it if they copied our data protection practices’

11:56 – AT&T and Verizon both…

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Here’s a leaked look at the Motorola One Power’s iPhone X-like appearance

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A new Motorola phone called the Motorola One Power has allegedly leaked, giving us a peek at its appearance. It looks like the phone will have a different design from most Moto devices, with a wide notch on the front display and a camera and fingerprint sensor on the rear.

We first heard about the Motorola One Power through a leaked image from Android Headlines on Tuesday, which indicate that the Lenovo-owned brand is now making a new Moto device in a completely different lineup than the Moto E, G, and Z lines. From that image, we learned the Motorola One Power resembles the iPhone X in several ways: both have a notched front and a vertical dual camera placement on the back as well as curved edges. While we don’t know the specs of the…

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Helm moves out of Kubernetes’ shadow to become stand-alone project

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Helm is an open source project that enables developers to create packages of containerized apps to make installation much simpler. Up until now, it was a sub-project of Kubernetes, the popular container orchestration tool, but as of today it is a stand-alone project. Both Kubernetes and Helm are projects managed by the Cloud Native Computing […]

Linux Fu: Counter Rotate Keys!

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If you’ve done anything with a modern Linux system — including most variants for the Raspberry Pi — you probably know about sudo. This typically allows an authorized user to elevate themselves to superuser status to do things.

However, there is a problem. If you have sudo access, you can do anything — at least, anything the sudoers file allows you to do. But what about extremely critical operations? We’ve all seen the movies where launching the nuclear missile requires two keys counter-rotated at the same time and third firing key. Is there an equivalent for Linux systems?

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The 2019 emoji candidates include that flamingo you’ve been looking for

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A new batch of hopefuls has been added to the ever-expanding library of emoji. Emojipedia published a list of candidates for Unicode 12.0, the upcoming version of the Unicode standard that may soon grace your phone.

Many of these candidates add additional variations to existing emoji, such as options for a white or brown heart or a variety of colors for circular or square icons. And then there are the super specific ones, like the axe, razor, flamingo, and briefs — as in men’s underwear. Most encouraging within this list, however, are the emoji that better represent people with disabilities. There’s an ear with a hearing aid, a motorized wheelchair, and a guide dog, to name a few.

Emoji that do make it through the final process will be…

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Fortnite is headed to the Nintendo Switch, according to new leaks

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The question at this point, really, is which platforms Fortnite isn’t being planned for. The Amazon Echo, maybe? Fitbit? Honestly, those are probably just a matter of time, too, as Epic’s massively popular sandbox survival title steamrolls its way across the industry. The latest rumor finds Fortnite headed for the Nintendo Switch, just in time […]

Build new empires in the latest release in Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise

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It’s not common that a game series survives as long as Sid Meier’s Civilization has. But, with a premise focused on creating an empire that stands the test of time, it seems appropriate that one of strategy gaming’s most venerable series continues to stay relevant more than 20 years after its birth. Winner of 15 E3 Awards, including Best PC Game and Best Strategy Game, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is the series’ latest installment, and it still finds ways to bring players back to the strategy gaming genre it helped build over two decades ago.

Right now, you can try Sid Meier’s Civilization VI and its new Rise and Fall expansion pack on sale today with the Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Bundle for Mac. It’s available to Boing Boing readers for $56.99.

You Against the World

For the uninitiated, Sid Meier’s Civilization challenges players to take on history’s greatest leaders and build their own supreme empire from the ground up. Aspiring rulers need to balance military, cultural, and scientific development to stay competitive while delicately navigating the world of diplomacy to ensure they can reach their goals unhindered.

From military conquest to scientific discovery, there are several different ways to achieve victory in Sid Meier’s Civilization, but none of them come easily. Players need to rely on their wits, cunning, and tactical know-how to stay one step ahead of rival leaders while pushing their civilizations to the top.

What’s New

While the core gameplay has remained mostly the same among recent iterations, the series’ newest edition changes a few things up with two parallel tech trees and an innovative city system. Additionally, personal history will actually influence decisions of competing leaders, allowing for nuanced strategic agendas that enrich the gameplay experience.

Now, this all might sound a bit daunting for new players, but worry not. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI has been designed from the ground up to be a game for all payers, whether they’re avid strategy gurus or newcomers looking to test their wits. If you consider yourself part of the latter camp, you can rest easy knowing the latest game includes new tutorial systems that introduce new players to the underlying concepts, making it much easier to get started.

Rise and Fall

As with many of the Sid Meier’s Civilization games, the core titles receive new features after launch in the form of expansion packs. Rise and Fall, the newest expansion in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, creates new threats from within via the new loyalty dynamic. While your choices have always carried weight in previous civilization games, they’re even more potent as your decisions can affect the loyalty—and allegiances–of your and your opponent’s citizens, causing cities to break free and even switch sides to other empires.

What’s more, your decisions in Rise and Fall also play a greater role in how often Golden Ages occur. Make the right choices, and you can fast-track your civilization’s rise to the top. However, if you’re not careful, you can easily send your empire spiraling down a Dark Age, complete with its own harrowing challenges.

How to Get it

If you’re interested in discovering why the latest installment of the venerable Sid Meier’s Civilization Sid Meier’s Civilization was rated 9.4/10 by IGN and 93/100 by PC Gamer, you can do so and experience its new expansion pack with the Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Bundle for Mac, on sale for $56.99. Alternatively, if you already have Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, you can still save on the new Rise and Fall expansion, available today for $26.99.

The Go Developer’s Quickstart Guide to Rust

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You’ve been writing Go. But you’re feeling an urge to test the waters with Rust. This is a guide to make this switch easy.

As the co-author of Go in Practice, I have felt a certain obligation to Go. But I’m ready for a change. Rust topped the satisfaction survey in Stack Overflow’s survey of languages (screenshot above). I’ve decided to give it a try. While Go and Rust are often compared, they are remarkably different languages.

Get ready for Ryan Murphy’s Pose by watching Paris is Burning this weekend

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There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services, and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend.

What to watch

Paris is Burning is Jennie Livingston’s 1991 documentary about the subculture of black and Latinx gay men and transgender women who competed in drag balls in New York City in the late 1980s. A Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner and a surprise arthouse hit, Paris is Burning is a landmark film in queer cinema, which introduced a lot of straight…

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Where should Star Wars go after Solo’s box-office disappointment?

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Over the Memorial Day weekend, Lucasfilm’s latest feature, Solo: A Star Wars Story, debuted to disappointing box-office returns. It was the weekend’s top-grossing movie, but the $103 million domestic take was well below Disney’s expectations, set by the openings for recent series installments Rogue One ($155 million) and The Last Jedi ($220 million).

The armchair-quarterbacking started immediately, with trade publications musing over whether Disney overpacked the film-release calendar by piling Star Wars movies atop Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, and whether turning Star Wars into a twice-yearly cinematic outing meant the series was no longer appointment viewing. Above all, pundits are wondering whether Disney and Lucasfilm will pull…

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Will Apple discuss its MacBook keyboard problems at WWDC?

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It’s not exactly a secret that Apple’s updated MacBook and MacBook Pro have keyboard issues. The butterfly style switches — which Apple first introduced with the 12-inch MacBook in 2015, and then brought over to the MacBook Pro lineup with the 2016 redesign — are famously problematic, with the issue really coming into the spotlight after Casey Johnston wrote about them at The Outline. The new key switches have the unfortunate tendency to fail completely after just a single spec of dust or two manages to find its way under the keys, with a delicate design that makes removing them to clear out the offending dust a dangerous proposition that can destroy your keyboard if done incorrectly.

According to a report from AppleInsider, the 2016…

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Dead Simple Ultrasonic Data Communication

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Some of the best hacks are the ones which seem perfectly obvious in hindsight; a solution to the problem that’s so elegant, you wonder how it never occurred to you before. Of course we also love the hacks that are so complex your eyes start to water, but it’s nice to have a balance. This one, sent in by [Eduardo Zola] is definitely in the former group.

In the video after the break, [Eduardo] demonstrates his extremely simple setup for using ultrasonic transducers for one-way data communication. Powered by a pair of Arduinos and using transducers salvaged from the extremely …read more

The Riotoro Prism Gaming Mechanical Keyboard Review: Making A Strong Debut

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Today we are taking a look at Riotoro’s first mechanical keyboard, the Ghostwriter Prism. The company’s first mechanical keyboard is targeted towards demanding gamers and advanced users, with original Cherry MX Brown RGB mechanical switches, advanced media controls, and extensive programmability options. We check to see whether this new product has what it takes to please the most demanding segment of the PC market.

Fortnite is reportedly coming to the Nintendo Switch

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Fortnite, the massively popular battle royale shooter, is reportedly coming to Nintendo’s Switch console soon. A leaked list of E3 Nintendo games appeared on 4chan this morning, alongside a Korean game rating for Fornite on Switch. Eurogamer reports that the leaked E3 Nintendo games list is accurate, and to “expect an announcement soon

Fortnite recently launched on iOS, and is coming to Android this summer. While the game uses touch controls on iOS and Android, on Switch it could likely use a combination of both the touchscreen and Joy-Con controllers. Fortnite fans have been waiting on a Nintendo Switch version, and it looks like we’re about to hear more about it at or before E3.

4Chan

Nintendo leaked E3 list

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Walmart launches exclusive personal shopping service that you text

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Walmart continues to battle for internet relevance with the launch of Jetblack, the company’s new personal shopping service that you text. Jetblack is powered by automated bots and real live humans who’ll do their best to fulfill your requests. “Need it. Text it. Get it. Jetblack is the easiest way for busy moms to shop,” reads the tagline. Sorry, dads.

Jetblack, or “J” as we’re supposed to call it, begins life exclusively in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Members text questions or specific shopping requests directly to the Wal-borg, where its network of AI-driven bots and professional buyers will scurry into action. The service can recommend the best TV, for example, or gifts for any desired occasion. Deliveries will arrive on the same day, or…

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Podcast: Learn the hilarious stories behind the weird and quirky products of Archie McPhee

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Want to know the stories behind finger hands, Handerpants (underpants for hands), and some of the other great novelty products from Seattle-based novelty giant Archie McPhee? I’m going to guess that you do. Let me point you to their new podcast Less Talk, More Monkey on iTunes and Google Play. It’s hosted by my buddies-in-pop-culture Shana Danger, David Wahl, and Scott Heff.

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