Robert Eggers new black-and-white arthouse drama The Lighthouse is the kind of film thats just about impossible for a studio to market. Its nominally a horror film, set in the brutal isolation of a remote, storm-wracked coastal lighthouse in the 1890s. But its hard to say what kind of horror film Eggers and his brother and co-writer Max Eggers deliberately keep the details ambiguous. It centers on an older lighthouse keeper (Willem Dafoe) who takes on a young, initially reticent apprentice (Robert Pattinson) who eventually turns belligerent. As tensions rise between them, they deal with events that might be hallucinations, or an assault by the supernatural. Its the kind of film that deeply frustrates conventional horror fans who…
Google announced a new version of its two-year-old Pixel Buds headphones on Tuesday, alongside the new Pixel 4 phone. The Pixel Buds 2 are smaller and lighter, and they also ditch that fabric-colored cord that connected the original pair. Theyre truly wireless earbuds now, and that makes them a better contender against Apples AirPods, the Samsung Galaxy Buds, and others.
We wont know exactly how they sound or how well theyll work till 2020, since Google wont be shipping them until then. But what we can talk about right now is their design and fit, which is more important to some consumers than even sound quality, and just how much competition they already have right now.
The file apparently refers to a new MacBook Pro model designated MacBookPro16,1 (which in and of itself just indicates that its a new model the 16 here is likely just a coincidence based on how Apple does its model numbering), and features a thumbnail image for what definitely looks like a larger MacBook Pro with thinner bezels than the current 15-inch models icon.
There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that its hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verges 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
V for Vendetta, the 2006 movie adaptation of the politically charged graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist David Lloyd. Set in a dystopian future England, the film stars Natalie Portman as idealistic young woman Evey Hammond, who becomes a protégée of V, an anarchist revolutionary (Hugo Weaving) in a Guy Fawkes mask. The original…
So this week on The Vergecast, hosts Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller go through all the products Google announced at its hardware event on Tuesday, then invite senior reporter Adi Robertson and Silicon Valley editor Casey Newton on to discuss Zuckerbergs speech at Georgetown University on Thursday.
Nintendos Ring Fit Adventure, the spiritual successor to the Wii Fit that launches today for the Switch, is a genuinely fun way to work up a sweat. After playing it regularly for two weeks, my colleague Andrew Webster noted in his review that Ring Fit Adventure is an easy way to fit physical activity into your life. But its got another perk, one that Nintendo developers probably didnt intend for (and dont condone): the mini-games are perfect party games, best played when everyones a little tipsy. In my experience, it might even be more fun to play with a crowd than Super Mario Party.
The issue with Super Mario Party is that its not really made for spontaneous play if you want to play with more than two people, you have to plan…
Nearly a year after launch, RED has dropped the price on its Hydrogen One smartphone to $645 a price that is still too expensive for what you get, and even at launch, would not have justified all of the phones shortcomings. The 50 percent price drop, spotted by Sascha Segan of PCMag, seems to have been implemented on REDs website sometime in the past week. The phone originally sold for $1,295.
Even with this dramatic price drop, the Hydrogen One remains a terrible deal. A brand new iPhone 11 a remarkably better phone, with much better cameras and video shooting capabilities (something RED fans might care about) costs just $54 more. And most year-old phones are even cheaper: the iPhone XR is now down to $599, and Googles Pixel 3…
As Ikea had announced earlier in the year, the US is only getting the Fyrtur blackout blinds, not the lighter Kadrilj model. Ikea is selling eight sizes of the blinds, ranging from 23 inches wide (for $129) to 48 inches (for $179). As my colleague Thomas Ricker notes in his review, the shades cant be cut: theyre all 76 3?4 inches long, with the maximum length that they unroll to limited by the user as part of the setup process.
While Ikeas website doesnt list all the models just yet, Reddit user HomeKit_Hero has h…
Luna Display, the solution that lets you use an iPad as a secondary display for your Mac, now works Mac to Mac. Announcing the new functionality in a blog post, Luna Display says that the feature works between any combination of iMacs, Mac minis, and MacBooks running on macOS 10.8 Mountain Lion or later.
In a tweet, Luna Display CEO Matt Ronge said that the functionality was a direct response to being sherlocked by Applesnew Sidecar feature, which builds much of Luna Displays functionality natively into macOS Catalina. Apples first-party solution only lets you use iPad tablets as a secondary display.
The new functionality should help you find a use for any old Mac lying around, which you might have been tempted to sell or recycle….
A new leak says that OnePlus could replace the pop-up selfie camera used by the OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T Pro with a hole-punch notch in the OnePlus 8 Pro. The leak comes courtesy of 91Mobiles, which created the unofficial renders based on information provided by tipster OnLeaks. The images also show a fourth sensor on the back of the next OnePlus flagship a 3D time-of-flight sensor for depth-sensing.
Alongside the renders, 91Mobiles also notes that the phone will have a 6.65-inch curved 90Hz display, which is ever so slightly smaller than the 6.67-inch display found on the 7T Pro. Aside from the loss of the pop-up selfie camera, the information suggests we wont see many big changes in the next OnePlus device.
The Vatican continues to take great pains to bring Catholic faith into the modern era, and this week its transforming the faithful rosary adapting todays popular fitness tracker idea into a $110 bracelet that tracks your prayers.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is just days away from its October 25th release date, and Activision has finally announced how itll be running the in-game economy for the upcoming shooter. Specifically, Modern Warfare will be the first Call of Duty game to use a battle pass system, instead of the much maligned random loot boxes, to dispense content and cosmetics to players.
Popularized by Fortnite, the battle pass system allows for players to buy the pass at the beginning of the season, and unlock a variety of items as they progress. Modern Warfares system sounds like itll be extremely similar to the Fortnite model (which has since been adopted by other major titles, like Destiny 2 and PUBG). Players will be able to buy a pass at the…
Its not the first mainstream shooter to make the jump to the Switch: Bethesda has ported Doom and a few Wolfenstein games, and of course theres Nintendos own Splatoon series and the ubiquitous Fortnite. But as an exclusively online, multiplayer-based competitive team shooter, Overwatch might be the least likely fit for the Switch, at least on paper.
Ive spent the last day or two playing the Switch port, and at first glance, that impression is correct. As a way to play Overwatch seriously, the Switch port is bad. Theres no other way to put it. If youre…
Nvidia cant be very happy with its online retail partners today. After Amazon leaked every detail about the upcoming Shield TV Pro, Newegg has now spoiled the reveal of a seemingly more mainstream Shield TV that also supports 4K playback with Dolby Vision. 9to5Google managed to save everything before Newegg wised up and removed the listing. Both streaming devices run Googles Android TV software.
The first thing youll notice about this one is definitely the form factor. Whereas the new flagship Shield TV Pro resembles Nvidias old model, this device has a completely fresh cylindrical design. It measures 6.5 inches wide and 1.57 inches tall, according to Newegg. Nvidia has found room for HDMI, microSD, a figure-8 power jack, and even…
Google came up with its own face unlock system for the Pixel 4 and 4 XL using those advanced sensors in the phones top bezel. The technology behind it is similar to Apples Face ID, and aside from just letting you into your phone, Google believes face unlock is secure enough to serve as an authentication method across Android. (Theres no more fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 4, remember.) And its very fast. But BBC News reporter Chris Fox has noticed an alarming privacy concern with Googles face unlock: it works even if your eyes are fully closed.
A support page about face unlock directly confirms as much. Your phone can also be unlocked by someone else if its held up to your face, even if your eyes are closed, the page reads….
Razers new Blade 15 Studio Edition laptop is now available in the US and Canada. Its design fits right into the companys lineup of gaming-focused laptops, but this one is built specifically for creative professionals who demand especially high-end specs and who have a lot of money to spend.
The only configuration thats currently available costs $3,999 and comes in mercury white, which looks silver. Its 15.6-inch touchscreen is a 4K OLED with a 1ms response time that covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut. For its processor, Razer selected the 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H hexa-core CPU. Inside, youll find Nvidias Quadro RTX 5000 Studio Edition graphics card with a whopping 16GB of video RAM.
Nintendos new, slightly improved Switch console has vastly improved battery life over the original model. If youve been thinking about upgrading to this version, or are purchasing your first Switch, Amazons deal might appeal to you.
For a limited time, you can save $24.01 on this Switch console by clipping the coupon on its product page over at Amazon. Right next to the price, click to clip the coupon, then youll see the price drop on the checkout page.
The original Switch console that released in 2017 could last between 2.5 and 6.5 hours, depending on the game that youre playing. This new model almost doubles the base lifespan per charge, up to 4.5 hours. And if youre playing something that isnt particularly taxing to the Switch…
If you signed up for a free trial for Apple Arcade when it launched on September 19th, that trial runs out tomorrow, so you might think about canceling your subscription today if you dont want to pay for it going forward. If you stick with it, youll be charged $4.99 per month.
I suspect a lot of people are going to stay subscribed, because, as it turns out, Apple Arcade is already pretty good. Its chock-full of great games like Assemble With Care, Card of Darkness, and Grindstone,and more games are being added all the time, like the cool-looking architecture-puzzler Manifold Garden that will be available tomorrow. And you can play all of those Apple Arcade games on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV.
The fan-favorite Nvidia Shield TV streaming box is getting a new refresh soon in the form of the Nvidia Shield TV Pro, which will bring a faster Tegra X1+ processor and a new remote, according to a now-removed Amazon listing that revealed the new product a few days ahead of an apparent October 28th release date, via 9to5Google.
Visually, the Shield TV Pro is identical to the refreshed Shield TV from 2017: same design, same dimensions, same ports, same optional stand. Even the specs are largely the same; theres still 16GB of flash storage and 3GB of RAM. But Nvidia is making two big changes here: a new Tegra X1+ processor that replaces the standard X1 chip on the old model, which it promises is up to 25% faster.
Swagtron is expanding its lineup of affordable electric bikes with three new models: the EB9, EB10, and EB11. All three bikes are in the classic cruiser style, with upright U-shaped handlebars and frames that feature the sweeping lines of a vintage beach bike. And if theyre anything like the EB12 city bike that was released earlier this year, the new bikes will be fun and affordable entry-level e-bikes for a wide variety of riders.
Cruisers are good for casual city riding, but they look best zooming down a beach boardwalk or sand-covered trail. The upright riding style is sure to appeal to riders who prefer not to be hunched over their handlebars and for whom speed and aerodynamics are just an afterthought. The low-slung top tubes on…