If youre thinking about buying a game for your Nintendo Switch, PS4, or Xbox One, youll save 30 percent on several titles at Target when you opt to pick it up in store. For context, this deal brings Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a $59.99 game, down to $38.10. Games like The Division 2, Team Sonic Racing, Kingdom Hearts III, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and more are also included in the sale.
Its worth noting that this discount only works on products that your local Target store has in stock. And, if video games arent your thing, this order pickup sale extends to board games, too.
According to Recode editor-at-large Kara Swisher, one of Silicon Valleys biggest problems right now is its lack of competition. That big tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google have become too dominant and have thus stifled competition and creativity.
Here is a lightly edited excerpt of Kara Swisher and Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel discussing the importance of competition and the possibilities of breaking up the tech giants that rule the land.
You can hear this and more in the latest episode of TheVergecast.
This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.
Nilay Patel: One of the major themes at the Code Conference this year was antitrust break-ups. My connection between those two things is pretty simple….
So you watched all 26 episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion and the End of Evangelion movies on Netflix, but now you arent sure what to watch next. The good news is that in the more than 20 years since Evangelion originally aired, its become a seminal work of anime, and it inspired a lot of different animators, writers, and directors. Theyve built off what the series did, finding different ways to explore similar ideas in their own works.
One of Evangelions strongest themes is about people making connections with each other. So much of the series is about the characters talking to each other but not really communicating. They struggle to convey what theyre feeling in meaningful ways and to be open with each other. (The seriess AT…
Steams annual summer sale has begun, and its a great time to save on several popular (or not-so-new) PC games if you can get the store to load. As far as the new-ish releases that are looped into the sale, Soulcalibur VI for $19.79 is the best price yet for that game, according to SteamDBs pricing data.
The sale incorporates a quirky community-driven component called Steam Grand Prix thats full of quests you can complete by playing games on Steam. As you complete them, youll nudge your teams car toward the finish line. The first, second, and third place winners…
But what makes the HiRise Wireless stand out is a clever trick Twelve South is adding, allowing the main wireless charging pad to pop out of the stand, letting you also use it as a flat wireless charger (for things like AirPods, or simply for those who just prefer that form factor) or even throw it in a bag to take on the go.
Ive had the chance to try out the HiRise Wireless for a few days, and it mostly holds up to that promise. The puck is easy to detach from the stand, although attaching it took a few tries to get it to stay…
Amazon Prime Day 2019, the two-day shopping extravaganza held exclusively for Amazon Prime subscribers, starts Monday, July 15th at 12AM PT / 3AM ET, and ends on July 16th at 11:59PM PT / 2:59AM ET. There will be thousands of deals to check out across every product category on Amazons massive online storefront, and some of these discounts will be the best youll see until Black Friday.
Part of Prime Days fun comes from buying things that you didnt expect to buy and maybe didnt budget for. Based on last years Prime Day, there will be new Lightning Deals every few minutes of the 48-hour stretch, and theyll often be pretty good products, too.
More careful buyers, who dont want to break their budget purchasing everything that looks…
Developer Respawn is giving Star Wars fans a deeper look at its upcoming story-driven video game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, after viewers came away from this years E3 conference somewhat confused about the type of game the studio is making. That means you can now watch the full 26-minute E3 gameplay demo that was previously only shown behind closed doors in Los Angeles earlier this month.
The goal, according to game director Stig Asmussen, is to help alleviate concerns that Respawn is making essentially an Uncharted-inspired linear action game. Instead, Asmussen says Fallen Order willinclude elements from a number of different RPG and action-adventure titles, most prominently, Metroid and Dark Souls.
Apple considered putting a camera in the Apple Watchs band, according to a new patentspotted by AppleInsider. The design places an optical sensor at the end of the flexible Watch strap, allowing you to twist and turn it to get the photograph you need without having to contort your wrist.
For example, you can pull the strap upward to photograph whats in front of you or fold it back on itself to take a selfie. One of the diagrams in the patent shows how the camera could swivel to take photos on either side of the band, while the patent also references having a band with two cameras in opposing optical directions. Photos could be taken by pinching the watch band or using voice controls. When not in use, the camera could be tucked…
Apple is bringing Xbox and PlayStation 4 controller support to the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV this fall. Its a big change from the select MFi Bluetooth controllers that were supported before, and it means you can now easily connect any PS4 or Xbox One controller to your device to play games on the go.
Ive been trying out an Xbox One S controller (with Bluetooth support) on my iPad Pro running the new public beta, and Im convinced this is a big step toward using an iPad as a portable game console.
While all PS4 DualShock 4 controllers support Bluetooth and will work fully, over on the Xbox side, youll need to make sure your controller supports Bluetooth. If it has a headphone jack at the bottom, then youre good to go.
Detective games are a great concept in theory. Imagine experiencing a Sherlock Holmes story, except youre the one making all of the clever deductions. The problem, of course, is that youre not Sherlock Holmes. So, in many games, the storys momentum can come to a screeching halt because you missed an ever-important clue or misheard a witness statement. Judgment, an investigative spinoff of the long-running Yakuza series, gets around this by offering just enough detective work to feel satisfying, while relegating the big, profound revelations for cutscenes and in-game dialogue. Its sort of like watching a particularly tense crime drama, but one where you get to help out along the way. The result might just be the best detective game…
When Apple announced iPadOS earlier this month, no-one from the company made mention of a major new feature: mouse support. Apple no doubt has good reasons for wanting to keep people focused on the touch interface, but the ability to use a mouse has the potential to completely change how people get things done on the iPad Pro. Heres how it works, and heres how to get started.
First of all, youll need to be running the iPadOS 13 public beta, which is now available for anyone to install. (This also technically works on iOS 13, in case you really want to use a mouse on your iPhone.) The usual caveats about beta software apply: its super buggy right now, so dont try this out on a primary machine unless you have a good reason to, and…
The Universal Serial Bus standard came into being more than 20 years ago, ushering in the USB era, which has been defined by two things: a common, ubiquitous standard for connecting peripherals to PCs, and the daily annoyance of trying to plug things in the right way. USB co-inventor Ajay Bhatt has talked to NPR recently, as spotted by Boing Boing, and given some background on why the plug took the form that it did and what its creation was intended to achieve.
Leading Intels team as part of a multi-company effort, Bhatt was seeking to address the rather gruesome mess of device-specific cables, plugs, and connectors that people had to deal with back in the 90s. As hed previously mentioned in an interview with PCWorld, his interest was…
Amazon Prime Day is back on July 15th for the biggest sale event in Amazons annual tradition of deals and discounts. And this year, Amazon is stretching the definition of Prime Day even further: the deals will last a full 48 hours, beginning on Monday July 15th at 12AMPT / 3AM ET, and running through 11:59PM PT / 2:59AM ETon Tuesday, July 16th.
If youre new to the deal-hunting game, Prime Day is Amazons big summer deal event, where the online retailer cuts the prices on tons of products. Its Christmas in July! Or more accurately, Black Friday in July complete with thousands of deals to sift through. The deals are open to Prime members in the US and beyond, including the UK, Spain, Singapore, Netherlands, Mexico, Luxembourg,…
The easy pitch for the new HBO / BBC co-production Years and Years might be What if Black Mirror, but a family drama? But the more accurate pitch might be What if Black Mirror, but with a full and beating heart? That isnt intended as a slam on Charlie Brookers anthology series about dystopian futures. Its more of an appreciation of what creator Russell T. Davies has been able to achieve with his six-episode limited series, premiering Monday, June 24th on HBO. (Its run on BBC One recently concluded.)
Years and Years begins in 2019, with a focus on the complicated intergenerational Lyons clan: Muriel (Anne Reid), her grandchildren Edith (Jessica Hynes), Stephen (Rory Kinnear), Daniel (Russell Tovey), and Rosie (Ruth Madeley), and…
Googles Nest Hub is on sale more frequently than not, and todays discount brings it down to its best price ever. Usually $129, its just $61 (before tax) at Rakuten with the offer code SAVE15 used at checkout.
Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, this smart display is worth the cost if youre invested in Google services. As noted in our review, the Nest Hub makes for an excellent digital photo frame if you have a Google Photos library. Amazons brand-new, freshly reviewed Echo Show 5 is currently its closest competitor in terms of features, and so long as you dont plan to watch YouTube (its not supported), its $89.99 price isnt bad if you want better audio quality and a camera with a hardware shutter for privacy.
iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina, and tvOS 13 are available in public beta, and you can download and install them now. The process for installing each is a bit different, but well walk through whats new and how to get the new software on your device.
Unless youre enrolled in Apples developer program, this is your first opportunity to try out the new software in beta. These betas will update periodically, culminating in the final release, which we expect at the end of summer. Itll likely be timed around the new hardware announcements made at Apples annual September event.
First, the usual word of warning about beta software: these releases may seem stable, but they could contain bugs that wont be squashed until the final releases…
Apple is planning to release iOS 13 this fall to iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads (under the guise of the new iPadOS). It has a lot of improvements under the hood, but the most dramatic overhaul is coming to Apples in-car interface known as CarPlay.
CarPlay was first introduced four years ago, and aside from gaining the ability to use third-party mapping apps last year, it hasnt really changed since then. But in iOS 13, its getting a major overhaul that makes it much more competitive with Googles similar Android Auto platform. Ive been testing the new CarPlay in beta form and have been immediately impressed with the changes, though Apple does still have a little bit of work to do before this launches publicly later this year.