The OnePlus 8 Pro will have super fast, 30W wireless charging

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In an interview last week, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau told me that his next so-called “ultraflagship” phone — which we all know will be the OnePlus 8 Pro — will indeed support wireless charging. It will be a first for a OnePlus phone and it sounds like it will be impressive, able to charge up a phone by 50 percent in just thirty minutes.

At its peak speed, OnePlus’ wireless charging system will operate at 30W, significantly faster than the usual wireless charging available for Samsung phones or iPhones. Other Chinese manufacturers are also making fast wireless chargers. Xiaomi has released a 30W wireless charging stand. Oppo — which has a relationship with OnePlus — is expected to announce a phone with 40W wireless charging the day before the…

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Rumors of a Galaxy Fold 2 are starting to heat up

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The original fold had a 7.3-inch screen and a fairly big display notch. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Samsung’s successor to its ill-fated Galaxy Fold could be available with less storage at a cheaper price, according to a new report from SamMobile. The cheaper model will reportedly have 256GB of internal storage and will be offered alongside a 512GB model. In contrast, the original Galaxy Fold was only available with 512GB of storage for an eye-watering $1,980.

Today’s report is just the latest piece of news about the unannounced device, but there have been conflicting reports released over the past year. Its existence was rumored way back in March 2019 when Bloomberg reported that Samsung was working on a pair of successors to its original Galaxy Fold. One of these was eventually released as the Galaxy Z Flip, but the second — a device…

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Animal Crossing is the most soothing thing on Twitch

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The most popular games on Twitch don’t exactly scream “relaxation.” Instead, it’s action-heavy, competitive games like Fortnite and League of Legends that typically dominate the streaming charts. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is in many ways the antithesis to those experiences; it’s a laid-back life sim that moves at a glacial pace. Yet despite this — or maybe because of it — the game has accumulated a sizable audience on Twitch. Everyone from stars like Imane “Pokimane” Anys to actor Jordan Fisher to the Monterey Bay Aquarium has streamed the game. Thousands of people are watching these personalities catch fish, chop down trees, and get really excited about new outfits at the island’s clothing store.

With much of the population stuck at…

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Quibi, Zoom, and Peloton all are struggling with video streaming during the pandemic

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Today is Tuesday. Yesterday was Monday. It has gotten confusing. My colleague Chaim Gartenberg made a Twitter account that can help. Otherwise, if you live in Cleveland, just watch your local news.

The biggest news yesterday was Quibi’s launch. We have a full slate of coverage, from the stake setting to the CEO profile to reviews of the app and the shows. Quibi also went down briefly, so you know it was a real launch.

It occurs to me that a lot of tech right now involves startup companies just utterly struggling with issues related to delivering streaming video to your home rather than the encoding and bandwidth issues we used to deal with. We have different answers to all of the following video streaming questions during the pandemic:…

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Lego’s interactive Super Mario sets will be out on August 1st, preorders start today

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The Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set | Photo: Lego / Nintendo

After Lego and Nintendo’s surprise announcement in March that the two companies were working on interactive Super Mario Lego play sets, we’re finally getting details on the actual sets and how the interactive video-game-in-real-life elements will work. Lego and Nintendo also announced the prices and release dates for the sets, which will be out on August 1st.

The cornerstone of the Super Mario Lego sets is the Adventures with Mario Starter Course, which is set to cost $59.99 and include the interactive, Bluetooth-enabled Mario figure. In addition to the smartphone connectivity, the figure also features LCD displays on Mario’s eyes, mouth, and stomach to display reactions and gameplay elements, and a speaker for music and sound effects….

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Hinge will let people tap a button to say they’re ready for a video call date

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A pandemic has taken over the world, but people are still dating. Today, Hinge is launching a new feature, called Date from Home, that the team thinks will make it easier to transition the texting chat into a video call.

From a chat, daters can tap whether they’re ready to have a video call outside of the app, and once both people agree to do so, the app will let them know they’re “ready” for a date. This might facilitate the discussion of moving off the app because there’s a smaller chance of rejection. The app is also getting an update to the We Met feature to ask if people ended up having a phone or video chat and whether this is the type of person who they’d want to chat with again.

Video chat dating has become a popular way of…

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Google updates Pixel 4 with ‘eyes open’ fix for face unlock

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Google released an update for the Pixel 4 today requiring users to have their eyes open when using face unlock to open the phone.

The update introduces a “require eyes to be open” feature, which is enabled by default. It offers an extra security measure, but you have the option to disable it in the Pixel 4’s face unlock settings.

The lack of an open-eye detection feature was one of the biggest criticisms of the Pixel 4 at launch. The feature is supposed to help ensure your phone isn’t unlocked by people trying to open it while you are asleep. Google announced last October that it would roll out a feature to check whether your eyes are open “in the coming months.”

Apple has had a similar feature that requires open eyes in Face ID since…

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100 Thieves makes its entire apparel line available in Animal Crossing

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Apparel drops from 100 Thieves, a lifestyle and esports organization, are notoriously hard to get in on. Whenever the company releases a new hoodie or jersey, it sells out almost immediately. But there’s a new way to get some 100 Thieves gear, and it’s not only easy, but cheap: download it in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Today, the company released virtual versions of every single piece they’ve released to date, spanning three years. As with all user-created items in New Horizons, you can download the designs for free by entering the proper creator code; the codes for all the gear can be found here, organized by the year the items were first released in the real world.

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The best thing I saw on Twitch today was a bike messenger riding around Manhattan

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New York City is empty these days. The streets have quieted; the normal pedestrian bustle is nonexistent, and the noise of traffic has turned mostly into near-constant ambulance sirens. Most of us are hunkered down, hibernating until this season of plague shifts into something new. One person who’s not is Miekii, a New York City bike messenger who’s still out and about delivering food to people across Manhattan for Uber Eats.

I happened across his IRL stream this afternoon. It’s refreshingly different than the other channels in the category because you get to see a portrait of New York as it changes over the course of a day. Miekii goes live every day around 11AM ET, according to the schedule posted on his channel page, and streams his…

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Go read this: Polygon’s oral history of Final Fantasy VII

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This week, Square Enix is releasing Final Fantasy VII Remake — a complete retelling of the series’ most iconic game. The first episode, set in Midgar, blows out the world introduced in 1997; its huge, thrilling take makes the original game feel like an outline for what the developers originally envisioned.

In 2017, our sister site, Polygon, published the definitive story of Final Fantasy VII’s creation: an oral history featuring interviews with more than 30 of the game’s original developers, including Hironobu Sakaguchi, Yoshinori Kitase, Tetsuya Nomura, Nobuo Uematsu, and Yoshitaka Amano.

Sandwiched between the discussion of Square’s inner workings at the time are stories about the game’s original plot — set in New York, where the…

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Headspace is letting people access free meditations and mindfulness exercises

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Headspace is giving people free access to some of its mindfulness exercises, meditations, and sleep experiences. The company launched a new landing page today designed with New Yorkers, who are experiencing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, in mind. Headspace says the free offerings are the result of a partnership with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“From Buffalo to Long Island, Albany to the Lower East Side, this special NY collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises are here to support you through stressful and challenging times,” the website says. “Helping you — and your fellow New Yorkers — stay strong and be kind to yourselves, with a New York state of mind.”

Although the website is seemingly built for New…

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and other Switch games are discounted today

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Nintendo Switch has too many great games to afford buying them all at once. If you recently bought a Switch to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons or you just haven’t had a chance to pick up some of the Switch’s must-have games, now’s the time to add a few essentials to your collection. GameStop is offering $20 off a few worthwhile titles — and better yet, they’re digital copies, so you’ll be able to easily install them from home.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is easy to recommend if you love Zelda games or just enjoy open-world exploration games in general. It’s wildly imaginative at every turn, and you’ll probably get over 100 hours of gameplay with this one.

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Persona 5 Scramble is a true sequel to Persona 5

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How was your first weekend with Persona 5 Royal? Right now, I, for one, am pretty happy about having a new version of a game that is not only one of my favorite ever but also happens to be more than 100 hours long. If nothing else, it’s nice to be able to ride the Tokyo subway again, even if I’m technically not leaving my couch.

For all its tweaks and timeliness, though, Persona 5 Royal is essentially just Persona 5 all over again. I’m not saying I’m mad about playing through the game a second time, but that is more or less what I’m doing. Fortunately, here in Japan, there is another new Persona 5 game I’ve also been spending time with — and this one is wildly different.

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers came out for the PS4 and…

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Asus’ Flip C436 Chromebook with Project Athena is now available, starting at $799

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Asus has released its Chromebook Flip C436, a lightweight, premium laptop it previewed at CES in January. As expected, the new 13-inch Flip has a similar magnesium alloy body as its predecessor, the C434, and it weighs in at just 2.58 pounds, according to Asus.

In addition to a 1080p touchscreen display, the C436 has 10th Gen Intel Core processor, with up to 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. It has a fingerprint sensor, stylus support, and two USB-C ports as well as a backlit keyboard and a battery that lasts 12 hours, according to the specs. That qualifies it for Intel’s Project Athena (although Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook, another Project Athena laptop, claimed eight hours of battery life, and our reviewer only…

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This Pittsburgh arcade is now a tiny virtual world

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LikeLike Online premiere show

If you enjoy experimental video games and milling around art installations but find yourself stuck at home during the pandemic, one Pittsburgh arcade has swapped physical space for a little virtual world. LikeLike is a gallery dedicated to showcasing weird and creative indie games. Now, that’s now happening in LikeLike Online, which LikeLike calls “the tiniest MMORPG.”

LikeLike Online debuted on Friday, but it remains open to the public. The current show is built with the Bitsy game-making tool, and it’s appropriately titled “An Itsy Bitsy Crisis.” Instead of playing games on real screens and arcade cabinets, you can click on the walls to find short Bitsy projects on the themes of “catastrophes and rebirths,” all playable online. (On the…

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Disney is releasing a series of adorable new Frozen shorts, made completely at home

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Just in case Frozen 2 on Disney Plus isn’t enough to keep kids entertained while they’re stuck at home, Disney animator Hyrum Osmond and actor Josh Gad have teamed up to produce a new series of shorts available on YouTube.

At Home with Olaf follows Gad’s beloved character from the Frozen movies as he gets into a series of hijinks around Arendelle. The first episode is written and voiced by Gad, who plays the snowman in both movies, and animated by Osmond, who oversees animation on Olaf projects. It’s pretty simple: Olaf is lobbing snowballs into the Arendelle forests and accidentally sends a miniature snowman — known as a snowgie — flying through the air. He realizes what happens, the snowgie returns, and life continues on!

It’s not…

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Tales from the Loop review: small-town America goes sci-fi

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Tales from the Loop is so pretty it breaks your heart. Based on the work of Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, famous for his scenes of pastoral tranquility draped around uncanny sci-fi sights, Amazon’s newest drama is a collection of eight short stories where everyday rural life is tinged with the supernatural. But unlike, say, Stranger Things, where the otherworldly takes center stage, Tales from the Loop uses it as an excuse to dig deeper into the people who must continue to live mundane lives, even as the extraordinary looms just inches away.

While Tales from the Loop features a recurring cast of characters and overlapping plots, each episode functions as a standalone short story. Since critics were sent three out-of-order episodes for…

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TCL reveals prices and specs for its 10-Series smartphones

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TCL — best known for its well-received and wallet-friendly TVs — announced at CES earlier this year that it would be entering the mobile phone business. And now, we’ve finally got the full details on its first three phones — the TCL 10 Pro, 10L, and 10 5G — which will all cost under $500 when they’re released in Q2 this year.

The most interesting of the three is the TCL 10 5G, which looks to fill an interesting niche as one of the first midrange 5G smartphones. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G processor, which is the chipmaker’s first chipset that features an integrated 5G modem. (The flagship Snapdragon 865 still requires a separate modem chip.) Given that the vast majority of 5G phones so far have been pricey, $1,000-plus…

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Quibi’s shows are fun, familiar, and a little forgettable

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It’s far too easy to make fun of Quibi. That’s the first problem. You can start with the name: an overly cute mashup of “quick bites.” It’s easy to say but difficult to attach meaning to — hence a bizarre Super Bowl ad campaign dedicated to explaining it. It’s Netflix, but only for your phone and mostly for those idle moments that are long enough to be felt, yet brief enough that you wouldn’t turn to anything but your phone. You know: waiting in lines, pausing to sip a coffee, sitting in a car while someone runs into a store to grab something. That’s Quibi’s second problem: it was created for a world that doesn’t really exist anymore, one put on hold by a pandemic.

This makes Quibi a harder sell. TV to watch while you’re doing something…

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Nintendo scrambles to address Animal Crossing egg complaints

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He wants a fish, but let’s face it, he’s probably just gunna get another egg. | Image; Nintendo

A new patch has been released for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and according to the patch notes it adjusts the amount of eggs that appear as part of the game’s Bunny Day event. Polygon reports that the amount of sky eggs appearing in the game seem to have fallen as a result of the patch, but that the amount of water eggs appear to be unchanged. Still, it’s great news for anyone being driven insane by the constant whooshing of eggs floating overhead.

For the benefit of anyone who’s not currently playing Animal Crossing (read: my editor), the game is currently in the midst of its in-game “Bunny Day” event. It started on April 1st, and runs until Easter Sunday on April 12th. As part of the event, eggs are randomly appearing in the game,…

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