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Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 04:48:42 PM mt

Battlefield Vs creators: female characters are here to stay




The reveal of the new WWII first person shooting game Battlefield V prompted a strong reaction from some fans, but not exactly in the way its developer, DICE, might have intended. Online, a contingent of disgruntled players has been pushing back against the inaccuracies of the game, specifically the developers decision to include female soldiers on the frontlines. But DICE has a message for these angry voices: their female characters arent going anywhere.

On Twitter, DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson addressed the dustup. First, let me be clear about one thing, he says. Player choice and female playable characters are here to stay. We want Battlefield V to represent all those who were a part of the greatest drama in human...

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Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 04:48:41 PM mt

Its official: Amazon has saved The Expanse




Its official: The Expanse has been saved. After the Syfy Channel canceled The Expanse earlier this month, Alcon Entertainment has confirmed that Amazon will pick up the show for a fourth season, after after outcry from the shows fans.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made the announcement at the International Space Development Conference: where he appeared next to members of the shows cast: The Expanse is saved.

Alcon Entertainment Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson issued a statement, confirming that Amazon would be picking up the show:...

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Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 04:48:41 PM mt

Inside the climate change lawsuit pitting Big Oil against San Francisco and Oakland




On May 24th, the line outside of Courtroom 12 at the United States District Court in San Francisco was dense enough that two lawyers behind me worried they wouldnt get seats. So, they jumped ahead in the line to witness the latest volley in San Francisco and Oaklands fight against the fossil fuel industry.

The two cities are suing five major oil companies in an effort to hold them financially responsible for their role in global warming.The oil companies Chevron, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell, and BP dont deny that climate change is happening, but they do argue that they cant be sued for it. And thats what Thursdays hearing in front of Judge William Alsup was about: whether the case should be dismissed.

When...

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Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 04:48:41 PM mt

Google Home speakers outsold Amazons Echo line for the first time last quarter




Over 3.1 million Google Home speakers were sold during the first quarter of 2018, beating Amazons 2.5 million Echo devices for the first time since the two companies began competing in the smart speaker market.

Its worth remembering Amazon has outsold Google in the smart speaker market every quarter, since at least the beginning 2017, according to Canalys. Amazon remains the overall market leader, though Google is quickly catching up.

Looking at the bigger picture of Google, Amazon, and Apple now the big three in the smart speaker market a total of 4.1 million speakers were sold in the US during the same time period, the most in the world. It turns out China and South Korea are second and third in the global market, with 1.8...

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Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 04:48:40 PM mt

ESPN subscription service will broadcast League of Legends competitions starting this summer




ESPNs recently launched ESPN\+ streaming service is adding e-sports to its repertoire. The company has announced that it will broadcast live coverage of several League of Legends competitions this summer, beginning on June 16th with the 2018 North American League of Legends Championship Series Summer Split (NA LCS). After that comes the NA LCS Summer Finals in September September and then the League of Legends World Championship in the fall.

The deal between ESPN and Riot Games is non-exclusive, so youll still be able to stream those same competitions for the hugely popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) titleon Twitch. For free. But ESPN is likely hoping that covering e-sports will help bring in more subscribers for the...

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Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 04:48:40 PM mt

The hardest part of preparing for disasters is overcoming human nature




The worst disaster in Californias history wasnt an earthquake, or a fire, or a drought it was a flood that killed thousands, wiped out mines and ranches, and submerged the state capital, Sacramento. For 43 days, starting in December 1861, California was inundated.

Today, hardly anyone thinks about the floodwaters that turned Californias Central Valley into a vast lake but it will happen again. Its not a question of if, but when, writes seismologist and disaster expert Lucy Jones in her new book, The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them). Thats why its key for us to know about the disasters in our history, so that were not doomed to repeat them on what will certainly be a much larger...

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Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 04:48:39 PM mt

Snow the Korean Snapchat clone now has its own version of Animoji




If youre over Snapchat because of the countless redesigns and re-redesigns but Instagrams filters dont tickle your fancy, theres a Korean app called Snow that takes all of the beloved features and combines them into a super cute camera app. Snow has been around for a while, but the latest update gives it even more features, including its own take on Apples adorable Animoji, real-time beauty effects, and a new mirror mode.

The new AR emoji feature lets you overlay your face with animated characters, including a puppy dog and an old man. Once selected, the camera detects your face, masks it with the sticker, and mimics your expressions. The major difference between this and Animoji is that you can still (kind of) see your body....

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Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 04:48:39 PM mt

9 new trailers you should watch this week




I was excited to finally get around to watching The Florida Project last weekend now that its on Amazon. I knew that it looked (and was supposed to be) good, but I didnt think I would enjoy it quite as much as I did.

Theres so much to like about the film (including some crazy good acting from an energetic group of kids). But probably the most remarkable thing is its world building: the movie is about poor, struggling families living in the shadow of Disney World outside Orlando; and it really takes that idea and runs with it, turning its rundown locations into makeshift, knockoff extensions of Disneys kingdom.

Its a really beautiful, entertaining approach that lets the movie straddle the line between showing adults lives and their...

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Saturday May 26, 2018 @ 04:48:38 PM mt

New York Citys subway disaster now has its own 8-bit video game




Straphangers who want to experience the rolling nightmare that is New York Citys subway system from the comfort of their own home are in luck. A new video game called MTA Country, which debuted this week, takes players on a treacherous ride through graffiti-lined tunnels filled with electrical fires, broken tracks, and stalled subway cars.

Users play as Gregg T., the face of the MTAs New Yorkers Keep New York Safe safety ad campaign, who has since become a bit of a meme. At the start of the game, Gregg T. jumps into a subway car with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Together, the three must leap over track fires and broken-down subway cars full of irritated passengers while dodging pizza rats and...

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Friday May 25, 2018 @ 11:24:13 AM mt

After Solo: A Star Wars Story spend half an hour in Paul Feigs Other Space




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

Into the Great Beyond Beyond is the first episode of the short-lived science fiction sitcom Other Space.

In spring 2015, the streaming service Yahoo Screen tried to compete with Netflix and Hulu by launching its own high-profile original programming, including the sixth season of the canceled sitcom Community and the first (and so far...

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