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Apple’s Walled Garden Could Grow Higher

Apple has finally announced its long-rumoured transition away from Intel chips and will now make its own homegrown CPUs based on the ARM architecture for future Macs. The company’s goal is to shed its dependence on Intel so that it can control even more of its production and development pipeline. It’s an interesting move at an even more interesting time, given that Apple CEO Tim Cook has also finally agreed to testify on Capitol Hill in a Big Tech antitrust hearing. Just last month, the European Union opened its own antitrust probe into Apple and its App Store. The company is being investigated and criticised for its near-perfect execution of vertical integration more than ever before, just as it’s taking its biggest step toward its grand vision of vertical integration in nearly 15 years. Read More >>

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After 84 Years, Gone With the Wind Finally Acknowledged as Very Racist

It only took 84 years but someone involved with distributing Gone With the Wind has finally acknowledged that its glorification of the antebellum south is racist and that it perhaps should not be disseminated to audiences without some kind of warning. Read More >>

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Documents Leak Teasing a Cheaper Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X development docs, distributed courtesy of a leaker on Twitter, tease a long-rumoured second Xbox Series X. As the Verge’s Tom Warren notes, the second console, code-named Lockhart, has been rumoured for some time. This is just more fuel for the “Lockhart is real” fire. If it is indeed in development it will mean a cheaper alternative to the Xbox Series X expected to launch at the end of the year. Read More >>

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The 100 Went in a Bumhole

In 2016, The 100 went into a metaphorical bumhole. In the span of a few episodes the show murdered one of its most prominent Black characters in a brutal manner and then murdered its most high profile lesbian. The audience fled in droves, the show was critically panned, a national conversation about the wanton killing of lesbians on TV was had (again), and then... the CW renewed the show. Read More >>

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OK, But How Big Is the PS5, Really?

First came the memes about the PlayStation 5's swooped design, and now people are wondering just how big Sony’s next-generation console is going to be. From everything we’ve seen so far, the PS5 certainly looks like it will be a behemoth – it may even put your old DVD player and the original Xbox to shame. Sony hasn’t disclosed the actual dimensions of the PlayStation 5, but with a little legwork, we’ve got a good idea of its size. Read More >>

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No, Apple is Not Releasing AR Glasses Based on Steve Jobs’s

Earlier today, Cult of Mac posted the most egregious rumour: Apple is apparently crafting a pair of special edition augmented reality glasses that will look like Steve Jobs’s moderately iconic ones. Apple will then reportedly sell these glasses for money. The claim comes from Jon Prosser, a YouTuber who has made waves in the last few months with some incredibly accurate predictions regarding Apple’s business. I’m sorry, everyone. This is bullshit. Read More >>

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Dell’s New G5 15 SE Laptop Could Give Us a Preview of the Sony PS5’s Power

Four months after AMD announced SmartShift, we’re finally getting a taste of the new technology that will feature in a whole lot of gaming laptops going forward – as well as Sony’s PS5 later this year. Today, Dell launched the G5 15 SE, a new laptop equipped with the brand new Ryzen 4000 series CPU and the Radeon RX 5600M GPU, and, for the PS5 nerds, SmartShift. Read More >>

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You Do Not Need a Projector

In the before times, one question would invariably arise in the office kitchen as my coworkers poured kombucha into a coffee mug while eyeing my undiluted cold brew: “What projector should I get?” Now, amidst the global pandemic, it comes via text, DM, and Slack message, with more urgency. My answer to these colleagues of mine (and friends and family members, too) has been and always will be the same: “Do not buy a projector.” Read More >>

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Microsoft Might Have Made the Best Budget Laptop… Again

Two years ago Microsoft made one of its best laptops, and my favourite budget computer, the Surface Go. The £380 Windows 10 tablet was absolutely not the fast computer in its price range, and it had a much smaller screen than the competition, but it also felt like the kind of perfect do anything device for someone on a budget – the 2-in-1 Apple’s aspired to make over and over again with the iPad. Now Microsoft has the recently rumoured Microsoft Surface Go 2, plus a refreshed Surface Book 3 and new headphones, and if new guts really improve its speed then this could be the budget device to get. Read More >>

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Consider the Curtsy

Dr. Anthony Fauci has become a guiding light in the U.S. in a chaotic time. As Americans look for leaders and find nearly all of them lacking, the calm director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has become a beacon. His words carry weight absent nearly all the politicisation that has come to define America’s battle with the pandemic. He doesn’t seem to give a shit about elections. He’s Daniel Day-Lewis behind the waterfall begging for us, the collective Madeleine Stowe, to stay alive. When he tells us things we listen. Sometimes when he tells the bankrupt real estate baron who leads the U.S. things, the bloated bag of Nielsen numbers even listens. Read More >>

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Stadia Is Free

Well, that was fast. Google has made Stadia free for the next two months. No charges – just a handful of games, including Destiny 2, absolutely free to anyone with a Gmail account and a supported web browser or phone. Read More >>

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Animal Crossing Needs a Rent Freeze

We are all seeking an escape. It’s that desperate need for the world to slow down, for the people to take a minute, for our leaders to develop an ounce of compassion and/or any sort of backbone, and all us schmucks with zero power to just...take a goddamn breath. Animal Crossing, a game where you join a bunch of anthropomorphic animals on an island, is literally a virtual escape from the world. When you show up ready to board the plane that’s what the two little raccoons even tell you. Animal Crossing is meant to be the balm to our anxiety riddled little lives. Only it sucks beyond measure. Read More >>

gaming
Stadia’s Unrealised Potential Is Why Baldur’s Gate 3 Developers Are Obsessed With It

Earlier this week, the developer behind Baldur’s Gate 3, Larian Studios, invited press to watch hours of gameplay in which a developer died over and over again in the difficult isometric RPG based on Dungeons and Dragons. I went because the Baldur’s Gate series is one of my absolute favourite ever made – and also because the third in the series is one of the highest-profile games coming to Stadia this year, and I’m on a quest to understand the cloud gaming platform (and its slowly-growing roster of rivals). Read More >>

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Nintendo Has a Cloud Problem

Nintendo showed off its latest first-party title, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, yesterday, and the reception was mostly good. However, gamesindustry.biz noted that there’s at least one big problem with the yet-to-be-released game: you’re pretty screwed if you lose your save. Read More >>

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Stadia Finally On Phones Not Made By Google, But Still No iOS Support

Google Stadia is finally getting an upgrade...sort of. Google’s cloud gaming service is coming to a whole new slew of phones and for once they’re not Google-made ones. Read More >>