Avengers: Endgame’s home release trailer spoils the film for everyone who was waiting for the DVD


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If you’re one of the roughly dozen people on Earth who hasn’t seen Avengers: Endgame yet because you were waiting for it to come out on Blu-ray, then I would strongly advise you not to watch Marvel’s new video announcing the home video release dates because it reveals, quite literally, the entire film.

It’s not like the marketing team hasn’t been playing things fast and loose with the big reveals from the film after the Russo brothers’ spoiler ban lifted — several more recent TV spots for Endgame were pretty spoilery, too — but the trailer announcing when you’ll be able to buy the film is probably the most egregious spoiler yet.

Here’s what you need to know if you’ve somehow avoided spoilers so far: the film hits digital storefronts like…

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Avengers: Endgame’s home release trailer spoils the film for everyone who was waiting for the DVD


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If you’re one of the roughly dozen people on Earth who hasn’t seen Avengers: Endgame yet because you were waiting for it to come out on Blu-ray, then I would strongly advise you not to watch Marvel’s new video announcing the home video release dates because it reveals, quite literally, the entire film.

It’s not like the marketing team hasn’t been playing things fast and loose with the big reveals from the film after the Russo brothers’ spoiler ban lifted — several more recent TV spots for Endgame were pretty spoilery, too — but the trailer announcing when you’ll be able to buy the film is probably the most egregious spoiler yet.

Here’s what you need to know if you’ve somehow avoided spoilers so far: the film hits digital storefronts like…

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TripIt gets Google Assistant and Alexa support


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Fans of travel planning app TripIt can now access their travel details directly through Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, with the company launching integrations for both smart assistant platforms today, via Android Police.

Adding TripIt works like any other Alexa or Google Assistant integration: users will have to open the companion app for their service of choice and add TripIt there, after which point it should be available through all of your connected smart speakers and devices.

Once you’ve set it up, you’ll be able to ask Google Assistant or Alexa things like when your flight takes off or what the weather is like at your destination. None of this is new information that you couldn’t already get by opening the TripIt app, but if…

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Why are phones so good but batteries are still so terrible?


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It’s a universal truth that battery life on phones is bad. Even with the giant batteries and external battery packs we tote around, most modern smartphones struggle to make it through a full day of use, while the best devices barely scrape through two.

But it didn’t use to be this way: back in the (relatively) old days, phones had (relatively) fantastic battery life, lasting for multiple days at a time without needing to be charged. And, yes, our phones today are vastly more powerful than, say, a Nokia 3310, but why haven’t batteries kept up with the pace of progress?

According to Venkat Srinivasan, director of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science and an…

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Twelve South’s new HiRise Wireless charger tries to compromise between flat and stand designs


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Twelve South is cutting the cord with the HiRise Wireless, a new version of the company’s HiRise iPhone stands that (as the name implies) adds wireless Qi charging to the mix.

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.

I’ve 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…

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is missing the Pokémon Go magic


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Three years after Pokémon Go took the world by storm, Niantic is back to try to recapture that lightning in a bottle with Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Like its predecessor, Wizards Unite is a location-based AR game, and this time the developer is merging the formula with one of the only cultural forces bigger than the popular video game series: Harry Potter.

Unfortunately, after playing Wizards Unite for a few days, it’s clear that Niantic and Warner Bros. haven’t managed to build on the foundation that Pokémon Go laid in 2016. It’s more like a fresh coat of Harry Potter paint on top. Simply put: there’s just no magic left in the AR collectible formula.

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Amazon Prime Day 2019 sales start on July 15th


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Amazon Prime Day is back on July 15th for the biggest sale event in Amazon’s 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 12AM PT / 3AM ET, and running through 11:59PM PT / 2:59AM ET on Tuesday, July 16th.

If you’re new to the deal-hunting game, Prime Day is Amazon’s big summer deal event, where the online retailer cuts the prices on tons of products. It’s 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,…

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Netflix is testing a pop-out, picture-in-picture mode for desktop


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What’s better than watching Netflix? Watching Netflix while also doing productive things at the same time. Fortunately, Netflix may finally be making that a reality, with Engadget reporting that the streaming site is testing a new pop-out player that will allow you to stream videos in a picture-in-picture mode on your computer.

To activate the pop-up player, you simply click the button on the bottom toolbar while watching a Netflix show or movie, at which point the floating player will appear, hovering at the front of all the content on your screen. The player is resizable, too, although subtitles don’t yet work with the feature. The pop-out player seems to be Netflix’s own integration, not one that uses existing picture-in-picture…

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YouTuber proves Apple’s new Mac Pro would not actually grate cheese that great


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Ever since Apple first announced its new, cheese grater-shaped take on the Mac Pro, one question has been on everyone’s mind: how well would the Mac Pro actually work as a $6,000-plus cheese grater? Fortunately, we no longer have to wait, thanks to YouTube Winston Moy, who went and machined a replica of Apple’s new Mac Pro chassis to answer the question once and for all.

Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t do a great job, which sort of makes sense given the Mac Pro is not even remotely designed to grate cheese. It’s designed to vent air from the inside of the Mac Pro, not turn hard cheeses into shredded bits to garnish a bowl of pasta.

But what Moy’s video does highlight is the level of detail and difficulty that Apple is…

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New web app brings the Marvel movies to their logical endpoint: a literal bible


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Fans really love the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Arguably, the movies are almost a religion to some dedicated adherents, who worship their idols through intensive movie marathons and arguing about the films online. But what if they actually were a religion, with the text of the movies turned into a form of scripture? Well, then you’d get the MCU Bible, a project created by developer Sean Lennaerts that turns every single line of dialogue from the 22 films in the MCU into a literal bible.

The web app arranges the MCU dialogue as books of scripture, with each movie as its own book. Instead of assigning chapter and verse numbers for each line of dialogue, the MCU Bible features timestamps where each line can be found in the movie. The…

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The new Kindle Oasis lets you adjust color temperature for night reading


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Amazon has a new version of its high-end Kindle Oasis, and it’s adding the ability to change the color temperature of the display, in a first for Amazon’s e-reader lineup.

The new feature allows users to adjust how warm the color tone of the display is, allowing for a warmer, less harsh light that should be useful for reading at night (or simply for readers who prefer the more off-white color of actual paper).

Like many night mode systems, users will also be able to automatically schedule the warmer tone display, either on a manual cycle or to coincide with sunrise and sunset. The new feature also helps differentiate the high-end Oasis from the increasingly similar Paperwhite (which got updated last fall with…

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LG’s 5G-equipped V50 ThinQ is coming to Verizon on June 20th


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Verizon is getting another 5G phone for its fledging network: LG’s V50 ThinQ, which will launch on June 20th, via Android Police.

The V50 released in the US last month as Sprint’s first 5G phone, and while we’ve known since it was first announced that it would be making its way to Verizon at some point over the summer, today’s announcement has finally given us the official release date.

The Verizon model appears to be nearly identical to the Sprint version, although it appears that Verizon has swapped in its specific 5G logo on the back of the device (no word yet as to whether it too will light up like the Sprint model’s logo.)

That means that spec-wise, you’ll be getting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM,…

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The tiny Palm phone can now be bought unlocked and used on AT&T and T-Mobile


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The diminutive Palm phone is now getting an unlocked version sold directly through the resurrected Palm, making it available to everyone — not just Verizon customers.

The move marks the latest expansion for the shrunken down Android device, which launched first as a companion device meant to be used alongside your regular smartphone. Verizon would then go on to sell it as a standalone, $350 smartphone a few months later, and now, with an unlocked model, customers on AT&T, T-Mobile, and other carriers will be able to use it too simply by swapping their SIM.

Unfortunately, as The Verge’s Dieter Bohn noted in his review the Palm phone isn’t a particularly good phone, either as a companion device or a full-fledged phone — and especially…

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Don’t buy these $100 Minecraft: Story Mode episodes on your Xbox 360


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As part of the shutdown of Telltale Games, support for Minecraft: Story Mode is set to end on June 25th. But due to some weirdness with how the Xbox Live store works on the Xbox 360 specifically, the company had to re-add the episodes to the store for a whopping $99.99 each, in order to allow players who already own the game to re-download their content before it’s removed for good, via Polygon.

Obviously, that price is way beyond the $4.99 price each episode originally ran for, but $100 per episode here. As the Minecraft: Story Mode Facebook account explains, “The price shown is a real list price, please do not buy the content, if you do, you will be charged the amount shown. This is simply the only mechanism available to facilitate…

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The Hunger Games is getting a prequel next year, set 64 years before the first book


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Suzanne Collins is bringing back The Hunger Games, with the author announcing a new prequel novel that takes place 64 years before the events of the first book in the series, set for release on May 19th, 2020.

“With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” Collins said in an announcement to AP. “The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”

The time period isn’t one we know much about from Collins’ existing…

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Magic for Liars blends magic school with a murder mystery


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Magic school clashes with a murder mystery in Magic for Liars, the debut novel from Sarah Gailey, best known for their American Hippo short stories — but with one key twist.

That’s because while the school and the murder may be magical, Ivy Gamble, the investigator hired to solve the case, is completely ordinary. Unable to sling a spell or cast a charm, she’s a far more relatable character than most other magical detectives that dot the literary landscape.

Spoilers for the book ahead.

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When we first meet Ivy, she’s eking out a living in Oakland tracking down cheating husbands, dodging muggers on her doorstep, and drinking her way through the local bar scene. Then she’s offered the chance to solve a…

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Samsung’s Galaxy Fold might not ship until after the Note 10


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Samsung reportedly may be missing a July ship date for the delayed Galaxy Fold, according to a company official speaking to The Korea Herald, seemingly denying rumors from earlier in June that the company was looking at a July release.

“If we are running such a media event this month, we should be doing something by now,” said a Samsung official. “Nothing has progressed since the April delay.”

If true, that would put the earliest release date for the Fold sometime in August, at which point Samsung could just hold off the announcement to allow the Fold to launch alongside the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 (assuming the company isn’t worried that the two big-screened phones could…

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Ikea’s smart blinds get a new October 1st release date in the US


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Ikea’s previously delayed Fyrtur and Kadrilj smart blinds have gotten a new US release date of October 1st, the company confirmed today, following the newly announced August launch in Sweden.

The smart blinds were originally planned to launch in the US on April 1st, but Ikea had delayed the launch for a firmware update because it found “an opportunity for improved functionality.” The company promises that you’ll be able to control the blinds with a phone using the Ikea Trådfri smart home app, and through that, with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant voice commands.

Smart blinds themselves aren’t a new concept, but Ikea’s spin on the take grabbed attention when it was first…

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