Vergecast: Windows 11 leaks, RCS encryption, and this week in antitrust

Every Friday, The Verge publishes our flagship podcast, Vergecast, where co-hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn discuss the week in technical news with journalists and editors covering the biggest stories. In this episode, the show is divided into three sections. First Nilay and Dieter talk The edge senior editor Tom Warren this week at Microsoft: leaks of the Windows 11 …

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Nintendo Download: Strange Brigade – Destructoid

Also Ender Lilies This is the calm before the storm. Nintendo will deliver lots of games by the end of the year. For now we are waiting for June / July things like Mario Golf with a few minor releases. Which End lilies and Strange Brigade, who, for example, is leading the charge on eShop today. The latter was surprisingly …

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Google Meet makes it hard to ignore raised hands

The pandemic has put many of us on the screens, but interacting in online meetings is not always an intuitive experience. Although a small change, Google is doing its part to make things better by improving the Enforcement feature in Meet. Meet gets an updated and improved visual icon and animation when someone raises a hand, making it harder for …

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Apple TV 4K and Sony’s XM3 headphones are on sale before Prime Day

Prime Day 2021 starts in a few days. Prime members can enjoy exclusive technology and gaming discounts on Amazon. In addition, other retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart and Target will each have their own non-subscription agreements. We will cover the offers thoroughly from Monday morning 21 June, so join us then. We collect the best early Prime Day deals …

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Bethesda’s Pete Hines apologizes to PlayStation owners over Starfield’s Microsoft Exclusivity

Over the weekend, it was confirmed by Microsoft and Bethesda that the upcoming sci-fi game from Maryland-based studio, Starfield, would be exclusive to Xbox and PC. Naturally, this disturbs PlayStation owners who have been playing Bethesda games for years. The company’s SVP for Global Marketing & Comms, Pete Hines, apologized to PlayStation yesterday during an interview with GameSpot. Speaking to …

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The best free game demos on Steam Next Fest

Just when I thought I was out, Steam Next Fest pulls me in again. To loving video games, it is! Yes, once again, Valve has made it easy to flood the digi store with literally hundreds of free demos, all available for your perusal until the 22nd. It’s a whole long weekend of free stuff to play, baby. But as …

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EXCLUSIVE Google searches for new skin tone measurements to reduce product bias

June 18 (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) Google told Reuters this week that it is developing an alternative to the industry-standard method of classifying skin tones, which a growing chorus of technology researchers and dermatologists say is insufficient to assess whether products are biased against people of color. This is a six-color scale known as the Fitzpatrick Skin Type (FST), …

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