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Ghostbusters in hyper reality, Game of Game of Thrones Finale, and more in the week ahead

Game of Thrones season six might be over, but our Game of Game of Thrones finale spectacular is still to come. Verge entertainment editor Emily Yoshida was no doubt up all night preparing the final recap for our extremely unofficial fantasy league. Look for it later today.

ISTE 2016, billed as the “premiere education technology conference,” will be in full swing today as well. The event is sponsored by the likes of Microsoft, Dell, and Google who’ll be making news as they try to get their wares into the hands of students who’ll one day be adults in charge of corporate budgets.

We’ll also have some reactions to The Neon Demon after watching Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film over the weekend.

As a reminder, this week will see the shutdown of the Pokémon GO beta. After Thursday, June 30th, your app won’t be playable and all gameplay data will be deleted ahead of the official launch in July.

Throughout the week we’ll be taking some deeper dives into gadgets like the Huawei MateBook, the EVGA SC17 gaming laptop, the Nintendo 3DS, the Yuneec Typhoon H drone, and body pods that facilitate much needed napping at work. We’ll also be talking comebacks with LCD Soundsystem, and sharing deep, deep thoughts on both the Bat for Lashes and new Blood Orange albums set for release on Friday, July 1st.

The Void’s Ghostbusters: Dimension also premieres on Friday at Madame Tussauds in New York City. The so-called “hyper reality experience” developed in collaboration with Ivan Reitman (the original Ghostbusters) and Paul Feig (the reboot) lasts about 15 minutes and costs between $29.75 and $49.75 when purchased online.

But that and more is all yet to come. First, let’s take a look back at the weekend that was.


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  2. Tokyo Thrift: the Sony Rolly was peak Sony

    When I talk about peak Sony, I’m not, of course, referring to the Sony that took over the world with products like the Walkman and the PlayStation. No, the Sony that made the Rolly is that Sony’s…


  3. How many catchphrases did you catch in the Game of Thrones finale?

    Most of the dialogue for Game of Thrones’ season six finale was catch phrases. Did anyone else find that distracting? Not that there weren’t beautiful visuals and beautiful plot twists and…


  4. How we made New York City with a pile of e-waste

    This past week, we published Andrew Hawkins’ feature E-Waste Empire, which tracked the millions of pounds of dead electronics that New York discards each year. Both Andrew and our staff…


  5. Riding in a supercar changed my life

    Like most people spending the majority of their time on the internet, I’m not happy. I don’t wake up happy, I don’t smile much during the day, and I don’t go to bed wishing the whole merry world…


  6. Kanye West’s video for Famous is damn genius clickbait

    Kanye West premiered the music video for “Famous” last night in Los Angeles, and it’s absolute clickbait in the most congratulatory meaning of the word. Because lots of people are going to click on…


  7. Don’t send an email if you can pick up the phone

    One of the first things I learned when joining the Washington, DC political workforce was from a veteran lobbyist who said “don’t send an email when you can pick up the phone.” The lesson is…


  8. How to be human: is love worth it?

    Leah Reich was one of the first internet advice columnists. Her column “Ask Leah” ran on IGN, where she gave advice to gamers for two and a half years. During the day, Leah is Slack’s user…


  9. This is your next jam: Aphex Twin, Gucci Mane, and more

    Welcome back to The Verge’s weekly musical roundup. I’m Jamieson, I’m still your host, and we have an anniversary to celebrate: I published my first group of weekly jams on the site just over a…


  10. In honor of Pixar’s adorable “Piper,” here’s The Verge’s review of sandpipers

    This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we’ve written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now…



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