EA is opening the Battlefield 1 beta on August 31st

Battlefield 1, Electronic Art’s new first-person shooter set during the first world war, will have a public beta starting on August 31st for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC players. If you’d like to play it a little early, you’ll need to register as a Battlefield Insider, the game’s online testing and fan …

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is now fighting ticket bots across the US

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced their collaboration to promote the BOTS Act (Better On-line Ticket Sales Act of 2016) yesterday, in a joint press conference. The bill, which mirrors one introduced in February of last year by House Republicans, proposes a new federal law that would fine …

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Twitter now lets advertisers create their own stickers

Twitter has figured out a way to make money off of a feature it cloned from Snapchat less than two months ago. It’s now allowing advertisers to offer sponsored stickers, which will appear up front in the list of stickers that users can place on their photos. The new ad format …

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How natural are nature documentaries?

The promise of nature documentaries is that they will show you a world that you otherwise could not see. I will probably never be in a submersible down in the deep, or running alongside a cheetah on the savannah. Few have perfected this form for the mainstream like the BBC. …

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No Man’s Sky travel diary, day five: searching for a purpose

No Man’s Sky is an almost impossibly huge game, an entire virtual universe filled with 18 quintillion planets, each one different from the next thanks to the powers of procedural generation. Instead of a typical review, I’m going to be writing daily dispatches from No Man’s Sky, giving a firsthand …

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