Best Weekend Deals: SNES Classic, Apple Watch, Dell XPS

The best things in life are free, but the next-best things are sometimes available at a steep discount. We’re pretty excited about the finds that we were able to pull together this week, with the help of our pals at TechBargains. The Nintendo Super NES Classic isn’t below its MSRP, …

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BioLite FirePit Review: A More Civilized Fire

A few years ago, I took a weekend wilderness survival class. Deep in the remote woods of Oregon’s coast range, we strung plastic sheets up with fishing line for shelter and practiced signaling with tiny pocket mirrors. Enthralled, I watched as the instructor slowly teased a cotton ball daubed with …

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Horror and Politics Have a Lot in Common These Days

The horror genre is full of books and movies that involve politics or that make a political statement, including Dawn of the Dead, They Live, and The Dead Zone. This affinity between horror and politics comes as no surprise to political commentator Ana Marie Cox. “Horror is almost inherently political,” …

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Patrick Stewart is returning to Star Trek with a new series

Sir Patrick Stewart will reprise his iconic role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a new series for CBS All Access. Stewart made the announcement today at this year’s Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. In June, CBS signed a five-year deal with Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman to oversee …

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Satellite rescue mission: this week in tech, 20 years ago

Next week is the start of annual gaming convention Quakecon, where we’re likely to see some news about Fallout 76, the latest installment in a franchise that hit its two-decade anniversary last year. Inspired by Fallout 76 coverage like this essay from my colleague Patricia Hernandez, I started replaying the …

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iPhone supplier TSMC shut down factories after virus attack

Chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. shut down several of its factories last night after it its systems were hit by a computer virus, reports Bloomberg. TSMC is the largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world, and supplies components for companies like ADM, Apple, Nvidia, and Qualcomm. The company told Bloomberg that …

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All the key news on Apple’s upcoming streaming TV platform

Arriving sometime in 2019 Contributors: Verge Staff Image credit: Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Last year, reports broke that Apple was going to spend upwards of $1 billion on a streaming video platform, which would complement its Apple Music streaming service. Since then, the company has begun developing …

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7 new trailers you should watch this week

After watching screenwriter Michael Arndt’s videos on storytelling the other week, I wanted to go and watch something he’d written. So I rented Toy Story 3, which I’d missed when it came out. And true to his video, it really did follow the structure he’d broken down, right to the …

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