I’m so glad that I waited to play Stardew Valley on the Nintendo Switch

When Stardew Valley first came out early last year, I was intrigued. Here was a game that brought back the supremely chill spirit of the Harvest Moon series, games where you could live out a quiet life as a farmer in a small town. But I didn’t have much interest in playing the game on PC, and when it was later ported to consoles I found myself without much in the way of free time. Deep down, I knew I would like the game, but I kept skipping over it — and I’m glad I did.

Today Stardew makes its debut on the Nintendo Switch, and (for me at least) it’s an ideal pairing. Stardew is a game about setting up a new life on a farm, and it’s structured as a series of days. During each day, you have a limited amount of time to do pretty much…

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Netflix gives series order to supernatural comic book adaptation Raising Dion

Netflix has given a series order to Raising Dion, an adaptation of a short film and comic book by Dennis Liu, Variety reports. The comic book is about a seven-year-old boy who discovers his talent for telekinesis after the death of his father. Soon after, Dion’s mother realizes that they’re being trailed by a group of mysterious men in suits.

“We haven’t seen this type of superhero story before — an origin myth full of imagination, wonder and adventure, all grounded in the experiences of a modern single mother,” Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of original content said in a statement.

Michael B. Jordan is set to executive produce and appear in the series. Raising Dion will be produced in-house at Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter,…

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Netflix is raising its prices for US subscribers

Netflix is raising two of its pricing tiers for US subscribers beginning next month, Mashable reports. The standard tier, which allows subscribers to watch on two screens at once, will be bumped up from $ 9.99 to $ 10.99 per month. The premium tier, which is available in Ultra HD and allows users to watch on up to four screens, will go up from $ 11.99 to $ 13.99. The Basic $ 7.99 per month plan will remain the same.

“From time to time, Netflix plans and pricing are adjusted as we add more exclusive TV shows and movies, introduce new product features and improve the overall Netflix experience to help members find something great to watch even faster,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge.

In 2015, Netflix bumped its standard…

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Google is already running out of Pixel 2 stock

It’s been only three hours since Google’s Pixel 2 event wrapped up — but if you’re planning to buy one and haven’t gotten around to it yet, you’re already late enough to be on the waiting list.

Many models of the Pixel 2 and every model of the Pixel 2 XL have already seen their delivery dates slip past the phone’s October 19th launch date. Here’s the current situation in the Google Store:

Pixel 2:

Black 64GB: In stock.
Black 128GB: In stock.
White 64GB: 5-6 weeks.
White 128GB: 2-3 weeks
Blue 64GB: 6-7 weeks

Pixel 2 XL:

Black 64GB: 2-3 weeks
Black 128GB: 2-3 weeks
White 64GB: out of stock, waitlist
White 128GB: out of stock, waitlist.

The situation isn’t great. If you want the smaller Pixel you might be fine, but anyone interested in the larger…

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Why does Siri think the national anthem of Bulgaria is ‘Despacito?’

A curious case of artificial intelligence wire-crossing has popped up, causing Apple’s Siri to erroneously think the Bulgarian national anthem is Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” according to CNET.

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It is entirely unclear why this is happening, considering the national anthem of Bulgaria is “Мила Родино,” transliterated as “Mila Ridino” or Dear Motherland. But it sure is consistent — take your iPhone out right now, fire up Siri, and watch as history is rewritten by Apple’s digital voice assistant to favor a Puerto Rican reggaeton hit that became the most watched video on YouTube back in August.

“Mila Rodino” is the answer you’ll find on Wikipedia, and it’s what pops up in…

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Canary is charging for services that used to be free, and everyone is mad

Canary, a connected home security camera company, announced changes to its free service last week that went into effect on Tuesday. Under the new terms, non-paying users will no longer be able to freely access night mode on their cameras nor will they be able to record video for later viewing.

On top of that, all the videos they previously recorded for free will be converted into 10-second clips called “video previews.” Essentially, important features are being taken away from users unless they’re willing to pay $ 9.99 a month. People aren’t happy about it, and they’re airing their grievances on Twitter.

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Self-driving taxis are coming to residential neighborhoods

Most experts agree that robot cars will first roll out as fleets of self-driving taxis in controlled environments — college campuses, business parks, dedicated freeway lanes, or downtowns of congested cities. And we’re already starting to see the first hints of those types of services. A new one called Voyage just launched in a retirement community in California today.

Two self-driving Ford Fusions (with a third on the way) will offer trips to the 4,000 residents of the Villages, a gated community for senior citizens in San Jose. There are 15 miles of roads within the community for Voyage’s self-driving cars to learn how to interact with pedestrians, animals, roundabouts, and golf carts. The speed limit is only 25 mph, which helps…

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Watch a trailer for the first sincere dramatic film about Tinder

Newness, which debuted at Sundance in January and was picked up by Netflix in June, is about the early days of a relationship between 20-somethings Martin (Nicholas Hoult) and Gabi (Victoria’s Laia Costa). They take shots and sit outside at nighttime asking each other questions like “Have you ever been in love?” The typical stuff!

But things are complicated because they met on a fake dating app called Winx, in which you select dates by swiping right for “no” and left for “yes.” It’s the mirror image of a different dating app you might be familiar with. Oh, no. Gabi and Martin are both charming and charmed by each other, but how long can that last when Gabi says she’s always on the hunt for “that constant newness?” They deleted their…

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How Neill Blomkamp and Unity are shaping the future of filmmaking with Adam: The Mirror

Last year, the company behind the Unity game engine released Adam, a proof-of-concept short film designed to show off its cinematic creation tools. It doesn’t have much of a story: it’s just a robot escaping a prison. But Unity Technologies earned enough of a response to justify developing the story into something bigger, and its representatives turned to Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios.

Blomkamp, the writer-director of Elysium and District 9, launched Oats earlier this year as an experiment. He wanted to develop his film ideas without waiting years for the attention and resources of a typical Hollywood studio. Earlier this summer, he released a series of videos — Rakka, Firebase, and Zygote — along with several other shorter films, all…

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Watch Circuit Breaker Live episode 001: iPhone 8, SNES Classic, and Sphero Mini

We did a Circuit Breaker show! It was live, on Twitter, and we’re going to do it again next week. Live! On Twitter. But, in case you missed it when it aired yesterday (Tuesdays at 4PM EDT, in case you want to mark it on your calendar), we have the whole show recorded and you can watch it right here, right now. Or whenever you’d like.

This week we played with the iPhone 8, Megan Farokhmanesh showed us the SNES Classic, and Ashley Carman had Sphero’s latest robots to share. There was even a hashtag for people to tweet at us during the show, so you could tell how seriously live it was. Anyway, enjoy, and see you next week. Tuesday. 4PM.

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