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It’s hard to make real money selling virtual goods
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It’s hard to make real money selling virtual goods

If you’re unfamiliar, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a sim game for the Nintendo Switch in which you build a life for yourself in a community of adorable, anthropomorphic animals. You fish, grow fruit, craft tools and furniture while working to improve your island home. The more well developed your community, the more characters come to live there, further increasing your wealth. When you begin the game, you are in debt to local landlord Tom Nook and have to work towards the goal of financial independence.The game’s primary currency is bells, designed to mirror the rough valuation of the Japanese yen. For instance, if you want to purchase clothing or accessories, the price runs from 800 bells all the way up to over 100,000 bells for something extra...
HBO Max is a mess — but its still a smart bet on HBO’s future
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HBO Max is a mess — but its still a smart bet on HBO’s future

But here's the thing: These missteps won't matter in the long run. This isn't a Quibi situation, a fundamentally flawed service that has no place in the current media landscape. HBO Max is everything HBO already offered, plus exclusive shows and films from the Warner library. It's also the only place you can stream Friends, South Park and Studio Ghibli titles in the US. (Netflix nabbed Ghibli rights elsewhere, excluding Canada and Japan.) Even if you're not obsessed with HBO's shows, there's a wealth of content that makes a Max subscription worthwhile. You can think of HBO Max as WarnerMedia’s  $4 billion bet on the future. It's a unified streaming platform that does away with the confusing need for separate apps. (Previously, cable subscribers used ...
The best deals we found this week: AirPods Pro, Fire TV Cube and more
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The best deals we found this week: AirPods Pro, Fire TV Cube and more

Buy AirPods Pro at Amazon - $228Fire TV devices Nicole Lee / Engadget A number of Amazon’s Fire TV devices are still on sale. The Fire TV Cube for $100 is notable because it hasn’t been on sale since February and this sale price is only $10 more than its lowest price ever. We gave the newest Fire TV Cube a score of 84 for its improved performance, solid handling of voice commands and support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+. If you don’t want to spend that much on a streaming device, you could opt for the Fire TV Stick that’s on sale for $30 or the 4K version that’s on sale for $40.Buy Fire TV Cube at Amazon - $100Buy Fire TV Stick at Amazon - $30Buy Fire TV Stick 4K at Amazon - $40Nest WiFi Daniel Cooper Google’s Nest WiFi 2-pack with one router and on...
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite review: Just a really good Android tablet
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite review: Just a really good Android tablet

In fact, being a tablet is where the S6 Lite shines. I used it to watch The Weeknd’s music videos for The Hills and Blinding Lights and found the 2,000 x 1,200 display to be crisp and colorful. I was slightly disappointed Samsung used a TFT panel here instead of an AMOLED, but for the price I won’t complain too much. Besides, it still offered respectable image quality: details like blood dripping from The Weeknd’s teeth and the texture of his face were easy to make out. Unfortunately, the screen was harder to see in direct sunlight, even at max brightness. I did appreciate that the speakers pumped out clear, rich audio. It was plenty loud, though I wish the bass were slightly stronger. I also liked using the Kindle app on the Tab S6 Lite to read books while lying on my couch -- this is ...
A Sonic the Hedgehog movie sequel is on the way
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A Sonic the Hedgehog movie sequel is on the way

After the first trailer for Paramount’s live-action Sonic the Hedgehog flick dropped, viewer reaction was so negative that it got delayed to change the main character’s CG look. But it debuted at #1 in the box office in February and eventually pulled in more than $300 million before its home release earlier this month, so of course Sega and Paramount are working on a sequel.Variety broke the news of the follow-up, reporting that the same team is in place behind the scenes, with Josh Miller and Pat Casey again writing the script and Jeff Fowler returning as director. Fowler tweeted the article with a simple message: “ROUND TWO WITH THE BLUE!!”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk gets $700 million in first performance-based payout
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk gets $700 million in first performance-based payout

Shareholders approved Tesla’s compensation plan back in 2018. In its filing, the company wrote that the current compensation programs “reflect [its] startup origins” and that it intends to evaluate them as circumstances require and as its needs evolve. Tesla also explained: “We believe compensation incentives for executive officers should promote the success of our company and motivate them to pursue corporate objectives. We have put an emphasis on structuring compensation incentives so as to reward clear, easily measured performance goals that closely align their incentives with the long-term interests of our stockholders.” At least one shareholder isn’t happy with the way Tesla rewards its executives, though. Richard Tornetta sued the company over...
Arctic communities are living in a future nobody wants
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Arctic communities are living in a future nobody wants

In the winter, folks in Tuk watch the sun set for the last time on November 28th and celebrate its return on January 13th. The average February temperature is –26°C. Lows regularly dip to the point of convergence between Celsius and Fahrenheit: -40°. Ski-Doos brap across the crust of snow on Tuk’s lakes and lands and ocean. The frigid Arctic breeze blows snow drifts flush with the coastline, creating a barely perceptible threshold between landfast ice and frozen soil, were it not for t...
The next Fortnite season has been delayed one more week
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The next Fortnite season has been delayed one more week

You’ll have to deal with a second delay before you can play the third season of Fortnite Chapter 2, although it won’t be as dramatic as the first. Epic has pushed back Season 3’s premiere by one week to June 11th in order to “get everything ready.” To tide people over, it’s planning a one-time event, The Device, for June 6th at 2PM Eastern. You’ll want to sign in early on that day as “space is limited,” Epic said.Fortnite seasons used to last roughly a couple of months, but Chapter 2’s first and second seasons were both extended to four — the current season was originally meant to wrap up on May 1st. Although Epic hasn’t explained just what prompted the more recent delays, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t help by forcing staff to work from hom...
Twitter hides Trump shooting tweet over glorification of violence
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Twitter hides Trump shooting tweet over glorification of violence

Twitter is referring to the fact that Trump’s “looting” comment is a quote from former Miami Police Chief Walter Headley, in charge during the Miami’s 1967 race riots and known for his “stop and frisk” tactics. During the riots, he used the same phrase: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” He’s also known for saying: “We don’t mind being accused of police brutality. They haven’t seen anything yet.”As Chris Geidner from the Justice Collaborative noted, Trump’s tweet also appears to be inaccurate. The Minnesota National Guard tweeted that it had already “activated more than 500 soldiers to St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities... to protect life, preserve property and the right to peacefully demonstrate.” We've taken action in ...