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Welcome to your weekend! Besides revisiting some of the week's most important stories -- The Matrix is back -- we're looking at highlights from Friday including a number of big Disney+ reveals. Also, right now is a great time to make sure you have The Morning After queued up in your favorite podcast app.
Just last week, Disney announced Disney+ will have apps for iOS, Apple TV, Android and Xbox One, along with previously known devices such as the PlayStation 4 and Roku. Edgar Alvarez spent some time with the Apple TV app and found it surprisingly polished for a service that hasn't even launched yet, with plans to use both algorithms and human editors to sort content.
The Disney+ mobile app, meanwhile, will support offline downloads. Disney says the number of shows and movies you can download is unlimited, so the only restriction is the amount of free storage you have on your smartphone or tablet. That's on top of the fact Disney+ will stream content in 4K, HDR and Dolby Atmos -- which is included with the standard $6.99 plan
During last night's D23 Expo event, Disney also promoted its service to fans by teasing even more content. We saw our first real The Mandalorian trailer, while also learning that Ewan McGregor is coming back as Obi-Wan Kenobi in an unnamed new Star Wars show and learned that Clone Wars will premiere its new season in February.
For Marvel fans, the "Phase Four" group of TV shows has grown by three, with new ones for Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Moon Knight. Lizzie McGuire is going to make another go-round, and even Jeff Goldblum's National Geographic show has a new trailer to watch. The service launches November 12th -- good luck avoiding it.
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Sixteen years since the end of the trilogy, Warner Bros. says another movie will be joining the Matrix universe, crucially starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss -- Neo and Trinity, if you will. Only one of the Wachowski sisters (Lana) is involved, but she'll direct, co-write and co-produce. The Matrix was ahead of its time when it came to a grab-bag of tech themes -- with some of them arguably even more relevant in 2020.
Netflix leans on algorithms for virtually all of its show suggestions, but it's trying something radical: curation from real, honest-to-goodness humans. The service is testing expert-crafted Collections that, much like music playlists, offer selections based around certain themes. You can check out a collection of light-hearted fare if you're looking for relief from a stressful week, or go for prizewinning titles if you only want critically-praised pieces.
Despite a debut that "underdelivered" in 2016, Dan Cooper was more than ready to give No Man's Sky a try after the new Beyond expansion appeared last week. Less of a game and more of an experience, he can explain why "the lack of a story means that I'm making one up in my own head, and it's probably better than whatever Hello Games could have crafted. It presents you with a hostile world and tasks you with coming up with strategies to think around your own problems."
Now Apple's credit card is available to all users in the US, we have some information on how to care for the metal payment accessory. First step: Don't use it like other cards. Seriously. According to Apple, storing it against leather or denim can cause permanent discoloration, and given the linings in many wallets, it's a little concerning. Oh, and one more thing -- don't let it rub against other cards or sit anywhere loose against coins, keys or other abrasive objects.
But wait, there's more...
- Supreme's 'burner' phone is built for hypebeasts
- An old Instagram hoax is back, and it's duping celebrities
- Bloomberg: Apple plans to launch TV+ in November for $10 per month
- Playing 'The Witcher 3' on the Switch shouldn't work, but it does
- Ask Engadget: How can students score free A/V software?
- NVIDIA ray-tracing on 'Minecraft' looks surprisingly cool
- iDevices' Alexa-powered smart light switch finally goes on sale
- Gamescom 2019: Sega is becoming its weird and wonderful self again
- ThinkPad X1 Carbon review (2019): Sometimes it's good to be boring
- Android Q is now simply Android 10
- iPhone Pro, new iPad and 16-inch MacBook Pro details emerge
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