Foldable phones can’t catch a break, mainly because they keep breaking

Soon, I swear to you, we will stop talking about folding phones so much in this space. We’re just about finished, as I’ll be working with our video team for the review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip today — expect it later this week. A quick thanks to everybody who sent in questions and if you have one, let me know and I’ll try to address it in the review.

There’s a cliché is that three instances makes a pattern and now that there have been three folding phones sold here in the US, a pattern has emerged. The Galaxy Fold, Motorola Razr, and Galaxy Z Flip have each had their respective launch dramas, complete with broken screens, availability issues, and very hard to justify prices.

Recapping the Galaxy Fold and the Motorola Razr at this…

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Author: Dieter Bohn

Steam cross-save is a game-changer for the Switch

Apologies in advance for the unpopular statement, but I could never get into The Witcher 3. I bought it on PC when it came out nearly five years ago, and while it’s obviously beautiful and filled with great characters, something about the combat never really clicked with me and I bounced off the game altogether.

But, like many other people, the endearingly irreverent Netflix adaptation made me want to give the game another shot, and the recently released Switch port felt like a good opportunity. (If nothing else, I just wanted to see how on earth the game would actually run on the Switch.) Despite picking it up on sale, though, I still never really felt like diving back in. I didn’t play that much of the PC original, but the prospect of…

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Author: Sam Byford

Samsung’s Z Flip glass covering is ready for non-Samsung foldables

Photo by Nick Statt / The Verge

Samsung’s display unit has provided further details on the glass used in the Galaxy Z Flip and pointed to its potential wider adoption on non-Samsung foldables in the future. Yonhap reports that the 30-micrometer-thick covering is the result of a collaboration with glass manufacturer Dowoo Insys, in which Samsung Display holds a minority stake. Samsung Display currently provides display technologies to a variety of smartphone manufacturers, including the OLED panels found in Apple’s recent iPhones.

Although the Z Flip’s display is covered by this new ultra-thin glass (UTG), the glass layer is protected by an additional layer of plastic that YouTube channel JerryRigEverything found was highly susceptible to scratching. Removing the…

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Author: Jon Porter

Disney’s New Mulan Gets A Rating No Other Recent Reboot Did

The new Mulan movie from Disney will be the first of the company’s live-action reboots to receive a PG-13 rating in the United States. The official rating from the Motion Picture Association of America states that film will be rated PG-13 for its “sequences of violence,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

All of Disney’s previous live-action remakes, including Aladdin, The Lion King, Dumbo, and others, received PG or G ratings. Mulan also becomes the first Disney movie overall to receive a PG-13 rating since Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017). As the most recent trailer displayed, the new Mulan will indeed have a lot of action and presumably violence as the movie is about war, after all.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

Temtem’s Latest Patch Introduces A New Zone Inspired By A Pokemon Red/Blue Feature

Temtem, the early-access PC Pokemon-style MMO, has recently received a major update that expands the endgame. Update 0.5.12 introduces a new arena, the Saipark, which operates a lot like the iconic Safari Zone in the original Pokemon games, Red and Blue. The Safari Zone let you wander around and capture Pokemon without battling them, many of which could only be found within the zone’s boundaries. Temtem now has a similarly special place that is a bit different from the rest of the game.

The Saipark, which is available to endgame players, is a natural reserve that will house two different species of Temtem each week. These creatures will have special features–they have a higher chance of being Luma, or might have egg moves or guaranteed minimum SVs.

Players will need to buy special Temcards for the park, called Saicards. These will expire by the end of the week, and only work within the park. There’s a fee involved in entering the park, and each time they buy cards over the week the price will go up. It’s a good way for players who have put a lot of time into Temtem to capture some interesting critters.

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Author: James O’Connor

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Next Tournament Focuses On Characters From The 90s

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have a special 90s-themed tournament this weekend that will limit the range of fighters available to those who debuted in the 90s. The available stages will also be pulled from 90s games.

This will disqualify plenty of fighters and stages who were first introduced before or after the 90s, but you’ll be able to use Sonic, Pikachu, Cloud, King K. Rool, Mewtwo, Sheik, Ridley, and many others. A full list has not been made available, but long-time Nintendo fans can look forward to representing their favorite games of the era.

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Players will be able to unlock Spirits, depending on their performance in the tournament. It begins on February 21 (in Japan, at least–start time will vary depending on your timezone), and will run for three days.

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Author: James O’Connor

Legends Of Tomorrow: What Happens With Constantine After That Cliffhanger

There are dark times ahead for John Constantine (Matt Ryan) on The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow. In the latest episode of the series, “A Head of Her Time,” the cigarette-smoking master of the occult was stricken with an advanced form of lung cancer and now looks to be on the brink of death.

While this particular plot twist may seem a little dark for a show like Legends of Tomorrow, which trades in silliness and fun, it’s actually deeply rooted in the Hellblazer comics. In the Dangerous Habits story arc, Constantine is suffering from terminal lung cancer and attempts to con his way out of it. In the next episode of Legends, “Mortal Khanbat,” viewers will get a taste of that.

“Matt has an amazing storyline which we did pull from the comics. I co-wrote that one, Caity Lotz directed. It was so fun to be on set. Caity smashed it. She did an amazing job. She was so prepared and then so creative with the camera. It was lovely to see,” executive producer Grainne Godfree teased. “But for Matt Ryan’s character Constantine, we wanted to give him one of the iconic storylines from the comics where he gets lung cancer and he’s going to try to do everything he can in the most John Constantine-type way to get out of it.”

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Author: Chris E. Hayner

Ben Affleck Opens Up On Why He Quit The Batman

Oscar winning actor and director Ben Affleck was originally attached to write, direct, and star in the new Batman movie called The Batman, but he dropped out. The title role eventually went to Robert Pattinson, while Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves came aboard to write a new script and direct.

Now, Affleck has opened up on why he quit The Batman. After a “troubled shoot” on Justice League, in which Affleck appears as Batman, he decided to step away, according to The New York Times. Affleck told the publication that taking on the role of Batman again for the new film might have led him back to drinking.

“I showed somebody The Batman script,” he said. “They said, ‘I think the script is good. I also think you’ll drink yourself to death if you go through what you just went through again.'”

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Author: Eddie Makuch