Vergecast: Galaxy S21 Ultra review and Paramount Plus launch announced

There are five cameras on the S21 Ultra, plus a laser autofocus sensor on the back
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This week on The Verge’s flagship podcast The Vergecast, The Verge’s own Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Julia Alexander, and Chaim Gartenberg run through the news, reviews, and rumors in the world of tech this week.

Dieter published his review of Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra on Thursday, so The Vergecast discusses the updates and fixes in this iteration of the flagship phone. Has Samsung redeemed itself from the S20 Ultra?

Second half of the show, there were a bunch of Apple rumors this week — reports of the company planning a Mac redesign, a foldable phone, and a VR headset — so the crew theorizes what these products could look like, what their function could be, and when these would actually be available.

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HBO Is Considering Other Game Of Thrones Spin-Off Ideas, Like Robert’s Rebellion

HBO wants to have more Game of Thrones, and to that end, the company is taking meetings with a number of writers who are pitching their ideas for spin-offs. This is according to report from EW, which says HBO has taken meetings with “several top writers” who are pitching the network their ideas for where the fantasy universe could go next.

One of the ideas is a prequel series focused on the war, Robert’s Rebellion, that took place some time before the events of Game of Thrones, according to the report. Writer Bruno Heller, who created the period drama Rome for HBO, is said to have pitched this idea.

There is no word yet on any of the other high-profile writers who have pitched to HBO. However, EW reported that all of the new show ideas are prequels that are set in Westeros and Essos. The site dashed hopes to see more familiar characters and actors, as it’s claimed that none of the new show ideas are spin-offs of the timeline that ended with Game of Thrones Season 8.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

Razer’s DeathAdder V2 Pro wireless gaming mouse just got its first big price cut

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Razer’s DeathAdder V2 wired gaming mouse is one of the best wired gaming mice you can buy right now, according to my colleague Cameron Faulkner. But if you are trying to minimize the number of cables on your desk, the DeathAdder V2 Pro is a nice wireless alternative — and it’s down to $100 at Amazon and Best Buy.

The DeathAdder V2 Pro is a lightweight mouse weighing in at 88 grams, six grams heavier than its wired variant. It has the same support for five onboard profiles and the same 20K optical sensor.

If you don’t mind wired gaming mice and you are on a budget, Amazon and Best Buy have also discounted the Razer Viper Mini, bringing it down to just $20. It’s a miniature rehash of Razer’s Viper gaming mouse. It can last for up to 50…

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Author: Taylor Lyles

EA Sports UFC 4 Brings Back McGregor’s 2014 Look As Free DLC Ahead Of UFC 257

MMA legend Conor McGregor is making his return to the Octagon for UFC 257 this weekend, and he’s also making a comeback in the newest UFC video game.

EA Sports has announced that it is adding a new version of McGregor to UFC 4 that shows the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion as he looked back in 2014 when he first squared off against Dustin Poirier.

The big thing you’ll immediately notice is that McGregor’s braided ponytail is back, while he’s wearing his white vale tudo shorts just like he did in 2014.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

YouTube finally enables HDR support on Xbox consoles

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YouTube is finally enabling HDR support on Microsoft’s Xbox consoles. The HDR support works across existing Xbox One S / X devices and new consoles like the Xbox Series X and Series S. As long as you have a TV or monitor capable of displaying HDR videos, the YouTube app will now automatically switch to output HDR content.

The YouTube app on Xbox has never supported HDR previously, despite HDR being available on the PlayStation 4 since 2019. Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X launched in November without YouTube HDR support, and it’s still not available on the PS5 yet — a step back from what was available on PS4.

The YouTube app on Xbox Series S.

Engadget notes you can confirm that HDR is outputting correctly from the…

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Author: Tom Warren