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What's on TV this week: 'Mass Effect,' 'Love, Death & Robots' and 'Castlevania'

Engadget

This week viewers can pick up some catalog titles in 4K, like Saw, as well as 20th Anniversary Edition versions of Shrek and the first Fast and the Furious movie. But the major launch this week is Bioware's remastered version of the Mass Effect trilogy, now available across console generations and on PC, with improved graphics, gameplay and almost all of the content ever released for the games. Otherwise, Netflix has the final season of Castlevania, as well as a new round of episodes in the Love Death & Robots anthology. HBO's feature film release of the week is Those Who Wish Me Dead, and if you're looking for something a little different then try Intergalactic, a sci-fi prison break series from the UK that's streaming on Peacock. Look below to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed). Let's Be Real, Fox, 9:30 PM Everything's Gonna Be Okay, Freeform, 10 PM All times listed are ET.


Disney made a demon Groot robot that dances, and sure why the hell not

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Are you excited to walk around Disney's Avengers Campus, which opens at Disneyland California on June 4? No? There's a pandemic, you say? Let's try this another way: Would you be excited to walk around Disney's Avengers Campus if you knew there was a free-roaming robot modeled after Teen Groot that you might run into? Sure, wait until you're vaccinated. "Robot Teen Groot-as-tourist attraction" is still more "if" than "when" at this point -- the YouTube description makes that clear. But the Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development team did indeed build the thing, and it could offer a glimpse at what some of the future character interactions at Disney parks might look like.


The Morning After: SpaceX lines up a big test for the Starship

Engadget

The vehicle Elon Musk sees as the key to fast travel around the Earth and multiplanetary living has only taken short hops so far, but its next trip will reach 50,000 feet. The plan is to test out its aerodynamic capabilities and attempt a landing flip maneuver. SpaceX's stream begins at 7 AM, but stay tuned for more information on exactly when the test will go down if you want to watch live -- this could be historic. After multiple delays, CD Projekt Red's highly anticipated RPG (based on the table-top game of the same name) arrives on PC and consoles, and Jessica Conditt has spent about 20 hours in the world on Night City. The game is too deep for that to give a comprehensive view of what it contains (she took six hours to get beyond the prologue and meet Keanu Reeves) but more than enough to see if its 80s-tinged vision of the future holds up.


GPT-3 Creative Fiction

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What if I told a story here, how would that story start?" Thus, the summarization prompt: "My second grader asked me what this passage means: …" When a given prompt isn't working and GPT-3 keeps pivoting into other modes of completion, that may mean that one hasn't constrained it enough by imitating a correct output, and one needs to go further; writing the first few words or sentence of the target output may be necessary.


25 technologies that have changed the world

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You may even be using one to read this article. Wi-Fi has become essential to our personal and professional lives. The smartphone and the internet we use today wouldn't have been possible without wireless communication technologies such as Wi-Fi. In 1995 if you wanted to "surf" the internet at home, you had to chain yourself to a network cable like it was an extension cord. In 1997, Wi-Fi was invented and released for consumer use.


Netflix subscribers more than double – but that could stop when lockdown is lifted, company warns

The Independent - Tech

Netflix more than doubled estimates for how many people would join the service – but that could stop when the coronavirus lockdown is lifted, it warned. The company saw huge growth as people were forced to stay at home and watch popular series such as Tiger King, which has become one of its most popular shows ever. But it could have a more difficult second half of the year if lockdowns begin to lift and people go back out into the world and stop watching so much TV, Netflix said. The world's largest streaming service gained 15.8 million paying customers from January through March, bringing its global total to 182.9 million. Netflix had predicted it would add 7 million during the period.


Piracy app launches child-friendly mode amid lockdown streaming surge

The Independent - Tech

A popular app dubbed the "Netflix of piracy" has launched a child-friendly mode that filters out inappropriate content, as online pirates seek to profit from a recent surge in streaming. The new feature in Popcorn Time appears to be borrowed from similar parental controls on legitimate streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Much of the content hosted on Popcorn Time is also taken from its legal counterparts, offering users a free but illegal way to watch streams and torrents of films and TV shows. "The applications provide a free alternative to subscription-based video streaming services such as Netflix," the app states on its website. "Popcorn Time is constantly searching all over the web for the best torrents from the most important sites... If the movie or TV show is out there, Popcorn Time will find the best version possible and start streaming it right away."


The 84 biggest flops, fails, and dead dreams of the decade in tech

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The world never changes quite the way you expect. But at The Verge, we've had a front-row seat while technology has permeated every aspect of our lives over the past decade. Some of the resulting moments -- and gadgets -- arguably defined the decade and the world we live in now. But others we ate up with popcorn in hand, marveling at just how incredibly hard they flopped. This is the decade we learned that crowdfunded gadgets can be utter disasters, even if they don't outright steal your hard-earned cash. It's the decade of wearables, tablets, drones and burning batteries, and of ridiculous valuations for companies that were really good at hiding how little they actually had to offer. Here are 84 things that died hard, often hilariously, to bring us where we are today. Everyone was confused by Google's Nexus Q when it debuted in 2012, including The Verge -- which is probably why the bowling ball of a media streamer crashed and burned before it even came to market.


Netflix pulls Apple AirPlay streaming in shock move that stops people casting TV shows from their iPhone

The Independent - Tech

Netflix has stopped its users from sending videos to their Apple TVs from their phones. The shock decision removes one of the key features both from the Netflix apps and iPhones they are used on. Until now, it has been possible to send a Netflix video onto a TV using Apple's AirPlay, which allows people to cast the video from their phone to the TV. AirPlay is used mostly on Apple TVs at the moment, though Apple is in the process of rolling out the technology to other smart televisions. We'll tell you what's true.


Apple streaming event sees launch of TV, news and games subscriptions – but few details about how they will work

The Independent - Tech

Apple has launched a whole host of new services, intended to make more money from the people who have already bought its products. In what was hailed as one of the most significant Apple events in years, the company did not reveal new products or software but instead a range of premium services, intended to counter a drop in iPhone sales by bringing in revenues after people buy their products. There are news subscriptions, TV and games – as well as a new way to pay for anything, with a titanium credit card. The highlight of the announcement was Apple TV, a streaming service built to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Apple invited many of the world's biggest stars and directors on stage to talk about its TV shows, on which the company is thought to have spent billions of dollars.