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Google Announces STADIA, a Cloud-Based Gaming Platform

As expected, Google got gamers frothing at the mouth with the announcement of Stadia (the plural of ‘stadium’, it turns out), the home of their new cloud-based gaming ambitions.

The goal is to eliminate the friction between games and gamers. You can play on practically every device you already own (tablets, phones, anything which runs Google Chrome), you can jump into games directly from YouTube videos or streams, and even join others games in progress within a matter of seconds. And it’s all in 4K HDR, thanks to the cloud. Really.

We don’t know much beyond that – more will be announced this Summer, but so far, it’s coming in 2019, it’s got a cool dedicated controller (with sharing and Google Assistant buttons, above), and both UbiSoft and ID have pledged to develop games…along with an in-house development team, headed by ex-UbiSoft and EA lead Jade Raymond.

This could be really cool, gang. Stay tuned.

A Look at the Original iPhone Prototype

The Verge:

Apple had developed the iPhone in secret over those two and a half years, and for many inside the company, the device had only been known by the codenames “M68” and “Purple 2.” Apple was focused on surprising everyone with the iPhone, and that meant that many of the engineers working on the original handset didn’t even know what it would eventually look like.

To achieve that level of secrecy, Apple created special prototype development boards that contained nearly all of the iPhone’s parts, spread out across a large circuit board. The Verge has obtained exclusive access to the original iPhone M68 prototype board from 2006 / 2007, thanks to Red M Sixty, a source that asked to remain anonymous. It’s the first time this board has been pictured publicly, and it provides a rare historical look at an important part of computing history, showing how Apple developed the original iPhone.

This is a really cool, unique piece of tech history.

LUCY IN THE SKY Teaser Trailer

I am such a sucker for space movies – but when it’s Noah Hawley (Fargo/Legion) behind the camera with that freaking cast?

Hell yeah.

TOY STORY 4 Trailer: What Does It Mean to Be A Toy?

The first teaser hinted at it – we’re going deep into toy psychology here.

Bold move from Pixar. Let’s see if it works out this June.

EDIT: With that thumbnail image, you had to know there was a poster coming, right?