Watch the first Final Fantasy VII Remake gameplay trailer in nearly four years

Watch the first Final Fantasy VII Remake gameplay trailer in nearly four years

After being announced back in 2015, the remake of Final Fantasy VII seems to be finally getting closer. Sony showed off some rare gameplay footage in a State of Play video earlier today, and it’s promised to say more about the game in June — presumably around the E3 gaming conference. The one-minute trailer shows off a lot of cinematic shots, but we get a little gameplay as well. It looks relatively similar to the…

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Bernie Sanders’s campaign staff just signed a historic union contract. Here’s what’s in it.

Bernie Sanders’s campaign staff just signed a historic union contract. Here’s what’s in it.

Campaign staff locked down $20 per hour wages for interns, paid time off, and capped salaries for supervisors. Campaign staff for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) just signed a union contract, the first presidential campaign in US history to do so. Sanders’s campaign workers have been negotiating with managers since March, when they first announced plans to form a labor union with United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 400. As part of the deal, Sanders’s campaign…

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Florida’s new law lets teachers carry guns in class. Black and Latino students are worried.

Florida’s new law lets teachers carry guns in class. Black and Latino students are worried.

Critics say efforts to increase the number of armed school personnel ignore the concerns of students of color. In the year since the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, several states have moved to pass laws to arm teachers as a way to protect students. But students and parents of color worry that allowing guns into classrooms will put black, Latino, and Native American students, who are already subject…

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Google’s Pixel 3A is refreshingly easy to repair

Google’s Pixel 3A is refreshingly easy to repair

iFixit has conducted its teardown of Google’s new Pixel 3A and 3A XL smartphones, awarding the devices a reparability score of 6 out of 10. The site found that the new Pixel’s display is fairly easy to remove — without the heat gun or blow dryer that’s often necessary to melt the adhesive securing the screens on many of today’s phones. Instead, Google uses a “spongy, easily-separated adhesive.” The downside here — and probably a…

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Ubisoft keeps pretending its political games don’t have politics in them

Ubisoft keeps pretending its political games don’t have politics in them

Today Ubisoft officially unveiled the latest Tom Clancy release, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. A sequel to 2017’s Wildlands, it’s another realistic military shooter — and another chance for Ubisoft to say that its games are free of politics. It’s become something of a trend for the French publisher, which makes big-budget action games that feature settings and storylines plucked from the headlines, yet stubbornly refuse to say much of substance despite this. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot…

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Philips Hue bulbs can now be grouped together in ‘zones’

Philips Hue bulbs can now be grouped together in ‘zones’

Philips Hue has been updated today with a new feature that lets you group individual Hue lights and bulbs together as a group — called a “Zone” — making it easier to control larger light setups, via Android Police. The update is available on iOS and Android starting today, and gives Hue the much-needed option to group multiple bulbs together. Hue lights could previously only control bulbs through the company’s app on an individual basis…

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Jeff Bezos unveils mock-up of Blue Origin’s lunar lander Blue Moon

Jeff Bezos unveils mock-up of Blue Origin’s lunar lander Blue Moon

Today, Jeff Bezos unveiled the design of his spaceflight company’s lunar lander, the Blue Moon, which can take scientific payloads to the surface of the Moon. Bezos said that his company, Blue Origin, has been working on the design for the lander for the last three years. “This is an incredible vehicle, and it’s going to the Moon,” Bezos said after unveiling a mockup of the Blue Moon lander at the Washington DC Convention Center….

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Listen to The Vergecast live at Google I/O

Listen to The Vergecast live at Google I/O

Google’s I/O developer conference took place this week in Mountain View, California, and The Vergecast crew not only attended, but we also recorded a show in front of a live audience! Hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn ran through all of the announcements and then brought on Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s head of Android and Chrome, and Stephanie Cuthbertson, the company’s director of Android, to talk about the newest Pixel devices, the new Nest line, mobile…

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