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You can play through Far Cry 6 for free this weekend

You can play through Far Cry 6 for free this weekend

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Welcome to the weekend. Whether you’re working today, or you’re off, we have a range of deals that you might be interested in. Most of these were big hits throughout the week that we’re resurfacing for your perusal, though we’ve packed in a few deals that popped up more recently. In terms of what to look forward to on The Verge, this week will be Samsung’s Unpacked event. That’s all happening on Wednesday, August 10th, and based on rumors, we expect to see new foldable phones and other gadgets, and plenty of preorder deals. See you then.

At the Epic Games Store on PC, you can play as much Far Cry 6 as you can fit into this weekend. The storefront is offering an extended free trial of Ubisoft’s latest open-world first-person shooter. Deals on Far Cry 6 aren’t too uncommon these days (though the PC version sees fewer discounts than the console versions), and yet, it’s really hard to beat the current cost: $0.00. The game trial is also available to Xbox and PlayStation gamers. You don’t need a subscription of any kind on PlayStation consoles to get access to the free trial. On Xbox, however, you’ll need Xbox Live Gold (or the modern equivalent, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate).

Usually, we like to provide context around deals that we promote, so that you can make an educated purchase. That’s not as necessary for a freebie. It’s worth noting that Far Cry 6 delivers more of the same great-feeling combat and exploration. In Diego Arguello’s analysis of the game’s story, Far Cry 6 is one of the few AAA games set in Latin America, though its narrative and handling of cultural portrayals are hit or miss. If you can look past that, it might be a good use of your free time this weekend.

Far Cry 6 puts you in the Cuba-inspired locale of Yara. It’s the latest in Ubisoft’s open-world, first-person-shooter franchise.

If you plan to head on vacation this summer, or just want to lounge around the house with some books, the latest Kindle Paperwhite may be the perfect gadget to add to your repertoire. At Best Buy, this model is $45 off, costing $94.99 through Saturday night. This is just about the lowest price that we’ve seen the 2021 Kindle Paperwhite sell for.

As for why this is the e-reader to buy over the previous generation, it has USB-C charging, a bigger 6.8-inch backlit display, and customizable screen color temperature. It has waterproofing in common with the last-gen Paperwhite. Read our review.

2021 Kindle Paperwhite

$139.9921% off
$109.99

Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite has a 6.8-inch, E Ink display with adjustable color temperature for nighttime reading. It also boasts a faster processor, additional battery life, IPX8 waterproofing, and — finally — a USB-C port.

The Beats Fit Pro and Studio Buds have each returned to their Prime Day prices. Starting with the Fit Pro, these wireless buds with wing tips to stay in your ears during runs and other workouts are back down to $179.99 ($20 off) at Amazon. In addition to being great workout companions, they have active noise cancellation (ANC), a transparency mode to let you stay tapped into sounds happening around you, and they can last up to six hours per charge with ANC. Read our review.

The Studio Buds are $99.99 ($50 off at Amazon) and similarly, they offer ANC and a transparency mode. Apple claims that you’ll get up to eight hours of listening time per charge without ANC on. My colleague Chris Welch said in his review that the ANC is worse in the Studio Buds than in the Fit Pro. Both the Fit Pro and Studio Buds include a charging case with a USB-C port, though it’s important to note that neither option supports wireless charging. Read our review.

$199.95

The Beats Fit Pro earbuds have integrated wing tips that help keep them secure during runs and workouts. They also have excellent noise cancellation, and their sound has just the right amount of bass and kick to keep you motivated.

Beats Studio Buds

$149.9933% off
$99.99

The Studio Buds from Beats offer support for iOS and Android, with noise cancellation, a cozy fit, and good sound quality for the price. These don’t have all of the same features as AirPods, but their broader compatibility may make them the better choice for you.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes the state’s “BitLicense” law.

The bill, called the Digital Financial Assets Law, would establish a regulatory framework for companies that transact with cryptocurrency in the state, similar to New York’s BitLicense system. In a statement, Newsom says it’s “premature to lock a licensing structure” and that implementing such a program is a “costly undertaking:”

A more flexible approach is needed to ensure regulatory oversight can keep up with rapidly evolving technology and use cases, and is tailored with the proper tools to address trends and mitigate consumer harm.


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Look at this Thing.

At its Tudum event today, Netflix showed off a new clip from the Tim Burton series Wednesday, which focused on a very important character: the sentient hand known as Thing. The full series starts streaming on November 23rd.


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Get ready for some Netflix news.

At 1PM ET today Netflix is streaming its second annual Tudum event, where you can expect to hear news about and see trailers from its biggest franchises, including The Witcher and Bridgerton. I’ll be covering the event live alongside my colleague Charles Pulliam-Moore, and you can also watch along at the link below. There will be lots of expected names during the stream, but I have my fingers crossed for a new season of Hemlock Grove.


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Looking for something to do this weekend?

Why not hang out on the couch playing video games and watching TV. It’s a good time for it, with intriguing recent releases like Return to Monkey Island, Session: Skate Sim, and the Star Wars spinoff Andor. Or you could check out some of the new anime on Netflix, including Thermae Romae Novae (pictured below), which is my personal favorite time-traveling story about bathing.


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Has the Windows 11 2022 Update made your gaming PC stutter?

Nvidia GPU owners have been complaining of stuttering and poor frame rates with the latest Windows 11 update, but thankfully there’s a fix. Nvidia has identified an issue with its GeForce Experience overlay and the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2). A fix is available in beta from Nvidia’s website.


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If you’re using crash detection on the iPhone 14, invest in a really good phone mount.

Motorcycle owner Douglas Sonders has a cautionary tale in Jalopnik today about the iPhone 14’s new crash detection feature. He was riding his LiveWire One motorcycle down the West Side Highway at about 60 mph when he hit a bump, causing his iPhone 14 Pro Max to fly off its handlebar mount. Soon after, his girlfriend and parents received text messages that he had been in a horrible accident, causing several hours of panic. The phone even called the police, all because it fell off the handlebars. All thanks to crash detection.

Riding a motorcycle is very dangerous, and the last thing anyone needs is to think their loved one was in a horrible crash when they weren’t. This is obviously an edge case, but it makes me wonder what other sort of false positives we see as more phones adopt this technology.


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Ford is running out of its own Blue Oval badges.

Running out of semiconductors is one thing, but running out of your own iconic nameplates is just downright brutal. The Wall Street Journal reports badge and nameplate shortages are impacting the automaker's popular F-series pickup lineup, delaying deliveries and causing general chaos.

Some executives are even proposing a 3D printing workaround, but they didn’t feel like the substitutes would clear the bar. All in all, it's been a dreadful summer of supply chain setbacks for Ford, leading the company to reorganize its org chart to bring some sort of relief.