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June 23 2018

23:40

Doubling down on what works [#acpodcast]

We're back to our regular format with Andrew Martonik, Jerry Hildenbrand, and Daniel Bader at the helm for a detailed look at Android Messages, and efficiency of the hardware keyboard on BlackBerry KEY2.

Next, they tackle blatant "inspiration" the Vivo NEX takes from iOS. But it, along with the OPPO Find X, address customer demand for huge screens and no bezels by incorporating pop-up cameras. In a world of solid-state slabs, this is almost a throwback to the days of slider phones. Pull up an earbud or speaker and join us!

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21:41
Netflix Alexa control just got a lot more useful on Fire TV
20:42

What you missed this week on CordCutters.com

Amazon Fire TV Cube, WatchTV from AT&T, and new July listings!

It's been a big week for us at CordCutters.com. We've got new streaming hardware to play with, and we're taking our time and doing it right.

OK, we're also keeping one eye open on the World Cup games each day. And you're still able to stream all the games on pretty much every streaming platform out there.

What else have we been up to this week? Quite a lot, actually. Here's what you might have missed.

That's it for this week. So much more to come!

17:25

Mynt massagers, portable gas grills, Star Wars e-books, and more are all discounted today

Whether you're looking for new tech gear or household items, we've got you covered.

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If you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you'll want to follow Thrifter on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks!

16:00

Best USB-C hubs for Chromebooks

Are you looking to turn your Chromebook into a productivity powerhouse? Check out these USB-C hubs!

Chromebooks are great for simple productivity on the go, but when you get home, it's nice to move to a larger setup. A bigger screen, a nice mechanical keyboard, a proper webcam, and so on. Yeah, you can plug things in individually, but a USB-C hub means you just need to plug one cable into your Chromebook and all your accessories connect. Newer Chromebooks like the Pixelbook only feature USB-C ports, so you'll need adaptors to use most accessories.

These are the best USB-C hubs for your Chromebook!

A word on compatibility

Google helps manufacturers design all of the motherboards inside every Chromebook and Chromebox, and builds all of the necessary drivers into Chrome OS This is why Google can send an update to every Chrome device every six weeks for years on end, and it also means if an accessory works with one Chromebook, it works with all of them. And if you see a USB-C port on a Chromebook, know that it supports charging, video out and data transfer. All of these hubs have been used by a member of the Android Central team with their personal Chromebooks.

ARKTEK USB-C Hub

If you just need a display out and charging port and don't want to spend too much money, ARKTEK has you covered. They offer a basic hub with a USB-C port for passthrough charging, HDMI port, and either one or two USB-A 3.0 ports. I've had this hub in my bag for about a year now, since it's so compact and easy to carry around. The HDMI port will output at up to 4K at 30hz with a compatible HDMI cable and monitor. The lightweight nature of this hub means it'll slide around on your desk and potentially scratch things, so consider some double-sided tape to keep things in place.

The ARKTEK USB-C Hub costs $16 for one USB-A ports, or $22 for two USB-A ports.

See at Amazon

AUKEY USB-C Hub

Stepping up in price and selection is this hub from AUKEY. It offers a USB-C port for passthrough charging, one HDMI port, three USB-A 3.0 ports, one microSD card slot and one full-sized SD card slot. The HDMI port can output at 4K at 30hz with a compatible HDMI cable and monitor, and this hub is still light enough to live in your bag if you want to carry it around. That light weight means it'll slide around a bit, even with the rubberized grips on the bottom of the hub.

The AUKEY USB-C Hub is available for $40.

See at Amazon

HooToo USB-C Hub

This HooToo hub is a bit more expensive than the AUKEY one, but depending on the layout of your desk it may be a better fit. It offers three USB-A 3.0 ports, a USB-C port for passthrough charging, and an HDMI port that can output at 4K at 30hz. There's also a full-sized SD card slot, but this one is much faster than the one on the AUKEY model: it transfers at 5 Gbps instead of 480 Mbps. This is another lightweight hub, perfect for throwing in a bag or sliding across your desk.

The HooToo USB-C Hub is available for $48.

See at Amazon

QacQoc 8-in-1 hub

The last truly portable hub is more expensive than the others, but offers more ports. You get a gigabit Ethernet port, a USB-C port for passthrough charging, a microSD slot, a full-sized SD card slot, three USB-A 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port that can output at 4K at 30hz. This hub also includes a pouch for travel, and is available in a variety of colors to best match your Chromebook.

The QacQoc 8-in-1 hub is available in gray with white, gold, silver, rose gold, and gray with black.

See at Amazon

Dell WD15 Monitor Dock

This will be overkill for most users, but indispensable if you have a lot of accessories. There are three display output options — HDMI, Mini DisplayPort and VGA — though you can only use two of these with a Chromebook. You also get three USB-A 3.0 ports — two on the front of the dock for easy access — and two USB-A 2.0 ports, an Ethernet jack, and a combination headphone/microphone jack on the front for easy access. The hub itself uses a proprietary charger, since the hub may need more power than USB-C can provide. Your Chromebook connects and can charge with a single USB-C cable.

The Dell WD15 Monitor Dock is available for $136.

See at Amazon

Plugable USB-C Triple Display Docking Station

This is another super expensive option for power users. It features two HDMI outputs and one DVI outputs, though you can only use two of these with a Chromebook. Also on the back are gigabit Ethernet, three USB-A 2.0 ports, the USB-C port to charge and connect to your Chromebook, and the proprietary power port for the dock itself. On the front, you get another USB-A port, this time at 3.0 speeds, separate headphone and microphone jacks, and a USB-C 3.0 port. This dock may be a bit overkill for most Chromebooks users, but if you have a lot of accessories it'll be well worth the money.

The Plugable USB-C Triple Display Docking Station is available for $180.

See at Amazon

What say you?

Which USB-C hub do you use with your Chromebook? Share them with us below!

15:30
SpaceX wins $130M bid to launch military satellite on Falcon Heavy
15:30

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While the Adobe CC is loaded with powerful programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, they won't be much good to you unless you know how to use them, and learning how to use these sophisticated design programs can be tricky — especially if you want to master each program. Lucky for you, Android Central Digital Offers has the perfect solution.

The Complete Adobe CC Training Bundle covers everything you need to know to get started using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign for all your graphic design and publishing needs, along with comprehensive courses for using Adobe Flash, Premiere Pro, and a dedicated course for animation.

Each course individually is valued at $79, but you'll pay just $29 for all seven courses — that's 65 hours of valuable content and tutorials to get you started using Adobe CC.

Get the Complete Adobe CC Training Bundle and save 95% off the regular price!

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15:00

Best SD Cards for Chromebooks in 2018

Expanding your Chromebook's storage.

If you want to expand your Chromebook's storage, you can use an SD or microSD card and boom, you've got more space. It's not exactly the same because Chrome's security model treats storage you can remove differently than storage you can't, but an SD card slot means limitless storage space for photos, video, documents or anything else that you need to keep somewhere.

Whether you use a full-size SD card, a microSD card or a half-height SD card depends on your particular model of Chromebook. Or maybe, you can't use a SD card because you don't have a slot for one — we have you covered, too.

Full-size SD cards

Full-size SD cards are the largest SD cards in terms of physical size. Whether or not your Chromebook will fit a full-size SD card depends on the model and manufacturer.

Even then, a full-sized SD card may stick out of the SD card slot on your Chromebook and if this is the case, we don't recommend that you use a full-sized SD card in your Chromebook all the time, since it could catch on something. Instead, insert it when you need to transfer files over or access files you've stored on it previously, then remove it again.

SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC

If your Chromebook has a full-sized SD card slot, this is a no-brainer. The SanDisk Extreme Pro SD card is the best SD card you can buy.

It has data transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s, so you can transfer those Blu-ray movies you've got sitting on your Chromebook's hard drive without a problem. You'll also find it available in models featuring 8GB (but don't buy anything smaller than the 32GB version or you'll wish you hadn't) of space up to a whopping 512GB version.

Like all full-sized SD cards, the SanDisk features write protection, which prevents you from accidentally erasing or overwriting your important files. No more worrying about accidentally erasing those old family pictures.

If you're looking for a fast, reliable SD card, this is the one to buy. Pricing starts around $20 for the 32GB model.

See at Amazon

microSD cards

MicroSD cards are much smaller in physical size than their larger SD card cousins — about as large as a fingernail whereas SD cards are about the size of a postage stamp.

Their smaller size doesn't mean that they have smaller capacities than their larger brethren, however; they simply have a smaller form factor, and that means they're typically used in smaller devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

For the most part, if your Chromebook can fit an SD card, it'll take a microSD card. You'd just need an adapter, such as the Raspberry PI Shortening MicroSD Adapter to make things work with a full-sized slot.

SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSDXC

The SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSD card is about as fast as they come, and with a 200GB capacity, it provides a lot of space for your files.

Transferring large files won't be a problem with its rated 100MB/s transfer rate and with all of that space available, it can hold up to 20 hours of HD video. That's right, 20 hours.

If you're looking for an expandable storage option for your Chromebook that's fast and has a large capacity, check out the SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSD card. The 200GB model comes in around $60. If that's more than you want to spend, prices start at just $13 for smaller capacities. you can even find a 400GB version for about $190 if you're that kind of baller.

See at Amazon

Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSDXC

Slightly slower than the SanDisk Ultra microSD card, Samsung's EVO Plus 128GB is still fast enough for most uses and is correspondingly cheaper too.

While it doesn't have as large a capacity as the SanDisk Ultra 200GB, the Samsung EVO Plus may have enough to suit your needs if you are looking for a bargain. Though it's a little slower, you won't notice much of a difference when transferring files or media.

These EVO cards are fast enough for most everyone, and $40 gets you 128GB of storage from Samsung.

See at Amazon

Half-height SD cards

Half-height SD cards, as the name implies, are SD cards that have a shorter form factor. They're a great alternative if regular-height SD cards protrude from your Chromebook's SD card slot and microSD cards aren't compatible.

Transcend JetDrive Lite 330

The Transcend JetDrive Lite 330 comes in three capacities: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

With a maximum rated read speed of up to 95MB/s and write speeds of up to 60MB/s, this half-height card is fast enough for downloading large files, and with its three capacity options, you can choose just the amount you need (and the price, too).

These aren't cheap — the 64GB model is around $50, but If you don't want to or can't use a microSD card, the Transcend JetDrive may be the card for you.

See at Amazon

Shortening microSD adapter

If you have a fast microSD-card or want to buy a new one in your Chromebook, you can get a half-height adapter to keep things from hanging out of the side too far. Originally designed for use in a Raspberry Pi, these adapters from Adafruit work exactly the same as any high-quality full-sized adapter. There's just less hanging out to snag on things. Best of all, they're only $9.

See at Amazon

An alternative

SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (for older USB-A ports)

Maybe you don't want to use an SD card at all but still want to expand your storage or you don't have a SD card slot on your Chromebook. The SanDisk Ultra Fit USB Flash Drive offers up to 128GB capacity and its low profile fits snugly against your Chromebook when it's inserted. Its low price — $30 for 128GB — fits snugly against your heart, too.

Read speeds up to 150MB/s mean it's ultra-fast and the design means you can leave it inserted so it's always ready every time you boot up.

These are USB-A (bigger, older style socket) drives, so make sure you have the right USB ports!

See at Amazon

SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C 128GB Flash Drive

While these don't fit flush to the side like the USB Type A flash drives above, they are fast and reliable removable storage for your Chromebook if it only has newer USB-C ports.

The 128GB model sells for around $40, and it offers USB 3.1 compliance with read speeds of up to 150MB. It's fast, and SanDisk is known to build reliable storage. Eventually, we'll see "shorty" USB-C flash drives that don't like to protrude so much, but until then these flash drives are a great way to expand your storage.

See at Amazon

We've told you which SD cards we prefer, but what about you? Let us know in the comments below!

Updated June 2018: Updated with the latest recommended SD cards.

14:21
Amazon Prime Exclusive phones now feature Moto G6 Play, Z3 Play
14:00

Is there a single USB-C headphone adapter that works with all phones?

Part of what we do here is to look at all sorts of accessories you might want to use with your phone. Cases, screen protectors, headphones, you name it and we try to look and recommend a product so you know if you're getting your money's worth. Since the 3.5mm headphone jack is fading away (yes, Samsung will do it too, once it's more affordable) that also means we need to look at USB Type C headphones and adapters.

What a mess.

First, the answer to the question in the title: No, there isn't a single USB-C headphone adapter that will work with every phone. There's a simple reason why, but it's just silly that this has to be a thing in the first place.

Passive vs. Active

Cables designed to work with the USB standard can be active or passive. Active cables use copper wires and have a semiconductor of some sort to boost or amplify the signal strength. If you have an outrageously long USB cable for anything, it's probably an active cable. Low-voltage data signals aren't designed to cover eight or ten feet (or more) inside a cable, so they need a bit of a boost.

There are two ways audio can be sent out via the USB port. The onboard DAC and amplifier can convert the digital signal to analog (regular headphones only work with an analog signal) and send it out through the USB-C port. The adapter then passively transmits the analog signal from the USB port to the 3.5 mm port on the other end of the cable. This works exactly like your last phone with a 3.5 jack did, except there is now a dongle in the mix.

More: USB-C audio: Everything you need to know

Digital audio signals can also be sent out through the USB-C port. These signals bypass any DAC or amp that's inside your phone and are a raw digital signal that something needs to convert before it can play through a set of speakers. That means they depend on a DAC and amplifier inline somewhere. That group of components can (and does) live inside an active USB-C to 3.5mm dongle in some most Android phones without a headphone jack.

All devices that can transmit audio and have a USB-C port that sends a signal out must be able to supply the digital signal for an active cable. Unfortunately, the changes that make a passive cable work are optional, and we all know what happens when something is optional — companies don't like to do it.

Meet Audio Adapter Accessory Mode

Audio Adapter Accessory Mode is the name of the protocol that allows a USB-C port to send analog audio through its connector and into something that's plugged in — like a 3.5mm adapter. A set of headphones with a USB-C connector will always support Accessory mode, so they can play music that was converted by the phone's hardware or convert it themselves with circuitry inside them.

Audio Adapter Accessory Mode isn't complicated. Four connections inside the USB port turn off any digital output and replace it with the four analog connections needed (Left audio, Right audio, Microphone, and Ground). Compliance means that every device that supports Audio Adapter Accessory Mode uses the same four connections in the USB-C plug so it just works if supported by both pieces.

Optionally, (there's that word again: "optional") a second set of connectors can be used to allow for charging at up to 500 milliamps.

  • If your phone supports Audio Adapter Accessory Mode a cheap $3 USB-C to 3.5mm adapter works perfectly.
  • If your phone supports Audio Adapter Accessory Mode and has the optional connectors for charging, a cheap adapter that splits into both a headphone jack and a USB charging port will work perfectly.
  • If your phone doesn't support Audio Adapter Accessory Mode you need a more expensive active adapter that has the circuitry inside to convert the digital signal and the phone will give you an error message that says "Accessory not supported" in some way.

Did I mention that this is a mess?

Phones that support Audio Adapter Accessory Mode

Here are the phones that are built to support Audio Adapter Accessory Mode. The dongle that came in the box is just a simple passthrough with no semiconductor inside, and you can order a cheap replacement adapter (or three) as a spare.

  • Motorola Moto Z
  • Motorola Moto Z Droid
  • Motorola Moto Z Force
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force

This list probably isn't complete and Chinese brands like Xiamoi may also support Audio Adapter Accessory Mode in some phones. This is an obsession of mine and I will find any other phones that need to be added to this list. If you know one that's not there, hit the comments and tell me, please.

What should I buy?

Look at the list above. If your phone is on it, you can save about $10 when buying an adapter. I like this pack of two for $8 from Amazon but almost any type will deliver the same results — it's just a short length of copper wire that sends the signal out and has little impact.

Motorola makes it easy — it just supports all of the USB-C audio spec so anything will work.

If your phone is not on this list and is not branded by HTC, you need an adapter with some circuitry inside. This means Pixels, Essential phones, Huawei phones, Samsung phones (if you want to use the USB port for audio. It works!) and even old Nokia Lumia phones. I bought this cable as a back up for $15 from Amazon and it sounds as good or better than the one that came in the box with my Pixel 2. Unlike the adapters above, these do have some circuitry inside and can have an impact on how things sound.

If you have an HTC phone, your best option is to use the JBL headphones that were made for it because they sound great and you don't need a dongle. If you do need a dongle, try the kind made for phones like the Pixel 2 instead of the cheaper type made for Motorola phones. It might work, depending on how the accessory pins are used (preferably not used at all) in the dongle. Most active adapters will be fine.

You can do even more with the connectors inside a USB port, and HTC does.

One last thing — you can use an active dongle (the ones with circuitry made for phones like the Pixel 2) with your Moto Z Force. Your phone will know when it's plugged in that it shouldn't switch to Audio Adapter Accessory Mode and will send the digital signal out like a Pixel or OnePlus 6 does.

This mess will sort itself out. USB was also a mess when it first arrived way back in the 1990s and we had the same worries about cables construction (I fried a very expensive set of USB speakers with my Tangerine iMac because I used the cable from a USB Iomega Zip Drive) and compatibility between USB v1.0 and USB v2.0. It happens when something new that has any sort of optional ways to use it arrives. Everything will be fine eventually, and in the meantime, you have resources like this one made by people with an unhealthy obsession with cables and headphones.

See at Amazon

13:30

10 awesome movies that are leaving Netflix in July 2018

Get 'em before they're gone.

July is nearly upon us, and that means a new round of movies is about to depart that big free-movie-plane-in-the-cloud we call Netflix. Some are gone come July 1, so you've got a week to go. Others will take a little longer.

In any event, here's your last chance to catch these 10 awesome flicks before you'll have to use someone else's login on some other service instead.

  • Alive: If you've never seen (or read) the story of the soccer team that crashed in the Andes and survived on little more than each other ...
  • Cocktail: Tom Cruise is eager and charming and good-looking and probably not into Scientology just yet. Also, he's a bartender.
  • Lethal Weapon 1-4: Mel Gibson is crazy. And a cop. And also acting in these movies. (Still gotta love Danny "Dad" Glover, too.)
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's: I recall we both kind of liked it.
  • Michael Clayton: George Clooney is a fixer with a heart of gold.
  • Scary Movie: The spoof that launched a thousand sequels.
  • Scream 3: Scary movie.
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines: This is a movie that happened.
  • Tropic Thunder: Welcome to the jungle.
  • V for Vendetta: We're basically one bad glass of water from this happening anyway.

See the full list at CordCutters.com

13:00
Facebook continues to push Messenger Kids, releasing app in Canada and Peru
13:00

Google is adding DRM to all Android apps, but it's for the right reasons

Metadata will be added to application files when they are digitally signed and built. That's a lot of letters to say DRM.

Earlier this week, Google quietly rolled out a feature that adds a string of metadata to all APK files (that's the file type for Android apps) when they are signed by the developer. You can't install an application that hasn't been signed during its final build, so that means that all apps built using the latest APK Signature Scheme will have a nice little chunk of DRM built into them. And eventually, your phone will run a version of Android that won't be able to install apps without it.

What the hell? DRM? Why?

DRM is why Netflix used to only work on approved phones. But it doesn't have to be used for evil.

We can relax (for now). We all hate DRM (technically, Digital Rights Management) because of the way developers and publishers have abused it. DRM means you are being treated like a thief before you buy any software. A great example is having to install the Orgin client and have it regularly be checked online to run any games published by EA.

EA doesn't trust that we paid for the software title so it forces us to present our papers when demanded. PC gaming is rife with DRM and applications like Steam or U Play exist for the very same reason. Other examples come from Sony, Disney, EMI, and every other entertainment publisher which decides where in the world you are allowed to listen to music or watch a movie that you paid for, or how many times you are allowed to do so.

So DRM is bad to the core. But not really. DRM is simply a way for a developer or publisher to keep track of software versions and authenticity. Sometimes you need to do that for the right reason.

As of now, Google's reason is right. That doesn't mean the company can't change its tune and go all out crazy (like EA) in the future and limit how, where, when, and why we can use the apps we paid for, but for now everything is good. Google added this metadata so you can buy an app from any approved distributor and it will work with Google Play Store features like family library and subscriptions.

Apps have to be "signed" to verify their contents. Adding metadata to this signature ensures we will have DRM in every app eventually.

Android can read the metadata automatically inserted into an app and verify that it's a legitimately sourced version and approved for use by the developer. If it passes these checks, it is added to your Google Play Store library. You'll be able to update through Google Play, use things like Google Play Games for leaderboards and achievements, or share an app with people in your Family Library. And the developer can change the metadata at any time with a new signing key, which ends support for the current version and creates a new listing in Google Play.

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Google says it did this for two reasons — the first is a little worrisome, and it's to allow developers more control over how their apps are used. There is certainly potential for abuse there, but we have to wait and see if any developers get any bad ideas. The second is straight out of left field for most of us — many people live where data isn't affordable and available, so they share apps using peer-to-peer distribution channels. That doesn't mean these people are stealing apps. It means they can pay through a portal then use a peer-to-peer network to get their copy using as little data as possible.

Developers want us all to have access to the apps they create. More downloads mean more exposure and more income via sales or ad revenue. That's what app developers want.

Google may be using a fancy set of words to disguise the fact that Android apps will soon all have DRM inserted in a way that's difficult to remove and eventually your phone will need to be able to read it to install them. That's smart — it kept the internet from erupting in a frenzy of pitchforks and furor normally reserved for lootboxes or Comcast.

But it is DRM, and Google has very good reasons to be adding it. Let's all hope that everyone involved doesn't get any ideas about abusing it.

12:02
Valve second-gen VR controllers head to developers with squeeze-input
12:00

Here's what we're reading, watching, playing, and listening to this week

How we're spending our leisure time.

Everyone has a bit of quiet downtime once in a while. Whether you're sitting quietly at home or trying to relax on a plane or just giving your busy mind and hands a break, it's important to relax.

A good way to do that is to read a book, listen to some music or watch a movie or show. See what's caught our attention for the week of June 23rd.

Ara Wagoner

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Still on the YouTube Music train — whoop whoop — so I've been rediscovering more and more music from my past, present and future. Whenever the nonsense in politics reaches new heights of absurdity, I always seem to come back to a gem from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas called Sidestep. The only thing better than Charles Durning's slippery charm as the Governor of Texas may be him soft shoe tapping through the actual Texas State Capitol building. It suits this month very well.

As a reminder to any YouTube Music newcomers: if you see an album missing in YouTube Music, use the Send Feedback tool to say what it is, if it's available on Google Play Music (or if the video versions are available but not the actual organized album version), and that you want it. I've gotten 5-10 albums to appear in the catalog doing this — though no matter how I beg, I can't get them to add the 2017 Beauty and the Beast score...

Marc Lagace

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Is it just me, or is the Netflix catalog feeling a bit stale these days. It seems that every week there's new content added, but all too often it's another "gritty mini-series about gruesome murders" or an old show or movie that I've already seen. It's gotten to the point where I've debated canceling my Netflix subscription outright.

But then they go and release an incredible comedy special like Hannah Gadsby: Nanette and I'm smitten all over again. To my mind comedy is Netflix's greatest strength and I love how it offers its platform to unparalleled exposure for up-and-coming comedians. Hannah is a celebrated LGBTQ* comedian from Australia who grew up in Tasmania which only decriminalized homosexuality in 1997. In this hour-long special, Hannah explains why she plans to "quit comedy" as she breaks down the trappings of her brand of self-deprecating stand-up, and opens up about her life experiences. Often transcending comedy itself with tense, and emotionally-charged moments, this feels very important to watch in 2018 and especially as the world celebrated Pride Month.

Just when I was thinking Netflix couldn't offer me anything I haven't seen before, this comedy special came along to prove me dead wrong. I highly recommend checking it out.

Tom Westrick

I'm back onto Netflix for my primary media consumption. I blew through the latest season — or half season, rather — of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It's… interesting. It's odd that they ended it for now on a half season, with a few unresolved plot lines. I also think the concept has run as long as it can at this point. I hope the current plot lines get finished, but wouldn't be sad if the show ended after that.

I've also started watching Cheers, and flew through the first two seasons so I could get to Frasier's introduction. Seeing a young Ted Danson and Kelsey Grammer after watching them in newer shows is a bit strange, but I'm adjusting. It's been funny and emotional so far, so I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

Andrew Martonik

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I'm watching the World Cup, obviously. Absolutely as much World Cup as possible. You don't even have to like soccer in order to enjoy the spectacle of some of these huge matches between accomplished countries with superstar players.

I've been watching via YouTube TV, which has been really great for reminding me of when matches start and providing live streams with recording. DirecTV Now also has the proper Fox Sports deal to stream all of the games. Fox Sports GO is the place to stream it if you have a cable subscription to authenticate, though.

It's really worth watching, especially now that the group stages are getting to the point of eliminating teams and we start to see seeding for the knockout rounds coming into view.

Your turn

What are YOU reading, watching, or listening to this week? Let us know in the comments!

Update, June 23, 2018: This is a weekly series where we tell you what we're into, so check back every weekend!

00:58
Epic 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO expected to fetch $45 million at auction
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nuTonomy gets Boston OK to test autonomous cars city-wide

June 22 2018

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Reddit brings dedicated News tab beta to all of its iOS users
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Netflix Ozark season 2 reveal trailer teases August 31 return
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Amazon FreeTime Unlimited launches on iPhone and iPad
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