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Madden NFL 20 release date, trailers and news

Madden NFL is EA Sports’ long-running football franchise, and like clockwork, another one is headed our way with new features and improvements from last year’s game. 

Madden NFL 20 is almost certainly shipping later in 2019 with a few tweaks to the time-tested formula. Here’s what the new game might bring to the table after last year’s much-loved entry in the series.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The latest entry in EA Sports’ long-running football simulation series
  • When can I play it? August 2 is the release date, but early access starts on July 31
  • What can I play it on? Again, no official word from EA yet, but we would expect it to be playable on PS4, Xbox One and PC

Madden NFL 20 release date and special editions

Madden NFL 20 will officially be released on August 2, 2019, and will retail for $59. Pre-ordering will grant buyers five Gold Team Fantasy Packs as well as their pick of one out of 32 Core Elite Players from your favorite NFL team.

There will indeed be not one but two special editions. The first, Madden NFL 20 Superstar Edition, costs $79. For that extra cash, you get 12 Gold Team Fantasy Packs and one small Training Quicksell Pack in Madden Ultimate Team. Buyers also get early access to play the game on July 31, 2019, a full three days ahead of the standard launch date.

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Immaginiamo un luogo diverso dove raccontare le storie di Milano

Vogliamo chiedere ai nostri cari lettori un piccolo aiuto. Vi chiediamo di rispondere — lo si può fare per mail rivolgendosi a — a una domanda: non vi sembra che manchi a Milano un museo sulla Storia di Milano? Un museo sull’identità di questa antica, internazionale, solida onnipoli, la città dove c’è tutto? La questione nasce dallo scontro, sorprendente e inaudito, sul museo della Resistenza. Precisiamo subito che per parlare dei torti e delle ragioni tra Anpi e sostenitori del museo non abbiamo titoli, anche se da tempo, anche attraverso Postacelere, abbiamo registrato sul tema segnali diciamo di nervosismo, sfociati nella polemica di ieri.Non abbiamo nemmeno titoli per accendere una discussione sui motivi per i quali a sinistra, intorno ai temi della cultura, sia più facile trovare divisioni che aggregazioni: forse gli ideali sono ancora molto forti e radicati e su alcuni temi il “no pasaràn” è collettivo, [...]  read more

Gadget Lab Podcast: Samsung’s Innovation Dilemma

What’s a giant consumer electronics maker to do when it notices that younger customers are more interested in paying for experiences, rather than things? That’s what WIRED senior associate editor Arielle Pardes had the chance to ask Samsung’s David Eun this week at the Collision conference in Toronto. Eun says he envisions a consumer market in the not-so-distant future where all of the physical goods we now purchase outright are rented, and he talks about how Samsung NEXT, the company’s innovation arm, is investing and acquiring to make sure Samsung doesn’t miss the (rented?) boat.

Show Notes: Here’s WIRED’s story on how Huawei might handle the latest U.S. sanctions. And you can read about the new MacBook Pros here and the keyboard fix here.

Mike recommends the Popcast! Podcast; this week it’s all about AirPods. Arielle recommends earplugs, especially Mack’s earplugs. Lauren recommends this Ezra Klein podcast episode about work as identity and burnout as a lifestyle.

Lauren Goode is @laurengoode. Arielle Pardes can be found at @pardesoteric. Michael Calore can be found at @snackfight. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. Our theme song is by Solar Keys.

How to Listen
You can always listen to this week’s podcast through the audio player on this page, but if you want to subscribe for free to get every episode, here’s how:

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First American site bug exposed 885 million sensitive title insurance records

News just in from security reporter Brian Krebs: Fortune 500 real estate insurance giant First American exposed approximately 885 million sensitive records because of a bug in its website.

Krebs reported that the company’s website was storing and leaking bank account numbers, statements, mortgage and tax records, and Social Security numbers and driving license images in an enumerable format — so anyone who knew a valid web address for a document simply had to change the address by one digit to view other documents, he said.

There was no authentication required — such as a password or other checks — to prevent access to other documents.

According to Krebs’ report, the earliest document was labeled “000000075” — with newer documents increasing in numerical order, he said.

The data goes back at least to 2003, said Krebs.

“Many of the exposed files are records of wire transactions with bank account numbers and other information from home or property buyers and sellers,” wrote [...]  read more

xCloud, Microsoft’s answer to PlayStation Now, can stream 3,500 games

While Microsoft’s game-streaming service isn’t ready for primetime yet, it’s further along than anyone thought: Project xCloud, which is currently being beta tested by Microsoft employees, can already stream 3,500 games from the cloud with another 1,900 games potentially titles on their way. 

Microsoft unveiled these and other key details today in a new blog on the Xbox Wire, and says even more details will be revealed soon. 

The key points in today’s post are that Microsoft has a number of games that are already compatible with the service from the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox game library, and claims that any game published on the Xbox One could be xCloud-compatible without any extra work from developers. 

To stream these games to customers, Microsoft has deployed xCloud servers to data centers across 13 Azure regions – including North America, Europe and Asia – and says that it will continue to build more centers as development continues. 

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