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The Persona 5 soundtrack makes everyday life feel cool

Earlier this week, I left work a bit early, caught a bus, and headed to the grocery store to grab some diapers and milk. It was typical, mundane evening, something I’d experienced many times before. But it didn’t feel that mundane — my normal life seemed a lot more stylish while listening to the Persona 5 soundtrack.

Persona 5 is a sprawling, all-consuming role-playing game that has a particular and distinct focus on the day-to-day moments of young adult life. The game itself is divided into sequential days, and you’ll spend as much time simulating the life of a typical teenager as you will fighting off demons in an alternate psychic dimension. You might start off a day reading a novel on the train to school before spending the evening…

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This retro Mac-shaped iPhone stand looks nice, but is kind of pointless

A few months back, Elago released its W3 Apple Watch stand, which took advantage of the wearable’s Nightstand mode to serve as a clever bedside stand to charge your watch while simultaneously making it look like the world’s most adorable original Macintosh. Now, the company is hoping to strike Lightning twice with a similarly retro styled iPhone stand, the M4. But somehow, it feels like the M4 fails at everything that made the original W3 great.

First off is design — while both the W3 and M4 share a similar beige Macintosh aesthetic, the W3, by virtual of the square screen on the Apple Watch, actually resembles the original product. In contrast, the M4 iPhone stand offers a stretched-out funhouse mirror version of the classic computer.

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Watching ACCA is like sharing a delicious dinner with close friends

Modern political dramas tend to be stressful. Consider how even the most bureaucratic scenes in House of Cards or Game of Thrones are emotionally taut — simply because their writers have establish that any character can be bludgeoned to death at a moment’s notice. The model builds tension around the threat of violence or chaos. ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Department is the opposite. The political drama is less interested in tension than it is in food.

The show, available now on CrunchyRoll, is about Jean Otus, an inspector for the civilian governmental organization ACCA. Ostensibly each episode has him visiting one of ACCA’s branch offices in one of the thirteen different districts that compose the Kingdom of Dowa. However the council…

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‘Gunda Pradesh not Uttam Pradesh’: Congress slams PM over attacks on UP govt officials

Prime Minister Modi and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath

The Congress today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over attacks on government officials in UP allegedly by BJP members, saying contrary to his promise of “Uttam Pradesh” the state was lapsing into a “Gunda Pradesh” under the Yogi Adityanath regime.

“In the last one month, incidents of attacks on government officials occurred in UP that belie Modi’s promise of making the state ‘Uttam Pradesh’ during recent Assembly elections, as it is becoming a ‘Gunda Pradesh’,” said Congress leader Jaiveer Shergil.

He cited incidents of attacks on the residence of Saharanpur SSP Luv Kumar, beating of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ravikant Parashar, and “misbehaviour” with a woman Block Development Officer (BDO), while charging BJP leaders were creating an atmosphere of “fear” in the state.

“Saharanpur SSP Luv Kumar’s residence was attacked by a mob led by local BJP MP Lakhanpal, and his wife and children were terrorised, but he has not been arrested. The DSP Ravikant Parashar was slapped and beaten by members of BJP and saffron outfits in Agra,” he said.

Shergil also showed a video clip wherein a woman BDO is complaining against “misbehaviour” with her allegedly by BJP leaders in Mahoba, to the minister of her department.

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Apple threatened to boot Uber from the App Store when it tracked users who deleted the app

Apple CEO Tim Cook threatened to have Uber’s iPhone app removed from the App Store in 2015, when it learned that the ride-sharing company had secretly found a way to identify individual iPhones, even once the app was deleted from the phone, according to The New York Times.

The article is a wide-ranging profile of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, describing him as a leader who is willing to break and bend rules to get his way, even if it means running afoul of one of the world’s largest tech firms. The attitude has led to Uber’s rapid rise, but has caused the company to run into numerous crises. The article describes how Uber faced problems with account fraud while it was trying to expand into China, and devised a way to identify an individual…

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Here’s what we’re reading on today’s World Book Day

Today is World Book Day, an annual observance designated by UNESCO to celebrate all things reading, from books themselves, to authors, illustrators, and bookstores. To mark the occasion, we wanted to see what the larger group of Verge staffers have on their night stands, in their bags, on their Kindles or phones, and on their “currently reading” list.

Here’s what we’re currently reading:

Tasha Robinson: I used to be one of those people who read one book at a time, period, often in one or two sittings. Then the internet and Netflix happened, and I started working culture-writing jobs where I was usually working on 10 projects at once, and my attention span disappeared. I really regret that. But it does set me up nicely for books like M…

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Asia’s biggest centre for animation, visual effects, gaming and comics to be set up in Mumbai: IIMC DG

The National Centre of Excellence (NCOE) in animation, visual effects, gaming and comics will come up in Mumbai in 2018-19

The National Centre of Excellence (NCOE) in animation, visual effects, gaming and comics will come up in Mumbai in 2018-19, which will be the biggest in Asia, the IIMC Director General KG Suresh said on Sunday.

The NCOE will come up on the 20-acre land in the Film City in the country’s financial capital on the PPP (public private partnership) model, the director general of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) told a press conference.

“Maharashtra government has already given the 20-acre land for the purpose. NCOE will be the joint venture between the IIMC and FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry),” Suresh said.

Observing that the animation sector is growing fast in the country, he said animation and gaming are new emerging technologies in media.

“According to a study by the FICCI and KPMG, other than the conventional media, new job opportunities will open up in these sectors for media persons. Keeping this in view, the NCOE is planned in Mumbai,” Suresh said.

Deputy Registrar of IIMC, Delhi, PV Krishna Raja told PTI that a fund of Rs 167.5 crore has been alloted for the project and the NBCC, a PSU, will construct the project building.

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