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    Next month, Atlanta rapper Mercury will release an EP called heaven — it follows last year’s fear mercury EP. Today, Mercury shared a NIY5H-directed video for the title track, which was produced by Laila. “‘Heaven’ is basically a song about getting lit, having fun, and being sexy,” Mercury said in a statement about the jittery cut. “I made it for the girlies and the gays but hopefully everyone shake they ass to it.”

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    In February, Guns N’ Roses announced a global stadium tour starting in June in Tel Aviv and eventually touching down in the US come August. Well, tonight (Thursday, June 1) GN’R kicked off that tour a few days earlier than initially announced, playing at the Etihad Arena in the United Arab Emirates, where they broke out some rarities.

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    Last summer, Afrobeats sensation Burna Boy released his sixth studio album LOVE, DAMINI. Since then, Burna Boy has played Coachella 2023, Dreamville Music Festival, Afro Nation Miami, the 2023 NBA All-Star Game halftime show, and Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Vol. 4 show. In June, Burna is set to play London Stadium in the UK and co-headline the 2023 UEFA Champions League Final Kick Off Show on June 10. Next month, on July 8, he’ll play Citi Field in New York, making him the first Nigerian artist to headline a stadium in the US. Ahead of those shows, Burna has shared a brand-new song — his first since “Last Last.”

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  4. After endless leaks, Motorola made its fourth-generation lineup of foldables official today. The flagship is the Moto Razr+, which will launch in the US on June 23 for $999. There's also a cheaper phone called only the "Moto Razr" with a smaller outside screen, slower SoC, and no clear US price or release date. Internationally, these phones are called the Moto Razr 40 Ultra and Moto Razr 40.

    The Ultra model's SoC is a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1—that's not the best you can get from Qualcomm, which would be the 8 Gen 2—this is a year-old mid-cycle upgrade chip. The phone has 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a 3800 mAh battery with 30 W quick charging. The leaked display specs have been all over the place, but officially, the interior display is a 6.9-inch, 2640×1080 OLED that runs at a smoking 165 Hz. The exterior display is super big on the Ultra model and is a 3.6-inch, 144 Hz OLED at a nearly square 1066×1056. Motorola has the phone's dust and water ingress protection rated at IP52, which typically only protects from "direct sprays of water up to 15 degrees from the vertical" and is far from qualifying the Razr as a water-resistant phone.

    The design has been better. The original foldable Moto Razr reboot from 2020 had beautiful throwback looks that screamed "Moto Razr." It looked just like the old-school flip phone from the early 2000s but modernized. This fourth foldable generation tones things down a lot and is more of a generic rectangle. You could easily confuse it for Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip.

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    Primavera Sound Barcelona, Europe’s premier mega-three-day festival, is going down this weekend from June 1-3. (Then, from June 8-10, the fest will be in Madrid at the Arganda del Rey.) This weekend’s fest features a packed (and nearly identical to Madrid) lineups, including the once-again-active Blur, Kendrick Lamar, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Rosalía, the Moldy Peaches, Le Tigre, Unwound, Karate, Turnstile, Halsey, and tons more. This weekend will also feature the Emeralds’ first show in more than 10 years and the Voidz performing live for the first time in more than three years. If you’re not Spain-bound, then here’s how to watch from your couch.

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  6. The lettering "Hey Google" on the Google pavilion at the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas in 2018. These words activate Google Assistant, Google's virtual personal assistant.

    Enlarge / The lettering "Hey Google" on the Google pavilion at the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas in 2018. These words activate Google Assistant, Google's virtual personal assistant. (credit: Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance)

    The deprioritized Google Assistant is losing yet another feature. This time Google is killing off support for third-party note integration. The popular Android note-taking app AnyList announced the change, saying that "Google is shutting down the Google Assistant Notes & Lists integration for non-Google apps on June 20, 2023." Google's support page has since been updated confirming that, "starting June 20th, Google Assistant notes and lists will no longer work with non-Google list apps."

    One of the best Assistant commands lets you dictate notes directly into the voice system, letting you create reminders, shopping lists, or just new, plain-format notes. Exactly where these notes land has been a point of contention over the years. They used to land in Google Keep no matter what, but then  Google blew up that functionality in 2017 and forced all shopping notes into "Google Express," Google's Amazon Prime competitor. As someone who often used the shopping list for groceries, having it tied to an online store I had no intention of ever using was pretty silly. Even if you didn't mind the change, which essentially turned your notes into an ad for Google's shopping site, the note-taking features got a major downgrade, going from the fully featured Google Keep app to Google Express' barely there web app.

    In 2019, presumably after forced Google Express integration didn't juice the services numbers, Google Assistant received another note-taking revamp, this time allowing users to pick whatever note-taking app they wanted from the Assistant settings. Google Keep, Any.do, AnyList, and Bring were all available at launch, and the Assistant would seamlessly dump your notes into your preferred app and allow you to update them by voice. It was a great system, but now that's going away, too. Google tells 9to5Google that Google Keep will keep working—it is seemingly plugged into the same system as third parties—but all those third-party apps are being cut off.

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  7. Meta has lifted the lid on its Quest 3 headset. Starting at $499 for 128GB, the device aims to push users beyond virtual reality, carrying a heightened focus on mixed reality. We're not getting full details until the Meta Connect event on September 27. But Mark Zuckerberg and friends were happy to preview the headset today, four days before Apple kicks off its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), where it's expected to reveal its own mixed-reality headset.

    Quest 3 specs: What we know so far

    Whether you heard it on Meta's blog, Facebook, or Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg's own Instagram, we now have the broad strokes of the next Quest, which Meta says it'll release sometime this fall.

    Meta is promising a 40 percent slimmer optic profile compared to the Quest 2, discounting any facial inserts.

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    Ty Dolla $ign goes acid house on his new single. It’s right there in the sampled introduction, in which a newscaster announcing, “some publications have determined acid house music is a sinister cult.” Then the beat drops, and yep, that sounds like acid house. But maybe acid house mixed with a more syncopated, modern-sounding dance beat? Ty$ sounds great singing over just about everything, so the subgenre specifics aren’t too important here, just the notion that “Motion” is the sound of Dolla $ign dipping into clubby grooves and glassy piano chords, playing the part of the soulful divo.

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    Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan threw out the first pitch at the New York Mets v. Philadelphia Phillies game at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon. The band are big Mets-heads. Their name was derived from an urban legend involving the team during their 1962 season, when center fielder Richie Ashburn allegedly started yelling “Yo la tengo!” (Spanish for “I got it!”) after consistently running into shortstop Elio Chacón. So … a dream come true! Watch video of Kaplan throwing the pitch below.

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    Back in December, Tenacious D covered the bejesus out of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” for a SiriusXM session. Today, they’re putting out a studio version of that cover, which comes a few weeks after the duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass released “Video Games,” their first new track in five years. It comes attached to a music video of the pair frolicking on the beach. Watch and listen below.

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    For almost a decade, Billy Joel has had a residency at Madison Square Garden, performing a show at the massive historic venue just about monthly, hindered only by the pandemic. But that residency will come to an end next year, as Joel announced today at a press conference that was also attended by NYC mayor Eric Adams and MSG CEO James Dolan. Joel’s Madison Square Garden residency will end in July 2024 with his 150th performance at the venue. The first of the 10 final shows of the residency will take place in October.

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    As Apple rumors go, the long-rumored 15-inch MacBook Air sounds almost certain to be announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference next week. But as Apple’s plans take shape, it also seems possible that we’ll see new Mac desktops featuring high-end M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips.

    Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman believes that these new chips are most likely to power an updated range of Mac Studio desktops, a little over a year after the first Studios were initially introduced. As recently as a few months ago, Gurman speculated that the M2 generation would skip over the Mac Studio entirely and that Apple would instead opt to use the newer chips as a selling point for a new Apple Silicon Mac Pro.

    But that version of reality may not come to pass. Gurman says these new Mac models have Mac14,3 and Mac14,4 model identifiers, while the Mac Pro that Apple is testing internally is identified as Mac14,8. (We initially thought these no-adjective model identifiers were a throwback to the PowerPC days, but the reality is more boring; Apple just isn’t using unique Mac names in model identifiers anymore, possibly to combat leaks and the speculation that arises when new IDs break cover.)

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