Round out your gaming rig with ASUS ROG mice, keyboards, headphones and more

Round out your gaming rig with ASUS ROG mice, keyboards, headphones and more

Your gaming PC or laptop is your window into your favorite games. And while system performance is one key aspect of your setup, there can be a lot more to a gaming battlestation than just PC internals. Aesthetics are another piece of the puzzle as are the capabilities of your peripherals. ASUS makes many PCs and laptops for gaming, but it also makes high-performance peripherals that can let you level up your rig with a uniform style and advance your gameplay with gaming mice, keyboards, headphones, and more that can give you the edge in your games.

For all of your games, competitive or casual, being able to interact with that world is pivotal. Whether it’s a rich, fantasy world brimming with sights and creatures or a scarred battlefield crawling with enemies to challenge, your ability to react is critical. That might mean a high-accuracy mouse for locking onto enemies or a snappy keyboard to cycle through a huge assortment of spells and abilities. It can also mean a quality headset to both hear your surroundings and communicate with teammates about your strategy. For all of these needs, ASUS ROG has you covered. 

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With a headset like the ASUS ROG Delta S Wireless, you can tune into your surroundings, enjoying game soundtracks, the sound of special effects and attacks, or key into movements outside of your vision. The headset offers a low-latency wireless connection as well as Bluetooth for use with a wide range of devices. If you’re always on the move, the ASUS ROG Cetra true-wireless earbuds deliver low-latency Bluetooth for gaming on mobile devices, and their active noise cancellation can help you tune out external sounds to focus on your games. 

ASUS ROG Azoth wireless keyboard with extra switches and keycaps arranged around the keyboard

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PC gamers know their keyboard plays a large role in their success. Snappy mechanical key caps provide consistently responsive controls, so you know your keystrokes won’t be missed or delayed. For serious play, ASUS offers the ROG Azoth 75% keyboard, a compact model that leaves plenty of room for your mousing hand. The ROG Azoth comes in black or in white and gray and offers customizable RGB lighting, letting you pick the ideal match for your system. For those who need an extra-compact option, there’s also the ASUS ROG Falchion, a 65% wireless mechanical keyboard that truly shrinks its footprint. You can also get a fuller keyboard with the ROG Strix Scope II 96, which offers a 96% size so you still get a number pad but retain a little more desk space, and you’ll find wireless connectivity, RGB lighting, and a comfy wrist rest.

Looks are only a part of what you can customize on ASUS’s keyboard. You also get a choice of switches to find the feel that suits you. ASUS’s ROG NX Storm clicky switches offer smooth stroke and a pronounced actuation point so you can build the muscle memory of exactly where your click will register. You can also go for ROG NX Snow switches, which provide a smooth, linear motion and a satisfying “thock” at the bottom of the stroke. If you prefer different switches on different keys, the ROG Azoth and ROG Strix Scope II 96 keyboards uses hot-swappable switches, so you can pop in whatever switch you want beneath your keys.

ASUS ROG Harpe gaming mouse

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In many games, your mouse can be especially crucial. In MOBAs and RTS games, your ability to click on the right target at the right time is paramount. In MMORPGs, the extra buttons available on some mice, like the ROG Spatha X Wireless, can help you go from a struggling wizard to a first-rate sorcerer casting spells and abilities with ease. Meanwhile, in FPS games, precision tracking and responsive buttons can make the difference between a game-winning headshot and a complete whiff.  ASUS provides a staggering variety of mice for gaming, such as the lightweight and high-DPI ROG Gladius III Wireless mouse and even lighter options like the 75g ROG Keris Wireless, the 59g ROG Strix Impact III, and the 54g ROG Harpe.  

US Students’ Math Scores Plunge In Global Education Assessment – Slashdot

US Students’ Math Scores Plunge In Global Education Assessment – Slashdot

Ivana Saric reports via Axios: U.S. students lag behind their peers in many industrialized countries when it comes to math, according to the results of a global exam released Tuesday. U.S. students saw a 13-point drop in their 2022 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) math results when compared to the 2018 exam. The 2022 math score was not only lower than it was in 2012 but it was “among the lowest ever measured by PISA in mathematics” for the U.S., per the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) country note. The 2018 PISA assessment found that U.S. students straggled behind their peers in East Asia and Europe, per the Washington Post.

PISA examines the proficiency of 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics, and science worldwide. The 2022 PISA edition is the first to take place since the pandemic and compares the test results of nearly 700,000 students across 81 OECD member states and partner economies. The exam, coordinated by the OECD, was first administered in 2000 and is conducted every three years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 test was delayed until 2022. What about the rest of the world? According to Axios, a total of 31 countries and economies “maintained or improved upon their 2018 math scores, including Switzerland and Japan.”

“10 countries and economies — Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Macao and the U.K. — saw their students score proficiently in all three domains and had ‘high levels of socio-economic fairness,'” the report adds.

How to use Microsoft Teams to send text messages | Digital Trends

How to use Microsoft Teams to send text messages | Digital Trends


Using Microsoft Teams to talk with your colleagues is pretty simple thanks to the built-in chat feature. You can chat with your teammates, share documents, and even initiate voice calls if and when you need them.

Its initial design focused on communicating between team members, hence the name, however, being able to talk with other businesses or clients can be limited with Microsoft Teams. Now, thanks to a recent update, you can invite people via SMS on Microsoft Teams for free. In fact, you can start an SMS conversation with participants in multiple countries, including Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Great Britain, India, Mexico, and the U.S.

How to send an SMS in Teams

Starting an SMS conversation is really simple:

  1. Select New Chat in Microsoft Teams.
  2. Enter the participant’s telephone number you want to send an SMS to in the To: field.
  3. Enter the participant’s name in the Add contact name field.
  4. Send your first message to create the one-to-one SMS chat.

The participant you’re sending the SMS to will receive an SMS from Microsoft Teams. This will indicate to them that you want to chat. If they want to accept, they can click the link in the SMS to join Teams via the app.

How to start group SMS chats in Teams

As well as starting individual SMS chats, you can invite multiple participants to an SMS group chat. In fact, the process is quite similar to starting a group chat on WhatsApp or Messenger.

  1. Select New Chat in Microsoft Teams.
  2. Select the New group chat option.
  3. You can take or add a photo to apply to the group. When you’re done, selectNext.
  4. Enter the participant’s telephone number that you want to add to the group in the To: field.
  5. Enter the participant’s name in the Add contact name field.
  6. Repeat the above steps to add more members to the chat.

To finish creating a group SMS chat in Microsoft Teams, simply send a message in the chat. All of the invited SMS participants will receive an SMS from Microsoft informing them that they have been added to the group chat.

If you have an existing group chat that you want to add further participants to, you can do this by clicking on the group chat’s name and then selecting the option to Add people.

How to link your Android phone in Teams

You can also link your Android device to Microsoft Teams, making it easier to manage meetings and communications from one place. This will collate your SMS messages, contacts, and Meet links in one easy-to-access place, rather than bouncing between devices and platforms.

  1. On your Windows 11 device, open Chat from the taskbar.
  2. Select What’s new and more at the top of the Chat window, then select Link your phone.
  3. When the QR code appears on your desktop, use your phone to scan the QR code.
  4. Enter the verification code that appears on your desktop and enter it on your phone, followed by your Microsoft Account (MSA) password.

You’ll need to accept the permissions notifications on your Android device so Teams can access features like SMS, contacts, etc.

Once you’ve linked your Android phone in Teams, you can see SMS messages under Recent.

If you no longer want your Android phone linked in Teams, you can unlink it.

  1. On your Windows 11 device, open Chat from the taskbar.
  2. Select Open Teams.
  3. Navigate to More options at the top of the window and select Settings > Mobile device.
  4. Select the option to Disconnect SMS messages to unlink your Android device in Teams.

After connecting your Android phone to Microsoft Teams using Link to Windows, you can access your contacts easily. Here you can read, reply, and receive SMS notifications. This also enables you to create a Meet link so you can initiate video chats, whether they are on Teams or not.

Third-party SMS solutions for Microsoft Teams

A screenshot of the Text Bot app featured in the Teams app store.
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Rather than simply inviting customers and colleagues to Teams via SMS, there are third-party apps like Text Bot that actually allow you to text, SMS, and MMS into and out of Teams.

Text Bot allows you to send messages that get delivered straight to Teams. Any replies via text will be shown in Teams, and replies will be sent to the text number.

YakChat SMS is another third-party app that allows you to send and receive SMS messages from Teams and connect with all of your contacts.

You can download either of these apps by clicking on the Apps menu item in the sidebar of Teams. From there, just find the app and select Add to install it.

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Apple’s First iPhone SE Now Considered Vintage

Apple’s First iPhone SE Now Considered Vintage

Apple today added the original iPhone SE to its vintage and obsolete products list. The first version of the ‌iPhone SE‌ came out in March 2016, which means it has been seven years since it launched.

The ‌iPhone SE‌ was sold until September 2018, so it has been five years since it was last available for sale, making it eligible for Apple’s vintage designation. Products are marked as vintage five years after the device was last sold by Apple, while products are marked as obsolete at the seven year point.

Vintage devices are not guaranteed to be eligible for repairs through Apple or Apple Authorized Service Providers, though Apple will offer repairs if the parts are available.

Apple has continued on with the ‌iPhone SE‌ line, and today, it continues to be the only iPhone that has a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. There have been three generations released to date, with the ‌iPhone SE‌ 3 introduced in March 2022.

Apple today has also marked the second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro as vintage, as well as the special edition Mickey Solo3 Wireless headphones. The Powerbeats 2 and Solo2 Wireless headphones are now considered obsolete.

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How does Google Chat’s new bottom bar fit in with Material You?

Back in August, Google announced a big redesign of Chat that adds Duet AI and other smart features, as well as audio huddles, to the work-focused messaging service. A new homescreen is core to this revamp, with the straightforward web version announced first. Last week, the redesigned mobile client was introduced with a new take on navigation for Google apps.

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Instead of a bar docked to the bottom of the screen, you get a pill-shaped container with four sections and a circular tab indicator, while there is a separate square button to the right. The different shapes are a bit jarring, with the floating action button (FAB) being taller than the pill for whatever reason. I’m also not a fan of both things being centered and would prefer the bottom bar being left-aligned while the FAB is positioned normally.

This design inherently does not support text labels under each tab. Thankfully, the Google Chat icons are pretty straightforward and representative of Home, Direct messages, Spaces, and Mentions. This, however, might not be the case for all services. 

This new bottom bar floats and applies a translucency effect to content above/below and to the left/right. I assume the intention is to let users get a peek at what’s being covered by the bar, but it’s not a lot. At best, you get to see a profile picture and timestamp. I’d rather the new bottom bar take up more horizontal space.

More broadly, it’s weird to have the create/compose button on the same level – in terms of organizational hierarchy – as the core sections of the app. In the case of Google Chat, starting a new conversation is an action that can be shared across all views. However, I don’t think that’s applicable to other applications, with the FAB’s function usually being highly specific to the particular tab. 

Meanwhile, in Gmail, this new bottom bar appears above the existing one docked to the bottom of the screen when you open the Chat tab. The floating nature of the new navigation element is what makes this design possible, but it results in a very cluttered look. 

What’s notable about this revamp is that we know the other design that Google contemplated. In May, Google shared a “Timeline” redesign of the Chat that’s a bit more conventional. Top tabs would have avoided the double bottom bar look we have today in the integrated Gmail experience. 

At the end of the day, this new bottom bar still looks like one, and users should not have any issues navigating Google Chat. However, the big question is how it fits into Material You, which – for better or worse – is associated with large touch targets and spacious layouts.

The new bottom bar feels much more compact than Material 3, which might be Google’s way of course-correcting with an eye toward density. In all, I wouldn’t call this Material 4 by any means, but a theoretical Material 3.5 feels right.

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Astronomers have caught glimpses of a ghostly galaxy thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has observed a mysterious, ghostly object that we’ve been spotting for years. The object, which is entirely undetectable by the Hubble Space Telescope, has shown up in observations by certain ground-based telescopes in the past. And now, James Webb has detected the ghostly object, too.

The object in question is an extremely distant galaxy known as AzTECC71. It is believed to date back to nearly 1 billion years after the Big Bang, and glimpses of the ghostly galaxy excite astronomers because it gives us a tiny glimpse into the oldest structures of our universe’s evolution.

One particularly interesting thing about James Webb spotting this ghostly object is that it furthers theories that massive stellar nurseries like AzTECC71 could have existed that long ago, and that they may be more common than we previously believed, too. If that is the case, then scientists may need to rethink how we look at the early universe completely.

AzTECC71 appears as a blob in James Webb’s observational data. Image source: J. McKinney/M. Franco/C. Casey/The University of Texas at Austin

If the dusty observations of AzTECC71 are any indication, then the early universe could have been far dustier than we believed, allowing for star-forming galaxies to evolve and grow. Despite the size of the little blob in James Webb’s observations, astronomers say that AzTECC71 is actually massive, and can form hundreds of new stars every year.

The fact that this ghostly object is so hard to spot could also be a clue for astronomers that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of other galaxies out there, hiding in plain sight. We just might not have discovered them yet, as they may be too faint to glimpse through the current technological hardware that brings James Webb and modern telescopes to life.

The James Webb has continued to capture marvels within our universe, giving us more depth to the early universe, and helping us better understand the way that stars form and how the universe evolved over the past several billion years. A new paper on the cosmic ghost has been published in The Astrophysical Journal.

WhatsApp rolling out feature to send photos/videos as documents

WhatsApp rolling out feature to send photos/videos as documents

In November, WhatsApp was testing a feature that would allow users to send photos and videos as documents, essentially preserving the content’s original quality.

At the time, the feature was available to a very limited number of users, and on Android only.

Now, as shared by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has released ‘update 23.24.73’ for iOS on the App Store, and the feature is rolling out to everyone with the latest update.

Once updated, you can use the feature by going into a chat > share > ‘Document’ > ‘Choose Photo or Video.’

According to the publication, the feature is rolling out now, and users that don’t see the feature yet should have it “over the coming weeks.”

In other WhatsApp-related news, the platform rolled out group voice chats, which lets users start group calls silently, without ringing everyone in the group.

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Review: Philips Hue Festavia smart lights are the Christmas HomeKit upgrade I’ve been waiting for

Review: Philips Hue Festavia smart lights are the Christmas HomeKit upgrade I’ve been waiting for

Philips Hue launched a new version of its smart Christmas lights earlier this fall deemed the Festavia string lights. Smart home owners have been waiting for festive lights you can control with your voice for ages. Now after using them for the past few months, it’s safe to say that Philips Hue has delivered just the solution – if you’re willing to shell out enough frankincense, myrrh, and gold.

Philips Hue’s strategy around decking the halls with festive lighting has been in the works for years at this point. Back in 2022, the company first launched the Festavia series only to have them sell out months before December even arrived. Consider it a trial run, if you will. But now for 2023, the company is back with an actual rollout.

Right when Philips Hue revealed its new Festavia smart Christmas lights, I had to score a set. I opted to pick up a set of the 65-foot lights which include 250 of the color-changing bulbs and quickly strung them up around my apartment. Not to spoil too much from the rest of this story, but I fell in love with them instantly. So much so that I went out and bought a second set of them now that there’s a Christmas tree right in the center of my living room.

So now that I’ve used them for two different use cases, I have a lot of thoughts so share about the whole experience. And it really is a costly one. There’s no getting around that the Philips Hue smart Christmas lights are on the more premium side, making one of the more expensive smart home brands even more so. The set that I picked up sells for $220 regularly, meaning I dropped almost $450 on Christmas lights.

Do I regret it? That’s a bit more complicated than just answering yes or no, so indulge me a little.

I’ve been waiting years for the ability to buy a string of Christmas lights, plug them in, and then begin barking orders at Siri to turn them not just on or off, but also have my digital helper change the colors. I’ve tried every trick in the book up until now to convert your standard pair of lights over to the smart side, and now that it’s all said and done I am so happy to have a pair that I don’t have to fuss with.

And before I get too far ahead of myself, the new Festavia lights arrive in two different lengths with different lighting zones for each. Like I said already, I brought home the 65-foot strand, but there’s also the 130-foot option with 500 LED bulbs. Each one is weather-resistant for outdoor use, and comes with either five or ten lighting zones depending on the length.

Right out of the box, these are like any other release from Philips Hue. The lights get plugged in with their weather-resistant power supply and then can be paired with your existing Philips Hue bridge. Mine were set up in just a minute or so, with the act of actually stringing them around the Christmas tree being the far more time consuming part.

And now after using them for awhile, I really am sold. I adore the smart home control, with the multi-colored features really being the one aspect that sell these for me. Having five different lighting zones to tailor the lights to look however I like is exactly the reason I wanted to splurge on a more premium lighting option this year, and Philips Hue is delivering. HomeKit support may not be the best for this feature, but I am reminded just how good the Hue app is.

By far the biggest issue with the Philips Hue Christmas lights is that I wish they were just a little smarter. The main offender of this is that I don’t think there are enough animated lighting effects available in the app. I really wish that Philips Hue took the time to launch a new effect for these – something multicolored and Christmas-y would have gone a long way. The ones that are included right now are very solid, but they just lack the festivity I would have loved to see – especially at $220 a pop.

I do appreciate that Philips Hue launched a few new lighting effects just a few months back, and so there’s a lot more ways to take advantage of the five different lighting zones with animated scenes. But if there’s one thing that the company could do, it would be offering the ability to make your own animated effects like tons of other companies let you do.

9to5Toys’ Take

So back to that question of are the Philips Hue Festavia lights worth it? I’d say so. I’ve had both strands set up for about a week now and maybe it is the Christmas spirit in me hijacking the keyboard, but the novelty of having all of these smart features is certainly not lost on me. I did also have the first pair installed for about 2 months, and so the answer was pretty much locked in the second I went to go buy a second strand of these smart Christmas lights.

But I don’t think everyone should buy these. Only more hardcore smart home owners like myself are going to love these like I do. People who will relish all of the customization and lighting effects are going to find these to be the solution that many of us have been waiting for. And at the time of writing, you can take 15% off both strands of Festavia lights, helping you bring home a little smart festivity for less.

If you’re on the fence, it’s just a good idea to go grab a smart plug and upgrade your existing Christmas lights. The Philips Hue Smart Plug is an easy recommendation because we’re talking about the ecosystem. But if you want just a standalone option, the meross Matter Smart Plug will work with pretty much every smart home system, voice assistant, and smart home out there for only $16.

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Microsoft fixes Copilot multi-monitor woes via Win11 update

Microsoft fixes Copilot multi-monitor woes via Win11 update

Microsoft has released a patch to deal with Copilot’s broken multi-monitor support and reminded users that if they want to keep chatting with the Gen AI preview, they’ll need to ditch their local account in favor of something from Microsoft.

As if to underline the preview nature of Microsoft’s Copilot for Windows release, the generative AI helper that turned up in Windows 11 didn’t work for users with multi-monitor setups. The issue was sufficiently bad that Microsoft slapped on a compatibility hold until the fix could make its way from the Windows Insider program to the PCs of regular users.

The result is KB5032288, which landed in preview form this week. The patch for Windows 22H2 and Windows 23H2 – be warned, Microsoft will pull optional, non-security preview releases for Windows 11 22H2 from February 27, 2024 – allows the preview to be used over multiple displays. Click the Copilot button on the taskbar of the display where you want the assistant to appear, and the son-of-Clippy will show up.

Microsoft has also added Alt+Tab support for the Copilot in Windows preview. However, as with many things Copilot-related, the company warned: “This is available to a small audience initially and deploys more broadly in the months that follow.”

This is assuming those users have a Microsoft account. In the release notes for the patch, Microsoft said users can only ask Copilot in Windows for help 10 times if using a local account. After that, it’s verified accounts all the way. Unsurprisingly, these include a Microsoft Account and Azure Active Directory – or what will become Microsoft Entra ID before long.

The Register asked Microsoft how it came up with a limit of 10 questions. It sounds more like something a Dungeon Master might decide upon when reanimating the dead, so perhaps Cortana is still lurking behind the scenes somewhere. We will update if the company responds.

In the meantime, the requirement for a Microsoft account, and particularly one that is verified, is a pointer to where Copilot is headed in the enterprise Windows world.

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5 underrated movies on Netflix you need to watch in December | Digital Trends

5 underrated movies on Netflix you need to watch in December | Digital Trends

With only one month remaining in 2023, Netflix is releasing a series of high-profile movies that will likely join the list of the most popular movies on the service. Todd Haynes’ May December and Bradley Cooper’s Maestro will be major players this awards season, especially at the Oscars. On the blockbuster side, Zack Snyder returns with the space opera Rebel Moon, his first film in two years.

There are thousands of movies to watch on Netflix besides the new releases. Many of these movies are quite good, but they can be underseen because of their placement on the homepage. For December, we curated a list of five underrated movies on Netflix you need to watch. Our selections include a 1990s-style action movie, a war thriller, and a gritty cop drama.

Hunter Killer (2018)


No actor is more committed to keeping the spirit of 1990s action movies alive than Gerard Butler. From Olympus Has Fallen and Den of Thieves to Greenland and Plane, Butler has carved out a role for himself as a reliable B-movie action star. Add Hunter Killer, 2018’s submarine thriller, to Butler’s résumé of underappreciated action films.

When an American submarine, the USS Tampa Bay, disappears in the Arctic Ocean while following a Russian submarine, Captain Joe Glass (Butler) of the USS Arkansas is sent to investigate. Thanks to intel from Navy SEALs, Glass learns that a Russian coup d’état has been triggered, with the rebels kidnapping Russian President Zakarin (Alexander Diachenko). To prevent World War III, Glass must assemble a team to go behind enemy lines and save the Russian president.

Stream Hunter Killer on Netflix.

Cop Land (1997)

A bloody police officer is held by an investigator.
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In his second feature, Logan‘s James Mangold assembled a quartet of terrific actors – Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, and Robert De Niro – to star in the gritty crime drama Cop Land. Freddy Heflin (Stallone) is the sheriff of Garrison, New Jersey, a small town across the Hudson River from New York City where a group of corrupt NYPD cops call home. Due to a loophole, these cops can live in New Jersey and work in New York.

After a young cop nicknamed Superboy (Michael Rapaport) is involved in a racially motivated shooting, his uncle, police Lt. Ray Donlan, (Keitel) tries to cover it up by faking his nephew’s death. This puts Donlan and his crew on the radar of Internal Affairs officer Moe Tilden (De Niro), who seeks help from Freddy to end the rampant corruption. The scandal rocks Garrison, and it’s up to Freddy to bring order to his town.

Stream Cop Land on Netflix.

The Outpost (2020)

A U.S. solider crouches behind a military vehicle.
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Set during the Afghanistan war in 2006, The Outpost tells the true story of the brave soldiers at Camp Keating, a U.S. Army outpost in Northern Afghanistan. The outpost was subject to attacks by the Taliban because of its location in a valley surrounded by mountains. However, nothing could have prepared the soldiers for what would happen on one fateful October morning when 400 Taliban fighters surrounded Camp Keating.

The outpost contains 53 U.S. soldiers, including Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha (Fast X‘s Scott Eastwood) and Specialist Ty Michael Carter (Caleb Landry Jones), and two Latvian military advisors. With little ammo and firepower, these brave soldiers band together to fight back against the Taliban and defend their outpost at all costs.

Stream The Outpost on Netflix.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

Two men sit down next to each other.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Joe Talbot’s terrific directorial debut, is partly based on the life of Jimmie Fails, who stars as himself. Jimmie is a third-generation black man struggling to make a living in San Francisco. Jimmie lives with his best friend, Mont (Lovecraft Country’s Jonathan Majors), and Mont’s grandfather. Jimmie longs to reclaim a Victorian house in the city’s Fillmore District that his grandfather built.

However, the house is currently occupied by an elderly white couple. Undeterred, Jimmie hangs out around the house, making necessary repairs to improve its condition. When the house eventually could be up for sale, Jimmie and Mont work together to reclaim the house, which Jimmie believes is his last tie to a changing city.

Stream The Last Black Man in San Francisco on Netflix.

The Silencing (2020)

A man sits in his truck and stares.
Saban Films

In one of his first post-Game of Thrones roles, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars as a tormented hunter who discovers a serial killer’s reign of terror in The Silencing. Rayburn Swanson runs the Gwen Swanson Sanctuary, a wildlife preserve named after his daughter ,Gwen, who went missing five years earlier. While at the sanctuary, Rayburn notices a man in a ghillie suit hunting in the woods. Upon approaching him, the mysterious man wounds Rayburn with a spear.

Rayburn escapes to his home and sees the man hunting a girl in the woods, leading him to believe the disguised man kidnapped his girl years prior. Meanwhile, Sheriff Alice Gustafson (Annabelle Wallis) is investigating the murder of a young girl found in a lake and believes her murderer could be the man in the ghillie suit.

Stream The Silencing on Netflix.

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