How to watch the Marvel movies in order

Across over a decade and a frankly stupid number of films, TV shows, web series, and one-shots, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has sprawled in size, and even for the most ardent Marvel fans it’s a serious challenge to a) actually watch everything, and b) keep your head around the timeline.

With that in mind, we’ve done our best to put together a chronological timeline of the Marvel movies, shows, and more, so you know which order to watch the Marvel movies in. For the moment, watching them in chronological order arguably makes more sense than watching in the jumbled release date order, but that may change soon: 2019’s Captain Marvel will be set in the ‘90s, but we suspect it may tease or even spoil all sorts of later stuff, so might not end up being the best film to watch before most of the others.

There are a couple of other disclaimers. First up, the timeline gets more and more complex as it goes on, so it gets harder to order the films perfectly. For example, Doctor Strange begins just before Captain America: Civil War, but takes a time jump and ends way after it, while Black Panther kicks off shortly after Civil War, but the whole story likely plays out before the bulk of Doctor Strange, making it trickier to say which to watch first.

It doesn’t help that Marvel also sort of broke its own timeline. There are a few little inconsistencies dotted around the place, but the most egregious is Spider-Man: Homecoming, which claims to take place eight years after the New York attack in the first Avengers. That would set the film in 2020 – two years after 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.

It’s a pretty minor gaffe in the scheme of things, but it’s a reminder not to take the MCU’s chronological timeline too seriously – even Marvel itself can’t keep it all straight, so as long as you watch things in about the right order you’ll be fine.

So without further ado, here’s our chronological ordering of the Marvel film universe as it stands right now. The films are in italics, to make it easier if you only care about them and aren’t fussed about keeping the TV shows straight too.

We’ve also tried our best to split everything up into Marvel’s ‘phases’, but there are some grey areas: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was made within Phase Three, but is set almost immediately after its predecessor, while some of the TV shows sit awkwardly between the different movie phases.

Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline

Phase One films and shows

Captain America: The First Avenger

Agent Carter (seasons one and two)

Agent Carter (one-shot — Iron Man 3 DVD/Blu-ray)

Iron Man

Iron Man 2

The Incredible Hulk

The Consultant (one-shot — Thor DVD/Blu-ray)

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor’s Hammer (one-shot — Captain America: The First Avenger DVD/Blu-ray)

Thor

Avengers

Phase Two films and shows

Item 47 (one-shot — Avengers DVD/Blu-ray)

Iron Man 3

All Hail the King (one-shot – Thor: The Dark World DVD/Blu-ray)

Agents of Shield (season one: episodes 1 — 7)

Thor: The Dark World

Agents of Shield (season one: episodes 8 — 16)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Agents of Shield (season one: episodes 17 — 22)

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Daredevil (season one)

Agents of Shield (season two: episodes 1 — 19)

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Agents of Shield (season two: episodes 20 — 22)

Ant-Man

Jessica Jones (season one)

Daredevil (season two)

Agents of Shield (season three: episodes 1 — 19)

Phase Three films and shows

Captain America: Civil War

Agents of Shield (season three: episodes 20 — 22)

Luke Cage (season one)

Agents of Shield (season four: episodes 1 — 8)

Doctor Strange

Agents of Shield: Slingshot (web series)

Agents of Shield (season four: episodes 9 — 22)

Black Panther

Iron Fist (season one)

The Defenders (season one)

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Inhumans (season one)

The Punisher (season one)

Runaways (season one)

Jessica Jones (season two)

Cloak and Dagger (season one)

Luke Cage (season two)

Agents of Shield (season five, episodes 1 — 19)

Thor: Ragnarok

Ant-Man and The Wasp

Avengers: Infinity War

Agents of Shield (season five, episodes 20 – 22)


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Samsung Galaxy Book 2018 spotted: but is it Qualcomm or Intel inside?

Not long after Qualcomm teased a Windows 10 device from Samsung using its latest Snapdragon 850 chipset, a Samsung Galaxy Book that uses the operating system has been disclosed through a Russian Inspection Bureau EEC certificate.

First published on June 27, the certificate directly mentions a “Samsung Galaxy Book Windows tablet” and possible model numbers are listed: Samsung SM-W737 and SM-W738 and its variants: SM-W737A SM-W737N SM-W737V SM-W738N, as Dutch website LetsGoDigital reports.

Qualcomm and Samsung announced a few weeks prior to this that a Windows device using the chip maker’s latest system-on-a-chip for the platform was in the works. Could this be what they were talking about?

So, will it be Intel or Qualcomm inside?

With the Galaxy Book traditionally being a device that is primarily used as a tablet, like most Windows 10 devices that run on Snapdragon hardware, this Galaxy Book may be the tablet device that Qualcomm has been previously talking about.

Alternatively, Samsung could go with an Intel CPU, as it has with some of its other Windows tablets and laptops in the past (though likely using a Qualcomm modem for the LTE connectivity, anyway). Of course, the final outcome could be that Samsung delivers both options, much like the HP has done with the Envy x2.

If Samsung chooses the latter option, it better be careful so as to not confuse customers. As we all should know by now, most folks out there don’t know their processor from their memory, much less the brand names.

At any rate, we’ll now be watching the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event in early August with bated breath.

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RHA MA390 Wireless review

RHA is a well-known Scottish company that has been producing high-quality headphones and earphones for over seven years, and has steadily risen in the ranks of audio goodness since its inception. Following the launch of a new MA650 colour option in April, RHA has revealed a brand-new set of earphones; the MA390 Wireless earphones.

Are the headphones good enough to be amongst the best cheap headphones of 2018? We’ve spent some time jamming out, and here’s our RHA MA390 review.  

Pricing and availability

Before we get into the review, let’s first cover the pricing and availability of the RHA MA390 Wireless earphones. Following an announcement on 25 June 2018, the RHA MA390s are now available to buy for £59.99 from both RHA and Amazon, with both vendors offering a three-year guarantee with your purchase.

That’s a whopping £40 cheaper than the likes of the RHA MA650 earphones and Meters M-Ears earphones, and when you take the build and audio quality into consideration, it’s a pretty good deal.

Design and features

RHA’s Bluetooth-enabled RHA MA390 earphones are one of a range of neckband-esque earphones to come out in 2018. In fact, even RHA has several sets of earphones that boast the design as it’s the perfect blend between wired and wireless. You don’t have any cables running from your head to your pocket, only from your neck to your ears. That reduces the chance of something getting snagged on the cable, while also being able to take the earbuds out of your ears and let them drop to your chest without losing them. You couldn’t do that with Apple’s AirPods, eh?  

It’s not just your bog-standard neckband design though; RHA has really thought about the user experience with the MA390s. Point and case; the MA390s sport a SecureFlex neckband that contours to the shape of your neck, providing a comfortable, secure fit for the earphones. The flexible nature of the neckband means that it can be hidden discreetly beneath a collar, and when not in use, they can be squashed up with no worries about losing its shape.

It’s a feature also offered by RHA’s more expensive MA650 earphones, and the two are largely the same, although we’ve found the MA390 neckband to be more rounded. This provides a more comfortable fit with less irritation, but it’s also not as contoured as its bigger brother. It’s not dramatic enough that the earphones will slip from your neck though, even during vigorous workouts!

We mention workouts because the RHA MA390 earphones are IPX4-rated, and should be able to perform even during the sweatiest workouts or unexpected downpours. Though not a feature that many will regularly use, it does provide state of mind that the earphones won’t break when using them at the gym.

The RHA MA390 earphones come with three sets of ear tips to help you find the perfect fit for your ears – everybody’s ears are different, after all! It’s an important step to consider when using earphones too, as a proper seal is required to get adequate amounts of bass. Without it, music will likely sound flat, quiet and generally not great.

While most people will find a fit using one of the three pairs of ear tips provided by RHA, you won’t find the Comply memory foam tips provided with more expensive earphones. We think it’s a bit of a shame, as memory foam is the perfect material for ear tips as it helps create a great seal for an enhanced listening experience.

Like with other earphones on the market, the RHA MA390 earphones feature an in-line three-button remote, providing easy access to volume and media controls for iOS and Android smartphones. The built-in mic also provides access to virtual assistants including Siri, Google and Cortana, making it easy to access your virtual assistant without having to get your phone out of your pocket. Of course, the mic can also be used to take phone calls wirelessly!

RHA’s MA390 earphones are Bluetooth-enabled and boast a range of around 10m. While some wireless earphones occasionally drop-out during playback (especially when via a smartphone in a pocket or bag), it’s not something we’ve experienced once during our time with the earphones. And when you consider it’s something we have experienced with Bose’s £300+ QC35 headphones, it’s an impressive feat. You can also connect to two sources at once, allowing you to change the source of audio without a long, silent gap.

Last but not least, let’s talk about battery life. RHA claims that the MA390 earphones will last around 8 hours on a single charge, but we’ve found that they tend to last around 6 hours before we start to get warnings about low battery life. That’s not the end of the world though, considering they only take around an hour to recharge via USB-C. Don’t worry about forgetting to turn them off either, as they boast an impressive 30-days of battery life on standby.

Audio quality

While the MA390 earphones are well designed, it’s in the audio department that they really shine. Let’s first break down the technical features of the earphones; the MA390s boast a fairly standard frequency range of 16-22,000Hz powered by RHA’s own custom dynamic 130.8 drivers, and support Apple’s AAC alongside aptX and SBC, meaning most users will be able to enjoy high-quality wireless music playback.

While it took us a few attempts to find the right ear tips for our ears, it made a world of difference when we did; bass is booming without being too overpowering, there’s a crisp high-end and generally rich vocal performance, though we noticed slight vocal distortion at high volume. The headphones are essentially a jack-of-all-trades and should provide an adequate listening experience no matter your musical taste, whether it be Classical or Dubstep.

And despite not featuring Comply memory foam ear tips, the earphones still manage to provide a decent level of passive noise cancellation without having to turn the earphones up too loud.

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Floating robot Cimon sent to International Space Station

An experimental robot with an animated cartoon face has been sent to the International Space Station (ISS) on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Dubbed Cimon (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion), the device is intended as an “an AI-based assistant for astronauts”.

Cimon weighs 5kg but in zero gravity it floats and moves around thanks to 14 internal fans.

It is an attempt to find out whether robots and astronauts can collaborate.

To this end, Cimon is equipped with microphones and cameras that help it recognise the astronauts with whom it will work.

The rocket whisking it on its way to Earth orbit took off from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 05:42 Eastern time (10:42 BST).

It was part of a cargo shipment weighing nearly 2.7 tonnes that includes food and water.

The cargo is contained in a Dragon capsule that will detach from the Falcon 9 and later dock with the ISS.

Cimon, which speaks English, was developed by Airbus and IBM for the German national space agency, DLR.

It will be able to give astronauts instructions to help them carry out scientific experiments and it will be able to respond to verbal questions.

“Right now our main mission is to support the astronauts with their daily tasks to save time, because time is the most valuable and most expensive thing on the ISS,” IBM engineer Matthias Biniok told Reuters.

On 13 December, Cimon will return to Earth.

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Fake bookings hit Singapore’s Ryde Technologies

Hundreds of fake accounts making “phantom bookings” have recently plagued Singapore-based firm Ryde Technologies, the company has said.

In recent weeks, nearly 300 such accounts have made 2,000 bogus bookings, costing drivers $50,000 (£37,900).

The start-up investigated the problem after drivers complained.

Uber, which offers a similar service, has in the past reported cases of fake bookings in other countries.

Ryde has filed a report with local police who are now investigating the matter, according to Reuters.

“Such manipulations of the app have distressed affected drivers, as their means of livelihood have been impacted,” the firm said in a statement.

“On top of causing drivers to lose money on fuel, these acts severely limit the drivers’ availability to take on more jobs as it sends them driving around in vain when they could have been picking up legitimate riders.”

Demoralised drivers

Ryde added that it has begun conducting user audits to try to eliminate fake accounts and it has encouraged drivers to report phantom booking incidents.

The practice of lodging fake bookings is especially problematic for a young company in such a competitive market, said analyst Hanish Bhatia at Counterpoint.

“It definitely hurts the business,” he told the BBC.

“It creates a very negative sentiment among drivers who have just joined.”

Notably, the Asian ride-hailing market, in which giants like Didi and Grab also operate, is highly “price-sensitive”, said Mr Bhatia.

Firms competing on price may be particularly affected by lost business, he added.

Mr Bhatia also suggested that ride-hailing firms, as they grow, gather data on all drivers and passengers that may reveal when unusual activity is occurring or when fake bookings are being made.

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The price of AMD’s 32-core Threadripper 2990X has leaked, putting pressure on Intel

It looks like a German online store has let slip how much the 32-core AMD Threadripper 2990X processor will cost, with a now-deleted page listing it for €1,509 (around $1,700, £1,300, AU$2,300).

The store in question is Cyperport, and if its price is correct, it means that AMD will once again be ruthless with its pricing compared to its competitor, Intel.

While the price is still a lot for a CPU, it could only end up being around $700 (£300, AU$900) more expensive than AMD’s flagship Ryzen Threadripper 1950X from last year. That came with 16-cores and 32 threads, compared to the Threadripper 2990X’s 32-cores and 64 threads. That’s quite an upgrade considering the potential price difference.

Threadripper 2990X price

Image credit: Videocardz

(Image: © Videocardz)

Taking the fight to Intel

If the AMD Threadripper 2990X does come out at this sort of price, it will once again put pressure on Intel, which usually offers much more expensive CPUs. The AMD Threadripper 2990X would actually be cheaper than Intel’s 18-core Intel i9-7980XE, which costs $1,999 (about £1,480, AU$2,510).

If the price and specs are correct, the AMD Threadripper 2990X will easily outperform that chip. Intel is also working on a 28-core processor to release later this year, and while that could outperform the upcoming Threadripper thanks to higher clock speeds, it’s also likely to be a lot more expensive.

We’re loving the competition between Intel and AMD lately, and it’s great to see that AMD is apparently sticking to its method of selling high performance processors for (relatively) low prices. Hopefully AMD will officially reveal the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X, including its price, soon.

Via Videocardz

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Cobra Drive HD Dash 2316D review: Dual cameras, neat features, poor night video

I was anxious to try the $240 Drive HD Dash 2316D dual-camera system and see what Cobra brings to the table these days. We gave the last dual-camera Cobra solution I reviewed, the CDR895D Drive HD, an Editor’s Choice, largely because of ease of use and low price. That system’s night video has since been eclipsed in quality by many cameras, even entry-level models. I expected and hoped the Dash 2316D had evolved with the times. 

Long story short: In terms of usability, the Dash 2316D is on point. There are numerous nice-to-have new features iRadar (Cobra’s information service) traffic alerts, and driver assistance. But when it comes to video quality, the Dash 2316D has not evolved, and there are a few other features I’m surprised Cobra hasn’t improved.  

Design and specs

The Dash 2316D’s front camera, with a 160-degree field of view, is a small, squarish affair with a two-inch LCD display. It’s easy to hide behind your windshield mirror, which gives you a very good alibi in states that outlaw vision-obstructing devices on your windshield. You never know when a highway patrol officer will be looking for an excuse to ticket you. 

The camera offers four ports: a 3.5mm jack for the optional $50 GPS; a slot for the SD card; HDMI output for direct playback on your TV; and a micro USB port for power and connecting to a computer.

The camera is controlled and configured using four buttons on the bottom that vary in function, illustrated by icons onscreen directly above the buttons. During normal use the buttons invoke: pause recording, take snapshot, mute microphone, and split/rear/forward view. Press the pause button, and you enter the settings mode.

At the top is a blue button (silver for non-Bluetooth models) that starts emergency recordings (automatically overwrite-protected), and a “power”/display-off button.

dash2316d front Cobra

The Drive HD DASH 2316D front camera is small enough to hide behind most rear-view mirrors. That’s handy if someone claims it was blocking your view in a lawsuit.

The 130-degree rear camera is a tube design, and captures video in 720p rather than the 1080p that the front defaults to. That’s more than adequate for legal purposes.

dash2316d lcd rear Cobra

The display of the front camera and the rear window camera are shown here. Note that the small bit of cable shown is a bit misleading: Several cables are required to provide all the connections between the two units.

The cabling for the Dash 2316D is complex, to say the least. Instead of two inputs on the front camera for power and the rear camera, the affair involves a Y-adapter and three other cables. With the CDR-895D, I thought it a clever way to morph a front camera that was meant to fly solo into one that plays nice with a second unit. Two years on, it seems more like a kludge that should’ve been redesigned by now.