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Minecraft getting Update Aquatic, graphics upgrade in 2018

Minecraft getting Update Aquatic, graphics upgrade in 2018

The Minecraft-focused MineCon Earth event was held this weekend, and it saw Microsoft and developer Mojang make a couple of big announcements regarding changes and upgrades coming to the massively popular game. The first was the reveal of The Update Aquatic as the next big addition to Minecraft, along with the unfortunate news that the previously announced graphics update and cross-platform multiplayer on the Switch were being delayed until 2018.

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iMac Pro tipped to feature always-on ‘Hey Siri’, A10 Fusion chip

iMac Pro tipped to feature always-on ‘Hey Siri’, A10 Fusion chip

While we don't have an official release date just yet, Apple's new iMac Pro is still due for release before the year's end. With that window quickly closing, a few interesting details about Apple's high-end desktop have begun to surface thanks to developers getting their hands on the BridgeOS 2.0 software. Namely, it appears the iMac Pro will feature an A10 Fusion chip as a co-processor, and that it will be able to support an always-on "Hey Siri" setting.

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Pixar debuts first Incredibles 2 trailer

Pixar debuts first Incredibles 2 trailer

Pixar's first Incredibles movie was released way back in 2004, and fans have had to wait quite a while for a sequel. Disney finally announced The Incredibles 2 in 2015, and now that it's scheduled for release next year, the first teaser trailer has been revealed. The sequel will continue to focus on the Parr family and their super powers, although this time around it looks like the youngest member will be a key element.

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Google Lens rolls out to Assistant on Pixel and Pixel 2

Google Lens rolls out to Assistant on Pixel and Pixel 2

A useful new tool is rolling out to both the original Pixel and newer Pixel 2 smartphones: users have found that Google Lens, the visual search feature that relies on the device's camera, has started arriving in Google Assistant. It's a gradual rollout, unfortunately, so not every Pixel owner has it just yet, but it a good step towards making Lens more accessible and easier to summon.

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Germany issues ban on children’s smartwatches, urges parents to destroy them

Germany issues ban on children’s smartwatches, urges parents to destroy them

The sale of kids' smartwatches have just been banned in Germany, as the country's telecommunications regulator has labelled them as essentially "spying devices." While the wearables, designed for kids aged 5 to 12, often look like toys, they're designed to allow parents to remotely listen in on the child's environment via the watches' microphone, all without notice, in turn offering the same functionality as a wiretap.

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Skyrim on Nintendo Switch supports video capture feature

Skyrim on Nintendo Switch supports video capture feature

As a console/handheld hybrid, the Nintendo Switch is definitely lacking in terms of hardware power when compared to the PS4 and Xbox One. However, that didn't stop Nintendo from giving the system the ability to record gameplay footage with a software update that was released last month. Unfortunately it seems support for the feature is on a game-by-game basis, as only Nintendo's first-party titles have taken advantage of it.

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Budget-friendly Nokia 2 comes to the US

Budget-friendly Nokia 2 comes to the US

This year has seen a number of interesting smartphones from Nokia, with parent company HMD Global releasing devices that cover a number of price-points in the Android market. Unfortunately only a few of these models have made their way to the US, including the mid-range Nokia 6 and the retro-inspired, non-smart Nokia 3310. It appears that's about to change, as the super cheap Nokia 2 will soon be on sale here.

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Taco Bell employees can get a $4K discount on a Chevy Corvette

Taco Bell employees can get a $4K discount on a Chevy Corvette

When it comes to buying a new car, there isn't a person alive who doesn't want to save money on the sticker price, whether it's haggling with the dealership or qualifying for some discount program. Well, if you're in the market for a new Chevy Corvette and are hunting for a deal, you might want to consider a career change. Due to an odd arrangement between Taco Bell and GM, employees of the fast food chain are eligible for a $4,385 discount on a new Corvette Grand Sport.

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Now the Pixel 2 XL has an unresponsive screen issue

Now the Pixel 2 XL has an unresponsive screen issue

The Pixel 2 XL is already known to have several issues with its display, including muted colors and burn-in, but now users are discovering yet another problem with Google's larger smartphone. Members of the Pixel User Community website are reporting that the screen has little or no responsiveness at its edges, resulting in certain taps or gestures going unrecognized.

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Disney streaming service will be cheaper than Netflix, says CEO Bob Iger

Disney streaming service will be cheaper than Netflix, says CEO Bob Iger

With Disney gradually pulling its content from Netflix, the writing has been on the wall for some time now that the house of Mickey would be rolling out its own streaming service. Now with an expected launch in 2019, featuring not only the Disney movie library but Star Wars and Marvel content as well, the company started revealing a few details, including that it plans to undercut Netflix in pricing.

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iPhone X Face ID beaten with 3D-printed mask

iPhone X Face ID beaten with 3D-printed mask

With its new flagship iPhone X, Apple has touted just secure the device's Face ID technology is, and for the most part it's been a hit, with relatively few reports of the system not working properly or letting the wrong person unlock the phone. The security researchers at Bkav, however, have gone to great lengths to thwart the facial recognition technology, to see what it would take. Turns out they've found success using a strange-looking 3D-printed mask.

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Destiny 2 getting 4K, HDR update on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X

Destiny 2 getting 4K, HDR update on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X

Good news is finally here for Destiny 2 players on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X: developer Bungie has announced that support for both 4K resolution and HDR color will be added to the shooter for the more powerful console models. The features will be added with an update coming on December 5th, right alongside the release of Destiny 2's first expansion, Curse of Osiris.

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