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Final Fantasy XV Comrades DLC adds a multiplayer mode

Final Fantasy XV Comrades DLC adds a multiplayer mode

Every game these days has an online aspect, be it an outright MMO or even simply installing updates or authorizing copies. So it isn’t surprising that a single-player title like Final Fantasy XV would eventually have one. Made available as a DLC called “Comrades”, the FF XV multiplayer mode adds a rather interesting twist to the gameplay. You don’t play as any of the main characters, naturally. Instead, you get to create your very own custom character that gets dumped right in the middle of game’s “missing” story arc.

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Nexus Player surprisingly gets Google Assistant in November update

Nexus Player surprisingly gets Google Assistant in November update

Google, while generous with its updates, follows a more or less strict timetable for its Nexus devices. Nexus phones and tablets are guaranteed two years’ worth of updates, including major Android version, nothing more but sometimes less. The odd exception seems to be the Nexus Player Android TV puck, which unexpectedly got Android Oreo in September, a year after it reached its end of life. Adding to the pleasant surprise is the addition of Google Assistant, which sneaked into the device via the November security update.

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Google Maps redesign promises to make finding places faster

Google Maps redesign promises to make finding places faster

It’s almost hard to imagine these days how we’ve managed to survive the past decades without Google Maps and related services like Waze. But despite their convenience, finding the right spot when and where you need still isn’t as easy or as fast as we may want it. Pending direct Internet-to-brain interface, Google is initiating some changes in Google Maps to cut down on the time your eyes spend scanning the screen for relevant markers. And it does so by lowering the information density as well as color coding markers.

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Moment for iPhone X photo case, lenses make the camera shine

Moment for iPhone X photo case, lenses make the camera shine

An entire niche market of clip-on lenses grew out of the middling camera capabilities of smartphones past. With dual cameras, wide angle lenses, and advanced camera sensors, you’d think that market has become redundant. Not so, if you ask Moment, who has given that market a distinct flair with the Moment 2.0 Kickstarter earlier this year. Now it has announced a new photo case and new lens set made especially for the iPhone X, raising the already high photography bar even higher.

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Google Assistant will make it easier to discover, use apps

Google Assistant will make it easier to discover, use apps

If you’re still looking for a “Google OS”, you need not look further than Google Assistant. Though not exactly your conventional OS with windows and displays, the voice-controlled AI-powered virtual assistant is the one uniform interface you will find in Google’s products, from Android to Google Home to Google apps. To further improve Google Assistant’s “interface”, the tech giant is providing developers with fresh new set of features that will help users discover, use, and re-engage with their apps.

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Duolingo finally adds Chinese course after much difficulty

Duolingo finally adds Chinese course after much difficulty

Given its popularity and use as the lingua franca in the world, especially over the Internet, you’d think that English is the most used language in the world. Not quite. That distinction belongs to the Chinese language, spoken by nearly two billion people all over the planet. But despite having the numbers, it is considered to be one of the hardest languages to learn. Which is why, despite being the most requested language in its five years of existence, it is only now that language learning service Duolingo is able to add Chinese to its roster.

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Razer Phone now available in the US if you really want it

Razer Phone now available in the US if you really want it

Razer has finally made its much-anticipated dive into the smartphone market and, in doing so, now probably knows first hand how tight the competition and the reception can be. Its “made by gamers for gamers” smartphone is making a big splash thanks to its brand, but it remains to be seen if its waves will last long. But for those really interested in seeing what this gaming-oriented smartphone has to offer, you can buy one right now, provided you have $700 to spare.

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NETGEAR Wi-Fi products get Circle with Disney parental control

NETGEAR Wi-Fi products get Circle with Disney parental control

Most mobile devices and operating systems these days include some form of parental control. Sooner or later, however, this per-device system becomes inconvenient and sometimes even ineffective. The best way to monitor, check, and curb Internet use is really at the source, which, in the case of a home network, is often the router. That is why NETGEAR and Circle Media have teamed up to install the Circle with Disney parental control system directly on NETGEAR’s Wi-Fi systems and routers.

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iPhone X Face ID fooled by mom’s 10 year old son

iPhone X Face ID fooled by mom’s 10 year old son

The iPhone X’s new all-screen display and even its contentious notch have been sidelined by one new feature that may make its way into future iPhones and iPads. The attention, not to mention criticism, given to the phone’s Face ID biometric security isn’t exactly surprising. Humans have a tendency to be skeptical of new things, especially when new things initially promised the world in terms of security. And now they may have even more reason to be extra dubious of Face ID after a woman’s iPhone X was unlocked again and again by her 10 year old son.

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Chuwi SurBook Review

Chuwi SurBook Review

Not too long ago, Microsoft was rumored to be close to retiring the Surface Pro line of 2-in-1 tablets. Although the company denied it, it hasn’t exactly given hard evidence to the contrary either. Fortunately, the basic idea of a Windows tablet that also functions as a laptop as well as a digital canvas has become so popular that OEMs are more than happy to continue its legacy, from giants like HP and Dell to upstarts like Chuwi. The company has just recently shipped the Chuwi SurBook, the product of a very successful Indiegogo run, and we take a hard look at how this Surface Pro-alike fares in the real world.

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Linksys RE9000 Max-Stream Wi-Fi extender is a beast

Linksys RE9000 Max-Stream Wi-Fi extender is a beast

With the increase in the number of connected devices in homes and especially in home or small offices, simple networking solutions, like home routers, can no longer keep up with the increased demand. Not to mention the sometimes complicated structure of buildings. For such challenging networks, you have a choice between using Wi-Fi range extenders or mesh networks, the latter of which is becoming more popular of late. Linksys is offering a sort of middle ground with the RE9000 Max-Stream Wi-Fi Range Extender that looks almost like a router itself and even acts like one when needed.

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Windows 10 on Snapdagon 835 Geekbench scores are uninspiring

Windows 10  on Snapdagon 835 Geekbench scores are uninspiring

Microsoft has made it no secret that it will put Windows 10 on ARM devices, specifically on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset. It has, however, denied that will take the form of a smartphone as some have hoped for. Which is probably all for the best, if this sighting on Geekbench is any indicator. While it is, perhaps, impressive that we are able to see figures for Windows 10 running on a Snapdragon 835 board at all, the scores it yielded are way below what you’d expect from the processor, at least compared to Android running on the same chip.

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