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Cyberpunk 2077 is more proof we should stop pre-ordering games

Cyberpunk 2077 is more proof we should stop pre-ordering games

It's been a turbulent few days for the Cyberpunk 2077 community. After years and years of waiting, Cyberpunk 2077 finally launched, with the game going live across different regions and platforms throughout the day yesterday. While you'll find a mix of reactions from the gamers who have been looking forward to Cyberpunk 2077 sprinkled across the internet, there's been one glaring blemish with this launch: the console versions.

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Apple Silicon and the 5G opportunity

Apple Silicon and the 5G opportunity

Apple may have come out strong with its new Apple M1, the first notebook chipset of its own design, but there's a conspicuous gap in the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13: 5G connectivity. In a year where Apple didn't just adopt 5G in iPhone, but embrace it wholeheartedly by including on every new iPhone 12 series device, the fact that it's not to be found in its new notebooks despite the ARM family resemblance seems like a missed opportunity.

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Apple made some huge M1 Silicon claims today

Apple made some huge M1 Silicon claims today

There's no reality distortion field quite like Apple's, or so the thinking goes, and that's even more the case when it comes to a huge architectural shift like the launch of the M1, its debut homegrown chipset for Mac. First of the Apple Silicon line-up to be announced since the company confirmed it would be phasing out Intel and moving to its own SoC design back at WWDC 2020 a few months ago, the M1 will initially be at the heart of a new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13, and Mac mini.

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It’s time to turn off doom notifications – Here’s how

It’s time to turn off doom notifications – Here’s how

The next week is going to be stressful, to say the very least, and so while as a tech writer I am deeply invested in you being addicted to your gadgets, I also think it's time we turned off our notifications. At least, for a little while. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are ramping up for levels of disinformation the likes of which the US has never seen before, and even if you avoid the hoaxes, even the actual news is stressful enough.

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PS5 UI first look – 5 things I’m excited about

PS5 UI first look – 5 things I’m excited about

Earlier today, we got our very first look at the PlayStation 5 user interface. People have been waiting for this reveal for a long time, and it was one of the final things Sony had left to show off before the PlayStation 5's arrival next month. Sony previewed the PlayStation 5 UI in a video that ran around 11 and a half minutes, and in it, we got a good look at a lot of the UI's features.

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The new iPhone 12 range doesn’t have a sweet-spot

The new iPhone 12 range doesn’t have a sweet-spot

Yesterday, Apple announced four new iPhone 12 models, in the process taking its line-up of handsets in 2020 to seven. That's before you consider the different colors and storage variations of the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. If you're trying to figure out which is the "best" new iPhone 12 to buy, then, you'd be forgiven for feeling confused.

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Microsoft dropped $7.5 billion to hook you on a $10 Xbox Game Pass subscription

Microsoft dropped $7.5 billion to hook you on a $10 Xbox Game Pass subscription

Earlier this week, Microsoft dropped quite possibly the biggest gaming bombshell of all time, announcing that it had entered into an agreement to purchase ZeniMax Media and all of its subsidiaries for $7.5 billion. It’s Microsoft’s biggest gaming purchase ever and it's tied with GitHub as the company's third-biggest acquisition period, behind only LinkedIn and Skype. It made this monumental purchase just to get you to sign up for a $10 per month subscription, too.

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Amazon has a creepiness problem

Amazon has a creepiness problem

Amazon is either brazen, blasé, or oblivious to its privacy reputation, and the result is borderline-creepy products like Ring Always Home Cam and the Echo Show 10. Unveiled today in a product-packed event that was punctuated by monologues about how working-from-home has changed the landscape for what we expect from our devices, on the one hand they're a perhaps logical progression of the smart home devices Amazon has already shown us.

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Epic owes Fortnite fans honesty in Apple feud

Epic owes Fortnite fans honesty in Apple feud

For weeks now, two tech giants have been going head to head over what might just be the most popular game in the world. Epic and Apple have been squaring off over the iOS App Store and the fees and restrictions that Apple imposes on developers who want to distribute apps through that store, with Fortnite caught in the crossfire. To hear Epic explain it, though, it sounds like the company is fighting an entirely different battle.

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Chrono Trigger at 25: Into the Future

Chrono Trigger at 25: Into the Future

All this week, I’ve been writing a series of articles about my favorite game of all time, Chrono Trigger, as it reaches its 25th anniversary. I've held up the game's story, characters, and music all as examples of what makes this game great, but there's one thing I've yet to touch on that I feel deserves a special mention: the twist.

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Chrono Trigger at 25: Music to time travel to

Chrono Trigger at 25: Music to time travel to

So far this week, we’ve talked about how Chrono Trigger’s story and characters make it one of the best games ever made, but today we’re talking about what might just be my favorite aspect of the game: the soundtrack. I’ve long felt that video game music often doesn't get the attention it deserves, but in the realm of RPGs, that doesn’t seem to be true. It’s never hard to find an RPG fan who will tell you precisely why the soundtrack in their favorite game is so good, and today, I get to be that fan.

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Chrono Trigger at 25: The enemy of my enemy

Chrono Trigger at 25: The enemy of my enemy

Something that I think a lot of people hold in high regard when it comes to Chrono Trigger is the game’s cast of characters. It’s small - you only get a total of seven party members over the course of the game - but I think that somewhat limited focus allows for better characterization on the whole. Since you’re traveling through different time periods as you play the game, naturally your party members come from all the eras you visit.

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