Apple’s most expensive Mac Pro costs $52,599

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Apple’s new Mac Pro is available to order today: it starts at $5,999, but if you want the most powerful Mac money can buy, it’ll cost you $52,599, making it the single most expensive Mac ever made. That eye-watering price tag comes with some seriously impressive specs to match, though. Let’s break it all down:

  • Base price: $5,999, the entry-level price of a Mac Pro before you start configuring a unit with custom specs. (For reference, the $5,999 Mac Pro comes with 32GB of RAM, an octa-core Intel Xeon CPU, Radeon Pro 580X graphics, and a 256GB SSD.)
  • Processor: a 28-Core, 2.5GHz Intel Xeon W with 28 cores, 56 threads, and Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz (a $7,000 add-on)
  • RAM: 1.5TB of 2933MHz RAM, broken down into 12 128GB user-replaceable slot…

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Today’s best deals include price drops on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Google Pixel 4

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Today, we’re seeing some noteworthy sales on a few unlocked flagship Android phones, specifically the Google Pixel 4 and Samsung Galaxy S10. On eBay, the Pixel 4 is down to $599.99 yet again, which was the sale price that we saw during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is $200 off the usual price for the 64GB version, and the sale is hosted by a well-rated seller. It’s only available in black or white.

Otherwise, your best bet to save money on the Pixel 4 comes from Amazon, where you can get the phone bundled with a free Google Wifi router for $699. If you do the math, it’s essentially like getting $200 off — assuming that you’ll find some use for the router.

Samsung’s 2019 Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are back with some serious discounts,…

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Final Fantasy VII Remake is a PS4 timed exclusive until March 2021

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The upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII will only be a PlayStation 4 exclusive for the first year of its release. After March 3rd, 2021, it’s likely to move to platforms like the Xbox One and PC. The news was first spotted by Wario64 on Twitter, who posted the game’s cover image with the exclusivity noted in the bottom corner.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is being broken up into several episodes, with the first one focusing exclusively on Midgar (better known as the game’s opening). But where the original put only a few hours into Midgar, Square Enix has promised an experience that will span two Blu-ray discs worth of content. The first installment will be out on March 3rd, 2020. Development has already started on the next game in the…

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Untitled Goose Game is coming to the PS4 and Xbox Game Pass next week

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The goose can’t be stopped. The breakout hit Untitled Goose Game, which was previously available on PC and the Nintendo Switch, is now on its way to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The somewhat-delayed port — caused, no doubt, by a troublesome goose — will be available on December 17th. Meanwhile, the game will also be coming to Xbox Game Pass next week, according to Microsoft.

The game became a surprise hit back in September, thanks to its playful nature and unusual premise, in which you play a goose that spends its time messing around with villagers in a small town. There’s even a dedicated button just for honking at people. Here’s how The Verge’s Dami Lee described the game in her review:

You can duck, run, grab things with your beak,…

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Watch the first gameplay trailer for Platinum’s new hack ’n’ slash, Babylon’s Fall

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Platinum Games teased its upcoming hack ‘n’ slash game, Babylon’s Fall, during PlayStation’s State of Play event. Not much else is known about the game currently. It’s another collaboration between Platinum and Square Enix; they previously worked together on 2017’s Nier: Automata.

The trailer doesn’t offer much by way of explanation, though it does give viewers a first look at Babylon’s action-heavy gameplay — a fluid, quick combat system reminiscent of other beloved Platinum games like Bayonetta. It also promises more information “next summer.”

Platinum announced Babylon’s Fall at E3 2018 for the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. It was set to launch this year, though it seems to have been pushed back. Few details are currently known about…

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Magic Leap is renaming its AR headset to attract business customers

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Magic Leap 1 Updated Headset

Magic Leap is pitching its headset to businesses with a new name. The Magic Leap One Creator Edition, which shipped last August, is being replaced with the Magic Leap 1, which sells for the same price of $2,295.

The Magic Leap 1 will replace the original Creator Edition, and Magic Leap’s chief product officer Omar Khan says it has “some minor updates.” But it appears visually indistinguishable from the old device, and there’s apparently no significant change in the industrial design or the optics, including the field of view and overall visual quality. Magic Leap also takes pains to avoid calling it a “next-generation” headset or even a major update — the company didn’t say when that might be coming, and reports indicate it might be y…

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This in-wall smart outlet can be controlled by Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant

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The ConnectSense Smart In-Wall Outlet. | Image: ConnectSense

Most smart outlets are bricks that you plug into the outlet that’s already installed in your wall and then control that with your phone or a voice assistant. But there are some smart outlets that can replace your existing in-wall outlet if you’re willing to do some simple wiring. The new ConnectSense Smart In-Wall Outlet is one of these devices that installs directly into your wall and lets you turn on or off the devices that are plugged into it with Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant. It’s now available in either 15 or 20 amp versions for $79 and $99, respectively.

Since the Smart In-Wall Outlet replaces your existing power outlet, you need to do some simple wiring to install it. It probably won’t be a great option for renters or those…

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Untitled Goose Game is coming to the PS4 on December 17th

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The goose can’t be stopped. The breakout hit Untitled Goose Game, which was previously available on PC and the Nintendo Switch, is now on its way to the PlayStation 4. The somewhat-delayed port — caused, no doubt, by a troublesome goose — will be available on December 17th.

The game became a surprise hit back in September, thanks to its playful nature and unusual premise, in which you play a goose that spends its time messing around with villagers in a small town. There’s even a dedicated button just for honking at people. Here’s how The Verge’s Dami Lee described the game in her review:

You can duck, run, grab things with your beak, and flap your wings, which serves no real value to the game but is a fun, goose-like thing you can do….

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Edison Mail makes the jump to the desktop with a new Mac app

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Edison Mail (formerly known as EasilyDo Mail) is making the jump from mobile app to desktop email client with the release of a new Mac app.

I’ve been using a beta version of Edison Mail for a few days, and it’s a similar experience to the mobile versions, with a clean UI and the same built-in filters for things like travel, packages, bills & receipts, and entertainment categories. Edison’s easy unsubscribe, sender blocking, and read receipt tracker blocking features are also all included on the Mac version.

Of particular note is the fact that Edison has finally fixed one of my biggest gripes with the mobile apps with its desktop version: threaded emails now offer the option to show up as a continually scrolling thread, instead of…

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Life is Strange 2 is an uncomfortable sequel that’s powerfully relevant

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Toward the end of Life is Strange 2 — the episodic series that wrapped up its five-episode series last week — teenage lead Sean Diaz is jolted awake. After driving all night, he pulled over to the side of a quiet desert road for a doze. But it turns out, he inadvertently parked on private property owned by a racist who isn’t a fan of a mysterious Hispanic kid sleeping on his land. The result is an incredibly tense confrontation. Through Life is Strange’s choice-based gameplay, you have to navigate the situation, choosing between Sean’s safety and his dignity. There are no right moves; no matter what Sean does, bad things will happen, whether that’s actual physical conflict or being forced to insult himself in Spanish. When the…

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Best Buy’s today-only deals on the Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7, and Xbox One X are worth a look

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Three Microsoft products are on sale today — and today only, December 10th — only at Best Buy, including select models of the latest Surface Laptop and Surface Pro and an Xbox One X bundle.

The 15-inch model of the new Surface Laptop 3 (8GB RAM, AMD Ryzen 5 CPU, 128GB SSD) is down to $999.99, which is a discount of $200 off of its retail price. This is the cheapest we’ve seen this laptop, and that’s a pretty good discount for such a new item. Aside from being a well-built Windows 10 laptop, The Verge’s Dan Seifert said in his review that its keyboard is nearly perfect. However, we did find that this processor was weaker than the Intel one in the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3.

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Sony’s MLB The Show is coming to other game consoles ‘as early as 2021’

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Sony’s MLB The Show game series, long a beloved PlayStation exclusive among sports fans, is going multi-platform. Sony Interactive Entertainment made the announcement tonight alongside Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association. The Show will arrive on “additional console platforms” as early as 2021 — so we might be talking next generation, here.

By agreeing to take it elsewhere, Sony has secured a “multi-year” extension of its MLB license.

Sony hasn’t yet specified which consoles it will develop MLB The…

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You can now email your emails in Gmail

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Email chain hell on Gmail is getting an upgrade. The mailing system will soon allow its users to send emails as attachments without having to forward or download them first. Or as Google puts it, “You can now attach emails to other emails in Gmail.” Emailception, yo dawg we heard you like emails, et cetera.

Fervent emailers can attach as many emails, which will appear as an .eml file, as they like. Users who love to have multiple tabs open may also be pleased to hear that the attachment will open in a new window.

Now for the big question: why would someone want this? Let’s go to Google directly:

We’ve heard from you that there are situations where attaching emails makes more sense than forwarding separate emails, like…

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The Oculus Quest is getting controller-free hand tracking this week

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Oculus is rolling out native hand tracking to the Quest, its standalone virtual reality headset, starting this week. Previously expected to arrive sometime in 2020, hand tracking will be available as an experimental feature in software version “v12” in the coming days. Once this update is installed, you can turn on hand tracking in the “Experimental Features” menu. Then, you can switch between Touch controllers and hand tracking with a toggle switch in the Oculus Home menu.

Before you get too excited, there won’t be much support for hand tracking at launch. Oculus notes that the headset’s Library and Store interfaces and the Oculus Browser and Oculus TV apps will work, but that’s it for now. It plans to release the developer toolset for…

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Incognito mode in Google Maps for iOS is rolling out now

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Google has announced that Incognito mode for Google Maps on iOS is rolling out today. Google first announced the feature at its I/O developer conference in May, and it’s already available for Google Maps on Android.

Incognito mode works a lot like it does in the Chrome browser. When it’s on, you can search for a location or navigate somewhere, and Google won’t save that information to your Google account. You can turn Incognito mode on by tapping your profile picture in the search bar and then tapping “Turn on incognito mode.”

Google Maps isn’t the only app to have its own Incognito mode. In 2018, Google introduced an Incognito mode to the YouTube app on Android. In-app Incognito modes are important ways to give users the…

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Google shows off stunning new AR features coming to web and mobile apps soon

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Google has been quietly working to improve its augmented reality platform, ARCore, since its official launch early last year. Now, the company says its ready to unveil some of the next-generation upgrades to depth detection and physics it’s achieved that promise to make AR experiences seem much more realistic in the future.

The upgrades, part of ArCore’s all-new Depth API, will soon allow developers to perform what’s known as occlusion, which is when an artificial object can be blocked from view by other real-world objects in a scene. Place a virtual cat in your living room, for instance, and you can see it disappear from view when you angle your camera in a way that places a bed or table or some other object in between.

The result is…

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Today is another chance to save on the new iPad, PS4 Pro, Fitbit Versa 2, and more

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We’re reluctant to legitimize “Green Monday” as a shopping holiday, but it’s nevertheless making a strong case for itself today with some stellar deals. Some are repeat hits from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, while others are totally new. What they have in common is that they’re for today only. Below, you’ll find sales on noise-canceling headphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and more. And you’ll find new deals added to this post all day long.

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Minecraft is finally getting PS4 cross-play support

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Minecraft on the PlayStation 4 is finally getting updated to the unified Bedrock Edition on December 10th. The new update will enable cross-platform play between the Xbox One, Windows 10 PCs, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, Gear VR, and now PS4. Minecraft players on the PS4 will also get access to all of their purchases and progress, and the update will be available free of charge.

Microsoft is starting to roll out the Bedrock Edition to PS4 just months after Sony brought its PS4 cross-play support officially out of beta. It also comes two years after cross-play was available for Minecraft on Xbox, PC, mobile, and the Switch. Sony previously blocked cross-play for titles like Minecraft and Fortnite, and after significant Fortnite backlash,…

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