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Are you ready for another Pixel phone? After Apple’s iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy devices (both folding and, static), Google’s homemade phones are probably the third most interesting family of smartphones.

Perhaps this is because Google has typically relied on software and processing tricks rather than special wars, both to offer features not found elsewhere (like its AI phone assistant) and to enhance its camera skills.

Now the company has shown us what the Pixel 6 looks like and a little about what to expect, but leaks have offered a few more treats over the last few days.

A leak suggests a new subscription package could emerge, which will combine a new Pixel phone – not necessarily the new flagship – with a lot of Google subscription services, including YouTube premium, Google One and Play Pass. This would all make up a single monthly payment, though leak does not offer a price.

This means that Google can offer a wide range of services together, similar to Apple’s bundle – with the price of your smartphone blunted. Let’s wait and see how Google rates it.

– Mat Smith

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The fast food chain is adding a series of 8 pieces of Impossible Nuggets to the menu at select restaurants in Des Moines, Iowa; Boston, Massachusetts and Miami, Florida. They will only be available for a limited time.

The nuggets themselves are mainly made from soy protein and sunflower oil, but as the company notes, they will not be technically vegan as they are fried in the same oil used to prepare non-vegan foods.

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The best outdoor equipment for fall

Possibilities for grilling, cooling and much more.

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But if you’re less about the plant protein and the king of burgers, we’s our 2021 outdoor gear guide that covers grills, pizza ovens, and even a few meat thermometer options to make sure you’re doing the right thing.

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Three classic Grand Theft Auto games are being transformed into modern platforms

Oh, I thought everyone already knew this.

One of the gaming worlds has been confirmed: Rockstar Games is releasing again Grand Theft Auto III, GTA: Vice City and GTA: San Andreas.

coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S and PC later this year. The package will also land on iOS and Android in the first half of 2022, though we would suggest getting a Bluetooth controller if the mobile versions tempt you.

Expect major graphical upgrades — and hopefully some quality of life improvements — when the updates land. Rockstar plans to remove the original versions of GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas from digital storefronts starting next week.

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Google is adding a guitar tuner to Search

You can call it on mobile and desktop.

Smartphones have made it easier than ever to tune your guitar. There are countless tuning apps, or you can even ask Google Assistant to tune your instrument. Now Google has made the process even more painless by launching a chromatic tuner right in Search – no need for an app or voice commands.

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Sony and TSMC can work together to tackle global chip shortages

A joint factory could help produce more cameras and cars.

Global chip shortages may soon create some unexpected team-ups. According to Nikkei sources, Sony and TSMC are “considering” joint creation of a semiconductor plant. While TSMC would have majority control, the factory would operate on Sony land near its image sensor factory. The Japanese government would reportedly cover up to half of the $ 7 billion investment.

A common facility would not be surprising. Some analysts expect the worldwide chip shortage to last until 2023. It could help Sony, TSMC and the larger Japanese tech industry bounce back from the shortage, not to mention add more stability – and less worry about China-US tensions looming production in Taiwan.

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