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Both ‘Destiny’ games are offline for ’emergency maintenance’

Destiny 2 fans hoping to dive into the game's latest expansion Shadowkeep will have to wait a bit longer, as Bungie announced both Destiny 1 and Destiny 2 are undergoing "emergency maintenance." It's not clear exactly what the issue is, but it comes…
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What we hope to see at Microsoft’s Surface event

Like clockwork, Microsoft is gearing up to announce its latest batch of Surface devices tomorrow. We've already gotten a preview of some hardware, thanks to a recent leak: it looks like there's a new Surface Pro, a sleeker ARM-based Surface and a new…
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TiVo Edge DVR adds Dolby Vision to become the ultimate binge box

TiVo has launched a new device that could make binge-viewing sessions across multiple subscriptions a lot more manageable. It's called the Edge, a DVR-slash-live TV-slash-streaming player for cord cutters that hasn't been a secret for a while now –…
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‘PUBG Mobile’ will add characters and gear from ‘The Walking Dead’

The PUBG team is continuing its quest to counter Fortnite's media tie-ins. PUBG Mobile is adding a handful of characters and equipment from AMC's version of The Walking Dead on October 1st, giving you that little bit of extra menace in battle royale…
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PlayStation studio chairman Shawn Layden is stepping down

One of the most iconic figures in PlayStation's management is stepping down. Sony has announced that Sony Interactive Entertainment's Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden is leaving the gaming division. The tech giant didn't initially say when L…
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Redmi’s greatest competitor, Realme, to launch their first value-flagship

Oppo’s young Realme brand is gearing up to follow their first year of increasingly excellent-value budget devices with a debut in the competitive value-flagship space. Though not well-known outside of India and their home-turf, Realme first debuted as a direct competitor to Xiaomi‘s popular ‘Redmi‘ budget brand a mere 16 months ago; and yet in […]

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All I want to do is chill and play ‘Flight Simulator’

It's been a long day. You get home as the sun is setting and close the door behind you, throwing down your keys and sliding off your shoes. You grab a drink and sink into the chair in front of your PC. The screen boots up and — click, click — it's…
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Did you forget about the folding Motorola Razr? It’s still coming in 2019

The Motorola Razr was rumored to get a reboot over the summer this year to compete with the other brand new foldable phones that have been announced. If anything deserved to tackle the folding form factor, the Razr legitimately makes more sense than anything else, but that rumored launch date came and went without any […]

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YouTube Music replaces Google Play Music on Android 10

We know Google is ready to push YouTube Music as their primary music streaming service, much to the chagrin of everyone still using Google Play Music, myself included. That’s going to get a little bit tougher going forward, as YouTube Music is now the default music player on Android 10. You can still grab Google […]

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Malware uses web apps to turn PCs into conduits for attacks

It's not just botnets that can hijack PCs for nefarious ends. Microsoft and Cisco's Talos researchers have identified a new malware strain, Nodersok (or Divergent), that uses web apps to turn systems into proxies for malicious internet traffic. The…
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US likely won’t ease up on Huawei suppliers anytime soon

Huawei is still trying to navigate their way around the US government’s massive trade ban, despite some breaks in the waves. Things were looking good for a while, but they got pretty grim again, and according to a new report it doesn’t look like the US will be letting up anytime soon. The report from […]

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SpaceX’s plan for in-orbit Starship refueling: a second Starship

During an update on the SpaceX Starship program, Elon Musk just showed off a brief clip that explained part of the plan for using these vehicles to reach Mars. It involved a Starship in orbit around Earth, meeting a similarly-sized vehicle to refuel…
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YouTube Music App now preinstalled on Android 10 devices

YouTube Music is your personal guide through the complete world of music—whether it’s a hot new song, hard to find gem, or an unmissable music video. Music fans on Android phones can now easily unlock the magic of YouTube Music, which will come installed on all new devices launching with Android 10 (and Android 9), including the Pixel series.
Music listeners on Android devices are now just a few taps away from streaming their go-to tracks and discovering new music. From the gym, to the car, to work—it’s all here, right in your back pocket. Discover official songs, albums and playlists, music videos, remixes, live performances, hard-to-find music, and more. Whatever your mood, we’ve got you covered.
Once you’ve started your new device, just look for the YouTube Music icon and start listening! And if you don’t have Android 10 yet, don’t stress—simply visit the Play Store to get the app.
In addition to YouTube Music, Android 10 brings new features like suggested actions in Smart Reply, improved Digital Wellbeing tools, Dark theme, and much more. Google Play Music listeners with new Android 10 devices can continue to enjoy Google Play Music by downloading it from the Play Store and logging in to their accounts.
Brandon Bilinski, Product Manager – YouTube Music
Brandon recently listened to The Man Who Married a Robot / Love Theme by The 1975.


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Hitting the Books: Teaching AI to sing slime mold serenades

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and…
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Huawei launches Kirin A1 chip for wearables in Watch GT2 and Freebuds 3

Huawei is stepping up their low-power peripheral game with a tiny and efficient new processor debuting with their newly announced smartwatch and true-wireless earphones. While the mobile industry-dominating Qualcomm has failed to support the wearable industry with new, more efficient chips, Samsung and Huawei continue to innovate and thus offer far more compelling feature-sets in […]

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Celebrate Google’s 21st Birthday with a 21% discount from its European stores

If you’ve been hankering for a Pixel 3 XL or maybe a Google Nest Hub, then today is the day you’ve been waiting for. Why? because it’s Google’s 21st anniversary, and to celebrate the search giant is offering a very handy discount of 21% on almost every item available from its European stores. There are […]

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Nokia welcomes Android 10 (Go Edition) – updates to begin rolling out from Q1 2020

Just a day after Google announced the Android 10 (Go Edition) that brings a slew of improvements for entry-level devices, Nokia has stated that it will begin updating its Nokia Go handsets starting Q1 2020. Nokia’s statement of intent shouldn’t come as much surprise considering that it’s garnered quite the reputation for timeous updates to […]

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OnePlus TV is official, and shows why OnePlus probably shouldn’t have gotten into TVs

OnePlus not only announced the OnePlus 7T today, but they also took the wraps off of the highly anticipated OnePlus TV. It’s pretty much a standard high-end TV set, but with attention to just the weirdest details. It looks like it’ll be a small launch at first, so it might just be a way for […]

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The 40mm Apple Watch Series 5 comes with a new battery design

Apple's latest smartwatch model isn't that different from Series 4, but its 40mm version is apparently hiding a component that's dramatically different from its peers. iFixit has discovered that the smaller Series 5 watch uses a battery encased in me…
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Oculus CTO John Carmack on the VR challenges of the Quest and Rift S

Give Doom co-creator and Oculus CTO John Carmack 90 minutes to talk, and you can expect be inundated with tons of geeky technical details. That basically describes his keynote for the second day of the Oculus Connect 6 conference, where the legendary…
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Microsoft makes the Xbox One work with Google Assistant and Google Homes

Microsoft has announced a new integration for its home video game console, the Xbox One, and it should be a big deal for anyone building a smart home with Google Assistant. Like the previously announced Amazon Alexa integration, you’ll now be able to use Google Assistant to control your Xbox One. This works for turning […]

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US Justice Department to reportedly open Facebook antitrust investigation

In the ongoing storm of legal controversy around Facebook and whether it engaged in anticompetitive behaviors, yet another player has joined the fray. Soon the Justice Department will open its own antitrust investigation into the company, according t…
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Amazon announced a ton of new Echo hardware today, including an Apple HomePod competitor, smart glasses, and more

Amazon hosted a huge hardware event today, and they announced a ton of stuff. Some of these announcements are simply refreshed Echo stuff, but there are some brand new products here that integrate Alexa into your life in legitimately new and exciting ways. Let’s dig in. Amazon Echo learns some new tricks Amazon is updating […]

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Justice Department sets rules for using genealogy sites to solve crimes

Investigators have used genealogy sites to solve a string of cold cases in recent years, but the US hasn't really had a firm stance on how and when to use those sites. There's now a basic framework in place, however. The Justice Department has esta…
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Appeal of Conscience Foundation Remarks

The following speech was delivered last night by Susan Wojcicki at the Appeal of Conscience Foundation Awards Dinner. Founded in 1965, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation is an interfaith coalition of business and religious leaders that works to promote religious freedom and human rights throughout the world.

It’s an honor to be here tonight.

You’ve helped create a more peaceful world, and your work to bring diverse voices together is particularly important to me.

I have a deep appreciation for interfaith discussions, since I saw them around the kitchen table in my childhood. My mother came from a religious Jewish family and my father came from a Polish Catholic family. And as a result, I grew up learning to accept and appreciate so many different points of view.

For more than 50 years, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation has promoted mutual understanding.

At YouTube, we haven’t been around quite as longjust 14 years, to be exact. But we have a similar mission. We’re enabling understanding through digital dialogue, and we’re bringing people together with shared interests in virtual communities.

I was lucky I was one of the few people in the world to see online videos when this medium started. The first video I saw was of some purple puppets singing in a foreign language. I wasn’t sure what to think. When it ended there was a long pause because none of us knew what to think. And then my kids shouted, “Play it again!”

As more videos came online there were wacky and funny videos, but also many videos of people talking directly to the camera sharing something important about their livesa passion, a funny moment or a hard day.

It was immediately clear to me that people wanted to share their stories with others. But what surprised me even more is that so many other people wanted to hear these stories. From the very beginning, I could see that YouTube was a place for coming together in new ways and sharing our humanity.

Today, two billion people come to YouTube every month. Their reasons are differentsome want to connect with others around a shared passion like woodworking or see the latest in fashion. Others want to watch the hottest music video, learn a foreign language, listen to religious sermons of all faiths, or perfect a job skill.

For the first time in history, with a phone and an internet connection, everyone can access a global video library and anyone can post videos and find a global audience. We call the people who publish videos “creators.”

There are more than 500 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute by creators.

Collectively, creators have generated the world’s largest video library of How To contentfrom how to play an instrument to how to fix an appliance. And they’ve created new mediums like vlogging, gaming and music mashups.

But we know that with this scale comes responsibility. That’s why responsibility is my number one priority.

Before I talk further about our important work on this front, I’d like to share a few examples of how online spaces foster dialogue and help build mutual understanding.

When I watched my first YouTube video, I could never have imagined that someday a teenager named Claire Wineland would start a YouTube channel out of her bedroom in California to cope with the complications of living with cystic fibrosis.

Claire saw the way we treat illness in our society, and she wanted something different. Claire passed away last year, but she leaves behind a legacy of videos to help us understand how to support someone who is struggling with serious medical issues.

When I watched my first YouTube video, I never could have imagined that someday Jenny Doan, a mother of seven in Missouri, would create a business out of quilt making by posting How To Quilt videos on YouTube.

Ten years after her son first encouraged her to post a tutorial, her channel has helped to transform her town into what they now call “the Disneyland of quilting”creating jobs and drawing thousands of tourists every month who share a passion for quilting.

Every day, there are many more stories like these unfolding on YouTube.

And that’s why I’m so focused on our responsibility. It’s critical that we get this right.

Our responsibility efforts are focused on the 4 Rs:

  • Our first RRemove. We’re removing content that violates our policies as quickly as possible. In the last quarter alone, we removed 9 million videos, the majority of which were first flagged by machines and removed before even getting a single view.

  • Second, Raise: we raise up authoritative voices in searches and recommendations for news and information,

  • Third, Reduce: we’re reducing recommendations of the content that brushes up against our policies,

  • And finally, Reward. We set an even higher bar for videos on YouTube that make money on our site.

We’re working hard to implement all of the four Rs in a way that’s both fair and transparent for all our users and creators.

That’s why we’re continuing to invest in cutting-edge machine learning technology and why we’ve dedicated more than 10,000 people across Google to take on problematic videos.

These are historic times. Never before have we had the opportunity for so many around the globe to connect online, express their points of view, and create virtual communities, all under the same roof.

Having a digital town square where the world can come together and discuss everything has created some challenges…but it has also created extraordinary opportunities.

It’s these opportunities that inspire me every day. As we take on these complicated and unprecedented issues of responsibility at scale, I think about the decisions of today through the lens of the future. What will the critics say when they write their commentaries about this unique period of time?

I want to be sure that we’re on the right side of history, providing a blueprint for open platforms to protect but also empower the next generation of storytellers.

Thank you to the Appeal of Conscience Foundation for your efforts, and for encouraging all of us to make the world a better place.


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It’s official: OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro will launch running Android 10 out of the box

After announcing that it has begun rolling out a stable build of Android 10 to its OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro flagships, OnePlus has confirmed that its upcoming 7T series of handsets will launch running this latest version of Android. The announcement is yet another step in the OnePlus journey from a brash, upstart company […]

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[Deal] The crazy Echo Wall Clock is discounted on Amazon today

Amazon recently announced several new Echo devices to bring Alexa to other gadgets around your house. One of those was a wall clock that’s designed to make your timers and alerts a little more visible, and it’s discounted on Amazon today. The clock looks like a pretty normal clock, too, so it won’t stick out […]

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The Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha delivers 5G, 108MP cameras, and an all-screen experience

Xiaomi has announced the Mi Mix Alpha, which rocks 5G connectivity and a 108MP camera. Surprisingly, though, those somehow aren’t even the most interesting features on this phone. Nope, the craziest thing about the Alpha is its fully wraparound screen. It has a 180% screen-to-body ratio, since there’s literally only a sliver of non-display on […]

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Viber messaging app adds Shorts feature that brings original stories one line at a time

Everyone enjoys a good story, whether its a novel or audiobook, or perhaps even a video, but how about a story that reveals itself one line at a time? A new feature called Shorts is coming to the Viber app, bringing more than 50 original free stories that are read one line at a time. […]

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Tilt Five wants to bring augmented reality to tabletop games

In 2013, former Valve engineer Jeri Ellsworth used an idea for projection-based AR glasses from her prior employment and built a company called Technical Illusions, which would then become castAR. Despite early success, including a $ 15 million invest…
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[Deal] This fast-charging 13000mAh Anker battery pack is 31% off right now

If you’re in the market for a new battery pack, Anker has a killer deal on one of their fast charging portable batteries. It’s a 13000mAh battery so it’s sizable enough to recharge even the biggest phones a few times, and it works with Anker’s zippy IQ charging to charge up your phone pretty quickly. […]

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How to buy a soundbar in 2019

It's no secret that the built-in speakers in most TVs are trash. They don't project enough sound out to the front so you can hear well — especially subtle details. Thankfully, you don't have to splurge for a five-speaker (or more) surround…
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24 hours with Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro: Incredible cameras, gloomy future

Huawei is at the center of a storm, barracked by sanctions that block it from working with its key partners. Its latest handset, the Mate 30 Pro, runs Android, Google's operating system, but can't access Google's services, so no Google Play, Google M…
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Meet the Huawei Watch GT 2 (with up to two weeks of battery life)

Alongside the Mate 30 Pro, Huawei also announced the Watch GT 2. We were expecting this watch from some previous leaks, but there were some things that still surprised us. The watch is running LiteOS instead of HarmonyOS, for example, and Huawei claims it can deliver up to 14 days of battery life, which is […]

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OPPO announces fast charging that can juice a 4000mAh battery in just 30 minutes

OPPO has announced a new set of fast charging standards for their upcoming smartphones, one of which should charge up just about any phone on the market in half an hour. There’s a lot to be excited about, especially for anyone that constantly deals with a low battery during the day. The standard we’re most […]

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[Deal] Grab some cheap Belkin surge protectors from Amazon today (up to 42% off)

Belkin and Amazon are running a deal today that involves some pretty hefty discounts on surge protectors for your devices. Whether you’re just looking to upgrade the protection on your expensive gadgets or you just need more outlets to plug stuff into, there’s definitely something here you can use. The deal has some very basic […]

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Xiaomi announces Redmi K20 Pro Premium Edition with MIUI 11 on Android 10

Xiaomi has just unveiled a slightly upgraded model of their popular value flagship Redmi K20 Pro with all the beastliest specs to debut their latest MIUI 11 software. Redmi, a recent spinoff budget sub-brand of the Chinese technology company Xiaomi, launched the debut ‘Flagship Killer 2.0’ K20 Pro and its slightly lesser sibling standard K20 […]

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Android TV 10 on track for later this year with new hardware in 2020

Though it has not seen the level of adoption of Android’s primary mobile OS, Android TV remains the most popular home media OS and its next update is coming soon, with new hardware a bit later. Following Android 10’s launch on Google’s Pixels, Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone, and Xiaomi’s Redmi K20 Pro earlier this month […]

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Huawei’s Harmony OS-powered Vision TV is now launching internationally

Huawei’s latest and greatest smart TV is soon launching in Europe after debuting its new operating system and other features in China earlier in 2019. Huawei first announced its plans to launch a new, somewhat-Android-based operating system many months ago during the initial targeted Presidential US trade ban against the Chinese mega-corporation, and only finally […]

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Yamaha updates its THR desktop guitar amps for the first time in years

The pressure waves from a cranked 100-watt tube amp could kill any insects or small rodents in close proximity. Even low-powered, solid state practice amplifiers can be too loud for apartment dwellers. To get around extreme noise issues, Yamaha's THR…
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Huawei’s Richard Yu says that Google apps could roll out to Mate 30 Pro overnight once the US ban is lifted

Huawei launched the new Mate 30 Pro in Munich yesterday without Google apps and services installed out of the box thanks to the company getting caught in the trade war between the US and China. It’s a great shame that consumers outside of the US are beginning to feel the impact of the trade dispute, […]

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Watch the ‘Android’ Nokia phone that never had a chance to exist

Earlier this year, snippets of code discovered within Chrome by 9 to 5 Google suggested Google was working on a touchless version of its web browser that would work on feature phones. The company was reportedly developing a feature phone in collabora…
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Samsung posts video asking users to treat their Galaxy Fold nicely

After a big launch during the Galaxy S10 Unpacked event on February 20th, Samsung’s first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, was revealed to suffer from a number of flaws, most notably with its display and the ingress of foreign objects. Samsung canceled preorders and pulled review units from tech sites while the Galaxy Fold underwent […]

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Leaked screenshots show how Apple’s tracker tags might work

New screen shots have revealed more evidence of Apple's possible tracking tag system and how it might work. iOS 13 might feature a tab called "Items" within the "Find My" app that will display a map and list of items you've set up to track, according…
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TCL’s 2019 quantum dot-enhanced 4K TVs go on sale starting at $599

Over the last few years TCL has developed a reputation for releasing high-quality, low-price 4K TVs, with Roku's smart TV platform built-in as well as support for Dolby Vision HDR and Atmos audio. Its 2018 lineup garnered awards and recommendations f…
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French court rules Steam games must be able to be resold

In a court decision that could fundamentally change how Steam operates, European Union consumers have won the right to resell their Steam titles through Valve's digital marketplace. French website Next Inpact reports the Paris Court of First Instance…
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As Huawei launches its Mate 30 Pro, Samsung reverts to troll status and gloats about ties to Google

Huawei has just held a launch event in Munich, Germany where it unveiled its new Mate 30 Pro that boasts an almost bezel-less waterfall display, the Kirin 990 5G processor and promising a world-class camera experience. But, as good as the Mate 30 Pro, and its siblings appear on the hardware front, Google apps and […]

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Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 leaked to get Android 10 beta in October

Samsung looks to be improving their update game with leaks suggesting the company’s 2019 flagships will see Android 10 Betas within a month, and stable releases soon after. Samsung first ran their own Android beta program last year with their Galaxy S9 and S9+ receiving the Android Pie-based One UI in November before having the […]

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‘Call of Duty’ comes to mobile on October 1st

Get ready to compete in Team Deathmatch or play Battle Royale on your smartphone. Activision announced today that Call of Duty: Mobile will be released on Android and iOS devices on October 1st. The game, developed by Tencent's Timi Studio, will be f…
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‘Apex Legends’ teases its newest playable character with in-game cameo

In one of the more elaborate and novel teasers for a new playable character in an online game, you can already see Apex Legends' newest star. You just can't play him. Over the last few days, players have spotted Crypto, Apex's long-rumored hacker cha…
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