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McDonald's trials plant-based 'McPlant' burger in the US, starts Nov 3

Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Mon, Oct 18 2021 9:53 PM CDT

McDonald's is rolling out its new plant-based burger in 8 restaurants across the US starting on November 3, with the limited-time trial testing the taste buds of customers to see if it is a success or not.

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The company is using a patty made using plant-based meat from Beyond Meat, which has been working with other companies on plant-based meat. But the deal between Beyond Meat and McDonald's is different because McDonald's co-developed the plant-based meat used in the McPlant with Beyond Meat, instead of Beyond Meat providing the plant-based meat to other fast-food chains.

McDonald's first announced its plant-based burger back in November 2020, where at the time McDonald's international president Ian Borden explained during an investor meeting: "In the future, McPlant could extend across a line of plant-based products including burgers, chicken-substitutes and breakfast sandwiches". McDonald's added that the McPlant burger "delivers our iconic taste in a sink-your-teeth-in (and wipe-your-mouth) kind of sandwich. It's made with a juicy, plant-based patty and served on a warm, sesame seed bun with all the classic toppings".

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Mel Gibson will lead John Wick TV series 'The Continental'

Anthony Garreffa | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Mon, Oct 18 2021 9:11 PM CDT

John Wick 4 was meant to be out by now but was delayed into 2022, and in the middle of all of the pandemic-delayed movies and TV shows we're now finding out Mel Gibson will start in the John Wick TV show "The Continental".

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Gibson will play a character named Cormac, while The Continental is being made as a 3-part TV series on Starz and produced by Lionsgate Television. The Continental will be a prequel to the John Wick movies and will dive into the back story of the hotel at the heart of the John Wick movies: The Continental.

Winston runs The Continental and in the movies is played by Ian McShane, who plays the character beautifully -- and if you like him in John Wick, you'll love him in American Gods -- but there's no news on who will be playing the role of Winston in The Continental TV series.

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AMD's next-gen 16-core Zen 4 mobile CPU: for next-gen gaming laptops

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Mon, Oct 18 2021 8:37 PM CDT

AMD's next-gen Zen 4 laptop processors could be desktop-beating mobile beasts, with fresh rumors that the codename Raphael-H could debut next year with 16 cores.

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The new Raphael-H processor would feature up to 16 AMD Zen 4 CPU cores, with leaker @Greymon55 on Twitter saying "As far as I know, Raphael-H does have 16c, and it's not the same thing as Phoenix-H". The 16-core Zen 4-powered Raphael-H processor would be competing against Intel's upcoming 16-core Alder Lake-S chip in 2022 and beyond.

Intel's upcoming Alder Lake-S mobile processor with 16 CPU cores will have a 45-55W TDP, which is not too damn bad considering you've got 16 cores under the hood there. AMD's next-gen Raphael CPUs and the new Raphael-H teased here today will be powered by the company's upcoming Zen 4 architecture. The new Raphael CPU will also be the first high-end desktop CPU with integrated RDNA 2 graphics, which should make it to the Raphael-M mobile CPU variant.

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Intel confirms Alder Lake CPUs, Z690 platform launches November 4

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Mon, Oct 18 2021 8:06 PM CDT

We're in the home stretch of Intel's mammoth 12th Gen Core "Alder Lake" CPU and flagship Z690 chipset launch, with it all kicking off on October 27 (pre-orders, news) and November 4 (review NDA, official launch).

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Intel will reportedly be announcing its new Alder-Lake S family of processors on October 27, 2021 @ 9AM PST, with the announcement of the Core i9-12900K, Core i9-12900KF, Core i7-12700K, Core i7-12700KF, Core i5-12600K, and Core i5-12600KF processors as well as the Z690 chipset.

The new 12th Gen Core "Alder Lake" CPUs and Z690-based motherboards will be made available the following week on November 4, 2021 @ 6AM PST. Reviews of the new Alder Lake CPUs and Z690-based motherboards will be allowed to go live at the same time.

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Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro: up to 21 hours battery, 120Hz display

Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Mon, Oct 18 2021 7:36 PM CDT

Apple has just unveiled its next-gen MacBook Pro laptops with their spiffy new, and super-charged M1 Max and M1 Pro SoCs. Inside, the new MacBook Pro laptops are impressive pieces of kit -- but they wouldn't be an Apple product if they didn't look all spiffy on the outside, too.

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The company is offering up two new models: the Apple MacBook Pro models for 2021 are coming in a 14.2-inch and 16.2-inch model, both with radically reduced bezels that are 60% thinner than previous-gen MBP laptops. Apple is using rounded edges on the new 2021 MacBook Pro, a new thermal design that keeps the fans turned off unless required -- silent operation.

Apple has totally removed the Touch Bar from these new MacBook Pro laptops, and in place of the Touch Bar we have some physical function keys. But that mundune stuff to the side, Apple is using an impressive new display here with ProMotion technology pushing up to 120Hz refresh on the beefy 3456 x 2224 resolution display.

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Apple's new M1 Max SoC: up to 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, on 5nm

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Mon, Oct 18 2021 7:07 PM CDT

Apple has just unveiled their new MacBook Pro laptops and alongside the new MacBook Pro we have new M1 Max and M1 Pro SoCs inside of them.

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The new Apple M1 Max is the company's new flagship SoC, with both the new M1 Max and M1 Pro SoC featuring a totally new CPU and GPU architecture, all made on TSMC's latest 5nm process node. Apple's new M1 Max and M1 Pro feature a new chip architecture, packing up to 10 CPU cores (8 of them are high-performance cores, with an ultra-wide execution architecture, the other 2 are high-efficiency cores based on a wide execution architecture).

Apple is cramming an impressive 57 billion transistors onto the flagship Apple M1 Max SoC, while the Apple M1 Pro SoC has 33.7 billion transistors.

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$50 Switch Online: Aggressive pricing now, aggressive value to follow

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mon, Oct 18 2021 6:06 PM CDT

Nintendo's new $50 Switch Online pricing tier introduces game DLC for the first time, signifying a shift to hybridized availability. This aggressive pricing model should spark an aggressive push towards value-oriented content past the current offerings.

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Now that the Switch hardware install base has matured with over 84 million shipments worldwide, Nintendo pushing harder into digital capitalization. The new $50 Switch Online + Expansion Pack is a clear example of Nintendo's plan, which was first implemented with NSO's original launch. After all, the Switch doesn't have Virtual Console because Nintendo would rather lease you games rather than let you buy them. That way you are in a state of continual service renting--think of it like Blockbuster without late fees.

The $50 Switch Online tier is kind of a hard sell. Compared to the $20 version, you're not getting a whole lot extra outside of a handful of Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis games. That will change over time. Not only will the games library continue to expand and more DLC will be added. How long that will take is totally up to Nintendo, and based on recent trends, it could take a while.

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Upgrade to Windows 11 for cheap during the GoDeal24 Halloween Sale!

Sponsored Content | Deals | Mon, Oct 18 2021 5:17 PM CDT

Windows 11 has been here for some days, did you experience the latest operating system? Windows 10 is cheaper than before, so it's still a good choice to get a genuine Windows 10 and upgrade it for free. If you have a Windows 10 but have not received the free update notification, now you can get it directly at a low price on GoDeal24.

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With the coming of Halloween, GoDeal24.com brings to you it's amazing limited time Happy Halloween Sale. During the sale, you can get up to 60% discount on our various range of software license keys on sale, including some newest products like Windows 11, Office 2021. Simply said, there is no better time than this Halloween to upgrade to the latest software. Take the next step today and save big by buying during GoDeal24 Happy Halloween Sale.

- Get cheap Windows 10 for $7.49 or the Latest Windows 11 Key for $19 right now

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Valve testing ALL Steam games for Steam Deck compatibility

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mon, Oct 18 2021 5:05 PM CDT

Valve is currently testing every Steam game for compatibility with the new Steam Deck, and it's posting its findings in a huge public database.

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Valve today launched a new platform aimed at transparently informing Steam Deck owners which games they should play on the handheld-PC hybrid. Games that meet certain performance and experience targets become verified on the database and on the official Steam Deck storefront. Every game will have a compatibility icon telling you certain limitations that might be in place.

"With Steam Deck, we're bringing your Steam Library to a new form factor-a portable gaming PC. While many games run great on Deck out of the box, this shift means there are some games that, while they may be great on a desktop PC, aren't a great experience on Steam Deck, Valve says.

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Sony sells Game Show Network Games mobile division for $1 billion

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Mon, Oct 18 2021 4:04 PM CDT

Did you know Sony Pictures had its own mobile games division? Well it did, before selling it for $1 billion.

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Today Sony Pictures Entertainment announced it has sold GSN Games, a subsidiary of its Game Show Network responsible for popular mobile games, to smartphone mogul Scopely for a total of $1 billion. The payout is made up of $500 million in cash and $500 million in equity, which sees Sony Pictures becoming a minority stakeholder in Scopely.

GSN Games is actually 14 years old and Sony says the division delivered "great business" that delivered "strong and growing profits" since 2007. GSN Games is a 400-employee branch responsible for casual mobile games like Bingo Bash, which has been played by over 70 million people, and Solitaire TriPeaks, which has over 100 million hands being dealt every week. GSN Games also makes casino mobile games.

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