How to watch: AOC plays Among Us on Twitch Friday – CNET

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will stream Among Us again on Friday.

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US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is apparently a politician who keeps her streaming promises. After streaming popular online game Among Us last month and peaking at 439,000 views to become one of the most watched in Twitch history, the New York City politician is returning Friday, she revealed in a tweet.

She'll join Canadian politician Jagmeet Singh, the head of the country's New Democratic Party, at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET/12 a.m. Saturday GMT), along with streamers Northernlion and HasanAbi.

"Canadian Members of Parliament & US Members of Congress venting each other into space. What could go wrong?" she wrote in response to Singh's Twitter invitation.

Read more: Among Us FAQ: How to play the game online, and why it's suddenly so popular

The game's developers also weighed in on Friday's livestream.

"I can't believe our game will destroy US-Canadian relations oops. but omg," they tweeted.

HasanAbi joined Ocasio-Cortez's previous stream, which happened on Oct. 20. The politician will likely stick around for a while Friday -- she streamed for three-and-a-half hours last time and it became the third-highest-viewed single stream in Twitch history. The all-time record is Ninja's, when he teamed up with Drake and Travis Scott to play Fortnite.

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Apple will reportedly move iPad and MacBook production out of China – CNET

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It's unclear which iPad or Mac models will be assembled in Vietnam.

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Foxconn will move some iPad and MacBook assembly from China to Vietnam at Apple's request, Reuters reported Thursday. The new production lines will apparently come online in the first half of 2021, as Apple tries to alleviate the impact of the US-China trade tensions on its supply chain.

It's unclear which iPad and MacBook models will be made in Vietnam.

The Taiwanese device manufacturer plans to move more than 30% of its production lines outside China and has invested $270 million in Vietnam, Nikkei reported Wednesday.

The outgoing Trump administration has used tariffs and other international trade tools to pressure countries like China to change agreements with the US, despite criticism from some corners that doing so will hurt American businesses and result in increased prices on products. Back in August, Foxconn's chairman told investors that China's "days as the world's factory are done."

Neither Apple nor Foxconn immediately responded to requests for comment.

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More PS5s are coming in 2020, Sony promises – CNET

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Gamers will get another chance to secure their PS5 this year.

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The PlayStation 5 has been out of stock at most retailers since Sony launched its next-gen console earlier this month, but the company on Wednesday promised that more inventory will be available before 2020 ends.

"We want to thank gamers everywhere for making the PS5 launch our biggest console launch ever," it tweeted. "Demand for PS5 is unprecedented, so we wanted to confirm that more PS5 inventory will be coming to retailers before the end of the year -- please stay in touch with your local retailers."

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Sony didn't offer any hard numbers, so we don't know what its "biggest console launch ever" means yet -- the PS2 and PS4 will likely remain its most successful consoles for the next few years -- nor do have a sense of how much inventory retailers will receive. You could only order a PS5 online due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Walmart's site crashed as people rushed to order it on the Nov. 12 launch day.

Similarly, Microsoft warned last week that its next-gen consoles, the Xbox Series X and Series S, may be hard to get until next April.

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Elon Musk overtakes Bill Gates to become world’s second richest person – CNET

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Elon Musk is worth more than Bill Gates, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index.

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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk jumped past Bill Gates to become the second richest person on the planet, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index. Musk is worth $128 billion, with Amazon boss Jeff Bezos still holding the top spot at $182 billion.

The index rounds each person's worth up to the nearest billion, so Musk is actually worth $127.9 billion compared to the Microsoft co-founder's $127.7 billion. Gates lost his spot partially as a result of his philanthropic effort -- he's given more than $27 billion to the Gates Foundation since 2006, Bloomberg noted.

Last week, Musk snatched the No. 3 spot from Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (he was fourth in August). His rise comes after Tesla shares surged in the wake of news that the electric car company will be admitted to the S&P 500 index next month, CNBC reported Tuesday.

Tech billionaires make up seven of the Top 10 -- Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are worth $81.3 billion and $78.7 billion respectively, while former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has $76.1 billion.

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Elon Musk overtakes Bill Gates to become world’s second richest person – CNET

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Elon Musk is worth more than Bill Gates, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index.

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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk jumped past Bill Gates to become the second richest person on the planet, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index. Musk is worth $128 billion, with Amazon boss Jeff Bezos still holding the top spot at $182 billion.

The index rounds each person's worth up to the nearest billion, so Musk is actually worth $127.9 billion compared to the Microsoft co-founder's $127.7 billion. Gates lost his spot partially as a result of his philanthropic effort -- he's given more than $27 billion to the Gates Foundation since 2006, Bloomberg noted.

Last week, Musk snatched the No. 3 spot from Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (he was fourth in August). His rise comes after Tesla shares surged in the wake of news that the electric car company will be admitted to the S&P 500 index next month, CNBC reported Tuesday.

Tech billionaires make up seven of the Top 10 -- Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are worth $81.3 billion and $78.7 billion respectively, while former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has $76.1 billion.

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The Mandalorian AR Experience comes to 5G Google Pixel phones – CNET

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The Mandalorian AR Experience is limited to 5G-capable Android devices. 

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Season 2 of The Mandalorian is in full swing on Disney Plus, and now Google is letting you bring its hero home. You can download The Mandalorian AR Experience onto your 5G Pixel and some 5G Android phones, Google said Monday in a blog post.  

"The Mandalorian AR Experience puts you in the shoes of a bounty hunter following the trail of Mando himself, Din Djarin and the Child," Matthieu Lorrain, lead creative for Google's AR ad team, said in the blog post. "Explore the world of The Mandalorian, interact with characters in augmented reality and capture your very own scenes to share with friends."

Initially, the game will focus on the show's first season, but Google's Play Store notes that new experiences will drop each week until Oct. 31, 2021, suggesting that it will expand to include moments from season 2.

It's a shame that the game is limited to 5G-capable Android devices. Google said that's due to the use of its ARCore depth scanning, but you won't need an active 5G connection to play.

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How to upgrade PS4 games on your PS5 for free – CNET

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Mortal Kombat 11 is one of the PS4 games you can upgrade to the PS5 version.

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The majority of PlayStation 4 games are playable on PlayStation 5 via the new Sony console's backward compatibility feature, but a few publishers are letting you upgrade PS4 games to the shinier PS5 versions for free. This lets you play many with 4K dynamic resolution at 60 frames per second and delivers shorter loading times, making for a smoother gaming experience.

The PS5 is available now but has been going in and out of stock at retailers. The digital-only model costs $400, and the one with a disc drive is $500.

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Your game upgrades won't happen automatically or through a typical game update, so it's easy to accidentally keep playing the PS4 version of a game on your new PS5. You have to go to the game page on the PlayStation Network and choose to upgrade to the PS5 version -- that'll download the extra data needed for the next-gen features.

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You can also upgrade to PS5 versions if you have a physical PS4 game, as long as you bought the PS5 with a disc drive. You'll always need to use the PS4 disc to play the PS5 version; upgrading doesn't get you a free digital copy of the game. You'll still download the PS5 update from the PSN, but you won't need a PS5-specific disc -- your PS4 one will become an authenticator.

However, I tried this with an Assassin's Creed Valhalla PS4 disc and the upgrade option didn't appear in the store -- this issue is apparently only affecting people in European regions and applies to Watch Dogs Legion PS4 discs too. Ubisoft confirmed via email that it's investigating. By contrast, I upgraded my digital PS4 copy of Mortal Kombat 11 to the PS5 version instantly.

If you opted for the digital-only PS5 and have a disc, you're out of luck. There are a few more limitations and caveats:

  • Some PS5 versions of current PS4 games aren't out yet.
  • Next-gen versions will be bigger files, so they'll take up more precious hard drive space.
  • You'll end up with a fresh list of trophies (each version's list is separate).
  • A few games' saves won't transfer. 
  • Some game upgrades are available only in cross-gen bundles or special editions.
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Spider-Man: Miles Morales is one of the games you can upgrade.

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Some upgrades will require you to buy a specific (more expensive) version of the game:

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Cyberpunk 2077's next-gen upgrade will undoubtedly be breathtaking.

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Upcoming games with free upgrades

This list will be updated as more upgrades become available or are announced.

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Microsoft Teams free all-day video calling beats Zoom’s Thanksgiving gift – CNET

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Microsoft wants get people using Teams for video calling over the holiday season.

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Zoom already revealed it'll drop its 40-minute meeting time limit for Thanksgiving, but Microsoft Teams is going a step further by offering free all-day video calling, as previously reported by The Verge. You can share meeting invites with people who don't have Teams installed, the company noted Thursday. 

"To help you stay connected in the coming months, you will be able to meet for 24 hours with up to 300 participants until further specified," it wrote in a blog post.

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Zoom and other video chatting apps have felt essential in 2020, when working from home and communicating virtually became the norm under coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions. Zoom's user base increased from 10 million in December to 300 million in April, the FTC reported.

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The Mandalorian season 2 episode 4 recap: Baby Yoda and Mando reunite with old buddies – CNET

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Greef Karga, Cara Dune and Mando get shooty, while Mythrol cowers.

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The Mandalorian season 2 took a nostalgic turn in episode 4, as Disney Plus brought us back to the live-action Star Wars show's roots. Where last week's episode was a major treat for fans of The Clone Wars, the latest one pays homage to George Lucas' Original Trilogy in delightful style.

Episode 4, titled The Siege, was directed by Carl Weathers, who also plays charming bounty hunter boss Greef Karga. Written by series creator Jon Favreau, it sees Mando (Pedro Pascal) stopping for repairs as he brings Baby Yoda (aka The Child) to find former Jedi Ahsoka Tano.

Let's get into SPOILER town. 

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Cara the Marshal

Mando returns to Nevarro, the Outer Rim world we got to know in season 1. Since we left, Rebel Alliance soldier-turned-mercenary Cara Dune (Gina Carano) has been dispensing justice as Karga's enforcer, while he tries to transform the place into a respectable trading post. 

Mythrol (Horatio Sanz), the first bounty we saw Mando collect, is Karga's bookkeeper as he works off his debt. It turns out he went on the run after engaging in some "creative accounting" -- presumably stealing money from Karga. Whoops.

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Cara and Karga are bringing order to Nevarro.

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While the Razor Crest is being repaired, Mando joins them in wrecking an Imperial Remnant base, the final step in making Nevarro safe. The action in this episode is killer -- watching them sneak and shoot around the base and take out TIE fighters evokes the imagery of A New Hope, while the speeder bike chase echoes Return of the Jedi.

In a deeper cut, the boxy Imperial Troop Transport that Cara, Karga and Mythrol use to escape is based on a 1979 Kenner toy -- the first that didn't appear in one of the movies. It showed up regularly in CGI animated series Rebels and briefly in season 1 of this show, but this is the first time it's gotten the spotlight in live action.

Baby Yoda's midi-chlorians

On the base, our heroes are horrified at the sight of some twisted creatures in test tubes -- beings that look like First Order Supreme Leader Snoke and the clones seen in Emperor Palpatine's lab on Exegol in The Rise of Skywalker.

A holographic message from Dr. Pershing (Omid Abtahi) to Moff Gideon reveals exactly why they want Baby Yoda. They tried to use the blood harvested from the Force-strong little guy to replicate his powers in others, but apparently it didn't go so well.

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The twisted test subjects look quite like Supreme Leader Snoke.

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"There were promising results for an entire fortnight, but sadly the body rejected the blood," Pershing says. "I highly doubt we'll find a donor with a higher M-count though."

He's referring to Baby Yoda's midi-chlorian count, a concept introduced in The Phantom Menace that makes many Star Wars fans grit their teeth because it brought a scientific element to the Force (which had been mystical up to that point). Midi-chlorians are microscopic life forms in the cells of living beings -- an individual's midi-chlorian count determines their ability to use the Force, and can be determined through a blood test.

Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) is seemingly trying to create Force-strong beings with Baby Yoda's blood, but it's unclear if he's doing this for his own ends, knowingly working the reborn Palpatine or unknowingly doing the hidden Emperor's bidding. My money's on the third option -- we know from The Rise of Skywalker novelization that Palpatine was having difficulty making Force-strong clones for his consciousness to live in.

It's likely the experiments Gideon is overseeing will result in the creation of Supreme Leader Snoke, the twisted, Force-strong being who'll lead the First Order -- which is basically the Empire -- as Palpatine's surrogate around 20 years after the events of this show (The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi).

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The speeder bike chase has major Return of the Jedi vibes.

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'The new era'

New Republic Captain Carson Teva (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee), is apparently tracking the Razor Crest after saving Mando and Baby Yoda from spidery death. He shows up on Nevarro looking for the ship, but Karga ain't sayin' nothin'. 

Teva also appeals to Cara's sense of duty by asking her to assist the New Republic in policing the Outer Rim. We also learn that Cara lost "everyone" when the Empire destroyed Alderaan, her homeworld.

"There's something going on out here. They don't believe it on the Core Worlds, but it's true," he says, referring to the insidious activities of the Imperial Remnant.

In a shot that directly references the opening of A New Hope, we cut to an Imperial cruiser. One of the mechanics who repaired the Razor Crest also planted a tracker on the ship (again, like A New Hope, because yay 1977) and Gideon is back on Mando and Baby Yoda's trail. That'll probably bring trouble their way soon.

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Gimme dem macarons.

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Baby Yoda cuteness

The little guy gets some delightful character development here, along with some meme-able moments. In the opening on the Razor Crest, he tries to help Mando with repairs and seems reasonably good at it -- I blame Mando for the wire mixup. He also tries to sneak a look at Mando's face as they sip their drinks together.

It's also lovely to see him going to school, and using the Force to steal a kid's space macarons (that kid should've learned to share). It's the first time we've seen him use his powers this season, but the reminder was clearly timed with the revelation about the nature of Gideon's experiments.

He also eats too many space macarons before Mando pulls his fancy flying maneuvers to take down the TIEs, and gets carsick. We've all been there! Expect to see "Baby Yoda puking blue" GIFs forever. 

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  • A protocol droid teaches class, and reminds us about the New Republic's rotating capital world -- it's currently on Chandrila, the homeworld of former Rebel Alliance leader (and current Chancellor) Mon Mothma. (She uttered the immortal "Many Bothans died… " line in Return of the Jedi.)
  • By the time of The Force Awakens, the capital will be Hosnian Prime, which is destroyed by Starkiller Base.
  • There's a statue of IG-11 in the town square on Nevarro, presumably in honor of the sacrifice he made to shake off Imperial rule. 
  • "I still can't see out of my left eye." Mythrol is apparently suffering from hibernation sickness after being frozen in carbonite. Han Solo was similarly afflicted in Return of the Jedi and was temporarily unable to see -- he still managed to beat Boba Fett, though.
  • A person in a T-shirt and jeans is visible during one of the action scenes in the base -- you can see them under Karga's arm in the photo at the top of this article. Whoops.
  • The music that plays as our heroes look at the Imperial test tubes is a little like Snoke's theme from The Force Awakens and Palpatine's Teachings from Revenge of the Sith, implying a connection.   
  • In the episode's final moments, Gideon appears to be in a room containing armored figures It's hard to make out the details of this armor, but it seems likely that they're Dark Troopers. These were first seen in the non-canon 1995 video game Dark Forces, and hopefully we'll get to see them in action this season.

Join us for more Easter eggs and observations next Friday, after episode 5 of The Mandalorian season 2 hits Disney Plus.

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Zoom will drop 40-minute limit for Thanksgiving – CNET

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Zoom is taking some of the friction out if virtual Thanksgiving gatherings.

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Zoom has been a major social outlet for much of the planet as we physically distance during the coronavirus pandemic, but the video chat app cuts off meetings after 40 minutes. The company is lifting the limit for Thanksgiving, it said last week, as millions of Americans prepare to celebrate the holidays virtually. 

"As a thank you to our customers, we will be lifting the 40-minute limit for all meetings globally from midnight ET on Nov. 26 through 6 a.m. ET on Nov. 27 so your family gatherings don't get cut short. #ZoomTogether," it wrote in a Nov. 10 tweet.

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Zoom's popularity skyrocketed earlier this year, when working from home and communicating virtually became the norm under coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions. Its user base increased from 10 million in December to 300 million in April, according to the FTC

On Monday, ahead of  the holiday season gatherings, Zoom added tools to let you block and report anyone who disrupts your meetings. As usage increased, the platform was scrutinized for potential privacy and security issues, and has since rolled out end-to-end encryption and expanded two-factor authentication.

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