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The Morning After: How AI shapes the world of 'Flight Simulator'

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Am I having a nightmare or did Amazon really announce a security camera that flies around inside your house? I can't quite get over this being a thing that exists, but with the way things go, we'll probably have a roundup of twenty similar devices in a couple of months. If you prefer your flights relaxing instead of unsettling, then Flight Simulator is still your best bet. Before you flip through the key stories from Friday and earlier this week, read Devindra Hardawar's interview that explores how cloud servers are helping make it a "living game." Also, Cherlynn talks about her experience with the Apple Watch SE -- is it enough to tempt her away from Android? Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts or Stitcher.


The Morning After: The 'Cyberpunk 2077' spiral continues

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After Sony pulled Cyberpunk 2077 from its PlayStation store, what could happen next? Well, Microsoft is still willing to sell the game on Xbox, but it has matched Sony's offer with refunds for anyone who wants one. Meanwhile, CD Projekt Red itself will refund gamers who bought it on disc if their retailer won't, but you'll have to hurry -- it will only accept requests until the 21st, which is two days from now. If you're wondering how we got into this mess, then Jessica Conditt has all the answers available to your question: What the hell is going on with Cyberpunk 2077? If you're in the group of people playing (and, despite all odds, possibly enjoying) the game, the developers have released yet another patch. The 1.05 hotfix addresses a bunch of quest problems, and may help HDR look better on your PlayStation or Xbox console -- try it out.


The Morning After: Tim Cook took the stand in the Epic vs. Apple trial

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Friday was the last day of testimony in the trial between Epic and Apple, and it featured the most anticipated person to take the stand -- Apple CEO Tim Cook. Karissa Bell covered all the important details, including some very pointed questions from US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, focusing on the often-rocky relationship Apple has with third-party developers. If you were hoping to find out secrets about its business, then there's not a lot to work with, but it is worth hearing what Apple's leader has to say under oath about free apps, China and Google. For a more surprising revelation, try this Xbox OG Easter Egg that stayed hidden for 20 years. Well, now your weekend plans are sorted.


The Morning After: Apple enters the 5G era with the iPhone 12

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New iPhones have arrived, so as you would expect, while we reviewed the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, the team at iFixit pulled out their tools and pried them open. Inside, shockingly, they found phone parts, plus a few new magnets to support the MagSafe charging setup. What they didn't find is a battery that's the same size or larger than last year's devices. To squeeze 5G modems inside those slim shells, something had to give and several components took a backseat to save space. In our review Chris Velazco noted that the iPhone 12's battery life doesn't quite match what we saw from the iPhone 11 -- hopefully the sacrifice is worth it for faster data connections.


The best Memorial Day tech sales we could find

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The unofficial summer kickoff is here and, even though Memorial Day weekend has barely started, we're already starting to see gadgets discounted across the web. Some of Apple's latest devices are on sale, including the MacBook Air M1 and the 10.2-inch iPad, and Amazon's sale on Fire TV devices is still ongoing. GameStop's Memorial Day discounts include Nintendo Switch games and accessories, while gadgets like robot vacuums, smartwatches and Bluetooth speakers are on sale across the web. It's hard to say how long these deals will last, but typically Memorial Day sales last through the Monday holiday, so you have a couple more days to decide where you want your money going. Here are the best Memorial Day tech sales we could find.