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    Far Cry 6 review: Plenty of style, little story substance

    Ubisoft I’ve played every entry in the Far Cry series, which spans back all the way to 2004. Why? Not for the crazy playground violence or the open worlds, but because the characters were so interesting. Previous antagonists Vaas (Far Cry 3) and Joseph Seed (Far Cry 5) were so compelling I couldn’t resist playing, just to see what would happen next. Far Cry 6’s cast brings the star power, with the game’s big bad guy Anton Castillo voiced by Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito, but doesn’t push the narrative in the same way as the franchise’s best characters historically have.  It’s not all a bust. Far Cry 6 makes a…

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    Cruise, Waymo granted first California passenger permits for driverless vehicles

    Waymo and Cruise are now allowed to carry passengers under specific circumstances. Waymo Waymo and Cruise have been at the forefront of the autonomous passenger car development game for a few years now, and according to a report published Thursday by Reuters, they’re also the first companies to be granted permission by the California Department of Motor Vehicles to carry passengers in driverless vehicles in California. Why is that a big deal? Well, simply put, California doesn’t mess around when it comes to self-driving car regulations, so this means that both Waymo and Cruise’s systems are considered safe enough to operate on public roads with members of the public as…

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    Pokemon Go adding Zarude in its Secrets of the Jungle event

    The mythical Pokemon Zarude is coming to Pokemon Go to celebrate the release of Pokemon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle. Niantic Pokemon Go is holding a crossover event to celebrate the international Netflix release of Pokemon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle. The event runs from Oct. 1-10 and features various Pokemon and Research tasks based on the animated film, including the new mythical Pokemon Zarude. As part of the event, game developer Niantic is introducing a limited-time Special Research story that culminates in a chance to catch Zarude — your first opportunity to get the mythical Pokemon in Pokemon Go. The Special Research story can only be obtained…

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    Apple says iPhone cameras can be hurt by motorcycle vibrations

    Angela Lang/CNET If you’ve been rockin’ down the highway with your iPhone mounted on your motorcycle, you might want to think again. On Friday, Apple said certain motorcycle engines can give your iPhone’s camera bad vibes. “Exposing your iPhone to high amplitude vibrations within certain frequency ranges, specifically those generated by high-power motorcycle engines, can degrade the performance of the camera system,” the company said in a post on its support site. Get the CNET Now newsletter Spice up your small talk with the latest tech news, products and reviews. Delivered on weekdays. The vibes are channeled through the chassis and handlebars, so you shouldn’t attach your phone to motorcycles…

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    Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 durability: Watch live to see how much this screen can take

    When new flagship phones come out, CNET doesn’t shy away from testing the durability claims made by manufacturers. We’ve done drop tests. We’ve done water tests. When the new foldable phones started coming on the market from Motorola and Samsung, we even did folding tests. Even before the latest Samsung foldables were announced, I’d been trying to figure out a new kind of experiment to gauge the resilience of these phones. Could we test the strength of the hinges with weights? Maybe use it as a shovel at the beach to see if any sand got inside? With the introduction of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and its accompanying S…

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    COVID-19 booster shots for the vaccinated: 8 things you need to know

    Health officials are recommending US adults get a booster shot starting this fall. Sarah Tew/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites. Though the plan for COVID-19 booster shots still needs to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, those third jabs are coming. And they’re not just for people with compromised immune systems. On Aug. 19, the Biden administration announced it’s recommending that adults fully vaccinated with the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine get a third shot as a booster. The shots will start to be made available next month.  The booster will provide added protection to the fully…

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    Refinance rates on Aug. 12, 2021: Rates climb higher

    Bruce Bisping/Getty Images Today, several major refinance rates rose. Both 15- and 30 year fixed refinance rates climbed, while 10-year fixed refinance rates also increased. Although refinance rates always fluctuate, they’re currently at record lows. If you’re considering refinancing, now could be the right time to lock in a low fixed rate. Before refinancing, always review your personal finances and compare offers from multiple lenders to find the right refinance mortgage for your needs. 30-year fixed refinance rates The average 30-year fixed refinance rate right now is 3.04%, an increase of 10 basis points compared to one week ago. (A basis point is equivalent to 0.01%.) One reason to refinance…

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    COVID variant fears spur booster shot plans around the world. Here’s the latest update

    Medical studies say that vaccines still provide robust protection against the most dangerous effects of COVID-19 and its variants.  Sara Tew/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites. A new analysis published by the UK government’s scientific advisory group says it’s “almost inevitable” a COVID-19 variant will emerge that can resist vaccines, CNN reported Sunday. The analysis is theoretical in nature and has not been peer-reviewed. But it speaks to the deep chasm between those who have and have not received the COVID-19 vaccine, and fuels questions about what governments, public health organizations and vaccine-makers will do next to keep new cases…

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    Bugatti Divo ends production with final, one-off example

    The Divo ends its 40-unit run with a car inspired by Bugatti’s history at Le Mans. Bugatti The final Bugatti Divo has been produced and is currently making its way to a customer somewhere in Europe, the French hyper-luxury, hyper-performance car manufacturer announced this week. Launched at Monterey Car Week 2018, Bugatti (now Bugatti-Rimac) only ever planned to build 40 examples of the Divo, all of which were apparently sold before the reveal. To be honest, there’s no real news here, we just couldn’t turn down an excuse to post a few more pics of this truly rare beast. Bugatti None of the 40 examples are identical. Each $5.78 million…

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    Biden calls voting restrictions ‘unpatriotic’ but ‘not unprecedented’

    Screenshot by Andrew Gebhart/CNET President Joe Biden addressed US voting rights in a speech Tuesday afternoon at the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia.  “The denial of a full and free election is the most un-American thing, the most undemocratic, the most unpatriotic,” Biden said. “But unfortunately, it’s not unprecedented.” Editors’ top picks Subscribe to CNET Now for the day’s most interesting reviews, news stories and videos. Biden touched on the lie that the US election was stolen and mentioned the many court cases thrown out due to lack of evidence. “The big lie is just that. A big lie.” The speech comes just weeks after the US Supreme Court upheld…