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Mario Kart Tour’s subscription costs the same as Apple Arcade – CNET

Toadette is hitting the track in Mario Kart Tour. Érika García/CNET The free-to-start Mario Kart Tour pulled up to the start line on iPhones and Android devices on Wednesday, bringing with it a pricey subscription option. The Gold Pass, which costs $4.99 a month, lets you access 200cc mode, extra in-game rewards for racing and exclusive…

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The free-to-start Mario Kart Tour pulled up to the start line on iPhones and Android devices on Wednesday, bringing with it a pricey subscription option. The Gold Pass, which costs $4.99 a month, lets you access 200cc mode, extra in-game rewards for racing and exclusive bonus goals. It’s also the same monthly price as Apple Arcade, which gives you access to a library of over 100 games, many of them exclusive.
You can give Mario Kart Tour’s pass a go with a two-week free trial, after which you’ll be charged the first $4.99 installment if you don’t cancel. We can confirm that 200cc is blisteringly fast, much like it was in Mario Kart 8, but it’s not immediately clear if the other bonuses make a huge difference to the game.

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The racer includes city courses inspired by real-life locations — these rotate every two weeks. The first is inspired by New York — it’s basically New Donk City from Super Mario Odyssey and it’s available until Oct. 9. You’ll also be able to unlock Pauline from Donkey Kong and the dapper Musician Mario, along with an NY-themed cab kart and glider, during this time.
You unlock drivers, karts and gliders by using rubies, Mario Kart Tour’s in-game currency, to fire a warp pipe — this gets you a random reward. You can see the odds of getting specific unlocks in the menu, and rubies can be earned through gameplay or using real money (it seems like you’ll earn more if you have a Gold Pass too).

Mario Kart Tour offers a comparable experience to the classic console Mario Karts, but it’s hard to know how well the single-finger gameplay will hold your attention over time. You’ll also need a Nintendo account to play. 
The $4.99 subscription is pretty pricey when you stack it up against Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass. Nintendo Switch owners also have the option of that console’s $20-a-year service, which gets you immediate access to a library of classic SNES games — including the original Super Mario Kart.

Originally published at 4:33 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:24 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.

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Foxconn Said to Shift Some Apple Production to Vietnam to Minimise China Risk

Foxconn is moving some iPad and MacBook assembly to Vietnam from China at the request of Apple Inc, said a person with knowledge of the plan, as the US firm diversifies production to minimise the impact of a Sino-US trade war.The development comes as the outgoing administration of US President Donald Trump encourages US firms…

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Foxconn is moving some iPad and MacBook assembly to Vietnam from China at the request of Apple Inc, said a person with knowledge of the plan, as the US firm diversifies production to minimise the impact of a Sino-US trade war.The development comes as the outgoing administration of US President Donald Trump encourages US firms to shift production out of China. During Trump’s tenure, the United States has targeted made-in-China electronics for higher import tariffs, and restricted supplies of components produced using US technology to Chinese firms it deems a national security risk.Taiwanese manufacturers, wary of being caught up in the tit-for-tat trade war, have moved or are considering moving some production from China to countries such as Vietnam, Mexico and India.Foxconn is building assembly lines for Apple’s iPad tablet and MacBook laptop at its plant in Vietnam’s northeastern Bac Giang province, to come online in the first half of 2021, the person said, declining to be identified as the plan was private.The lines will also take some production from China, the person said, without elaborating how much production will shift.”The move was requested by Apple,” the person said. “It wants to diversify production following the trade war.”Foxconn said in statement: “As a matter of company policy, and for reasons of commercial sensitivity, we do not comment on any aspect of our work for any customer or their products”.Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Taiwan’s Foxconn, formally Hon Hai Precision Industry, on Tuesday announced a $270 million (roughly Rs. 1,200 crores) investment to set up a new subsidiary called FuKang Technology – a move the person said was aimed at supporting the Vietnam expansion.The contract manufacturer also plans to make television sets at the Vietnam plant for clients including Japan’s Sony, with the start of such production slated for late 2020 to early 2021, the person said. Sony declined to comment.The factory will also make other electronic products such as computer keyboards, the person said.Shifting iPad production to Vietnam will mark the first time Foxconn has assembled the device outside of China.The firm already plans to spend up to $1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,400 crores) expanding an iPhone assembly plant in India as “strongly requested” by Apple to diversify production beyond China, people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters in July.Foxconn and peers such as Pegatron are also considering building plants in Mexico, people with knowledge of the matter said, as Washington promotes near-shoring production.Foxconn Chairman Liu Young-way in August told investors the Sino-US trade war had split the world into two, saying his firm aimed to provide “two sets of supply chains”.Other iPad assemblers include Taiwan’s Compal Electronics and China’s BYD Electronic International.© Thomson Reuters 2020iPhone 12 Pro Series Is Amazing, but Why Is It So Expensive in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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Xbox Series X restock inventory for Black Friday: Buy from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and Target – CNET

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family. Just this month, Microsoft debuted the Xbox Series X ($500) and its little brother, the Xbox Series S ($300). But just like the equally impressive PS5, they’re more or less…

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Just this month, Microsoft debuted the Xbox Series X ($500) and its little brother, the Xbox Series S ($300). But just like the equally impressive PS5, they’re more or less impossible to get hold of. That’s too bad, because the Xbox Series X is a mighty gaming beast. Hook it up to your TV and it offers nearly full compatibility with the Xbox One gaming library, smooth 4K gaming and the ability to pause and resume up to four titles at once. But even though the inventory landscape has been bleak so far, there may still be some opportunities to get a console in the coming days. While most retailers haven’t been particularly forthcoming about when they expect to have more units for sale, a few have been more upfront. Walmart, for example, has been keeping customers informed about exactly when it’s dropping new inventory via Twitter. The last inventory drop at Walmart happened on Wednesday (Thanksgiving Eve) and we’re waiting for Walmart’s next announcement on Twitter.Walmart isn’t the only retailer being open about their inventory. Antonline is doing much the same, just with less notice. The retailer is tweeting availability at the time of drop, engaging directly with customers and gamers. An Antonline representative also said, “We have a strict one-per-customer policy and are doing many checks to get these into the hands of real gamers and not scalpers.” Here’s Antonline’s most recent tweet about a drop. As you can see, you’ll probably want to follow the retailer for the tweets to be useful:Best Buy and GameStop are also teasing Xbox availability for Black Friday week, but without any specific details.   Unlike Sony, which conducted an online-only launch for the PS5, Microsoft stocked the shelves both online and in stores. But as you scour the web and brick-and-mortar stores for inventory, temper your expectations: They’re nowhere to be found and it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better: Microsoft is now saying that Xbox inventory could be tight through April 2021.  If you still want to try your luck, here’s a list of the major retailers selling the Xbox Series X. Our advice is to seek out the $500 retail price, and avoid those pricey retailer bundles (which include extraneous controllers, accessories and games).

Best Buy was the last retailer standing back in the preorder days of September, but now stands ready for your Xbox Series X purchase as inventory allows. 

Amazon is selling the Xbox Series X and the less expensive Series S from this same product page. 

Walmart does a solid job of noting availability windows for PS5 and Xbox on its Twitter feed. You might also want to visit the retailer’s Xbox landing page for both new consoles. 

GameStop had touted “very limited number of Xbox Series X and S console bundles for purchase” but those are currently sold out.

This is Target’s product page for the Xbox Series X. 

This is where you can purchase the Xbox Series X at Newegg when the retailer has inventory. 

If you want to get the latest on the Xbox Series X, there’s probably nowhere better than Microsoft’s own Xbox Series X home page. Here you’ll find the latest specs, announced game titles, details on the new controller and more. 

Are you already getting desperate? Are you willing to pay a premium of hundreds of dollars over the list price? Listen, we wouldn’t do this and we don’t recommend you do it, either. But if you want to take that path, StockX is a reputable eBay-style site that will let you buy and sell new Xbox and PS5 models — as long as you’re willing to pay upwards of $750. 

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