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November 13, 2021
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Microsoft:

  • Microsoft announced the Surface Laptop SE, its cheapest laptop yet at $249, and its first real Chromebook competitor, packing an Intel Celeron CPU, 11.6-inch display, and Windows 11 SE.
  • Windows 11 SE isn’t quite a special offer but an education-targeted student-focused device with a bunch of limits to keep kids studying.

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Features

Weekly Wonder

GTA: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition launched on Thursday, so we thought we’d dive into some news surrounding launch day, then take a look at a few memorable moments from GTA history…

The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition is a remastered compilation of Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, out now for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Switch.

Most memorable GTA moments

If you’re feeling nostalgic for all things GTA, here are some of the most memorable moments from the franchise.

If you’ve never played any of the trilogy, be aware there are some spoilers ahead — and these videos are most definitely NSFW.

GTA III’s opening cutscene

The opening cutscene back in 2001 was a monumental moment for the gaming industry. Shifting from top-down 2D to 3D ensured this was a jaw-dropping experience for anyone playing the game back then.

GTA Vice City: Lance Vance’s betrayal (Spoiler alert!)

The game’s final mission, Keep Your Friends Close, sees Lance Vance betray Tommy Vercetti (voiced by Ray Liotta) and was one of the most cinematic GTA moments ever…

GTA San Andreas: “All we had to do was follow the damn train, CJ!”

GTA San Andreas had some pretty unforgettable scenes, like this one from The Wrong Side of the Tracks mission.

GTA IV: “Get out of there, you smell like cabbage!”

Niko and Roman’s dumpster convo during the Crime and Punishment mission is a favorite that’s spurred many cabbage-related Reddit threads.

GTA IV: “They burnt it, Niko!”

The Roman’s Sorrow mission in GTA IV is one of the game’s most memorable moments, as Roman discovers his apartment burning.

GTA V: Mr. Philips

The general consensus may be that GTA V doesn’t have a great storyline, but it does have Trevor, and one of its greatest missions is the Mr. Philips mission.

GTA V: Trevor’s fence trip

When Trevor’s foot gets caught on the fence after shouting at Fraklin’s Aunt Denise and he has an explosive outburst it’s definitely one of the funniest unhinged Trevor moments in GTA V.

Tech Calendar

November 18-19: MediaTek Executive Summit
November 19: Samsung Exynos event
November 19: Ghostbusters: Afterlife release
November 24-30: Steam Autumn Sale
November 26-29: Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend
November 30-December 2: Snapdragon Tech Summit (Snapdragon 888 successor?)
December 6-8: RSC-V Summit
December 8: Halo Infinite release date (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC)

Tech Tweet of the Week

For those of you who’ve played Unpacking — or anyone old enough to remember a Game Cube…

And a little something extra (and cute): Watch this guy build an elevator for his elderly cat.

Have a great week ahead!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor

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