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Google crowns Venezuelan champion of Chrome's dinosaur game

The American multinational Google today crowned Cristian Azuaje, a 22-year-old Venezuelan, as champion of the Chrome dinosaur game.

"I started playing hoping that the connection would return and well, you know: he never came back"

–Cristian Azuaje

Cristian, who was expelled from the university because the Internet connection did not allow him to finish any work, did not hide his emotion at the award and assured: “The truth is I am very surprised. I never expected to win. What's more, I didn't even know he was competing. I was just tired of resetting the router and yelling Damn the Internet! so I resigned myself and started playing hoping that the connection would return and well, you know: it never came back, but I became a sadist. It got faster and faster, pterodactyls appeared to me, it got dark, it snowed, the dinosaur got married, had children, got divorced and eventually even died. I dedicate this award to my mother, who always trusted me ”, affirmed Cristian Azuaje, who also thanked CANTV for the award for the bad connection.

When you navigate in Chrome on your computer and you are left without an internet connection, "you have two soups": you connect with your cell phone or you start playing T-Rex Run!

Dino Game or Google's Dinosaur Game is the latest easter egg that no one wants to miss. The hidden pixelated dinosaur of the Chrome browser was a success since its leak, with each update and until its latest version.

With Chrome Dino you can run, jump and duck and get to increase your score, but wouldn't it be more fun to face obstacles instead of just avoiding them?

Dino Game and the adorable pixelated T-Rex are so loved by fans that many have made versions of the game, such as jumping in real life for the T-Rex to clear the obstacle. However, the mods are not too far removed from the original because we love its retro vibe.

But now Google's hidden dinosaur runner game that pops up in Chrome when people are offline has a new version: Dino Swords.

Dino Swords, is the modified version of T-Rex Run and was created by one between the Internet collective MSCHF and 100 Thieves. These two studies gave this dinosaur a wide variety of weapons to use.

So the T-Rex will no longer just have to evade obstacles, he will now be able to use weapons against cacti. The weapons are linked to various keys that players can use, but that's not all, there are more Easter eggs!

Some of the weapons will cause self-harm i.e. they cause the T-Rex to self-harm. The creators warn that there are countless Easter eggs or hidden surprises in the game. In addition to the surprises there will also be recognitions as "the best sword player" and prizes (it is a surprise).

There are 26 different weapons to discover, all with hotkeys to a different letter on your keyboard. Like the original, it keeps score and that score lands on a world leaderboard. At the end of a week, the highest score wins a prize.

With this version, the Dino game feels like a classic web browser game from a previous era, 100 Thieve director said "Dino Swords is our version of the classic Chrome dinosaur racing game, extravagant with 26 weapons to help you on your races. Many of them pay homage to the weapons of classic video games. (...) there are some Easter eggs that are quite difficult to unlock. "

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'Cyberpunk 2077' next-gen upgrade will be free for PS4 and Xbox One owners

CD Projekt Red is "on track" to release the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of Cyberpunk 2077 in the first quarter of 2022, the studio's parent company announced on Monday. CDPR had initially planned to release the update in late 2021 until it announced a delay to early 2022 in October. 

CD Projekt also confirmed anyone who purchased the game on either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One will receive the next-gen update for free. Since the game is currently playable on the current generation systems through backward compatibility, everyone who owns the game on a console will get the upgrade for free. If you don't already have Cyberpunk 2077, you can buy it while it's currently 50 percent off on the PlayStation and Microsoft Stores and get the game at a discount before the updated version comes out next year.

Miami votes to bring back electric scooters rentals for five weeks

On November 18th, Miami voted to end a multi-year pilot that had allowed companies like Bird and Lime to operate electric scooter rentals within the city’s downtown core. The practical result of the decision was that scooters weren’t allowed in the city. Less than two weeks later, Miami commissioners have now voted to launch a new temporary program that will allow six companies to rent out the vehicles in the city’s Edgewater, Brickell and Coconut Grove neighborhoods until January 5th, 2022.

"This news comes as a relief to Miami residents who've long relied on e-scooters as a safe, affordable and sustainable way to get around. We look forward to working closely with the commissioners and Mayor Suarez to develop a permanent program that prioritizes safety for riders and non-riders alike,” said Bruno Lopes, senior manager for government relations at Lime. “We specifically hope the city will continue to invest the millions of dollars in e-scooter fees Lime and other operators pay into protected bike lanes, the most proven way to ensure the safety of all road users."

Under the new program, riders will need to wear helmets when they travel on a scooter. Additionally, the city will enforce a stricter parking limit to reduce sidewalk clutter. Commissioners voted three to one in favor of implementing a new rental program after they voted four to one to scrap the previous one 11 days ago. Both votes were led by Commissioner Alex Díaz de la Portilla. The short duration of this latest pilot is due to a local city law that limits the length of temporary programs. It’s possible Miami could once again outlaw scooters while the city conducts a public bid to select three companies that will operate under a permanent program.

Sonos may be working on a mini subwoofer

Sonos may have an intriguing new addition planned for its product lineup. In a Reddit post spotted by Android Police, a Sonos user recently noticed the S2 app mentions a "Sub Mini" speaker if you tap the "More information" prompt when adding a second Sub to an existing home theatre setup. 

Sonos Sub Mini

Sonos does not sell a product called the Sub Mini currently. In the screenshot that was shared online, the company describes the speaker as a "smaller, cylindrical subwoofer" that can't be paired with a third-generation Sub for a dual subwoofer setup. All of that suggests the Sub Mini will cost less than the pricey $749 Sub (Gen 3). Unfortunately, the screenshot doesn't offer definitive details on pricing and release date. Still, the idea of Sonos offering a more affordable subwoofer, even if it has some limitations, is one that will be attractive to fans. 

Sonos didn't have much to say about the screenshot when Engadget reached out to the company. "We’re always working on ways to create an even better listening experience for customers, but we don’t have anything to share on our future product roadmap," a Sonos spokesperson said. Take that as you will.  

Update 3:52PM ET: Added comment from Sonos. 

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