Weekly Rewind: Nintendo Switch, Galaxy Note 7 costumes, and Eminem's take on Trump

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In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week. Everything from the what to look for in Apple’s new Mac lineup to what you need to know about Nintendo’s Switch gaming console, it’s all here.

The Nintendo ‘NX’ is Now the Nintendo ‘Switch’

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After months of speculation, Nintendo released a trailer announcing that its next console will be called the Nintendo Switch, and will launch in March, 2017. The Nintendo Switch will be a hybrid console that be used at home on a TV, and also as a portable console similar to Nintendo’s Game Boy and DS lines. The portable version of the console looks very similar to the Wii U game pad controller — a rounded, rectangular panel with two analog sticks, four face buttons, four directional buttons, and two triggers on either side. There are also + and – shaped buttons, to mirror the + and – buttons on the Wii, a “home” button, and an unnamed square button. In case you’re wondering, the portable console also features a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Everything we know about Apple’s new Mac lineup, coming October 27

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There has been no dearth of speculation about Apple’s MacBook. It has been quite some time since Apple last updated the line and with the release of MacOS Sierra in September, the rumor mills have been busy. Obviously, Apple will be coming out with new machines — the only questions are: What and when? Now, it appears that Apple will be hosting an event aimed at answering those questions on October 27. The event will be held in Cupertino, California, and will come a day after Microsoft holds its own event.

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Eminem takes on Trump, his supporters with new ‘Campaign Speech’ song

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Eminem is “Chuck Norris with a thesaurus” — just listen to his new song. The rapper revealed in a tweet today that he is working on a new album and also offered up a new track, Campaign Speech. Described by Eminem as “something meaningful,” the nearly eight-minute-long song touches on a number of political issues, from excessive force to the abortion. Not surprisingly, the 2016 presidential election is worked into the stanzas as well. Eminem specifically calls out the Trump campaign.

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Every Tesla car, including the $35,000 Model 3, will now include Autopilot

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One day in the near future, you will look out your car’s window and see something you’ve never seen before — a fully driverless vehicle on a public road. There may be a man reading a newspaper in the driver’s seat or perhaps a family lounging in the back, nobody at the wheel save for a computer. That future is coming … and vehicles with the technology to do it are already roaming the streets.

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We snuck a peek inside Google’s first pop-up shop, and AI was everywhere

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Back in September, Digital Trends exclusively reported that Google would open pop-up shops in New York City to showcase its latest and greatest hardware. Google will open the doors of its new 96 Spring Street pop-up shop on October 20 to the public. The space will be open throughout the holidays to tempt people into buying Google’s Pixel phones, Daydream View VR headset, Google Home, and Chromecast Ultra. (Caveat: You won’t be able to buy any products at the store.)

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The best smartphone stocking stuffers for a very techy Christmas

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How to talk to Santa on Alexa and Google Assistant

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Midrange phones can’t do A.I., but MediaTek’s P90 chip aims to change that

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McLaren puts the pedal to the metal in special-edition OnePlus 6T

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G’day, Google: U.S. users can now give Assistant a British or Australian accent

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Microsoft’s latest patent paves the way for Andromeda dual-screen mobile device

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Apple is spending $1 billion to hire up to 15,000 new employees in Austin

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