Fully Charged: The 4K iMac might launch next week, and Metal Gear Online released

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Apple's 4K iMac next week?

We've been hearing rumours about a 4K version of Apple's 21.5in iMac for a few months now, and now it seems the release might be nearly upon us: 9to5Mac suggests that Apple will announce its availability next week, with potentially limited quantities available from the outset.

However, the site's source says that added stock will arrive by November, which is when the iPad Pro is also set to release. The new version of the smaller iMac should look very similar to the last one, albeit with a 4096x2304 display, new graphics chips, and El Capitan preloaded, of course. No word yet on pricing, but it'll surely be higher than the current, non-4K 21.5in model.

[Source: 9to5Mac]

Metal Gear Online released

If you grabbed the voluminous Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain last month and pushed through its expansive single-player campaign, you might've been left wondering when the other half of the experience would drop. Well, here it is: Metal Gear Online is now available for consoles.

As in earlier versions of the stealth-action series, Metal Gear Online delivers a squad-centric shooter experience with a new class system that should better differentiate different team members. It's added to The Phantom Pain via a new patch available now, and it's ready to roll on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360. The PC version of Metal Gear Online should follow in January.

Google's handy live wallpaper


Google's Creative Lab has been pumping out neat, but not-terribly-useful apps of late, but at least this one has some purpose. Meter is a free new live wallpaper that uses abstract designs to show either battery life, connectivity strength, or number of notifications. It's ultra-minimal and attractive, so give it a whirl and see if you like Google's style.

[Source: Play Store via Android Police]