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The 7 most incredible things I've seen in 'Red Dead Redemption 2,' the huge new blockbuster game from the makers of 'Grand Theft Auto'

The biggest game of 2018, "Red Dead Redemption 2," may be the most detailed game I've ever played.

It's certainly the most detailed game I've played since the last project from Rockstar Games, "Grand Theft Auto 5."

The simple act of walking through mud in "Red Dead 2" becomes a sight to behold. Fighting in it — during a light rain, no less — can be downright distracting:

Each individual footstep shows up in the mud, quickly filled by nearby puddles and topped-up by the rain.

I spent more time than I'm willing to admit simply staring at the mud. How could it be so detailed? How could there possibly have been this much attention lavished on the ground? 

Those stop and gawk moments were frequent while playing through "Red Dead Redemption 2" over the last week. It's a game that, even after dozens of hours, continues to surprise me.


LIVE: Here comes Snap's Q3 earnings... (SNAP)

Snap, the parent company of messaging app Snapchat, releases its Q3 2018 earnings after markets close on Thursday.

Here are the key numbers Wall Street is looking for, via Bloomberg:

Revenue (GAAP): $283.36 million Earnings per share (non-GAAP): $-0.142

The company has been struggling in recent months, as it comes under sustained pressure from Facebook and sister app Instagram, and its userbase flat lines following a controversial redesign.

Business Insider will be covering the results live, so check back or refresh this page for updates. 


LIVE: Here comes Amazon's Q3 earnings (AMZN)

Investors and analysts are expecting Amazon on Thursday to report that its profits swelled like a raging river.

The e-commerce giant is scheduled to report its third-quarter results after the market closes. Wall Street has forecast that its per-share earnings for the period will be six times larger than they were in the same period a year ago, driven by surging cloud, advertising, and online shopping revenue.

Here's what, on average, analysts are expecting:

Q3 revenue: $57.1 billion. In the third quarter last year, Amazon pulled in $43.7 billion in sales. Q3 earnings per share: $3.11. In the same period last year, the company earned 52 cents a share. Q4 earnings per share (forecast): $73.8 billion. In the holiday period last year, Amazon saw sales of $60.5 billion. Q4 EPS (forecast): $5.79. In last year's fourth quarter, the company e...

China is cracking down on new video games entering the country and it's costing publishing giants billions in profit

China is the world's largest video game market, but regulators in the country haven't approved any new games for sale since March 2018. Chinese officials are reconsidering the impact gaming has on the country's young people, which could lead to limits on playtime and additional censorship. Companies making games for Chinese audiences have reported more than $1 billion in lost sales due to the halt in approvals.

With about one-fifth of the world's total population, China is the largest video game market on the planet. Despite heavy regulations on media and online content in the country, Chinese gamers spent nearly $38 billion on video games in the past year,


Apple may announce a new MacBook this month: Here's everything we've heard about it (AAPL)

Apple will release a new MacBook design later this year, according to a Bloomberg report. And Apple may make the announcement at its big event scheduled for October 30.

What Apple will call this new laptop is still a mystery. Bloomberg says it could be called the MacBook Air or simply the new MacBook, but considering how this notebook will reportedly replace the MacBook Air in Apple's lineup, we'll refer to this new computer as the new MacBook Air for now.

The current MacBook Air has gotten plenty of internal upgrades over the years, but consumers have been looking at the same form factor since 2011. Still, at $999, it's currently the most affordable Mac laptop you can buy.


Amazon is spiking ahead of earnings (AMZN)

Amazon is set to report its third-quarter earnings after Thursday's closing bell. Shares were up about 7% ahead of the results. The tech giant announced earlier this month plans to raise the minimum wage for US and UK employees, but Wall Street has mixed opinions on the pay hike. Watch Amazon trade in real time here.


Trump’s tweet claiming he 'only uses government phones' was sent from an iPhone

President Donald Trump routinely uses unsecure iPhones to speak with friends and associates, instead of a secure White House line, according to a recent report from The New York Times. In a tweet, Trump said the report was "soooo wrong!" and insisted "I only use Government Phones." The tweet was sent from an iPhone, but it's not clear if Trump sent the tweet himself, or if it was sent by one of his aides. 

The President is online again. 

President Trump took to Twitter to respond to a recent New York Times article that reported he routinely uses his unsecure iPhones to speak with friends and associates, instead of using a secure White House phone line.

"I only use Government Phones, and have only one seldom used government cell phone," Trump said in a tweet sent from his account, adding "Story is soooo wrong!" 


Google reportedly gave Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, a $90 million exit package after deciding he needed to leave because of an alleged sexual misconduct investigation (GOOGL)

Andy Rubin — the Android mobile software creator — left Google because of an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate, according to a 2017 report by The Information.  On Thursday, The New York Times released more details about the incident that led to Rubin's dismissal.  According to the report, Rubin pressured a woman (with whom he had an extramarital relationship) into performing oral sex in a hotel room in 2013. Google's investigation ultimately found the complaints to be credible and Rubin was provided a $90 million exit package by the company. 

New details about Andy Rubin's 2014 exit from Google came to light on Thursday in a bombshell 


'Modern Family' star Sofia Vergara tops the list of highest-paid TV actresses in the world with over $42 million

Forbes has released its annual list of the highest-paid television actresses in the world. It includes more shows than its list of the highest-paid actors, including "Grey's Anatomy," "Law & Order: SVU," "Homeland," and "Scandal," which wrapped up its final season earlier this year.

Forbes says that the list is based on figures from IMDb, Box Office Mojo, Nielsen, and interviews with industry insiders from June 2017 to June 2018.


Megyn Kelly is reportedly out at NBC after backlash over controversial blackface comments

Megyn Kelly is departing NBC after making controversial remarks about blackface during a segment earlier this week, multiple sources confirmed to the Daily Mail and Page Six. Kelly defended blackface during a segment about Halloween on Tuesday. She later apologized, but has faced widespread criticism throughout the week.

Megyn Kelly is departing NBC after making controversial remarks about blackface during a segment earlier this week, multiple sources confirmed to Daily Mail.