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Minecraft Dungeons Hidden Depths goes underwater today

Minecraft Dungeons is approximately one year old, and to celebrate its birthday, the game will go under the water. There’ll be a Minecraft Dungeons DLC called Hidden Depths – you might already have access to the DLC by the time you read this article. Hidden Depths is a water-centric update with both paid and free content, with new weapons, gear, artifacts, locations, and a new enemy.

In Minecraft Dungeons Hidden Depths – under the water – users must “swim through streams of air bubbles” to refuel their air. If you’ve played the standard, original vanilla version of Minecraft, you’ll remember this feature from the water, what with needing air to breathe and having bubbles to show the amount of time one has before they’ll need to breathe air once more.

Hidden Depths has a new Coral Blade, a new Bubble Bow, Anchor and Turtle Armor. You’ll find a whole bunch of new ocean-inspired bits in the new realm from the beginning. The Hidden Depths DLC can be found in the game as of this week.

If you do not want to purchase the DLC, you’ll still see new enchantments this week, including Guarding Strike, Luck of the Sea, Multi-Charge, Refreshment, and Rush. You’ll have a new ability to enable or disable screen shake, and you’ll find new Raid Captains.

New Raid Captains were added to the game with this latest update – they’re powerful! If you defeat a Raid Captain, you’ll get “one of two tokens.” One can increase the mission’s threat level, the other “adds a rules modifier to your current mission.” You’ll want to keep these tokens as you aim to beat the mission, and in return you’ll get the Raid Captain’s Bounty!

If you purchase the Hidden Depths DLC for around $6 USD, you’ll get three new underwater missions. You’ll get two new skins and a Baby Turtle pet. You’ll have access to new artifacts, new armor, and new weapons.

Weapons include anchor, encrusted anchor, bubble bow, bubble burster, heavy duty harpoon, harpoon crossbow, sponge striker, and coral blade. You’ll find squid armor, glow squid armor, turtle armor, and nimble turtle armor. New artifacts include the Satchel of Snacks, Satchel of Elixers, Harpoon Quiver, and Eye of the Guardian.

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Google’s latest Pixel feature drop includes an underwater photo mode

Over the past couple of years, Google has doubled down on the Pixel line’s promise of being software first — and becoming more useful over time. The company has done a few Pixel ‘drops‘ that essentially add new features exclusive to the Pixel line, and today the company is adding a few more — including a special underwater photo mode.

One of my favorite features introduced with the Pixel 4 is Google’s Recorder app. It’s utterly barebones, save for one important feature: it automatically transcribes speech into text — usually quite effectively, too — making it incredibly useful for recordings of lectures, interviews, and other conversations you might want to write up. The problem was sharing these recordings with others became a bit of a pain, and even tranferring that text onto your own desktop was a multi-step process.

That’s getting easier today, as Google launched an online hub for the app at recorder.google.com. Here you can listen to recordings — Google has also finally added the ability to automatically back up your recordings to the cloud —  see transcripts, and search through your files.

That should make it a lot easier to just copy and paste the text into your writing app of choice. It also makes it easy for others to have a place to listen to your recordings and view the accompanying text, once you create a shareable link.

In a more niche update, Google is making the Pixel camera app more useful for shooting photos underwater — assuming you have the right underwater case. The feature initially only supports cases from Kraken Sports, but it makes it easy to access Night Sight, Portrait Mode, and Motion Photos using physical buttons on the case, as well as features such as manual focus and zooming. You’ll also be able to see information such as the water’s temperature and your underwater depth right on your phone’s screen.

This ensures you’re able to get the best photos and video the Pixel has to offer rather than use a specialized app with lackluster imaging. I assume the intersection of people using Pixel phones for underwater photography and videography is quite small, but it’s still pretty neat.

There are a few more updates, including bringing Google’s Smart Compose — a feature that suggests entire sentences and fragments — to ‘select messaging apps.’ Google doesn’t specify which, but shows Google Chat as an example. The company is also introducing some new wallpapers for International Women’s day, as well as a new bedtime display mode for Pixel owners using the wireless charging Pixel Stand.

As a bonus sixth feature — which was announced a few weeks ago — the company notes the ability to track your heart rate and respiratory rate with your phone’s camera in Google Fit is rolling out to Pixel owners next week.

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Published March 1, 2021 — 21:33 UTC



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