That release schedule has slowed somewhat, and Nintendo will be looking to its online service to keep up momentum on the widely successful console.There’s also a tie-in smartphone app that provides players with in-game battle stats, voice chat functionality, and additional information on select titles.Anyone with a Nintendo console will already have a Nintendo Account, which functions as your personal profile for downloading updates or buying games through the eShop.This is, however, the first time Nintendo’s online service has required a paid subscription to use, so wary players will be looking to see if it matches up with equivalent offerings on competing consoles.Officially, users must be 13 years old or over to sign up for Nintendo Switch Online.After waiting 18 months for a full online service, we now know the service will be launching proper in the second half of September.
Nintendo has narrowed down the release date for its online Nintendo Switch service, confirming on Twitter that it will debut in the second half of September this year.Nintendo Switch Online is a paid service that grants members access to online multiplayer and a growing selection of NES games, essentially making it Nintendo’s version of Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus.In addition, members will have access to a Nintendo Switch Online app and a ‘save data cloud backup’.We already knew the online service would be launching sometime in September but, until now, Nintendo has done little to refine this window.When the paid online service launches, free Nintendo Switch online play will end.The NintendoSwitchOnline paid membership service will launch in the second half of September, providing access to online play, Save Data Cloud backup in compatible games, and a growing library of NES titles with added online play.https://t.co/R3Ftvxd8FtAugust 10, 2018
The growth has been remarkable.Boom times ... "It is clear that the market will not be able to support most of this new entrants, but it is equally clear that both the founders and the capital markets think that there will be room for multiple players," the report states.But certainly this newsletter will try.Rocket Lab has softened the blow of this additional launch delay by promising that the fourth flight of the Electron vehicle will occur "within weeks" of the third flight.If the company succeeds with this, it will send a strong signal that Rocket Lab truly has entered an operational phase.In late September 2016, the Austin-based Firefly rocket company announced it was furloughing its entire staff, citing financial problems when an unnamed investor backed out.
I didn’t understand the Apple HomePod, when it launched six months ago.It just seemed like Apple’s weird attempt at showing Amazon and Google that it could make speakers too.This thing is still incredibly overpriced, and AirPlay is so good it almost makes the HomePod worth it.You can pair multiple speakers together and stream the exact same thing – whether it be audio from your laptop or music from Spotify – to every AirPlay device.Now, you can pair the HomePod up with other speakers, including existing Sonos systems, and create a multi-room audio oasis.It lacks the detail and midrange that I’d prefer for classical music, but the Apple smart speaker plays stuff like Janelle Monae’s “Make Me Feel” with a bass-heavy liveliness that I love.
In server rooms, neat doesn't trump functionalityOn-Call Welcome again to On-Call, El Reg's weekly column that offers readers the chance to vent about their co-workers' ineptitude.Oscar went to the wall above the UPS and did what everyone secretly wants to do – he pulled the red lever with the huge warning signIt was a wise move, said Oscar, since the old location suffered from all the problems old buildings cause."It was huge, white, air conditioned, with generous steel shelves for the servers, a three-phase UPS and overhead wiring in easily accessible metal ducts," Oscar said, most likely in hushed tones.The three phases, we're told, were spaced out over each row of shelves, with sockets organised and labelled thus: Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, and so on.
Tired of that smug look of satisfaction on your kid’s face when they’re able to find Wally on a page faster than you can?A creative agency called RedPepper built a robot that levels the Where’s Wally playing field using a camera and machine learning AI to spot the striped traveller in as little as four-and-a-half seconds.Looks like you’re out of a job, little Billy.Once the robot arm is in place, it snaps a high-res photo of a two-page Where’s Wally spread, and analyses it for recognisable cartoon human faces using the OpenCV computer vision programming tools.To actually spot Wally, the robot’s designers trained Google’s Cloud AutoML machine learning tool on a relatively small collection of 107 Wally head and body images.Thousands of sample images are usually needed to properly train an image recognition AI, but because the robot is only dealing with simple cartoons of people, it can pick out Wally faster than most kids—and easily dominate adults.
There’s no lack of fantastic movies and shows that prove the bonds a sport can forge are perfect fodder for gripping stories.The major players in sports games — Madden, FIFA, NBA 2K, and MLB The Show — have only recently started to explore the role of stories, with varying degrees of success (emphasis on the word “varying”).The less game, the better.I still love the original Longshot, but the utter disaster which is Madden 19’s Homecoming has forced me to re-think why I was enamored with its predecessor.Longshot: Homecoming continues the story of best friends Devin Wade and Colt Cruise.“Four times the gameplay” sounds great at a glance.
Remote management a double-edged sword, IT admins warned at hacking conferenceBlack Hat Data centers are vital in this cloudy world – yet little-understood management chips potentially give hackers easy access to their servers in ways sysadmins may not have imagined.They are discrete microcontrollers popped into boxes by the likes of Dell, HPE, and Lenovo to allow data-center managers to control machines without having to brave the chilly confines of a server farm.BMCs can be used to remotely monitor system temperature, voltage and power consumption, operating system health, and so on, and power cycle the box if it runs into trouble, tweak configurations, and even, depending on the setup, reinstall the OS – all from the comfort of an operations center, as opposed to having to find an errant server in the middle of a data center to physically wrangle."They are basically a machine inside a machine – even if the server is down, as long as it has power, the BMCs will work,” said Nico Waisman, VP of security shop Immunity, in a talk at this year's Black Hat USA hacking conference on Thursday.Waisman and his colleague Matias Soler, a senior security researcher at Immunity, examined these BMC systems, and claimed the results weren’t good.
While there’s still no universally accepted definition for light pollution, John Barentine, director of public policy at the International Dark Association (IDA), calls it the “unintended, usually negative, consequence of the use of artificial light at night.” Stray light that’s reflected off the ground or sent directly upwards from fixtures that aren’t properly shielded brightens the night sky, obscuring our view of the stars.The IDA, an organisation that grants distinctions to communities that adhere to guidelines that preserve the night sky, got its start in the 1980s after two astronomers grew concerned about how artificial light was encroaching on their stellar views.The movement has been growing ever since.Now, the IDA leads dark sky advocacy efforts worldwide, advising communities on the policies needed to acquire a dark sky distinction.Dark sky communities—one of only two IDA distinctions that focus on places people actually live—are cities and towns that adopt responsible lighting policies to keep light pollution to a minimum.Barentine, who acts as the IDA’s main liaison to communities seeking a dark sky distinction, says there’s been a definite uptick in inquiries about IDA’s Dark Sky Place program in recent years.
With films increasingly viewed and consumed in the home, and even high-profile releases like Annihilation and The Cloverfield Paradox skipping movie theatres entirely, it’s harder than ever to entice audiences into coughing up for a big-screen experience.ScreenX hopes to change that.Founded in South Korea in 2015, ScreenX is already running at 139 locations worldwide, but this marks the first time it’s come to the UK.Cinema chain Cineworld has an exclusive deal to bring ScreenX’s technology to 100 locations across the country, while also fitting out a number of theatres in the US.But with the likes of 3D struggling to bring in audiences, can ScreenX find a place in the market?As far as the eye can see
These days it’s almost too easy for anyone to get the latest updates from social media and news sites at their fingertips.But, sometimes, those fingers might be busy with something else just when you’re dying to find out the hottest news on your favorite tech craving.Furthering the age of voice, Google is pushing out a new update that ties together its newly revamped Google News with the ever so helpful Google Assistant so that all you need to say is “Hey Google” and you’ll never have to fear missing out on the important stuff in life.Our ancestors will probably call us lazy and spoiled.Where they had to wait the next day or the next few hours for “news” (technically history by then), all we have to do is to Google, Facebook, or Twitter for hopefully not-fake news.Sometimes the most important things in life need your hands and half your attention.
DNS leak flaws are outside of bug-bounty scopeKaspersky's Android VPN app whispered the names of websites its 1,000,000-plus users visited along with their public IP addresses to the world's DNS servers, it is claimed.The antivirus giant duly fixed up the blunder when a researcher reported it via the biz's bug bounty program – for which he received zero dollars and zero cents as a reward, we're told.Version 184.108.40.206 and earlier of the "Kaspersky VPN – Secure Connection" tool did not route DNS lookups through the secure tunnel.That means if you were using the VPN software to hide your public IP address, and thus clues to your identity, from the public internet, well, it let you down, it is claimed.Really, the DNS lookups should have been routed through the secure VPN tunnel, along with your connections to the websites – and the app was fixed in 220.127.116.113 and later, released in late May, according to messages sent by Kaspersky Lab staff that we've seen.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2018 -- Orange peels contain limonene, and this chemical is the key to a party trick in which you can pop a balloon with a twist.Limonene is an exceptionally good solvent for the rubber in balloons, but some other solvents can do it too.In this video, Reactions explains why only some chemicals can burst your bubble (or balloon): https://youtu.be/qnAhsioaHug.Reactions is a video series produced by the American Chemical Society and PBS Digital Studios.Subscribe to Reactions at http://bit.ly/ACSReactions, and follow us on Twitter @ACSreactions.The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, is a not-for-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress.
A material that consists of atoms of a single element, but has completely different properties depend-ing on the atomic arrangement - this may sound strange, but is actually reality with graphene nano-ribbons.The ribbons, which are only a few carbon atoms wide and exactly one atom thick, have very different electronic properties depending on their shape and width: conductor, semiconductor or insu-lator.laboratory has now suc-ceeded in precisely adjusting the properties of the ribbons by specifically varying their shape.The par-ticular feature of this technology is that not only can the «usual» electronic properties mentioned above be varied - it can also be used to generate specific local quantum states.This local electronic quantum state can now be used as a basic component to produce tailor-made semiconductors, metals or insulators - and possibly even as a component in quantum computers.The Empa researchers under the lead of Oliver Gröning were able to show that if these ribbons are built with regularly alternating zones of different widths, a chain of interlinked quantum states with its own electronic structure is created by the numerous transitions.
F3 partners Sutian Dong and Anu Duggal have gathered a network of female entrepreneurs with their new Venture Advisor and Scout Program.New York-based venture firm F3 has founded a new program to mentor and advise female entrepreneurs in cities throughout the US.Among the entrepreneurs participating is Zola co-founder Shan-Lyn Ma, who says that her wedding company at first struggled to spark interest among the predominantly male investment scene."One of the things I remember very vividly from the first few years starting out was a meeting in which I was pitching a group of all male investors," said Ma."One investor looked me right in the eyes and said, very seriously, 'When I got married 20 years ago, my wife seemed to be fine with the wedding registry we used then.It seemed so obvious that people today would want to benefit from great design in weddings as they do in every aspect of life," she said.
Dr Alison Wall, EPSRC's Associate Director, Building Leadership, said: "The Inclusion Matters call projects display ambition, creativity and a commitment to addressing the pressing equality and diversity issues facing engineering and the physical sciences."The Inclusion Matters initiative illustrates the ambitious, evidence-based approach that we will take across UKRI to strengthen equality, diversity and inclusion across the sector."It focuses on delivering cultural change and such radical transformation requires deep institutional commitment.For further information please contact the EPSRC Press Office on 01793-444-404 or email email@example.comA full list of project summaries can be found below.Promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in University Spinout Companies - A Case for Action - EP/S010734/1
Studies have pointed to a rise in streaming piracy and the decline of peer-to-peer based methods like torrenting.It remains as popular as ever, and is actually growing in popularity in some parts of the world.The entertainment industry has been focussing on streaming piracy in recent years, in part thanks to the rise in illicit streaming boxes that are pre-loaded with software that enables the non-technically inclined to watch content without having to pay for it.Streaming isn't as easy to track and torrenting, ad cracking down on anyone facilitating illegal access to content.But the new study from Irdeto shows P2P piracy is still relevant, a conclusion it made by examining web traffic to 962 piracy sites in 19 countries where P2P is used the most.As it turns out countries like Russia, the Ukraine, Australia, India, and the Netherlands were more prone to P2P piracy, while other like Germany, France, the US, and the UK are more streaming-inclined.
We spoke to Roy Raftery, a trading card expert and manager of Sneak Attack Games.He valued our childhood Yu-Gi-Oh!card collections and competitive decks.Turns out that our cards were worth more than we thought, but how much more?Trading card expert Roy Raftery looked through our cards to see whether our childhood collections had grown in value since buying them nearly 20 years ago.Popular cards seen in the show had the most value, such as the famous Dark Magician, Mirror Force and Blue Eyes White Dragon.
Not racing an actual car on an actual track—I answered that one years ago.Two of their four drivers were new to the series this year, and they'd be spending a couple of days getting up to speed with a track they'd never been to before.That's great when budgets are fat; the fatter the budget, the bigger the test program (and invariably, the better the test program, the better the race results).It's also less of a problem with drivers of a less than expert skill level, but for the pros it causes motion sickness because the feedback from the inner ear doesn't match what their eyes are seeing.Ansible discovered that giving a driver the right amount and variety of physiological feedback was more important than trying to slavishly recreate the actual motion of a car on a racetrack.By contrast, the DPi class is intended for factory-supported efforts, with all-pro driver lineups and a bit more freedom for the OEMs to put their stamp on their cars.
It is, to some extent, rushing to plug up the holes of its ship with the Galaxy Note 9 later this day, a Galaxy Watch perhaps later this month, and, of course, the already announced Galaxy Tab S4.But if so, then Samsung is in bigger trouble than it might have presumed based on the early reviews of the slate that’s supposedly meant to replace your laptop.Almost all the reviewers seem to agree: the Galaxy Tab S4 is a good Android tablet.Its specs are from last year and while that might normally be a deal breaker, the 4 GB RAM is definitely pushing it when it comes to the Galaxy Tab S4’s key feature.Despite the AKG branding, phoneArena found the quad speakers to quite disappointing, lacking the punch you’d expect from an iPad Pro rival.And without a fingerprint scanner, Samsung’s less than accurate iris and face recognition makes unlocking the tablet a chore.