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When the Nintendo Switch launched with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it showed us what a vastly open-world, free exploration Zelda game could be like -- but sometimes, it's good to go back to basics.If you've been craving a traditional, top-down Zelda experience that harkens back to the series origins, you're about to get it: Nintendo just announced that it's remaking The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch.Link's Awakening was the first Zelda game to make its way to the Nintendo Game Boy, the company's first portable game console -- one that stranded the game's titular hero on a mysterious island.This quirky adventure filled with fun characters and goofy humor.It was also the first Zelda game that allowed link to jump.Link's Awakening eventually received a colorized re-release on the Game Boy Color, but the incoming Switch remake takes things to the next level.
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For millennials, especially, skyrocketing prices around the country have often put home buying out of reach.The average new home, built on site, costs nearly $400,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.Enter Clayton Homes with a campaign for its “smart solution” to the affordable housing crisis, touting its prefabricated homes and batting back stigma that the category is low-end and one-size-fits-all.The “Prefabulous” campaign from Colorado-based agency Made “speaks to everyone being held hostage by home prices,” says Dave Schiff, founder and chief creative offer.The brand’s houses (some styles are three-bedroom, two-bath in about 1,800 square feet) start at $159,000, the ad says.The hero spot follows a young woman walking into an empty warehouse and opening a bright blue door (that color is peacock, for all the DIY fans out there).
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Breaking Bad fans, better keep your Netflix and/or cable subscriptions up to date.The feature film based on the blockbuster series Breaking Bad will air on both Netflix and AMC, Deadline reported on Wednesday.Netflix and AMC did not immediately respond to a request for comment or confirmation.The series originally aired on AMC, with episodes then moving to Netflix.Lots is still up in the air about the planned feature, which comes from original series creator Vince Gilligan.Deadline's report says it's still unknown if the project will air as one feature film, or be cut into episodes.
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雷军:小米9不仅最好看 而且非常能打 – Netease TechWhat happened: Xiaomi has announced they will reveal their flagship model Mi 9 on Feb.20 in Beijing.Rumors put the starting price at RMB 2999 (roughly $440).Mi 9 will be the “best-looking Xiaomi smartphone model so far”, the Chinese smartphone maker claimed in a WeChat post (in Chinese) on Wednesday.The upcoming flagship will also reportedly be the first model from Xiaomi powered by Qualcomm’s latest processor Snapdragon 855 and comes with three cameras in the back.Why it’s important: China’s smartphone market has been increasingly competitive for foreign players, as the top four brands are all Chinese in terms of market share.
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ClickDishes Teams With Alipay For Mobile Orders – PYMNTSWhat happened: Canadian on-demand food tech startup ClickDishes and Alipay are partnering to launch a mini-program in Vancouver that will allow users to order ahead, skip the line, and make payment.With the mini-program, Alipay users will be able to access hundreds of participating restaurants across Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton areas to place orders.ClickDishes will be the first North American food ordering platform on Alipay.Why it’s important: The partnership with Canadian food tech startup is Ant Financial’s latest attempt to expand its services in North America.It also hints the company’s moving more quickly with mini-programs which launched last July—more than a year after rival WeChat launched its mini-programs.
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Bytedance increased the total value of red packets offered on three of its apps to RMB 1.6 billion ($23 million) this recent Chinese New Year, up from RMB 1 billion last year, to become the biggest player in the Chinese hongbao battle in terms of prize money offered, according to a report from Jiemian.The RMB 1.6 billion was distributed between content aggregator Jinri Toutiao, short video app Douyin, and social networking app Duoshan.The three apps received RMB 1 billion, RMB 600 million, and RMB 100 million respectively, according to the Jiemian report.They used the money for different Spring Festival promotional activities: users either collect tokens to qualify for a prize money raffle in the form of hongbao issued by the platform or are directly rewarded for participation.Douyin’s event probably drew inspiration from its Ant Financial-owned Alipay equivalent, which has been held every Spring Festival since 2016.While Alipay’s event asks users for tokens that can be obtained by paying with the app, event tokens in Douyin can be acquired by inviting friends to the app or installing Duoshan.
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Anyone who has shared a bed knows how annoying it can sometimes be when, in the middle of the night, you wake up to find yourself perched precariously on the outer edge of the mattress having been pushed their by your bed-hogging partner.The slumber-related squeeze pretty much guarantees you a rotten night’s sleep, leaving you feeling drained and lethargic for the whole of the following day.Well, Ford appears to have come up with the perfect solution for dealing with these so-called “space invaders.” Drawing on skills learned in the autonomous-car space, the automaker has designed the “lane-keeping bed” to ensure that “even the most selfish bed mate stays ‘in lane’ through the night.”The ingenious contraption essentially rolls selfish sleepers back into their rightful place on their side of the bed, meaning you won’t be rudely awoken every half hour as they shift, shove, and shuffle their way into your own space.Ford’s smart bed uses pressure sensors to identify when someone has strayed from their side of the mattress.When activated, an integrated conveyor belt gently returns the other person to their side.
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A flaw in a popular electric scooter has added to the list of safety concerns surrounding the devices, which have invaded several US cities in the past year.The Xiaomi M365 is an electric scooter used by some scooter rental companies that contains a flaw that could allow a hacker to take full remote control over the vehicle, including causing the scooter to suddenly accelerate or brake, according to information released Tuesday by security research group Zimperium.The firm blames the scooter's password authentication process, which is done via Bluetooth communications."During our research, we determined the password is not being used properly as part of the authentication process with the scooter and that all commands can be executed without the password," Zimperium said in a statement.Researchers said they were able to interact with the device's anti-theft system, cruise control and eco mode, as well as update its firmware, without required authentication.Zimperium published a proof-of-concept video showing its app scanning for nearby Xiaomi scooters and disabling them through their anti-theft feature.
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Trevari, a South Korean online book club platform, has raised 5 billion won (US$4.44 million) in its first round of investment led by SoftBank Ventures Asia.Fast Investment also participated in the round.Founded in 2015, Trevari runs a subscription-based platform where subscribers can join book clubs that meet in person.The startup addresses users’ need to discover a sense of belonging with those who share similar tastes, said Jay Choi, a senior associate at SoftBank Ventures Asia.According to the Seoul-based venture capitalist, around 4,600 active paid members have participated in 300 book clubs in spaces run by Trevari.
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BMW’s M performance division used to be snobby.Unlike rival Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division, M wouldn’t build a souped-up version of every BMW just to fill gaps in the lineup.But then BMW figured out that AMG’s model was more profitable and started copying its rival.Which is how we ended up with the 2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M.The X3 M and X4 M are performance versions of BMW’s X3 and X4 crossovers.The main difference between the X3 and X4 is that the latter has different styling to make it look more like a “coupe.” BMW has offered M versions of the larger X5 and X6 for years, so it was only a matter of time before the X3 and X4 got the same treatment.
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Apple will reportedly host a March 25th event at The Steve Jobs Theater in its Apple Park campus where it's expected to unveil its rumored subscription news service.Apple has previously hinted that it will launch new services this year, but hasn't revealed any details yet or confirmed the March 25th event.The news comes shortly after The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has run into resistance from news publishers over a proposed revenue split that would see Apple pocket 50%.Apple is planning to hold a special event on March 25 during which it's expected to share details on its rumored subscription news service, according to a new report from BuzzFeed.The event would mark Apple's first major product announcement for 2019.Although the company has unveiled new iPads during events held in March in years past, the report indicates a subscription news service will be the focus of the event.
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You might not look anything like Gene Autry, John Wayne or the Marlboro Man, but you could still be a cowboy.The Professional Bull Riders (PBR), in the first national advertising in the group’s 26-year history, brings together a diverse group of men and women—firefighters, teachers, mixed martial artists, wearing their own clothes, not primped or styled—for a dose of Americana and a big-tent appeal for the rodeo-spinoff sport.The commercial, from PBR’s corporate sibling Endeavor Global Marketing, aired during the CBS Super Bowl pregame show.With a turnaround time of less than a month from concept to finished product—tagline, “Be Cowboy”—execs said they wanted to take advantage of the massive TV audience tuning into the big game and lift the veil on a sport that’s more closely associated with the Wild West than the NFL.The first order of business was to bust a few old-school stereotypes and draw parallels to modern-day rugged individuals.(Stetsons and oversized belt buckles not required).
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Yesterday Marvel revealed it will be bringing four new shows to the streaming service—all animated, all aimed at adults, all from well-known creators, and all starring comic-book characters who fall squarely on the Spider-Ham end of the spectrum.There'll be Howard the Duck, written by Kevin Smith and Adult Swim mainstay Dave Willis; Tigra & Dazzler, co-written by Chelsea Handler; Hit-Monkey, about, yes, a macaque assassin; and M.O.D.O.K., a show co-written by Patton Oswalt and starring a villain who's essentially a living Madball.Sure, Marvel has managed to turn tertiary characters into household names, but this is like Hot Pie and the Shame Nun getting Game of Thrones spinoffs.When Disney's walled garden bears fruit, will everything outside those walls just wither on the vine?After the Marvel Cinematic Universe became a commercial juggernaut, branching out to TV seemed inevitable, both narratively and synergistically.), an obvious choice as a Disney-owned network.
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It seems like there’s another Galaxy S10 leak almost every few hours at the moment and the latest is what appears to be an official promotional banner advertising the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, which you can see below.Shared by Evan Blass (a leaker with a great track record) who received the image from a tipster, the colors and font line up with other official Samsung marketing for the S10 range, but this time you can see far more.In fact, you can see the whole front of the Galaxy S10 Plus, showing that this banner presumably wasn’t meant to appear until after the phone was announced.However, in terms of the design of the phone there’s nothing here that we haven’t seen before.The phone has a curved screen with very small bezels and a dual-lens camera in a cut-out at the top right corner.So yeah, looks like that's definitely happening... [Thanks, tipster!]
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According to an in-depth review led by digital medicine researcher Eric Topol and commissioned by the UK health secretary, in 20 years’ time, some 90 per cent of all NHS jobs will require some level of digital skills.The report estimated that smartphone apps will affect more than 80 per cent of the workforce by 2025, while speech recognition and natural language processing, and automated image interpretation with AI, will impact a similar proportion by 2030 and 2035, respectively.The Topol review considered how technologies like AI, robotics, digital medicine and genomics will change the roles of clinical staff, what skills those staff will need and how the NHS will have to adapt training.The aim is to tie them in to the NHS Long-Term Plan, which was published in January and had a strong focus on using tech to improve services and widening digital access.In order to ensure patients can "benefit" from technology, the review said NHS organisations should invest in their existing workforce, through continuous, flexible and on-going training.The review also said it was critical that any new tech is adopted “in a spirit of equality and fairness” and that digital healthcare should “redress not reinforce” existing inequalities – this means marginalised and vulnerable groups need closer attention.
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Providers continue to invest in various technologies and opportunities to grow their business and corner markets by offering cloud services.The demand for transformation has sparked high interest from businesses looking to update legacy infrastructure, and rather than leveling the playing field, it’s only made competition tighter.Gartner predicts the public cloud space will be worth more than $200 billion in 2019.They’re grappling with questions like, “How can we differentiate ourselves?” and “Where can we find our niche?” Every provider is hungry for innovation, which explains the massive strides we’ve seen in the cloud market in the past few years.In 2018, we continued to see growth from Microsoft — Azure’s revenue increased 76 percent in the the three-month period that ended Oct. 30 — but progress has slowed slightly.This momentum is largely fueled by the company finding its groove in specific industries and catering its services to attract customers in those sectors.
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Microsoft is teasing the reveal of a 'HoloLens 2' next-generation mixed reality headset, ahead of this year's Mobile World Congress 2019 conference.In a teaser trailer posted to the YouTube channel of Alex Kipman (the Microsoft executive leading HoloLens development), we're shown a render of a new device being formed through the power of abstract science fiction imagineering.So yep, don't expect hard facts here folks, just some cool brooding synths and space-age metallic surfaces:Kipman's video shares only one truly concrete piece of information: a date.February 24 of 2019 will mark the unveiling of whatever device Microsoft has up its sleeve, putting it around the same time as the big mobile device showcase, MWC 2019, in Barcelona.Could that suggest a wirefree, truly mobile experience?
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Move comes amid push to develop composable disaggregated infrastructureEricsson and Intel have announced a new multi-year partnership that will see the two co-develop a “next-generation” hardware management platform designed to underpin Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), distributed cloud, and 5G and boost network/data centre flexibility as workloads grow more volatile.(NFV allows users to run network functions on general-purpose hardware, scale network functions up and down easily and automate service delivery).The two described the platform as being designed to “extend the agility of the cloud to the hardware infrastructure layer” and “help speed time-to-market, maximize utilization, and reduce total cost of ownership” for service providers.Lars Mårtensson, Head of Cloud & NFV infrastructure, Business Area Digital Services, Ericsson, says: “We have long history of successful collaboration with Intel.”“This new collaboration will focus on software in addition to hardware and we see it to be truly transformative for service providers’ ability to successfully deploy open cloud and NFV infrastructure, from centralized datacenters to the edge.”
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In the next few months alone, movie locker service Ultraviolet and social network experiment Google+ are closing their doors for good, while photo sharing platform Flickr is shifting the rules about free and paid-for accounts.While we can’t predict which apps, sites, and services are still going to be around in 10 years (or 10 months), we can give you some advice on how to guard against the threat of something you rely on closing down.Should one of these platforms close their doors, all your pictures and movies are still safely stored somewhere else, and you don’t have to spend time downloading and re-uploading everything.The obvious limitation here is the cost—you don’t want to be forking out more than you have to each month to pay for services that you ultimately never end up properly using.But the free and cheapest tiers of these apps are more generous than you might think, so it’s worth exploring as a safety net.Google Photos offers an unlimited amount of storage for free...if you don’t mind your photos and videos being resized down to 16MP and 1080p respectively.
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Should GCSEs be scrapped and replaced with a broader, more holistic curriculum?Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow and chair of the House of Commons Education Select Committee, says YES.Skills shortages cost our economy £6.3bn annually, while hundreds of thousands of young people are faced with the despair of unemployment and unfulfilled job-seeking.Businesses are clear what they want.A base of knowledge, yes, but alongside that the skills that power any modern industry – communication, problem-solving, teamwork.Those skills aren’t learned sitting in rows memorising facts.
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