‘Super Mario 64: Ocarina of Time’ is the perfect Nintendo mashup

The unofficial and legally dubious project allows players to traverse Hyrule, the mystical kingdom found in the Zelda series, as Nintendo’s portly plumber. The world is a little different to the one found in Link’s adventure, however. Hyrule Castle, for instance, is owned by Peach and patrolled by pink Bob-ombs. The Forest Temple, located in the Lost Woods, is filled with colorful Boos instead of flaming skulls. Epona, Link’s reliable steed, has been replaced with wooden carriages dragged by overzealous Chain Chomps.

The game is a meticulous recreation of Hyrule inside the Super Mario 64 engine. Kaze Emanuar, a prolific modder, rebuilt every house, dungeon and fairy fountain so it would be recognizable to longtime Zelda fans. Each map was adjusted, however, to accommodate Mario’s acrobatic move-set — unlike Link, the mustachioed hero can wall jump, triple-jump and backflip — and the placement of 170 stars. Some rooms are inaccessible or streamlined read more

Facebook hit with defamation lawsuit over fake ads

In an interesting twist, Facebook is being sued in the UK for defamation by consumer advice personality, Martin Lewis, who says his face and name have been repeatedly used on fake adverts distributed on the social media giant’s platform.

Lewis, who founded the popular MoneySavingExpert.com tips website, says Facebook has failed to stop the fake ads despite repeat complaints and action on his part, thereby — he contends — tarnishing his reputation and causing victims to be lured into costly scams.

“It is consistent, it is repeated. Other companies such as Outbrain who have run these adverts have taken them down. What is particularly pernicious about Facebook is that it says the onus is on me, so I have spent time and effort and stress repeatedly to have them taken down,” Lewis told The Guardian.

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Best Samsung phones: finding the right Galaxy for you

Samsung is the biggest name in Android phones, and for good reason, as the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S9 are among the best handsets you can buy.

But the company has made a lot of phones and it’s worth looking beyond the latest flagships, depending on your needs and budget.

So with that in mind here’s a guide to the best Samsung phones available. It covers new and old(er) at a range of price points, along with different screen sizes, specs and features.

1. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

The best Samsung phone you can buy

Release date: March 2018 | Weight: 189g | Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Great dual-aperture camera Impressive screen Not all that different to S8 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is Samsung’s best phone, and also the top ranked handset in our overall best phones list at the time of writing.

It’s big, in fact its 6.2-inch screen would make it very big, were it not for the almost complete absence of bezel and read more

Star Wars News: ‘Solo’ Isn’t Really an Origin Story

Just in case you haven’t been paying attention, two new TV spots dropped in the last couple weeks for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Remember when no one outside of Lucasfilm had seen any footage from this movie? That was just a couple of months ago! Perhaps they’re releasing new trailers and ads as soon as they finish each part of the movie. That might explain a lot, actually. But that’s not all the Han news. Read on for all things Solo.

Vive la Resistance!

Source: Marvel Comics’ solicitation text for upcoming releases

Probability of Accuracy: It all depends how the story wraps up, but perhaps it’s dangerous to put too much hope in a happy ending…

The Real Deal: Fans of Star Wars: The Force Awakens might have left The Last Jedi with a particular question: Where was the rest of Poe’s squad of X-wing pilots during the whole thing? Never keen to let a mystery stand for too long, Lucasfilm is letting Marvel Comics answer that with a storyline read more

The best lightweight gaming laptops

The basics

First, let’s define the category of lightweight gaming laptops. They should have discrete GPUs by NVIDIA or AMD, as opposed to just integrated graphics. They should also weigh less than five pounds, or else you’re getting into regular, possibly backbreaking gaming laptop territory. Those are the basics, but models with better performance, longer battery life and smaller profiles will obviously be the most desirable. Other features, like a touchscreen, are icing on the cake.

The defining traits I mentioned — discrete graphics and a small size — benefit not just gamers on the go, but folks who do video editing, 3D animation, VR and other jobs that require extra GPU power. With two such defined markets, many of the laptops on this list carry understated styling, rather than the flashy looks common to gaming-first models. As it happens, many gamers actually prefer this less-is-more vibe anyway.

Modern games, however, still require maximum power. To deliver that muscle read more

eSIM standardisation halted by US operator probe

Industry body the GSMA has halted development on a global standard for an embedded SIM card amid an ongoing investigation in the US.

eSIM technology would eliminate the need for a physical SIM card, making it significantly easier to switch networks and select new services.

This means mobile users could adopt a more flexible approach, choosing short-term data plans and signing up with a foreign operator when they are abroad.


And because it’s software-based, these changes can be done remotely, making the technology ideal for the Internet of Things (IoT). Making physical changes to IoT devices would increase cost and limit scale of deployment.

Embedded SIMs are used in certain Apple devices, such as the iPad and the Apple Watch 3. However this is powered by the proprietary Apple SIM standard and is dependent on operator support.

However, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) is determining whether there has been collusion between AT&T and Verizon to make it difficult for customers to switch read more

Fitbit Versa Review: Fit and Finish

A few weeks ago, Wednesday afternoon was winding down. I changed into a pair of shorts, put on a pair of smart running shoes, and smugly informed my co-workers that I was going on a run.

But one thing led to another. I had to write photo captions; I answered a couple emails. By the time I had resolved these very pressing issues, I had been sitting at my desk for 45 minutes in running clothes, with only fifteen minutes of paid childcare left on the clock.

It wasn’t enough time to run, but it was enough time for me to kick off my shoes, unroll a yoga mat, and fire up the Coach app on the Fitbit Versa for quick 7-minute workout.

That’s what Fitbit is all about—making your life healthier, one tiny, incremental change at a time. After a few weeks of using the Relax app to do two-minute deep breathing exercises while my children acted like a pair of human whoopee cushions in the backseat of my car, I can definitely say that the Versa is an easy, accessible way to do just that.

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ASUS made a sub-$200 smartphone to fight Xiaomi in India

According to ASUS, pretty much everything about the ZenFone Max Pro was based on a survey — conducted by market research firm Ipsos — of over 2,000 Indian consumers. The result was a product that’s somewhat similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, but with slight advantage over certain specs. And ultimately, this ZenFone starts at 10,999 rupee (about $170; 3GB RAM plus 32GB storage), thus undercutting the Redmi’s 13,999 rupee base price (about $210; 4GB + 64GB). The ZenFone also offers a 4GB RAM plus 64GB storage configuration, but at 12,999 rupee (about $200) it’s still slightly cheaper. It’s clear that ASUS is really trying to put up a good fight here.

Both devices feature a 6-inch 2,160 x 1,080 IPS LCD, a nice mid-range Snapdragon 636 processor plus a rear fingerprint reader (face unlock is available, too), but the ZenFone Max Pro’s display has a higher 450-nit read more

Ny oppdatering til Samsung Gear Sport bør gjøre den langt mer attraktiv for løpere

Samsung Gear Sport er allerede en habil treningsklokke, men selskapet har nå planer om å la en programvareoppdatering gjøre den enda bedre, særlig for de som løper med den rundt håndleddet.

Samsungs nyeste oppdatering legger en rekke nye egenskaper til den Tizen-kjørende klokka, men gir også bedret stabilitet og ytelse. 

Listen over forandringer i den nye versjonen inkluderer eksempelvis at brukere nå kan sette sitt eget tempo, i alle fall om man skal løpe, vi er litt usikre på om dette fungerer for andre øvelser.

Oppdateringen gjør også at man kan tilpasse hvor ofte man blir informert om treningstall under selve økten. Det betyr at om man for eksempel heller vil ha informasjon hvert åttende minutt, fremfor hver kilometer, så kan dette med enkelhet stilles inn. 

Små oppgraderinger

Av andre nye egenskaper kan det nevnes at man nå kan skru av alarmen knyttet til «motion recognition», og at en ny layout i treningsappen gjør det lettere å lese, og dermed også lettere å ta en kjapp titt read more

Silicon Valley’s Latest Revolution: Cutting Out Wall Street

When Snap went public last year, it sold 200 million shares; none of them carried any voting rights. When Spotify went public earlier this month, it raised no money. When members of the public bought shares in Uber in 2016, by buying into a Morgan Stanley vehicle named New Riders LP, they received no information about Uber’s income, expenses, or balance sheet, and had no assurances that the company was financially viable.

These are just the latest examples of a long-standing trend: If you’re a successful technology company, the normal rules of Wall Street don’t apply to you. Indeed, Wall Street should count itself lucky if and when you deign to even acknowledge its existence. When Spotify listed its shares on the New York Stock Exchange, for instance, its CEO remained in Sweden, rather than flying over to perform the ritual bell-ringing. Instead, he wrote a blog post saying that the whole thing was a bit of a nothingburger, “just another day in our journey.”

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