Nintendo Switch cloud saves won’t be available for some games

The publication found the note on the Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee & Pikachu pages, as well as on the pages for Splatoon 2, Dark Souls Remastered, Dead Cells, FIFA 19 and NBA 2K19. In a statement sent to GameInformer, Nintendo confirmed that those titles really won’t be able to access cloud saves. It said that while most Switch games will support the feature, some won’t to ensure that players won’t abuse it to regain traded items or to go back to a higher online multiplayer ranking:

“The vast majority of Nintendo Switch games will support Save Data Cloud backup. However, in certain games this feature would make it possible to, for example, regain items that had been traded to other players, or revert to a higher online multiplayer ranking that had been lost. To ensure fair play, Save Data Cloud backup may not be enabled for such games. To ensure that Save Data Cloud backups cannot be used to unfairly affect online multiplayer rankings, the feature will not [...]  read more


The reality of quantum computing could be just three years away

Quantum computing has moved out of the realm of theoretical physics and into the real world, but its potential and promise are still years away.

Onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, a powerhouse in the world of quantum research and a young upstart in the field presented visions for the future of the industry that illustrated both how far the industry has come and how far the technology has to go.

For both Dario Gil, the chief operating officer of IBM Research and the company’s vice president of artificial intelligence and quantum computing, and Chad Rigetti, a former IBM researcher who founded Rigetti Computing and serves as its chief executive, the moment that a quantum computer will be able to perform operations better than a classical computer is only three years away.

“[It’s] generating a solution that is better, faster or cheaper than you can do otherwise,” said Rigetti. “Quantum computing has moved out of a field of research into now an engineering discipline and an engineering [...]  read more

Huawei leads the chipset industry with the world’s first 7mm processor

Huawei announced the world’s first 7nm chipset, the Kirin 980 at IFA last week and based on the information Huawei has revealed, it’s positioned to be the leading chipset on the Android platform- easily surpassing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 in terms of performance and power efficiency. The 7nm process allows Huawei to pack 1.6x times the transistors than the previous generation 10nm technology that is used by Snapdragon 845. 

There are quite a few innovations that Huawei is bringing with the Kirin 980. Starting off, it’s the first processor equipped by the new ARM Cortex A76 cores as well as the Mail G76 GPU. The Kirin 980 features four Cortex A76 cores and four A55 cores. 

ARM, the company that’s designed these cores is positioning at Cortex A76 at “Laptop-class performance” and according to Huawei, the Kirin 980 will have 75% higher CPU performance than the Kirin 970 while the Mali-G76 is said to offer 46% greater graphics processing power. 

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15 Best Tech & Gaming Deals: Switch, Fire HD, Roomba, PS4 DualShock

The fall season is almost upon us! Whether you’re celebrating by eating pumpkin spice everything, or dreaming up your Halloween costume, we’ve plucked some deals from the ‘net for you this weekend. With a little help from TechBargains, you can shop from more than a dozen worthwhile gaming and tech deals. We usually focus exclusively on discounts, but this week there are a few new products we also want to highlight.

New Products We Like

Tech Deals

Gaming Deals

Nintendo Switch + Awesome Game for $330 (Was $360). The Switch doesn’t get huge discounts, but this one is compelling. Best Buy is offering $30 off of any of these four games: The Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. All four of these made the cut in our best Switch games roundup, which makes this deal quite compelling. Samsung 128GB MicroSD Card for $34 (Was $42). If you buy a Switch, or if you own a phone that supports it, having a high-capacity MicroSD card is valuable. This card is speedy enough for most use cases and cheaper than Samsung cards usually get. Sony PlayStation Plus 1-Year for $47 (Was $60). This deal is almost sold out, but if you own a PS4, chances are you need PlayStation Plus. Grab this discount while you can. Alienware Aurora Gaming Desktop for $1,200 (Was $1,430). We like Alienware’s Aurora PC. It has a good mix of power and class. This model should work well for VR and standard gaming alike, with an 8th generation Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics, 16GB RAM, 16GB Intel Optane Memory and a 1TB hard drive.

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In ‘Fortnite’ Monopoly, Tilted Towers is the new Boardwalk

Hasbro told IGN that Fortnite‘s ever-present storm will manifest the game — storm-struck locations will take two lives each. The dice will also be split into movement and action rolls, so you can shoot a rival or defend yourself before you move.

The new take on Monopoly reaches stores on October 1st. It’s a classic case of milking a trend for all it’s worth, and we could see some players losing interest as the characters and locations change (what if Epic replaces Paradise Palms, for instance?). With that said, we could see this being exceptionally helpful for parents who’d like a good excuse to socialize with their kids.

social experiment by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit #engadget [...]  read more

Commons Clause stops open-source abuse

Salil Deshpande serves as the managing director of Bain Capital Ventures. He focuses on infrastructure software and open source. More posts by this contributor

There’s a dark cloud on the horizon. The behavior of cloud infrastructure providers, such as Amazon, threatens the viability of open source.

During 13 years as a venture investor, I have invested in the companies behind many open-source projects:

Open source has served society, and open-source business models have been successful and lucrative. Life was good.

Amazon’s behavior

I admire Amazon’s execution. In the venture business we are used to the large software incumbents (such as IBM, Oracle, HP, Compuware, CA, EMC, VMware, Citrix and others) being primarily big sales and distribution channels, which need to acquire innovation (i.e. startups) to feed their channel. Not Amazon. In July 2015, The Wall Street Journal quoted me as saying, “Amazon executes too well, almost like a startup. This is scary for everyone in the ecosystem.” That month, I wrote Fear The Amazon Juggernaut on investor site Seeking Alpha. AMZN is up 400 percent since I wrote that article. (I own AMZN indirectly.)

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The ‘Liquidators’ Who Risked It All to Clean Up Chernobyl

In late April, Tom Skipp traveled to Slavutycch, Ukraine to meet the “liquidators” of Chernobyl, men and women who cleaned up the disaster. Here, several pose for a group picture at a local museum before a picture of the exploded reactor and a clock stopped at the time of the disaster.

Sukhetsky Anatoly Kasianovich was made head of the radiation safety monitoring service after the accident. “In those days, the state had a debt to us, and we owed the state in return. We fulfilled our duty, and we knew that the state would take care of us,” he told Skipp.

Shirokov Alexey Vitalievich, 70, told Skipp, “No, I never regretted a thing. Nobody forced us to be there … I was invited to work … And the young lads—I tried to protect them … After a stroke I can hardly remember my words.”

Ivanov Valentin Vasilyevich, 80, worked at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station for 25 years. Skipp asked him what the disaster meant to him. “I can’t [...]  read more

Trump tells Apple to build more US plants in response to tariffs

Apple has claimed that the Apple Watch, HomePod, Mac mini and accessories would be more expensive in the US as a result of imposing new tariffs on China.

The problem, as you might guess, is that it’s not as simple as building new plants in the US. It’s not just the cost of the workers, it’s the flexibility of that worker pool and access to resources. If Apple needs to step up production due to demand, factory partners like Foxconn can recruit thousands of properly qualified workers within weeks. And while there are US suppliers, many of Apple’s component producers are located in China and would have to ship parts overseas. Apple is invested in the US — it just can’t build everything in the country without major sacrifices.

social experiment by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit #engadget

Nima launches food sensor to detect peanuts

I’m deathly allergic to nuts, so I felt super excited when I heard about the Nima peanut sensor. I’ve ended up in the emergency room numerous times because there were nuts in something I thought did not contain nuts. With Nima, I could’ve tested those specific foods before consumption and probably avoided a trip to the ER.

Nima, a TechCrunch Battlefield alum, is gearing up to launch a peanut sensor, its second product, on September 12. The sensor is able to detect even the tiniest trace (10 parts per million) of peanut protein. To use Nima, you insert the food into a disposable test capsule, which goes into the device to figure out if there’s any peanut protein in the food. In under five minutes, the Nima sensor will tell you if your food is peanut-free.

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Two of Samsung’s livelier mid-range devices reach the US

The so-so 1.6GHz Exynos 7884 chip, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage and Android 8.0 Oreo won’t blow you away (seriously, Samsung, new devices should be running at least 8.1 by now). However, you do get a tall 5.6-inch 1,480 x 720 display and a hefty 3,000mAh battery that could last all day with this kind of hardware. And the cameras are unusually potent for this class. You’re looking at a 16-megapixel rear shooter with a bright f/1.7 aperture, while the 16MP front cam’s f/1.9 aperture promises solid selfies.

As for the Galaxy Tab A (below)? The 10.5-inch slate is using a modest 1.8GHz Snapdragon 450 chip, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. This might not replace a laptop. However, its 1,920 x 1,200 display and 7,300mAh battery could make it a competent choice for a portable Netflix viewer.

Both devices launch stateside through Samsung on September 14th at fairly alluring prices — you’re looking at $360 for an unlocked Galaxy A6 (it’ll reach carriers [...]  read more