This Week in Tech 610: Zombie Shopping Malls

United “overbooking”: what’s the real story? A murder streamed on Facebook Live. Apple sues Qualcomm, Qualcom sues Apple right back. Windows 10 Creators Update is here – are you excited for 3D Paint? The internet Archive emulates early Macs. Princeton creates an unblockable ad blocker. Nintendo stops selling the NES Classic – why? The death of the American mall.

This Week in Tech 605: Think of the Koalas

Daylight Saving Time is a blight on mankind. All the details in the Wikileaks dump of CIA hacking tools. How our data can be used against us. Nintendo Switch breaks launch records. A father gets embarrassed by his kids live on BBC. Would you hire someone from Uber?

–Mike Elgan’s Pick: Gastronomad.net
–Baratunde Thurston’s Pick: CivicHallLabs.org
–Ashley Esqueda’s Pick: TakeThis.org Kickstarter

This Week in Tech 604: Flabby, Flaccid, and Flatulent

Snapchat has a huge IPO -and makes one high school $24 million. Is Apple killing the lightning port on the iPhone 8? Spotify crosses the 50 million user mark. Mobile World Congress 2017 had a whole bunch of great phones. Nintendo Switch cartridges taste horrible on purpose. Overwatch wins Game of the Year at GDC. All this and Uber’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad week.

–Florence Ion shows off the new LG G6.
–Peter Rojas
–Alex Wilhelm pronounces “flaccid” wrong.

Most popular stories of 2015: Tech Culture

By TechSpot Staff | TechSpot

In 2015 we tried hard to achieve Marty McFly’s hoverboard-laden future with at least three separate efforts, but all we got in the end were some two-wheel balancing boards that sporadically catch fire. Elsewhere, robot battles between the US and Japan are brewing, we got some nice doses of gaming nostalgia, drones continue to evolve as the likely future of logistics, Bitcoin bounced back from a lackluster 2014 to become the best-performing currency this year, and a lot more.

#10 Japan accepts America’s giant robot battle challenge

Two giant fighting robots – one American and one Japanese – are to face off against each other in a melee battle next year, piloted by drivers who sit inside them.

#9 This is how the ultra-rich watch box office releases at home, $500 at a time

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PRIMA Cinema is billed as the first and only premium entertainment company to deliver new films directly to your home. But it’ll cost you quite a bit.

#8 For Minecraft creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, life as a billionaire isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Money doesn’t buy happiness. Too much of a good thing is bad. More money, more problems. There are clichés out the wazoo that seem to describe the position that Markus “Notch” Persson has found himself in since offloading Mojang to Microsoft.

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Nintendo finally returns to profitability

For the first time since 2011, gaming giant Nintendo is a profitable company. In the company’s financial report for the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2015, Nintendo posted net sales of 550 billion yen (around US$4.61 billion), which led to a welcome operating income of 24.8 billion yen (US$207.8 million).

Nintendo, which saw 75.4 percent of their sales come from outside Japan, attributed some of their financial success in the past year to the depreciation of the yen against the US dollar. The company also saw “robust” sales of their most popular games, including Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. for both Wii U and 3DS, and Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, all of which launched during the past financial year.

As for hardware, Nintendo collectively sold 8.73 million 3DS consoles, down 29% on the 12.2 million 3DSes sold last year. Wii sales were also down significantly, dropping to just 460,000 from 1.22 million the previous year. However, Nintendo did see a rise in Wii U sales, which jumped 24% to 3.38 million units in the past financial year.

For the next financial year, Nintendo expects their operating income to double to 50 billion yen (US$419 million) on the back of slightly increased revenue of 570 billion yen (US$4.78 billion). This will again please investors who have waited patiently through the past four years for the company to turn a profit.

Nintendo also expects to sell fewer 3DS consoles and fewer handheld games in the upcoming financial year, despite the recent launch of the New Nintendo 3DS. Wii U hardware sales are expected to increase slightly, while the company sees software sales dropping slightly. Unsurprisingly Nintendo also expects Wii hardware and software sales to fall off a cliff.

via Nintendo finally returns to profitability – TechSpot.

AMD: We will have no problem supplying silicon for PS4, Xbox One

It’s way too early to declare a winner in the next generation console race but with Microsoft’s recent decision to do away with daily check-ins and used game restrictions, the playing field is much more level now. One thing is for certain, however: Microsoft and Sony are poised to sell a ton of new consoles this holiday season and beyond.
That of course presents another interesting question. Will the console makers be able to keep up with supply or will gamers have to submit to typical price gouging on eBay to get a system at launch? That’s yet another question that remains to be seen but according to chip maker AMD, there won’t be any production delays on their end.
If you weren’t aware, AMD is supplying silicon for both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. AMD corporate vice president Saeid Moshkelani recently told GamesIndustry they have a strong manufacturing base for their APUs and discrete graphics and that they leverage the same manufacturing infrastructure to develop for game consoles.
As such, volumes were not something that raised eyebrows for AMD because they already manufacture in high volumes, Moshkelani noted. From a manufacturing perspective, they can ship tens of millions of units within a year.
AMD also supplied hardware for Nintendo’s Wii U which is all part of their plan to be the dominant player in game consoles, handhelds and cloud gaming. Gaming has always been a part of their business – “gaming is in our DNA,” Moshkelani concluded.
via AMD: We will have no problem supplying silicon for PS4, Xbox One – TechSpot.