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Nintendo president: we must keep up with cloud gaming tech

In some ways, the Nintendo Switch can already provide one of the biggest benefits of cloud gaming: the ability to sling a game from a big TV to a portable device and carry it anywhere you go. But Nintendo isnt pretending that capability is enough to weather what could be a sea change in how games are developed, played and sold. When Nintendo executives were asked at this years annual meeting of shareholders what they thought of cloud gaming — the idea that video games can be streamed from remote internet servers rather than run on a local console — they admitted they not only believe the technology will be part of the future, but that Nintendo “must keep up” as well. Heres the whole quote from Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa, as translated by his own company: While we dont expect all games to become cloud games any time soon, the technologies are definitely advancing. We see a future where cloud and streaming technologies will develop more and more as a means of delivering game..

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AMD cuts Radeon 5700 GPU prices just two days before their release

When AMD announced its next-gen Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT graphics cards last month, the news was just slightly underwhelming because the prices didnt necessarily make them the obvious alternative to Nvidias rival chips. But just two days before their July 7th launch date, AMD has taken the drastic step of dropping the prices on these new GPUs. The Radeon 5700 XT, previously listed at $450, will now cost $400, and the Radeon 5700, previously $380, will be priced at $350. (Theres also a $500 Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition thatll retail for $450.) Its not clear what this means for customers who already preordered the cards, and its also not clear whether this will be enough to head off Nvidia. Earlier this week, Nvidia announced new “Super” versions of its GeForce RTX graphics cards with even slightly more performance than the regular ones that AMD seemed like it was set to match. Thats what really forced AMDs hand. Heres where things stand now: 2019 GPU thro..

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LAs earthquake warning system worked — just not how people expected

After a recent earthquake in Los Angeles, some residents were left wondering why their ShakeAlert LA app hadnt notified them. After all, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake rocked Ridgecrest, California, about 150 miles away, and that quake was the first test of ShakeAlert since the app was released in 2018. The system was working exactly as it was designed to, as the Los Angeles Times reported in the aftermath of the quake. While the shaking was intense in Ridgecrest, it wasnt strong enough in LA to trigger the app to alert the people in Los Angeles County. But the surprise may help ShakeAlerts makers design a system for the West Coast thats more responsive to what people actually want from an earthquake app. The designers had assumed that people wouldnt want to be notified for smaller earthquakes that didnt cause any damage. After all, a plethora of articles has bemoaned our phones for pinging us for more and more mundane things. “On the surface, it seems like nothing worked.” Robert-Mich..

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Spider-Man: Far From Homes post-credits scene fixes its biggest plot hole

Given that Spider-Man: Far From Home is a Sony film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, rather than the usual Disney film (because Sony currently holds the film development rights to Spider-Man and his rogues gallery), its natural enough to wonder whether Far From Home sticks with the by-now-standard Disney MCU pattern of adding extra scenes in or after the credits to tease the next film in a series, or pay off plot points from earlier in the movie. In fact, Far From Home has both a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene, and both of them are unusually key to enjoying the film. Warning: gigantic spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: Far From Home — and for Captain Marvel. What happens in the mid-credits scene? Spider-Man: Far From Home ends with Spidey, aka Peter Parker (Tom Holland), taking his lady-friend MJ (Zendaya) out for a pretty terrifying-looking web-swing around New York City. The mid-credits scene returns to them just minutes later, completing their swing with MJ, now frizzy-ha..

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Akira is getting a 4K remaster and a new anime series

The groundbreaking 1988 science fiction film Akira is getting a 4K remaster next year, and director Katsuhiro Otomo has announced a new anime series based on his original Akira manga as well as an unrelated new feature film called Orbital Era. Anime News Network reported the news out of the Anime Expo yesterday, and studio Sunrise has released a couple of short, related teaser trailers. The Akira 4K remaster will launch in Japan on April 24th, 2020, and its coming to the US at an unknown point. Akira was previously restored for DVD in 2001 and Blu-ray in 2009. Sunrise president Makoto Asanuma said the studio was “still developing” the new anime series, but its apparently supposed to incorporate the events of the entire manga, which was published from 1982 to 1990. “Fans will be kept up to date about this new anime adaptation project as details become available,” reads a Facebook post by the company. [embedded content] The Akira film substantially condensed the mangas story, and, as..

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Google Camera app hints that the Pixel 4s second lens will be for portraits and not wide-angle shots

Google has already shown that its upcoming Pixel 4 will have two rear cameras, but there was an open mystery as to whether the second lens would be a telephoto shooter or optimized for super-wide angle photos. A new version of the Google Camera app might have spilled the answer: according to XDA Developers, the build of the app contained in a leaked version of Android Q contains code references that specifically mention “telephoto,” making that the likely function of the Pixel 4s second lens. I know what you might be thinking: Pixel phones can already take great portrait shots. In some cases, the edge detection is better than on an iPhone or other Android phone because Googles computational photography has just gotten that good. But since Apples flagship iPhones use actual depth data obtained from two cameras, they produce a more realistic transition between the subject and the blurry background. Google, on the other hand, basically goes from foreground to very blurred background rig..

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Facial recognition in China ‘spot on’ – Met Police Federation

By Rowland Manthorpe, technology correspondent Facial recognition in China is "absolutely correct" and "spot on", the head of the Metropolitan Police Federation has said, calling for it to be deployed in London "on a 24-hour basis". Ken Marsh, who is chairman of the Metropolitan Police staff association, said he believed the "fantastic" technology could be used to catch criminals and terrorists. Mr Marsh gave the example of the 2017 London Bridge attack, when police lost track of the terrorists in the aftermath of the killings. He said: "Facial recognition, if it was pointed in certain areas in London on a 24-hour basis, could pick these individuals up… if we could have stopped that I'm all for this." The Chinese government has invested heavily in facial recognition, deploying it in the country's massive network of CCTV cameras. Advertisement Image: People being filmed by AI security cameras with facial recognition technology at the China International Exhibition C..

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Forest the size of the US could stop climate change – study

Planting an area the size of the US with trees would be the most effective way to combat change, according to a study published in the journal Science. Researchers from the Crowther Lab in Switzerland say their analysis suggests there is the potential for 2.2 billion acres of tree cover in areas that would naturally support woodlands and forests. As they grew and matured, the trees could absorb and store 205 billion tonnes of carbon. If that mostly came from the atmosphere, it could tackle around two-thirds of the 300 billion extra tonnes of carbon which are in the atmosphere as a result of human activity since the industrial revolution. The UK could play its part – the research estimates 11.37 million acres of tree cover could be created, much of it on grazing land which could continue to support livestock while providing carbon storage. Advertisement Professor Tom Crowther, senior author of the study, said: "We all knew restoring forests could play a part in tackling climate ..

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Budget 2019: No clarity on SEZ benefits extension in Budget ‘missed’ opportunity for India, says Nasscom

New Delhi: IT industry body Nasscom Friday said the Budget remained silent on bringing in a conducive policy for special economic zones and termed it a 'missed opportunity' for the country. "One key exclusion in the Budget was a conducive policy for special economic zones (SEZ), leaving it as a missed opportunity for India as other countries continue to provide benefits to enterprises. The SEZ benefits shall end in March 2020, but there is no clarity on the new SEZ policy or an indication of what is to come," Nasscom said in a statement. It pointed out that a consistent ask from the industry has been a forward-looking SEZ policy to strengthen India's position as a global hub for IT services. "This sector contributes 7.9 per cent to the GDP and is one of its largest contributors, and creates around four million jobs, hence, a lack of incentives will impact India's image…," it added. The software body had earlier urged the government to continue the tax incentives..

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Mindtree chairman, vice-chairman , CEO resign

Mindtree founders Krishnakumar Natarajan, N S Parthasarathy and Rostow Ravanan have resigned from the companys board and executive roles following a “hostile” takeover by engineering major Larsen and Toubro (L&T). On Wednesday, L&T received promoter status in the mid-tier IT services firm as the company increased its stake to 60.06%. L&T secured 51% stake in the company about a week ago after key institutional investor Nalanda Capital offloaded entire 10.6% stake and other significant investors sold their stakes in the open offer, after it picked up 20.32% stake from Cafe Coffee Day owner VG Siddhartha. “Krishnakumar Natarajan, Executive Chairman, N S Parthasarathy, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer and Rostow Ravanan, CEO and Managing Director have submitted their resignations as members of the Board of Directors of Mindtree Ltd and as employees of the company. They will stay as Board members till 17 July 2019 and as employees in line with their employment contrac..

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