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Nintendo's Switch breaks launch records, but don't celebrate yet

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 17:57

Nintendo’s new Switch is the single most important product launch in the company’s history. Nintendo’s stock price has certainly seen a slight uptick since the Switch went on sale March 3 — the stock closed at $27.65 on Tuesday compared to $26.04 on launch day — but the company shouldn’t celebrate quite yet. “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” is a fantastic game, which is surely driving sales, but its luster will wear off after a few months and gamers will begin clamoring for new titles.

This robot knows when it screws up by reading your mind

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 19:08

This is Baxter, and it knows it just made a mistake. Researchers are testing out mind-mapping techniques to help train robots to improve their ability to perform tasks on an assembly line. Instructors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Boston University have been working with Baxter on various tasks. In this video, an instructor is wearing an electroencephalography (EEG) monitor on her head, and the robot is monitoring the data stream, looking for specific brain signals that let it know whether it is doing the task correctly. ...

Pogue's Basics: Make hands-free speakerphone calls with Siri or Google

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 18:41

You know about “Hey Siri” and “OK Google,” right? On recent phone models, you can trigger your voice assistant without even having to touch the phone.

Why you should still trust Amazon Web Services even though it took down the internet

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:32

Amazon’s cloud service went offline last week, taking parts of the internet with it. The good news: Amazon has addressed the issue, and is working to ensure nothing similar happens again. Indeed, the incident last week was an aberration that shouldn’t scare you into not trusting AWS anymore, according to two analysts we spoke to.

Nintendo Switch launch games: The must-haves, the maybes and the probably nots

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 15:55

The Nintendo Switch is here, and these are the games you’ll want to buy and avoid. Nintendo’s innovative home console/portable hybrid machine, the Switch, is finally here. We’ve put the system through its paces, and while the tech is impressive, the real reason to consider buying it is for the games themselves. The Switch arrived with only 10 launch games, a paltry list compared to the other consoles and handhelds that have released in the past decade or so.

Pogue: Here's what Snapchat is all about

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 11:51

Today is a big day: The company that created Snapchat, that baffling (to parents) smash hit (among teens), is going public. This, you understand, is for a company whose growth stalled last year, whose software features have been copied by Instagram, and whose losses keep growing—It lost $515 million last year, and $373 the year before. All of which might make you wonder more than ever: What the hell is SnapChat?

Ford's new delivery service will use autonomous vans and drones

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 11:11

Life could get a little easier if Ford’s plan for deliveries comes to life. The automaker unveiled its plans for Autolivery at Mobile World Congress. The vision for Autolivery looks like this: Once you place an order from an app. the package will be delivered in a self-driving van, and then a drone will fly it up to a landing pad on the balcony of your 30th-floor apartment. Ford hopes to improve delivery methods in urban areas and help alleviate gridlock and air pollution. Don’t expect to see this new fleet on the road anytime soon, as Ford expects to roll it out in 2021. ...

'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' review: A new classic for a new generation

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 06:48

‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ is an audacious reimagining of a classic franchise. “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” is one of those rare games you fall in love with the moment you begin playing. From the characters and soundtrack, to the quirky humor and slick controls, “Breath of the Wild” is a “Zelda” game through and through.

What you should and shouldn’t worry about in Android security

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 14:20

Your smartphone is surprisingly vulnerable to viruses and malware. Unfortunately, that sector is malware. Conversations with security professionals here at Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile tech show, provided a dismaying, but necessary, reminder that the computers in our pockets are targets for authors of malware and other scams — and that many of us don’t care about those risks.

David Pogue tested 40 Bluetooth earbuds to find the best of the best

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:29

Admit it, my people: the way of the world is to go wireless.

Nintendo Switch review: An ambitious console that's missing pieces

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 09:02

Update: This piece has been updated to reflect changes to the system due to Nintendo’s Day One patch. Releasing worldwide March 3, the Nintendo Switch ($300) is more than just a new video game console: It’s a day of reckoning — or a moment of clarity — for arguably the most important company in the history of video games.

Boston Dynamics' new rolling robot is fierce

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 11:19

Meet Handle, Boston Dynamics’ latest “helper” robot.