Friday
Dec142018

Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classic consoles are no longer in production

Looks like after the current stock is out, it’ll be hard, or possibly nearly impossible, to get your hands the Nintendo NES Class or SNES Classic consoles. Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo America, told The Hollywood Reporter, that both consoles won’t be returning to store shelves once the current stock runs out. “We’ve said that the current systems are the extent of our classic program,” Fils-Aime said. “We’ve also been clear that, at least from an Americas perspective, these products are going to be available through the holiday season and once they sell out, they’re gone. And that’s it.”

The company wants to put its focus on bringing its retro games to Nintendo Switch Online. Right now, though, the focus seems to be on select NES titles but we’re still keeping our fingers crossed they change their minds about bringing games from the other classic consoles. Or perhaps even bring back these consoles in the future.

Source: Polygon

Friday
Dec142018

These are the rumoured specs & price of Samsung’s upcoming foldable phone

It’s being called the Samsung Galaxy Fold and if this report from Korean analysts CCS-CIMB Research is to be believed, that is. Dutch tech blog Lets Go Digital discovered the substantial report that details the specs of Samsung’s upcoming foldable phone, which could be called the Galaxy Fold. The phone will have a 7.3-inch 2,125 x 1,536 foldable display and will be powered by two battery packs that total between 5,000 and 6,000mAh capacity. It’ll reportedly feature a dual camera setup in the back with 12-megapixel sensors and an 8-megapixel on the cover. It’ll reportedly be powered by an Exynos 9820 processor in Korean and Snapdragon 8150 in the US.

According to CCS-CIMB Research, all these information have been verified by the component suppliers listed in the report. And in the bill of materials shown, the Galaxy Fold will cost 70 percent more than the Galaxy S9+ at US$636.70 and that this will carry a 65% markup, meaning it’ll sell for a very, very expensive price of US$1,800. Now, whether any of these is true, we’re about to find out in February when the Galaxy Fold debuts at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Source: Tom’s Guide

Friday
Dec142018

New Facebook bug exposed millions of users’ photos, including unposted ones

Remember the days when Facebook wasn’t riddled with issues? We can’t either. The latest one is a software bug that exposed photos of up to 6.8 million users—including photos that haven’t been posted yet. According to the company several third-party apps (1,500 in total) gained access to “a broader set of photos than usual” for a 12-day period in September. Facebook said it’ll reach out to the affected users. The company explains in a blogpost, "When someone gives permission for an app to access their photos on Facebook, we usually only grant the app access to photos people share on their timeline. In this case, the bug potentially gave developers access to other photos."

On top of accessing those on your timeline, these third-party developers gained access to photos posted in places like Stories and Marketplace as well as those that have been uploaded but not posted. The company says they only store photos from incomplete posts for three days. Facebook says it’s working with the affected developers to “delete the photos from impacted users.” The company is also recommending its users to log into any apps where they shared their Facebook photos to check which photos they have access to.

Friday
Dec142018

Apple expands operations in Austin, builds new campus

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Apple has plans to further expand its operations in Austin, Texas—with it comes plans to invest US$1 billion to build a new campus in North Austin. The 133-acre campus will accommodate an initial addition of 5,000 employees but with the capacity to accommodate up to 15,000—making Apple the largest private employer in Austin. Apple will be creating new jobs in the area with functions ranging from engineering, R&D, operations, sales, customer support, to finance. At 6,200 people, Austin is already considered to have the largest population of Apple employees outside of Cupertino. The company added 6,000 jobs in the US this year and now employs 90,000 people across America. Apple is on track to meet its goal of creating 20,000 jobs in the US by 2023.

Apple plans to grow its employee base in regions across the US over the next three years, expanding to over 1,000 employees in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City each, and adding hundreds of new jobs in Pittsburgh, New York, Boulder, Boston, and Portland, Oregon. The company also plans to invest US$10 billion in US data centers over the next five years. The data centers in North Carolina, Arizona, and Nevada are currently being expanded.