Nintendo’s return to form, after the miss that was the Wii U, has been impressive. The Switch, equal parts home console and handheld, has been a huge hit for the company and recently surpassed the Wii to become Nintendo’s best-selling console. The hardware — underpowered in specs compared to the competition — has proved flexible and powerful enough, and Nintendo has crushed it with the games. With Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which landed shortly after the console launched, players got not only the best Zelda game in years but arguably (don’t come for me) the best Zelda game. Period.To celebrate its fifth birthday, we’ve pulled together the best games that have cemented the Switch as the versatile, family-friendly console that’s still going strong. Who needs a Switch Pro?(Me, I do.)— Mat SmithThe biggest stories you might have missedICANN says it won’t kick Russia off the internetAmazon’s Eero Pro 6 mesh WiFi system is $80 off for Prime membersElon Musk challenges UAW to hold a union vote at Tesla’s California factoryKia unveils ‘Automode’ autonomous driving tech that will debut on the EV9 SUVOSOM’s OV1 looks to pick up where the Essential Phone left offThe best GPS running watches you can buyNetflix will let Pamela Anderson ‘tell the real story’ in new documentaryCD Projekt Red will no longer sell games in Russia and Belarus’Star Trek: Picard’ enters the 25th century only to promptly ignore itThis season is for all those time-travel fans.ParamountThe first season of Picard was controversial, to say the least. Many fans were happy to see old friends again; others weren’t so thrilled at the bleak future of Starfleet and the Federation. So Star Trek did what Star Trek does: time travel! Our early preview contains moderate spoilers for the first three episodes of Star Trek: Picard season two.Continue reading.Another Netflix production was robbed, this time on the set of ‘Lupin’Twenty masked thieves reportedly made off with $330,000 worth of equipment.Netflix has been the victim of two big on-set robberies in two days. On February 24th, $200,000 worth of antique props were reportedly stolen after thieves broke into vehicles used for production of The Crown. And just a day later, 20 thieves with covered faces broke on to the set of Lupin, in a northwest Paris suburb. The thieves apparently set off mortar-style fireworks before making off with the equipment.Continue reading.Samsung may be throttling apps to save battery life on Galaxy phonesThe company says it’s looking into reports.Samsung may have limited the performance of a large number of apps on its Galaxy smartphones. There are claims it’s been using something called the Game Optimizing Service (GOS) to throttle up to 10,000 apps (likely to save battery life), including many that have nothing to do with gaming, like Netflix, TikTok and, er, Microsoft Office. However, it isn’t throttling benchmarking apps.Continue reading.A ‘molecular drinks printer’ claims to make anything from iced coffee to cocktailsThousands of beverages at the press of a touchscreen.CanaA company called Cana has revealed what it’s calling the planet’s first “molecular beverage printer.” The idea is that, using a single cartridge of flavorings, the machine can mix one of thousands of beverages, including juice, soft drinks, iced coffee, sports drinks, wine and cocktails. The notion seems to be it can manufacture most drinks from a water base, adding in what differentiates orange juice from, say, a latte. The system uses a “novel microfluidic liquid dispense technology” to mix the beverages. The pricing is unusual, too. After paying for the machine (early adopters can bag one for $499), you have to pay for each drink. Each costs between 29 cents and $3, though Cana claims the average price will be lower than bottled beverages at retailers.Continue reading.

Nintendo’s return to form, after the miss that was the Wii U, has been impressive. The Switch, equal parts home console and handheld, has been a huge hit for the company and recently surpassed the Wii to become Nintendo’s best-selling console. The hardware — underpowered in specs compared to the competition — has proved flexible and powerful enough, and Nintendo has crushed it with the games. With Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which landed shortly after the console launched, players got not only the best Zelda game in years but arguably (don’t come for me) the best Zelda game. Period.

To celebrate its fifth birthday, we’ve pulled together the best games that have cemented the Switch as the versatile, family-friendly console that’s still going strong. Who needs a Switch Pro?

(Me, I do.)

— Mat Smith

The biggest stories you might have missed

ICANN says it won’t kick Russia off the internet

Amazon’s Eero Pro 6 mesh WiFi system is $80 off for Prime members

Elon Musk challenges UAW to hold a union vote at Tesla’s California factory

Kia unveils ‘Automode’ autonomous driving tech that will debut on the EV9 SUV

OSOM’s OV1 looks to pick up where the Essential Phone left off

The best GPS running watches you can buy

Netflix will let Pamela Anderson ‘tell the real story’ in new documentary

CD Projekt Red will no longer sell games in Russia and Belarus

‘Star Trek: Picard’ enters the 25th century only to promptly ignore it

This season is for all those time-travel fans.

Paramount

The first season of Picard was controversial, to say the least. Many fans were happy to see old friends again; others weren’t so thrilled at the bleak future of Starfleet and the Federation. So Star Trek did what Star Trek does: time travel! Our early preview contains moderate spoilers for the first three episodes of Star Trek: Picard season two.

Continue reading.

Another Netflix production was robbed, this time on the set of ‘Lupin’

Twenty masked thieves reportedly made off with $330,000 worth of equipment.

Netflix has been the victim of two big on-set robberies in two days. On February 24th, $200,000 worth of antique props were reportedly stolen after thieves broke into vehicles used for production of The Crown. And just a day later, 20 thieves with covered faces broke on to the set of Lupin, in a northwest Paris suburb. The thieves apparently set off mortar-style fireworks before making off with the equipment.

Continue reading.

Samsung may be throttling apps to save battery life on Galaxy phones

The company says it’s looking into reports.

Samsung may have limited the performance of a large number of apps on its Galaxy smartphones. There are claims it’s been using something called the Game Optimizing Service (GOS) to throttle up to 10,000 apps (likely to save battery life), including many that have nothing to do with gaming, like Netflix, TikTok and, er, Microsoft Office. However, it isn’t throttling benchmarking apps.

Continue reading.

A ‘molecular drinks printer’ claims to make anything from iced coffee to cocktails

Thousands of beverages at the press of a touchscreen.

Cana

A company called Cana has revealed what it’s calling the planet’s first “molecular beverage printer.” The idea is that, using a single cartridge of flavorings, the machine can mix one of thousands of beverages, including juice, soft drinks, iced coffee, sports drinks, wine and cocktails. The notion seems to be it can manufacture most drinks from a water base, adding in what differentiates orange juice from, say, a latte. The system uses a “novel microfluidic liquid dispense technology” to mix the beverages. The pricing is unusual, too. After paying for the machine (early adopters can bag one for $499), you have to pay for each drink. Each costs between 29 cents and $3, though Cana claims the average price will be lower than bottled beverages at retailers.

Continue reading.

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