You can now purchase Nintendo Switch games with PayPal

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PayPal today announced a new integration with Nintendo’s eShop so players can purchase digital versions of Switch games using a PayPal account. You can also now use PayPal as a payment option on Nintendo’s web store, so you can load up your digital wallet or purchase software direct from the site using your PayPal balance. The company says the feature is now live in a number of regions including the US, Japan, Canada, and more than two dozen countries in Europe. A full list can be found here.

The integration isn’t super groundbreaking stuff, considering PayPal is pretty ubiquitous these days. But it’s a nice addition for those who prefer the security and ease of PayPal over credit or debit. The Switch, given its portability, sounds like…

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Lamborghini’s luxury Android phone is definitely not worth $2,450

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I understand people’s phone choices say something about their personalities, so what does the luxury Lamborghini phone say about the person who uses it? They’re glamorous? They enjoy leather? They value luxury, maybe? I can’t say, nor can I even guess, because I doubt I’ll ever see someone with Lamborghini’s new Alpha – One smartphone. The Android device, which the company debuted today features “Italian handmade black leather” with a custom Italian leather accompanying phone case. That’s about as luxury as it get.

Specs-wise buyers can expect:

  • 5.5-inch WQHD, 2560×1440, display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • Android Nougat
  • 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage and up to 128GB of expandable storage
  • 20-megapixel rear-facing camera and a…

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Fake Ram: Identifying a Counterfeit Chip

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[Robert Baruch?] had something strange on his hands. He had carefully decapped 74LS189 16×4 static RAM, only to find that it wasn’t a RAM at all. The silicon die inside the plastic package even had analog elements, which is not what one would expect to find in an SRAM. But what was it? A quick tweet brought in the cavalry, in the form of chip analysis expert [Ken Shirriff].

[Ken] immediately realized the part [Robert] had uncovered wasn’t a 74 series chip at all. The power and ground pins were in the wrong places. Even the transistors were small CMOS …read more

Hulu brings refreshed design and live TV to its main iOS app

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Hulu is streamlining its iOS apps, bringing its new design to the core iPhone / iPad app and phasing out the Hulu with Live TV app introduced earlier this year. The apps are merging into one, and both the $40-per-month live TV subscription services and the $8-per-month on-demand option will be available. The latest update for Hulu with Live TV says: “Heads up! We are saying goodbye to our Hulu with Live TV app so you can have all your TV in one place.”

When opened, the Hulu with Live TV app now has a splash screen that sends you to the main Hulu app. Meanwhile, the Hulu app’s App Store page now has the new sea foam green design, shown above. The new interface has gotten praise in past months for looking pretty, but has been criticized…

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Salesforce slides past its $10B annual run rate target

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Marc Benioff, chairman and chief executive officer of Salesforce.com Inc. Earlier this year it looked as though Salesforce was starting to position itself as a company that would hit $10 billion in annual revenue run rate later this year — and, if all seems well, it looks like it may hit that target. Salesforce reported its second-quarter earnings today, saying it brought in $2.56 billion in revenue on earnings of 33 cents per share. This is a beat on both… Read More

Microsoft’s 12-year-old Xbox 360 gets live Hulu TV before Roku does

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Hulu continues the slow rollout of its updated app and support for the company’s live TV service today with the unlikely addition of the Xbox 360, a console that turns 12 years old this November.

The Xbox 360 joins the existing list of Apple TV, Xbox One, Fire TV, Fire Stick, iOS, Android, and Chromecast devices that support the new interface and live TV beta. Noticeably missing from that list is the PlayStation 4, which makes sense, since Sony has its own live TV service, and Roku, which is weirdly absent given the popularity of the set-top boxes and the fact that you can find a Roku channel for almost anything at this point.

Still, if you’ve been waiting to use the new (and by many accounts, bad) Hulu interface or the live TV service…

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This 3D-printed sign language robot can translate speech on the fly

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 Guy Fierens, Stijn Huys and Jasper Slaets realized that finding sign-language interpreters in Belgium – or anywhere, really, was wildly difficult. Their solution? A 3D-printed hand that recreates sign language automatically. Called Project Aslan (Antwerp’s Sign Language Actuating Node), the hand is available for printing and you can also have it printed for you by 3DHubs.… Read More

HP caters to gaming enthusiasts with new overclockable OMEN X laptops

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 HP has been producing some solid gaming hardware as of late — the OMEN 17 laptop I reviewed and the cube desktop built by Maingear are good examples. However, HP has yet to go all out with their OMEN X brand — the “X” denoting the upper echelon of its high-performance brand — until now, with two new laptops. The OMEN X laptop comes in 15-inch and 17-inch… Read More

Please clap: it’s how Medium writers are going to be paid

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Medium, the oft-pivoting publisher and platform, recently introduced an alarmingly twee new metric: “claps”. If you like an article, you can “clap” for it, or as one might like to say, “give it the clap.” And now The Verge reports that they’ll be paying writers on the basis of how many claps they get.

A couple weeks ago, Medium replaced its “recommend” feature — a little heart button at the end of each article — with a “clap” button that you can click as many times as you want (much like how Periscope lets you send broadcasters an infinite number of hearts). The site wants people to send authors claps to show how much they enjoy reading each article.

Now, those claps are actually going to mean something. Medium pays authors by dividing up every individual subscriber’s fee between the different articles they’ve read that month. But rather than doing an even division between articles, Medium will weight payments toward whichever articles a subscriber gives the most claps to. It’s not clear exactly how much each individual clap tips the scale, but you can be sure that writers will be asking readers to click that button.

It’s a pretty strange way to implement payments, since it relies on a really arbitrary metric that individual subscribers might use in really different and inconsistent ways.

Medium should introduce a negative counterpart to “clap” called “slap.”

McLaren’s design chief on what it takes to build a beautiful car

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Spider-Man, Superman, and Batman are garden-variety superheroes, but dedicated comic book fans are equally smitten with Luke Cage and Hellboy. The same logic applies to car enthusiasts: there are the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Porsches of the world, and then there are more obscure stars, which are no less revered. McLaren falls into this villainous category. McLaren is a powerful might that’s been lurking in the shadows among diehards, but only now getting its mainstream due. Some even call McLaren the supercar brand of choice in Silicon Valley.

Why? Because McLarens are wicked fast, and their lightweight, tactile surfaces certainly look and feel the part of a car to be feared. Its virulent tone runs throughout the design language of…

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SNES Classic preorders are available today at physical GameStop stores

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Nintendo is opening preorders for the SNES Classic today, and GameStop has announced how it’ll be handling the mad rush of customers looking to pick up the diminutive retro console: physical GameStop stores will be taking preorders for a $25 deposit. So, if you’re interested in trying your luck in person, I’d stop reading this post and run over to your nearest GameStop now. Supply, as is usual with Nintendo, will no doubt be extremely limited.

The video game retailer will also be offering preorders for SNES Classics at some point later today online. But since this is GameStop, there is, of course, a catch: online preorders are only for pricier bundles that will no doubt include a bunch of extra…

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Lakeith Stanfield explains why Netflix’s new Death Note film isn’t whitewashing

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On August 25th, Netflix is releasing its adaptation of the best-selling Japanese manga and anime series Death Note, about a sociopath who is granted a magical book by a Grim Reaper. Anyone person’s name he writes down in the book will die, in the exact manner he prescribes. As he uses the book to kill criminals, an eccentric genius investigator who goes by “L” starts hunting him down.

Netflix’s live-action version of the story, directed by Adam Wingard (The Guest, You’re Next), is set in Seattle, Washington, and it isn’t nearly as intrigue-focused as the original series. Its public reception has certainly been controversial: as early as 2012, Death Note drew ire when rumors of its predominately white casting surfaced. It’s the latest…

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LinkedIn opens video uploads to all as part of a bigger video push

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 Video is the name of the game in social networking: sites like Facebook and Twitter have been doubling down on the medium in recent years to drive more traffic and engagement from users, and also as a platform to snare in more premium advertising away from traditional television broadcasters; Snapchat put video at the core of its service from day one. Now Microsoft-owned LinkedIn is hoping… Read More

Oracle doesn’t want Java EE any more

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Oracle wants to end its leadership in the development of enterprise Java and is looking for an open source foundation to take on the role.

The company said today that the upcoming Java EE (Enterprise Edition) 8 presents an opportunity to rethink how the platform is developed. Although development is done via open source with community participation, the current Oracle-led process is not seen agile, flexible, or open enough. ”We believe that moving Java EE technologies to an open source foundation may be the right next step, to adopt more agile processes, implement more flexible licensing and change the governance process,” Oracle said in a statement.

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How Peptides Are Made

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What does body building, anti-aging cream and Bleomycin (a cancer drug) have in common? Peptides of course! Peptides are large molecules that are vital to life. If you were to take a protein and break it into smaller pieces, each piece would be called a peptide. Just like proteins, peptides are made of amino acids linked together in a chain-like structure. Whenever you ingest a protein, your body breaks it down to its individual amino acids. It then puts those amino acids back together in a different order to make whatever peptide or protein your body needs. Insulin, for instance, …read more

Nintendo’s amazing SNES-styled 3DS is sadly only coming to Europe

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Last year, Nintendo released an incredibly cool-looking Super Famicom-themed New 3DS XL — but only in Japan. The good news is that the company announced a new Super Nintendo-themed version for Western customers that just swaps the Famicom logo for the SNES one at Gamescom (via Polygon). The bad news? It’ll only be available in Europe, so Americans are still out of luck for now.

The Super Nintendo Entertainment Edition New 3DS XL is out on October 13th, although the company hasn’t said if the coat of paint will make it cost more than a…

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Corsair’s new Void Pro gaming headsets have a way better microphone

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There are many, many gaming headsets that you can buy with your money. Corsair’s Void is one popular option. It’s a $99 wireless headset that’s generally well regarded. At Gamescom this week, Corsair is introducing the Void Pro, which offers a much better microphone and slightly tweaked ergonomics.

The new Void Pro RGB Wireless version is still $99.99, and there are also two $79.99 wired versions: a USB-only model, and a USB / analog jack hybrid for console gaming.

The wireless model is rated at 16 hours of battery life, with a 40-foot range. Also the wireless and USB models have RGB lights which you can control from your PC, along with the EQ, from Corsair’s software.

You don’t have to jump into these blind. The headphones are already…

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Sony Music’s new deal with Dubset will let it monetize unofficial remixes

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Rights clearance startup Dubset has just inked a deal with Sony Music to allow monetization of its songs in DJ sets and of unofficial tracks that sample its artists. This means that artists could have their bootleg remixes and DJ sets legally cleared and distributed on Apple Music and Spotify, with every rights holder receiving a portion of royalties. This is the first major label Dubset has secured, and it’s a big step toward tackling gray area material that has proved problematic for platforms like SoundCloud.

The deal is a tangible move forward in the music industry’s ongoing battle with sampling and bootlegs. Dubset claims more than 35,000 labels and publishers are already using MixBANK, but the Sony agreement will massively expand…

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Walmart expands its grocery delivery business, powered by Uber

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 Walmart is expanding a test of its grocery delivery service, powered by Uber, the company announced this week. The retailer is now offering grocery delivery in two new markets – Dallas and Orlando – which join Tampa and Phoenix as locations where consumers can shop online for grocery items, then opt to have them come to their home for an additional $9.95 fee. Grocery delivery has… Read More

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