Nintendo brings more SNES and NES games to Switch, including Star Fox 2

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Nintendo is adding the first new retro games to its Nintendo Switch Online service since the program expanded to include Super Nintendo titles. The most notable new addition is Star Fox 2, the long-lost Star Fox sequel that Nintendo dug out of its archives for the SNES Classic Edition mini console.

Other SNES games added to Nintendo Switch Online include Super Punch-Out!!, Kirby Super Star, and Capcom RPG Breath of Fire II. Two more NES games are also joining the lineup: Sunsoft’s run-and-gun shooter Journey to Silius, and SNK’s action-adventure Crystalis. All will be available on December 12th.

The new additions bring Nintendo Switch Online to a total of 24 SNES games and 50 NES games. The first SNES titles were added in September,…

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Apple’s Activation Lock Will Make It Very Difficult To Refurbish Macs

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Apple’s Activation Lock is an anti-theft feature built into iOS, watchOS, and macOS Catalina that prevents people from restoring your Apple devices without your permission. “With the release of macOS Catalina earlier this fall, any Mac that’s equipped with Apple’s new T2 security chip now comes with Activation Lock,” writes iFixit’s Craig Lloyd. What this means is that there will likely be thousands of perfectly good Macs being parted out or scrapped instead of being put into the hands of people who could really use them. From the report: Activation Lock was designed to prevent anyone else from using your device if it’s ever lost or stolen, and it’s built into the “Find My” service on iPhones, iPads, and other Apple devices. When you’re getting rid of an old phone, you want to use Apple’s Reset feature to wipe the phone clean, which also removes it from Find My iPhone and gets rid of the Activation Lock. But if you forget, and sell your old iPhone to a friend before you properly wipe it, the phone will just keep asking them for your Apple ID before they can set it up as a new phone. In other words, they won’t be able to do much with it besides scrap it for parts.

That seems like a nice way to thwart tech thieves, but it also causes unnecessary chaos for recyclers and refurbishers who are wading through piles of locked devices they can’t reuse. This reduces the supply of refurbished devices, making them more expensive — oh, and it’s an environmental nightmare. […] The T2 security chip, however, erases any hope and makes it impossible to do anything on a Mac without the proper Apple ID credentials. Attempting any kind of hardware tinkering on a T2-enabled Mac activates a hardware lock, which can only be undone by connecting the device to Apple-authorized repair software. It’s great for device security, but terrible for repair and refurbishment. While recyclers may not be dealing with as many locked Macs as locked iPhones (especially since Activation Lock on Macs is still very new, and there are specific software criteria that need to be met), it’s only a matter of time before thousands upon thousands of perfectly working Macs are scrapped or shredded, for lack of an unknown password.

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Anyone Can Prep Delicious Meals With This App-Controlled Sous Vide Cooker That’s Over 50% Off

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After a long day at work, cooking a meal from scratch can seem like too much trouble. Unfortunately, the alternative is usually something unhealthy.

Enter the Mellow Sous Vide Precision Cooker. This compact water bath uses cutting-edge technology to cook meat and veggies at the perfect temperature for exactly the right amount of time. It takes 30 seconds to set up, and you can control the cooker through your phone.

The sous vide style of cooking involves sealing food inside a plastic pouch which is then placed in a water bath. The technique is used widely in professional kitchens, allowing chefs to produce tender meat and veggies with minimal input. Mellow lets you use the same trick in your home kitchen. 

The device connects wirelessly to your smartphone. You simply tell the app what you are cooking, and what time you want it to be ready. 

Mellow does the rest, weighing the ingredients automatically to work out the right settings. The cooker even has a built-in refrigeration system, which keeps food safe until you are ready to eat. 

Mellow will work well for anyone with a busy schedule who wants to eat better. This innovative cooker retails for $349, but you can currently get it for $169.99 when you use the 15% discount code MerrySave15. Read the rest

Error Tracking in Python

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Error tracking is essential for any application when many people are relying on the app. If your application is not working in production for whatever reason, it can be a nightmare experience for users depending on correct functionality.  

There are many exceptions tracking plugins and modules available. Some of them are open source whereas others are paid, like HoneyBadgerNewRelicELK, etc. 

Create Charts in an Angular 7 Application Using Chart.js

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Chart.js is an open source JavaScript library for creating charts. Chart.js makes it easier to draw different types of charts like line chart, bar chart, doughnut chart, area chart, etc. In this article, we will create a line chart, bar chart, pie chart, polar area using chart.js, Web API, and Angular 7. Learn more about chart.js.

Prerequisites

  • We should have a basic knowledge of Angular and Web API.
  • Visual Studio Code can be installed.
  • Visual Studio.
  • SQL Server Management Studio.

Project Implementation Steps

  1. Database.
  2. Web API to fetch data from the database.
  3. Angular 7 project.

You may also like: Cube.js and Chart.js Example With Dynamic Dataset.

Step 1

Open SQL Server Management Studio and create a table Tblplayer and add some demo data into this table.

Frozen 2’s biggest song, Into the Unknown, is now available on YouTube

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The full clip of “Into the Unknown,” the big musical number from Frozen 2 performed by Idina Menzel and Aurora, is now available to watch on YouTube in full. That should be great news for kids who can’t get enough of the sequel’s version of “Let It Go,” and it’s terrifying news for parents who will surely have to endure the song on loop for the rest of their lives.

It’s only been about two weeks since Frozen 2 was released in theaters, but Disney is hoping viral magic will strike twice by uploading the full clip of the song now. The timing is similar to 2013, when the studio uploaded “Let It Go” in full on YouTube a week and a half after Frozen was released, a strategy that paid off in a massive way.

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Why Rian Johnson wanted to make Knives Out a modern-day whodunit

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Rian Johnson’s new film Knives Out is a devoted love letter to the whodunit genre — from its Poirot-esque detective Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig with an over-the-top Southern drawl, to its apparent murder victim Harlan Thrombey, an aging mystery author who “practically lives in a Clue board.” But it’s also a sharply contemporary project, not an Agatha Christie period piece. Even as Knives Out creates a familiar cozy atmosphere, it draws on present-day archetypes and culture-war conflicts, sketching a modern American family whose motives for murder are instantly recognizable.

For Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed Knives Out after working on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, breaking the whodunit’s comforting and familiar elements out…

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 promises 5G, camera, and gaming improvements

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Qualcomm officially announced its latest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 865, yesterday at its Snapdragon Tech Summit. But at the day two keynote, the company dove deep into all the details about the new chip and what it’ll offer for the next wave of top tier Android devices next year.

Qualcomm says that the new Snapdragon 865 will offer a wide variety of improvements over its existing chips, specifically when it comes to performance, AI processing, photography, and gaming.

Connectivity and performance

Clearly, 5G is a huge focus area for Qualcomm here. There’s not a lot of news here, given that Qualcomm detailed the X55 modem that will be paired with the Snapdragon 865 months ago. (The first phones with an X55, the T-Mobile and A…

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765 chip could usher in the first affordable 5G phones

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Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 865 might be the big news out of the company’s annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, but the company also announced details about its other new chip, the midrange Snapdragon 765. The 765 might actually be the more interesting of the two, thanks to its integrated 5G modem and its likely future of powering cheaper, midrange devices.

Right now, there’s not a lot of 5G devices out there, and the ones that are around tend to be very expensive. The upcoming 865 might help with that. By default, it’ll only work with the X55 5G modem, meaning every Android flagship with a Snapdragon 865 (i.e., nearly all of them) will, in theory, be a 5G phone next year. But even cheaper Android phones with Qualcomm’s top processor tend…

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The Nintendo Switch had its best US sales week ever thanks to Black Friday

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Black Friday was a bright spot for Nintendo this year. Today, the company announced that the Thanksgiving holiday week was its biggest sales week ever for the Nintendo Switch in the US. According to Nintendo, between November 24th and 30th, the company sold 830,000 units combined of both the original Switch and the recently launched Switch Lite. Sales were bolstered not only by the new hardware and games like Pokémon Sword and Shield (which have sold 3 million copies in the Americas since launch), but also Black Friday deals, which included a Switch console bundled with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

All together, the Switch has sold 17.5 million units in the US alone. Back in October, Nintendo revealed that the device had sold more than 41…

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Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 865 and 765(G): 5G For All in 2020, All The Details

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We’re here in Maui for the second day of Qualcomm’s fourth annual Snapdragon summit, for what is probably the most exciting part of the event, as we cover the disclosure of the intricate details of the brand new Snapdragon 865 and 765 SoCs that the company had briefly announced yesterday.

Indeed, this year, Qualcomm isn’t launching just one SoC, but rather two new platforms at the same time. The Snapdragon 865 is self-explanatory in its positioning; as a direct successor to the Snapdragon 855 we expect the new chip to represent the best Qualcomm is able to deliver, and be the silicon that powers most of 2020’s flagship devices. The new top-model this year is accompanied by the new Snapdragon 765 and 765G SoCs. As with other 7-series models since the launch of the new range, the new generation adds of the new features introduced with the new Snapdragon 865, at a lower performance level and a more affordable price for what is becoming an increasingly popular device category.

Los Angeles: The Tony Martini HOLIDAY Variety Show is this Saturday!

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The Tony Martini Variety Hour rings in a swinging holiday season with an incredible line-up at Hollywood’s Three Clubs!

Three of my favorite comedic actors: Mark Fite, Renee Albert, and Jim Turner are back in The Tony Martini Variety Hour. Every month Mark and Renee share their hilariously broken-down lounge act and Turner tries to fire them! The fantastic performances of their variety acts save the show!

Amazing contortionist Bonnie Morgan, charming puppeteer Pam Severns, and the bat-shit crazy Michael Rayner, who plays with his food, will be amongst the many wonderful performances comprising this holiday edition of the revue. They’ll be accompanied by music man Ben Jaffe.

Oh, and I’ve been told Fite’s Tony Martini and Albert’s Bananas Foster have a band new “holiday number” to share!

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Get Zelda: Breath of the Wild for a good deal

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Even after I vanquished Calamity Gannon in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild over a year ago, I’m still playing it. I have tons of side quests to complete, a few more shrines to clear, and a bushel of Korok seeds to find. It is my favorite video game, and if you haven’t played it yet, I’m envious of the experience in store for you. Right now, the digital version for the Switch is only , which is the lowest price I’ve seen for it. Read the rest

Halo: Reach becomes a Steam most-played game on launch day

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Halo: Reach launched on Steam yesterday, and it immediately raced into the top of Valve’s charts of most-played games. After originally debuting on the Xbox 360 nearly 10 years ago, Microsoft has brought back the classic on PC with an impressive port that includes unlocked frame rates, a field-of-view slider, and even ultra-wide monitor support.

At its launch day peak, 161,000 people were playing Halo: Reach, catapulting it into the fourth spot on Steam’s most-played titles. While it’s now dropped behind Destiny 2, Rainbow Six Siege, and Grand Theft Auto V, Reach is now comfortably in seventh place.

Halo: Reach was a massively popular title on the Xbox 360, but it’s still impressive to see it immediately jump into the top of Steam’s…

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