âAlexa, play the Queenâs Christmas Day messageâ will soon be a thing â even if you donât live in the UK. Starting December 25th at 3PM GMT (or 10AM ET, 7AM PT), that phrase will deliver the Queenâs traditional Christmas Day broadcast, according to The Guardian.
If youâre curious what the Queenâs message might contain, you can check out transcripts of all her previous Christmas Broadcasts (going back to 1952!) at The Royal Householdâs website. No doubt this one will spend some time on the COVID-19 pandemic, whose latest variant is currently forcing London to impose its harshest lockdown yet, but perhaps itâll be a bit of an escape from the harsh reality, too.
Amazon seems to think it might be: âAfter a challenging year, millions of…
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Why is the sky blue? How do birds fly? How were swear words invented if we’re not allowed to say them?
If you’ve ever been a parent to or anywhere within a 100 foot radius of an inquisitive kid, then that’s only the slimmest sample of the questions that might get posed to you on a daily basis. — Read the rest
The holidays can be overwhelming â even during years like this one when most of us arenât actually traveling to visit family and friends. If buying gifts is still looming on your to-do list, you certainly arenât alone. Itâs tough to find the right kind of gift for everyone, especially people who have an affinity for tech. Thatâs where we come in.
“On Friday, Nintendo and Universal Studios Japan took the veil off a years-in-the-making project: the very first Nintendo-themed theme park,” reports Ars Technica (in an article shared by long-time Slashdot reader mprindle):
And who better to introduce the world to this life-sized walk through of all things Mario than the character’s creator himself, longtime Nintendo developer and designer Shigeru Miyamoto…
Many of the park’s decorations and objects can be interacted with by park visitors who wear a special wristband, dubbed the Power-Up Band, which includes an Amiibo-like NFC chip. Press its sensor near park objects like a Super Mario coin block, and a new virtual item will appear in a synced Super Nintendo World app on your smartphone. Exactly how these virtual items will affect your visit to Super Nintendo World remains unclear, but Miyamoto-san hinted to surprising attractions and hidden interactable panels for park visitors to discover in person. (Additionally, those Power-Up Bands will double as Amiibo for compatible hardware, like Nintendo Switch.)
Only one “ride” received a showcase in the video, albeit a brief one: a Mario Kart race against Bowser. It’s hosted inside a replica of Bowser’s castle, and visitors will sit in one of a series of Mario-styled go-karts that appear to be linked on a rollercoaster-like track, as opposed to freely controllable. Exactly what visitors will see on that ride remains unclear, but previous news about the ride’s augmented reality (AR) elements was reinforced with the first official look at the park’s AR glasses, which come attached to a Super Mario hat.
The park opens in Japan on February 4, 2021, according to Ars, followed by later launches at Universal Studios in in Singapore, and at its U.S. locations in Orlando, Florida and Los Angeles.
Joshua Vasquez wrote a piece a couple of weeks ago about how his open source machine benefits greatly from having part numbers integrated into all of the 3D printed parts. It lets people talk exactly about which widget, and which revision of that widget, they have in front of them. …read more
The holiday season has arrived â but donât panic. If you forgot to buy a gift for someone, you canât decide what to give your loved one, or the item you wanted to give canât be delivered on time, itâs not a problem. Digital gifts are the most convenient and easiest gifts. And with so many digital gifts to choose from â like a subscription to a popular streaming service, some extra cash for iTunes or a new game, or a gift card from your favorite retailer â we made a list of a few quick gift ideas.
For movie / TV show streamers
With the pandemic continuing to keep most of us inside, thereâs never…
Many of us were not commuting as usual during 2020, so our podcast listening time may have been somewhat lessened. However, podcasts are still popular. Theyâre great to listen to while driving, cleaning your home, exercising, or just hanging out. There are podcasts to suit every taste, including topics like politics, history, music, and comedy. In fact, there are so many out there that it may be difficult to choose where to start. We asked the staff at The Verge what their current favorite podcasts were. Here they are â try them out and see what you think.
Lost Notes 1980
Last year, this podcast told about musicâs untold stories. This season focuses on the year 1980…
In this article, I will share the CSS and JS code to generate circle text from an HTML text element. This technique makes a span element for each letter and rotates it slightly. You can generate a circle text by adjusting the font size and circle radius.
Similar techniques have been implemented in online web applications like in the circle text generator in MockoFun.
To celebrate the troubled release of Cyberpunk 2077, Foone created a Cyberpunk 2077 apology generator that usese the distinctive edgy aesthetic from the developer’s real online atonements. Put in your own text, save a pic and share it for the amusement and edification of your cyberfriends. — Read the rest
The mechanical keyboard rabbit hole is a deep one, and can swallow up as much money and time as you want to spend. If you’ve become spoiled on the touch and responsiveness of a Cherry MX or other mechanical switch, you might even start putting them on other user interfaces …read more
Growing fresh vegetables at home is a popular pastime, even moreso in a year when we’ve all been locked inside. However pests can easily spoil a harvest, potentially putting a lot of hard work down the drain. [Matt] of [DIY Perks] isn’t one to give up his tomatoes without a …read more
“Scope creep” is often derided as an obstacle between your idea and the delivery of a finished project. That may be, but sometimes the creep is the whole point. It’s how we end up with wonderful builds like this multi-axis differential camera slider.
We mention scope creep because that’s what …read more
Harkening back to a not-so-distant past where duels settled arguments, [Joris Wegner] put a twist on the idea of quarrels with a gun that damages your online persona rather than your physical one. The controversy of social media is nothing new, but most people today have a large percentage of …read more
‘Cyberpunk 2077’ with Keanu Reeves was 2020’s most anticipated game. Now refunds for the broken would-be blockbuster are going out. What went wrong and how its rushed launch shows the game industry at its most cynical.
Cyberpunk 2077âs second promised hotfix is out for Xbox and PlayStation platforms. The PC version will follow âsoon,â according to developer CD Projekt Red. You can read the extensive list of fixes here.
While there doesnât seem to be anything quite as significant as the changes to reduce epilepsy risk made in last weekâs 1.04 hotfix, hopefully this new update will make what has been a very buggy game have a few less issues.
The game has been out for a little more than a week, and players have been criticizing the game for its numerous bugs and performance issues, particularly on older consoles. The outcry led to Sony offering full refunds of digital copies of the game and taking the unprecedented step of yanking the game from the…
Cyberpunk 2077âs listing on Microsoftâs digital games store now includes a label warning of potential performance issues on Xbox One. âUsers may experience performance issues when playing this game on Xbox One consoles until this game is updated,â the warning reads.
Players have observed numerous bugs and performance issues with Cyberpunk 2077 since its launch last week, especially on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The dissatisfaction led the company to quickly issue a statement suggesting that unhappy players try to get refunds for the game. Many players had trouble actually getting refunds, though, given Sony and Microsoftâs typically strict policies for issuing refunds of digital games.