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Nintendo Ramps up Switch Production - Again

Nintendo is planning on ramping up Switch production as they near the holidays and feel that they won't be able to meed current demand as they can only produce a limited number of units at this time. This is the second time they've increased production and with more block-buster titles landing on the console - and with the holidays just over a month away, this may be too little, too late to keep up with holiday demand. Still, it's a nice move and hopefully there will be a few extra ones that will get a price cut around black friday.

The company said at the end of October that it was doubling production and would produce at least 17 million units in its first year, but it looks like Nintendo now has even higher hopes for its smash hit console. The Switch had sold 7.63 million units between its March launch and the end of September, and at the price of $300 a piece, it’s been immensely profitable for Nintendo.

Source: TheVerge

Bitcoin Price Causes Electricity Consumption to Soar

Bitcoin has been tearing up the stock charts for some reason and while more and more people are trying to get into the Bitcoin game, there are a few things that are happening because of this. First, graphics cards are pretty hard to come by and the price is staying pretty static on these as the demand is so high. Second, as more people try to mine coins, electricity use is through the roof and this could cause issues down the road. If you are paying the electric bill, you may not be making much money on coins, but the good news is that the price could break $7,000 this year.

An index from cryptocurrency analyst Alex de Vries, aka Digiconomist, estimates that with prices the way they are now, it would be profitable for Bitcoin miners to burn through over 24 terawatt-hours of electricity annually as they compete to solve increasingly difficult cryptographic puzzles to "mine" more Bitcoins. That's about as much as Nigeria, a country of 186 million people, uses in a year.

Source: Vice

Google Pixel Buds Start Shipping

Google has started shipping out their Pixel Buds that they announced back in October. These are similar to the Apple Airpods - in that they are wireless earphones. That's about where the similarities stop. Google has added some great features. The best of these is real-time language translation. You can listen to someone speaking another language and the earbuds translate on the fly and you can then understand what they are saying. That's amazing!

The Pixel Buds mark Google’s first attempt to dabble in the wireless earbuds category. The earphones are designed to perform language translation through Google Translate in real time. Users will also be able to listen to their favorite soundtracks for up to five hours on a single charge, with an option to extend the listening time for up to a whole day, courtesy of a charging case that comes with the earphones.

Source: Neowin

Yahoo still doesn't know what happened

Hope you are ready for a good laugh on a Thursday. 

Yahoo after 4 years still doesn't know how they got hacked.

Of course you might remember Yahoo from the whole "we had 3 billion user accounts that were hacked" stories of the last couple years, well apparently they are about as good as investigating as they are at securing data. 

Friendly reminder: be careful with who you give your sensitive data to!

TechCrunch has the story.

On Wednesday, in a security hearing that called both Equifax and Yahoo’s past and present executives to Washington, D.C., we’re learning a bit more about what Yahoo didn’t know about the biggest hack in history.

When pressed about how Yahoo failed to recognize that 3 billion accounts — and not 500 million as first reported — were compromised in what was later revealed to be a state-sponsored attack by Russia, former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer admitted that the specifics of the attack still remain unknown.

“To this day we have not been able to identify the intrusion that led to this theft,” Mayer told the Senate Commerce Committee. “We don’t exactly understand how the act was perpetrated. That certainly led to some of the areas where we had gaps of information.”

Ethereum accidentally loses $300 million

Cryptocurrency has been a hot topic in the tech world for the past couple years and Ethereum was supposed to be one of the next big up and coming currencies.

Well, the future of Ethereum might be a little bit in question after they were working to fix a $32 million dollar hack and ended up accidently locking up and additional $300 million worth of cryptocurrency while they were trying to fix the original flaw. The fun thing with cryptocurrencies is that there isn't any way to get them back if they are lost, hacked, or compromised, so there are currently a bunch of people out there who had invested into Ethereum that are probably quite sad.

The Guardian has the full story.

More than $300m of cryptocurrency has been lost after a series of bugs in a popular digital wallet service led one curious developer to accidentally take control of and then lock up the funds, according to reports.

Unlike most cryptocurrency hacks, however, the money wasn’t deliberately taken: it was effectively destroyed by accident. The lost money was in the form of Ether, the tradable currency that fuels the Ethereum distributed app platform, and was kept in digital multi-signature wallets built by a developer called Parity. These wallets require more than one user to enter their key before funds can be transferred.

On Tuesday Parity revealed that, while fixing a bug that let hackers steal $32m out of few multi-signature wallets, it had inadvertently left a second flaw in its systems that allowed one user to become the sole owner of every single multi-signature wallet.

Hell Froze Over - AMD + Intel = Win

While it seems like the impossible has happened, the fact is that the rumors are true. AMD and Intel have teamed up to work on a processor. This processor is aimed at thin-and-light (think Ultrabooks) and has the ability to make these slender beasts true gaming systems. That's really what the notebook world has been waiting for for years. Intel integrated graphics are horrible and NVIDIA discreet GPUs are power hogs and pricey. AMD has been rocking the embedded graphics for years, but they've lacked when it comes to mobile processors. This is a win for Intel - they sell more chips; AMD - they sell more GPUs; and consumers as we get powerful, efficient, thin, light and very portable gaming PCs. So much win!

Though both companies helped engineer the new chip, this is Intel’s project—Intel first approached AMD, both companies confirmed. AMD, for its part, is treating the Radeon core as a single, semi-custom design, in the same vein as the chips it supplies to consoles like the Microsoft Xbox One X and Sony Playstation 4. Some specifics, though, remain undisclosed: Intel refers to it as a single product, though it seems possible that it could eventually be offered at a range of clock speeds.

Source: PCWorld

iOS Bug Autocorrects the World "I"

Apple has overlooked a bit of a bug with their latest device and iOS update. It appears that if you try and type the letter "i", the OS glitches and you get some extra characters behind the letter you choose. While this isn't a big deal, as the letter "i" is rarely used, many people don't seem to mind. There are cases though where this can cause some issues. For more details of exactly what is going on, TheRegister has been experimenting with the OS and has posted their results - from their Apple device.

"We are aware of this autocorrect bug," an Apple spokesperson told The Register via email. "A fix will be released very soon." This comes after netizens reported that after insta1ling last week's firmware updAte, their on-screen keyboa%rds began replacing 'i' with the letter 'A' f0llow3d by a symbol.

El Reg has asked Apple for an eStim@t3 on when a patch mA!ght be ®eleA$ed AnÎ ∑3 還沒有 p0r aŭdi r33n クックと会社から. ကျွန်တော်တစ်ဦးတုန့်ပြန်ရသင့်ပါတယ် , हामी तुरुन्त अद्यावधिक गर्नेछौं эта статья при необходимости *&^%%^#■■$^#%. ©

Source: TheRegister

Samsung Galaxy: Growing Up

Samsung and Apple have never really gotten along and it must kill Apple to have to rely on Samsung for screens for their devices. The following commercial shows that Samsung has actually lead the way through most of the Smartphone "War" and Apple has won the battle at marketing.

 

iPhone X Has Sweet Markup

It's no secret that margins on some products are significantly better than others. The iPhone X is a perfect example of a premium product that doesn't actually cost Apple premium money to build - but it does make them some pretty sweet money based on the margin. In fact, this little $999 wonder costs Apple a mere $358 in parts. Add in a little R&D some labor thanks to robots and child-labor at Foxconn and you've got yourself a money-maker.

Tech teardown firm TechInsights is reporting that Apple's newest iPhone, which costs $999 for the 64GB model and $1,149 for the 256GB model, only costs about $357.50 in parts to make. The profit margin for the $699 base iPhone 8 is also around 59%. The numbers reflect the cost of just parts.

Source: Neowin

Guy Makes Commercial to Sell 1996 Honda Accord

Some people have more creative ability than I do - and more time on their hands for projects like this. Still, for the price of the car, it may very well be a great deal. Check out the commercial this guy made to help sell his girlfriends car.

 

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