Warriors Orochi 4 is out for Nintendo Switch now!
Nintendo Switch has tons of awesome games available right now! Plus, there are dozens more in the pipeline.
When the Switch first launched, there were less than a dozen titles available for sale. But, as time goes by, and as game makers realize the popularity of Nintendo's hybrid mobile console, more and more titles are being added to the list all of the time. Here are all the games available right now, in digital and game card form, as well as games that are officially coming to Switch sometime in the future.
What's new? New games released and announced games coming soon
Here's where you'll find everything new that is either now available in the Switch eShop or as a physical game card, as well as games that have recently been announced as coming to the Switch.
New physical game cartridges you can buy right now!
Physical game cartridges you can pre-order right now!
eShop titles that have released this month
All Nintendo Switch games
Here's where we're storing literally every game Nintendo has launched on Switch, plus an ongoing list of previously announced games coming soon to Switch.
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You can find all of these games right now, either in digital form on the Nintendo eShop or at your local game store. The games are available as physical or digital games. You can click the link to buy the physical version on Amazon.
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Updated Nov 27, 2018: Added new titles out now, new games on the horizon, and confirmed dates for some previously announced titles.
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November 27, 2018 at 11:52AM
How slime molds and mussels could be the future of architecture
Architects have long drawn from the world of biology, but most of that inspiration has been metaphorical. David Benjamin’s architecture studio, The Living, uses actual living organisms as part of the design process.
Benjamin, a professor of architecture at Columbia University, is the author of Now We See Now (out now from Monacelli Press), a new book chronicling his work at the intersection of science and design. Integrating biology, he says, could lead to more sustainable buildings and a new way to think about the life cycle of the built environment.
The Verge spoke to Benjamin about why we should look to biology for architectural inspiration, how to use living organisms as sensors and materials, and designing to disappear.
This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.
Before we get to biology, I wanted to talk a little bit about your interest in architecture and computation. What does “computation” mean in this context?
Like many fields, architecture has been affected by computation pretty dramatically in the past 20 years. The first wave involved automating some processes of, say, creating architecture drawings. There was a phase of being able to create things with a computer that would have been difficult to create otherwise in terms of complex geometries. One thing we’ve been focused on in my studio is using computation and creativity to generate possibilities that might not have occurred to a human alone.
One example is the project that we did, which was the design of a new office space for a tech company in Toronto for about 300 people, called the MaRS office space. We began experimenting with generative design. We started by collecting data from all the employees who would be working in that space. We asked questions like how close they wanted to be to other people, how teams worked, did they want an active and social workplace or a quiet and hands-down workplace. Then we created six different measurable goals for a good office space, which included information from this data we collected. It was things like measuring adjacency preference, interconnectivity, daylight, and views to the outside.
Then we set up a geometric algorithm, which subdivided the space and all the meeting rooms and desks and assigned each person to a specific location. We then generated and evaluated literally thousands of design options with a system that learned over time and got better at producing the higher-scoring designs. In the end, we produced a set of designs that represented some of the best trade-offs.
How new is this computational approach? What about this biological approach?
Computation is well-established in the field of architecture, but I think there are a lot of new chapters that are starting to emerge. Generative design is one of them, and a version of artificial intelligence called machine learning is another.
Biology and the use of biology for design is more new. Of course, architects and designers have been inspired by biology for hundreds of years. But there’s something new about what is possible today, and it has to do, in part, with new biotechnologies that are advancing at an incredible pace. And I think that kind of opportunity and that kind of thinking is starting to take hold in architecture as well. In a way, the biology part has more profound consequences for changing the way we think about cities.
What kind of consequences are these? What do we gain by thinking biologically?
There are a number of possible environmental benefits or sustainability benefits by working directly with biological organisms. This could be detecting environmental quality, but it could also be in terms of making the building blocks of our buildings and cities with less energy and with less carbon footprint and with less waste.
Working with these biological systems and thinking about biology as part of a design palette might allow us to think of building less as single, static, solitary objects and more as dynamic systems that connect different locations that have a lifespan that extends well before we normally think about a building starting and extends well after we think about them.
The three approaches you’ve helped develop are bio-computing, bio-sensing, and bio-fabrication. Let’s talk about the first one. What is bio-computing?
It’s using actual living organisms to process information and help some human design problem, such as reducing carbon emissions. One example of our use of biocomputing recently has been our work in the design of new airplane components for airplane manufacturer Aerobus. We’re designing components that are lighter weight and reduce the carbon footprint of flying, and we’re doing that by learning from slime mold.
Slime molds have a very interesting and complex way of growing that uses only a small amount of material. We used that as a design tool to create a new airplane. It’s not so much that we were “inspired” by the slime mold, as that our designs were mathematically defined by how it works.
What about bio-sensing?
That’s using living organisms to detect some condition of their environment and respond accordingly, like to make visible the invisible conditions of water quality or air quality.
We did this for the Pier 35 Eco Park in New York City. Mussels open and close their shells a small amount as part of their normal metabolism. And the rate that they do this is an incredibly sensitive detector of the oxygen levels and water quality. So we’re taking mussels, putting an inexpensive magnet on one side of the mussel shell and a $2 sensor on the other and for just a few dollars, we can have a better water-quality detector than a $10,000 sensor. The architectural project is a floating network of lights that change color according to water quality, so it’s a public space project that gives citizens an indication of what’s happening underwater in this place.
Do the mussels need to be replaced?
It’s important for me to note that this does not harm or hurt the mussels. No mussels were damaged or hurt during the project. Mussels have about a two-year lifespan in the East River in NYC, so they will be eventually replaced.
On to bio-fabrication. Is that integrating organic materials into the design?
It’s using living organisms as tiny factories to produce building materials for architecture and cities. For instance, we did a Hy-Fi project at MoMA PS1, and we used mycelium, which is the rootlike structure of mushrooms, to grow a new type of architectural brick.
Mycelium has this amazing property to be able to bind together all kinds of organic material, including agricultural byproducts. So we took the waste product of architecture — in this case, chopped corn husks and stalks — and put some microscopic bits of mycelium, and in about five days, with no energy required, this will grow into a solid object.
We worked with a number of collaborators to create a new type of load-bearing structure, an architectural brick, out of this process, and then constructed a 40-foot tower out of 10,000 bricks in the courtyard of MoMA PS1 for the summer. It had basically no waste, no carbon emissions in contrast to most typical buildings. At the end of the summer, we disassembled the structure, crumbled the bricks into smaller pieces, combined them with bacteria and worms, and in about 60 days, the physical matter of the building was returned to the soil for composing. In fact, the soil was high enough quality that we could use it for local community gardens to, in turn, grow new food, proving that it’s very non-toxic material that is compostable, as opposed to a lot of our building material.
This act of destroying and composing the building reminds me of what you said earlier about how we need to think about the full lifespan of buildings and think of them as part of a system. What does that mean? What are some concepts that you keep in mind?
It means thinking about extending the lifespan of the building, not to just when it’s up, but to everything from the extraction of raw materials to make the building and what happens after a building is deconstructed and sitting in a landfill. It allows us to think about design with some amount of uncertainty and some aspects beyond our control.
One of the framing concepts for this is some recent thinking about the circular economy. It’s thinking that we might be able to create systems for economies and architecture without negative impacts on the environment, without requiring that extraction mentality. A related concept is called “embodied energy,” and that’s basically the calculation of all the energy that goes into extracting raw materials, converting those raw materials into building blocks in a factory, transporting those materials, and building that structure. The sum of all that energy is embodied energy, and it allows us to start thinking about design much earlier in the life cycle of a project.
Likewise, we’ve been thinking about designing to disappear. We think of design as designing to appear, but it’s also relevant to think about what’s going to happen to that object after the useful life. These are ways we think about our own projects, a kind of broader scope of what it means to make architecture and make buildings and arguing that all of this is relevant for much of our built environment.
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November 27, 2018 at 11:51AM
Black Friday 2018: Best Deals on Apple Products Including iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and More
As families celebrate Thanksgiving across the United States, we are now just a few hours from the official launch of Black Friday shopping, and many deals are becoming available as numerous retailers open their doors this afternoon. The big retail chains are all starting Black Friday early today, including Target, Best Buy, Walmart, Kohl's, and Lowe's, and many online-only deals are already available.Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.
To help sort through the best deals, we've created this post to focus on Apple products and Apple related accessories. Throughout the day on Black Friday, keep an eye out for more deals posts that will highlight the best sales on smart home and HomeKit devices, audio accessories, and more. Of course, for the best all-around collection of Black Friday discounts, be sure to head over to our fullBlack Friday Roundup
Walmart has the best offer for those interested in buying a new iPhone this year, gifting shoppers a$400 Walmart gift card
when you buy the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X; and a$300 Walmart gift card when you buy the iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR
. All iPhones must be purchased on qualifying AT&T Next, Sprint, or Verizon device payment plans, and this offer is valid in Walmart's retail stores only.
Target is offering a$250 Target gift card
with the purchase of aniPhone XS or iPhone XS Max
on Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T with a qualified activation plan, which will require purchasing the device using a 24-month installment plan. Target is also offering a$150 Target gift card
with the purchase of aniPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus
on Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T with a qualified activation plan, which will require purchasing the device using a 24-month installment plan.
As in years past, if you prefer a straight cash discount, Best Buy will have$200 off iPhone X
with qualified activation. The newer 2018 iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR will havesavings of $150
with qualified activation.
Apple Watch Series 4 is just a few months old so there aren't many notable discounts this Black Friday on the new device, butSprint
does have one offer for Apple Watch Series 4. The carrier willdiscount Series 4 models by $100
when customers add a line onto a qualifying service plan. The discount will be received in the form of a $4.17/month credit over 24 months, and the same sale can also be applied to the Apple Watch Series 3.
Otherwise, Macy's has the Apple Watch Series 3 for$80 off
, representing an all-time-low price for the 2017 models.
Specifically, the38mm GPS model is down to $199.00
and the42mm GPS model is down to $229.00
. Macy's shoppers can also opt for the LTE models, with the38mm GPS + Cellular model priced at $299.00
, and the42mm GPS + Cellular version running for $329.00
Target has a similar deal, with the38mm GPS models
starting at $199.99 and38mm GPS + Cellular models
starting at $299.99, so Macy's deal is slightly better.
2018 iPad Pro
Apple just refreshed its iPad Pro lineup in late October, so third-party retailers have few iPad Pro-related deals available this year.
There are, however, great deals to be had on older iPads, including the already affordable 6th-generation iPad that came out in March.
MacMall is offering discounts on two versions of the 2018 iPad Pro. The64GB 11-inch model with LTE connectivity
is available for $899, a$150 discount off
of the regular $949 price tag.
The2018 64GB WiFi-only 12.9-inch iPad Pro
is available for $949 from MacMall, a$50 discount off
of the regular $999 price tag.
Older iPad Pro
If you don't mind an older model, Best Buy is discounting the previous-generation 201710.5-inch iPad Pro by up to $150
The 64GB Wi-Fi only model is available for$524.99
, down $125 from the original price of $649. Similar discounts will be available across the 10.5-inch iPad lineup atBest Buy
customers can purchase the 64GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro for the regular price of $649.99 and geta $125 Meijer coupon
for a future purchase. It's not as good as Best Buy's straight cash deal, but it's better than paying full price.
6th-Generation 9.7-inch iPadTarget
is selling the2018 9.7-inch iPad
for just $249.99,an $80 discount
from the regular price of $329.99. It's the entry-level 32GB model that's available for the discounted price, and it's an absolute steal with the high-end hardware inside and Apple Pencil (not Apple Pencil 2) support.
If you'd rather shop at Walmart, the company will have the32GB WiFi-only 9.7-inch 6th-generation iPad
available for $249, roughly the same price available from Target.
For Costco shoppers, Costco will also be selling the6th-generation 32GB WiFi-only iPad
for $249.99, down from the site's regular pricing of $313.99.
If you want thehigher-capacity 128GB model
, Best Buy will have it for $329.99, a$100 discount off
of the regular $429.99 price.
The iPad mini 4 is still around if you prefer a tablet that's on the smaller side, with the device measuring in at 7.9 inches.
Before purchasing an iPad mini, be aware that the device hasn't been updated since 2015 and it's not going to be as speedy as the 6th-generation 9.7-inch iPad that's similar in price.
Target is sellingthe iPad mini 4
for $249.99,a $150 discount
off of the regular $399 price.
2018 MacBook Air
You won't find many discounts on the new MacBook Air that just launched earlier in the month, but B&H Photo does have theSpace Gray 13-inch MacBook Air (1.6 GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB HD) for $1,099.00
, down from $1,199.00. This offer expires tonight at 11:59 p.m. ET.
MacMall has savings on the new MacBook Air, although they're not quite as good as B&H Photo, offering$50 off
the laptop in a few configurations. You can get the13-inch MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD)
for $1,149.00, down from $1,199.00; and anupgraded model (1.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)
for $1,349.00, down from $1,399.00.
MacMall has both of these models in all three colors: Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. You can find these models and more on sale at MacMallright here
In one of the few Black Friday discounts on Apple's AirPods,Newegg has the wireless headphones
, down from $159.99, with the promo code BFAD155.
The best deal on Apple's smart speaker this Black Fridayis at Best Buy
. You can pick upApple's HomePod for $249.99
, down from $349.99.
As you shop around today and tomorrow, be sure to read over our fullBlack Friday Roundup
to keep track of the best deals.
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November 27, 2018 at 11:47AM
Comparing the new 2018 13-inch MacBook Air versus the MacBook
Continuing our ongoing MacBook comparison series, we pit the 2017 12-inch MacBook against the 2018 13-inch MacBook Air, the latter of which was recently revamped with a refreshed design, Retina display, Touch ID and more.
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November 27, 2018 at 11:46AM
Amazon says Cyber Monday was its biggest shopping day ever
Amazon claims Cyber Monday was its biggest shopping day ever -- it previously said Prime Day in July this year was its largest shopping event. Over the five days from Thanksgiving to Monday, Amazon customers bought more than 180 million items from its online store as they took advantage of cut-price deals.
Amazon didn't spell out how many products it sold on Cyber Monday in particular, nor how much revenue it generated over the holiday period. However, it revealed a few details from its bumper weekend. For instance, shoppers bought four million electronics and toys through the Amazon app on Black Friday (the same day some of its workers went on strike in Europe), underscoring the fact a third of online purchases that day took place through mobile.
The latest Echo Dot was the best-selling item overall worldwide, and Amazon claims it sold millions of its own devices -- but again, it revealed no specifics on those numbers. Meanwhile, it says people used Alexa to create almost twice as many timers than any other day in 2019. The most popular name for the timers? Turkey, of course.
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November 27, 2018 at 11:45AM
Google accused of manipulation to track users - Malay Mail
Google accused of manipulation to track users Malay Mail
OSLO, Nov 27 — The complaints cited a study by the Norwegian Consumer Council that concluded the Internet giant used “deceptive design and misleading ...
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November 27, 2018 at 11:44AM
Mick Schumacher moves up to Formula Two - Malay Mail
Mick Schumacher moves up to Formula Two Malay Mail
LONDON, Nov 27 — Michael Schumacher's 19-year-old son Mick has moved a step closer to following his father into Formula One after the Prema team ...
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November 27, 2018 at 11:44AM
Oppo A3s 3GB RAM Variant Price in India Slashed, Now Priced at Rs. 11,990 - Gadgets 360
Oppo A3s 3GB RAM Variant Price in India Slashed, Now Priced at Rs. 11,990 Gadgets 360
Oppo A3s 3GB RAM variant price has been slashed in India. The smartphone was launched in 2GB RAM variant back in July, though its 3GB RAM model ...
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November 27, 2018 at 11:44AM
Former Facebook manager calls out company for bad treatment of black employees
Today, former Facebook partnerships manager Mark Luckie published an internal memo that was sent to his co-workers on his last day at Facebook earlier this month, calling out pervasive discrimination issues within the company. The note argues that Facebook has a “black people problem” that involves the mistreatment of black employees. He cites incidents where managers or colleagues called their co-workers “hostile” or “aggressive,” and others where campus security gave extra scrutiny to black employees.
“In some buildings, there are more ‘Black Lives Matter’ posters than there are actual black people,” he writes. “Facebook can’t claim that it is connecting communities if those communities aren’t represented proportionately in its staffing.”
Luckie goes on to detail how the company’s HR department often protects managers — not the people filing complaints. “Black staffers at Facebook know that by raising our voices we risk jeopardizing our professional relationships and our career advancement,” he says. “As much as we’d like to convince ourselves these are minor inconveniences, they continue to eat away at us and affect our work.”
Luckie says these issues and others led to him leaving the company to focus on creating a podcast. Facebook has made minor improvements regarding diversity in the workplace. The company said earlier this year that black employees represented 8 percent of business and sales roles, while only 1 percent of technical roles are filled by black employees, and black employees only represent 2 percent of leadership roles. Facebook says it has “so much more still to do across the board,” and it’s focusing on diversity.
In his note, Luckie praises the efforts but says they don’t go far enough and that the real issues come down to company culture overall. “To continue to witness and be in the center of the systematic disenfranchisement of underrepresented voices, however unintentional, is more than I’m willing to sacrifice personally,” Luckie writes. “I’ve lost the will and the desire to advocate on behalf of Facebook.”
Facebook is already facing many of these same criticisms from outside the company. Color of Change, an online racial justice group, has called for the company to publicly release a civil rights audit and fire global public policy vice president Joel Kaplan, who has drawn criticism over his support for conservative causes. The group will meet with Facebook executives on Thursday to discuss how Facebook can address “systemic problems on the platform.”
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November 27, 2018 at 11:37AM
Luminar and Volvo use LiDAR to figure out pedestrian activity
Trying to figure out what a vehicle or pedestrian is about to do is tough enough for human drivers. But it's something that the AI systems that end up in autonomous vehicles will have to figure out. Luminar and Volvo announced that they're closer to figuring that out using high-resolution LiDAR.
Volvo announced back in June that it would be partnering with LiDAR company, Luminar. At the LA Auto Show, they announced that they would be using the high-resolution long-range sensor to figure out what the intentions of pedestrians.
Luminar's high-resolution LiDAR is able to pinpoint the appendages of pedestrians. That data is used to create an articulated version (stick person) of the human -- essentially their pose. That information can be used to determine what that person is about to do. For example: Are they walking or leaning into a crosswalk about to cross? Luminar and Volvo want to be able to determine that.
Luminar's LiDAR has a range of 250 meters and perceives an incredible amount of detail. Working with an established automaker like Volvo (a company that's built its reputation around safety) is a good fit for the two companies. The research will also focus on highway driving, but when it comes to creating an autonomous car the hardest environment is the city and the people that populate it.
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November 27, 2018 at 11:33AM