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Apple sort déjà un correctif pour ses MacBook Pro

first_imgApple sort déjà un correctif pour ses MacBook ProÉtats-Unis – Sortis en début de semaine, les nouveaux MacBook Pro d’Apple vont devoir subir une première mise à jour précoce. But de la manœuvre : améliorer la stabilité des graphismes haute performance et corriger plusieurs bogues.Les nouveaux MacBook Pro 15 et 17 pouces permettent aux utilisateurs d’Apple de bénéficier de performances optimisées, notamment grâce à un nouveau processeur. Ainsi, l’autonomie graphique de l’ordinateur est mieux gérée grâce à une adaptation au travail réalisé. Cependant, plusieurs bogues ont été constatés cette semaine et Apple a dû rapidement publier un correctif, concernant en particulier l’affichage de ses nouvelles machines. Deux jours plus tôt, c’était le système d’exploitation Snow Leopard qui bénéficiait d’une mise à jour.Le 16 avril 2010 à 13:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Marée noire le Mississippi doitil être détourné

first_imgMarée noire : le Mississippi doit-il être détourné ?États-Unis – Alors qu’une opération de pompage du pétrole qui s’échappe dans le golfe du Mexique a été réalisée ce week-end (voir article), les gardes-côtes américains considèrent le Mississippi comme leur “meilleur ami” contre la marée noire. Mais le détourner pourrait engendrer un désastre environnemental s’alarment les écologistes.Depuis le 22 avril, ce sont au moins 800.000 litres de pétrole qui se déversent chaque jour dans la mer. Pour repousser le pétrole qui menace les côtes de Louisiane, les autorités américaines ont déjà détourné de nombreux canaux du Mississippi. Le fleuve “est notre meilleur ami. Il pousse le pétrole et le garde loin du delta” assure le capitaine des gardes-côtes, Edwin Stanton.Le niveau du Mississippi est encore à un haut niveau et les autorités ont décidé d’ouvrir les vannes de centaines de canaux qui lui sont reliés. Le débit des canaux sera alors augmenté à leur embouchure, et les autorités espèrent parvenir à tenir le pétrole éloigné des plages et marais.Mais cette solution inquiète les écologistes qui craignent un véritable désastre écologique. De nombreux poissons et crustacés sont en effet en pleine saison de reproduction, c’est notamment le cas des crevettes. Le flot qui arrive dans les bayous “pousse les jeunes crevettes directement dans le pétrole et on va toutes les perdre” avertit Clint Guidry, président de l’association des pêcheurs de crevettes de Louisiane. L’État est le premier producteur de poissons et de fruits de mer aux États-Unis.Clint Guidry estime par ailleurs que l’eau qui est déversée par le Mississippi est “de la mauvaise eau, non traitée”. D’après lui, “avec les inondations dans le nord du pays”, de grandes quantités de produits chimiques “qui sont à terre, dans les villes, se retrouvent dans le Mississippi” et désormais dans les marais.Comme le souligne Paul Horsnan, spécialiste du pétrole pour Greenpeace, “tout le monde évolue en terrain inconnu, cette situation est inédite”. Mais si toutes les solutions doivent être envisagées, les “techniques mises en œuvre pour s’attaquer à la marée noire ne doivent pas créer davantage de dommages à l’environnement” rappelle-t-il.Le 17 mai 2010 à 18:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Choléra la pire épidémie depuis 10 ans sévit dans louest de lAfrique

first_imgCholéra : la pire épidémie depuis 10 ans sévit dans l’ouest de l’AfriqueAfrique occidentale – Les autorités du Cameroun ainsi que celles du Nigéria ont donné un bilan provisoire de l’actuelle épidémie de choléra dans ces deux pays : 225 morts dans le premier, 67 dans le second. Le ministre camerounais de la Santé, André Maman Fouda, a présenté le bilan officiel de l’épisode de choléra qui frappe son pays depuis début mai : 225 victimes, soit 55 de plus que lors du dernier bilan, remontant au 12 août. Bien pire que l’épidémie de 2004, qui avait fait entre 50 et 100 morts, selon les sources. De fortes pluies, qui lessivent le sol et font déborder les puits, participent à la diffusion de la maladie, qui se propage par l’eau. Le manque d’installations sanitaires et d’eau potable saine accentuent le phénomène. L’extrême nord du pays est le plus touché.Au Nigéria, un responsable sanitaire a indiqué que le nombre de morts est passé de 47 à 67 enune semaine, et le nombre total de personnes atteintes de 1.200 à 1.742. Là aussi, c’est principalement la région nord qui est concernée. Le choléra provoque diarrhées et vomissements, qui peuvent entraîner une déshydratation fatale. Le 24 août 2010 à 18:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nouvelle espèce en images découverte de la plus petite grenouille de lAncien

first_imgNouvelle espèce en images : découverte de la plus petite grenouille de l’Ancien MondeIndonésie – Deux chercheurs ont publié mercredi 25 août dans la revue Zootaxa la découverte qu’ils viennent de faire à Bornéo : une grenouille d’à peine plus d’un centimètre, vivant sur une plante carnivore.1,06 à 1,28 centimètre. Telle est la fourchette de tailles dans laquelle se situent les différents individus collectés par Indraneil Das, un chercheur malaisien et son collègue allemand Alexander Haas, dans la forêt pluviale de la montagne de Gunung Serapi, (partie malaisienne de Bornéo). La grenouille, baptisée Microhyla nepenthicola en référence à Nepenthes ampullaria, la plante carnivore sur laquelle elle aime pondre ses œufs, est le plus petit amphibien de l’ancien monde, légèrement plus grand que certaines espèces sud-américaines.À lire aussiCette espèce de grenouille préfère les mâles des villes aux mâles des campagnesL’animal est nouveau pour la science, bien que des spécimens, probablement pris pour de jeunes individus d’autres espèces proches, figuraient déjà dans les collections de certains muséums.     Un succès pour l’Institut de biodiversité et de conservation environnementale de l’université malaisienne du Sarawak, dans le cadre du programme de recherche d’amphibiens rares lancé récemment par l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN) et Conservation international. Et une preuve supplémentaire de la richesse de la biodiversité de Bornéo, où tant de choses restent sans doute à découvrir.Découvrir l’animal en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/grenouille/decouverte-de-l-039-une-des-plus-petites-grenouilles-du-monde_art8973.htmlLe 4 septembre 2010 à 12:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

France Télécom baisse importante des tarifs de la téléphonie fixe

first_imgFrance Télécom : baisse importante des tarifs de la téléphonie fixeFrance – France Télécom baisse ses tarifs de plus de 50% avec la fin de la tarification par zones.Le 21 octobre dernier a pris fin la tarification par zones autrefois appliquée par France Télécom. “Un seul tarif sera en vigueur pour tous les appels depuis et vers une ligne fixe en France métropolitaine”, a indiqué à l’AFP un porte-parole de France Télécom, Louis-Michel Aymard. Quant aux départements d’outre-mer (Dom), ils bénéficieront d’environ 20% de baisse tarifaire sur les appels depuis les fixes des Dom vers les mobiles de métropole. Par ailleurs, les communications de fixes à fixes entre les Dom Tom, qui étaient facturées comme des communications nationales, deviennent des communications locales.Cette réduction concerne les abonnés au tarif général de France Télécom soit “7 millions de clients pour 150 à 200 millions d’appels par an” selon l’entreprise. En revanche, elle ne s’applique pas à ceux qui ont souscrit à des forfaits sur leur ligne fixe, ni aux 7,4 millions d’abonnés à des offres triples qui associent le téléphone à internet et à la télévision.Pour ses bénéficiaires, la baisse sera conséquente avec “plus de 25% sur le coût de mise en relation, plus de 55% sur le prix-minute en heures pleines et plus de 65% sur le prix-minute en heures creuses”. France Télécom a également annoncé que les appels d’une ligne fixe vers les numéros de téléphonie par internet (commençant par 09 7…) allaient être alignés sur le prix des communications locales, soit une baisse de “36% en heures creuses”. Ces communications auront un coût de mise en relation de 7,8 cts, suivi d’une communication facturée “à la seconde près”.À lire aussiPourquoi dit-on “allô” quand on répond au téléphone ?Parallèlement, les tarifs heures pleines (du lundi au vendredi de 8h00 à 19h00) passeront de 6,7 à 2,8 centimes la minute et ceux des heures creuses (en semaine de 19h00 à 8h00, ainsi que les week-ends et jours fériés) de 4,5 à 1,4 cts/mn pour les appels “classiques”.Avec ces baisses importantes, France Télécom espère peut-être retenir les foyers et les entreprises tentés par le dégroupage total. L’exercice est périlleux, puisque en se dégroupant, les usagers ne payent pas non plus leurs communications fixes, celles-ci étant intégrées aux forfaits triples des opérateurs. Le 22 octobre 2010 à 10:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sécheresse Bruno le Maire promet dindemniser les agriculteurs

first_imgSécheresse : Bruno le Maire promet d’indemniser les agriculteursLe ministre de l’Agriculture Bruno Le Maire a lancé ce mardi 31 mai un processus d’indemnisations destiné aux exploitants dont les cultures et élevages sont touchés par la sécheresse. Une situation qui affecte aujourd’hui l’ensemble du territoire, a déploré le ministre.Alors que 54 départements sont aujourd’hui soumis à des restrictions d’eau, Bruno Le Maire a annoncé ce mardi le lancement d’un processus d’indemnisation des exploitants agricoles. Le fonds national de garantie des calamités agricoles va être réuni pour aider les agriculteurs à faire face à la sécheresse qui touche désormais l’ensemble du pays, a expliqué Bruno Le Maire lors d’une conférence de presse rapportée par 20 minutes. Une telle compensation nécessitera “plusieurs centaines de millions d’euros”, a souligné le ministre. “Penser qu’on s’en sortirait à 80 ou 100 millions d’euros serait naïf”, a-t-il estimé. À lire aussiDes archéologues découvrent le plus vieux pain au monde sur un site de JordanieAlors que Bruno Le Maire refuse toujours la mise en place d’un impôt sécheresse tel que celui qui avait été instauré en 1976, le ministre a annoncé que le Crédit agricole s’était engagé à débloquer 700 millions d’euros de prêts de trésorerie pour aider les éleveurs. Les premiers arrêtés du fonds de garantie des calamités agricoles seront pris à partir du 12 juillet, a précisé Bruno Le Maire, promettant une indemnisation au mois de septembre.”La situation est grave pour les paysans français. Nous avons voulu agir rapidement et massivement”, a-t-il insisté avant d’évoquer la priorité accordée au transport ferroviaire pour le fourrage. Une cellule logistique pour le transport des pailles a été créée, et les assureurs ont accepté d’étendre la garantie de responsabilité pour ce transport, mais aussi la manipulation et le stockage des pailles, a indiqué le ministre.Le 31 mai 2011 à 14:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Un cas de rage canine suspecté en Vendée

first_imgUn cas de rage canine suspecté en VendéeInquiété par le comportement de leur chiot, une famille du nord-ouest a conduit l’animal chez un vétérinaire. Recueilli au Maroc, le chien est décédé dans la nuit du 7 août et des analyses sont en cours pour savoir si celui-ci était porteur du virus de la rage. Moins de dix jours après la découverte du virus de la rage chez une chauve-souris de Meurthe-et-Moselle, c’est un nouveau cas qui pourrait avoir été repéré en Vendée, cette fois-ci chez un chien. Le 1er août dernier, une famille du nord-ouest du département a ramené ce chiot âgé de 3 mois du Maroc où elle venait tout juste de le recueillir. Mais voilà, plusieurs jours après son arrivée en France, les propriétaires ont observé un étrange changement de comportement chez l’animal. À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuInquiétés, ils ont alors décidé de l’amener chez le vétérinaire qui l’a placé sous surveillance le 6 août. Le chiot est mort le lendemain, sans que l’on parvienne à identifier la cause de son mal. Aujourd’hui, les vétérinaires suspectent donc un cas de rage et des analyses sont en cours à  l’Institut Pasteur pour savoir si l’animal était réellement porteur du virus, indique Ouest-France. Néanmoins, sans attendre les résultats, l’Agence régionale de santé (ARS) a réalisé une enquête épidémiologique afin d’identifier les personnes et les animaux qui ont été en contact avec le chiot. A ce jour, les six membres de la famille, dix-sept de leurs proches, ainsi que le vétérinaire, sont en relation avec le centre de traitement antirabique du centre hospitalier de Nantes, pour envisager un éventuel traitement. De même, l’animal malade a été en contact avec un chien vacciné, une chatte et ses deux chatons qui ont tous, d’ors et déjà été isolés, précise Ouest-France.  Un chiot importé illégalement ?  Par ailleurs, la Préfecture n’a pas encore précisé s’il s’agissait d’une importation illégale ou non depuis le Maroc. Mais étant donné le jeune âge de l’animal, cette piste est loin d’être écartée, selon Destination santé. Le site rappelle ainsi que pour importer des chiens ou des chats depuis l’extérieur de l’Union européenne, les règlements sanitaires exigent entre autres, que le vaccin antirabbique soit en cours de validité et soit attesté par un certificat médical. Autrement, l’entrée en France d’animaux non-identifiés et non-vaccinés est totalement interdite. Le 11 août 2011 à 10:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Autisme des risques augmentés chez les familles avec antécédents

first_imgAutisme : des risques augmentés chez les familles avec antécédentsSelon une nouvelle étude, publiée hier aux Etats-Unis, le risque qu’un enfant souffre d’autisme  lorsque l’un ou plusieurs de ses frères ou sœurs aînés est déjà atteint, est plus important qu’on ne le pensait jusqu’alors.L’autisme est un trouble complexe affectant les capacités de l’enfant à penser, communiquer, interagir socialement et à apprendre. Touchant aujourd’hui un enfant sur 110 aux Etats-Unis, celui-ci continue à faire l’objet de nombreuses études internationales. La dernière en date, publiée hier aux Etats-Unis dans le journal médical américain Pediatrics, révise l’estimation selon laquelle entre 3 et 10% des enfants dont la famille a des antécédents d’autisme seraient susceptibles d’être, eux aussi, malades. Selon l’étude, menée par des chercheurs de l’Université de Californie à Davis et par le M.I.N.D Institute, ce sont en réalité 18,7% des enfants qui risquent de devenir autistes en cas d’antécédents familiaux, un risque augmenté à plus de 26% chez les garçons et à 32,2% si deux ou plus de leurs aînés sont autistes.À lire aussiLe tardigrade, cet animal quasi indestructible, révèle la clé de ses super-pouvoirsLes travaux qui ont été menés sur 664 enfants âgés en moyenne de huit mois au début de la recherche ont ainsi révélé que plus précisément, dans les familles ayant déjà un seul enfant souffrant d’autisme, le taux du syndrome chez ses frères et sœurs plus jeunes est de 20,1%. Par ailleurs, les travaux ont permis de confirmer que 80% des autistes sont des garçons, alors que les chercheurs ont suivi les participants jusqu’à trois ans, âge auquel ils ont été testés pour l’autisme.Des facteurs génétiques importants Ainsi, sur les 664 participants, 132 enfants ont été diagnostiqués comme atteints de “troubles du spectre autistique” ou TSA, qui regroupe l’autisme et les autres troubles envahissants du développement. Par ailleurs, 54 autres ont été diagnostiqués comme étant autistes et 78 ayant une forme atténuée de ce syndrome, indiquent les auteurs. “C’est l’étude la plus étendue portant sur les frères et sœurs cadets d’enfants autistes jamais effectuée”, affirme Sally Ozonoff, professeur de psychiatrie et de sciences du comportement au M.I.N.D Institute et principale auteure de cette recherche. “Aucune autre étude n’avait jusqu’ici mis en évidence un risque aussi élevé d’autisme pour ces enfants”, ajoute-t-elle dans un communiqué. Au vu de leurs résultats, les chercheurs soulignent ainsi que les facteurs génétiques jouent un rôle important dans le développement de l’autisme.Le 16 août 2011 à 14:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Youtube et Disney sentendent sur la diffusion dune web série

first_imgYoutube et Disney s’entendent sur la diffusion d’une web sérieYoutube et Disney passent un accord pour diffuser une web série originale. Un contenu qui pourrait être payant.La plateforme de partage de vidéos en ligne Youtube (propriété de Google) a signé un contrat de partenariat avec Disney afin de créer une web série. Les termes du contrat sont simples : Youtube finance le projet à hauteur de plusieurs millions de dollars en échange de l’exclusivité, selon le New York Times. Les investissements de Youtube devraient se chiffrer aux alentours de 10 et 15 millions de dollars. Youtube sera le premier média à proposer les images peut-être sous forme d’un contenu payant. De ce point de vue il serait possible d’amortir en partie les dépenses occasionnées. Disney voit là un moyen de faire évoluer son image auprès des jeunes. Et Youtube dispose d’un produit d’appel fort pour peu à peu habituer les internautes à disposer d’un contenu payant sur la plateforme qui génère toujours un trafic aussi impressionnant.Après avoir massivement investis nos neurones, les grands et petits écrans, le web pourrait donc voir débarquer les phénomènes High School Montana, et autres Apprentie Raven…Le 8 novembre 2011 à 21:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note un smartphone dun nouveau genre

first_imgSamsung Galaxy Note : un smartphone d’un nouveau genreA un jour de la sortie du Samsung Galxy Note sur les étales, Maxisciences revient sur ce téléphone mi-smart, mi-tablette tactile, avec une première prise en main effectuée lors de l’évènement Samsung SFR du 9 novembre dernier.Une finesse à toute épreuve (autant qu’un Galaxy S2-9,6 mm), un poids raisonnable (178 grammes) mais un écran XXL de 5,3 pouces (13,25 cm)… Il va falloir de larges poches pour transporter ce smartphone, ou cette mini-tablette, le produit se situant entre les deux domaines. Un choix assumé, et motivé par de nombreuses analyses par Samsung : “Nos marketeurs se sont rendus compte que les consommateurs avaient en général 4 produits numériques sur eux : un lecteur MP3, un smartphone, une tablette, et une console de jeu ou un laptop. Une autre idée vient du fait que les gens sont très rattachés à leur stylo. L’idée c’est de regrouper tout ça en un seul produit. Et le fait d’avoir un stylet doit nécessairement induire le fait que le produit ait un écran assez grand pour pouvoir l’utiliser “, nous explique Cyril Godin, key Account Manager chez Samsung.Oui, il y a un effet “Waow” sur le Samsung Galaxy Note. Et en plus d’arborer un écran de grande taille, le dernier né des Galaxy le fait de belles manières avec une dalle SuperAmoled HD affichant une résolution de 1280 par 800 pixels : “On s’est adossé à Wacom pour la dalle, l’un des leaders du domaine”.Mais une telle débauche visuelle pourrait empiéter sur l’autonomie de l’appareil… Que nenni, d’après le représentant Samsung : “Je l’utilise en voyage et je peux vous assurer qu’en mode avion, sans wifi activé, il peut afficher de la vidéo pendant 8 heures, un Paris Los Angeles !” En effet, d’après les données constructeur, le Note dispose d’une autonomie de 13 heures en communication.Mais les bénéfices d’un tel écran ne se limite pas à regarder des films. A l’usage, on peut écrire un mail tout en observant sa boîte de réception, comme sur ordinateur ou sur tablette, ou envoyer différents types d’éléments dans une note (photos, vidéos, messages écrits et vocaux) en ayant tout à l’oeil. C’est véritablement plus confortable qu’un smartphone, aussi bien agencé visuellement qu’ils peuvent l’être.Un stylet électroniqueL’autre atout du Galaxy Note : son stylet électronique, que l’on peut cliquer sur écran et qui permet d’effectuer de multiples tâches. Un double clic sur écran ouvre une note, un trait vers le haut fait apparaître l’écran d’option du stylet avec forme et taille d’écriture, sélection en carré ou au lasso, un appui de deux secondes une capture d’écran sur laquelle on peut marquer quelque chose puis transférer le tout sur un réseau social, sur un mail ou en MMS. L’écriture, elle, s’effectue grâce à un clavier virtuel ou via le logiciel de reconnaissance de lettres. Bref, mi-smartphone, mi-tablette, le Galaxy Note semble réunir le meilleur des deux mondes.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?”Il ne s’agit pas d’un stylet normal, il dispose d’un circuit imprimé à l’intérieur qui permet au stylet et au téléphone d’accéder à des menus contextuels, en plus de ses usages…normaux.”Pour le reste, le Samsung Galaxy Note reste moins “révolutionnaire” (16 GB de stockage interne extensible à 32 GB via son port micro SD, compatible 3G+, GPS et accéléromètre intégrés et système d’exploitation-ouille !- Android 2,3), bien qu’il incorpore un processeur dual core cadencé à 1,4 Ghz et un capteur photo de 8 Mpixels avec zoom X4 avec possibilité d’utilisation en visiophonie.Cet hybride d’un nouveau genre sera lancé demain dans la boutique SFR en ligne et dans les magasins ayant pignon sur rue, et sera disponible à partir de 49,90 dans le cadre d’un forfait “Carré Absolu”.Le 14 novembre 2011 à 13:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les EtatsUnis augmentent le budget de la recherche sur Alzheimer

first_imgLes Etats-Unis augmentent le budget de la recherche sur AlzheimerL’administration américaine a annoncé hier qu’elle souhaitait augmenter d’un quart les fonds fédéraux destinés à la recherche sur la maladie d’Alzheimer qui touche plus de 5 millions d’Américains. C’est un pas en avant dans la recherche et la lutte contre la maladie d’Alzheimer, une maladie dégénérative aujourd’hui encore incurable. L’administration américaine prévoit en effet de débloquer 130 millions de dollars sur deux ans en plus des 450 millions déjà alloués à la recherche sur la maladie. “Cette annonce traduit l’engagement de cette administration à lutter contre Alzheimer, une maladie dévastatrice pour des millions d’Américains”, a déclaré devant la presse la secrétaire à la Santé, Kathleen Sebelius cité par l’AFP.Ces 130 millions de dollars supplémentaires sur 2012 et 2013 représentent 25% du budget actuel. Sur ce montant, 50 millions de dollars sont immédiatement disponibles pour la recherche. Les 80 millions de dollars restants seront demandés au Congrès dans le cadre du projet de budget 2013 qui sera soumis par le président Barack Obama le 13 février. Cette initiative comprend aussi 26 millions de dollars supplémentaires pour ceux qui fournissent les soins, leur formation et l’information du public sur la maladie. “Ces nouveaux financements vont accélérer les efforts des Instituts nationaux de la Santé (NIH) pour développer de nouvelles approches pour aider les personnes atteintes d’Alzheimer et celles susceptibles d’en souffrir”, a souligné le directeur des NIH, le Dr Francis Collins. De plus, ces fonds seront utilisés pour identifier les gènes qui accroissent le risque d’Alzheimer ainsi que pour expérimenter des thérapies chez des personnes ayant un risque élevé de développer la maladie, précise le Département américain de la Santé dans un communiqué. De plus en plus de malades À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce budget supplémentaire devrait également permettre de développer des systèmes statistiques de meilleure qualité destinés à évaluer le fardeau que représentent pour les Etats-Unis le handicap cognitif et la démence résultant d’Alzheimer. Avec au moins 5,1 millions d’Américains souffrant d’Alzheimer, les Etats-Unis pourraient voir ce nombre doubler d’ici 2050 avec le vieillissement de la population. En effet, environ la moitié des personnes de 85 ans et au-delà sont aujourd’hui concernées. Les associations privées américaines de lutte contre Alzheimer cherchent, quant à elles, à faire passer le budget fédéral de recherche pour cette maladie à deux milliards de dollars par an.Le 8 février 2012 à 12:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

La propriété se transmettrait de père en fils depuis le Néolithique

first_imgLa propriété se transmettrait de père en fils depuis le Néolithique Publiant ses travaux le 28 mai dans PNAS, une équipe internationale dirigée par des chercheurs britanniques, après avoir étudié des tombes néolithiques et leurs occupants, suggère un fort lien entre accès à des terres riches et statut : le début des inégalités sociales, dès -7.000 ans ?Une équipe internationale dirigée par des archéologues des universités de Bristol, de Cardiff et d’Oxford a étudié les sépultures et analysé la composition isotopique de plus de 300 squelettes humains provenant de sites néolithiques d’Europe centrale remontant jusqu’à 7.000 ans. Les chercheurs ont ainsi constaté que certains individus avaient été enterrés avec des outils agraires à leurs côtés. Un signe probable de leur statut de ‘propriétaires terriens’.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais ce n’est pas tout puisque l’équipe ont également remarqué que les individus en question avaient bénéficié d’une nourriture plus abondante, fournie par des terres plus fertiles (lœss), que ceux enterrés sans ces attributs. “Il semble que le Néolithique ait introduit la propriété héréditaire des biens (terres et bétail) en Europe, et que l’inégalité des richesses a débuté lorsque ceci est arrivé. (…) À travers l’Age du Bronze, l’Âge du Fer et l’ère industrielle, les inégalités ont augmenté, mais leurs ‘graines’ ont été semées durant le Néolithique”, soutient le Pr Bentley, de l’Université de Bristol.En outre, l’étude de ces squelettes a permis de confirmer un autre élément : la nature patrilocale de cette civilisation néolithique. En effet, il semble que les femmes, venues d’autres régions, venaient habiter le village natal de leur mari et non l’inverse. Le 30 mai 2012 à 20:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Air vortex cannons are more fun when you add propane and fire

first_imgHow do you make a kid’s toy that’s been around since the 1960s even more fun? By scaling it up and cranking up the danger factor, obviously.Way back in 1965, Wham-O introduced the Air Blaster. It could blow out a candle from about 20 feet away. Numerous other companies have released air vortex cannons since the 60s, but they haven’t changed a heck of a lot since then.That’s because they’re so elegantly simply to construct. You can make a vortex cannon at home with just a few inexpensive parts, like a cup, some popsicle sticks, a rubber band, and a trash bag. Or you can go big and grab a trash can to build your airzooka.The fun doesn’t have to end once you’re done seeing how many cardboard things you can knock over from a distance or who can blow the most epic smoke ring using your creation. You can bring fire into the mix like the Backyard Scientist did.He recently whipped up a vortex cannon using a galvanized metal trash can, complete with its own stand for easier aiming and firing. After he put away the fog machine, he and his partner pulled out a propane tank and lit things up.To ignite their invisible floating propane donuts, they mounted a lit sparkler a few feet away from the vortex cannon. The result is pretty spectacular — you’ll see it at about the 1:50 mark in their video:Vortex cannons can put on an impressive show even when there’s no visible flames. You can, for example, pretend that you’re the Big Bad Wolf and use one to blow down a few houses:last_img read more

Uma no Princesama The Dating Game We Didnt Know We Needed

first_imgGosh, I am so over dating normal guys! They just don’t have what it takes to get my heart pumping. But wait! What if there were a suitor out there with the beautiful face of a bishounen anime boy and the body of… a horse?! That would be perfect!We can only imagine that the above was part of the pitch for creating the weird as hell dating simulation game Uma no Prince-sama (Horse Prince), created by the minds at Usaya Co.Young love comes in many forms, and this time, also in the form of a pretty-faced stallion named Yuuma. Uma means “horse” in Japanese, so you can see the glorious pun here, yes? “Won’t you be my horse trainer?” Is the official tagline of the game.In the game, you must win Yuuma’s heart by “training” him in various tasks such as a young gentleman horse might need to learn. For example, cutting leeks and other vegetables! Because that is a 100% totally normal thing that all horses do. Yes. Super normal.Bizarrely enough, this game is also rated for gamers 12 years old and up due to “moderate violence.” The mind boggles trying to imagine what that might be in a game like this. Perhaps the severe weirdness of a scene like a horse-man kabe don (wall slam)? Oh, the mental violence!The app is only available via the Japanese iOS and Google Play stores, but if you’re crafty you can figure out how to get it, we’re just saying. Or are we just… neigh-ing? Oh, ho, ho.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews LIVE BY NIGHT

first_imgLive By Night was written, directed by and stars Ben Affleck as a disenchanted World War I veteran turned small-time criminal in early Prohibition-era Boston who runs violently afoul of the Irish mafia when he embarks on a doomed secret romance with the Boss’s girlfriend. Violently beaten and wrongly imprisoned for the murder of a police officer, he swears allegiance to the rival Italian mafia and embarks on elaborate revenge plan that begins with taking over the rum-running racket in Florida. He forms a romantic and political alliance with Zoe Saldana as a well-connected Cuban dissident-in-exile but also finds himself in a multi-front war between his own growing criminal empire, the Klu-Klux-Klan and a Christian fundamentalist religious cult lead by the disturbed daughter of a corrupt police chief – repeatedly confronting his own moral convictions and the evils he’s willing to compromise with.And somehow… it kind of sucks.Strange, right? Doesn’t that sound like a pretty good movie? And yet, Live By Night is a failure on almost every noteworthy level. This is a bafflingly bad movie that stumbles over and over by biting off significantly more than it can chew in terms of scope, scale, narrative ambitions and just plain old “list of stuff that happens” and yet somehow also feeling inappropriately languid and laid back. Watching it play out and gradually realizing that not only isn’t it good but that it’s never going to become good feels like a small-scale slow-motion tragedy; a literal death by a thousand cuts where each small creative misstep piles up until the whole structure collapses.In some ways, it’d almost be more digestible if the film was worse, i.e. if Affleck wasn’t such a technically competent filmmaker with a solid command of cinematic storytelling (and a decent actor as well) we might be left with the kind of freewheeling mess that can attain a certain enthusiastic appeal: At the very least a scenario wherein an actor is writing and directing a sprawling period crime epic starring himself as history’s most morally-righteous gangster should be capable of delivering on the base pleasures of a narcissistic vanity project.But since anyone who’s seen Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo can tell you, thus far Affleck’s specialty has been solid, workmanlike, meat-and-potatoes entertainments that rigidly resist either self-glamorizing or unnecessary directorial flourish. This makes him almost precisely the wrong person to either direct or star in a movie that feels almost destined to end up as exactly that. It’s likely that he simply really liked Dennis Lehane’s original book and (as was said to be the case with Argo) couldn’t get a studio to back it without offering his own name for the marquee. But whatever the case it feels like an almost fascinating mismatch of talent and project.The main recurring issue is that the story is sprawling and unfocused without any kind of central theme, and you just can’t lack for that when your narrative jumps around as much as this one does: It’s about Irish versus Italian mobs in Boston. Then it’s about the hero’s relationship with his father. Then it’s about the complex racial caste system of early Florida. Then it’s about the dark historic catch-22 of organized crime becoming the defacto bulwark for minority American populations against systemic white supremacy. Then it’s about organized religion as a tool of political oppression. Then it’s about familial loyalty and blood ties. Not in the sense of “wow, there’s so many different elements being juggled here!” Each of those ideas comes up, becomes the focus of the movie for a few minutes, then immediately drops and gets replaced by something else… and very few of them actually end up becoming relevant again.Perhaps this would have worked in a miniseries or just a significantly longer movie, and you can already tell that Live By Night has been cut down significantly from whatever it was back when they figured this would be an Oscar contender instead of a January write-off. A lot of the story is advanced by droning voiceover narration from Affleck that positively reeks of having to paper-over plot points they no longer have time to actually show happening. And supposedly an entire major subplot involving Affleck’s brother set in Los Angeles was completely cut from the film (along with actor Scott Eastwood) even though the character is repeatedly referenced right up to the end of the film for seemingly no narrative or thematic reason.Are there good parts? Sure – it looks nice, Affleck isn’t bad even though he’s really kind of wrong for the part and mostly looks silly wearing a bunch of weirdly over-sized suits that one has to assume are meant to disguise how absurdly jacked he has to be for Batman. And there’s some pretty good action business that crops up whenever it’s time for a shoot-out. But yeah… the bulk of it is dead on arrival and adds up to nothing special.This one’s a heartbreaker. I’ll always root for Ben Affleck – and not only because can tell he has a miserable time slogging through the increasingly terrible DC Extended Universe movies to get Warner Bros to keep backing the stuff he actually wants to make. But it didn’t work out this time, and Live By Night handily represents the 2016 “prestige movie” scene going out on an appropriate whimper.last_img read more

Eat at the Tokyo Ghoul Cafe in Japan This Summer for a

first_img Tokyo Ghoul is a decadently creepy anime, so it makes sense that any type of cafe based on the series would feature decadent, delicious cuisine with weirdness sprinkled in. The anime-themed cafe in the case of Tokyo Ghoul, The Guest Cafe and Diner in Ikebukuro, Tokyo will be transforming into the Tokyo Ghoul cafe. This is all in celebration of the live-action Tokyo Ghoul movie that’s coming to theaters in Japan in July.The cafe will feature exclusive art from the series and unique costumes guests can peruse, but most importantly creepy and delicious food that looks like it was pulled straight from the show. Dishes like Kaneki’s One-Eyed Curry that looks just like a bloody eye, or Hinami’s Hamburger Steak with plenty of bloody-looking sauce and sausages that look a little like fingers.Dessert comes in the form of Tsukiyama’s Eyeball Cheese Mousse, which looks like a freshly-plucked eyeball. There are some other especially weird items too, like the ‘Can You Really Eat It…?’ burger that comes wrapped in paper like the very same meat given to Kaneki in the series, or Amon’s Kakeage Udon, which looks like the same food from the series. The Bad-Tasting Sandwich is an egg salad sandwich that ghouls wouldn’t find delectable, and an individual Rc Cell Drink, which is meant to be just like the very same drink the characters in the anime drink to live instead of blood.There are other items still like Suzuya’s Parfait, Uta’s Snack Gelatin, and the Touka Gelatin Drink, all of which look delicious. If you go to the cafe to have something to eat, you’ll get a special placemat with characters from the series, and you can also go shopping at the attached store for Tokyo Ghoul march. The cafe itself will be open from May 27 through June 28. Better get moving!photos via the-guestView as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Stay on target Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu last_img read more

Portland Police Nab Lego Crime Kingpin

first_img Minifigs throughout the Pacific Northwest breathed a collective sigh of relief this week. The Portland Police have busted the alleged mastermind behind a massive Lego theft operation.The picture above would be glorious if it was a prize won by some lucky kid (or adult), but that’s not the case here. This massive stash is just a small portion of what was recovered when police executed a search warrant at the accused’s home.Police got a helping hand from the Organized Retail Theft Unit Investigators at Fred Meyer (that’s a real thing, so beware would-be shoplifters!). They’d been tracking thefts at a number of the chain’s Portland-area stores.Once the police got involved they determined that the actual shoplifting was being done by individuals suffering from drug addictions — who would reportedly steal the toys and then sell them for “pennies on the dollar” to 40-year-old Raji Azar.According to the police report, Azar would then turn around and list the stolen toys — primarily Lego, but we can make out a few Transformers and X-Transbots boxes, too — on sites like eBay and Craigslist.Like all suspects in America, Azar remains innocent until proven guilty. The mountains of merchandise found in the home and garage probably won’t help his case. His attempt to buy $13,000 worth of goods from undercover investigators likely won’t look good to a judge, either.The police offered a word of warning at the end of their press release: “items sold as “new” or in unopened packages with prices that seem too good to be true – the items may be stolen.”Here’s the thing. With Lego, that’s not necessarily happening. Azar could easily have been re-selling the stolen sets at retail price or very close to it. Criminals love Lego because it holds its value so well.Images courtesy portlandoregon.gov Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Killer Queen Black Brings Indie Arcade Action to Nintendo Switch and Discord

first_imgStay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form While they may have been easy to miss amidst all the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate reveal excitement, some other cool Switch games were shown off at Nintendo’s relatively sparse E3 event last year. And one of the coolest surprises was Killer Queen Black, a sequel to the cult hit indie arcade game no one saw coming. If you don’t know what Killer Queen is, or why you should be excited for it, that’ll take some explaining. But in the meantime check out this hot new trailer.Being a modern arcade game in 2013 is going to limit your audience. Being an arcade game that requires ten players and two TVs is going to limit your audience even more. And being an indie arcade game with only a handful of machines? Well, that’s the reason why someone probably needs to explain to you what Killer Queen is. But ask anyone who has played Bumblebear’s bee battle and they will tell you it’s worth all the trouble.Killer Queen Black isn’t exactly the same game. It looks better and the move to PC and consoles knocks the player count down from ten to eight. But the formula is largely the same. Each team represents a hive of kickass bee people trying to defeat the other hive. There are several ways to win. If drones deliver enough berries back to base that’s an Economic victory. If drones ride a snail back to base that’s a Snail victory. And if the powerful player-controlled flying queen dies three times, killed by either the enemy queen or drones turned into warriors, that’s a Military victory. It sounds complicated but leads to endlessly enjoyable teamwork as you and your hive shift offensive and defensive strategies on the fly.All Black really has to do is bring more of that fun to more people with new abilities as well as online play. In a really cool twist, online there will always be one team with black outfits. If your team defeats them you gain those black outfits. And battles against the black team will be constantly livestreamed.Unfortunately, this new Killer Queen Black trailer also came with the news that the game is being pushed back from its initial Q1 2019 release date all the way back to Q3. However, when it launches on PC, along with Nintendo Switch, players will find it exclusively on the Discord store for the first three months. So take that, Epic Games Store. And as for Switch owners, here are some cool games to play right now in 2019.last_img read more

Sunbathing Snake Scares Mailman Outside North Carolina Home

first_imgStay on target Snakes are out and about enjoying the nice weather: A postal worker recently had the scare of his life when he had to reach past a “sunbathing” serpent to deliver mail on his route in North Carolina.The mailman, who wasn’t expecting to run into a slithering reptile on the job, was completely spooked out by the creature, who was peacefully coiled up atop a family’s mailbox in Mint Hill, North Carolina, The Charlotte Observer reported. The family who owned the mailbox contacted Carolina Waterfowl Rescue for help after the postal worker refused to deliver the mail until the snake was removed. Caught on Camera: Copperhead Snakes Mate on Bike TrailRare Two-Headed Timber Rattlesnake Spotted in New Jersey center_img Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, which uploaded a picture of the incident on Facebook, wrote “while we think this adorable little snake makes a great mailbox ornament, the mailman wouldn’t deliver the mail until he was gone. It’s a harmless De Kay’s snake.”Once an eviction team from Carolina Waterfowl Rescue arrived, they found the serene serpent still hanging out on top of the mailbox. The creature was safely transported to a nearby wooded area and the mailbox owners also removed ivy around the enclosure to prevent other critters from hiding there.According to the Virginia Herpetological Society, the De Kay’s snake is nonvenomous and can grow up to an average length of 13 inches. They’re secretive and not found in open areas, and their main sources of food include earthworms and slugs.More on Geek.com:Snake ‘Hitchhikes’ From Florida to Hawaii in Man’s Travel Bag15 Snakes, North America’s Longest, Released Into the WildThis ‘Zombie Snake’ Can Roll on Its Back, ‘Play Dead’ to Protect Itselflast_img read more

Everything You Need to Know About the Nintendo Switch

first_img We’re halfway through 2019, and just like last year, it seems as if the Nintendo Switch has spent a relatively light first half of the year preparing to knock our socks off in the second half. Super Mario Maker 2 is our current obsession but Nintendo’s unreal E3 2019 showcase gave us plenty of reasons to be excited for the console/handheld hybrid for the rest of the summer, the holidays, and into 2020.And it’s not just games we’re excited about. Nintendo also finally confirmed a new Switch revision, the cheaper portable-only Nintendo Switch Lite, coming this September. So that’s another option to choose from when considering a Switch. However, while the original Switch is quietly getting some slightly new internal components, a full-on upgraded Nintendo Switch Pro won’t be coming until 2020 at the earliest. Keep reading for everything else you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.After a decent 2018, which finished strong with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokemon Let’s Go, fans have been looking to 2019 for the Nintendo Switch to gain back a bit of its momentum from its legendary 2017 debut. And the most recent Nintendo Direct gave them some reason to hope again. While we didn’t see anything more from previously announced titles like Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion 3, we did get more details on Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Yoshi’s Crafted World, Daemon X Machina, and the Switch version of Dragon Quest XI. Even better, we got exciting new announcements for games like Super Mario Maker 2, a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, new title Astral Chain from Platinum Games, and even a dang Tetris battle royale. See for yourself and keep reading to learn everything else you need to know about Nintendo Switch, from new hardware rumors to our game reviews.As you all surely know by now, when it comes to “Everything You Need To Know About Nintendo Switch,” the first thing you need to know is that it’s basically two video game machines in one. Take the tablet with you as a powerful portable handheld. Slot it in the dock to enjoy the same games on the TV like a home console. Two uses. One device.But in 2019 there may be more than one Nintendo Switch model to consider. Japanese news outlet Nikkei is reporting that Nintendo may release a smaller, cheaper, portable-only version of the Switch this year. This backs up earlier Wall Street Journal reporting suggesting a new model of Switch may arrive in 2019.While some fans were hoping the new Switch would be a more powerful Pro model, and that may still be the case, a Switch with fewer features but more portability makes more sense. A cheaper price means more sales, especially since Nintendo just announced it won’t quite make its ambitious Switch sales targets this year even as the best-selling console in 2018. A portable, less fragile Switch could finally replace the 3DS as Nintendo’s entry-level device, something that’s a long time coming. And big Switch games this year like Animal Crossing and Pokemon shine on the go.But that’s all on the horizon. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch available right now!Almost two years into its life, there’s a lot to talk about the Nintendo Switch, and not just the fact the handheld/console hybrid is basically two video game machines in one. We’ve spent a lot of time covering the Switch, writing news, reviews, and features about its biggest or most overlooked games and hardware features. And this very page contains a lengthy rundown of the hardware itself as well as particularly big pieces of news in the months since. But if you’re looking to get a Nintendo Switch this Black Friday and holiday season (which you should because it’s really cool), you and need advice that’s a little faster, here are some of our favorite 2018 articles that truly tell you everything you need to know about what makes Nintendo Switch special: the games.A Modest Review of Nintendo Switch OnlinePlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before Super Smash Bros. UltimateSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate Single-Player Is a Glorious GrindPokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee are For Your Heart, Not Your BrainDonkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Is Very Funky on Nintendo SwitchBayonetta 2 Is Still a Perfect Game on Nintendo SwitchOctopath Traveler Is An Epic RPG Anthology for Nintendo SwitchCaptain Toad: Treasure Tracker Proves The Potential of Nintendo SwitchCrash Bandicoot And Wolfenstein II Are Very Different Nintendo Switch PortsSushi Striker Is A Tastier Puzzle Game on Nintendo SwitchDiablo III and Civilization VI Bring PC Hits To Nintendo SwitchThe World Ends With You On Nintendo Switch Makes Me Want A SequelSuper Mario Party Is Exactly How I Remember ItMario Tennis Aces Is The Most Hype Mario Sports GameGeek Pick- Starlink: Battle For AtlasAfter being delayed a week following a tragic earthquake in Japan, Nintendo pulled back the curtains on its Nintendo Switch plans for holiday 2018 and beyond in a new Nintendo Direct. Amidst the dozens of headlines there was lots of cool little stuff you might have missed like Cities: Skylines available now, a Katamari Damacy HD remake, Town: The Game (from Game Freak), a collection of Capcom beat’em ups, and an ungodly amount of Final Fantasy ports. We also got some more news on the Nintendo Switch Online service launching September 18, although we already knew pretty much everything important.But the heavy hitters at Nintendo Directs are Nintendo games. Here we got updates on Yoshi’s Crafted World and Daemon X Machina, a new Wii U port in the form of New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe, and two bombshells to bookend the show: Luigi’s Mansion 3 and a new Animal Crossing both on track for 2019. Take a look!E3 2018 has been full of obvious highs and subtle lows for the Nintendo Switch. On one hand we got a massive blowout for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate featuring every character ever in the series and then some. It looks incredible and we can’t wait to play.But besides that, things are looking a little light for the console/handheld hybrid until the one-two-three punch of Super Mario Party, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee, and Smash hit in October, November, and December. Meanwhile, Fire Emblem Three Houses has slipped in 2019 while there’s still no firm details on the likes of Metroid Prime 4, Yoshi, and Bayonetta 3. But Smash Bros. hype is a hell of a thing. So we can’t blame you for letting it overpower everything else.While Smash isn’t coming until December, multiplayer games in general on Switch are in for a change when Nintendo launches the paid Nintendo Switch Online service in January. And we heard most of the details for that before E3 even started.You’ll have to subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online to keep playing online multiplayer in games like Mario Kart and Splatoon 2. You’ll also have to keep using that ridiculous mobile app for voice chat (or maybe not since it’s been confirmed Fortnite on Switch can now do voice chat over headsets plugged into the headphone jack). We already knew that. However, your subscription will now also let you back up saves online to protect them in case your Switch breaks. It’s absurd we can’t back up saves locally but it is a godsend to be able to back up saves at all.The most curious and potentially cool part of your online Switch subscription though is access to an expanding library of classic Nintendo games. At launch, you’ll be able to play 20 NES games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Ice Climber. You can play offline as well as online, competing with friends or taking turns playing cooperatively. This is pretty nifty, a good potential foundation for the collective dream of a Netflix-style successor to the Virtual Console. But it all depends on how quickly Nintendo adds new games and consoles to the service.The real saving grace of Nintendo Switch Online though is the pricing. $20 per year ($35 for a family plan of up to eight people) is significantly cheaper than the competition, and makes the significantly lessened functionality easier to swallow. You’ll also get exclusive deals on buying digital games. But we hope this is just the humble beginning for Nintendo’s planned online services on Switch.The Nintendo Switch has been one of if the biggest stories of 2017 in video games. Since its reveal in January and launch in March, we’ve have had a lot to say about Nintendo’s smash hit handheld/console hybrid. This feature alone contains thousands of words detailing everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.But not everyone has time for that, especially with the busy holiday shopping season fast approaching. The Nintendo Switch is bound to be a hot item, with gamers either picking it up for themselves and their rooftop parties or parents buying them for their kids (since it’s time to abandon the 3DS already). Finding and purchasing a Switch is just the beginning, though. You also need to research games and accessories and just how to work the thing. That’s why we’re here to help.This story below features our exhaustive review of the Nintendo Switch hardware as well as various other updated aspects of the device, like its online voice chat and TV streaming functionality. But for anyone picking up a Switch this Black Friday and beyond, we just wanted to give you a quick and handy list of links to key game reviews, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, as well as product recommendations.Protect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesEssential Acessories for Your Nintendo SwitchGame of the Year: The Legend of Zelda Breath of the WildSuper Mario Odyssey is a Camp ClassicSwitch Games That Aren’t Zelda (ongoing reviews of smaller Switch games)Doom, Skyrim, and L.A. Noire: Nintendo Switch’s Hardcore Holiday HittersEvery Switch Port Deserves the Mario Kart 8 and Pokken Tournament Deluxe TreatmentSplatoon 2 is a Modern Video Game SequelMario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the Best Bootleg Mario GamePlay These Nintendo Switch Indie GamesNintendo Switch Now Has A Virtual Console… Sort OfWhile the Nintendo Switch has undoubtedly had a fantastic first year, some believe Nintendo rushed the device to market in order to kill the failing Wii U as fast as possible and therefore neglected to fully finish the console/handheld hybrid. While the core “switching” premise works beautifully, features like fleshed-out online, a Virtual Console, video capture, save transferring, and media apps that aren’t games were missing. Even the Wii U had Netflix at launch.Fortunately, Nintendo has steadily rectified most of these issues, with the biggest upgrade being next year’s launch of the Switch’s paid online service. But right now, you can expand your entertainment options on the platform beyond games thanks to the surprise release of a Hulu app for Nintendo Switch.As one of the biggest online streaming TV services, Hulu lets subscribers watch all sorts of TV shows and movies and sports, including acclaimed original shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, starting at $8 per month. Part of what makes streaming services so convenient is that they let you watch whatever you want anywhere. You aren’t bound to a traditional TV schedule. Meanwhile, the Switch is all about letting you enjoy content however you want, on a big screen at home or portably on the go, so it’s a perfect fit for services like Hulu, arguably more so than any other console. Our brief testing showed the app works as well as you’d hope (although touch screen support is weirdly absent).With Hulu now on Switch, hopefully this is just the first of many streaming apps to hit the system. I can wait to hop between Super Mario Odyssey and the latest escapades in the Marvel Cinematic Sex Netflix Universe.About a year ago the Nintendo Switch was first revealed, and with system version 4.0 the console/handheld has gotten arguably its most substantial update yet. As promised during the Switch event in January, you can now use the capture button to not only take screenshots but also record 30-second video clips. Just hold the button instead of pressing it.Taking screenshots is one of the secret most addictive and enjoyable parts of the Switch. It’s so memeworthy. Thankfully, it’s similarly easy to edit and share videos (even if the video quality is lower presumably to save space). However, right now the functionality is limited to a handful of Nintendo games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Arms. Hopefully all games on the system will be able to access this neat feature sooner rather than later.The 4.0 Switch system update includes a smattering of other features like support for wireless USB headphones and more specific play time hours. It also might temporarily break compatibility with some third-party accessories. But the other big change is the ability to finally transfer save data between systems.When the Switch first launched, all of your save data was tied not to your account or the game cartridge but to the system itself. You couldn’t, say, back up saves to the MicroSD card and move them around. In our opinion, it was the single biggest and most inexcusable initial failure of the portable system, especially if you made a ton of progress on a friend’s Switch before buying your own. This new solution isn’t perfect. You can transfer the saves of a profile from one Switch to another. But the data can only exist on one Switch at a time. It’s wiped from the Switch left behind. And you still can’t back anything up. But it’s better than absolutely nothing. Hopefully Nintendo will continue to expand transfer options.As far as games goes, the Switch’s library is expanding quite nicely. But that doesn’t mean the platform is without issues. The full online functionality for Nintendo Switch doesn’t arrive until September 2018. However, to go along with the release of its excellent team shooter Splatoon 2, Nintendo has released a preliminary version of the smartphone app needed for certain online features. There’s still time to fix things, but now that we’ve used the app, the best thing we can say about it is that it is unnecessary.Let’s start with what works. Within the larger Switch online app are sub-apps dedicated to different games. Splatoon 2 is the only supported game so far but it’s a cool experience for fans of the series. The fresh undersea aesthetic is ripped out of the game and you can easily view information like your own stats, the map schedule, and even how much ink you need to splat a real pyramid.Unfortunately, the app is also needed for voice chat, which is where things falls apart. First you need to set up an online lounge in the game itself. This sends a notification to your phone where you then create a room. You can see which friends already have the app and invite them to your lobby. You’ll all then be able to talk to each other in a shared lobby before being separated into teams.The whole process is very fussy, making you to fiddle with different screens. If you quit out of the app or lock your phone screen you can no longer hear your friends until you get back in, which is annoying and presents battery issues. As we’ve already seen, you also need a spaghetti bowl’s worth of cables to use a headset and hear game audio (like Splatoon 2’s banging music). Just look at the Frankenstein’s monster/late-period Sega Genesis we cobbled together for a “streamlined” voice chat solution using the Astro A10 headset and Nyko Clip Grip Power controller. Also notice how the app is portrait-orientation only.Again, the Nintendo Switch Online app is free through the rest of the year, hopefully giving Nintendo time to improve it. You also don’t really need to use it. Splatoon 2 already lets you create matches with friends through the game itself. Just do that and talk to buddies on Discord instead. Or don’t because Splatoon brilliantly presents all vital information through visuals. And while paying $20 per year for this voice app as it is now is definitely pointing, keep in mind that in the future that relatively low price will also pay for things like a Netflix-style catalog of retro games and the ability to play online at all, which is a pretty good deal.Online app aside, we’re still feeling pretty great about the Nintendo’s handheld/console hybrid in general, especially after a fantastic E3 featuring Super Mario Odyssey, Metroid Prime 4, Yoshi, Kirby, Pokémon, Rocket League, and more Nintendo Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda. Keep reading for all of our thoughts on the Switch as a product so far.Reviewing the Nintendo Switch now feels weirdly premature considering the features that won’t come to the device until after launch, features like the complete online multiplayer service and Virtual Console games on the eShop.However, it’s hard to worry about any of that while you’re holding The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in front of your face in bed instead of sleeping.For years I’ve believed the ideal way to experience the breadth of what video games have to offer with as few devices as possible is to own a gaming PC for third party games, a Nintendo console for first party games, and an iPhone for nifty mobile games. Plus, you already need a computer and a phone for real-life stuff, too. The Nintendo Switch makes that triumvirate even more appealing. For as many small annoyances surround the system, from iffy kickstands to occasional controller connection issues, the core hybrid concept is very strong and incredibly well-executed.Nintendo can’t justify making as much hardware as it used to. The market has changed, and sooner or later the company needs to admit the 3DS and dedicated handhelds with their own game libraries are finished. But with the Switch, the company has combined nearly all of its hardware ideas and philosophies into a final, elegant, focused, singular form. One device for all of Nintendo’s studios and partners to make of all of their amazing games for one library. Once again, Nintendo has reminded us how essential it is as both a software and hardware maker. The Switch just is really that cool.Inside the box are the tablet, two Joy-Con controllers, a grip, a dock, an HDMI cable, and a USB-C cable for charging. Honestly, that’s enough to get you going, but if you’re interested in more Switch accessories check out our list.The first thing you’ll see after opening up the box and powering on the tablet is the user interface. Sure it’s a little empty right now before launch, but it’s fast and modern and straightforward in a way Nintendo’s interfaces haven’t been in a while. It’s a joy to scroll through and look at on the gorgeous 6.2-inch capacitive touch screen. The company should be proud! Games are displayed as a prominent row of squares. You can also access other systems features like the Mii Maker (with added options like blue hair), amiibo and controller settings, lock screen settings and other usability preferences, your album of captured screenshots, and, the eShop, and a feed of game news. The eShop uses a similarly sleek design, making it simple to browse through the (currently limited) list of digital games to purchase.The Switch’s major online features are still in the works, but thanks to the day one update players are now able to create a 300-person friends list. Yes, the dreaded friend codes have returned. Each system (not each game) has a code that can be swapped with another player to become friends. But that’s not the only option. Users in the same physical space can easily friend each other. You can friend strangers you’ve already played with online. You can even add friends from other Nintendo software that uses your Nintendo account like Miitomo or Super Mario Run. I’ve already built up a decent friends list without typing in a single friend code.There’s a light theme and a dark theme to choose from, and you can set up multiple accounts on the same system with different profile pictures and game save data. I just hope moving saves off the 25 GBs of usable storage onto a microSD card is easy. Having multiple users on one device is great for writers sharing systems in an office, but I imagine it’ll be even better for families when paired with the system’s powerful parental features. However, save data is currently locked to the system, which is a serious bummer that should be fixed immediately.While launch titles are limited, just fiddling around with the Switch is kind of a game in and of itself. If you don’t already know, the Switch’s main trick is that it is a tablet that can also plug into a dock to output to a TV. It’s a handheld and home console. Meanwhile, the controllers (or Joy-Con, a word I kind of never want to type again) attach and detach from the tablet and have a variety of functionality. It’s a more fully realized take on Nintendo’s previous underrated but financial failure of a home console the Wii U.The hardware itself also feels more realized, and not just because the custom Nvidia Tegra chip is vaguely more powerful. The matte finish and solid but not overwhelming weight give the feel of a premium product. But sliding controllers on and off the side to sync, fitting them into a controller grip, attaching (somewhat finicky) wrist straps with extra buttons, or slotting the tablet into the dock provides the toy-like joy of transforming Optimus Prime from truck to robot. Put the Switch in my chest. The speakers even play a little “click” sound when you attach the controllers again. And being able to break off a piece of that Nintendo Switch for easy and convenient multiplayer is a dream. It sounds backwards, but the small size of the controllers actually mitigates the seemingly awkward button configurations when the controllers are held sideways.While I never experienced any left Joy-Con connections issues. Other have. Fortunately, Nintendo is offering free repairs through customer support.The tablet has fans and can get a little hot after you take it out of the dock since it’s running at higher settings. But overall I enjoy the hardware in a physical and tactile way, which I usually can’t say about video game consoles. I don’t care about my Xbox One. To me, it’s a big dumb black brick that just happens to play some games I like out of obligation. It’s a means to an end. But the Switch itself is so cool it makes we want to play games on it, even if those games aren’t necessarily here yet. Plus, the discreet dock just looks a lot nicer next to my TV, even with the bright blue and red controllers jutting off of it. I’m glad we didn’t get the gray one.You can read more detailed Zelda impressions here, but even though the game was developed for and is still coming out on the Wii U, it does a pretty good job of selling the convenience Switch concept. The dense open world offers rewarding, uninterrupted gameplay whether you’re playing for hours on your TV or just a few minutes waiting for a bus. Plus, the game loads quite quickly off of the cartridge format. It’s a great game, but it’s not the only Switch game. Check out our column Switch Games That’s Aren’t Zelda for more.I played in all three modes: handheld mode in my bed, tabletop mode with the kickstand on my desk using detached controllers like a Wii remote and nunchuck, and TV mode using the controllers slotted into the grip. The Switch is great as a handheld system. Think PlayStation Vita but with a life ahead of it. It’s wide but not that unwieldy compared to a larger smartphone or 3DS, and much of the size comes from the beautiful screen.Tabletop mode is a cool option, but I would have appreciated more viewing angles and the ability to charge the system while it’s propped up. Moving to the universal USB-C cable is nice, but you’re going to want to be able to charge the Switch as often and as easily as you can to make up for the three-hour battery life with a game like Zelda.On the TV in the dock the Switch is just any other game console. Sliding the tablet into the dock isn’t quite as satisfying as sliding on the controllers. There’s no click! But I was surprised how comfortable the included (non-charging) grip is. If you’re wary about spending $70 on the Pro Controller right away, you may be surprised by how usable this grip is for hardcore games. Even the left cluster of buttons felt closer to an actual D-pad than I expected.Not all games will support all of these modes. But while some see this as a negative, I think it’s good Nintendo isn’t limiting what kinds of games come to the system. If a game like a good mobile port wants to take advantage of the multitouch screen at the expense of the TV, I say let them. It just grows the library. Most of the greatest Wii U ignored the GamePad, but Super Mario Maker relies on it. They can coexist. Not every game is going to support the sideways controllers, but they work just fine for a simple and fast multiplayer game like a plethora of indie content or the consistently fun, if overpriced, Super Bomberman R.Since we haven’t yet played famous baby simulator 1-2 Switch outside of the preview event, I haven’t gotten to further test the Switch’s more unique features like the enhanced motion control, IR camera, and HD Rumble. But having a button for capturing screenshots right on the controller makes preserving your craziest moments very addictive. Being able to add text to screenshots and share them on social media makes the Switch a killer meme machine. That was the best part of Miitomo.The strength of Nintendo’s first party games alone makes its hardware at least worth looking at. But even without the brand the Switch is a sleek, impressive piece of hardware, from its screen to its build quality to its variety of uses to the fun of clicking and sliding everything around. In a way, it takes what has always been intriguing about the Android microconsole concept (Ouya, Nvidia Shield) like ease of development and mobile chips and a compact design but applies enough actual knowledge about how people want to enjoy video games along with video games people actually want to play. It brilliantly fills in that space between phones and consoles that might as well PCs.The Nintendo Switch as it is now is an extremely cool system for straight up playing games, and I have faith future updates will flesh out its other features nicely. But the best thing I can say about the Switch is that even if Nintendo doesn’t fully deliver on things like online multiplayer or Virtual Console (the SNES Classic doesn’t count) or third party support or even a consistent schedule of games, I would still try to find ways to play the system. It’s just that fun to use. Like the analog stick or rumble pak or any other past Nintendo innovation, I would not be surprised in the slightest if this ends up being a new paradigm shift, a switch, in what video game hardware is. More power is great, but chasing power alone leads to stagnation. We have to be willing to constantly rethink what video games and the machines we play them with are. The Nintendo Switch is good for video games.Keep reading for everything else you need to know about the Nintendo Switch!The future of Nintendo will soon be now. Watch the Nintendo Switch livestream and learn everything you could possibly want to imagine about Nintendo’s handheld/console hybrid. And keep coming back to this page as we update it with news, videos, hands-on impressions, and everything else you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.What Does Playing the Nintendo Switch Feel Like?So how does playing the Nintendo Switch actually feel? Well considering the variety of ways to approach the system, it takes a little longer than you’d think to figure that out. However, after getting three solid hours of hands-on time with the thing, I have a pretty good idea.For an old-fashioned gamer who doesn’t want to bother with a new twist on their game controls, just leave the Switch in the dock and pick up a Pro Controller. Despite the weird translucent plastic, the Pro Controller is totally traditional and feels hefty yet comfortable, which it should given its price. You can easily bust out Violent Ken combos in Ultra Street Fighter II or blast friends to smithereens in the new Konami(!) not free-to-play(!!) Super Bomberman R.However, the more pressing question is what does it feel like to break off a piece of that Nintendo Switch and use the Joy-Con? Again, this depends on the game. Using the Joy-Con slotted into the Pro Grip feels close enough to using a regular controller, only much lighter. But I preferred foregoing the grip entirely and holding the Joy-Con freely like a Wii remote and nunchuk. It made The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild much more comfortable compared to the E3 Wii U version.Using individual Joy-Con is when the situation gets a little trickier. Holding one on its side and attaching the shoulder-button strap makes the controller bigger than I imagined, but still noticeably undersized. That said, controlling a 2D platformer like the surprisingly competent Sonic Mania or a racing game like the now-perfect Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with Battle Mode is no problem.Where things get truly weird though is when you’re asked to use the Joy-Con’s bevy of extra features. The stretchy-limb fighting game Arms is visually pleasing, and its gameplay, which is basically a more elaborate version of Wii Boxing, is intriguing. Plus fake Tron Bonne from Mega Man Legends is in it. But I felt I needed more time to learn the intricacies of the motion controls. I suppose that’s better than the controls having no depth at all.The other big showcase of Joy-Con motion controls is the party game 1 2 Switch. These minigames combine cleverness and absurdity in a way that made me wish it was a WarioWare game. There’s even dumb FMV! Use the Joy-Con to milk a cow or eat a sandwich or gun down your partner or swing a sword or guess how many balls are rumbling in your hand. Geek’s box expert Will Greenwald and I really bonded over this one. Not making this a pack-in game feels like a mistake.But what impressed me most about the Nintendo Switch (don’t let the sadness above fool you) was how fantastic it feels to use as a portable device. Transitioning from the TV to the tablet is as seamless and elegant in practice as it is as a concept. It’s big, but because it’s mostly a thin screen, it doesn’t feel as ungainly as the Wii U GamePad. It’s sturdy, too. Everything locks nicely into place and the weight is fairly evenly distributed. But most importantly, it just feels like a cool piece of technology. Even on a 720p screen, Splatoon 2 looks gorgeous, and pulling off the game’s deceptively complex set of moves with the side controllers is a breeze. I was dual-wielding and side-dashing and paint-rolling and turning from kid to squid with ease in 4v4 local multiplayer matches.With the exception of Zelda, the games at this Nintendo Switch event were a little slight. But they were also all incredibly, immediately fun, and seeing them in one concentrated blast went a long way towards making up for the awkward live unveiling of the system. And launch lineups are always questionable anyway. The real crucial thing I learned about the Switch is that the hardware itself is high quality, a sweet spot between toy and tech. It’s something I want to keep using. I want to carry it with me and play it on a plane. I want to dock it and play on a TV with a Pro Controller or Pro Grip or detached Joy-Con. I want to play more weird Joy-Con games. I didn’t get to pop out the kickstand due to security reasons, but I imagine I want to do that, too. I desperately want to go to New Donk City. With the Nintendo Switch, I want to believe. Now just give me more games.For more Nintendo Switch info, keep reading.What Is It?The Nintendo Switch, formerly known as NX, is Nintendo’s next gaming platform. It merges the company’s handheld and home gaming consoles into one device. You can “switch” between playing on the go or playing at home on a TV.When Can I Get It? How Much Does It Cost?The Nintendo Switch Launches March 3 for $299.99. Nintendo is shipping two million units to retailers for launch, so if you want one you better pre-order.What Does It Do?The Nintendo’s Switch’s main gimmick is that you can switch between handheld and home console modes. The brains of the system, powered by a custom Nvidia Tegra chip for beefy mobile devices, live inside the 6.2-inch 720p capacitive touchscreen tablet you can carry anywhere. The battery ranges from 2.5 to 6.5 hours and you can charge over USB-C.Prop up the kickstand to enjoy the Switch on a plane. Slide off the Joy-Con controllers for quick and easy local multiplayer or connect up to eight Switches wirelessly. Games come on cartridges so no need to worry about fragile spinning discs. At home, simply slide the tablet into the dock to enjoy games on your big and beautiful television screen. In TV mode the Switch can output 1080p visuals at 6o framers per second. Expand the 32GB of internal storage with microSD cards. Any microSD card up to 2TB will be supported. Don’t feel the need to go buy overpriced, branded cards.The Joy-Cons themselves also have a range of functionality including motion control, shape-detecting IR camera sensors, “HD” rumble, an NFC scanner for amiibo, and a share button for capturing screenshots and video. The included strap also makes the shoulder buttons more prominent. Joy-Cons in color sets like red and blue can be purchased for $80 or as a set or $50 individually. Other accessories include the $30 Joy-Con Charging Grip controller (the included grip doesn’t charge), a $15 steering wheel shell, and the $70 Pro controller (which also has motion controls, HD rumble, and an amiibo NFC scanner).Patents have suggested the Switch may one day introduce a VR headset, but that day is not today.Parents interested in parental controls should just watch this PSA starring the Bowser family.Moving away from the channels of the Wii and Wii U, the home menu displays games and apps as a simple string of tiles, as you can see below. On the home screen you can also access the eShop digital store, your album of captured screenshots, account settings, controller settings, and apparently a news feed of Nintendo Switch game info.Also, thanks to some recent leaks, we now have a better idea of what the Switch’s user interface is like. Here’s what you can expect to see after booting up your Nintendo Switch for the first time. At last, digital purchases are tied to your account rather than hardware. Previous eShop funds will transfer over.What Are The Games?Currently, seven games are planned for the Switch launch on March 3:The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildSuper Bomberman RThe Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (pushed to later this March)I Am Setsuna1 2 SwitchSkylanders ImaginatorsJust Dance 2017World of GooLittle InfernoHuman Resource MachineSnipperclips (possibly)Fast RMXShovel Knight: Specter of Torment and Treasure TroveThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the promising Wii U open-world reinvention of the classic series, is also releasing on the Switch on launch day, March 3. Check out this gorgeous new trailer.Also at launch will be the minigame collection 1 2 Switch, which shows off Joy-Con functionality. Anyone who has played hipster PlayStation Move game Johann Sebastian Joust may experience deja vu. The video opened with a quick-draw cowboy shootout that just made us want a new Mad Dog McCree.The new 3D Mario game teased in the Switch reveal is the absolutely bonkers Super Mario Odyssey. Bowser is trying to marry Princess Peach so Mario travels around the world in a hat-shaped airship. Also he can throw his hat and jump on it. Also his hat has eyes. And did we mention he goes to a fake New York City full of realistic human people called New Donk City?!?!. See for yourself how ludicrous yet awesome this return to Mario 64 sandbox 3D platforming looks.Coming this Spring is the bluntly named Arms, a strange new Nintendo fighting game where all the characters, from Spring Man to Ribbon Girl, have big stretchy arms. Sure!It wasn’t detailed in the presentation, but an enhanced port of Mario Kart 8 called Mario Kart 8 Deluxe hits the Switch this April. The new game features added characters like King Boo and Bowser Jr, returning items like the feather, an improved Battle Mode, and characters and maps taken from Splatoon.Speaking of Splatoon, beloved new Nintendo franchise Splatoon returns as Splatoon 2 this summer. The sequel features new weapons, new moves, and most importantly, new hairstyles.JRPG fans have a ton of Switch titles to look forward to. Dragon Quest X and XI and Heroes 1 and 2. A new Shin Megami Tensei running on Unreal Engine 4. A sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles (no, not Xenoblade Chronicles X) called Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Disgaea 5. And something called Octopath Traveler. These games can be played anywhere thanks to the Switch been region free.Also from Japan we can expected the new Project Sonic 2017 and Sonic Mania, a Fire Emblem/Dynasty Warriors mashup (along with a real Fire Emblem game in 2018), and some mysterious new Suda 51 project featuring No More Heroes’s Travis Touchdown. Tucked away in a montage was some kind of Street Fighter II remake called Ultra Street Fighter II, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Super Bomberman R, and shape-cutting game called Snipperclips.As for western developers, we got a confirmation that Skyrim is coming to the Switch as well as the new FIFA from EA Sports and NBA 2k18 from 2K. Lego City Undercover, Minecraft, Skylanders (you can scan the toys with the controller, no portal needed), Steep, Just Dance, and Rayman Legends are also on their way.Finally, a boatload of indie games are being announced for the Switch. Right now we know about Shovel Knight, The Binding of Isaac, Stardew Valley, Rime, Seasons of Heaven, a sequel to F-Zero homage Fast Racing NEO, and Has-Been Heroes and dozens more.Online?Nintendo didn’t detail its Switch online plans too much. We don’t know exactly what role My Nintendo plays or what the Virtual Console situation is like. However, we do know this fall Nintendo is rolling out a paid subscription service. Certain features will be free to anyone but subscribers gain access to online gameplay, lobbies and voice chat, smartphone integration, and free game giveaways like SNES games but with added online play. Premium features will be free to all for a short time. Premium features might cost between $17 and $27 per year, much cheaper than the competition.We also now know that the Miiverse social network and Street Pass are not returning. Meanwhile, Netflix won’t be available at launch. But Nintendo says apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video are coming at some point.Anything Else?As more Nintendo Switch news drops we’ll let you know, but in the meantime enjoy these other stories we’ve written about the device.Port These Lost Nintendo Games to the SwitchPlease Save These Wii U GamesGadgets to Scratch Your Nintendo Switch Itch9 Ways Nintendo Can Make the Switch a Success10 Ways Nintendo Could Still F*ck Up The SwitchThe Nintendo Switch: Why a Portable System Still Matters in 2017Mario is Supposed to be WeirdBuy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchPro ControllerThe Best Nintendo Switch Cases Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more