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Roguelikes: how Spelunky, Dark Souls and Isaac made death matter again

Roguelikes: how Spelunky, Dark Souls and Isaac made death matter again

Death should be permanent. When games emerged in the early eighties, they opted for a certain count of lives. Usually three, though in many cases, this could be increased to five, or seven, or nine. Mario plunged into bottomless pits, Sonic brushed against one too many spikes and we’d wait for a jingle to finishRead more about Roguelikes: how Spelunky, Dark Souls and Isaac made death matter again[…]

8W off-line switcher up-rated for 480V three-phase industrial power

8W off-line switcher up-rated for 480V three-phase industrial power

Intended for use up to 8W in industrial equipment it can be used in both isolated and non-isolated fly-back topologies. It can also be used in “high-quality consumer products destined for regions with unstable mains grids, tropical regions with frequent lightning strikes or any area where high-energy ring-waves and surges are prevalent”, said the firm. ForRead more about 8W off-line switcher up-rated for 480V three-phase industrial power[…]

Mozilla begins promoting premium VPN service within Firefox

Mozilla begins promoting premium VPN service within Firefox

Mozilla has begun prompting a sample of Firefox users to register for a premium VPN subscription when they connect to an unsecured wireless network. A handful of users in the US running the latest version of the desktop browser will see a popup suggesting they register for the service, which is provided by Swiss companyRead more about Mozilla begins promoting premium VPN service within Firefox[…]

China RISC-V Consortium Has 50 members

China RISC-V Consortium Has 50 members

The objective of the consortium is to promote the adoption of RISC-V in China by building exchange platforms for the industry to promote the application of RISC-V, facilitating a RISC-V talent cultivation plan in universities and promoting  cooperation among its members. VeriSilicon chairman Dai Weimin, who is the consortium chairman, says RISC-V is an opportunityRead more about China RISC-V Consortium Has 50 members[…]

Steph McGovern boosts EW BrightSparks selection panel

Steph McGovern boosts EW BrightSparks selection panel

EW BrightSparks is a programme, run in partnership with RS Components, to highlight talented young electronic engineers in the UK. Now in its third year, we are looking for the young engineers who are already making a difference in the first years of their working life, or who are still studying but are showing theRead more about Steph McGovern boosts EW BrightSparks selection panel[…]

New Nintendo Switch: everything we want to see from a new Switch console

New Nintendo Switch: everything we want to see from a new Switch console

What might a new Nintendo Switch look like? With the Nintendo Switch coming up to the two-year mark, it’s safe to say the hybrid handheld / portable console has taken the world by storm. It’s the fastest selling console ever in the US and making Nintendo an absolute shedload of money. All of that makesRead more about New Nintendo Switch: everything we want to see from a new Switch console[…]

Imec tool accelerates DNA sequencing 10x

Imec tool accelerates DNA sequencing 10x

elPrep 4.0 is designed as a drop-in replacement for preparation steps defined by the GATK (Genome Analysis Toolkit) Best Practices pipelines for variant calling, while delivering identical results. DNA sequencing involves splitting a human genome into thousands of fragments, which are then fed to the sequencing machines to identify the individual bases. This results inRead more about Imec tool accelerates DNA sequencing 10x[…]

Windows 10 October 2018 Update apparently hit by another bug that could lose your files

Windows 10 October 2018 Update apparently hit by another bug that could lose your files

It appears there’s some more bad news for the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, with some apparent further issues in terms of files potentially going missing (following the major file deletion gremlin which caused the update to be paused for the time being by Microsoft). There are multiple reports from those who have installed theRead more about Windows 10 October 2018 Update apparently hit by another bug that could lose your files[…]

Apple tells Bloomberg to retract spy chip story

Apple tells Bloomberg to retract spy chip story

The story is the spy chip allegation saying China put spy chips on boards used in servers bought by Apple. ‘This did not happen,” Cook (pictured) told Buzzfeed News, “I feel they should retract their story. There is no truth in their story about Apple. They need to do that right thing.” “I was involvedRead more about Apple tells Bloomberg to retract spy chip story[…]