Fujifilm’s Nintendo Switch Printer Is a Modern-Day Color Version of the Game Boy Printer

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A week before the new version of Pokémon Snap hits the Nintendo Switch, Fujifilm has revealed a re-branded version of its Instax Mini Link printer that will let players print out hard copies of their best Pokéshots, as well as let users accent any photo with Nintendo-themed stickers, frames, and effects.

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If you’re old enough to remember the original version of Pokémon Snap on the Nintendo 64, you probably also remember that Blockbuster video rental stores installed something called Pokémon Snap Stations that allowed players to bring in an N64 memory card full of their best shots and print out a sheet of Pokémon stickers. In a time when social media and sharing pics online wasn’t a thing, printing out images was the next best thing, and Fujifilm is trying to recreate that experience 20 years later.

Two versions of the Fujifilm Mini Link Special Edition will be available soon, including a $99 option with Switch-themed accents next week on April 30, and then a $120 bundle next month that includes a bright yellow Pikachu-shaped silicone case which is obviously the version everyone should opt for.

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Instead of having to lug a memory card to a video rental store destined for extinction, the Mini Link Special Edition uses an iOS or Android mobile app as a stepping stone between the Nintendo Switch and the printer. Users transfer photos from the Switch’s screenshot album to their smartphone’s camera roll (using a process where the Switch generates a QR Code that a smartphone then uses to connect to the console directly over an ad-hoc wifi connection) and then the Fujifilm app is used to edit and reframe images, as well as add fun Nintendo effects, before it’s sent to the printer.

Unlike the old Game Boy Camera that used relatively cheap black and white thermal paper to generate prints, the Fujifilm Mini Link Special Edition relies on color film with 20 shots costing around $15. If you’ve got a kid who ends up being a prolific Pokémon Snap photographer, covering the kitchen fridge with their portfolio could get expensive very quickly.

ALMA discovers rotating infant galaxy with help of natural cosmic telescope

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers found a rotating baby galaxy 1/100th the size of the Milky Way at a time when the Universe was only seven percent of its present age. Thanks to assistance by the gravitational lens effect, the team was able to explore for the first time the nature of small and dark “normal galaxies” in the early Universe, representative of the main population of the first galaxies, which greatly advances our understanding of the initial phase of galaxy evolution.

“Many of the galaxies that existed in the early Universe were so small that their brightness is well below the limit of the current largest telescopes on Earth and in Space, making difficult to study their properties and internal structure,” says Nicolas Laporte, a Kavli Senior Fellow at the University of Cambridge. “However, the light coming from the galaxy named RXCJ0600-z6, was highly magnified by gravitational lensing, making it an ideal target for studying the properties and structure of a typical baby galaxies.”

Gravitational lensing is a natural phenomenon in which light emitted from a distant object is bent by the gravity of a massive body such as a galaxy or a galaxy cluster located in the foreground. The name “gravitational lensing” is derived from the fact that the gravity of the massive object acts like a lens. When we look through a gravitational lens, the light of distant objects is intensified and their shapes are stretched. In other words, it is a “natural telescope” floating in space.

The ALMA Lensing Cluster Survey (ALCS) team used ALMA to search for a large number of galaxies in the early Universe that are enlarged by gravitational lensing. Combining the power of ALMA, with the help of the natural telescopes, the researchers are able to uncover and study fainter galaxies.

Why is it crucial to explore the faintest galaxies in the early Universe? Theory and simulations predict that the majority of galaxies formed few hundred millions years after the Big-Bang are small, and thus faint. Although several galaxies in the early Universe have been previously observed, those studied were limited to the most massive objects, and therefore the less representative galaxies, in the early Universe, because of telescopes capabilities. The only way to understand the standard formation of the first galaxies, and obtain a complete picture of galaxy formation, is to focus on the fainter and more numerous galaxies.

The ALCS team performed a large-scale observation program that took 95 hours, which is a very long time for ALMA observations, to observe the central regions of 33 galaxy clusters that could cause gravitational lensing. One of these clusters, called RXCJ0600-2007, is located in the direction of the constellation of Lepus, and has a mass 1000 trillion times that of the Sun. The team discovered a single distant galaxy that is being affected by the gravitational lens created by this natural telescope. ALMA detected the light from carbon ions and stardust in the galaxy and, together with data taken with the Gemini telescope, determined that the galaxy is seen as it was about 900 million years after the Big Bang (12.9 billion years ago). Further analysis of these data suggested that a part of this source is seen 160 times brighter than it is intrinsically.

By precisely measuring the mass distribution of the cluster of galaxies, it is possible to “undo” the gravitational lensing effect and restore the original appearance of the magnified object. By combining data from Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope with a theoretical model, the team succeeded in reconstructing the actual shape of the distant galaxy RXCJ0600-z6. The total mass of this galaxy is about 2 to 3 billion times that of the Sun, which is about 1/100th of the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy.

What astonished the team is that RXCJ0600-z6 is rotating. Traditionally, gas in the young galaxies was thought to have random, chaotic motion. Only recently has ALMA discovered several rotating young galaxies that have challenged the traditional theoretical framework, but these were several orders of magnitude brighter (larger) than RXCJ0600-z6.

“Our study demonstrates, for the first time, that we can directly measure the internal motion of such faint (less massive) galaxies in the early Universe and compare it with the theoretical predictions,” says Kotaro Kohno, a professor at the University of Tokyo and the leader of the ALCS team.

“The fact that RXCJ0600-z6 has a very high magnification factor also raises expectations for future research,” explains Seiji Fujimoto, a DAWN fellow at the Niels Bohr Institute. “This galaxy has been selected, among hundreds, to be observed by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the next generation space telescope to be launched this autumn. Through joint observations using ALMA and JWST, we will unveil the properties of gas and stars in a baby galaxy and its internal motions. When the Thirty Meter Telescope and the Extremely Large Telescope are completed, they may be able to detect clusters of stars in the galaxy, and possibly even resolve individual stars. There is an example of gravitational lensing that has been used to observe a single star 9.5 billion light-years away, and this research has the potential to extend this to less than a billion years after the birth of the Universe.”

Canoo co-founder and CEO resigns, new chairman takes over

The new executive chairman of electric vehicle startup Canoo, Tony Aquila, has taken over the role of CEO at the company. Existing CEO and co-founder Ulrich Kranz is resigning and so is Canoo’s chief lawyer, Andrew Wolstan. It’s another major shake-up for the startup, which just became a publicly traded company as part of a merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).

The departure of Kranz and Wolstan comes just weeks after Canoo’s chief financial officer resigned, and it lost its head of corporate strategy. The startup’s head of powertrain development and another one of the people who helped found Canoo in late 2017, Phil Weicker, also left at the beginning of this year, The Verge has learned.

Aquila took over as Canoo’s executive chairman as part of the SPAC merger late last year. Since then he has focused on moving the startup away from its original goal of creating an electric van that people would “subscribe” to and toward developing more truck-like vehicles for commercial fleets. He recently explained the shift in greater detail on the company’s first call with investors as a public company in March, where he also said a deal with Hyundai was basically dead.

Kranz, who spent years at BMW, was not on that call, which is unusual for a CEO. Aquila was even asked whether Kranz was still CEO. But as The Verge first reported late last year, Kranz’s contract with Canoo was renegotiated as part of the SPAC merger, and he was removed from the startup’s board of directors. “There’s definitely a role [for Kranz]. There’s definitely advice that can happen. But to scale an organization at this level, I mean, that’s a different experience than he has,” Aquila told The Verge at the time.

Wolstan is being replaced by current Canoo VP Hector Ruiz, who came to the startup after nine years at Solera Holdings, Aquila’s previous company.

Thomas Dattilo, a member of Canoo’s board of directors and the chairperson of the nominating and corporate governance committee, said in a statement that “[t]he entire Board is pleased and excited that someone with Tony’s background, track record and vision has agreed to lead the Company.” Datillo previously served as a director on the board at Solera Holdings.

Canoo was founded in late 2017 by a group of former employees of fellow EV startup Faraday Future, including Kranz and fellow former BMW executive Stefan Krause. Krause left the startup in 2020 a few months before the SPAC merger process began. One of the few co-founders who remains at the startup is Richard Kim, who was a designer at BMW who led the styling of the i8 and i3. Others from that founding group who are still there are Sohel Merchant, who heads up the vehicle architecture; Christoph Kuttner, who leads interior design; Bill Strickland, the vehicle program lead who spent years at Ford; and Alexi Charbonneau, who worked at both SpaceX and Tesla.

Turn Your Old or Broken Samsung Phone Into a Smarthome Sensor

I’m a bit of a gadget hoarder. I often tend to assume that I can repurpose some old thing—an ancient phone, tablet, or webcam—into something new, so I’m thrilled to see Samsung finally debut its Galaxy Upcycling at Home program, which gives you a way to turn old phones that you should have sold by now into more useful smarthome devices.

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Also, it’s a great way to get extra life out of a broken phone, assuming you can tap the screen enough to set up Galaxy Upcycling (or can plug in a mouse to help out).

Samsung’s app offers up two sensors that you can enable right now, and here’s hoping more arrive as the program matures:

  • Using an improved artificial intelligence (AI) solution, Galaxy devices can more accurately distinguish sounds in everyday surroundings, and users can choose to save certain sound recordings. For example, if the device detects sounds such as a baby crying, dog barking, cat meowing, or a knock, it will send an alert directly to the user’s smartphone and the user can listen to the recorded sound.
  • Devices can also be used as a light sensor to measure the brightness level of the room. Users can easily set the device to automatically turn on the lights or the TV through SmartThings if the room becomes darker than the preset standard of light.

To reuse your older Samsung device as a smarthome sensor, make sure you’re running the most up-to-date version of Samsung’s SmartThings app. You’ll also need one of the following smartphones:

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Launch SmartThings, and then tap on the three-line hamburger icon on the mid-left side. Tap on SmartApps, and then tap on the triple-dot icon on the mid-right side. Tap SmartThings Labs, and then tap on Galaxy Upcycle to begin the installation process.

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Once you’ve installed the Galaxy Upcycle app, launch it and pick a sensor type.

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You’ll then be asked to pick a location and room where your device will live. These should line up with whatever you’ve previously set up in the Samsung SmartThings app. And that’s it! You’ll now see your sensor online and operational. Plug in your phone, flip off your screen, and let your sensor chug.

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You’ll probably want to visit the SmartThings app once more and set up an automation that uses your new sensor’s data to perform an action—like automatically turning on your lights on a room when the general ambience gets too dim. Otherwise, there’s little point to having a sensor running in a room 24/7.

 

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Doctor Strange 2’s Elizabeth Olsen Teases ‘Horror Show’ Vibes for the Marvel Film

Things will get suitably strange in the Doctor Strange sequel.

Things will get suitably strange in the Doctor Strange sequel.
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Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

Dave Bautista really wants to play DC Comics’ Bane. Netflix’s new young adult vampire series finds its first director, and the streamer teams up with Alejandro Brugués for a new horror tale. Plus, what’s to come on The Nevers and Creepshow. To me, my spoilers!

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Bane

During a recent panel at Justice Con, Dave Bautista revealed he’s personally held meetings with both Warner Bros. and DC about trying to play Bane in a future Batman project.

I’ve made no secret about this. I want to play Bane so bad I went to Warner Bros., had an appointment with them, had an appointment with DC, walked in the door and said, ‘I want to play Bane.’ I’m not kidding. They were a little like ‘Woah, we’re not even casting Bane.’ I was like ‘I don’t care, I’m playing him.’

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The Last Will and Testament of Charles Abernathy

Deadline reports Alejandro Brugués is attached to direct The Last Will and Testament of Charles Abernathy, a new horror film at Netflix written by Joe Russo and Chris Lamont. The story follows “billionaire Charles Abernathy who, on the eve of his 75th birthday, invites his four estranged children back home out of fear that tonight someone – or something – is coming to kill him. To ensure his family will help protect him from whatever’s coming, Abernathy puts each of their inheritances on the line – they’ll get nothing if he’s found dead by dawn.”


Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

In a recent interview with Glamour Magazine, Elizabeth Olsen stated Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is “a bonkers movie. [Marvel is] definitely going for that horror show vibe.”

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First Kill

Jet Wilkinson (How to Get Away With Murder) is attached to direct the first two episodes of First Kill, Netflix’s upcoming young adult vampire series from producer Emma Roberts. [Deadline]

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The Nevers

Spoiler TV has pictures from episode five, “Hanged. Click through to see more.

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Kung Fu

Nicky and Henry visit a private collector in the trailer for “Hand”next week’s episode of Kung Fu.


Creepshow

Finally, Bloody-Disgusting has an exclusive clip from “Pipe Screams”tonight’s episode of Creepshow starring Barbara Crampton.


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Apple’s iOS 15 will reportedly bring big upgrades to notifications and the home screen – CNET

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Apple will include new notification settings, an upgraded home screen for iPads and a handful of other changes in its new iOS and iPadOS operating systems rolling out later this year, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The report didn’t give further details on exactly what those updates will be, but it said that iOS 15 will also deliver additional security protections as well.

Apple usually reveals details about new versions of iOS at its Worldwide Developers Conference. This year, WWDC is starting June 7. The operating system will likely launch in September, as new versions almost always do.

For more info on iOS 15, check out our rumor roundup.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

See also: Big iOS 14.5 news this week from Apple: Here’s everything we know so far

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iPhone 12 in purple hands-on: Should you buy it? – CNET

Purple iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 got a fresh new purple at Apple’s Spring Loaded event.

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Apple released a new color for the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini and it’s purple. It goes on sale Friday but I got my hands on an iPhone 12 with 256GB of storage in purple and I can indeed confirm, this is purple. But the timing of the new color is six months after Apple launched the iPhone 12 series and about six months away from the rumored iPhone 13. So should you buy one or wait? I promise to explain.

Purple is the sixth color for the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini, which come in black, white, blue, green, Product Red and now purple. There were six colors in Apple’s rainbow logo, which the company used from the late ’70s through the ’90s, and which also had purple in it. The new purple color isn’t available on the iPhone 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max which makes sense because the Pro models usually stick to graphite, silver and gold finishes.

The purple iPhone 12 and 12 Mini go on sale April 23 and will be available on April 30. Prices start at $829 (£799, AU$1,350) for the iPhone 12 or $799 if you activate it on a carrier when you buy it. The purple iPhone 12 Mini starts at $729 (£699, AU$1,199) or $699 with a carrier discount.

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Unboxing the iPhone 12 in purple is, no surprise, exactly the same as unboxing any other iPhone 12 or 12 Mini. It has the same thinner box design that Apple rolled out in October as a way to reduce its impact on the environment. The box has the purple phone on it with the word iPhone and the Apple logo in purple. 

It comes with the same accessories as other iPhone 12 models: a single lighting-to-USB-C cable. Apple doesn’t include wired headphones or a wall charger in the box any more.

My first reaction to seeing the phone in-person? Yeah, that’s purple. In the promotion video at the event, the purple color looked like a deep rich shade, like Prince purple. Or Joker from Batman purple. But this is actually a pretty light purple. Almost like an Easter purple.

Last year, there was the iPhone 11 in purple, but that was more of a light lavender color. The purple on the iPhone 12 looks richer but gives off the same positive vibes.

The flat aluminum edges on the iPhone 12 are also purple and match the back. It definitely looks striking in-person. But even though the color is new, everything else about the phone is the same. It has the same support for 5G. The OLED screen is covered with Apple’s ceramic shield. The body has an IP68 rating for dust- and water-resistance. It supports MagSafe wireless charging and accessories. It has the same A14 Bionic processor, runs on iOS 14 software and even has the same cameras.

And that brings me to the question: Should you buy it? We’re at that weird halfway point in the typical iPhone refresh cycle. And it’s smart for Apple to release a new color to help spur interest in the iPhone 12.

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In most cases, if you’re due for an upgrade and are looking to get an iPhone, it would be silly to wait. Get the iPhone 12 and rest comfortably knowing that Apple supports its phones four or even five years after they’re released with OS and security updates.

If you know you’ll want the latest and the newest and you can wait six months, then you probably already know your decision. And if you love all things purple, what are you waiting for? But let’s be real for a moment. No matter which phone you get or which color it is, most people will likely take this purple beauty and put it in a case.

In a surprise to no one, Instagram is testing ads in Reels

Instagram puts ads just about everywhere in its app, and now, they’re coming to Reels. The company says today it’ll start testing ads in its TikTok copy product in India, Brazil, Germany, and Australia. The plan is to then expand that group in the coming months. The ads can be up to 30 seconds long, like Reels, and will look similar to the ones you see in stories in that they’re vertical and full-screen. Unlike those story ads, though, people can comment on, like, view, save, share, and skip them in Reels.

The broader Facebook company also previewed its new sticker ads for Facebook Stories, which will be tested with select advertisers and creators over the coming weeks. The company announced them last month with the idea being that the stickers are just that, cute stickers, but that they can also be tapped to buy a product. Creators will get a cut of the revenue, and you can see an example below.

Sticker ads will be tested on Facebook, and creators will take a cut of the revenue made through their content.
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The ads in Reels comes as no surprise, given that Facebook’s business is built around them. It’s more unexpected that the company brought shopping to Reels globally before ads, but it’s possible Instagram didn’t want to turn people off from the format with consistent advertising wedged between actual content. Instagram head Adam Mosseri even noted he wasn’t “happy” with the feature yet, as of January.

With sticker ads, more people could become influencers, and product placement might look more organic than a clear brand shoutout that someone’s being paid to promote. In the sample mock-up, the sticker does note that it’s “sponsored,” but the font is thin and discreet — I expect people to miss that small disclaimer and also to possibly not know that the people posting them receive a kickback from any sales made.

EA announces new Battlefield mobile game launching in 2022 

The Battlefield series is headed to mobile devices. The hugely popular shooter franchise will make its debut on smartphones and tablets in a new game that’s set to release in 2022. The game will be developed by Industrial Toys in partnership with longtime Battlefield developer DICE, which is owned by Electronic Arts.

“Make no mistake, this is a standalone game,” Oskar Gabrielson, the general manager of DICE, said in a blog post. “A completely different game from the one we’re making for console and PC, designed specifically for the mobile platform. It’s being built from the ground up by iToys to make Battlefield-on-the-go a reality and you can expect a fully-fledged, skill-based experience.”

Shooters are some of the biggest hits on mobile right now, and EA is likely looking to capitalize on that popularity with the introduction of a mobile Battlefield title. Call of Duty: Mobile had a colossal launch week when it debuted in 2019, reportedly racking up more than 100 million downloads. And PUBG Mobile, which was released in 2018, just surpassed one billion total downloads in March.

Gabrielson also reiterated that DICE is hard at work on the next Battlefield game for consoles and PC, which is planned for release later this year.