Nintendo’s upcoming NX gaming console won’t run on Android

Nintendo has shot down rumors that its yet-to-be-unveiled NX gaming console would run on Android. Responding to a report by Japanese business daily Nikkei, a Nintendo spokesman said of the rumors, “There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX.”

Nikkei previously claimed that Nintendo’s hush-hush Wii U successor would run on the Google-developed operating system, citing sources familiar with the goings-on at the Kyoto-based gaming company’s headquarters. Those sources claimed that by adopting Android, Nintendo would “be able to tap into a deep pool of software developers already creating programs for mobile platforms.”

If the rumors had indeed been true, it would have marked the latest expansion for the OS as Android has gone from smartphones and tablets to televisions and wearables as of late.

Lenovo (China) “Smart Cast” projects a touchscreen onto any surface

In recent years, smartphone innovations have plateaued; screens have gotten bigger, features more advanced, but no company has created an industry shifting technological or functional leap in any way. Lenovo has grown tired of waiting for that leap. They’re moving forward themselves with a smartphone that brings something legitimately new the table: a projector that beams a touchscreen or virtual keyboard onto any surface.

Lenovo’s Smart Cast – the world’s first smartphone with a built-in laser projector – can project onto walls much like similar projector devices, but it goes a step further with “surface mode.”

Activated when the Smart Cast is propped up on its kickstand, “surface mode” beams a variety of virtual keyboards or a full touchscreen onto the surface in front of it. Want to play the piano? Type an email on the go? Shoot some zombies in Dead Trigger 2? The Smart Cast gives you a new way to control anything you want on your smartphone. It’s bold, and highly ambitious, but genuine innovation – after years of incremental upgrades – is always welcome. The Smart Cast has just been announced at Lenovo’s Tech World, expect further details to drop soon.

Nintendo set to develop games for smartphones and tablets

In a move that will surely have a polarizing effect among nostalgic gamers, Japanese video game maker Nintendo will soon venture into smartphone games. It will partner with Japanese mobile gaming production house DeNA to develop games for mobile devices that make use of Nintendo’s extensive portfolio of iconic games and characters in an attempt to “ensure the quality of game experience that consumers expect.” The move comes years after facing increasing competition from other companies, including PlayStation maker Sony and Xbox maker Microsoft, who have been offering customers a mobile experience.

The cross-platform service will run across smartphones, tablets, PCs and Nintendo’s own devices, and is set to launch in fall of this year.

Look inside Apple’s massive new store in China

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Apple Stores are always painstakingly designed, but the Cupertino company’s latest efforts in China take it to a whole new level. Cult Of Mac has published photos of Apple’s latest store, located in Hangzhou. Its defined by its huge glass facade, and minimalist staircases.

Here’s how it looks from the outside. Blinds are drawn during the day to avoid overwhelming customers.

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Here it is at night:

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It was designed by architects Foster + Partners. The firm previously built Apple a store in Istanbul, Turkey.

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The store is part of an aggressive international expansion by Apple. They hope to have 40 stores in the country by the end of 2016.

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According to Multi Housing News, it’s currently the largest Apple Store in Asia.

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Foster + Partners says the store’s design “combines an understanding of the local context with the philosophy of simplicity, beauty and technical innovation that characterises Apple’s products, Cult Of Mac reports.

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Apple is doing extremely well in China: Its products are now the top luxury gifts in the country.

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Apple’s head of retail Angela Ahrendts is also encouraging US employees to relocate to China to work in the company’s stores.

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See what it’s like to use a computer in North Korea

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When former Google employee Will Scott had the chance to visit the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, he also purchased a copy of North Korea’s “Red Star 3 operating system before returning to America.

Little was publicly known about Red Star 3.

North Korea used to use Windows, but it has since created Red Star 3, which is designed to look a lot like Apple’s Mac OS X operating system.

From stunning and picturesque wallpapers to removing South Korea from the available time zones, here’s what it’s like to use a computer in North Korea.

This is the startup screen when you first boot up Red Star 3.

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When installing Red Star 3, you’re prompted to select a city for your time zone. Interestingly enough, Seoul, South Korea, isn’t an option.

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This is the login screen.

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You’re in! You’ll notice Red Star 3 looks a lot like Mac OS X. Past versions looked more like Windows XP. Since Kim Jong Un was spotted using an iMac at his desk back in 2013, some people believe he wanted Red Star to look more like a Mac.

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This is the word processor for creating documents.

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Here’s the email client.

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To access your saved documents, you use Red Star’s file manager, which looks a lot like Apple’s “Finder” management system.

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Red Star’s web browser is called “Naenara,” and it is a heavily modified version of Mozilla Firefox.

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This is how you personalize Red Star, and we also have access to the wallpapers that are included.

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This wallpaper is titled 다박솔초소의 설경, or “snow at the baksol outpost.”

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This wallpaper’s name translates to “Night view of Zhuangzi River fire.”

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대홍단의 감자꽃바다, or “daehongdan’s potato flowers”

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This beautiful wallpaper translates to “Iron’s Azalea,” and shows the flowering Azalea shrubs.

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“On the horizon” shows a picturesque North Korean farmland.

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This gorgeous waterfall wallpaper is called “Echo of the falls.”

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범안리의 선경, or “Beomanli’s Outskirts.”

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This is “Mt Paekdu’s Sunrise.” Paekdu is an active volcano that borders North Korea and China.

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Ashton Kutcher and Lenovo (China) unveil new YOGA collection

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Lenovo has recruited Ashton Kutcher as its latest product engineer to push the release of the newest iterations of its YOGA tablet and laptop series. The YOGA 2 Pro differentiates itself from the current tablet market by its in-built projector that can project displays of up to 50 inches. It also features a rotating kickstand that can support the tablet on a flat surface or allow it to be hung from a hook, alongside other features such as twin front-facing JBL speakers and an Intel Atom processor that runs Windows 8.1 or Android 4.4 KitKat and supports 4G LTE networks.

The YOGA 3 Pro laptop features even more flexibility in that its “watchband” hinge allows the laptop to lay flat, folded into tablet form or bent to sit on a flat surface, among other features. Head to Lenovo for more details on these devices.

 

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Sony’s latest target market for its $1,100 ‘Digital Paper’: legal researchers

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Sony‘s still searching high and low for the kind of folks that need a replacement for regular paper and aren’t too worried about the cost ($1,100). The latest potential buyers (after lawyers and HR departments) of its 13.3-inch E Ink Digital Paper?

Legal researchers. Sony’s teamed up with William S. Hein & Co. (which runs the LexisNexis-like HeinOnline database that gives access to documents from legal libraries) so anyone who uses the device can pull from its more than 100 million pages and see them just as they were originally laid out, without zooming or scrolling. It’s still a pretty pricey upgrade from tech that’s worked effectively for around 2,000 years, but legal librarians and law students can probably do without the reams of paper they’ve been printing out until now.