If you’re the proud owner of a Wii U, you might be wondering whether the Switch is worth a day one purchase. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is coming to both, so what’s the rush, right? Well, the two versions have a few key differences.
In a statement provided to IGN, Nintendo confirmed that the Switch game will run at 900p on your TV, while the Wii U version will be stuck at 720p. Switch owners will also benefit from “higher quality environmental sounds,” covering water, grass and ornate steps. These will be “more realistic and enhance the game’s open air feel,” apparently.
The largest complaint by far is that the URLs for AMP links differ from the canonical URLs for the same content, making sharing difficult. The current URLs are a mess. They all begin with some form of
https://wwww.google.com/amp/before showing a URL to the AMP version of the site. There is currently no way to find the canonical link to the page without guessing what the original URL is. This usually involves removing either a .amp or ?amp=1 from the URL to get to the actual page.
Make no mistake. AMP is about lock-in for Google. AMP is meant to keep publishers tied to Google. Clicking on an AMP link feels like you never even leave the search page, and links to AMP content are displayed prominently in Google’s news carousel. This is their response to similar formats from both Facebook and Apple, both of which are designed to keep users within their respective ecosystems. However, Google’s implementation of AMP is more broad and far reaching than the Apple and Facebook equivalents. Google’s implementation of AMP is on the open web and isn’t limited to just an app like Facebook or Apple.
I’ve played with AMP, Facebook Instant Articles and Apple News. Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles work great, mostly using RSS feeds and not needing many changes to your look. But that’s not my biggest issue with AMP.
My biggest problem with AMP is not having to do special webpage layouts that include inline CSS.
My issue is canonical URLs. With things like Facebook Instant Articles and Apple News, the canonical URL for each story remains on the originating website. While with AMP, the canonical URL is on google.com.
Apple just raised the cap on Apple TV app sizes from 200 MB up to 4 GB, bringing them in line with iPhone and iPad apps. Apple told developers the change lets them give users a better overall experience.
For end users, that means more immersive apps and potentially a step towards a 4K Apple TV.
The math works out perfectly. This new 10.5” iPad would have the exact same resolution as the 12.9” iPad Pro (2732 × 2048), but the same pixel density of the iPad mini (326 ppi instead of 264 ppi). Crunch the numbers, do a little Pythagorean Theorem, and you end up with a screen 10.5” diagonal (10.47” to be precise, but none of Apple’s stated screen sizes are exact). In terms of physical dimensions, the width of this 10.5” screen would be exactly the same as the height of the iPad mini screen.
If you own, or plan on buying a pair of AirPods, check this out.
What you’ll do:
Provide world-class leadership to our playlist editors and supporting staff.
Identify and substantiate new playlist ideas, e.g. from a playlist for shooting hoops with your friends, to the perfect warm up playlist for addressing the nation about health care legislation that bears your name.
Who you are:
Have at least eight years experience running a highly-regarded nation.
Familiar with the Spotify platform, with experience in programming playlists at a federal level. Anything from an eclectic summer playlist, to a celebratory, “I just found my birth certificate” playlist.
Can speak passionately about playlists at press events. Let us be clear, you should be nothing short of one of the greatest speakers of all time.
Someone with good team spirit, excellent work ethic, a friendly and warm attitude, and a Nobel Peace Prize.
CES is as much about the future as it about the junk that gets left behind. Here in the cavernous halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center and the suites of the city’s most opulent hotels and casinos, we see a lot of gadgets that spring up out of nowhere as fast as they fade into obscurity.
As part of a promotional campaign for his American Greetings brand of greeting cards, Parks and Recreations star Nick Offerman came to Vegas to opine about the pitfalls of modern technology. As part of the campaign, the gruff and deadpan lover of whiskey and woodworking toured some of the show’s lovably weird nonsense with The Verge’s own Casey Newton this afternoon.
Do you remember when the iPod was the most important Apple product? Not anymore.
Ben Thompson on how Amazon is building an operating system for the home with Alexa:
Amazon seized the opportunity: first, Alexa was remarkably proficient from day one, particularly in terms of speed and accuracy (two factors that are far more important in encouraging regular use than the ability to answer trivia questions). Then, the company moved quickly to build out its ecosystem in two directions:
First, the company created a simple “Skills” framework that allowed smart devices to connect to Alexa and be controlled through a relatively strict verbal framework; in a vacuum it was less elegant than, say, Siri’s attempt to interpret natural language, but it was far simpler to implement. The payoff was already obvious at last year’s CES: Alexa support was everywhere.
Secondly, “Alexa” and “Echo” are different names because they are different products: Alexa is the voice assistant, and much like AWS and Amazon.com, Echo is Alexa’s first customer, but hardly its only one. This year CES announcements are dominated by products that run Alexa, including direct Echo competitors, lamps, set-top boxes, TVs, and more.
I’ve been using Homekit / Siri myself at home for some tasks as Alexa isn’t widely available here in Canada, but it’s still interesting to see how Alexa is growing as it gets added to more and more systems.