Powercast wants to solve one of Nintendo Switchs most frustrating problems

first_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Culture Gaming Accessories 2:38 Amazon All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. See It News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? 85 Photos Walmart See It Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go There’s also a charger that works with individual Joy-Cons instead of two. CNET/Mark Serrels Powercast wants to solve one of the biggest problems with the Nintendo Switch, and that makes me very happy.I consider the Nintendo Switch one of the most convenient game consoles I’ve ever owned. You can play games on the go, before falling asleep in bed, on public transport. It’s a console designed to filter into the gaps of a busy life, with one exception: the damned Joy-Con controllers. I have this issue weekly. I want to play, say Mario Kart 8 or Smash Bros. Ultimate, with my family. I need three or four Joy-Cons (aka Nintendo Switch controllers). The ones already attached to the Nintendo Switch are good to go because, unless you own an accessory, that’s the only way Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons charge. My spare Joy-Cons, however, have no battery. That means you’re pretty much screwed — unless you have Powercast’s Wireless Charging Grips.These things are awesome. I tried them out at CES 2019, and I love them. $289 Charge your Nintendo Switch over-the-air $299 See It Nintendo See it $309 They work using Powercast’s over-the-air energy tech. A rectangular cube literally sends energy through the air using RF energy, which is converted to DC power using a receiver chip inside the Nintendo Switch grip. The energy stored is used to charge the controllers themselves. What that means, essentially, is you can play Nintendo Switch while your controller charges, potentially until the heat death of the universe. It’s a great solution. There are a few issues here. The range is short-ish. In a press release, Powercast says it’s two feet. In the video above, you can see I got a little bit farther, but it was hard to confirm whether the controller was actually still charging at that distance. There are other charging grips on the market — Nintendo has an official one but it requires cables. Powercast’s solution seems better to me, particularly since I enjoy attaching the Joy-Cons to some sort of grip while playing the Nintendo Switch docked on TV. I’d rather do that without a cable.Powercast is saying the Wireless Charging Grips will be available in the third quarter in the US and Canada, with other territories coming shortly after. No word on price yet. Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details Comments $299 Tags 2 How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 Nintendo Switch Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) Best Buy CES 2019last_img read more

Facebook hasnt done enough in Myanmar UN investigator says

first_img Comment Politics Tech Industry 1 The UN said last year that Facebook’s tools helped to fuel a genocide. Getty Images The United Nations wants Facebook to do better.Last year, UN investigators issued a report on the hate speech that helped to fuel a genocide in Myanmar. In it, the international body said Facebook played a “determining role” in the crisis, highlighting how much propaganda had spread on the service and how little the social network had done to stop it.Facebook responded, banning Myanmar military officials who spread hateful propaganda, admitting it should have done more, and cracking down on bad behavior on its platform.Still, the UN says, that is not enough.”I think there has been meaningful and significant change from Facebook, but it’s not nearly sufficient,” Christopher Sidoti, the UN investigator, said in an interview with Gizmodo published Wednesday.Sidoti’s criticism is the latest in a string of complaints from international leaders have had about Facebook’s handling of harmful content on its service. Most recently, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern criticized social media companies for not doing enough to halt the spread of hateful ideologies and propaganda, some of which were referenced in a manifesto published by a gunman before he massacred 50 people in two mosques in the country last month — which he livestreamed, on Facebook.”We cannot simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and that what is said on them is not the responsibility of the place where they are published,” Ardern said shortly after the shooting. “They are the publisher, not just the postman. It cannot be a case of all profit, no responsibility.”In the US, Facebook and Google will be testifying before the Hose Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill next week as part of a hearing titled, “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism.”In UN investigator Sidoti’s Gizmodo interview, he expressed concerns Facebook wasn’t being transparent enough about its efforts, and that, for example, Facebook hasn’t provided country-specific data about the spread of hate speech on its service. Ultimately, he added, Facebook “still has a very long way to go.””Even the report commissioned by Facebook itself indicated that only around half of the posts removed by Facebook were identified by Facebook,” Sidoti said. “They’re still reliant on being informed by outsiders, and they’re not yet anywhere near satisfactory in their performance in removing material — and certainly nowhere near satisfactory in preventing posting of this material in the first place.” Facebook Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

Priyanka Chopra shows off her belly ring in a crop top and

first_imgPriyanka ChopraInstagramTrust Priyanka Chopra to make heads turn whenever she steps out of her home and she will never disappoint you. The Quantico star was recently papped while taking a stroll on the streets of the New York City and needless to say that she was succcessful in pulling all the necessary attention towards her.Of late, the 36-year-old has been sporting some expensive outfits and making everyone falling in love with her style statements. And this time too, it was no different. The actress was seen flashing her flat midsection and a belly ring while sporting a crop top with denim bottoms and plaid coat during a day out. And there are no second thoughts that her millions of fans just couldn’t take their eyes off her belly ring. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the body accessory kind of boosted her sex appeal.She carried a quilted black handbag featuring gold hardware, and wore gold and black round framed sunglasses with her hair let loose around her in waves. She opted for deeply parted locks, finishing off her look with mauve lipstick.Take a look.  A few weeks ago, Priyanka Chopra’s significant stomach bulge in a grey and black skirt suit during the New York Fashion Week had sparked speculations of her being pregnant with Nick Jonas’ child. It was also reported that Priyanka was trying to hide her baby bump and many wondered if she was already in her first trimester. But the newly wedded couple are not in a hurry to start their family.Nick Jonas recently said in an interview with Extra that they definitely want kids but they are in their honeymoon period right now further adding that it will happen when the time is right.”No, we’re taking our time. We both know that that’s something that needs to happen, but it’s not something I think about very much. We’re both very driven, we love our work, we’re married to our work, and we’re both very supportive of each other’s work. So I’m sure it will happen in an organic way,” Nick Jonas said when he was asked who amongst the Jonas brothers will be the first one to have babies.On Koffee With Karan, Priyanka spoke about embracing motherhood and said that when she’ll get pregnant, she would like to follow the footsteps of Kareena Kapoor Khan for the way she carried during her pregnancy days before giving birth to her son Taimur.last_img read more

Alkem lists at 31 premium to issue price Dr Lal PathLabs gains

first_imgAlkem Laboratories, which came out with an initial public offering (IPO) recently, listed at Rs 1,380, a premium of 31.4% to the issue price of Rs 1,050 per share on the stock exchanges on Wednesday, 23 December.The fifth largest Indian pharma company had come out with an IPO of 12,853,442 equity shares of face value of Rs 2 per share which was oversubscribed 44 times.The company priced its IPO at Rs 1,050 per share at the top end of the price band of Rs 1,020-1050, raising Rs 1,350 crore. The offer opened on 8 December and closed on 10 December.At 11.45 am, the Alkem stock was trading at Rs 1,382, off from its intra-day high of Rs 1,399 on the NSE. Over 66 lakh shares were traded in a span of about three hours.The 42-year-old company’s 2014-15 turnover was Rs 3,783 crore, with 25% revenues derived from exports. The company grew at a compounded annual growth rate of 22.3% between 2010-11 and 2014-15, according to the offer document.Dr Lal PathLabs, the diagnostic chain, which also got listed on Wednesday, saw its shares listing at 31% premium to its issue price of Rs 550 per share, on the NSE.The share was trading at Rs 772.70, after touching an intra-day high of Rs 783.45 and low of Rs 711 on the NSE. The volume was even higher at 1.01 crore shares on the counter till 11.45 am.Dr Lal PathLabs had raised Rs 638 crore from the public and the issue was oversubscribed 33 times.Earlier, two high-profile IPOs had seen contrasting debut on the bourses; while Interglobe Aviation, the parent company of air carrier IndiGo listed at Rs 856, a premium of about 12% to its issue price of Rs 765 per share, Coffee Day Enterprises was a disaster, with the shares listing at Rs 313, discount of about 4.5% to the issue price of Rs 328 per share.But the shares plunged intra-day and closed at Rs 270, a discount of about 17% to the issue price. The holding company of Coffee Day outlets had raised Rs 1,150 crore from the public.The Sensex was trading at 25,846, a gain of 256 points, or 1% at 12.15 pm. The gainers were GAIL (India), BHEL, Sun Pharma and Tata Steel.last_img read more

UN urged to punish Myanmar army over Rohingya atrocities

first_imgRohingya Muslim refugees arrive from Myanmar after crossing the Naf river in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf. AFP file photoPressure tightened on Myanmar Monday as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on the country’s military, which is accused of driving out more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated “ethnic cleansing” campaign.The call from Human Rights Watch came as the UN General Assembly prepared to convene in New York, with the ongoing crisis in Myanmar billed as one of most pressing topics.The mass exodus of Rohingya refugees to neighbouring Bangladesh has billowed into an humanitarian emergency as aid groups struggle to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals, more than half of whom are children.There are acute shortages of nearly all forms of aid, with many Rohingya huddling under tarps as their only protection from monsoon rains.Myanmar’s government hinted Sunday that would not take back all who fled across the border, accusing those refugees of having links to militants whose raids on police posts in August set off the army backlash.Any moves to block the refugees’ return will likely inflame Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheik Hasina, who will press the UN General Assembly for more global pressure on Myanmar to repatriate all of the Rohingya massing in shantytowns along her border.Human Rights Watch also called for the “safe and voluntary return” of the displaced as it urged governments around the globe to punish Myanmar’s army with sanctions for the “ongoing atrocities” against the Rohingya.Call for arms embargo“The United Nations Security Council and concerned countries should impose targeted sanctions and an arms embargo on the Burmese military to end its ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims,” the group said in a statement.It called on the UN General Assembly to make the crisis a priority, urging countries to issue travel bans and asset freezes on Myanmar officers implicated in the abuses, as well as expand arms emargoes.“Burma’s senior military commanders are more likely to heed the calls of the international community if they are suffering real economic consequences,” said John Sifton, HRW’s Asia advocacy director.Myanmar’s government has defended the military campaign as a legitimate crackdown on the Rohingya militants, who first emerged as a fighting force last October.On Sunday Myanmar’s Information Committee accused those who fled to Bangladesh-more than a third of the Rohingya population-of working in cahoots with the Rohingya militia, a rag-tag group of fighters armed with mostly rudimentary weapons.“Those who fled the villages made their way to the other country for fear of being arrested as they got involved in the violent attacks,” the statement said.“Legal protection will be given to the villages whose residents did not flee,” it added.The violence has gutted large swaths of northern Rahkine in just over three weeks, with fires visible almost daily across the border from the Bangladesh camps.Some 30,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Hindus have also been displaced by the unrest.While the world has watched the refugee crisis unfold with horror, there is little sympathy for the Rohingya inside mainly Buddhist Myanmar.Many Buddhists revile the group and have long denied the existence of a Rohingya ethnicity, insisting they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.last_img read more

Housewife found slaughtered

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA housewife was reportedly slaughtered allegedly by her husband in Dakpara Pukur Par in Keraniganj in Dhaka on Tuesday.The deceased was Shahnaj Begum, 40, wife of Md Jahangir.Victim’s son Md Hridoy said his parents used to quarrel often over their debt and subsequently also had a brawl in the night.Later, he spotted his mother’s body in the morning and found his father missing.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital morgue for an autopsy, said sub-inspector Obaidur Rahman of Keraniganj model police station.Police also seized a locally made sharp weapon from the spot.last_img read more

Family and Friends Day

first_imgThe Senoje Collection and Consortium will hold a Friends and Family Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 9, in the Mansion at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601-1603 E. North Avenue in Baltimore. Families and friends are invited to share in artistic demonstrations, musical performances, arts and crafts, refreshments and the presentation of awards. Admission is free. At 1 p.m., Senoje will present to Dr. Joanne M. Martin, president and CEO of the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and Richard Byrd, computer consultant, awards for creativity and technical competency respectively.The Senoje Collection and Consortium is a nonprofit organization developed in 1989 to assist independent artists with promoting their work and talents. James E. Jones, painter and print maker is the founder and CEO of the Senoje Collection and Consortium. For more information call 410-448-2988.last_img read more

Baltimores PRAISE School Strives for Academic Excellence Cultural Awareness in Minority Youth

first_img(Updated October 16, 2014) In 2006, a small group of dedicated educators began meeting on Saturdays with minority middle school-aged boys at Sojourner Douglass College in east Baltimore.This small group was the beginnings of the Paul Robeson Academic International School of Excellence, or PRAISE, a Saturday college-readiness and manhood development program designed for a population often generalized as at-risk without respect to individual behaviors or achievements.Now housed at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, PRAISE was founded by Dr. LaMarr Shields, who was inspired to do so by his work as a reader and pitch man to students of color for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Gates Millennium Scholars program. The Gates program provides full scholarships for the entire length of university study at any school of the recipient’s choosing.“When I saw these smart brown boys from all over the country, from New York, to L.A., to Chicago, we [PRAISE] . . . created a college readiness model, to prepare them for college,” Shields told the AFRO during a recent visit to PRAISE program. “But [PRAISE is] also about manhood—manhood development.”PRAISE works to ensure that its students, consisting entirely of Black and Latino males, are prepared to succeed in college when they graduate high school.“We don’t accept the bare minimum,” said Mary Missouri, director of PRAISE and formerly an assistant principal at St. Francis Academy for 14 years. “There’s no back row here.”Academics are heavily emphasized, but so is developing a strong sense of self within the context of understanding of one’s history.“We want to make sure that these young boys have instilled in them the values, principles that are necessary in order to navigate this world, even in the face of injustice, even in the face of people treating them as less than,” said Missouri. “They need to understand that that’s not what you need to subscribe to and that you need to elevate your own standards.”In order to achieve this, PRAISE infuses its educational development programs with Afro-Caribbean perspectives, imparting not just academic skills, but also a broader cultural and historical awareness that is often lacking in Baltimore area public schools.For Tyrek Wynn, currently a senior at Pikesville High School, it is that sense of self that has meant the most to him.“The biggest impact for me from being in here would probably be getting more in tune with my culture, my past, my people I would say,” said Wynn. “Instead of just going about my business, actually learning about our journey so far through life, the things we’ve experienced.”Kennedy Huddleston, now in his third year as an instructor with PRAISE after 15 years as a science and English teacher at St. Francis Academy, said getting the young men to appreciate that they are part of an intentional journey is central to PRAISE’s mission.“A lot of them don’t even know that they’re walking a path, they think that life is [just] happening, so our job is ‘no, no, no, really you’re actually walking a path,’ consciously or unconsciously,” Huddleston said. “So how you walk that path is either going to make it difficult, or going to make it easy.”Like some other education based programs in Baltimore—LIFTT, or the Youth Resiliency Institute, for example—PRAISE also emphasizes parental involvement. While the only costs for the students is a small initial registration fee, parents are asked to support PRAISE’s work in ways other than financial, by attending eight once-a-month sessions that run for two hours each and are described by Shields as “very intense.”“It’s not just about educating the child,” said Missouri, “we try to educate the family members as well. Give the parents tools in their tool boxes [for] how to help their little Brown and Black boys navigate this society.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more