Internet Archive adds trove of cheap LCD handhelds to its emulation collection

During CES, the single piece of electronics I spent the most time with, apart from my laptop and camera, was a Mattel Dungeons & Dragons Computer Fantasy Game handheld. This decades-old device held the attention of John Biggs and myself through quite a few drinks as we navigated its arcane interface (eventually slaying the dragon, thank you). These cheap handhelds, sold as impulse buys at drug stores and Toys ‘R Us (RIP), are the latest thing to be collected and emulated in full by MAME and the Internet Archive.


GlobalFoundries introduced a 90-nm process technology for the production of BIS with silicon photonics

GlobalFoundries reported that in the USA Fab 10 in East Fishkill has been successfully introduced and qualified for mass production of customized BIS process technology with the norms of 90 nm with the integration into chips of elements of the so-called silicon photonics. Silicon photonics is an opportunity to incorporate active and passive elements into crystals of conventional microcircuits for processing and transmission of optical signals. The solution is monolithic, extremely compact, cheap enough and allows you to significantly reduce signal loss when working with optics.

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ZTE will give up the proprietary UI in favor of “pure” Android

ZTE company actively participated in the exhibition MWC 2018, introducing two full-screen smartphones of the middle class – Blade V9 and Blade V9 Vita, as well as an ultra-budget model Tempo Go on the Android Go platform for $ 80. However, under the curtain Mobile World Congress received another important news from this Chinese manufacturer. According to the information on the web, ZTE intends to abandon the proprietary UI in favor of the “pure” Android Oreo and the concept of Project Treble in all its subsequent innovations.


Self-sufficient VR-helmet Oculus Go will be released on May 1

Network sources report that the virtual reality helmet (VR) of the “all-in-one” Oculus Go debuts on the market on May 1 at a conference for developers of the Facebook Developer Conference F8.

The veil of mystery with Oculus Go, recall, was officially filmed in October last year. Then it was reported that the imaging system provides a high refresh rate. The resolution is 2560 × 1440 pixels. In addition, talked about the audio system with spatial sound and the presence of a standard 3.5-millimeter audio connector for headphones.


The Bluboo S2 will be supplied with a rotary camera accessory

At the exhibition MWC 2018 in Barcelona, ​​a lot of smartphones with a cut-out at the top of the screen were demonstrated, which simulates the Apple’s flagship model iPhone X. But if the iPhone X uses this cutout to place a miniature module for the camera system and TrueDepth sensors that provide high quality images and face recognition, then many Android smartphones are simply copying the design of the iPhone X. Even in flagship models large brands such as Vivo X21 and Huawei P20, use a design with a cutout at the top of the screen.


Logitech G513: game mechanical keyboard with switches Romer-G

In April, Logitech will begin selling a new gaming keyboard – the G513, a mechanical type.

The novelty is equipped with brand switches Romer-G. They are said to have improved performance, instant response and exceptionally quiet running. Switches withstand up to 70 million taps, that is 40% more than standard mechanical switches. The two-contact attachment prevents the trigger point from shifting, increasing stability and performance.


Sega will release on modern consoles more than 50 classic games with Mega Drive

This spring, Sega will release the Sega Genesis Classics Collection on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It consists of several dozen games with a 16-bit console Genesis, also known as Mega Drive.

The collection will include two parts of Sonic the Hedgehog, Shining Force, Virtua Fighter, several games of the Phantasy Star series and Streets of Rage and much more. The identical set is now sold on Steam – the entire collection can be purchased for 2649 rubles. And each game is separately worth 129 rubles. But on the Nintendo Switch Sega, apparently, the publication does not plan to publish a compilation.


Vulnerabilities of AMD processors: it’s not so obvious?

Yesterday the news spread that a previously unknown research firm CTS-Labs revealed 13 serious vulnerabilities in AMD products. If these security flaws are really so critical, then it is extremely important that AMD immediately cope with them. But you should pay attention to the rather unusual way that the Israeli firm chose to reveal information about the vulnerabilities, and other related oddities, which are pointed out by many specialists.


Autonomous taxi Cora conquers the skies of New Zealand

As early as 2016, the first reports appeared that one of the founders of Google (and now the CEO of Alphabet), Larry Page (Larry Page) financed from his own means and motives a number of projects for the development of flying cars. Last year, we saw one of the results of these investments – an entertaining flying vessel Flyer. Now it’s time for a much more interesting project, named Cora.


Insta360 teases new ‘FlowState’ stabilization tech for 360 cameras

360-degree camera maker Insta360  just released a video that shows off a new feature it’s calling “FlowState,” which stabilizes a ‘flat,’ traditional HD video frame by extracting it from a 360 capture. This might be a familiar technique if you’ve followed what GoPro  and Rylo are doing with their own 360 cameras, but Insta360’s take looks powerful and feature-rich, based on this clip.


‘Post-reality’ video of CG imagery projected on a dancing man at high framerates

Not sure what there is to add to the headline, really. Well, I guess I should probably explain a bit.

Back in 2016 (on my birthday in fact) researchers from the University of Tokyo  posted an interesting video showing a projector and motion tracking system working together to project an image onto moving, deforming surfaces like a flapping piece of paper or dancing person’s shirt.


This robot can solve a Rubik’s Cube in .38 seconds

When future generations look back on 2018 what will they remember? Not much, I suspect, except for this amazing robot that can solve a Rubik’s cube in .38 seconds. The video, above, shows the cube in an unsolved position and then the actuators jump into action, slamming squares into place like some kind of crazed version of Will Smith’s character in The Pursuit of Happyness.