The only way to get a SNES Classic Edition at launch

SNES Classic Edition: Where to buy

It won’t be available for three more months, but the SNES Classic Edition is already one of the most anticipated gadgets of the year. In light of the NES Classic’s massive success, Nintendo has guaranteed consumers that it will be easier to find the SNES Classic than it was to find the mini NES last year. But if you want to get your hands on one, you’ll need to be ready at a moment’s notice.

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Toshiba Sues Western Digital For $1 Billion in Damages

Toshiba has raised the stakes in an embittered legal row with its joint venture partner, suing Western Digital for a $1bn in damages and hoping Japanese courts will quash the US firm’s interference in the sale of its memory chip business. From a report: The litigation, filed Wednesday in Tokyo District Court, seeks to stop Western Digital from making ownership claims over the enterprise that Toshiba is trying to sell. The Japanese company said in a statement that Western Digital’s employees improperly obtained proprietary information. The relationship between Toshiba and Western Digital has gotten more acrimonious, as Toshiba moves toward a sale of the flash-memory division. Last month, Western Digital invoked an arbitration clause in their business agreement, seeking to block Toshiba’s transfer of ownership of the unit to a separate legal entity in preparation for a sale. Toshiba, which has since reversed that transfer, then had its lawyers send a letter demanding that the U.S. company stop its “harassment” as Toshiba tries to sell the business.

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Why is Jeff Bezos building rocket engines in Alabama? He’s playing to win

Enlarge (credit: Huntsville/Madison County Chamber)

This week the governor of Alabama announced that Blue Origin would build a factory in Huntsville, Alabama, for its new BE-4 rocket engine. “I must commend founder Jeff Bezos and company President Robert Meyerson for their vision to create this innovative company, and for choosing to make Alabama its home sweet home,” said Gov. Kay Ivey.

The decision has been widely hailed as largely a political one—Alabama has considerable influence in the US Congress over space policy, and, with its decision to build there, Blue Origin was aligning part of its future with the southern state—but that does not appear to be the sole rationale. Rather, a closer examination of the Alabama choice reveals that Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, whose business acumen pushed Amazon to the top, has brought the same shrewdness to the aerospace industry. He is playing to win.

A year-long process

The BE-4 rocket engine is the cornerstone of Blue Origin’s future as an orbital and deep-space rocket company. About 30 percent more powerful than the space shuttle’s main engine, seven of the BE-4 engines will power the company’s large New Glenn orbital rocket. It also is the front-runner to be selected by United Launch Alliance for its next-generation rocket, Vulcan. In other words, if the BE-4 engines work out, Blue Origin will need to build a lot of them.

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Source: Ars Technica

Salesforce debuts three new AI-powered tools for developers building atop its Einstein platform, focused on sentiment and intent analysis and image recognition (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)


Ron Miller / TechCrunch:

Salesforce debuts three new AI-powered tools for developers building atop its Einstein platform, focused on sentiment and intent analysis and image recognition  —  Salesforce launched three AI tools for developers today at the TrailheaDX developer conference.


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U.S. Tech Firms Feel the Heat in Europe

From Google to Apple, top American tech companies have been on the receiving end of tough EU decisions in recent years. Experts and regulators say it isn’t about bias, it’s because they’re dominant in industry.
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This new leak might show us exactly what the Galaxy Note 8 looks like

Galaxy Note 8 Release Date

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 disaster is barely even a distant memory at this point. While some industry watchers were ranting and raving last year about how it would be the company’s demise, we reminded readers that consumers have an extremely short memory. The company’s Note 7 recall and discontinuation barely even impacted its earnings at all thanks to strong performance in its chip division, and the gorgeous Galaxy S8 and S8+ was more than impressive enough to erase exploding Note 7 phones from most people’s memories.

It has been nearly a year since Samsung first took the wraps off the Galaxy Note 7, and its successor is almost here. We’ve seen the leaked specs and BGR exclusively revealed the phone’s final design in a 3D CAD drawing, and the phone seems more than impressive enough to finish the job of making consumers forget all about the Note 7. Now, a new leak imagines what the finished product will look like when the Note 8 is finally released, and it’s nothing short of stunning.

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