USA vs. Japan giant robot battle was a slow, brilliant mess
On Tuesday, Team USA’s mechs scrapped it out with Japan’s Kuratas in an abandoned steel mill for the world to watch. There could only be one victor, and it proved to be — well, click here if you’d like to watch without a spoiler.
Take a peek at Apple’s Project Titan self-driving setup
Voyage co-founder MacCallister Higgins tweeted a brief video of what is apparently one of Apple’s self-driving test vehicles. The Lexus SUV sported a roof rack full of sensors and possibly more. What it lacks in looks, it may make up for in function, however, since a self-contained unit would be easier to remove during these early stages of testing.
Nintendo Switch update adds video capture and profile transfers
Before the Switch gets its big Mario platformer in a couple of weeks, Nintendo is pushing a software update that adds some notable new features. With the 4.0.0 update, it’s capable of saving 30 seconds of video at the press of a button. Also, users can finally transfer profiles (including saved games) from one Switch to another; although it only supports complete profile moves, so there’s no solution for backups (yet). Oh, and the Switch is now ready for pre-orders and pre-downloading from the eShop, so you can start playing Super Mario Odyssey right away when it launches.
Adobe remakes Lightroom CC as a hybrid app and 1TB cloud service
To be clear — because Adobe’s new naming system is pretty darn confusing — Lightroom CC is both a storage app and a service. The new version for PC and Mac has a simplified interface with streamlined sliders, presets and quick-adjustment tools, and some of the features in the old version of Lightroom CC are missing.
Samsung leapfrogs Intel again with eight-nanometer chips
The smaller chips will be perfect for “mobile, cryptocurrency and network/server” applications.
The world’s first floating wind farm powers up in Scotland
The turbines of Hywind Scotland stand 253-meters tall in total (around 830 feet), with 78 meters (256 feet) of that bobbing beneath the surface, tethered to the seabed by chains weighing 1,200 tons. Within the next year or so, operators plan to install a huge 1MWh Batwind storage battery to better manage the site’s output.
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