Oh boy. If you’ve been pondering picking up one of Nintendo’s Classic consoles—the NES Classic or SNES Classic—you may want to pull the trigger on that decision soon. After the holidays, Nintendo will stop selling both.
If you followed the NES Classic drama at all, you probably remember that Nintendo sold out of the console pretty damn quickly when it was first released. At that point, it was almost impossible to buy one without spending the insane price resellers were asking. Nintendo seemed to have learned its lesson during that debacle because the re-released NES Classic and SNES Classic both had plenty of stock available.
But as they say, all good things must come to an end. While there isn’t a firm date on when we can expect Nintendo to stop producing these consoles, it probably won’t last very long into 2019 (if at all), so now’s the time to buy if there ever was one. Otherwise, you’ll have to pick up a Switch and buy into Nintendo Online. Or, you know, roll your own retro gaming machine.
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Headers and Footers in a Word document are useful for adding dates, page numbers, and whatever other text you want. You can also place images in your header and footer, which is handy for adding, for example, a company logo. Here’s how to do it.
First, we need to add a header or footer. If you just want to pop open the header or footer area and do your own thing, all you have to do is double click in the areas at the top or bottom of any page in your document.
Word also features some built-in header and footer designs you can use to get a jump start on things. To use them, switch to the “Insert” tab and click either the “Header” or “Footer” button.
This opens a drop-down menu with several built-in layouts, so select whichever you like. Here, we’re going with the first header option, which is a standard blank header.
You can type text if you want or, if you only want an image, highlight the sample and delete it.
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The company behind the biggest screens in cinema is giving up on bringing VR screens within a few inches of users’ faces. The company announced today in a SEC filing that it will be shutting down its three remaining virtual reality centers including its flagship location in Los Angeles.
Via the filing:
In connection with the Company’s previously-announced strategic review of its virtual reality pilot initiative, the Company has decided to close its remaining VR locations and write-off certain VR content investments.
The locations in LA, Bangkok and Toronto will be shuttered in Q1 of 2019 according to Variety.
After making a lot of noise about the centers at launch, the company seemed to realize pretty quickly that the economics just weren’t there. Previous to today’s announcement, IMAX had already shut down 4 of the 7 VR centers that had been opened.
A lot of virtual reality startups who were counting on the pipe dream resurgence of the American arcade scene are probably sweating a bit after today’s news. It was clear that IMAX’s efforts hadn’t been a raving success, but there’s a big difference between dialing it back and shutting it down.
Earlier this year, IMAX confirmed that it had paused work on a VR camera project it was developing with Google.
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Cortana may soon recognize different voices, a feature Alexa and Google Assistant have had since 2017. Microsoft isn’t quite giving up on Cortana, but it’s slowly transforming Cortana into something other than a general-purpose digital assistant.
Who Even Uses Cortana?
Amazon has the Echo, Google has the Google Home, and Apple has the HomePod. But did you know that Microsoft has its own Cortana speaker? The Harman Kardon Invoke features Cortana. It hasn’t caught on. In fact, it’s so unpopular that it doesn’t even rank in market share analysis of smart speakers. In the fourth quarter of 2017, Harman Kardon sold 30,000 Invokes and Amazon sold 9.7 million Echo devices. Yikes.
So who uses Cortana? Every Windows 10 PC ships with a big Cortana box next to its Start button. Microsoft has said over 150 million people use Cortana, but it’s unclear whether those people are actually using Cortana as a voice assistant or just using the Cortana box to type searches on Windows 10.
Really—in a world full of open plan offices where people have keyboards, how many people are going to talk to their PCs, even if Cortana works well? A voice assistant is much less useful on a Windows PC than it is on a smart speaker or smartphone.
Microsoft hasn’t seemed serious about pushing Cortana in recent years, either. Cortana is still only available in 13 countries, while Amazon says Alexa is supported in many, many more countries. At the end of 2017, there were only 230 Cortana skills compared to 25,000 Alexa skills. Alexa now has over 50,000 skills, leaving Cortana in the dust.
Alexa Even Runs on Windows 10
Amazon’s Alexa is even beating Cortana on Windows. Many PC manufacturers have excitedly announced Alexa integration on their new PCs, and now there’s an official Alexa app any Windows 10 user can install to use Amazon’s voice assistant instead of Microsoft’s.