The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was announced in mid-2019, given a May 2023 release date, and had most of its details held back until today. At the end of Nintendo's regular showcase, Nintendo loosened the leash a bit on the Breath of the Wild sequel. Starting today, subscribers to Nintendo Online can play a number of the uber-classic handheld's games: Mario Land 2: The 6 Golden Coins, Kirby's Dream Land, Tetris, Zelda: Link's Awakening, and more. Nintendo's intent to offer Game Boy titles was tipped in early 2022, when emulators seemingly made by Nintendo leaked online. The groundbreaking first-person Metroid, originally released in 2002 on GameCube, is available today for $40.
In its third entry, the Bayonetta series sees some real forward momentum that was missing from the second, especially in terms of its story. Its sequel was more focused on the bonds between Bayonetta and her loved ones, with a narrative that focused too much on explaining the first game. But as an ancient and powerful witch, Bayonetta still has a few tricks up her sleeve. So Bayonetta takes Viola to gather the Chaos Gears while Jeanne goes to look for the doctor. In the main chapters, you play Bayonetta and Viola's journey, while the side chapters follow Jeanne as she infiltrates an enemy facility in search of Dr. Sigurd.5 months ago Ars Technica
In the middle of the night, Twitter made an announcement that disappointed a wide range of developers whose research, bots, and apps depend on free access to the platform’s API to function. Twitter announced in a tweet that starting on February 9, Twitter “will no longer support free access to the Twitter API.” Instead, many developers will have to either pay to access public data or abruptly shut down their projects. When Twitter started banning third-party clients, @ThreadReaderApp posted that its developers were “hoping for more transparency” from Twitter. The Verge noted that premium API tiers start at $99 a month, so the basic tier will likely cost less. I will try to find a solution/alternative to this.”Twitter’s paid basic tier is likely targeting bigger developers accessing the Twitter API to support commercial projects.1 month ago Ars Technica
Lars Bergstrom, Android's director of engineering, wants RISC-V to be seen as a "tier-1 platform" in Android, which would put it on par with Arm. The build system is up and running, and anyone can grab the latest "riscv64" branch whenever they want—and yes, in line with its recent Arm work, Google wants RISC-V on Android to be 64-bit only. What's fun about the Android RunTime is that when ART supports RISC-V, a big chunk of the Android app ecosystem will come with it. Android apps ship as Java code, and the way that becomes an ARM app is when the Android Runtime compiles it into ARM code. Instead, it will soon compile into RISC-V code with no extra work from the developer.2 months ago Ars Technica
Welcome to Edition 5.15 of the Rocket Report! All are planning some variation on a small-satellite launch vehicle, with some ideas more radical than others—SpaceRyde's balloon-based launch concept, for example. I'm not well enough informed to comment on the viability of any of these companies, but small launch is a difficult business. Orbex is developing Prime, a small launch vehicle designed to place up to 180 kilograms into low-Earth orbit. program to support new launch vehicle development.5 months ago Ars Technica
But the H2-A rocket, which is manufactured by the Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has never really broken through. At a launch price of approximately $90 million, the H2A rocket is about 50 percent more expensive than SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. A lower priceThis problem was already clear nearly a decade ago, so the Japanese space agency, JAXA, greenlit the development of the next-generation H3 rocket. This is partly due to delays in development and uncertainty over when the H3 rocket would actually take flight. This is not to say the H3 rocket will be obsolete as it rolls to the launch site this week.1 month ago Ars Technica
Last month, Elon Musk offered activists protesting in Iran uncensored Internet access, and a US State Department official said that the US would also be taking steps to help Iranians connect. Without delay, Musk activated SpaceX’s satellite Internet service Starlink, and he said all he needed to get Iranian protesters online was to somehow install special terminals in Iran that could receive the signal. Actually ensuring that people in Iran get broad access to the Internet doesn’t end with installing the terminals, even if that's where Musk's talks with Biden lead. Iran outlaws technology like Starlink, but CNN notes that such technology is “nevertheless abundant across the country.”What's not abundant is reliable Internet access, and it's not guaranteed that Starlink would be reliable if set up in Iran. That’s why providing Internet access in Iran is considered a greater challenge than assisting in Ukraine, but US President Joe Biden has expressed unwavering support to protect Iranians’ right to protest.5 months ago Ars Technica
Elon Musk reportedly appointed himself to the CEO role at Twitter and is expected to reverse lifelong bans on users—including the ban imposed on former President Donald Trump. Bloomberg reported today that Musk appointed himself CEO but cited an anonymous source as saying that Musk "may eventually cede the Twitter CEO role in the longer term." I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump." Bloomberg's report that Musk named himself Twitter CEO doesn't seem to have been confirmed by any other major news organizations yet. In a tweet after closing his purchase of Twitter, Musk wrote, "the bird is freed."5 months ago Ars Technica