Games, accessories and even a special edition Switch will make Nintendo fans happy this holiday season.
Nintendo has been one of the hottest names in gaming this year, with the Switch selling out in the spring and restocks hard to come by. Between the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Lite, more than 1.35 million units were sold in November alone, making it the best-selling video game console in the US for 24 consecutive months, according to the NPD Group.
Although it’s been tough to buy one at times this year, it is possible now. Although special editions such as the Animal Crossing version are still a rare commodity.
If you have a Switch gamer in your household, or on your holiday list, here’s a lineup of gift ideas that will give them a thrill.
Steelseries Arctis 7P wireless gaming headset works with Nintendo Switch, as well as PlayStation 5, PlayStation 5, PC and Android. It has a bidrectional microphone and allows gamers to hear clear detail in their games. The Nintendo Switch doesn’t offer Bluetooth connectivity, but this headset comes with a USB-C dongle for seamless in-game sound. Available in black or white.
This is for anyone who has extra-long gaming sessions on their Nintendo Switch and doesn’t want to plug into a wall charger. Hyper has created the HyperDrive 60W USB-C Power Hub that will charge the Nintendo Switch or any USB-C device. It is a three-port USB charger and also connects the Switch to an external 4K HDMI TV or display and USB-A device.
Here’s one for retro fans. The Last Blade: Beyond the Destiny came out exclusively for Nintendo Switch in October. It’s a classic fighting game that first came out in 2000 for the NEOGEO POCKET and it’s been revisited for the Switch. It’s available for purchase in the Nintendo eShop.
The 80’s are back. This system is for fans of the original Super Mario Bros. or anyone who wants to discover it anew. It’s a new interpretation of the original Game & Watch design, updated with a +Control Pad. It also comes with a digital clock.
If your Nintendo Switch gamer hasn’t played Animal Crossing: New Horizons yet, it’s time. It’s suitable for all ages and it’s a charming game that gives everyone a break from the stresses of real life. Kids play it, adults play it, and everyone is obsessed with collecting Gulliver’s items from his travels and finding the coolest furniture DIYs. Nintendo’s holiday update made the game festive and fun and highly suitable for the season.
Ring Fit Adventure is a way to stay in shape with the Nintendo Switch. It’s an adventure game and a workout in one. It comes with a Ring-Con and leg strap accessories and the user can check their estimated pulse rate with the built-in IR motion sensor.
You can race a real-world Mario Kart through your home with this game. Use the Nintendo Switch system to control your kart and watch it react to real-world obstacles. It comes in a Mario set or a Luigi set.
If your gamer needs a new Nintendo Switch, or their first Switch, a special edition version is one way to go. This Fortnite version has blue and yellow controllers and comes with Fortnite pre-installed, 2,000 V-Bucks and a download code for The Wildcat Bundle in-game pack.
Nokia 1.4, Nokia 6.3, and Nokia 7.3 May Launch in Late Q1 or Early Q2 This Year
Nokia 1.4, Nokia 6.3, and Nokia 7.3 could launch in Q1 or early Q2 of this year, a new report claims. All three of these Nokia phones have been in the news in the past with speculations around their release. While Nokia 1.4 is relatively new, Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3 were originally expected to launch in the third quarter of 2020. It is also possible that whenever these two Nokia phones launch, they could also be named Nokia 6.4 or Nokia 7.4.
Starting with Nokia 1.4, the phone has made its way through multiple listings, as per a report by Nokiapoweruser. The report states that the phone may launch in February. Recently, specifications and pricing for Nokia 1.4 were tipped, suggesting a 6.51-inch HD+ LCD display, a quad core processor, 1GB + 16GB storage configuration, and dual-rear camera setup. The phone is expected to be priced under EUR 100 (roughly Rs. 8,800).
Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3, on the other hand, have been in the news for quite a while now. The report by Nokiapoweruser states that they may launch late in the first quarter or early in the second quarter of 2021. These phones could also launch as Nokia 6.4 and Nokia 7.4.
Nokia 6.3 has been tipped in the past to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC and a 24-megapixel shooter. Nokia 7.3 may feature a 6.5-inch full HD+ display with a hole-punch cutout and be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 SoC. It could come with a 48-megapixel primary sensor and a 24-megapixel selfie shooter. Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3 are expected to be backed by a 4,500mAh and a 5,000mAh battery, respectively.
Originally, the two phones were expected to launch at IFA 2020 in September. Then, it was reported that they may launch in November. Even now, Nokia or brand licensee HMD Global has not shared any information on the launch date for these phones.
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Linux 101: How to copy files and directories from the command line
Jack Wallen continues his Linux 101 series, with an introduction on how to copy files and directories from the command line.
Are you new to Linux? If so, you’ve probably found the command line can be a bit intimidating. Don’t worry–it is for everyone at the beginning. That’s why I’m here to guide you through the process, and today I’m going to show you how to copy files and folders from the command line.
Why would you need to copy files and folders this way? You might find yourself on a GUI-less Linux server and need to make a backup of a configuration file or copy a data directory.
Trust me, at some point you’re going to need to be able to do this. Let’s find out how.
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First we’ll copy a file. Let’s say you’re about to make changes to the Samba configuration file, smb.conf and you want a backup copy just in case something goes wrong. To copy that file, use the cp command to copy the source to the destination like so:
cp /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf.bak
You’ve probably already encountered your first problem. Because the smb.conf file is in /etc/, you’ll need to use sudo privileges to make the copy. So the correct command is:
sudo cp /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf.bak
In this example, smb.conf is our source and smb.conf.bak is our destination. You might want to preserve the file attributes (such as directory and file mode, ownership, and timestamps) during the copy. For that we use the -a option as in:
sudo cp -a /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf.bak
Copying a directory is done in the same way, only you use the -R option, for recursive. Let’s say you want to make a backup of the entire /etc/samba directory and you want to copy it to your home directory. That command would be:
sudo cp -R /etc/samba ~/samba.bak
To preserve the attributes, while copying the directory, the command would be:
sudo cp -aR /etc/samba ~/samba.bak
And that’s all there is to it. You’ve just copied your first files and directories from the Linux command line. Now, go out and celebrate this victory, you’ve earned it.
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‘Junk DNA’ plays a key role in regulating circadian clocks
If you’ve ever had a bad case of jet lag, you know how a disruption to your body’s circadian rhythm makes it difficult to function. Molecular circadian “clocks” exist in cells throughout the body, governing more than just sleep and wake cycles — they are crucial to many aspects of human health. For more than a decade, researchers have been trying to figure out what makes them tick, in search of new insights into diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer and diabetes.
Until now, that research has focused on what is known as clock genes, which encode proteins that drive oscillating cycles of gene expression affecting physiology and behavior. But research just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals the discovery of a new cog in the circadian clock — a genome-wide regulatory layer made up of small chains of non-coding nucleotides known as micro RNAS (miRNAs).
“We’ve seen how the function of these clock genes are really important in many different diseases,” said Steve Kay, PhD, Provost Professor of neurology, biomedical engineering and quantitative computational biology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “But what we were blind to was a whole different funky kind of genes network that also is important for circadian regulation and this is the whole crazy world of what we call non-coding microRNA.”
‘Junk DNA’ proves to be a valuable tool in circadian rhythms
Formerly thought to be “junk DNA,” miRNAs are now known to affect gene expression by preventing messenger RNA from making proteins. Past research has indicated miRNAs may have a role in the function of circadian clocks but determining which of the hundreds of miRNAs in the genome might be involved remained a problem.
Kay and his team, led by Lili Zhou, a research associate in the Keck School’s Department of Neurology, turned to the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF) in San Diego, which has created robots capable of high throughput experiments. Working with scientists at the institute, Zhou developed a high throughput screen for a robot to test the close to 1000 miRNAs by individually transferring them into cells the team had engineered to glow on and off, based on the cell’s 24-hour circadian clock cycle.
“The collaboration with GNF made it possible for us to conduct the first cell-based, genome-wide screening approach to systematically identify which of the hundreds of miRNAs might be the ones modulating circadian rhythms,” said Zhou.
“Much to our surprise,” said Kay, “we discovered about 110 to 120 miRNAs that do this.”
With the help of Caitlyn Miller, a biochemistry undergraduate from USC Dornsife, researchers then verified the impact on circadian rhythms by inactivating certain miRNAs identified by the screen in their line of glowing cells. Knocking out the miRNAs had the opposite effect on the cells’ circadian rhythm as adding them to the cells.
Physiologic and behavioral impacts of miRNAs
Researchers also focused on the physiologic and behavioral impacts of miRNAs. They analyzed the behavior of mice with a particular cluster of miRNAs inactivated – miR 183/96/182 – and saw that inactivating the cluster interfered with their wheel-running behavior in the dark compared with control mice. They then examined the impact of the miRNA cluster on brain, retina and lung tissue, and found that inactivating the cluster affected circadian rhythms in a different way in each tissue type – suggesting that the way the miRNAs regulate the circadian clock is tissue specific.
Understanding the impact of miRNAs on the circadian clock in individual tissue could reveal new ways of treating or preventing specific diseases.
“In the brain we’re interested in connecting the clock to diseases like Alzheimer’s, in the lung we’re interested in connecting the clock to diseases like asthma,” said Kay. “The next step I think for us to model disease states in animals and in cells and look at how these microRNAs are functioning in those disease states.”
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