We’ve known about this for weeks, but we finally got confirmation this morning. The Nintendo Switch Lite is real, offering an entry-level version of the Switch for $200 without some of the features that have come to define Nintendo’s blockbuster handheld. Console players might have missed this to some degree, but Nintendo is very fond of constant hardware updates for its portable line, to which the Switch now belongs. Consider such gems as the New 2DS XL, and so on. This is the first update to the Switch, however, so let’s get into what differentiates it from Switch Prime.
Let’s start with the first, most important question:
Does it Switch?
Nintendo Switch: Yes
Switch Lite: No
This is arguably the biggest difference between the Switch and the Switch lite. The Switch is named that way because it “switches” between docked, handheld and tabletop modes. The Switch title is residual for the Switch lite: it is a handheld console and a handheld console only. It’s possible we might see some homebrew solutions once the thing is released, but from an official standpoint: the Switch lite does not switch.
Price: The Switch Lite will come with an MSRP of $199, significantly lower than the Switch’s MSRP of $299.
Joy-Cons: One of the defining features of the Switch is the Joy-Cons, which you can detach from the side to use as their own controllers, either together or on their own. This isn’t the case with the Switch lite. It will still be compatible with other Joy-Cons, but the sides are permanently attached. They also don’t support 3-D rumble.
Size: The Switch lite will be significantly smaller than the Switch, which is either a plus or minus depending on the size of your pockets and whether or not you carry a purse around. It’s more comparable to a 3DS than a Switch, and a Twitter user made a handy comparison of all 3:
Games: By and large, the Switch Lite and the Switch will play the same games. But the library won’t be exactly the same: any game that doesn’t support handheld mode won’t work, like Super Mario Party. And any game that makes use of motion controls will be either difficult or impossible, depending. You won’t be able to get all the moons in Super Mario Odyssey.
And that’s the bulk of the differences here. The Switch Lite is a cheaper, more accessible version of the Switch that makes some compromises for a smaller size and a lower price point. Sounds great, to be honest.
Facebook-Driven Area 51 Storming May Be Countered With Force, Says US Air Force
Fun and games on Facebook may have serious consequences for the foolish. That was the message delivered by the US Air Force, who have responded to a Facebook’s group’s efforts to have 450,000 people storm a top secret military base.
Conspiracy theorists have always believed that Area 51 in Nevada holds information about extra-terrestrial activities on our planet, possibly including actual alien remains and aircraft. That belief spawned a Facebook group suggesting that a wave of humanity could overwhelm the defenses at the base and discover the truth.
More than 400,000 people have joined a Facebook event page calling for storming Area 51, with many more indicating interest. The proposed event is scheduled for Sept. 20.
“We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry,” the event description reads. “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.”
Naruto Run refers to the unique running style of the protagonist Naruto Uzumaki in the Japanese anime series Naruto, where he is often depicted sprinting with his hands behind him to decrease wind resistance.
The Washington Post on Friday asked how officials will deal with anyone showing up for the event. Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews declined to elaborate on specific details of the military’s plans.
However, she did issue a warning.
“[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” McAndrews said. “The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
Amazon Prime Day 2019: The Best Deals So Far
Did you think Amazon Prime Day 2019 started on Monday, July 15? Think again. While Monday marks the official start of the sales, just like last year, Amazon has jumped the gun and some of the best deals you’ll find on Prime Day are already live. These are the deals you need to move on now.
Amazon Prime Day 2019 – Early Live Deals
All these “early access deals” are available right now but they come with one catch: you must be an Amazon Prime subscriber. If you aren’t one, don’t worry because there’s an easy hack. Sign-up for Amazon’s free 30-day trial membership and you can cancel the moment Prime Day is over at no cost.
- Echo Dot: $22 (saving $27.99) – easily the show-stopping deal right now for this hugely popular product – product link
- Echo (2nd Generation): $49.99 ($50 saving) – at under half price, this very hard to ignore – product link
- Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote: $14.99 ($25 saving) – a very popular item which is almost an impulse buy at this price point – product link
- Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote: $24.99 ($25 saving) – another 50% off bargain product link
- Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet: $79.99 ($50 saving) – one of Amazon’s most popular tablets – product link
- All new Fire Tablet (7-inch Display, 16GB) – $29.99 ($20 saving) – product link
- Fire HD 10 – 10-inch, 1080p edition – $99.99 ($50 saving) – product link
- All-new Kindle (built-in display light) – $59.99 ($30 saving) – a bargain now it matches the best fature of the Kindle Paperwhite – product link
- Kindle Paperwhite – $84.99 ($45 saving) – product link
- Kindle Oasis – $199.99 ($50 saving) – product link
- All-new Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet: $59.99 ($40 saving) – product link
- Echo Show (2nd gen) – $159.99 ($70 saving) – a new edition with a strong early reduction – product link
You’ll notice a clear theme here: Amazon is pushing its products early. That’s understandable, but given Amazon devices are typically among the biggest selling devices on the site anyway, it doesn’t make them any less desirable. I also know that these prices will also not be lowered any further when Prime Day officially launches, so grab yourself a bargain now and beat the rush.
Note: Prime Day starts on July 15 at 12am through July 16. It will be Amazon’s biggest ever Prime Day sale and the best deals will go quickly.
Twitter Suffers Widespread Hour-Long Outage on Mobile Apps, Web
Twitter users worldwide were unable to access the social-networking site for about an hour Thursday, with an outage that affected both mobile and web platforms.
On the web, users saw an error message that said, “Something is technically wrong. Thanks for noticing —we’re going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon.” An error message in the Twitter app said, “Tweets aren’t loading right now.”
According to website DownDetector.com, Twitter began experiencing issues around 2:46 p.m. ET on Thursday. The highest concentration of user-reported technical problems were from Western Europe and the U.S.
Twitter service appeared to begin to be restored about an hour later, at around 3:45 p.m. ET.
Twitter’s support account said in a tweet at around 4:15 p.m., “Twitter is back up for some people, and we’re working to make sure our service is available to everyone as quickly as possible.” The company said the outage was “due to an internal system change, which we’re now fixing. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and should be at 100% soon.”
The Twitter outage comes on the heels of a string of technical problems at Instagram recently. On July 3, a technical glitch prevented Instagram users worldwide — as well as Facebook and WhatsApp users — from sharing or accessing photos and videos for much of the day. That was less than a month after Instagram had an outage that lasted more than two hours, following two other major outages in June.
Once Twitter service was restored, the downtime was an immediate subject of tweets. “miss us?” Twitter posted on its main account. Netflix also had some fun with the technical snafu:
Twitter was out of commission just as Donald Trump — a frequent and aggressive tweeter — was hosting a so-called “social-media summit” at the White House on Thursday afternoon. The White House did not release a list of attendees, but those expected at the event included reps from conservative think tanks and “far-right internet personalities and trolls, some of whom have pushed conspiracy theories, lies and misinformation,” according to a CNN report. Twitter and Facebook execs were not invited.
“A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practiced by certain companies,” Trump tweeted earlier in the day, evidently referring to tech companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter.
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