Neil Webster, 30, arrived at Manchester Airport with his partner Louise Donnelly, 28, but was turned away because he did not have the latest biometric passport.
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Emergency services were called to Edwards Transport in Hinstock, near Market Drayton, Shropshire, at 9.41am this morning after part of a haulage firm’s warehouse collapsed
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As the South East enjoys temperatures higher than Seville and Sardinia, the western edge of the United Kingdom faces torrential downpours that could see a week’s rain fall in an hour.
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Remember the Nintendo 64? You’re forgiven if you don’t — the game console is 20 years old as of 2016, and its games look woefully outdated compared to the gorgeous graphics of modern games.
Beyond being a Nintendo game console packed with beloved games like “Super Mario 64,” the Nintendo 64 was the last Nintendo console that used game cartridges.
Every console since — from Nintendo and its competition — has used optical discs of some type. The PlayStation 1 used a form of compact disc (think: music CDs), while the PlayStation 2 used DVDs, and the current Xbox One and PlayStation 4 use versions of Blu-ray discs. Even Nintendo’s latest console, the Wii U, uses a form of proprietary optical disc.
But there’s a major issue with using optical disc-based media formats: Game consoles are too fast for them. Really!
The reason that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 require you to install games before playing them is because the consoles are capable of processing the data on the disc faster than it’s able to read said data. The solution that both Sony and Microsoft came up with? Install the data on the disc to the console’s hard drive.
It is, frankly, a bad solution.
It means that you go home with a game disc, put it in your game console, and then wait for it to install instead of just playing the game. It’s a notorious step backward from previous game consoles that didn’t require you to wait around while the game installed from a disc.
Nintendo’s Wii U doesn’t require you to install disc-based games, but it’s also nowhere near as powerful as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. With Nintendo’s next console, codenamed “NX,” the expectation is it’ll be more powerful than the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
So, how is Nintendo going to solve the disc issue? By using cartridges once again, it looks like.
A company that’s worked with Nintendo for years, Macronix, might be behind the media format that Nintendo’s using in its next console. British publication Screen Critics spotted some explicit mentions of Nintendo’s next console in Macronix’s latest financials report. Specifically, the company cited Nintendo’s new platform as helping drive financial growth for the company in its third and fourth financial quarters — those financial quarters line up with this coming holiday and the first part of 2017, around the time the NX is expected to launch.
Nintendo said recently that its new console will launch in March 2017.
Adding more fuel to this already burning fire is the fact that Macronix was responsible for the proprietary media format used in Nintendo’s 3DS handheld game console. That format, a 32-nanometer ROM chip, is capable of holding 8GB of media; the new format being created by Macronix is a 75-nanometer ROM chip, capable of holding far more data.
So, when you think of Nintendo’s next console returning to cartridges, don’t think about your dusty old NES carts. Think of the 3DS cartridge. Think of Flash memory. Most importantly, think of an evolution beyond the disc-based media we’ve been stuck with for 20 years now.
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The tech geeks are coming to government. Whether they’re in our cities as Code for America volunteers or part of the federal U.S. Digital Service and 18F, programmers, data scientists and UX designers are starting to find their place in the public sector. This is a good thing. The more accomplished technology professionals devoting their talents to public service, the better. However… Read More
Google today announced that it is bringing some of its Google Cloud Platform and Google Apps tools a little bit closer together. BigQuery, Google’s serverless analytics data warehousing service, will now be able to read files from Google Drive and access spreadsheets from Google Sheets. There has long been something of a firewall between Google’s cloud computing services and its… Read More
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Intriguing new research finds that our social media updates reveal more about our health than we probably intend.
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North Korea, which in recent months has increased its pursuit of nuclear weapons, today held its first ruling party congress since the rule of tyrant Kim Jong-Un’s grandfather, Kim Il-Sung.
Hello startup friends! The TechCrunch team had a great idea — the summer is right around the corner, so we’re going to celebrate Nordic startups with a Meetup + Pitch-Off in Stockholm for the first time ever on June 7. “What a great idea, how do I get involved?” you’re probably thinking right now. So here’s what’s up. As the name suggest, the… Read More
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The Tooting MP is set to rescue Jeremy Corbyn after disastrous results in other elections that have seen Labour lose council seats in England and put to the sword by the SNP and Tories in Scotland.
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In Quentin Letts’ Yesterday In Parliament sketch he takes a look at the arguments over the apprenticeship levy. Is it really a Leftie tax on big business to pay for trainee vicars?
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The video starts with the white man on the floor of the stationary bus as the black man stands over him, before they start wrestling, crushing other passengers on the London bus.
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The casino magnate Sheldon G. Adelson said he would support Donald J. Trump now that he has become the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee.
Father Berrigan, whose funeral will be held on Friday in New York, opposed war, bigotry and abortion with a distinctly Catholic voice.
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You really thought Google paid people the best? Not quite. But Google still pays more than Facebook.
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BT yesterday revealed that its pre-tax profits for the financial year to the end of March rose by 15per cent to £3.03billion. The increase came on the back of a six per cent rise in sales to £18.9billion.
The hottest day of the year so far saw the temperature reach 21.5C (71F) in London and sent the deer in Richmond Park heading for the nearest water to keep cool.
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Warning came as European Council president Donald Tusk (pictured) last night warned the Brussels dream of a European superstate is an ‘illusion’ that should be stopped.
Iorworth Hoare, 64, is behind bars on remand while he awaits trial for the alleged offence, which is said to have taken place in a wood close to his home in northern England.
MPs fear that – once all votes have been counted today – Labour will be the first opposition since 1985 to lose English council seats at an election, which could trigger a coup against Corbyn (left).
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The race to land a new Han Solo may finally have come to a close.
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In a blow to rural communities, ministers have ruled out a multi-million pound programme to connect around a million homes and businesses – arguing it would be too expensive.
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Now the ball is back in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s court. Does he want to try and top John Williams, and pen an even-more memorable track for Star Wars: Episode VIII? “Jabba Flow” was a good start, but if we go back to Maz’s drinking establishment in Rian Johnson’s movie, we could use one more memorable tune to tap our toes to.
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