Hasbro’s new Fortnite Nerf guns launch on March 22nd, with preorders starting today
- Hasbro, owner of the Nerf brand, today revealed its full lineup of Fortnite-themed Nerf products, including the previously announced AR-L Elite blaster modeled after the SCAR in Epic Games’ hit battle royale game.
- That price tag stays the same, but Hasbro says all of the products will now start shipping on March 22nd.
- There’s also some products that are less outright firearm-like and more in the realm of playful toys, including a small, handheld blaster that looks much more cartoonish called a MicroShots and a llama-shaped blaster, modeled after the game’s unofficial mascot animal.
- All in all, the prices seem somewhat reasonable for proper Fortnite-themed gear, although The Verge’s Sean Hollister, our resident Nerf expert, notes that pricey AR-L Elite is a semi-auto blaster, not a full-auto one.
- well, firearm-like than your standard Nerf blasters, especially considering Fortnite models its weapons after real-life guns like the FN-SCAR and IMI Desert Eagle.
Amazon's first 'Lord of the Rings' teaser is a minimal Middle-earth map
- As things stand, we know very little about Amazon's Lord of the Rings Prime Video series.
- We do know it will last several seasons and it will include some familiar characters from J.R.R. Tolkien's books, though Amazon was clear it's not remaking Peter Jackson's movies.
- The release timeline, as well as the aspects of Middle-earth history the show will cover, also remain a mystery.
- However, we have a little more movement on the project, as the first official teasers for the show have started to trickle out.
- Amazon posted a trio of tweets about the upcoming project, the first of which is an apt quote from Tolkien: "I wisely started with a map." Amazon also released an "interactive" map of Middle-earth, but so far all you can do is zoom in and out and scoot around the landscape.
- For now, it remains as mysterious as the series' synopsis.
How a simple website is going to solve the problem we all faced
- So, I googled “Best tutorials to learn Django” and I came up with few links and I start scrolling down to search the best tutorial to learn Django easily.
- So, I started with the first one and it didn’t work and then second and so on and finally I found a good tutorial.
- The idea was to create a website which contain links of all the technical resources like: learning programming language or build something from which the user can find the best tutorial for them self.
- So through this the user will know that the link with the most number of upvotes is best for learning something.
- I think it is a good start to a project and if I will able to complete that project then it will able to solve a problem which we all faced.
Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi to lay off 15% of its workforce
- Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is planning to lay off about 2,000 people, or 15 percent of its workforce, this year, a source familiar with the situation said Friday.
- That confirmed earlier Chinese media reports that Didi CEO Cheng Wei said in an internal meeting Friday that the company is preparing for difficult times.
- Didi is ultimately planning to hire about 2,500 employees this year in areas such as safety, technology and offline management operations, according to the source familiar with the matter.
- Didi is one of the most valuable start-ups in the world and bought Uber's China operations in 2016.
- On Wednesday, Chinese tech news site 36kr, citing leaked internal financial statements, said Didi lost 10.9 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) last year and spent 11.3 billion yuan on driver subsidies.
- That was a marked acceleration from the company's 2017 loss of 2.5 billion yuan, according to the report.
Treasury officials say smaller tax refunds are a good thing
- Washington (CNN) - Americans are seeing smaller refunds this year thanks to the 2017 tax reform -- and the Treasury Department says that's a good thing.
- The average refund is down nearly 9% so far this filing season, according to updated data released Thursday by the Internal Revenue Service.
- This year's filing season, the first under the 2017 Republican tax overhaul, is being closely watched as individual Americans begin to feel the impact of the biggest tax reform of the last 30 years.
- The new rules lowered most individual rates and nearly doubled the standard deduction.
- Senior Treasury officials said early data from the first 12 days of the tax filing season shows a "solid start" with 30.8 million returns already processed, despite the impact of the partial government shutdown on IRS operations.
- The average American taxpayer got a refund of about $2,700 last year, according to IRS statistics.
The 'Link's Awakening' remake could be the start of something special
- Over the years, other essential games like Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker and Twilight Princess have either been remastered or at the very least made available on Nintendo's various virtual or classic consoles.
- That's good news for Zelda fans, and it gives me hope that Nintendo will start mining its vast catalog of older games for other gems that have been largely forgotten.
- I'm hoping that Nintendo continues looking for more under-the-radar options to give the Link's Awakening treatment to -- the company has a vast library of wonderful games, but it often feels like Nintendo is stuck on the same franchises and titles.
- I'm hoping that Link's Awakening is just the first in a series of semi-forgotten, but classic games that Nintendo brings into the 21st century.
General Motors starts taking orders for its first e-bike
- Last November, General Motors said it would start making electric bicycles, and it announced a crowdsourcing campaign to come up with a brand name.
- GM says it will manufacture two models under the new Ariv brand name: the Meld, a compact e-bike, and the Merge, a folding e-bike.
- GM says additional features are planned for the app, including a mode that will use a “proprietary algorithm to help riders arrive at their destination sweat-free.” Both Merge and Meld e-bikes come equipped with a Quad Lock mount to securely attach a smartphone to the handlebars.
- With electric-powered bikes and scooters lining the streets of most major cities across the globe, automakers are scrambling to capture a piece of the fast-growing micromobility sector.
- Automakers, in general, are trying to leverage their experience in manufacturing, batteries, and powertrains in pursuit of more electric-powered two-wheelers, like motorcycles, bikes, and scooters.
Europe’s stock markets are ailing, and there isn’t a Facebook or Microsoft in sight
- From a sheer valuation perspective, European stocks look like a big value over their U.S. counterparts.
- Late last year, the price-to-earnings ratio of the MSCI Europe index hit a five-year low, and today stands at 14.88 on a trailing 12-month basis, compared with the S&P 500’s 20.
- The Euro STOXX 600, a total market index of large-, mid- and small-cap companies, approached its all-time high in January.
- The European economy is heavily reliant on trade — it comprises almost 90 per cent of GDP in the euro area, compared with about 30 per cent of GDP in the U.S. Like stocks closer to home, Europe has recovered from those lows even as hopes have risen for productive trade talks between the U.S. and China.
- The Brexit deadline is fast approaching, and even an extension will likely be seen as good news for stocks.
Quantum Computing, Capabilities and Limits: An Interview with Scott Aaronson
- And so, the thing that you often have to respond to is this idea that a quantum computer can be zero and can have all these qubits that are zero and one simultaneously, and therefore they can solve really complex problems by looking at every possible combination of those all at once, and that’s not true.
- Now what they’re trying to do with every quantum algorithm, is you’re trying to choreograph things in such a way that for each wrong answer to your computational problem, some of the paths leading to that answer have positive amplitude, and others have negative amplitude, so on the whole, they cancel each other out, whereas the path leading to the right answer should all be ‘in phase’ with each other.
'It's still fresh to us' -- Parkland survivors reflect on a year of grief
- Korr was a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when a gunman stormed the campus on February 14, 2018, killing 17 people.
- It's been hard for Kelsey Friend, 17, to shake the sound of the gunshot that ended her favorite teacher's life one year ago, so much so that she decided to leave Stoneman Douglas this month.
- She has continued to participate in campaigns organized by March for Our Lives, the gun lobby movement that Stoneman Douglas students launched in response to the shooting.
- It's been hard for Stoneman Douglas senior Kai Koerber to watch his friends and classmates struggle with depression and PTSD over the past year.
- The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, passed in 2018, toughened gun control in some ways, but Pittman wants to see more action from the Florida Legislature.