Can Nintendo Switch be a force for fitness – or are we all too lazy?

Oh Nintendo, we appreciate you trying. The House of Mario has seen fit to unveil a brand new hardware accessory and video game for the Nintendo Switch, Ring Fit Adventure, continuing a long line of fitness-related games for Nintendo’s home consoles. Much like the bestselling Wii Sports or Wii Fit games on previous console generations, Ring Fit Adventure uses motion controls and dedicated hardware to simulate something like exercise – though whether the experience really equates to a workout is arguable. Don’t we all find ways of playing with as little effort as possible, even when the game is intended as a workout? The Switch fitness game utilizes a ring-shaped… Read More

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App code hints that Google might launch a Pixel 4a alongside the Pixel 4

Might we be seeing a Google Pixel 4a appear earlier than we thought? Right alongside the Pixel 4 at the same unveiling perhaps? That’s what a codename found in the upcoming Google Camera app suggests. 9to5Google did some digging and found a reference to a “needlefish” device, alongside the “coral” and “flame” codenames that we think are linked to the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL phones. This is mostly speculation at this point, but that “needlefish” name has popped up before alongside a reference to Qualcomm, suggesting that the device is some kind of Android gadget with a Snapdragon chip inside. Facebook plans another PortalGoogle Pixel 4 XL… Read More

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Walmart’s push into healthcare, SoftBank’s struggles, and why FedEx dumped Amazon

Hello! Walmart, America’s biggest retailer, this week opened a health clinic that has primary care, dentistry, and counseling services. As we reported this week, that’s just the start. Zach Tracer and Lydia Ramsey talked to Sean Slovenski, Walmart’s president of health and wellness, to get the skinny on the company’s plans to wade deeper into the massive $3.5 trillion US healthcare system. As they report, the retailer opened a health clinic in Dallas, Georgia, on Friday. It plans to open another in Calhoun, Georgia. If everything goes well, Walmart could soon be the largest provider of basic healthcare in the region. The goal, according to Slovenski, is to do for… Read More

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The head of ESPN says theme parks, ABC, and the rest of the Disney machine will help it win the future of sports TV (DIS)

ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro explained, in an event at the Paley Center for Media on Thursday, how the network is leveraging the entirety of the Walt Disney Company in negotiations for sports rights. The competition for rights has intensified as cash-rich tech giants like Amazon have taken an interest. “When we sit down with the NFL, yes, we bring a cable channel, but we also bring a broadcast channel,” Pitaro said. “How many of our competitors can bring the theme parks to the table?” Pitaro pointed to the NBA Experience that recently opened at Disney Springs as an example. Disney also aired two separate broadcasts of the NFL Draft this… Read More

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Here’s what happened in the impact crater the day it did in the dinos

Enlarge / This is “Liftboat Myrtle,” which housed the drilling operation into Chicxulub Crater. (credit: Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin) Geology is a big science. The Earth is a large enough place today, but when you stretch the fourth dimension back across many millions of years, the largeness can get out of hand. Because we lose a lot of detail to the ravages of time, it’s very difficult for geology to get small again—to tell us about what happened in individual locations or over short periods of time. So it’s not every day that you read a scientific paper titled “The first day of the… Read More

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