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Acer Bringing Amazon Alexa to Windows PCs Starting May 23rd

By Radu Iorga

Tomorrow is a big day for Amazon Alexa, that’s coming to Windows PCs, to spite Cortana. Acer is pulling off this move, by launching the famous assistant included in the TV show Mr. Robot on its devices. This is a premiere, which we detail below.

Acer announced this week that Alexa will be rolling out new Windows 10 PCs, within the Switch, Swift and Aspire series, that have Amazon Alexa on board. This is big news for Amazon, that already had its assistant on phones, tablets and various smart speakers. Acer’s notebooks are the first in the industry to offer this support, even the Acer Spin 3 and Acer Spin 5 series, which are available at retailers right now.

The inaugural models for this are the Acer Spin 5 and Acer Spin 3 devices, with availability slated for May 23 and the 26th respectively. Amazon Alexa has also been confirmed as supported on the Acer Nitro 5 Spin convertible gaming notebook line next month. Plus, the Aspire All in One PCs are also expected to get a similar treatment. We’re not 100% sure how well Alexa integrates with Windows 10 PCs and how much it lets you access from the OS.

A comical moment would have having Alexa start up Cortana or viceversa. Alexa can be asked to manage smart home devices from the PC, including lighting, thermostats and home appliances, all of that via voice. Amazon could have released Alexa in the Microsoft Store, to put it on all device brands, but Microsoft is probably not a big fan of that. In the meantime we expect Cortana to get an upgrade and become smarter, like Google Assistant did recently.

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In the age of the Switch, the Nintendo 3DS refuses to die

By Kyle Orland

The little system that could (continue selling despite age and competition). (credit: Kyle Orland)

About a year ago, we took a look at some historical sales data and publicly speculated that sales for the Nintendo 3DS would quickly drop after the Nintendo Switch launch. But while Switch sales continue at a blistering pace, someone forgot to tell the people to stop buying Nintendo’s older portable.

Industry tracking firm NPD reported yesterday that 3DS sales in the United States are healthier than ever, by some measures. In 2018, the system had its best January since 2014 in terms of dollar sales, and since 2013 in terms of unit sales. This despite the fact that there were no major releases for the system in the month (though big games like Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon and Fire Emblem Warriors did come out just a few months ago).

It’s hard to identify a trend in one surprisingly successful month, of course. But looking at 3DS sales more broadly shows the system continuing to find an audience in Switch’s shadow. In the nine months following the Switch’s late March 2017 launch, Nintendo shipped 5.86 million 3DSes worldwide. That’s down just nine percent from the 6.42 million in sales over the same nine-month period in 2016, before the Switch was available. And it’s down only a hair from 5.89 million shipments during the same period in 2015, when the 3DS was much newer.

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Nintendo Switch Becomes Functional Linux Tablet With This Hack (Video)

By Radu Iorga

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A few weeks ago we had a piece on this website, covering a nifty workaround and hack that brought Linux to the Nintendo Switch. It was pretty basic and just starting off, but now it has evolved into a functional Linux installation on the console.

Usually modern consoles are tougher to hack than they used to be, but Nintendo somehow had their units hacked much faster than an Xbox or PlayStation. Hacker group fail0verflow managed to bring Linux to the Switch the last time, using NVIDIA Tegra exploits inside the device.

Now they posted a full video of the Linux distribution running on the hacked Switch. It even has touchscreen support, a web browser that works and a GPU-powered demo application. Fail0verflow claim that the bug they’re exploiting cannot be patched and there’s also no need for a mod chip.

I’ve heard that there’s a bit of a patch and upgrade happening in the NVIDIA/Nintendo production lines to get rid of the bug, but it only applies to future units. Getting Android on Nintendo Switch is just a matter of time and I guess Windows isn’t far behind at all, of course in an ARM flavour.

As usual you do such hacks at your own risk on the $300+ console.

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Hacker Group Runs Linux on Nintendo Switch, Boot ROM is Now Vulnerable

By Radu Iorga

While some people want to bring full fledged Windows apps to Android, others are simply happy with running Linux on the Nintendo Switch. That has just happened, courtesy of hacker group fail0verflow, which detailed its adventures in the field below.

They shared a photo of the Nintendo hit console running Debian, a distribution of Linux. The group says that Nintendo won’t be able to fix the vulnerability with any sort of future firmware patch. According to the group, there’s a flaw in the boot ROM associated to the NVIDIA Tegra X1 system on chip. This makes it so that when the console starts, it reads and executes a piece of code stored in a read-only memory. The code contains the instructions about the booting process.

The boot ROM is stored on the chip when NVIDIA makes it and can’t be altered in any sort. Software updates make no difference and won’t affect the boot ROM. The only fix is to make a new batch of chipsets, which Nintendo may ask NVIDIA to do. Replacing the OS and boot ROM on a device is a big deal and when it’s done easily the device maker is surely not happy.

Apple has been protecting itself from this for many years now, while Google and Android partners are more open. What this means is that it’s a matter of time till we start seeing Android on the Nintendo Switch and we’ll also see homebrew stuff and pirated games, which certainly hurts Nintendo.

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Hacker group manages to run Linux on a Nintendo Switch

By Romain Dillet

Hacker group fail0verflow shared a photo of a Nintendo Switch running Debian, a distribution of Linux (via Nintendo Life). The group claims that Nintendo can’t fix the vulnerability with future firmware patches. #switch pic.twitter.com/4iTjTk9D59 — fail0verflow (@fail0verflow) February 6, 2018 According to fail0verflow, there’s a flaw in the boot ROM in Nvidia’s… Read More

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