Japan's Hayabusa2 Successful In Collecting Samples From Asteroid

Japan's Hayabusa2 Successful In Collecting Samples From Asteroid


Japan has claimed a world first with its Hayabusa 2 probe which made a “perfect” touchdown today on a distant asteroid. Not only that, but the Hayabusa2 probe also collected samples from beneath the surface of the asteroid. This unprecedented mission may help provide more insight about the origins of the solar system.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency project manager Yuichi Tsuda said at a news conference that “We’ve collected a part of the solar system’s history,” as subsurface material has never been gathered before from a celestial body that was further away from the moon. Japan has been able to do it successfully in a world first.

Nintendo Switch Saves Can Be Transferred To The Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Saves Can Be Transferred To The Switch Lite

The good news is that if that’s you, you’ll be pleased to learn that you’ll be able to transfer your saved data between the consoles. This means that you can pick up where you left off with your games, so you can leave the Switch at home and take the Switch Lite with you when you travel. This was confirmed by Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser who said, “Yes, you will have the ability to transfer between devices, your gameplay experiences. More to come on there, but that is the intention.”

Bowser did not detail how exactly this would be achieved, but as he said, the company will reveal more information about that later. Perhaps Nintendo could be planning on introducing multidevice accounts, but we’ll have to wait and see. The Switch Lite, for those who missed the announcement, is a smaller and cheaper version of the Switch.

No, The Nintendo Switch Lite Won't Be Replacing The 3ds

No, The Nintendo Switch Lite Won't Be Replacing The 3DS

When Nintendo launched the Nintendo Switch console, it seemed as though they might be replacing the 3DS console. This is because the Switch offered up a portable gaming experience, new features, and new games, but Nintendo later explained why they were keeping the 3DS around.

So with the launch of the Switch Lite, which was smaller, lighter, and more portable, was this Nintendo’s subtle way of telling us that they plan on replacing the 3DS? The good news for 3DS gamers and fans is that no, it looks like the 3DS will be sticking around. According to Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser, “We’ll continue to support our 3DS family of systems as long as there is demand.”

Nintendo Switch With Upgraded Hardware Revealed In Fcc Filing

Nintendo Switch With Upgraded Hardware Revealed In FCC Filing

Earlier today, the Nintendo Switch Lite was officially announced as the more affordable and more portable version of the Nintendo Switch. However, if you might recall, there were rumors suggesting that there could also be an upgraded version of the Switch in the works as well, and now it looks like there is a chance those rumors could be coming true.

In a recent FCC filing, it was discovered that Nintendo had filed for a “Request for Class II Permissive Change” letter. What this means is that Nintendo is asking for permission to make changes to an existing device without having to get the whole thing recertified again. Based on the letter, it seems that Nintendo has outlined the changes which includes the chipset used, the RAM, and also the CPU board.

The Nintendo Switch Lite Has Been Officially Announced

The Nintendo Switch Lite Has Been Officially Announced

For a while now we have been hearing rumors that Nintendo could have a new Nintendo Switch console in the works. The console in question has been referred to as the Nintendo Switch Mini, where its focus would be on being more affordable and also being more portable, where its Joy-Cons will not be removable.

For those who wouldn’t mind the idea of such a console, you’ll be pleased and excited to learn that Nintendo has since officially announced the Nintendo Switch Lite. This is pretty much as what the rumors were saying, where the console will be priced at $199, making it $100 cheaper than the regular Switch, and where its controllers cannot be removed. It also cannot be connected to your TV, so it looks like the emphasis is being placed on portability.

Xperia 1 Gets July 2019 Security Patches (55.0.a.2.314)

Xperia 1 gets July 2019 security patches (55.0.A.2.314)

Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia 1 flagship, which moves the build number from 55.0.A.2.278 to version 55.0.A.2.314. The update adds the July 2019 Android security patches. It is currently live on the dual SIM variant of the Xperia 1 (J9110), but should shortly arrive on the single SIM versions too (J8110, J8170).

Youtube Arrives On Fire Tv As Prime Video Lands On Chromecast And Android Tvs

YouTube Arrives On Fire TV As Prime Video Lands On Chromecast And Android TVs


A feud between Google and Amazon had essentially forced users to pick sides since the companies blocked their services from each other’s platforms. So YouTube wasn’t available on Fire TV and Amazon Prime Video wasn’t available on Chromecast and Android TVs. This was bound to change after both companies announced that they were making peace and would allow the services on their respective networks. That’s precisely what has happened today.

Starting today, Amazon Prime Video subscribers can stream content from their preferred streaming service on Chromecast and Android TV devices. The Prime Video app is now available for these platforms from Google Play.

Xperia Xz2 And Xz3 Get July 2019 Security Patches (52.0.a.8.107)

Xperia XZ2 and XZ3 get July 2019 security patches (52.0.A.8.107)

Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact, XZ2 Premium and Xperia XZ3 which adds the July 2019 Android security patches. The new firmware moves the build number from 52.0.A.8.83 to version 52.0.A.8.107. No other changes have been noticed, but if you have updated, please let us know your impressions below.

Sony Rumored To Be Working On A Phone With A Roll-up Display

Sony Rumored To Be Working On A Phone With A Roll-Up Display


You have heard all about foldable smartphones so it’s time to give rollable smartphones some attention. A new rumor claims that Sony is working on a smartphone that will have a roll-up display. What this would mean, at least in theory, is that the display could be rolled out to offer increased real estate. This is said to be a prototype currently so it’s unclear whether the device will ever make the cut.

Smartphone manufacturers are trying out different things as they look to set the tone for the future of mobile devices. Companies like Samsung and Huawei have already shown their foldable smartphones. It has previously been reported that Sony has a foldable smartphone in the pipeline as well.

7-eleven Japan Shuts Down Mobile Payment After $500k Stolen

7-Eleven Japan Shuts Down Mobile Payment After $500K Stolen


7-Eleven Japan recently launched a mobile payments feature on its 7Pay app which enabled customers to simply scan a barcode in the app and charge a linked credit or debit card. Merely a week after this was announced, the feature has been pulled after a vulnerability in the app allowed hackers to steal $500,000 from users through bogus charges.

The company had received a complaint about this the very next day after launching the feature on July 1st. A customer had noticed that they had been billed a charge that they didn’t make. The flaw in the app simply required hackers to know the user’s date of birth, email, and phone number.

Toyota Testing An Electric Car With A Solar Roof That Can Charge Itself

Toyota Testing An Electric Car With A Solar Roof That Can Charge Itself

The problem with electric cars is that they usually take a while to charge. Even fast charging still cannot compare to the speed it takes to refill a car with gas. We imagine that eventually there could be a point in time when we get used to charging times or when charging times drop, but until then, it seems that Toyota is exploring a new electric car concept.

As you can see in the photo above, Toyota is experimenting with a new electric car concept that comes with solar panels built into the roof, bonnet, and boot of the car. What this means is that as the car drives, the solar panels will be capable of drawing power from the sun, which in turn keeps the car’s battery charged.

Sony's Wf-1000xm3 Noise-cancelling Earbuds Launched

Sony's WF-1000XM3 Noise-Cancelling Earbuds Launched

When it comes to noise-cancellation technology in headphones, we typically see it in over-ear and on-ear headphones, but in case such headphone designs are too bulky, then you might be interested to learn that Sony has announced their new WF-1000XM3 wireless noise-canceling earbuds.

These earbuds have been designed to be true wireless earbuds, similar to other devices such as Apple’s AirPods, but with the added advantage of offering up noise-cancellation technology as well. This is clearly not Sony’s first attempt at creating wireless earbuds, but they have definitely improved on its tech since then.

Sony's 'uncharted' Movie Won't Directly Adapt The Game's Story

Sony's 'Uncharted' Movie Won't Directly Adapt The Game's Story

In a recent interview with Games Radar, the movie’s director Dan Trachtenberg, he revealed that the movie will not be adapting the stories used in the game. According to Trachentberg, “[I] have been approached with different versions of this tale and have always been not that interested in it because I didn’t really want to trace the game.”

He adds, “I didn’t really feel like it was at all worthy of making a video game adaptation, [if] we’re just gonna copy what the game is and just serve people a lesser experience than what they’ve experienced in such an incredible way.” He also seems to be confident that if there were a new Uncharted game made, they would want to use his storyline.

Nintendo Switch Mini's Design Revealed By Accessory Maker

Nintendo Switch Mini's Design Revealed By Accessory Maker

While Nintendo has seemingly denied that there are plans to launch a new Nintendo Switch console this year, it appears that the rumors about such a console just don’t seem to be going away. In fact, just last month a Chinese accessory maker shared images of their upcoming accessories for the the Nintendo Switch Mini, which in the process revealed a possible design.

It looks like the leaks won’t stop coming in because according to a tweet by WinFuture.de’s Roland Quandt, new images have since leaked by other accessory makers who have created cases for the upcoming console. For those who are unfamiliar with the rumors, basically there are claims suggesting that Nintendo could launch at least two new consoles this year.