TOKYO — Honda on Tuesday said that it had furloughed workers at its U.S. plants, which will be closed until May 1 as demand for cars in the country has plummeted due to the spread of the coronavirus.
A spokesman for Honda, which employs about 18,400 workers at plants in Alabama, Indiana and Ohio, said the Japanese automaker would guarantee salaries through Sunday, having suspended operations on March 23. Operations at its Powersports plant in South Carolina, which makes all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), have been suspended since March 26.
The other day, Nintendo officially announced the Nintendo Switch Lite. For all intents and purposes, the Switch Lite seemed identical to the Switch, except that it was smaller, lacked detachable controllers, could not connect to a TV, and was also cheaper. However, it seems that the differences between consoles is big enough where not all games will be supported.
For example, games that require the console to be connected to the TV will not be supported on the Switch Lite. Games that are also played in tabletop mode will not be supported either. Some games that require the gamers to have a Joy-Con will also not be supported, but in those instances, there are some that will work if players connect Joy-Con controllers to their console.
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.”
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.
Lexus is back at it with innovative lighting technology. The BladeScan headlights available in Europe on the 2020 RX utilize a new mechanism for throwing light further down the road, aiming that light more precisely, and doing so without blinding other road users. Lights from other OEMs with the same capabilities have increased the number of LEDs inside the housing for finer control. The BladeScan module inside the Lexus lights holds the number of LEDs down to 10 on each side of the RX, which Lexus says is a more cost-effective solution. In fact, BladeScan uses fewer LEDs than Lexus' most recent adaptive high-beam system, which has 24 LEDs on each side.
The LEDs in the new module are arranged in two rows, eight on top, two on bottom. The diodes are fed information about objects ahead, and adjust their intensity to dim light aimed at an oncoming car, or illuminate a pedestrian by the roadside. However, the LEDs don't shine their light down the road, they shine their strobing light onto two blade-shaped mirrors — hence the name BladeScan — that rotate at high speed. The light reflects off the mirrored blades and into a lens, which orients the beam down the road.
Microsoft’s Android port of its Office productivity apps is quite solid. You can get some serious work done on Android devices using these apps. However, if you’re using a fairly old device, you may want to take note, as Microsoft is discontinuing support for Office mobile apps on older Android devices.
Microsoft has updated the system requirements for the Office mobile apps without much fanfare. It’s not surprising to see that this has happened as the move is meant to ensure that users get the best possible experience with the apps. That can often no longer be possible on devices that become outdated.