Nintendo Just Gave Itself the Perfect Opportunity To Remake the Best Pokémon Game Ever

Nintendo Labo VR Kit

Nintendo is making its first big push into modern virtual reality with Thursday’s announcement of the Nintendo Labo: VR Kit, a set of build-your-own cardboard controllers that enable new VR games and other experiences on the Nintendo Switch console.

Among the controller offerings are a NERF-style blaster (for an alien-shooting game), a duck (for a flying game), and an elephant (for an art and drawing game — it makes way more sense once you use it, trust me). Each of those cardboard controllers have slots for the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers, as well as the Switch unit itself (for the screen) and a VR viewer. There’s also a set of tools that players can use to design their own simple VR games, which promise to be a hit with kids interested in learning more about game creation and programming.

Nintendo Nintendo Labo VR Kit

Putting all that aside for a moment: Nintendo Labo: VR Kit also gives Nintendo the perfect opportunity to reboot Pokémon Snap, the best game in the Pokémon franchise (this writer will entertain no opinions to the contrary).

For those unfamiliar: Whereas most Pokémon games involve capturing tiny magical creatures and sending them into battle, Pokémon Snap was a photo safari game released for the Nintendo 64 20 years ago this very week. You’d be strapped into a bizarre sort of railcar, then sent through various parts of a mysterious island with the goal of taking photographs of Pokémon, not capturing them. You could even throw apples at Pokémon to coax them into better photo positions, or to activate bonus courses or secret Pokémon appearances. And because this was the 90s we’re talking about, you could take your memory card to some Blockbuster Video locations to get your shots printed out photobooth-style. (I was a little bummed out there was nary a Pokémon Snap machine in Captain Marvel’s Blockbuster scene.) It was weird, wonderful and very Nintendo.

And you know what else the Nintendo Labo: VR Kit has? A camera controller. During a demo earlier this week, I used that camera for an underwater photo safari game, snapping pictures of digital fish and sharks. It was certainly fun, but it was no Pokémon Snap. Thankfully, Nintendo now has the perfect excuse for rebooting that game for a new generation of Pokémon fans. Let’s get on it, Nintendo.

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Source:: Time – Technology


Facebook Says It Stored Millions of Users’ Passwords in Plain Text

(SAN FRANCISCO) — Facebook said Thursday that it stored millions of its users’ passwords in plain text for years.

The acknowledgement from the social media giant came after a security researcher posted about the issue online.

“Security rule 101 dictates that under no circumstances passwords should be stored in plain text, and at all times must be encrypted,” said cybersecurity expert Andrei Barysevich of Recorded Future. “There is no valid reason why anyone in an organization, especially the size of Facebook, needs to have access to users’ passwords in plain text.”

Facebook said there is no evidence its employees abused access to this data. But thousands of employees could have searched them. The company said the passwords were stored on internal company servers, where no outsiders could access them. But the incident reveals a huge oversight for the company amid a slew of bruises and stumbles in the last couple of years.

The security blog KrebsOnSecurity said some 600 million Facebook users may have had their passwords stored in plain text. Facebook said in a blog post Thursday it will likely notify “hundreds of millions” of Facebook Lite users, millions of Facebook users and tens of thousands of Instagram users that their passwords were stored in plain text. Facebook Lite is designed for users with older phones or low-speed internet connections and is used primarily in developing countries.

Facebook said it discovered the problem in January. But, according to Brian Krebs, the security researcher, in some cases the passwords had been stored in plain text since 2012. Facebook Lite launched in 2015 and Facebook bought Instagram in 2012.

Barysevich said he could not recall any major company caught leaving so many passwords exposed internally. He said he’s seen a number of instances where much smaller organizations made such information readily available not just to programmers but also to customer support teams.

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Source:: Time – Technology


Hotel guests in South Korea were secretly filmed, with the footage streamed online

At least 1,500 hotel guests in South Korea had no idea that there were spy cameras hidden in their rooms, and the footage was being livestreamed to the internet, police said Wednesday.

The cameras were concealed inside 30 hotels in 10 cities. The videos were streamed to a site that has more than 4,000 members who pay for access. Police said they have arrested four men in connection with the case.

Law enforcement agents in South Korea have been dealing with an uptick in spy cameras recording unsuspecting people, and it’s become such a problem that female inspectors now search Seoul’s public bathrooms to make sure there aren’t any hidden cameras, BBC News reports. In 2017, police investigated more than 6,400 reports of illegal filming, and last year, tens of thousands of women marched in cities across South Korea to demand an end to such recordings.

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Source:: The Week – Tech