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Nintendo Swtich sales reach a whopping 14.8 million

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Well, the word’s out: Nintendo’s Switch is doing red hot sales to the tune of 14.86 million units sold, and it seems the company can’t make them fast enough. The information is based on the company’s nine months earnings report released Wednesday, which included a breakdown by region. Japanese gamers bought 3.72 million units, while the US is the biggest market at 5.94 million sold there alone.

The rest of the world made for the remaining 5.2 million sets. In comparison, Sony’s PlayStation 4 was released in 2013 and has currently shipped about 67.5 million units, with the Xbox One far behind at 30.97 million shipped as of last October. Given the Switch’s upward trajectory, the console will soon possibly overtake Microsoft’s console.

It should be no surprise then to find out that the Switch is the fastest-selling console in the US (and it’s mostly always out of stock in its native Japan), thanks to two critically acclaimed games: Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, of which the latter has won many Game of the Year awards. If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on one to try out those games, the company is reported to have ramped up production in November to meet this increased demand for 2018. So hang tight and you’ll soon be a happy Switch user.

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Valentine’s Day gift ideas 2018: Top gear for Aussie tech lovers

UPDATE: We’ve added a couple of more items to our growing list of Valentine’s Day gift ideas – perhaps your dear one’s heart will flutter at the sight of the tiny but very useful Google Home Mini smart speaker. We’ve also added another option for our audiophile lovers hoarding their vinyls.

Let’s face it: it’s bloody hard shopping for a Valentine’s gift for that special someone in your life, and cards, chocolates and flowers are a bit of a cliché these days. A much better way to spoil them is get them a great piece of tech to keep up with the digital times.

The good news is that the best tech doesn’t always have to blow a hole in your bank balance either: with this guide, TechRadar’s Aussie team has scoured the realm for some of the coolest gadgets with the dreamiest price tags to treat your tech-loving better half to some amazing new gear.

We’ve divided our gift guide into sections to make it easy for you to go through the list that we’ll keep updated right through till the big day arrives:

For creatives and explorers

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 

This little camera will bring instant frivolity to those special moments this Valentine’s Day. The Instax Mini 9 is the latest addition to the instant camera range from Fujifilm and makes taking pictures a whole load of fun. There’s a selfie mirror to make sure you’ve got the framing right, there’s a close-up lens attachment for shooting up to 35cm away and you can adjust brightness to your satisfaction. There’s a few bright colours to choose from and is priced below $ 100.

GoPro Hero6 Black action camera 

For anyone who wants to capture their adventures (or misadventures, as the case may be), GoPro has given its latest action cam a massive upgrade that allows 4K 60fps and super-slow-motion Full HD 240fps video capture. It would definitely make a great gift if you’re willing to spoil that adventurous special someone.

Nikon D3400 

Another great beginner DSLR, the Nikon D3400 also has a compact design and comes with a great battery. It does, however, lack touchscreen functionality, but its image quality is good. If you aren’t after a full kit, you can grab the Nikon D3400 body only for about $ 450, but a kit with a single lens will set you back about $ 500.

For phone addicts

Oppo A73 

Has your Valentine held on to their old phone even though it might be on its last legs? You can bring them up to date with the Oppo A73 smartphone which packs flagship features into a budget chassis. It sports a 16MP front camera and a 13MP rear snapper with the best software for all those lovely selfies. Plus face recognition and fingerprint unlock, all for just over $ 350.

Motorola Moto G5 Plus 

If you’re looking for more budget smartphone options, Motorola’s Moto G5 Plus is an excellent choice. A fingerprint sensor, generous heaps of internal storage with microSD support, Google Assistant, fast charging, 4K video capture capability – the features list goes on – packed into a 5.2-inch phone that costs less than $ 400.

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SpaceX to launch reused Falcon 9 ahead of Falcon Heavy debut

A recycled Falcon 9 carrying GovSat-1 awaits launch in Florida.

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SpaceX has some routine business to take care of this week before the long-anticipated debut of Falcon Heavy, its newest and most powerful rocket yet. Elon Musk’s commercial space venture on Tuesday scrubbed the scheduled launch of a recycled Falcon 9 rocket set to lift the GovSat-1 satellite into orbit. The mission was called off so SpaceX can swap out a sensor on the rocket.

Weather conditions had also been less than ideal for launch much of Tuesday. The launch will now be attempted again from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Wednesday during a window starting at 1:25 p.m. PT.

GovSat-1 is a communications device built for a public-private partnership involving the government of Luxembourg and satellite operator SES. The Falcon 9 that the satellite sits atop is one of a handful that SpaceX has flown on a previous mission, landed, recovered and reconditioned for further launches. This particular rocket is the same one that carried a spy satellite to space for the US National Reconnaissance Office last year.

Standing down for today.

Team is going to replace a second stage sensor. Next available launch opportunity is tomorrow, January 31.

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 30, 2018

Two missions will apparently be all that this reused rocket will see, however, as SpaceX has no plans to recover it again after GovSat-1 is launched. This fairly routine mission happens against the backdrop of the planned demonstration launch of Falcon Heavy, currently scheduled for Feb.

6. If it succeeds, Heavy will be the most powerful rocket in use since the Saturn V that carried Apollo astronauts to the moon, and it will also send Musk’s red Tesla Roadster on a journey toward Mars because, well, Elon thinks that’ll be cool. The Falcon 9 GovSat-1 launch has nothing to do with the Falcon Heavy launch, but if Wednesday’s mission were to fail for some reason, it’s possible it might lead to the Falcon Heavy debut being pushed back as well.

SpaceX postponed all launches for several months when a Falcon 9 exploded on the launch pad in 2016. It’s also interesting that SpaceX won’t attempt to recover the rocket’s first stage on Wednesday. After Falcon Heavy’s launch, it will attempt to land all three of the powerful system’s first stage rockets.

You can watch the GovSat-1 mission live or replay it afterward via the embed below:

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Searing 'Sorry to Bother You' could be 2018's 'Get Out'

I make no apologies for saying that “Sorry to Bother You” could be the new “Get Out“. It’s not a horror film and it’s probably too out-there to achieve the mainstream box-office success of Jordan Peele‘s Oscar-nominated hit, but there are big similarities. It’s the work of a first-time director known for another medium, it’s got Lakeith Stanfield in it, and most notably it uses fantastical elements to throw a grenade under very real social issues.

Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, “Sorry to Bother You” is something of a Sundance success story. Rapper turned writer and director Boots Riley worked his way through the festival’s filmmaking mentorship schemes in previous years to become the toast of this year’s event. His film was one of the most buzzed-about on this year’s bill, and in a quiet year for distribution deals at the festival it’s been picked up by Annapurna Pictures.

Hopefully that means you’ll get to see it for yourself some time in the not-too-distant future, because this wildly ambitious and outrageous satire really needs to be seen to be believed. The film is headlined by a trio of the past year’s breakout stars: alongside Lakeith Stanfield are Tessa Thompson from “Thor: Ragnarok” and Armie Hammer from “Call Me By Your Name“. Also on board are Terry Crews, Danny Glover and Steven Yeun from “The Walking Dead“, as well as a couple of bonkers voiceover cameos.

Lanky, likeable Stanfield is Cassius “Cash” Green, who discovers a talent for telemarketing and finds himself torn between loyalty to his fellow workers and an opportunity to grasp the brass ring of workplace success. The film opens in a stylised world of harsh reds and sickly yellows and office grotesques, and slowly spirals into an increasing skewed parallel reality somewhere between the warped weirdness of Charlie Kaufman and the off-kilter visual flourishes of Michel Gondry — before making a final leap into the utterly surreal.

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Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson make no apologies in “Sorry to Bother You”.

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It’s packed with incendiary moments and provocative satire, blasting away at all manner of targets including but not limited to: the inhumanity of late-stage capitalism, corporate greed, police brutality, racial division, the sharing economy and Silicon Valley’s headlong charge into the future. The film deftly skewers the euphemisms of exploitation, euphemisms that rebrand working until you drop as an achievement and selling out your peers as getting ahead.

The characters are tempted by signing away their lives to a corporation that owns them as essentially modern-day slaves, an indentured servitude euphemistically rebranded as becoming “Worry-Free”. In this scathing vision of modern free-market freebootery, each level of aspiration is revealed to be just another scam, whether it’s an overcrowded VIP room in a bar or a workplace promotion that requires unspeakable sacrifice. And no matter how hard you work, no matter how much of yourself you give, it’s never enough.

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This searing assault on the world of work culminates in an increasingly barmy turn from Armie Hammer as a sociopathic Silicon Valley CEO.

He’s the sort of CEO who genuinely thinks he’s inventing a new world, a caricature of the sort of disruption-happy entrepreneur who gave us such ill-thought out ideas as Soylent, Juicero and Bodega. With so many targets, it’s inevitable that not all the scattershot satirical strikes find their mark. But there’s so much vigour and invention — and so many flat-out hilarious moments — that it’s hard not to be swept along by the demented ingenuity on display.

Whether “Sorry To Bother You” has anything like the impact of “Get Out” remains to be seen, but it’s easily going to stand up as one of the freshest and most unpredictable debuts of the year.

Weird and unapologetic, it’s very much worth the bother.

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