QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Technology … is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.” ~ C. P. Snow
NINTENDO BACK IN THE GAME WITH OVERWHELMING SALES
Nintendo amps up Switch Console sales forecast for the year!
IS SWITCH THE SILVER BULLET FOR NINTENDO?
After a decade long rough patch, Nintendo finally bounced back with the launch of Switch in March 2017. According to the latest statement by the company, they are expecting to double the operating profits from what they predicted three months ago.
By march 2018, the company is expected to sell 14 million consoles. The number has been ramped up from the previous figure of 10 million. They are hoping that the positive response will also add a boost to their mobile game sales. The company plans to use their trump card, new versions of much famous old games, for smartphones. The mini sized classic console is expected to be launched in 2018.
WHAT DID THE DECADE OF DESOLATION LOOK LIKE?
The last decade was certainly a low point for Nintendo that obliterated the market in the 80s and 90s. The numbers say it all what the company expects to be its sale number in the next 4 months they sold approximately in the 5 years of Wii. To be precise 13.56 million units. By the time Wii was launched, Microsoft and Sony had already made their mark in the gaming market. Despite being different from the other two the company only disappointed its customers furthermore. Nintendo made desperate attempts to get back into the market but something always seemed to lack.
HOW HAS 2017 BEEN FOR NINTENDO SO FAR?
Since its launch in March 2017, 2 million Switch consoles have been sold so far. Back in Japan, the company found 1.5 million buyers as compared to 665,000 of Sony PlayStation 4. Within the first three months from the day of its launch, the company sold off 4.7 million units.
It is believed that the company will use the success of switch to be a stepping stone for its other products, mobile and character licensing. So far it looks like Nintendo is back in the game with a success strategy in place. We hope this is just a precursor for the good times to come.
APPLE’S AI-POWERED OBJECT RECOGNITION IS BORDERLINE CREEPY
iOS 11’s AI searches for objects in images that really should not be categorized.
WHAT SEEMS TO BE THE PROBLEM?
While the world seems to be totally pumped up regarding Apple Inc’s latest mobile operating system iOS 11 that incorporates highly advanced machine learning. Among these features, is the new object recognition feature that allows users to sort images according to content. So for example, if you want to only look at dog photos in your photos app simply search with the keyword ‘dog’ to bring up all dog images on your phone. This certainly sounds like a great feature how users can quickly search through their photo library.
However, it was recently discovered that iOS 11’s AI is also sorting objects that shouldn’t be a category in the first place. According to a recent tweet, it was discovered that the photos app also contained a category called “Brasserie” that only sorts out images that contained the mentioned object. It means if you type words such as ‘bra’, ‘underwear’ or ‘boxers’ you might be able to find out all such ‘NSFW’ images.
WHY WOULD APPLE DO THIS?
Although we’re quite sure that this wasn’t done intentionally by developers at Apple Inc, it still raised quite a lot of stir among users. They were worried if these ‘candid’ pics were being shared and saved on Apple servers. Fortunately, this wasn’t the case as this category was native to the devices and no data was uploaded to Apple servers.
Strangely, iOS 11 isn’t the only culprit to categorize your photos in such weird ways. Even Google Photos sorts images in a similar manner so people really should look sideways before pointing fingers. Nevertheless, this can still be considered as some form of privacy violation that Apple is yet to comment on.
IS THIS GOOD OR BAD?
Despite the initial outrage, this feature does have it’s fair share of advantages. It automatically sorts all images into various categories making it easy for users to find what they’re looking for. Moreover, all photos that contain moments that shouldn’t be exposed are also sorted in a separate folder that is only accessible to you.