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Xiaomi Mi 9 review: cheap speed
Lightning-fast performance at a low price... if you live in the right place
By Sam Byford

Xiaomi’s flagship Mi series of smartphones is usually relatively unremarkable. Unlike the notch-busting Mi Mix line, the Mi phones don’t tend to have particularly interesting designs, and Xiaomi doesn’t push the prices as far down as it can with the Redmi range. The Mi phones are always just pretty good, pretty affordable phones.

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New story in Technology from Time: Samsung Is Delaying the Galaxy Fold After Reports the Foldable Phone Was Breaking

(Bloomberg) — Samsung Electronics Co. will delay the planned launch Friday of its first foldable smartphone until at least next month, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The Galaxy Fold, priced at almost $2,000, was hit by early reviews that showed several problems with test versions of the device. The new rollout is expected in the coming weeks, though a firm date has yet to be set, the Journal reported. A spokesman for Samsung declined to confirm the report when contacted by Bloomberg.

The problems with the phone, which was meant to rejuvenate a flagging market and showcase the Korean company’s technology expertise, stemmed from issues concerning the hinge and display. Some reviewers had unknowingly ripped off part of the phone’s display, confusing it with a protective cover.

Pre-orders began earlier this month for a marquee device that’s expected to usher in a wave of smartphones that can unfurl into tablets. A delay would mark another setback after the company suffered a black-eye with a previous major launch in 2016, when it recalled the Galaxy Note 7 after consumers reported issues with batteries that burst into flames.

While it’s still too early to predict consumer demand for smartphones with flexible screens, Samsung and others are eager to gain an edge over Apple Inc. in the $495 billion industry. Samsung had forecast it will produce at least 1 million foldable phones this year, a fraction of its overall shipments in 2018.

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Cuphead review: A cracking good time on Nintendo Switch

In a surprising turn of events, the one-time Xbox One exclusive cartoon shooter Cuphead has come to Nintendo Switch. It is a fabulous conversion of a great game, with its co-op and quick-fire challenges a natural match for the Switch’s portable nature. Here is an edited version of our original review, which still applies two years later for this new adaptation

Cuphead, StudioMDHR’s boss-brawling platform-shooter, was been a long time coming. Seven years, in fact. We all laugh about games taking ages, or being delayed, but Cuphead is an example of a game having a lengthy gestation period and coming out fantastic.

You play as the titular Cuphead, and if you’re playing local co-op, player two plays his brother Mugman. The brothers cup have fallen afoul of the devil after developing an addiction to gambling. The only way to pay off their debts is to collect the souls of the inhabitants of Inkwell Island, a variety of beings that the game macabrely hints are Cuphead and Mugman’s pals.

To collect these souls, the brothers basically have to shoot the hell out of everyone, kill them, collect their souls and hand them over to the devil. But of course these cheerful pieces of crockery don’t want to be in league with the devil, so they hatch a plan. That plan still involves killing everything in sight, but at least it might have a happy ending.

Inkwell Isle is divided into four separate sections, and to clear each one you have to collect all the soul contracts on that island. This means fighting a series of bosses, which forms the central premise. But to do this, you’ll need upgrades; guns and charms which can be bought with coins.

Collecting those coins mostly revolves around playing the game’s six Run & Gun levels. These are platforming combat challenges that see Cuphead traversing levels filled with regular enemies, traps and obstacles to collect five coins dotted throughout. The Run & Gun levels were later additions to the game, being announced part-way through development, but they are wonderfully designed. Precise controls and clear, colourful visuals make these levels a joy, and my only complaint is I’d like to see more of them since they’re so good. Levels range from treks across treetops to fighting through sinister funfairs, and showcase the wonderful art style.

But it is the bosses where the game really shines, artistically and mechanically. The game utilises its 1930s cartoon style with aplomb, depicting pugilist toads, malicious genies, sexy squid girls and violent vegetables. Part of the pleasure of Cuphead is discovering what weird and wonderful individual is going to show up next. The animations are sublime and energetic, while easy to read cues mean that the style is not only gorgeous, but functionally excellent as well.

Fighting these creatures is a joy. Whether you’re using the default pea shooter, the close range spread shot, or any one of the other four gun types available, fights are varied and energetic. They really possess that sense of ‘this is impossible’ followed by ‘I see how to do this’ and then ‘I’ve nailed this’.

If you are struggling on a fight, mixing up your loadout - guns, as well as one of the various charms, including an invincibility dodge or an extra health point - can change the course of the bout dramatically. And when you die, a progress bar shows you how far into the fight you got, and how many phases of the boss are left. It’s a game designed around teaching you how to get better at it, with everything from the character animations to the post-death screen giving you clues on how to develop your skill.

Very rarely did I feel like I was making no progress on a boss; even in sections where I was dying in the same place over and over, I could feel my skills - utilising the weapons, learning to time my parries etc - improving. For a game that’s about dying and retrying a lot, progress feels almost constant.

For some of the bosses, Cuphead takes to the skies, flying a plane as he decimates his foes. These levels function as lovely classic shoot ‘em up style fights, usually throwing regular enemies at you alongside the screen-filling bosses. The shmup levels provide even further variety to the already varied boss fights, and serve as yet another love letter to the genres that inspired the game.

There has been a lot of chatter about Cuphead’s difficulty, about it being hardcore, and to an extent it is a difficult game, but it’s also a very accessible one for the run and gun shooter genre. Boss fights have a Simple mode that essentially serve as training modes, letting you get used to some of the easier fight patterns before moving onto Regular. Chances are if you’re super struggling in a Regular fight, changing your loadout is what will help. The game is tough but fair, doing everything it can to help you improve.

For instance, I’m not normally very good at games like this, despite loving Gunstar Heroes, Mega Man, Metal Slug and the like. And yet I was able to see Cuphead through to completion, with my save file currently sitting on 105% (there’s an Expert mode to unlock post-game, as well as a bunch of secrets to find). This is the sign of a game that respects is players, and a developer who genuinely wants you to constantly improve at the game and get to see everything. I feel like playing Cuphead has helped improve my overall skill level in the genre itself, which goes to show how good a job it does at coaching its players.

From the backgrounds to the animations to the bold colours, Cuphead is  a love letter both to classic cartoons and platform-shooters, fine tuned and tweaked so it plays like a dream. It also manages to take a certain much-maligned gaming trope and turn it into something wonderful. Without spoilers, this part actually ended up being one of my favourite sections in the game. You’ll know when you get there.

And you should get there. If you have any interest at all in platformers, 2D shooters or both, Cuphead is an absolute must-play. I hope we get to see a sequel with more of its mayhem.



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Facebook profits likely to fall after fake news and privacy scandals

Facebook is this week expected to report a rare decline in profits after a string of privacy breaches and fake news scandals.

With its founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg under pressure to clean up the social network, analysts predict the company’s net profit will drop to $4.7bn (£3.6bn) in the first quarter, from nearly $5bn a year ago.

It would be the first fall in quarterly profits since mid-2015.

Analysts also forecast that Facebook’s annual profits for 2019 will be just below last year’s $28.7bn (£22.1bn), as it spends on countering fake news and illegal content, and tackling data breaches and privacy concerns.

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Facebook continues to pull in more users and advertising, however, and turnover in the first three months of the year is forecast to climb to $15bn from $12bn.

Related: Is Facebook spying on you?

The string of scandals include Facebook’s role in Russia’s alleged influence on the 2016 US presidential election, and the Guardian’s revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy hired by Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, obtained personal data from millions of profiles without consent.

Facebook was labelled “morally bankrupt pathological liars” by New Zealand’s privacy commissioner this month after hosting a livestream of the Christchurch attacks that left 50 dead. In an interview after the attacks, Zuckerberg refused to commit to any changes to the platform’s live technology, including a time delay on livestreams.

Facebook, which owns Instagram, last week admitted that millions more Instagram users were affected by a security lapse than it had previously disclosed. It had mistakenly stored the passwords of hundreds of millions of users without encryption.

Related: Facebook is asking to be regulated but wants to choose how | Emily Bell

Zuckerberg has pledged major reforms. The company hired thousands more content reviewers to police its websites and stem a rise in violent videos, after a Thai man two years ago livestreamed footage of himself killing his 11-month-old daughter.

Facebook is using artificial intelligence to tackle fake news and hate speech, and to stop suggesting users invite their dead friends to parties.

The Californian company also last year more than doubled the money it spent on Zuckerberg’s security to $22.6m.

Facebook is finally preparing to yield to pressure from Brussels over criticism that its new rules on online political advertising restrict EU parties from campaigning in the European elections in May.

Related: EU tells Facebook’s Nick Clegg to rethink ad rules for elections

Nick Clegg, Facebook’s head of global affairs and the former Liberal Democrat leader, has written to Antonio Tajani, president of the European parliament, to say the company is exploring ways to exempt 19 European political parties and institutions from the campaign rules.

Clegg’s comments are a response to a backlash created by Facebook’s new transparency rules that would require people or groups posting political ads to register in each EU state where the ads appear.

Clegg said Facebook was “exploring whether we can technically build tools that would allow authorised administrators of the 19 institutional pages we identified to target ads to people right across the EU”, Clegg wrote in the letter, according to the FT. “It will be a challenge to do this in the requested timescale and I will need to confirm whether or not it is possible with you if we agree that this is the right solution.”


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Samsung is reportedly delaying the Galaxy Fold due to display issues

If you were jittery about reports of broken Galaxy Fold review units, you might not be the only one. Wall Street Journalsources claim Samsung has delayed the release of the folding smartphone until “at least” May after reviewers mentioned display issues. A new time frame is due in the “coming weeks,” according to the insiders. Samsung has reportedly linked the problems to the Fold’s hing and extra pressure on the 7.3-inch internal screen.

We’ve asked Samsung for comment. However, the apparent scoop comes hours after the tech giant postponed launch events in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

The display problems have varied. Some were the result of a misunderstanding about the Fold’s main display – reviewers mistakenly assumed a layer on top was a screen protector they could peel off, and review units didn’t include the disclaimer warning them against trying to remove that layer. Other issues, however, weren’t so simple. The Verge’s Dieter Bohn, for instance, saw a bulge develop that eventually broke numerous pixels. While failures like that aren’t necessarily representative of the phones everyday users will get (our unit was fine), Samsung clearly doesn’t want to take chances – it already knows the consequences of selling defective hardware.

Delay or not, the rough launch doesn’t bode well for the first generation of phones with folding displays. It suggests that the technology is still relatively fragile (it uses plastic rather than glass), and that early adopters may need to take special care of their phones. There are also questions about future designs from Huawei and others that put the folding display on the outside. If Samsung’s inward-folding device is prone to issues, an external screen may be that much more vulnerable.

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