Amiibo, those adorable tiny statues that take up too much space on your bookshelf and inevitably become a pressure point in your relationship when your significant other complains that you're becoming addicted to collecting them. Well, there not just for looks. They serve a very useful purpose in Nintendo Switch games. They generate items, sometimes exclusive items, within a game that you're playing. Want to dress your Skyrim character like Link? It's possible with the right amiibo! How amiibo work with Nintendo Switch Amiibo have this tiny chip at their base. The chip stores identifier data, like which Switch the figurine is registered to, which rewards should be doled out in which games, and whether it's already been used in a particular game that day. The chip in the amiibo uses Near Field Communication (NFC) to send this information to a small NFC reader in your Switch's right Joy-Con controller (or the Pro Controller). When you place the amiibo on joystick on the right Joy-Con, … [Read more...] about How to use your amiibo with Nintendo Switch
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YOU can now download Fortnite on iPhone and iPad – and you don't even need an invite to get it. Here's a complete guide on how to get Fortnite Battle Royale for iOS and start playing the game with all of your friends. What is Fortnite Battle Royale? Fortnite Battle Royale is a hugely popular game that sees up to 100 players dropped on to a fictional island. Gamers are then forced to fight for survival in a last-person-standing death-match. It's already available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows and Mac computers, and last week Epic Games announced it would be coming to mobile too. Now the game is available to iOS users – which means anyone who owns an iPhone will be able to play it. To get the game, you'll need to download the iPhone version here: Originally, users had to sign up to get an invite for a Fortnite Battle Royale mobile invite. But in early April, Epic Games ditched that scheme and opened the process up to everyone. What Apple devices support Fortnite … [Read more...] about How to get Fortnite on iPhone – is the Android and iOS Battle Royale game free and where do I get it?
Introduction Update: If you've just struggled home from the shops with a brand new 4K TV after scoring an excellent Black Friday discount, make sure you read up on how to set it up properly to make sure you get the best performance possible. Original article continues below...Today's TV images have never looked better. Indeed, the latest 4K Ultra HD HDR screens are so good that broadcasters and content providers are struggling to offer programmes able to truly do them justice.These 3840 x 2160 televisions offer four times the pixel density of regular Full HD sets which means more detail. Other technologies like Quantum Dot , OLED and enhanced WCG panels mean the quality of each pixel has also improved, and now have a depth and vibrancy that leaves yesterday's TVs looking positively pallid. HDR (High Dynamic Range) is another new technology that looks set to revolutionise the humble television set, and we're seeing a number of TVs and media devices (such as the Xbox One S) which … [Read more...] about How to set up your TV for the perfect picture
Editors' note: As part of our celebration of Star Wars at 40, CNET contributor Bonnie Burton, a Star Wars superfan and former Lucasfilm employee, shows you to make a pillow unlike any other.Sometimes you just want to take a nap on a extra-large body pillow in the shape of Jabba the Hutt. Good news: You don't even have to wear an uncomfortable Slave Leia costume to do it. Here's an easy tutorial from my book "The Star Wars Craft Book" that shows how to turn old pillows into something geeky. What you need:A large green fleece blanketBeige fleece fabric or a beige sweatshirtBeige, black and orange felt (or fleece)Old pillows (three regular, two small, one large body pillow)String or white ribbonExtra pillow stuffingSewing needleThread (green, black, beige, orange)Straight pinsScissorsHow to make a Jabba the Hutt body pillow: 1. Stack up the pillows until they resemble Jabba the Hutt's basic slug-body shape. Put the body pillow on the bottom, the regular-size pillows in the middle and one … [Read more...] about How to make a Star Wars Jabba the Hutt body pillow
With technology increasingly intertwined with all aspects of business, [email protected] can help you -- prosumers to small businesses with fewer than five employees -- get started. Raising capital is always a challenge, but thanks to crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, there are more ways than ever to fund new business ventures. When the platform works, it can help foster truly innovative ideas. "Kickstarter is for everyone who has a creative idea they want to bring to life," Nick Yulman, Kickstarter's senior curator for design and tech, said to CNET @ Work. By allowing individuals or businesses to simultaneously raise money and conduct market research, it provides a strong platform for "anybody who's doing something genuinely new and using Kickstarter as validation," Yulman explained. "Is this thing that I'm trying to do, which hasn't been done before, does it have the interest? Is there enough support for me to move forward with it?" Crowdfunding, however, isn't easy: Only around … [Read more...] about Kickstarter 101: When and how to run a crowdfunding campaign