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Nintendo Teases NX Games Console, Kaspersky Tackles Ransomware… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 28-04-2016

Nintendo teases its next games console, Kaspersky helps defeat CryptXXX ransomware, Google Calendar helps you find a time, Mark Zuckerberg thinks he’s omnipotent, and not even weather forecasters can avoid the Windows 10 nag-screen.


Nintendo Will Launch the NX in 2017

Nintendo has announced that its next games console, the mysterious-sounding NX, will be launched in March 2017. Unfortunately, the Japanese gaming company isn’t ready to tell us any more details about the successor to the Wii U Nintendo Wii U Review and Giveaway Despite the increasing shift to mobile gaming, consoles are still very popular devices for playing immersive, graphics-intensive games; and that won’t change anytime soon as long as the major console makers continue to improve with... Read More , even though the NX is now less than a year away from release.

The release date was revealed during Nintendo’s latest earnings report [PDF link], with the company stating:

“For our dedicated video game platform business, Nintendo is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed ‘NX’ with a brand-new concept. NX will be launched in March 2017 globally.”

However, that was all that was said, and the gaming press has been left to speculate as to what the NX will actually be. Any hopes that the NX was going to be revealed at E3 2016 were dashed when Nintendo suggested the focus at that event will be on the new The Legend of Zelda game, also due for release in 2017. Then again, Nintendo could be trolling us.

Based on past rumors it looks as though the NX will be a hybrid home/portable console, with Nintendo merging the Wii U and 3DS into one unit sure to fly off store shelves. But little is clear beyond that. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima recently told Time:


“I can assure you we’re not building the next version of Wii or Wii U. It’s something unique and different. It’s something where we have to move away from those platforms in order to make it something that will appeal to our consumer base.”

Which is as clear as mud, to be honest. The only thing we know for sure is that the NX needs to deliver. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are both doing well, but the Wii U spectacularly failed 4 Reasons The Wii U Will Fail [Opinion] While there is no sign yet of a PS4 or Xbox 720 (not likely to be the real names when they do finally arrive), we do have one next-generation games console on the horizon to... Read More to set the world alight. Nintendo needs a win, and only time will tell whether the NX is capable.

Kaspersky Defeats CryptXXX Ransomware

Ransomware is a particularly nasty form of malware Ransomware Evolution is Really Bad News, Microsoft Edge Will Intelligently Pause Flash... [Tech News Digest] Ransomware evolves with crypto-currency, Microsoft Edge intelligently pauses flash, Firefox add-ons vulnerable to new attack, Vivaldi 1.0 released, and mainstream media doesn't understand eSports. Read More that has risen in popularity in recent years. After invading your system, it encrypts the files on your computer and holds them to ransom, demanding you pay hundreds of dollars, usually in the form of Bitcoin, to release them.

CryptXXX is a new variant of ransomware discovered earlier this month, and it’s even nastier than other variants. As well as encrypting your files on your PC it encrypts files on attached devices, and scans for sensitive data it can send back to base. In other words, it sucks.

However, Russian security firm Kaspersky has developed a tool designed to help you regain control of your files without paying the ransom. The tool, which is called RannohDecryptor, as it was originally developed to tackle the Rannoh variant, is free, but does require the user to have one non-encrypted copy of a file CryptXXX has locked.


Unfortunately, there is no guarantee RannohDecryptor will continue to work against ransomware, as the criminals behind it will no doubt be working on more effective malware. Still, for the time being, you should make note of this link, and (ideally) try to protect yourself from ransomware Don't Fall Foul of the Scammers: A Guide To Ransomware & Other Threats Read More in the first place.

Google Helps You Schedule Meetings

You can now schedule meetings with other people 10+ Great Online Tools For Group Co-Ordination & Meetings How do you manage a team of people who are spread out geographically? How do you co-ordinate international time zones? The concept of working via the Internet has begun to creep into the everyday workplace,... Read More more quickly and efficiently thanks to Google. Anyone using Google Apps for Work or Edu will find a new option in Google Calendar for Android. It’s called “Find a time,” and it helps you coordinate meeting times with others.

Designed for people who share their calendar with colleagues, whether at work or at school, “Find a time” identifies suitable times to hold a meeting based on the availability of all those involved. It only offers suggestions though, with those involved still ultimately in charge.


While this is only currently available on Android, Google is working on bringing it to iOS too.

Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Save the World

Facebook is doing very well for itself, adding millions of users, and making billions of dollars. And the company is now proposing a stock split designed to keep Zuckerberg in control for as long as he wants to be. Which led to this gem from a Note from Mark Zuckerberg, as published on Facebook yesterday (April 27):

“While helping to connect the world will always be the most important thing I do, there are more global challenges that I feel a responsibility to help solve — like helping to cure all diseases by the end of this century, upgrading our education system so it’s personalized for each student, and protecting our environment from climate change. That’s why Priscilla and I created the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and committed to give 99 percent of our Facebook shares during our lives to advance human potential and promote equality.”

Now, Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook, and has become very rich Mark Zuckerberg Launches "Charity", Adobe Kills Flash... [Tech News Digest] Mark Zuckerberg secures his baby's future, Adobe signals the beginning of the end for Flash, Microsoft seeks peace for Christmas, Google launches its Santa Tracker, and Uncanny Valley unsettles gamers. Read More because of it. However, does creating a social network automatically make you capable of fixing the entire world of its various ills? In a word, No, but someone clearly forgot to tell Zuckerberg that sad truth.

While it’s good to see the richest people in our society trying to make the world a better place, the wording suggests Zuckerberg sees himself as some kind of Second Coming. Which he obviously isn’t. To borrow a phrase from Monty Python, “He’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy.”


Windows 10 Interrupts Weather Forecast

And finally, anyone who is running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is likely to have encountered the annoying Windows 10 nag-screen Stop Windows 10 Nagging, Employers Can Read Your Private Messages... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft details how to stop Windows 10 nagging, European employees can legally snoop on private messages, YouTube returns to Pakistan, Twitter stock continues to drop, and Snoop Dogg isn't happy with Xbox Live outage. Read More by now. It pops up, begging you to upgrade to Windows 10, even if you have already declined the upgrade on numerous occasions. And it turns out even meteorologists aren’t immune from Microsoft’s unwanted advances.

As you can see in the video above, Metinka Slate was breezily forecasting the weather for Iowa when Windows decided to gatecrash the party. Slate handled it well, making reference to the intruder on her screen, and then carrying on regardless. However, this is bad PR for Microsoft, which has already annoyed users with its insistence we all upgrade. [H/T Betanews]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you looking forward to the release of the Nintendo NX? Have you ever been hit with ransomware? Will you be using Google’s new Find a Time feature? What do you think of Mark Zuckerberg’s ambitions to fix the world? Have you succumbed to the Windows 10 nag-screen yet?

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  1. Dinika
    April 29, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I'm a huge fan of muo, but I found your opinions on Zuckerberg's initiatives/motives a tad nitpicky.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 29, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      That's absolutely fine. They're just my opinions, and not necessarily the opinions of MUO as a whole.

    • Anonymous
      April 29, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      "I found your opinions on Zuckerberg’s initiatives/motives a tad nitpicky. "
      Nitpicky? Zuckerberg reminds me of a late 19th century ruthless, rapacious robber-baron like JP Morgan or John D. Rockefeller.

  2. Anonymous
    April 29, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I remember Nintendo trying to launch the wiiU complete lack of information even AFTER the review. Terrible marketing, terrible support, they tried to ride the coat tales of the wii. Not realising no one cared about the wii anymore.

    I can BET you they will name it something stupid like WiiMe Still not learning from their mistake.
    Nintendo have a tonne of money but they really lack something that interests me personally.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 29, 2016 at 9:43 am

      The Wii U was a complete disaster from beginning to end, mainly because no one knew what the hell they were meant to do with it, including developers.

      I suspect Nintendo will drop the Wii name now, and try to create a compelling home console that builds on the success of the DS and 3DS.

  3. Philip Bates
    April 28, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    It does feel like a mistake that Nintendo aren't putting out something new for Christmas this year. I'm sure there will be plenty of new games for the Wii U and 3DS (I'm already hyped for Pokemon Sun and Moon), but how many will invest in a Wii U game, knowing that the NX will be with us shortly after?

    • Dave Parrack
      April 29, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Wii U sales are going to tank now, so it does seem a ridiculous thing to do. Unless the NX is going to be revealed at E3 as a surprise, in which case this is a stroke of genius.

      • Sean Thompson
        April 29, 2016 at 6:36 pm're saying that Wii U sales could actually get lower? ;) I have a WiiU, and it has some great games, it's just sad that developers weren't willing to play along. I think the main problem was that Nintendo finally got up to class with PS3/Xbox360 hardware just in time for both Sony and Microsoft to move on to more advanced hardware. In order for the NX to compete, it needs to be equivalent hardware to the coming PS4.5 or the devs still aren't going to want to play ball.

  4. Anonymous
    April 28, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I thought I was the cynic around here! :-)

    "Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Save the World"
    Even though I am not a fan of FB or Zuckerberg, in this I must speak on his behalf. It is not Zuckerberg who will fix ALL the world's ills, it is his $billions. Apparently he has joined Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and 50 or so other billionaires in pledging to donate the vast majority of their fortunes to needy and worthwhile causes. While I applaud his pledge, I still think he is a sleazeball and an SOB and to misquote Karl Marx "FB is the opiate of the masses".

    • Dave Parrack
      April 29, 2016 at 9:40 am

      I must admit I'm cynical about Zuck. I think it's the way he expresses this stuff. He comes across a bit holier than though, to be honest, and I remain skeptical about his pledge to donate his fortune. For some reason I have more faith in Bill Gates.

      • Dinika
        April 29, 2016 at 12:23 pm

        Bill Gates is one reason why I may never be able to get over Microsoft or side with Apple in any MS vs Apple debate. He's such an inspiration!

      • Anonymous
        April 29, 2016 at 1:28 pm

        @Dave Parrack:
        "I remain skeptical about his pledge to donate his fortune"
        We'll see if he puts his money where his mouth is.

        "For some reason I have more faith in Bill Gates."
        He has a proven track record. Sir William has already started disbursing his lucre through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.