Today on the Daily Charge, the Huawei Mate X finally arrives in China.
Quantum Supremacy, what's that?
And one month's in with the Nintendo Switch Lite, is it still worth it?
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The Nintendo Switch light has been out for about a month and Scott's been living and breathing this console.
Scott, what's it been like using the light and are you able to forgive it for some of the trade offs for the older or the larger, more complete switch?
I'm having a hard time with that, and I just said in the video today
Here it is and I've been commuting with it.
I really really wanted to make the Switch Lite the main system.
But Nintendo never really intended for that to be the case.
And the problem is that, as I had thought would be the case, you have to switch to a new mind set with the other Switch.
So, now this is hand held Only and that's totally fine and I really love the hardware if you're gonna be using this just as a kind of sequel to the 3DS.
Playing its own games.
But the whole idea of the switch was to be versatile and flexible and so you're losing Is in the multiplayer.
And I still missed that with my kids at home, connecting it to a TV.
That's the multiplayer element because you're not gonna gather around a small screen.
I mean that functionality is why it's the switch right when you lose that functionality is it really the?
Really a switch now
In your losing same room multiplayer, which is the whole cool thing I play Smash Brothers play Mario Kart.
The second thing that's really annoying and it really started to dig at me is the whole way that Nintendo handles.
It's shareable downloadable games or non shareable downloadable,
If you have a game card if you have a whole bunch of game cards, you're fine.
But if you happen to download from the from the E shop Which I do and a lot of people do.
Those get locked to one account, you can set up a second switch that only plays them in an online state.
So you have to authorize online to do that,
But then that second switch cannot have any other player accounts on it.
No or they've done this kind of weird halfway step that yes, our Nintendo vacation of their of their shared games that kills the idea of making this a second system.
For people who have the first system, you can do it.
But you're going to have to be living by very particular weird rules and even the sharing of Cloud Save games, which not all the games do, but most of them do.
You it doesn't automatically do you have to go check back in the sub folder in settings and see if you have to make sure you re download the last save from the previous one and resolve them.
So it's it's frustrating.
I love it for commuting.
Yeah, frankly for me the switch I almost only play the switch.
My commute at this point, but
Then this could be for you, but if you had any, any plans to do games of kids or to do things, that adventure, the fitness game that just came out or any other weird things like lab That is a solitary experience with the original switch.
You can take the joy cons, you could have two players play once, right?
And also then you can repair in a sense.
We're not repair but you could swap out the controllers.
When you get one down.
You can buy a new controllers do that.
Now you're stuck with everything that's on here.
You can pair controllers on Bluetooth, but there's no kickstand.
There's no, right you'd have to prop this up.
There's no video out.
And I think that Nintendo needs to stay true to the idea of what the switch is.
I think the one problem with this, it sure kind of makes sense.
But if they drift too much, then I think you lose the appeal of the system for a lot of people.
So they have to play this kind of carefully.
And I think really what they wanna see as an updated version of this That's simply does video out, you'd solve everything with that and allow yourself to pair controllers.
Well after months and months of cheeses and delays, Huawei finally released its foldable Mate X phone, but only in China, the world's second largest phone makers, so mobile Congress back in February when he unveiled his phone is competitor to the Samsung Galaxy fold.
But like the fold it's been hit with a lot delays.
What do you think sky?
Is this a phone that I mean it's definitely it's it's like the opposite of fold to fold out words the screens on the outside.
Do you still care at this point?
I don't care about folding phones right now because they're too expensive.
And the software [CROSSTALK]
is only $2400.
Go for it.
-Yeah- You can see from people who've been reviewing and I didn't get a chance to spend time with the galaxy fold.
So keep that in perspective.
Maybe if I used it I would fall in love with it, but I don't think so, based on everyone's comments.
I think that I would wanna wait for the optimized software to come up with really some killer apps, beyond just, it's a bigger screen.
The cost is crazy, durability-
That's the big question, particularly this one, these are all-
But all these foldable screens use plastic displays, which means they're easily scratchable Which is why I think Samsung had it sort of folded inward.
This is outside, it's completely exposed all the time.
I had a chance to play with this a couple of times and its impressive,
Don't get me wrong.
Folding it in and out is super impressive, the big screen's nice, it's a full Screen but I do wonder about the durability in some of this things.
I'm kind of interested in the I mean the Microsoft approach where the two devices with an inch
which is another violater approach it might me more durable.
I think there are certainly something going on there I think it's interesting show off for the future but if you're thinking about why you should by this is well ahead of the curve in terms of anything
Or mainstreamed in terms of software, and then people buy phones like I feel like every three or four years, a lot of people.
[INAUDIBLE] ritual upgrade or first adopter.
It's cool for Huawei, and I think they've been leading the pack like Samsung on a lot of bleeding edge tech.
I think it's definitely something to watch.
But it's stuff that I would not say.
Ready for people.
Yeah.>> And keep in mind like Huawei obviously the US we kind of know them as this company that's controversially go tag from from the US government as a security hazard that said, you know, today they said that they shipped 200 million phones this year at a faster rate than they did a year ago.
Doesn't seem to be stopping them too much.
Well I mean Huawei I think has past couple of years has come out with really bleeding edge phones and technology and has make a big mark with that and so that still remains regardless of that and I think that puts them as a force to be reckoned with In the electronic space and already has so yeah, is that.
For sure, all right.
Lastly, forget regular old supercomputers.
Google's released the results of this quantum computer and it blows everything else away.
Google says it's machine perform the same number of computations in 200 seconds that the world's fastest supercomputer would take 10,000 years to match.
On Reuters, on Skype is Stephen Shanklin, who wrote the story and he's actually at a conference right now to discuss supercomputers.
Shanklin, what's the significance of this announcement?
Break it break it all down for us.
So what we've got right now is a computer industry that's slowing down Clockspeeds on regular chips are not getting fast the way they use to and its been really hard to demonstrate that this year's [UNKNOWN] or this year's PC is a lot faster than last years [UNKNOWN] or last year's PC.
So there's a lot of [UNKNOWN] going on right now in the computing industry to find something else.
One of those big something else's is quantum computers.
They are radically different from classical computers.
Classical computers are what runs in your smartwatch or your pc or your phone or conventional supercomputer.
So this is a very interesting, basically a research milestone but one that points the way toward potential commercial use of quantum computers.
And you bring up the term quantum supremacy.
What is quantum supremacy?
Because it sounds like a Hollywood blockbuster movie.
Yeah, it's a very catchy term, it sounds really exciting but you have to be careful with it.
All it means is that a quantum computer is not merely faster than a classical computer at something but Way way way faster.
There's no way a classical computer could catch up.
You're doing something with the quantum computer that you could only do with a quantum computer, by virtue of its very different nature.
Now the reason you have to be careful is, although Google found something that its quantum computer can do faster, it can't do everything faster.
It can't even do every quantum computing.
Chore and faster.
So, this is a narrow victory, but it's still an important one, because the researchers believe that it paves the way toward extending quantum computing abilities, so that it will be able to knock out more performance victories in the future and Be able to do more types of work in the future not just a science fair project, like what we see today.
And so just break it down for is quantum computing.
I know traditional computing uses like ones and zeros quantum computing uses like a weird state which those ones and zeros at the same time and like how does that How's that make things go faster?
How does that improve the computing course power?
Yeah you have a very strange world with quantum computers that takes advantage of the very strange counterintuitive physics of things that happened at the atomic level.
So instead of having a bit in the classical computer which can store zero or at one In a quantum computer you have a cubit which can store both a zero and a one at the same time.
And not only that through another strange thing called entanglement, you can hook up these cubits so they're each connected.
That means the state of each one can have bearing on the state of all the other.
If you look at any computer today, if you look at the physics of how it works today on a smartphone or a smartwatch or a PC, we're already in the sci fi era.
The engineering is going on at the atomic scale already.
Yes, this is a whole lot of ballgame with quantum computing.
But frankly, I mean, I've talked to processor engineers a lot and.
It's unbelievable what they have achieved already.
So, I mean, personally I find it astounding that even conventional computers work much less quantum computers.
Are we anywhere near fazer?
No, come on how can you get that kind of energy density and something that's big?
Will see you tomorrow for the daily charge.
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I'm Scott Stein.
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