Use suspend points to save Sega Genesis and N64 games

In the Sept. 23 Nintendo Direct, the company announced that with the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack players will be able to enjoy select N64 and Sega Genesis games. One of the great features that adds a bit of modernism to these old favorites is the use of suspend points. We’re excited to use them as we play these classic games. Here’s everything you need to know about them.

What is a suspend point?

Suspend points are a place where you can save, or suspend, your game to pick it up at that same point when you continue later or in case you hit game over. While most of the N64 and Sega Genesis games have save points, some of them can be inconvenient. Back when these games were popular, it just wasn’t as easy to save as it is now. Now you will have four slots to save whenever and wherever, to share across all the Sega Genesis and N64 games.

These points aren’t new to Nintendo games, either. Versions of suspend points were also available on the Virtual Console for the Wii and Wii U.

It’s worth noting that you need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to make use of this feature, and it’s only available with the N64 and Sega Genesis games you can play through the service.

How to use a suspend point

  1. While playing a N64 or Sega Genesis game press the – button to open the suspend menu.

  2. Select Create Suspend Point and choose a save slot

  3. Once you’ve selected a slot, confirm your save by looking for the screenshot, date, and time of your current game in the slot selected.

  4. To continue playing, hit the B button to go back and play on.

With these easy steps if you’re ready to take a break from Nintendo Switch games and get into some classics, you’ll be ready to use the suspend points and pick up your game any time, anywhere.

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With the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, players can now enjoy select Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis titles. For Animal Crossing: New Horizons players, you will also be able to play the Happy Home DLC. With old and new alike, these new additions come at no additional charge with your yearly membership.

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Apple’s M1 Max bests AMD Radeon Pro W6900X in Affinity GPU benchmark

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Apple’s top-of-the-line M1 Max, which powers the company’s new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, outperforms AMD’s $6,000 W6900X discrete GPU at some tasks in the Affinity Photo benchmark.

According to Andy Somerfield, lead Affinity Photo developer, the M1 Max is the fastest GPU he has evaluated using the benchmarking suite. The integrated graphics solution topped scores put in by AMD’s W6900X, a 300-watt card that was tested as equipped in a 12-core Mac Pro.

In a multi-day Twitter thread, Somerfield chronicled Serif’s development of GPU compute support for Affinity, photo editing software that has grown from a desktop tool to a powerful mobile editing app. Specifically, Serif saw promise in early Apple Silicon designs on iPad, which for the first time allowed the app to tap the GPU for certain processes.

Somerfield says Apple’s latest chip, M1 Max, ticks the three boxes that make a GPU “ideal” for Affinity: high compute performance, fast on-chip bandwidth, fast transfer on and off the GPU. M1 Max’s compute performance and data transfer rates are especially well suited for Affinity Photo, making MacBook Pro a good choice for users of the app.

“The #M1Max is the fastest GPU we have ever measured in the @affinitybyserif Photo benchmark. It outperforms the W6900X – a $6000, 300W desktop part – because it has immense compute performance, immense on-chip bandwidth and immediate transfer of data on and off the GPU (UMA),” Somerfield said in a tweet Monday.

While not specified, the developer is believed to be referencing an M1 Max with 32-core GPU, Apple’s most performant specification.

As noted by 9to5Mac, which spotted Somerfield’s post, the W6900X comes equipped with 32GB of GDDR6 memory capable of 512GB/s data transfers.

In addition to outstanding GPU performance, M1 Max put in the highest “Vector (Multi CPU)” score, a metric important for Affinity Designer. The chip also put in a top score in Affinity’s “Combined (Single GPU)” test, which evaluates silicon suitable for Affinity Publisher.

The results offer a glimpse into the potential of M1 Max, which is becoming increasingly clear as more publications get their hands on the new hardware. Earlier today, AnandTech published an in-depth assessment of both chips, finding that the new designs build on M1’s foundation to deliver impressive real-world improvements ideal for professional tasks.

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First 2021 MacBook Pro orders arriving to customers around the world

Apple announced the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro last week during its special October event. As Tuesday approaches, customers are finally having their 2021 MacBook Pro orders delivered.

The company has scheduled the official launch of the new 2021 MacBook Pro in stores for October 27. Now the first customers to pre-order it last Monday are already getting their hands on their new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. As expected, users are already sharing real-world images of these new MacBooks on Twitter.

The new MacBook Pro models have been completely redesigned and now feature more ports, an edge-to-edge 120Hz Mini-LED display, full-sized keyboard with function keys, MagSafe, and Apple’s powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.

Due to limited supplies and high demand, the shipping estimate for the new 14-inch and 16-inch 2021 MacBook Pro has already slipped to late December. If you have not pre-ordered one, you may not be able to get it before Christmas.

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How to free up space in Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive with DaisyDisk

DaisyDisk is a popular Mac app that helps users free up disk space by analyzing all your files and suggesting which ones you should delete. What you may not know is that DaisyDisk also supports cloud services, so users can use the tool to free up space in Google Drive, Dropbox, and even OneDrive.

When it comes to cloud services, they are usually paid and have limited storage, which means that every megabyte there is extremely valuable and should not be spent on old and useless files. As you might expect, DaisyDisk can help you with just that.

DaisyDisk searches for file clusters and sorts them by size, making it easy to get rid of files that are taking up space and you no longer need. Just as when analyzing files from Mac storage, you will get the same intuitive interface when using integration with cloud services.

The app currently works with Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive, while support for more cloud services will be added in the future.

If you use a cloud storage service, DaisyDisk is capable of scanning the contents of your storage directly in the cloud, in the same way as you scan a local disk. In this way you can get a visual breakdown of your cloud storage usage, remove large unneeded files and keep your cloud quota in healthy limits.

Once you download the app, all you need to do is click the arrow right next to the “Scan Folder” button to log into your cloud accounts. Then click the “Scan” button and the app will do the rest.

DaisyDisk is available on the Mac App Store for $9.99. However, for a limited time, you can purchase it directly from the DaisyDisk website for $7.99.

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Early 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro orders begin to arrive

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As the Tuesday workday begins just west of the international date line, Apple customers in countries like Japan are receiving their 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro orders — and posting unboxing photos to social media platforms.

As is custom, early MacBook Pro owners are taking to Twitter, Instagram and other platforms to show off their new hardware. Apple latest MacBook models hit doorsteps on Tuesday following an unveiling and start to pre-orders last week.

Customers in Japan are already posting takes on the new machines, pointing out the design’s thicker and heavier chassis when compared to last year’s top-end MacBook Pro models. Almost all users are making special note of the laptops’ ports, which include an HDMI port and SDXC card slot for the first time in five years. MagSafe also makes a return and is prominently featured in a handful of a photos.

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MacBook’s Liquid Retina XDR Display with mini-LED backlighting is another hot topic, as is the screen’s camera housing cutout. To gain additional screen real estate, Apple is employing an “all-screen” iPhone trick that integrates the relatively large camera module in a “notch” at the top center of the display. The result is a more expansive display that pushes already narrow bezels to the outer limits of MacBook Pro’s cover.

Customers in New Zealand are receiving their orders by mail and through local retailers, but prospective buyers in Australia, Japan and other countries where the clock has turned Oct. 26, can try their luck at a nearby Apple Store. Currently, Apple’s online storefront is showing stock-outs of all configurations, though brick-and-mortar locations should see supplies of more popular models trickle in on launch day. Whether initial stock will be replenished remains unclear.

Apple’s redesigned MacBook Pro models feature mini-LED displays, powerful and efficient Apple Silicon chips, an assortment of ports, 1080p camera, an improved keyboard with function keys, MagSafe 3, audio enhancements and more.

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Sign up for the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack to play N64 games

Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack allows Switch owners to play games online with other members and access games from the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and N64 consoles. Not to mention, it lets you play the Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Happy Home Paradise DLC with all of its fun new content. But just exactly how do you sign up for this service? I’ll take you through the process, including what to do if you already have a Nintendo Switch Online account and want to roll over your subscription to the Expansion Pack.

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This subscription gives you access to select N64 and Sega Genesis games, so you can play retro hits like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. It also gives you access to the Animal Crossing: New Horizons DLC.

Things to know

  • The Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is the base Nintendo Switch Online subscription plus the package that contains the Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Happy Home Paradise DLC and both N64 and Sega Genesis games.

Nintendo Switch Online

  • Online access
  • NES games
  • SNES games
  • Cloud backups (for compatible games)

Expansion Pack

  • N64 games
  • Sega Genesis games
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Happy Home Paradise

  • There is an Individual Membership and a Family Membership, both of which last for 12 months. The Family Membership covers up to 8 Nintendo Account holders, while the Individual Membership is only for one.

  • Players will lose access to Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Happy Home Paradise content they’ve played if the subscription gets canceled. Should you renew, you’ll once again have access to the things you’ve created. This Animal Crossing DLC can also be purchased separately if you don’t want to deal with a subscription.
  • Make sure to update your Switch to the latest software, or else you might not see the NSO Expansion Pack as an option.

Now that you know these things, let’s move on to the actual sign-up process!

Sign up for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack N64 & Sega Genesis games!

  1. Go to Nintendo’s website.
  2. Scroll down until you see the two subscription options.

  3. Click on the Buy Now button under the Expansion Pack subscription.
  4. Scroll down and select the Nintendo Switch online package you’d like. It costs $49.99 for an individual membership or $79.99 for a family membership.

  5. After selecting you plan, you will be prompted to sign in to your Nintendo Account.

  6. From there, you can use the card on file, add an additional card, or use Pay Pal to pay for your Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass.
  7. Once you are finished with your purchase and have gone through the checkout, you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail from Nintendo.
  8. Next, boot up your Nintendo Switch and head to the system settings.

  9. Scroll down and select System.
  10. Then, click to the right and select System Update. Installing the update will require a system restart.

  11. Once your Nintendo Switch reboots, your membership status will be updated.

Congrats! You’re now free to download and use the N64 and Sega Genesis emulators. Just make sure to download them from the Nintendo Switch eShop and install them on your Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until Nov. 5 for the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Paradise DLC.

What if I already have an NSO membership? How to rollover your subscription

If you already have the base NSO subscription, but want to add the Expansion Pack to it, here’s what to do.

  1. Go to Nintendo’s website.
  2. Log in to your Nintendo Account.
  3. Scroll down until you see the two subscription options.
  4. Click on the Buy Now button under the Expansion Pack subscription
  5. As you select your package, your cost will be determined by the time left in your current Nintendo Switch Online membership. The example below has less than one month remaining in the Nintendo Switch Online membership.

  6. Once you’ve selected your plan, you can continue with the steps above to complete your purchase.

Keep in mind, you may be able to purchase a plan at a discounted rate, but you might be locked in your pass plan. However, you cannot switch from a Family Plan to an Individual Plan if you are part of a Family Plan. Before purchasing, make sure you zero in on which plan you want ahead of time.

Take me back to the 90s

Some of the most influential and industry-changing video games were released on the N64 and Sega Genesis consoles back in the 90s. In fact, we wouldn’t have some of the best games on the Nintendo Switch without them! Replay these classics on your Nintendo Switch or share the experience with others.

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Apple M1 Max GPU beats $6000 AMD Radeon Pro W6900X in Affinity benchmark

The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro will soon be available to customers around the world, and they come with the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. It’s no surprise at this point that these Apple Silicon chips are extremely powerful, but a new benchmark test run with Affinity’s tool shows that the M1 Max’s GPU beats the $6000 AMD Radeon Pro W6900X for some tasks.

The tests were conducted by Andy Somerfield, lead developer of the popular image editor Affinity Photo. In a Twitter thread, Somerfield details how the Affinity team has been optimizing its software for Apple Silicon chips since the first version of Affinity Photo for iPad, and how far the performance of these chips has come with the latest MacBook Pro.

Since a single benchmark doesn’t necessarily indicate how fast a GPU is, Affinity has developed its own tool to measure the performance of tasks related to its apps like Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer.

For instance, the developer explains that Affinity Photo runs best with a GPU that has high compute performance, fast on-chip bandwidth, and fast transfer on and off the GPU. The fastest GPU that the Affinity team had ever tested in their benchmark tool was the expensive AMD Radeon Pro W6900X, which Apple sells for $6000 as an MPX module for the Mac Pro.

The Radeon Pro W6900X has 32GB of GDDR6 memory that delivers up to 512GB/s of memory bandwidth. Even so, it was outperformed by Apple’s M1 Max GPU with 32 cores and 400GB/s of unified bandwidth memory.

In the “Raster (Single GPU)” test, Apple’s GPU scored 32891, while AMD’s GPU comes right behind with 32580 benchmark points.

Of course, as the developer explains, this doesn’t mean that the M1 Max GPU will perform better at every task. But it definitely shows how capable Apple’s chips are, and also that they can be better for image editing than a dedicated high-end GPU. Geekbench 5 tests recently showed that the M1 Max offers up to 181% faster graphics than the GPUs found in the previous 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Both the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro will be available in stores beginning Tuesday.

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First photos of Apple’s new Polishing Cloth surface on the web

Apple last week introduced its own Polishing Cloth along with the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro and AirPods 3. While shipping estimates for Apple’s cloth have already slipped to 2022, some lucky consumers have already been able to get their hands on the new product — and now we have the first photos of it.

As shown by Twitter user Karagana, Apple’s Polishing Cloth comes in a box considerably larger than the product itself. Inside the box, there’s just the cloth (which comes folded) and a piece of paper with the following information:

Safe for use on all Apple displavs and surfaces. For infrequent cleanina of hard-to-remove smudges on nano-texture glass, a 70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution may be used.

Apple doesn’t specify exactly what fabric its cloth is made of, as the company only says that it has a “soft, nonabrasive material.” The company recommends it for cleaning the screens of Apple products such as iPhone, iPad, and even the expensive Pro Display XDR.

Apple’s new Polishing Cloth costs $19 and, as we recently reported, it is almost sold out. If you order one right now on Apple’s website, it won’t be delivered until next year.

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‘iPhone SE Plus’ with 5G rumored to arrive in 2022, larger-screen ‘iPhone SE 3’ in 2024

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Apple is rumored to launch a follow-up to its entry-level iPhone SE in 2022, with the next-generation model supposedly adding 5G capabilities and not much else.

Analyst Ross Young offered details on a third-generation iPhone SE in a tweet Monday, saying the upcoming handset will boast 5G connectivity and carry over a 4.7-inch LCD screen borrowed from iPhone 8. Apple integrated a number of iPhone 8 components in its 2020 iPhone SE, including a rounded-edge chassis, Touch ID home button and single rear-facing camera.

While the new SE will lack a display size increase, Ross said Apple plans to brand the smartphone as “iPhone SE Plus.” Beyond 5G and anticipated internal component upgrades, like a modern A-series processor, it is unclear what features will merit the “Plus” designation.

Rumors about a forthcoming SE refresh have been sporadic at best, though the most recent rumblings are in line with Ross’ prognostication. In July, Nikkei Asia, citing sources, said a new version of Apple’s low-cost iPhone would pack an A15 Bionic system-on-chip and Qualcomm’s X60 modem into what an iPhone 8 shell. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said much the same in a June report, noting that the device will be the “cheapest iPhone model ever.”

After next year’s “iPhone SE Plus,” Ross is hearing that Apple will launch an “iPhone SE 3” with 5.5- to 6.1-inch LCD in 2024. Interestingly, that device fits the description of an SE variant predicted by Kuo in 2019. At the time, Kuo forecast an “iPhone SE 2 Plus” that would come in 5.5- or 6.1-inch sizes and a feature a full-screen design.

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Ross Young: ‘iPhone SE Plus’ to release in 2022 with 5G

What you need to know

  • Apple could release an “iPhone SE Plus” next year.
  • This rumor comes from display analyst Ross Young.
  • Young says the new iPhone SE will feature the same 4.7-inch display but come with 5G.

The rumored redesigned iPhone SE might be delayed until 2024.

There have been a lot of rumors about a new iPhone SE debuting next year, and we have yet another one to add to the list.

According to display analyst Ross Young, Apple will introduce a new iPhone SE in 2022. The new phone, which will reportedly be called the “iPhone SE Plus,” will still come with the same 4.7-inch LCD display but feature 5G connectivity.

Young goes on to say that the “iPhone SE 3,” the one that is expected to feature a full redesign, has now been pushed back for a release in 2024.

We now hear the next LCD iPhone will be introduced in 2022 and called the SE Plus with the same 4.7″ LCD as the 8 along with 5G. We hear the iPhone SE3 with a 5.7″ – 6.1″ LCD is now pushed to 2024.

The idea of an “iPhone SE Plus” featuring a 4.7-inch display is an odd one. Historically, Apple has used the “Plus” name in the iPhone line to indicate a larger screen size. The company has replaced “Plus” with “Max” for its Pro iPhones, but it’s never used either naming convention for its regular iPhones since the iPhone 8 Plus.

If the rumor is true, it means that anyone waiting on an iPhone SE redesign has another two years to go before that could come to fruition.

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