UCW Newswire Tech News Brief 2.24.20

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According to a report by Reuters, Samsung found a confirmed case of Coronavirus in the factory last week. Due to the fast-spreading nature of the virus, the Korean giant decided to close the factory till February 24; the floor where the affected person worked, will be closed till February 25.

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Google’s Pixel Launcher may not have as many features as third-party alternatives like Lawnchair, Nova Launcher, or Action Launcher, but its simplicity and clean design have earned it many fans. The launcher comes pre-installed on Google Pixel devices and only rarely receives updates. We generally see new features come to the launcher when Google releases a new Pixel device or major Android update, but the first Android 11 Developer Preview didn’t bring any new Pixel Launcher features with it. However, we know Google has been working on the launcher since we spotted hints at a new “hotseat” feature. Now, XDA Senior Member paphonb, one of the developers on the Lawnchair team and a veteran Pixel Launcher modder, has discovered several other new features that could be coming to Google’s launcher app.

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Some very exciting and good news has recently surfaced regarding The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, regarding a way for players of the popular action-RPG to carry their hard-earned progress from the PC version over to the Nintendo Switch. This will allow players to continue their adventures on the go, or simply have another platform available to play on, without having to start their journey all over again.

PC Gamer has reported that the Switch version of the game, released back in October 2019, has received a new update, lovingly titled the “Switcher” update. The update allows players to connect to their Steam and GOG.com accounts and transfer save files from those services to the Switch version, which is a saving grace for a game that, as many can attest to, is absolutely massive.

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A Bloomberg report points out that the manufacturing cost of the PS5 is around $450 apiece. This high bill of materials has put Sony in a fix as far as setting the price of the PlayStation 5 is concerned.

That’s because the previous generation PlayStation 4 console reportedly cost $381 to make, according to IHS Markit’s estimates. The PS4 was eventually launched at a price of $399 for the base version, which means that Sony hardly made any money out of the console. It relied on titles and content to drive revenue and margins.

The two most expensive components that went into making the PS4 console were the processor/graphics card combo and the dynamic random access memory (DRAM). These components together accounted for $188 of the $372 bill of materials of the PS4 – around half of the total cost.

The problem for Sony this year is that memory prices are on the rise thanks to limited supply and growing demand. NAND flash prices, for instance, are expected to rise as much as 40 percent in 2020. That would make solid-state drives (SSDs) that Sony is planning to use in the PS5 much more expensive than they are right now, leading to a potential increase in costs.

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