Playdate handheld gaming system sells 20k+ units in under 30 minutes

The first day of public sales of the Panic Playdate is today, and it either went great or was a big giant mess, depending on how you see it. If you were an international customer and couldn’t get past the order and shipping screens on the sale website, it probably wasn’t a great day for you. If you were one of the first people to order a Playdate device, or you’re one of the people that’ll profit from the company racking up 20,000+ unit orders in under 20 minutes, you’re probably having a fantastic day indeed.

Per the Playdate Twitter account, international customers had some issues with checking out on the sale site this morning. Their “international shipping provider’s plug-in” didn’t quite stand up to the massive traffic that dropped when orders opened. This resulted in either the process crashing and/or people seeing that the item could not be shipped to their country. Playdate is currently exploring alternative options for the people that fell into this pool.

Panic suggested that they’d start their creation and sales process with 20,000 units that could, potentially, be made and shipped inside the year 2021. Once the first 20,000 were sold, the shipping estimator on the site switched to the year 2022. This happened in short order today when sales opened for the device.

As such, if you saw the message “pre-orders placed now shipping in: 2021” will most likely get said order inside the last few months of the year 2021. If you saw a different message, there’s very little chance you’ll find a Playdate gaming console at your door before the year 2022.

This game has a very basic premise and a promise for entertainment delivered in a way that’s different from any other handheld gaming device before. There’s a crank! Take a peek at the timeline below to learn more about the Playdate device as created by the company Panic.

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Intel restructures to create units for GPU, high-performance computing

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(Reuters) — Chipmaker Intel said on Tuesday it would create two new business units that would focus separately on software and high-performance computing and graphics.

Intel also said current executives Sandra Rivera and Raja Koduri will take on new senior leadership roles, while technology industry veterans Nick McKeown and Greg Lavender will join the company.

Lavender, who most recently served as senior vice president and chief technology officer of VMware, will be the general manager of the new software and advanced technology group, while Koduri will lead an accelerated computing systems and graphics group.

Koduri, a veteran of Apple and Advanced Micro Devices, will lead the new group tasked with competing against rival Nvidia, whose graphics chips have gained ground in data centers thanks to the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning software.

While stumbles in Intel’s manufacturing operations have caused its flagship central processors to lag competitors, the company has taken a different approach with its graphics chips by allowing them to be manufactured elsewhere. Reuters reported earlier this year that Intel plans to tap Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) to better compete against Nvidia’s chips.

Nvidia also gained ground on Intel after giving software developers tools to write code for its chips. Such work will be a focus of Lavender’s newly created group. Intel has said it is working on software tools to write apps for new kinds of chips such as those based on open-source RISC-V architecture.

Rivera, McKeown, Lavender and Koduri will report directly to Intel Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger.

Navin Shenoy, who headed the data center group before Rivera, will leave Intel on July 6.

“I believe a flatter organization is better at this juncture as it should enable faster decision making and execution,” said Pat Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. “While Intel still has over 90% general purpose server processor share, it did have 98% five years ago, and I think that was a hard optic to shake off.”


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Do math and convert units easily on your Mac with this free calculator app

When I need a quick calculation, I fire up the Mac calculator, get it done, and don’t think about it much. But for complex calculations such as currency conversations or splitting bills, I reach for a couple of tools online.

Last week, I stumbled upon this minimal calculator called NumiThe best feature about it is you can simply type calculations in sentences to get your results, like ’50 INR to USD,’ or ‘today + two weeks.’

Plus, it’s easy to do unit and currency conversation so that you don’t have to take Google’s help for converting Indian Rupees to US Dollars or feet to centimeters. To check out all the operations you can perform on Numi, head here.