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Nintendo Director Shigeru Miyamoto On Wii U's Future
Nintendo isn’t done with the Wii U, yet. That’s the message we heard repeated from Shigeru Miyamoto, the company’s senior director and creator of many beloved franchises like Super Mario Bros , The Legend of Zelda and Pikmin . Although the company has seen struggling sales from the Wii U, it spent E3 pushing harder than ever on the console with first-party content, with both new takes on favorite franchises and a couple of new ideas.
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The World's Fourth-Largest Lake Has Nearly Disappeared
The Aral Sea, once the world's fourth-largest freshwater lake, is down to just 10% of its peak capacity. NASA released dramatic photos showing its rapid disintegration over the past 14 years, as the lakebed has given way to cracked soil and rusted, stranded boats. A new paper in science journal Nature, published Wednesday, found that the nations that straddle the Aral Sea, including Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, have some of the highest per capita water use of anywhere in the world.
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ARM Expands Software To Manage Security For Internet Of Things
ARM Holdings said on Wednesday it was introducing software to make the proliferating number of Internet-connected devices many consumers surround themselves with more manageable and secure. The Cambridge-based chip designer said it was looking to expand dramatically the lifespan and manageability of the many network-connected products running its embedded microprocessors from home appliances to car features to wearable devices. The company is extending its existing "mbed" software, used by more than 70,000 technical developers to build products using its chips into a full-scale management platform ready to control up to millions of devices via cloud-based computers.
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California Law Allows Authorities To Seize Guns If Family Members Report Danger
USA Today reports, California Gov. Jerry Brown has just signed into law a bill allowing family members to report relatives who they deem to be a threat, which then allows the state to step in and remove any firearms. The bill was proposed by Democrats based on the shooting at the University of California, Santa Barbara earlier this year by Elliot Rodger, whose parents had informed the police of the danger he posed. Despite his parents urging his therapist to contact mental health officials, Rodger was able to convince officers he was completely harmless, resulting in a deadly shooting soon after. Similar legislation already exists in Connecticut, Indiana and Texas, but this bill is the first of its kind to transfer the authority traditionally held by law enforcement authorities to family members.
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Google Drops Compute Engine Prices By 10 Percent
Earlier this year, Google announced massive price drops for all of its cloud computing services that were quickly matched by Amazon, Microsoft and others. Today, during Google’s Atmosphere Live event, the company’s senior VP Urs Hölzle announced yet another — but smaller — round of price drops centered around the company’s Compute Engine cloud computing service. All Compute Engine instance types will now cost about 10 percent less than before.
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Atlanta Cheating Trial Emboldens Testing Foes
The trial for twelve teachers and school administrators in Atlanta accused of partaking in a far-ranging cheating effort has begun this week, with Georgia prosecutors describing an alleged culture of academic corruption that systematically raised test scores while punishing individuals who tried to blow the whistle. According to prosecutors, gains were not made thanks to innovative teaching methods or improved faculty quality, but rather due to systematic fraud that even included group dinners where staff would share fish and grits while fixing students’ incorrect answers. If the jury buys the prosecutors’ case, the accused educators could face years in prison.
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The Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy In 3 Minutes
The original Star Wars trilogy: a pinnacle of science fiction, a master class in space opera, an iconic example of universe building and, maybe, just a little bit too long to watch. If you're planning on watching the J.J. Abrams-helmed 2015 installment and want a bit of a refresher course, look no further than Mashable's video breakdown. Characters were explored, themes were discussed, mind-controlled rancors were theorized. You're probably thinking, "There's no way they can cover everything they need to in three minutes!" Well, you're right, but at least they tried. Kind of.
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Cuba Gooding, Jr. On Topless Hockey Celebration ... That's How I Get Down!
Cuba Gooding Jr. has clearly been infected with a troubling ailment ... BIEBER-ITUS ... 'cause the Oscar winner can't seem to keep his shirt on these days. Cuba was leaving Cafe Habana in Malibu Tuesday when TMZ asked about his recent topless hockey celebration -- when he ripped off his top moments after scoring a mid-ice shot during an NHL shooting challenge. Cuba's explanation? THAT'S HOW HE DO!!! ... and then he ripped off his shirt again.
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See The First Pictures Of Isla Fisher's Baby Bump
Isla Fisher ran errands around London last week, and while she kept a low profile, she couldn't hide her growing baby bump under a loose top and tweed jacket. News of the actress's third pregnancy came out on Wednesday, with Us Weekly reporting that Isla is expecting her third child with husband Sacha Baron Cohen. The couple is already parents to daughters Olive and Elula and will be welcoming the newest member sometime next year.
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Parents Give Up First-Born Children For Free Wi-Fi
Parents agreed to give up their children in exchange for free Wi-Fi in a prank experiment conducted by security firm F-Secure in London. The Independent reports that the experiment was designed to highlight the trust consumers place in public hotspots, and managed to get, in addition to the hapless offspring of Wi-Fi hungry Londoners, their passwords, credit card details and user names. The experiment utilized a standard hotspot in London’s Canary Wharf neighborhood, but required potential users to agree to the security firm’s terms and conditions.