Super Mario Maker 2, Link’s Awakening remaster headline latest Nintendo Direct

Super Mario Maker 2 seeks to earn that sequel designation via a ton of new features. [credit: Nintendo ] The latest “Nintendo Direct” announcement video came packed with surprises, and none shattered more earth than the big Mario and Zelda games at the video’s beginning and end. As seen in the above gallery, Super Mario …

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Apple’s insider-trading policy enforcer accused of insider trading

Enlarge (credit: Andrew / Flickr) The Securities and Exchange Commission has brought suit against Gene Daniel Levoff, who was Apple’s senior director of corporate law until September 2018. Levoff is accused of using his position to make illegal trades of Apple shares. Levoff was part of Apple’s Disclosure Committee—one of the people who could review …

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Raw milk drinkers in 19 states at risk of rare, dangerous infectious disease

Enlarge (credit: Getty | Thomas Trutschel ) If the explosion of measles cases hasn’t made you question what year it is, this health alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may inspire a double-take at the calendar: Unpasteurized milk may have sickened people in 19 states. Yes, as the country grapples with five—count’em, …

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Aluminum may be key to making exosolar systems with water worlds

Enlarge / Should we expect all the planets of an exosolar system to have similar levels of water? (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) Mini-Neptunes. Super-Earths. There’s a huge diversity of exoplanets out there, many of them unlike anything we have in our Solar System. So how does a single physical process—the aggregation of bodies within a disk of …

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Selling 911 location data is illegal—US carriers reportedly did it anyway

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | skaman306) Three of the four major wireless carriers have been accused of breaking US law by selling 911 location data to third parties. “Telecom giants broke the law by selling detailed location data” that was “meant for use only by emergency services,” consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge said last week …

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Android Things is no longer for “Things,” focuses on smart speakers and displays

Enlarge / This Lenovo Google Assistant Smart Display is one of the first devices to ship with Android Things. Android Things, Google’s stripped-down version of Android named for its focus on the “Internet of Things” (IoT), is now no longer focused on IoT. A post on the Android Developers Blog announced the pivot, saying, “Given …

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In 2017, the feds said Tesla Autopilot cut crashes 40%—that was bogus

Enlarge (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has egg on its face after a small research and consulting firm called Quality Control Systems produced a devastating critique of a 2017 agency report finding that Tesla’s Autopilot reduced crashes by 40 percent. The new analysis is coming out now—almost two years after …

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Tim Cook, Ginni Rometty Join Trump’s Panel on A.I. and Workforce Automation

Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginny Rometty are joining President Donald Trump’s business advisory board to help come up with solutions to prepare millions of Americans for the shift toward automation and artificial intelligence in the workplace. President Trump established the National Council For the American Worker through an executive order last July …

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Gilded Age 2.0: U.S. Income Inequality Increases to Pre-Great Depression Levels

Income inequality in the U.S., which has steadily been increasing since the 1980s, has reached levels last seen in the years just before the Great Depression, according to a recent economic analysis. In a paper authored by UC Berkeley economics professor Gabriel Zucman and published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, Zucman determined that …

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