Monday, June 26, 2017

Mario 64 gets the Super Mario Odyssey treatment thanks to this modder

Upcoming Switch game Super Mario Odyssey looks to be a grand adventure for Mario, in the vein of several of his open-world, multi-environment platformers of days gone by. But there is one new feature: Cappy, Mario’s iconic red hat, is now sentient and capable of zapping Mario’s soul into the bodies of Goombahs, Bullet Bills, and even non-sentient objects. Mario then has complete control over the being, and can use it for various puzzles, while it gets to wear Cappy and a little Mario mustache (but it’s not possession, says Nintendo — Miyamoto forbid). Cappy is a new feature for Odyssey, not…

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The clueless parent’s guide to understanding Snapchat

Confused about Snapchat? You’re not the only parent. Snapchat is perhaps the most misunderstood of all social media apps. Is it a social network? A photo platform? A means for frustrated millennial expression? The short answer is yes, to all of those things. The longer answer, well… What is Snapchat and why does my daughter love it? Snapchat is an app that allows users to share pictures and videos with friends or complete strangers. But it’s not your average social media app because everything you share eventually disappears. Your daughter loves Snapchat because all of her friends are on it,…

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Study shows just glancing at your phone makes you dumber

A recently conducted survey shows  smartphones might make their owners dumber, at least when they are left in plain sight. Researchers surveyed nearly 600 people to find out if our phones were taking up space in our cognitive thought process even if they were on silent or turned off. Turns out the answer is a resounding yes. University of Texas at Austin researchers had participants to perform a series of math problems while simultaneously being asked to remember a randomly generated word sequence that gradually updated. Participants were then separated into three groups. The first was asked to leave their…

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How high can shoe technology elevate your game?

Adidas, Nike, and Reebok would have you believe that purchasing their products will change your life. Is that just marketing convincing us that the shoe-makers are smart, or is there more behind the technology of footwear than hyperbole? The global athletic footwear industry will rake in an estimated 83.2 billion dollars in 2017. Those earnings are estimated to increase by two-percent yearly until 2024. A never-ending research and development cycle — that constantly touts each new arrival as the ‘latest greatest’ thing in shoes — drives these sales. The idea that a pair of $300 sneakers can change your life…

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Amazon’s robots are invading Whole Foods

Amazon’s $13.7 billion acquisition of food retailer Whole Foods earlier certainly looked like part of a strategy to make a dent in the food delivery market. Now experts suggest the place it could start innovating the store is in behind the scenes, with warehouse robots. According to Bloomberg, Amazon will introduce robots into Whole Foods’ warehouses as a way to cut down on costs. Gary Hawkins, CEO of the Center for Advancing Retail and Technology, says of the potential cost-cutting measure: The easiest place for Amazon to bring its expertise to bear is in the warehouses, because that’s where Amazon really…

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iOS 11: The best new features in one handy list

iOS 11 is one of the biggest updates to Apple’s mobile OS yet, especially for iPad users. Now that it’s available in a public beta, here’s our rundown of the best features so you can decide for yourself whether to install. Spoiler alert: you probably should. Apple Pay takes on Venmo and Facebook Apple Pay now allows you to make person-to-person payments, for one. It’s integrated directly into iMessage, which should make it seamless to send money to your iPhone-toting friends. Though Venmo is likely the most popular money-transfer service in the US, Apple Pay’s new feature akin to Facebook Messenger,…

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iOS 11’s public beta is out now – here’s how to get it

iOS 11 is finally available for everyone to try – and if you’re willing to put up with some bugs, you probably should. It’s not an exaggeration to say iOS 11 is one of the biggest updates to Apple’s mobile OS yet. This is especially true if you’re an iPad user, thanks to numerous improvements to multi-tasking and app switching that help the OS approximate the functionality of a desktop environment. To name a few new features: There’s a revamped control center, looping live photos, support for augmented reality, P2P payments in Apple Pay and  – at long last –…

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