Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is making a movie about tiny plant people

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Shigeru Miyamoto is responsible for the creation of gaming’s most famous figures, including Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, and Zelda, but for his first animated film, the legendary game developer has turned to some of his lesser-known creations: Pikmin. The plant-like creatures will star in Pikmin Short Movies, a set of three animated short films produced by Miyamoto that will show at the Tokyo International Film Festival next month.

The movies will track the cutesy, burbling Pikmin as they work with the star of the three Pikmin games — Captain Olimar — to find a strange treasure, adventure around a construction site, and make a special kind of juice. It’ll be the first time the developer has taken a conspicuous role in the creation of a…

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The US military is spending $2.9 million to develop a soft robot suit for soldiers

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It’s no secret the US military is looking to enhance soldiers of the near-future with the kind of gear and weaponry seen usually in sci-fi (see the TALOS “Iron Man” project as one prime example). But it’s latest project is based on something more familiar: the human body. As announced today, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has issued a $2.9 million contract to researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering to develop a flexible robotic exoskeleton that can be worn by soldiers — and eventually civilians — to make them stronger and more resilient. The suit could even help people with mobility issues and paralysis to move again.

In that sense, the Soft Exosuit, as it’s known, is similar…

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Your next Uber driver could be a world-famous DJ

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Perhaps in an effort to make some extra money to support his legal battle with Disney, EDM superstar deadmau5 broke in his brand new “Meowclaren” supercar by prowling the streets of Toronto as an Uber driver. After making a passing reference to signing up for the service just a week ago, the DJ picked up a couple of fares, including one fan who needed a ride to Chipotle.

According to the mau5 himself, he’s game to do this again, so Uber users in Toronto should keep their eyes peeled. It’s not the same as getting a ride in the “Purrari” we saw at the Gumball 3000 back in June, but we definitely wouldn’t mind taking a spin.

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Yahoo was threatened with a $250,000-a-day fine for pushing back against surveillance

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Today, Yahoo announced plans to release new documents detailing its legal fight with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) . FISC is best known for authorizing the NSA’s widespread data collection orders, issuing its decisions in secret because of the confidentiality of the programs involved. Yahoo says it was involved in a multi-year suit before the FISC court, challenging the court’s authority for “what we viewed as unconstitutional and overbroad surveillance,” according to a post by Ron Bell, the company’s general counsel. At one point during the proceedings, the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 for every day it refused to comply.

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How to buy an iPhone 6

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be here in just over one week. If you’re planning on picking up either of Apple’s latest handsets, by now you probably have a good idea of which one you want. The decision might be easier than you think, but there’s not much time left to pick — at least if you want to be guaranteed a phone on day one. Pre-orders start September 12th, and if history is anything to go by, availability of both devices will slip back by weeks sometime tomorrow morning. After that, you’ll be stuck waiting in line with everybody else outside the Apple Store on September 19th if you must have iPhone 6 as soon as it’s released. But if you’re like us, you’re getting too old for that game, so let’s examine the best ways to get…

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On-Demand Home Services Startup Handybook Hires Amazon Exec Jeff Pedersen To Be Its CFO

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jeff pedersen It probably seems early for a startup like Handybook to add a CFO with such extensive experience. After all, the company is just two years old and is nowhere near going public. But Handybook was scaling quickly and CEO Oisin Hanrahan said the company could benefit from having someone to handle its finances. Read More

Facebook now weighs your opinions on which ads are good and bad

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Facebook today announced some changes to its ad platform that give users a say into which ads do or don’t get shown to other users. The social network has for years offered little buttons to let you “hide” specific ads, but now, Facebook will give users the opportunity to say why they’ve hidden something. These choices range from “This ad’s not relevant to me” to “This ad is spam” and even glitches like “I keep seeing this ad.” If Facebook keeps hearing that one ad is offensive or irrelevant, it will show it to fewer users.

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6Sensor Labs Gets $4M To Help People With Food Allergies Test Their Meals

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6sensor canary 6Sensor Labs is building an affordable device that will allow them to quickly and easily check foods for allergens. The company is also hoping to build a mobile app that will help its users share the results of their tests with others and educate them about which restaurant items are safe for those with food allergies or food sensitivity. Read More

Colorado’s Largest Maker Faire Features 30 foot laser and fire shooting Robot

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noco  The Noco Mini Maker Faire, an all-ages festival, is thrilled to bring do-it-yourself makers never before seen creations, new inventions and DIY tech to the City of Loveland. This year’s faire includes a fire breathing, laser shooting, 30 foot robot resurrection, a BrickBuilder expo, a youth entrepreneurship showcase, a […]

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