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'Super Mario Bros.' can now be played in your browser

Joe Kelley is the morning news host for radio station News 96.5 in Orlando

If you long to play the classic Super Mario Bros., but you don't have immediate access to a gaming system, you'll jump-over-mushrooms for joy at news that you can play it online now in your web browser. 

A site created by Josh Goldberg lets you play through original levels using your keyboard's arrows. 

Try Full Screen Mario here

Mario made his first appearance as “Jumpman” in the Donkey Kong arcade game in 1981.

It wasn’t until 1983 that Mario was featured in his own game,  joined by his younger brother Luigi, in the arcade game Mario Bros.

The Mario franchise is the best-selling video game franchise of all time, selling more than 210 million units as a whole.

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Apple rumored to unveil new products October 22

Hot off its iPhone 5S and 5C releases, Apple is ready to unveil more new products. AllThingsD says the company is planning an event for Tuesday, October 22. As for what to expect...

“Expect the mini to get its big brother’s Retina display and both are expected to get faster chips and better cameras. The new iPad will also reportedly be thinner.” (Via KNBC)

“We expect to see more iPads coming out, perhaps with more iPhone 5S-like form factors like slimmer, lighter, perhaps Touch ID, the fingerprint sensor.” (Via CNBC)

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The invitation-only event will focus on the latest updates to the iPad line and other news with its Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks. (Via AllThingsD)

Ars Technica reports changes that make Apple products faster, thinner and lighter are almost expected these days, along with improved cameras and displays. But it’s the fingerprint sensor and rumors of a new product line, like a watch-shaped product, that making the rounds this time.

Rumors aside, the unofficial October 22 date coincides with a few other big events.

Like Nokia’s Nokia World Event in Abu Dhabi and Microsoft’s release of its Surface 2 tablets. (Via CNET)

At this point media outlets are eagerly waiting for an invitation from Apple. AllThingsD was unable to scrounge the location of the event from its insider source.

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3-D toothbrush cleans teeth in 6 seconds

Sure it's a pain, but we all have to brush our teeth. In fact, doctors recommend brushing for at least 2 minutes, twice a day.

But how about cutting that time down to 6 seconds. 

The Blizzident toothbrush was created from 3D scanning and 3D printing.  

After your dentist makes a mold of your teeth,  you simply bite it, chomp for six seconds, and voila: every single one of your teeth is perfectly brushed in both an up and down and side to side motion. 

The Blizzident costs $299, but only needs to be replaced once a year, while the ADA recommends you replace a regular toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.

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Fake ad tricks some iPhone users into destroying phone

A fake advertisement making its rounds on social media has tricked some iPhone users into destroying their phones.

A phony, but official looking ad, claims the new iOS7 update for the popular phones adds a “waterproofing” element.

The advertisement  -- which has popped up on Facebook and Twitter -- shows an iPad and an iPhone displayed next to a tagline saying, “A smart-switch will shut off the phone's power supply and corresponding components to prevent damage to your iPhone's delicate circuitry."

The advertisement also claims the waterproofing feature "is covered by Apple's warranty policy."

According to the International Business Times, “it appears that the sleek faux advertisement, which expertly mimicked an actual Apple ad, successfully fooled several iPhone users.”

Several people who admittedly tested out the feature took to Twitter, while others simply re-tweeted the information, adding to the confusion.

Others mocked those who doused their phones in water.

One Twitter user wrote: “If you've lost your iPhone from the iOS7 waterproof deserved it. Since when did a software update change the hardware.  #idiots”

Apple map app lands drivers on airport runway

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A glitch in the Apple Maps app on newer iPhones and iPads guides people up to a runway at a major Alaska airport instead of sending them on the proper route to the terminal, an airport official said Wednesday.

The map actually stops at the tarmac, but twice this month, wayward drivers have continued across an active runway.

"It doesn't actually tell you to cross, but the problem is, people see the terminal then at that point, because they are right there, and they just continue across," said Fairbanks International Airport spokeswoman Angie Spear.

There were no injuries in either the Sept. 6 incident or the second one Friday, mainly because they both happened early in the morning, between flights.

"Obviously, it could have been a very, very, very dangerous situation had they come during a flight departure or arrival," Spear said.

That entrance to the taxiway has now been barricaded from traffic.

The first incident involved an out-of-state visitor trying to return a rental car before a flight, and the second was an Alaska resident trying to get to the airport.

Once the control tower and airport personnel noticed the cars, the people were safely escorted away.

"Both parties that did it said they were following the directions on their iPhone," Spear said.

In July, state Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, had a close call of his own when he was trying to make a flight after a meeting.

He was in an unfamiliar part of Fairbanks and decided to use his iPhone map app to take the shortest route to the airport.

Gara said the app took him to some weird places in Fairbanks, and then to the small plane airport near the international airport.

"Eventually, it told me to make a right onto the small plane runway, which in fact was the shortest way to get to the big airport," he said. "I give the iPhone app credit for that."

But he did not heed the directions: "I'm not a big fan of driving on runways."

After the first incident, airport personnel immediately attempted to contact Apple. The airport is a state facility, and the Alaska attorney general's office also reached out to Apple Inc.'s legal department.

"It was our understanding it would be taken care of last week," Spear said, but then the second mishap happened Friday. The app was still incorrect Wednesday morning, she said.

Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple didn't immediately return a message to The Associated Press on Wednesday.

To be fair, the drivers deserve some blame.

The maps stop at the runway, but the drivers continued about a mile through a gate, past warning lights, numerous signs and painted concrete markings saying not to proceed.

"All of these things were disregarded because people simply trusted their device more than they trusted what they were seeing," she said.

Google to clean up YouTube comments

Internet comments. The phrase is a punchline among the ‘net savvy.’ And of all the comments sections out there, none have a more widespread reputation for racism, name calling and general uselessness than YouTube.

The Verge called YouTube’s comments section: “that notorious bastion of hostility toward women, people of color, rational thought, empathy, and the English language...” 

And yes, for any random YouTube video, your viewing experience is almost guaranteed to get worse the farther down you scroll. (Via YouTube / HTCYT)

But that may all be about to change. The site announced Tuesday it will be revamping comments, writing: “In the coming months, comments from people you care about will rise up where you can see them, while new tools will help video creators moderate conversations for welcome and unwelcome voices.”

The new system will be powered by Google+ and sort comments by relevance rather than date. It’s currently available to just a handful of channel owners, but should be fully implemented by the end of the year.

Tech bloggers welcomed the news that the comments section CNET called “a wretched hive of scum and villainy” might finally become a bit more civil. (Via WebProNewsDroid Life)

But on the same day YouTube made its announcement, another site has decided to just pull the plug on the comments section altogether.

Popular Science announced it will no longer accept comments on new articles, making the case that “Comments can be bad for science,” citing a recent study showing insulting and derisive comments actually diminish readers’ understanding of scientific issues. (Via Popular ScienceMilwaukee Journal Sentinel)

So why exactly are comments so awful? There are several theories, some formal and some, well, less so — like the idea that all human beings are just waiting for anonymity and an audience to become total jerks. (Via Penny Arcade)

Or there’s what’s known as the Online Disinhibition Effect: the idea that, without the subconscious social cues we pick up on in face-to-face interaction, humans have a harder time gauging what’s acceptable behavior. (Via Wired)

But either way, there’s a growing backlash against comments sections. Many Internet users are finding greater peace of mind by, say, installing comment-blocking add-ons for web browsers and getting a daily reminder from Twitter that: “Happiness will never be found in the comments section.” (Via GoogleTwitter / AvoidComments)

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Valve brings PC gaming to living room with Steam OS

Video game company Valve has long dominated the computer gaming market with their Steam distribution service. Now the company is thinking outside the box with Steam OS: an operating system designed for the living room.

The first of three big scheduled announcements this week from the company, Steam OS is a Linux-based, “stand-alone operating system for living room machines.” It’s billed as a platform for streaming computer games to a TV. (Via Valve)

Valve has already hinted at a move in this direction with Big Picture, a Steam user-interface designed for television released in December 2012.

The Verge reports Steam OS seems to be a swipe at Microsoft’s Windows 8, which has come under fire from Valve in the past.

“Valve co-founder Gabe Newell famously called Windows 8 a ‘catastrophe’ and has publicly blamed Microsoft's operating system for tanking PC sales. Windows 8 also comes with its own built-in app store, which theoretically has the potential to siphon off Steam's video game revenue.”

But an OS isn’t much good without hardware to run it, and Valve has promised two more big announcements this week. Could the fabled “Steam Box,” the long-rumored Valve-brand console, be on its way? Kotaku says yes, and it’s about time.

“For almost a year now, Valve has been teasing the idea of Steam-branded hardware. … Last December, Valve boss Gabe Newell told me that the Steam Box would compete with Sony and Microsoft's next-gen offerings. The company has been slowly trickling out details since then.”

A writer for Forbes thinks otherwise, saying Steam’s business model has always relied on accessibility for third-party developers. “Valve’s platform and primary source of revenue is digital distribution. … It’s in their best interest to open up their toolbox to partners, not to create a closed ecosystem or hardware environment with their own branded box.”

Valve’s next big announcement is scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

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Toddler cries over changes in Apple iOS7 (video)

"No, I don't want it," Jack said as tears rolled down his cheeks.

You can forgive Jack his reaction since he’s only four years old.

The boy’s father said his little guy was upset because “that's all he has known or seen since he was alive, so it really upset him.”

Some parents are wondering what a four year old was doing with an iPad or iPhone in the first place.

Jack’s dad Derek Colling isn’t so worried about that but told ABC News he did want his son to come around to the new software.

Derek is pleased to report, he has.

"He has been fine with it since I showed him how to swipe to get in,” Derek noted.

Colling continued.

 "There are some things he doesn't like, like that the folders are smaller so he has to swipe more, but for the most part he likes it."

Now that Jack has come around his family intends to put up a video of him praising the new system in order to be fair.

Rick Couri is an on-air personality for KRMG in Tulsa, Okla.

Google's CEO Announces Calico, a project to cure death

If there’s one thing we know about Google, it’s that the company likes taking on big challenges: self-driving cars to reduce traffic accidents, Wi-Fi-equipped weather balloons to bring Internet access to the third world. So … how about ending death?

Wednesday Google CEO Larry Page announced the formation of Calico — a health and well-being company whose ultimate goal is overcoming human aging and mortality. (Via Blogspot)

Page wrote: “These issues affect us all—from the decreased mobility and mental agility that comes with age, to life-threatening diseases that exact a terrible physical and emotional toll on individuals and families.” (Via YouTube / GoogleDevelopers)

Calico is a Silicon Valley-wide venture. Page is putting Art Levinson, chairman of the board for both Apple and biotech company Genentech, in charge of the new company.

Page hasn’t revealed much about how Calico will go about curing old age and death, but what is known is that Calico will deal with data analysis and going by the numbers to decide which research to pursue.

Page gave Time an example of what the company has found so far: “One of the things I thought was amazing is that if you solve cancer, you’d add about three years to people’s average life expectancy. … In the aggregate, it’s not as big an advance as you might think.”

It’s worth pointing out defeating old age isn’t exactly a new concept — one of the oldest works of literature in the world, “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” deals with the search for immortality. But lately the quest has started to look less like fantasy and more like science.

Studies on life span, genetics and gene therapy are getting more and more traction, and funding is increasing, too. As a writer for Ars Technica puts it: (Via LiveScienceScience Daily)

“There are a lot of very rich people out there that are getting older. ... ‘Stopping death’ is getting more and more money thrown at it.”

Author Aubrey de Grey is one of those pushing researchers to view aging as a curable disease. He welcomed Calico, saying Google’s venture might signal “the end of the beginning” in longevity research. (Via TED)

Another futurist, Ray Kurzweil, argues humans will gain immortality by merging mind and machine. Google hired him earlier this year to work on artificial intelligence. (Via Big Think)

So while it might be a long shot, Google has as good a chance as anyone of pulling it off.

We’ll second Gizmodo, who says: “Here's to hoping we get to see some results in a short decade or two. You know, before it’s too late for us.”

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