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Nintendo announces Mario Kart for mobile

Also confirms Nintendo Switch Online and Mario film

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Remember that time when a red shell knocked you off just as you were about to win in Mario Kart? We share your endless grief. Pretty soon, everyone else will.

After other mobile releases, Nintendo is gearing up to release a mobile app of the beloved (or hated) Mario Kart series. Named Mario Kart Tour, the game joins Nintendo’s other mobile games — Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

Nintendo hasn’t released a lot of info about the game yet. We do know that it is slated to be launched at the end of Nintendo’s next fiscal year, which is March 2019.

Mario Kart Tour furthers Nintendo’s plan to release two to three mobile games per year. Nintendo is also planning a Legend of Zelda mobile game for 2018.

Mario Kart’s future success on mobile is still up in the air. So far, Nintendo’s other games have received only lukewarm reactions. Miitomo, their first mobile app, is already shutting down after only two years since launch.

Aside from Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo has also announced two other future releases — Nintendo Switch Online and an animated Mario film.

Nintendo Switch Online is a paid subscription service that follows in the footsteps of other similar premium services, PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live. It will allow subscribers to access exclusive games, including classic ones.

Meanwhile, Nintendo also confirms that a feature-length Super Mario animated film is in the works. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Illumination Studios CEO Chris Meledandri will co-produce the film. As such, Meledandri’s Illumination will animate the film. They have previously made the Despicable Me and Minions films.

Finally, Nintendo caps off its news day by announcing the massive success enjoyed by the Nintendo Switch. The portable console has already sold more units than the previous Wii U.

SEE ALSO: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review: The quintessential Switch game

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Top iOS 15 Features to look out for

FaceTime for Android, anyone?

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The next version of iOS rolls out this fall. There are new features such as FaceTime for Android, new Memojis, rebranded Safari and Messages app, personal identification card compatibility for Wallet, and more.

But in this video, we rounded up our Top 10 iOS 15 Features you should look out for.

Watch the whole video by clicking here.

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Voilà AI Artist turns your selfies into 3D cartoons, caricatures

And many more artistic renditions!

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From FaceApp to Zepeto, plenty of avatars from these apps proliferated social media platforms. Most recently, the Internet went crazy with cute avatars once more. You probably noticed how people have been posting a 3D cartoon version of themselves, akin to a Disney character. It’s all thanks to Voilà AI Artist — a photo-editing app using artificial intelligence to turn your photos into artistic renditions.

Get yourself painted as a Renaissance painting.

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Have your selfies transformed into a 3D cartoon from an animated movie.

Turn your photos into a 2D cartoon…

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… or even have your face drawn as a caricature.

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Voilà AI Artist is developed by WeImagine.AI., a Canada-based team of creators and developers. The app is free to download on the App Store and Google Play Store. If you’re concerned about the app’s privacy policy, read it here.

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The US revokes Trump’s executive order that banned TikTok

A level-playing field for everyone

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President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that sets criteria for the government to evaluate the risk of apps connected to foreign adversaries. It’s specifically meant for apps like TikTok and WeChat, which President Trump banned.

It should use an “evidence-based approach” to see if they pose a risk to US national security, said Biden. If apps are found violating fundamental laws, a ban can be imposed. The task of identifying threats has been given to the US Commerce Department.

Trump’s executive order particularly targeted TikTok and WeChat. Instead, Biden is opting for a level-playing field for everyone. Biden shares the same concerns as Trump, but their approach is vastly different.

Under the previous administration, TikTok remained in a precarious position as Trump sought to ban the app unless it sold to an American company. A proposal was produced that would have seen Oracle and Walmart owning a US entity of the service and taking responsibility for handling TikTok’s US user data and content moderation.

But there were numerous legal challenges, and before they could be ironed out, Trump lost the election. The Biden administration’s new executive order does not affect those negotiations, which are a separate process. The order also calls upon federal agencies to develop recommendations – for future executive actions or legislation — on how to protect the data of US citizens.

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