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Nintendo Plans A Huge Increase To The Number Of Switch Systems It Makes – Report

Demand for Nintendo Switch remains high, but supply shortages have proven to be a problem since launch. Nintendo continues to work toward alleviating that as we head into the holiday season, where it expects to sell a ton of systems, but it reportedly has its sights set much higher in 2018 and beyond. During the current fiscal year, which runs from April 2017 through March 2018, Nintendo expects to sell 14 million Switch units. Combined with sales from its launch month in March, that will bring it to a total ...

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NASA Satellite Records Big Increase in Carbon Dioxide

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) is tasked with scanning the globe to track greenhouse gas emissions, and it recently delivered some troubling news. A dramatic spike in carbon dioxide was detected, and it could be a sign that tropical forest regions are not able to keep absorbing such a large volume of carbon from the atmosphere. The OCO-2 is one of several carbon-tracking satellites managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California. NASA researcher ...

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Most Car Infotainment Systems Increase Distraction, AAA Study Finds

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The majority of car infotainment systems actually increase distraction, not ease it. So says the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah, which tested 30 different cars and found 23 create high or very levels of distraction across a range of scenarios. Only seven created what were described as moderate levels of distraction, and none reduced distraction. The information is helpful in setting the stage for more discussion and ignores longer-term trends, such ...

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Google struggles to increase workforce diversity

Melinda Gates: We need ‘more diverse teams’ Google hasn’t made much progress on diversity. On Thursday, it released its annual diversity report — and it showed little improvement over last year. The tech giant still overwhelmingly employs white men. About 69% of its total workforce is male, and 56% of all employees are white. Men dominate leadership positions at Google(GOOGL, Tech30), too. Only 25% of women fill these roles, and only 20% of women are in technical jobs like engineering and programming. That’s up 1% from last year. Meanwhile, the ...

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General election 2017: Council housing increase promised by Tories

The Conservatives are promising a “new generation” of social housing will be built in England if they win the general election. They say they would make it easier for councils to purchase derelict land for new rented housing projects. Their plans involve offering “fixed term” council houses to be sold off after 10 to 15 years, with any proceeds reinvested in social housing. Labour said the plans were “political spin, with no substance”. “There’s no commitment on the number of new affordable homes or on new funding,” said the party’s ...

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Probate fees: Planned increase scrapped ahead of election

Controversial plans to raise the legal fees payable after death are to be scrapped ahead of the general election. Probate fees had been due to rise from £155 or £215 to up to £20,000 for some estates in England and Wales from May. The Ministry of Justice said there was now not enough time for the legislation – dubbed a “stealth death tax” by critics – to go through Parliament. A senior Conservative declined to say if the scheme would be brought back if the prime minister was re-elected. Probate ...

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U-turn over Budget plan to increase National Insurance

Plans to increase National Insurance levels for self-employed people – announced in the Budget last week – have been dropped. Chancellor Philip Hammond has said the government will not proceed with the increases which were criticised for breaking a 2015 manifesto pledge. In a letter to Tory MPs, he said: “There will be no increases in… rates in this Parliament.” Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn said the U-turn showed a government “in chaos”. Mr Hammond had faced a backlash by Conservative backbenchers last week, who accused him of breaking a general election ...

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Institute for Fiscal Studies backs National Insurance increase

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) says the chancellor was right to raise National Insurance contributions for the self employed in his Budget. The rise will see millions of self-employed workers pay an average of £240 a year more, but ministers say those earning £16,250 or less will pay less. Philip Hammond’s move has been heavily criticised, but the IFS analysts said the current system needed reform. “It distorts decisions, creates complexity and is unfair,” it said. “A tax system which charges thousands of pounds more in tax for employees ...

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Quarterback movement may increase cost of Jimmy Garoppolo trade

4:33 PM ET One can only imagine how much the price for Jimmy Garoppolo went up in a few hours time on Wednesday afternoon. In short order on Wednesday it became known that: The Bears had targeted and come to a virtual agreement with free-agent-to-be Mike Glennon, last of the Bucs. Glennon seems earmarked for Chicago on Thursday. The Bills agreed to a re-worked deal with Tyrod Taylor that kept him off the free-agent market. The 49ers had signed Brian Hoyer. That’s three potential teams out of the quarterback market, ...

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Researchers increase the storage capacity of DNA to 214 petabytes per gram

Hard drives and NAND flash memory can store a lot more data than they could just a few years ago, but they’ve still got nothing on DNA. The genetic material in nearly every cell of your body has a vastly higher storage capacity than a hard drive, and it could potentially last for hundreds of thousands of years. The problem has been efficiently encoding data in DNA. Now a pair of researchers from Columbia University and the New York Genome Center have developed a process for storing 214 petabytes of ...

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