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Mario Kart 8 Music Leaks Appear to Have Revealed Next Wave of DLC Tracks – Den of Geek

If you’re really curious about what may be coming up in future Mario Kart 8 updates, here’s a look at the other upcoming course music tracks that have been discovered so far and when data miners expect those courses to be released:

Now, it’s very much worth emphasizing that all of this information is speculative and will remain speculative until Nintendo confirms or denies it. There are four more waves of Mario Kart DLC courses yet to be released, and Nintendo clearly intends to keep the identities of (and release dates for) those courses a secret for as long as they are possibly able to do so.

Having said that, these leaks make a lot of sense. Not only do these determined tracks adhere to the multi-platform release structure Nintendo has obeyed so far when it comes to the Mario Kart 8 DLC retro track remasters, but this would hardly be the first time that fans have discovered some of those tracks via datamined files. At this point, I’d honestly be a little more surprised to learn that we’re not getting any of those tracks in any of the upcoming Mario Kart 8 updates.

Assuming that those are the remastered tracks we can expect to see in the Wave 3 update, though, then I have to say that it’s a pretty good lineup. Granted, it sounds like we may not be getting some of the absolute best Mario Kart courses until some of the Booster Pass’ future waves are finally released, but Merry Mountain, Waluigi Stadium, and Waluigi Stadium should all translate well to Mario Kart 8. At this point, I’m very curious to see which legacy tracks may get ignored entirely, but it certainly seems like Nintendo is trying to squeeze in a few heavy hitters before the final wave of the Booster Pass DLC is finally released sometime in 2023.

As always, we’ll of course be sure to let you know if and when these leaks are denied or confirmed by Nintendo. I’ll also be sure to let you know if Nintendo does the right thing and eventually adds every version of Rainbow Road to Mario Kart. Of course, they could save us all a lot of trouble and just make Mario Kart 9 the “ultimate” Mario Kart game that includes every legacy track and a host of new ones.

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Kirby’s Dream Buffet will feast on the Nintendo Switch very soon – The Verge

Kirby’s Dream Buffet, the Kirby-flavored Mario Party-like game that will undoubtedly cure our collective depression, has a release date. On August 17th — less than a week away — you and three other friends can roll, eat, and puyo your way to becoming the fattest, happiest Kirby on the block.

In addition to sharing the release date, Nintendo also went into a little more detail about what to expect from the game. There are three game types in which you and your friends compete to eat the most strawberries. There’s a race mode with a track littered with obstacles to dodge and food for your Kirby to eat. The more you eat, the stronger you become, able to bully your competitors off the track to reach the goal first. In mini-game mode, you compete in a small battle arena to eat as many strawberries as you can before time runs out. Finally, in the battle royale mode, knock Kirbys off the platform to steal their strawberries and take the win.

In every game mode, Kirby will have the Copy Food ability that allows him to transform, gaining powers based on the food he ate. Kirby’s Dream Buffet will sell for $15, which seems fair given that the game doesn’t seem to have a lot of depth beyond “have cake, will travel.” Hopefully, Nintendo will add more stages and game modes in the future — because who wouldn’t want more Kirby in their lives? I mean, LOOK AT HIM!!

Screenshot from Kirby’s Dream Buffet in which a pink circular blob like creature with huge eyes no nose, rosy cheeks, and a wide open mouth, sits happily in a pile of cake frosting.

God, I wish that were me.

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Blood Test for Cancer Now Available, But Is It Ready for Prime Time? – WebMD

Aug. 11, 2022 – A new blood test that can detect up to 50 cancers from a single blood sample is gaining traction in the United States.

The Galleri blood test is being offered by several U.S. health networks, which have teamed up with the company that developed it. They include the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mercy Health, Ochsner Health, Intermountain Healthcare, Community Health Network, Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University, Premier, and Cleveland Clinic.

Cleveland Clinic’s Eric Klein, MD, is enthusiastic about the test, describing it in a blog post as “game-changing” because it can detect many different cancers and at a very early stage.

Current screening for cancer focuses on one cancer at a time: for example, mammograms for breast cancer and colonoscopy for colorectal cancer.

In contrast, the Galleri test involves just one blood sample, which is then analyzed for particles that are shed by all cancers into the bloodstream, known as cell-free or circulating tumor DNA. It detects whether there is cancer present, and where the cancer may be.

This test “completely changes the way we think about screening for cancer,” says Jeff Venstrom, MD, chief medical officer at GRAIL, the company marketing the test.

But there is some concern among doctors that widespread use of the test is premature.

Having a blood test for multiple cancers is a “very good idea, and the scientific basis for this platform is sound,” says Timothy Rebbeck, PhD, with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

“But the devil is in the details to ensure the test can accurately detect very early cancers and there is a pathway for subsequent workup (diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, etc.),” he says.

Galleri is being offered to people who are older than 50 and who have a family history of cancer, or who are at higher risk for cancer, or who have compromised immune systems. The company recommends that people interested in the test get in touch with their health care provider, who then needs to register with GRAIL and order the test.

In addition to a prescription from a health care provider, people who want the test will have to pay for it out of pocket, around $950. The test is not covered by medical insurance, and the FDA has not approved it.

The company emphasizes that the Galleri test is intended to complement (not replace) recommended cancer screenings, such as mammograms.

This is a “screening” test for people who do not have cancer, and so it is intended to be used by primary care doctors, Rebbeck says. He warns that “clinical pathways are not yet in place” for primary care providers to process the results of the test, although he says they are being developed.

The test returns one of two possible results – either “positive, cancer signal detected” or “negative, no cancer signal detected.”

According to the company, the test also predicts where the cancer sign is coming from “with high accuracy,” which helps guide the next steps to diagnosis.

One problem is a patient may face multiple follow-up tests if their test comes back positive, says Sameek Roychowdhury, MD, PhD, with the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Columbus.

“Not everybody will have an actual cancer, but they may undergo many tests, with a lot of stress and cost and still not find anything. I can tell you every time someone undergoes a test looking for cancer, that is not an easy day,” he says.

In a large-scale study, the Galleri test had a “false-positive” rate of less than 1%. This means that in roughly 200 people tested without cancer, only one received a result saying cancer was detected when it wasn’t there. The accuracy of the test varies with different types of cancers, and also how advanced they are.

Rebbeck says the test is still “relatively poor for detecting very early cancers, so it will need additional tweaking before it really achieves the goal of multi-cancer early detection.”

Venstrom acknowledges that the test is “not perfect yet” and says the company will continue to update and improve its performance. New data is expected in September, he says.

Data on how the test performs in clinical practice is being gathered in the United Kingdom, where the Galleri test is being used in a large trial by the National Health Service (NHS). About 140,000 healthy cancer-free volunteers have signed on to take part in the trial.

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2022 Moto Razr gets big price drop, 144 Hz display, flagship SoC – Ars Technica

Lenovo’s Motorola division still hasn’t given up on a modern reboot of the Motorola Razr.

Last night, the company announced the “Moto Razr 2022,” though it will seemingly be available only in China. The good news is that there’s a big price drop this year: The phone is now 5999 CNY, or about $900. Previous Razr reboots sold in the $1,400 range, and the second-generation version was actually more expensive (~$1,830) in China than in the US.

The inner screen is getting a big upgrade with this version; it’s now a 144Hz, 2400×1080, 6.67-inch OLED. Powering this super-fast display is the flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. This is another huge upgrade for the Razr since the previous version had a midrange chip. The phone has 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 3500 mAh battery, and 33 W charging. That’s a lot of upgrades compared to the midrange and more-expensive second-generation version. If Motorola wants to compete with the $1,000 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, though—which this phone seems to borrow a lot from—these changes were necessary.

The design is new—it looks less like a Razr and more like a Samsung Galaxy Flip. Previous versions mimicked the original Razr with a big chin that was as thick as the entire phone when folded up. This new Razr presents a completely flat inner screen area when open. That big chin on the older Razrs made it awkward to use gesture navigation, which requires a swipe up from the bottom of the screen, so this change is a step in the right direction. It looks like there is still a raised perimeter around the edge of the screen, though, so all those “swipe-in” navigation gestures won’t be as easy to perform as they are on a normal smartphone.

This is a lot different from the previous two phones. The notch is gone, the chin is gone, and it basically looks like a Galaxy Z Flip.
Enlarge / This is a lot different from the previous two phones. The notch is gone, the chin is gone, and it basically looks like a Galaxy Z Flip.
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The other Razr oddity that has been axed is the top notch. The previous two phones had a big trapezoidal notch on the top for the earpiece and front camera. The Razr now has a more normal hole-punch camera. The top and bottom edges of the phone screen still don’t look straight, but the odd, non-rectangular shape has been significantly toned down. Normal Android phone screens are rectangular because that’s what the OS is designed for, but the previous two Razrs had really wild display shapes, with curved, non-parallel top and bottom edges. It looks like that has been reduced this year, but the screen is still a bit rounded, and Android will have to compensate with a bigger status bar and navigation bar.

The outer display is still a 2.7-inch, 800×573 OLED that’s useful for notifications and custom mini-apps like a clock and media player. Next to the outer display are two “rear” cameras, a 50 MP main camera and a 13 MP ultrawide.

This is the third foldable Moto Razr, and it has been a troubled product line since its inception. No company’s foldable smartphones are very durable. When the original Moto Razr reboot launched in 2020, multiple reports of display issues quickly started coming in. Our review unit broke almost as soon as we folded it, and the touchscreen was unusable after the first day. A second-generation Razr also arrived in 2020, just seven months after the first one. Motorola was so concerned about the devices breaking during shipping that it modified the boxes at the last minute and warned that your “new” device might arrive folded and with fingerprints on it. Even Samsung, the leading foldable display company, hasn’t yet solved foldable durability.

There’s no word on this phone launching internationally. Many companies only ship foldable smartphones in their home market of China, just because the technology is so immature and prone to failure. Motorola taking a similar path wouldn’t be surprising. In China, the phone ships on August 15.

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