Well That Was Fast One Survey Says Pokémon Go Has Already Peaked

first_img Register Now » Pokémon Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Nintendo Well, That Was Fast: One Survey Says Pokémon Go Has Already Peaked in the U.S. July 25, 2016 Add to Queuecenter_img –shares This story originally appeared on PCMag How the mighty fall. Yes, Pokémon Go is a big deal now. Yes, it had a great first week in Apple’s App Store: better than any other app ever released. Yes, lots of people play the game and, yes, you’ve probably been tempted to play the game too — even if you managed to fight off the initial buzz.If you’re still scoffing at those who spend hours each night trudging around parks for elusive digital creatures, then you’ll probably take a little solace in a recent report from SurveyMonkey that suggests interest in the game is already starting to wane. We wouldn’t say that’s an unnatural surprise, though. The very nature of Pokémon Go means that any time its servers go down and players can’t play — and there’s been some downtime — the social aspects are wrecked. Gatherings of hundreds (and thousands) of players have been ruined by abrupt server issues, and people can lose interest in a game fairly quickly if they can never seem to play it when they want to. And there’s not very much to do in Pokémon Go besides collecting Pokémon and fighting other players for gym ownership. It’s fun, certainly, but it can get monotonous for some early players.According to Survey Monkey, Pokémon Go had the most daily active users on July 14, just over one week after the game’s release. SurveyMonkey estimates that figure at right around 25 million users or so. Since then, the game’s daily user count has been on the decline.”Surprisingly, downloads of Pokémon Go were largest on the day it was released, July 7th. Most successful apps, including previous record-setting hit games Draw Something and Candy Crush Saga, experience a slow start. These games hit their daily-download peaks some months after initial release. Pokémon Go is unusual not just for the size of its success but also the incredible speed of its ascent up the download charts,” SurveyMonkey notes.These same download charts reveal that the game might be reaching a saturation point in the United States, as it sat at right around 1.5 million daily downloads or so as of July 20. That’s quite a drop from a week prior, where it was close to six million downloads in a single day.It does feel a bit like we’re quibbling over the natural progression of a game, however. Not everyone stays addicted to a mobile game, nor do games typically retain huge download figures for weeks following their launch. At some point, the craze subsides a bit — at least until the game’s developer releases a big update, fixes its servers to allow more people to play or pushes some huge marketing plan (like Pokémon Go’s real-world tie-ins).Pokémon Go is still a pretty big phenomenon, especially when you factor in the popularity of its international launches, too. We doubt it’s going anywhere soon, but the craze does seem to be dropping from feverish proportions in the United States — at least, a little. 3 min read David Murphy Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more

Regions Bank Taps IBMs AI to Power Next Generation Customer Service

first_imgWatson Has Helped Regions Answer over 1.5 Million Customer Calls and 1.4 Million Banker QuestionsIBM announced that Regions Bank has selected the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology to help improve customer service and assist bankers in everyday work.In today’s digital world, the customer experience remains paramount. A staggering 62% of banking customers will consider switching to a competitor after only 1-2 bad experiences, and more than 90% of customers share details about bad experiences with others. Customer service professionals know that most questions don’t always require long troubleshooting. Agents spend their time answering similar questions, rather than focusing on more complex, exceptional cases.To ensure a positive customer experience, Regions Bank is using Watson in its contact centers to help both customers and employees. The company’s Banker Assist harnesses Watson Assistant to provide bankers with guidance on customer inquiries, enabling them to resolve customer service needs faster. With Banker Assist, employees can use AI-powered search when faced with a question to provide quicker call resolutions and more consistent answers. Already, 700 professionals at the bank rely on Watson to complete customer problem resolution.Marketing Technology News: Pagely Announces 2nd Annual Scholarship for Underrepresented Students in TechAdditionally, when customers call Regions, many interact directly with Watson Assistant receiving rapid and consistent answers to their questions. They can get help on a variety of issues including updating personal information and navigating the Regions Bank website. Letting Watson take on the more routine questions allows service representatives to tackle the more intellectually challenging questions, spend more time engaging with customers and be better informed to resolve issues. Over time, Watson will be trained on other tasks, including analyzing customers’ tone to help determine when a customer should be transferred to a live agent.Our Resources: How Connected Workplaces Can Help You Unlock Higher Levels of Productivity“At Regions we are investing in technology to make banking easier for our customers and to recruit and retain talented associates,” said Chris Brasher, head of Bank Operations for Regions Bank. “IBM Watson’s automated intelligence is an important tool that allows us to operate more effectively by understanding customer needs. We are identifying additional use cases for this technology as part of our focus on continuous improvement across the company.”Marketing Technology News: New Research from Fresh Relevance Highlights Impact and Adoption of Influencer Marketing Is Overestimated“The use of artificial intelligence among banks continues to rise, helping financial institutions make better use of vast amounts of data, analyze patterns, evaluate risks and improve customer service,” said Beth Smith, General Manager, IBM Watson AI. “Regions Bank is focused on improving customer and associate relationships and Watson will help them continue to provide a great customer experience.”Marketing Technology News: PX Open Marketplace Surpasses 500 Publishers in its Exchange Regions Bank Taps IBM’s AI to Power Next Generation Customer Service PRNewswireApril 26, 2019, 5:44 pmJuly 16, 2019 Artificial Intelligencecustomer experienceIBMMarketing TechnologyNewsRegions Bank Previous ArticleLINK Mobility to Integrate With Oracle ResponsysNext ArticleNew Yotpo and Klaviyo Integration Propels Email Innovation and Revenues for D2C Brandslast_img read more

Percolate Announces Industryfirst Analytics Capabilities Powered by Domo

first_img Content Marketing PlatformDomoMarketing TechnologyNewsPercolatePercolate InsightsRandy Wootton Previous ArticleJOANN Stores Partners With Impact Analytics to Generate Immediate EBITDA Impact Through Promo OptimizationNext ArticleCopper Announces New CEO, Eyes International Markets & Expansion On the Heels of Announcing an Industry-First Developer Platform and Partner Program, Percolate Reveals Percolate Insights – Powered by Domo, an Analytics Solution That Harnesses the Power of Data for Marketing ExecutionPercolate, the leading enterprise Content Marketing Platform, announced a partnership with Domo – provider of the leading cloud-based operating system for business – and the relaunch of their analytics product as Percolate Insights – Powered by Domo.The new solution (available Q4 2019) will introduce a new caliber of reporting to the daily workflows of marketers at enterprise companies and enable marketers at all levels of the organization to make data-driven decisions. In addition, Percolate Insights delivers new operational and strategic metrics that open up new visibility into campaign strategy, marketing mix, and productivity.“All marketers today aspire to be more data-driven in their decision making, but in an enterprise there are many barriers to accessing and actioning insights,” says Randy Wootton, CEO of Percolate. “Percolate Insights puts the most powerful reporting tool in the hands of marketers–ensuring the data is contextual and relevant–so that marketers  can apply unique insights to the critical business decisions they make each and every day.”Marketing Technology News: Seven Tech Data Executives Named 2019 CRN “Women of the Channel”“Marketers are always seeking innovative ways to bring together the massive amounts of data from their marketing operations and to make real-time, strategic decisions with that information,” said Jon Shoff, vice president of Agency Sales and Partnerships at Domo. “Percolate Insights – Powered by Domo is an opportunity to provide a more powerful solution to marketers by giving them the power of collaboration and visibility paired with rich insights from their data.”Marketing Technology News: Vonage Wins 2019 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year AwardsPercolate is the leading Content Marketing Platform for the enterprise. Percolate offers solutions to introduce visibility into the marketing process, improve coordination of work, and effectively build marketing campaigns and content. The world’s largest brands — including Google, Cisco, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and Bosch — use Percolate to create a coordinated customer experience, reduce production costs, and understand marketing impact.Marketing Technology News: Zendesk Unveils Next Generation of Conversational Messaging Experiences Percolate Announces Industry-first Analytics Capabilities Powered by Domo PRNewswireMay 24, 2019, 2:50 pmMay 24, 2019 last_img read more

Telefónica to Offer Google Cloud Solutions to Companies Around the World

first_imgThe agreement between the two companies will allow Telefónica to reinforce its multicloud offering to companies with the inclusion in its catalogue of Google Cloud Platform, G Suite, Google Cloud Interconnect and Chrome EnterpriseTelefónica Business Solutions, a leading provider of a broad portfolio of integrated communication solutions and digital services for the B2B market, has announced a strategic agreement with Google. This new agreement will help companies accelerate their transition to the cloud, reduce costs and advance the digital transformation of their businesses.Telefónica’s global multicloud value proposition already includes the most relevant public clouds in the market, and will be further strengthened by the addition of Google’s public cloud service. This new comprehensive service set aims to deliver customers an integrated solution which, when combined with security and communications, allows companies to enjoy a differential end-to-end experience. In addition, Telefónica’s multicloud portal enables companies to simplify the complexity of their hybrid cloud environments including public, local and private clouds, unifying them into a single, simple, secure and flexible management environment.Marketing Technology News: Oracle Collaborates with Top Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level Members to Rethink Customer Data Platform MarketThe agreement announced today is global and builds on the local agreement signed by Telefónica Spain last year with Google for the marketing of G Suite. Google’s suite of collaboration and productivity applications allows companies to integrate in the cloud everything they need to create a virtual workplace that, when combined with Telefónica’s professional communications and telephony services, allows users to work securely from anywhere.The global framework of the agreement means, that going forward, in addition to G Suite, Telefónica will promote in all countries where it operates Google Cloud Platform public cloud services, the infrastructure interconnection solution Google Cloud Interconnect and Chrome Enterprise which includes the most relevant business tools companies require to work easily in the cloud.Marketing Technology News: Databricks Accelerates APJ Expansion Following $250 Million Funding RoundHugo de los Santos, Global B2B Director of Products and Services at Telefónica commented: “Our customers demand a complete multicloud offering that allows them to use the most appropriate products and services from each cloud. Those offered by Google Cloud also perfectly complement our cloud product portfolio and will help us improve our value proposition to companies by distinguishing themselves through their Artificial Intelligence and machine learning capabilities.”Sebastian Marotte, VP EMEA Partners & Alliances, Google Cloud, said: “The alliance between Google Cloud and Telefónica Business Solutions provides our clients with a simple, secure and open approach, allowing them to take advantage of the benefits of the cloud in the best way that meets their business needs.”Marketing Technology News: Blis Expands Into the Netherlands With First Hire B2B markegoogleHugo de los SantosMarketing TechnologyNewsSebastian MarotteTelefónica Business Solutions Previous ArticleBuddig Launches National Advertising Campaign “Lunchtime Anytime”Next ArticleSitecore Expands Functionality for Salesforce Marketing Cloud, on Salesforce AppExchange with Better Personalization and Segmentation Telefónica to Offer Google Cloud Solutions to Companies Around the World MTS Staff WriterJune 18, 2019, 9:45 pmJune 18, 2019 last_img read more

Researchers reveal how some cancers trick healthy cells into protecting tumors

first_img Source:https://www.chla.org/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 30 2018Many factors affect cancer treatment outcome, such as the size and location of the tumor, availability of effective treatments, and timing of intervention. But some cancers are so aggressive that outcome is poor, even after early diagnosis and chemotherapy. Researchers have focused their attention on trying to understand what makes some cancers less treatable than others. Now, researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles reveal a mechanism by which some cancers trick healthy cells into protecting tumors.Yves DeClerck, MD, of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and the Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has dedicated his career to understanding how cancer cells interact with the surrounding normal tissue to escape the effects of therapy. Research has shown that tumors with high levels of a protein called Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor 1 (PAI-1) are more aggressive and are associated with poorer outcomes. In the new study, published November 20th in the journal Cell Reports, DeClerck’s team demonstrated that cancer cells use PAI-1 to trick the body’s immune system into supporting the cancer.DeClerck and his team, led by postdoctoral research fellow Marta Kubala, PhD, characterized a relationship between tumors and the immune system. “In this study, we focused on the role of immune cells called macrophages and how PAI-1 affects their activity,” explains Kubala. As important players in the immune system, macrophages find and destroy cancer cells or foreign invaders like bacteria. While macrophages are normally considered anti-cancer, DeClerck’s team showed that PAI-1 pushes macrophages into an alternate, pro-cancer state (called M2) by recruiting common players in the immune system – IL-6 and STAT3 – effectively signaling to the macrophages to support rather than attack tumor cells.”A macrophage can either be a friend or an enemy to cancer cells,” explains DeClerck, who is also a professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. “The cancer communicates with the macrophages, telling them to become friendly. So, the macrophages change their behavior and support the tumor.” In altering the function of surrounding, healthy tissue, the cancer is better able to survive and spread.Related StoriesSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyMother calls for protein shake regulation after daughter diesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerThe team around DeClerck also shows that cancer cells can use PAI-1 to promote movement of these pro-cancer M2 macrophages into the tumors, where they protect the cancer and repair any damage that chemotherapy may have inflicted. This symbolic one-two punch culminates in a stronger, more difficult-to-treat cancer.DeClerck and his team have uncovered what appears to be a very common mechanism used by many cancers to commandeer part of the body’s immune system. In order to investigate how broadly this cellular communication could impact cancer treatment, DeClerck’s team studied the National Institute of Health’s Cancer Genome Atlas, a library of genetic information from more than 11,000 patient samples, and found that many different cancers have this relationship. “We looked at patient data from neuroblastoma and breast, prostate, colon, and lung cancers. Every time we see higher levels of PAI-1, we see more evidence of pro-cancer M2 macrophages,” says DeClerck.This new understanding of just how PAI-1 communicates with macrophages to change their activity has the potential to alter our approach to cancer treatment since these findings are applicable to most types of cancer. “It is clear that the tumor microenvironment, including cells of the immune system, is crucial in cancer development,” explains Kubala.While cancers vary widely in terms of location, treatment, and survival rates, their manipulation of macrophages represents a common thread, which is important for devising improved treatments for aggressive cancers. “Targeting PAI-1 could be beneficial in cancer,” DeClerck says, “but much more work needs to be done.” He cautions that the answer is not as simple as eliminating PAI-1, which is also made in healthy tissue and is an important part of the blood clotting process. But these results, which uncover a complete pathway of communication between tumors and macrophages, lay the foundation for a promising avenue of research.​​last_img read more

PSA Peugeot Citroen rides to higher sales backed by Opel Vauxhall

Explore further © 2018 AFP French carmarker PSA Peugeot Citroen said Tuesday its acquisition of the Opel and Vauxhall brands last year helped drive sales up more than 42 percent in the first quarter. French carmaker PSA says global sales up 15% in 2017 The auto giant said it had seen a growth in sales volume around the world, “with a record 1.05 million cars sold”.As such the company is likely to surpass its expectations of selling four million cars in 2018, as announced by CEO Carlos Tavares in March.PSA last year became Europe’s second biggest carmaker after Volkswagen when it bought Vauxhall and German brand Opel from US giant General Motors.It said revenue jumped 42.1 percent to 18.2 billion euros ($22.2 billion) from January to March this year.Excluding last summer’s acquisition of Opel Vauxhall, Peugeot, Citroen and premium brand DS saw revenue surge 13.3 percent to 10.2 billion euros in the first quarter.Tavares had also promised better sales on the Chinese market, which had been PSA’s weak spot and where sales had dipped 37 percent last year.In the first three months of 2018, the company’s fortunes in China began to shift, with a slight increase in sales of 1.8 percent.Of the company’s brands, Citroen was the best performing in China, the world’s biggest car market, while DS sales dropped nearly 58 percent in the Asian giant.In Europe, which is by far the company’s biggest market, sales jumped 8.7 percent, thanks mainly to Peugeot.Taking into account the figures for Opel Vauxhall in Europe, sales jumped 65.7 percent to over 770,000 units. Opel Vauxhall continues to weigh on profitability, however, even as PSA presses on with a major plan to turn around its results.”Push to Pass strategic plan and Opel Vauxhall turnaround plan are on track to make this strong performance a solid basis for the future,” chief financial officer Jean-Baptiste de Chatillon said. PSA’s results were doped by the inclusion of Opel Vauxhall in its books Citation: PSA Peugeot Citroen rides to higher sales, backed by Opel Vauxhall (2018, April 24) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-psa-peugeot-citroen-higher-sales.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Welcome to Codeverse where kids learn to build games and hack light

first_img ©2018 Chicago Tribune Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. He hacked the concert lights in the small, dark room, making them flash and move around. Another kid bounced around next to him.”I control all the lights now,” Cillian said, tapping the screen of his iPad and looking toward the lights on the ceiling. As he changed the colors, the lights flashed across his face and lit up his spiky blond hair. “I can make it red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet.”Cillian was learning to code. Armed with an iPad and kid-specific coding language, he and the roughly 30 other 6- to 12-year-olds attending camp at Codeverse Lincoln Park learned to create games and control the TVs, speakers and robotic arms in the space. The coding studio, which opened a year ago in the Goose Island neighborhood and just raised $10 million from investors including Chicago-based venture capital firm Listen Ventures, is set to expand to the north and west suburbs.Coding has been gaining prominence in schools throughout the Chicago area in recent years as educators and tech companies stress the importance of the skill for the future workforce. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said computer programming is a language students should be fluent in. Chicago Public Schools has made taking at least one credit of computer science a graduation requirement, starting with the class of 2020. Apple has teamed up with CPS and City Colleges of Chicago to offer its free coding curriculum to teachers.After-school boot camps and coding clubs have also been springing up. Another kids coding franchise, Code Ninja, is eyeing expansion in the Chicago area, and national nonprofit Girls Who Code is also active in the area.Still, Codeverse co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer Katy Lynch said “kids are not getting enough of it.” That’s especially true for younger children, who may struggle with some of the more complicated concepts of learning a programming language. To help with that, Codeverse developed its own coding language for children, called KidScript.”When you look at the world of coding today, the things you think about are the adult languages that exist,” Lynch said. “The issue with those languages is that they’re pretty advanced. You’d never be able to sit a 6-year-old in front of Python and say, ‘OK, learn it.’ ” Explore further Citation: Welcome to Codeverse, where kids learn to build games and hack light fixtures (2018, August 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-codeverse-kids-games-hack-fixtures.html Google celebrates 50 years of kids coding languages—5 ways to get your kid engagedcenter_img The company plans to open studios in Wilmette and Naperville this fall and hire about 60 new employees in the Chicago area over the next three months. The new studios will offer weeklong camps, after-school and weekend classes.Eventually, Codeverse plans to expand nationally and offer KidScript as a standalone service. Lynch said the company is going to Wilmette and Naperville next because the communities are family-focused and supportive of Codeverse. Plus, the company has relationships in Naperville after demonstrating KidScript at schools there.The Lincoln Park studio is set up so children can choose their own adventure, Lynch said, weaving around the students on a recent afternoon. The students come in, put their shoes in their cubbyholes and learn the lay of the land. Once they’re settled, the children grab their iPads—outfitted with custom-made kidproof cases—and disperse based on age and skill level.”If I’m 12 and you’re 6, I’m not going to want to hang out with you and code with you,” Lynch said.One boy sat against the wall on a recent afternoon, immersed in his iPad, his yellow-socked feet crossed. A girl lounged on a purple beanbag. Nearby, a boy looked back and forth between his iPad and a robotic arm he was controlling. Someone announced there was a dance party in a dark corner room—the Black Hole, they call it—where 8-year-old Cillian was writing code to control the lights.”I’m shocked,” said Shalini Mendelsohn, whose 8-year-old daughter Simrin attends Codeverse’s camp. “I thought they’d come here and just kind of play games, but they’re not. They’re learning to code.”Simrin hasn’t learned to code in school, Mendelsohn said. She and her husband are both in the information technology industry—she works for Apple, and he works for IBM. Simrin has access to laptops, watches and the like, but this is the first time devices have become functional for her, outside of putting on Netflix, her mother said.Simrin was sitting between her parents, showing them the game she was developing. It involved a dog attempting to jump up and make a cannon shoot. If you lose, the dog gets turned into a cat. Simrin lost on purpose and laughed.Codeverse is catering to a developing need among school-age children, said Paul Earle, adjunct lecturer in innovation and entrepreneurship at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.”This generation believes that it’s up to them to make their own way and to innovate and disrupt and create the future,” Earle said. “Codeverse plugs into that beautifully because you’re giving young people the hard skills early on to be a digital entrepreneur.”Innovation and entrepreneurship can also offer a pathway to prosperity, and Codeverse would do well to become accessible to communities of different economic profiles, Earle said.Codeverse offers weeklong classes for $800. A monthly membership, which includes a 75-minute class each week, is $225. There is also a four-month option for $175 per month.Though the students learn only one language at Codeverse—KidScript—experts say learning one programming language is a good starting point to gain more knowledge about coding. Apple’s Everyone Can Code program, which is being taught through the partnership with CPS and City Colleges, teaches only the company’s programming language, Swift.After class last week, Ellie Rosenberg, 8, was showing off the game she was developing. It’s called “Robot Dash,” and the player’s objective is to dodge falling boulders while jumping from brick to brick and trying to touch a floating slice of pizza.Ellie was working on making the game a little easier—she has yet to win—but not too easy. She’s also working on deciding what she wants to be when she grows up.”I really like baseball, and I really like to engineer stuff,” she said, eyes not leaving the iPad screen. After a pause she looked up and added, “Which would include coding.” Eight-year-old Cillian Rhodes was hosting a dance party. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Netflix puts Fortnite in crosshairs as streaming wars heat up

first_img“It will be fun to watch.”Netflix executives promised there will be more interactive shows at the service.”This one has storytellers salivating,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said of the interactive “Black Mirror” episode during the earnings presentation.’Double Whammy’Video games and sleep may vie for people’s time, but rival streaming services rank much higher when it comes to real competition for Netflix, contended eMarketer principal analyst Paul Verna.Verna thought it unlikely that Fortnite is a major rival for Netflix when it comes to winning people’s leisure time.While people have a wide array of entertainment options, television streaming services such as Hulu, HBO Now, and Amazon Prime are more viable threats to Netflix, the analyst reasoned.”Discretionary spending and entertainment media all play into the same ecosystem, but I would put them on a spectrum,” Verna said. He placed rival television streaming services at the high end of the competitive spectrum for Netflix, while Fortnite along with Facebook Watch and YouTube were at the low end.”What Netflix should be worried about is the direct competitors and the services coming down the pike within a year,” Verna said.Some of the services come with a “double-whammy” of companies behind them, such as Disney, also pulling their content from Netflix to lure away subscribers.Despite the competition, streaming television market leader Netflix is in a strong position, according to the analyst.Netflix has been relentlessly investing in original content, and having success with films such as “Roma” which won Golden Globe awards along with Oscar nominations, including one for best picture.”They have a lot going for them,” Verna said of Netflix.”That doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot of competition and growth won’t slow, but I expect them will remain at the top for a good long time.” The survival video game Fortnite was named by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings as a potential rival for consumer screen time The dominant online television service has begun efforts to become more interactive as part of an effort to keep its viewers from turning to service like Epic Games’ Fortnite and Microsoft Xbox video games.Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings spoke of competition from the video game sector this month as he discussed the quarterly results from the company with 140 million worldwide subscribers.”I think about it really as us winning entertainment time away from other activities… Xbox, ‘Fortnite,’ or HBO or a long list,” Hastings said.”We compete so broadly with all these different providers.”A billion hours of television content is watched daily in the US, and Netflix accounts for about a tenth of it, according to Hastings.Hastings was asked about plans by Disney to launch a streaming television service this year, pulling coveted content such as shows starring blockbuster Marvel action heroes in the process.But he appeared to focus on how consumers spend their screen time, including the growing market for participatory games and eSports including Fortnite. Netflix shares slip as spending weighs on profits Explore further CEO Reed Hastings says Netflix faces competition from a variety of rivals including interactive video games Citation: Netflix puts ‘Fortnite’ in crosshairs as streaming wars heat up (2019, January 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-netflix-fortnite-crosshairs-streaming-wars.html Netflix is working on new interactive features for its videos including one for its “Black Mirror” show Some analysts say rival streaming services including from Disney, whose CEO Robert Iger is seen here, pose a challenge to market leader Netflix This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Netflix has been interested in making videos more interactive for some time, and recently released a “Bandersnatch” episode of techno-dystopia series “Black Mirror” that lets viewers make choices that influence the story.”We are starting to see Netflix figure out interactive elements,” Piscatella said. Battle for time”The idea is that time is a lot more finite than money seems to be, so getting people engaged and stuck is how you can generate dollars,” NDP Group video games industry analyst Mat Piscatella told AFP.Microsoft has focused intensely on building ranks of users and getting them to spend more time on Xbox consoles. The technology titan is working on streaming games from the internet cloud.Amazon-owned Twitch boasts that it streams game play to online audiences that surpass those of Netflix.”Interest only seems to be growing,” Piscatella said of game play on a gamut of internet-linked devices.”I think people like to be participatory instead of sitting back; although sitting back definitely has its time and place.” Netflix, moving to fend off the challengers in the war for streaming media dominance, is taking aim at competitors from the video game world, notably “Fortnite.” © 2019 AFPlast_img read more

Heavy rain forecast for coastal TN IMD

first_imgCOMMENTS COMMENT A well-marked low-pressure area lies over the South-West Bay of Bengal and adjoining North-East Sri Lanka (just to the south of South-East Tamil Nadu) awaiting intensification as a depression. The India Met Department (IMD) expects the intensification to happen over the South-West Bay, off the Tamil Nadu coast and adjoining Equatorial Indian Ocean by Tuesday night or the next morning. The well-marked ‘low’ brought active North-East monsoon conditions to Kerala during the 24 hours ending on Tuesday morning. Rainfall occurred at most places over Kerala and at many places over Tamil Nadu during this period. More rain seenElsewhere, rains were recorded at many places over Coastal and, North Interior Karnataka, Lakshadweep and at isolated places over South Interior Karnataka, Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Forecast for Wednesday warned of heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry while being heavy at isolated places over south Coastal Andhra Pradesh, South Rayalaseema, South Interior Karnataka and Kerala.Squally winds speeding up to 50 km/hr gusting to 60 km/hr may prevail over the South-West Bay of Bengal, the Gulf of Mannar and along and off the Tamil Nadu coast. The sea condition will be ‘rough’ to ‘very rough’ (wave heights of 8ft – 20 ft) over the South-West Bay, the Gulf of Mannar and along and off the Tamil Nadu coast. Fishermen are advised not to venture into these areas.Pacific systemStrong winds with speeds of up to 40 – to 50 km/hr are likely over interior Tamil Nadu. Thunderstorms accompanied with gusty winds and lightning may lash South Madhya Maharashtra, South Konkan and Goa. Extended forecast for Sunday to Tuesday (November 25 to 27) said that isolated precipitation likely over extreme South Peninsular India, Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Meanwhile, Tuesday morning’s cyclonic circulation over the Gulf of Siam (Thailand), the gateway for weather systems of Pacific origin, persisted. The US Joint Typhoon Warning Centre sees scope for this system (tagged ‘32W’), a remnant of erstwhile tropical depression ‘Toraji’ that hit the Vietnam coast, to intensify a round or two. Eyes Lanka, TN?A weather tracker of the US National Weather Services lately expects the system to drift into the South Bay and stay on course for a likely rendezvous with the Sri Lanka and adjoining Tamil Nadu coasts over the next 12 days. There are two other tropical depressions loitering in different parts of the North-West Pacific – ‘33W’ located north-west of Sonsorol (Palau) and ‘34W’ to the south-east of Chuuk (Micronesia).  SHARE SHARE EMAIL Fresh depression alert in Bay of Bengal: IMD Satellite image taken on November 20, 2018, at 12.45 ISTcenter_img Published on RELATED SHARE November 20, 2018last_img read more

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first_img Related News “All enforcement agencies including the police have been informed of this,” he said, adding that legitimate foreign students, who have been detained despite showing their iKad, should report the matter to the department.Khairul Dzaimee also dispelled claims that those detained were treated like “animals” without pro­per food and having to put up in dirty conditions.Allegations of extortion would be investigated as well. “We will take action if the allegation is true. There will be no compromise on inte­grity issues,” he told The Star.Every officer would carry an Immigration ID and students have the right to ask to see it, he said.He said depending on the location and target of the operation, Immi­­gration officers may not be in uniform.Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (Mapcu) president Datuk Dr Parmjit Singh said a 30-year-old student from Botswana was picked up recently. A scholar funded by the Botswa­na government, she arrived in Ma­­laysia on June 28 and was roun­ded up in an operation on July 5. Her passport was with the Edu­ca­tion Malaysia Global Services (EMGS), a wholly-owned company of the Education Ministry, for visa endorsement and her iKad had yet to be issued.“She was at a bus stop at about 7pm when a woman in plainclothes asked for her passport. “Because she couldn’t produce the passport, she was taken away in a truck with many others in it. The truck went to numerous locations before arriving at the police station in KL two hours later. “She was traumatised throughout this journey. No one told her what was going on.”He said student was only released about seven hours later despite her university handing over all the relevant documents. Mapcu is hoping to meet with enforcement authorities to address the issue of genuine foreign students being unreasonably harassed by enforcement, he said.“What happens when the passport has been sent for the visa to be stamped?“This can take up to two weeks and what if the iKad has not been issued yet? Even at this stage after a week, her passport has still not been returned to her after the visa endorsement.“All the students have is a photocopy of their passport and receipt from EMGS stating the passport has been submitted to them,” he said. The question remains as to why this could not be verified on the spot as the authorities have full access to the EMGS database, which clearly outlines the stage of the application with exact dates, he said. “Any smartphone can be used to access this information through the passport number and the nationality.” {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 11h ago Education Malaysia Global Services expresses regret over death of Nigerian student Reports by CHRISTINA CHIN, JUSTIN ZACK and ASHLEY TANG PETALING JAYA: Foreign students must have either their passports or iKad with them or risk being detain­ed, says Immigration Department director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud (pic).Photos of these documents will not be accepted, he said in response to complaints by foreign students of being victimised by authorities.“The iKad is a legal document which has been gazetted. center_img Related News Nation 17h ago Wisma Putra: No protest outside Malaysian High Comm in Nigeria Nation 19h ago Nigerian tried to flee during raid, says Immigrationlast_img read more