RIM loses US patent lawsuit ordered to pay 147M in latest setback

Just as the dust began to settle from a tumultuous annual meeting, Research In Motion was hit with another setback Friday as a northern California jury ordered the troubled BlackBerry maker to pay $147.2 million in a patent lawsuit.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company was fresh out of Tuesday’s meeting — which saw board members take some heat even as they hung on to their seats —when the verdict came down in the suit over a remote management system for wireless devices.A technology analyst says the decision comes at the worst time for RIM, which reported a first quarter loss and delayed the release of its much-hyped BlackBerry 10 operating system until next year.[np-related]While the technology giant is no stranger to patent lawsuits, which are considered par for the course in the sector, this particular case didn’t garner much attention until the verdict, Carmi Levy said Saturday.“There’s never a good time to lose a $147-million judgment in court but there certainly is a worst time and this clearly is it for RIM,” he said in an interview.“Beyond the money, there’s a huge psychological impact to losing a case like this,” he said.“To the outside world, it looks like the losing team has been kicked once again while it’s down … It’s yet more salt in the wound at a time when critics are looking for excuses to pile on against RIM and now they’re found another.Research In Motion said it is “disappointed” the jury sided with the Delaware-based Mformation Technologies and is “evaluating all legal options.”“RIM has worked hard for many years to independently develop its leading-edge BlackBerry technology and industry-leading intellectual property portfolio, and RIM does not believe that the Mformation patent in question is valid,” the company said in a statement Saturday.RIM’s stock has fallen more than 70% in the past year as customers abandon the BlackBerry in favor of Apple’s iPhone and a slew of devices using Google Inc’s Android software.RIM last month posted its first operating loss in eight years, and it was much deeper than expected. The company also said it was cutting 5,000 jobs, almost a third of its workforce, as it struggles win back its reputation as an industry innovator.Levy says fighting the verdict — a move RIM says it is considering — will divert key resources the company should be using to refocus and get back on track.Shareholders at the annual general meeting this past week expressed their frustration and some pushed for a major shakeup of the company’s board of directors.Mformation sued RIM in 2008, bringing claims on a patent for a process that remotely manages a wireless device over a wireless network, a court filing says. According to its web site, Mformation helps corporations manage their smartphone inventory. The company also says it helps telecoms operators, such as AT&T and Sprint, with remote fixes and upgrades for users’ gadgets.RIM argued that Mformation’s patent claims are invalid because the processes were already being used when Mformation filed its patent application.– With files from Reuters read more

Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne visits farm to talk about support for agriculture

by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted May 20, 2014 8:09 am MDT PARIS, Ont. – Premier Kathleen Wynne donned a pair of Liberal red rubber boots Tuesday to visit a farm in one of the party’s few rural ridings, announcing support for the agriculture industry if they’re re-elected.Wynne said she would introduce a $40-million-a-year fund over 10 years to support the food processing industry, which she said would help farmers buy machinery and equipment.“We know that if we can partner with businesses and make sure that they have the support that they need and that they can grow and that they can market their products we know that we can grow the food processing and the agri-food industry generally in the province,” she said in Paris, Ont., in Liberal Dave Levac’s Brant riding.The fund would come from a $2.5-billion pool of “jobs and prosperity” money aimed at providing government grants to businesses, which was part of the Liberal budget that failed to pass.Many of the province’s rural ridings are held by Progressive Conservatives, with the Liberals holding two rural seats: Brant and Glengarry-Prescott-Russell. They also hold Peterborough and Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, which are a mix of urban and rural.Wynne, however, suggested funding for the agriculture sector isn’t just about those seats.“Yes, it’s in an election campaign and of course we are all campaigning, but whether my political career … is advanced by doing this or not, it is absolutely important to the future of this province that we have a strong agriculture and food industry,” she said.Wynne admitted last year during her bid to become Liberal leader that the government’s popularity has suffered in rural Ontario, partly over industrial wind turbines.Wynne’s own seat is a Toronto riding, but the premier also took the post of minister of agriculture and food. When asked about trying to shed a downtown Toronto image, Wynne married urban and rural with a personal anecdote about her grandmother who grew up on a farm and didn’t have money to go to university.“If kids who grow up on farms want to go to university and then come back I want the government to be there for them to help them do that,” she said. “That’s not about being a rural kid, it’s not about being an urban kid. That’s about being a kid who wants to have opportunity. That’s what our government is about.”Wynne also spoke about a Liberal “farms forever” program, which would be aimed at protecting agricultural land close to urban centres.“We recognize that preserving farmland is a very important part of our responsibility and that’s what the farms forever program would be about,” she said.“The other thing that I have heard as minister of agriculture and food is the need for support for young farmers who want to get into farming, either to be able to buy their family’s land or to be able to break into farming even if they haven’t been part of a farm family.”Under the program, a landowner could request an easement to prevent non-agricultural development from taking place on the land even if it is sold.Progressive Conservative Vic Fedeli, whose riding is in northern Ontario, waited outside the farm Wynne visited to criticize the Liberal platform, which he suggested is not costed out, though he didn’t offer specific criticisms of the agriculture fund.“When you’re making an agricultural announcement that involves funding you’re basing it on funding you don’t have,” he said. Fedeli scoffed at the notion that the Tories are in danger of losing rural ridings.“I don’t think the Liberals are making gains in rural Ontario whatsoever.”The Progressive Conservatives later touted leader Tim Hudak’s job plan in a statement, saying it will “unleash the potential (of) Ontario’s rural communities by reducing the regulatory burden.”Wynne was also taken to task by John Vanthof, the NDP candidate for Timiskaming-Cochrane.“The so called agriculture minister has challenged the agriculture industry to create 120,000 jobs without giving them any of the tools to do so,” Vanthof said in an email.“She hasn’t addressed the streamlining of any of the regulation burdens on farms, she hasn’t talked about how any of the funds will create jobs. Rural Ontario needs more than funds that arbitrarily pick winners and losers. Our job creation tax credit will partner up with the agri-food industry to create actual jobs.”Ontario voters go to the polls June 12. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks in Paris, Ont. on Tuesday May 20, 2014, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne visits farm to talk about support for agriculture read more

Enlightening conversation about cannabis at OMalley Lecture

What wine is to France and scotch is to Scotland, cannabis could be to Canada. But, says communications expert Peter Shier, we must fix the errors of our ways first.Shier, President of Naked Creative Consultancy in Toronto, delivered the 18th annual Terry O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and Advertising Thursday, Nov. 22 at Brock University’s Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.The O’Malley Lecture, along with the Grant Dobson Case Competition held with students earlier in the day, is hosted by Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film.After giving a quick history lesson on Canada’s legalization of cannabis, and breaking down some of the intricacies of the naturally produced drug, Shier talked about what the country could have done and could do in the future to better handle the burgeoning legal industry.“I think the biggest challenge is information and education,” he said. “There’s a lot of misinformation, bad information or no information out there. Consumers need to be educated because it will help them make knowledgeable decisions about what they’re putting into their bodies.”Naked Creative started getting involved in the industry in 2011, the same year Shier was diagnosed with cancer and started taking medicinal cannabis to help deal with the effects of the treatments.Since then, the company has worked with a number of industry partners on branding, marketing, content development and communication strategy, while Shier has become an advocate and public speaker on cannabis-related issues.Shier said his company’s research revealed that 71 per cent of Canadians have no interest in trying recreational cannabis and 29 per cent have or would try it. But he thinks there are many people who may be interested with more knowledge of the product, such as the difference between THC and CBD.Using the ‘coulda, woulda, shoulda’ expression as a framework, Shier said Canada could have made the packaging look less evil and more creative, would have been better off without yelling at consumers with its warning advertising campaigns and should have been better prepared by understanding the market.Ontario, meanwhile, should have been more visible when it came to leadership behind the Ontario Cannabis Store, could have taken more responsibility around the supply problems on legalization day, and could have exceeded the expectations of consumers instead of disappointing them.Shier’s recommendations for moving forward?“Let the government do what they do best: legislate and enforce, but let private enterprise be customer facing,” he said, adding that it should be left up to private industry to run the upcoming Ontario cannabis stores.He said there should also be a push to reduce the stigma around cannabis. “Think medicine, not drugs,” he said. “And stop comparing cannabis to alcohol and cigarettes.”Finally, Shier added that the government should allow branding on cannabis products, which would provide clarification between the wide variety of strains and THC to CBD ratios.Shier was also one of the judges for the Grant Dobson Case Competition held earlier in the day, where he was joined on the panel by Greg Plata (BSM ’08), also from Naked Creative, Lynn Fletcher, from Fletcher Weir Consulting, and Mark Smyka, an independent marketing and communication consultant.The team of Bryan Haakman and Julia Baird-Oryschak won the competition and were also honoured with the Top Presenter award. For more information on the Dobson Case Competition, see this story in the Brock News.Finalists of the 2018 Grant Dobson Case Competition include, from left Bryan Haakman, Julia Baird-Oryschak, Niveditha Sethumadhavan, Ayomilekan Hambolu, Matthew Scott, Ramie Bilowus, Lucas Hansen and Ian Hart. read more

Clippers win in OT to snap Grizzlies 5game winning streak

LOS ANGELES — Danilo Gallinari hit three free throws with 3 seconds left to tie it in regulation and finished with 20 points, Montrezl Harrell had 22 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Memphis 112-107 on Friday to end the Grizzlies’ five-game winning streak.Marc Gasol led Memphis with 27 points and 13 rebounds, and rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 points. Mike Conley scored 19 points before fouling out with 2:51 left in regulation.Harrell scored five points in OT for the Clippers.The Grizzlies had an opportunity to tie it in overtime, but Avery Bradley stole the ball from Garrett Temple with 5.3 seconds to play. Bradley was fouled and made both free throws to seal the victory.The Grizzlies did not score a field goal in regulation after Conley hit a 3-pointer with 3:26 to play to put them up 93-85.After trailing by eight at the half, the Clippers outscored the Grizzlies 31-18 to take a 75-70 lead into the fourth quarter. Memphis answered with an 8-0 run to start the final period and regain the lead.TIP INSGrizzlies: Coach J.B. Bickerstaff remains impressed by the early play of rookie forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (12.5 points, 4.4 rebounds), who just turned 19 last month: “He’s extremely gifted and athletic, but the most important thing is his want-to. The first thing he does every day is work on his defence.”Clippers: G Milos Teodosic, who has played in only eight games, told Serbian media he expects to return to European basketball, possibly this season. Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he’d heard the report, but doesn’t expect him to return this season. Said Rivers: “We want Milos to be happy. Obviously, he hasn’t played the minutes or at level he’d like to.”UP NEXTGrizzlies: Host New York on Sunday night.Clippers: At Portland on Sunday night.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Football Ohio State seeks redemption against Penn State

Penn State junior cornerback Grant Haley (15) returns a blocked field goal for a touchdown as OSU senior punter Cam Johnson (95) chases after him in the second half of the Buckeyes game on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOhio State’s 31-16 Week 2 loss to Oklahoma Saturday night places immense pressure on the Buckeyes. To have a chance of reaching the College Football Playoff for the third time since it was created four years ago, Ohio State will likely have to go undefeated for the remainder of the season. In order to do that, the No. 8 Buckeyes (1-1) will have to upset No. 5 Penn State (2-0), the team that took down then-No. 2, undefeated Ohio State 24-21 last October. Prior to defeating the Buckeyes last season, the Nittany Lions had not defeated a ranked team since coach James Franklin took over the program in 2014. Since that game, the Nittany Lions have only lost one game, a thrilling 51-48 defeat at the hands of USC in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State, on the other hand, has never looked the same, especially on offense.Calls for Dwayne Haskins or Joe Burrow to replace J.T. Barrett at quarterback have increased. The offense, which many presumed would change under new co-offensive coordinators Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day, looks similar to last year’s.Fortunately for Ohio State, it has time on its side. The Buckeyes don’t play the Nittany Lions until Oct. 28, after a bye week and face off against lesser-talented squads that game. Games against Army (Sunday), UNLV (Sept. 23), Rutgers (Sept. 30) and Maryland (Oct. 7) will test Ohio State’s in-season improvements. It is unlikely that any of those teams will upset the Buckeyes, but they offer opportunities for the Scarlet and Gray to improve.In the meantime, the Nittany Lions are hitting their stride, having decimated Akron 52-0 and dominated in-state rival Pittsburgh 33-14.OSU then then-redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber (25) carries the ball during the first half against Penn State on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorPenn State quarterback Trace McSorley and Heisman Trophy-candidate running back Saquon Barkley returned to power an electric offense that returned nine starters, including four offensive linemen. Tight end Mike Gesicki, a preseason first-team All-American who was named to the Mackey Award preseason watch list, has caught a team-high 10 passes and four touchdowns in the first two games of the year.Given Ohio State’s unstable, inexperienced pass defense, which has surrendered 806 passing yards in the first two games of the season, a McSorley-led offense might have a field day against the Buckeyes. Ohio State stuffed Indiana and Oklahoma’s run games in the first two weeks. However, Barkley has dominated the Buckeyes, averaging 7.7 yards per carry, in the past. As a freshman against Ohio State, he took 26 carries for 194 yards. Last season, he ran 12 times for 99 yards.On the other side of the ball, Ohio State’s offense will have a second chance to win the battle up front. After last season’s game, coach Urban Meyer pinpointed the offensive line not being able to hold off Penn State’s ravenous front seven as the reason for the loss. This means junior right tackle Isaiah Prince will have a shot at redemption after the Nittany Lions turned him into a turnstile a year ago. Beyond just the players currently on the field, Penn State will have a chance to make history.The Nittany Lions might be favored to win its second game in a row against Ohio State for the first time since 1980, when the Nittany Lions took down the Buckeyes 31-19 in the Fiesta Bowl.But Ohio State also has history on its side. A Meyer-coached team has lost to an in-conference opponent in back-to-back seasons only twice in 17 years, and that hasn’t happened since he was named Ohio State head coach.Whichever team wins the battle between classic Big Ten powers on Oct. 28 will gain an edge in the battle to win the East Division. And if Penn State wins, Ohio State will likely be kept from a conference championship for the third year in a row. read more

Football Michigan Jim Harbaugh have more to blame in 3027 loss to

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh pleads for a call during the second overtime against Ohio State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Ohio State won, 30-27, in double overtime. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press/TNS)Two big calls and a no-call got under the skin of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. A pass interference call on Michigan senior safety Delano Hill resulted in a key first down for the Buckeyes on their last regulation drive that sent the game into overtime. On a fourth-and-short for OSU, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett was stopped just past the line to gain, and the spot stood as a first down upon further review.Arguably the biggest non-call came when OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley appeared to grab Michigan sophomore wide receiver Grant Perry before the ball arrived. But, blaming the referees is rarely an excuse for losing a game, and things are no different following OSU’s thrilling 30-27 double overtime win over Michigan.“He was clearly being hooked before the ball got there,” Harbaugh said.He went on to talk about the officiating for most of his press conference. Sure, the call affected some drives and might have had something to do with the outcome, but the Wolverines put themselves into situations that were unfavorable after having the game well in hand for more than 30 minutes of play.De’Veon Smith did not have a late-game impactComing in after a monstrous performance in the game against Indiana, Michigan senior running back De’Veon Smith would have been a difference maker with a similar performance against OSU. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, Smith was far from a bruising force and gained just 60 yards on 21 carries.After averaging 6.9 yards per rush in the week prior to playing OSU, Smith was only good for 2.9 yards per carry. “I told my teammates in (the locker room) it’s truly a blessing to be in the middle of a defense that is truly one of the best defenses, if not the best defense in the nation,” OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan said. If Smith had a bigger game, or if someone else contributed to the run game, this could have been a lot different. After all, Michigan State sophomore L.J. Scott ripped apart the OSU defense for 160 yards on the ground. The Wolverines, as a team, had just 91 yards with eight different players carrying the ball. Speight played well at times, but faded at othersTwo touchdowns and a 64 percent completion percentage is normally a pretty good statline. However, Michigan redshirt sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight was ineffective at moving the pocket and misread key plays, resulting in a passing game that was severely lacking in the second half.Although his overtime touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Amara Darboh kept Michigan’s hopes of victory alive, it was the misreads by Speight that led to golden opportunities for OSU. On his second interception, which came late in third quarter, Speight completely overlooked OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker camping in the middle of the field, and threw it right into the outstretched arms of the former high school all-state running back.Baker nearly returned the pick for a score, and set up an eventual Barrett touchdown run.If Speight would have thrown to the guys in white rather than scarlet, OSU would most likely have been on the losing end of Saturday’s contest.Michigan folded late against the runEarly on, OSU’s offense was anemic. In the first half, redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber had just 14 yards rushing. Junior H-back Curtis Samuel had just 16, and redshirt junior J.T. Barrett had just 27 yards through two quarters, giving the team a total of 57 yards on the ground to start the game.In the second half, the three-headed beast that is OSU’s backfield — Barrett, Samuel and Weber — took the game over, wearing down Michigan and scampering in for three touchdowns in the second half. So, where did Michigan go wrong?For starters, Michigan failed to contain Barrett. Although he averaged just 4.2 yards per carry, the redshirt junior made some key reads on open holes to pick up vital yardage. The fourth-down run where he just reached the first-down line was one of those key runs. On the final play, a lack of initial penetration and the failure to break away from lead blocks helped lead Samuel into the end zone. Michigan played its heart out on Saturday, but failing to stop the run was the biggest downfall of the Wolverines in the second half. read more

Conveyor seminar highlights safety and productivity in coal mining

first_imgTwo of the coal industry’s leaders in conveyor technology have completed a one-day conveyor safety symposium to introduce strategies and innovations to raise safety education and standardise maintenance practices to further reduce the risk of injury from working on and around conveyors.  Interested readers are reminded of IM’s In-Pit Crushing and Conevying conference in September – http://corporate.im-mining.com/imevents.aspWhile the number of lost-time injuries in coal mining and processing continues to fall, Martin Engineering and Stahura Conveyor Products (SCP) have joined forces on a mission of continuous improvement, developing new products and best practices to help protect miners and maintenance personnel from potential hazards. Co-hosted by the two companies at the historic Greenbrier Resort Complex in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, the symposium was attended by more than 100 people, including representatives from the mining, coal and energy sectors.The event featured key speakers from prominent coal industry media, along with engineering experts and top executives, who highlighted the significant progress made in reducing injuries, while introducing new ways to take conveyor safety to the next level. “We are trying to change the way the industry thinks about conveyors,” observed Martin Engineering Chief Technology Director and CEMA Director, Todd Swinderman.  “The equipment has become much more robust and reliable, but basic designs haven’t changed that much.”In order to take the next steps toward zero lost-time injuries, Swinderman said that engineers at Martin Engineering are re-examining standard conveyor features, questioning the existing approaches and searching for new designs that integrate safety with improved production.  “Instead of emphasising safety first, our motto should be production done safely,” he continued.  “People are human, and they can always make mistakes, but innovative design can remove much of the inherent risk of working around conveyors.  In the conveyor industry, design is the next frontier.”Swinderman went on to describe the company’s new EVO® Modern Conveyor Architecture, a new approach to product design that encourages engineers to question why any given component is constructed the way it is.  In many cases, he said the company is finding that small design changes can have a significant impact on safety and efficiency. The Greenbrier seminar emphasised that safety, production and profit are not mutually exclusive.  In fact, said Martin Engineering VP Jim Turner, just the opposite is true. “The most productive and profitable companies are the ones with the best safety records,” he said. Turner’s presentation touched on the design elements on which the company has been concentrating, and he also described the critical role that training plays in the quest for improved safety. “Our Foundations training programs have been extremely well-received by the coal industry,” he continued, “helping management and maintenance personnel to identify and eliminate potential hazards.”  Most recently, Martin Engineering introduced an online course to its library of training seminars, allowing participants to work their way through nine modules at their own pace. The West Virginia symposium also provided an opportunity for Martin Engineering to introduce its Certified Conveyor Technician Program, designed to help service personnel improve their knowledge and understanding of bulk material handling systems and components. Summing up the keys to future success in conveyor safety, Martin Engineering CEO Scott Hutter said, “In our own operations and in customer facilities, we stress employee empowerment at all levels.  With good communication and involvement, we generate an energy that’s reflected in a consistently innovative product line and in continuously improving customer safety records,” he observed. “The two-pronged approach emphasizing design and education helps our customers engage in safer and more productive conveyor operations,” Turner added.  “That distinction is critical: safer AND more productive.  Investments in conveyor safety generate payback in terms of improved operating results as well as personal and plant safety.  Companies are finding that their return on investment is truly a win-win situation,” he concluded.Martin Engineering and SCP have worked together for nearly 30 years to help customers achieve cleaner and safer conveyor operations, with ongoing emphasis on the simultaneous need for productivity growth.last_img read more

Shane Long completes Hull City move

first_imgSHANE LONG HAS completed his move to Hull City for an undisclosed fee.The 26-year old has signed a three and a half year deal with the club having completed negotiations this morning.Long, who has been a target of Steve Bruce for some time, told the club’s official website he was delighted to finally make the move.“I finally got the deal signed. I’ve met all of the lads today, and everybody seems really friendly. It’s a club that’s on the up, and I’m delighted to be a part of that.”“I’m lucky that I’ve had a few inside informers letting me know what it’s like up here. They all love it up here, and they’re excited by what is happening at the club.The Republic of Ireland striker was also keen to praise his new boss as he looks to help Hull retain their place in the Premier League.“After meeting the manager, and respecting what he’s done as a player and a manager, I was happy to start a new part of my career here and hopefully I can score a few goals to take us further up the league.”Rafa Benitez thinks Liverpool will qualify for the Champions League ahead of UnitedConfident Kompany predicts City quadruplelast_img read more

Arx Libertatis crossplatform port of Arx Fatalis released

first_imgAnyone who is a fan of the games created by Looking Glass Studios (System Shock, Thief) or the Ultima Underworld series by Blue Sky Productions, will no doubt count Arx Fatalis on their list of owned and completed games. It was released back in 2002 by Arkane Studios for PC and Xbox, and was heavily influenced by those games mentioned above. It also received generally good reviews and with good reason.The gameplay is a first-person action role-playing game that offered a mix of combat, gesture-based spellcasting, and stealth, as well as a crafting system and four possible endings based on the decisions you make during play. If it sounds like a game you want to play, then you can pick it up for $6 on GOG.com or Steam.What’s interesting about Arx Fatalis is that development of the game started up again last year. Arkane Studios released patch 1.21 and with it open sourced the engine. That led to an new project called Arx Libertatis, which aimed to update the game to be played on multiple modern operating systems including Windows and Linux. And as this is an open source project support for other system is also possible due to the source code being available (getting the game to run on Mac and FreeBSD is also possible).With over a year of work under their belts, the Arx Libertatis team have just announced the first release version of the updated engine. It is called Arx Libertatis 1.0 “Bloody Gobblers!”To play it you need to own the original game, which as mentioned above will only cost you $6 (although it does work with the demo code, apparently). Then you can download the official patch and the Arx Libertatis executable, and be playing an enhanced version of the original a few minutes later.As the original game was for PC and Xbox, it relied heavily on DirectX. Arx Libertatis changed that by porting the engine to use SDL, OpenGL, and OpenAL so as to open up compatibility for other systems. They’ve also fixed a number of glitches the original game had, updated the rendering system, video resolutions, and implemented a port to the amd64 architecture.While version 1.0 is now out, the project is far from over. Future development hopes to add a game editor, support for modern shaders, hardware transform and lighting, hardware physics, support for community resources, and continue to improve performance in general. They are even talking about implementing a brand new story mode, too.Here’s a longer gameplay video of the original PC version to give you a taste of what to expect from the game:Read more at Arx Libertatislast_img read more

New Democracy suggests new coalition

first_imgNew Democracy leader Antonis Samaras suggested on Thursday that his party could play a part in the creation of a new coalition government if not enough SYRIZA and Independent Greeks MPs vote for an agreement with creditors.Samaras was in Brussels for a meeting of leaders from the European People’s Party, the grouping of center-right parties in the European Parliament. From there, he suggested that should the government lose its parliamentary majority in a potential vote on the latest round of austerity measures, New Democracy would be willing to step in to assist SYRIZA.Samaras’s proposal is that both New Democracy and SYRIZA should be part of any new administration but that he and current Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras should not be part of the government.There was an immediate response from SYRIZA, which said it would not be part of an interim government, like the one led by ex-central banker Lucas Papademos in late 2011 until May 2012.“As the government and the prime minister are fighting a tough battle, Mr Samaras is expressing his secret desires,” said the leftist party in a statement. “He is asking for a government led by a handpicked prime minister whose job it would be to sign and implement anything that the lenders ask for.”Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis, who was also in Brussels, distanced himself from Samaras’s proposals.“Alexis Tsipras has a fresh mandate from the Greek people and the spirit of revenge should not have any place in political life, especially at this crucial time,” he said.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les catastrophes naturelles qui ont secoué lannée 2010

first_imgLes catastrophes naturelles qui ont secoué l’année 20102010 n’a, hélas, pas été de tout repos pour de nombreux pays, dont certains, comme Haïti, essaient toujours de remonter la pente. Retour sur les catastrophes naturelles qui ont secoué la planète cette année.L’Amérique du Sud, Haïti, les Etats-Unis, l’Asie du Sud… Ces zones du monde ont été durement frappées par des séismes, tsunamis ou encore tempêtes tropicales violentes, cette année.Le monde entier garde en mémoire ces images de désolation prises en Haïti, en janvier, au lendemain d’un terrible séisme de magnitude 7,3 qui a causé la mort de plus de 200.000 personnes. Plus d’un million de personnes ont perdu leur toit depuis cette catastrophe. Des villes entières, dont la capitale, Port-au-Prince, ont été dévastées. Deux mois plus tard, c’est au Chili, qu’un autre séisme, de magnitude 6,1, s’est produit. Le large de la ville de Valparaiso, a été frappé par le tremblement de terre suivi d’un grand nombre de répliques – dont certaines de forte intensité. D’autres pays ont été victimes de catastrophes similaires : l’Indonésie en mai, le Mexique en juin, la Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée en août.Dans une autre zone du monde, l’Onu a également dû déployer une aide d’urgence. L’est de Madagascar, dans l’océan Indien, a subi les conséquences du passage de la tempête tropicale Hubert. Celle-ci a tué des dizaines de personnes et fait 28.300 sans-abris. Au Pakistan, ce sont les pluies de la mousson qui ont causé des dégâts, en août. Les inondations ont fait 15 millions de sinistrés. Le fleuve Indus, qui parcourt le pays du nord au sud et qui est la véritable épine dorsale du pays, a débordé dans de nombreuses régions. À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ? Le typhon Megi, qui a traversé le nord des Philippines en octobre dernier, a fait de nombreux dégâts et une dizaine de morts, avant de se diriger vers l’ouest, le sud de la Chine et le Viêtnam. Il a été qualifié de “super typhon” avec ses 600 kilomètres de diamètre et des vents atteignant 268 kilomètres par heure. Les éruptions volcaniques ont aussi menacé certaines populations. C’est le cas en Indonésie, où le volcan Mérapi a fait plus de 300 victimes fin novembre. 200.000 personnes ont dû quitter leur maison par précaution, pour se rendre dans des campements provisoires. Redécouvrez ces événements en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/catastrophe/2010-a-travers-ses-catastrophes-naturelles_art10892.htmlLe 6 décembre 2010 à 11:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Uber wants to fly you to your destination in a drone

first_imgTap a button on you screen and a four-wheeled Uber will come and drive you to your destination. In a few years, however, they may take to the sky after you step inside.Uber’s chief product officer Jeff Holden sat down with Recode’s Kara Swisher at the Nantucket Conference this week. During their chat, he told her that the company is looking into VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft to provide lifts to Uber customers.Uber has made no secret about their desire to start using driverless cars. They’ve been pushing in that direction for quite some time and recently launched a pilot project — a fleet of autonomous Ford Fusions — in Pittsburgh.Uber is not the only company out there looking to the skies for ways to revolutionize transportation. China’s Ehang showed off an advanced prototype earlier this year (that’s it pictured at the top of this post), and it looks very similar to the type of vehicle that Holland was talking about on stage.The eHang 184 has a range of about 10 miles, which would be plenty to accomplish a goal Holden mentioned — getting from Oakland to San Francisco. Right now, a bus can get you there in 10 minutes or so, and the eHang should be able to match that while transporting you in solitary bliss.Other companies are working on similar drones. Airbus has been for quite some time, and you’d have to assume that competitors like Boeing and Bombardier are, too. The sooner they make drone taxis a reality, the sooner Uber can start offering to fly you to your destination while all the luddites on the ground are stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic.last_img read more

Allegri could field Mandzukic from the first minute in AC Milan

first_imgJuventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has been handed a major injury boost ahead of team’s trip to San Siro this SundayMario Mandzukic has been on the sidelines after picking up an ankle injury a fortnight ago. However, according to the Bianconeri chief, the 32-year-old forward could start against the Rossoneri.“He can play tomorrow. He needed to recover from mental and physical tiredness. If there had not been the problem of Emre Can, I would have sent him for a week to the sea,” Allegri told Calciomercato.With Emre Can’s appearance still up in the air, the reigning Italian champions need all the help they can get, as they are going to face the highly motivated AC Milan team.Mario BalotelliCorini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.The former Red Devils boss also seized the opportunity to hail Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a cracking volley against Manchester United in midweek.“Now we have Ronaldo who is a striker or the best striker in the world even if he plays in another way and must be exploited, as well as Dybala, Mandzukic and many others.”One of the biggest Serie A derbies will take place at the Stadio San Siro on Sunday evening, with Juventus looking to extend an impressive 5-game road winning run.last_img read more

Big Bay Boom expected to draw hundreds of thousands

first_img Posted: July 4, 2018 Big Bay Boom expected to draw hundreds of thousands KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The 18th annual Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom Fourth of July fireworks show is expected to draw several hundred thousand people to downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.Technicians will launch mortars from four barges placed around San Diego Bay in sequence with music broadcast live on MAX FM 105.7 and The Mighty 1019 AM. Roughly 500,000 people watched the show last year, according to the Port. Attendees are encouraged to watch this year’s spectacle from a variety of locations around the bay, including Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero Marina Park North, Embarcadero Marina Park South, Cesar Chavez Park and the Coronado Ferry Landing.Spectators are encouraged to arrive early as parking will be limited and traffic will be heavy. The port’s waterfront shuttle will loop around the bay Wednesday as it makes eight stops along North Harbor Drive. There will also be special service to Harbor and Shelter islands. Additionally, MTS will primarily run a Sunday service schedule to accommodate the influx of people expected for the show.Enhanced service on the Sycuan Green Line between SDCCU Stadum and downtown begins at 3:22 p.m. Trains will depart every seven minutes until the start of the fireworks show at 9 p.m.Parking will be free and plentiful at the stadium, as well as other park-and-ride lots through the system, according to MTS. On the UC San Diego Blue Line and Orange Line, trains will depart every 15 minute throughout the day. MTS recommends several viewing locations along the trolley line, including Little Italy, the Santa Fe Depot, Seaport Village, the Convention Center and the Gaslamp Quarter.Frequent trolley service will resume for all three lines after the fireworks conclude. On Independence Day, MTS allows one person to ride free with a fare-paying customer on all routes. KUSI Newsroom July 4, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Week In Review 311315

first_imgWednesday 3/13Audio PlayerWednesday-0313.mp3VmWednesday-0313.mp300:00RPdFreedom House Men Inching Towards Grand Opening, President Trump Signs Lands Package into Law, State Approves Regulations For Onsite Marijuana Consumption, Anchor Point Man Killed In Collision Near Moose Pass Friday 3/15Audio PlayerFriday-0315.mp3VmFriday-0315.mp300:00RPdSoldotna Mayor Wants To Revisit The Field House, Economic Analysis On Alaska Pipeline Project Expected Soon Monday 3/11Audio PlayerMonday-0311.mp3VmMonday-0311.mp300:00RPdKPBSD Looks To Borough For Full Funding, Mayor Pierce: It’s Time To Make Your Voice Heard Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week.center_img Tuesday 3/12Audio PlayerTuesday-0312.mp3VmTuesday-0312.mp300:00RPdSoldotna Voters Reject Bond For Field House, Brothers’ Café Granted Rate Reduction Due To Construction, AGDC Signs Agreement With BP, ExxonMobil, Alaska House Approves Resolution In Support Of Drilling In ANWR Thursday 3/14Audio PlayerThursday-0314.mp3VmThursday-0314.mp300:00RPdFree Legal Services Available To Those Affected By Nov. 30 Quake, Anchor Point Man Killed In Collision Near Moose Pass, Kasilof Man Found Dead At Soldotna Gas Station, St. Paddy’s Parade Sunday, All Are Welcomelast_img read more

Phil Lesh Bob Weir Of Grateful Dead Announce FirstEver Duo Tour

first_imgNews Phil Lesh, Bob Weir Of Grateful Dead Announce First-Ever Duo Tour Facebook Email Twitter center_img The tour kicks off on March 2 at New York City’s historic Radio City Music Hall, and wraps up in Chicago at the Chicago Theater on March 11.”Verified Fan” presale opened today via Ticketmaster, and tickets for the general public will go on sale on Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. local time. More information is available at BobbyAndPhil.com.New Photo Book Chronicles Grateful Dead’s 30-Year Tour RunRead more Grateful Dead Founders Plot Duo Tour phil-lesh-bob-weir-grateful-dead-announce-first-ever-duo-tour The pair has scheduled a six-show tour in March 2018Brian HaackGRAMMYs Dec 11, 2017 – 1:07 pm Following the success of the Fare Thee Well 50th-anniversary shows in 2016, and subsequent extended tours across 2016–2017 as Dead & Company with guest guitarist John Mayer, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh — — two of the “core four” co-founders of the inexhaustible jam band the Grateful Dead — have announced their first-ever duo tour.The three-city, six-show Bobby & Phil tour will be produced by Peter Shapiro, the concert and festival promoter best known for his Arrington, Va., Lockn’ Festival and who helped put together the Dead’s 2015 farewell shows.”We’re going to play everything we can think of,” Lesh said in a statement to Billboard. “We’re going to do [Bob Weir’s] stuff, we’re going to do my stuff, we’re going to play [Jerry Garcia’s] stuff, we’ll do Grateful Dead stuff and we’ll do covers. We’re going to try and play everything we’ve ever played together and maybe some new stuff too.”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Marketing Project Manager at AmetrosFull-Time Customer Advocate Specialist at AmetrosFull-Time Mechanical Inspector at TecometFull-Time Production Control Assistant at TecometFull-Time General Manager at Super Service TodayFull-Time Heating & Cooling Technician at Super Service TodayFull-Time Multi Tenant Sales Representative at SpectrumFull-Time Service Technician at Cochrane VentilationFull-Time Floating Counselor at May InstituteFull-Time water Mitigation Technician at Response Team 1(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Arundhatis talk cancelled again

first_imgArundhati royRenowned Indian writer Arundhati Roy’s talk has been cancelled by the Midas Center authorities, said the visitors who came to attend the programme at around 4:00pm Tuesday.The visitors said that security guards of Midas Center informed them that the programme has been cancelled.Photographer Shahidul Alam, who organised the talk, told Prothom Alo, the Midas authorities had sent an SMS stating that the programme would not take place. Alam said that they informed him that the talk was not being held there as they did not have police permission.Earlier on Monday night, Dhaka Metropolitan Police cancelled the permission of the Arundhati Roy’s Dhaka talk at Krishibid Institute Auditorium citing ‘unavoidable circumstances’.Hours later, the organiser Chobi Mela then in a statement said that the police have reissued the permission to hold the much-publicised talk by Arundhati at Midas Centre in Dhanmondi of the capital.“After massive juggling and a lot of help from friends, we have been able to obtain a new venue. The talk will go on and the previous registration holds,” reads the statement.“There will be no signings and no Q&A or selfies. We will video the entire event and make the video publicly available, so please be considerate and don’t block people’s view with your mobile phone. Arundhati has specifically requested that there be no livestreaming,” it added.Arundhati Roy is an Indian author best known for her novel The God of Small Things, which won the Man Booker Prize in 1997.She is also a political activist involved in human rights and environmental causes.last_img read more

Harris Voters Metro Will Provide You Free Rides To The Polls

first_imgStarting Saturday voters in the Harris County area will have free round-trip METRO rides available to and from polls. Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016The free local bus, METRORail and METROLift paratransit service for voters will be available Saturday, Oct. 29, Friday, Nov. 4 and Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.If you are considering using the service, you just need to inform the bus operators or fare inspectors that you are going to, or returning from the polls.For more information on early voting and polling locations, go to: harrisvotes.org. METRO Houston METRO is providing free round trips to and from polls for early voters. Sharelast_img read more

Gaming Is Coming Back to Facebook With Instant Games Developer Program Launch

first_imgFacebook is giving games another shot: The social network officially opened up its Instant Games platform to all developers Wednesday, allowing them to build and monetize games for the Facebook news feed and Facebook Messenger. This comes after Facebook first launched the platform in closed beta in late 2016.Facebook’s Instant Games are essentially HTML-based game experiences, meaning that users don’t need to download and install any apps, and don’t need Flash or any other third-party plugins to run them. Users can find these games on Messenger via the game controller icon; Facebook also introduced a dedicated games bookmark for players to revisit games that they have previously played.Developers are able to monetize these games with Facebook ads, including video interstitials. In addition, Facebook is also testing in-app purchases for Instant Games. Advertising in particular seems to be working for developers of instant games, with game studio FRVR banking seven figures for ads running on the “Basketball FRVR” instant game, which has been played more than 4.2 billion times. “As a game developer, it’s rare that you have an opportunity to reach more than 1 billion people the first day your game goes live,” said FRVR founder Chris Benjaminsen in a statement. “We knew an investment in Facebook’s Instant Games would pay off — and it certainly has.”This isn’t the first time Facebook has dabbled in gaming on its platform. A decade ago, Facebook let game developers like Zynga distribute games including “Farmville” on its platform. “Farmville” quickly became a hit, bringing in hundreds of millions via in-game purchases. However, these Flash-based games didn’t run on mobile devices, and gaming on Facebook took a deep hit as its user base transitioned from desktop to mobile.What’s more, many users were turned off by the spammy nature of many Facebook games, which flooded the news feed with updates and pestered players to invite their friends. With Instant Games, Facebook now looks to replace this type of viral marketing with a more traditional approach, offering developers dedicated ad units to drive audiences to their games. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more