Apple’s tenth anniversary iPhone X has hit a few snags this year in production. The Cupertino giant will only be shipping around 20 million units by the end of 2017 citing struggles in getting components for the device as well as reported technical issues with regard to its Face ID technology. However, things will start to look up for the company next year.As per an investor note from reliable Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities and seen by 9to5Mac, shipments of the iPhone X is expected to arrive on time and in stable supply during Q3 2018. He adds that there will be “no major spec upgrade” of the TrueDepth camera that powers the device’s FaceD facial recognition technology with Apple using the same dot projector and infrared camera. This is also in response to past reports that Apple was lowering the accuracy of Face ID to speed up production. Apple has already refuted the claim, saying that the quality and accuracy of Face ID have not changed.Kuo added in his note that stable supply of the components means Apple will not have to switch to other solutions. This comes following reports that Apple was planning to go with glass and plastic hybrid lens for iPhones in 2018. Kuo’s note is in line with past analysts like Gartner, who expect production of iPhone X to come back to normal in 2018.Face ID is Apple’s new biometric technology that will look to replace Touch ID going forward. The iPhone X is the only device as of now to feature Face ID as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus sport Touch IDs like their predecessors. However, Kuo has stated in the past that Face ID will be seen on all 2018 iPhone models which means Touch ID will slowly start to phase out. With production likely to stabalise and components becoming easier to procure next year, Apple may start expanding Face ID to the rest of its lineup starting with the 2018 iPad Pro lineup.advertisementAlso Read: iPhone X screen repair in India could cost you a bombKuo’s latest note also fuels past rumours that Apple could come out with cheaper iPhone X-like models, codenamed “Lisbon” and “Hangzhou”. When Apple announced the iPhone X, it stated that the phone will shape the next decade for the company. This means that iPhone models in 2018 and ahead will sport iPhone X-like features such as an edge-to-edge design and Face ID at a lower price point. However, Apple created a new norm by pricing the iPhone X at $999, and based on initial pre-orders, it looks like fans don’t mind the super premium pricing, which means Apple could continue the trend in the future as well.
Los Angeles, Jan 8 (PTI) Golden Globes, the first Hollywood award show of 2018, kicked off with a focus on sexual harassment instead of fashion as Hollywood A-listers arrived on the red carpet dressed in black to support the Times Up initiative and #MeToo movement.Black was the colour of the night as almost all the female actors including big names like Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Heidi Klum, Catherine Zeta Jones, Margot Robbie, Alison Brie, Jessica Biel, Claire Foy, among others turned the Globes dark on the fashion front.The Times Up initiative was launched by powerful Hollywood women such as Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington and others to fight sexual harassment in the industry following allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and numerous others in the show business.Streep, who is part of the initiative, and Michelle Williams arrived with gender and racial justice activists as their guests.While Streep walked the red carpet hand-in-hand with justice activist Ai-jen Po, Williams arrived in an embellished off-the-shoulder look with Me Too founder Tarana Burke at her side. “People are aware now of a power imbalance and its something that leads to abuse. It led to abuse in our own industry and led to abuse in domestic work… in the military, in Congress… and we want to fix that. We feel emboldened to stand together in a thick black line,” Streep said on the red carpet.Before the carpet, women from the film industry encouraged their peers to join the movement, via Instagram and Twitter announcements.advertisementWitherspoon, Tracee Ellis Ross, Rashida Jones, Brie Larson and Tessa Thompson created a video together to urge those at the Globes to join them in wearing black.While women were all up to support the anti-sexual harassment initiative their male peers also did their bit for the movement by donning Times Up pins on the lapels of their tuxedos.Justin Timberlake, Hugh Jackman, and Strangers Things stars Gaten Matazarro, Finn Wolfhard, Daniel Kaluuya, Bradley Whitford, Ewan MacGregor, Jude Law, James Franco, William H Macy, Noah Schnapp, Nick Jonas and host Seth Meyers were among the leading men taking part in the movement by adding the black-and-white pins to their looks.To show his support, “This Is Us” actor Chris Sullivan not only donned a Times Up pin to his look, but also painted his fingernails black.Celebrities who could not attend the 2018 Golden Globes, supported Times Up by sharing their pictures in all black outfits on social media.Anne Hathaway, Olivia Munn, and Shonda Rhimes were all unable to attend the Globes due to being sick, but still sported their black outfits and voiced their support from home.”In solidarity from my sick bed,” Hathaway captioned an Instagram of herself in a black dress.”At home with the flu so my black dress stays on the hanger but my #TIMESUP pin will be on my PJs! Wear black at home with all of us,” Rhimes posted.She also shared a separate photo of herself on Instagram in a #TimesUp T-shirt, writing “Standing in solidarity with my sisters everywhere tonight.”Munn wrote on Twitter: “Im staying home today sick with the flu. But so appreciative of everyone who has rallied around to support.”Pop diva Jennifer Lopez, with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez by her side, expressed her support through a video which she shared on Instagram.”Today is the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, and a lot of the women, with the hashtag Times Up, are standing up for equality?to be treated equally and for sexual harassment,” Lopez, who is currently in Puerto Rico, said in the clip.”And I stand here in black today doing the same from far away. And its the same thing here in Puerto Rico ? we want to be treated equally,” she added.Other celebrities, including Bryce Dallas Howard, Gabrielle Union, Hilary Duff, Zoe Saldana, and Karlie Kloss, took to social media to share their #TimesUp photos. PTI SHD BK
Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has confirmed the club will be without Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic for the start of the new English Premier League season.Mourinho’s side kick off the new season at home to Leicester City on August 10, but the Portuguese coach has told the club’s official website that the key midfielder won’t be available, reported Xinhua news agency.Matic, who previously worked with Mourinho at Chelsea, has played no part in the club’s American tour and his importance to the side was highlighted in their 1-4 defeat to Liverpool in the International Champions Cup on Saturday night.”Matic arrived from the World Cup holiday, direct to surgery because something happened in the World Cup,” explained Mourinho, adding the midfielder was “out for the start of the season”.”I don’t know how long he will be out for,” he said.The coach has also criticized French international forward Anthony Martial, with whom he already has a poor relationship, for not being with the team in the US.”Anthony Martial has the baby and after the baby is born; beautiful baby, full of health, thank God; he should be here and he is not here,” he complained, lamenting the effect having players on post-World Cup holidays was having on his preparations.”I just hope the boys on deserved holidays, they take care of themselves a little bit and I hope somebody wants to do what (Marcus) Rashford and (Phil) Jones decide to do, which is to be back a little bit earlier to try and help the team, because for the beginning of the season we are going to be in trouble,” said the Manchester United coach.advertisementUnited’s next game sees them take on Real Madrid in another International Champions Cup match on Wednesday.(Witn IANS inputs)
Bengaluru: Nearly 43,000 people have so far been evacuated from flood-hit and rain-affected areas of Karnataka, where the rain fury has left nine people dead, authorities said on Thursday. The worst-hit was Belagavi district, where six persons have lost their lives, while 40,180 people have been evacuated. Two persons lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Uttara Kannada district, from where 3,088 people have been evacuated till date, and one in Shivamogga, according to official figures. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Nearly 17,000 people are taking shelter in relief camps. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is currently camping in Belagavi supervising relief and rescue operations. On Thursday, he visited rain-affected Shivajinagar and Gandhinagar areas of Belagavi. “Releases from reservoirs are well coordinated and as per protocol to prevent inundation of downstream areas. The villages likely to be affected due to heavy discharge have been identified and necessary precautions taken”, an official statement said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K A total of 43,858 people from affected districts in northern, coastal and Malnad regions have so far been evacuated by joint rescue teams comprising Fire and Emergency department, State Disaster Response Force, National Disaster Response Force and Army, official sources said. District administrations are on high alert and are prepared to tackle any emergency arising out of heavy discharge from reservoirs, the statement said. “The flood situation is under control”, it said.
TORONTO – Tim Hortons says the sale of a doughnut bearing the colours of the Humboldt Broncos has helped raise more than $800,000 for the junior hockey team that was involved in a horrific collision earlier this month.The company had come under fire last week after a franchisee in Nova Scotia reportedly began selling the Broncos-themed doughnuts without intending to donate the proceeds to the team.Tim Hortons apologized for the “misunderstanding” and then launched a national fundraising campaign to support the team.In a statement at the time, the coffee and doughnut chain said the franchisee “proactively sold this doughnut as a thoughtful gesture” and had made a personal donation to the Humboldt Broncos Hockey Club.Sixteen people — including 10 players — were killed and another 13 people were injured after the team’s bus and a truck crashed in a rural Saskatchewan intersection.On Friday, Tim Hortons said restaurants in every province donated $1 from each yellow and green doughnut sold — along with extra donations made by customers — to a total of $801,066.27.The company says that makes it “highest donut fundraising initiative in Tim Hortons history.”“We are humbled by the remarkable showing of support from our restaurant owners and our guests for the Humboldt community following this unimaginable tragedy,” Sami Siddiqui, Tim Hortons Canada’s president, said in a statement.The company said all proceeds will go to the Humboldt Hockey Club and will be presented to the team Monday.More than $15 million was also raised for those affected by the crash through an online fundraiser on GoFundMe, which will be distributed through an memorial fund.
BEIJING, China – Marijuana may be legal now in Canada but at least three Asian governments are warning their citizens to avoid it, including the spectre of possible arrest for Japanese and South Koreans.China, the latest to weigh in, didn’t go that far. Its consulate in Toronto issued a statement dated Friday reminding Chinese in its jurisdiction — and students in particular — “to avoid contact with and use of marijuana for the sake of ensuring your own physical and mental health.”Canada legalized the sale of recreational marijuana on Oct. 17.The Chinese statement, posted on the consulate’s website, included a long explanation of the Canadian and provincial laws, advising them to read it carefully to avoid running afoul of the new regulations.Both Japan and South Korea warned their citizens in Canada ahead of the legalization.The Japanese consulate in Vancouver warned on its website that Japanese laws outlawing the possession and sale of marijuana may be applied to actions taken abroad.“Japanese residents and travellers should take ample care to stay away from marijuana, including food and beverages that include marijuana,” the statement read in part.South Korea held information sessions in Canada and used a government website and TV broadcasts to lay down the law for its citizens.“Even in a place where marijuana is legalized, if our citizens smoke, purchase, possess or deliver marijuana, it’s a criminal act, so they will be punished,” the embassy in Canada tweeted. “Please be careful.”Neither statement from Japan and South Korea explained how they might attempt to enforce their laws against smoking marijuana while abroad. Police and customs officials in South Korea did not answer calls seeking comment.Both South Korea and Japan have very strict anti-drug laws. In Korea, smoking, buying, possessing or delivering marijuana is punishable by up to five years in prison or a fine of up to 50 million won ($44,000).
FREDERICTON — Stanton T. Friedman, nuclear physicist, lecturer and world-renowned devotee of extraterrestrial existence, has died at the age of 84.The famed UFO researcher died Monday at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, his daughter Melissa Friedman confirmed Tuesday.She said he was on his way home to Fredericton from a speaking engagement in Ohio.Friedman built a reputation as a leading authority on unidentified flying objects, alien abductions and the so-called Roswell incident, considered by many to be the definitive UFO event.He began lecturing about UFOs in 1967 but said he had never actually seen one himself.Friedman said his belief was founded in data he uncovered over the years about UFOs, which he said was buried in U.S. government documents.Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.The Canadian Press
Rabat – Victoria Beckham has confirmed she and husband David would be in Marrakech as the former Manchester United man gets ready to celebrate his 40th birthday. The former Spice Girls star shared with her followers on Twitter what she said would be the dress she will be wearing in Marrakech this weekend.She wrote: “what to wear in Marrakech? Vintage Yves Saint Laurent #DB40 x vb What to wear in Marakesh? Vintage Yves Saint Laurent #DB40 x vb pic.twitter.com/6lSsecnsAE— Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) 29 Avril 2015According to British media, the tweet seems to confirm rumors that the couple is planning a star-studded birthday party in Marrakech to celebrate his 40th birthday.According to the same source, the British star will be accompanied by his family members, as well as his close friends.American actor, Tom Cruise, and Gordan Ramsey are believed to be among his guests.Beckham, who will turn 40 on May 2, is expected to hold his bash at the Amanjena resort in Marrakech, where he and wife victoria renewed their wedding vows in 2008.
SAN ANTONIO — The Federal Aviation Administration says it’s investigating a decision to exclude Chick-fil-A from an airport concession contract in San Antonio over opposition to the fast-food chain owners’ record on LGBT issues.The San Antonio Express-News reports the FAA told San Antonio officials Friday it’s investigating complaints the city-owned airport discriminated “against a private company due to the expression of the owner’s religious beliefs.”City Attorney Andy Segovia said his office is reviewing the FAA’s notice.The Atlanta-based restaurant chain has faced opposition elsewhere over donating millions over the years to groups that oppose same-sex marriage.Texas lawmakers this month approved a bill that would prohibit cities from taking “adverse action” against an individual based on contributions to religious organizations.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signalled he will sign the legislation.___Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.comThe Associated Press
Mr. Surui was one of five people honoured with the Forest Hero Award from the United Nations Forum on Forests, which is currently meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. The award recognizes “unsung heroes” from around the world who are working to sustain, protect and manage forests. “He has brought his tribe back from the brink of extinction through ingenious and courageous environmental and political activism,” Daniel Shaw of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and a juror for the Forest Hero Awards, said of Mr. Surui. By the time Mr. Surui was born in 1974 and his people had some “contact with white people,” his tribe already faced problems with economic exploitation and disease. “My people were reduced from 5,000 people to 295 persons,” he stated. The impact of development on the Surui population is manifold and includes environmental, cultural and economic aspects, he noted. “Every time there is development growth, there is also population growth and this population growth is made up of non-indigenous people and this impacts our own people.” “Today, for us, it is a real challenge to protect our forests,” he acknowledged, noting that large development projects in the region also bring with them negative social and environmental consequences. “Nowadays, forests in the Amazon are located inside indigenous lands. In territories that do not belong to indigenous groups, the forests do no exist anymore,” said Mr. Surui. “This is the reason why it is so difficult for us to keep the forests and that’s why we are looking for and struggling for a national policy whereby we have the support of the population in terms of utilizing everything sustainably that the forest gives to us.” After being elected chief of his tribe at the age of 17, Mr. Surui successfully lobbied the state government to build schools, wells and medical clinics for the Surui and other tribes in the rainforest. He spearheaded the creation of a 50-year plan, which encompasses large-scale conservation efforts, reforestation projects and activities that offer economic alternatives to exploiting the forest. Chief Almir Narayamoga Surui has been working for more than 20 years to save his tribe, the Paiter-Surui, and the Amazon rainforest. UN Photo/Metehan Kurt “There is tendency in my country to equate development with cutting down trees. This is what we try to combat. We can have development without cutting down the trees,” said Mr. Surui. During the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, indigenous peoples’ rights to forests was clearly recognized as a crucial component to preserve the environment and solve the global environmental crisis. However, according to the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs, the process in this regard has been slow, and indigenous peoples continue to lobby governments for the full legal recognition of their traditional land rights. In fact, in many countries, indigenous peoples lack any legal title to their land, and in other instances, even if they count on a title, governments can revoke it at any time. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides a framework for indigenous peoples’ rights to forests and recognizes the right to make decisions and to be involved in the decision making process. Indigenous peoples have a right to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent on activities that may affect their lands, territories and livelihoods. The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, has warned that the extraction of natural resources and other major development projects in or near the territories of indigenous peoples is one of the most significant sources of abuse of their human rights worldwide. “In its prevailing form, the model for advancing with natural resource extraction within the territories of indigenous peoples appears to run counter to the self-determination of indigenous peoples in the political, social and economic spheres,” he told a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, in one of his reports. The efforts of his tribe to protect the forests have not been without costs, Mr. Surui said. Last year, the lives of 12 Surui leaders were threatened. Today, there are seven leaders who are the subject to threats and are under the protection of the police and representatives of the Government’s human rights office. He said the basic struggle is how to recognize the value of forests and how forests contribute to the continuity of human life. “My people, the Surui, have a very close relationship with the forest. We are born in the forest; the forest is everything to us. The forest teaches us things, gives us our food and medicines. It supplies materials for our spiritual life. All of these things, the forest offers to us, it is part of our lives,” he said. Among his many achievements, Mr. Surui convinced the World Bank to re-structure a regional development programme to better benefit local indigenous groups. He is hoping to generate income for the Paiter-Surui by selling forest carbon credits. To achieve this goal, he convinced technology giant Google to help the tribe use digital technology to monitor and map the forest. With Google Earth technology, the Paiter-Surui tribe is now able to monitor its forests and report on illegal logging activity on the edges of its territory. “It’s a real challenge for us to keep our forest as it once was,” said Mr. Surui. “I’m not saying that the forests should remain untouched. What I am saying is that forests must be respected, admired and used in a way that enables us to be able to continue having a relationship with them.”
OSU then-junior forward Nick Schilkey (7) during a game against Michigan on May. 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Lantern File PhotoFollowing a series split in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in which No. 12 Ohio State (13-7-6, 4-5-1-1 Big Ten) dug itself into a hole against the Wolverines on both nights, the Buckeyes now find themselves on the outside looking in at an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament with 10 games to go.In the pairwise rankings that determines who receives an at-large after the six automatic bids punch their tickets by winning their respective conference tournaments – OSU has slipped to 20th and they have their work cut out for them if they want to get back into the top 16, preferably higher.In his latest college hockey bracketology, NCAA.com’s Chris Peters has the Buckeyes outside the top 16.OSU was sitting in the No. 8 spot in the January bracketology.Down, but far from out of the race, here’s 10 thoughts on the Scarlet and Gray as they head into the home stretch of their season:The Gophers want revenge, and they’re sending a messageOSU’s opponent this weekend, No. 5 Minnesota, is on a three-game winning streak and are 10-2 since the Buckeyes beat them 8-3 at Mariucci Arena on Dec. 3. Their losses were no flukes either, a one goal loss to No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth and an overtime loss to No. 17 Wisconsin. They have the fourth-best offense in the nation averaging just shy of four goals per game, putting it on display at home last weekend in their sweep over No. 10 Penn State, racking up 10 goals in two games. “They have a lethal offense year in and year out,” OSU assistant coach Mark Strobel said. “They’re very good on the power play, they can get shorthanded goals. They’re built that way.”Buckeye bulletsNot to be outdone, the Buckeyes have the second-best offense in the country, averaging just over four goals per game and they have the best power play in college hockey, clicking at an incredible 28.8 percent. OSU senior captain Nick Schilkey is tied for third in the NCAA with 11 power play goals this season. Buckeyes go as Schilkey goesWow, did the Buckeyes ever enjoy having Schilkey back in the lineup last weekend after missing four games with a lower body injury. He provided six points on three goals and three assists in the two games against Michigan and is currently third in the nation in scoring with 20 lamp-lighters this season. “He does everything for us,” Strobel said. “Not only is he a great hockey player, he’s a great leader, he’s a great human being. He does everything right. When you place a guy like Nick Schilkey in your locker room, you’re going to have success.”Bumps and bruises and sickness…. Oh myHaving Schilkey, senior Drew Brevig and junior Matthew Weis out with injuries, along with the illnesses of sophomore Dakota Joshua and freshman Tanner Laczynski has had a huge impact in the Buckeyes’ struggles at times in the second half. All are back with the exception of Brevig, who is expected back by the end of the season. Freshman Ronnie Hein has been ruled out this weekend and redshirt junior Matt Joyaux is coming off of a lower body injury as well. Congratulations, you played yourselfOSU can’t afford to dig themselves out of the holes they were in this past weekend against Michigan. They were down 5-1 on Friday night before losing 5-4, and were down 5-3 on Saturday before Schilkey’s game-winner with 30 seconds left to give OSU a 6-5 win. “That’s been a big emphasis for us,” sophomore forward Mason Jobst said. “We’ve been coming out flat in the first period and teams have really taken advantage of us. We’ve got to change it. We can’t afford to keep digging big holes.”Jobst on a missionJobst has been anything but flat this season. The star sophomore is leading the Buckeyes in points with 37 (12 goals, 25 assists), which puts him atop the Big Ten and tied for ninth in the country. His point streak extended to 12 with two goals and two assists in the 6-5 win over Michigan last Saturday. That State Up NorthOf the Buckeyes’ 10 remaining games, six are against Michigan and Michigan State, who have a combined record of 14-30-4 and six of those 10 games are at home, where OSU is 4-4-2 this season. They’ve got above .500 problems, but below .500 ain’t oneOSU is 9-2-3 against teams .500 or worse this year, but they are 4-5-3 against teams .500 or better and they can’t afford to drop many games against either Minnesota or Wisconsin, who make up their remaining four games outside of Michigan and Michigan State.Score first, get a winGetting on the board first has been a huge factor for the Scarlet and Gray this year, as they are 13-2-2 when scoring first. In six of the last seven games, their opponents have hit the back of the net first and OSU is 2-3-2 in its last seven.The Good, The Bad, and Arizona State?As with most seasons, there has been extremely good hockey OSU has showcased with the win at now-No. 2 Denver, beating Minnesota in its own barn and a 2-1-1 record against Penn State. However, there has been the bad with the tie and loss to Miami and the split with Michigan, as well as the head scratching shown with their tie to second-year program Arizona State at home. The cliché is true with OSU in that they can beat anyone, yet still lose to anyone, and they will need a heck of a run in the next month and maybe some outside help if they don’t want to worry about winning the Big Ten tournament.
Ohio State’s women’s soccer team celebrates its outright Big Ten title after a 2-1 win against Indiana Oct. 25. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Lantern TV Station DirectorA second-round loss in the Big Ten tournament was not enough to prevent Ohio State women’s soccer team (15-4-1, 9-2 Big Ten) from being announced as a No. 4 seed and first-round host in the 2017 Women’s College Cup. The Buckeyes will host Vanderbilt (12-6-2, 6-3-1 SEC) at 6 p.m. Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Then-No. 5 seed Penn State, the team that upset the then-top-seeded Ohio State 1-0 in double overtime in the Big Ten tournament, went on to win the tournament. The Nittany Lions were named a No. 3 seed and host on their side of the bracket.The No. 4 seed in the bracket ensures Ohio State will host not only the first round matchup, but also the second round should the Buckeyes advance to face the winner of the Santa Clara-California matchup. The No. 1 seed in Ohio State’s bracket is No. 3 overall seed South Carolina.
Think of all the graphics card vendors out there and guess which one has the biggest market share. You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a prominent name like Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, or even EVGA. They all manufacture and sell a lot of graphics cards, and in fact Asus used to hold the most market share. But not anymore.The company with the largest share of the graphics card market today is a name you’ve probably never heard before: Palit Microsystems. Asus doesn’t even come in second to them as that place is taken by another relative unknown: PC Partner.How both those companies make it to the top of the pile comes down to the brands they control. For example, Palit owns a brand of the same name, but also controls Daytona, Gainward, Galaxy, Vivkoo, Yuan, and XpertVision. Together you can see how the sales of all those cards can add up to a market leading share. PC Partner ships AMD cards under the Sapphire name, but it also controls the Zotac brand.So the top five graphics card vendors today reads as follows:Palit MicrosystemsPC PartnerAsustek ComputerMicro-Star International (MSI)Gigabyte TechnologyThe reason Palit has risen to the top is not only due to their own brands. They also act as original design manufacturers for other companies, producing the cards for them. They therefore have capacity well beyond what their own brands require, which also seems wholly focused on Nvidia hardware at the moment.Regardless of who is on top, demand for discrete graphics cards is thought to be falling fast. The reason is a combination of declining PC sales combined with integrated graphics becoming more popular. Even so, the next time someone calls out a well known company as top vendor, you can put them right.
The Wii U isn’t having a great time on the market right now. Sales have dropped off to 160,000 per quarter, total units moved are some 6 million short of where the Wii was at the same point in its lifetime, and those who have purchased the console are still waiting for some of the more desirable games to launch.From the outside things don’t look great for Nintendo, and come this November — at the console’s first anniversary — the PS4 and Xbox One will arrive and potentially eat into Nintendo’s already struggling sales. But what if Nintendo hadn’t launched last November and instead spent this last year fine-tuning and promoting the Wii, while preparing to launch alongside Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen machines?It’s a situation worth looking at because it could have seen the Wii U become the best selling console this holiday season. Sure, this would have been a gamble, but , so was launching prematurely, with a slim game portfolio, setup problems, and missing features.So what would a November 2013 launch for the Wii U have looked like? By November, the Wii U will count the following titles as available to buy:Call of Duty: GhostsMonster Hunter 3 UltimateNew Super LuigiNew Super Mario Bros. UNintendo LandPikmin 3Sonic Lost WorldThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HDThe Wonderful 101Watch DogsZombiUThere are many more titles available, but those are the key ones Nintendo could have actually counted as launch games. And to follow up, post launch the company would have Super Mario 3D World to advertise for a December release, and Mario Kart 8 arriving early in 2014.Now add to that a $350 Deluxe Set console price point, which undercuts the PS4 by $50 and the Xbox One by $150, and that includes a tablet controller. Any way you look at it, that sounds like incredible value for money and would push the Wii U to the top of the pre-order pile for many gamers. That extra year wait would also mean Nintendo had more than enough consoles manufactured to meet demand.Why this comparison is valid is because one of the major downfalls of the Wii U this past year hasn’t been the hardware–it’s the software, or lack thereof. The Wii U still doesn’t have a number of games available that would help sell systems, with Mario and Zelda being clear examples of that. Offer gamers those as launch titles, along with a system priced below the competition, and you’d have a very different situation than the one Nintendo is experiencing today in my opinion.Of course, hindsight is a wonderful thing, and Nintendo chose to launch early in a bid to establish the Wii U before the real competition arrived. So far it hasn’t worked, and while a re-launch this November isn’t going to happen, maybe Nintendo has something planned to surprise us all and get Wii U units flying off store shelves.[image via vooks]
Last month Sony took the much-needed decision to cut the price of the PS Vita to $199 while promising to significantly reduce the price of the handheld’s memory cards. But that wasn’t the end of the PS Vita announcements as Sony has just revealed a brand new model, the PCH-2000.From October 10th a new thinner, lighter PS Vita will be available to buy that comes with a range of advantages over the existing model. It’s 20 percent thinner at just 15mm thick, and 15 percent lighter weighing in at 219 grams. The battery life has also been extended by one hour taking the time between charges to around 6 hours.There’s also good news for those who still think the memory card pricing is too high–you will no longer need one. Sony is including 1GB of memory as standard in the revised Vita, so save games and smaller download games can be played without a memory card inserted. At the same time, a 64GB memory card is being introduced for users who want to carry a lot of games around with them. It’s also thought that lower memory card pricing will happen alongside the launch.A thinner, lighter PS Vita is great news for gamers, but also a cost saver for Sony. However, there is one cost-saving change gamers may not appreciate. Although nothing is changing in terms of screen resolution, Sony has swapped out the 5-inch OLED panel for an LCD unit. We’ll have to wait and see how good that looks compared to the original unit.The new PS Vita arrives on October 10 in Japan, but other regions don’t have a release date at time of writing. It also looks like there will be six color options available from day one.
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 14th 2017, 7:31 AM Ratings agency Moody’s to pay €812 million fine in reparation for the mortgage crisis The US Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission has said that the credit crash “could not have happened without the rating agencies”. Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 7:31 AM 11,696 Views 22 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3186350 Share Tweet Email Source: Mark LennihanRATINGS AGENCY MOODY’S has agreed to pay nearly $864 million (€812 million) in a settlement with the US authorities over its inflated ratings of risky mortgage securities that contributed to prompting the 2008 global financial crisis, the US Justice Department says.The agreement was signed between Moody’s Investors Services, Moody’s Analytics and parent company Moody’s Corporation on one hand, and 21 states and the Justice Department on the other.The authorities accused the credit rating agency of overvaluing the ratings of securities backed by subprime mortgages or at-risk loans at the centre of the country’s worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.Standard and Poor’s, a competing agency, agreed to pay a $1.37 billion (€1.29 billion) fine in 2015 for deceiving investors about the quality of subprime mortgages.The agreement follows an investigation lasting several years.“Today’s settlement contains not only a significant penalty and factual admissions of its conduct, but also a commitment by Moody’s to new and continued compliance measures designed to ensure the integrity of credit ratings going forward,” Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Bill Baer said in a statement.The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission concluded in 2011 that “this crisis could not have happened without the rating agencies”, which allowed the ongoing trading of bad debt.Moody’s is the second-largest rating agency after Standard and Poor’s. Together with the third major agency, Fitch, the three ratings firms dominate the bond-rating market with a more than 96% share, compared to 98.8% in 2007 before the crisis, Bloomberg News reported.© – AFP, 2017Read: Armenia ‘faces shortage of women’ due to sex-selective abortionsRead: Woman found safe 18 years after she was abducted as a baby in Florida Short URL By AFP
Ultimately until Enda Kenny and other government politicians can admit to the deplorable legacy of the relationship between the Church and the political elite in Ireland, he will never fully deal with this. Source: Shutterstock/wavebreakmediaThe same can be said for children born in Mother and Baby Homes.Having interviewed people who were incarcerated in Magdalene Laundries, industrial schools and Mother and Baby Homes for numerous research projects, not only were these institutions intimately intertwined, but mothers who gave birth in these horrific places, (usually due to the fact they had no financial or familial support), had to give up their children unwillingly.Not only were their children taken away from them, they were sold off to be adopted in places like the US, and many of the women ended up in Magdalene Laundries after they spent 18 months or so looking after the baby they were not allowed to keep.Government must admit to legacy of Church-state relationshipEnda Kenny also said he wanted to be the Taoiseach to “once and for all deal with the sad legacies of the past”. With statements like the above, he is so far off from this.Ultimately until he and other government politicians can admit to the deplorable legacy of the relationship between the Church and the political elite in Ireland, he will never fully deal with this.What he didn’t say was that women were incarcerated in Magdalene Laundries or forced to give birth in Mother and Baby Homes because of the Catholic Church’s morals and values around sex and sexuality.What he didn’t say was that children were incarcerated in industrial and reformatory schools because this was the Catholic Church (and the state’s response) to child welfare in Ireland, and the terms for sentencing a child to one of these institutions were widened in order to provide a continuous flow of children (and funding) for these institutions.And this is the problem with inquiries conducted in a piecemeal fashion; they do not allow us to see the bigger picture.We need to keep exposing the Church and state’s role in this system of abuse because it is only by doing this will we see an end to Catholic control, in legislation that controls women’s bodies, and in the domains of education and welfare.Sinead Pembroke lives and works in Dublin as a researcher in TASC (Think-Tank for Action on Social Change).Opinion: ‘To say Britishness is authentic, while denying Irishness is quaffing one’s own Kool-Aid too deeply’>Castlepollard Mother and Baby Home survivor: ‘We’re not shocked by the news’> By Sinead Pembroke http://jrnl.ie/3278941 Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 9:30 AM ‘Enda, parents sent children to industrial schools because a court compelled them or they had no choice’ Enda Kenny has said he wants to deal with the dark legacies of our past but following his statements this week, he’s still way off the mark, writes Sinead Pembroke. 2,363 Views LAST TUESDAY IN Leader’s questions, Enda Kenny said, “no nuns broke into our homes to kidnap our children. We gave them up to what we convinced ourselves was the nuns’ care”.After numerous reports since the 90s, after the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, the McAleese Report, and the subsequent redress schemes, this is what the Taoiseach had to contribute around the deplorable events that are being uncovered.The Taoiseach and various other high profile government politicians have made similar remarks in relation to the financial crisis, and the subsequent recession in Ireland, that it was our fault that we partied too hard.Here, we have it all over again: it’s our fault that children were incarcerated in these institutions.Revisionism of our horrible historyNot only is this statement a complete revisionism of our very recent murky history of institutionalised welfare, but it completely lets the Catholic Church and the state off the hook.Actually, they, (along with the state), did kidnap our children. Parents did not send their children to industrial schools because they wanted to; parents sent them there either because a court compelled them to, or because they had no choice, (as the state’s policy was to give child payments to the Religious Orders rather than directly to the parents).I am the daughter of a survivor of a Christian Brother institution, and my grandmother certainly did not have my father sent to these institutions at will; in her case she was a widow who couldn’t afford to keep her children.The Laundries Share Tweet Email5 Mar 11th 2017, 9:30 AM Short URL Sinead Pembroke 187 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Researcher at TASC
Wolves players celebrate Smalling’s second half own goal. Image: Nick Potts Scott McTominay broke the deadlock on Tuesday with a fine low finish. Source: Rui VieiraUnited started rapidly and Jesse Lingard fired wide after just six seconds before Romelu Lukaku headed a brilliant Diogo Dalot cross straight at Rui Patricio.They did lead in the 13th minute, however. Fred fed McTominay and the Scotland midfielder steadied himself before arrowing a skimming 25-yarder across Patricio and into the bottom-left corner.It was Fred’s first Premier League assist but Wolves equalised when the Brazilian lost possession, Raul Jimenez splitting the United defence with a clever throughball for Jota to finish well.Leander Dendoncker fired over from six yards and Matt Doherty nodded Joao Moutinho’s free-kick wide but Lukaku went close to restoring United’s lead before half-time.Patricio’s excellent reflexes kept out McTominay’s header in the 55th minute after Paul Pogba flicked on Lukaku’s left-wing cross. Chris Smalling’s own goal was the deciding factor at Molineux. Source: Rui VieiraReferee Dean then reached his milestone by sending off Young, the United captain shown a second yellow card after catching Jota with a high challenge. ASHLEY YOUNG WAS sent off as Manchester United’s Champions League qualification hopes were dented by a 2-1 Premier League defeat at Wolves on Tuesday.United would have moved up to third in the table, ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham, with victory at Molineux but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side came from behind to win thanks to a Chris Smalling own goal.Scott McTominay’s first Manchester United goal put his side ahead but Diogo Jota, who scored as Wolves knocked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men out of the FA Cup last month, levelled.Young’s dismissal, the 100th of Mike Dean’s Premier League career, came for a foul on Jota and in the 77th minute Smalling bundled the ball into his own net to ensure United have now lost three of their last four matches in all competitions. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 9:42 PM And although Wolves had failed to record an effort on the United goal since the interval, Moutinho’s sensational cross caused chaos in David de Gea’s box and Smalling nudged the ball home, the United goalkeeper’s flimsy challenge not helping.De Gea prevented Smalling scoring a second own goal and Wolves almost extended their lead in added time, substitute Ivan Cavaleiro holding off Victor Lindelof but rattling the woodwork.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Wolves players celebrate Smalling’s second half own goal. 95 Comments Short URL Smalling own goal hands Wolves three points as Man United suffer third defeat in four games Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men fell to a 2-1 defeat at Molineux on Tuesday night. Image: Nick Potts Share20 Tweet Email https://the42.ie/4573825 Apr 2nd 2019, 9:42 PM By The42 Team Subscribe 35,018 Views
Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Stay on target Woody and the gang are back for Toy Story 4 and they’re welcoming a new friend: a cute spork named Forky.Toy Story 4, which is set to hit theaters on June 21, 2019, follows the adventures of the famous toys in Bonnie’s room. Toy Story 3, which concluded Andy’s presence in the Toy Story narrative, inspired a new beginning for director Josh Cooley. Now, the new flick will feature Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and other famous characters in a new setting, as they get to know Forky, a spork made by Bonnie who can’t escape his fate.Voiced by comedian Tony Hale, Forky is undergoing a conflict: he doesn’t quite feel like a toy or a useful spork. The plot says Bonnie, the child who owns all the toys, created Forky as an arts and craft project gone wrong. Now, Forky will have to adapt to the rest of the Toy Story squad and help them throughout their daring expeditions in the human world.“When we thought up this character, Tony was the first actor that came to mind and I’m thrilled he accepted,” Cooley said in a press release. “Tony’s performance as Forky is a comedy salad of confidence, confusion, and empathy… served by hilarious spork.”Will Forky and company survive their playroom status? You’ll have to watch Toy Story 4 to find out.More on Geek.com:‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer Is a Live-Action Pokemon Fever DreamMovieBob Reviews: ‘Overlord’‘Larva’ is the Creepiest Children’s Cartoon on Netflix
Facebook The following matches are set for next week’s WWE RAW from Miami, Florida.* Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre* Finn Balor vs. Constable CorbinAlso returning next week is Ronda Rousey and WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar.This is ALL going down NEXT WEEK on #RAW… pic.twitter.com/22WwX29qAu— WWE (@WWE) July 24, 2018Interviews following 7/23 RAWWWE posted the following interviews from after last night’s 7/23 episode of RAW. Google+ WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football WhatsApp Twitter Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest
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