PC moves application to surrender to ED

first_imgNew Delhi: As a Delhi court on Thursday sent former Finance Minister P Chidambaram to judicial custody in Tihar Jail here, his lawyers moved an application surrender to the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the INX Media money-laundering case.Taking note of the application, Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar has issued a notice to the ED, asking the central agency to file a reply before the court on Thursday (September 12). The application was moved by Chidambaram’s lawyers as soon as the court pronounced its order on his judicial custody. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Even during the remand proceeding, which primarily dealt with CBI’s application to send Chidambaram to judicial custody, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, arguing for the Congress veteran said that his client was willing to surrender to the ED. Sibal made this point while opposing Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta’s argument for Chidambaram’s judicial custody. Sibal questioned as to why judicial custody was projected as the only logical consequence after the end of police custody. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe senior advocate said, “Why judicial custody? Either the ED takes me (Chidambaram) into custody or I should be released.” The point arose specifically when the deliberations were surrounding as to whether an accused should be sent to judicial custody simply because their legal police custody is over. While Mehta said that given the nature of the offence and the character of the accused, judicial custody is the only legal consequence after the end of CBI custody; Sibal argued that adequate justification must be provided to the court for it to consider the plea. Several ED officials were also present in court during the proceedings, with some of them saying that they were there just to observe what was happening. The application to surrender to the ED came after earlier in the day, the Supreme Court of India had rejected Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail plea in ED’s money-laundering probe related to the INX Media case, thus removing his arrest-shield.last_img read more

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Mysterious group behind mass text message seeking views on carbon tax

first_imgOTTAWA — Many Ontarians received an automated text message over the weekend, asking if they agree that the carbon tax must be scrapped.Who’s behind the campaign and what they plan to do with the responses is a mystery, and could remain so.The message purports to be from “Sue” from a heretofore unknown group called Ontario Strong.A group by that name does have a website but it appears to be a work-in-progress that imparts little information, other than a brief mission statement that exhorts people to “stand up for Ontario and be proud of the place we call home.”The text message appears to be an attempt to identify voters who are opposed to the carbon tax imposed by the federal Liberals, presumably so they can be targeted during the election campaign this fall.No laws regulate this kind of political advocacy; only after June 30 will anyone spending more than $500 have to register with Elections Canada as a third party, adhering to spending limits and disclosing who they are and, eventually, where their money came from.In the meantime, some Ontarians who received the mass text message are venting annoyance on social media.Among those who received the message is Liberal MP Pam Damoff, who represents the riding of Oakville North-Burlington.“How did you get my number, Sue? And who the heck is Ontario Strong? Is that code for #CPC (Conservative Party of Canada)?” Damoff tweeted Sunday.Conservative party spokesman Cory Hann said neither he nor others at party headquarters had ever heard of Ontario Strong before. And he said the party has “no affiliation at all with them.”Jeff Ballingall, who founded Canada Proud to promote conservatism and take down Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said he’d never heard of the new group either. Ballingall was also behind Ontario Proud, a third-party group that pioneered the mass text messaging tactic during last year’s provincial election.But unlike Ontario Strong, he noted that Canada Proud and Ontario Proud have always been upfront about who’s involved and their objectives.“We’re always transparent in who we are. Whether it’s Engage Canada or others, I think people should be more upfront about who’s behind these groups and what their intentions are,” Ballingall said.Engage Canada has been running ads skewering Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer as a weak “yes man” to Ontario Premier Doug Ford. The group’s directors include former Liberal and New Democrat strategists, supported by labour unions, professional associations and individuals. Engage ran its anti-Scheer ads during the final games of the recent NBA playoffs between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors.Those were countered by another group, called Shaping Canada’s Future, which ran its own ads deriding Trudeau. That group (like Canada Proud) has a public listing as a non-profit corporation, with an address and at least one named director; it appears to be headed by a key figure in Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s 2017 leadership campaign.If Engage and Shaping Canada’s Future cease political activity by June 30, they will never have to reveal precisely who is behind them, how much they spent or where they got their money.The mass text message from Ontario Strong read: “Hi, this is Sue from Ontario Strong. Do you agree that we must scrap the Carbon Tax? Respond: Yes  No.” The phone number associated with the message is a land line in Belleville, Ont., according to a Canada411 search.According to social-media posts, the same group also conducted a recent robocall campaign, asking people in an automated phone message if they support a pipeline across Ontario to Quebec. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission requires third-party political robocallers to register but that applies only during the official election campaign, which won’t kick off until September.The phone numbers from which the text messages and robocalls emanated are answered by Ontario Strong voice mail.In its mission statement, Ontario Strong promises to “speak up on the issues that matter to Ontarians” and to “always stand for the values that created Ontario,” which it describes as “an example of a prosperous, peaceful, diverse and orderly society for the rest of the world to emulate.”There is nothing on the site to identify the individuals behind it. Inquiries sent through the site’s “contact us” email are answered with the message: “Thank you for your feedback.”Joan Bryden , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Mattel Hasbro results show diverging postToys R Us paths

NEW YORK — Quarterly reports from Mattel and Hasbro show that while the demise of Toys R Us has shaken up the industry, the two dominant toymakers’ paths are diverging less than a year later.Late Thursday, Mattel posted better-than-expected earnings per share and revenue for the key holiday quarter, sending its shares up sharply. The maker of Barbies and Hot Wheels named a new CEO last April and has launched a restructuring that is starting to take hold, analysts said.For the three months ended in December, Mattel swung to a profit of $14.9 million, or 4 cents per share, after posting a loss a year earlier. Revenue of $1.52 billion was down 5 per cent year over year, but topped estimates. The loss of Toys R Us — which liquidated its stores in the spring — lead to an 8 per cent drop in sales, while a slowdown in China contributed to a 2 per cent headwind.Still, El Segundo, California-based Mattel Inc. reported that it achieved $521 million in savings during the fourth quarter and expects to exceed its savings target of at least $650 million this year. Under its restructuring program it’s cutting 2,200 jobs worldwide, mainly office workers.“While it’s still early days of the turnaround and there are areas to improve (Fisher Price, American Girl, etc.), we’re encouraged by the early signs of progress and think delivering above-plan cost savings should help as we enter 2019,” Citi analyst Gregory Badishkanian wrote in a note to investors.Its stock rallied 21 per cent in afternoon trading Friday, to $15. That puts it up 50 per cent in the year to date.While Hasbro Inc. also returned to a profit in the fourth quarter, the Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based maker of Nerf and Power Rangers again missed Wall Street expectations for both sales and net income, following a shortfall in the third quarter.The company earned $8.8 million, or 7 cents per share, for the period ended Dec. 30. A year earlier it lost $5.3 million, or 4 cents per share. Stripping out one-time gains and costs, earnings were $1.33 per share. That’s sharply below the $1.68 per share that analysts polled by Zacks Investment Research expected.Revenue dropped 13 per cent to $1.39 billion, short of the $1.52 billion Wall Street predicted.Chairman and CEO Brian Goldner said in a statement that Hasbro wasn’t able to recapture as much of the Toys R Us business during the holidays as it expected. The company was also contending with changing consumer behaviours in Europe — sales there declined 22 per cent — and reduced retail inventory, he added.Its shares slid 4.5 per cent to $86.22.Stifel analyst Drew E. Crum, who has a “Hold” rating on the stock, called the report “disappointing.”“While we continue to expect growth this year, we believe downward revisions to numbers are forthcoming,” he wrote in a note.The Associated Press read more

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The Latest VW says it has scale to make electrics succeed

FRANKFURT — The Latest on the Frankfurt auto show (all times local):11:50 a.m.Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess says his company’s massive scale will enable it to make profits on large numbers of affordable electric cars it aims to sell in the next several years.Electric competitor Tesla has not yet turned a profit while analysts say fellow German automaker BMW has lost money on its i3 electric.Diess told The Associated Press on Tuesday: “Our approach is different. We come with high volumes, we come with a dedicated platform that is only for electric cars, and we generate a lot of scale because we are investing at the same time in China, in Europe, and in the US.”Volkswagen is showing off the ID.3 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, a battery-powered compact with a base price under 30,000 euros ($33,000). Volkswagen aims to have 40% of its sales as electrics by 2030 even though such cars are currently less than 2% of the market in Europe.___7:01 a.m.The headwinds buffeting the auto industry are making themselves felt at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with companies confronting a slowdown in sales due to global trade uncertainty and pressure from governments to lower emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases.Signs of the times at this year’s show include a slew of new, market-ready electric cars led by Volkswagen’s ID.3 compact that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There will also be protests from cyclists, environmentalists and industry critics who want a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly transportation policy, and efforts by the auto executives to engage those critics in discussion.The Associated Press read more

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BC to move resource permit applications online

B.C. to move resource permit applications online VANCOUVER – B.C. is moving applications for natural resource permits online as the premier attempts to bolster her economic credentials ahead of this May’s provincial election.Premier Christy Clark announced several measures aimed at the province’s minerals sector at a mining conference in Vancouver.The province will move applications for natural resource projects online beginning next month, which Clark says will make the system faster and more responsive.Clark also announced $7 million to speed up the permitting process for water, land and mining exploration projects.She says the province wants to ensure resource development proceeds in an environmentally friendly way, but she also wants businesses behind proposals to have an answer — whether it’s yes or no — quickly.Clark used her speech to take veiled jabs at the Opposition New Democrats for what she often criticizes as a lack specific campaign promises. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 28, 2013 4:33 pm MDT read more

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Softball Ohio State attempts to keep winning streak alive against Iowa

Ohio State freshman outfielder Kaitlyn Coffman (55) dives to get the out against Indiana. Ohio State won 2-0. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternOhio State rides into the weekend on a wave of success, having won eight straight and boasting an overall record of 32-14 (15-5 Big Ten). Hot bats and consistent pitching have allowed the Buckeyes to outscore opponents 58-19 during the stretch. This includes a three-game sweep of Illinois, with freshman outfielder Kaitlyn Coffman hitting a run-rule securing two-run home run Friday and senior second baseman Emily Clark hitting a grand slam Saturday.The Buckeyes will travel to Des Moines, Iowa this weekend for a three-game set against the Hawkeyes (18-29, 4-16 Big Ten). They will hope to stay hot during their final series before the Big Ten tournament.Iowa has been limping to the finish line in 2019, coming into the matchup with four straight losses, having been outscored 27-3 by UNI and Minnesota.From March 23 to April 13, the Hawkeyes have lost 11 straight games.If Iowa does challenge the Buckeyes, it will likely come from the bat of junior first baseman DoniRae Mayhew. She leads the team with a .274 batting average, five home runs and a .460 slugging percentage. Only one other hitter slugs above .360, with a meager .305 team slugging percentage compared to Ohio State’s .488 percentage. Ohio State has seven hitters with a batting average higher than Mayhew’s .274 average, further proof of Ohio State’s hitting dominance on paper in the matchup.This includes senior shortstop Lilli Piper, whose .423 average ranks No. 3 in the Big Ten. She went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and seven runs scored in the series against Illinois.On the mound, the Hawkeyes’ ace is junior Allison Doocy, who posts a 2.44 ERA. She’s pitched 61 percent of the squad’s total innings this season.The Buckeyes counter with three pitchers underneath that ERA, primarily senior No. 1 starter Morgan Ray. Ray has held a 2.08 ERA through 158.1 innings on the year, winning 16 games and saving three more.Ohio State’s staff ERA of 2.19 stacks up favorably against Iowa’s 3.82.The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes clash first at 5:30 p.m. Friday, before day games at 1 p.m. and noon Saturday and Sunday, respectively. read more

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Greeces creditors green light payment of €800 million

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The final instalment pending from the second evaluation of Greece’s bailout program was approved last week, and now the country expects the disbursement of €800 million (AUD$1.2 billion).According to a note distributed to members of the EuroWorking Group, “the European institutions’ assessment of the progress of the Greek authorities in clearing net arrears (…) confirms that the data provided show that the clearance of net arrears complies with the ESM programme requirements, as a basis for the ESM BoD to release the remaining €0.8 billion of programme financing dedicated for arrears clearance that remains from the decision of 7 July 2017”.The €800 million sub-tranche was linked to the repayment of overdue debts of €1.2 billion. The creditors’ note stated that Greece exceeded the target, repaying €1.524 billion.last_img read more

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Le cyberbullying nouveau danger de lInternet selon la Cnil

first_imgLe cyberbullying, nouveau danger de l’Internet selon la CnilUn nouveau type de harcèlement est apparu sur le web. Il s’agit du “cyberbullying”, qui peut avoir des conséquences dramatiques, selon la Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés.La Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (Cnil) a tenu à mettre en garde les internautes. Le cyberbullying commence à se répandre. Il s’agit d’un type de harcèlement sur le web qui comprend insultes et humiliations, généralement de façon anonyme : “Le plus souvent, le harcèlement passe par la création d’un sujet de discussion, groupe ou page sur Facebook ou un autre réseau social, visant une personne. Sur cet espace dédié à un individu, des internautes vont venir insulter cette personne”, explique la Cnil. “Il se crée alors un véritable espace de défouloir”.Les conséquences peuvent être désastreuses. La victime peut perdre confiance en elle, l’estime de soi, se déssocialiser et même avoir des idées suicidaires. C’est la triste fin qu’a connue Phoebe Prince, 15 ans, Irlandaise venue s’installer avec sa famille aux Etats-Unis : “Ce phénomène touche les adolescents mais commence à concerner les adultes, notamment les professeurs. Le cyberbullying peut aussi apparaître dès l’école primaire”. Bien que juridiquement, il n’existe pas d’infraction pour ce type de harcèlement, une plainte pour harcèlement moral peut être déposée.Le 11 novembre 2010 à 10:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Que mangeront les humains sur la planète Mars

first_imgQue mangeront les humains sur la planète Mars ?Jusqu’à présent les astronautes devaient se contenter de nourriture lyophilisée lors de leurs voyages dans l’Espace.  Mais la récente découverte d’un large lac d’eau sur la Planète rouge pourrait davantage ouvrir la voie à d’autres options. Et si Mars devenait une nouvelle terre de cultures s’appuyant sur des méthodes d’exploitations novatrices, notamment la biologie de synthèse ? C’est ce que nous dévoilent les travaux d’études publiés, ce mois-ci dans la revue Genes. Faire pousser des plantes dans l’Espace n’est plus forcément une lubie et c’est même une nécessité qui pourrait voir le jour dans un futur très proche. La preuve avec les travaux de chercheurs australiens qui viennent d’être publiés dans la revue Genes. Une nourriture spatiale actuellement limitéeLes projets de voyages dans l’espace ne manquent pas et les volontaires non plus. Une adolescente de 17 ans envisage même d’être la première personne à aller sur Mars et un hôtel de luxe et design mis en orbite devrait bientôt ouvrir ses portes. Mais quid du menu une fois arrivé sur la Planète rouge, surtout lorsqu’on envisage d’y faire un séjour de plusieurs mois, voire de plusieurs années ?Jusqu’à présent des stocks de nourriture lyophilisée étaient prévus. Si elle présente l’avantage d’être peu volumineuse elle est néanmoins peu qualitative au niveau du goût et pauvre en éléments nutritifs essentiels. Les voyageurs de l’espace peuvent souffrir de carences, notamment en vitamine C et en vitamine D et pourraient alors développer des maladies graves De plus, le ravitaillement des stations spatiales est long et extrêmement couteux.  Raison de plus pour les humains qui envisagent de peupler Mars d’imaginer des moyens qui les rendraient moins dépendants des cargos d’approvisionnement venus de la Terre. Des serres dans l’espace Nourrir les voyageurs de l’espace, une obsession légitime donc qui a fait travailler l’imagination des scientifiques. Dès 2014, des spationautes avaient ému nos petits cœurs terrestres et terriens en annonçant avoir fait pousser des laitues à bord de la station spatiale internationale. Deux ans plus tard, c’est l’astronaute américaine Scott Kelly qui avait apporté un peu de poésie extra-terrestre en dévoilant la photo sur Twitter d’une fleur venant d’éclore à bord de l’ISS. Une prouesse réalisée malgré l’apesanteur spatiale et grâce à un système hydroponique appelé VEGGIE (The Vegetable Production System) développé par la NASA.On se souvient aussi de cet autre dispositif nettement moins ragoûtant qui avait été imaginé par des chercheurs de l’université américaine de Penn State avec l’appui de la NASA : produire une pâte comestible à base des excréments des astronautes ! Heureusement, les travaux menés par une équipe de scientifiques australiens proposent une solution un peu plus glamour ! Les astronautes recyclent déjà leur sueur dans l’ISS. Agriculture et biologie synthétique À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Comme le rappelle Briardo Llorente, qui travaille au département de recherches moléculaires de l’université Macquarie à Sidney, en Australie et l’un des principaux auteurs de l’étude Le futur multi-planétaire de la biologie synthétique des plantes, la biologie synthétique est un domaine de recherche en pleine expansion. « Elle combine à la fois les principes d’ingénierie, de la génétique et de la technologie afin de développer et d’améliorer les fonctions d’organismes vivants ». Grâce à ce système, il est désormais possible de créer du vivant. Grâce à cette biologie synthétique, il est donc possible de développer des cultures qui pourront résister aux conditions particulières de la planète Mars ; cette dernière ne bénéficie pas d’un sol aussi riche et humide que celui de la Terre. La photosynthèse et la photo-protection des plants développés pour une vie martienne seront également améliorées pour résister à la lumière solaire et aux UV. Et si la solution au problème alimentaire mondial se trouvait dans l’Espace ?Le 30 juillet 2018 à 15:58 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

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Take a Selfie With Pikachu in Snapchat Before Its Gone

first_img Snapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350Snapchat Launches New Original Programming, Multiplayer Games Stay on target Ever wanted to take a selfie with Pikachu? You can now with Snapchat’s latest lens, which features none other than Pikachu. Let’s be honest. You were going to take a selfie anyway, so why not do it with everyone’s favorite electric mouse?Hop onto Snapchat, turn the camera to selfie mode, and press down on the screen where your face is to start up the facial recognition magic. Then swipe through the various lenses until you see the popular yellow mouse. You’ll see his adorable yellow ears, and bright red cheeks appear on your face, just slightly distorting you just a bit as you snap a cute picture.If you open your mouth, Pikachu himself will show up while Pika-Pika-ing to beat the band and lightning will even come out of your mouth and photobomb you. The quality of the lens isn’t that fantastic, but it’s a nod to Pokemon that wasn’t exactly expected from Snapchat, to be sure. Maybe this means the rollout of additional Pocket Monsters sometime down the road, because that would be an excellent move.For now, however, make sure you open up Snapchat and soak up Pikachu before it goes away, much like the adorable hot dog disappeared for a short time and then came back again in full force. That thing is super weird. It made for some pretty funny hot dog jokes, but still pretty weird.Better show Snapchat how much you love Pokemon so that there might be more coming on down the line, unless you want to keep seeing the same bunny and dog spinoffs and weird “bright glasses/hats” combos there seems to be every single day. I’m getting pretty tired of those, to be honest. Does anyone actually think those are cool, or what? Pikachu all day.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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People on the Move 070308

first_imgZiff Davis Media—which recently was acquired by former Time Inc. news group digital president Vivek Shah and Great Hill Partners—has appointed a pair of senior vice presidents: Anurag Harsh, who has held business development leadership positions at CNN, CBS and IDG, was named SVP of business development; and Bennett Zucker, who most recently served as an independent consultant but has held management positions at a number of advertising technology companies, was named SVP and general manager of data solutions.Uptown Media Group named Henry Watkins publisher, overseeing sales and marketing functions across the Uptown Magazine brand. Watkins, who formerly served as vice president of sales and partner at Voyages N. America, replaces Jocelyn Taylor, the previous publisher.OK! magazine has added four new members to its sales team: Christine Kauffman was named executive director of beauty and fashion/retail, Matthew Bondlow was appointed executive director of consumer products, Maria Coyne was named Florida/Mexico sales representative and David Sauter was appointed Detroit sales representative. Bonnier Corp. group publishers Gregg Hano and Eric Zinczenko both added the title of vice president to their roles. Hano will oversee Popular Science, Science Illustrated, Sound + Vision, Popular Photography and American Photography. Zinczenko will manage Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Shot Business.Newsmax Media appointed Shellie Terry Benson deputy managing editor of Newsmax magazine. Most recently, Benson served as executive editor of Gulfshore Life, which was recently sold by CurtCo Publishing to its former owner, Dan Denton.Larry Platt reportedly is leaving Metrocorp as editorial director and longtime editor of Philadelphia magazine. Philadelphia’s executive editor/online editorial director Tom McGrath will serve as the magazine’s interim editor.The Hollywood Reporter expanded its sales team with two hires: TV Guide Magazine Western regional sales director Elisabeth Deutschman was named national sales director for TV and Victoria Gold, who most recently served as vice president of advertising sales at TheWrap.com, was appointed national sales director for Film.Time Inc. appointed Catherine Hong executive editor of InStyle, replacing Leonora Wiener, who recently left the company. Previously, Hong served as online director at W magazine.Penton Media named Andrew Schmolka senior vice present and general counsel. Most recently, Schmolka served as co-founder, COO and general counsel of financial research and analysis firm OCE Interactive.Reader’s Digest Media named Jacqueline Majers-Lachman vice president of marketing and brand development. Majers-Lachman, who served as director of creative services and marketing for Better Homes and Gardens from 2003 to 2006, most recently ran her own marketing, promotions and branding company.The New Republic appointed Rachel Morris to managing editor. Most recently, Morris served as articles editor at Mother Jones.Targeted Media Inc., a division of Time Inc., named Deborah Kurtz as an account manager, representing the New England region. Previously, Kurtz served as senior account manager.last_img read more

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Samsung upset with Apple iPhone Xs production cut leaves South Korean giant

first_imgA customer views the iPhone X upon its release in the U.K on November 3, 2017, in London, England.Carl Court/Getty ImagesSamsung is apparently not happy with Apple’s decision to cut production targets of iPhone X due to disappointing holiday season sales. A new report from Nikkei claims that Apple has left Samsung scrambling to find new customers for selling its OLED panels.To meet the demand for iPhone X, Samsung had ramped up production of OLED panels. But now, it is facing problems due to Apple’s decision to cut production.The report explains that Samsung was hoping that Apple’s orders for OLED panels will lead to other smartphone makers making the switch. But in reality, it never happened. The other manufacturers have decided to stick with old LCD panels due to the high cost of the OLED screens. A Samsung logo is displayed above a check-out counter at a Samsung showroom in Seoul on July 31, 2014.ED JONES/AFP/Getty ImagesSamsung is also facing tough competition from Chinese OLED panel makers as they are supplying products at a lower price and putting pressure on Samsung to cut down costs.Nikke says that Apple will cut down the production for iPhone X by 50 percent in the first three months of the year. This clearly indicates that the Korean tech giant will be left with a lot of OLED panels.Samsung’s OLED panels had a key role in increasing the price of the iPhone X. The OLED panels equipped with the Cupertino giant’s phone costs around $100. An iPhone X is displayed in the Apple store upon its release in the UK on November 3, 2017.  Carl Court/Getty ImagesLeading Chinese manufacturers like Oppo and Vivo only employ OLED display on 5-10 percent of their smartphones.What is making the matter worst for Samsung is that LG is getting the upper hand to supply its OLED screens for Apple’s upcoming 6.5-inch iPhone. Apple no longer wants to rely on a single company for the displays.last_img read more

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Nintendo should put Captain Toad Treasure Tracker on mobile but heres

first_imgAs a huge fan of the mini-games in Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U, one of the highlight of E3 for me this year was hearing that Captain Toad was going to get his own game. Nintendo responded to their users, who demanded more of this excellent mini-game, and the resulting title is exactly what those fans wanted. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is perfectly paced, vibrant, and filled with a ton of great new puzzles. My only frustration with this title is that I want to play it everywhere, not just my couch. This game begs to exist on my iPad, but the state of mobile gaming all but guarantees Nintendo will never let that happen.I am hopelessly addicted to good puzzle games. The games are perfect for either the few minutes when you have time to kill, or a lazy Saturday afternoon when you have all the time in the day. Puzzle games are perfect for mobile devices, and with the yearly release of powerful new iOS and Android hardware, it wouldn’t be difficult to get an experience like Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on a high-end tablet or smartphone. In fact, if you look at games like Monument Valley and Valiant Hearts: The Great War on mobile devices, you see that we pretty much already do.Art style aside, are these games really so different?Like almost all Wii U games, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker can be played entirely on the Wii U Gamepad. You can use the joysticks to move the 3D puzzle around, or if you have an aversion to buttons, the Gamepad’s accelerometer can be used to tilt your way through the experience — a feature we’ve had in mobile games for years. Toss the game’s single action button and movement joystick onto a touchscreen, and a tablet would be amazing for this game. There’s just one huge problem, and it’s something on which Nintendo will not compromise: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker does not cost $5.This is a review for a $4 game with $2 DLC.While the quality of gameplay on the iPad Air 2 or HTC Nexus 9 is a substantial jump from what was possible even just one year ago, the prices of games have remained the same. In fact, in many cases, those prices have come down in order to remain competitive. A perfect example in this situation is Monument Valley, a puzzle game that bears a striking similarity to Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker in terms of style and complexity, and it’s only $3.99. While the animation style and level count in Monument Valley are significantly less than Nintendo’s offering, the game is worth far more than $4. Despite this, a quick glance at both the iOS and Google Play store listings for the game reveals plenty of users who feel it’s overpriced. What chance does a $39.99 title — even with a name as big as Nintendo behind it — have in this environment?The bottom line is this: Nintendo needs to get involved in mobile platforms at some point. Whether they choose to just offer their classic titles or they get fully invested with a game like Captain Toad is entirely based on the buying habits of their users. Either way, it’s going to happen eventually. Nintendo could take the route that Ubisoft took with Valiant Hearts and make the mobile version of their game cost significantly less, but the overall message that sends is not a great one. This game is worth the higher price tag, and the same could be said of many new games being released for iOS and Android. There needs to be a line drawn that separates the cheap mobile game from the high-end game on a mobile platform, and until consumers accept that line and pay for higher quality titles at higher price points, it is highly unlikely we’ll see Nintendo play along.last_img read more

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The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Mewtwo

first_img ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero Mewtwo Strikes Back!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Mewtwo.AdChoices广告 Who Are They?Mewtwo is the final Pokemon in the original 150 Pokemon lineup. But confusingly it’s actually a clone of the legendary Mew, Pokemon 151. This powerful psychic fighter is basically a Pokemon Frankenstein, created by humans and tortured over its lack of purpose. Mewtwo’s drama is the reason why the first Pokemon movie is still the best Pokemon movie.Smash HistoryMewtwo was such a cool surprise as a secret character in Super Smash Bros. Melee. A threatening Pokemon with an entirely new set of moves! It skipped Brawl as some of its moves were given to Lucario, but Mewtwo returned in Smash Wii U/3DS as the first DLC fighter the series has ever had.What Looks New in Ultimate?Mewtwo’s unfortunate combination of awkward moves and slow big frame but light floaty weight made it a pretty bad character in Melee. However, it got a lot of buffs in Smash Wii U/3DS, making it a top-tier contender. And Mewtwo seems to retain those strengths in Smash Ultimate. If anything, Mewtwo is even better with more weight, speed, and range.Our Hopes?There are a lot of Pokemon in Smash Ultimate already, but Mewtwo is maybe the coolest. It’s a cool villain, which the game needs more of in general. We’re hoping that Mewtwo maintains its dominant psychic performance. It brings a whole new meaning to “mindgames.”Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Attention Apple Shoppers Youre Being Followed

first_img Behold our retail Christmas future? Perhaps.Apple officially activated iBeacon today, meaning customers in all 254 of its U.S. stores can be tracked – with their permission – and sent notifications as they shop.The iBeacon feature, which was designed for IOS 7, utilizes Bluetooth transmitters to provide accurate location data indoors. That means it can sense exactly where customers are in the store, right down to the very aisle.Users who download the Apple Store app and allow iBeacon to track them can now receive in-store notifications about upcoming deals, events and when their order is ready for pickup, according to the Associated Press, which got a glimpse of the technology this week. It can also alert users to their upgrade eligibility if they are near another iPhone or tablet.Related: Should You Be Worried About Apple Having Your Fingerprints?The company intends for the feature to make the Apple Store experience even more personalized. Apple says iBeacon gives apps “a whole new level of micro-location awareness, such as trail markers in a park, exhibits in a museum, or product displays in stores,” according to the Associated Press.About 20 iBeacon transmitters have been placed in Apple’s Fifth Avenue location in New York City, and the tech is already finding a home outside the walls of the Apple Store. Major League Baseball is planning to use iBeacon to enhance their At The Ballpark iOS 7 app, which will give MLB fans location-specific perks, like coupons, the Associated Press reported.With the accessibility of Apple’s micro-location technology, even more apps with these types of features are probably not far behind. But between iBeacon and Jeff Bezos’s announcement about Amazon Prime Air, this holiday season is starting to seem a little like something George Orwell or Aldous Huxley could have dreamt up. And that’s even before we get to NORAD’s annual tracking of Old St. Nick.Related: Get This: Drones That Attack and Take Over Other Drones Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Register Now »center_img December 6, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville by train

first_imgCambodian students will learn LGBTI ‘life skills’Discover gay life in Cambodia and Phnom Penh gay scene with local boy AaronWill Cambodia be the next Asian country to get same-sex marriage? SAWASDEE: The railway line from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville was reopened for passenger services in 2016 after 14 years of being…Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img

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