National Geographic Society To Do Video Games

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#gaming#NYT#Product Reviews#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img sarah perez 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… The successful science and educational organization The National Geographic Society, best known for their long-running magazine, has just made an interesting announcement. Their next venture in their for-profit operations is video games. This month, National Geographic Games, a newly formed division within the company, will launch three gaming products to be soon followed by another in December and three (so far) are planned for next year. The games will be developed for major gaming consoles, handhelds, and mobile platforms, including, yes, the iPhone.There are few people out there who don’t have fond memories of flipping through the pages of a National Geographic magazine, admiring the award-winning photography that graced its pages as our eyes widened to the wonders of the world around us. Since its launch in the “ancient” times of 1888, the world has gotten a lot smaller, figuratively speaking. Television, air travel, and, of course, the internet, have allowed us to explore much more of the world than ever before. To some extent, the information age has impacted, if not the magazine’s sales themselves, the sense of wonder that was once to be had when perusing the magazine’s articles and images. To keep up with the changing times, the new National Geographic Games division (NGG), will attempt to connect with people once again on the platforms of our modern age, including the Wii, Playstation 3, Nintendo DS, PC and Mac, the PS3 Network, and the iPhone. There will also be free Flash games online at nationalgeographic.com/channel. As always, the company’s goal is to encourage people to explore their world, this time though, it’s through play. Lest you think these games will be wimpy attempts at educational experiences, it’s worth nothing that Chris Mate, a former executive at Take2 Interactive, the company behind “Grand Theft Auto,” will serve as VP and GM of the games venture. Hopefully, his history, which also includes Bethesda Softworks, will bring some spunk to the usually dry “learning is fun!” gaming experience. The first game to launch will be “Herod’s Lost Tomb,” an online game which blends in content from both the December 2008 issue of National Geographic magazine as well as the National Geographic Channel feature broadcast on the biblical figure King Herod, architect of the ancient world. last_img read more

PHP Power Button: VMware vCloud SDK

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Developers have access to a growing number of options for spinning up virtual machines. With each new software release from virtualization titans such as VMware there are also developer community efforts such as VI Java API with a wide base of contributors. Just as the contributors expand so do the options for developers familiar with other languages.Let’s take a look at how VMware is expanding options with a recent beta that targets the PHP developer community.Here Comes BetaThe VMware vCloud SDK for PHP Beta is an example of expansion in available language support for the PHP developer community. The appending of beta speaks to the path and desire for inclusion longer term. Indeed, sometimes the popularity within a developer community that includes paying customers can have an impact on a company roadmap. Perhaps this post regarding PHP and VMware reflects how continued pursuit of more options can benefit the PHP developer community.Hit the Power Button PHPleaseHere’s a simple example for powering on a virtual machine in just a few lines of code from one of the documents on the VMware developer community portal:Resources and RecoursesMore resources are available within the VMware community portal (free registration required). Once you are logged in you can review documents such as the vCloud SDK for PHP introduction and the programming guide will get you started quickly. For now, those appear to be the only formal resources RWH was able to find for this post.A quick search on “PHP” within the VMware community portal returns hundreds of discussions, documents, and blog posts. However, you’ll need to be mindful of the quality of those search hits. While “hundreds” of hits might seem like a lot or a little depending on your point of view, it’s important to understand that many of the resources mentioned are going to be comments that make reference to websites with a URL ending in .php or that contain references to index.php where RewriteRule was not enabled. Unfortunately, not all developer community portals have the sophistication of Google (yet) when it comes to searching on blobs of text and mixed file types for a generic term like “PHP”.In short, now is your chance to create meaningful and relevant paths within the community portal!Of course, there are other resources outside of the corporate portals to help you understand a specific product better. For example, if you are curious about what the object model for vCloud API would look like in a picture, head over to Steve Jin’s blog for the UML diagram. If you are currently working with VMware or within a VMware shop, do you expect to make use of the vCloud SDK using PHP? Are you a PHP developer that is active in the VMware community portal and if so does this latest beta excite you? What resources have you come across in your own searches?Let us know in the comments below! Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzescenter_img Tags:#hack#Tools jay cuthrell Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

You make more risky choices as the day wears on, chess study suggests

first_imgEarly birds and night owls have radically different daily habits. But a new study suggests they both share one trait: As the clock ticks, their decisions get dicey. Neuroscientists examined the quality of moves in more than 1 million games of chess in an online database. They charted the decisions of 99 prolific players by gauging the time they took for each move and its usefulness in leading to a victory—factors that impact games like high-speed tiebreakers in the World Chess Championships, which took place in New York City earlier this week. As expected, early risers played more games in the morning, whereas night owls were active at dusk and beyond. But both sets of players took longer for each move and made better game choices early in the day and soon after they woke up. Come evening, their game play quickened by 2.5%, while their moves grew less effective by the same margin on average. The study revealed a pervasive switch in decision strategy from safe play in the morning to riskier—faster and less successful—moves at sundown, the team will report next month in Cognition. The finding shows we may have greater control over our decisions earlier in the day and soon after we wake up, regardless of when we prefer to sleep. As we grow tired, our bodies’ need for sleep could dictate the quality of our choices—no matter how focused we think we might be.last_img read more

Klopp’s new, improved Liverpool can punish Pep

first_imgGFX Guardiola KloppPress fast forward and the Spaniard’s preparation for Manchester City hosting the Merseysiders in the early kick off on Saturday will be all the more complex. The opposition have further augmented their core strength since the last time the sides scrimmaged in March, and despite over £158 million being spent on solidifying the rearguard at the Etihad, City’s defence still screams vulnerable in a blockbuster meeting such as this.Having failed to win either of his first two Premier League tests against Liverpool – losing 1-0 at Anfield before a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture – Guardiola will discern that the difficulty level in countering their kaleidoscopic approach has only increased.Mohamed Salah LiverpoolThe Reds have included a rapid Mohamed Salah, who has recorded the most shots on target in the division this season, to their already potent frontline.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, perched at the top of the completed dribbles standings, has traded Arsenal for Anfield. One of the foremost strikers in the top-flight and City old-boy Daniel Sturridge has to be content with a place on the bench alongside Dominic Solanke, the standout star of the Under-20 World Cup.Liverpool are in a position where Philippe Coutinho – their “gold dust” and chief orchestrator of the team’s play – has to earn a starting spot again after maneuvering for a failed switch to Barcelona.Sadio Mane, the league’s joint-top scorer, and Roberto Firmino, who is second for combined goals and assists, have both made a quick dart to establish themselves as the premier players in England this season.Liverpool celebrate vs WatfordIt is not just Liverpool’s predominantly attack-minded talent that will concern Guardiola. Emre Can is in a sweet spell of form as Juventus continue to understandably circle around him, while Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson have got into their stride after slow starts.One of the points the City boss picked up on when detailing Liverpool’s offensive might was that “they attack wide sometimes, but they especially like to attack from inside, through the middle.”Klopp’s men are no longer as reliant on their creation in central areas given the presence of Mane and Salah on the flanks as well as the forward-thinking of full-backs Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alberto Moreno.Joe Gomez, more defensively inclined, also showed his willingness to advance Liverpool’s attacking onus against Arsenal with a superb cross from the right for Firmino to head in.HD Sadio ManeSeveral of the club’s goals in all competitions this term have actually been engineered from wider spots: Mane’s opener against Watford came via the left after fine interplay with Moreno and Can, James Milner’s deflected effort at Hoffenheim also arrived from that side – to name just two that fit with the effort highlighted above against the Gunners.Liverpool have scored on the counter, they’ve used overlapping runs to great effect, the centre-backs have gone for the long pass over the top to feed the speed of Mane and Salah, they’ve profited at the far post, they’ve chipped, they’ve cut in…Klopp, who has never suffered defeat in the league against City, has fortified his full-throttle blueprint with greater variation, swiftness and fluidity.Of course, Liverpool too will have to provide answers to the artillery of their hosts and guard against their own shortcomings at the back.HD Jurgen Klopp mainBut these match-ups tend to show “the club’s best face” to steal Klopp parlance, and under him, the Reds have lost just one of their 22 league matches against a team that finished in the top seven of the competition last season. In this sequence, they are unbeaten away from home.Guardiola knows what to do to combat this authoritative side of Liverpool. “You have to reach a certain level,” he explained. “They have a specific way to attack you and you have to be in control.”How to implement the above, however, is the conundrum that will prove taxing for City to solve. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web Liverpool Jurgen Klopp has new, improved attacking aces up his sleeve to punish Pep Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 16:30 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sadio Mane Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Guardiola Jürgen Klopp Manchester City v Liverpool Manchester City Opinion The Reds’ swiftness, variation and intelligence in attack will pose several hard-to-answer questions for the City boss at the Etihad this weekend Eight months ago at City Football Academy’s top table, Pep Guardiola floated between appreciation and apprehension as he analysed Liverpool’s cannonry ahead of their New Year’s Eve meeting at Anfield.“It is so aggressive,” he noted, before adding a sort of self warning that “in three or four seconds they are attacking. When you play a Jurgen Klopp team, the tactics are so important. Maybe he is the best manager in the world at creating teams who attack the back four with so many players, from almost anywhere on the pitch.”Sevilla 7/2 to beat Liverpool Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing last_img read more

Video: NC State Football Released The Worst Rendition Of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” In History

first_imgA solo shot of Taylor Swift.BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Taylor Swift attends the InStyle And Warner Bros. Golden Globes After Party 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)Pop superstar Taylor Swift is going to be in Raleigh Tuesday night for the next stop on her 1989 World Tour. Apparently, NC State’s football team would appreciate if she stopped by to say hello while she’s in town. Unfortunately, that means that they produced the world’s worst “Shake It Off” parody video (and that’s saying something).There isn’t much else we can say to prepare you for this, so, here:Hey @TaylorSwift13 we did THIS to get you to come see us when you’re in town tomorrow! https://t.co/mSO3LoTHbY pic.twitter.com/h2apnYX26p— NC State Football (@PackFootball) June 8, 2015We somehow doubt that it’s going to persuade her to join them in their weight room.last_img read more

Will somebody please give Norm Macdonald another TV show

first_imgAdvertisement “The only thing that would happen is I would destroy. Which leads to nothing.”It is a strange mix of confidence and fatalism.“I’m telling you, I know. As a matter of fact, if there was somebody writing a story about that night, I would not be mentioned.”I’d mention you, I tell him. This seems to have no effect.“I could do better than all of them. Which is possible. I’m not saying I’m better than them. I’m saying that on any night, I could do material that’s super strong and I’d probably be better than Rock’s material for the Oscars. But it leads to nothing.”Over the next four hours, Macdonald barely budges from his seat in the two-bedroom condo he recently bought in a planned community not far from the airport. But he does talk – about his first book, a kind of memoir that is overdue and torturing him, his various TV ideas, his various TV failures, his dashed dream of hosting a late-night talk show, Rodney Dangerfield, gambling, religion, Russian literature, his son, why he was “Saturday Night Live’s” best “Weekend Update” anchor ever, why he’s a terrible actor, his obsessive tweeting and his belief that nothing is more important professionally than being the greatest stand-up comic of his time. Five more times, he will get up to grab another Klondike. And then, around 2:37 a.m., he’ll stand up, lift up his shirt to rub his stomach and say, “Maybe I shouldn’t have had all six of those.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Norm Macdonald has just unwrapped his first Klondike bar when he mentions the Chris Rock show. Turns out he has a chance to appear at a surprise gig at the nearby Comedy Store that also includes Louis C.K. and Dave Chappelle.Wouldn’t performing in L.A. with the hottest comedians on Earth two nights before Rock’s much-anticipated #OscarsSoWhite hosting spot be good for his career?Macdonald, 56, shakes his head. His mouth is full of chocolate crust and ice cream, and he chews as he talks. He’s in his favorite chair, sneakers kicked off, ESPN on with the sound down. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

THE TOP 10 TORONTO THEATRE PRODUCTIONS OF 2018

first_img1. EVERY BRILLIANT THINGCanadian Stage, November 27 to December 16Duncan Macmillan’s interactive play about depression, suicide and trying to identify the things that make life worth living was itself – especially in Brendan Healy’s immersive production and Kristen Thomson’s warm, generous performance – an affirmation of the power and immediacy of live theatre. Evan Buliung and Hannah Levinson soared in Fun Home. (Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)3. FUN HOME Graham Abbey (left), André Sills, Tom McCamus and Farhang Ghajar were part of Coriolanus’s coup at Stratford. (Photo by David Hou) Twitter 2. CORIOLANUS Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Musical Stage Co./Mirvish, April 13 to May 20A middle-aged cartoonist (Laura Condlln) tries to understand why her father (Evan Buliung) killed himself and so revisits her past, including her younger selves (Sara Farb, Hannah Levinson), shedding light on years of secrets. This stunning adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir proved that musicals can be as rich and complex as the most profound dramas. Sure, there was lots of behind-the-scenes drama this year at Soulpepper, Buddies and Luminato. But none of that upstaged the powerful work at the theatres themselves. Hopefully, the discussions and changes from this eventful year will make the scene even more exciting in 2019. Stratford Festival, June 9 to November 3Robert Lepage used brilliant film and stage techniques to bring clarity and a brisk urgency to Shakespeare’s late Roman tragedy. The dazzling production provided a marvellous backdrop for fully-realized performances by André Sills, Graham Abbey, Lucy Peacock and others who, guided by Lepage, made us feel like we were watching an essential play in the Bard’s canon. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Trudeau raises concerns angers Duterte over bloody Filipino drug war

first_imgMANILA, Philippines – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau directly raised human-rights concerns with Rodrigo Duterte — including extrajudicial killings carried out by security forces in his country — in a confrontation Tuesday that the Philippine president later derided as a “personal and official insult.”Speaking to reporters in Manila after a summit of Southeast Asian countries, Trudeau said he told Duterte about the need for the rule of law in the Philippines, and also made a friendly offer of support to help the Philippines move forward.Trudeau said Duterte — whose violent crackdown on drug dealers and drug users by his government’s forces have left thousands dead — was receptive to the comments during what the Canadian prime minister called a very cordial and positive exchange.Duterte, however, seemed to remember it differently.“I said, ‘I will not explain. It is a personal and official insult,’” he told a news conference later Tuesday of his discussion with Trudeau. “‘It angers me when you are a foreigner, you do not know what exactly is happening in this country. You don’t even investigate.’”Duterte is highly sensitive to such criticism, and in the past called then U.S. President Barack Obama a “son of a bitch” after the State Department publicly expressed concern over the Philippine anti-drug campaign.President Donald Trump, who also attended this week’s ASEAN summit, did not publicly take Duterte to task for the drug crackdown. Instead, Trump said he and Duterte “had a great relationship,” and avoided questions about whether he raised human rights concerns in a meeting with the Philippine leader.The prime minister’s brief meeting with Duterte took place before Trudeau delivered a speech to members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in a bid for Canada to eventually join its exclusive, influential circles that focus on security in the Asia-Pacific.For several years, Canada has been working to forge closer ties with ASEAN, including its East Asia Summit security grouping that includes leaders of the U.S., China and Russia.The Canadian government asked the Philippines for an invitation to ASEAN and a working luncheon before this year’s East Asia Summit. It’s unclear how long it will take Canada to obtain a more-permanent status within ASEAN.Even though Duterte helped Canada get a seat at a table, Trudeau said he still brought up concerns with the Philippine president.“As I mentioned to President Duterte, we’re concerned with human rights, with the extrajudicial killings,” Trudeau told the news conference that closed his eight-day trip to the Philippines and Vietnam.“Countries around the world know that when you engage with Canada you will hear about human-rights concerns and we are the first to mention that we are not perfect, either.”Trudeau said Indigenous Peoples in Canada have suffered “neglect, marginalization and mistreatment” for centuries.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

SoftBank mobile unit to go for IPO raising some 20 billion

first_imgTOKYO — Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp. will carry out an initial public offering of its Japanese mobile subsidiary, set for Dec. 19, in what will likely be one of the world’s biggest IPOs.The Tokyo Stock Exchange approved the listing of 1.6 billion shares of SoftBank Corp. Monday, at 1,500 yen ($13) a share, raising potentially more than 2 trillion yen ($20 billion).Founded in 1986, initially running software, broadband and fixed-line telecommunications businesses, the company has expanded to become one of Japan’s top mobile service providers. It was the first carrier to offer the Apple iPhone in Japan.The parent is investing in a range of companies globally, including U.S. wireless company Sprint, British IoT company ARM, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and U.S. ride-sharing service Uber.Recently, SoftBank Group Chief Executive Masayoshi Son was in the spotlight for his relations with the Saudi prince after the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Son has said denounced the killing. He said earlier this month that he went to Saudi Arabia to relay his concerns to the prince.Son has been partnering with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and about half of his $100 billion Vision Fund, established in 2016, comes from the kingdom. The fund has been investing in various companies, solar projects and artificial intelligence.Khashoggi, a 59-year-old columnist for The Washington Post, was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2, although details are still unclear.SoftBank is eager to gain cash to fuel its investments, which include financial-technology, ride-booking services, as well as office space sharing WeWork and the Pepper companion robot.Even after the listing, the parent owns 63 per cent of Softbank Group.SoftBank’s IPO, which may be expanded to include more shares to as many as 1.7 billion shares, could be the biggest ever. Alibaba’s $25 billion initial public stock offering on Wall Street in 2014 was the biggest by a Chinese company. Facebook raised $16 billion in 2012.___Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaOn Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yurikageyama/?hl=enYuri Kageyama, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Egypts Brotherhood a dramatic rise and fall

first_imgCAIRO – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood faces its toughest trial in decades after being declared a “terrorist” group following a spectacular fall from power, with its leaders imprisoned or on the run.The 85-year-old Islamist movement, which was the most well-organised opposition group during decades of dictatorship despite being banned, stepped out of the shadows after the 2011 uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year-rule.It won a string of polls culminating in last year’s presidential election, when its candidate Mohamed Morsi became Egypt’s first freely elected leader. Morsi’s rule saw the movement grow increasingly unpopular, however, as critics charged him with mismanaging the economy and betraying the democratic hopes of the 2011 “revolution” by allegedly consolidating power in the hands of the Brotherhood.On July 3, the military toppled and detained Morsi following mass protests demanding his resignation.Since then police, who have always viewed the Islamists as a threat, have been settling scores in a crackdown that has killed more than 1,000 people, mostly Islamists, and imprisoned thousands, including Morsi and the Brotherhood’s top leadership.The military-installed government signalled a widening of the crackdown Wednesday when it declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organisation and blamed it for a suicide bombing at a police compound already claimed by a Sinai-based jihadist group.The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 by schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna as a grass-roots movement opposed to colonialism and Zionism and committed to bringing an increasingly secular Egypt back to Islam.In the group’s earlier days it was more radical, and in the 1940s was implicated in a string of assassinations, including the 1948 killing of Prime Minister Mahmud Fahmi al-Noqrashi following a crackdown on the group.Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser brutally repressed the Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s, leading to the emergence of more radical Islamist groups now seen as precursors to Al-Qaeda.But the Brotherhood itself officially renounced violence decades ago and embraced social outreach and grass-roots political activism, eventually taking part in the deeply flawed elections held under Mubarak despite being officially banned since the 1950s.The Brotherhood amassed a following of hundreds of thousands, including non-Islamists who came to rely on its social programmes as public services worsened under an increasingly corrupt and unpopular state.The Brotherhood’s embrace of electoral politics distanced the group from Al-Qaeda and other radical Islamists, who view the ballot as un-Islamic, but the Brotherhood’s leaders may rethink their approach following the abrupt termination of Morsi’s presidency.Its leaders and cadres are no strangers to prison, having been persecuted under three presidents, but the latest crackdown is already the worst in a half-century, and looks set to widen further.last_img read more