STOCKHOLM/LONDON: Tencent-backed strategy and simulation games publisher Paradox Interactive expects more acquisitions and mobile gaming to help it meet sky-high investor expectations.Shares in the maker of games such as Stellaris have risen almost 500 percent since it listed two years ago, giving it a market value of nearly 21 billion crowns (US$2.3 billion).Paradox is part of a thriving cluster of gaming companies to spring out of Sweden, including Microsoft-owned Minecraft maker Mojang and Candy Crush maker King, which was bought by Activision Blizzard.Incoming chief executive Ebba Ljungerud, who takes over from Paradox founder Fredrik Wester in August, told Reuters that game developers, publishers and studios were all potential targets, with the best growth opportunities in the sector in Asia and on mobile."Of course we are looking at them," she said, adding that Paradox has a limited presence in both and that it was "digging where it stands" in terms of existing markets, of which … [Read more...] about Game on for Tencent-backed Paradox in M&A and mobile
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Many Singaporeans are crazy about travel. Millennials, especially, are willing to spend more for experiences and comfort. According to a study by travel intelligence firm Adara, 79 per cent of millennials prioritise travel above other expenses and are more willing to pay for flight and hotel upgrades than Gen X travellers. So they are always on the lookout for the best deals. Though technology is making world travel easier (thank you Google Maps), most of us still pay more than we need to when crossing borders, particularly when converting currency and making international payments. Here are some ways you can use technology to get the most bang for your travel buck. CLOSELY WATCH THE EXCHANGE RATE Exchange rates fluctuate for a huge variety of reasons. It's almost impossible to forecast currency rates and just as hard to keep an eye on them regularly. Frequent travellers can use digital services and applications to track exchange rates. For example, TransferWise exchange rate alerts … [Read more...] about How to use tech to stretch your vacation dollars
By Tara Deschamps The Canadian Press Mon., May 14, 2018 If you took a peek at Nic Capobianco’s calendar over the last few years, you’d find a dizzying number of suit-fittings, bachelor parties, rehearsal dinners and weddings. His busy social calendar centres around a handful of friends and family members who have tied the knot recently, along with four couples who have asked him to be one of their groomsmen this year alone. While he’s thrilled to be included in their big days, the Toronto-based technology company executive admits the invitations trigger a struggle: deciding how much money to give the couple. “It is always a head-scratcher to figure out the appropriate amount,” he said. “It has become a source of contention.” It’s a common source of anxiety for wedding-goers in Canada, where stories of elaborate nuptials and pricey parties abound, said Tracey Manailescu, the vice-president of the Wedding Planners Institute … [Read more...] about How much should you give as a wedding gift?
Welcome to The Myanmar Times ongoing analysis of Myanmar's highly-anticipated election. We've set up an Election Parties page – a handy "cheat-sheet" of sorts – to help you keep track of major parties, as well as an Election Voices page, where you can find conversations with candidates and electoral experts, and comments from you, our readers. We've also been covering the results as they develop live over on our Election Live Blog – check it out! To get involved in the conversation, send us a message at Facebook.com/TheMyanmarTimes, Tweet us @TheMyanmarTimes using the hashtag #MyanmarElection or send us an email at [email protected], Subject: "People's Pundit" and have your voice heard! Final Pyithu and Amyotha Hlttaw results, as of the final UEC results announcement November 22 For more information, including full party tallies, check out our election live blog, and to see results for the Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaws … [Read more...] about Election 2015
By Michael Lewis Bloomberg View Mon., Feb. 19, 2018 Back when he was president, Barack Obama told me that only two people treated any interaction with him as a zero-sum game. One was Vladimir Putin, the other congressional Republicans. Both behaved as if there was no such thing as a win-win situation: Any gain for Obama was a loss for them, and any gain for them must also entail a loss for Obama. The moment that the Russian president or congressional Republicans saw he wanted something, they went to work trying to keep him from getting it — even if it was something they might otherwise have approved of. Approaching any aspect of life as a zero-sum game has obvious practical costs: Deals that leave some people better off without making anyone else worse off suddenly don’t get done, because making some people better off now, by definition, makes other people worse off. It also comes with some psychological side effects. It cripples your imagination. It … [Read more...] about Looking for Donald Trump in all the wrong places