There was a time when people were blowing into little plastic cartridges, hopeful of getting their copy of Contra to work properly with their Mitashi (or N64 or Atari, depending on the location). Today, streamers are screaming at screens in frustration when a little lag in PUBG causes them to lose their dinner.The ability to play video games without having to download them is an enticing notion for gamers and corporations alike. Instant delivery of content and no requirements for the showroom. It's a win-win, and the scene is already shifting from brick-and-mortar stores to digital retail. Steam, GOG, Humble and other digital game providers have been major perpetrators of this change in cahoots with the console manufacturers themselves.Now, we have software giants releasing "exciting" cloud gaming services – Stadia, ProjectX, Apple Arcade – it is obvious that people will soon have an additional monthly expense apart from today's video or music streaming platforms. This … [Read more...] about Can cloud gaming turn the tide for the industry?
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Areca nuts, or commonly referred to as betel nuts, are fruit of the areca palm tree. Up till now, the leaves that fall have no use and are usually burnt. “If we go into the jungle, it is common to place food on areca leaf to replace plates. So, we thought of whether we could commercially reuse Areca leaves like that,” said Ko Min Kyaw Zin, who is from Tanintharyi Region. The impetus for him to produce plates, bowls and other utensils using the Areca leaf and other waste materials was a video on You Tube of people in India eating from banana leaves. At around that time, he was also introduced to Ko Than Zaw Oo who was making use of areca leafs in Myeik. The pair hit it off and started Nature Myanmar. In fact, Ko Than Zaw Oo, was already using areca leaves in his rice and curry shop in Myeik, after he realised plastic and styrofoam was causing pollution and blocking the drains. He was also greatly disappointed during the previous Thingyan holidays because people who … [Read more...] about Eco-friendly solution to the plastic problem
LIVERPOOL: The church organist wanted to meet outside Liverpool's Anfield Stadium. Her name is Anne Preston, and she carried the program of a funeral she'd played the day before, as a document of something both ancient and achingly current.She wanted me to see it, so I'd understand how life, death and resurrection are so tied together with football along the banks of the Mersey River.She arrived with her husband, meeting me between the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand and the Kop, the mighty Liverpool Kop. As he went over to sort his tickets for the first leg of the Champions League semifinal in Barcelona, she produced the programme and told me about a musical request from the family.The mom made the request herself. To honor her son, whose funeral program had Anfield on the front and the club crest on the back, she wanted Anne to subtly work in "You'll Never Walk Alone" during the Mass.It's a familiar request to Anne, and to every funeral director and organist in Liverpool.At the crematorium … [Read more...] about What a Premier League title would mean for Liverpool
TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese disco fans hit the dance floor and partied like it was 1989, reliving the glitz of the"bubble economy" heyday that defined the early years of the outgoing Heisei imperial era. Tuesday night (April 30) was the last chance for nostalgic Japanese to bid sayonara to the three-decade Heisei era, which ended at midnight with the abdication of retiring Emperor Akihito. New Emperor Naruhito's reign begins Wednesday, ushering in the Reiwa imperial era, meaning "beautiful harmony." In an echo of the heady "bubble economy" days of early Heisei, women in slinky dresses at the Maharaja Roppongi disco grooved to the beat while mirror balls glittered and veteran disco personality DJ Osshy spun the turntables, with the party culminating in a midnight countdown. "I used to go to Maharaja every Friday night in the early Heisei days. I feel like I've gone back in time," said Ms Yu Inada, a homemaker. Ms Inada brought for the occasion a white feather fan, a must-have accessory … [Read more...] about Disco’s back: Japan grooves to bubble beat for Heisei era sayonara
For innovation to succeed, it should meet people’s needs and wants. Brands can build better relationships with their consumers and audiences if they are able to do that. It can also help preserve the long-term benefits of a digital economy that works for all. This is one of the central messages that emerges from the Digital Society Index 2019, a project of Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) developed in collaboration with Oxford Economics, which combines a primary survey of more than 43,000 people across 24 countries with economic and statistical analysis. Trust in big tech is falling. This survey first started in 2018, and even the collapse in trust in the use of digital technologies has been observed. The number-one cause of distrust is the misuse of personal data. Stronger regulation of technologies like artificial intelligence is being proposed. And social media has been blamed for both political polarization and misinformation. Thirty years from the birth of the World Wide Web and … [Read more...] about The Digital Economy gives you the power to be a better version of yourself