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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TOKYO: Japanese Emperor Naruhito formally took up his post on Wednesday (May 1) a day after the abdication of his father, saying he felt a "sense of solemnity" but pledging to work as a symbol of the nation and the unity of its people.Former Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko stepped down on Tuesday after three decades as the nation's top royals in a brief, simple ceremony, with Akihito thanking the people of Japan and saying he prayed for peace.Naruhito, 59, technically succeeded his father just as Tuesday became Wednesday but his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne was formalised in a mid-morning ceremony, the first part of which his wife and other royal women were unable to attend.Naruhito, the first emperor born after World War Two and the first to be raised solely by his parents, expressed gratitude for his parents' work over the past three decades and said he felt solemn at the thought of the burden he is taking on."I pledge that I will always think of the people, and while … [Read more...] about Japan’s Emperor Naruhito pledges to work as symbol of the people
Access As Ion Orchard turns 10 this year, Yeo Mui Hong, chief executive of Orchard Turn Developments, which manages the luxury mall, tells Hong Xinyi why the best is yet to come for this retail icon. 01 May 2019 06:30AM (Updated: 01 May 2019 06:30AM) Bookmark By the time you read this, Ion Orchard would have kicked off its 10th-anniversary celebrations with a literal splash – a custom-made aquarium at the mall’s outdoor space housing a lithe “mermaid”. That is just one of the many Instagrammable moments that shoppers can look forward to during the mall’s anniversary festivities this year, promises Yeo Mui Hong, chief executive of Orchard Turn Developments, which manages the luxury mall.WHAT IS EXPERIENTIAL RETAIL? Creating a mermaid moment is the latest instance of how Ion Orchard has stayed ahead of the curve. To counter the growing dominance of online shopping, brick-and-mortar merchants have turned to experiential … [Read more...] about What the future of retail looks like for Ion Orchard, according to its CEO
When The Financial Times’ (FT) mail room informed me that two bottles of ice-cold camel milk had arrived, my heart dropped. I had spent weeks researching and championing camel milk’s status as the “future of dairy” to my colleagues; now I had to taste it. As I went to try the surprisingly thick beverage, my nose wrinkled, my lips pursed. I realised that something I had not expected was holding me back: Prejudice.Camels were first domesticated for their milk in 3,000 BC, according to the UN, and the liquid is a staple in parts of the Middle East and North Africa, where it can be cheaper than cow’s milk. Now it is gaining popularity with producers and customers elsewhere, from health nuts in America to farmers in sub-Saharan Africa reckoning with climate change.The milk is low in lactose, allowing it to be digested by people with a dairy intolerance and cutting into the market share of nut milks.Touted by fanatics for its alleged medical benefits and by … [Read more...] about Camel milk could be the future of dairy. Are you ready for a camelcino?
Many businesses have turned to eco-friendly selling to do their part in helping preserve the environment. A number of brands are gradually changing the way they let their buyers consume their products—from offers of discounts for those bringing in their tumblers at coffee shops to the limited use of plastic straws in restaurants and plastic bags in grocery stores. This as improper disposal of single-use plastic can be detrimental to the planet, giving rise to the need to innovate and deliver real solutions. For its part in helping reduce, reuse, and recycle, Unilever Philippines has come up with "All Things Hair Refillery" that lets environmentally-conscious consumers purchase their favorite hair care products with no added packaging waste. With stations in Trinoma, Glorietta, and Alabang Town Center, consumers were able to refill their own bottles of hair care brands, get discounts, and pay for them according to their actual weight. The stations also served as a collection … [Read more...] about News Innovating for social good: How brands are shaping the future of shopping