Nintendo has confirmed the belated release of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Wii U will be the last ever game made for the system.Speaking to Polygon, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime, confirmed there s no new development in the pipeline.He said: From a first-party standpoint, there's no new development coming after the launch of the legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.We really are at the end of life for Wii U. Fils-Aime did specify first-party development, but given the Wii U enjoys next to no third-party support, it s one and the same.Nintendo announced it would be ending Wii U production soon in mid-November last year.
Global shipments fell nearly 52 per cent in the third quarter of 2016, a figure that includes underperforming Apple Watch – if even the Cupertino giant with the fervent fanbase can t make it, who can?But Fossil isn t letting up.The American watchmaker recently released two new smartwatches that aim to track fitness, bridge the gap between you and your Android smartphone is that even necessary when everyone s glued to their phone these days?, add some style to your outfit, and of course, tell the time.The Q Marshal is beautifully crafted and unapologetically chunky: its case is 45mm wide and 14mm thick, with a tachymeter-style ring which adds extra bulk despite the ring offering no function that wraps around the face.This is a watch that makes no pretensions about being a sleek IoT Internet of Things gadget; it aspires to be a classic timepiece that people who care about wearing cufflinks and tie clips admire.
Apple is suing Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying Qualcomm has been charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.The suit follows the US Federal Trade Commission s lawsuit against Qualcomm earlier this week over allegedly unfair patent licensing practises.The complaint, filed in US District Court in San Diego on Friday, alleges that Qualcomm has withheld $1 billion in rebate payments owed to Apple under an agreement between the two companies because Apple cooperated with an anti-trust investigation by the Korea Fair Trade Commission, or KFTC.Qualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and Samsung for modem chips that help phones connect to wireless networks.The South Korean anti-trust regulator in December fined Qualcomm a record US$865 million for anti-competitive patent licensing practicss.Qualcomm has withheld the required contractual payments from Apple even though the agreement clearly permits Apple to respond to the KFTC s lawful investigation and requests for information, according to the lawsuit.
If you order a lot of items from Amazon, a Prime subscription makes perfect sense from a financial and convenience standpoint, wouldn t you agree?Now food delivery service Deliveroo is offering a similar provision from customers who love nothing more than to enjoy take-out from their favorite restaurants - a flat rate fee for unlimited deliveries.The Deliveroo Plus trial, which launches for existing customers in six UK cities today, offers all-inclusive deliveries for £8.99 a month or £89 for a year.Those signing up in Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Brighton and York will get two months free before any delivery fees are charged.Once enrolled in Deliveroo Plus, subscribers will be able to enjoy the benefits UK-wide at any of the 16,000 restaurants working with Deliveroo.Ordering great food from great restaurants on Deliveroo is an increasingly big part of many people s daily lives, and Deliveroo Plus is all about rewarding them.
Available on PS4 version tested and PS3If Yakuza 0 s open-world rendition is accurate, walking through the real-life streets of Tokyo s Kamurocho district and Osaka, Japan, must be a proper ball-ache.Blimey, I just want to pick up a gift for a squatter so I can trigger the next bit of this main quest.It only takes the face-stomping shoes of Kazuma Kiryu – our protagonist – a few minutes to run from one side to the other, so I figure sourcing the squatter s gift will be a doddle.On the way I get into five fights, am convinced to stand in for a producer on a television set, and end up teaching a shy dominatrix how to be authoritative with masochists.The two main stories – based around low-level Yakuza heavy, Kazuma Kiryu, and ex-Yakuza-turned cabaret manager, Goro Majima – both cover serious topics, as you d expect from a game about mobsters who cut off their own pinkie fingers.
Samsung s rumoured personal assistant for the Galaxy S8 smartphone appears to be shaping up quite nicely.According to SamMobile sources, the Bixby assistant will benefit from a powerful visual search feature that could set it apart from the likes of Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant.The sources say there ll be an in-camera button enabling Bixby to identify individual objects while also processing text spotted within the frame.Thanks to a high degree of interconnectedness' with other applications Bixby will help users find the item online and even make a purchase.This appears to be what makes it different to the Google Googles app, which has been available for years.Bixby, a product of Samsung s purchase of Viv Labs, is expected to make its debut on the Galaxy S8 this spring, but could find its way to Samsung s older phones.
Tesla will not be forced to recall cars featuring the controversial Autopilot software after US regulators decided to close a six-month investigation.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined the death of a driver in Florida was not caused by a defect within the vehicle.In May last year Johsua Brown died while using Autopilot on his Model S, but today s announcement clears the semi-autonomous feature of any blame.At the time Tesla says Autopilot was unable to detect the white side of the vehicle against the bright sun.Since that incident, Tesla has announced plans to launch improvements to Autopilot early in 2017 and has reiterated the need for drivers to keep their hands on the wheel at all time.Related: What is Tesla Autopilot
Ancient Egyptians who buried their deceased kin in pots may have chosen the burial vessels as symbols of the womb and rebirth, scientists argue in a new paper.In a paper published in the journal Antiquity, however, archaeologists Ronika Power of the University of Cambridge and Yann Tristant of Macquarie University in Australia assert that pots weren't just a last-ditch choice for the desperate.Instead, they wrote, pots may have symbolized eggs or the womb, and their use may have indicated beliefs that the dead would be reborn in the afterlife.I t is hard to dismiss the visual similarities between pots laden with human bodies with limbs contracted into the so-called 'foetal' or 'sleeping' position and gravid uteri or eggs," the researchers wrote."It is clear that further study is required to untangle the symbolic meaning of this particular mode of burial, which has clear associations with gestation and re birth."Children, infants and fetuses in ancient Egypt are often found buried in pots, and for that reason, researchers have downplayed the importance of this ritual as mere rubbish disposal, according to the study researchers.
NASA's Curiosity rover has photographed shallow crevices on Mars that may have formed from ancient mud cracks, yet more evidence that the planet had a watery past.The photos, taken Dec. 20 and unveiled Tuesday Jan. 17 , show a site called "Old Soaker" on Mars' lower Mount Sharp.Scientists think the cracked layer likely formed more than 3 billion years ago, as a result of wetting and drying cycles, NASA officials said.Previously, the Curiosity rover found evidence of ancient lakes in older, lower-lying rock layers and in younger mudstone above Old Soaker.However, the recent photos of Mars may be the first evidence of ancient mud cracks — also called desiccation cracks — confirmed by the Curiosity mission, according to a statement from NASA.Flowing Water on Mars: The Search in Pictures
Four cemeteries, from which at least 123 individuals have been excavated so far, have been unearthed near the remains of a medieval Christian monastery in Sudan.The cemeteries and remains, which have been excavated over the past two years, are located at a monastery called al-Ghazali near the Nile River.The people who were buried there lived about 1,000 years ago, during a time when a series of Christian kingdoms flourished in the area, according to Robert Stark, a doctoral student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, who presented the findings this month in Toronto at the joint annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies.The discoveries include well-preserved burial shrouds that in a few instances still cover the skulls of the deceased, Stark said.In one cemetery, some people were buried in mysterious ways: For example, two individuals were found with post-mortem cut marks incised in their bones.See Photos of the Massive Burial Ground and Monastery
We all know the looming dangers of hackers, natural disasters and human error.The question today is should you continue the common practice of using basic cloud storage providers such as Google Drive and Apple iCloud for data backup when they're not designed for this task, or should organizations and individuals use backup-specific tools such as Carbonite and Moxy?After all, if you are paying for cloud services from one of the major cloud providers, why would you want to pay even more for backup software?Let s first discuss the differences between cloud storage services and cloud back-up software.The primary purpose of cloud companies is to synchronize data between devices so that documents, videos, photos or music can be accessed or shared regardless of the location.Unlike public cloud storage services, today s more complete backup solutions can back up everything to both the cloud and local disks and drives.This includes pictures, videos, documents, contacts, calendars, reminders, even an entire computer, explains Pete Wermter, vice president at software backup company Acronis.
Online stores need descriptions that properly explain the product so shoppers can make good, informed buying decisions.The stores also want unique descriptions so that product detail pages rank relatively high on search engine results.One possible solution for the ecommerce-product-description problem is to use natural language text or, as some refer to it, templating.A part of speech, like a noun or adjective, is assigned to each blank.As mentioned above, in Mad Libs one fills in the blanks with parts of speech.Imagine you run an online electronics store, wherein you drop ship thousands of products, including about 2,500 makes and models of televisions.
It s just a matter of understanding the concepts your prospects care about and search for, and including those on your pages.The higher the value you re offering, and the more people it s valuable to, the higher the potential return on earned links.If you re a major company, part of the value you bring is your brand.How is your company focused?Companies that focus purely on themselves can turn off shoppers.So naturally, since it s the focus of our own lives during the week and we want them to purchase from our site, it s easy to forget that shoppers have choices and goals that don t always align with our own.
How the retail pharmacy chain uses customer data to make its marketing messages relevantPersonalization is no longer just a buzzword.Walgreens is one brand that seems to rise above these rankings.Walgreens launched its rewards program Balance Rewards in 2012.Indeed, Walgreens targets members at each stage of their customer journey, such as through its acquisition, win-back, and loyalty and retention campaigns.Personalization is really the future of Balanced Rewards, Mindy Heintskill, VP of loyalty and personalized marketing at Walgreens, said during a panel discussion moderated by emnos' managing director Ron Orgiefsky at Retail's Big Show in New York.
By Robert Pease, Pipeline Performance Practice Lead for Heinz MarketingWe spend quite a bit of time here at Heinz Marketing helping companies sort out ways to improve their marketing effectiveness and increase sales pipeline growth.We are big believers in building the marketing plan to support the revenue plan and doing the funnel math that tells you how many leads you need to generate and explicitly states assumptions around conversion rates.The next level down of detail is deploying budget to specific programs and activities to execute the marketing plan and we have just released an Excel template that you can download no form to complete that does just that.Download the marketing plan and budget template!It is based on a spreadsheet I have used over many years that not only assigns dollars to activities but helps you think through when certain expenditures need to be made and how the overall budget will be deployed in a 12 month window.
One question regarding the transition was how the social media handoff would occur between outgoing former President Obama and President Trump.And now about an hour in, some of these accounts are starting to switch over.The most important one is probably @POTUS on Twitter, which now redirects to a new page for President Trump.While it only says he has about 4M followers now, this number will eventually creep back up to the almost 14M followed that former President Obama has on his account as Twitter completes the migration.Notably President Trump hasn t tweeted anything from the @POTUS account yet, but has tweeted about 10 times in the last hour from his personal @realDonaldTrump handle.He did tell us to expect this though, since his personal handle has about 10 million more followers than @POTUS does.
Uber is picking up a lot of ex-Googlers lately – earlier on Thursday, I reported that ex-Google SVP of Engineering Amit Singhal was headed to the ride-hailing startup, and former Google VP of Engineering on YouTube s ads team Kevin Thompson is also joining the company as VP of Marketplace Engineering.That means Thompson will likely report into his former colleague Singhal, whose new role puts him in charge of engineering on both the Maps and the Marketplace team.Marketplace, for those who might not be as familiar with Uber s internal divisions, focuses on things like dispatching drivers to specific riders, calculating price and forecasting demand, among other fundamentals core to Uber s business model.Thompson spent over 12 years at Google – almost as much as Singhal, who was at the search giant for over 15.His most recent gig was overseeing Google s engineering team for YouTube Ads, maximizing revenue while also keeping ads tolerable for end users.A large percentage of Google s YouTube advertising platform is automated, with similar problems to solve in terms of figuring out what ad to serve to what viewer, calculating demand and allocating available inventory, and more.
How Millennials and Baby Boomers Consume User-Generated Content Infographic 47% of millennials trust user-generated content, vs. 36% of their baby boomer counterparts.However, each generation shared a relative distrust of content created by brands.This infographic shows the generation gap of UGC.Survey: 60 percent of voice users want more answers and fewer search resultsPeople who use voice search — the majority of whom prefer to do so in private vs. public — use it because it s fast, doesn t require reading, and gives you fewer answers to sort through.
And so the transition of power begins.First up is the WhiteHouse.gov site where several pages are now changing or altogether disappearing — including a page on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.It s just been over an hour since Trump took office and whitehouse.gov/lgbt has now been replaced by a Trump transitionsplash page.The Obama administration introduced the White House LGBT page to highlight major legislative achievements, historic court victories and important policy changes for gay and transgender people.The page also shined a spotlight on certain campaigns for gay rights such as the It Gets Better campaign to help those in the LGBT community struggling with thoughts of suicide.That campaign, as of this writing, still redirects to a Strengthening Civil Rights page.
Shia LaBeouf unveiled yet another piece of online performance art, and this one is aimed directly at US President Donald Trump.On Friday, the day of Trump's inauguration, LaBeouf announced a project called "HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US," which is live-streaming footage from a camera installed outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York.