Renewed interest in vintage Japanese video games is drawing buyers to the country’s online markets and retro gaming shops.While enthusiasts have collected old titles for years, even casual gamers are now snapping up cartridges and CDs, as well as gaming machines that they haven’t played since childhood.Although retro gaming is considered a tiny fraction of the US$109 billion global industry, it’s an attractive niche market.Last year’s re-release of Nintendo’s first NES console sold out quickly, and the same is happening for this year’s follow-up, the classic version of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.“Retro games take me back to my childhood,” says Davide Convertino from Italy, on his fourth trip to Japan to pick up older titles.It’s simple but stimulating, you never get bored of it.”
A groundbreaking new treatment which could enable heart failure and heart attack patients to “self-repair” damaged heart cells has been discovered in the Republic.The inability of heart cells to regenerate and repair themselves is what makes heart attacks and failures severe and debilitating, making heart disease the leading cause of death worldwide.In Singapore, cardiovascular diseases account for nearly 20 per cent of all deaths every year.In a three-year study, researchers from the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) and the National University Health System (NUHS) discovered that a ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecule — which they named “Singheart” — is found in larger amounts in the heart cells of patients with heart diseases.This single-stranded equivalent of DNA prevents heart cells from dividing, and hence self-healing.The Singheart RNA, scientists found, could be “neutralised” by injecting viruses carrying artificial and complementary molecules into heart cells, hence enabling heart cells to regenerate themselves and self-heal.
Do you want more leads?In more complex sales, it helps to speak to someone personally.These types of sales usually involve higher-ticket items or a lot of delivery variables.Case study: Strategy Session webinarRussell Ruffino is the entrepreneur behind Clients on Demand .Rufino’s business success depends on generating leads, establishing trust, and qualifying the leads to guide those that are appropriate to the next step -- a Strategy Session on the phone.
In its bid to compete with Amazon Web Services, Google has opened data centres in four countries outside the U.S. this year and has plans to launch in five more before 2019.Google’s absence, which stems from a long-standing feud with the world’s second-biggest economy, is costing the company business and making it harder to challenge AWS and Microsoft Azure in the rapidly expanding cloud infrastructure market.Earlier this year, one of Google’s marquee cloud clients, Snap, cited the service’s unavailability in China as a reason that it may not be able to enter the market.Days later, Snap disclosed a deal with AWS, which opened a region of data centres in Beijing in 2014.To build a presence there, AWS partnered with a local company, Beijing Sinnet Technology, as did Microsoft, which teamed up with 21Vianet for data centres in Beijing and Shanghai.The market leader, according to Gartner, is Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba , which said last week that its cloud revenue for the latest quarter almost doubled to US$359 million.
Astronomers, doctors and other experts alike are in total agreement on one point—don’t stare at a solar eclipse without eye protection unless you want to damage your vision or go blind, you goddamn idiot.This warning was in large heeded by all but the very uninformed or the very impulsive, categories which both naturally included President Donald Trump, who soaked in as much luxurious unshielded eclipse viewing as he could on Monday.Now Wikileaks chief Julian Assange, whose behavior and vaguely pro-Trump leanings have grown more concerning in direct proportion to the amount of time he has spent locked inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, is warning the public not to fall for Big Safety Glasses’ grift.Early Monday evening, Assange tweeted “There’s no danger staring directly at the moon during a total eclipse.Before/after, the moon only partly covers the sun = usual sun danger.”He added, “You look away when you see it ending.
We’re in Ordos, the famed ghost town of Inner Mongolia province where local farmers became rich off coal reserves hidden beneath the earth’s surface.Green and orange lights flash in steady intervals.They’re competing for the right answer as they apply mathematical formulas to data stored on the bitcoin blockchain, a global ledger of all transactions.For hardcore miners, the bottom line is cheap electricity.Today, Chinese mines not only seek out cheap electricity, but also stability and scale.So instead of siphoning surplus electricity from hydropower stations in Sichuan, say, during the rainy season, larger mines are now partnering with local governments for a steady but discounted supply of energy from the State Grid, China’s state-owned electricity utility.
Deciding when an underperforming engineer absolutely has to leave – and trying to rationalise that decision to your guilty conscience afterwards – is one of the downsides of rapid growth and success.But firing an employee doesn’t always have to result in massive internal conflict.Even when the rationale for firing is clear-cut, it can be hard to blind yourself to the fact that sacked employees have lives too, and that you may be severely compromising their ability to provide for dependant family members.Cue chronic nail-biting and late-night agonising.While you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t experience at least some feelings of guilt when firing someone, here are 4 ways you can manage the negative emotional fallout.You’re doing the right thing by your remaining employees
China’s leading bike-sharing startup ofo is coming up with a new solution to unlock their bikes—near-field Communication (NFC) locks.Ofo announced today that their new NFC-enabled locks have been put into mass production (in Chinese) and will be placed on the streets most likely in October.With the first electronic locks that support NFC, users can pay for and unlock a bicycle within seconds simply by bringing their smartphones near the bikes.This means that ofo riders will no longer have to solely rely on QR codes which are insecure and easy targets for scammersWireless NFC technology has been widely implemented in China.Just last week, Beijing Metro announced that all Beijing subway lines are supporting NFC-enabled mobile phones.
Chinese coworking behemoth URWork has just wrapped up an RMB 200 million ($30 million) investment today from KCC, a state-owned real estate developer based in Kunming, Yunnan Province.As part of the announcement, URWork says the two companies plan to invest a combined RMB 1 billion for the construction of a 30k square meter city complex and innovation center in Kunming’s business hub.Upon completion, the new project will be the largest single space that’s operated by URWork so far.While URWork is running a race against both domestic and global competitors in pushing its co-working operations to the global market, the current tie-up shows that Chinese co-working unicorn is also expanding across verticals: business complexes that not only involve shared offices but also more diversified business models from commercial centers, conventions, hotels and more.Of course, all these plans need the solid capital backing.And the amount of money that URWork has raised so far is astonishing.
We may not have heard much about Cyclone Enawo in New Zealand, but the influence of the severe weather system that struck Madagascar earlier this year has certainly had a profound impact on the vanilla industry and those wanting to buy it here.In March, the cyclone struck Madagascar’s north-eastern areas at speeds of up to 300km per hour, and decimated the crucial vanilla industry there.More than half of the homes were destroyed, 78 people were killed and two of the largest vanilla-producing areas were flattened.As a result, the price of vanilla has soared in the wake of the eastern African country’s grappling with damage wrought by the cyclone.In fact, the industry is in crisis, and there is a severe shortage of vanilla beans across the globe…something that Formula Foods here in New Zealand is warning local vanilla buyers about as it attempts to stretch out its limited supply of the resource.Vanilla pods grow from tropical vines, which take around three years to mature and produce beans.
While the partial eclipse here in the UK wasn't even worth looking up at the sky for, our friends in the USA got to experience a total solar eclipse.For a few hours, folks across America could put aside the myriad horrors of this year and stare at the hot ball of gas literally keeping us all alive.It was actually quite pleasant!Now that it’s all over, you can gaze longingly into some images of the eclipse.While it doesn’t beat seeing the eclipse in real life, this is probably your best option.At least we don't have to worry about burning our retinas.
The jury is still out on whether e-sports will be included in the 2024 Olympics.In the interim, some of the region’s top women’s teams are making history and growing fanbases.The first women’s e-sports event in Hong Kong, the Shero Invitational, will form part of the Hong Kong Computer and Communications Festival at the Convention and Exhibition Centre this weekend.League of Legends gamers will compete to make their mark in the male-dominated gaming scene.While the competition will draw some well-known names, there are other impressive teams in the region worth watching:The full-time professional video gaming team used to work with J Team owned by Mando-pop singer Jay Chou.
Researchers are studying how to recognise human speech in a variety of settings – from realtime interactions to offline, pre-recorded voicemails.Boffins tell us that one application, particularly of offline transcription, could be government surveillance.In March, IBM researchers claimed that they had achieved a word recognition error rate of 5.5 per cent for pre-recorded English telephone conversations between strangers on set topics such as sports.They're presenting their peer-reviewed research this week (PDF) at the INTERSPEECH 2017 conference in Stockholm, Sweden.On Sunday, Microsoft published a blog post and technical whitepaper claiming it has achieved 5.1 per cent on the same task – a small improvement.Microsoft claims it had achieved a word error rate of 5.9 per cent last year and credits its bump to "using the most scalable deep learning software available, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit 2.1 (CNTK), for exploring model architectures and optimizing the hyper-parameters of our models.
Channel 4, in partnership with VisitScotland, will be inviting viewers to take part in and direct a series of five ads for a first-of-its-kind interactive campaign on E4.The 60-second spots will focus on the escapades of six young people as they travel across Scotland.The five-day event will kick off on Monday 11 September at 10.15pm, the ad break during matchmaking show Celebs Go Dating, with the first ad inviting viewers to vote for the activity that the six travellers will undertake the following day.Viewers can vote for the activity via a Twitter poll, which will remain live for half an hour after the ad has aired.Each subsequent ad, which will air at the same time from Monday to Friday, will illustrate the past 24 hours of the travellers’ escapades.The votes from the day will be counted and the production crew will transition to the next location, ready to film the following day’s spot.
Thirty-three Malaysian websites have been defaced yesterday, according to CyberSecurity Malaysia.“The incident is real and we are investigating, monitoring and working closely with other agencies to mitigate it,” said CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab.Some of the websites – blogs which are relatively unknown, and are not affiliated to any official body or large corporation – were defaced by the hacker group ExtremeCrew and featured the official souvenir booklet of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017, which erroneously carried the Indonesian flag upside down.The group posted “Bendera Negaraku Bukanlah Mainan” – which translates to “My national flag is not a plaything” – on these websites, while the Indonesian patriotic song Tanah Air Beta played in the background.Malaysian courier Easyparcel.my was also a casualty although it seemed to be hit by a different hacker group later in the day.Kuala Lumpur has since apologised to Jakarta for the flag error after the issue was raised by Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi on Saturday.
Android Police reports that Google is developing a new Chromebook Pixel as a successor to its 2015 Chrome OS-based laptop; the device is slated to be launched alongside two new Android Oreo-based Pixel phones this fall.The outlet’s source couldn’t share any specifications, or whether this would be a convertible tablet-laptop hybrid like the late-2015 Pixel C, which ran on Android.If it’s a traditional laptop, I’ll be interested to see what Google can bring to the table to convince people to opt for the next Pixel over a Windows or Mac offering.With its 2015 Pixel, Google announced a starting price of $999 for a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 32GB SSD.That’s what you’d pay for a 13-inch MacBook Air or a Dell XPS of the same size with 8GB RAM today.If Google can offer better hardware to handle a ton of tabs at a similar price point, it could have a compelling product on its hands.
Natalie Marsan has managed to do what was once the impossible: raise a baby, hold down a London-based job while living in Croatia, and travel – constantly.But less than three years ago she was buried deep in New York’s marketing scene.Marsan currently works as an account director at The Social Element, where she leads her team from her two homes in Croatia’s Zagreb and Zadar.In between commuting to London for meetings, she travels throughout the world seeing friends and new places with her husband and toddler; this year alone the Marsans have visited Morocco, Denmark, Austria and the US.“I call our approach to life ‘wabi sabi’.It was a busy time, but not necessarily a fraught one; she recalls a “fast, fun” agency culture that “takes over your life a little bit” but involves “a lot of drinks and dinners with colleagues and clients”.
Digital music streaming service Spotify announced in Bangkok today that it is now available for music lovers across Thailand.Users can listen for free or upgrade to Spotify Premium for US$3.88 per month.Thailand is the eighth country on Spotify’s Asia expansion list after Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore.The streaming service is now available to users in 61 countries.Spotify appears to be aiming for domination of the digital music streaming market in Asia.Vietnam and India are rumored to be the next in line.
While the company wants to provide devices for all kinds of gamers, its newest launch targets enthusiasts who don't want to compromise power when choosing a portable device.The new Omen X laptop is a behemoth gaming notebook, measuring 16.73 x 12.88 x 1.43 inches and weighing 10.69 pounds.All that space is for good reason: the Omen X trades svelte for substance as it features a bunch of perks typically only seen in stationary gaming PCs.One of the biggest things HP emphasized about the Omen X laptop is its overclocking abilities.The Omen X laptop can be configured how you'd like and you can choose to get it with Intel's 7th gen Core i7-7820HK CPU, which is factory unlocked for overclocking.Gaming enthusiasts (and general PC enthusiast as well) are more likely to experiment with overclocking their devices to get the most performance out of the CPU as possible.
New York is a good place to start if you’re looking to tackle food waste.The same population density that makes it heaven for delivery startups also means that food waste — possibly from those deliveries — is ripe for the taking.Food waste issues are coming into the mainstream as investors and municipalities realize that there is money to be saved and made in keeping food out of the landfill, and this week the New York City Sanitation Department held the first ever NYC Food Waste Fair in Brooklyn to bring together city officials, chefs, investors, and food waste startups to do just that.Startups focused on food waste have raised over $250 million in the last three years, according to AgFunder data.There was a slight increase to $133.7 million in 2016 compared to 2015, when they raised around $100 million, according to AgFunder’s 2016 AgTech Investing Report.According to the NYC Department of Sanitation, New York City businesses throw away more than 650,000 tons of food waste every year and the city, along with co-organizer The Foundation for New York’s Strongest, want to encourage consumers and the business community to see that waste as a valuable input to improve soil health, feed people and animals, and create renewable energy.