Nintendo is going to ramp up Switch console production even more next year, anonymous sources told the Wall Street Journal.The company reportedly plans to produce 25 to 30 million Nintendo Switch consoles starting in April, but the final number could be even higher depending on holiday sales.Incredibly strong reviews for Super Mario Odyssey have sparked another surge in demand for the take-anywhere console.The company said at the end of October that it was doubling production and would produce at least 17 million units in its first year, but it looks like Nintendo now has even higher hopes for its smash hit console.The Switch had sold 7.63 million units between its March launch and the end of September, and at the price of $300 a piece, it’s been immensely profitable for Nintendo.Business and profits aside, it’s just an incredibly fun, well-executed gaming console.
The Nintendo Switch has been an unqualified success so far, with Nintendo recently promising increased holiday season production to meet demand and expectations of over 16 million total sales by the end of March 2018.Reporting now suggests the company is expecting that sales pace to increase markedly in the coming year, though, and another associated production increase would come with both a fair amount of potential and risk for the company.WSJ's sources say those production numbers could go up even higher if coming holiday season sales are strong.The Wii sold 25.94 million units in its second full fiscal year, during the height of the sellout mania surrounding that motion-control console.Plus, with major third-party publishers finally coming around with plans for major game ports and releases for the Switch, demand for the system could definitely increase.That happened in a much more extreme fashion with the Wii U, which sold out in its first holiday season before quickly dropping off.
The Switch has been an unequivocal success for Nintendo, but if there’s one area where the company has faltered, it has been producing enough supply to meet the voracious demand.While Nintendo is doing everything in its power to ship enough consoles for the holiday season, production should pick up in a big way next year.This week, people familiar with Nintendo’s plans told the Wall Street Journal that the company is hoping to produce and ship between 25 million and 30 millions Switch units in the next fiscal year, which begins in April 2018.That plan “is still in the early stages,” but Nintendo could even increase the number depending on holiday sales.From the day the Switch launched on March 3rd up through the end of September, Nintendo sold 7.6 million Switch consoles worldwide.The company believes it will ship another 9.1 million units by March 2018, which would put the total sales at 17 million within a year of launch.
Here's one viral video supposedly demonstrating the phenomenon.Let's put our corporate-branded Facebook product-manager hoodie on for a closer examination.Assume you've got your phone on half the day, that's about 130 MBs per day, per user.But unlike the Amazon Echo, which listens for just one of four trigger words, millions or perhaps billions of words and phrases could land you in a Facebook targeting segment.For example, saying 'golf,' 'Tiger Woods,' 'The Masters,' or 'Augusta National Golf Course' all should land you in the 'Golf' targeting segment, and your phone would need to detect each and every one.That means the speech-to-text translation code could only run on your phone itself, a taxing demand even for the beefy cloud servers that usually handle those tasks.
Following a massive announcement from Disney in September, we knew to expect a stand-alone on-demand streaming service for ESPN sooner than later, and during the Disney earnings call on Thursday, November 9, CEO Bob Iger revealed its moniker: ESPN Plus.ESPN Plus will be powered by streaming distribution company BamTech — which Disney acquired 33 percent of for $1 billion last April, before increasing its stake to 75 percent this August — which was developed through Major League Baseball’s Advanced Media and powers such services as HBO Now and PlayStation Vue.The platform will launch in spring 2018, fully accessible via the ESPN mobile app (which will get yet another redesign), providing users with access to scores, stats, highlights, live channel streams, and on-demand recordings of “thousands of sports events.”It’s currently unclear whether ESPN Plus will be available as a fully independent service or whether you need a cable/satellite TV package including ESPN.The service will apparently stream more than 10,000 live regional, national, and international sporting events each year, across a wide number of sports and leagues, including MLB, NHL, MLS, and Grand Slam tennis events (Wimbledon and the U.S., Australian, and French Opens).Iger said that the service will likely command a smaller monthly fee than, say, Netflix or HBO, as those platforms feature far more content.
The Eastman Kodak Company is laying off 425 people to help offset a $46 million loss.Kodak announced its third-quarter financial results on November 8, then followed up with news that its workforce will be cut by about 7 percent in order to remain on track to meet annual predictions.Kodak cited licensing, a segment of the company that allows other companies to manufacturer hardware such as the Ektra smartphone, as beingamong the reasons for the loss.Other reasons include a lowered demand and higher costs for printing, the company’s largest segment.The company also said that brand licensing in the Consumer and Film division of the company also had an impact, along with struggles in the company’s 3D-printing division.Around 100 of those layoffs will be in the company’s Rochester, New York, location; the company has around 6,000 employees globally.
But while we can do the obvious, (more plants, less livestock; no strawberries from South Africa) if you live in a city, your life is likely to be more 7pm dashes to Tesco Metro, less rummaging at the farmer's market for charmingly misshapen parsnips.You've also probably got half a metre of concrete masquerading as your garden, (as convincingly as strips of butternut squash telling you that they're 'spaghetti') making growing anything that isn't mint pretty hard.Which is why clever ways of delivering food that's been grown well, is seasonal, says 'no' to wastage and pays people who grow it the prices they deserve are flourishing.Launched in 2012, this ethical grocer is bringing the farm shop to you."We created Farmdrop to fix what we believe is a broken food chain, perpetuated by the big supermarkets who source from great distances, waste unsold food, and screw over their suppliers by paying them unfairly," explains Ben Pugh CEO.Deliveries go to homes in London, Bath and Bristol.
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Major on-demand players like Airbnb and Uber are making major plays for customers in Africa, but are facing different levels of competition on the continent.Uber has a battle on its handsUber, meanwhile, is facing increasing competition.Estonian company Taxify is expanding across Africa as it looks to rival the Silicon Valley firm on the continent, and expanded to yet another African city — Uganda’s Kampala — last month.It has also appointed a new GM for West Africa to help spur growth.Away from the ongoing taxi war, other major African companies were busy rolling out new innovations of their own over the course of October.
Female BBC employees around the world are using Equal Pay Day to demand that bosses end the gender pay gap, months after the broadcaster revealed just a third of its top earners are women.Presenters, reporters and editors in locations as far-flung as Cairo and the Syrian border took to social media in solidarity against the pay gap, and called on male colleagues to support the cause.Radio 4 Today presenters Sarah Montague and Mishal Husain were among those who posted photos of themselves wearing equality T-shirts, with Montague adding the hashtag ” bbcwomen”.When the BBC published a list of its top earners in July, it was forced to reveal that its highest-paid male presenters collectively pocketed almost four times the total amount of the top four female presenters.A serious pay disparity was also exposed on the Today programme.While the document showed that John Humphrys earned between £600,000 and £649,999 in the year up to April 2017, Husain took home between £200,000 and £249,999 and Montague earned less than £150,000.
Comedian and actor Louis the latest high-profile figure in the entertainment industry to watch his career crumble in the wake of a series of allegations regarding sexual misconduct.Netflix announced it will not produce the second of two stand-up comedy specials the streaming video service had planned for the comedian, citing the accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct detailed in The New York Times on Thursday, November 9.The comedian was also removed from the roster of HBO’s upcoming benefit show, Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism mere hours after the story was published, with HBO also indicating that the network will soon be “removing Louis C.K.’s past projects from its On Demand services.”“The allegations made by several women in The New York Times about Louis C.K.’s behavior are disturbing,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement regarding the company’s decision (via Deadline).“Louis’ unprofessional and inappropriate behavior with female colleagues has led us to decide not to produce a second stand up special, as had been planned.”
PC gaming company Razer is set to raise upwards of US$504 million (HK$3.9 billion) when it lists on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Monday.The company, which develops gaming-focused accessories for PCs, laptops and is preparing to sell its first smartphone, today priced its shares at HK$3.88, or US$0.50.The listing would give the firm a market cap of US$4.4 billion, which is more than double the US$2 billion valuation it commanded in its last round of venture capital investment.The U.S.-Singapore company first filed to go public in Hong Kong back in July, and it confirmed that it has sold a total of 1,063,600,000 shares in its listing.That amount could be higher still if underwriters take advantage of their green shoe option.Perhaps profiting from the close timing, Razer has already seen brisk demand for its stock.
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The demand for Nintendo’s smash-hit Switch console continues to outpace the company’s production, but that will likely change in 2018.Nintendo is reportedly set to manufacture up to 30 million consoles in the next year, and some analysts even predict it could eventually surpass the Wii.The report comes via the Wall Street Journal, which has learned that Nintendo is planning to make between 25 million and 30 million Switch systems during its next fiscal year, beginning in April 2018.This number could even be raised depending on how the system performs this holiday season — with games like Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2 on the market, Nintendo shouldn’t have any trouble moving units.Nomura Securities analyst Junko Yamamura even predicted the Switch would surpass the Wii in total sales by 2023, though that’s a long way off.The forecast for Nintendo was quite different just a year ago.
(Reuters) — Taxi app Uber lost a bid on Friday to overturn a decision by a tribunal which had said its drivers deserved workers’ rights such as the minimum wage, in a blow to the company as it also battles to keep its license in London.The U.S. ride-hailing service has faced regulatory and legal setbacks around the world amid opposition from traditional taxi services and concern among some regulators.It has been forced to quit several countries, such as Denmark and Hungary.Last year, two drivers successfully argued at a British employment tribunal that Uber exerted significant control over them to provide an on-demand taxi service and should grant them workers’ rights such as holiday entitlement and rest breaks.It could benefit workers at thousands of companies including firms in the “gig economy”, where individuals work for multiple employers without a fixed contract, such as courier Deliveroo.“Today’s victory is further proof, as if any more was needed, that the law is clear and these companies are simply choosing to deprive workers of their rights,” said Jason Moyer-Lee, the IWGB’s general secretary.
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News UK, parent company of The Sun and The Times of London, is making video pay through branded content, and it’s finding these videos are some of its best performing.Take News UK’s most recent branded-content video campaign for the Movember Foundation, a men’s health charity, which the publisher said was its most popular branded-content campaign to date.The goals for the campaign, which asks men to grow mustaches during November, were to increase awareness, funding to the charity and the number of people signing up to grow their facial hair.A video team from News UK of six people worked for a month to create 12 videos that varied in tone, ranging from emotional real-life stories to more lighthearted comedy sketches and footage from celebrities, like pop star Peter Andre and reality TV personality Mario Falcone.One documentary-style video for the campaign, featuring a mother explaining when she heard her son killed himself, has been viewed 3.4 million times on The Sun’s Facebook page, shared nearly 36,000 times and has 819 comments.Emotional videos, particularly those related to social causes, tend to get lots of shares on social media.
The following is a guest post contributed by Jeremy Epstein, CEO of Never Stop Marketing, a growth marketing advisory firm focused 100% on blockchain and decentralized technologies.He presented at the MarTech conference in Boston earlier this month on Blockchain and the CMO: The Next Era of Marketing.What crypto-tokens, and their parent field crypto-economics, enable entrepreneurs to do is create a system of incentives that are designed to be deployed at global scale from day one.Like any start-up, the tokens of a new start-up (represented in an ICO — mostly, but not always) can go to zero if there is no “product-market” fit.(For a great study on the design of these systems, see Economics of Initial Coin Offerings.)How Great Marketing Can Make or Break the Value of a Crypto-Token
Nvidia continues to ride the wave of a myriad of huge success stories for the company, like the rapid adoption of the Nintendo Switch and demand for technology to power AI computation within data centers, as it saw yet another quarter where its business continued to expand significantly.Those chips, unlike CPUs, are able to better handle the kinds of rapid-fire calculations for inference and machine training, making them perfect candidates to slot into devices like those that power computer vision or autonomous driving.It’s an area that has the intense interest of even companies like Apple, which has designed its own GPU for its next-generation iPhones.But it’s also one that’s become increasingly critical in data centers, as companies are looking to tap GPUs on-demand in order to power their various AI applications.That was especially true as the business generated nearly half a billion dollars this quarter alone.Around this time last year, Amazon rolled out a set of tools that allowed companies to tap the GPU power they needed as more and more startups want to build new businesses around computer vision and machine learning.
Too early to talk gun control, not too early to bork iPhone securityWhile US President Donald Trump thinks it's too early to discuss gun control in the wake of Sunday's Texas church massacre – America's latest mass shooting – his Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is just fine exploiting the murder-suicide of 26 people to push for backdoors.Preventing agents from accessing devices in criminal investigations should not be allowed, he argued."No reasonable person questions our right, and obligation, to access the phone," Rosenstein said today.Maybe we will find a way to get into that phone, as we did in the San Bernardino case, but it's going to cost a great deal of time and money, and in some cases it costs us lives.We need to find a solution to deal with warrant-proof encryption."