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Doug Bowser Named New President of Nintendo of America

Current President of Nintendo of America and 15 year veteran of the company, Reggie Fils-Aime, has announced his retirement on April 15th. In his place, current Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Doug Bowser will succeed Reggie as President of Nintendo of America. Shuntaro Furukawa, President of Nintendo Co., Ltd. praised Reggie Fils-Aime for his business leadership during his tenure. "I really appreciate everything Reggie has done for Nintendo," said Shuntaro Furukawa, President of Nintendo Co., Ltd. "Inside and outside our company, Reggie is known as an exceptional leader. We are grateful that he is leaving the business in good shape with strong momentum." Reggie Fils-Aime left a video message to Nintendo fans on Twitter.

"Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever," Fils-Aime said. "It's a part that is filled with gratitude - for the incredibly talented people I've worked with, for the opportunity to represent such a wonderful brand, and most of all, to feel like a member of the world's most positive and enduring gamer community. As I look forward to departing in both good health and good humor, this is not 'game over' for me, but instead 'leveling up' to more time with my wife, family and friends."

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Posted by cageymaru February 21, 2019 4:37 PM (CST)

Google Takes Its First Steps toward Killing the URL

Speaking at the Bay Area Enigma security conference this week, Chrome’s usable security lead attempted to address the controversy over Google’s desire to "kill off URLs as we know them." (Alternate source for paywall.) According to Ms. Stark, they’re a liability, in that hackers can easily trick users about the identity of a page (e.g., G00gle rather than Google), scamming them with malicious links that forward them to phishing sites. "People should know easily what site they’re on, and they shouldn’t be confused into thinking they’re on another site. It shouldn’t take advanced knowledge of how the internet works to figure that out."

The Chrome team's efforts so far focus on figuring out how to detect URLs that seem to deviate in some way from standard practice. The foundation for this is an open source tool called TrickURI, launching in step with Stark's conference talk, that helps developers check that their software is displaying URLs accurately and consistently. The goal is to give developers something to test against so they know how URLs are going to look to users in different situations. Separate from TrickURI, Stark and her colleagues are also working to create warnings for Chrome users when a URL seems potentially phishy.

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Posted by Megalith February 02, 2019 10:05 AM (CST)

Nintendo President Says Switch Successor, Price Cut Not Currently Being Considered

Analysts were convinced Nintendo was preparing a new Switch console for release this year, but their assumption was wrong: in a recent interview with The Sankei News, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa revealed his company didn’t have any plans at all for a successor "at this time." He also confirmed the console wouldn’t be getting a price cut. Neither is surprising, as the Switch has been selling extremely well.

Furukawa commented on a few different topics, including Switch’s success towards the end of 2018. He also weighed in -- yet again -- on looking to sell 20 million units by the end of the fiscal year, and it’s here that something interesting was said. According to Furukawa, Nintendo is trying to focus on selling Switch and is "not considering a successor or a price cut at this time." Given the system’s success, perhaps that isn’t an overly surprising statement.

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Posted by Megalith January 26, 2019 9:45 AM (CST)

Here Is AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su's Interview from CES 2019

AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su was interviewed by the tech press after giving her keynote speech at CES 2019. PC Games Hardware on Youtube documented the interview and recently released a condensed version. Enjoy!

After the CES keynote, Lisa Su (CEO of AMD) joined a roundtable with a small group of journalist to answer some questions about Radeon VII, Ryzen 300 etc. PCGH was lucky enough to be part of the roundtable and we were able to record some of the questions.

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Posted by cageymaru January 18, 2019 3:18 PM (CST)

Square Enix President Says Streaming Is the Future

Square Enix is the latest juggernaut to hop on the game-streaming bandwagon: in his New Year statement, CEO Yosuke Matsuda penned that streaming services would be the "key to future growth," calling them "the ultimate driver of a rapid transition from the sale of games in boxes to digital consumption." Ubisoft and EA have iterated similar notions.

...cloud streaming services for gaming have at last begun to show signs of taking off. Streaming is likely to bring a number of new platform operators into the market in addition to the existing console providers, while platform holders are also joining the PC gaming space. These developments produce a growing number of avenues through which game publishers and developers can provide content.

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Posted by Megalith January 06, 2019 11:10 AM (CST)

Halo TV Series Allegedly Delayed After Director Steps Down

Showtime's Halo adaptation has allegedly been delayed after the Rupert Wyatt stepped down as the director and executive producer of the series. Wyatt cited "changes to the production schedule of Halo" as his reason for leaving, and as is typical with such departures, he left the project on a positive note. The series has allegedly been in the works for almost four years, and production was "originally slated to begin in early 2019."

"Showtime's adaptation of Halo is evolving beautifully with rich characters, compelling stories and powerful scripts," said Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks in a statement. "Obviously, the production demands of this series are enormous, and we have had to add time to the schedule in order to do it right. Sadly, this delay has created a conflict for Rupert, whom we warmly thank for all he has brought to the project."

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Posted by alphaatlas December 04, 2018 11:20 AM (CST)

Former Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Has Been Named CEO and President of CDK Global

Former Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has been named president and CEO of CDK Global. Mr. Krzanich resigned from his post at Intel when it was discovered that he had a consensual relationship with an employee. CDK Global provides technology solutions for the automotive industry such as educating dealers how to use Google Analytics to understand how to develop best marketing strategies and website engagement. CDK Global generates more than $2 billion in revenues and serves most automotive manufacturers with more than 30,000 retail locations in 100 countries. CDK solutions automate and integrate all parts of the dealership and buying process from targeted digital advertising and marketing campaigns to the sale, financing, insuring, parts supply, repair, and maintenance of vehicles.

"CDK has a leadership position in a dynamic and rapidly evolving automotive technology market, and I am energized by the chance to help grow this unique company and take it to the next level," said Krzanich. "The automotive industry is undergoing changes that will impact and present opportunities for dealers, OEMs, consumers and the technology ecosystem that serves them. I look forward to working closely with the CDK Board, management team and employees to enable CDK to meet its full potential to generate value for all of its stakeholders."

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Posted by cageymaru November 07, 2018 10:14 AM (CST)

AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su to Keynote at CES 2019

AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the upcoming CES 2019 event. In 2019 AMD is expected to release the world's first 7nm high-performance CPUs and GPUs. "During her CES keynote, Dr. Su and guests will provide a view into the diverse applications for new computing technologies ranging from solving some of the world's toughest challenges to the future of gaming, entertainment and virtual reality with the potential to redefine modern life." Dr, Lisa Su's speech will be the first CES keynote from AMD in show history. In other news, Dr. Lisa Su has been inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). "Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer." Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

"AMD is transforming the future of computing in our ever-expanding digital world and revolutionizing the $35 billion gaming industry," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. "We look forward to Dr. Su's keynote as she paints a picture of the next-generation of computing that will help redefine the future of gaming and virtual entertainment."

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Posted by cageymaru October 03, 2018 12:51 PM (CDT)

Christopher Nolan Declares War on Motion Smoothing, Other Crappy TV Settings

Directors Christopher Nolan, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Jonathan Mostow are spearheading an effort to convince television manufacturers to turn off motion smoothing/interpolation by default, which should not be applied for 24p films. The setting essentially adds artificial frames to video content, resulting in what is commonly described as the "soap-opera effect," whereby motion appears wildly unnatural.

The problem is that TV manufacturers have made it the default setting for most televisions, likely so they can display sports footage on the show floor at stores like Best Buy and Target. The average consumer may buy a TV, take it home, think there may be something slightly off about the picture quality, and shrug their shoulders and go on with their lives, dooming themselves to countless hours of watching motion smoothed entertainment.

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Posted by Megalith September 16, 2018 3:25 PM (CDT)

FEMA to Send Its First "Presidential Alert" in Emergency Messaging System Test

The president is expected to send a message to every phone in the US on Thursday as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s new "presidential alert" system, which will allow the commander in chief to reach anyone with cell service in the event of a national emergency. "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed," the message will read, due to be sent out on Thursday at 2:18pm ET.

Allowing the president to send nationwide alerts was included in the passing of the WARN Act in 2006 under the Bush administration, creating a state-of-the-art emergency alert system that would replace an aging infrastructure. As alarming as these alerts can (and are designed to) be, the system aims to modernize the alerts system for a population increasingly moving away from televisions and towards mobile technology.

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Posted by Megalith September 15, 2018 11:25 AM (CDT)

NBA 2K19 Gives You a Choice to Grind for Unlocks or Pay Real Money

NBA 2K19 senior producer Rob Jones clarified the studio's take on microtransactions in the game. When questioned about changes to the in-game currency in NBA 2K19 called VC, he had this to say, "VC is an unfortunate reality of modern gaming." "Every game, at some point, in some way has currency and they're trying to get additional revenue from each player that plays the game." He goes on to lament having to make players grind their way to the top by stating the the long grind is a "choice, and not a force".

We know nowadays that most people don't have the patience to work their way to the top. They just wanna be there right away. So, you know, we look at it as, oh it's an opportunity for us to allow you to skip the grind, but then if the grind is too long, like some people felt last year, they're gonna sit there and they're gonna go 'well, you knew the grind was too long to begin with."

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Posted by cageymaru September 04, 2018 9:22 PM (CDT)

A Majority of U.S. Teens are Taking Steps to Limit Smartphone and Social Media Use

An interesting study from the Pew Research Center is showing that U.S. teens are starting to limit their use of smartphones and apps. It says 54% of teens are admitting to staying on the phones too much and almost the same percentage say they are trying to limit their use. In regards to social media and gaming they are trying to limit them by 57% and 58% respectively. This is pretty good news and I hope our youth can pry their face away from their phones because it would definitely be a good thing for society as a whole. Maybe there's hope for the next generation after all.

Fully 72% of teens say they often or sometimes check for messages or notifications as soon as they wake up, while roughly four-in-ten say they feel anxious when they do not have their cellphone with them. Overall, 56% of teens associate the absence of their cellphone with at least one of these three emotions: loneliness, being upset or feeling anxious. Additionally, girls are more likely than boys to feel anxious or lonely without their cellphone.

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Posted by Montu August 24, 2018 12:25 PM (CDT)