Ubisoft to Open Amusement Park in Montreal

Ubisoft to Open Amusement Park in Montreal

Video game publisher Ubisoft said Wednesday it will open an amusement park for children in Montreal this summer based on its popular Raving Rabbids franchise.

The game series in which large, crazy rabbits cause havoc and mischief was spun off of another game, Rayman, in 2009.

The so-called floppy-eared Rabbids have also appeared in a number of other Ubisoft games such as Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The indoor theme park will cover 15,000 square feet (about 1,400 square meters) with plenty of activities for children up to 12 years old, Ubisoft spokesman Jeyson Acevedo told AFP.

It is scheduled to open in August, building on the popularity of a single ride based on the franchise created for the Poitiers Futuroscope theme park in France in late 2013.

Montreal is home to Ubisoft’s largest digital game development studio, with some 3,000 employees.

If the Rabbids theme park is a success, it could be replicated in other cities around the world, said Acevedo.

“We saw an opportunity to diversify our offerings outside of gaming,” he explained. The game developer has also started expanding into television, movies and comics.

It announced last September that it would open a large outdoor theme park devoted to its top-selling games in Kuala Lumpur in 2020.

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IBM, Google, Others to Unveil Open Data Centre Interface to Take on Intel

IBM, Google, Others to Unveil Open Data Centre Interface to Take on Intel

IBM, Google, Others to Unveil Open Data Centre Interface to Take on Intel
OpenCAPI will provide a high bandwidth, low latency open interface design
Will help speed up big data, machine learning, analytics
Consortium plans to make OpenCAPI available before the end of the year
Technology giants IBM Corp, Google and seven others have joined hands to launch an open specification that can boost datacenter server performance by up to ten times, to take on Intel Corp.

The new standard, called Open Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (OpenCAPI), is an open forum to provide a high bandwidth, low latency open interface design specification.

The open interface will help corporate and cloud data centers to speed up big data, machine learning, analytics and other emerging workloads.

The consortium plans to make the OpenCAPI specification available to the public before the end of the year and expects servers and related products based on the new standard in the second half of 2017, it said in a statement.

Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, is known to protect its server technologies and has chosen to sit out of the new consortium. In the past also, it had stayed away from prominent open standards technology groups such as CCIX and Gen-Z.
“As artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced analytics become the price of doing business in today’s digital era, huge volumes of data are now the norm,” Doug Balog, general manager for IBM Power, told Reuters.

“It’s clear that today’s datacenters can no longer rely on one company alone to drive innovation,” Balog said.

Advanced Micro Devices Inc, Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co, Mellanox Technologies Ltd, Micron Technology Inc, NVIDIA Corp and Xilinx Inc are also members of the the OpenCAPI consortium.

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Opening Bell | Asian markets open higher; SBI, Jet Airways in news

A file photo of the BSE building in Mumbai. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

US stocks end higher; Asia follows suit

Stocks closed higher on Thursday, with the three major indices closing at record highs, amid sharp gains in oil prices and strong quarterly results from retailers.

Asia markets advanced in early trade on Friday, following record high finishes in the US. The Japanese market returned to trade after being shut Thursday for a public holiday, and the benchmark Nikkei 225 was up 0.8%. Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi gained 0.34%.

Aditya Birla to merge Nuvo, Grasim

The Aditya Birla Group is merging two of its main companies, Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd (Nuvo) and Grasim Industries Ltd, both of which also serve as holding companies, in an attempt to create a stronger entity, and unlock shareholder value by spinning off and listing one of Nuvo’s subsidiaries, Aditya Birla Financial Services Ltd, reports Mint .

Irdai issues draft guidelines for mandatory listing of insurance firm

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) has released a discussion paper on listing of Indian insurance firms . The Irdai proposed that insurance firms having completed eight years of operations in case of general and reinsurance, and 10 years of operations in case of life insurance, can go for mandatory public listing.

MRF first-quarter profit rises

Tyre major MRF Ltd has posted a net profit of Rs.490.93 crore for the quarter ended 30 June against Rs.479.54 crore for the corresponding year-ago period. Total income on a stand-alone basis increased to Rs.3,481.97 crore fromRs.3,477.17 crore. Read more .

Bank of Baroda Q1 profit falls 59.74% to Rs.423 crore

State-owned Bank of Baroda’s net profit for the June quarter fell 59.74% from a year ago due to higher provisions and lower net interest income. Net profit for the quarter wasRs.423.62 crore, compared with Rs.1,052.15 crore a year ago.

Global gold demand up 15% in Q2 2016: World Gold Council

Global gold demand grew by 15% to 1,050 tonnes in the second quarter of 2016, mainly driven by considerable investment demand, World Gold Council (WGC) said in its latest report. Investment demand reached 448 tonnes as investors sought risk diversification and a safe store of value in the face of continued political, economic and social instability, it said. Read more .

Diesel car ban taking heavy toll on auto industry: RC Bhargava

The chairman of India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, R.C. Bhargava, has warned that the debate around the future of diesel vehicles, which have borne the brunt of a backlash against air pollution, has dented growth of the Indian auto industry and crimped its job-creation ability.

Airtel completes spectrum deal with Aircel in seven circles

Bharti Airtel said it had successfully concluded the transaction for acquiring rights to use 20 MHz 2300 Band BWA (broadband wireless access) spectrum from Aircel. The deal makes Airtel the second largest holder of 4G spectrum in 2300 MHz band after Reliance Jio Infocomm.

Indiabulls Housing Fin to issue Rs.15,000 crore worth NCDs next week

Indiabulls Housing Finance (IBHFL) will open Rs.15,000 crore non-convertible debentures (NCDs) issue next week. The issue opens on Tuesday and closes on the same day, it said. The NCDs carrying coupon rate of 8.57-8.80% per annum has a tenure of five years.

HDFC Mutual Fund raises stake in Teamlease to 9%

HDFC Mutual Fund has increased shareholding in staffingfirm Teamlease Services by 2.2% to nearly 9% by purchasing shares via the open market. The aggregate holding of HDFC Mutual Fund in Teamlease Services was at 6.79% of the paid-up equity share capital, as on 26 May.

PFC raises Rs.4,335 crore via bond issue on BSE e-book platform

State-run Power Finance Corporation (PFC) has raisedRs.4,335 crore from the issuance of debt securities on the BSE’s newly launched electronic book mechanism platform. There were 15 arrangers in the issue, which was conducted on coupon discovery basis. Read more .

Dilip Buildcon shares make strong debut; surge 15%

Shares of infrastructure firm Dilip Buildcon, which made a strong debut on the bourses on Thursday, settled with a gain of 15% over the issue price of Rs.219. After listing atRs.240, up 9.58% on the BSE, shares of the company finally ended at Rs.251.95, surging 15%. Intra-day, it jumped 16.43% to Rs.255.

Earnings Corner

Bank of India, Central Bank of India, Cipla, Deepak Fertilizers, Dena Bank, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Jet Airways, Oriental Bank of Commerce, PTC India and State Bank of India are among the companies that will be announcing their June quarter earnings today.


Dropbox Paper Enters Open Beta; Android and iOS Apps Launched

Dropbox Paper Enters Open Beta; Android and iOS Apps Launched


  • Dropbox Paper moves into public beta phase
  • Dropbox Paper apps launched on both Android and iOS
  • One million docs created during service’s private beta phase

Dropbox Paper, the online tool to collaboratively create and edit documents, has moved from its private beta phase to a public beta and the company has also announced that it is launching the app for its service on both Android and iOS.

The company said on its blog that Dropbox Paper was created with the intention of being a tool to create collaborative documents and share important information with team members. There have been over a million documents that are already created during Dropbox Paper’s private beta and the company has used the feedback to improve certain components of its service.

“With that input (feedback), we’ve made improvements like enhanced tables and image galleries; desktop, Web, and mobile notifications; and powerful search to help you quickly find the docs you need,” the company said in its blog.

With the new mobile apps, users will be able to get project updates, make edits, and respond to feedback even when they are on the move, the company added.

You can join Dropbox Paper’s public beta by signing up over here.

Apart from just plain words, Dropbox Paper also allows you to communicate with the rest of your team by embedding images, videos, and other media. If you connect your Google Calendar with Paper, it can create a custom notes document for your next meeting and automatically share it with the attendees.

The Dropbox Paper app is already available for Android users worldwide, but is available only the in US right now on iOS. Users from the European Union will get access to the iOS app soon, the company said in its blog.

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Lenovo Vibe K5 to Be Made Available via Open Sale From Today

Lenovo Vibe K5 to Be Made Available via Open Sale From Today


  • The 4G-enabled Vibe K5 is priced at Rs. 6,999
  • It is available in open sale via Amazon India
  • It runs on a Snapdragon 415 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM

Lenovo’s recently unveiled Vibe K5 smartphone will be available via its first open sale from Monday. Interested consumers can purchase the Lenovo Vibe K5 in open sale via Amazon India, which no longer requires users to register in advance.

The Chinese company announced the open sale for the Vibe K5 last week and also revealed that it sold over 100,000 units of the smartphone across two flash sales, with 48,500 units sold in the last sale. Lenovo India also says that it is ramping up the production of the Vibe K5 to meet demand in the country.

The Lenovo Vibe K5 is a dual-SIM (Micro-SIM cards) smartphone that was first unveiled back at MWC 2016 alongside the Vibe K5 Plus. The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus however made it to India in March at Rs. 8,499.To refresh on the specifications of the Lenovo Vibe K5, it features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 415 processor clocked at 1.4GHz paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. The handset supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). It sports a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel fixed-focus camera. The smartphone is backed by a 2750mAh battery which is claimed to offer a standby time of up to 322 hours on 4G network, and a talk time of up to 15 hours on 3G network. It supports dual Micro-SIMs; measures 142x71x8.2mm, and weighs 150 grams.

Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, and 4G. The Vibe K5 comes with LTE Cat 4 support which means it can match download speeds of up to 150Mbps and an upload speed of up to 50Mbps. It sports aluminium casing and comes with Dolby Atmos.

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Pakistan Cricket Board Keeps All Options Open, From Boycotting India to Demanding Compensation

Jagmohan Dalmiya Shahryar Khan

Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan is in India to attend a condolence meeting for the late Jagmohan Dalmiya.


Kolkata: Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan on Thursday said they are open to ‘options’ ranging from boycotting ties with India to demanding compensation if the BCCI fails to honour the MOU, signed between the two boards of playing a bilateral series in December. (PCB to discuss December series With India at ICC meet)

But Shahryar said he is still hopeful of the series taking place in December and would meet BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur in a week’s time to decide on the fate of the rubber that is hanging in limbo in the wake of the current political tensions between the two countries.

“I received a reply from Thakur that we well meet in Dubai and we will probably decide what is to be done. The final decision of course lies with the Government of India,” the PCB chairman told reporters after paying his tribute to the late Jagmohan Dalmiya, who passed away here on September 20.

“In spite of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), if the BCCI does not honour its own signature then we’ll see what is to be done. If they don’t honour it (MOU) for political reasons we have options open to us. We will suffer financial and other losses.

“Boycott is an extreme option but of course it’s an option. I never used the term ‘boycott’, you people know me and I am not one to give warnings and threats. But it’s surely a thing that if you don’t accept your signed agreement then definitely I’ll demand for compensation,” he said. “The series is an agreement but if it does not happen, it’s a reasonable thing to demand compensation.”

Still hopeful of the series happening, an optimistic Shahryar said PCB will keep ICC aware of the development and call for their suggestion.

“Now we still have some hope that the series will take place. We will cross the bridge when it comes but I feel BCCI should honour the agreement,” he said.

The BCCI secretary is likely to meet Shahryar on the sidelines of the ICC meeting in Dubai from October 8-13.

India are scheduled to play two Tests and five ODIs and two T20Is in Pakistan’s adopted home venue of UAE beginning in December.

The PCB chairman also said that he would give a reminder about the MOU to BCCI presidential candidate Shashank Manohar, who is likely to be elected at its SGM in Mumbai on October 4.

“I will remind him that BCCI has signed an MOU and is he going to honour it or not…that’s the basic issue. I have a high regard for him (Manohar). I hope when I am in Delhi I will congratulate him in advance and will assure him of my cooperation,” Shaharyar said.

India, who had stopped cricketing ties with Pakistan in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008, had signed an MOU to play six series under the 2015-2023 Future Tours Programme (FTP), subject to clearance from the Government of India.

Shahryar and his wife Minnoo called on the Dalmiyas at their 10 Alipore Road Residence and fondly remembered the former BCCI president who passed away after a massive cardiac arrest last month.

Remembering Dalmiya as a ‘friend’ of PCB, Shaharyar said: “I have come to Kolkata for the sole purpose of paying my last respect to the family of Jagmohan Dalmiya who not only was a personal friend but I believe he was a friend of India and Pakistan cricket boards.”


Yu Founder On Next Flagship and Open Supply Version for Upcoming Smartphones

Yu Founder On Next Flagship and Open Source Model for Upcoming Smartphones

The following Yu flagship will run Android in preference to Cyanogen.
It’s miles predicted to launch in 1/3 week of May also.
Yu on the grounds that remaining yr has bought 2 million smartphones in India.
Micromax subsidiary Yu Televentures is gearing up to launch its Next flagship smartphone this month. In advance of the release, company founder Rahul Sharma spoke to Devices 360 about the organization‘sapproach for upcoming smartphones and the connection with Cyanogen. He showed that the imminent Yu flagship will run Android with some customisations from the organization, and now not Cyanogen, as visibleon its predecessor. Sharma found out that the organization has to date sold 2 million gadgets becauseYu hooked up itself as an independent brand, with a brand new flagship cellphone predicted to launchlater this month.

Speakme approximately the imminent smartphone, Sharma stated that the corporation will be that specialize in supplyingnatural Android enjoy” with a deep integration of Round Yu, a service aggregator platform that was brought closing 12 months alongside the Yutopia flagship. He further hinted that theRound Yu will include a few new capabilities.

While we were given Cyanogen matters were transferring quality however simultaneously weadditionally released an Android inventory phone. The feedback we obtained for the inventory Android from the network become they preferred more of inventory Android in place of Cyanogen OS. Even though Cyanogen brings a lot of new customisation options but it additionally added some insects with it.”

“Now we have determined to go along with the inventory Android experience however with a difference.We are working on something we callProject Motorway” internally. It is without a doubt the Sourcecode supply chain control device which We are building,” he endured.

In keeping with Sharma, Yu’s Source code deliver chain management gadget could be a platform wherethe organization will drop Supply code from Google, chipset makers, and different code that is commonlyavailable most effective to the OEMs. He says this can enable the community builders and others tocontribute to the employer‘s Source code. He added that it will likely be an open community so that it will enable the company to push Android updates quicker than competition. Sharma stressed that notelephone corporation in India has tried this in India to date.

(also see: Cyanogen OS Not Extraordinary to Micromax’s Yu in India: Lenovo)

On being asked approximately Cyanogen-Yu partnership and now Lenovo launching Z1 with Cyanogen OS in India, Sharma showed that the exclusivity No longer exists. He but brought that this doesn’t suggestthat Yu will not release a smartphone strolling Cyanogen OS. He similarly discovered the company plans to launch successors to the popular Yu Yunique, Yu Yureka, and Yu Yutopia smartphones in 2016.

The enterprise is likewise anticipated to introduce its own wallet with The next Yu flagship. Micromax hadin advance this yr announced that it’s going to combine a new pockets supplying, powered by way ofVisa and TranServ, for its telephone customers in an try to push its services commercial enterprise.

Sharma stated that the new flagship phone may have the “fastest” fingerprint scanner. He howeverdeclined to element on how it’s going to paintings. The business enterprise is expected to affirm therelease date for the Yu flagship this week.

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Microsoft’s Open source .internet core assignment Hits v1.0, receives preferred Availability

Microsoft Paying Woman $10,000 for Force Installing Windows 10: Report

Microsoft introduced .net middle 1.0
extra than 18,000 developers contributed to the framework
it’ll additionally be to be had for Ubuntu, Debian, and CentOS
at the pink Hat DevNation convention in San Francisco on Monday, Microsoft introduced the generalavailability of .net center 1.0 improvement framework and its ASP.internet center websitebuildingsurroundings for Linux, macOS, and windows working structures.

Microsoft introduced the open supply .internet center move-platform task a year in the past. It aimed todeliver the .internet framework to varied running systems. The Redmond giant intends to make .internetframework right into a development platform that may be used on computers, servers, and even onmobile concurrently. The employer even acquired Xamarin, a business enterprise that makes gear forbuilders to build cell apps on Android and iOS the usage of the .net framework. on the crimson Hatconvention, Microsoft has now announced the discharge of .net middle 1.zero for windows, macOS, and Linux.

Microsoft claims that more than 18,000 developers, representing extra than 1,300 groups contributed to make .internet center 1.zero a fact. “that is the biggest transformation of .net given that its inception and will outline .internet for the next decade. we’ve got rebuilt the muse of .net to be targeted on the needsof latest international: particularly allotted cloud packages, micro services and boxes,” Microsoftsoftware supervisor rich Lander said in a weblog publish.

pink Hat additionally introduced that it’s going to support .internet core on its organisation Linux distribution, and its OpenShift fieldbased totally platform-as-a-carrier supplying. Samsung hasadditionally joined the bandwagon by means of joining the .internet basis‘s Technical steeringorganization. The Redmond-based employer is likewise making .net core to be had for Ubuntu, Debian, and CentOS, however first commercial distribution assist will be for purple Hat employer Linux. Forgreater info on the .net middle 1.0, head the the Microsoft web page.

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Halo Wars 2 launch Date, variants, and Open Beta found out

Halo Wars 2 Release Date, Editions, and Open Beta Revealed

Halo Wars 2 can have wellknown and Deluxe editions.
the sport may even have a season pass.
There might be an open beta from June thirteen to June 20.
With some hours to move before Microsoft’s massive E3 2016 conference, statistics has been trickling in on what to anticipate. apart from the Xbox One S – a slimmer version of the company‘s Xbox One console with some new delivered capability like 4K video which changed into leaked, there are video games. Andan entire lot of them. One mainly is Halo Wars 2.

announced at Gamescom 2015, it merges actual-time strategy (RTS) with the Halo universe. earlier due for a Fall 2016 release, it has been shifted to February 21, 2017. And it will come with a season bypass. There could be two variants of the game, wellknown and Deluxe, with the latter being priced at $80 (roundRs. five,368) and will include the season skip. don’t assume this model to come to India, because of theexcessive price. instead we must see just the usual edition in addition priced to Quantum spoil at Rs.three,999. There can be an beta though, from June 13 to June 20.

The news comes from famous gaming forum NeoGAF, through customers who were able to accessMicrosoft’s site which had been handy publicly. In fact there are recommendations of greater to come.

clearly i am surprised someone did not leak all of the vids and other screens from games when you consider that all changed into hosted on public get right of entry to MS website online (speakme aboutthe monitors/gifs I published),” claims a forum goer with the aid of the take care of of Gwyn on NeoGAF, who went on to mention that Microsoft had in the end pulled the plug on get right of entry to.

the primary Halo Wars game got more interest for being the closing recreation from Ensemble Studios, the mythical Age of Empires studio, and relatively little interest for its pretty particular take at the RTSstyle it really is in no way been popular on consoles. whilst Microsoft shut Ensemble soon after Halo Wars become launched, many lovers felt cheated. nevertheless, with studio innovative assembly at thehelm , it is going to be exciting to peer how the developer in the back of overall warfare: Warhammer take the style forward in Halo Wars 2.

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Ubisoft to Open entertainment Park in Montreal

Ubisoft to Open Amusement Park in Montreal

online game writer Ubisoft stated Wednesday it will open an amusement park for youngsters in Montreal this summer based totally on its popular Raving Rabbids franchise.

the game collection wherein big, loopy rabbits cause havoc and mischief was spun off of some otherrecreation, Rayman, in 2009.

The so-called floppy-eared Rabbids have additionally seemed in a number of other Ubisoft gamesconsisting of assassin‘s Creed, Splinter mobile and teen Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The indoor subject park will cover 15,000 rectangular feet (approximately 1,four hundred rectangularmeters) with masses of activities for children as much as 12 years antique, Ubisoft spokesman Jeyson Acevedo told AFP.

it’s miles scheduled to open in August, building on the recognition of a single trip based totally on thefranchise created for the Poitiers Futuroscope theme park in France in overdue 2013.

Montreal is domestic to Ubisoft’s largest digital recreation improvement studio, with some 3,000personnel.

If the Rabbids subject park is a fulfillment, it can be replicated in different cities around the arena, saidAcevedo.

“We saw an possibility to diversify our offerings outdoor of gaming,” he defined. the sport developer hasadditionally started expanding into television, movies and comics.

It announced last September that it might open a massive outdoor theme park dedicated to its topselling video games in Kuala Lumpur in 2020.
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