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Pokemon Go no more? : Australian professor

SYDNEY -- A lack of new features to replace the ones removed in the once popular Pokemon Go game is largely the main reason behind the game's rapid decline in popularity, an Australian finance professor said on Wednesday. The game's huge draw has soured since its launch in July, but losing almost a third of daily users by mid-August. By mid-September, according to Bloomberg, its daily downloads had declined from a peak of 27 million users to 700,000 while its daily revenues (for the game) had fallen from 16 million U.S. dollars to two million U.S. dollars a day. While many mobile games, especially those triggering a worldwide craze, suffer declines in usage over time, the precipitous decline in Pokemon Go, despite still generating strong revenue, has seen it be labeled a …

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Facebook now lets you buy food, movie tickets on site

Facebook will now allow Americans to order a meal, buy movie tickets or make an appointment at the hairdresser without having to leave the social networking site. The US company announced Wednesday the addition of new tools on the site to allow users to link directly with businesses. For example, a pizza can be delivered with a simple click of the "order" button on the restaurant's Facebook page. Provided, however, the restaurant uses delivery.com or Slice. For other shops such as spas or hairdressers, customers can request an appointment, which the merchant will confirm using Facebook Messenger, the company's mobile messaging application. Some businesses also may add a button to their page allowing customers to ask for a price quote. And Facebook has entered a partnership with Fandango to allow for the purchase of …

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Sugar maker’s breakthrough facility gets power from biomass gas

A sugar company in Negros Oriental now boasts a breakthrough renewable energy facility that further harnesses gas produced from biomass to produce electricity. Called the Fluidized Bed Gasification (FBG) system, it was unveiled by the Raw Brown Sugar Milling Company (RBSMC) in its muscovado sugar production facilities in Pamplona, Negros Oriental. It was funded with a P990,000 grant from the Department of Science and Technology–Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST–TDI). In the FBG system, the Philippines’ first such facility, agricultural wastes are burned upon introduction of a limited amount of oxygen, producing carbon dioxide and energy. This drives a second reaction—the gasification stage—wherein waste materials are further converted into hydrogen and additional carbon dioxide. “I see several advantages to powering our turbines with synthetic gas produced by ITDI’s FBG System. These are 100 percent reduction of …

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Tesla’s Musk Deepens Panasonic Ties With Solar Parts Deal

Tesla Motors Inc. unveiled plans to collaborate with Panasonic Corp. to make solar-energy components for SolarCity Corp., bolstering Elon Musk’s final push to merge the automaker and solar company. Production of photovoltaic cells and modules for solar-energy systems used by SolarCity will begin in 2017 at SolarCity’s factory in Buffalo, New York, Tesla said in a statement late Sunday. The deal would be a win for Panasonic, which has shifted away from consumer electronics products to focus on housing, car information systems and car batteries. Musk, who is Tesla’s chief executive officer and chairman and chief financier of SolarCity, has proposed combining the two companies to give consumers one-stop shopping for an electric car as well as the solar-powered electricity that will power it. But Tesla’s bid to acquire SolarCity has been …

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Disney Dropped Twitter Pursuit Partly Over Image

Walt Disney Co. decided not to pursue a bid for Twitter Inc. partly out of concern that bullying and other uncivil forms of communication on the social media site might soil the company’s wholesome family image, according to people familiar with management’s thinking. The producer of family fare like “Finding Dory” had gone so far as to hire two investment banks, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Guggenheim Partners LLC, to help evaluate a bid for Twitter. Disney management also listened to a presentation about the business from Twitter executives, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions were private. There were other reasons for Disney not to pursue Twitter. The social media pioneer, creator of the 140-character tweet, is losing money and yet sports a market value …

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Trump and taxes could figure into Pennsylvania Senate debate

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The first debate is set for Monday for Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty, in an increasingly nasty race that could decide whether the GOP hangs onto its Senate majority. Toomey said he will seek to highlight differences, including on national security and his record of fighting against tax increases. "Katie McGinty has spent her professional life raising middle class taxes, or trying to raise middle class taxes, and if there's anybody in the Congress that's been fighting against higher taxes, that's me," Toomey said Friday. McGinty has said she opposes a middle-class tax increase and has criticized Toomey in recent days over his refusal to disavow the GOP's presidential nominee, Donald Trump. The editorial board of Pennsylvania's largest newspaper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, endorsed …

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China to blast 2 astronauts into space on Monday

BEIJING — Chinese officials unveiled plans for Monday's launch of the country's latest space mission in which two astronauts will be blasted into space and will dock with an orbiting space lab. The Shenzhou 11 spacecraft will be launched at 7:30 a.m., said Wu Ping, deputy director of China's manned space engineering office, in a televised news conference. The Shenzhou mission will take off aboard a Long March-2F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert in northern China. The spacecraft will dock with the Tiangong 2 space station within two days and the astronauts will stay there for 30 days to test the complex's ability to support their life. They will also conduct medical and scientific experiments, Wu said. An earlier Tiangong 1 experimental space station …

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An open book for digital-savvy millennials

Lenovo ups the ante on tablet design with the release of the Yoga Book, a thin and light 2-in-1 tablet that allows users to take notes and even sketchtheir own artworks using a stylus with real ink. Housed in a unique form factor that inspires creativity, the Yoga Book gives users the freedom to let their imagination roam free. “Lenovo is committed to create innovativedevicesthat help today’s shakers and makers create better and achieve more in their daily tasks. Featuring a Halo Keyboard and Real Pen input device for taking notes, drawing, and browsing the web, the Lenovo Yoga Book is the book of today’s digital-savvy millennial generation,” said Michael Ngan, Country General Manager, Lenovo Philippines. Equipped with a Real Pen input for note-taking, a Halo Keyboard for easy typing, and a …

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“Trolls” brought to life by bleeding-edge effects tools

The technology available for animated filmmaking is more sophisticated and photo-realistic than ever before.  In many features, for example, grass has never looked grassier and water never more… watery. But the “Trolls” filmmakers had a very different kind of vision in mind for these bleeding-edge visual effects tools.  They decided to create a world unlike any other experienced on film.   “We wanted to transport audiences to a handmade universe,” says director Mike Mitchell. From the creators of “Shrek” comes DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls,” a smart, funny and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it.  The film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, who have a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, …

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Torque Mobile launches EGO Series Boost Edition for wise spenders

Torque Mobile has announced the Torque EGO series Boost Edition, a breakthrough line-up of noteworthy devices that allows users to easily take their phone usage to the next level and truly embrace the age of the smartphone. “The long-term vision for the Torque EGO series is for it to be treated much like a person’s pride, identity, or self-esteem. Something that will always be around, being shaped by personal decisions and circumstance, and needing the occasional boost every once in a while,” said Chris Uyco, CEO and chief innovator at Torque Mobile. Torque is offering a full line-up of Boost Edition phones for its EGO series, with compelling upgrades to offer as a way of boosting what one may otherwise view as normal, typical, or acceptable. The EGO Series Boost Edition is all …

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