Google abandons Stadia Base branding as it launches free tier

first_imgGoogle abandons Stadia Base branding as it launches free tierFree trials of Stadia Pro can essentially transition into free use of the service, now just called StadiaRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterFriday 24th April 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGoogleEven though Google has effectively launched its free tier of Stadia, Stadia Base, it’s no longer calling it that.Earlier this month, Google announced it would offer two free months of Stadia Pro, which is normally a paid subscription service costing $9.99 per month.As a part of that announcement, Google added that games purchased as a part of the free Stadia trial would remain accessible even for users who canceled their subscriptions after the two-month free period.Users signing up for Google Stadia also now have an additional option at the end of the process, allowing them to opt-out of the two-month Stadia Pro trial and simply begin purchasing games through Stadia without signing up for Pro at all.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Google has additionally confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that users who let subscriptions lapse will still be able to purchase new games for Stadia, play them, and will have their resolution capped at 1080p as originally stated for Stadia Base — with Pro subscribers able to play games in 4k.However, while Stadia Base exists now in spirit, last week Google shared in a community blog post that it had “decided to move away from” the nomenclature of Stadia Base entirely.”We’re very excited that Stadia is now free and open to everyone who wants to create an account in our supported markets,” reads the post.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesSix additional staff leave Stadia to join Haven StudiosFormer Stadia Games and Entertainment GM Sebastien Puel is a co-founder of Jade Raymond’s new ventureBy Danielle Partis 6 days agoStadia head of product has departed GoogleJohn Justice had joined the company in 2019 By Marie Dealessandri 7 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Nominate an Equestrian for the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame

first_imgMore from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! The Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame presented by RBC will be inducting the Class of 2019 in the fall. The Hall of Fame recognizes Canadian Olympians, Coaches and Builders (officials, administrators, volunteers and media) who embody the Fundamental Principles and Values of Olympism with distinction.Nominations for inductees are now open and will be accepted until 11:59 pm EST on March 31, 2019.Inductees will be recognized under four categories:Athlete – Canadian Olympic Team member who has actively competed and represented Canada in an Olympic Games event.Team – Two or more Canadian Olympic Team athletes who competed together in a team event or team Sport.Coach – An individual who achieved significant success as a coach in Olympic Sport(s)/Discipline(s).Builder – An individual who contributed to the growth and development of Olympic Sport(s)/Discipline(s) and/or contributed to the growth and development of the Olympic Movement during their career. Members of the Canadian media are eligible to be inducted under the builder category.Nominees in all categories must have held Canadian citizenship or Canadian residency over the course of their careers.Since 1949, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame has inducted 429 athletes, teams, coaches, and builders in recognition of their outstanding Olympic achievements and their embodiment of the Olympic values.Inductees will be chosen from the nominations by the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Selection Committee. An announcement of inductees will be made at a later date.Click here for more information or to make a nomination. Tags: The Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, Email* SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.last_img read more

Canadian Official Investigate Woman’s Death and Delayed Response

first_imgTORONTO (CBC News) – An 87-year-old Toronto woman died in December after waiting three hours with abdominal pain for an ambulance that was delayed “due to limited resources,” a CBC investigation reveals. An internal Toronto Emergency Medical Services ambulance dispatch record also shows seven ambulances were dispatched to her location but then diverted to other calls.last_img

Lucy Gossage in CEP Compression Twitter takeover

first_img Related The team at CEP Compression will be offering a ‘Twitter Takeover’ on Wednesday evening (8 April, British Summer Time); hosted by CEPro triathlete Lucy Gossage. Frequently referred to as a real-life ‘Duracell Bunny’, Lucy has achieved some impressive race results over the past couple of years; most recently finishing in second place at IRONMAN South Africa behind fellow Brit, Jodie Swallow.Lucy will be ‘taking over’ the @CEPSportsUK Twitter account between 18:00 and 19:00 BST on Wednesday 8 April, and will be answering any questions that CEP followers might have about their own training and racing.Lucy said, “I am really looking forward to hearing everyone’s questions, and hope that I can offer some valuable advice for those setting out on their 2015 race season. I was really pleased with my result at IRONMAN South Africa and am excited to see what the rest of this year holds for me!”With an endorsement deal confirmed in February, Lucy Gossage’s new partnership with CEP will see her both training and racing in CEP kit in 2015, and she will be helping to promote the brand’s premium quality product range across the year.CEP Compression is the athletic performance brand of Medi, a worldwide leader in compression, orthopedics and prosthetics. Based in Bayreuth, Germany, Medi has spent the last 60 years knitting compression hosiery for patients with circulatory disease. CEP athletic compression apparel is manufactured in Germany and North Carolina, USA.www.cepsports.co.uklast_img read more

Proteins associated with schizophrenia hang around longer than previously thought

first_imgShare Email Share on Twitter LinkedIn Pinterestcenter_img The discovery that a particular protein doesn’t just give cells a job but also sticks around to tell them how to do these new assignments could provide insight into schizophrenia, as well as a neurodevelopmental disorder, according to a new study by a Drexel University research team.The team discovered that the protein, called TCF4, remains present in cells after neurogenesis — where they turn jobless cells into neurons. Neurons are cells in the nervous system that send specific signals to each other, and scientists believed that TCF4 degraded and disappeared at that stage. However, Drexel researchers found that TCF4 sticks around and restricts the number of synapses neurons make.“It seems these proteins are performing double duty,” said Daniel Marenda, PhD, associate professor and director of the Biology graduate program in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences. “Not only do the proteins take a cell that doesn’t have a job and give it one, but once the cell has a job, it tells that cell how to do it.” Share on Facebook The study, “Type I bHLH Proteins Daughterless and TCF4 Restrict Neurite Branching and Synapse Formation by Repressing Neurexin in Postmiotic Neurons” was published in Cell Reports. Its first author, Mitchell D’Rozario, PhD, was Marenda’s graduate student, and is now a post-doctoral researcher at Washington University School of Medicine.While the protein at the center of the study is referred to as TCF4 in humans, rats and mice, it is called Daughterless in Drosophila, or fruit flies, where the protein’s persistence was discovered.“We found, rather unexpectedly, that the fly protein Daughterless was present in neurons, cells that already had a job. This was odd to us,” Marenda said. “So we decided to investigate what Daughterless might be doing in the cells.”When they found that Daughterless was regulating the number of synapses in neurons, the team analyzed TCF4 in mice and found that it was doing the exact same thing. The protein had not disappeared, but was still present and very active.These findings are particularly important because of the association TCF4 gene variants have with schizophrenia and Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder.“Mutations in TCF4 are associated with both,” Marenda explained. “So we think that TCF4 is most likely involved in helping to form the proper number of synapses a cell makes, so that the information flow in the nervous system doesn’t get confused and dysfunctional. When you lose these proteins, you suddenly get too many synapses and it disrupts the nervous system function.”Marenda said that there is evidence that cells making too many synapses are associated with autism. Further study of the presence of TCF4 (and Daughterless) in neurons could uncover more about the relationship between synapse number and adult nervous system function.“Depending on the severity of the mutation’s effect on TCF4, you may get differing outcomes,” Marenda said. “Too severe a mutation may give you a strong effect like Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome, while other changes in the gene may increase your risk of schizophrenia. But the underlying mechanism may be similar.”last_img read more

Bad form: RIBA standard form

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

Holbrook, Koehn win races for Marshfield girls swimming at Onalaska

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterONALASKA – Elizabeth Holbrook won the 200 IM and Sophie Koehn took first in the 100 backstroke for Marshfield’s two victories at a nonconference girls swim meet Thursday against Onalaska-Holmen-Aquinas at the Onalaska YMCA.OHA won the meet, but team scores were not provided.Holbrook won the 200 IM by less than 4/10 of a second in 2:27.74 and Koehn won the 100 back in 1:08.88, winning by a little less than ½ second.Holbrook also took second in the 100 breaststroke with a tie of 1:15.24 and Ryenne Zee was second in the 50 free in 27.94 seconds for the Tigers.Marshfield will compete at the Hodag Relays in Rhinelander on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Marshfield at Onalaska-Holmen-AquinasSept. 3, at Onalaska YMCAWinners and Marshfield finishers200 IM: 1. Elizabeth Holbrook (M) 2:27.74; 4. Elise Ashby (M) 2:56.16; 5. Malina Barker (M) 3:05.02.200 free relay: 1. OHA (Claire Hale, Eva Marchiando, Sally Bowman, Kelsey Linzmeyer) 1:46.72; 3. Marshfield (Sophie Koehn, Holbrook, Grace Hilbelink, Ryenne Zee) 1:56.17; 5. Marshfield (Ashby, Emily Hoppendietzel, April Read, Morgan Nordbeck) 2:11.47; 6. Marshfield (Amilyshree Trivedi, Mckenzie Wilsmann, Lindsey Tyrolt, Melissa Roberts) 2:27.97.400 free relay: 1. OHA (Marchiando, Jennifer Laux, Hale, Becca Enos) 4:16.40; 3. Marshfield (Ashby, Valerie Kushnir, Hilbelink, Erika Roeglin) 4:40.50; 5. Marshfield (Madira Hall, Taylor Ferch, Elizabeth Lecker, Hoppendietzel) 5:03.31.200 medley relay: 1. OHA (Hale, Linzmeyer, Bowman, Courtney Warren) 2:02.19; 2. Marshfield (Koehn, Holbrook, Kushnir, Zee) 2:05.46; 4. Marshfield (Barker, Lecker, Read, Nordbeck) 2:28.59.50 free: 1. Bowman (OHA) 27.11; 2. Zee (M) 27.94; 5. Roeglin (M) 30.43; 6. Nordbeck (M) 33.28.100 free: 1. Linzmeyer (OHA) 55.65; 3. Koehn (M) 1:00.43; 4. Zee (M) 1:01.31; 6. Roeglin (M) 1:11.08.200 free: 1. Laux (OHA) 2:15.41; 3. Kushnir (M) 2:24.43; 5. Hall (M) 2:33.31; 6. Nordbeck (M) 2:38.45.500 free: 1. Becky Pulvemacher (OHA) 6:10.57; 3. Hall (M) 6:39.61; 5. Hoppendietzel (M) 7:29.34.100 back: 1. Koehn (M) 1:08.88; 5. Barker (M) 1:19.70; 6. Roeglin (M) 1:25.12.100 breaststroke: 1. Linzmeyer (OHA) 1:11.59; 2. Holbrook (M) 1:15.24; 4. Hilbelink (M) 1:23.87; 6. Ashby (M) 1:35.12.100 butterfly: 1. Laux (OHA) 1:09.43; 3. Kushnir (M) 1:14.81; 4. Read (M) 1:18.48; 6. Hilbelink (M) 1:28.53.last_img read more

Lessons of Petraeus Case Are Far From Clear

first_imgThere are some lessons that HR professionals can draw from the saga of Gen. David Petraeus, who resigned as head of the CIA after an FBI investigation found that he had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The importance of choosing leaders with integrity–and the realization that there is virtually no privacy when it comes to electronic communications–jump out as key takeaways for HR. However, how HR staffs can apply these principles in their day-to-day work isn’t cut and dried. And the scandal illuminates aspects of human nature that will challenge HR professionals for decades, researchers warn. Once being discussed as a potential presidential candidate, Petraeus managed military battles, his career and the news media astutely. Some have labeled him a narcissist, particularly in light of the Broadwell affair. Did Broadwell’s intense interest in Petraeus blind the general to his duties—his duties to his country, to his family, and even to his own best interests? Only he can answer. His departure from public service is unfortunate, given his talent. His damage to his family, and Broadwell’s damage to hers, are more significant and more lasting, I suspect. Had Petraeus worked for the private sector, and had the investigation begun with a tip to HR instead of a call to the FBI, how would the situation have played out? A lot differently, I believe. Broadwell wasn’t working for Petraeus or his organization, though she was an Army Reserve officer. All indications are that it was a consensual relationship free from harassment. When the affair was discovered, according to news reports, neither party denied it or tried to cover it up. This is not a Penn State or Catholic Church scandal. Reportedly, by leaving personal messages in the drafts folder of a Gmail account, the pair thought that their communications would remain anonymous. They didn’t. Even if Petraeus used a government computer to access the drafts folder, it’s not the most massive violation of HR rules—unless evidence shows that he revealed classified information. If you were the HR chief dealing with these discoveries in the private sector, what would you do? Fire Petraeus? For showing poor moral judgment? That might be a decision for the Board of Directors. For misusing e-mail? You’d probably give him a warning or make him take more training. The paramount takeaway for HR is that we need to understand a leader’s character before we hire him or her. Unfortunately, we often overlook character flaws because they can be embedded in otherwise desirable skill sets. Some of the most effective leaders in terms of business performance are narcissists—narcissists who often get themselves and their organizations into trouble, according to researchers Arijit Chatterjee and Donald Hambrick. They found that narcissism in CEOs is correlated with “strategic dynamism.” Two more researchers, Joris Lammers and Adam Galinsky, came up with another disturbing finding about power seekers: People with power break rules not just because they think that they can get away with doing so, but also because they believe that they are entitled to do so. Finally, researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia assessed more than 100 graduate students and concluded that the level of narcissism in the United States is increasing. Taken together, these studies suggest that preventing situations such as that of Petraeus and Broadwell won’t be easy. Men and women are going to cheat. They’re going to try to hide their affairs. The only “bright” side is that they’re going to find it ever more difficult to conceal the electronic evidence. How effectively HR manages situations such as the Petraeus affair will help demonstrate just how strategic the profession has become. Steve Bates is a freelance journalist and former writer and editor for SHRM. Any investigation of his e-mails would reveal many pages of discussion of baseball, gardening and troublesome editors. [Links to research noted above:]http://www.economist.com/node/15328544http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112461751/expensive-egos-narcissism/http://archive.sciencewatch.com/dr/fmf/2011/11julfmf/11julfmfChatET/last_img read more

Kolkata aim to continue winning momentum against Rajasthan

first_imgHaving found the winning touch in their last match, Kolkata Knight Riders would be hoping to maintain the momentum when they host Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League return match here on Friday.The timing could not have been better for the Knights to capitalise as the Royals are coming off a battering at the hands of Mumbai Indians in their last game.With the Knight Riders’s next match, against the Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, also scheduled at home, maintaining the winning momentum will top their agenda.Whereas Rahul Dravid’s men appear a bit tired with the hectic scheduling, the Knights are fortunate to get a day’s extra break after their win against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday.It took the think-tank a bit of chopping and changing to get to the winning mode after the back-to-back losses against Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals in season five. The four changes in the line-up meant that skipper Gautam Gambhir elevated himself to his usual slot, dropping out of form Kiwi opener Brendon McCullum, a move that set the tone in their much-needed maiden victory this season. Gambhir led the way with a brisk 39-ball 64 to set up a total of 166, which eventually turned out to be a winning one. But their biggest plus point was the inclusion of veteran seamer Laxmipathy Balaji whose fired-up spell of 4-1-18-4, after Kallis took the prized-scalp of Chris Gayle, set-up the victory.”Balaji is a quality bowler and has the capability to take wickets on any pitch. Hats off to him for the way he bowled. This was the best spell that I have ever seen in a Twenty20 competition,” Gambhir said. “It feels nice to finally get a win under our belt. To be honest, it was a team effort. I am pretty happy by the performance of the boys.”KKR would hope that sports psychologist Dr Rudi Webster gives some mantra to the explosive Yusuf Pathan.Yusuf had scored 1011 for the Royals at an average of 26.6 and with a strike-rate of 161.2, to go with his 20 wickets, but is yet to notch up a fifty representing the Knight Riders.All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was finally included in the line-up after much criticism, is yet to fire and the Bangladeshi would be keen to be in the thick of action on the slow Eden Gardens strip.It would be naive to write off the Royals, who turned it around with successive wins against Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders in the first-leg. For Dravid and Co, having experienced their first defeat in Mumbai — their first in an away match — it would be a challenge to conquer the odds outside home.The bowling would be the main concern for Rajasthan ahead of their second outing away from home. The bowlers were at the receiving end against Kieron Pollard in the teams 27-run loss to Mumbai Indians. The team would hope that the bowlers stick to the task the way they did against the same team in the first-leg while defending 164.”We have a young bowling attack, there’s a little inexperience there. But there are lessons to be learnt. we will try and keep improving,” Dravid said after their loss in Mumbai.Batting is not much of a worry though with Ajinkya Rahane and Owais Shah in splendid form. The duo gave Mumbai a run for money before the Englishman was castled by Lasith Malinga. In their last meeting, Rahane was out for a duck after a superb 98 against Kings XI in their campaign opener. The orthodox top-order batsman would look to open his account against the Knights.advertisementlast_img read more