Umbra raises $3.4 million to meet AR/VR demand

first_imgUmbra raises $3.4 million to meet AR/VR demand3D technology company anticipates huge opportunities outside of gamesMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefMonday 2nd November 2015Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleUmbra SoftwareThe Finnish 3D graphics firm Umbra has closed a $3.4 million series A round of funding, featuring contributions from Lifeline Ventures, Initial Capital and several angel investors.Umbra has built its business on a 3D rendering technology used in a host of AAA video games. The company’s partners include Bungie, Infinity Ward, Bethesda, Rocksteady, Bioware and CD Projekt, among many others.However, it now wants to push its technology even further, targeting the potential applications of 3D graphics technology in fields outside of video games. 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 “We’re expanding our technology to enable storing, streaming and rendering of massive 3D data sets,” said CEO Otso Mäkinen. “We already have a functional prototype that will be first released on top of game engines such as Unity and Unreal. Our goal is to make 3D available for everyone in the future.”Umbra listed architectural planning, construction engineering, digital maps and simulations as possible areas for growth. It also noted increasing interest in augmented reality from companies like Google, and the “staggering frame rates and performance” that will demand.This new funding will allow Umbra to start pushing in that direction, starting with a period of expansion in which it will bring new talent into its team.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 7 hours agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 9 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Tencent takes majority stake in Path of Exile dev Grinding Gear Games

first_imgTencent takes majority stake in Path of Exile dev Grinding Gear GamesStudio will “remain an independent company”, hopes to bring new content to Chinese players fasterJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefMonday 21st May 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGrinding Gear GamesTencentChinese gaming giant Tencent has acquired a majority stake in Grinding Gear Games, the New Zealand-based studio behind online action RPG Path of Exile.The developer announced the acquisition in a forum Q&A designer to assure its community that the move will not significantly impact their experience playing the game.”We will remain an independent company and there won’t be any big changes to how we operate,” the studio wrote. “We want to reassure the community that this will not affect the development or operations of Path of Exile.”Elaborating further, Grinding Gear insisted that it has lost none of its staff, and that no one at the studio has become a Tencent employee. Grinding Gear will of course have “financial reporting obligations” to Tencent, but the Chinese behemoth has assured its co-founders it has “never tried to interfere with game design or operations outside of China.””We retain full control of Path of Exile and will only make changes that we feel are best for the game,” the Q&A continues, adding that Path of Exile will not be adding microtransations to its international servers.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 The only major impact Grinding Gear expects to see is that, with Tencent’s resources, it will be able to close the gap between adding new features and content from the international version to the Chinese one. But the studio stressed it is “not planning to prioritise the Chinese version of Path of Exile ahead of the international version.”This acquisition adds yet another studio to Tencent’s growing games portfolio. The firm already has ownership of Riot Games and MiniClip, as well as varying stakes in Supercell, Epic Games, Netmarble, Glu Mobile, Activision Blizzard and PUBG developer Bluehole.Earlier this year, Tencent purchased a five per cent stake in Ubisoft, thus helping to free the publisher from a hostile takeover by Vivendi.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 storiesTencent in talks with US Committee to retain Epic and Riot stakesThe CFIUS is investigating whether user data handled by the two studios could constitute a “national security risk” because they are Chinese-ownedBy Marie Dealessandri 6 days agoPath of Exile developer apologises for granting streamers early access to expansionGrinding Gear Games paid streamers to play the new add-on, only to have them stalled by server issues at launchBy Danielle Partis 23 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Cow: A sacred and Friendly Animal

first_imgCow is considered an auspicious and sacred animal in Hindu Dharma. It is worshipped on various occasions especially first day of Diwali called as “Vasubaras”.Our ancestors/sages realised the importance of Cow on a spiritual level, on maintaining environmental health, human health and commercial benefits…Lord Krishna, is often depicted playing his flute amongst cows and dancing Gopis (milkmaids). He grew up as a cow herder. Krishna also goes by the names Govinda and Gopala, which literally mean “friend and protector of cows.”The environment has to be nurtured with balanced material growth to conserve nature for the benefit of humanity. Cow plays a big role in nurturing the environment, at the same time helping society at large. See these examples,10 grams of ghee in Homa (consecrated fire) generates 1 ton of oxygen. Cow inhales oxygen and exhales oxygen as well. Recent studies by western scientists claim that cuddling cows on a daily basis helps to reduce/overcome mental diseases such as depression, anxiety, stress, It even helps in regulating blood pressure and controlling hypertension.Medicines made up of Cow urine are used to treat various diseases especially chronic ailments hence USA and many foreign companies have taken seven patents of it.However, many Indians laugh at it and disrespect it. The same people use medicines made up of cow urine when it is made by foreign companies or the western world. Are we ashamed of our own culture, knowledge??Benefits of Cow milk and ghee:• It is believed, Cow Ghee helps in the growth and development of Children’s brain• Improves eye vision• Boosts up the immune system• Healthy heart• Regular consumption increases good (HDL) cholesterol (and not bad LDL cholesterol)• Helps in improving digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins• An all-round anti-ageing vegetarian food & external applicant on the skin• It helps in making teeth and bones strong• Prevention from Diabetes• Complete protein helps in the growth and development of the human bodyBenefits of cow dung and urine:• Organic fertilizers- For soil nourishment• Serves as Pesticides, Fungicides, Insecticides, the best option for chemicals used which actually subvert soil, crop and human health.• Protects from radioactive radiation• Biogas- Fuel for cooking and to produce electricity• Anti-bacterial property- Used to protect walls and floors of houses in the villages.Killing cows for food or just to show Hinduism in a bad light is the worst thing we are doing to humanity and the environment. Let’s protect and take utmost care of cows for humanity and to nurture the environment.last_img read more

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Top tips for when applying vinyls to vehicles

first_imgIt’s necessary to take the greatest care when applying vinyls to vehiclesVehicle graphics specialist RGVA has published a free guide to vinyl wrapping that can save operators thousands of pounds by helping them to avoid sub-standard livery applications.Vinyl wraps and fleetname applications have become part and parcel of the minicoach and minibus industry, and the cost of the material has reduced over recent years.But wraps that are poorly applied or designed badly can have a negative impact on the operator’s brand perception.“We hate to see poor decisions being made about design, materials, printing and the application of graphics,” says RGVA MD Kieran McCabe.“They can significantly cost a business, both financially and in terms of reputational damage. We hope that by sharing our expertise, more businesses will understand how to get vehicle wrapping right.”Your Vehicle Graphics: 12 Tough Questions You Need To Ask gives a comprehensive review of the skills, equipment and experience required to complete a professional job.www.rgva.co.uk/12-tough-questionslast_img read more

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MEPs to quiz tobacco giant

first_imgAntwerp is considered one of the keys in trying to uncover the routes and devices used to perpetrate such frauds.During its extensive inquiries this year, the committee has heard that between 1988 and 1992, 44 billion American cigarettes were exported annually to the Union. Of these, all but 1 million entered through Antwerp.Last year, the overall figure reached 85 million, of which 71 million came in via the Flemish port. Three million entered the EU through the Netherlands. The remainder used ports in Germany and Finland, both close to the countries of eastern Europe – widely suspected of being staging posts for stolen cigarettes which are then sent back to the Union.“The illegal trade in international cigarettes is a form of unfair competition against national companies and local brands. Antwerp cannot ignore the fact that a large percentage of these stocks of cigarettes will not be sold legally,” said Luk Joossens, an expert on the tobacco industry.The European Confederation of Tobacco Retailers has told the inquiry committee it estimates that the annual cost of the cigarette fraud amounts to 5 billion ecu a year in lost fiscal revenue and 900 million ecu in lost retail profits.It has identified the phenomenon to be most widespreadin Austria, where contraband cigarettes were estimated to make up 15% of the 2 billion cigarettes smoked last year. In Italy the figure was 11.5% and in Germany 10%. The hearing with one of the world’s largest cigarette manufacturers follows a recent visit by the special committee of inquiry to Antwerp to investigate the steps being taken to clamp down on fraud which is costing the EU and member states’ national budgets billions of ecu.“We looked at the docks, the containers, two warehouses for storing cigarettes and spoke to customs officers, investigating magistrates and freight forwarders. The visit helped a lot of the pieces of the jigsaw to fall into place,” explained British Labour MEP John Tomlinson, who is chairing the year-long inquiry.Cigarettes have increasingly become a target for fraudsters as legitimate consignments are diverted on to the black market. As they never reach their intended destinations, the stolen goods avoid excise duties and provide lucrative profits for the criminals involved. Philip Morris will be the second major cigarette manufacturer to appear before the parliamentary inquiry which began in January. MEPs have already heard evidence from Rothmans of Pall Mall International Ltd, which was especially critical of the failure of national authorities to take a tougher and more consistent approach in rooting out the fraud.After listening to next week’s evidence, the committee intends to sift through the information it has received from 16 separate hearings and over 35 written submissions from many different professions, organisations and individuals involved in thetransit trade.By drawing attention to the phenomenon and by investigating the mechanics of the various scams, the committee is convinced it has succeeded in pushing the fight against transit fraud higher up the Union’s agenda.Angered that an already-leaky system was extended to the four Visegrad countries in July, MEPs have also won a pledge from Internal Market Commissioner Mario Monti that no more expansion will be contemplated before badly-needed reforms are in place.British Conservative Euro MP Edward Kellett-Bowman aims to produce a preliminary report setting out possible ways of plugging the holes in the transit system by mid-January.The committee then intends to finalise its recommendations with customs operators before formally presenting them to the full Parliament in March.last_img read more

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String Cheese Incident Reimagines Beatles Classic With Les Claypool, On This Day In 2001 [Listen]

first_imgIn their storied career, The String Cheese Incident have always embraced collaboration with a huge range of artists. The Colorado-born jam band has played with everyone from Ms. Lauryn Hill and The Doobie Brothers, to Peter Rowan and David Grisman, stretching the boundaries of their musical influences all the while. It’s no surprise that this trend dates back to their heyday, especially during a memorable performance on this day in 2001.During a July 13th performance at River’s Edge Park in Somerset, WI, String Cheese Instrument treated fans to a wide variety of special guests, including Big Wu guitarist Chris Castino during “Sing A New Song”, saxophonist Skerik on “Jellyfish” > “Impressions”, and the renowned Primus bassist Les Claypool on a wicked version of The Beatles‘ “Taxman” featuring teases of Primus’ own “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” thrown in. Let listeners be warned–this is a version of The Beatles’ classic unlike any before.Listen to the full audio from the show below.String Cheese Incident – River’s Edge Park- 7/13/2001[Audio: Chris Bozelli]Setlist: String Cheese Incident | River’s Edge Park | Somerset, WI | 7/13/2001Set One: Best Feeling > Smile, Buggin’ Out, Panama Red, Cedar Laurels, Sing a New Song [1] > BirdlandSet Two: San Jose, Got What He Wanted > How Mountain Girls Can Love, Shakin’ the Tree, Taxman* [2], Jellyfish [3] > Impressions [3] > RolloverEncore: Good Times Around the BendNotes: * with Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver verse (Primus tune) | [1] with Chris Castino on guitar (The Big Wu) | [2] with Les Claypool on bass and vocals | [3] with Skerik on saxophonelast_img read more

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Priest discusses criminal justice, reconciliation

first_imgAs a part of a series of events from the Center for Social Concerns on the “Challenge of Peace,” Fr. David Kelly, the executive director of Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Chicago, delivered a lecture entitled “Violence and Trauma: Building a Community of Hope through a Restorative Framework.” The lecture was addressed to an audience that consisted of a large number of students participating in Urban Plunge, an experimental-learning course designed to engage students with poverty in U.S. cities.Chris Collins Kelly has worked on issues of reconciliation in Chicago since the 1970s, and he said his long tenure was an important aspect of his work.“I think my claim to fame is that I’ve been doing it for a long time,” Kelly said. “After a while, you do it for so long that people kind of recognize you and say, ‘Man, you were there before, weren’t you?’ … And if there’s a gift I have, it’s persistence. I just can’t see myself doing anything different because as of yet the issues are still out there.”He started his work on fighting violence and incarceration in Cincinnati after he graduated college and said the people he worked with represented a way for him to live out his priesthood. He then went on to work in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center in 1978 and has been working at Kolbe House, the jail ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, ever since.“It’s a place that’s formed me in more ways than I could imagine,” Kelly said.For many years, Kelly said he worked and lived at a parish that was located along a gang boundary and remembers officiating at many funerals for young people who were murdered.“Often times, when I did the funeral and would accompany those families who had just lost their child … at the very same time I was working for Kolbe House which is jail ministry,” Kelly said. “As you know, in the United States we try our juveniles as adults so I would accompany a lot of families who would lose their children to extreme sentences … There were times when I would know both the one who had been harmed, and the one had done the harm.”Kelly said there was one such a situation in which one young man who he knew shot another young man he knew. He visited the one who had been shot in the hospital and visited the one who had done the shooting in jail, and he said that both men knew he was going to visit the other. When the case ultimately made it to court, Kelly said he felt that the focus was more on punishment and less on the well-being of the people involved.“I couldn’t help but think, ‘There’s something wrong with this.’ At no point along that way … did anyone ask [the young man who had been shot], ‘Hey, how are you doing? Are you okay?’ There was no attention given at all to any kind of healing,” Kelly said.Precious Blood was founded in 2002 as a “restorative justice hub,” Kelly said, and the five pillars of Precious Blood are “radical hospitality, accompaniment, relentless engagement of young people and their families, relentless engagement of stakeholders and systems, and collaboration.”Kelly said he sees a parallel between the work of reconciliation and the Triduum of the Easter season, noting that Holy Thursday and Good Friday are quite busy when compared to Holy Saturday. For him, it is impossible to move those who are grieving past their grief in a short period of time.“There’s not much on Holy Saturday. Holy Saturday is a liturgical void … That’s where the work of the Church ought to be. In that Holy Saturday moment. We have witnessed the trauma of the Crucifixion, and we hope and long for the Resurrection. But the Resurrection’s not yet … We have to be willing to stay in the muddled mess of Holy Saturday,” Kelly said.Reconciliation is an issue of “remembering rightly” and engaging, Kelly said. One of the strategies that his organization utilizes is a circle involving a perpetrator of the crime, the victim and other community members. The people in the circle spend time building relationships and a sense of community with one another before the perpetrator and victim discuss the crime, he said.Kelly said there was a situtation of a young man who burglarized the home of a police officer in the neighborhood. After the people in the circle exchanged stories and the perpetrator apologized for his actions, the conversation ultimately came to the question of what the actual harm of the burglary was. The victim said that his son no longer felt safe in his own home, and the next question was how the perpetrator could heal that harm.The victim said he would like the perpetrator to return to school because it seemed like he had potential. The victim agreed to return to school and with the help of another person in the circle, a retired school principal, was able to return to school even though he had been previously expelled, Kelly said. This arrangement took the place of a court sentence and ended with the victim offering to coach the perpetrator in basketball.For Kelly, that offer of mentorship would have been impossible without the circle.“In that circle, the victim became a mentor. I’ve been to court a thousand times. I never ever seen that happen in my life. I’ve never seen a court wrestle with, ‘What was the real harm?’ … That’s what can happen in a circle. You remember in order to heal. And what that did for our community, that gathering spurred other victim/offender circles,” Kelly said.Ultimately, the United States’ approach to criminal justice is too tied up in notions of punishment, Kelly said.“As a church, as communities, we can do better,” Kelly said. “But we still are punishing, trying to punish our way out of this. Criminal justice, crime and harm, is not a criminal justice issue: it’s a public health issue. We’ve got to treat this as though it was an epidemic and say, ‘What is the epidemic and how do we bring healing to this?’“Somehow, someway, we as a church, we as communities of faith, we can do better than this. We’ve got to commit to what’s hard, we’ve got to get proximate, and we’ve got to really wrestle with some of this.”Tags: charity, Faith, incarceration, justicelast_img read more

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Bennington Welcome Center opens to the traveling public on Friday

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin and Michael Obuchowski, Commissioner of the Department of Buildings and General Services, has announced today that the long awaited Bennington Welcome Center will be opening its doors to travelers at 7 am on Friday, October 11. This project, part of the Bennington Bypass system, has been under construction for the past five years, but in the making for 20 years or more with the support of three administrations.   ‘This new welcome center creates a beautiful gateway into Vermont through Bennington County, providing Vermonters and out of state visitors alike with the services and information they need to enjoy the region and the state as a whole,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘Led by a dedicated group of Bennington lawmakers, officials and others, we have been working on a Bennington Welcome Center for years. Friday’s opening is an important economic step for southwestern Vermont.’  Commissioner Obuchowski agreed, adding, ‘We couldn’t be more delighted that this project is close to completion and that soon we will be turning the keys of the building over to Joann Erenhouse and her able staff at the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber will be operating this building on behalf of the State at a savings to taxpayers.’   An official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place later in November. ‘Tourism is so important to the entire State, and we at the Chamber are honored we will be the ambassadors to so many visitors entering Vermont on vacation or on business from points south,’ said Joann Erenhouse, Executive Director of the Bennington Area Chamber. ‘I promise to work tirelessly to ensure that visitors who stop at this vital gateway welcome center receive the signature hospitality they are used to receiving at the other 16 State visitor centers.’  A group of of past and present members from the Bennington delegation, including local officials, toured the facility Monday as last minute construction projects were being completed.  Former Rep. Tim Corcoran, currently the Town Clerk in Bennington, expressed his delight that the Center was finally opening.  ‘It’s been a long time coming and I am sure it will be a critical asset to our region and the State as a whole,’ said Corcoran.  Rep. Timothy Corcoran, Jr. echoed his father’s comments and spoke to the importance that this project would have enhancing Vermont’s image to visitors and to the financial engine that tourism is to the State.  Rep. Bill Botzow, who serves on the House Commerce Committee, remarked that the Center and the bypass would be critical assets supporting the State’s efforts to enhance economic development for the region and the state at large.   Former Rep. Dick Pembroke, a long term supporter of the project, couldn’t have been more pleased touring the site and seeing his vision of the past 20 years come to fruition. ‘It’s beautiful,’ he said. Sen. Dick Sears and Sen. Bob Hartwell, both strong advocates for the project expressed their enthusiasm that the Welcome Center would soon be opening and begin contributing to the important tourism economy by fulfilling its important mission to the State’s visitors.   Brenda Jones, President of the Bennington Area Chamber, summed up the tour by saying the Bennington Chamber is proud to have this opportunity adding, ‘It is time now to roll up our sleeves and get the job done promoting and showcasing our businesses, attractions and communities across the State from East to West and North to South.’last_img read more

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More Americans Believe in Climate Change than in Global Warming

first_imgReuters:A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan, show that more Americans believe in “climate change” than in “global warming.”The study, which will see its results published in an upcoming issure of the journal Public Opinion Quarterly, surveyed 2,267 adult Americans asking them a simple question regarding the issue of climate change/global warming.Read the whole story: Reuters More of our Members in the Media >last_img

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Eyeing college stress, sleep patterns

first_imgThe Boston Globe:MIT professor Rosalind Picard is worried about campus stress.After a handful of suicides in recent years, Picard started thinking about how her own work might be able to help change MIT’s emotional climate. The founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the university’s Media Lab, Picard has long tried to turn emotions into something that can be counted and measured — following the “old engineering principle that for something to be controllable, it has to be observable.”Read the whole story: The Boston Globe More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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