Busquets – Barca agree on new contract

first_imgBarcelona’s Sergio Busquets has reached an agreement with the club over a new deal, according to Marca.The club’s vice-captain is closing in on signing a new contract that would see him increase his salary at the club. Busquets signed an extension recently in 2016 and didn’t demand for a new pay rise but the club hierarchy felt the midfielder has earned the right to earn more money at the Camp Nou.The new contract isn’t really an extension for the Spaniard but an improvement in terms of his wages with the length of the contract remaining the same.The 2019/2020 betting odds for La Liga Stuart Heath – August 12, 2019 Going into La Liga kick-off, we take a look at what the bookmakers think.La Liga season is less than a week away and we’re…It runs until June 2021, although Barcelona retain a club option to extend that to the summer of 2023. Busquets’ buy-out clause stands at €200million, a figure that is rather low when you consider the money spent by the Blaugrana on inferior midfielders as recently as the January transfer window.Sergi Roberto’s own contract renewal was finalised in January and this had an embedded buy-out clause of 500 million euros.Simply, the Catalan giants don’t believe Busquets will ever truly push to leave, and this aforementioned bump in pay puts the holding midfielder into the second tier of Barcelona’s squad just below Lionel Messi.last_img read more

Gattuso defends Higuain He feels a lot of pressure

first_imgAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso hopes Gonzalo Higuain will remain calm following his sending off against Juventus on SundayThe 30-year-old striker has enjoyed a good start to life on loan at Milan from Juventus with seven goals in 13 games.However, Higuain was unable to prevent Milan from losing to his parent club at the San Siro and was dismissed after having a penalty saved.The Argentine was handed a second yellow card after shouting in the match official’s face.But Gattuso believes that Higuain’s angry outburst came about due to putting too much pressure on himself.Mario BalotelliCorini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.“At this moment he feels a lot of pressure, my words from yesterday’s press conference were not by chance,” Gattuso told Milan TV on the club website.“Right now, he feels a huge weight on him and it shows. He must remain calm, he should apologise and assume his responsibilities.“He has to put aside his nervousness, he is the most important player we have and he has to make the difference. He has to be clear-headed.”Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo were the goalscorers for Juventus, who remain unbeaten after 12 Serie A games.last_img read more

E3 2019 Apex Legends gets new character Wattson and the insane LStar

first_imgNatalie “Wattson” Paquette can build her own defensive structures, a counter to the game’s typical aggressive characters. Her tactical ability involves electric fences for building defensive perimeters that damage and slow other players, while her ultimate ability, Interception Pylon, places an electrified pylon that destroys incoming ordnance and refills her teammates’ shields.Wattson’s story is that she and her father helped build the Apex Arena, and she’s considered the “kid sister” of the other Legends. That means she has a bit more lore in comparison to the other characters. Post a comment Originally published June 8, 10:30 a.m. PT.Updates, 10:37 a.m.: Adds Wattson tweet; 10:47 a.m.: Includes background info; 10:58 a.m.: Adds more ability info; 11:46 a.m.: Adds info on ranked mode; 11:56 a.m.: Includes more background info.; 2:05 p.m.: Adds more details about other press conferences. E3 2019 The new weapon of the season, the L-Star, can shatter doors and do big damage. Fans of the Titanfall series will recognize the weapon from multiplayer matches. Apex Legends season 2 also includes a ranked mode. It’ll be available only for the best players to compete against each other and will have its own rewards. There’ll also be some rebalancing weapons, including the Mozambique shotgun. Respawn Entertainment also announced a “double xp” weekend on June 7-9 where players will earn twice the Battle Pass and base experience points.The final montage video for Apex Legends gave a quick glimpse of a giant eyeball that’s teased as a “big thing” coming to Kings Canyon in Apex Legends season 2. The big press conferencesMany of the biggest announcements happen before the show even opens, during a weekend of press conferences from the industry’s biggest names. All except Sony, which this year said it won’t be holding a press conference during the show, nor will it have a booth.The rest, however, will still be planning big announcements just before the show. Saturday, June 8Electronic Arts — The game maker showed off 15 minutes of gameplay for its upcoming adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It also announced new features for its free-to-download Apex Legends last-man-standing battle royale game, offering a new character and weapon to play with. The company also showed off a new paid update for The Sims 4, called Island Living, that brings the series to a tropical beach. Finally, the company did discuss drama over the mixed reviews for its Anthem action adventure game, saying it “learned a lot” and had more updates and features planned soon.Sunday, June 9Microsoft / Xbox — The gaming giant’s biggest news was Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox, coming in 2020. The new device is up to 4x more powerful, the company said, and like the next-gen PlayStation it’ll include a fast non-mechanical SSD hard drive, and it’ll be powered by custom innards built with the help of chipmaker AMD.  The company also announced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Project Scarlett next year. Meantime, Microsoft is starting public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high end games on their mobile devices while away from home. While fans wait, Microsoft announced an update to its Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 as well as a slew of new games. And action star Keanu Reeves, fresh off the success of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming next year.Bethesda — Bethesda kicked off its event with humility over the mixed response to Fallout 76, but quickly went back on the offensive. Fallout 76 got a new Battle Royale mode, Wolfenstein Youngblood received a new trailer and a co-op mode. We got a new game called Deathloop from the clever folks behind Dishonored and Bethesda introduced us to Orion, a piece of tech from ID Software designed to make game streaming better on services like Google Stadia. The lion’s share of attention, however, went to Doom Eternal, which looked fantastic in both single player and multiplayer.Monday, June 10PC Gaming Show — This annual PC Gaming Show is held at a theater a short walk from the Los Angeles Convention Center, but still draws a large crowd, filling the 1,700-person capacity Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Inside, the usual suspects, from Halo to Doom, were nowhere to be found. Instead, the crowd cheered for PC-centric games including Zombie Army 4, Baldur’s Gate 3 and Terraria: Journey’s End. (No, the game sequel problem isn’t any better on PCs.) The highlight was a brief on-stage appearance by legendary game designer Yu Suzuki, responsible for classic such as Hang-On and Virtua Fighter. His long-awaited Shenmue 3 is expected in November, 18 years after Shenmue 2. Ubisoft — The French gaming giant announced its next big dystopian hacking adventure game, Watch Dogs: Legion, launching March 2020. The new game is set in near-future post-Brexit London, where the economy is failing and government is breaking down. The company also announced a new television show, called Mythic Quest, that will launch on Apple TV Plus. And it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Just Dance party games. Square Enix — 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET)Tuesday, June 11Nintendo (livestream only) — 9 a.m. PT (noon ET) Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw • More from E3 Watson will make her debut in Apex Legends season 2. EA/Respawn Entertainment EA Play, EA’s scheduled press event for E3 2019 happened Saturday morning, and the company devoted 30 minutes to Apex Legends season 2. Among other things, we learned the game will start July 2, with a new weapon, new skins, a ranked mode and the 10th Legend of the game, Wattson. See All 0 Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Share your voice E3 2019 Tags Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know reading • E3 2019: Apex Legends gets new character, Wattson, and the insane L-Star weapon at EA Play How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET 17 Photos E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Electronic Arts (EA) Culture Gaminglast_img read more

Examining The Emotional Aftermath Of Harvey

first_img Share Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneEvacuees flee flooding in a boat with a nearly submerged Houston sign behind them, on Aug, 29, 2017.We’ve all been amped up, on edge for a week — even if you don’t have any flooding in your home, and even if you’re able to get to and from work.Even if you feel like you’ve escaped Harvey’s wrath largely unscathed, all of Greater Houston is feeling the effects of Harvey — not just physically, but emotionally. The strain is really being felt by those who have been flooded out and by first responders, emergency workers, law enforcement, fire, and other officials and volunteers working around the clock to provide rescue and relief.To discuss the impact of that emotional strain, we talk with Dr. Jana Tran, staff psychologist with the Houston Fire Department.last_img read more

Each PS4 sale makes more profit for AMD than Sony but how

first_imgIt’s basically game industry tradition at this point to make a loss on console sales, but make the money back selling software — similar to the free razors Gillette sends you, knowing you’ll continue buying the refills. This time around, Sony is actually only taking a very small loss per each console sold, as it costs $381 to manufacture the hardware, while packaging, shipping, and other factors likely push the total cost per console over the $399 price tag. A portion of that $381 total manufacturing cost is the console’s custom-built AMD processor, which costs $100. That means AMD is making more than Sony on every PS4 sold.Considering Sony is likely making a loss on each console once you factor in packaging, shipping, and advertising costs, AMD would obviously be making more per console sold regardless of the profit margin. However, just because the AMD chip costs $100 doesn’t mean the company is skimming that much off the PS4 sales.AMD has stated in the past that typical margins hover around the 35%-40% range, and that margins on parts similar to the ones used in the PS4 yield a lower number, hovering in the mid-teens. So, the normal range of 35%-40% certainly isn’t $100 to begin with, and a “mid-teens” percentage would only be around $15. If Sony magically expended no extra costs beyond that $381 figure, the difference between Sony and AMD’s PS4 revenue would be negligible. However, due to the likely packaging, shipping, and marketing costs Sony dumps into the PS4, AMD is making more per console than Sony, but not that much more.last_img read more

Using nanowires to build alloptical logic gates

first_img The graphs, color-coded, correspond with the input above. Credit: Aalto University Structural and optical properties of InP and AlGaAs crossbar NW networks. (A) False-color scanning electron microscopy image of the crossbar InP and AlGaAs NW networks (illustrated with different colors); InP NWs are combed along the vertical direction and an AlGaAs NW along the horizontal direction to form six pairs of crossbar junctions. (B) PL spectra of the NWs measured at a single exemplary measurement spot. The polarization direction of the excitation lasers (at 532 and 730 nm) is labeled. arb. units, arbitrary units. (C) HRSTEM image of InP NWs. The inset shows the diffraction pattern demonstrating the ZB crystal structure and the formation of frequent twin planes along the NW growth axis. (D) EDX measurement results of AlGaAas NWs show the Al and Ga composition along the NW growth direction (that is, [111] crystal direction). The line scan location is shown in the inset. Credit: Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar7954 Explore further As the potential for speed increases diminishes for conventional computer technology, scientists look for new possibilities, such as using light to represent information rather than electrons. Unfortunately, despite a lot of time and effort, optical computers still are not a viable option. One of the major sticking points has been the development of workable all-optical logic gates—the parts of computer circuitry that are used for decision processing. The researchers note that all-optical logic gates have been developed, but they have proven to be too difficult to make in quantities needed for commercial computers. That might be changing, however, as they claim to have developed a new way to build them, which they believe could be commercialized.The idea behind the new gates is to use nanowires to transmit photons. To allow them to serve as junctions, which form the basis of logic operations, the group used two different kinds: some made of indium phosphate and some of aluminum gallium arsenide. Junctions are formed by allowing the two types to cross one another—like four-way stops on roads. The group reports that in using such nanowires, they were able to create and run all-optical logic gates that were capable of carrying out traditional computer logic operations such as OR, AND and NAND—doing so allowed them to carry out simple math problems. © 2018 Phys.org A team of researchers at Aalto University in Finland has found a way to use nanowires to build all-optical logic gates—a major step toward building a light-based computer. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their new approach, how well it worked in testing, and what they believe needs to happen next to allow for the use of such gates in an actual computer. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img More information: He Yang et al. Nanowire network–based multifunctional all-optical logic gates, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar7954AbstractAll-optical nanoscale logic components are highly desired for various applications because light may enable logic functions to be performed extremely quickly without the generation of heat and cross-talk. All-optical computing at nanoscale is therefore a promising alternative but requires the development of a complete toolbox capable of various logic functionalities. We demonstrate nanoscale all-optical switches by exploiting the polarization-dependent light emission property of crossbar InP and AlGaAs nanowire networks. These networks can perform various logic operations, such as AND, OR, NAND, and NOR binary logic functions. Furthermore, on the basis of these logic operations, our networks successfully enable all-optical arithmetic binary calculations, such as n-bit addition, to be conducted. Our results underscore the promise of assembled semiconductor nanowire networks as a building block of on-chip all-optical logic components for future nanophotonics. Journal information: Science Advances A little light interaction leaves quantum physicists beaming The researchers suggest their logic gates could be used in much the same way that electron-based logic gates are currently used in computers, or in entirely new ways. They note that the process of creating the nanowires was very straightforward—they were simply grown. But they also acknowledge that the quality of the nanowires would have to be improved to provide the type of accuracy needed in a computer. Citation: Using nanowires to build all-optical logic gates (2018, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-nanowires-all-optical-logic-gates.htmllast_img read more

June 29 2000 A historic moment for Arcosanti in t

first_imgJune 29, 2000A historic moment for Arcosanti in the Paradoxroom as Ivan and Jeff send the first file over our new Arcosanti computernetwork. Congratulations to the folks who made the network a reality. Specialthanks goes to Lou Dallara who helped Jeff and Ivan with the network during lastweekend’s Alumni Reunion. Photo by: DoctressNeutopialast_img