World Record for Atari Dragster is Thrown Out

Twin Galaxies, a group that tracks top performances in video gaming, has announced that it will throw out a record that has stood for 25 years.

The player at the center of the controversy, Todd Rogers, submitted proof in 1982 for a record performance in the Atari Dragster game. The game is a side-scrolling driving simulation that challenges the player to switch gears at precise moments in order to speed up a car. Rogers supposedly beat the game in 5.51 seconds and took a Polaroid photo of the time before submitting it to the developer of the game.

The Dragster record was added to the Twin Galaxies system in 2000, which qualified it as a Guinness World Record for being the longest held video game record. For years, other players tried to match or beat Rogers’ time, but the next closest performance was 5.57 seconds.

The decision by Twin Galaxies to nullify the Dragster record came after the video game community gathered evidence to suggest that Rogers had fabricated his performance. Software analysis has suggested that 5.51 seconds is a physically impossible time for a human player in Dragster. As part of its finding, Twin Galaxies has erased all of Rogers’ other video game records from its database as well.

Rogers has yet to publicly respond to the decision by Twin Galaxies, but he has previously argued against his detractors by claiming that he used a special shifting strategy when setting the record for Dragster. The developer of the Atari game has not produced any new evidence to validate Rogers’ original time of 5.51 seconds, but the debate over this record in speed video gaming is likely to continue into the future.

Microsoft looking to buy Electronic Arts

There may not be a company that had a tougher year than Electronic Arts did in 2017. Does that mean the firm might be on the block? Reports began surfacing on Monday afternooon that EA might be up for sale and the company that might buy them is Microsoft.

The deal makes quite a bit of sense for both entities, which probably means it’s not going to go through. For Microsoft, it would allow them a studio that could put together quite a few Xbox only games. For EA, it would mean that they are teaming up with one of the titans of the video game world. They might also be able to repair some of the problems we’ve seen in the last few years if there was another set of eyes looking at the products EA is pushing out there and telling someone they need to be rethought.

The two firms are a couple of the biggest in the video game world. As Polygon points out, Microsoft could likely make the purchase of EA without making much of a dent into their profits. The firm that has just launched the Xbox One X is valued at somewhere in the neighborhood of $130 billion. EA, on the flipside carries a value of about $35 billion.

Those are big dollar values being through around, but in what is becoming very big video game business, it appears as though EA could be had by Microsoft for chump change. It should be pointed out that rumors about takeovers like this are almost always going strong this time of year. There are some rumblings that have made this set of rumors seem to have a bit more traction underneath them. When you’re talking about Microsoft’s cash and EA’s PR problems, a sale could indeed be on the horizon.

Spider-Man release date might have been leaked

Since the Spider-Man game for the PS4 was first shown off, the gaming public has been salivating thinking about when they might finally be able to get their hands on it. The graphics were top of the line, the story seemed to be one that no one had seen before, so it wasn’t something that people knew what was coming.

The action sequences especially were getting people very excited to play a super hero game for the first time in a very long time. The only problem was that nobody knew when they were going to be able to get their hot little hands on the game.

Spider-Man was once again showcased at a number of different gaming conventions in the last year, all making people think this was a game they would really like to play, whenever it comes out. While we still don’t have an official release date from the developers themselves, we might have a hint on when we could expect the game.

There have been plenty of people who have thought that the earliest we would see this new super hero game would be in early 2019. That was based mostly on the fact that it looked awfully in depth and no one had heard about it before it was shown off at E3.

Now a leak from the retailer Cool Shop, might just have the official release date. According to a listing from that store, we can expect the game to hit shelves on September 28, 2018. Cool Shop, according to Gaming Bolt is a retailer that can be leaned on for the truth more often than not. That date would also make sense because it would be the beginning of the fall flurry of new games. Until the developers confirm the date, we’ll just have to hold out hope.

Video Game Movies Have the Potential to be The Next Big Thing in the Industry

One thing that has been common throughout the history of Hollywood is trends. There have been plenty of trends coming and going in Hollywood. One example of a trend is the Western. For a time, westerns have come out and dominated the big screen. They have since been taken into the background. While there is still a western film every once in a while, there are more films with a western influence that are not necessarily the old frontier movies. Right now, the current trend is the comic book film. However, people are anticipating its slow down.

This begs the question as to what is next after the comic book movie. A little bit of attention is being brought to the video game movie. Many people are doubting that there is going to be a huge rise of video game movies due to the low quality of the adaptations. As a matter of fact, there is something known as the video game movie curse. However, this is not that different from an age of comic book movies when they were not so good either. For one thing, comic book movies were handled by people that didn’t really care much for the source material. The same can be said right now for video game movies.

There are a couple of video game movies that are coming out. One of them is a Tomb Raider Reboot. The other is Rampage starring Dwayne Johnson. In all honesty, neither of them look like the movies that are going to break the video game movie curse. However, there is still hope. All that is needed is for some of the video game properties to be put in the right hands.

Eric Lefkofsky Wants the Data to Cure Cancer

Tempus, co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky, seeks to be the operating system for cancer care. Tempus is a company that wants to make patient care data-driven and more suited to one’s own chemical makeup and genetics. This process would be achieved by making information that is already collected but sometimes not included as part of a patient’s long term record is more obtainable, but by including information that previously sounded like something out of science fiction due to the prohibitive nature of the cost.

For example, Tempus wants to make someone’s human genome a typical part of their care. This process used to cost around one hundred million dollars when it was first performed, but is now around five thousand per patient and dropping comparatively rapidly thanks to to the work of Lefkofsky’s company and others. By collecting this data, scientists and doctors can compare and analyze the genetic information of any cancer patient in the database to find relevant information that could help with another patient’s care and eventually maybe even find the links needed for new ways to handle disease treatment and probable cures.

Eric Lefkofsky also co-founded the company groupon and stepped down to chairman from CEO to focus on Tempus. Lefkofsky was inspired to create Tempus after his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and he saw the fault in the medical system concerning patient data. Already an expert on disruptive technology and making businesses and organizations e-enabled, this project may be his most potentially impressive yet and offer a potential fix for a medical industry that many are disappointed in. In addition to Tempus, he has donated millions to cancer related causes and even joined the Giving Pledge where he has vowed to donate half of his assets to charity over time.

Lefkofsky also has a passion for serving those in the greater Chicago area. He not only founded the Lefkofsky Foundation, an organization that serves the area with a focus on initiatives that help the youth, but he is a member of the board of directors of The Museum of Science and Industry and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Madden NFL 18 Predicts Super Bowl Winner

It’s that time of year again. With just one week until the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles, it’s time to see what the people at EA Sports have to say about the outcome of the game. As it has done for several years in a row now, the latest version of the Madden NFL video game took a crack at predicting who was going to win the Super Bowl.

As has been the case for most of these simulations, the Super Bowl is projected to be pretty close if the Madden version is to be trusted. As Polygon points out, most of the of the games in the Madden series have come down to the last play. This year is no different.

Madden NFL 18 claims that the Patriots are going to beat the Eagles thanks to a last second touchdown with a final score of 24-20. That score is somewhat popular in the annals of the Madden series as it has also projected a team would win 24-20 in two other Super Bowls. The game was sealed for the Pats when their defense knocked down a last second hail mary pass from Nick Foles to Alshon Jeffery.

In the 2015 version of the game, it was a hail mary pass that allowed the winning team to pull victory from the jaws of defeat. That hail mary pass meant that the winning team managed to squeak out a 28-24 victory.

There have been times when Madden has been oddly on track with its predictions. Other times they are quite a ways off what really happened. No video game could have predicted what the Patriots had to do in order to rally to victory against the Atlanta Falcons. As another celebration of the Super Bowl, the digital download of Madden NFL 18 has been deeply discounted.

Troy McQuagge’s Vision Of HOPE Has Become A Reality

When Troy McQuagge became head of USHEALTH Group, he wanted to change the company’s image and re-align its priorities. His goal was to leverage the company’s past success and accumulated resources to make it more responsive to the needs of local communities. The HOPE program is one of the primary vehicles for putting this strategic vision into action.

The HOPE acronym stands for Helping Other People Everyday. It has become thoroughly integrated into the structure and operations of the larger company. HOPE is not a mere corporate gimmick created to polish the reputation of USHEALTH Group. From the very start, Troy McQuagge son took a personal interest in ensuring that the program would actually provide services to communities across the country. Indeed, that is the founding mission and vision of the program: to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

The HOPE program has had a number of concrete successes since its inception in 2010. Tony’s first project after establishing the program was to partner with a local relief and aid organization in New Orleans. The purpose of the collaboration was to help re-build homes in some of the areas that were hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina. The company expended significant resources to raze and restore many homes so that people would have a safe and decent place to live. Read more about Troy McQuagge Son at  dailykos.com

A year after it was founded, the executives of the company provided thousands of dollars for the purchase of shoes, baby formula, and other items at a Phoenix shelter. In 2012, USHEALTH leaders went back to Phoenix to give HOPEKids Arizona, a non-profit children’s organization, a check for $25,000. This money will be used to support children who have cancer and other serious diseases.

The spirit of the HOPE program has spread throughout the company. Employees of all departments, branches, and positions have gotten involved and are putting their personal time, talents, skill, knowledge, and money into improving the program and helping it produce more results. To give help to ordinary people and to provide resources and support to struggling communities—these were the twin aims of the program, and they are being met every day by dedicated members of USHEALTH Group. Learn more:https://www.ushacareers.com/a-sense-of-peace/

 

ClassDojo: Great Tool For Teachers

Let’s be honest here, running a class with students is not very easy. You need to be sure that you have everything managed, and that everything is running smooth and to the plan. But as you know, this does not always happen. There are several big pieces of technology coming out that can have a great effect on the classroom, but you need to choose the best one for you and your class. The best one is called ClassDojo. This app allows everyone from teachers to students to parents to feel connected to their class, and to create a positive environment that allows every student to learn exactly what they need to know to be successful in their class.

ClassDojo is a teacher assistant that you do not have to pay a wage and does not require breaks. Included is a toolkit that is full of great functions that teachers can use such as being able to split students into groups all in the app, create easy to read direction, a music player, and even a noise meter so that your students know when to quiet down. All of these things make the classroom a much easier and comfortable place for the teacher and for the students to be in. With this exciting toolkit, you have a software that is easy to use and does not ost a lot of money for the school to operate. 2 in 3 schools that tried this software recommended it, so you can be assured that it is tested and works well.

Parent to teacher relationships is key to the fostering of a positive classroom where students can learn easily. With this software, communication with teachers and -parents have never been easier. Simply open up the app, and you can easily contact parents or vice versa.

Being a teacher is hard work but with ClassDoja you can be assured that you have a software that does many things and that will be there for you when it is time to teach. ClassDojo is quickly being a must have for every classroom of the future.

Who Is Shafik Sachedina And What Is His Role At The Institute Of Ismaili?

Shafik Sachedina is the head of the department of Jamati Institutions which was established by His Highness, Aga Khan. Although he is the titular head of the institutions, the heads of the different departments are not required to report to him. But Sachedina coordinates their work while the department heads are directly accountable to the Imam. In addition, Sachedina’s position is not constitutional.

Sachedina was born in Tanzania on May, 1950. He went to England for his undergraduate studies where he also later acquired his British citizenship. He studied at the University of London, particularly at the Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School, and got his degree in 1975, and later became a dental doctor. He now holds office at the Secretariat of Aga Khan in Aiglemont, France.

As head of the Jamati Institutions, he coordinates the programs and activities of The Institute of Ismaili in the 16 primary areas where branches of the institute exist. As part of his work with the Ismaili Institute, Sachedina interfaces with the Aga Khan Development Network programs of its Central Asia communities.

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The Institute of Ismaili Studies is located in London, England. It is a research institute dedicated to promoting the study and understanding of the historical and contemporary culture and societies of Muslims. The primary aim of the institute is to disseminate a better understanding of the Muslims’ relationships with other faiths and societies. It is also an institution which serves as a venue for members of the Ismaili community so that they can better understand their ethnic concepts and history, including knowledge in areas that are seldom discussed such as Shi’ism and esoteric Islam.

The Ismaili Institute is a major resource of Ismaili codices because it maintains a library that boasts of the largest collection of such. This is a great source of research materials for students studying the Muslim culture. Apart from its research facilities, the institute also provides interested students with two graduate programs, namely, the Secondary Teacher Education Programme and the Graduate Programme in Islamic and Humanities.

As part of his responsibilities, Sachedina also makes occasional trips to other countries to promote the objectives of the Ismaili Institute. For instance, he and his delegation visited Mikhail Bogdanov, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister in October last year. Sachedina made the trip as the personal representative of Aga Khan IV. In the meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sachedina discussed important matters such as the recent developments in Afghanistan and Syria. He commended the Russian government for its work in peacefully resolving the issues in the region, and its strong position against extremism and terrorism.

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Jeremy Goldstein Believes Compromise Is Necessary For Employee and Employers

Since earning his J.D. from the New York University School of Law, Jeremy Goldstein has become one of the top compensation lawyers in the country working out of New York City. Jeremy owns his own practice today as well, known as Jeremy L. Goldstein and Associates LLC. Jeremy is also a member of the NYU Journal of Law and Business as part of the advisory board. Jeremy is also a regular donor to several charities, including the Fountain House in New York.

 

For many corporations out there today, changes have been made in order to compensate for the increasing difficulties in maintaining a healthy economic environment. There are more obstacles than ever before in the past, making these changes difficult. Jeremy Goldstein is an expert in corporate governance and executive compensations and has actively engaged with various corporations to oversee major transactions, including Verizon, Bank of America, and Goldman Sachs.

 

When it comes to the corporate world, the biggest influence in regarding a stock price for a company is the earning per share. Shareholders of a company are persuaded to sell or buy based on this earning per share, and corporations receive an incentive to raise employee salaries. For the most part, corporations don’t look negatively towards earnings per share as there is a correlation between success and the implementation of this practice in the largest corporations. Learn more: http://jeremy-goldstein.wikidot.com/

 

There are many people out that have pointed out the negatives in earnings per share despite the positives for employees as well as companies. This is because the implementation of this practice most often leads to abuse of power and illegal practices when it comes to executives that have too much control. There are those out there that say executives are capable of skewing the numbers if they want to in order to benefit them in the short and long term.

 

This is where Jeremy Goldstein comes in to solve the endless debates between the detractors and corporations. According to Jeremy, a compromise is going to be the best course of action in the end to appease both parties. Jeremy Goldstein believes CEO’s and high-profile executives should be accountable for the actions they take when it comes to earnings per share and this could create a better air in the industry for the future.