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Bethesda: Doom reveal meant to quell negative Id Software chatter

July 22nd, 2014

Id Software’s upcoming Doom reboot was revealed last week at QuakeCon 2014, though the event’s livestream cut out during the presentation. As Bethesda’s VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines told PC Gamer, Doom isn’t exactly ready to show off, so the developers at id Software were reluctant to offer images of the game up freely for the rest of the world to pick at.

“We’re working with them to say, ‘How does this work? What do we want to show?’” Hines said. “And they’re like, ‘Look, we don’t want a stream to go up for a game that isn’t at the point where we would formally show it to the world, and now that thing is getting picked apart, and digested, and gone through frame-by-frame and getting nitpicked to death, when normally we wouldn’t be showing this to anybody at all.’”

Hines said the reason for Doom’s unveiling was to boost the confidence of fans in id Software, to show that the developer is “doing really cool stuff, that is making a game you want to play, and is treating Doom with the care and respect that you want.” Hines noted that Bethesda originally planned to show Doom off next year, indicating that the game won’t be seen again for several months. “And now we’re going to go away and go back to making the game,” he added. “But to be able to counter other people talking about us and we’re sort of just sitting here staying silent, or operating from this negative space of like, ‘Oh, it got rebooted, oh it’s in trouble.’ All of that stuff just bothered the hell out of me.”

Source:http://www.joystiq.com/2014/07/21/bethesda-doom-reveal-meant-to-quell-negative-id-software-chatte/

New Super Software Tracks Every Cell in an Organism as It Develops

July 22nd, 2014

Imagine if we could track every single cell in an organism as it develops. The sheer volume of information about how life forms and works would be invaluable for scientific research. The only problem is the startling amount to computational power it would take to crunch that much data. At least, until now it was.

A team of researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute just announced the creation of what can only be described as super software to visualize the cellular universe. The program can track and render the three dimensional movements of cells as they develop. They can also fast-forward and rewind the processes to gain new insight on how globs of organic matter organize themselves into the beautiful systems of the living. And perhaps most impressive: the software is efficient enough to run on the graphics card of your average desktop computer.

The huge hope for this new cellular imaging technique, of course, is that we will be able to understand better how things go wrong and how inherited diseases develop. At the very least, it’s just awesome, bio-eye candy to turn on, when you’re listening to your favorite ambient records. Death metal works, too, though that might not be the best connotation.

Source:http://gizmodo.com/new-super-software-tracks-every-cell-in-an-organism-as-1608368278

Asure Software Opens New Global Offices in Dubai and Singapore

July 22nd, 2014

Asure Software (Nasdaq:ASUR), a leading provider of workplace management software solutions, today announced that it has opened two new international offices in Dubai and Singapore to serve the Middle East and Asia Pacific markets, respectively. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas; its office in Staines, England (southwest of London) serves the European market and is driving global expansion into new markets. Nigel Clarke, Asure Vice President and General Manager, EMEA and APAC, oversees the new locations and the UK office.

“As cited by the Management of Multinational Companies, over 82,000 companies with over 800,000 subsidiaries are multi-national; and the trend to build and operate businesses across international boundaries will continue. The addition of our new locations supports our clients’ emerging needs and our vision to deliver global, innovative, SaaS-based workplace and workforce management technologies that enable organizations to connect and collaborate regardless of their location,” said Pat Goepel, Asure Software CEO.

“We have clients operating and using our software in 80 countries. Having these new locations beyond our U.S. headquarters shows our reach and commitment to selling and supporting our solutions globally to enterprises and SMBs, and via channel partners,” said Clarke. “Due to a number of client and strategic partner wins, we have committed to investing in growth and expansion in these two important business hubs. We continue to see increasing demand and enquiries for our SaaS solution as we see more clients embracing agile work practices globally.”

According to Craig Seager, Asure Channel Director, EMEA & APAC, Asure’s offices will enable the company to offer local technical and sales support, and provide a platform to strategically collaborate with global channel partners in the regions. “We will continue to accelerate our partner eco-system internationally, through IT (information technology), FM (facility management) and CRES (corporate real estate) driven partners, and we expect to expand our presence further in due course,” Seager said.

Source:http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140721-910046.html

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