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Inside the indie console movement: PlayStation's Adam Boyes

Inside the indie console movement: PlayStation's Adam Boyes What are the tastes, backgrounds and experience of some of the biggest decision-makers at major console companies? Developer and senior contributor Brandon Sheffield inquires, starting with PlayStation's Adam Boyes. In the early days of the indie resurgence, the big publishers were still figuring out what to do with us. It was a bit of a Wild West of publishing agreements, with business models up to debate, and decisions made by large committee. Things have settled down a bit now (though things are sometimes still done that way), and now all the big three console makers have a representative they put in front of the indie crowd. There's Adam Boyes, leading Sony's initiative, Chris Charla, who heads ID@Xbox, and Dan Adelman, who is Nintendo's indie evangelist. Collectively, they're the face of the indie console space. They're all industry veterans with a strong dose of that independent spirit, and we know they help indies make their way to console (and hopefully fabulous riches), but what do we know about them really? This series of articles aims to find out what makes these three indie platform leaders tick, and not just when it comes to games. It's good to remember that, while they may seem like they're just the gatekeepers of content, all these folks are humans, with varying interests and quirks. If all goes well, we'll bring some of that humanity to light here, as we ask them a series of questions that are more a...  

A billion cars and a big opportunity

On the Floor Internationally respected technical textiles journalist Adrian Wilson brings readers his latest news and views directly from the floor of the industry's leading exhibitions and conferences.. 23rd April 2014, Geneva It will come as no surprise that there was a major emphasis placed on the automotive sector at both the JEC Composites Show held in Paris last month and also at the INDEX 14 event for nonwovens held from April 8-11 in Geneva, Switzerland. The second meeting of the new Automotive Composites Circle – an exclusive networking event for top management in the automotive sector – was held at JEC and attracting OEMs including Audi, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Lamborghini, Lexus, Lotus, McLaren, Porsche, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault, Toyota and Volvo. JEC is predicting a steep rise in the volumes of composites that will be employed by the automotive industry in the coming years, with growth of an annual 9% up to 2015 leading to a volume of 1,971,000 tons, and 10% annual growth between 2016-2020 resulting in 3,172,000 tons being used in 2020. “JEC believes that new forms of collaboration are needed to foster the rise of composites solutions,” explained JEC secretary general Daniel Ageda. “OEMs, suppliers and the academic world must move up with new and fresh approaches to collaborate and learn from each other through an organised networking pr...  

Sevilla and Bacca target historic triumph

... their way in the last four, the Colombia forward appreciates his team have form on their side as they chase a record-equalling third triumph in the competition, one that would match the UEFA Cup feats of Juventus, Liverpool FC and FC Internazionale ...  

Gardaí to target motorists using mobile phones

Wednesday 23 April 2014 08.10 Thousands of people were detected holding a mobile phone while driving in the first three months of this year A national operation targeting motorists using mobile phones is being mounted by the gardaí tomorrow and Friday. In a statement, gardaí said it was apparent that holding a mobile phone while driving remained a significant issue. They said that in the first three months of this year, nearly 10,000 people were detected holding a mobile phone while driving. 153 motorists were arrested on suspicion of drink driving over the Easter Weekend.Assistant Garda Commissioner, John Twomey said mobile phone use while driving is now the second-highest motoring offence detected by gardaí. Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland programme, Commissioner Twomey, of the National Traffic Bureau, said the first three months of this year saw a 60% increase in the number of motorists using their phone while driving.  Assistant Commissioner Twomey said there is a four-fold increase in the risk of having a road collision when using a mobile phone, and it poses a growing challenge for gardaí. "We're trying to get people to stop using a mobile phone because of the dangers and risks posed, we don't want to issue fixed charge notices, we want people to stop using it. "The message is there is no call or text that is that important that you should put your own life or the lives of other road users at risk," Commissioner Twomey said.  K...  

How Rodgers has brought back confidence, belief to Liverpool

"It's a clear indication of how much damage Hicks and Gillett did to Liverpool FC in the time they were in charge that we are still talking about them, and will be for a while," said James McKenna, spokesman of Liverpool FC fans' group Spirit of ...  

Chelsea FC – Jose Mourinho Doesn't & Shouldn't Care About “Beautiful” Football

No one will sack Jose Mourinho for winning without style, class or dignity before, during and after matches. Chelsea fans might appreciate him more if more goals would have been scored, but not by much. Not winning matches, not bringing titles to the club – that is what gets you fired and lose your job eventually. Mourinho didn’t invent the Catenaccio. He’s just proud to be using it 50 years later. It makes him seem like a hypocrite considering what he says about teams that park the bus against him? He’s fine with it. Getting the result he set out to achieve was a lot more important to him, and he probably gets a kick out of seeing so many frustrated with the “bad” football the two teams gave them in one of the biggest matches we’ll have all season. And Mourinho plays open football when it suits him. Chelsea often start with blitzes at Stamford Bridge in order to get an early result. His early Chelsea team played some wonderful football at times when Mourinho felt like using the players at his disposal in that way. He is often criticized for his defensive performance against Barcelona in the second leg of that semifinal, but not congratulated for his tactics in the 3-1 win in the first leg. Real Madrid is a different story. His attempts at playing “ugly” football at the Santiago Bernabeu didn’t really work out, and when he won the championship it was thanks to taking a different approach to the who...  

You can almost taste it — Liverpool FC's journey so far

Matt Marchese reminds us of the incredible journey we’ve all been on with Liverpool this season to be within three games from the league title. Liverpool’s supporters celebrate their side’s 3-2 victory over Norwich City during the Premier League match at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda) Take a deep breath, soak it all in. One hand on the league title, one inching closer and closer. No one expected the Reds to be anywhere a league championship, but here they stand. Where It All Began No Luis Suarez to start the campaign, still serving his suspension from the previous season. Much doubt surrounding his possible departure to Real Madrid. And many questions abound about Brendan Rodgers ability to manage this club and keep things in check without arguably his top player. Daniel Sturridge stepped in admirably in Suarez’s absence, notching the only goal against Stoke in a 1-0 victory and beginning the streak of four straight goals for the club in league play and 5 of the club’s first 8 goals on the season. A draw at Swansea and a home loss to Southampton after three straight victories put all the doubters to the forefront, as again, most wondered how the team could possibly see any sort of success with the current pieces in place. Enter Suarez  Luis wasted no time in showing once again why he is one of the world’s top strikers, tallying two goals in his season debut in a 3-1 win over Sunderland. Suarez would tally 6 goa...  

Bar Launcher & SMS scheduler Fresh: Apps to enhance your Android

Bar Launcher for Android On your Android smartphone, there are probably a few apps that are accessed more than others. You could always choose to place widgets for these apps on the home screen for quick access but they can clutter up and slow down some devices. With the free Bar Launcher, however, you can launch your most-used apps right from the notification bar. All you need to do is launch the app, select the apps you want from the list and they will automatically get added in the notification bar (in a single row). You can have a maximum of eight apps in a row and also add additional icon rows to the notification bar. We could add more than 10 rows of apps without slowing the device down. You can also change the priority of the row of icons in the notification bar so that it remains on top or moves down as other notifications arrive. It needs no special permissions and is less than 400kb in size. SMS Scheduler — Fresh for Android Ever thought of sending a message to someone later in the day and ended up completely forgetting about it? You should check out a free Android app called SMS Scheduler — Fresh SMS. Fresh lets you schedule an SMS using a clean and simple interface. Tap on the large plus sign on the top right of the window and it opens the scheduling page. You can add a recipient, enter the message you want to send and then choose the date and time at which the SMS has to be sent. You can also compose an SMS and schedule it to be repeated every day, ...  

Speed, reliability and flexibility on the conveyor line

Speed, reliability and flexibility are top priorities for local manufacturers when considering conveyor systems and associated equipment. Sarah Falson investigates. Traditionally, manufacturers have adopted conveyors to speed-up their processes and save on manual labour. But with changing consumer habits, increasing global competition and shorter lead times, manufacturers are under pressure to deliver smaller runs of varying product lines more quickly than ever before. Considering the relatively small scale of Australia’s manufacturing market when compared to its global counterparts, local players need to be extremely flexible, constantly changing their processes to deliver products faster, cheaper and of a consistently high standard – not only for local customers, but also for growing export markets. Key to this flexibility is production equipment, in particular conveyor systems, which need to allow smooth processing and prevent bottlenecks from occurring. Equipment suppliers must build safety in to their systems, and offer short lead-times to ensure customers can upgrade their production lines without affecting the flow of product going out the door. Key conveyor features For Tsubaki Australia national manager – mining and industrial, Gary Griffiths, all manufacturers – regardless of which sector they operate in – require three key components from their conveyors: speed, reliability and flexibility. “This includes the largest conve...  

Sevilla-Valencia Preview: Emery plots downfall of old club in all-Spanish semi ...

Valencia visit Sevilla in the Europa League semi-final first-leg on Thursday hoping to get one over on former boss Unai Emery.Los Che produced an astonishing comeback to qualify for the last four, overturning a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Basel with an outstanding 5-0 triumph, after extra time, in the return game at the Mestalla.And their reward is a meeting with familiar face Emery, who left the club in 2012 after guiding them to third-place finishes in three of his four seasons in charge.Juan Antonio Pizzi's men have taken four points from Sevilla in La Liga this term, but will be wary of a club that has considerable pedigree in Europe's second-tier competition, winning it in 2006 and 2007.Paco Alcacer was the star of Valencia's remarkable recovery in the quarter-finals, netting a superb hat-trick to keep their hopes of winning the tournament very much intact.And the 20-year-old striker is keen to build on that showing and help Valencia recapture the trophy they won for the first time back in 2004."That is what we are aspiring to and we are putting a lot of hope into this competition because it is good for the players and for the fans," Alcacer told Uefa.com."If we do not get through it will be because things have not worked out, not because we have not given everything."Once you get here you have to do everything possible to get further."We just need to play the game as if it is our last and get as much as possible out of the away leg so that we can be a bit more relaxe...  


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