Day: October 4, 2020

04
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Wizards Of The Coast Responds To Concerns Over Walking Dead Crossover

While Magic: The Gathering’s upcoming collaboration with The Walking Dead features some cool cards, it hasn’t been well received by a large number of Magic fans. In a Twitch stream, Wizards of the Coast has addressed community concerns over the Secret Lair drop, as reported by Dot Esports.

While Magic: The Gathering has done limited crossover sets before, such as the Ponies: The Galloping collaboration with My Little Pony, the sets are usually silver-bordered cards featuring only unique art. The Walking Dead set has been revealed as black-bordered cards that are legal in Eternal formats, with mechanically unique cards that’ll open up new options for play.

Fans aren’t happy that such cards have been released in a limited run set–like other Secret Lair drops, the Walking Dead cards will be printed to demand and then never released again. Other MTG players don’t like the idea of mixing Walking Dead lore with Magic’s already rich and distinct world.

On Magic’s official Twitch channel, Wizards of the Coast’s senior communications Manager Blake Rasmussen was joined by product architect Mark Heggen and director of Magic R&D Aaron Forsythe to talk about the new set, and what Wizards was doing to address fan concerns.

Forsythe talked about the origin of the set, and how it was inspired by internal discussions at WOTC about peeling the world of Magic away from the core mechanics of the game. “There are tons and tons of partners who would make awesome, fun Magic cards, and the Walking Dead was the first one we decided to try this out with.”

“The world is kind of Magic adjacent,” Heggen added. “It’s a world full of zombies and combat. It wasn’t a stretch for us to imagine ‘oh, what would a card would look like?'”

When asked why the Walking Dead

04
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Academic E-Learning Market will Showcase Positive Impact during 2020-2024 | Launch of New Online Degrees to Boost the Market Growth

Technavio has been monitoring the academic e-learning market and it is poised to grow by $ 72.41 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 15% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Academic E-Learning Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis. We offer $1000 worth of FREE customization

The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. Ambow Education Holding Ltd., D2L Corp., Instructure Inc., MPS Ltd., New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc., NIIT Ltd., Pearson Plc, Providence Equity Partners LLC, TAL Education Group, and Think & Learn Pvt. Ltd. are some of the major market participants. To make the most of the opportunities, market vendors should focus more on the growth prospects in the fast-growing segments, while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments.

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Launch of new online degrees has been instrumental in driving the growth of the market. However, high development cost associated with e-learning courses might hamper market growth.

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04
Oct
2020
Posted in website

New Online Learning Website Mentorwolf Aims To Make Everyone A Teacher On World Teachers’ Day

Combining the power of the web, the gig economy, and
distance learning, Mentorwolf a new peer to peer educational
website with a twist, launched today just in time for World
Teachers’ Day. The site connects tutors (mentors) with
learners (mentees) worldwide.

Mentorwolf is not an
online university and encourages its’ members to think
beyond the scope of traditional academic subjects like math
and science, urging them to be more creative and have fun
with their education. “Most anything can be taught and
learned on the platform from re-upholstering ones dining
room chairs to repairing a vintage vehicle’s carburettor,
to learning how to make Rocky Road ice cream – we want
people to explore and learn from each other.” says founder
and CEO Kaspur Franke, an entrepreneur from New York who
found himself travelling in New Zealand when the global
Coronavirus pandemic struck. “It’s about democratising
and redefining what online education means for everyone and
expanding the idea of who can teach and what can be taught
and learned when passionate enthusiasts come together.
I’ve always been a passionate autodidact and felt that
everyone is skilled at something. That’s why I wanted to
create a dedicated learning platform for people to be able
to come together and learn from one another. I began working
on the creation of Mentorwolf well before the pandemic
struck but when it hit, I saw an even greater need for the
space.”

Mentor registration is open
now.

Signing up as a Mentorwolf mentor is free and
mentors make their own schedule, set their own prices, and
are not subject to paying exorbitant fees to use the
platform.

Learner registration is coming
soon.

Learners are free to browse and take as many
courses with as many different mentors

04
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

The World’s Largest Climate Tech Hubs

20201002_Climate_Tech_IBT VC funding raised by climate tech startups headquartered in the following cities from 2013-2019 Photo: Statista/IBT

With heatwaves, droughts, and other extreme weather events becoming more frequent and wildfires wreaking havoc across the globe, the consequences of climate change are becoming more and more visible. And while the calls for more sustainable solutions to many aspects of our everyday lives are growing louder, large established companies often struggle to make bold, radical changes, paving the way for startups to innovate and re-think the way things are done in a given industry. Tesla is possibly the best example of a fast-moving upstart beating industry heavyweights at a game it shouldn’t be winning, considering the goliaths it is up against.

According to a recent report from PwC, venture capital investment in “climate tech” startups, including companies from a broad range of sectors tackling the challenge of decarbonizing the global economy, has risen sharply over the past decade. PwC finds that climate tech startups attracted more than $16 billion in VC funding last year, up from less than $500 million in 2013. In total, $59.5 billion of venture capital flowed into startups contributing to the reduction of global carbon emissions, be it in the mobility sector or elsewhere.

As the following chart shows, the San Francisco Bay Area is by far the largest climate tech hub, with companies based there attracting $11.7 billion in funding since 2013. With five cities in the top 10, China also plays a leading role in the climate tech startup scene, while Berlin and Bengaluru are the only non-U.S. or Chinese cities in the top 10.

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04
Oct
2020
Posted in computer

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Good Monday morning. It is one hell of a news day.

SUV, PPE, WTF: There is general bewilderment Stateside at the images of U.S. President Donald Trump — who still has COVID-19 — waving to supporters outside the Walter Reed Medical Center from his armored SUV alongside a PPE-clad driver and several secret service agents.

THE BACKLASH: Dr. James P. Phillips, a doctor at Walter Reed, tweeted: “Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity. That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of COVID-19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding.”

WHAT TRUMP SAYS: In a video from hospital, the president said he wanted to give the “great patriots” supporting him a “little surprise.” He also talked about learning from the virus: “It’s been a very interesting journey — I learned a lot about COVID-19. I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school. This isn’t the ‘let’s read the book’ school. And I get it. And I understand it. And it’s a very interesting thing, and I’m going to be letting you know about it.”

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Trump’s physicians yesterday painted a conflicting picture of his health. They acknowledged he is ill enough to have needed oxygen and steroid treatments, but also said they might let him go