John Madden Video Game Review

The John Madden NFL video game platform has been one of the most successful video game platforms of all time. It has sold more video games than any other sports platform in history. In recent weeks, the video game manufacturer EA sports released its latest version of the game. According to a recent news article (http://m.cjonline.com/blog-post/josh-rouse/2016-09-23/madden-17-review-nfl-ea-sports-video-game-ps4-xbox-one-2ksports#gsc.tab=0), the 17th installment of the game had several major upgrades.

 

One of the upgrades to the game was in improvement to the franchise mode. The franchise mode allows you to manage and play with a team for as many seasons as you would like. This allows you to act as a player, coach, and general manager. In this year’s version of the game, you can get far more in-depth with Scouting, general management tasks, and future planning.

 

Another improvement to the game is the play the moment teacher, the play the moment teacher is a new feature to the game that allows you to fast forward through again two more significant times. This means that you can play only during the most exciting times in greatly cut down on the amount of time it takes to play a game. It also allows you to focus on situational place, which can be helpful for when you are playing online.

 

Another improvement to the quality of the game is the game planning enhancements. When playing in a season or franchise mode, you will be able to receive tips from your scouting department that can help you be a more informed player. The quality of the reports that you received will be dependent on the amount of money you have budgeted towards your scouting department. A well budgeted scouting department will help to ensure you receive an effective game plan that can help you get an edge.

 

As would be expected, the online play of the latest installment of the John Madden football game has been expanded. You are now able to participate in more competitive events and play with more players across the world.The game has also enhance its social community, allowing you to use it as a social network as well.

 

Whitney Wolfe Wants To Shake Things Up With Bumble

Whitney Wolfe has had an unusually successful life. She is still in her 20s and she is already the CEO of her company. Her dating app, Bumble, is slowly taking over and changing the way that people think of online dating. All too often the world of online dating has a male dominated structure and fosters an environment where sexual harassment is acceptable. The work Whitney Wolfe is doing at Bumble is changing that and shaking up the way people date online.

A New Approach With Bumble

Bumble stands out from the pack in the focus on women making the first move in all heterosexual encounters. Normally, men are expected to make the first move but this simply isn’t the case with this app. The move was intentional by Whitney Wolfe because it prevents sexual harassment and other undesirable shortcomings of online dating. There isn’t much data on sexual harassment in online dating, but the low incidence rates on Bumble suggest that the app makers are on to something. Whitney Wolfe has a mission and she seems to have done a good job of reaching her goal.

The Future Of Bumble

Going into the future it seems that Bumble is in a good position. Currently, it has millions of users and has created hundreds of millions of matches. At the rate that things are going it is likely to catch up to Tinder and may even take over the market. Whitney Wolfe is still in her 20s and she has managed to create a company worth millions of dollars in one of the most challenging industries around. There aren’t many people who can say they’ve done what she has. If she can continue down this path the future looks bright for her.

See: http://austin.culturemap.com/news/innovation/09-27-16-top-texans-under-30-whitney-wolfe-bumble-profile/

Yanni Hufnagel and Basketball

The University of Nevada’s assistant men’s basketball coach since April 2016, Yanni Hufnagel, has an impressive background. Before his current position with the renowned Nevada Wolf Pack, he was an assistant coach for the Harvard Crimson, Vanderbilt Commodores, and the California Golden Bears. He was regarded as Harvard basketball’s “Whiz Kid.”

 

Being an assistant coach in college basketball means also being a recruiter. Hufnagel is acknowledged to be one of the top college basketball recruiters and has long been one of the sport’s most promising ones as well as being one of the country’s hottest young coaches.

 

As a child, Yanni Hufnagel had read coaching books until the pages were frayed. Although his best sport was lacrosse, and he played that for a season at Pennsylvania State University, his first love was always basketball, but he didn’t play well enough to make the varsity team in a high school in his hometown of Scarsdale, New York. Therefore, he decided to take a position as a commentator for the team’s games on a local TV channel.

 

During his first year at Cornell University, Hufnagel was a basketball manager for one season and he scored a New Jersey Nets summer and fall internship. His big break came right after graduation when Oklahoma basketball Coach Jeff Capel took him on as a graduate assistant and called him “a ball of energy.”

 

At Cornell, Hufnagel received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, and received his master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education with an Intercollegiate Athletics Administration Emphasis at the University of Oklahoma.

 

Learn more about Yanni Hufnagel:

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/121719/harvard-basketballs-whiz-kid

 

Ricardo Tosto Promotes the Advancement of Brazilian Legal Sector

Brazil is a civilian law nation. The Portuguese implemented its legal structure that originates from the Roman law during the era of colonization. The legal system consists of codes and regulations imposed mostly by the federal legislature as well as parliaments from other municipalities and states. Brazil is made up of the permanent merger of states, municipalities, plus the Federal District. The Brazilian government has three branches: the executive, judiciary, and legislature.

Arms of Brazilian government

The National Congress comprises of the Federal Senate and Chamber of Deputies. This branch leverages its legislative process to exercise its legislative power. The president of the country and State’s Minister make up the executive branch. The Judiciary comprises of Federal Supreme Court, Superior Tribunal of Justice, Electoral Justice, State Justice, National Council of Justice, Labor Justice, and Military Justice.

Hierarchy of the court system

Occupying the highest level in the Brazilian judicial system is the Federal Supreme Court, which is in charge of protecting the constitution and acting as a court of review. This court has the power to try to make a direct decision concerning actions of unconstitutionality of a normative act or federal law. In other words, the Federal Supreme Court can issue advisory opinions. The Federal Justice is made up of Federal Courts and Federal Regional Tribunals.

Who is Ricardo Tosto?

Ricardo Tosto is a licensed lawyer based in Brazil. He earned his LLB from the Mackenzie University. He also studied at FAAP and obtained an undergrad in business administration. Ricardo Tosto commenced his practice in a small office and steered it into one of the greatest law companies in Brazil today. He has proved his defense abilities and mastery of law by representing clients in high-status litigation cases.

Ricardo Tosto has particularly worked with established Brazilian and global organizations, governments, and prominent figures such as managing directors and politicians. He has created groundbreaking legal mechanisms that the Brazilian legal system has implemented. Previously, he offered strategic directions to prominent committees like the OAB’s Modernization Committee and Judicial Modernization Committee. Ricardo Tosto is a member and one of the co-founders of Brazilian Institute for Political Party and Election Law Studies (IBEDEP).

Betsy DeVos – An Education Secretary with Solutions

Betsy DeVos – An Education Secretary with Solutions

Besty DeVos, the nation’s new Education Secretary, may have some answer to some posing questions on how to upgrade the nation’s public school system. Some believe that DeVos is on a mission to replace that nation’s public schools with a universal voucher program. Vouchers allow parents to use public funds to pay for a portion, or all, of their child’s tuition for private school. State governments, in many cases, create and oversee voucher programs. State governments initially designed the programs to provide high-quality school options for low-income families.

Her real mission is to provide a quality education that is in the best interest of children. There is also a widespread belief that communities of color do not support vouchers. This is not the case. She is very active in philanthropy work and financial giving. Such work includes funding for Loudspeaker Media Inc., the Partnership for Educational Justice, Success Academy Charter Schools, and GreatSchools Inc.

She and her husband have also given to an array of Christian-related education groups. Several include Grand Rapids Christian School Association, the Ada Christian School Society, and Christian Schools International. DeVos also has a solid background in leadership. Many call her an innovator and a disruptor in some quarters. She continues to make her mark in politics, business, and education. She is a person who fights to remove barriers and create the types of environments that allow people to grow and thrive. Visit their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org

Her business success includes being a former Chairman of the Windquest Group. The firm is privately held with a diverse portfolio of consumer products and services. On the political side, Betsy DeVos has been politically active for over 35 years. She has served in a number of leadership roles and committees within the Republican party. The Michigan Party elected her four times to serve as Chairman. Her present focus is on advancing educational choices for children across the country.

Many expect that she will be successful in her new role of offsetting and enforcing education policies. As such, the Department of Education plays an important role in ensuring that schools continue to meet standards to receive federal funding. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.

Hideo Kojima Is Blending Video Games with Films

Merging video games, graphic novels, and blockbuster films into one medium of entertainment is something that iconic video game designer Hideo Kojima is in pursuit of with his new game in the making “Death Stranding.” “We want to be there…to help show people a new kind of experience. We’re already preparing for that future…,” (BBC, Hideo Kojima says games and films will merge together, Stefan Powell, 25 Jan. 2017, http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38737220/hideo-kojima-says-games-and-films-will-merge-together) Accessed 27 Jan. 2017. Kojima is famously known for his work on the legendary gaming series “Metal Gear” while working for Konami. But after leaving Konami in 2015, Kojima started up his own video game studio to attempt a new type of entertainment that blends video games and films.

Imagine a video game that changes every time you play depending on the route you take with the story. “If we just make a game people are less likely to choose that as something to do. They would rather engage in something that combines different forms of entertainment together. That’s where we need to focus our efforts, on this convergence.” (BBC, Hideo Kojima says games and films will merge together, Stefan Powell, 25 Jan. 2017, http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38737220/hideo-kojima-says-games-and-films-will-merge-together) Accessed 27 Jan. 2017. Kojima is unable to comment and is keeping all the details for this new path of gaming under wraps as fans and gamers are anticipating this new style of gaming. When describing the new style of video games, Kojima compares it to other mediums of art. Bands, writers, directors all make changes and take risks to create a new genre, and that is exactly what Kojima has in mind with this new hybrid of gaming and film.

At Hideo’s studio, they are passionate about staying away from franchises like “Call of Duty” or “Assassin’s Creed”. What they truly want to accomplish is a new experience with every game play. “We don’t want to be a studio that re-uses assets, ideas or just makes sequels all the time. We want it so [that] every time someone plays one of our games they’re getting a new experience.” (BBC, Hideo Kojima says games and films will merge together, Stefan Powell, 25 Jan. 2017, http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38737220/hideo-kojima-says-games-and-films-will-merge-together) Accessed 27 Jan. 2017.

The Success of 5AM Venture under Managing Partner Dr. Scott Rocklage

Since 2004, Dr. Scott Rocklage has been a managing partner of both 5 AM Venture Management and 5 AM Venture IV, L.P. Dr. Rocklage also served as the Chief Executive Officer from 11th May 2016 to 25th July 2016. Additionally, he acted as the acting partner from 6th May 2016 to 11th May 2016 in the same firm. Scott joined 5 AM Ventures as a venture partner in 2003. In 2004 he became the managing partner. His strategic leadership qualities in Healthcare Management where he has a three years’ experience led to FDA approval of the three U.S. Scott Rocklage served under the following positions:

• Chairman and CEO of Cubist Pharmaceuticals
• President and CEO of Nycomed Salutar
• R&D jobs at Slautar and Catalytica
• Chairman of Board of Relypsa (NASDAQ:RLYP)
• Chairman of the Board of Rennovia, Kinestral and Cidara
• Board chairman of Epirus and Pulmatrix
• Executive of IIypsa, Miilana, and Semprus

Rocklage is based in Boston, MA office; he is a co-inventor of more than 30 U.S patents. Additionally, he has over 100 peer-reviewed publications.
5AM Venture

The Venture capital firm 5 AM was founded in 2002. The Corporation based in Menlo Park California and has another office in Boston Massachusetts. The company specializes in early stage startup investments and spinouts. The company mostly invests in life science companies and focuses on the development of drugs, biotechnology, and biopharma. Other areas of focus for 5 AM is medical technologies and platforms on product discovery.

• Under drug development. 5 AM Company is more interested in firms that focus on diabetes, oncology, anti-infectives and metabolic diseases.

• Medical technologies. The interest is in companies that are concerned with diagnostic, imaging agents, medical devices, drug delivery and material science.
5 AM wants to make equity investments and be the lead investor. Its aim is to have a board seat in the majority of the companies in its portfolio.

In June 2014, 5 AM announced that Peter Kim, the former Merck Research Laboratories boss would join the firm as a partner. Kim made several achievements in his 12 years’ service at Merck & Co.’s. Part of the gains is he was part of the leading team that discovered nearly 20 treatments and vaccines. On 31st May 2016, 5 AM Ventures announced the close of $285 million Venture, L.P. The capital raised aimed at building life science companies. The $285 million came from existing and new institutional investors which include endowments, pension funds, family office and foundations among others.

5 AM focuses on hands-on approach in building the company. Since the corporation was started, it has raised approximately $1 billion for investments in companies focused on innovative life science. The firm has made 80 investments in 44 companies. Among the 44 companies, six companies issued an initial public offering and eight companies have been acquired.

Additional Sources:

http://www.rennovia.com/team/scott-m-rocklage/

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/scott-m-rocklage-phd-joins-5am-ventures-72545982.html

Jason Hope: Scottsdale’s Futurist Investor

Jason Hope is a forward-thinking entrepreneur, fueled by technological progressivism and community mindedness.

Based in Scottsdale, Hope has lead the charge in Arizona toward a better future for all with philanthropic gestures such as a $500,000 pledge to SENS Foundation which is working to fight age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Atherosclerosis. Jason Hope’s futurist mindset drives him to work with and invest in businesses that are pushing the envelope.

From the most seasoned tech businesses to the youngest budding innovators, Hope supports them all. One of the many ways he helps the next generation of entrepreneurs is through the grants Jason Hope has made available to seniors in high school as well as college students. These grants give students the ability to cultivate their ideas and focus on creating the technology of tomorrow.

One “technology of tomorrow” that Jason Hope is particularly interested in is the Internet of Things, an industry projected to be worth 71 billion dollars by 2018. The Internet of Things is the interconnecting of smart devices in which each device collects information from sensors and other smart devices to perform tasks more efficiently. Simply put, the Internet of Things is a network of devices designed to make life simpler.

The Internet of Things has not yet become common place; however, Hope believes that wearable devices such as the Apple Watch and the Fitbit will begin to push it into the mainstream. Through promoting and educating about various aspects of the Internet of Things such as security and the implications that the Internet of Things can have on the average person’s life, Hope spreads awareness and sparks intrigue.

Jason Hope’s contributions to technology and the future have an enduring impact in Arizona and beyond. Hope continues to support the next generation tech leaders and facilitate their growth through generous investments and grant programs.

Some articles that Jason Hope wrote can be read at https://medium.com/@jasonhope

Microsoft Cancels Exclusive Action Game Scalebound

Microsoft has revealed that Scalebound, one of the biggest upcoming games from Xbox has been annulled. Published by Microsoft, the game was scheduled for launching on both PC and Xbox One.

 

The Development of Scalebound

 

Scalebound had risen to head several lists of the “Most Anticipated Games” and formed a section of top titles set to hit Microsoft’s console besides Sea of Thieves pirate game, strategy title Halo Wars 2,and Crackdown 3theopen-world action game.

 

Reports from Eurogamer indicate that last fall, a number of key members of the game’s development team were compelled to step away for a month from the project due to what was described as project’s heavy workload pressure. When they came back, project Scalebound was behind schedule and it was decided not to proceed with the game.

 

The Future of Scalebound

 

Fans of Scalebound will now have to sit tight and see whether the game’s original developers will opt to proceed with this video game separately from the current Microsoft partnership.

 

Even though Platinum has received critical acclaim for lots of their video games over the years, mainstream success has tended to always elude them. It is not clear whether the Scalebound project could still be carried on under the supervision of Platinum Games studio. It is hoped that Nier: Automata will help in keeping Platinum Games afloat as they seek pick up from this blow triggered by the Microsoft cancellation.

 

Conclusion

 

Scalebound has been under development for over 4 years, being developed by Platinum Games, the Japanese studio that is best known for their fast-paced action titles such as Vanguish and Bayonetta. The cancelation of such a highly promoted AAA game after 4 years of development is already been viewed as being an unprecedented move by industry experts, but to have the footage of its existence removed is particularly odd.

 

 

 

 

Crazy Texts From The Ex

 
It is two in the morning and your text notification wakes you up out of a dead sleep. You pick up your cell phone with the sleep still in your eyes and read the message. Is there anything more scary than scary text messages as she is leaving the bar? I think not.

My ex-girlfriends all seem to want to text me and remind me that I am no longer their boyfriend. Somehow, they think we can be friends, even though I have told them countless times I wanted nothing to do with them.

I think the scariest text I have ever gotten from an ex-girlfriend was only about a month after we had broke up. She told me that she was pregnant. We had parted ways on bad terms but the time we had spent together, we had created new life.

For weeks I did not reply to the message though it was on my mind constantly. I was contemplating would death by freezing just be easier to face.  It was scary to think that someone I now could not stand was carrying my child. I had no idea what to do or what to say.  This is just one of the many things some exes try to pull.

After about a month and a half I finally got another text message from her. It simply said that she had a miscarriage. I felt the life I had created slip away before it was even ready to meet the world. I texted back, “Good”, and have not gotten any texts from her since.