Following Apple Award Win, Shanghai Developers Of Genshin Impact Hopes To Build Its Own ‘Marvel Universe’

When Forrest Liu and his Shanghai-based video game developer company MiHoYo decided in 2017 to build a new mobile game to accompany its successful action RPG (role-playing game) Honkai Impact series, he envisioned an open-world style adventure, in which users can roam freely with their virtual characters.

The problem was, while open-world games have been all the rage in the console and PC space, it had never been done before in the mobile gaming space.

“It seemed like an impossible task,” Liu says. But after three years of development and “over 100 million yuan spent on the project,” the open-world mobile game Genshin Impact made its debut this past September.

It helped that MiHoYo, which was cofounded by Liu and two former college classmates in 2011, already had the smash hit Honkai series, so it wasn’t hard finding investors

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EMERGING MARKETS-Indonesia shares gain on rate cut hopes, broader optimism

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    * Graphic: Foreign flows into Asian stocks tmsnrt.rs/3lKhL5I
    * S.Korean won hits near 2-1/2 year high
    * Thai baht at highest since Nov. 19

    By Shashwat Awasthi
    Dec 2 (Reuters) - Indonesian stocks climbed on Wednesday as
markets weighed the chances of further policy easing by its
central bank, while hopes forcoronavirus vaccines and fresh
stimulus in the United States buoyed broader risk sentiment.
    Emerging Asian currencies firmed as the U.S. dollar's index
against major currencies sank to a more than
two-and-a-half year low, and regional equities maintained their
bright start to December after blistering gains last month.
    Shares in Jakarta inched close to a more than
nine-month high. Data released Tuesday showed core inflation
eased in November and annual inflation remained below Bank
Indonesia's (BI) target range.
    "We believe that BI will be open to slashing borrowing costs
further, likely in early 2021, 
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NJ Transit Hopes New Technology Can Combat Coronavirus

NEWARK, NJ — NJ Transit is trying to figure out if high-tech innovations such as antimicrobial lighting and a phone app that tracks passenger counts in real time can help prevent the coronavirus from spreading.

On Tuesday, the agency announced that it has selected four companies to test out some state-of-the-art technology aimed at fighting COVID-19. Solutions that have “proven to be successful” may be chosen for a year-long pilot program.

The companies and technology include:

  • Vyv: “Uses proprietary LED antimicrobial light to reduce bacteria/microbes from surfaces. This technology will be tested on an Access Link paratransit minibus, a local transit bus, and within common areas throughout NJ Transit corporate buildings (i.e. elevators, restrooms).”
  • Knorr Merak: “Uses a three-stage air filtration and purification system to mitigate COVID-19. The air filtration technology will be piloted on a light rail car and a passenger rail car.”
  • Piper: “Provides video analytics and collects
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Fundraiser hopes to revive SF nightlife

Most businesses in San Francisco are struggling during the pandemic, but few have as difficult a roadmap to revitalization as dance clubs.

Despite the best efforts of movements like Save Our Stages, there’s been little relief for independent venues in San Francisco, aside from a recent $2.5 million tax waiver, which doesn’t go very far when spread between 300 venues. Some clubs have begun socially distanced, seated outdoor DJ events, but it will still be months until the city’s vibrant culture of dimly-lit dance floors returns to anything resembling normalcy.

In an attempt to offer some semblance of relief to a community often neglected in the conversation of pandemic assistance, a team of San Francisco nightlife veterans has come together for a fundraiser to support the dance music scene.

Running from Thursday night through Sunday, Revive the Night is a marathon of streaming content featuring local DJs and producers, as

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UK stocks up on vaccines, hopes to start virus shots in days | St. Louis business news

“There are still long weeks and months ahead before we can be completely confident that we can vaccinate enough people in the country, and thereby remove enough targets for the virus, in order to beat the disease,” he wrote.

A four-week national lockdown in England is due to end Wednesday, and will be replaced by a three-tiered system of regional measures. The vast majority of the country is being put into the upper two tiers, meaning most people will be barred from meeting up with friends indoors, pubs and restaurants still face restrictions and everything from large weddings to choir practices are being banned.

Pfizer and BioNTech say their vaccine is 95% effective, according to preliminary data. It must be stored at ultra-cold temperatures of around minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 Fahrenheit). The Moderna vaccine, which also needs to be stored at freezer temperatures, was also about 95% effective

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Offshore submarine freshwater discovery raises hopes for islands worldwide — ScienceDaily

Twice as much freshwater is stored offshore of Hawai’i Island than was previously thought, according to a University of Hawai’i study with important implications for volcanic islands around the world. An extensive reservoir of freshwater within the submarine southern flank of the Hualālai aquifer has been mapped by UH researchers with the Hawai’i EPSCoR ‘Ike Wai project. The groundbreaking findings, published in Science Advances, reveal a novel way in which substantial volumes of freshwater are transported from onshore to offshore submarine aquifers along the coast of Hawai’i Island.

This mechanism may provide alternative renewable resources of freshwater to volcanic islands worldwide. “Their evidence for separate freshwater lenses, stacked one above the other, near the Kona coast of Hawai’i, profoundly improves the prospects for sustainable development on volcanic islands,” said UH Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) Dean Brian Taylor.

Paradigm shift

Through the use of

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China’s Xi congratulates Biden, hopes for ‘win-win’ ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping is congratulating U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and expressing hope for “win-win cooperation” amid conflicts over trade, technology and security that plunged relations to their lowest level in decades

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday and expressed hope for “win-win cooperation” amid conflicts over trade, technology and security that have plunged Sino-American relations to their lowest level in decades.

China

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Ada Developers Academy going independent in hopes of expanding its tech diversity impact

Ada Developers Academy graduates at a graduation event Jan. 7, 2019. (Jenny Crooks Photo)

Ada Developers Academy, the Seattle-based tuition-free software development boot camp for women and underrepresented sexual, gender and racial minorities, is spinning out from its parent organization and going independent.

Ada announced Monday that it is growing at a scale where it will serve more students, expand its impact and implement new support for programs. The organization has launched a fundraising drive to support that growth, and is looking to raise $25,000 between now and Jan. 2 to build up its cash reserves and a six- to nine-month fiscal runway.

Founded in 2013, Ada’s mission is to diversify the tech industry. Its program provides six months of classroom training followed by a five-month internship at one of its corporate partners. It runs two 48-person cohorts per year and has graduated hundreds of students.

Originally a project of

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Stocks edge higher on Wall Street on latest vaccine hopes

Stocks edged higher in afternoon trading Monday after investors received several pieces of encouraging news on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, tempering concerns over rising virus cases and business restrictions

The benchmark S&P 500 index rose 0.3%, led by banks, industrial companies and other businesses that have been beaten down by the virus.

The latest vaccine developments are helping to raise hopes that some normalcy will eventually be restored to everyday life and the economy. It is also tempering lingering concerns about new government controls as the virus spikes in

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Beyond the impossible: Lab-grown meat hopes to lure skeptics of plant-based options

This story is part of Tech for a Better World, stories about the diverse teams creating products, apps and services to improve our lives and society.

Winston Churchill foresaw the biggest food innovation of the 21st century back in 1931: “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.”

Today that prospect nears, but is still so new it doesn’t have a widely agreed-upon name: cultured meat, clean meat, lab-grown meat, cultivated meat or, by its detractors, test tube meat. 

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All those terms denote meat grown from animal cells, rather than from a living, sentient animal. I’ll call it cultured meat, but regardless of name, it may start arriving at small scale in 2022 from companies such as Mosa Meat, Memphis Meats, Aleph Farms, and Meatable. It will be positioned as

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