Microsoft has announced a deal to acquire game studio Activision Blizzard for USD 68.7 billion. If it goes through, it would be Microsoft’s biggest-ever acquisition—and by far the biggest deal ever in the video game biz.
Activision Blizzard’s lineup of games includes ‘Call of Duty’, ‘Candy Crush’, ‘Warcraft’, ‘Diablo’, ‘Overwatch’, and ‘Hearthstone’. According to The Verge, the deal is Microsoft’s biggest push into gaming, and the company says it will be the “third-largest gaming company by revenue, behind Tencent and Sony” once the deal closes.
Microsoft plans to add many of Activision’s games to Xbox Game Pass once the deal closes. “Upon close, we will offer as many Activision Blizzard games as we can within Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalogue,” said Microsoft’s CEO of gaming Phil Spencer.
Xbox Game Pass now has 25 million subscribers, as Microsoft continues to acquire studios to boost the subscription service.
As per The Verge, Microsoft’s deal comes after months of sexual harassment claims against Activision Blizzard. Last July, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) sued Activision Blizzard for promoting a culture of “constant sexual harassment.” More employees have come forward with more allegations of sexual misconduct ever since, and the company reached an US$ 18 million settlement with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in September. That settlement is being appealed, and reports indicate that nearly 40 Activision Blizzard employees have reportedly “exited” the company since last July.
Microsoft doesn’t detail exactly how it will approach solving these issues, and the company says Bobby Kotick will continue to serve as CEO of Activision Blizzard for now. Phil Spencer, formerly head of gaming at Microsoft, is now CEO of Microsoft Gaming and the company says the Activision Blizzard business will report directly to Spencer.
“As a company, Microsoft is committed to our journey for inclusion in every aspect of gaming, among both employees and players,” said Microsoft’s CEO of gaming Phil Spencer.
“We deeply value individual studio cultures. We also believe that creative success and autonomy go hand-in-hand with treating every person with dignity and respect. We hold all teams, and all leaders, to this commitment. We’re looking forward to extending our culture of proactive inclusion to the great teams across Activision Blizzard,” added Spencer.
Microsoft’s huge Activision Blizzard deal comes nearly a year after the company acquired Bethesda (ZeniMax Media) for US$ 7.5 billion. At the time, that acquisition bolstered the company’s first-party Xbox game studios to a total of 23 and was seen as a huge boost for Xbox Game Pass.
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Nitroex Coin Moves Towards Its Targets
NTX Token is the native token of the Nitroex cryptocurrency exchange. People who buy Ntx coins will have a 25% discount on the transaction fee they will give in every trading transaction on the nitroex crypto money exchange.
What are the NTX Token Advantages?
In addition to purchasing NTX Tokens, there are many other services, such as the NitroEx Wealth System, which offers its users a share of the company revenues from trading fees that NitroEx generates by providing exchange services. The company sells 25% of the shares and distributes profits as NTX every quarter. Thanks to this system that NTX won, users also get many privileges. Since NTX Token will be used as fuel, inflation and deflation over price are kept under control. You can benefit from NitroEx privileges by being included in the system.
With the Wealth System project, NitroEx Company distributed a total of $1,852,312 worth of NTX Tokens among users who were included in the system in 4 different periods for 1 year. Although Asset System project purchases are currently closed, distributions continue within the scope of the project. It is eagerly awaited by users that the company will start working on new purchases for the project.
How Much is the NTX Token Supply?
Maximum Total Supply of NTX at 11,000,000,000 NTX. The Circulating Supply of NTX is 3,500,000,000 NTX. 250,000,000 NTX Tokens burned. After the token was burned, the Total Supply was 10,750,000,000.
What are NTX Coin’s Achievements in 2021?
- NitroEx distributed a total of $1,852,312 worth of NTX Tokens to Wealth System investors in 4 different periods during 1 year in the Wealth System project.
- NitroEx Mobile Application, which has a user-friendly interface, was launched on the Google Play Store and App Store on July 6, 2021.
- NitroEx Exchange and NTX Token were listed on CoinMarketCap in 2021. Data flow was provided to users for NTX Token.
- NTX Token was listed on CoinGecko on February 19, 2021.
- NTX Token was listed on Nomics on March 5, 2021.
- NTX Token was listed on Hotbit Exchange in 2021 and ranked in the top 50 on CoinMarketCap. NTX Token was traded in pairs NTX/USDT and NTX/ETH.
- NitroEx celebrated its 1st anniversary on June 27, 2021 and distributed its awards to its investors. In order to better serve its users in its new era, it accelerated its work and organized the NitroEx Listing Festival.
- NTX Token was listed on ProBit Exchange on October 5, 2021 and ranked in the top 50 on CoinMarketCap. NTX Token is traded on the NTX/USDT pair.
- The first NTX Token was burned on the Ethereum blockchain by NitroEx on October 9, 2021. By incineration, 50,000,000 NTX was removed from circulation from the total supply of 11,000,000,000 NTX. Public burning is proven on Etherscan.
- A big step was taken by burning a total of 200,000,000 ntx coins on March 11, 2022. The exchange will burn 20 percent of the total supply and remove it from the market.
- NTX Token was listed on the LBank Exchange on October 26, 2021 and ranked in the top 25 on CoinMarketCap. NTX Token is traded on the NTX/USDT pair.
- The announcement was made for the second NTX Token burn. After the preparations are completed, the NTX Token will be burned.
- Investors using the NitroBot App made 8% profit from their funds in 2021.
- NTX Token will be used as Fuel Token and by using the “Pay commission with NTX” option, 25% savings in commissions will be achieved.
- NTX Token increased from 0.0007 USDT to 0.0019 USDT in 2021 according to CoinMarketCap data.
- As we approach the new year, NTX Token is preparing to make new listing announcements on the top 50 exchanges on CoinMarketCap.
He stated that Ntx coin will continue to progress by taking successful steps in 2022.
On Which Exchanges Is Ntx Coin Available?
You can trade Ntx coins from the following exchanges.
- Probit Global
The Future of NTX Coins
ntx coin, which is among the promising altcoins of the last period, continues to attract the attention of investors. It is promising for the future of ntx coin that it was last listed on the world-famous cryptocurrency exchange hotbit on March 5 and that the company officials continue their negotiations with the gate.io stock exchange. Regular burning of Ntx coin and listing on many exchanges will contribute to the valuation of ntx coin.
What are the NTX Coin 2022 Plans?
What are the plans for ntx coin 2022, one of the important fuel coins;
- Entering the top 20 exchanges in the market
- Reaching the 0.1 cent target within the year
- Using the fuel coin feature in trade (using it as a payment method in companies such as shell, Bp)
- To be able to use in world famous fuel and energy companies
- Increasing the discount rate within the exchange (paying less fees)
- Increasing social activities and growing the community
- Increasing transaction volume
- Increasing the number of whales (holders)
GIZMORE LAUNCHES MAKE IN INDIA SMARTWATCH GIZFIT 910 PRO
Gizmore, a Delhi-based audio and wearable manufacturer, introduces an extremely affordable smartwatch at Rs 2,499. It is not just a made in India product but also one such device which gets an AI-powered Voice Assistant at this price range.
Gizmore has gone ahead with the square dial and this smartwatch is a successor to Gizfit 910. They have managed to keep the metallic finish feel premium even at this range. You get a slim bezel, and a bright 500 units display to enjoy information on the dial. Just like the smartphone the screen of a smartwatch is extremely important as it is your source to engage with the watch.
Gizfit 910 Pro also features a heart rate and blood pressure monitor which can be tracked with the companion app. You also get constant reminders to drink water. Which might not seem so useful to many but once you start using it you realise the need of it. It helps users to track their step count, SpO2, heart rate, sleep cycles, and even menstrual cycle.
Gizfit 910 Pro is your smartwatch which is committed to keep you healthy and fit. In order to do so you can pair it with any of your Android devices and track your workout. It comes with sports modes which include like outdoor runs, cycling, badminton, football, and yoga.
Features which I enjoyed and found convenient and was happy to see on the smartwatch were mirroring of notifications which makes the smartwatch a lot more useful. Comes with an in-built microphone which enables a hands-free calling functionality. It is IP67 water and dust resistant.
In terms of connectivity, the smartwatch comes with Bluetooth 5.1, which it uses to connect with the smartphone to track workouts using the phone’s GPS, as well as to stream music and make calls. It also has a music controller that can be used to play, pause, and shuffle tracks, as well as adjust the volume.
Battery is always a very important part when it comes to smart wearables and this one does the job well. You get a longer battery life if you don’t use the calling feature and can enjoy over six days of battery life. Your watch can be fully charged within two hours.
For a segment like smart wearables, the competition is increasing every day. You have some new device making its mark. Under Make in India, we see a lot of new manufactures entering this market. Gizmore has been around for a while and has well placed their products in this segment. With Gizfit 910 Pro they have a price and feature advantage. Well, that can make them market winners if they continue manufacturing good products at affordable prices with good features.
JEEP’S NEW 3-ROW SUV MERIDIAN IS CAPABLE AS WELL AS PRACTICAL
Jeep Meridian all set to take on the Toyota Fortuner in the premium SUV space.
Iconic SUV brand Jeep has launched a brand new 7-seater in the Indian market. The new Jeep Meridian has been launched at an introductory starting price of Rs 29.9 lakh, ex-showroom and goes up to Rs 36.96 lakh for the top 4×4 model. Jeep gets many features that have not been seen before in the premium SUV segment. With the Meridian, Jeep is getting ready to take on the mighty Toyota Fortuner which has been a bestseller in the segment for a long time.
DESIGN AND COMFORT
The big USP of the Meridian is that it gets 3-row of seats and caters to a big family. The SUV gets 840 mm between the first and second row, and 780 mm between the second and third row, making it the most spacious vehicle in the segment. It also gets 481-litres of boot space while seating five people and 170 litres of boot space when all seven seats are occupied. To get access to the third row, the SUV gets one-touch fold-and-tumble seats in the second row and the 80-degree door opening angle to help passengers get in and out with ease. The SUV stands at a length of 4,769 mm, a width of 1,859 mm, 1,698 mm tall, and has a 2,782 mm long wheelbase.
According to Jeep, the Meridian is ready to take on the dreaded Indian summer. The SUV cools up to 30 per cent faster than competitors, thanks to the multi-zone climate control system, dedicated third-row AC-evaporator unit, and the thermo-acoustic cabin insulation. The Meridian features Emperador Brown leather seats, third-row cooling with controls, automatic headlamps and diamond cut dual-tone 18-inch alloy wheels. The higher Limited (O) trim additionally gets a two-tone roof, a dual-pane sunroof, a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, a 360-degree camera, and a powered lift-gate with programmable height, obstruction detection, etc. The all-new Meridian is also a connected car and comes equipped with Jeep’s UConnect5 suite that offers a host of connectivity and infotainment features.
TRIMS AND POWERTRAINS
Jeep Meridian is available across two trims, Limited and Limited (O). Both Limited and Limited (O) are available with the 4×2 front-wheel drive and a choice between a six-speed manual transmission and a nine-speed automatic transmission. A nine-speed automatic transmission with the 4×4 all-wheel drive is also available in the Limited (O) trim. The SUV is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates 170 hp at 3,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 350 Nm available between 1,750-2,500 rpm. Jeep is also claiming the fastest acceleration and highest power-to-weight ratio on the car. It can go from 0-100 km/h in just 10.8 seconds and can attain a top speed of 198 km/h. It is also claiming to be one the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the segment promising an ARAI certified figure of 16.2 km/l.
ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE
The new Jeep Meridian gets the first-in-segment completely independent front and rear suspension setup. It comes equipped with Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) and Hydraulic Rebound Stopper (HRS) to ensure a smooth ride, good comfort, and enhanced driving dynamics for all kinds of roads and terrains. It also promises the best steering control in the segment, thanks to the lowest parking torque of 2.2 Nm and a dynamic torque of 4.3 Nm. Its low turning radius of 5.7 m will help to an extent in city driving. The SUV’s credentials are further strengthened by the terrain-proven unibody SW platform which helps bring the authentic Jeep DNA to life.
Talking about safety, the Meridian gets 7 airbags, traction control, electronic stability control, ABS with EBD, adaptive cruise control, lane assist, blind-spot detection, and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System). It is now available for booking on Jeep India’s website and at Jeep dealerships across India with a down payment of Rs 50,000. Deliveries will begin in June.
The author is a senior editor at carandbike.com
ASUS ZENBOOK 14 OLED HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Asus has well-positioned itself in the Indian tech market when we talk about laptops and notebooks. They have recently introduced a new lineup and that has been grabbing attention. The high-end laptop from ASUS has carved a niche for itself. Asus Zenbook 14 OLED is one such from this present lineup and below is my take on this latest device.
ZENBOOK 14 OLED SPECS SHEET
Zenbook 14 OLED is 16.9 mm
Weighs 1.39 kg
Display with 2.8K OLED HDR NanoEdge
Powered by a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, and Intel Iris® Xe graphics.
16GB RAM and up to 512GB SSD PCIe 4.0 SSD
Dolby Atmos sound system powered by a smart amplifier
ASUS ErgoSense keyboard, and ASUS NumberPad 2.0.
Asus has not shied from making the device look elegant and slim. It is lightweight and easy to use and carry around. Fits well in one’s hand and can be easily carried around at work or even for travel. The laptop is sleek in its design and keeping the style minimalistic works wonders for it.
You get a 16:10 2.8K OLED HDR NanoEdge touchscreen which has a vibrant display. This display is good to work on and the contrast is comfortable to work on. You will find it easy to work on this laptop and even viewing and gaming will be easy for the eye. With a good display what you really need is a good sound system and you get one in this laptop. The Dolby Atmos makes the experience worthwhile. The smart amplifier does make the sound quality way better. Making the entire experience a lot more engaged and wholesome.
Something which has been a personal favourite in this laptop is the touchscreen number pad it is without a doubt extremely useful and helps increase productivity for sure. You would realise after a few days of usage how it helps increase efficiency. When we are constantly working on the laptop what we need is a good webcam specially for our online meetings and calls. The 3DNR webcam provides the needful. You not just get good video quality, but also good sound and an AI noise cancellation facility making your calls a way easier and noise-free process.
The laptop gives no issues like heating or draining out. I am not a gamer but had tried a few low graphic games on the laptop and felt no glitch at all. For heavy graphic games, I might not be in the right place to suggest. In terms of battery, the laptop charged fast and helped function well for seven to eight hours. In the usage, there were a lot of video meetings and constant web browsing. In terms of battery, there is nothing for me to complain about.
Using the laptop for good over two weeks there was really nothing to dislike or complain about. Introduced at Rs 1,04,990 with a lot of offers on the price this is a high-end laptop. That is the only catch that this product has. One must look at the great design, fully rounded spec sheet, and some great additions like the numeric touchpad, great sound, and excellent display before making up their mind against the laptop due to its price tag. It is a well-rounded laptop which has something for everyone.
TATA MOTORS EXPANDS ITS ELECTRIC VEHICLE RANGE WITH NEXON EV MAX
The Tata Nexon EV has been the most successful electric car in India and by some distance. Tata Motors already has more than 25,000 EVs on the Indian roads, out of which over 19,000 are just Nexon EVs. Now, the company has gone ahead and launched a more powerful version of the car called the Nexon EV MAX. It also gets many premium features not seen on the regular Nexon EV and more importantly the range has also gone up significantly. According to Tata Motors, the idea behind this new car is to enhance the appeal of EVs and expand the market with a new offering for customers who are looking for longer intercity travel.
The Nexon EV Max is equipped with a 40.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which means the battery capacity is 33% higher than the Nexon EV. It results in an ARAI certified range of 437 km (under standard testing conditions), which is approximately 125 km more than the Nexon EV. The EV produces 143 PS of power and delivers an instant torque of 250 Nm available at the push of the pedal, resulting in 0 to 100 kmph time of under 9 seconds. At the same time, you also get a car that is heavier than the Nexon EV and has a slightly lower ground clearance.
With Nexon EV MAX, Tata Motors is introducing a multi-mode regen feature which will help drivers to adjust the level of regenerative braking through switches on the floor console. Customers can choose between 4 regen levels based on the driving conditions: Level 0 with nil recuperative braking, going up to the highest Level 3 aiding single-pedal driving. This will help the user to get a higher range depending on the remaining charge and traffic conditions. The car also gets auto brake lamps which get activated once a certain level of regen is achieved, this helps to alert fellow motorists.
You also get 3 driving modes on the car—eco, city and sport. Plus there are eight new features on the upgraded ZConnect 2.0 connected car technology. This means the ZConnect app offers 48 connected car features. The feature list now covers smartwatch integration, auto/manual DTC check, setting a limit for charging, monthly vehicle reports and enhanced drive analytics.
The Nexon MAX also gets more safety features like ESP with i-VBAC (intelligent – Vacuum-less Boost & Active Control), hill hold, hill descent control, electronic parking brake with auto vehicle hold and all 4-disc brakes. Tata says its battery and motor pack are IP67 rated for a weather-proof and worry-proof performance. The battery and motor warranty of Nexon EV Max is 8 years or 160,000 km.
In terms of looks and design the Nexon EV MAX is just like the Nexon EV apart from the new Intensi-Teal you see in the pictures. You also have the daytona grey and pristine white options to choose from while dual-tone body colour will be offered as a standard. The cabin is much more premium and gets additions like a jewelled control knob with active mode display, all-new makarana beige interiors, leatherette seats with ventilation for front passengers, air purifier, wireless smartphone charging, auto-dimming IRVM and cruise control.
The Nexon EV Max is available in two trim options –XZ+ and XZ+ Lux. These will be available with options of a 3.3 kW charger or a 7.2 kW AC fast charger. The 7.2 kW AC fast charger can be installed either at home or at the workplace, which helps in reducing charging time to 6.5 hours. A 50 kW DC fast charger will charge the car from 0% to 80% in just 56 minutes. Prices begin at Rs 17.70 lakh which is Rs. 3.20 lakh more than the Nexon EV. The top-of-the-line XZ+ Lux with a 7.2 kW AC fast charger will set you back by Rs. 19.24 lakh (ex-showroom).
The author is a senior editor at carandbike.com
APPLE DISCONTINUES IPOD AFTER 20 YEARS, AVAILABLE ‘WHILE SUPPLIES LAST’
Apple has announced that it’s discontinuing the iPod Touch, and said that the product would be available ‘while supplies last.’
Confirming the announcement in a news post on Tuesday, the company said, “the spirit of iPod lives on” in all of its devices that play music, such as the iPhone, iPad, and HomePod Mini. The halt in sales of the last remaining model in Apple’s lineup of portable music players marks the end of an era.
First introduced 20 years ago, the original FireWire-equipped iPod model acted as just a portable music player, and Apple made models that were pretty much exclusively for listening to audio up until 2017, when it discontinued the iPod Nano and Shuffle.
While the iPod Touch has been embraced by some iPod enthusiasts as the new classic music player, it also found a following for those who wanted an iPhone-like experience but didn’t actually need a phone, reports The Verge.
Tony Fadell, one of the developers of the original iPod, mentioned in an interview with The Verge that the iPod team knew the iPhone could end up overtaking music players.
“It became very clear to us that there was a real threat from mobile phones, feature phones. They were starting to add music, MP3 playing, to the cell phones that they were shipping at the time,” he said.
The original iPod touch was released in 2007, the same year when the first iPhone had also released.
It has mostly the same hardware and software as the original iPhone, except for the calling features.
With Apple giving up on its iPod line, the tech giant is eager to direct its market audience toward its other products that offer music playback.
The halt in sales of the last remaining model in Apple’s lineup of portable music players marks the end of an era.
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