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GamesBeat weekly roundup: Black Friday’s winners, and Rock Band heads to VR

Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, Konami continues being mean to Hideo Kojima, a 5-year-old tries virtual reality, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens begins to invade the mobile space. Enjoy, and have a great weekend! Pieces of flair and opinion The DeanBeat: Our first glimpse of gaming in 2016 I never want to […]

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The DeanBeat: Our first glimpse of gaming in 2016

People don’t always say kind things about game award programs like The Game Awards, but last night’s livestreamed hype show gave us our first real glimpse into the games of 2016. And for the most part, I liked what I saw. The show had surprise game announcements as well as new content from games that […]

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Why African aviation needs to be set free

AIRLINE passengers in the West are spoiled. For all our complaining about poor customer service and stingy legroom—grumbles that Gulliver is only too happy to partake in—we live in the golden age of affordable, accessible flying. If Ireland’s Ryanair wants to launch an obscure route between Latvia and Slovenia, it is free to do so. The need to schmooze foreign officials and navigate a forest of red tape has been systematically eroded by decades of pan-European liberalisation. In this fully deregulated environment, passengers reap the spoils with cheap airfares. Not so elsewhere in the world. Especially not so in Africa.

In Africa today, as in Europe three decades ago, bilateral restrictions rule the skies. Before an African airline can fly from its home nation to another on the continent, it must be designated as an approved carrier by both countries. For state-owned airlines, this process is relatively straightforward. For private sector start-ups, it can take years. Greasing a few palms may help. Further complicating matters, the number of carriers and the…Continue reading

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Social Media’s Troubling Terrorist Infestation

For individuals, social networking means sharing small moments and major events in life. For businesses, social media marketing can help build brands. For terrorist groups such as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, social networks increasingly are the tool of choice for delivering messages of hate and recruiting new members to their cause. ISIS has exploited Twitter to send out propaganda.

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British astronaut to run the London Marathon in real time from space

While the private-company space race is heating up, more traditional bodies such as NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) continue to explore worlds beyond our own. Next week, British astronaut Tim Peake, alongside Russian commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, will launch into space from Kazakhstan, and they will live on-board the International […]

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British astronaut to run the London Marathon in real time from space

While the private-company space race is heating up, more traditional bodies such as NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) continue to explore worlds beyond our own. Next week, British astronaut Tim Peake, alongside Russian commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, will launch into space from Kazakhstan, and they will live on-board the International […]

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As a share of GDP, investment is not in decline

IN OUR cover leader this week, my colleague makes the following point:

Nor are firms investing less. The same system that is accused of myopia has just financed the $500 billion shale-energy revolution, a boom in experimental biotech companies and the electric-car ambitions of Elon Musk, a maverick entrepreneur. Relative to assets, sales and GDP, American firms’ investment has held steady. The mix has shifted from plant and machines to things like software and research and development (R&D), but that is to be expected as equipment costs fall.

This may strike some readers as surprising. Here is the chart behind it. Gross private non-residential investment, though volatile, has fluctuated around 13% of GDP since the 1970s. Today, it is almost exactly at its long-run average. There has been a shift in the composition of investment, towards intellectual property. But, relative to GDP, investment as a whole has held steady.  The IMF made a similar point in its April World Economic Outlook, noting that America’s investment slowdown has been no more severe than expected, given the depth of the…Continue reading

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