Nintendo Switch dominates PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Venturebeat | January 22, 2019

Nintendo Switch sales are off the charts. The system was the best-selling gaming console in the United States in December and for all of 2018, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. The Switch sold well throughout the year, but the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gave it a massive boost to close out the last month.The hybrid home/handheld system outsold the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But it didn’t just outsell them, it had the best December of any console this generation.“Nintendo Switch generated the highest December-month hardware dollar sales for a single platform since the Nintendo Wii in December 2009,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. “And it achieved the highest December unit sales for a single platform since December 2010.”And it’s clear that Super Smash Bros. was one of the driving forces behind those hardware sales. The Nintendo fighter had the best launch month of any console exclusive since NPD began tracking sales in the ’90s. That puts it ahead of Marvel’s Spider-Man and, historically, Xbox 360’s Halo: Reach. But the rest of the Switch library also contributed to the system’s success because Nintendo had seven of the top 20 best-selling releases of December.

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Aiven Introduces an Open Source Streaming Ecosystem for Apache Kafka

Aiven | December 08, 2022

Aiven, the open source cloud data platform,announced a complete open source streaming ecosystem for Apache Kafka®, delivering a robust– and fully open source real-time data ecosystem with the latest additions of its beta service of Aiven for Apache Flink®, a stream processing framework, and Klaw, a data governance tool for Apache Kafka.As the first to offer managed Apache Kafka in the cloud back in 2016, Aiven has become the one, true open source Apache Kafka offering in the market. With the recent acquisition of Klaw, Aiven now provides a comprehensive portfolio of solutions and services around Apache Kafka to let customers transport, manage, process, operate and efficiently govern their organization’s streaming data in real-time. Customers utilizing the Aiven platform can now tap into new capabilities with Aiven’s streamlined, truly end-to-end open source event streaming architecture. Aiven recently announced Klaw in September 2022 after acquiring Kafkawize, a self-service open source data governance tool for Apache Kafka. “As a leader in the open source community, Aiven is on a mission to manage software that makes developers' lives easier – and with our complete, open source streaming ecosystem of technologies around Aiven for Apache Kafka, we’re able to do just that and more for our users, I couldn’t be more excited to share this streaming ecosystem with the community and continue fueling innovative, data-intensive open source technologies.” -Oskari Saarenmaa, CEO and Co-Founder of Aiven. Here is the complete open source streaming architecture included in Aiven’s open source streaming ecosystem for Apache Kafka: Aiven for Apache Kafka: the core event streaming framework, allowing real-time data transport for any organization. Manage, operate and transport your data streams reliably and in one place, with the ability to also integrate with other Aiven services, cloud regions and external systems. Aiven for Apache Kafka Connect: a fully managed, fully open source, distributed service enabling customers to integrate existing data sources and sinks seamlessly with Aiven for Apache Kafka Aiven for Apache Kafka MirrorMaker2: a fully managed, fully open source distributed data replication service for cluster to cluster data replication, disaster recovery and geographic proximity across multiple regions and cloud providers. Aiven for Apache Flink (beta): a fully managed, fully open source streaming SQL engine for stateful stream processing over data streams Karapace: a fully open source Kafka Schema Registry that applications can access to serialize and deserialize messages with popular formats such as AVRO, Protobuf and JSON Klaw: an open source data governance tool that helps enterprises exercise Apache Kafka® topic and schema governance in a self-service manner We’ve been using a variety of solutions from Aiven for our event streaming needs, such as Aiven for Apache Kafka and Aiven for Apache Kafka Connect. The combination of Kafka from Aiven, its APIs, and the Terraform provider from Aiven, has enabled us to automate almost everything: configuration, deployment, and maintenance,” said Carlos Olmos, Senior Principal Software Engineer from Everactive, an IoT platform based on self-powered sensor devices and low-power wireless communication. Aiven’s support and tooling around Kafka has empowered us to embrace Kafka at Everactive and harness the potential of our streaming data. About Aiven Headquartered in Helsinki and with hubs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Boston, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, and Toronto. Aiven provides managed open source data technologies, such as PostgreSQL®, Apache Kafka® and OpenSearch®, on all major clouds. Through Aiven, developers can do what they do best: create applications. Meanwhile, Aiven does what they do best: manage cloud data infrastructure. Aiven enables customers to drive business results from open source data technologies that trigger true transformations on a global scale. Most recently, Aiven achieved a $3B valuation and has now raised $420M total funding backed by its investors Atomico, Earlybird, Eurazeo, IVP, Lifeline, Salesforce Ventures, and World Innovation Lab.To learn more about Aiven, visit aiven.io and follow @aiven_io on Twitter. Apache® and Apache Kafka® Kafka, Apache Flink®, Flink are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. No endorsement by the Apache Software Foundation is implied by the use of these marks. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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App Store Awards Celebrate the Best Apps and Games of 2022

Apple | November 30, 2022

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Innovative social app BeReal gives users an authentic look into the lives of their family and friends, and fitness tracker Gentler Streak helps users balance fitness and rest to maintain a healthy lifestyle. GoodNotes 5 takes digital note-taking to the next level with best-in-class Apple Pencil® support. MacFamilyTree 10 sparks the exploration of genealogy through stunning visual family trees and collaboration with loved ones around the world, while the creators behind ViX elevate Spanish-language stories to the forefront of entertainment. Apex Legends Mobile brings the fast-paced hit battle royale game to iPhone®. Moncage’s memorable puzzles brilliantly play with perspective, and the immersive card battler Inscryption draws players in with experimental storytelling. El Hijo, a Wild West tale, is a smartly designed stealth game that looks exceptional on the big screen with Apple TV®. 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China Game of the Year: League of Legends Esports Manager, from Shenzhen Tencent Tianyou Technology Ltd. Cultural Impact Winners In addition to recognizing the best apps and games on Apple devices, Apple’s App Store editors selected five Cultural Impact winners that have made a lasting impact on people’s lives and influenced culture. This year’s winners encourage users to engage more deeply with their emotions, authentically connect with others, and pay homage to their heritage and the generations that came before them while envisioning how to create a better world today. How We Feel from the How We Feel Project, Inc. By prompting users to tap into their emotional well-being with the ease of daily check-ins, How We Feel helps users put difficult emotions into words and presents strategies to address these emotions in the moment. 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Magewell Ships and Expands Features of USB Fusion Multi-Input Video Capture and Mixing Device

Magewell | December 06, 2022

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New ZVOX Portable Speaker Features Patented AccuVoice Technology for Crystal Clear Dialogue and Voices for Entertainment and Video Conferencing

ZVOX | December 05, 2022

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