Heat make it official, signing Waiters, Johnson and Olynyk

first_imgOlynyk thinks he and Miami will be a great fit.“The culture here, I’ve heard so much about it,” Olynyk said. “I’m really excited about it.”Olynyk being added to the mix was the lone surprise.Johnson and Waiters had made clear they wanted to stay in Miami long ago.Johnson was courted by the Utah Jazz after Gordon Hayward left for Boston and said he was still getting used to the idea of being a sought-after commodity.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters shouts to the fans after shooting a basket in the final seconds of the game to secure the Heat’s victory over the Golden State Warriors during an NBA basketball game in Miami, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald via AP)MIAMI— They came to the Miami Heat a year ago almost as afterthoughts, two guys with less-than-stellar reputations who didn’t exactly have an abundance of options.Those days are long gone for James Johnson and Dion Waiters.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LATEST STORIES LaVar Ball on Lonzo’s debut: ‘His worst game ever’center_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena They’re now cornerstones of Miami’s plan to return to contention.Capping several days of salary-cap maneuvering to make sure all the pieces fit the right way, the Heat announced the signings of Johnson, Waiters and newcomer Kelly Olynyk on Friday to new four-year contracts. All were agreed upon earlier this week, though Miami didn’t start closing those deals until more cap space was created earlier in the day by trading Josh McRoberts to Dallas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCombined, Johnson, Waiters and Olynyk’s deals have a maximum value of about $165 million. Those three played for $10 million last season.“As soon as Kelly Olynyk became an unrestricted free agent, we pursued him,” Heat President Pat Riley said. “He is not only a post player, he can also play away from the basket. What we like the most is that he is a playmaker, tough defender and rugged rebounder. At just 26 years old, he fits in perfect with our young core that will play together in their primes.” Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was my first time ever being in a situation like this,” Johnson said on Friday night. “Everything was mind-boggling and exciting at the same time. I was just riding the rollercoaster.”As intoxicating as it was, he had so many reasons to stay.Johnson could make over $60 million in the next four seasons, a huge bump from the $4 million he played for last season. He dropped 40 pounds, changed his body, changed his outlook and went from someone who bounced around the league — and carried a bit of an underachiever label — to someone Miami trusted to have on the floor at the end of games last season.Waiters transformed as well. He slimmed down at the team request, and his game took off — making him a go-to player in Miami last season.“Dion was so important to us,” Heat point guard Goran Dragic said. “He worked hard and you saw what that did for his game.”Much of the space Miami used this summer was created by the waiving of Chris Bosh, who still gets his $25.3 million salary for this season but doesn’t have it count against the Heat books. The Heat went after Hayward and lost out when he picked Boston, so that meant Miami went to what Riley described as Plan B: keeping its own guys.Waiters was the first big domino to fall Miami’s way in that plan, agreeing to his deal on Wednesday. Johnson and Olynyk agreed on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Macau stint primes San Miguel for PBA grand slam bid

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Christian Standhardinger also missed the bronze medal game as he rested due to lingering pains in his left knee.This left bench players Von Pessumal, Paul Zamar, Kelly Nabong, and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser to fill in the void.Austria, who’s known to use an eight or nine-man rotation in the PBA, said he was proud of how his support players played in the tournament despite having little to no playing time in the PBA.“That’s what they’ve been waiting for and I told them that even though you’re not getting minutes you have to be in game shape,” said Austria.Zamar appeared in five elimination games in the Commissioner’s Cup, averaging 3.2 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in around 10 minutes a game but he was thrust as the Beermen’s sparkplug against the Golden Kings and he repaid Austria’s trust with nine points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in 19 minutes of play.Nabong, meanwhile, was the surprise in the bronze medal game when he had 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from deep.Ross added that the time for reckoning in the Governors’ Cup is still in January of 2020 but he said that San Miguel has to use its experience in Macau in helping build momentum in the team’s Grand Slam chase.“Hopefully we’ll hit the ground running and we’re not trying to sweep the eliminations or peak early, we’re just trying to figure out the right time, trying to make it through the eliminations, and play our best ball,” said Ross. This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Gilas Pilipinas Women lose big to Australia in Fiba Asia Cup opener Bato: You can shoot me if I’m corrupt at BuCor PLAY LIST 01:16Bato: You can shoot me if I’m corrupt at BuCor05:38San Miguel, Ginebra expect long, gruelling PBA Finals series03:02From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ “It’s a chance to represent the Philippines with my team and like I said there’s this great competition from all over Asia—the CBA, Japan’s [B.League], and Korea’s KBL,” said Ross.The Beermen had a great start in the preliminaries sweeping Group B with wins over the CBA’s Shenzhen Aviators, 90-76, and the B.League’s Ryukyu Golden Knights, 101-92.Despite the strong start, San Miguel fell to the eventual champions Liaoning Flying Leopards and MVP Lance Stephenson111-89 in the semifinals.San Miguel could not turn things around in the bronze medal game losing to the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, who plays in the CBA with Liaoning, 91-89.The Beermen, though, didn’t have five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and national team wingman Marcio Lassiter in the four games while point guard Alex Cabagnot only played in the final two.ADVERTISEMENT P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano A couple of years on, the Beermen are once again at the cusp of that elusive prize but unlike the 2017 heartbreak they now have valuable international experience to bring to the PBA Governors’ Cup.San Miguel finished fourth in the East Asia Super League: The Terrific 12 in Macau, an invitational tournament where teams from the PBA, CBA, B.League, and KBL competed in a week-long tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“This could be a good preparation for us going into the third conference,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria. “We’re so lucky to have been invited in this tournament because we gained knowledge and experience and we’re able to see players from the CBA, KBL, and B.League.”Point guard Chris Ross said competing in the Terrific 12 isn’t just about carrying San Miguel’s banner but also the Philippines’ flag as well since the Beermen, together with TNT and Blackwater are the Philippine representatives in the continental meet. Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical San Miguel Beermen Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It’s been nearly two years since San Miguel attempted to complete an elusive Grand Slam when it missed out on the opportunity in the 2016-2017 season.That loss did tarnish the Beermen’s somewhat impenetrable dominance as PBA’s winningest franchise, taking three of the possible five championships in the next two seasons.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Government to Consider Divestment of 10,500 Acres of Former Cane Lands

first_img It is expected that these lands will mostly attract large investors engaging in onion production, fruit tree orchards and exotic crops. Story Highlights The Government is to consider the divestment of 10,500 acres of former sugar-cane lands in St. Catherine, to be used for high-yielding, highly profitable production of non-sugar crops and livestock. This is according to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, who informed that he is to receive a proposal from Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings Limited this week for the rationalisation of these lands, which it owns. The Government is to consider the divestment of 10,500 acres of former sugar-cane lands in St. Catherine, to be used for high-yielding, highly profitable production of non-sugar crops and livestock.It is expected that these lands will mostly attract large investors engaging in onion production, fruit tree orchards and exotic crops.This is according to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, who informed that he is to receive a proposal from Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings Limited this week for the rationalisation of these lands, which it owns.Mr. Shaw, who was making his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 1, informed that this is part of the 18,000 hectares of land leased by Pan Caribbean Sugar Company, which has been returned to the Government.The lands were once home to the Bernard Lodge Estate, which focused on sugar-cane cultivation, operation of a rum distillery, and eventually ethanol production.The Agriculture Ministry negotiated the return of the lands last year as part of plans to promote greater utilisation of idle arable lands for agricultural production.“We cannot continue to watch good lands lay idle anymore… . These 18,000 hectares of highly fertile, alluvial, flat and mechanisable lands represent the largest contiguous area of lands in Jamaica, suitable and ideal for this agricultural revolution,” he said.Mr. Shaw informed that he has met with SCJ Holdings, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), the National Irrigation Commission and Agro-Investment Corporation, and has issued instructions for the Bernard Lodge Land Use Master Plan to be developed quickly. The plan will outline how the lands are to be utilised.Of the remaining 7,500 hectares of land to be left available for sugar production, 2,000 hectares of that will be developed as an urban community.last_img read more

Facebook adds tribute section new tools for memorialized profiles

first_img Post a comment Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 5:14 Share your voice Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET Now playing: Watch this: Sarah Tew/CNET Facebook,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $59 at eBay Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Facebook adds new tributes section for loved ones who have passed away.  Facebook Facebook is trying to improve the ways people can remember loved ones on its platform. The social network on Tuesday added a new tributes section for memorialized accounts and more control for users who manage these accounts. Facebook made the changes based on feedback from different religions and cultures, as well as experts and academics. “Over 30 million people view memorialized profiles every month to post stories, commemorate milestones and remember those who have passed away,” wrote Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, in a blog post. The new tributes section creates a separate tab on memorialized profiles where friends and family can share posts while keeping the original timeline of loved ones who’ve passed away. Legacy contacts can now moderate the posts shared to the tributes section by changing tagging settings, removing tags and changing privacy settings. The platform will also only allow friends and family members to request having an account memorialized. Facebook also improved its artificial intelligence systems to prevent the memorialized profiles from making awkward appearances. It will keep the profile from showing up in places where they may cause distress, such as recommending the deceased be invited to an event. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. 0 7 See It Read DJI Osmo Action preview Digital Media Mobile Apps Internet Services Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Angela Lang/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sprint Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Best Buy $210 at Best Buy $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read the Rylo camera preview $155 at Google Express Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Amazon Read Google Home Hub review Boost Mobile Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $520 at HP Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Comments Share your voice $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See at Turo See it Rylo Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See It Sarah Tew/CNET Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Tags Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $6 at Tidal Read the AirPods review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See at Amazon Tags $299 at Amazon Turo: Save $30 on any car rental The Cheapskate $60 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout.last_img read more

More Than 15000 Texas Families Still In Temporary Housing After Harvey

first_img 00:00 /01:12 Listen Wikimedia CommonsFEMA has deployed more than 800 trailers for Texans displaced by HarveyMore than 15,500 Texas families or individuals are still in temporary housing at more than 1,200 hotels.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) extended their stay to January 16th and it could be extended again.FEMA has been following up and is notifying people about their continued eligibility this week.“It’s based on their application,” the agency’s Bob Howard said. “Whether or not they still have a need for temporary housing, if they have been able to find other, more permanent housing, if they have been able to do repairs on their house.”In addition to hotel rooms, FEMA –in cooperation with the Texas General Land Office— is working to provide mobile homes and trailers.More than 700 families are currently in these mobile units, another 83 trailers are ready for move-in, and 58 are in the process of being connected.“It’s not just putting a unit out there and then people move in,” FEMA’s Ken Higginbotham said. “The unit has to be set up to see if there’s plumbing, electrical hook-up.”So far, more than $11 billion in state and federal resources have been approved for Harvey victims. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share last_img read more

Implementing Unity game engine and assets for 2D game development Tutorial

first_imgThe rise of mobile platforms has been in part thanks to its popularity with indie developers, who prefer the short development cycles. The most prevalent medium on mobile is 2D and Unity has a host of features that support 2D game development, including Sprite Editing and Packing, as well as physics specifically designed for 2D games. In this tutorial, we will look at creating Unity game engine and assets for 2D games. This article is an excerpt from the book Unity 2017 Game Development Essentials written by Tommaso Lintrami. Setting up the scene and preparing game assets Create a new scene from the main menu by navigating to Assets | Create | Scene, and name it ParallaxGame. In this new scene, we will set up, step by step, all the elements for our 2D game prototype. First of all, we will switch the camera setting in the Scene view to 2D by clicking on the button as shown by the red arrow in the following screenshot: As you can see, now the Scene view camera is orthographic. You can’t rotate it as you wish, as you can do with the 3D camera. Of course, we will want to change this setting on our Main Camera as well. Also, we want to change the Orthographic size to 4.5 to have the correct view of the scene. Instead, for the Skybox, we will choose a very dark or black color as clear color in the depth setting. This is how the Inspector should look when these settings are done: While the Clipping Planes distances are important for setting the size of the frustum cone of a 3D, for the Perspective camera (inside which everything will be rendered by the engine), we should only set the Orthographic Size to 4.5, to have the correct distance of the 2D camera from the scene. When these settings are done, proceed by importing Chapter2-3-4.unitypackage into the project. You can either double-click on the package file with Unity open, or use the top menu: Assets | Import | Custom Package. If you haven’t imported all the materials from the book’s code already, be sure to include the Sprites subfolder. After the import, look in the Sprites/Parallax/DarkCave folder in the Project view and you will find some images imported as textures (as per default). The first thing we want to do now is to change the import settings of these images, in the Inspector, from Texture to Sprite (2D and UI). To do so, select all the images in the Project view in the Sprites/Parallax/DarkCave folder, all except the _reference_main_post file. Which is just a picture used as a reference of what the game level should look like: The Import Settings shown in the Inspector after selecting the seven images in the Project view The Max Size setting is hidden (–) because we have a multi-selection of image files. After having made the multiple selections, again, in the Inspector, we will do the following: Set the Texture Type option to Sprites (2D and UI). By default, images are imported as textures; to import them as Sprites, this type must be set. Uncheck the Generate Mip Maps option as we don’t need MIP maps for this project as we are not going to look at the Sprites from a distant point of view, for example, games with the zoom-in/zoom-out feature (like the original Grand Theft Auto 2D game) would need this setting checked. Set Max Size to the maximum allowed. To ensure that you import all the images at their maximum resolution, set this to 8192. This is the maximum resolution size for an image on a modern PC, imported as a Sprite or texture. We set it so high because most of the background images we have in the collection are around 6,000 pixels wide. Click on the Apply button to apply these changes to all the images that were selected: The Project view showing the content of the folder after the images have been set to Sprite in the Import Settings Placing the prefabs in the game Unity can place the prefabs in the game in many ways, the usual, visual method is to drag a stored prefab or another kind of file/object directly into the scene. Before dragging in the Sprites we imported, we will create an empty GameObject and rename it ParallaxCave. We will drag the layer images we just imported as Sprites, one by one, from the Project view (pointing at the Assets/Chapters2-3-4/Sprites/Background/DarkCave folder) into the Scene view, or more simply, directly in the Hierarchy view as the children of our ParallaxCave GameObject, resulting in a scene Hierarchy like the one illustrated here: You can’t drag all of them instantly because Unity will prompt you to save an animation filename for the selected collection of Sprites; we will see this later for our character and for the collectable graphics. The ParallaxCave GameObject and its children are in blue because this GameObject is stored as a prefab. When the link with the prefab is broken for a modification, the GameObject in the Hierarchy will become black again. When you see a red GameObject in the scene, it means that the prefab file that was linked to that GameObject was deleted. Importing and placing background layers In any game engine, 2D elements, such as Sprites, are rendered following a sort order; this order is also called the z-order because it is a way to express the depth or to cope with the missing z axis in a two-dimensional context. The sort order is assigned an integer number which can be positive or negative; 0 is the middle point of this draw order. Ideally, a sort order of zero expresses the middle ground, where the player will act, or near its layer. Look at this image: All positive numbers will render the Sprite element in front of the other elements with a lower number. The graphic set we are going to use was taken from the Open Game Art website at http://opengameart.org. For simplicity, the provided background image files are named with a number within parentheses, for example, middleground(z1), which means that this image should be rendered with a z sort order of 1. Change the sort order property of the Sprite component on each child object under ParallaxCave according to the value in the parentheses at the end of their filenames. This will rearrange the graphics into the appropriately sorted order. After we place and set the correct layer order for all the images, we should arrange and scale the layers in a proper manner to end as something like the reference image furnished in the Assets/Chapters2-3-4/Sprites/Background/DarkCave/ folder. You can take a look at the final result for this part anytime, by saving the current scene and loading the Chapter3_start.unity scene. On the optimization side, Sprites can be packed together in a single atlas texture with the Sprite Packer into a single image atlas (a single image containing a whole group of Sprites). Implementing parallax scrolling Parallax scrolling is a graphic technique where the background content (that is, an image) is moved at a different speed than the foreground content while scrolling. The technique was derived from the multiplane camera technique used in traditional animation since the 1930s. Parallax scrolling was popular in the 1980s and early 1990s and started to see light with video games such as Moon Patrol and Jungle Hunt, both released in 1982. On such a display system, a game can produce parallax by simply changing each layer’s position by a different amount in the same direction. Layers that move more quickly are perceived to be closer to the virtual camera. Layers can be placed in front of the playfield, the layer containing the objects with which the player interacts, for various reasons, such as to provide increased dimension, obscure some of the action of the game, or distract the player. Here follows a short list of the first parallax scrolling games which made the history of video games: Moon Patrol (Atari, 1982) https://youtu.be/HBOKWCpwGfM https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_Patrol Shadow of the Beast (Psygnosis, 1989) https://youtu.be/w6Osnolfxqw https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_of_the_Beast Super Mario World (Nintendo, 1990) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htFJTiVH5Ao https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Mario_World Sonic The Hedgehog (Sega, 1991) https://youtu.be/dws4ij2IFH4 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_(1991_video_game) Making it last forever There are many roads we could take to make the hero run last forever and to achieve parallax scrolling. You can find a lot of different ready-made solutions in the Asset Store and there are also many General Public License (GPL) open source pieces of code written in C that we could take inspiration from. Using the Asset Store I chose FreeParallax from the Asset Store because it is powerful, free, and a well-written piece of code. Also, the modifications needed to achieve our game prototype on this class are very few. Let’s download and import the system from the Asset Store. First, navigate to http://u3d.as/bvv: Click on the Open in Unity button to allow Unity to open this entry in the Asset Store window. You can, alternatively, search for the package directly in Unity  by opening the store from the top menu: Windows | Asset Store (recommended). In the search box type: parallax; also choose FREE ONLY like in this screenshot: You should now find the correct entry, the Free Parallax for Unity(2D) package. You can now download the package and import it into your project straight away. We saw how to create Unity game engine and assets for 2D games. Check out the book Unity 2017 Game Development Essentials to know more ways of creating interactive 2D games. Read Next Unite Berlin 2018 Keynote: Unity partners with Google, launches Ml-Agents ToolKit 0.4, Project MARS AI for Unity game developers: How to emulate real-world senses in your NPC agent Working with Unity Variables to script powerful Unity 2017 gameslast_img read more

Stripe updates its product stack to prepare European businesses for SCAcompliance

first_imgOn Tuesday, Stripe, the online payments platform provider, announced that it has upgraded its products to be compliant with Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) under the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2). This announcement comes just after Stripe confirmed that it has acquired Touchtech Payments, a Dublin-based payments start-up. Touchtech Payments is a provider of advanced SCA-compliant authentication technology for Europe’s fintechs and challenger banks, like N26, TransferWise, and many more. From 14 September 2019, all the authenticating online payments in Europe will be required to comply with the SCA, which is a new European regulation introduced to reduce fraud and make only payments safer. It will be applicable to customer-initiated online payments within Europe, which includes most card payments and all bank transfers. To be SCA compliant, online payments platform need to have additional authentication mechanism in their payment flow. It should have at least two of the following requirements: Something the customer knows like a password or PIN Something the customer has like phone or hardware token Something the customer is like fingerprint or face recognition Making online payment platforms compliant with this regulation will not be an easy task for individual banks and payment providers across Europe. Additionally, a new step in the authentication can also cause some friction in payments and hinder user experience. So, to ease this process, the Stripe payments platform will take up the responsibility of analyzing each transaction to check whether it needs an additional authentication required or not. If required, Stripe will authenticate the transaction with appropriate new technologies. Updates are made in the following products: The Payment Intents API This new Payment Intents API will enable businesses to easily build SCA-compliant fully-customized, dynamic payment flows. This API tracks the state of payment and triggers additional authentication when needed. Upgraded Stripe Checkout Stripe Checkout, a smart payments page, enables businesses to start accepting payments with just a few lines of code. The latest version of Stripe Checkout is capable of dynamically detecting when SCA is required and triggers authentication when necessary. Dynamic 3D Secure provides an additional layer of authentication for credit card transactions. 3D Secure 2 support Stripe supports 3D Secure 2 on the new Payments Intent API and Checkout. 3D Secure 2 aims to address all the limitations in 3D Secure 1 by introducing “less disruptive authentication and better user experience.” With this authentication process, businesses and their payment providers are can send more data elements on each transaction to the cardholder’s bank. This data may include payment-specific info like shipping address, the customer’s device ID, or previous transaction history. The cardholder’s bank can then use this data to calculate the risk level of the transaction and take a suitable response. Upgraded Stripe Billing Billing makes recurring billing process for SaaS and subscription-based companies smoother. Along with SCA-compliance, the company also announced that the product is now available for all the businesses in Europe. Tara Seshan, product manager for Stripe Billing, said in a press release, “With Stripe Billing, companies of all sizes now have access to advanced invoicing tools that will also help them comply with SCA and VAT requirements.” In the next few weeks, the company plans to roll out tools in the Stripe Dashboard for business already using Stripe to make them ready for SCA. Read the official announcement on Stripe’s website. Read Next Former Google Cloud CEO joins Stripe board just as Stripe joins the global Unicorn Club Stripe open sources ‘Skycfg’, a configuration builder for Kubernetes 3D Secure v2: a new authentication protocol supported by Stripe for frictionless authentication and better user experiencelast_img read more

May 12 2008 Congratulations to the April 6 wo

first_imgMay 12, 2008 Congratulations to the April 6. workshop participants upon their graduation on Friday, May 9. 2008: [from left] Shane Hayden, Gregg Elliott, Daniel Copperman, Yong Su Park and Antonio De Biase. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

Iran is set to launch eight new thematic televisio

first_imgIran is set to launch eight new thematic television channels after the The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) approved the plans.IRIB chief Ezzatollah Zarghami announced it would launch new channels covering entertainment, news and science. This follows the launch of the country’s first home shopping channel, which launched earlier this year.last_img

Netflix is searching for a new marketing boss afte

first_imgNetflix is searching for a new marketing boss after veteran chief marketing officer Leslie Kilgore was moved to non-executive director of the Netflix board.Jessie Becker, who was previously vice-president, marketing, will become chief marketing officer on an interim basis, while the company conducts an external search. Kilgore has been with Netflix for the last 12 years after previously having worked at Amazon and Proctor & Gamble.Separately, Netflix has promoted Jonathan Friedland as chief communications officer. Both Becker and Friedland report to Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings.last_img read more