Sensor Tower: Genshin Impact brings in nearly $400 million in 2 months on mobile

Genshin is sure having an impact on MiHoYo’s bottom line.

Mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower said today that Genshin Impact has brought in an estimated $393 million in the first two months after its September 28 launch. But the firm also noted that spending in the second month didn’t keep up with its first month ($245 million).

The free-to-play open-world role-playing game is on iOS and Android, but it’s also a hit on the PC, the PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Switch. And it also runs on the PlayStation 5.

For a few weeks, Genshin captured the gaming zeitgeist (and and estimated $245 million in spending in its first month), with the Zelda: Breath of the Wild-esque game inspiring myriad discussions on social media and spawning numerous streams and videos on Twitch and YouTube. Along with Among Us and Fall Guys, Genshin showed how games with social elements could thrive

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AWS brings ECS, EKS services to the data center, open sources EKS

Today at AWS re:Invent, Andy Jassy talked a lot about how companies are making a big push to the cloud, but today’s container-focussed announcements gave a big nod to the data center as the company announced ECS Anywhere and EKS Anywhere, both designed to let you run these services on-premises, as well as in the cloud.

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These two services, ECS for generalized container orchestration and EKS for that’s focused on Kubernetes will let customers use these popular AWS services on premises. Jassy said that some customers still want the same tools they use in the cloud on prem and this is designed to give it to them.

Speaking of ECS he said,  “I still have a lot of my containers that I need to run on premises as I’m making this transition to the cloud, and [these] people really want it to have the same management and deployment

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Aspiring social media maven’s Make-A-Wish request brings her to Macy’s at South Coast Plaza

Even amid a pandemic, wishes can come true — just ask 16-year-old Kate Guerrero, a San Bernardino resident and budding YouTube influencer who on Monday received the red-carpet treatment at Macy’s South Coast Plaza, courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Kate rolled up to the Costa Mesa shopping complex in a limousine, alongside her mom, Martha Alvarez, and youngest brother, Emilio, 11. She received a red-carpet welcome from a small phalanx of masked and socially distant organizers and store employees congratulating her on her “wish day.”

Wish Granted. Happy Wish Day. #1 Fan. We love you, read a series of handmade signs crafted for the occasion.

Macy's South Coast Plaza employees line up on the red carpet to welcome Kate Guerrero, 16, on Monday, November 30.

Macy’s employees line up on the red carpet to welcome Kate Guerrero to the store at South Coast Plaza.

(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

The ebullience of the scene was a far cry from September 2019, when Kate’s family learned a severe and persistent

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For Big Tech, Biden brings a new era but no ease in scrutiny

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 16, 2020 file photo, the sun is reflected on Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York. In the years since Barack Obama and Joe Biden left the White House, the tech industry's political fortunes have flipped. Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple have come under scrutiny from Congress, federal regulators, state attorneys general and European authorities.

FILE – In this Tuesday, June 16, 2020 file photo, the sun is reflected on Apple’s Fifth Avenue store in New York. In the years since Barack Obama and Joe Biden left the White House, the tech industry’s political fortunes have flipped. Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple have come under scrutiny from Congress, federal regulators, state attorneys general and European authorities.

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The Obama-Biden administration was a charmed era for America’s tech companies — a moment when they were lionized as innovators, hailed as job creators and largely left alone.

Now Joe Biden is coming back, this time as president. But times have changed. The halcyon days of an adoring Washington are unlikely to return when Biden takes the oath of office in January, with mounting legislative and regulatory challenges to the industry — including stronger enforcement of antitrust laws — nearly certain to outlast the tenure

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SpaceX Starlink internet from space: New 60-satellite launch brings expanded beta closer

After delaying the 16th Starlink mission on Sunday, SpaceX has now launched its Falcon 9 rocket to bring its Starlink satellite count to 955. 

Deploying its payload of 60 satellites into orbit is the seventh mission for the Falcon 9’s first-stage rocket booster, which landed successfully back on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ droneship in the Atlantic. The rocket launched from the Space Launch Complex 40, or SLC-40, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Tuesday, November 24 at 9:13pm EST. 

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Per Space.com, this launch puts SpaceX within about eight more Starlink missions before it completes the first phase of its constellation of 1,440 satellites. 

These satellites orbit Earth at an altitude of 550km (340 miles). SpaceX is targeting “near global coverage” by next year. The second phase of satellites will orbit at over 1,000km (621 miles). 

SpaceX last month rolled out

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Amazon Brings Computer Science Education to the Home Classroom with the Cyber Robotics Challenge

Free, virtual, first-of-its kind program teaches students the basics of coding and computer science in a real-world setting

TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2020 /CNW/ – Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced the Canadian launch of the Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge, a free computer science education program for elementary school students. As record numbers of children experience remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cyber Robotics Challenge will be a tool for teachers and parents to help students learn coding skills in the virtual classroom.

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“This is an unprecedented school year for parents and teachers, who are looking for new ways to engage students who are learning from home,” said Susan Ibach, Head of Amazon Future Engineer Canada. “Amazon is committed to ensuring that children and young adults – especially those from underrepresented and underserved communities – have the resources and skills to build their best future. Amazon’s Cyber Robotics Challenge

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp update brings AR features for newer devices

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the smartphone entry in the long-running Nintendo franchise, has been updated with a pair of new augmented reality features. The first, AR Camera, lets you place characters and furniture from the game in the real world and photograph them. Meanwhile, the AR Cabin feature lets players decorate a virtual cabin, fill it with characters, and then view it in augmented reality from their smartphone.

Along with the new AR modes, Nintendo says the update means more areas of each campsite can have furniture and items placed within them.

AR Cabin lets you assemble a virtual room and then explore it in augmented reality.
Image: Nintendo

Unfortunately, the new features have increased the game’s system requirements, and previous versions of the game are now unusable after the update. A support post notes that iPhone users now require iOS version 11 at a minimum (or ideally iOS

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Wildcast Brings Podcasters Together In The Search For Great Guests And Industry Networking

The humble podcast has to be one of the slowest-burning business models, ever. Despite being with us for around 16 years with the invention of the iPod, the medium grew slowly at first. Today there are more than 100,000 podcasts available in the English language alone and podcasts are a major landmark on the media landscape.

However, it’s probably only in the past couple of years that podcasting has reached critical mass and grown to be such a huge part of our media. Some podcasters have superstar status, partly due to the global pandemic with its subsequent lockdowns forcing us to look beyond boring boxsets and tired terrestrial broadcasts for our entertainment. There’s a growing appetite for more specialist programming that delves deeper into a subject and

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KIOXIA’s KumoScale Software Brings Faster NVMe-oF Storage to Containers

New Features for Kubernetes Deployments Highlighted at KubeCon

KIOXIA America, Inc. (formerly Toshiba Memory America, Inc.) has introduced a broad new set of capabilities in its KumoScale™ storage software. The new features bring the rich functionality and durability of networked storage to applications managed by the Kubernetes® framework, while delivering the exceptional performance of NVMe® flash. KumoScale software can now serve as a container host, providing managed NVMe volumes to storage applications such as distributed file systems and object stores, running locally on KumoScale storage nodes. Additionally, these new capabilities and applications, along with other KumoScale control-plane services, are deployed and managed via a Kubernetes “micro-cluster”. This results in a flexible infrastructure that can serve block, file, and object storage simultaneously to Kubernetes, OpenStack®, and bare metal clients. KIOXIA will demonstrate KumoScale software’s new Kubernetes storage features at the virtual KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2020

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Jack Black Dancing to ‘WAP’ on Instagram Brings the Internet Joy

Every once in a while an internet video comes around and sparks joy among everyone who sees it. This week that video has come courtesy of Jack Black.

The energetic actor is known for his explosive displays of singing and dancing in his movies but now the School of Rock star is taking his moves to social media.

The now-iconic “WAP” dance took the world by storm this summer as the Cardi B and Megan Tee Stallion anthem intrigued and appalled in equal measure.

In a crossover no one expected, Black took on the “WAP” dance challenge from TikTok and the results are joyful.

In a video posted to Instagram, the Tenacious D singer worked the raunchy dance moves in a pair of speedos while being sprayed with water from a hose.

The 51-year-old mastered the kicks, squats, windmills, humping and other sexy moves whilst being doused with water.

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