Is “Gaming Disorder” Considered a New Mental Health Problem Now?

The World Health Organization has announced that compulsively playing video games is now considered a mental health condition, verifying the fears of many parents.

The World Health Organization or WHO, hopes that in identifying “gaming disorder” as a separate addiction, will assist government, health care workers, and families in being more vigilant and prepared for identifying the risks of the condition. The condition is still extremely rare, having no more than 3% of gamers affected.

While gaming disorder has been accepted as new problem with scientific evidence to back it, Dr. Joan Harvey of the British Psychological Society, is concerned about unnecessary concern among parents of video gamers that the new disorder might cause.

“People need to understand this doesn’t mean every child who spends hours in their room playing games is an addict, otherwise medics are going to be flooded with requests for help,” she said.

Many believe that the new classification of the disorder is imperative to helping the people hooked on video games seek help, especially since they are typically teenager or young adults unwilling to seek help for themselves.

The addiction seems to be best treated using psychological therapies, although some medicines might work too.

While WHO has approved the proposal of the addiction, the American Psychiatric Association has not declared gaming disorder as a new mental health problem stating that it is “a condition warranting more clinical research and experience before it might be considered for inclusion”.

The majority of the scientific literature on compulsive gamers has been based off of evidence from young Asian men. The studies have shown that people who are consumed in Internet games, have certain pathways in the brain that are triggered in a direct, intense way, similar to the way a drug addicts brain is affected by a given substance.

“If (video games) are interfering with the expected functions of the person — whether it is studies, whether it’s socialization, whether it’s work — then you need to be cautious and perhaps seek help.” – Dr. Mark Griffith, Professor of Behavioral Addiction, Nottingham Trent University

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Intel & Micron Ship Industry’s First 4bits/cell 3D NAND Technology

Micron Technology (MU) is a world leader in innovative memory solutions. Through their global brands — Micron, Crucial®, and Ballistix® — their broad portfolio of high-performance memory technologies, including DRAM, NAND, NOR Flash and 3D XPoint™ memory, is transforming how the world uses information. Backed by nearly 40 years of technology leadership, Micron’s memory solutions enable the world’s most innovative computing, consumer, enterprise storage, data center, mobile, embedded, and automotive applications.

Dow 30 component and tech giant Intel Corporation (INTC) designs manufacture and sells computer, networking, data storage, and communication platforms worldwide. The company operates through Client Computing Group, Data Center Group, Internet of Things Group, Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, Programmable Solutions Group, and All Other segments. Its platforms are used in notebooks, desktops, and wireless and wired connectivity products; enterprise, cloud, and communication infrastructure market segments; and retail, automotive, industrial, and various other embedded applications. The company offers microprocessors, and system-on-chip and multichip packaging products. It also provides NAND flash memory products primarily used in solid-state drives; and programmable semiconductors and related products for communications, data center, industrial, military, and automotive markets. In addition, the company develops computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization, and mapping for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving. It serves original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, industrial and communication equipment manufacturers, and cloud service providers.

Leveraging a proven 64-layer structure, Intel & Micron have introduced, produced and shipped a new 4bits/cell NAND technology that achieves 1 terabit (Tb) density per die or the world’s highest-density flash memory. They also are continuing to progress on their development of the third-generation 96-tier 3D NAND structure which provides a 50% increase in layers and thus reinforcing their leadership in producing the world’s highest Gb/mm2 areal density. The companies suggest that by leveraging four planes vs the competitors’ two planes, the new Intel and Micron NAND flash memory can write and read more cells in parallel thus delivering faster throughput and higher bandwidth at the system level. The new 64-layer 4bits/cell NAND technology enables denser storage in a smaller space, bringing significant cost savings for read-intensive cloud workloads while being appropriate for consumer and client computing applications, providing cost-optimized storage solutions.

Micron Executive Vice President, Technology Development, Scott DeBoer stated,  “With the introduction of 64-layer 4bits/cell NAND technology, we are achieving 33 percent higher array density compared to TLC, which enables us to produce the first commercially available 1 terabit die in the history of semiconductors. We’re continuing flash technology innovation with our 96-layer structure, condensing even more data into smaller spaces, unlocking the possibilities of workload capability and application construction.”

RV Giridhar, Intel vice president, Non-Volatile Memory Technology Development stated, “Commercialization of 1Tb 4bits/cell is a big milestone in NVM history and is made possible by numerous innovations in technology and design that further extend the capability of our Floating Gate 3D NAND technology. The move to 4bits/cell enables compelling new operating points for density and cost in Datacenter and Client storage.”

 

 

 

 

 

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DowDuPont Plans $100M Expansion of Texas Based Sabine River Works

The Dow Chemical Company is a part of the DowDupont Holding Company (DWDP), a business that is focused on agriculture, materials science and specialty product sectors that will lead their respective industries through productive, science-based innovation to meet the needs of customers and help solve global challenges.

DowDuPont has announced its $100 million investment plan to expand the manufacturing capacity and modernize the facilities at the Sabine River Works in Orange County, Texas. The investments and improvements will be made over the next two years and will expand the production capacity of the facility so that it will be able to support the growing demand for specialty materials that are manufactured at the SRW site. Specific materials manufactured at Sabine River Works include Surlyn®, Nucrel®, Fusabond® and Vamac® product lines which are used in food packaging, transportation, and consumer goods.

This joint investment will aid the customer growth of both the Packaging & Specialty Plastics part of DowDuPont’s Material Science Division and the Transportation & Advanced Polymers business of DowDupont’s Specialty Products Division.

“This is another great example of the power of our historic merger and our ability to quickly respond to customers’ growing needs. We see tremendous potential to deliver more supply of these iconic specialty products to our customers in the food packaging and consumer goods markets.” -Diego Donoso, business president for Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics

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Tesla Fails To Meet Analyst Quarter Expectations But WorldWide EV Sales Expected to Grow

Elon Musk’s Tesla (TSLA) reported this week that their deliveries totaled 29,980 vehicles in the quarter. The deliveries included 8,180 Model 3 sedans, 11,730 Model S luxury sedans and 10,070 Model X SUVs.

FactSet polled a number of analysts and they confirmed that 38,000 vehicles were expected to be delivered by Tesla in the quarter & that 12,300 were to be Model 3 sedans.

Tesla had less than $1 billion at the end of Q3, less than the companies stated minimum comfort level. With this understanding many believe that Tesla may be seeking a raise in the near term.

Regardless, of the quarter by quarter expectations of Tesla and its funding issues, it is still exciting to see the growth and the adoption of electric powered viehicles overall worldwide and in the US. Note that UBS forecasts “in 2025, a massive 16.5 million electric vehicles will be sold – equal to almost one in every six new cars sold.”

Shares of TSLA are currently trading at $304.80 up +$17.86  or +6.22% today.

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China’s Alibaba Buying Ele.me (“hungry yet?”) for $9.5B

China’s Alibaba (BABA) is reported to be buying local delivery startup Ele.me, which means “hungry yet?” for $9.5B. Ele.me operates delivery people on motorbikes across China. Zhang Xuhao, Ele.me’s founder, will become chairman of the company, while Wang Lei, vice president of Alibaba Group, will become the chief executive officer.

Ele.me is in a fight with Meituan Dianping, a Tencent Holdings (TCEHY) backed startup, to gain control of the Chinese local delivery market.

Meituan Dianping is seeking to go public this year at a valuation reported to be in the $60 billion range.

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Home Depot Partners With Pinterest For “Shop The Look”

The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) is the world’s largest home improvement retailer with retail stores all across North America. The Home Depot sells building materials and home improvement products, as well as lawn and garden supplies, and provides installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs.

The Home Depot has partnered with the social media network Pinterest to expand Pinterest’s visual discovery feature “Shop the Look”. The feature allows users to easily search for and buy products similar to those shown in Pins. The two companies have added over 100,000 new shoppable home decor products.

This new search continues to build upon the partnership between The Home Depot and Pinterest. At the beginning of the year launched a video campaign titled “Built-In Pins” that highlighted the hard work of the Do-It-Yourselfers’ images found on Pinterest. This partnership enhances The Home Depot’s growing online catalog of both home and interior decor, which also includes the company’s recent acquirement of The Company Store.

The Home Depot has 2,284 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, and Mexico. In fiscal 2017, The Home Depot had sales of $100.9 billion and earnings of $8.6 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is included in the Dow Jones industrial average or Dow 30 and the Standard & Poor’s 500 indexes.

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Cybersecurity Expert Christopher D. Young Elected to American Express Board of Directors

American Express Company (AXP), and its subsidiaries, provide customers and businesses globally with charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services. They look to enrich the lives of their customers and build business success.

Christopher D. Young, Chief Executive Officer of McAfee, LLC one of the largest cybersecurity brands, has been elected to the American Express Company Board of Directors. Young has led multiple cybersecurity efforts with companies such as Intel, Cisco, RSA, and AOL. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and formerly served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University.

Chris’s leadership accomplishments at McAfee, his business experience and expert knowledge of technology and cybersecurity make him a terrific addition to our Board.” -Stephen J. Squeri, chairman and chief executive officer of American Express Company.

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Disney’s Black Panther Rules Wakanda & Beyond!

Unless you have been on assignment to another planet or someplace that you could not get a connection, you have probably heard about Marvel Studios’ New blockbuster superhero movie “Black Panther”,  which follows “T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.”

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hit theatres on February 16, 2018, and by Tuesday had already hit $263 million in sales. Could we see “Avatar” like numbers from this picture? Time will tell but it certainly feels like it has that type of hype and buy in.

Note, that Marvel Studios, LLC (originally known as Marvel Films from 1993 to 1996) is an American motion picture studio based at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California and is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, itself a wholly owned division of The Walt Disney Company (DIS).

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Why Did American Express Acquire Artificial Intelligence Based Mezi?

American Express Company (AXP), and its subsidiaries provide customers and businesses globally with charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services. They look to enrich the lives of their customers and build business success.

American Express Company recently acquired Mezi, a personal travel assistant app that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and human expertise to improve and personalize online travel discovery and booking. The acquirement of Mezi is part of an investment made by American Express Ventures in 2016.

Mezi will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Express from this point forward.

“I’m excited to welcome Mezi’s talented team to American Express. Together, we will continue to innovate mobile travel and concierge experiences for our customers.” -Phil Norman, Vice President of American Express Digital Labs.

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Fusion’s Acquisition of IQ Max Thought to Accelerate Leadership in CPaaS Market

Fusion (FSNN), a leading provider of cloud services, announced today that it has continued its feed its acquisition appetite in that it has acquired the software, intellectual property and customers of privately held IQMax, Inc. (“IQMax”), a pioneer in developing secure messaging, enterprise data integration and advanced cloud communications solutions.

IQ Max’s advanced data integration engine is thought to accelerate Fusion’s leadership in the large and rapidly expanding global voice and messaging Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) market, which IDC expects to grow from $867 million in 2016 to $8.2 billion in 2021.

Matthew Rosen, Fusion’s Chief Executive Officer stated,  “Over $20 million has been invested in IQMax’s cloud-based solutions software and services platform since 2001, and while the current revenue and EBITDA contribution is not material to Fusion, we believe that we have concluded a compelling transaction that will advance the company’s leadership position in the rapidly growing secure messaging space and accelerate our planned applications integration expansion. The all-stock transaction includes additional time-limited royalties based on future sales of the software, providing a strong incentive to continue driving sales of the IQMax software solutions. IQMax’s leading-edge technology platform, feature-rich solution set and expert team of development professionals will enhance our advanced cloud solutions platform and accelerate the expansion of Fusion’s cloud ecosystem, facilitating integration with a wide range of CRM platforms, external messaging, and other business productivity software platforms.”

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Fusion Acquires IQMax’s Cloud-Based Secure Messaging Solutions and Advanced Data Integration Engine

NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2018– Fusion, a leading provider of cloud services, announced today that it has acquired the software, intellectual property and customers of privately held IQMax, Inc., a pioneer in …..

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