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At its annual Geeked Week event, Netflix announced a slew of new titles coming to its gaming service this year. A few of the new games are tied to some of Netflix’s most popular TV shows, including “The Queen’s Gambit,” “Shadow and Bone,” and “Too Hot To Handle.” The streaming service currently has 22 games available and plans to have 50 titles by the end of this year, some of which it announced today.

Neftlix’s upcoming The Queen’s Gambit: Chess game will let players enter Beth Harmon’s world and take chess lessons, play matches and compete against friends. The company says the game pays homage to its hit TV show. The game was developed by United Kingdom-based Ripstone and will launch sometime in 2022.

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The upcoming Shadow and Bone: Destinies title is a single player role-playing game based on the Netflix fantasy-drama series. Users will be able to play their favorite characters and travel across the world of the Grishaverse in a narrative adventure to fulfill their destinies. Netflix says that players will have to make decisions that will determine the course of their journey during the game. The title was developed by Germany-based Chimera Entertainment and will launch soon.

The company’s upcoming Too Hot To Handle game is based on the streaming service’s popular reality series of the same name. The game will see players meet and mingle with others who are all vying for their affection. The title was developed by Croatia-based Nanobit and is expected to launch soon.

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The streaming service is also going add a new La Casa De Papel game based on the popular Spanish heist crime TV show. Netflix says the game will see players pulled into a heist to rob a shady billionaire’s casino in Monaco. The game was developed by Colombian developer Killasoft and will be launching soon.

The company is also launching a vertical climber game called Poinpy where players will bounce upward and feed the blue beast that is behind them. They higher you go, the more challenging areas you’ll encounter. The game was developed by Japan-based Team Poinpy and Ojiro Fumoto. The title was published by Devolver Digital and is launching today.

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Netflix also announced a new vertical scrolling game called Lucky Luna where players will venture into the depths of mythical temples and dungeons. Each level introduces new features that open up different ways to explore the land around you. The game, which is expected to launch sometime this year, was developed by Canadian developer Snowman.

The company also announced an upcoming game called Desta: The Memories Between. The game will see players overcome broken relationships and a tragic family event through a ball game. The title was developed by United Kingdom-based Ustwo Games and is launching sometime in 2022.

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Netflix’s upcoming Terra Nil title is a strategy city-building game with an emphasis on the climate crisis. The game is about ecosystem reconstruction and turning a barren wasteland into an ecological paradise. The title was developed by South Africa-based Free Lives and published by Devolver Digital. The game is launching sometime in 2022.

Another game coming to the service is called Reigns: Three Kingdom, which was inspired by the Chinese epic, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Players will be thrown into the final years of the Han dynasty. The game was developed by United Kingdom-based Nerial Limited and published by United States-based Devolver Digital. The game is launching sometime this year.

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Another game coming to the service sometime this year is called Wild Things: Animal Adventures where players will rescue cute animals, explore an immersive world and build their dream habitat in the match-three adventure game. The title was developed by United States-based Jam City.

The company also announced a new game called Raji: An Ancient Epic where a young girl has been chosen to stand against the demonic invasion of the human realm. The game was developed by India-based Nodding Heads and is going to roll out sometime this year.

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Lastly, Netflix is adding a game called Spiritfarer where you play a ferry master to the deceased. You need to build a boat to explore the world and then befriend and care for spirits before releasing them into the afterlife. The game was developed by Canada-based Thunder Lotus Games and is launching sometime this year.

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These upcoming games will join the 22 titles currently available in Netflix’s gaming catalog, including Stranger Things 3: The Game, Stranger Things: 1984, Card Blast, Shooting Hoops, Asphalt Xtreme, Krispee Street, Moonlighter, Exploding Kittens: The Game, Knittens and more.

To access the titles on Android, you need to tap on the new Games tab in the Netflix app for Android where the games are listed. After selecting a title, users are directed to the Google Play Store to install the games, as you would any other app. Once the games are downloaded, they are available to play at any time by tapping them within the Netflix app or on the home screen of an Android device. For iOS, Netflix uses a similar system where users are directed to Apple’s App Store for the downloads. The games will also require users to authenticate with their Netflix membership information in order to begin playing.

Netflix launched its gaming service in November 2021 and has been adding new games to its catalog every month. Currently, the titles are free to play and don’t include any in-app purchases. The company sees games as a means of growing and maintaining its existing subscriber base.

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Exclusive: If You Answer Yes to Any Of These 7 Questions, Your Workplace Is Probably More Toxic Than You Think – TalkOfNews.com

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The year was 1944, and the Allies were at war. In Washington, the precursor agency to the CIA had an idea on how to help.

Their plan: Write and publish a how-to guide to toxic workplaces, and smuggle it to sympathetic workers behind enemy lines who hoped to sabotage the Axis from within. 

Not everyone could carry a gun or blow up train tracks and military installations, the thinking went, but they could make their workplaces so inhospitable and inefficient that they might slow down the Nazi war machine.

The guide was called the Simple Sabotage Field Manual. You can read the whole thing online, today. 

What’s most fascinating is how many of the things that we complain about in business today were almost the exact same things that Allied spies advised doing to create toxic workplaces eight decades ago.

In fact, if you’re running a business, it’s worth asking whether any of your employees seem to practice these behaviors regularly. 

Do they insist on holding meetings when less-intrusive means of discussion will do?

“Hold conferences when there is more critical work to be done … When possible, refer all matters to committees, for ‘further study and consideration.’ Attempt to make the committees as large as possible–never less than five.”

Do they talk on and on and on, at length?

“Make ‘speeches.’ Talk as frequently as possible and at great length. Illustrate your ‘points’ by long anecdotes and accounts of personal experiences. Never hesitate to make a few appropriate ‘patriotic’ comments.”

Do they insist on revisiting things that have already been decided?

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“Haggle over precise wordings of communications, minutes, resolutions. … Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to re-open the question of the advisability of that decision.”

Do they treat colleagues and the people who report to them unfairly?

“To lower morale and with it, production, be pleasant to inefficient workers; give them undeserved promotions. Discriminate against efficient workers; complain unjustly about their work.”

Do they seem to have constant excuses for not working?

“Contrive as many interruptions to your work as you can: when changing the material on which you are working, as you would on a lathe or punch, take needless time to do it. If you are cutting, shaping or doing other measured work, measure dimensions twice as often as you need to. When you go to the lavatory, spend a longer time there than is necessary. Forget tools so that you will have to go back after them.”

Do they seem paralyzed and unable to act?

“Advocate caution. Be ‘reasonable’ and urge your fellow-conferees to be ‘reasonable’ and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on. … Be worried about the propriety of any decision–raise the question of whether such action as is contemplated lies within the jurisdiction of the group or whether it might conflict with the policy of some higher echelon.”

Do they have a hard time working with colleagues?

From the sabotage guide: 

“Never pass on your skill and experience to a new or less skillful worker. Give lengthy and incomprehensible explanations when questioned. When training new workers, give incomplete or misleading instructions.”

Do they set fires at work, or else call in false police reports to send emergency workers to the wrong parts of the city?

OK, obviously this one would go beyond just creating a toxic workplace, and the fact that they’re on the list is a reminder that the sabotage guide was in fact intended for warfare. 

But, if some of the other items on this list seem a little familiar, maybe it’s worth an investigation. You might realize your workplace is more toxic than you think.

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.


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Exclusive: Spirit delays shareholder vote on merger hours before meeting to continue deal talks with Frontier, JetBlue – TalkOfNews.com

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Spirit Airlines on Wednesday delayed shareholder vote on its proposed merger with Frontier Airlines until July 8, hours before a meeting scheduled for Thursday so it can further discuss options with Frontier and rival suitor JetBlue Airways.

It is the second time Spirit has delayed a vote on its planned combination with Frontier and extends the most contentious battle for a U.S. airline in years.

Spirit originally scheduled Thursday’s vote for June 10 but had delayed that for the same reasons.

Both Frontier and JetBlue have upped their offers in the week before the scheduled vote approached.

“Spirit would not have postponed tomorrow’s meeting if they felt they had the votes,” said Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry consultant and president of Atmosphere Research Group. Spirit didn’t comment on whether that is the case.

“We compliment the Spirit Board for listening to their shareholders, who clearly were not supportive of the Frontier transaction, and adjourning the Special Meeting,” JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes said in a statement later Wednesday.

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“It’s clear that Spirit shareholders have now handed the Spirit Board an undeniable mandate to reach an agreement with JetBlue.”

“This is like the end of a soap opera episode,” Harteveldt added.

Frontier and Spirit first announced their intent to merge in February. In April, JetBlue made an all-cash, surprise bid for Spirit, but Spirit’s board has repeatedly rejected JetBlue’s offers, arguing a JetBlue takeover wouldn’t pass muster with regulators.

Either combination would create the United States’ fifth-largest carrier.

JetBlue has fired back at Spirit, saying it did not negotiate in good faith, setting off a war of words between the airlines as they competed for shareholder support ahead of the vote.

Frontier didn’t immediately comment about the postponed vote.

Spirit shares were up about 2% in afterhours trading, while Frontier was up more than 1% and JetBlue was down 1%.

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Very soon, humanity will get to view the deepest images of the universe that have ever been captured. In two weeks, the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) — NASA’s super expensive, super powerful deep space optical imager — will release its first full-color images, and agency officials today suggested that they could just be the beginning.

“This is farther than humanity has ever looked before,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said during a media briefing Wednesday (he was calling in, as he had tested positive for COVID-19 the night before). “We’re only beginning to understand what Webb can and will do.”

NASA launched James Webb last December; ever since, it’s been conducting a specialized startup process that involves delicately tuning all 18 of its huge mirror segments. A few months ago, NASA shared a “selfie” marking the successful operations of the IR camera and primary mirrors. Earlier this month, the agency said the telescope’s first images will be ready for public debut at 10:30 AM ET on July 12.

One aspect of the universe that JWST will unveil is exoplanets, or planets outside our Solar System — specifically, their atmospheres. This is key to understanding whether there are other planets similar to ours in the universe, or if life can be found on planets under atmospheric conditions that differ from those found on Earth. And Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, confirmed that images of an exoplanet’s atmospheric spectrum will be shared with the public on July 12.

Essentially, James Webb’s extraordinary capacity to capture the infrared spectrum means that it will be able to detect small molecules like carbon dioxide. This will enable scientists to actually examine whether and how atmospheric compositions shape the capacity for life to emerge and develop on a planet.

NASA officials also shared more good news: The agency’s estimates of the excess fuel capability of the telescope were spot on, and JWST will be able to capture images of space for around 20 years.

“Not only will those 20 years allow us to go deeper into history and time, but we will go deeper into science because we will have the opportunity to learn and grow and make new observations,” NASA deputy administrator Pam Melroy said.

JWST has not had an easy ride to deep space. The entire project came very close to not happening at all, Nelson said, after it started running out of money and Congress considered canceling it entirely. It also faced numerous delays due to technical issues. Then, when it reached space, it was promptly pinged by a micrometeoroid, an event that surely made every NASA official shudder.

But overall, “it’s been an amazing six months,” Webb project manager Bill Ochs confirmed.

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