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Xbox One

The Xbox One is an eighth-generation home video game console developed by Microsoft. Announced in May 2013, it is the successor to Xbox 360 and the third console in the Xbox series of video game consoles, it was first released in North America, parts of Europe and South America in November 2013, in Japan and other European countries in September 2014. It is the first Xbox game console to be released in China in the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone. Microsoft marketed the device as an "all-in-one entertainment system", hence the name'Xbox One'; the Xbox One competes against Sony's PlayStation 4 and Nintendo's Wii U and Switch. Moving away from its predecessor's PowerPC-based architecture, the Xbox One marks a shift back to the x86 architecture used in the original Xbox. Xbox One's controller was redesigned over the Xbox 360's, with a redesigned body, D-pad, triggers capable of delivering directional haptic feedback; the console places an increased emphasis on cloud computing, as well as social networking features, the ability to record and share video clips or screenshots from gameplay, or live-stream directly to streaming services such as Mixer and Twitch.

Games can be played off-console via a local area network on supported Windows 10 devices. The console can play Blu-ray Disc, overlay live television programming from an existing set-top box or a digital tuner for digital terrestrial television with an enhanced program guide; the console optionally included a redesigned Kinect sensor, marketed as the "Kinect 2.0", providing improved motion tracking and voice recognition. The Xbox One received positive reviews for its refined controller design, multimedia features, voice navigation, its quieter and cooler design was praised for making the console more reliable than its predecessor on-launch, but the console was criticized for running games at a technically lower graphical level than the PlayStation 4. Its original user interface was panned for being nonintuitive, although changes made to it and other aspects of the console's software post-launch received a positive reception, its Kinect received praise for its improved motion-tracking accuracy, its face recognition logins, its voice commands.

The original Xbox One model was succeeded by the Xbox One S in 2016, which has a smaller form factor and support for HDR10 high-dynamic-range video, as well as support for 4K video playback and upscaling of games from 1080p to 4K. It was praised for its smaller size, its on-screen visual improvements, its lack of an external power supply, but its regressions such as the lack of a native Kinect port were noted. A high-end model, named Xbox One X, was released in November, it will be succeeded by the upcoming Xbox Series X consoles in Holiday 2020. The Xbox One is the successor to Xbox 360, Microsoft's previous video game console, introduced in 2005 as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles. Over the years, the 360 had received a number of small hardware revisions to reduce the unit's size and improve its reliability. In 2010, Microsoft's Chris Lewis stated. Initial hardware for the 360's successor referred to by the industry as the "Xbox 720", was under development as early as May 2011.

The official developer kit was codenamed Durango, appeared to be available to developers by mid-2012. Leaked documents suggested that the new console would include an improved Kinect sensor, cloud access to games and media, integration with phone and tablet devices, technology to provide players heads-up displays on glasses worn by the player, codenamed "Fortaleza". Leaked design documents suggested that Microsoft was seeking to eliminate the ability to play used games, though Microsoft clarified it was still reviewing the design and were "thinking about what is next and how we can push the boundaries of technology like we did with Kinect", but did not comment on the validity of the information. Prior to the official unveiling, rumors had circulated that the next Xbox console would be an "always on" system requiring a persistent Internet connection, though Microsoft had not confirmed this; this had drawn some concerns from consumers, which were heightened when Microsoft Studios employee Adam Orth stated in a Twitter message in April 2013 that said "Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an'always on' console...

Every device now is'always on.' That's the world. #dealwithit". Orth's message drew further ire towards Microsoft, with concerns about digital rights management and practices against the sale of used games with an "always on" unit. Orth opted to leave Microsoft a few days due to the backlash. Despite Microsoft's statements following the situation, denying the rumors, the mood it created lingered over the next several months; the new console was publicly unveiled under the name Xbox One on May 21, 2013 in a press conference that presented the unit as an all-in-one home entertainment device. The event focused on the device's multimedia capabilities, demonstrating integration with television for over 30 minutes before any video games were shown. In a 2019 interview Phil Spencer, head of Xbox at Microsoft, recalled that not only did this approach confuse consumers about the intent of the Xbox One, but Microsoft employees, working on the console. Spencer stated that several e

List of Washburn Ichabods football seasons

This is a list of Washburn Ichabods football season records. The Washburn Ichabods football team is the football team of Washburn University, located in the American city of Emporia, Kansas; the team competes as a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association at the NCAA Division II level. When the program began in 1891, the team did not have a nickname; that changed however, in 1904 when "Sons of the Ichabod nickname was printed in the first edition of The Kaw yearbook. Since 1928, Washburn football has played in Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl, named after former Washburn running back, Gary Yager. Washburn has won 12 conference championships: four in the Kansas Conference, six in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, one in the Central States Intercollegiate Conference, one in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association; as of 2017, the records are up–to–date

The Help (film)

The Help is a 2011 period drama film written and directed by Tate Taylor and based on Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name. The film features an ensemble cast, including Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone; the film and novel recount the story of young white woman and aspiring journalist Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan. The story focuses on her relationship with two black maids, Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson, during the Civil Rights Movement in 1963 Jackson, Mississippi. In an attempt to become a legitimate journalist and writer, Skeeter decides to write a book from the point of view of the maids, exposing the racism they are faced with as they work for white families. Black domestic workers in 1960s America were referred to as "the help", hence the title of the journalistic expose, the novel and the film. DreamWorks Pictures acquired the screen rights to Stockett's novel in March 2010 and commissioned the film with Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Brunson Green as producers.

The film's casting began that month, with principal photography following four months after in Mississippi. The film is an international co-production between companies based in the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Touchstone Pictures released The Help worldwide, with a general theatrical release in North America on August 10, 2011; the film was a critical and commercial success, receiving positive reviews and grossing $216 million in worldwide box office. The Help received four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress for Davis, Best Supporting Actress for both Chastain and Spencer, with the latter winning the award; the film won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In 1963, Aibileen Clark is an African-American maid in Mississippi, she works for socialite Elizabeth Leefolt and cares for the Leefolts' daughter Mae Mobley, whom Elizabeth neglects. Aibileen's best friend and fellow maid Minny Jackson works for Mrs. Walters, whose daughter Hilly Holbrook leads the women's socialite group.

Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, a recent graduate of Ole Miss and an aspiring writer, is a friend of Elizabeth. Skeeter is uncomfortable with her social circle's racist attitudes toward their maids, including Hilly's insistence on installing separate bathrooms for the help. Skeeter learns that her mother Charlotte fired Constantine, the maid who raised Skeeter, decides to write a book of interviews with African-American maids working for white families. Minny is fired by Hilly for using the guest bathroom and is rendered unemployable, but finds a job with Celia Foote, a housewife ostracized by the other socialites. Celia treats Minny with respect and they become friends, but keep Minny's employment secret from Celia's husband Johnny. Celia suffers a miscarriage, reveals to Minny that she has had three previous miscarriages. Skeeter reaches out to Aibileen, who agrees to be interviewed, as does Minny. Elaine Stein, Skeeter's editor at Harper & Row, advises her that the stories of two maids are not enough, but fear of retribution prevents other maids from coming forward.

Aibileen tells Skeeter about her struggle to cope with the death of her son, believes the book will help her find closure. Hilly refuses to advance money to her replacement maid, Yule May, struggling to send her twin sons to college. Yule May pawns it, but is brutally arrested as Hilly watches; this incident and the assassination of Medgar Evers inspire more maids to tell Skeeter their stories. Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Skeeter and Minny fear the maids' stories will be recognized. Minny reveals the "terrible awful" she did to Hilly: after her termination, Minny brought Hilly her famous chocolate pie, but revealed that she baked her own excrement into the pie after Hilly had finished two slices; the inclusion of this incident in the book would prompt Hilly to crusade in denial that the book is about Jackson. Skeeter confronts her mother about firing Constantine, Charlotte reveals that during a Daughters of America luncheon, Constantine's daughter Rachel disobeyed Charlotte's orders to enter through the kitchen, embarrassing her.

To save face, Charlotte fired Constantine. The book is a success. Minny reveals the "terrible awful" to Celia, who sees what a manipulative bully Hilly is, writes a cheque to one of Hilly's charity groups, made out to "Two Slice Hilly". Incensed, Hilly threatens Skeeter with legal proceedings, but she reminds Hilly that the incident is in chapter 12. Charlotte intervenes, letting on that she knows about the "terrible awful", orders Hilly off the property. Charlotte and Skeeter reconcile when Charlotte tells her how proud she is of her courage, the book, her job offer in New York City. Johnny reveals to Minny that he knows she has been working at his house, how appreciative he is for her friendship with Celia, how it saved her life, that she has permanent job security; this kindness gives Minny the courage to leave her abusive husband. Seeking revenge for helping Skeeter, Hilly pressures Elizabeth to terminate Aibileen, framing her for theft. Aibileen stands up to Hilly, who breaks down and storms out, Elizabeth orders Aibileen to leave.

Aibileen bids farewell to Mae Mobley and pleads with Elizabeth to give her daughter a chance, as Elizabeth begins to cry. Aibileen finds closure, looking to her own future as a writer. In December 2009, Variety reported that Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe would produce a film adaptation of The Help, under their production company 1492 Pictu