Tag: Business

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with SwiftKey in 39 more languages

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with SwiftKey’s Typing Intelligence in 39 more languages. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18855 (made available to testers on March 13) to build 18860. These builds are from the 20H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update that will arrive in the first half of […]

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Independent Games Festival begins with emotional talk about Christchurch

The Independent Games Festival got off to an emotionally charged start tonight at the Game Developers Conference. It happened to be the first major public gaming event after the tragic massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand last week, with thousands of people in the audience. And so it opened appropriately with a presenter who made a […]

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Emergency responders are using 3-word geocoded addresses to save lives

When a vehicle carrying a mother and young child was run off a road in a rural area of South West England, the Avon and Somerset Police department turned to a rather novel means of finding the panic-stricken caller. Rather than dispatching a helicopter or platoon of search vehicles to find the panic-stricken victim — […]

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NPD partners with IGDA to give developers market insights

The NPD Group is one of the only firms that tracks game sales in the United States. That data shapes publishing decisions, and now smaller studios can access that data easier. The NPD Group revealed today that it is sponsoring the International Game Developers Association trade group. As a perk of that partnership, it plans […]

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Cadence of Hyrule mashes up Zelda with Crypt of the Necrodancer

Nintendo is once again letting a third-party developer work with some of its most famous characters. This time it’s not Ubisoft pairing Mario up with the Rabbids. Instead, indie developer Brace Yourself Games is remixing Zelda: A Link to the Past into a rhythm game. Brace Yourself Games is the studio responsible for Crypt of […]

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Epic Games Store gets off to a good start with millions of free downloads

Epic Games said that its Epic Games Store has gotten off to a good start as the company tries to provide an alternative store in PC games to Valve’s Steam store. Epic more than 85 million players in its PC ecosystem, said Steve Allison, head of the Epic Games Store, in Epic’s session at the […]

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Element AI launches enterprise decision-making automation tools

Element AI, a company cofounded more than two years ago by deep learning expert Yoshua Bengio, is rolling out its first publicly available products for enterprise customers today. The AI Enablement Tools and Insight Libraries help automate document reading and processing for various industries using computer vision, optical character recognition (OCR), and other techniques. Element […]

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Epic CEO on 250 million Fortnite players, digital humans, and $100 million dev fund

Epic Games dumped a bunch of news about the state of the Unreal Engine at its keynote talk at the Game Developers Conference today. We got a preview of the news and were able to interview Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic, and Kim Libreri, chief technology officer. Sweeney said Fortnite has reached 250 million players, […]

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Quantic Dream will launch its titles on PC via Epic Games Store

Quantic Dream said it will launch its library of PlayStation games on the PC, exclusively on the Epic Games Store. That means PC fans will get to play titles like Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human. It is the first big move that Quantic Dream has made since China’s NetEase made a […]

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Netmarble’s Lineage 2: Revolution crossed $1 billion in revenue in first year

In its first month in 2017, Netmarble’s Lineage 2: Revolution mobile game generated $176 million in one month. That helped Netmarble launch a lucrative initial public offering later on in the spring of 2017. But now the company is back, announcing that he massively multiplayer online mobile game topped $1 billion in less than a […]

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Cuphead comes to Nintendo Switch with Xbox Live integration

Welcome to the headquarters for Cuphead professionals. As everyone knows, GamesBeat has the greatest Cuphead champions in the universe. And now, we can finally show off our incredible skills on the Nintendo Switch. Cuphead is dodge rolling onto Nintendo’s hybrid handheld/home console April 18. It will feature all of the bosses, weapons, and super moves […]

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Epic Games shows off amazing digital human technology with Troll demo

Epic Games showed an amazing demo of Troll, built with Unreal Engine technology by the team at Goodbye Kansas, Deep Forest Films, and 3Lateral. It’s yet another stellar example of “digital human” technology. Shown off at the State of Unreal talk at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Epic and its partners took another […]

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Quixel demonstrates animated scenes that look like landscape photos

Quixel created a cinematic short film Rebirth that looks like it was someone taking a video of a landscape with a video camera. Only it was an animation using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine. Quixel used UE 4.21 and Megascans to create the photorealistic scene. The short was created by just three artists at the company, […]

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Epic Games makes online services available for free to game devs

Epic Games learned a lot about creating online services with the launch of Fortnite, the enormously successful battle royale game with 250 million users. And now it is giving away those online services to game developers for free to operate and scale games across any engine, store, and platform using a single Epic Online Services […]

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Tim Sweeney announces $100 million Epic MegaGrants fund for game developers

Epic Games just completed giving out $5 million in grants to developers. And now it’s going to get started again with a $100 million fund dubbed Epic MegaGrants. These funds will be awarded to developers with no strings attached, said Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, in an interview with GamesBeat. “You know that we […]

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Square leverages Weebly acquisition to bridge offline and online commerce

Square is overhauling two of its omnichannel merchant products, as the company continues to extend its reach beyond simple mobile payments. While Square is better known for its core service that allows merchants to accept card payments in-store through a mobile device, the San Francisco-based company has branched out into numerous commerce-related verticals as it looks to gather […]

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NS8 raises $26 million to combat ecommerce fraud

NS8, a Las Vegas-based company developing a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution designed to combat online fraud, today announced that it has raised $26 million in series B financing led by Edison Partners, with participation from Sorenson Ventures, Lytical Ventures, TDF Ventures, Hanna Ventures, and others. It comes after a $7.5 million seed round in November 2017, […]

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Nate Mitchell interview — Why Facebook built the Oculus Rift S headset for the PC

Nate Mitchell is head of virtual reality products and cofounder of Facebook’s Oculus division. He’s been there since near the beginning of VR’s rebirth, and he was at the Game Developers Conference this week to evangelize the newest Oculus products. They include the expected Oculus Quest wireless VR headset, and well as the surprise (sort […]

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Amazon Alexa scientists reduce speech recognition errors by 20% with semi-supervised learning

Deep neural networks take time to train — and lots of data — and that’s particularly true of speech recognition systems. Conventional models tap corpora comprising thousands of hours of transcribed voice snippets. It’s not exactly surprising, then, that scientists at Amazon’s Alexa division are investigating ways to expedite the process. Today they reported that […]

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Google’s AI lets you make music that sounds like Bach

A Google Doodle due out later today will use AI to let you create a melody in a style that mimics composer Johann Sebastian Bach. After you pick your key and the music is harmonized, the tune can be shared on Facebook or Twitter or downloaded as a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) file. Users […]

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