Tag: Business

Location-based VR is hot — but is it right for you?

In 2018 virtual reality hit the trough of disillusionment. Home use hadn’t proven itself in terms of payback for most of the developers despite a few well-received releases like Beat Saber. But this wasn’t a bad thing — dumb money stopped being invested in the industry. The VR market seen its niches stabilize: VR training […]

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All the privacy issues Apple didn’t talk about at its annual event, and why they matter

A watch that actually tells time, all the time. Portrait mode for pets. Slofies. Apple’s annual shiny-new-toys event last week was packed with glitzy news from Apple as usual. These features are fun, but something’s been troubling me for the last few days since those announcements: something that was almost completely ignored for the entire […]

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What’s next for big data after a turbulent 2019?

When thousands of data scientists and business analysts converge on New York next week for the year’s main data industry event, Strata, they will be looking for answers to the current chaos in our business and technological ecosystem. We’ve seen tectonic shifts in the data and analytics space in 2019, fueled by a seemingly endless […]

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Evolving Moore’s Law with chiplets and 3D packaging

Presented by Intel For more than 50 years, Moore’s Law has paced the advance of electronics, from semiconductor chips to laptops and cell phones. Now, the golden rule of technology price and performance from Intel co-founder Gordon Moore is evolving once again. Demanding modern workloads like AI often need specialized, high-powered processors with unique requirements. […]

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Google’s Key Moments provide shortcuts to video highlights

Ever spend entirely too much time trying to find a pivotal scene in a video clip you watched ages ago? We’ve all been there. While transcripts ease the burden somewhat, footage isn’t exactly skimmable like text. Until now. Today, Google announced the rollout of a new feature — Key Moments — designed to surface shortcuts […]

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Newzoo: Global game revenues will hit $68.5 billion in 2019

Mobile games will earn $68.5 billion in 2019, according to a new report from market research firm Newzoo. The 2019 Global Mobile Market Report notes that 48.9% of that revenue will come from games on iOS devices, while 35.8% will come from Android (reminder that free-to-play dominates this market). In the first half of the […]

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Activision reveals details on first-ever crossplay for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Activision unveiled the details on its first-ever crossplay for a Call of Duty game. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will let PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One players battle each other in multiplayer combat. The big benefit is that players will be able to play with their friends on all three supported platforms. Players have […]

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Google Fi gets $70 unlimited mobile plan plus free Google One membership

Google has announced a new unlimited Google Fi plan that gives subscribers near-unfettered access to SMS, calls, and data for a set monthly fee. Google Fi Unlimited, as the plan is called, offers completely unlimited calls and texts, while data is effectively unlimited, though with one notable caveat — speeds will be throttled after 22GB […]

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Philips Hue sync box brings a light show to all your HDMI devices

Signify is unveiling a new Philips Hue smart lighting product that brings a light show to your TV or any other HDMI-connected device, such as an Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, video game consoles, and Blu-Ray players. The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box lets you link your home’s smart lights (supplied by Signify) to […]

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OpenAI and DeepMind teach AI teamwork by playing hide-and-seek

The age-old game of hide-and-seek can reveal a lot about how AI weighs decisions with which it’s faced, not to mention why it interacts the way it does with other AI within its sphere of influence — or its proximity. That’s the gist of a new paper published by researchers at Google parent company Alphabet […]

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Ex-King developers raise $1.5 million and launch Starform studio to make online games

Starform, a new Seattle-based game studio that former King and Z2Live mobile game veterans started, has raised $1.25 million and announced plans to make online games across various platforms. The studio’s focus is to build experiences that are played together with friends. Yeah, that’s kinda vague. Starform says it’s built a platform that enables rapid […]

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Riot Games says 10-year-old League of Legends hits 8 million concurrent players daily

For a 10-year-old game, League of Legends is doing spectacularly well. Riot Games said today that the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game hits about 8 million peak concurrent players every single day. And the company plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a day of livestreams and events on October 15. That includes a […]

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Microsoft Teams now supports Oracle digital assistant

Oracle’s digital assistant is now available in Microsoft Teams, the cloud hosting and services provider announced today. Oracle’s AI assistant got several other updates today, including the ability to interact via voice commands, enterprise-grade security for voice recordings, and the ability to respond to more complex voice commands. The news was announced today at Oracle’s […]

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The competitive advantage of intelligent digital workspaces (VB Live)

Presented by Nutanix Xi Frame The cloud is making IT more agile, but at the same time, more and more complex. Learn how intelligent digital workspaces and tools like desktop-as-a-service can simplify user work syles without adding complexity, lower costs and make your users more productive when you join this VB Live event! Register here […]

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Telstra extends mobile plan to Google Nest devices

If you’ve been itching to place calls with your Google Nest (formerly Google Home) devices using a mobile plan, now’s your chance. Australian operator Telstra this morning announced that it’s the first carrier to offer outbound calling on Google Nest speakers and smart displays. Subscribers can ask Google Assistant to make calls from a Mini, […]

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GitLab raises $268 million at a $2.7 billion valuation

DevOps powerhouse GitLab has raised $268 million in a series E round of funding led by Goldman Sachs and Iconiq Capital, with participation from both new and existing investors including Y Combinator Continuity Fund, in what is likely to be the company’s final fundraising effort before going public next year. Additionally, GitLab said it is […]

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Mobcrush hits 84 million unique monthly users and pays out $5 million to streamers

Mobcrush, a mobile livestreaming service, said its American audience has grown to more than 84 million unique viewers per month (UVPM) across its network, according to the May 2019 data from measurement firm Nielsen. Mobcrush also announced an update to its overall aggregate reach, which now totals more than 2 billion fans and followers across […]

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Pinterest’s Lens can now recognize 2.5 billion home and fashion objects

In 2017, Pinterest debuted Lens in beta, an online/offline visual search tool that taps AI to identify objects captured from Pins or by a smartphone and suggest related themes and products. Lens went on to launch broadly and contribute substantially to the over 600 million searches performed across Pinterest’s mobile apps and browser extensions, an […]

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LinkedIn launches Skill Assessments for coding, design software, and business tools

In May alongside a veritable slew of other features, LinkedIn previewed Skill Assessments, a library of 10-15 minute tests users can take to validate the skills they’ve listed on their LinkedIn profiles. This week marks the broad launch of Skill Assessments in select categories, with more to roll out in the months ahead. “At LinkedIn, […]

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3 sales tax issues that impact YOUR investments — and they’re serious

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