Tag: Business

The best smartphones for the AI enthusiast

Black Friday — the U.S.’s single-biggest shopping day — is nearly upon us, and that’s great news if you’re in the market for a smartphone. Retailers like Target and Best Buy are offering hundreds of dollars off the purchase of flagship Samsung Galaxy handsets. There’s a buy-one-get-one-free deal on LG G7 ThinQ at T-Mobile. And […]

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Why chatbot surveys are taking over

The way to really know what your customer wants, needs, or even would like you to stop doing, is to ask them. Surveys are the key to the kind of customer feedback that can make or break your company, but survey fatigue is real, customer engagement is as tricky as ever to nail, and survey […]

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CSR Racing 2: Zynga launches Legends update

Zynga has unveiled the Legends update for CSR Racing 2, one of its most popular social mobile games. The update is the biggest feature release to date for the drag-racing game. Zynga regularly updates the game to keep existing players happy and to bring lapsed players back, as that results in better retention and ongoing […]

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KeepSolid rolls out freemium VPN Lite app for Android and iOS

KeepSolid, makers of the popular VPN app VPN Unlimited, has quietly rolled out a new freemium VPN app that allows users to use the service without registering. VPN Lite, as the new app is called, is available on Android and iOS only, which is the first obvious differentiator between it and its multi-platform VPN Unlimited big […]

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From Withings to blockchain: Meet the French entrepreneur trying to reinvent digital health

Despite the highs and lows that Alexis Normand has experienced the past few years, his faith in the digital health revolution remains surprisingly unshaken. In fact, it’s grown so strong that he is pursuing two separate but equally interesting paths toward realizing the potential benefits. The first is his ongoing role as vice president of […]

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Bitcoin hits new 2018 low, dropping 25% in a week

(Reuters) — Bitcoin slumped on Tuesday to its lowest this year, tumbling as much as 10 percent to breach $4,300 and taking losses in the world’s best-known digital coin to 25 percent within a week. Other smaller coins also skidded sharply as a broader cryptocurrency sell-off, said by traders and market makers to be rooted […]

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PlayStation 4 outsold Xbox One and Switch in October

October was a huge month for both software and hardware, and — once again — Sony is benefiting from that excitement. PlayStation 4 outperformed the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch both in terms of dollars and units sold in October. That’s according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. And as is usual for PlayStation 4, […]

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October 2018 NPD: Call of Duty still outsells Red Dead Redemption II

Gaming consumers in the United States spent $1.545 billion in October, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. That is up year-over-year, and it’s little surprise considering two of the biggest games of 2018 debuted during the month. “October 2018 tracked spending across video game hardware, software, accessories and game cards grew 73 percent when compared […]

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Facebook starts rolling out dashboard to show how much time you waste on it every day

After Facebook announced in August that it was working on activity trackers so that users could see how much time they’re spending on the Instagram and Facebook apps, the company confirmed that the feature is starting to roll out. Called “Your Time on Facebook,” it is starting to roll out now to the latest versions of […]

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You can now sign into your Microsoft account without a password

Passwords aren’t as effective a means as preventing account break-ins as they might seem. Three out of four people use duplicate passwords, and 21 percent of people use codes that are over 10 years old. (In 2014, among the five most popular passwords were “password,” “123456,” and “qwerty.”) Two-factor SMS authentication adds a layer of protection, but […]

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Dispatch plans to build a faster blockchain network with zero-cost transactions

Data-focused blockchain startup Dispatch has raised a new round of funding from China’s Fenbushi Digital to build speedy decentralized applications with zero transaction costs. The company had raised $12 million previously, and it is now adding another $6 million to the round. Dispatch is the creator of the Dispatch Protocol, which lets developers create data-intensive blockchain […]

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PlayVS raises $30.5 million for high school esports platform

PlayVS has raised $30.5 million for its platform for high school esports. The round comes just five months after PlayVS raised $15 million. Elysian Park Ventures, the private investment arm of the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group, led the round. Other existing investors who also participated are New Enterprise Associates, Science Inc., Crosscut Ventures, Coatue […]

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Agora raises $70 million to grow its voice, video, and broadcasting SDKs globally

Agora, a platform that makes it easier for developers to add voice and video features to their applications, has raised $70 million in a series C round of funding led by hedge fund Coatue Management, with participation from SIG, Morningside, and Shunwei Capital. The news comes just five months after Agora announced that it had added […]

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ApisProtect raises $1.8 million for bee-monitoring sensors

The worldwide honeybee community is in a crisis. In the years leading up to 2013, over 10 million of the nearly 90 million managed beehives were lost — close to twice the normal rate. Eight years ago in Northern Ireland alone, beekeepers reported an alarming decline of greater than 50 percent. Colony collapse disorder, as the […]

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Amplitude cofounder Mathieu Girard has a new RPG studio, Tactical Adventures

Mathieu Girard has already lived the indie dream. In 2011, he and Romain de Waubert de Genlis founded Amplitude Studios, the well-regarded makers of strategy games, such as Endless Space and Endless Legend. How good was its reputation? Strong enough that Sega acquired the company back in 2016. Girard left Amplitude in January, and now, he’s […]

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RektGlobal scores a League of Legends European LCS slot

RektGlobal said its esports team Rogue has secured a slot in the official Riot Games League of Legends European Championship competition. Rogue will be one of the ten teams that will go on to compete in Riot’s revamped League of LegendsEuropean Championship. This past year, Europe had two of the top four teams competing globally, with the […]

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Volvo’s first commercial self-driving trucks will be used in mining

Volvo has announced a commercial first for its autonomous trucking endeavors. The Swedish automotive company has signed a deal with Norwegian mine Brønnøy Kalk to transport limestone along five kilometers of roads and tunnels from the mine to a nearby port using self-driving trucks. Volvo has engaged in a number of pilots in recent years to […]

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Break the chains of legacy virtualization (VB Live)

IT leaders know technology is a business differentiator, and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) can be the foundation of a modern, cloud-like datacenter. But you don’t have to stop there. Learn how going beyond HCI costs less, increases IT agility, and supports multi-cloud goals when you join this VB Live event! Register here for free. Gartner predicted […]

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eGym raises $20 million to grow its connected fitness platform in the U.S.

Germany-based fitness equipment and software startup eGym has raised $20 million in a series D round of funding led by Nokia-funded venture capital firm NGP Capital, with participation from Highland Europe and HPE Growth Capital. Founded out of Munich in 2011, eGym’s platform constitutes both hardware and software. The company builds fully connected electronic strength machines, in addition […]

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