Tag: category-/Internet & Telecom

Google’s Data QnA is an AI service that helps business users get answers to analytical queries

Google today unveiled Data QnA, a service in private alpha that’s designed to help users get answers to analytical queries through natural language questions. Based on the Analyza system developed at Google Research, Data QnA automatically performs semantic parsing and mapping to data sets up to petabytes in size, and it can be embedded in […]

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Thatgamecompany’s Sky reaches 20 million downloads

Thatgamecompany announced today that its latest release, Sky: Children of Light, has received 20 million downloads. This happens just ahead of the free-to-play multiplayer mobile game’s first anniversary. Sky released for iOS on July 18, 2019. The Android version followed on April 7, 2020. Thatgamecompany made its name with beautiful, creative games like Flower and […]

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Google-backed digital ad groups criticize Apple’s new user-tracking warning

(Reuters) — A group of European digital advertising associations on Friday criticized Apple’s plans to require apps to seek additional permission from users before tracking them across other apps and websites. Apple last week disclosed features in its forthcoming operating system for iPhones and iPads that will require apps to show a pop-up screen before […]

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Google will auto-delete YouTube, search, and location history for some users by default

Google is introducing a handful of new privacy-focused tools today, as Google CEO Sundar Pichai vowed that the company’s products should only keep information “for only as long as it’s useful and helpful to you.” Among the main new features is default auto-delete functionality. Last May, Google introduced a new tool that allows users to automatically […]

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Zynga launches voice game Words With Friends Word Pop for Amazon Alexa

Zynga has launched Words With Friends Word Pop as a new voice game for Amazon Alexa. The launch on Alexa-enabled devices is part of Zynga’s experimentation with new ways to make games more accessible. You can play the game with voice commands on exclusively on Alexa-enabled devices such as the Echo, Echo Show, or Echo […]

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Luna Labs’s Replay automates creation of mobile game video ads

Luna Labs is launching Replay, a tool for mobile game studios that lets them create endless versions of video ads from a single gameplay recording. Based on the Unity platform, the tool could save a lot of editing time and money for game studios as they create video advertisements for a game. Then they could […]

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New Alexa skill development tools reduce pain points between businesses and customers

Amazon today announced the general availability of Multi-Capability Skills for Alexa, a way to combine smart home and custom Alexa apps into single, unified voice apps. Starting this week, developers can publish and maintain an Alexa app that enables both internet of things and third-party features for their devices, extending built-in smart home commands with […]

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Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi 6E chips support wireless VR headsets, packed spaces

While wireless technologies have continued to improve in bandwidth, distance, and resilience against interference, most businesses and general consumers haven’t yet upgraded to Wi-Fi 6, last year’s sequel to the older, popular 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) standard. That’s probably for the best, as chipmakers are now moving to Wi-Fi 6E, a superior, recently approved update, and […]

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Google will rank webpages based on Web Vitals, but not in 2020

Google today announced that a webpage’s experience will eventually be a ranking factor in Google Search overall and in the Top Stories feature on mobile. Earlier this month, Google unveiled Web Vitals, an initiative to provide web developers and website owners with a unified set of metrics for building websites with user experience and performance […]

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Google’s federated analytics method could analyze end user data without invading privacy

In a blog post today, Google laid out the concept of federated analytics, a practice of applying data science methods to the analysis of raw data that’s stored locally on edge devices. As the tech giant explains, it works by running local computations over a device’s data and only making the aggregated results — not […]

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Microsoft gives business developers new tools to build Teams apps

Microsoft wants to help business developers tap into the explosive growth of Microsoft Teams. At Build 2020, the company launched a Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code extension for Teams in preview, introduced new integrations between its Power Platform and Teams, and announced a custom app submission process to help IT admins. Oh, and the […]

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Cradlepoint’s 5G-ready edge router lets branch offices ditch wired broadband

As businesses move from wired to wireless broadband solutions, CTOs and CIOs are increasingly looking for more than just similar download and upload speeds — they also want local edge processing power to guarantee highly responsive applications. Today, Cradlepoint is catering to that need with a new all-in-one wireless edge router that can turn a […]

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Donald Trump extends U.S. telecom supply chain ban aimed at Huawei and ZTE

(Reuters) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday extended for another year an executive order signed in May 2019 declaring a national emergency and barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms posing a national security risk. The order invoked the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which gives the president the authority to regulate […]

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This Apple Editor’s Choice award-winning app makes working with PDFs simple

As any working professional will tell you — PDFs, or Adobe’s portable document format, is now the standard among numerous industries. When it comes to viewing, editing, signing, and sharing documents, PDFs are likely involved.  They’re super simple to send and receive through email, unfortunately doing anything more, e.g., signing and adding notes, can be […]

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How developers are squeezing opportunity from mobile gaming

On this week’s How Games Make Money, host Jeff Grubb talks with Idil Canal, the general manager of Max at AppLovin. She oversees a product that enables developers to monetize their games with ads. She also explains how that process has improved over time and whether there’s still room for innovation in mobile gaming. Join […]

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Smart device maker Wink demands customers pay up or lose features

Smart home startup Wink today announced it will require customers to pay for a monthly service plan in order to access their devices from the Wink app, with voice control, or through the Wink API. Opting not to subscribe right away will disable all automations and settings, the company said, though they’ll be reactivated upon […]

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Google announces Web Vitals, user experience and performance metrics for websites

Google today announced Web Vitals, an initiative to provide web developers and website owners with a unified set of metrics for building websites with user experience and performance in mind. Web Vitals is the set of quality signals that Google believes are “essential to delivering a great user experience on the web.” Over the years, […]

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Google Meet one-ups Zoom with free 60-minute meetings for consumers

Google Meet, formerly Google Hangouts Meet, is arriving for consumers “over the coming weeks.” Until now, Google Meet was only available to business and education users via G Suite. Anyone with a Google Account will be able to start, join, and schedule a Google Meet call for free “starting in early May.” But there are […]

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Scopely’s Javier Ferreira on breaking into the top ranks of mobile gaming

Javier Ferreira wants people to know that Scopely has broken out of the pack of mobile game makers to be one of the biggest in the industry, with hit games that are generating more than $100 million a year. Speaking at our GamesBeat Summit 2020 event with Drake Star’s Michael Metzger, the co-CEO of Scopely […]

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Specialist unites service provider booking, payment, and video in 1 app

While few sectors of the economy were prepared to transition to completely online operations as coronavirus-related restrictions closed physical businesses, in-person service providers were particularly hard hit — even if they had digital payment solutions in place, they couldn’t book jobs or meet with clients. Today, a new app called Specialist is addressing all three […]

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Facebook launches Messenger Rooms, group calls for up to 50 people with no time limit

As a part of its effort to address the social paradigms emerging from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Facebook today announced new features heading to Messenger, Portal, Facebook Live, Instagram, and Facebook Dating that aim to make it easier to connect with close friends, followers, and significant others. Perhaps the most notable is Messenger Rooms, which […]

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Google plans to verify all advertisers

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Google said on Thursday all advertisers would have to complete a verification process before buying ad space on its platform, starting this summer, in a bid to make its ad practices more transparent. Advertisers will need to submit personal identification and business incorporation documents that prove who they are and the country […]

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Microsoft brings new voice styles to Azure Cognitive Services

Microsoft today announced the launch of new neural text-to-speech (TTS) capabilities in Azure Cognitive Services, its suite of AI-imbued APIs and SDKs, that enable developers to tailor the voice of their apps and services to fit their brand. Each of three new styles — newscast, customer service, and digital assistant — offer fluid and natural-sounding […]

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Facebook launches Messenger app for Windows and MacOS globally

Facebook is launching Messenger apps for Windows and MacOS globally starting today, nearly a year after the social networking giant first announced plans to bring dedicated apps to the desktop. At its annual F8 developer conference in San Jose last April, Facebook detailed a number of major updates that it was working on for Messenger, including […]

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Microsoft previews Azure Edge Zones for 5G carriers, private networks

Although new 5G cell tower radios are capable of transmitting data at incredibly high speeds, bottlenecks elsewhere in 5G networks can prevent overall performance from being impressive, particularly for latency — the responsiveness between cloud services and client devices. So today, Microsoft is announcing Azure Edge Zones that will reduce latency for public and private […]

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Nokia’s AVA 5G Cognitive Operations offers carriers AI as a service

Artificial intelligence is increasingly touted as having a critical role to play in 5G networks, though the specifics of the 5G-AI relationship are often left ambiguous or masked with jargon in corporate announcements. That’s not the case for 5G network hardware maker Nokia, however, which today announced AVA 5G Cognitive Operations, offering AI as a […]

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How ISPs are using AI to address the coronavirus-driven surge in traffic

This month, under the strain millions of people self-quarantined by COVID-19 have placed on broadband infrastructure, Netflix, Facebook, Disney, Microsoft, Sony, and YouTube agreed to temporarily reduce download speeds and video streaming quality in countries around the world. Nearly 90 out of the top 200 U.S. cities saw internet speeds decline in the past week, […]

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Microsoft acquires virtualized mobile network startup Affirmed Networks

Microsoft today announced it is acquiring Affirmed Networks, a startup that offers fully virtualized, cloud-native mobile network solutions, for an undisclosed amount. The company wants to integrate Affirmed Networks’ technology into Microsoft Azure to let the telecommunications industry deploy and maintain 5G networks via software and the cloud rather than just hardware. Affirmed Networks offers […]

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SendBird adds video and voice to its API platform as in-app communications surge

SendBird, a platform that makes it easy for developers to integrate chat and messaging features into their apps, is extending its service to include voice and video capabilities too. The timing could not be more apt, as video communication apps such as Zoom and Houseparty experience a surge in popularity due to social distancing measures […]

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