Tag: Mobile

Chrome 78 arrives with new APIs, dark mode improvements on Android and iOS

Google today launched Chrome 78 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. The release includes the CSS Properties and Values API, Native File System API, new Origin Trials, and dark mode improvements on Android and iOS. You can update to the latest version now using Chrome’s built-in updater or download it directly from google.com/chrome. With […]

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Google’s Coral AI edge hardware launches out of beta

Last March, Google took the wraps off of Coral, a collection of hardware development kits and accessories intended to bolster the development of machine learning models at the edge. It launched in select regions in beta, but the tech giant today announced that it’s graduating to a “wider” and global release. All Coral products — […]

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Google Fi taps Pixel 4’s dual-SIM mode to seamlessly switch between LTE networks

Google is introducing an update to its Google Fi mobile network service that will allow Pixel 4 users to connect to two LTE networks at the same time, enabling them to access the fastest network at any given time without delay. The internet giant unveiled its new Pixel 4 smartphone lineup earlier this month, and […]

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Big Run Studios will make Skillz-based mobile esports games for underrepresented groups

Big Run Studios CEO Andrew Bell announced that his company will make new mobile games exclusively built for Skillz, the mobile esports platform. The Oakland, California-based Big Run Studios raised money from investors so that it can make Skillz-based games targeted at women and other underrepresented groups. Skillz has built a platform that adds competitive […]

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Firefox 70 arrives with social tracking blocked by default, privacy report, and performance gains on macOS

Mozilla today launched Firefox 70 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. Firefox 70 includes social tracking protection, a Privacy Protections report, new Lockwise features, and performance improvements on Windows and macOS. Firefox 70 for desktop is available for download now on Firefox.com, and all existing users should be able to upgrade to it automatically. […]

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Aurora Insight raises $18 million for sensors and AI that monitor radio frequency spectrum in near-real time

Keeping tabs on the ever-changing global connectivity map isn’t easy, particularly for the businesses spending billions to secure wireless spectrum. It’s this gap in strategic intelligence that motivated the founding of Aurora Insight, a Washington, D.C. startup using a sensor network and machine-learned digital signals to continuously sample the full radio spectrum. Aurora Insight has […]

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Opera adds Bitcoin support to its Android crypto wallet

Opera has officially added Bitcoin support to its Android browser app, nearly a year after it first introduced a built-in crypto wallet. This means that Opera users can carry out Bitcoin transactions directly in the browser without requiring any extensions or following any other complex processes. The Norwegian company first teased a crypto wallet for […]

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Facebook reveals new measures to combat misinformation and voter suppression ahead of 2020 election

(Reuters) — Facebook announced new steps to combat misinformation and voter suppression on Monday ahead of the November 2020 U.S. presidential election, on the same day it disclosed the removal of a network of Russian accounts targeting U.S. voters on Instagram. Facebook said it would increase transparency through measures such as showing more information about […]

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Google pilots Duplex in New Zealand, brings booking to Maps and Search

Google quietly announced this evening that Google Duplex, its AI chat agent that can arrange appointments over the phone, will launch in New Zealand as part of a limited pilot to confirm holiday hours for a small group of local businesses. It marks the first time Duplex has expanded outside of the U.S., and it […]

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Nvidia partners with Red Hat, Microsoft, and Ericsson to grow edge and 5G offerings

Nvidia today unveiled Aerial, a software development kit for building 5G wireless radio access networks (RAN) that rely on GPU memory for operation. Nvidia CEO and founder Jensen Huang also rolled out a series of partnerships to bolster the GPU chip maker’s role in 5G and edge computing for deployment of AI systems. The news […]

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Microsoft’s DreamWalker lets you see VR cities during real-world walks

If the idea of putting on a VR headset and walking with your vision obstructed through a real city sounds suicidal, that’s just because the technology hasn’t yet caught up with its potential — at least, that’s what researchers from Microsoft believe. A newly released video of DreamWalker shows how the company expects to turn real-world […]

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Twitch snags chief marketing officer Doug Scott from Zynga

Twitch, the livestreaming service and entertainment community owned by Amazon, is announcing today that former Zynga chief marketing officer Doug Scott is joining Twitch as the new CMO. He will be based in Twitch’s San Francisco office. The move shows that Twitch is still investing in veterans in the gaming industry, even as fully vested […]

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Verizon’s new 5G home router has Wi-Fi 6, Alexa, and self-setup option

If you live in one of a handful of U.S. cities, Verizon has some exciting news today: It’s now offering customers a true second-generation 5G home broadband router with substantial new features, including integrated Wi-Fi 6 support, Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant, and the ability to be self-installed without waiting for a Verizon appointment. As a successor to […]

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Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL review: Function over form

Since 2016, Google has each year released a pair of flagship Pixel smartphones designed to showcase the very best of Android. This year saw the debut of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, which ship running Android 10. But what’s unusual this time around is that the duo’s hardware is perhaps just as compelling […]

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NBA Now shows how Gamevil wants to dunk into the mobile sports game market

Mobile developer and publisher Gamevil hopes the market has room for a basketball game that isn’t coming from 2K Sports or EA Sports. Today it’s launching NBA Now, a challenger to these two established brands. This free-to-play game is out now for iOS and Android. It shows a growing interest in sports games from Gamevil, […]

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How AI powers the Pixel 4

Google’s Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL go on sale this week after making their debut at a hardware event in New York last week, and like previous versions of Google’s flagship smartphone, artificial intelligence powers many exclusive new features and improvements. On-device machine learning is a main theme for the latest Made by Google hardware. […]

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Google’s Motion Sense hands-on: Controlling games and apps with gestures

During a session at Google’s I/O 2015 conference headlined by the Advanced Technologies and Projects Group (ATAP), engineers demoed what they called Project Soli, a novel gesture-recognition technology bound for handheld devices. The promise of the tech was that you could interact with things without actually touching them, which ostensibly would open up all manner […]

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Xiaomi plans to launch more than 10 5G phones in 2020

(Reuters) — Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi plans to launch more than 10 5G phones in 2020, CEO Lei Jun said on Sunday, speaking at the World Internet conference in the eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen. Lei’s remarks come as the company faces intense competition in its home market from rival Huawei. Last month Xiaomi launched […]

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Adjust panel: The state of user acquisition for mobile games

Acquiring users for mobile games isn’t the sexiest part of the game industry. But it’s a critical one. And so I was happy to get caught up on the subject of the highly automated and strategic process of acquiring new users through mobile advertising campaigns. I moderated a panel on the subject at Adjust’s Mobile […]

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Why have hyper-casual games replaced gacha in Japan?

In 1999 — some 20 years before the birth of Apple’s App Store when mobile phone owners in the West could only play Snake — people in Japan already had the ability to play games directly onto their mobile phones. Since then, Japan’s mobile ecosystem has become such a dominant force that it generated $13.3B […]

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