Tag: Mobile

Graphene supercapacitors use the sun to power advanced wearables

Four years ago, a thin, strong material called graphene was being eyed as an eventual replacement for silicon in circuit boards and processors, and it has since found applications in everything from futuristic contact lenses to headphones. Now researchers at the University of Glasgow are using graphene to create next-generation flexible batteries — more accurately, supercapacitors — that are […]

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Sensor Tower: 2018 was mobile Minecraft’s best year ever with $110 million earned

Minecraft‘s mobile version earned $110 million on in 2018, according to market analysis firm Sensor Tower. This is best year ever for the iOS and Android versions. That is an increase of 7 percent compared to 2017, when Minecraft made $103 million mobile. The the mobile version has made almost $500 million worldwide since 2014. The U.S. […]

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ARCore 1.7 adds augmented faces, object animations, and UI Elements

While Google’s 2018 improvements to the augmented reality framework ARCore were rarely eye-catching, the company is kicking off 2019 with features Android users will appreciate: ARCore 1.7 is adding Augmented Faces, Sceneform object animations, and UI/UX-improving ARCore Elements that should make augmented reality apps livelier and easier to interact with. Augmented Faces will work with front-facing […]

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Samsung leaks Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Fit, and Galaxy Watch Active wearables

The standard collection of pre-event rumors unofficially outed all of Samsung’s new wearables ahead of its Galaxy Unpacked Event, and now Samsung has confirmed the new products with an official leak of its own. As discovered by SamCentralTech, an update to the “Pick your device” screen of the Android app Galaxy Wearable (formerly Samsung Gear) […]

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Blockchain technology can potentially defeat ad fraud and blocking

Presented by Vreo The digital advertising and gaming markets are in midst of rapid growth which is expected to continue in the foreseeable future. Namely, as VentureBeat reported in April, the gaming market is expected to hit $180.1 billion in revenues in 2021. Digital ad spending, on the other hand, is expected to hit $427.26 billion […]

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Telecom industry calls for Europe-wide network testing to avoid banning vendors such as Huawei

(Reuters) — The telecoms industry has called on European governments to join mobile operators in establishing a testing regime to protect network security without having to resort to the disruptive step of excluding vendors from the market. The initiative by the GSMA, which represents 800 operators worldwide, comes as the United States steps up pressure […]

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How to foster your game’s community in 2019

The relationship between brands and their audiences has drastically changed in recent years, and 2019 will force gaming companies to adapt and grow in new ways. However, the ultimate goal of directly reaching consumers has not shifted, which demands the question: in the digital age, how can your company foster a direct relationship with consumers? […]

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Machine love: 4 ways AI is helping humans on Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day — the holiday on which couples profess their love for one another by gifting chocolates and roses, sharing candlelit meals, and basking together in the glow of a fire (or television). If you’re hitched and somehow procrastinated until now, not to worry — fortunately, artificial intelligence (AI) can help. While robots lack […]

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Tesla’s new ‘sentry mode’ camera security feels more like a hack than a real feature

Tesla is rolling out a 360-degree surveillance system to some of its cars from today, as the company doubles down on its efforts to protect its premium electric vehicles (EVs) from bumps and break-ins. Dubbed “sentry mode,” the new feature will use all eight on-board cameras to provide a holistic view of everything going on […]

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Amazon introduces Moments marketing tool for mobile games and apps

Amazon is launching Amazon Moments, a service that lets you reward customers in more than 100 countries on iOS, Android, FireOS, and other platforms. With Moments, you don’t need to rely on stale discount offers to drive retention and activity in apps. This new solution makes it easy to offer unique rewards to customers who […]

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How do your live events rate? Take the Event Evolution Assessment and find out.

Presented by Cvent The job description of an event marketer is changing rapidly. It has never been harder to break through the noise out there, to reach your attendees and persuade them to come to your events. Attendees have an increasingly heightened expectation that your event will be relevant and valuable to them personally. They […]

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Catapult Ventures launches with $55 million seed fund for AI startups

Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Sure, there is still much hyperbole around certain applications of AI (and whether they truly can be called AI), but with smart speakers topping Christmas shopping lists and commercial driverless taxi services now in operation, AI is more science fact than ever. Against that backdrop, a […]

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Firefox 15 for iOS arrives with persistent Private Browsing, menu redesign, and tab reordering

Mozilla today released Firefox 15 for iOS, which brings improvements to the Private Browsing mode, the main menu, settings, and tabs. iPhone and iPad users can download the latest version now from Apple’s App Store. According to Mozilla, Firefox has about 300 million active users. Firefox for iOS was released in November 2015 and has […]

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Lego Hidden Side uses ‘haunted’ toys to advance AR on Android and iOS

Though Apple and Google both improved their augmented reality tools for developers last year, AR didn’t have a particularly strong 2018, as consumers largely shrugged off new AR apps and hardware. But the Lego Group announced an intriguing new initiative today: a collection of eight “haunted” building sets that can be enjoyed by themselves, or paired […]

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Apple is forced to use Qualcomm chips in older iPhones after German lawsuit

(Reuters) — Apple said Thursday that it will resume selling older iPhone models in its stores in Germany after they were banned last year, but only with chips from Qualcomm, which is in a global legal battle against the Cupertino company. Apple said it had “no choice” but to stop using some chips from Intel […]

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Here Technologies to fund a $28 million research institute that applies machine learning to geolocation data

Here Technologies, the company behind the popular mapping and location platform, has revealed that it’s investing €25 million ($28 million) in a new machine learning research institute that will crunch geolocation data on an industrial scale. The Institute for Advanced Research in Artificial Intelligence (IARAI), as it will be known, will be based in Vienna, […]

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EU proposal targets digital platforms, including Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple

European Union lawmakers reached a broad agreement on new digital platform rules aimed at sharply reducing the power of tech giants. A review of these platforms’ dominance began in Europe last year amid concern that companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon wield too much control over the buying and selling of goods and […]

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Pirates hijack Apple’s enterprise certificates to put hacked apps on iPhones

(Reuters) — Software pirates have hijacked technology designed by Apple to distribute hacked versions of Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon Go, Minecraft and other popular apps on iPhones, Reuters has found. Illicit software distributors such as TutuApp, Panda Helper, AppValley and TweakBox have found ways to use digital certificates to get access to a program Apple […]

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Google Play Store app rejections went up 55% last year

Google says it’s stepping up its efforts to prevent malicious apps from reaching Android smartphones, tablets, and other devices. In a blog post today, Andrew Ahn, product manager at Google Play, said the Mountain View company would continue to improve the automated systems that help root out unscrupulous developers in the Google Play Store, and […]

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Affinity raises $26.5 million to manage relationships with machine learning

Relationships are a tricky thing — and particularly fraught in the enterprise world, where the right connection or second-degree contact can make the difference in a high-stakes deal. That’s why almost five years ago, Stanford grads Ray Zhou and Shubham Goel cofounded Affinity, a San Francisco startup developing what they describe as a “relationship intelligence” […]

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