Tag: Mobile

Facebook’s AI learns the relationships between physical places from first-person video footage

Computer vision systems generally excel at detecting objects but struggle to make sense of the environments in which those objects are used. That’s because they separate observed actions from physical context — even those that do model environments fail to discriminate between elements relevant to actions versus those that aren’t (e.g., a cutting board on […]

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Berkshire Grey raises $263 million for industrial robots

Industrial robots and warehouse automation are lucrative intertwining markets, and one needn’t look further for evidence than Lexington, Massachusetts-based Berkshire Grey. The company, which combines AI and robotics to automate omnichannel fulfillment for retailers, ecommerce, and logistics enterprises, today announced that it secured a mammoth $263 million in series B funding financing from SoftBank with […]

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Apple’s iCloud backups are unencrypted due to law enforcement pressure

(Reuters) — Apple dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The tech giant’s reversal, about two years ago, has not previously been reported. It shows how much […]

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Intezer raises $15 million to identify malware by analyzing reused code

Intezer, a cybersecurity startup that detects and classifies cyber threats by analyzing the code in malware, has raised $15 million in a series B round of funding from OpenView, Intel Capital, Samsung Next, USAA, and Intezer cofounder and chair Alon Cohen. Founded out of Israel in 2015, Intezer likens its technology to that of the […]

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AppsFlyer raises $210 million to measure mobile marketing’s impact

AppsFlyer has raised $210 million in funding to accurately measure mobile ad spending and become a “democratizer” of mobile marketing. Mobile ad spending was expected to hit $165 billion in 2019, according to Warc Data. Mobile attribution companies like AppsFlyer are important because they can figure out whether that spending was effective or not. The […]

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Uber offloads Indian food delivery business to Zomato in all-stock deal

Uber has offloaded its Indian Uber Eats business to local rival Zomato, one month after reports first emerged that the U.S. company was in advanced talks to move away from food delivery in India after failing to gain sufficient traction. The all-stock transaction sees Uber gain a 9.99% stake in Zomato. It also represents part […]

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Researchers say low-res 3D tracking limits AR glasses’ use in surgery

When companies release new augmented reality glasses, the key details most people focus on are the size and resolution of the AR displays within users’ field of view — the larger and more detailed a headset’s augmented “window” is, the better. But Swiss medical researchers are now spotlighting an under-appreciated specification, 3D tracking performance, as […]

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Apple CEO calls for global corporate tax system overhaul

(Reuters) — Everyone knows that the global corporate tax system needs to be overhauled, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Monday, backing changes to global rules that are currently under consideration. The growth of internet giants such as Apple has pushed international tax rules to the limit, prompting the Organization for Economic Cooperation and […]

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VR’s 10 best puzzle games

Perhaps one of the most common genres found in the myriad of VR games is the humble puzzle game. With such an immersive platform that carries huge interactive potential, puzzle games are an instant fit for VR. The genre has become a staple of all VR platforms, so we’ve put together a list of some […]

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Lioness AI sex toy can teach you about your orgasms

Lioness has been pioneering sex tech since 2017, but CES 2020 was the first time the company was allowed to exhibit its AI-enabled sex toy at one of the world’s biggest tech shows. The Consumer Technology Association backtracked on its earlier policies and allowed sex-positive sex tech companies to display their wares at CES, which […]

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Imagination Technologies charts its future with new Apple deal and post-MIPS strategy

Imagination Technologies has been through a lot of change in the past few years. Founded in 1985, it became a real player in intellectual property designs for both processors and graphics chips. But in 2017, Apple parted ways with Imagination, as far as licensing its mobile graphics chip designs. Imagination ended up in a legal […]

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Mark debuts AR street graffitti app at the LA Women’s March

Mark is launching a beta version of its Mark app, which is a social augmented reality platform that can be used to highlight street art and graffiti. The company headed by former iDreamsky founder Jeff Lyndon Ko will be used to create and display street art for the Women’s March LA 2020 taking place today […]

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Apple should replace the iPhone’s Lightning port, not remove it

After blowing a decade releasing confusingly numerous Macintosh computers, Apple invited founder Steve Jobs back to his company, kicking off a historic period of growth through reduction. Jobs slashed entire product lines, redesigned Macs to focus on simplicity, and — with sharp marketing — turned the nearly bankrupt company into an industry leader. Apple then […]

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ProBeat: Your business should adopt Chromium Edge, but not yet

Microsoft this week delivered on its December 2018 promise to embrace Google’s Chromium open source project. Chromium Edge for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and macOS uses Google’s Blink rendering engine instead of Microsoft’s EdgeHTML, and Google’s V8 for JavaScript instead of Microsoft’s Chakra. The question is: Should you switch to Chromium Edge? From […]

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Apple Arcade’s Kings of the Castle turns a trope on its head

Kings of the Castle from developer Frosty Pop has debuted as the latest mobile game on Apple Arcade. It is the fifth game from Faisal Sethi, the son of Pakistani immigrants who wound up in the rural Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Sethi was originally a graphic designer who played in a grunge band, and he […]

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Funnel raises $47 million to automate data collection for marketers

Funnel, a Swedish startup that’s setting out to help marketers automate their data collection, has raised $47 million in a series B round of funding led by Eight Roads Ventures and F-Prime Capital, with participation from Balderton Capital, Oxx, Zobito, Industrifonden, and Kreos Capital. The raise comes as digital ad spending in the U.S. exceeds […]

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Tencent’s TiMi J3 studio cracked the code on adapting Call of Duty for mobile

Mobile games are expected to generate $86 billion in 2019, or 2.4 times the revenue for PC and console games, according to App Annie. But for years, Call of Duty has generated almost all of its revenues from PC and console games. But with the launch of Call of Duty: Mobile in the fall, Activision […]

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Microsoft confirms HoloLens 2 display issues as headsets remain scarce

Microsoft’s $3,500 enterprise augmented reality headset HoloLens 2 had a somewhat longer path to market than expected, debuting last February and actually beginning shipments in November despite suggestions of an earlier release. Now Microsoft is confirming that it’s looking into reports of display problems from a growing number of early adopters, though it’s unclear at this stage […]

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