Tag: Mobile

How game companies can protect their online operations and players from cyberattacks

Games are still tempting targets for hackers. Zynga’s popular online game, Words With Friends, was recently hacked and more than 218 million users had their information stolen. And once hackers breach a game company’s defenses and get inside, they can steal identities, financial wealth, and virtual property in games that can be resold for real-world […]

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Event marketing tech reveals what attendees actually care about (VB Live)

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AI Weekly: Amazon plays the long game in health care AI

Today concludes Amazon’s re:Invent 2019 conference in Las Vegas, where the Seattle company’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) division unveiled enhancements heading down its public cloud pipeline. Just Tuesday, Amazon announced the general availability of AWS Outposts, a fully managed service that extends AWS’ infrastructure and services to customer datacenters, co-location spaces, and on-premises facilities. And […]

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit underlined the risks of relying on partners

From my perspective, attending this year’s Snapdragon Tech Summit was all but mandatory for a journalist covering 5G: It offered the very first opportunity to go hands-on with low-band (600MHz) 5G, and the first looks at the chips that will power many of 2020’s most powerful 5G devices. Qualcomm revealed the Snapdragon XR2 5G, a chipset […]

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Snoop Dogg is in NHL 20 and his own LucidSound gaming headset

Snoop Dogg, a reggae artist, is suddenly everywhere in my life — especially as it relates to video games. He’s already in my ears constantly, and not just because of his music. He also has a new headset out with LucidSound that he does the voice prompts for. And now, he’s also in a hockey […]

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Zenia is using computer vision to build an AI-driven fitness trainer

As with just about every area of the health and fitness market, technology is increasingly infiltrating yoga, with startups and investors pushing to capitalize on the $80 billion market. Last year, Germany-based Asana Rebel raised more than $17 million from notable backers that include Greycroft to grow its virtual yoga platform, while New York’s Mirror […]

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Temple Gates Games launches beta signups for Roll for the Galaxy

The award-winning board game, Roll for the Galaxy, is making its way to phones, tablets and PC soon. Temple Gates Games in association with Rio Grande Games is launching beta signups for Roll for the Galaxy, a digital dice game where two to five players build space empires. Roll for the Galaxy is a dice […]

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Facebook sues Hong Kong’s ILikeAd over alleged ad fraud

(Reuters) — Facebook on Thursday sued a Hong Kong company that it said baited people into clicking on celebrities’ photos and bogus advertising links, so it could install malware and run ads for counterfeit goods, diet pills and male enhancement supplements. The social media company accused ILikeAd Media International software developer Chen Xiao Cong and […]

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Qualcomm interview: Snapdragon XR’s future, from wired to 5G, VR to AR

Day three of Qualcomm’s 2019 Snapdragon Tech Summit is a big one for mixed reality — VR, AR, and XR — thanks to the introduction of Snapdragon XR2, the world’s first 5G XR platform. While XR2 might sound like a sequel or replacement for last year’s XR1, the platforms actually are meant to sit next […]

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Niantic and Qualcomm will build AR glasses for world-scale games

Fresh off today’s announcement of the Snapdragon XR2 mobile platform, Qualcomm has revealed an impressively ambitious early partner for its latest mixed reality effort: AR software giant Niantic. The developer of multi-billion-dollar hit Pokémon Go and the popular Warner Bros. collaboration Harry Potter: Wizards Unite said today that it will collaborate with the chipmaker on AR glasses, software, […]

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Qualcomm reveals Snapdragon 7c and 8c for always-connected budget PCs

When Qualcomm announced a dedicated processor solution for laptops in 2018, the company said the Snapdragon 8cx would offer OEMs not only the world’s first 7-nanometer chip for Windows PCs, but also continued advancements on a “smartphone pace.” One year later, Qualcomm is introducing two new 8cx siblings — the Snapdragon 8c and Snapdragon 7c […]

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Uber Eats’ new group ordering tool could boost its appeal for business lunches

Uber Eats is finally bringing group ordering to its food delivery platform, allowing friends or work colleagues to take individual responsibility for choosing their own dish as part of a larger order. While this will prove popular among its tens of millions of consumer users, Uber has also been pushing its food delivery service in […]

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon XR2, the world’s first 5G XR platform

In May 2018, Qualcomm introduced a dedicated mixed reality chipset called Snapdragon XR1, pitched at OEMs seeking “the minimum criteria for immersion” in mixed reality worlds. Today, the company is taking a big step forward with Snapdragon XR2, a dramatically powered-up sequel that’s being billed as “the world’s first 5G XR platform,” and may well wind up powering some […]

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Hearthstone is getting a new solo adventure and in-game store

Blizzard Blizzard announced today that Hearthstone‘s next solo adventure will be Galakrond’s Awakening, and it’ll be coming in January. We don’t know much about the adventure, but Blizzard is noting that it will help players collect 35 new cards. Galakrond’s Awakening is connected with the Descent of Dragons expansion, which is launching on December 10. […]

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Hearthstone: Battlegrounds gets new heroes, cards, and balance changes in big update

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that a big update is coming to Hearthstone’s Battlegrounds mode today. Battlegrounds went into open beta on November 12. It combines Hearthstone’s card game mechanics with elements of the emerging auto chess genre. It gives fans a new way to play Hearthstone in a competitive environment. The update is adding three […]

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Waymo One launches on iOS, passes 1,500 monthly active riders

Exactly one year ago, Waymo, the self-driving vehicle venture of Google parent company Alphabet, launched Waymo One, which it characterized at the time as the world’s first commercial autonomous taxi service. Waymo One enabled select customers — initially only those who were involved in the early stages of Waymo’s trial program — to hail a […]

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Zooba maker Wildlife Studios raises $60 million to expand its mobile game empire

Wildlife Studios has quietly reached more than 2 billion mobile game downloads in the past eight years, and that’s one of the reasons it is announcing today it has raised $60 million in funding. Wildlife Studio’s mobile game hits include titles such as Zooba, Tennis Clash, and Castle Clash. They’re among a half-dozen big hits […]

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Mozilla updates DeepSpeech with an English language model that runs ‘faster than real time’

DeepSpeech, a suite of speech-to-text and text-to-speech engines maintained by Mozilla’s Machine Learning Group, this morning received an update (to version 0.6) that incorporates one of the fastest open source speech recognition models to date. In a blog post, senior research engineer Reuben Morais lays out what’s new and enhanced, as well as other spotlight […]

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Package tracking is coming to Google Search

Google Search already displays weather forecasts, health information, word definitions, sports scores, song lyrics, translations, and much more — all without your having to click through to the source website. Soon, Google Search will let you track your packages, as well. Google has announced a new early access program that will let package delivery companies […]

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Imgur launches Melee community-powered entertainment platform for gamers

Imgur has launched Melee, a community-powered in-app platform for gamers. Imgur reaches 300 million users a month with its focus on entertaining users with images that go viral. Many of Imgur’s users are gamers, and Melee lets them share highlights from their favorite players and esports events, find news and updates on their favorite games, […]

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T-Mobile’s 600MHz 5G peaks at roughly 225Mbps, but there are caveats

I was actively worried — and somewhat confused — going into testing of T-Mobile’s first 600MHz “low-band 5G” handset, the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren. On the same day it flipped the switch on its nationwide 5G network, T-Mobile told customers to expect only a 20% improvement over LTE download speeds, an unimpressive promise made […]

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Android’s Focus mode could be a game-changer for anyone struggling with constant distractions

Following an extended beta period, Google officially launched a new well-being feature for Android users yesterday, and it could prove a game-changer for anyone looking to switch off and create a healthier work-life balance. Focus mode, as the feature is called, is part of Android’s built-in Digital Wellbeing toolset, which offers a number of features […]

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