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 2018-01-24 06:40 

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Nazara Technologies acquires majority stake in Indian esports startup...

Nazara Technologies has acquired a 55 percent stake in Indian startup Nodwin Gaming, which is trying to pioneer esports in India.Nazara Technologies has acquired a 55 percent stake in Indian startup Nodwin Gaming, which is trying to pioneer esports in Ind...

 2018-01-24 05:48 

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PlayStation Network is down for many gamers...

Your PlayStation console is probably struggling to get online right now. Sony's PlayStation Network online service is experience an intermittent outage that has caused connection errors for people throughout today. Sony Interactive Entertainment has c...

 2018-01-24 05:01 

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Doxel uses robots and AI to keep big construction projects on track...

A new startup called Doxel launched today, promising that its robots and artificial intelligence have the key to solving late and overbudget construction projects.A new startup called Doxel launched today, promising that its robots and artificial intellig...

 2018-01-24 02:45 

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Facebook acquires ID verification startup Confirm.io...

(Reuters) -- Facebook Inc is buying a software firm that specializes in authenticating government-issued identification cards, the two companies said on Tuesday, a step that may help the social media company learn more about the people who buy ads on its ...

 2018-01-24 01:10 

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The cost of games...

Recently I was in Anaheim giving a talk called "Industry Lifecycles." It was intended to be a brief summary of the blog post of the same title, with a dash of material from my recent post on game economics.Recently I was in Anaheim giving a talk c...

 2018-01-24 00:50 

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SOS throws 16 players into Survivor-esque video game show...

I had no idea that the reality show Survivor was still on the air, but it's entering its 36th season so people must still like it — and Outpost Games is betting that human drama alongside some island shenanigans will make a good video game exper...

 2018-01-24 00:10 

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4 deep learning breakthroughs business leaders should understand...

It's a given that artificial intelligence will change many things in our world in 2018. But with new developments arising at a rapid pace, how can business leaders keep up with the latest AI to improve their performance?It's a given that artificia...

 2018-01-23 23:10 

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SuperData: Delayed PC release will hurt overall Monster Hunter: World sales...

Capcom's action role-playing game Monster Hunter: World just finished up its limited-time beta earlier this week, but it will be out on January 26 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with a PC version to come in late 2018. This entry in the Monster Hunter ...

 2018-01-23 22:32 

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Snoop Dogg endorses SOS survival game and smokes blunts on Twitch...

The celebrity endorsement is an age-old marketing trick, and it's one that game developers still use even in an era of social-media influencers. Developer Outpost Games just worked with beloved West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg on a Twitch stream where the...

 2018-01-23 22:10 

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Business executives shouldn't dismiss Alexa as a consumer toy...

Many of us in the workforce, myself included, get stuck operating in patterns. These patterns may be effective in the here and now, but as a leader, you can't help but question whether they're enough.Many of us in the workforce, myself included, g...

 2018-01-23 21:36 

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Verizon CEO: We'll switch to 5G standard when it's final, but won't wait for it...

Verizon's CES announcement of a small-scale U.S. 5G rollout in 2018 may have been met with a mix of uncertainty and disbelief, but CEO Lowell McAdam was unambiguous in a conference call today: 5G is indeed coming this year, critics be damned.Verizon&#...

 2018-01-23 21:15 

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AMD hires former Nvidia Tegra exec and Synaptics leader to run its graphics chip division...

Advanced Micro Devices is appointing two seasoned executives to lead its graphics chip division at a critical time in its competition with rivals Nvidia and Intel. Mike Rayfield, a former executive at Micron and Nvidia, and David Wang, formerly of Synapti...

 2018-01-23 20:46 

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Shadow of the Colossus's 4K remake looks too good...

I've just started playing the Shadow of the Colossus remake on PlayStation 4 Pro, and I'm worried that the game has lost some of its magic in the translation to its new ultra HD resolution.I've just started playing the Shadow of the Colossus r...

 2018-01-23 19:49 

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Google launches enterprise-grade G Suite for Education...

Google announced today that universities and other large educational institutions will have a new version of its G Suite productivity service tailored just for them. Called G Suite Enterprise for Education, the service will first be a roughly straight por...

 2018-01-23 19:38 

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Apple will reportedly differentiate iPhone 9 and iPhone 11 with screens and rear cameras...

After releasing the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X in 2017, Apple will reconfigure its lineup with three new models, according to reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Instead of offering two midrange iPhones and one premium After releasing...

 2018-01-23 18:50 

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Facebook will roll out privacy center globally to give more users control ahead of EU law...

(Reuters) -- Facebook will make it easier for its more than 2 billion users to manage their own data in response to a tough new European Union law that comes into force in May, the social network's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said.(Reuters...

 2018-01-23 18:18 

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Apple releases iOS 11.2.5 with HomePod support, minor macOS, tvOS, and watchOS updates...

After a five-week beta period, Apple today released iOS 11.2.5, macOS 10.13.3, tvOS 11.2.5, and watchOS 4.2.2 to the general public. Each of the new operating system releases includes bug fixes and stability improvements, following Apple's rush to add...

 2018-01-23 18:15 

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PUBG Corp. announces where its $2 million in charity money is going...

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds enabled its players to support charity by purchasing keys to unlock crates during its prerelease Early Access phase on Steam last year, and now developer PUBG Corp. is revealing how it's going to distribute that money...

 2018-01-23 18:00 

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Udacity opens applications for flying car nanodegree program...

Flying cars are no longer the stuff of science fiction, as numerous companies work toward making private urban aviation transport a reality. This was evidenced at CES 2018 in Las Vegas earlier this month.Flying cars are no longer the stuff of science fict...

 2018-01-23 17:45 

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Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire will have a physical version distributed by THQ Nordic...

THQ Nordic announced today that it has entered a distribution deal with publisher Versus Evil for Obsidian Entertainment's Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.THQ Nordic announced today that it has entered a distribution deal with publisher Versus Evil f...

 2018-01-23 17:34 

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Apple reportedly orders touch panels for new 13-inch entry-level MacBook...

Will Apple release a new entry-level 13-inch MacBook with a touch screen this year? If a report from the hit-and-miss supply chain publication DigiTimes can be believed, the answer's yes. But it might not be the touchscreen Mac everyone's waiting ...

 2018-01-23 17:30 

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Google Play now sells audiobooks, includes voice support for Google Assistant...

Ever since Google ditched Android Market in 2012 and brought all its digital media content into a single marketplace, Google Play has emerged as the go-to place for apps, movies, TV shows, magazines, music, games, and books. But there has been one conspic...

 2018-01-23 17:00 

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U.S. skiers and snowboarders are using VR to train for PyeongChang Winter Olympics...

For the past couple of years, virtual reality training startup Strivr has been working with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) team to train athletes for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.For the past couple of years, virtual reality training start...

 2018-01-23 16:26 

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New York Life Ventures Surpasses $200 Million in Committed Capital...

New York Life Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of New York Life, announced it has surpassed $200 million in committed capital in its mission to increase the pace and impact of innovations that drive value for the company's...New York Life V...

 2018-01-23 16:20 

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God of War's new PlayStation 4 adventure begins on April 20...

Sony announced today that God of War is coming out for the PlayStation 4 on April 20. The new God of War brings the series to Norse mythology after focusing on Greek gods. Since the first God of War game out in 2005, the franchise has sold more than 21 mi...

 2018-01-23 16:00 

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Cheetah Mobile and Hypr team up on music influencer marketing...

Cheetah Mobile has teamed up with Hypr to facilitate marketing to music influencers. Hypr has an index of millions of influencers on the Musical.ly platform, a social media network for music videos, as well as on Cheetah's own mobile networks.Cheetah ...

 2018-01-23 15:50 

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Are fitness trackers dead? The case for smarter, healthier sensors...

Presented by Osram Opto SemiconductorsPresented by Osram Opto Semiconductors I'm not a big fan of building technology for the sake of technology. But building technology that can improve human health and advance the common good —......

 2018-01-23 15:43 

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DJI unveils pocket-sized Mavic Air drone, ships January 28 for $799...

DJI officially unveiled its latest consumer drone, the Mavic Air, at an event today in New York City. The Mavic Air is made up of a blend of enhanced specs that have already proven popular with owners of DJI's Mavic Pro and the smaller, more affordabl...

 2018-01-23 15:26 

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Zylo Secures $9.3M Series A Led by Bessemer Venture Partners...

Zylo, the leading enterprise SaaS optimization platform, today announces completion of a $9.3 million Series A funding round. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners with participation from Salesforce Ventures and...Zylo, the leading enterprise Saa...

 2018-01-23 15:11 

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Xbox Game Pass will add new exclusives like Halo and Sea of Thieves on day one...

Microsoft announced today that Xbox Game Pass will now include exclusives from Microsoft Studios as they release.Microsoft announced today that Xbox Game Pass will now include exclusives from Microsoft Studios as they release. This is a big upgrade for th...

 2018-01-23 15:00 

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Allen Institute wants to help engineers launch AI startups...

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2), a research center and startup incubator created by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, announced a new residency program that aims to give top engineers the intensive training needed to become technical c...

 2018-01-23 14:40 

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Twitter COO Anthony Noto is leaving to become CEO at SoFi...

Chief operating officer (COO) Anthony Noto is leaving Twitter after serving for nearly four years and in two roles.Chief operating officer (COO) Anthony Noto is leaving Twitter after serving for nearly four years and in two roles. Former Goldman Sachs exe...

 2018-01-23 14:16 

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Apple schedules HomePod for February 9, delays stereo and multi-room features...

Following a delay from the HomePod's originally promised December 2017 release date, Apple today announced that its smart speaker will debut in the U.S., U.K., and Australian stores on February 9, with preorders starting this Friday, January 26. Custo...

 2018-01-23 14:15 

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Esports One will use AI to help viewers makes sense of esports events...

Esports One has raised $3 million to provide AI-based analytics for esports fans. The goal is to help solve one of esports' biggest challenges: The action unfolds so fast that it's hard for spectators to know what's going on in a match.Esports...

 2018-01-23 14:00 

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Bumble adds Instagram option to user profiles...

Social networking app Bumble announced today that it has integrated Instagram into its user profiles. Users can now opt-in to allow potential matches to scroll through their Instagram feed through the Bumble app. The feature is available on Android and iO...

 2018-01-23 13:49 

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Volkswagen's chief digital officer joins IOTA supervisory board...

IOTA is becoming one of the most tangible blockchain startups. A distributed ledger technology (DLT), it enables machines to securely transact data and money with each other for a micro fee.IOTA is becoming one of the most tangible blockchain startups. A ...

 2018-01-23 13:00 

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Firefox 58 arrives with smoother rendering, faster JavaScript caching, and Progressive Web Apps on Android...

Mozilla today launched Firefox 58 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The release builds on the improvements made in version 57, branded Firefox Quantum, which the company calls Mozilla today launched Firefox 58 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The...

 2018-01-23 12:30 

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Ex-Putin acolyte launches early-stage VC firm Day One Ventures...

Masha Drokova has had a busy year, tapping into her PR network and sourcing limited partners (LPs) to back her first venture capital firm. Today, the 28-year-old angel investor announced the launch of Day One Ventures, an early-stage VC firm that funds st...

 2018-01-23 11:43 

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Canalys: Apple's iPhone X shipped 29 million in Q4, 'slightly below industry expectations'...

As the debate over sales of Apple's iPhone X continues to brew, a research firm released data today that's sure to provoke another round of thumbsucking.As the debate over sales of Apple's iPhone X continues to brew, a research firm released d...

 2018-01-23 11:09 

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Google and Facebook expand AI investment in France following Macron's courtship at Versailles...

If you want to get a sense of just how much attitudes about France's technology scene have changed, just gaze at the remarkable gathering of business leaders at the Palace of Versailles this week.If you want to get a sense of just how much attitudes a...

 2018-01-23 10:38 

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Tesla ties Elon Musk's compensation to company's performance...

(Reuters) -- Tesla said on Tuesday Chief Executive Elon Musk will receive no guaranteed compensation of any kind, and that he will be paid only if the company and all of its shareholders do extraordinarily well.(Reuters) — Tesla said on Tuesday Chie...

 2018-01-23 10:26 

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Bright Pattern Names Industry Veteran Michael McCloskey as CEO...

Bright Pattern today announced the appointment of Michael McCloskey as CEO. McCloskey has been serving on the Board of Directors at Bright Pattern, and is a highly experienced technology executive with a proven track record of building...Bright Pattern to...

 2018-01-23 08:00 

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World of Tanks will roll into VR thanks to Wargaming and VRTech fund partnership...

Wargaming's multiplayer hit World of Tanks will soon be larger-than-life — the developer is partnering with the virtual reality venture fund VRTech to form a location-based VR company called Neurogaming. It already has 75 employees working on it...

 2018-01-23 07:31 

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Why would game industry veteran Phil Harrison join Google?...

Phil Harrison, a veteran of Sony and Microsoft's game console businesses, tweeted today that he had taken a job at Google. That's a big development in the game business, and it raises the question about why Google would hire Harrison as the vice p...

 2018-01-23 07:11 

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AR glasses have learned from Glassholes...

Despite the ambitious portrayals of the future in TV shows and movies predating it, few of the gadgets that imaginative writers dreamed of exist. However, some of the fantastical, and more pertinent, innovations from entertainment media do exist in some f...

 2018-01-23 05:04 

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Montana promises to sign contracts only with ISPs that honor net neutrality...

(Reuters) -- Montana will sign contracts only with internet service providers that honor "net neutrality" firms, Governor Steve Bullock said on Monday, the latest effort by a state to undermine a Federal Communications Commission order rolling bac...

 2018-01-23 03:46 

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Nightmarchers seeks crowdfunding for a postapocalyptic trip to Hawaii...

The action role-playing game Nightmarchers is adding a tropical twist to the end of the world. Developer Wyrmbyte crafted a postapocalyptic version of the Hawaiian island Oahu, incorporating local mythology in protagonist Kai's quest to reclaim the la...

 2018-01-23 01:46 

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Darkest Dungeon on Switch can be felled! It can be beaten!...

Darkest Dungeon is all about dreary, maddening catacombs and stressful encounters with death-worshiping cultists. But I have to say that I'm finding it quite nice to spend time with on my Nintendo Switch.Darkest Dungeon is all about dreary, maddening ...

 2018-01-22 23:30 

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Nantucket turns Ahab's obsession over Moby Dick into a strategy game...

Picaresque Studio's Nantucket is the latest video game to draw inspiration from literary classics — this time from the vengeful nautical adventures of Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick. It's a strategy game with turn-based combat, as wel...

 2018-01-22 23:15 

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Why disrupting government pot policy is so much harder than the taxi commission...

The recent legalization of recreational marijuana in California and other states now totals to 45 states that have legalized some form of marijuana. However, the federal government has never endorsed even medical marijuana. The Obama administration create...

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