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ActionIQ raises $30 million from Andreessen Horowitz for marketing activation platform

Marketing activation platform ActionIQ has raised $30 million in funding from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. The New York company said it can unify the data that is flooding into marketing organizations. With ActionIQ, marketers can take any data signal from one ...

ODG, Mastercard, and Qualcomm show off augmented reality shopping

Augmented reality may be a big part of the future of shopping. Mastercard, Osterhout Design Group, and Qualcomm have created a prototype retail experience that incorporates augmented reality glasses, iris authentication, and seamless mobile payments. The exhibit is meant to inspire companies and ...

Google's new payment service speeds up mobile checkouts on Android

Google is officially launching a new payment service designed to make it easier for shoppers to complete the checkout process on Android devices across myriad online merchants. The internet giant teased the new service back in May with the launch of the Google Payment API, which allows merchants to ...

ARM's vision for protecting a trillion connected devices

The internet of things holds many attractions as we continue connecting everyday objects to each other. But it also raises the spectre of security vulnerabilities. Chip design company ARM is addressing that today with a vision for how to protect a trillion connected devices. ARM is proposing a ...

Netflix will raise $1.6 billion in debt to fund new content and other 'strategic transactions'

Netflix has announced plans to raise another $1.6 billion in debt for “general corporate purposes” that may include new content, investments, and potential acquisitions, among other “strategic transactions,' according to a press release issued by the company. The Los ...

Amazon to invest $1.5 million as part of AI collaboration with Germany's Max Planck Society 

Amazon is partnering with a German research institute called the Max Planck Society on a far-reaching “strategic collaboration” across the artificial intelligence realm. Amazon has said that it will build a research center next to the Max Planck Institute for Intelligence Systems in ...

Google's new payment service speeds up mobile checkouts on Android

Google is officially launching a new payment service designed to make it easier for shoppers to complete the checkout process across myriad online merchants on Android devices. The internet giant teased the new service back in May with the launch of the Google Payment API, allowing merchants to ...

EXOR Studios' legacy of modding can still be seen in X-Morph: Defense

SPONSORED: Presented by Intel In 2010, EXOR Studios' X-Morph: Defense was still just a prototype, and it was a twin-stick shooter. There was something missing, however. We decided it wasn't unique enough,' says Wojciech Lekki, the studio's co-founder. They needed a twist. EXOR started out as a group ...

Traditional sports journal teams up with esports publication

The Sports Business Journal is announcing a strategic partnership with the news and events organization The Esports Observer as traditional media moves into the new world of esports. Traditional sports and esports come from very different beginnings, but they're starting to come together. The ...

Reserve with Google booking service to open beyond the U.S. and include restaurants

Google is making it easier for businesses everywhere to offer online bookings directly through their Google listing. By way of a quick recap, the internet giant first piloted its Reserve with Google service in Los Angeles, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area last December, allowing fitness ...

Apple's epic patent case victory against Samsung ordered to retrial by judge

Here we go back to square one. A federal judge has ordered a new trial in one of the most critical patent cases of the smartphone era , one in which Apple originally won a sweeping victory against rival Samsung. Over the weekend, Judge Lucy Koh issued a ruling that a new trial was needed, 10

Machine learning could put an end to your streaming woes

GUEST: Whether you're watching a YouTube video, streaming media, or playing games, the sync signal associated with buffering can unload some severe existential dread. Nothing takes you out of the experience faster than a continuously animated buffer circle that seems to extend to infinity. If you've ...

U.S. warns about hackers attacking nuclear, energy, aviation, water, and manufacturing industries

, The U.S government issued a rare public warning that sophisticated hackers are targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest sign that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure. The Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of ...

Machine learning could put an end to your streaming woes

GUEST: Whether you're watching a YouTube video, streaming media, or playing games, the telltale sync signal associated with buffering can unload some severe existential dread. Nothing takes you out of the experience and entertainment faster than a buffer circle continuously animated, seemingly to ...

Natural language processing will help humans and machines have more empathy

GUEST: With the current breakneck pace of innovation, it may seem like technology is on an inevitable and aggressive path to solving all of humanity's most pressing problems. And in some respects, we're making great progress. We've broken tremendous ground in such areas as renewable energy, disease ...

Treasure Hunters FanClub will marshal fans to fund indie game developers

The Treasure Hunters FanClub is unveiling itself today as a way to marshal fans to fund independent game developers. The club will put together deals to fund indies and help them publish their games through indie label Surprise Attack Games . The team at the Treasure Hunters FanClub includes Chris

The big opportunities in serverless computing

GUEST: Serverless computing is a type of cloud service where the hosting provider allocates adequate resources for you on the fly rather than making you pay for dedicated servers or capacity in advance. It's a major technological breakthrough, and we expect to see a significant inflection point soon ...

The cryptoeconomics of scaling blockchains

GUEST: In the first half of 2017, tech startups raised more money through ICOs than VC investments worldwide combined. It took the Bitcoin blockchain network nine years to grow to $70 billion valuation; the Ethereum blockchain network took three years to reach $30 billion, a growth rate and ...

This paper clip sim will cause your next existential crisis

GUEST: In college, I took a financial management class based on a browser-based game unimaginatively called FinGame. In theory, FinGame was meant to simulate the microeconomy of a small business, putting you in control of all its various financial and operational considerations. In reality, it was a ...

Game boss interview: Tameem Antoniades's journey into madness with Hellblade

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is one of the best games of the year, with its terrifying account of a warrior's journey into the depths of the Norse underworld , and into madness itself. The game from British game studio Ninja Theory came out on August 8, and if you haven't played it yet, you ought ...

The Black Widow gives you a Ouija board to talk to the spirit of a murderer

The Black Widow is a game that lets you talk to the dead. All the dialogue is word-for-word from the trials of a woman named Louisa Collins, a convicted murderer from the 1880s. Developer Flux gives the player a virtual Ouija board and a chance to ask an animated portrait of Collins questions about ...

NeuroPlus brain-controlled games help improve your concentration

The brain is like a muscle, and you can train it to improve your concentration. That's the idea behind NeuroPlus, a startup that has created a brain-training device that helps people with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder improve their ability to concentrate. That ability to focus is crucial ...

Tactai wants to bring better touch feedback to virtual reality

Virtual reality and augmented reality have delivered realistic visuals and sound to virtual experiences, but they're completely lacking a sense of touch. Tactai wants to change that with a new kind of multi-modal touch feedback technology. If it works, it could lead to a new generation of VR and AR ...

Adobe Project Sonicscape 'visualizes' 360 video to make editing easier

Adobe previewed a concept it is working on that would make it easier for creators working on VR videos to place and align sound. Producing high-quality 360-degree video content has traditionally been a difficult affair at all stages of production, from capture to delivery. However, a constant stream ...

The prevalence of AI-powered IoT devices inspires mixed emotions

GUEST: The internet of things is slowly changing the world. It already integrates with numerous industries and can be found in many homes around the globe. Research firms like Gartner and the International Data Corporation predict monumental growth in terms of connected devices and profits. IoT's ...

Georgia State University receives grant to train underrepresented students in IoT tech

Georgia State University  has received a $300,000 Digital Economy Initiative grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the largest community foundation in the world, in collaboration with Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility, to propel students, especially those underrepresented in ...

Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab takes sci-fi fans into a VR experience

The Blade Runner film series has always been about authenticating what is true and what is fake. Reality takes on a new meaning when you are surrounded by Replicants, or human clones who are built for our pleasure and service. Uncovering what is true and what is not is the theme of a new Oculus

Halo's first trip into VR has a flat screen

I got the Fall Creators Update installed and I'm making my way through the launch library Microsoft has prepared for VR headsets from Acer, Lenovo, Dell, HP and, next month, Samsung. One of my first stops was Halo Recruit, which is now the definition of a disappointing wave shooter in VR. In ...

The prevalence of AI-powered IoT devices inspires mixed emotions

GUEST: The Internet of Things continues to slowly change the world. It integrates with numerous industries and can be found in many homes around the world. Research firms like Gartner and the International Data Corporation also predict monumental growth in terms of connected devices and profits. Its ...

Vending machines are getting smarter with machine learning and facial recognition

GUEST: We're living in an era of extraordinary technological change. From smartphones to drones, the evidence is in our pockets, in the sky, at the office, and in the streets. The pace of technological evolution, though, can be even harder to keep up with than the Kardashians. When asked to think ...

ARCore can add positional tracking to Gear VR

The VR industry is slowly inching closer to six degrees of freedom tracking on mobile-based headsets. But while Google toils away on standalone headsets with positional tracking, another studio has used its ARCore tech to implement positional tracking on Gear VR. FusedVR recently posted a video ...

How to build your dynasty: Hire for passion, train for skill, coach for performance

GUEST: Building the right team is hard. What's more challenging is hiring for several roles at once and trying to determine how all the pieces will come together in the end. You're trying to assess individual performance, how the team will gel, and where the gaps will be. It's like drafting a full ...

PlayStation extends its reign as the gaming brand with the most-seen TV ads

GUEST: The Nintendo Switch might have outsold the PlayStation 4 in September, but it's Sony video game console that's ruling the TV screen, leading in ad impressions month after month. GamesBeat has partnered with iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion ...

Localethereum promises quick crypto-to-fiat trades

GUEST: Almost nine years after Bitcoin launched, trading cryptocurrency with fiat currencies remains difficult and expensive, with the space dominated by centralized exchanges charging high transaction fees and not always delivering the user experience and level of service you expect. Exchanges like ...

TPCast will launch an Oculus Rift wireless adapter this year

One of our biggest stories of 2016 was the reveal of TPCast's wireless adapter for the HTC Vive and for good reason; cutting the chord on PC-based headsets could do wonders for immersion in VR. But Oculus Rift owners won't be missing out on the fun. TPCast this month announced that it is also ...

Bitcoin blows past $6,000 for the first time

, Bitcoin surged to a record high of more than $6,000 on Friday, pushing its market capitalization to $100 billion at one point, as investors continued to bet on an asset that has a limited supply and has paved the way for a whole slew of crypto-currencies. The original virtual currency has ...

You're not an AI company until you're a full-stack company

GUEST: From Siri and Alexa becoming household names to Apple recently announcing its new HomePod smart speaker, artificial intelligence finally seems to have made the jump from the world of futuristic science fiction straight into our own homes. The variety of tasks that AI creations are taking on ...

Netmarble enlists Conan O'Brien to market Lineage 2: Revolution

Netmarble Games is preparing to publish its blockbuster mobile game Lineage 2: Revolution in the West, and it has enlisted TV late-night comedian Conan O'Brien to help it raise awareness in the U.S. and Europe. The O'Brien appearance is part of an aggressive marketing campaign as the company ...

After You is a horror game from one of Crossy Road's creators

After You is a psychological horror game and the debut from Normal Wholesome Games, a studio that developer Andy Sum founded. It's a big departure from his previous work — he co-created the family-friendly mobile game Crossy Road and developed the meme-laden shooter 420Blazeit. It will be out on ...

The birds, the bees, and the bots: Another conversation for parents to consider

GUEST: I'm wondering out loud about the weather when my preschooler says, “Mama, you should ask Siri. She knows everything.” “Gahhh! What the what?” is what the privacy fanatic and data scientist inside me shouts. Out loud, I choose to respond with the more neutral route: ...

Vungle replaced CEO after learning of arrest for felony assault and child abuse

Zain Jaffer, who founded mobile ad firm Vungle and was its CEO until this week, was arrested on Tuesday for felony assault, lewd act upon a child, and other related charges.

Overwatch players want their dang parrot

The healing sniper Ana in Blizzard's class-based team shooter Overwatch got a new pirate-themed skin as part of this year's Halloween event, but some fans are unhappy with Blizzard for promising parrots without actually delivering any birds. The new skin, which you can get in loot boxes or for 3,000 ...

Super Mario Odyssey Peach Amiibo unlocks breathtaking Mario costume

Super Mario Odyssey hits Nintendo Switch next week, but we're already learning about one of the many outfits the game's Italian hero will get to wear. The box art for the Wedding Peach interactive Amiibo toy, which features the Mushroom Kingdom princess in a white dress for her special day, reveals ...

Bots don't need personas, they just need to understand ours better

GUEST: Siri, Alexa, Cortana, Watson, Zo, Buddy. As AI bot making continues to take off, bot developers and marketers have been keen on giving their bots names that sound human. They're also giving them a face and their own distinct personality. However, as intelligent bots or virtual assistants ...

Twitch reveals official channel raids and new ways to make money

The annual TwitchCon fan event for livestreamers and their fans is happening right now in Long Beach, California,, and Amazon's video platform told its assembled audience about some new features it is rolling out. As part of a keynote presentation, Twitch chief executive Emmett Shear and director of ...

Cincinnati is making waves in water tech

Inside Cincinnati's burgeoning startup ecosystem, one perhaps unlikely sector is making some waves: water tech. Thanks to Pipeline H2O, a water tech accelerator launched in part by the Hamilton Mill, disruptive water technology companies from across the world are looking to Cincinnati. Pipeline ...

ProBeat: Microsoft will trim, not kill, Surface lineup

OPINION: Finally, a 15-inch Surface. Microsoft added yet another form factor to its Surface lineup this week, and while I'm excited , this is exactly the size of Surface I've always wanted , I can't help but feel there are now too many any options. At the Canalys Channels Forum in Venice earlier ...

GamesBeat weekly roundup: EA's big Star Wars shakeup, and Shadow of War's postmortem

Hello, and welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, we check out Star Wars: Battlefront II's solo campaign, Lego Dimensions runs out of bricks, and Overwatch passes 35 million players. Enjoy, and have a great weekend! Pieces of flair and opinion The DeanBeat: What Visceral's closing ...

Facebook Messenger now sends money via PayPal

PayPal peer-to-peer payments can now be sent in Facebook Messenger. The service will begin to roll out to customers in the United States starting today, PayPal COO Bill Ready said in this morning's blog post. Payments can be made with Facebook chat extensions, a feature brought to Messenger earlier ...

How to bridge the broadband divide: Allow ISPs to bid on urban-rural territories

GUEST: For most city dwellers, going without internet is almost unthinkable. Every day we connect to the internet via ubiquitous Wi-Fi or 4G connections, with the occasional dropped call or slow video being the perfect example of “first-world problems.” But get outside of an urban area, ...