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Robot makers slow to fix vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to spy and disable safety features

, Researchers who warned half a dozen robot manufacturers in January about nearly 50 vulnerabilities in their home, business and industrial robots, say only a few of the problems have been addressed. The researchers, Cesar Cerrudo and Lucas Apa of cybersecurity firm IOActive, said the ...

The Crew 2 hands-on: Flying, boating, and driving through NYC

Ubisoft unveiled The Crew 2 earlier this summer, and now it has unveiled hands-on demos of the gameplay that takes you into the skies, the waters, and the roads of New York city. Ahead of Gamescom, I took The Crew 2 for a spin, and I had some funny times trying to stay on course. The 

Social VR is evolving, and AltspaceVR paid the price

GUEST: Last month, AltspaceVR, one of the most beloved startups in the burgeoning, albeit struggling, VR consumer industry announced it was shutting its doors due to what they described as unforeseen financial difficulty'. This is by no means an ordinary player in the VR community. The ...

Apple may be building a self-driving shuttle for employees with the unfortunate name PAIL

Dreams of an autonomous Apple car may be dead, but it seems the company is at least trying to resurrect some of its self-driving tech. According to a report in the New York Times, Apple is working on a self-driving shuttle to cart its employees around its sprawling network of offices in the ...

Walmart taps Google to challenge Amazon's hold on voice-assisted shopping

, Walmart is teaming up with Google to enter the nascent voice-shopping market, currently dominated by Amazon, adding another front to the giant retailer's battle with the online megastore. Google, which makes the Android software used to run most of the world's smartphones, will offer hundreds of ...

IBM blockchain project adds Nestle, Tyson, and other food companies

, Nestle, Unilever, Tyson Foods, and other large food and retail companies have joined IBM's project to explore how blockchain technology can help track food supply chains and improve safety, the companies said in a joint statement today. Blockchain, which first emerged as the system underpinning ...

Apple may be building a self-driving shuttle for employees with the unfortunate name 'PAIL'

Dreams of an autonomous Apple car maybe be dead, but it seems the company is at least trying to resurrect some of its self-driving work. According to a report in the New York Times, Apple is working on a self-driving shuttle to cart its employees around its sprawling network of offices in the ...

Cat Sorter VR transforms your HTC Vive into a chaotic feline assembly line

If you can't get enough of cats in actual reality, you can now obsess over kitties in virtual reality, too. The adorable Cat Sorter VR is exactly what it sounds like: a game where you sort cats. It hits Steam and Viveport, the HTC Vive content platform, on August 29. The Cat Sorter demo was ...

Xbox Live is down — Microsoft is working on a fix

Microsoft knows that Xbox Live is not working for a ton of people right now, and it has engineers investigating the problem. A significant number of Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC players who use the Xbox Live platform are complaining on social media that the network is not functioning properly at the ...

Ethereum leads AMD and Nvidia GPUs to a historic quarter

The Bitcoin-like Ethereum cryptocurrency has jacked up the video card market. AMD and Nvidia GPUs saw a massive spike in shipments of 31 percent from the first to the second quarter of the year, according to intelligence firm Jon Peddie Research. This is the first time in 20 years that discrete 

GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving is retiring this year

GoDaddy said CEO Blake Irving will retire at the end of 2017, with the company's current president and chief operating officer, Scott Wagner, replacing him. Irving will also step down from the board next June. Irving, 58, became GoDaddy's CEO in 2013 after serving as Yahoo's chief product officer. ...

Attention app publishers: Mobile ad dollars for the taking

VB LIVE: In-app advertising ad revenue is expected to generate $53.4 billion dollars by 2020. Learn how to maximize its potential when you join our latest VB Live event. You'll gain insight into innovative monetization tools and tactics, the pitfalls to avoid, and find how to discover where the ...

Female founders in Chicago still struggle to secure funding

GUEST: The well-documented gap in venture capital funding also exists in Chicago. In the last five full years, Chicago startups with at least one woman founder never received more than 20 percent of the venture capital funding or deal flow in the Chicagoland area, according to data provided to ...

Quake Champions enters Early Access on PC

Id Software's Quake Champions is now available via Early Access on PC. You can play the arena shooter if you're willing to spend $30. That's $10 cheaper than what the $40 premium version of the game will cost when it officially launches . Early Access means that the 

Where did all the Xbox One exclusives go? GamesBeat Decides

Microsoft delayed Crackdown 3 to next year, and the publisher doesn't have a lot of other releases from its internal studios to fill in the gaps for its upcoming holiday season. On this week's episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, managing editor Jason Wilson, reviews editor Mike Minotti, and I ...

Microsoft unveils Brainwave, a system for running super-fast AI

Microsoft made a splash in the world of dedicated AI hardware today when it unveiled a new system for doing high-speed, low-latency serving of machine learning models. The company showed off a new system called Brainwave that will allow developers to deploy machine learning models onto programmable ...

Microsoft will sunset its GigJam collaboration app on September 22

Microsoft said today it's retiring its GigJam collaboration tool, halting work on the service with plans to shut it down completely after two years in preview. “After careful consideration, we've decided to retire the GigJam Preview on September 22, 2017,” Microsoft said in a blog post. ...

Nintendo adopts PayPal for the first time and brings it to Switch

Buying games and digital goodies online for your Nintendo Switch is about to get easier for those with PayPal accounts. The digital banking tool has become a payment option for the Switch worldwide today. Other consoles, including the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, have supported PayPal for years, but ...

Grand Theft Auto Online rolls out the machine gun-wielding Ocelot Ardent car

If you're looking for a way to mow people down in style in Grand Theft Auto Online for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, you might want to check out this new car. Rockstar Games has added the Ocelot Ardent to the mutliplayer online component of its hits open-world game, Grand Theft Auto V. The 

Call of Duty: WWII shows off its rocky Gibraltar multiplayer map

Sledgehammer Games has unveiled the new multiplayer map of Gibraltar for Call of Duty: WWII, the first-person shooter coming November 7. It also showed off the new social hub that will invite players to linger in its community. The company unveiled the new map at the Gamescom convention Cologne, ...

Google introduces Chrome Enterprise subscription for $50 per Chromebook per year

Chromebooks are headed to work this fall, thanks to a new program that Google introduced today. The new Chrome Enterprise bundle provides enterprises with a set of services that help bring Chromebooks on par with Microsoft Windows PCs. Chrome Enterprise will give IT administrators a cloud-based ...

Monster Hunter: World hands-on — Capcom's gamble looks good so far

PREVIEW: I was not happy during Sony's E3 2017 press conference in Los Angeles when we learned that the newest entry in Capcom's monster-hunting series, Monster Hunter: World, would be releasing worldwide in early 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Why wasn't I happy? What's missing from that ...

Connected devices and the rise of invisible payments

VB LIVE: In a world of connected devices, consumer expectations for transactions , from phone to fridge , will be higher than ever. Learn how to deliver seamless, simple, and secure customer experiences that earn their confidence and cash when you join this VB Live event! Register here for free. By ...

Netscape's Jim Clark launches CommandScape, a building management system for commercial and premium properties

As a creator of some of the internet's biggest brands, Jim Clark should require little introduction. But the 73-year-old Texan billionaire doesn't garner the same kinds of headlines as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, or Mark Zuckerberg. In 1981, computer scientist Clark cofounded Silicon Graphics, ...

Augmenix Ranked as One of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies for Second Year

PRESS RELEASE: Augmenix, Inc., a medical technology company that develops, manufactures, and sells proprietary absorbable hydrogels that separate and protect organs at risk during radiotherapy, has again been named on Inc. magazine's fastest-growing...

Netscape's Jim Clark launches CommandScape, a building management system for commercial and premium properties

As creator of some of the internet's biggest brands, Jim Clark should require little introduction. But the 73-year-old Texan billionaire doesn't garner the same kinds of headlines as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, or Mark Zuckerberg. In 1981, computer scientist Clark cofounded Silicon Graphics, ...

FreedomPop wants to kill monthly mobile phone bills with cheap annual plans

FreedomPop, the mobile virtual network operator that offers SIM cards with completely free basic mobile service plans, has announced what it is touting as the mobile industry's first-ever annual plan. The Los Angeles-based company is offering a reasonably generous 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts, and ...

Leap.ai launches job matching platform after raising $2.4 million

Leap.ai, which uses artificial intelligence to match job seekers with employers, today launched with $2.4 million in seed money. Participants included ZhenFund, established in collaboration with Sequoia Capital China, as well as several angel investors. Users sign up on Leap.ai's website or iOS ...

Hatch opens beta test for Android cloud gaming service in Finland

Hatch has opened a beta test for residents of Finland to use its cloud-based mobile social hub, which can stream mobile games instantly to Android users. The beta test is a major test for Hatch, which wants to provide a new source of revenues and discovery for mobile game developers through a ...

Databricks raises $140 million to accelerate AI in the enterprise

Databricks, which provides software to help fuse big data and artificial intelligence, announced today that it has secured an additional $140 million in funding in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from New Enterprise Associates . New investors include Battery ...

Sigstr Secures $5M Series A to Build the Next Generation Marketing Platform

PRESS RELEASE: Sigstr, a cloud platform for employee email personalization, announced today it has secured $5 million in Series A funding. The round, which will be used to fuel product innovation and hiring, was led by Hyde Park Venture Partners...

Indianapolis' Sigstr raises $5 million to turn email signatures into ads

Since Salesforce acquired Indianapolis startup ExactTarget in 2013 for $2.5 billion, the city has become a quickly growing hub for marketing tech businesses. Now there's another Indianapolis business looking to make a name for itself in the sector: Sigstr, founded in 2015 by former ExactTarget ...

U.K. to treat online hate crimes as seriously as offline offences

, Online abuse will be treated as seriously as offline offences, Britain's prosecution service said on Monday in new guidance on handling hate crimes. The rules - which included guidelines on helping disabled and bisexual victims - were meant to encourage more people to come forward and press courts ...

Video exclusive: Supergiant Games… three hit combo

SPONSORED: Presented by Intel Supergiant Games burst onto the indie scene with the award winning Bastion, backed by an amazing story of a handful of developers crammed into one house, chasing the game-making dream. The team's second game, Transistor, also wowed fans and critics alike, proving the ...

Samsung's Bixby is now available in 200 markets but still only speaks 2 languages

Some argued that Samsung set the bar too high for Bixby, given that the voice-enabled AI assistant played a central role in the Galaxy S8's launch a few months back but was nowhere to be seen when the device went to market. Bixby first arrived in its native Korea in early May, followed by the 

SNES Classic hands-on: No surprises, but still a good machine

PREVIEW: Getting my hands on a Super NES Classic brought up an interesting question: Just how much is nostalgia worth? The system feels like a faithful — if miniaturized — re-creation of the retro console that's no greater than the sum of its parts, but it's still worth it for those folks who ...

Fujitsu reportedly looking to offload its mobile phone business

- Fujitsu is looking to offload its mobile operations as the Japanese information technology company faces stiff competition from bigger rivals in a highly lucrative mobile phone market, the Nikkei business daily reported. The company, which spun off its mobile phone operations into a separate ...

Assassin's Creed: Origins hands-on — unraveling a betrayal in ancient Egypt

PREVIEW: Ubisoft peeled back more layers of story behind Assassin's Creed Origins at the Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany, and it highlights the escalating war of assassination between the leaders of ancient Egypt. The open-world game is coming October 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. While ...

Alienware launches new Area 51 gamer desktop with Intel's fastest chip

Alienware announced its flagship gaming desktop would use an Advanced Micro Devices Threadripper chip last week, and now the gaming division of Dell is announcing that a version of the Area 51 will also be available with Intel's fastest processor. The announcement of both processors in the same ...

Little Red Lie is an emotional gut punch about paralyzing fear and insecurity

I played Little Red Lie, and now I am no longer capable of feeling joy. It's a story-driven game that unflinchingly shines a light on topics of mental illness and economic disparity. The main interaction is lying — to yourself and to everyone around you. It's bleak and uncompromising, full of ...

Blue Apron shareholders file lawsuits alleging investors were misled

Blue Apron's post-IPO woes continue. The meal-kit delivery company has been hit with multiple shareholder lawsuits this month, all alleging it made misleading statements in its IPO prospectus. The various complaints echo each other in their allegations against Blue Apron, its CEO, CFO, and ...

Yahoo ordered to pay $5.5 million for busting March Madness deal

, Yahoo Inc owes a prize promoter $5.5 million for backing out of a contract to pay $1 billion for predicting every winner in the 2014 NCAA men's basketball tournament, and entering a similar contract with Quicken Loans Inc and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, a court decided on ...

Facebook faces scare that teens are, like, totally going to Snapchat and Instagram. Again.

If it's August, then it's mostly definitely rerun season. Now playing on the internet: The episode in which everyone freaks out that young people are abandoning Facebook in favor of hot new social media services like Snap and Instagram. This episode was first broadcast in 2013, when CEO Mark ...

Can you drop $100 on sushi? Ask your intelligent assistant

VB LIVE: Are chatbots and intelligent assistants a customer engagement fad, or does this trend have legs? A panel of developers with long-term, hands-on experience weighs in during our latest VB Live event. Register now to learn about the difference between a bot and an IA, plus where and how these ...

Google is reportedly working on a smaller smart speaker to take on Amazon's Echo Dot

Google is reportedly planning to release a smaller version of its Google Home smart speaker later this year. The features available in the mini Google Home are not yet known, but if true, Google Home could be complimented by a series of smaller, potentially cheaper speakers throughout one's home ...

SEC is investigating Spotify's plans to go public without an IPO

Officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission have met with Spotify executives to examine its plans of bypassing the initial public offering market and listing shares directly on the New York Stock Exchange, according to Bloomberg. Such direct listings, rare on major stock exchanges, tend to ...

WhatsApp adds colorful text status updates, just like Facebook

WhatsApp today began to roll out Status updates you can make by writing text on a colorful image background, a company spokesperson has informed VentureBeat. While Status debuted as a text-only feature, it grew to include photos and videos. Today's update lets users choose a font, background color, ...

Age of Empires gets a sequel from Company of Heroes studio Relic

Microsoft is making a new Age of Empires game. The publisher revealed the sequel to its real-time strategy series as part of the Gamescom fan event in Germany this week. Relic Entertainment, the development studio best known for its beloved Company of Heroes games, is producing the RTS's return. Age ...

Google reveals Android O is named Oreo, begins rollout to Nexus and Pixel devices

Timed with the total solar eclipse today, Google revealed Android O stands for Android 8.0 Oreo. The next version of Google's mobile operating system and the successor to Android Nougat not only got its name today, but Google also pushed the latest source code to the Android Open Source Project . As ...

Financial innovation labs: Bank transformers or shiny objects?

SPONSORED: Presented by Wells Fargo As the manager of Wells Fargo's digital innovation lab, I'm privy to a debate that surfaces around the value of labs at large corporations. Do innovation labs really make a difference? A few years ago there was plenty of fanfare around the opening of these shiny ...