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Google launches AI Center in China

Google today announced plans to launch the Google AI China Center. The news was shared by Google chief scientist Fei-Fei Li ahead of Google Developer Days events in Shanghai. Based in Beijing, the center will focus on AI research and receive support from Google engineers based in China. In addition ...

The $177,843.34 Facebook ad test: Collection vs. single video

GUEST: Facebook launched its Collection ad format for ecommerce in early March of this year amid a lot of fanfare. Given that I oversee millions of dollars of ad spend per month, I was more than a little curious about its impact. So I ran a $177K test, pitting the new Collection ads agains ...

Trump signs U.S. government ban on Kaspersky Lab software

, President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the U.S. government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence. The ban, included as part ...

Nvidia partners with Japan's Komatsu to make construction safer with AI

Japanese construction equipment manufacturer Komatsu will work with Nvidia to use artificial intelligence to make construction sites safer. Santa Clara, California-based Nvidia announced the deal at its GTC Japan event, where CEO Jensen Huang said that Nvidia graphics processing units will power ...

Rocwise's Soldiers of the Universe shows a Turkish take on the war on terror

Soldiers of the Universe isn't pretty — and it's not supposed to be. Turkish studio Rocwise Entertainment created a first-person shooter about fighting terrorists from a Middle Eastern perspective, not a Western viewpoint. It's the team's first game, and it's out now on PC. Developer Can ...

Guns of Boom shoots its way to 20 million downloads on iOS and Android, adds esports

Game Insight announced that Guns of Boom for iOS and Android has blasted its way to 20 million downloads in six months, and the company is unveiling a new mode for esports players. The Vilnius, Lithuania-based company has a big hit in the 4-versus-4 cartoony multiplayer shooter, which looks a lot ...

FR8 Revolution Announces Investment from Sandhills Publishing

PRESS RELEASE: FR8 Revolution, creators of the FR8Star.com marketplace for open deck carriers and shippers, today announced it has completed a technology partnership and undisclosed investment from Sandhills Publishing, a leading informationprocessing...

Kansas City's Sly James joins chorus of nearly 60 mayors who support net neutrality

As high profile tech executives, companies, and investors continue to speak out against the Federal Communications Commission 's upcoming vote to repeal existing net neutrality rules, mayors across the U.S. are also increasingly joining the conversation. Today, Kansas City Mayor Sly James published ...

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has a breakthrough control scheme

Microsoft and The PUBG Corporation released PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on the Xbox One today, and the unfinished last-player-standing shooter, which is available for $30 in the Game Preview program, needs a lot of performance optimization. But one area that the designers have already figured ...

Love 3.0: How technology changes our definition of love, sex, and relationships

OPINION: Last month, I traveled to Singapore to moderate a panel on Love 3.0 at the IMI Festival. The goal of the discussion was to assess whether technology has changed our definition of love, sex, and relationships. Seeing as many of us have become overzealous, right-swiping Tinder addicts, I ...

Google slashes prices for its machine learning service as AWS steps up competition

Google has massively cut prices for its managed cloud machine learning service just two weeks after AWS released a competing offering at its re:Invent user conference. The company has introduced massive price reductions for its Cloud Machine Learning Engine managed services. For example, customers ...

Cuphead developers bet everything on a 1930s-cartoon-style game

Studio MDHR has sold an estimated 1.5 million copies of Cuphead for the PC and Xbox One since the challenging run-and-gun game debuted on September 29. It's a surprise hit of the fall, made by a family-run company whose leaders mortgaged their homes to finish it. Chad, Jared, and Maja Moldenhauer of ...

Low-wage workers drive the global AI labor market

GUEST: Artificial intelligence will be one of the key drivers of the economic growth in the next few years. But what will drive the AI industry itself? Some consider AI technologies a secret weapon of a few high-paid engineers. In fact, the success of an AI solution is mainly defined by the low-paid ...

Indiegogo starts listing initial coin offerings

Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo announced today on its website that it will begin listing a select number of initial coin offerings, in yet another step by the company to move beyond perk-based crowdfunding. While ICOs will be listed on Indiegogo, interested backers will have to go to a portal ...

China is right: The world doesn't need Silicon Valley

GUEST: Ever since the Chinese Government banned Facebook in 2009, Mark Zuckerberg has been making annual trips there attempting to persuade its leaders to let his company back in. He learned Mandarin and jogged through the smog-filled streets of Beijing to show how much he loved the country. ...

Overwatch's second Winter Wonderland has some icy cool new skins

Seasonal events bring new game modes, but many Overwatch fans especially look forward to the new costumes. The second Winter Wonderland, which starts today and lasts until January 1, adds some good-looking skins. The event adds seven new Legendary skins, the highest rarity in the game. You can ...

Overwatch's Winter Wonderland is now live with new mode, Mei's Yeti Hunt

Overwatch has gotten into the holiday spirit with the launch of Winter Wonderland, a seasonal event that is now live for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC team-based shooter. Overwatch doesn't charge players for new content, just the base game. Instead, Blizzard Entertainment makes its post-launch ...

How 34 Illinois tech organizations are working to close the diversity gap

GUEST: Diversity is a major topic of conversation in tech, but so far, that conversation hasn't significantly improved representation of women and minorities in the industry. In a recent survey conducted by First Round Capital, nearly 68 percent of founders across the country believe that the tech ...

Manticore Games raises $15 million for multiplayer gaming from Benchmark Capital

Manticore Games, a startup founded by former Zynga and Electronic Arts executives, has raised $15 million from Benchmark Capital. That's a hefty amount to invest in a new studio, but the round was led by Mitch Lasky, a former Activision and Jamdat Mobile game maker, who is now a general partner ...

Life is Strange will launch for iOS on December 14

Square Enix announced today that it is bringing its episodic adventure game Life is Strange to iOS. The first three episodes will come out on December 14, with the final two following during the first quarter of 2018. Life is Strange came out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and ...

Grab Games: Reimagining esports behemoth League of Legends for the AR age

SPONSORED: Presented by Intel Grab Games and its founder Anthony Borquez are always chasing new experiences; always getting excited about new platforms and technologies. The team got into mobile gaming early and later dabbled in the social gaming space, but now they think the future is in VR and, a ...

Facebook to record global ad revenue locally as political pressure mounts

Facebook has announced plans to restructure its global tax affairs so that it records ad revenue locally rather than channeling it through its international HQ in Dublin, Ireland. The social networking giant, along with other technology firms, has faced growing criticism over the way it reports its ...

Realfiction Presents World's Largest Mixed-Reality Display During CES 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Realfiction, a global innovator in mixed-reality solutions, will introduce the latest breakthrough in MR, DeepFrame, to North American audiences during CES 2018. The world's largest mixed-reality display, DeepFrame enables photorealistic...

Gremlin launches to help companies stress test their apps

A new company in town is trying to make companies' software better — by getting them to intentionally break it. Gremlin emerged from stealth today with the mission of making chaos engineering more accessible to companies around the globe. Chaos engineering practices emerged from high-scale ...

The End of the Work Email? Zillable Makes Inter-Company Collaboration Easy with Multi-Network Workspaces

PRESS RELEASE: Zillable today announced the release of a new feature that's set to give the work email a run for its money. The all-in-one collaboration platform has added multi-network workspaces to connect separate organizations, creatinga...

AMD unveils Radeon Adrenalin graphics software update with mobile app

Advanced Micro Devices is launching its major update for its Radeon graphics software, dubbed Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition. And this one has improvements for both gamers and game developers. Going beyond minor graphics driver updates, AMD is starting to treat its releases of Radeon Software as ...

6 months on, Bancor explains what happened after its $153 million ICO

It was a landmark event. Earlier this year, Bancor raised an eye-watering $153 million through its ICO. What got everyone fired up about Bancor? The company promised that it could enable smart tokens to serve as legitimate currency. In other words, Bancor addressed the need for a smart token ...

FlowPlay overhauls Vegas World, ditches Adobe Flash for Haxe

When Adobe decided to retire its Flash software, it was a big moment for FlowPlay. Fortunately, the Seattle maker of social games had anticipated the demise of Flash, which is scheduled to end in 2020. And today, FlowPlay is announcing it has converted its flagship social casino game, Vegas World, ...

Nintendo Switch has now sold 10 million units globally

Nintendo has announced that its Switch game console has now sold 10 million units globally. The news comes just ten months after the Japanese gaming giant launched the hybrid console to consumers around the world. The 10 million milestone perhaps shouldn't come as a major surprise given recent sales ...

World's First Equity-Linked Token, Finova Financial's JCO to be Available through WeFunder Crowdfunding Platform

PRESS RELEASE: Finova Financial, a digital financial services provider transforming the future of global banking, announced today that it is partnering with crowdfunding platform WeFunder to make Finova's JOBS Crypto Offering -theworld's...

Jam City will make Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery mobile game

Jam City has signed an agreement with Warner Bros.' game division to make a mobile game dubbed Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a role-playing game based on the wizarding world of J.K. Rowling. The RPG will be set at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where fans can choose their own path as ...

IVU and BestMile Launch Autonomous Mobility Solution for Public Transport

PRESS RELEASE: IVU Traffic Technologies, the leading software company for public transportation and logistics solutions, and BestMile, providing the first platform for the operation and optimization of autonomous fleet and new mobilityservices,...

Apple's $400 million purchase of Shazam: Lessons from a wounded unicorn

ANALYSIS: Apple's acquisition of Shazam is without a doubt big news for Europe's striving startup scene. What's less clear is whether it's good news or bad news. Founded in 2004, in the pre-iPhone era, Shazam represents a remarkable tale of endurance. But just three years ago, the company was ...

Gremlin launches to help companies stress test their apps

There's a new company in town that's trying to make companies' software better — by getting them to intentionally break it. Gremlin emerged from stealth today with the mission of making chaos engineering more accessible to companies around the globe. Chaos engineering practices emerged from ...

Fraud detection startup Simility raises $17.5 million from Accel, PayPal, others

Simility, which develops a fraud detection platform that uses machine learning, has announced a $17.5 million round of funding led by Accel, with participation from new strategic investor PayPal. Existing investors The Valley Fund and Trinity Ventures also contributed. Founded in 2014, Palo ...

Apple's $400 million purchase of Shazam: Lessons from a wounded unicorn

ANALYSIS: Apple's acquisition of Shazam is without a doubt big news for Europe's striving startup scene. What's less clear is whether it's good news or bad news. Founded in 2004, in the pre-iPhone era, Shazam's is a remarkable tale of endurance. But just three years ago, the company was reportedly ...

Uber challenges ban on cash payments in Mexican state

, Uber said on Monday that it had appealed regulations that have barred it from accepting cash fares in the Mexican state of Puebla, in a new challenge to clampdowns on the ride-hailing service in Latin America. Uber stopped accepting cash payments in the Mexico City-adjacent state on Friday, ...

Jaunt expands VR media platform into AR and mixed reality

Jaunt debuted in 2013 as a platform for viewing virtual reality movies and 360-degree entertainment. Now it is expanding beyond that with its Jaunt XR platform. The platform from the San Mateo, California-based company will now be expanded to include augmented reality and mixed-reality content, with ...

EFF to Court: LinkedIn is wrong about accessing publicly available information online

EFF is fighting another attempt by a giant corporation to take advantage of our poorly drafted federal computer crime statute for commercial advantage , without any regard for the impact on the rest of us. This time the culprit is LinkedIn. The social networking giant wants violations of its ...

Deloitte's tech predictions for 2018: More AI, digital subscriptions, AR, and live events

Accounting and tech consultant Deloitte released its predictions for the technology industry in 2018, covering topics from the growth of augmented reality to the triumph of live programming on the Internet. The predictions are part of the company's 17th annual Technology, Media, & Telecommunications ...

Ataribox preorders and crowdfunding campaign open on December 14

Atari will start taking preorders for its Ataribox game console starting December 14. The New York company will also start its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. In an email blast, Atari said, “We at Atari are thrilled to introduce you to our first new gaming hardware in over 20 years. ...

Bitcoin futures suggest price gains to slow down

, Newly launched bitcoin futures on Monday suggested that traders expect the cryptocurrency's blistering price gains to slow in the coming months, even as it blasted above $17,000 to a fresh record high in the spot market. Chicago-based derivatives exchange Cboe Global Markets launched the ...

Amazon Web Services opens second region in China

Amazon Web Services announced the general availability of its second Chinese cloud region today, providing customers with another environment. It's located in the Ningxia autonomous region in central China and is made up of two separate Availability Zones, each made up of a collection of ...

Thrustmaster's Xbox One HOTAS joystick is excellent if you love Elite Dangerous

The traditional two-analog gamepad is a versatile input tool, but when it comes to something like a flight simulator, nothing beats having a joystick and a throttle. On Xbox One, that is now an option thanks to the introduction of Thrustmaster's T.Flight HOTAS One for $80. This wired, USB ...

AR isn't a gimmick — it's a savior for local retail

GUEST: When new technology platforms emerge, traditional retail typically gets disrupted , and often in painful ways. Consumers generally benefit from the added convenience and cost reductions from e-commerce in the short-term. However, the dominance of companies like Amazon has resulted in many ...

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on Xbox One has performance issues

Microsoft and developer The PUBG Corporation are making good on a promise to launch the battle-royale shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on Xbox One before the end of the year. The last-person-standing competitive game launches tomorrow into the Game Preview program for unfinished products on the ...

Sonaria tackles the challenges of VR music and sound design

The Pollen Music Group has done sound design and composed the music for over two dozen virtual reality films now, including Glen Keane's Duet and Patrick Osborne's Pearl, which is the first VR film to be nominated for an Academy Award. Most recently, it created Sonaria, a VR experience for the ...

It's time for businesses to act 'intelligently artificial'

GUEST: Technology loves a good bit of shorthand, the shorter the better. Which is why, as we collectively try to wrap our heads around the confusing mass that is automation, robotics, machine learning, chatbots, et al., we grasp gratefully at the two letters “A” and “I” and ...

Inflect Raises $3 Million Seed Round, Led by Internet Infrastructure Industry Veterans

PRESS RELEASE: A cross-section of experts who understand the challenges of buying and selling internet infrastructure globally have signed on as investors in the seed round for San Francisco-based Inflect. The $3 million Series Seed roundincludes...

Bots are poised to take over the travel industry

GUEST: It's been a long time coming for road warriors , artificial intelligence is finally infiltrating the travel industry, and it's bringing a host of new conveniences and capabilities with it. From personalized recommendations and booking to digital concierge service, here's how AI will help make ...