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Panoply Funding Climbs to $13 Million

PRESS RELEASE: Panoply today announced it has expanded its Series A funding to a total of $13 million. The latest to join the round is C5 Capital with a $5M infusion. The firm joined the company's existing investors Intel Capital, Blumberg...

Middle-earth: Shadow of War hands-on — fighting an orc swarm in a huge citadel

The more I play Middle-earth: Shadow of War at preview events, the more I realize how fun it could be, as well as how challenging it could be to play. There’s nothing wrong with a challenge. But the latest gameplay event I attended show me how I’d probably have to fight some battles over and over again. […]

FoodLogiQ Secures Lead Investor for Series B Financing

PRESS RELEASE: FoodLogiQ, the leading SaaS provider of traceability, food safety and supply chain transparency solutions, has secured a lead investor to help fuel its rapid growth to dominate the food technology space. The latest round is being...

Overwatch League adds its three final teams for its first season

Blizzard announced the three final teams that are joining its Overwatch League for its first season. These last additions bring the total to 12 groups representing Asia, Europe, and North America. The new teams include: Comcast Spectacor (Philadelphia), leader in sports and entertainment and owner of the Philadelphia Flyers. Show More Summary

Vorwerk acquires home robot vacuum maker Neato Robotics

Germany’s Vorwerk Group has acquired Neato Robotics, a Silicon Valley maker of vacuum bots and other smart robots for the home, for an undisclosed price. It’s another sign that the combination of robotics and artificial intelligence is heading up. Newark, California-based Neato has been working on artificial intelligence technology since its founding in 2005, and the […]

South Africa’s Areta Health Selects Medsphere Healthcare IT Solutions

PRESS RELEASE: Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of affordable and interoperable healthcare information technology (IT) solutions and services, today announced that the company has reached an agreement with South Africa's Areta...

Microsoft has lined up plenty of indie games for the Xbox One X

Microsoft doesn’t have a ton of exclusive games coming for the November 7 launch of the Xbox One X game console. But it does have a lot of independent games coming via its indie games self-publishing label, ID@Xbox. More than 600 games have shipped on the label since it began in 2014. And there are […]

HubSpot acquires to launch marketing bot platform

Marketing and sales company HubSpot today announced it has acquired bot creation platform Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition will bring bots to HubSpot’s more than 34,000 customers for the first time. “We are going to bring the two products together and make sure that it comes as part of the core […]

Elsewhere Partners launches to invest in software startups outside the coastal hubs

Today, Austin Ventures general partners Chris Pacitti and John Thornton, and former Bain consultant Sam Kentor announced that they are launching a new firm, Elsewhere Partners, to invest in companies outside of the traditional venture capital hubs of New York, Boston, and San Francisco. Elsewhere Partners’ focus will specifically be on business software companies that […] launches $5 million innovation fund to counter ‘hate and extremism’

With controversy continuing to mount over the role the internet has played in fueling extremist groups, today announced a new initiative it hopes will put a dent in the problem. The organization said it will pump $5 million into an innovation fund that will give grants to researchers and organizations who are building products […]

China’s Mobike lands in its first U.S. city as bike-sharing battle heats up

Chinese bike-sharing startup Mobike has arrived in Washington D.C., its first U.S. city. The launch comes as myriad bike-sharing companies launch similar services across the country. To recap, Mobike provides cities with the bikes and the technology platform, including mobile apps, allowing riders to unlock a bike by scanning a QR code with their phone. For longevity, […]

Tomb Raider reboot trailer drops as industry hopes video game movies finally find an audience

It might surprise you to know that the most successful movie based on a video game at the U.S. box office was the 2001 release “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” starring Angelina Jolie. Not particularly beloved by anyone, that movie grossed $131,168,070 at the U.S. box office, or about $183 million in inflation-adjusted dollars. That’s a respectable […]

Amazon’s Alexa-powered smart glasses project is doomed

ANALYSIS: After several gadget misfires, Amazon has a well-deserved hit with its Alexa-driven Echo. I have two now, in fact, and they have quickly become the most popular device in our home. My only frustration is that I wish I could connect more objects to them and extend the voice-activated magic. But if there’s one thing […]

PayPal will fully integrate Swift Financial ‘over the next year’ after loan provider acquisition closes

A little over one month after revealing plans to acquire Swift Financial, PayPal has announced that the deal is now complete. PayPal said that it plans to fully integrate Swift Financial into PayPal “over the course of the next year,” according to Darrell Esch, PayPal’s vice president and commercial officer of global credit, in a blog […]

Hands-on with PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds, the Xbox One’s secret weapon

Pretty soon, you can be the last one standing on the Xbox One or Xbox One X. PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) debuts on Microsoft’s game consoles this fall, and it could be one of the most important titles in a relatively light season of exclusives for the software giant. I got to play PUBG on an […]

Super Lucky’s Tale — hands-on with Microsoft’s new mascot

PREVIEW: Microsoft hopes that it has a new mascot character with Lucky, the star of Super Lucky’s Tale. The game from Playful is a sequel to the virtual reality title Lucky’s Tale, and it debuts on November 7, on the same day that Microsoft launches the Xbox One X video game console. I played it hands-on […]

Twitter removed 299,649 accounts tied to terrorism in the first half of 2017

(Reuters) — Twitter Inc said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for the “promotion of terrorism” earlier rather than responding to government requests to close them down. U.S. and European governments have been pressuring social media companies including Twitter, Facebook Inc, and Alphabet Inc’s Google to fight harder […]

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Cortana resume

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with Cortana resume from phones. The company is simultaneously finalizing the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which is expected to arrive on October 17, and developing the update that will come after it. Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very […]

The 16 fastest-growing apps in India

GUEST: My team, which tracks data on apps and tech companies in India, recently did a deep dive to discover which apps are currently growing fastest in the country. Looking at growth rates over the last two months turned up some interesting results. It surprised us to see how many unexpected things people have an affinity […]

Corporate innovators: How to get your slow organization moving faster

GUEST: Innovation in theory and innovation in practice are radically different. Here are some simple tools to get your company’s innovation pipeline through the obstacles it will encounter. Pete Newell and I have been working with Karl, the Chief Innovation Officer of a large diversified multi-billion-dollar company I’ll call Spacely Industries. Show More Summary

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