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Google launches Android O Developer Preview 4 with final system behaviors

28 minutes agoTechnology : Venture Beat

Google today launched the fourth and final Android O developer preview, available for download now at and via the Android Beta Program. The preview includes an updated SDK with system images for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, and the official Android Emulator, and there’s even an emulator […]

Spotify and Warner Music aim to sign royalty deal by September

(Reuters) — Music streaming company Spotify is close to agreeing a new licensing pact with Warner Music Inc, the last big music royalty deal it needs before pushing ahead with a U.S. stock market listing, four sources familiar with the situation said. The parties are positive a deal could be signed by September as major […]

Pyre review — RPG dodgeball is as stylish as it sounds

REVIEW: If anyone ever tells you that Supergiant Games doesn’t make beautiful games, you should call that person a liar and cease all communication going forward. Like its previous indie hits Bastion and Transistor, Supergiant’s Pyre is thoroughly stylish and comes with a fantastic soundtrack to boot. Show More Summary

Sensor Tower: Mobile game revenues grew 32% in Q2 as Asian titles surged

EXCLUSIVE: Mobile gaming revenue grew 32 percent from a year ago to $12.2 billion in the second quarter, according to mobile measurement firm Sensor Tower. Game revenues on iOS grew 34 percent, while Google Play grew 28 percent. Mobile game downloads on iOS and Google Play combined were 9.2 billion, up 19 percent from 7.7 billion […]

Metromile debuts Ava, an automated assistant that uses car sensor data to verify insurance claims

Pay-per-mile car insurance service Metromile is touting a new “first of its kind” automated claims system designed to enable claims to be verified and paid out speedily. Metromile’s new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered claims assistant,...Show More Summary

Roomba vacuum maker iRobot could sell spatial mapping data to smart home companies

(Reuters) — The Roomba robotic vacuum has been whizzing across floors for years, but its future may lie more in collecting data than dirt. That data is of the spatial variety: the dimensions of a room as well as distances between sofas, tables, lamps and other home furnishings. To a tech industry eager to push […]

Atomico leads $8 million investment in Hinge Health to tackle back pain and other chronic injuries

Hinge Health, a fledgling digital health startup that’s building hardware and software to tackle musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders, has raised $8 million in a Series A round of funding led by European VC giant Atomico, with participation from existing seed investors, including Eleven Two Capital and the Vertical Group. Founded in 2015, Hinge Health said that […]

Big week ahead for tech earnings: Alphabet, Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter

ANALYSIS: This has been a blockbuster year for tech stocks. We’ll see this week if the bull run can continue with four of tech’s biggest names set to report earnings. Today: Google’s parent company Alphabet reports after the markets close. The company’s stock is up more than 31 percent over the past year. Investors may be […]

WebMD confirms it will be acquired by KKR’s Internet Brands for $2.8 billion

WebMD Health Corp. said that KKR’s Internet Brands has offered to pay $2.8 billion to acquire the health services company. Internet Brands will pay $66.50 for each WebMD share, which closed last Friday at $55.19. The companies emphasized that the price is a 30 percent premium to WebMD’s share price on February 15, which was […]

Chasing the VR American Dream. From Australia.

SPONSORED: Presented by Intel A VR game set with an Americana vibe and the distinctive visuals of the 1950s being made by a small indie team in Melbourne, Australia? Didn’t quite see that one coming. Oh, and your hands are replaced by guns, so you shoot everything to achieve even the simplest tasks. So yes, you […]

How Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten is pushing its brand in the West

ANALYSIS: Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten is striving to elevate its name globally through a series of sponsorships and rebrands involving its subsidiary businesses. The latest effort involves, the Spanish video-on-demand (VoD)...Show More Summary

A $25 million autonomous ship will launch in 2018

A crewless ship to be christened the Yara Birkeland is expected to start sailing in 2018, initially delivering fertilizer along a 37-mile route in southern Norway. The electric-powered ship will be miniscule by modern standards, with the capacity for 100 to 150 shipping containers. But its arrival could be a huge turning point for the […]

Grab to raise $2.5 billion warchest to cement its lead over Uber in Southeast Asia

11 hours agoTechnology : Venture Beat

(Reuters) — Southeast Asian ride-hailing service Grab expects to raise $2.5 billion in a record round of fundraising to cement its lead over Uber in the region and grow its payments platform. Southeast Asia has become a key battleground for technology startups vying for a market of over 600 million people, with a burgeoning middle […]

AI is impacting you more than you realize

16 hours agoTechnology : Venture Beat

GUEST: In today’s age of flying cars, robots and Elon Musk, if you haven’t heard of artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML) then you must be avoiding all types of media. To most, these concepts seem futuristic and not applicable to everyday life, but when it comes to marketing technology, AI and ML actually touch […]

ViveNChill wants to end sweaty and foggy VR lenses

17 hours agoTechnology : Venture Beat

I sweat a lot. If I’m standing outside with the sun up and a little breeze, it’s only a matter of time before I start sweating. Going for a jog? I’ll be pouring with sweat before most people are even breathing heavily. In fact, I often sweat without even the need for my breathing or […]

Why chatbots need a big push from deep learning

17 hours agoTechnology : Venture Beat

GUEST: Most tech giants are investing heavily both in applications and research, hoping to stay ahead of the curve of what many believe to be an inevitable AI led paradigm shift. At the forefront of this resurgence are the fields of conversational interactions (personal assistants or chatbots), computer vision and autonomous navigation, which thanks to advances […]

14 ways AI will impact the education sector

20 hours agoTechnology : Venture Beat

GUEST: There have been a lot of digital “next big things” in education over the years—everything from the Apple IIe to online learning. The latest is artificial intelligence education tech (AI Ed), and only time will tell what impact it will ultimately have. But for something as important as education, now is the time to start […]

Entrepreneurs, here’s how to make the best use of your board

20 hours agoTechnology : Venture Beat

GUEST: Before becoming a VC, I cofounded OnVista, a German finance portal. In my role as CEO I was once talking to a client and told him, “I’ve got to go now because I have a board meeting.” He said: “Poor you. In board meetings, I always feel like I am examined and fail.” I was […]

Will Brawl Stars be Supercell’s next billion-dolllar mobile game?

20 hours agoTechnology : Venture Beat

Supercell has just four games in the market, but it is the master of the $46 billion mobile games industry because those titles have generated a lifetime average of $1.15 billion in revenue on iOS alone, according to measurement firm Sensor Tower. It’s an astounding record, and that’s why a big spotlight is shining on […]

Watch Deadpool go full merc in Marvel Powers United VR

Prepare your best superhero landing; Deadpool is coming to Marvel Powers United VR. Oculus Studios and Sanzaru Games’ four player co-op superhero sim was announced at D23 last weekend but with just three confirmed characters: Hulk, Captain Marvel, and Rocket Raccoon. To celebrate San Diego Comic-Con, though, Oculus announced that everybody’s favorite Merc with a […]

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