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Metroid Prime turns 15 as the franchise finally becomes relevant again

One of Nintendo’s greatest games is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Metroid Prime came out for the GameCube on this day in 2002. Metroid Prime is one of the most critically acclaimed games ever and spawned two sequels. A new entry, Metroid Prime 4, is coming out for the Switch in 2018, according to Nintendo. That […]

PSN is down for many PlayStation 4 owners

Update at 3:05 p.m. Pacific time: It looks like PSN is back up and running for most people.  PlayStation Network is not working for a lot of people. PlayStation 4 owners are having trouble getting connected to Sony Interactive Entertainment’s online PSN service. The company has now confirmed the problems on its status site, and […]

5 reasons businesses are struggling with large-scale AI integration

GUEST: Artificial intelligence is an important vehicle for companies looking to automate processes, reduce the cost of operation, or fuel innovation. Despite the positive influence AI-supported activities have on business, a successful implementation won’t happen overnight. Show More Summary

Kauffman Foundation launches microlending program for underserved founders

Amid a swarm of 160 events as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced a new microlending program to spur investment in underserved entrepreneurs. In partnership with four microfinance lenders,...Show More Summary

Spotify acquires Swedish collaborative audio recording startup Soundtrap

Spotify has acquired fellow Swedish startup Soundtrap, which offers a collaborative online music and audio recording studio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2012, Soundtrap had raised around $8.5 million to target amateur musicians with a cloud-based recording platform that works across mobile and desktop. Though its initial focus was on the music […]

Platform9 expands support for hybrid cloud Kubernetes deployments

Platform9 today announced expanded support for on-premises deployments of its Managed Kubernetes service. This makes it easier for customers to launch the popular container orchestration software on infrastructure that’s managed using VMware vSphere, Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV), and bare metal servers. Show More Summary

Trocafone raises $15 million to provide emerging markets with affordable refurbished phones

It’s easy for many U.S consumers to get a new smartphone each year — just look at how many swallowed the $1,000-plus price tags for the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and iPhone X. But when it comes to emerging markets, people can’t always afford to get the latest smartphone, so they have to rely on second-hand devices […]

Star Wars: Battlefront II microtransactions go offline until EA can ‘make changes’

Earlier today, Electronic Arts chief executive officer Andrew Wilson had a phone call with Walt Disney consumer products and interactive media chairman Jimmy Pitaro about Star Wars: Battlefront II, according to new sources familiar with the situation. A few hours after that call, players are finding out that they can no longer make in-game purchases with […]

Apple delays HomePod until 2018, surrendering the smart speaker holiday market to Amazon and Google

Apple today announced that the HomePod smart speaker will no longer be made available this year, but rather in early 2018. Missing the holidays could be a major setback for the smart speaker, which will compete with Amazon’s Echo series, Google’s Home series, and other several other smart speakers on the market. Though the smart […]

Octorock gives some of Zelda’s best songs a metal twist

The Legend of Zelda has some of the best music in gaming. It’s melodic, epic, and memorable. It also works pretty well when translated to heavy metal. Octorock: The Zelda Metal EP rearranges four classic Zelda songs with a metal flavor. It is available on iTunes and Spotify. It includes: “The Lost Woods” (Ocarina of […]

Okta Named a Leader in Identity-as-a-Service

PRESS RELEASE: Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA), the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise, today announced that the company has been named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Identity-As-A-Service, Q4 2017, a report published...

Candy Crush Saga: 2.73 billion downloads in five years and still counting

Candy Crush Saga is the most popular mobile game in the U.S. after a dramatic comeback in the third quarter. As the mobile game crossed its fifth anniversary this week, its tally has crossed 2.73 billion sugary downloads. In the third quarter that ended September 30, the match-3 game generated more than $250 million in […]

Vaulting in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds feels unnatural

The PUBG Corporation is testing its 1.0 update for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds this week, and it’s weird. I’ve spent so many hours with this incredible, janky battle royale shooter that I’ve grown accustomed to its mechanical idiosyncrasies. But now that I can easily and effectively hop over most obstacles in my characters way, the game just […]

Belong partners with American Cancer Society to help beat cancer with AI

EXCLUSIVE: In the battle against cancer, access to high-quality information, data, and assistance are invaluable. Today, Belong: Beating Cancer Together — whose app connects patients to public and private chats with doctors and professionals — has announced a partnership with the American Cancer Society. Show More Summary

The DeanBeat: The tragedy of the Star Wars: Battlefront II loot crates

Electronic Arts made a great game in Star Wars: Battlefront II. But it stepped in a pile of controversy by adding an unpopular monetization system known as loot crates. Those crates appear in a lot of games, mostly free-to-play titles where you pay real money for the crates and a chance to get some good […]

Small businesses reap the benefit of AI and QuickBooks’ far-reaching product vision

SPONSORED: Presented by Intuit Major advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning have dominated headlines over the past year. It is obvious why large corporations, with their huge customer bases and vast data warehouses, are excited. Show More Summary

Garmin Pay contactless payments go live on the Vívoactive 3 smartwatch

Garmin’s recently announced contactless payments service, Garmin Pay, is now live on the company’s new Vívoactive 3 smartwatch. Garmin is synonymous with sports wearables and GPS navigation devices, and the company joins a growing throng of companies that have introduced their own payments service to mobile devices. Show More Summary

Zynga lets you show off your CSR 2 race cars with augmented reality

CSR Racing 2 has been popular as a mobile game because it offers car racing fans the fantasy of collecting and owning their own cars. And now game publisher Zynga is announcing an augmented reality feature that allows players to bring those cars to life in the real world. Using Apple’s ARKit platform, Zynga’s developers […]

Facebook removes ‘delete post’ option from the desktop web version

Facebook has a long tradition of tweaking and changing its interface, testing new features with a small selection of users to see what works and rolling changes back when they don’t pan out. But surely the company wouldn’t prevent users from deleting their posts on its social network? Well, a flurry of complaints across social media […]

Tesla unveils electric truck and $200,000 sports car

(Reuters) — Tesla upstaged its own debut of an electric heavy duty truck on Thursday when a red Roadster pulled out of the big rig’s trailer and Chief Executive Elon Musk said the new $200,000 sports car would be the fastest production car ever. The showmanship wowed the crowd although some analysts’ heads started throbbing […]

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