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6 ways Cortana can improve your commute

GUEST: One of the best things about Microsoft’s Cortana in comparison to other voice-activated personal assistants is it really tries to make it all about you. It remembers your preferences, likes, dislikes, and even your work schedule in an effort to get to know you. Cortana can be used for many purposes, but among the most […]

Razer says its wireless Lancehead mouse is reliable enough for esports

Razer claims that its new mouse outperforms “every other wireless gaming mouse” on the market, and it is positioning this new device at the high end of the market and as a viable option for pro gamers. The company is launching the Lancehead and Lancehead Tournament Edition gaming mice today for $140 and $80, respectively. […]

HP Spectre x360 13 4K review: A beautiful display that kills the battery

REVIEW: A few months ago HP went ahead and released a new version of its very good 13.3-inch Spectre x360 convertible laptop with a 4K Ultra HD display. A screen this fancy was previously only available on the 15.6-inch Spectre x360. Lenovo’s 13.9-inch Yoga 910 and Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 are both available with 4K displays, […]

AMD’s Radeon software adds Quake Champions promo link to your PC’s desktop

If you installed AMD’s new Radeon software today, you probably noticed a new icon on your Windows desktop. AMD launched the latest version of its Crimson ReLive Edition software, which features support for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III and a 7 percent increase in performance for the new RX 580 GPU. But this update […]

Stanford University to pilot sexual assault reporting software Callisto

Stanford University will soon begin a three-year pilot of sexual assault tracking program Callisto. The pilot was announced Wednesday in a Stanford news release published in response to a new report on sexual assault initiatives at some U.S. colleges. “The system is now being prepared, and more details will be available in May when it is ready for […]

Chrome will start marking HTTP sites in Incognito mode as non-secure in October 2017

Google today announced the second step in its plan to mark all HTTP sites as non-secure in Chrome. Starting in October 2017, Chrome will mark HTTP sites with entered data and HTTP sites in Incognito mode as non-secure. HTTPS is a more secure version of the HTTP protocol used on the internet to connect users […]

Animating the faces of fear and courage in Call of Duty: WWII

I remember the days when Call of Duty games didn’t show the face of a soldier who was talking, mainly because the facial animations were so unrealistic. Not anymore. With Call of Duty: WWII, the new game in the blockbuster series that Activision revealed this week, you can see the fear, anger, determination, and courage […]

Nintendo’s hardware chief Genyo Takeda is retiring after 45 years

If legendary game developer Shigeru Miyamoto has been the right hand for generations of Nintendo leaders, then Genyo Takeda has been the left one. And last night, Nintendo announced that Takeda, who led the development of the Wii game console, will retire in June from the company. The 68-year-old Takeda joined Nintendo in 1972, 45 years […]

Google Assistant SDK launches for developers and device makers

Google today opened the software development kit of its Google Assistant, allowing tinkerers and companies making devices to incorporate Google Assistant into products like smart speakers, cars, or robots. An SDK means people can shop, ask questions, check their calendar, and other services with Google Assistant without using a Google device. Show More Summary

Star Wars: Puzzle Droids is the match-3 mobile game we were all expecting

Well, it finally happened. Even Star Wars couldn’t resist the lure of the match-3 puzzle game. Star Wars: Puzzle Droids is out now iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire devices. The free-to-play game features characters from A Force Awakens like BB-8, Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron. Star Wars has become a successful mobile brand thanks to […]

How Sledgehammer Games re-created the sounds of war for Call of Duty: WWII

It isn’t easy re-creating the sounds of a distant war, but that’s what Sledgehammer Games had to do for Call of Duty: WWII, the new installment of the Call of Duty series that will debut this fall. Sledgehammer has been working on the game for the past 2.5 years, and I saw a preview of it […]

For Honor’s second season adds new heroes and maps

The war between vikings, samurai, and knights is getting a supply drop of new content. Ubisoft announced today that For Honor’s second season — Shadow and Might — will start on May 16. This will bring new content, including characters and maps, to the fighting game. For Honor came out in February for PlayStation 4, Xbox […]

Ophelia tries to save Hamlet in the alternate universe of Elsinore

11 hours agoTechnology : Venture Beat

What if you could save Hamlet, and prevent the tragedy that befell his family in the famous William Shakespeare play? That’s the job of Ophelia, the main character of a unique computer game dubbed Elsinore. I saw a demo of Elsinore during the Intel Buzz Workshop/Power of Play 2017 event in Bellevue, Wash. The game […]

IDC: Smartphone shipments up 4.3% in Q1 2017, Apple gains on Samsung but both lose to Chinese firms

11 hours agoTechnology : Venture Beat

Smartphone vendors shipped a total of 347.4 million smartphones worldwide last quarter, up 4.3 percent from the 332.9 million units in Q1 2016. Looking at the top five vendors, Samsung and Apple both lost share while Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo all grew. In Q3 2017, the South Korean company once again shipped more smartphones than […]

Software Intelligence: Why slow is the new down

11 hours agoTechnology : Venture Beat

SPONSORED: Presented by Raygun Consumers have little patience for slow software experiences, with 40 percent abandoning a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load. The average time it takes to fully load a mobile landing page is 22 seconds, according to Google’s latest research. While developer teams may scramble to get critical components back […]

Pine Street Codeworks makes a prize-winning game out of matching soap bubbles

12 hours agoTechnology : Venture Beat

Tiny bubbles just might turn into big cash for Stuart Denman and his indie game studio Pine Street Codeworks. The company won $2,500 on Thursday night at the Intel Buzz Workshop game event in Bellevue, Wash. I was one of the judges of the competition, which was co-sponsored by the Power of Play 2017 game conference, […]

Zero Gravity Solutions’ Wholly-Owned Subsidiary, BAM Agricultural Solutions, Signs Distribution Agreement with CustomQuest, Inc., a Subsidiary of Victory Wholesale Group, to Introduce BAM-FX Blast Off! to the Retail Consumer Market

13 hours agoTechnology : Venture Beat

PRESS RELEASE: Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc. ("ZGSI" or the "Company") (Pink Sheets: ZGSI), an agricultural biotechnology public company commercializing its technology derived from and designed for Space with significant applications for agriculture...

Bitkraft Esports Ventures will invest in esports startups

13 hours agoTechnology : Venture Beat

Bitkraft Esports Ventures, an early stage investor and incubator exclusively focused on the esports sector, has launched what it calls the world’s first esports-specific fund. Esports will generate as much as $696 million in revenues this year, according to a market report from intelligence firm Newzoo. Based in Berlin and Los Angeles, Bitkraft Esports Ventures has […]

Pictionary’s first mobile app lets you sketch on the go

13 hours agoTechnology : Venture Beat

Mattel and mobile game company Etermax have teamed up to take the classic Pictionary sketching game to mobile devices for the first time. The launch will be a big one for Buenos Aires, Argentina-based Etermax — creator of such hits as Trivia Crack and Aworded Crack — as branded games take on greater prominence in the […]

Data-focused marketing tech firm Zeta Global raises $140 million as it mulls IPO

15 hours agoTechnology : Venture Beat

Zeta Global, a data and analytics service for marketers, has raised a whopping $140 million in a Series F round of funding from GPI Capital and “funds sponsored by” Franklin Square Capital Partners and sub-advised by GSO Capital Partners (GSO), the credit arm of Blackstone. The round constitutes $115 million in equity capital and $25 million […]

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