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New Nintendo Direct will focus on Mario Tennis Aces and other 2018 Switch and 3DS games

Nintendo announced today that it will hold a new Nintendo Direct on March 8 at 2 p.m. Pacific. The stream will focus on Mario Tennis Aces, the Switch sports game that is coming out later this year. Nintendo will also show off other 2018 games for Switch and 3DS. That could include Kirby Star Allies […]

The U.K. is bringing its best game to the Game Developers Conference

SPONSORED: Presented by the U.K.’s Department for International Trade The U.K. is bringing its best game to GDC this year, which is really saying something. Don’t believe me? Stop by the U.K. Industry booth and meet some of these amazing games developers. From March 19 to 23, the U.K. contingent of 42 remarkable and diverse companies […]

Our top 3 picks for Apple’s new campus location

ANALYSIS: Even though Apple announced a major U.S. campus in January, pundits have barely speculated as to its location — partially because Apple’s process is opaque, unlike Amazon’s highly publicized “pitch your city for HQ2” campaign. Show More Summary

IronSource gives mobile advertisers a choice between programmatic and ‘waterfall’ ads

Mobile advertising is having a big moment. Mobile app and game publishers now face a choice between two different ways of maximizing revenues from their advertisements in their games and apps. Mobile monetization and marketing firm IronSource is announcing today that it is giving its publishers a choice about whether to go with programmatic ads […]

Dual Universe opens its massive online world for pre-alpha testing

Developer Novaquark is welcoming new players to its space-faring massively multiplayer online game Dual Universe. Today, the studio unveiled Supporter Packs that are available at different price tiers that will give access to various features and in-game items. The PC game is currently in pre-alpha, so certain aspects — such as the world’s economy — […]

Virtualitics raises $7 million to bring mixed reality and big data to the sci-fi future

GUEST: Virtualitics, the pioneering startup that merges AI and VR/AR with big data, recently announced the close of its $7 million Series B. The round was led by by Centricus, a global investment platform, and with participation by existing investor the Venture Reality Fund (‘The VR Fund’) and other private investors. This follows a $4.4 million […]

SEC subpoenas show the SAFT approach to token sales is a bad idea

GUEST: News broke this week that the SEC has been issuing a large number of subpoenas to Initial Coin Offering (ICO) issuers, targeting technology companies, and their investors and advisors. Generally, subpoenas are the guided missiles of SEC enforcement actions. While the SEC has been making noises about the illegality of ICOs for months, issuers and […]

Photographs demo shows off clever puzzles and a tragic story

EightyEight Games’s introspective puzzler Photographs is due out later this year for PC, iOS, and Android. In a demo, I saw how it uses minigames to tell its myriad tales. Each of the chapters centers on one character. A series of puzzles correspond with their story, featuring mechanics that match what’s happening in the tale as […]

VR Train Sim Rolling Line choo-choo chooses April 6 launch date

We like to refer to lots of third-person VR games as “train set VR” here at UploadVR, but Rolling Line takes that definition very seriously. Rolling Line is the latest from Gaugepunk Games, the team that brought you Frontier VR and Echo Grotto. It’s a model train simulator in which you build and organize your […]

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with 9 bug fixes and broken Windows Mixed Reality

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with a nine bug fixes and a broken Windows Mixed Reality. This build is from the RS4 branch, which represents the next Windows 10 update the company has yet to announce (but is likely to ship soon). There is no new build from the RS5 […]

Game publishers should learn how to use data better in 2018

GUEST: Making a video game is a hard endeavor even in the best of circumstances. Developers have to anticipate an audience’s desires years in advance, determine the best way to monetize their creation, and execute on a vision amid a cascading series of strict deadlines. And with so many new gaming formats becoming part of the […]

GamesBeat Decides 72: Enter the Konami code to unlock Trump’s secret game meeting

We’re back with one dang busy week to discuss on the latest episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast. Over the last couple of days, we broke the news that Battlefield V is coming this year, Mike broke a video card, and the White House announced a meeting with the gaming industry that no one in the gaming […]

AI Weekly: Amazon’s Ring acquisition is about letting a giant through your front door

This week Amazon acquired smart home company Ring for a reported $1 billion. This comes after a mid-2016 attempt by Amazon to buy August Home for $100 million. It’s the latest attempt to make a business off of letting people come inside your house. Remember when people scoffed at the idea of getting into cars with […]

Deep learning is only as good as its data

GUEST: “Deep learning” has become a hot topic in the general rush to launch AI products. But many of these products will fail because companies are putting branding ahead of functionality. Success depends on understanding what deep learning is, how it works, and what its most effective applications are. Deep learning 101 Traditional machine learning algorithms […]

Sheryl Sandberg on #MeToo: Men need to do more than stop sexually harassing women

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said today more needs to be done to address the concerns of the #metoo movement than not sexually harassing women. “We need a world where women don’t get sexually harassed, full stop, period, but what’s important: That’s not enough, not enough,” she said onstage at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. […]

U.S. and EU governments agree on deals to allocate 5G spectrum

In separate deals coming just after this year’s Mobile World Congress, United States and European Union officials have reached agreements to hasten the allocation of radio spectrum for next-generation 5G wireless networks, Reuters reports. Show More Summary

Kasko2Go uses military-grade tech to drive its blockchain-based car insurance

EXCLUSIVE: Insurance is one industry that’s being disrupted by blockchain technology on a near-weekly basis. The latest entrant? Kasko2Go — a blockchain technology-based car insurance startup with a unique trick up its sleeve: military-grade anti-fraud technology that the company says goes way beyond insurance fraud detection. Show More Summary

5G’s secret weapon will be low latency, empowering next-gen VR and gaming

ANALYSIS: As the 2018 Mobile World Congress wound down this week, next-generation 5G wireless technology was clearly the show’s biggest story, promising dramatically faster data speeds. But 5G’s secret weapon will actually be ultra-low latency, a concept that’s easily understood but hard to market. Show More Summary

D.C.-based Lavrock Ventures courts cybersecurity startups with $25 million fund

EXCLUSIVE: Silicon Valley is home to an abundance of VC firms, all of them competing to get in on the next big deal. But VCs also exist (and succeed) outside of the Bay Area. While Washington, D.C. may not be an obvious location to establish a venture capital firm, Lavrock Ventures set its sights on the political […]

The DeanBeat: President Trump — guns are the problem, not games

President Donald Trump is looking for distractions and scapegoats. Instead of taking on gun ownership, he has asked whether violent video games might be to blame for school shootings such as the horrible massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Trump said last week, “I’m hearing more people say the level of […]

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