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Despite crackdown, there’s a new Apple Park drone video

A new drone video shows work continuing on Apple Park, including progress on landscaping, despite reports that the company was attempting to prevent such flyovers. Over the summer, several drone operators said that Apple had hired security guards for adjacent sites to warn them not to fly their drones over the company’s new headquarters. At […]

B2B data platform ZoomInfo was acquired by private equity firm Great Hill Partners for $240 million

ZoomInfo, the subscription-based B2B platform that sells access to company data such as contact details, employment history, and other background information, was acquired earlier this week by Boston-based private equity firm Great Hill Partners. Show More Summary

HashiCorp and Microsoft team up on Terraform infrastructure provisioning

EXCLUSIVE: HashiCorp and Microsoft announced today that the two organizations will be working together on integrating the popular Terraform infrastructure management software with the Azure cloud platform. It’s a move by Microsoft that...Show More Summary

Box taps Google’s AI for image recognition

Box is bringing more artificial intelligence to its content services offering for enterprises, the company announced today. Using the Google Cloud Vision API, customers will be able to get automatic tagging of objects, optical character recognition of text in images, and other information when they upload files. With this move, Box is adding a new […]

Kabam vet leads Deca Games’ charge into live operations for old games

Germany’s Deca Games is coming out of stealth to offer live operations (such as tournaments) that can breathe life into older mobile and PC games. The Berlin-based company will work with game studios and developers who don’t want to continue the task of running an existing game as a service. It will do so by […]

Quake Champions hits Early Access for $30 on August 22

Id Software announced today that its multiplayer first-person shooter Quake Champions will transition from its closed testing phase to Early Access on August 22. To play the game in Early Access, you need to buy the Champions Pack for $30. That’s $10 cheaper than it’s final $40 retail price. Quake Champions is a PC-only arena shooter, […]

HMD Global is preinstalling surveys on Nokia phones

OPINION: If there’s one thing consumers don’t like, it’s being spammed with calls, instant messages, and texts involving promotions and other forms of marketing chicanery — especially when they haven’t given consent. What may be even more annoying, however, is turning on your phone to find a survey has been baked directly into the software. Nevertheless, […]

Robotic digitization startup Ripcord raises $40 million to make paperless offices a reality

Ripcord, a startup that’s using robotics, machine vision, and artificial intelligence to create what it calls the “truly paperless workplace,” has raised $40 million in a series B round of funding led by Icon Ventures, with participation from Kleiner Perkins, Lux Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank. The funds constitute $25 million in equity financing and $15 million […]

Total War: Warhammer II hands-on: The Skaven rats are dangerous vermin

PREVIEW: In The Creative Assembly‘s new strategy game, we’ll find out if the rats will inherit the Earth. The Sega-owned developer has revealed the Skaven, a rat-like, fourth playable race in Total War: Warhammer II, which Sega will launch on Steam on the PC on September 28. I attended a preview event where I was able to play the beginning […]

Total War: Warhammer II’s rat race is pretty fierce

PREVIEW: Sega’s The Creative Assembly revealed the Skaven rat faction as the fourth playable race in Total War: Warhammer II. And it’s a logical question as to whether this faction is going to be overwhelming. I went to a preview event for the game, which debuts on Steam on the PC on September 28. I played the […]

St. Paul’s 3-step plan to become a better place for tech

I have been fortunate over the past several months to serve on the Saint Paul Innovation Cabinet, brought together by Mayor Chris Coleman and Council Member Chris Tolbert with other leaders from the technology, innovation, economic development, real estate, and workforce development sectors. Our work has been focused on accelerating innovation sector jobs in St. Paul […]

Alibaba beats analysts estimates with Q1 revenue growth of 56%

(Reuters) — Alibaba, China’s top e-commerce firm, beat analyst’s estimates with a 56 percent rise in first-quarter revenue, driven by growth in online sales which make up most of its business. Thursday’s results show that Alibaba Group Holding, one of Asia’s most valuable companies, is benefiting from more and more Chinese buying an increasing proportion […]

Samsung TVs now let you use Shazam to discover what songs are playing in movies and TV shows

Samsung is rolling out an update to its 2017 lineup of smart TVs that will allow anyone to find out what song is playing on a TV show or movie simply by tapping a button on their screen. At CES back in January, Samsung announced that Shazam, among a bunch of other new features, were coming to […]

Cisco shares drop as security business revenue misses estimates

(Reuters) — Cisco’s quarterly revenue in its closely-watched security business missed analysts’ estimates, raising concerns about the world’s largest networking gear maker’s efforts to transform into a software-focused company. The company’s shares fell about 2.5 percent in after-hours trading on Wednesday. Show More Summary

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy — the first 20 minutes are gorgeous

PREVIEW: Sony’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is one of the prettiest games you’ll play this fall. The game debuts as an exclusive on the PlayStation 4 on August 22. We’ve played through the game and thought that the first 20 minutes of cinematics and gameplay would be a nice treat for players who can’t get enough Uncharted. […]

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review — for good and bad, it’s not Nathan Drake

REVIEW: Sony’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is one of the big exclusives on the PlayStation 4, debuting on August 22. The Naughty Dog game is full of familiar puzzles, action sequences, and plenty of climbing, but the female lead characters take the series in an intriguing new direction. It is the first Uncharted without Nathan Drake, […]

Nielsen dives into esports market research

Nielsen made its name measuring the TV and media business, making it measurable for advertising. Now it is announcing Nielsen Esports, a new business focused on competitive gaming. The esports industry is expected to generate $696 million in 2017 (according to market researcher Newzoo), but that is far smaller than traditional sports. One of the […]

AR/VR Weekly: CCP Games has found one solution to the VR drought

Studios are dealing with the so-called VR drought. And it looks like CCP Games is taking an alternative route to dealing with the doldrums as companies wait for VR to hit critical mass. Strip the VR from your game. Today, the Icelandic company launched a version of Eve: Valkyrie, its flagship VR starfighter game, that ditches the […]

Here are the tech companies that have taken action against hate groups

A couple of days ago, I took a shot at tech companies that had ignored the role their services had played in enabling white supremacist and neo-nazi groups. Not it appears the Nazi-fueled violence in Charlottesville last weekend prompted a growing number of tech companies to take action. Here’s a list of known companies that […]

Forget streaming: Apple should rethink plans to waste $1 billion on video content

Given Apple’s original content track record thus far, the company might do just as well burning a pile of 1 billion dollar bills as it would buying original programming. The odious Planet of the Apps has proved to be every bit the cringeworthy crapfest that its very name suggested it would be the moment it […]

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