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AI Weekly: Inaugural AI Index report tracks industry progress and shortcomings

One of my favorite sayings in the tech/business/startup world is “Innovation happens at the edges.” In AI, on one end of the spectrum, billions in investments and acquisitions are pouring in from  giants like Nvidia, Google, and Microsoft. On the other side, small, imaginative teams are trekking out to new frontiers untouched by AI. A […]

AR and VR could be educational — and profitable — tools for museums

GUEST: Museums are wonderful institutions and treasures to society with a serious and important mission to preserve our history. What major city doesn’t boast at least one incredible museum that local communities and traveling visitors alike can enjoy and learn from? Although significant as centers of culture and history, museums are a difficult business. For many […]

Star Wars: Battlefront II’s ‘The Last Jedi’ update introduces ‘old’ Iden

I’m seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi tonight, and that means that it’s time for all of the related video game products to launch their live events to celebrate the release of the latest entry in the Skywalker saga. Electronic Arts’ Battlefront II shooter is no different, and its Last Jedi event introduces new multiplayer content, such […]

AI might just live up to all the hype one day

GUEST: If AI isn’t the most hyped technology of the 21st century, it’s certainly right up there with earlier manias for mobile, virtual reality, the internet of things, and big data. Companies large and small feel pressure to claim they use AI in some key way to drive their business. But does AI deserve this level […]

Call of Duty: WWII is a sales juggernaut unlike the series has seen since Black Ops II

Call of Duty is back, and all it took to get back on top was a little world war. Activision’s perennially popular military shooter franchise debuted a new entry last month with Call of Duty: WWII, and it is already the best-selling game of 2017 as of November 30, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD […]

November NPD 2017: Call of Duty: WWII leads $2.7 billion month as sales are up 30% year-over-year

The video game industry was booming last month as holiday spending kicked in. Spending was up across the board, totaling $2.68 billion and up 30 percent over November 2016, according to the industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. Publisher Activision’s and developer Sledgehammer Games’s Call of Duty: WWII was the biggest winner last month, becoming the […]

November 2017 NPD: Xbox One brings in more spending, but Sony sells more PlayStation 4s

U.S. consumers wanted new video game hardware in November, and they spent a ton of money getting the latest Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo devices. This led to a strong month for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. In fact, November doesn’t have a clear winner in terms of hardware sales. Gamers bought more PS4s […]

Race for the Galaxy launches Brink of War expansion

Temple Gates Games debuted its take on the popular sci-fi card game Race for the Galaxy for mobile devices in May, and it launched its PC version of the digital card game in June. Now the company is adding its third expansion, Brink of War, so you can further conquer the galaxy. The expansion comes from studio head Theresa Duringer, a […]

How bots are manipulating cryptocurrency prices

GUEST: The cryptocurrency market has grown exponentially this year, with a current market cap of $440 billion at time of writing. The largest cryptocurrency is, of course, Bitcoin, which has gone up 1,500 percent year to date and trades a daily notional value of over $10 billion. But how much of this trading is attributed to […]

Spotify’s valuation jumps 20% to $19 billion in private trading

(Reuters) — The value of music streaming service Spotify, which is planning a stock market listing, has grown around 20 percent to at least $19 billion in the past few months, outperforming U.S. and European tech indexes, sources familiar with the matter said. The most recent private trades in the Swedish company have taken place […]

AI’s impact on network engineering now and in the future

GUEST: 2017 was the year we saw artificial intelligence take off. Or was it? If nothing else, AI continues to climb the technology hype curve. It was impossible to read the news, browse the web, attend a conference, or even watch television without seeing a reference to how AI is making our lives better. Since Alan […]

Ataribox hits the pause button on its crowdfunding campaign

Atari was supposed to start taking preorders along with launching its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo today for its new Ataribox console. However, it seems to have hit an unspecified snag and in an email announced that the campaign will be on hold, with more details to come. “Because of one key element on our checklist, […]

Target’s acquisition of Shipt is a win for Alabama, but coastal investors are the biggest victors

ANALYSIS: Target’s $550 million all-cash acquisition of online grocery delivery service Shipt on Wednesday may not seem large by Silicon Valley standards. But when you consider that it’s taken startups in Shipt’s home state of Alabama five years to raise that same amount of money, you can see why Shipt’s acquisition might be cause for celebration among […]

Photographs is You Must Build a Boat studio’s pensive narrative puzzler

Indie studio EightyEight Games is best known for frenetic mobile games like 10,000,000 and You Must Build a Boat — but Photographs shows a softer, more introspective side. It’s a puzzler that eschews the action role-playing game aspects of the previous two to explore five different short stories. It’s slated for release in 2018 for […]

Skype mobile users get ScribbleChat’s 3D handwriting and animated stickers

EXCLUSIVE: ScribbleChat, which wants to humanize the digital chat experience by offering 3D handwriting and animated stickers, announced today that it is integrating with Microsoft-owned Skype. For now, only Skype’s mobile users will...Show More Summary

Never Stop Sneakin’s one-touch Metal Gear Solid action is ideal for Switch

Maybe the big-budget publishers are done with major new releases for 2017, but indie studios like Humble Hearts are happy to fill in the gap. That studio is launching its Never Stop Sneakin’ today, and you can get it for $15 on Nintendo’s Switch. This is a stealth-action adventure with simple controls and a lot […]

Y Combinator announces growth program for later stage startups

Silicon Valley-based accelerator Y Combinator (YC) announced today that it is launching a growth program for later stage startups. The program, which will be a 10-week dinner series, is designed for founders of post-Series A startups who have between 50 and 100 employees. Over the past decade, YC has become a pivotal player in the startup […]

Sensor Tower: Kobolds & Catacombs doubled Hearthstone’s mobile revenues

According to the mobile data and insights company Sensor Tower, Hearthstone’s Kobolds & Catacombs expansion has doubled the digital card game’s mobile revenues in the five-day period after its launch on December 7. This is compared to the five days before launch. Hearthstone is a free-to-play game that’s also available on PC. It makes money […]

Intellect vs. intelligence: The difference matters in AI

GUEST: Intellect is the faculty of reasoning and objective understanding. Intelligence is the ability to acquire knowledge and skills. Both of these definitions were yielded to me by my laptop, a general purpose machine, which is itself an ancestor of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC). The ENIAC was the first programmable machine, built at […]

Google and NASA use AI to find two new planets in old data

Google and NASA today announced the discovery of two new planets in old data from the Kepler space telescope, thanks to the application of machine learning. A pair of researchers used a neural network to search the wealth of data from Kepler for changes in stars’ light output, which would indicate the presence of an […]

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