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Former Uber CEO Kalanick calls Benchmark Capital lawsuit a ‘public and personal attack’

(Reuters) — The ousted chief executive of Uber called a lawsuit filed against him by one of the company’s top investors a “public and personal attack” without merit, according to court documents filed late on Thursday. Venture capital firm Benchmark Capital, which says it owns 13 percent of Uber and controls 20 percent of the […]

Gab app banned from Google Play Store over hate speech concerns as web giants face free speech crisis

ANALYSIS: The founder of Gab, the alternative social networking service that has attracted far-right groups, said today that the company’s app had been removed from the Google Play Store due to concerns about hate speech. While about a year old, Gab has seen its crowdfunding campaign surge in popularity in recent days thanks to controversies surrounding the […]

Hyundai shifts to long-range premium electric cars

Hyundai Motor Co said on Thursday it was placing electric vehicles at the center of its product strategy – one that includes plans for a premium long-distance electric car as it seeks to catch up to Tesla and other rivals. Like Toyota Motor Corp, Hyundai had initially championed fuel cell technology as the future of […]

PC Gaming Weekly: the magic of the $398 million survival game market

Wonder why you’ve seen so many survival games on Steam over the past few years? Two of the top 20 trending games on SteamSpy — The Long Dark and Citadel: Forged with Fire — are survival games, and Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved are in the top 20 in terms of playtime. Hundreds of thousands […]

AI Weekly: Amazon bots are helping bring the USPS back from oblivion

The United States Postal Service is not exactly bouncing back from oblivion these days, but it’s worth noting that there’s been a slight bump in one area. For the low-margin Shipping and Packages division, there was an 11 percent increase in revenue over last quarter. In general, these items — small packages that come to […]

Blue Reflection doesn’t reflect well on the JRPG scene

PREVIEW: Puberty is a heckuva drug. But no matter how hard it is to be a normal teenager, no one has it tougher than the teens in Japanese role-playing games. Blue Reflection is the latest JRPG from publisher Koei Tecmo and its subsidiary, Gust Studios, and it features a lot of melodramatic youths and girls with […]

Vava’s Moov 14 gaming earbuds pound your noggin with thumping bass

For around $25, you can find an endless number of earbuds online. But Vava, a manufacturer of variety of consumer-electronics products, is aiming to win over the gaming audience with its entrance into this sector. The company’s Moov 14 Gaming Earbuds are available now for $26, and it’s positioning them with a focus on 3D surround […]

Call of Duty had 3 games in the top 20 in July, but Tom Clancy is 2017’s biggest franchise

Bright and colorful games like Splatoon 2 and Crash Bandicoot may have topped the sales chart in the heart of summer, but brown military shooters are still the biggest sellers. Call of Duty even had a hot July with three separate games making the top 20 best-selling chart in the United States, according to industry-tracking […]

Rollin’ in gil: RPG sales are up 50% from 2016

Role-playing games are having a big year in terms of sales, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. A number of RPGs have launched in 2017 both from Japan as well as the West, and many of those have found success. Compared to same time in 2016, this year’s crop of RPGs have attracted a […]

Nintendo Switch outsold PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last month

Nintendo Switch consoles were easier to find last month, and this led to hybrid handheld/home console outselling its competition. The NPD Group’s monthly report is out, and the industry-tracking firm confirmed that the Nintendo console outsold the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One in July. The system is also contributing to a healthy gaming market […]

5 ways VR is making the real estate business better for everyone

GUEST: There’s great optimism associated with the promise of VR, and revenues from this industry are expected to reach $13 billion in this year. Despite the optimism, widespread adoption of VR has remained elusive. For real estate, however, the potential of VR is being reality quickly. VR is a newcomer to a real estate industry heavily focused on customer […]

July 2017 NPD: Splatoon 2 paints a pretty picture for Nintendo

Video game spending is up across the board in the U.S. in July. Nintendo drove both software and hardware sales, which grew 19 percent year-over-year to reach $588 million, according to the industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. Consumers spent $277 million on software last month, thanks in particular to the launch of Nintendo’s Splatoon 2 […]

Charleston startup wants to help women find and keep developer jobs

Despite ongoing initiatives to boost women and minority tech entrepreneurs, the diversity gap remains tough to close in the tech industry. While the barrier of entry, including access to education, has opened the doors of STEM fields to more people, retention of women is at an all-time low. In the high-tech industry, women’s quit rate, […]

Google researchers made an algorithm to delete watermarks from photos

Researchers at Google have found a vulnerability in the way watermarks are used by stock imagery sites like Adobe Stock that makes it possible to remove the opaque stamp used to protect copyright. The consistent nature in which the watermarks are placed on photos can be exploited using an algorithm trained to recognize and automatically […]

The new touchscreen on this Acura looks (and feels) much better

Cars have finally caught the iPad bug. The screen technology used over the past decade or more, which has almost always been resistive type, has not exactly registered every finger press perfectly. In some cars, you had to tap the screen a few times to get it to work — and forget about swiping or […]

Walmart gains on Amazon, but Wall Street wants more

In an ecommerce landscape increasingly dominated by Amazon, Walmart is showing that there is still ample opportunity for growth, although it can come at a cost. Walmart reported financial results for the June quarter today, with many analysts focusing on how its ecommerce business is doing. The company said the gross merchandise value of its […]

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is gobbling up Overwatch’s audience

The shooter audience on PC looks like it is in the middle of a migration from last year’s big hit to this year’s breakout success story. Nearly a quarter of all Overwatch players on PC also played PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds last month, according to data from intelligence firm Newzoo. And it’s finding that players are going […]

Robots and humans can coexist. There is no ‘jobless future’ after all

When you look at a robot, what do you see? For those of us who cover technology, it’s a bunch of plastic, a coprocessor, and some software. We know the hard part of hardware design is getting the bot to do anything worthwhile. That’s why the idea of a plastic robot taking over the world […]

Serverless launches open source Event Gateway to tie cloud functions together

EXCLUSIVE: There’s a new open source tool in town for tying different event-driven functions together. Serverless, a startup that builds tools for building applications without having to worry about underlying infrastructure, announced...Show More Summary

Amid Silicon Valley crackdown on alt-right, Gab social network raises $1 million via crowdfunding

As high-tech firms have begun taking steps to weed out some of the most offensive right-wing hate groups, alternative social network Gab has seen a surge in donations to its crowdfunding campaign as it plays up its anti-Silicon Valley crusade. Today, Gab passed $1 million raised. That includes almost $500,000 in just the last five days. […]

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