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Cheetah Mobile launches next-generation flagship app Security Master

Cheetah Mobile has grown into a mobile titan with more than 500 million downloads of its security app. And today it is launching its next generation app, dubbed Security Master. The company launched the app for free today on Android devices, and this version is tailored for the U.S. market. The app is specifically touted as providing […]

Worldpay demos system for making payments inside virtual reality worlds

With virtual reality (VR) seemingly infiltrating every facet of our lives, from movie theaters and theme parks to TV broadcasting and internet searches, it’s only a matter of time before companies figure out how to make it easy for people to pay for things while immersed in their virtual worlds. And this is exactly what Worldpay is […]

Why Far Cry 5’s Mountain West extremism enables Ubisoft to criticize America

OPINION: Ubisoft is going to screw up Far Cry 5 — at least as far as my expectations are concerned. But it can only fail because it has made some fascinating and smart choices about where to set the next game in this open-world shooter series. Unlike the previous Far Cry games, which have repeatedly had players traveling […]

HP records ‘breakthrough’ Q2 sales, but it’s not getting carried away

HP Inc. CEO Dion Weisler wasted no time in describing his company’s latest quarterly earnings as a “breakthrough.” In a call with analysts on Wednesday, Weisler said HP’s third-straight quarter of rising sales shows that the company’s turnaround since splitting with data center specialist sibling Hewlett Packard Enterprise is working. In particular, he emphasized, that […]

Rocket Lab first to launch orbital-class rocket into space from private launchpad

With the commercial space race heating up, a U.S.-New Zealand aerospace firm has achieved a notable milestone, becoming the first to launch an orbital-class rocket into space from a private launchpad. Rocket Lab‘s Electron rocket launched from the Mahia Peninsula, on New Zealand’s North Island, at 16:20 local time on May 25 (21:20 PT, May 24). While […]

Tesla’s injury rate one-third higher than industry average, says worker advocacy group

(Reuters) — A California-based workers advocacy group released a report on Wednesday saying that Tesla data showed its workers have been injured at a rate a third higher than the auto industry average. Worksafe made the analysis after being approached by the United Auto Workers, the Detroit-based union that has been talking to Tesla employees […]

Zenway acquires Heroes of the Storm esports team DeadlyKittens

With hopes of growing the esports scene in Southeast Asia, events management company Zenway Productions announced that it has acquired DeadlyKittens, a team that specializes in Blizzard Entertainment’s Heroes of the Storm. Last year, esports generated a revenue of $892.4 million worldwide according to market research firm SuperData, with Asia in the lead bringing in […]

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tips from a grand champion (I won once)

FEATURE: You don’t have to call me “the greatest,” but you can if you want and also you have to. I finally won a solo match in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds last night, so I am now qualified to give advice on how to win. After playing a few dozen games and never finishing first, I assumed that even […]

AR/VR Weekly: Can Transformers spark China’s AR/VR interest?

Transform and roll out … and into your neighborhood virtual reality arcade. That’s what Transformers fan will soon be doing in China. This week, Hasbro and DMG Entertainment announced they were launching augmented and virtual reality experiences around Transformers, the robots that turn into cars, warplanes, and dinosaurs. They’ve been a phenomenon in toy stores […]

This isn’t the VR we’ve been dreaming of — and that’s a good thing

GUEST: When the term “virtual reality” first became a topic of general conversation, many people had grand expectations of what it would look like when it arrived. Spurred by sci-fi movies like 1982’s “Tron” and 1992’s “The Lawnmower Man,” we imagined complex, fully immersive environments entered using headsets and specialized haptic suits. Show More Summary

How Ancestry.com gets users to pick the right subscription option (VB Live)

VB LIVE: Recurring revenue from subscriptions comes when you set an effective pricing strategy, design an attractive subscription — and then make the payment process utterly seamless. To find out how Ancestry.com does it, catch up with our latest VB Live event. Access this VB Live event on demand right here. Getting the subscription model right has […]

Netflix uses real NES Netflix app to reveal its Castlevania show

Konami hasn’t done a much with its Castlevania video game series in recent years, but you know you can’t keep Dracula down forever. Netflix just revealed the trailer for its upcoming original animated program Castlevania, which is based on the classic series that first appeared on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The trailer starts with an NES and the […]

Founder Institute wants to launch a generation of space entrepreneurs

ANALYSIS: As kids, becoming an astronaut is a great aspiration for many of us. By the time we grow up, though, the dream of exploring space fades, and we learn that the vast majority of the things being launched into space are satellites. In coming years, the dawning of a new space age could change that. Aspiring […]

Twilio adds Google’s speech recognition to its VoIP platform

Twilio is making it easier for developers to build applications that react to what people are saying on a phone call with a new feature announced Wednesday. The company’s Automated Speech Recognition beta will take a caller’s speech and turn it into text. Twilio’s technology hands the text off to developers so their systems can respond […]

Why we’re so bad at teaching bots to talk naturally

GUEST: In the era of conversational commerce, user experience experts are becoming completely absorbed by one thing: They love talking about how to talk. We are learning the art of conversation at a whole new level — not only how to talk to clients, but also how to make the conversation meaningful. We want the conversation experience […]

SteamWorld Dig 2 wants you to help write the game’s text

Image & Form Games is hoping the community will steampower its latest Ambassador Challenge contest with enthusiasm for the SteamWorld universe. The studio’s latest challenge is to devise a robot mining proverb for the characters in SteamWorld Dig 2, which is slated to launch later this year as a Nintendo Switch exclusive. It’s the second contest held for the upcoming […]

Overwatch had one of the best first years ever

FEATURE: One of the most important games to come out in years is celebrating its first anniversary. Overwatch came out on May 24, 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In one year, Blizzard’s team-based shooter has attracted more than 30 million players. And it’s a paid game, not free-to-play. All of these players spent […]

Why AI gets the language of games but sucks at translating languages

GUEST: As seen at Google DeepMind’s conference this week, machine learning with AI has seeped into a number of industries in recent years. Whereas in the past it was more a topic of discussion on theoretical applications, we now see machine learning being applied in smart cars, video games, digital marketing, virtual personal assistants, chatbots, and other areas […]

Let’s make better humans, not better bots

GUEST: There has been a lot of advancement in artificial intelligence over the past few years. Much focus has been on bots, which many people view as the future of front-line service interaction. But I believe the future is not one in which artificial intelligence replaces humans on the front lines, but where people and AI work together in […]

Xbox Game Pass launches for Gold members, hits June 1 for everyone else

Starting today, Microsoft’s new gaming subscription service Xbox Game Pass will be available to all Live Gold members though all other users will have to wait until June 1. Subscribing provides over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games for a monthly fee of $10. With the Xbox Game Pass, subscribers will be able to download […]

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