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Google updates G Suite with a dashboard for tracking security threats

Google introduced a new security dashboard for customers of its G Suite productivity software today, providing IT administrators with a number of metrics about how their organizations are doing when it comes to security. The Security Center should provide some extra peace of mind for security concerned administrators, along with a set of tools that […]

FoxNext Games acquires Cold Iron Studios for an Alien online shooter

FoxNext Games has acquired game developer Cold Iron Studios, which is making a science fiction shooter set in the universe of the Alien films. The PC and console game will help FoxNext, which has had a focus on mobile games so far, expand its footprint across more platforms. The studio’s first game represents FoxNext Games’ […]

Overwatch League’s first week attracted over 10 million viewers

Blizzard announced today that the first week of Overwatch League drew more than 10 million viewers. Overwatch League is Blizzard’s new esports organization for its hit team-based shooter. It has city-based teams competing in the company’s new competitive gaming facility in Los Angeles, and it offers its players a regular salary. Overwatch League broadcasted 12 […]

Apple HomePod supplier reportedly ships first units, software integration blamed for delay

After an eleventh-hour delay from its original December 2017 ship date, Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is beginning to ship from one of its two assemblers, The Taipei Times reports. The initial shipment from Inventec includes around 1 million of the 10-12 million HomePods expected to ship this year. Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision […]

CircleCI raises $31 million to improve software development with big data

CircleCI announced today that it raised a $31 million round of series C funding to fuel its software for automatically building and testing code. The cash will be used to provide the company with runway for building advanced features that help development teams figure out why a code build isn’t working as expected. Top Tier […]

LumaTax Raises $3M, Teams with Square to Ease Small Business Tax Filing

PRESS RELEASE: LumaTax, whose software streamlines sales tax compliance for small business owners by integrating with tools that they already use, today announced that it closed a $3 million financing led by Cowboy Ventures. With additional participation...

UserMind raises $23.5 million to connect enterprise applications for greater customer insights

UserMind, a company that aims to help businesses garner great customer insights by connecting their various software applications, has raised $23.5 million in a series C round of funding led by Northgate Capital, with participation form previous investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Menlo Ventures, and CRV. The problem that UserMind is trying to solve is this: […]

Google launches Cloud AutoML to automatically build custom AI models

Google announced a new cloud service today that’s designed to make it easier for companies to create custom machine learning algorithms for processing images. Called Cloud AutoML Vision, the system allows developers to upload a bunch of images to Google’s cloud and receive a custom model in return. It’s based on Google’s research into training […]

Utah’s Kickstart raises $74 million seed fund for Mountain West startups

Kickstart Seed Fund, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, announced today that it has raised a fresh $74 million fund. The fund is the firm’s fourth. By Silicon Valley standards, a $74 million seed fund is not a powerhouse. Sequoia Capital, for example, is reportedly raising a $180 million seed fund, according to Axios. But the size […]

Circle Pharma Announces Publication in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry of Results from Collaboration with Pfizer Inc.

PRESS RELEASE: Circle Pharma, Inc. today announced that results from its collaborative work with Pfizer Inc. to develop a potent and orally bioavailable macrocycle modulator of the chemokine receptor, CXCR7, have been published in the Journal of Medicinal...

ProtonMail brings its ProtonVPN service to Android

Encrypted email service provider ProtonMail has announced that its standalone virtual private network (VPN) service is now available to Android users. The Swiss company launched ProtonVPN in beta for desktop users back in March, before rolling it out to the public a few months later. Due to high demand, the company had to install a waiting list for the free […]

Jibrel launches jCash in a bid to solve cryptocurrency volatility by tokenizing fiat

Cryptocurrencies are starting to become mainstream. Headline-grabbers like Bitcoin and Ethereum, along with up-and-comers like Litecoin and Dash, are increasingly attractive to consumers of all ages. Indeed, a recent survey showed that 5 percent of those under 35 already have cash invested in cryptocurrency, and a third of millennials will invest in crypto in 2018. […]

Microsoft’s 15-inch Surface Book 2 opens for preorders in 17 new markets, including the U.K. and Canada

Microsoft has announced that the 15-inch version of its new Surface Book 2 laptop is now open for preorders in 17 new markets. The news comes three months to the day since the tech giant first unveiled its Surface Book successors, which sported upgraded specs and an additional 15-inch screen version for those who like […]

PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan gets promoted to deputy president of SIE

Sony Interactive Entertainment has a new deputy president. Jim Ryan, who previously served as president of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, has moved up to a new role under SIE president and chief executive officer John Kodera. Ryan has worked at Sony’s PlayStation division for nearly 20 years, and in addition to his role in Europe, […]

Hero Academy 2 launches on PC early access, iOS, and Android

Robot Entertainment has spent the last several years dealing with rampaging humanoids with the Orcs Must Die! franchise. But it also has another well-received series, Hero Academy, a tactical game that appeared on iOS, Android, and Steam way back in 2012 — and it’s launching the sequel today. Hero Academy 2 is now available in […]

Georgia researchers are studying the ways AI can reduce traffic accidents in Atlanta

Atlanta’s traffic congestion infamy — the city regularly makes every annual top list due to its bottlenecks — is partially caused by car accidents at large, busy intersections. After a few accidents occur, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) may swoop in to assess the situation to make the intersection safer. But what if they […]

7 predictions for the evolution of enterprise AI in 2018

GUEST: While artificial intelligence applications in business and industry remain limited to narrow machine learning tasks, we are seeing progressive improvements in the convergence of algorithms and hardware that will have significant implications for how well and how quickly we can implement AI. Researchers can now train neural networks within a few hours or days, which […]

Star Wars: Force Arena turns 1 with 6.5 million players for its card-based battler

Netmarble Games is celebrating the one-year birthday of Star Wars: Force Arena with an in-game event that will run until January 25 on iOS and Android. Players can collect characters from the recent Star Wars: The Last Jedi film as well as an “anniversary coin” item. Netmarble has also revealed that 6.5 million players are active in […]

U.S. security concerns could stall Huawei’s and ZTE’s 5G expansions

ANALYSIS: Will U.S. citizens get their first 5G phones from Huawei or ZTE? Not if Congress has its way. Over the last week, members of Congress have been getting tough on the two Chinese companies, formally identifying both as threats to national security following years of investigations. Today, Reuters reported that unidentified U.S. lawmakers asked AT&T […]

Xbox One Elite Controller 2.0 reportedly has adjustable analog-stick tension

Microsoft is working on the next iteration of its Xbox One Elite controller, according to recent reports. I still think the Xbox One Elite Controller is the best gamepad I’ve ever used, but Microsoft has plenty of features it could add to the device that it first introduced in 2015, so the aging Elite is […]

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