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Star Wars: Battlefront II producer says fan estimates on unlocking perks, heroes are wrong

Star Wars: Battlefront II has inspired a number of loot-box economists to post estimations of how many hours it will take to unlock every star card item that gives perks to your characters. One story claimed (on, which is down due to overwhelming traffic) you would need to spend more than 4,500 hours or $2,100 […]

Lineage 2: Revolution launches its lucrative mobile battlefields in the West

Lineage 2: Revolution has already conquered Asia, and it’s here to do the same in the West. And it’s off to a good start: Over 1.5 million players have already signed up for South Korean developer Netmarble’s massively multiplayer online role-playing game. It arrives on iOS and Android in the U.S. and Europe for the first […]

Disney Pixar takes first step into virtual reality with the skeleton world of Coco VR

Disney Pixar is launching Coco VR, the company’s first virtual reality experience and a promotion for the upcoming animated film Coco. The VR app debuts today as an exclusive on the Oculus Rift, and it’s one more example of a large media company embracing the new medium of VR. Pixar has a reputation for excellence […]

Postmates brings its on-demand delivery platform to Mexico City, its first international market

On-demand courier network Postmates has launched its platform in Mexico City, representing the company’s first market outside the U.S. Founded out of San Francisco in 2011, Postmates serves as an easy way to match consumer goods with people that are able to deliver them. The company has raised nearly $300 million in equity funding, and […]

GitHub’s Atom now lets developers collaborate on code simultaneously

GitHub today announced a new feature for its Atom text editor that makes it easier for programmers to work with one another on shared code. Called Teletype, it’s designed to let developers get the experience of in-person collaboration without huddling around the same terminal. Developers can create a Teletype session from Atom and then share […]

PullString debuts Converse, a simple Alexa skills maker for marketers

PullString today announced plans to launch a simplified version of its platform, this one aimed at professionals who want to quickly design and launch voice apps. A marked departure from the company’s more complicated Author platform, Pullstring’s Converse will be available November 27 to coincide with AWS Re:Invent. Converse was made to give creative professionals, […]

This Cuphead cake tutorial is something we can all digest

Want to really impress your relatives this Thanksgiving? Why not bring them a cake that looks a video game character’s head? Or you can just make this Cuphead treat for yourself to munch on while you try to beat the difficult indie game. The adorable YouTube channel Sugar High Score has created a video tutorial […]

iPhone X surpasses Samsung and Google on repeat purchases

SPONSORED: Presented by Sailthru Both literally and figuratively, the new iPhone is a ten. The device broke preorder records, and since launching, the iPhone X has set a new bar for the most valuable company in the world. And when it comes to mobile purchase conversion, iOS is already known to drive 2.5x more in-app purchases […]

Tencent’s Honor of Kings juggernaut helped boost its mobile gaming biz by 84%

You probably haven’t played it yet, but China’s big mobile MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) Honor of Kings is making a lot of money. Tencent released its financial report for the third quarter of 2017 today, and the Chinese gaming company revealed that revenues from its smart phone games grew by 84 percent compared to […]

GitHub adopts Microsoft’s tool for supporting massive software projects

GitHub has adopted Microsoft’s tool for managing large-scale source code repositories, according to a joint announcement made as part of the latter’s Connect conference in New York today. Over the course of the coming months, GitHub will add support for the Git Virtual File System (GVFS) project to its product, making it easier for developers […]

Microsoft’s Visual Studio gets new tools to help developers embrace AI

Microsoft announced today that its Visual Studio integrated development environment is getting a new set of tools aimed at easing the process of building AI systems. Visual Studio Tools for AI is a package that’s designed to provide developers with built-in support for creating applications with a wide variety of machine learning frameworks, like Caffe2, […]

Microsoft updates Cosmos DB with Cassandra support, better availability guarantees

Cosmos DB, Microsoft’s managed database cloud service, received several updates today aimed at making it useful for a wider variety of users. One key addition is a preview of support for using the Cassandra NoSQL database API to run operations inside the system. This provides another tool for categorizing and analyzing data inside Cosmos DB, […]

Microsoft dev tool updates improve coders’ workflow with collaboration and more

Microsoft today unveiled a trio of updates to its suit of developer tools that are designed to improve the workflows for people building modern applications. Visual Studio Live Share will allow developers to collaborate on projects. The feature shares code between people on a team so that everyone can work together on the same project […]

HTC Vive Studios unveils Super Puzzle Galaxy and Front Defense: Heroes

HTC continues to invest in new software for its Vive virtual reality headset, as the company today unveiled two new titles: Super Puzzle Galaxy and Front Defense: Heroes. The two new first-party VR games are coming to the Vive in early December 2017. Developer 2 Bears Studio created Super Puzzle Galaxy as a physics-based VR […]

Health IQ raises $76 million to lower insurance rates for healthy people

Health IQ, a startup that says it helps health-conscious people save an average of $1,238 a year on their life insurance premiums, has raised $76 million more in venture capital. The company said next year it plans to expand coverage into other health care areas, including dental, long-term care, disability, and cancer treatment. In an […]

Google Search now shows estimated salary ranges for online job listings

Google has announced a number of updates designed to help job hunters in the U.S. find gainful employment directly through Google Search. By way of a quick recap, the internet giant announced the Google for Jobs program at the company’s annual I/O developer conference back in May, highlighting plans to scour job listings posted across the web […]

Tobii says eye-tracking could improve manufacturing safety

Tobii has created its eye-tracking technology for controlling games and virtual reality applications. But it has come up with another idea in the name of safety: tracking how alert or sleep a worker is in a manufacturing setting. Tobii’s research division, Tobii Insight Pro, is releasing today an eye-tracking study it performed at the metal […]

Amazon brings Echo, Alexa, and Prime Music to Canada

Amazon has announced that it’s finally launching its voice-controlled Echo speakers in Canada. The Echo Dot, Echo, and Echo Plus are open for pre-order today for $69.99, $129.99, and $199.99 respectively, though early orders will qualify for up to $30 off the sticker price. Amazon said that it expects the devices to start shipping on […]

MekaMon is a $300 battle robot that fights in AR and your living room

MekaMon is a real-life robot battler. Players use a mobile app on their iOS or Android devices to control a physical machine that looks something like a tiny Protoss Dragoon from Starcraft. An augmented reality mode in the app also creates a virtual world for the robot to inhabit. Developer Reach Robotics is launching it […]

Unbounce launches AI-powered landing page analyzer after 8 years of training

EXCLUSIVE: Trying to work out how to improve your landing page’s conversion rate is difficult at best. While a select few experts use a data-only approach, the process is fairly subjective. Like being an art critic. Or estimating the chances of Donald Trump’s impeachment. Today, Unbounce — the landing page company — has released Landing Page […]

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