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Rising Star and Bitmap Bureau team up again for an indie game: Ninja Shodown

Rising Star Games and Bitmap Bureau are teaming up once again to release a new local multiplayer beat-’em-up: Ninja Shodown. The two previously released 88 Heroes, a retro-style 2D platformer. Bitmap Bureau is a three-person indie studio that has played with the ninja motif before. Its design director, Mike Tucker, founded Megadev, which developed the […]

Meet the first 8 startups backed by AI studio All Turtles

Last week former Evernote CEO Phil Libin announced plans to leave his job as managing director of investment firm General Catalyst to launch All Turtles, an AI startup studio. Libin and cofounders Jessica Collier and Jon Cifuentes call All Turtles an AI startup studio because they say they plan to take a Hollywood studio production approach to […]

DJI’s Spark is a $500 mini drone designed for easy flying

ANALYSIS: Following weeks of speculation, DJI unveiled Spark, a drone that is smaller and lighter than than its previous drones and can be controlled with hand gestures. Announced in an event staged in Grand Central Station, the Spark is available for preorder starting today and is priced at $499. Earlier models such as the Mavic Pro were […]

Twilio’s Proxy API connects people anonymously

Twilio is making it easier to connect two people anonymously through text messages and phone calls with a new API launching today. Proxy will handle the task of provisioning phone numbers to connect people anonymously instead of requiring developers to handle that process manually. The service is aimed at companies that would benefit from Twilio’s […]

New CardLinx Data Shows 50% Growth in Online-to-Offline Ads

PRESS RELEASE: The CardLinx Association today released new data from the 2017 Card-Linking and O2O Industry Annual Survey. The new 2017 data is sourced from the largest merchants, payment companies, digital publishers and card-linked technology...

Accel leads $30 million investment in G2 Crowd’s B2B review platform

G2 Crowd, which collects and publishes business products reviews, announced today funding of $30 million led by Accel. The Chicago-based startup collects reviews from verified users on more than 25,000 products, which range from content management tools like Google Drive and Dropbox to ecommerce solutions like PayPal and Stripe. But contrary to other review websites […]

Double Fine to release Broken Age as a physical PS4 game on June 9

Double Fine Productions and Limited Run Games have teamed up to launch a version of Double Fine’s Broken Age adventure game on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Limited Run Games will publish a select number of physical copies of the game on the Sony platforms, with availability starting on June 9 for $30. The physical […]

Gwent enters open beta phase — it’s essentially launching

The biggest challenger yet to Hearthstone’s throne is now available to everyone. Gwent: The Witcher Card game has entered public beta for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Now everyone who wants to try the free-to-play digital card game can download it on those platforms. A public beta for a game like this is basically […]

Jam City’s Cookie Jam hits 100 million downloads as Cookie Jam Blast debuts

Jam City announced that its mobile game Cookie Jam has passed 100 million downloads, and the company is launching Cooking Jam Blast as a new match-3 title in the series. It’s kind of like jam on top of a peanut butter sandwich. The title is the flagship game for Jam City, and it is one […]

Sphero bets on Pixar’s Cars after striking gold with BB8

Sphero’s next toy is a test. The Star Wars BB8 robot sold itself — so what about a car from Pixar’s Cars? Cars was not loved by critics, but the franchise sells toys. Lots of toys. That’s certainly one reason Sphero collaborated with Pixar to recreate Lightning McQueen, the movie’s main character, as a smartphone-controlled toy. Sphero’s take on […]

How 1APP wants to disrupt the app stores with infinite distribution

Mobile app developers face a lot of friction when it comes to getting people to use their apps. They have to advertise the app and get a user to touch the ad, download the app, and then start to use it. But 1APP wants to address that by making apps infinitely distributable. Raheel Hasan, CEO […]

Apple’s App Store is creating twice as many million-dollar publishers as Google Play

Apple’s App Store is creating twice as many newly minted $1 million publishers as Google Play in the U.S., according to a report by measurement firm Sensor Tower. Sensor Tower’s Store Intelligence data reveals that more app publishers are achieving the important milestone on Apple’s App Store than on Google Play, based on an analysis […]

Samsung’s new Gear 360 camera costs $229 and goes on sale in the U.S. on May 25

Samsung has finally confirmed the pricing and U.S. availability for its refreshed Gear 360 camera. The second generation device will go on sale on May 25 in-store and online through Samsung, Amazon, BestBuy, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular. The Korean tech titan announced the first version of the Gear 360 in February last […]

Donna Troy Joins Kony Advisory Board

PRESS RELEASE: Kony, Inc., the leading enterprise mobility company, today announced the appointment of Donna S. Troy to Kony's Advisory Board, effective immediately. Troy will join a distinguished group of advisory board members that were recently...

Mark Cuban leads $1.5 million round in SaaS management tool Meta SaaS

EXCLUSIVE: As companies gradually shift to the cloud, they naturally pile on Software as a Service (SaaS) subscriptions. Meta SaaS wants to help these companies better manage these various subscriptions, saving them money along the way by pointing out underutilized services. The Austin, Texas-based startup came out of stealth mode today and announced a seed round […]

IFTTT now lets any developer build and publish applets for others to use

IFTTT, the platform that allows users to create customized, conditional interactions between apps, online services, digital assistants, and devices, has announced that it’s opening its platform to individual developers, allowing them to build and publish their own applets for others to use. Show More Summary

Work management startup Smartsheet raises $52.1 million, claims a $852 valuation

Smartsheet, which provides a software as a service (SaaS) to help businesses better manage and automate their productivity tools, announced today funding of $52.1 million in a round led by Insight Venture Partners. Businesses use Smartsheet to assign tasks, track project progress, manage calendars, share documents, and manage other types of work. The service integrates […]

Why alternative app stores and emerging markets are good for developers

With huge mobile game revenues on iOS and Android, it isn’t second nature to think about alternatives. But Ravi Belwal, head strategic partner manager for games at Samsung, reminded us that developers can make money with alternative app stores and emerging markets. Belwal is a walking contradiction, as he works at Samsung, one of the biggest […]

Mark Zuckerberg tours old Harvard dorm room and dishes on Facemash, Hot Pockets, and crappy roommates

Forget Hollywood movies. Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg live-streamed a tour of his old Harvard University dormitory room where it all started. Along for the ride last night was his former classmate and now wife Priscilla Chan. Zuckerberg recalls his glories days a wannabee prankster whose stunts like Facemash (he uploaded photos of Harvard students […]

Apple expands economic development agenda with new app class for high schools and colleges

Apple continued its Trump-era emphasis of economic development initiatives today when it announced the creation of a new app development curriculum. The curriculum can be accessed by anyone as a free download from Apple’s iBooks Store. Show More Summary

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