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American history podcasts are having a moment

OPINION: With podcasts enjoying a surge in revenue and VC investment and collectively surpassing 65 million monthly listeners for the first time, VentureBeat’s Paul Sawers makes a good case for why 2017 was the year of the podcast. A closer look at the shows unveiled in the past few months reveals a trend in podcasts that are the […]

Ethical AI happens before you write the first line of code

GUEST: As internally developed artificial intelligence systems move from lab to deployment, the importance of creating unbiased, ethical systems is greater than ever. The challenge is that there is not a simple solution for companies to build ethical consideration into AI algorithms. But there are key things you can do early on that help. A machine […]

YC engineer launches Leap, an online community by women for women

2017 was a turning point for women in tech. With an avalanche of news swirling on the web about sexual harassement allegations, and the #MeToo movement spreading on social media, women are beginning to speak up. In this context, Y Combinator (YC) software engineer Cadran Cowansage announced today the official launch of Leap, an online community […]

Survios’s VR racer Sprint Vector dashes into closed beta on January 19

Virtual reality studio Survios is now taking signups to beta test its futuristic track-and-field racing game Sprint Vector. The beta will be available for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift through the Oculus Home and SteamVR platforms. It’ll last from January 19 to January 28, ahead of the full game’s Q1 launch later this year. […]

Rise and Fall’s Loyalty system will get me back into Civilization VI

Like GamesBeat managing editor Jason Wilson, I fell off of Civilization VI surprisingly early. But while Steam Workshop mods helped him sink more than a hundred hours into the game over the past couple of weeks, I’m waiting for the Rise and Fall expansion and its new Loyalty system. Rise and Fall is due out […]

Disney hits reset on mobile games with new development partners

Disney executive Kyle Laughlin announced today that the entertainment giant has hit reset on its game strategy and formed new relationships with four game development partners. Disney will work on future games with Ludia, Glu, Gameloft, and PerBlue. Those are all established mobile game publishers, and each is working on a new unannounced game based […]

Google will expand cloud infrastructure with 3 subsea cables and 5 new regions

Google announced today that it’s going to massively expand its global cloud infrastructure with three new subsea cables and five new regions. The regions, all coming online this year, will be available in the Netherlands, Montreal, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Finland. Meanwhile, the cables will be commissioned in 2019 and run from Chile to […]

Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global and Samsung launch tech detox app

Between emails, social media accounts, calls, text messages, WhatsApp, and more, our smartphones have become ticking bombs, gradually turning us (and our children) into co-dependent, digital junkies. Media mogul Arianna Huffington is seeking a solution to this invasive addiction, and announced today that through her startup, Thrive Global, she is launching a new kind of […]

Facebook promises to ‘massively’ simplify Messenger in 2018

New features have led to Facebook Messenger, an app used every month by 1.3 billion people, becoming too cluttered, said Messenger chief David Marcus today. Users should expect steps to be taken in 2018 to simplify the Messenger user experience. “Over the last two years, we built a lot of capabilities to find the features […]

Why Accenture moved into 3D visualization production by acquiring Mackevision

Accenture is getting serious about helping its clients move into immersive media. The company, whose workforce of 425,000 consultants spans the globe, last week acquired Mackevision, a 3D visualization and production house in Germany that is known for its work on the visual effects for Game of Thrones. If that sounds like a strange move, […]

Brian Fargo will launch blockchain currency for alternative digital game store

Veteran game publisher Brian Fargo and other game industry veterans hope to change the PC industry by creating a new cryptocurrency that serves as an alternative to the app stores. Fargo’s new company Robot Cache will create a digital PC games platform, just like Valve’s Steam digital distribution service, but it will give game publishers and […]

Mophie PowerStation AC review: Recharge any laptop, tablet, or phone anywhere, for a price

REVIEW: Like many USB-C users, I’ve been waiting for an all-in-one battery that could refuel my laptop, tablet, phone, and accessories on the go. Mophie’s just-released $200 PowerStation AC is the first to offer such abilities, thanks to its rare inclusion of three different ports that guarantee it can charge any device you own. PowerStation AC’s […]

U.S. lawmakers urge AT&T to scrap Huawei smartphones and 5G collaboration plans

(Reuters) — U.S. lawmakers are urging AT&T Inc, the No. 2 wireless carrier, to cut commercial ties to Chinese phone maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and oppose plans by telecom operator China Mobile Ltd to enter the U.S. market because of national security concerns, two congressional aides said. The warning comes after the administration of […]

Bringg raises $12 million for its delivery logistics platform

Bringg, a delivery logistics platform for enterprises, said it has raised $12 million in funding from strategic partners, bringing its total second round to $22 million. The round includes automotive investor Shmuel Harlap, shipping and real estate magnate Eyal Ofer, and Salesforce Ventures. Show More Summary

Two Point Hospital is Sega’s spiritual sequel to hit business sim Theme Hospital

Sega announced today that it is releasing Two Point Hospital for PC via Steam later in 2018. The game comes from Two Point Studios, which former Lionhead employees Mark Webley and Gary Carr founded in 2016. Before Lionhead, the two worked at its predecessor, Bullfrog Production. The studio created multiple sims games, including Theme Park and […]

Team Güazú unveils stealth fighting game Shadow Brawlers for PC and consoles

Argentina-based indie game studio Team Güazú and Latin American publisher Inca Games are announcing Shadow Brawlers, a fast-paced stealth fighting game that will come out on the PC and consoles in 2018. The game won Best Game of Show at the recent EVA 2017 event in Buenos Aires, and the companies are showing the game […]

Bluewave Partners with Mimosa Networks to Deliver Ultrafast Wireless Broadband

PRESS RELEASE: Mimosa Networks, the global technology leader in fiber-fast wireless broadband, announced today that Bluewave has selected Mimosa as its fixed wireless technology partner. For its new island-wide high-speed broadband deployment,...

Cartoon Network teams up with Zimad to turn shows into digital puzzles

EXCLUSIVE: Cartoon Network has signed a partnership with mobile game developer Zimad to turn top animated shows into digital jigsaw puzzles. San Francisco-based Zimad will take shows such as Adventure Time and Steven Universe and turn them into puzzles for Zimad’s Magic Jigsaw Puzzles series, which debuted in 2011 and has 50 million downloads to date. Zimad has […]

Instacart acquires Canada-based grocery ecommerce platform Unata

Instacart announced that it has acquired Unata, a Canadian startup that offers an all-in-one ecommerce platform for grocery retailers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded out of Toronto in 2009, Unata provides a cloud-based, white-label platform that brings together all the strands needed for grocers to sell online, while also offering in-store integrations via […]

Lyft: Riders put $2 billion into local economies in 2017

Lyft passengers spent $2 billion on local businesses and services in 2017, according to the results of the 2018 Lyft Economic Impact report. By contrast, Lyft riders had an economic impact of $750 million last year, according to the 2017 Lyft Economic Impact Report. The survey of more than 60,000 Lyft passengers and drivers was […]

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