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Ikea’s smart lights will soon work with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

Ikea today announced that its recently released smart home lighting kit will soon be able to connect with Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri and the Apple HomeKit. Compatibility with virtual assistants will begin this summer and fall. The Swedish homeware company first began to roll out its Trådfri LED bulb and smart home lighting kits in April. From […]

Supercell acquires 62% of London’s Space Ape Games for $55.8 million

Clash of Clans maker Supercell has acquired 62 percent of London-based Space Ape Games for $55.8 million. The deal is another sign of consolidation in mobile games, as well as a rare coming together of two companies that have very similar operating styles. Space Ape Games, maker of mobile titles such as Samurai Siege and […]

Transformers roll out into VR in China

Hasbro and Dan Mintz’s Hollywood film studio DMG Entertainment are launching interactive Transformers virtual reality and augmented reality centers in China — a nation where the robots in disguise films have thrived in recent years. The centers will treat guests to “digital simulation experiences” based on the Transformers universe in both VR and AR. The first […]

Google starts selling 4K digital whiteboard Jamboard for $4,999 in the U.S.

Google today started selling its Jamboard in the U.S. and shared that the 4K digital whiteboard will be available for purchase in the U.K. and Canada “this summer.” Jamboard is designed for businesses with a G Suite plan that want to collaborate on Google Drive files with teams both local and remote. First unveiled in […] raises $2.5 million to tell developers how their apps perform has raised $2.5 million so it can tell developers how their apps are performing, how fast they load, and whether they work properly. Eniac Ventures led the round, with additional investments from The Chernin Group, Techstars Ventures, and BoxGroup. is releasing its platform to developers in a limited release today. The idea is […]

Trove raises $8 million from Greylock Partners to help store your furniture (not data)

We keep hearing about online data storage on private, public, or hybrid clouds. But what about the physical things in our lives that we need to store? Trove is tackling this by providing a full storage service that handles everything from locating an affordable space to connecting customers with moving companies. The San Francisco-based startup launched […]

Kristian Segerstrale, maniacal laughter, and what Google I/O means for marketers – VB Engage

In this week’s episode, Stewart and Travis discuss how Google’s announcements at its I/O event will affect marketers and marketing this year, and we also discuss how AI is helping B2B markets. We then get to interview the awesome Super Evil Megacorp’s Kristian Segerstrale, who gives us the lowdown on how to create amazing communities and […]

Grand Theft Auto V’s sales now soar past 80 million

Grand Theft Auto V came out more than three years ago, and people aren’t done spending money on it. Publisher Take-Two reported in its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year of 2017 that Grand Theft Auto V has now sold over 80 million copies. The open-world game first came out for PlayStation […]

Overwatch’s anniversary event is now live

Happy birthday, Overwatch. Blizzard’s special event for the team-based shooter’s first anniversary is now live. It will go on until June 12. Since launching on May 24, 2016, Overwatch has attracted over 30 million players. It’s also a paid game, not free-to-play. The base version for PC costs $40, while Overwatch costs $60 on PlayStation […]

Pinterest’s Lens now lets foodies find similar dishes by snapping a photo

Pinterest is today launching a handful of new ways to find recipes using its Lens and Search tools. First unveiled last summer, Lens lets users take a photo with their smartphone or use an existing image on their camera roll to search for related themes and pins — If you see a chair you really like in a cafe, for […]

Chef’s compliance updates let developers move fast without breaking things

Chef is making it easier for developers to continuously develop new features without breaking the applications they’re working on. To further that goal, the company today announced a set of new features aimed at streamlining the process of deploying secure and compliant code. Show More Summary

How TT Games is leveling up the open world of Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

Big game companies have gotten into the habit of releasing sequels that are much larger than the prior games. And that’s the case with Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, which is being developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. We played a preview of the game and sat down with game […]

Snapchat’s latest feature that Facebook will surely steal: group stories

Snap’s marquee feature is getting an upgrade. Snapchat stories are like disappearing photo albums you can share with friends. But until today, there was no easy way to create these stories for a group event — like, for a glossy trip to the Grand Canyon. That’s Snap’s pitch for the new feature, which it calls custom stories — […]

Microsoft launches new Surface Pro with LTE, starting at $799 and shipping globally on June 15

At an event in Shanghai earlier today, Microsoft officially unveiled the all-new Surface Pro. The launch comes five days after we exclusively gave a first glimpse of the refreshed Windows 10-powered tablet. A “refresh” is actually maybe something of an understatement. Compared to the previous version of the device — the Surface Pro 4 which […]

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is massive open world with chaotic fighting

PREVIEW: Marvel is riding high on a revival, and everyone is cashing in on the action. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, and Lego will be the next to do that with the unveiling of Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, which debuts on November 14 on the PC and consoles. In a preview event, Warner Bros. […]

GameMaker Studio 2 gets an education edition

YoYo Games has launched an educational edition of its cross-platform 2D game engine GameMaker Studio 2. The Windows and Mac game engine is now available in a convenient education package. Under the terms, any approved university or school affiliate will now have access to a free trial version with zero time restrictions or commitments and […]

Helios and Matheson Analytics and RedZone Acquire License to Facial Recognition Technology from Israeli Biometrics Technology Company, IsItYou™

PRESS RELEASE: Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ:HMNY) and RedZone, creator of the RedZone Map™ navigation app, a tool for situational awareness and enhancement of personal safety, announced today that Helios and Matheson Analytics has acquired...

Pot luck: Hound Labs raises $8.1 million to combat stoned drivers with cannabis breathalyzers

Law enforcement agencies have been using breathalyzers to test motorists’ sobriety for decades, but a new startup is staking a claim to bring its cannabis version of the technology to market. So far, the only reliable ways to test for cannabis use have been through saliva, blood, or urine, which aren’t always practical in a […]

CDN provider Fastly raises $50 million to help online companies deliver content at speed

Fastly, a content delivery network (CDN) provider, has announced a $50 million series E round of funding led by Sorenson Capital, with participation from Sapphire Ventures, Iconiq Capital, Amplify Partners, August Capital, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), and IDG Ventures. Show More Summary

Scribd adds newspapers to its subscription reading service, including the NYT, FT, and WSJ

Subscription reading service Scribd is adding another string to its bow today with the news that it’s now including “select” articles from a number of premium newspapers. Founded out of San Francisco in 2007, Scribd offers subscribers...Show More Summary

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