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Smartphone repair service CellSavers rebrands as Puls, raises $25 million to expand into the smart home

CellSavers, a company specializing in on-demand repairs for mobile devices, has announced a name change and a fresh $25 million in funding as it looks to expand into all manner of domestic digital repair services. Founded out of San Francisco in 2015, CellSavers has so far offered direct-to-home (or office) repairs for smartphones and tablets, claiming […]

Updated: GTA creator shows off new cloud gaming engine with a VR sci-fi demo

Cloudgine has created a demo game, They Came From Space, to show off the quality of its cloud-gaming engine, which was designed from the ground up to take advantage of cloud computing and produce massive physics-based simulations. The game and technology are the latest creation from Dave Jones, the president of Cloudgine and the original […]

Custom processor maker SiFive appoints Intel veteran as CEO

SiFive, a startup that wants to democratize custom silicon chip design, has appointed former Intel veteran Naveed Sherwani as its CEO. The San Francisco company is pioneering a new model in the semiconductor business and recently raised $8.5 million in a second round of funding, led by Spark Capital. The company’s founders invented RISC-V, a free […]

Broadcom’s Max WiFi chips will speed wireless networks 4 to 6X

Broadcom is unveiling its Max WiFi chips today based on the next-generation Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ax, which is designed to improve download speeds by four times and upload speeds by six times. Max WiFi also promises four times better coverage and seven times better battery life than the current 802.11ac standard. The Singapore-based company said its […]

Amazon is launching Instant Pickup to fulfill orders in 2 minutes or less

Amazon today announced plans to launch Instant Pickup, a new service for Amazon Prime or Prime Student members that fulfills orders made with the Amazon app in two minutes or less. All Instant Pickups will initially operate out of lockers on college campuses, an Amazon spokesperson told VentureBeat. Instant Pickup will launch this week in […]

Schlage’s Android-based smart lock lets you open your front door from anywhere

Lockmaker Schlage has announced that its Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt now works with Android smartphones. And with a Wi-Fi adapter, you’ll be able to open your front door deadbolt from anywhere in the world. Schlage, a brand of Allegion, has been making locks for nearly 100 years and is the latest company to marry mobile […]

DreamHost fights government request seeking 1.3 million IP addresses of DisruptJ20 website visitors

Webhosting service DreamHost has said that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested information on everyone who visited, a website that was set up to organize political protests against the current U.S. administration. Show More Summary

Indie devs have friends

SPONSORED: Presented by Intel As every game developer knows, making games is hard enough. Now factor in navigating the ecosystem of the video game business, getting gamers to know about the games, and getting them to sell, and the burden on small teams can be overwhelming. Despite their technical acuity, none have figured out how to […]

Qualcomm unveils better depth-sensing camera for Android devices

Qualcomm has announced new Spectra camera technology that could enable smartphones to capture three-dimensional images and movement in real time and convert that data into digital form on the fly. The Qualcomm Spectra module will have improved biometric authentication and high-resolution depth sensing. That could be useful in a wide range of photo, video recording, and […]

Facebook expands its Craigslist-like Marketplace into 17 European markets

Facebook has announced that it’s expanding its buying-and-selling Marketplace service to 17 new markets in Europe. Marketplace first landed last October in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and New Zealand and was quietly added to Canada, Chile, and Mexico shortly after. From today, it will be arriving in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, […]

Tech companies caught in the crosshairs on white supremacy and free speech

(Reuters) — The neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer had its internet domain registration revoked twice in less than 24 hours in the wake of the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, part of a broad move by the tech industry in recent months to take a stronger hand in policing online hate-speech and incitements to violence. GoDaddy, […]

SteelSeries launches Apex M750 programmable keyboard with Discord integration

SteelSeries is launching its Apex M750 mechanical gaming keyboard for gamers who love to customize their gear with colorful lighting. It comes with new apps for lighting up your keyboard as well as using the Discord game chat application. It’s part of the company’s effort to attract the attention of game influencers and the esports […]

Intel CEO leaves Trump council over ‘divided political climate’

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich joined the leaders of Merck and Under Armour in resigning from the Trump admininstration’s American Manufacturing Council. He did so to “call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing.” The move will open […]

DJI beefs up drone security after U.S. Army ban

(Reuters) — Chinese drone maker SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd is tightening data security on its drones after the U.S. Army ordered its members to stop using DJI drones because of “cyber vulnerabilities,” a company official told Reuters on Monday. The privately held Shenzhen-based company is speeding deployment of a system that allows users to […]

Matterfall review — a hectic and challenging take on side-scroller shooting

REVIEW: Matterfall combines the twin-stick shooter with the action-platformer. It’s like Geometry Wars and Mega Man got their chocolate and peanut butter all mixed up. And it tastes pretty good! This PlayStation 4 game comes from Housemarque, which also developed Resogun. That twin-stick shooter launched with the system in 2013. It was one of the console’s best […]

Intel confirms Ice Lake Core CPUs with ’10nm+ process’ to followup its 8th-gen chips

Intel isn’t going to take its time responding in its CPU battle with AMD. The company revealed today in a short notice on its website that it is preparing Ice Lake, which is the next platform for its Core processors. Ice Lake will use a manufacturing method that will produce smaller transistors than ever before. […]

Songbringer sings an indie sci-fi RPG tune on Xbox and PC on September 1

Indie action role-playing game Songbringer is on-trend with its pixel art, procedural generation, and a protagonist with a mysterious past. It’s a sci-fi adventure with swords and robots, and it’ll be available on Xbox and PC on September 1 and on PlayStation 4 on September 5. Nathanael Weiss designed, wrote, and developed Songbringer under his […]

Defeat mobile ad fraud without complex tech (VB Live)

VB LIVE: Stop letting fraudulent bots burn through your budget — and start maximizing the power of mobile advertising with must-click messaging. Join our latest VB Live event for an in-depth look at how to stay in front of your audience, ahead of your competitors, and on top of fraud. Register here for free. Mobile ad fraud […]

How to kill groupthink in your company

GUEST: Ralph Nader once said: “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” The problem is, this is easier said than done. Effective leaders inspire teams to collaborate in decision-making. This means choosing the best courses of action and integrating the ideas from your various team members. But the process for group […]

Critical Ops hits 25 million downloads as mobile shooter preps for esports and Asia

Indie studio Critical Force is declaring mission success. Its mobile first-person shooter Critical Ops reached 25 million downloads in two years and boasts 860,000 daily active players. Critical Ops features FPS gameplay similar to Counter-Strike, and it’s available on Android and iOS. Players can embark on a solo campaign or join a clan and play […]

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