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Samsung debuts 5.8-inch Galaxy S9 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S9+ with incremental changes to flagship phones

Shaking off a couple of tumultuous years, Samsung has attempted a return to normalcy by debuting its new flagship phones on the eve of the telecom industry’s biggest annual gathering. On a Sunday evening in Barcelona, Samsung executives officially announced the 5.8-inch Galaxy S9 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S9+ smartphones. The details confirmed what VentureBeat had […]

Glu Mobile redesigns its headquarters and its strategy

Glu Mobile moved into a brand new headquarters in San Francisco recently, with much of its staff together under one roof in a move that is meant to reflect its unified creative culture. The publisher of mobile games such as Design Home and Covet Fashion is now focused on rapid prototyping and simpler operations. Earlier […]

The real cost of mining Ethereum

GUEST: Just how profitable is it to mine Ethereum? To properly answer this question, let’s start at the beginning: Let’s construct a hypothetical mining rig, plug in some reasonable of numbers, and come up with a pragmatic analysis of how much you can earn through Ethereum mining. Let’s also hold the price of Ethereum static. By […]

Huawei announces Balong 5G01, first commercially available 5G chipset

In the race to win the 5G market, China’s Huawei took another step forward today when it announced what it claims is the first commercially available 5G chipset. Called the Balong 5G01, the company says it is compliant with the recent standards that were locked down last December by industry group 3GPP. While 5G is […]

Blizzard chief Mike Morhaime foresees a long road ahead for esports

Blizzard Entertainment scored big with the debut of its Overwatch League. The official esports league for Overwatch players drew more than 10 million viewers in its debut week in January. Blizzard (a division of Activision Blizzard) continues to invest heavily in the esports market as the whole industry hopes that esports will catch up with […]

Huawei reveals Windows MateBook X Pro laptop and Android MediaPad M5 Series tablets

Huawei today announced upgrades to its laptop and tablet lineup today at a press conference held a day before the start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Chinese company showed off the new Huawei MateBook X Pro laptop and the MediaPad M5 to press and analysts gathered at the city’s Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona, […]

PSVR 2 makes more sense as Sony releases more PSVR games

OPINION: Apex Construct’s release this week once again brought about a recurring topic in its reviews: PlayStation VR’s limited tracking and Move controllers restrict what is an otherwise great experience. The 180-degree tracking makes traversing an entire virtual world much more finicky than it should be and the lack of analog sticks on the controllers make […]

3 AI terms all business professionals need to understand

GUEST: Today there are many discussions happening around the value and utility of artificial intelligence. In fact, a recent report by MIT Sloan Management Review asserts that almost 85 percent of executives believe AI “will allow their companies to obtain or sustain a competitive advantage.” But there’s also a lot of confusion about terminology, the kinds […]

Neurogaming’s World of Tanks VR attraction reminds us that arcades are social experiences

2018 is shaping up to be a big year for VR arcades and attractions, and a new player in the space is looking to find success with an approach that focuses on fun gameplay and multiplayer. Cyprus-based Neurogaming is a joint endeavor made up of Wargaming — the publisher behind World of Tanks — and […]

Walmart’s problem isn’t Amazon — it’s a lack of interest in who its customers are

GUEST: This week investors held a collective freakout over the fact that Walmart’s online sales grew at just 23 percent over the fourth quarter of 2017, down from 50 percent the previous quarter. They tanked Walmart’s stock by 10 percent, its biggest one-day decline in several decades. While I also happen to be bearish on Walmart, […]

LG V30S ThinQ features hardware upgrades, Vision AI, and Voice AI

At Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona this weekend, LG will be unveiling the LG V30S ThinQ. We got a peek at the release a bit early. Here is everything we know, minus pricing and release details. As the name implies, the new device does not look significantly different than the LG V30 it succeeds. […]

Why Ethereum weathered the cryptocurrency downturn better than Bitcoin

GUEST: If 2017 was a dream for cryptocurrency enthusiasts, 2018 has been a swift return to reality. The value of Bitcoin, which increased over 1,000 percent last year, has decreased by close to 30 percent so far this year, and many other coins have followed suit. The crypto market has begun a modest recovery, but investors […]

Behind the Magic Leap and Weta Workshop alliance

Little by little, Magic Leap is pulling back the veils on the mixed reality technology that it has been developing since 2011. The Florida company has raised more than $1.4 billion for its technology from investors like Google and Alibaba. Rony Abovitz, CEO of Magic Leap, said in December the company will ship its first […]

How Cuphead came to be, and what it means for games

The fairy tale of Cuphead and its developer Studio MDHR continued this week as the debut game from a debut studio won three major awards at the prestigious DICE Awards in Las Vegas. Maja Moldenhauer humbly said on stage during a talk that she didn’t know what she could teach veteran game developers, except to […]

Pluto’s goal: becoming the Discord of VR

If I’m not playing a game that I’m supposed to write about then chances are I’m either playing something for fun, talking about games with friends, or thinking about games while I do other things. This goes for both VR and non-VR. Point being: gaming is a huge part of my life. As a result, […]

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with more proactive Windows Update

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with a small but important change to Windows Update. This build is from the RS4 branch, which represents the next Windows 10 update the company has yet to announce (but is likely to ship soon). There is no new build from the RS5 branch. Windows […]

California could see self-driving cars with ‘remote drivers’ in April

(Reuters) — Self-driving cars that back up their computerized system with a remote human operator instead of a fallback driver at the wheel could be tested on California roads as early as April, the state department of motor vehicles said. Relying on a remote human operator – who could control multiple autonomous vehicles from miles […]

Blockchain could transform in-game economies

GUEST: I’ve always been fascinated by a game’s ability to replicate real-world systems. Social interactions, weather systems, and even nuanced economies are re-created digitally with almost alarming accuracy. This has always been a part of a game’s appeal: the opportunity to safely play around in a world that feels so real. Today, games are inching closer […]

AI Weekly: AI is hunting the world’s deadliest killer

Earlier this week Google and Verily Life Sciences shared the latest advance in computer vision to identify signs of heart disease. With an accuracy of 70 percent, early results from the AI trained on retinal scan images from more than 200,000 patients is as precise as methods that require blood tests for cholesterol, said Google Brain product […]

People are using glitches in Super Mario Odyssey’s Balloon World

Nintendo updated Super Mario Odyssey with new, free content yesterday. This introduced the Balloon World online mode that enables players to have fun with an asynchronous hide-and-seek mode. Players can either hide a balloon and earn coins as other players take turns failing to retrieve it, or they can try to find other players’ balloons […]

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