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Google launches AI Center in China

Google today announced plans to launch the Google AI China Center. The news was shared by Google chief scientist Fei-Fei Li ahead of Google Developer Days events in Shanghai. Based in Beijing, the center will focus on AI research and receive support from Google engineers based in China. In addition to conducting research, the office […]

The $177,843.34 Facebook ad test: Collection vs. single video

GUEST: Facebook launched its Collection ad format for ecommerce in early March of this year amid a lot of fanfare. Given that I oversee millions of dollars of ad spend per month, I was more than a little curious about its impact. So I ran a $177K test, pitting the new Collection ads agains standard single […]

Trump signs U.S. government ban on Kaspersky Lab software

(Reuters) — President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the U.S. government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence. The ban, included as part of a broader defense policy spending bill […]

Nvidia partners with Japan’s Komatsu to make construction safer with AI

Japanese construction equipment manufacturer Komatsu will work with Nvidia to use artificial intelligence to make construction sites safer. Santa Clara, California-based Nvidia announced the deal at its GTC Japan event, where CEO Jensen...Show More Summary

Rocwise’s Soldiers of the Universe shows a Turkish take on the war on terror

Soldiers of the Universe isn’t pretty — and it’s not supposed to be. Turkish studio Rocwise Entertainment created a first-person shooter about fighting terrorists from a Middle Eastern perspective, not a Western viewpoint. It’s the team’s first game, and it’s out now on PC. Developer Can Cankatl? says that dealing with the topics of terrorism and war […]

Guns of Boom shoots its way to 20 million downloads on iOS and Android, adds esports

Game Insight announced that Guns of Boom for iOS and Android has blasted its way to 20 million downloads in six months, and the company is unveiling a new mode for esports players. The Vilnius, Lithuania-based company has a big hit in the 4-versus-4 cartoony multiplayer shooter, which looks a lot like Valve’s Team Fortress […]

FR8 Revolution Announces Investment from Sandhills Publishing

PRESS RELEASE: FR8 Revolution, creators of the marketplace for open deck carriers and shippers, today announced it has completed a technology partnership and undisclosed investment from Sandhills Publishing, a leading information processing...

Kansas City’s Sly James joins chorus of nearly 60 mayors who support net neutrality

As high profile tech executives, companies, and investors continue to speak out against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s upcoming vote to repeal existing net neutrality rules, mayors across the U.S. are also increasingly joining the conversation. Today, Kansas City Mayor Sly James published an op-ed in Startland News, a blog that covers Kansas City tech […]

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has a breakthrough control scheme

Microsoft and The PUBG Corporation released PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on the Xbox One today, and the unfinished last-player-standing shooter, which is available for $30 in the Game Preview program, needs a lot of performance optimization. But one area that the designers have already figured out is how to control this complex game with a joypad. The […]

Love 3.0: How technology changes our definition of love, sex, and relationships

OPINION: Last month, I traveled to Singapore to moderate a panel on Love 3.0 at the IMI Festival. The goal of the discussion was to assess whether technology has changed our definition of love, sex, and relationships. Seeing as many of us have become overzealous, right-swiping Tinder addicts, I would be inclined to say that it […]

Google slashes prices for its machine learning service as AWS steps up competition

Google has massively cut prices for its managed cloud machine learning service just two weeks after AWS released a competing offering at its re:Invent user conference. The company has introduced massive price reductions for its Cloud Machine Learning Engine managed services. For example, customers using basic-tier compute for training a machine learning system will pay […]

Cuphead developers bet everything on a 1930s-cartoon-style game

Studio MDHR has sold an estimated 1.5 million copies of Cuphead for the PC and Xbox One since the challenging run-and-gun game debuted on September 29. It’s a surprise hit of the fall, made by a family-run company whose leaders mortgaged their homes to finish it. Chad, Jared, and Maja Moldenhauer of Studio MDHR talked […]

Low-wage workers drive the global AI labor market

GUEST: Artificial intelligence will be one of the key drivers of the economic growth in the next few years. But what will drive the AI industry itself? Some consider AI technologies a secret weapon of a few high-paid engineers. In fact, the success of an AI solution is mainly defined by the low-paid workers in developing […]

Indiegogo starts listing initial coin offerings

Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo announced today on its website that it will begin listing a select number of initial coin offerings, in yet another step by the company to move beyond perk-based crowdfunding. While ICOs will be listed on Indiegogo, interested backers will have to go to a portal called First Democracy VC to invest. First Democracy […]

China is right: The world doesn’t need Silicon Valley

GUEST: Ever since the Chinese Government banned Facebook in 2009, Mark Zuckerberg has been making annual trips there attempting to persuade its leaders to let his company back in. He learned Mandarin and jogged through the smog-filled streets of Beijing to show how much he loved the country. Facebook even created new tools to allow China […]

Overwatch’s second Winter Wonderland has some icy cool new skins

Seasonal events bring new game modes, but many Overwatch fans especially look forward to the new costumes. The second Winter Wonderland, which starts today and lasts until January 1, adds some good-looking skins. The event adds seven new Legendary skins, the highest rarity in the game. You can unlock them with 3000 in-game credits or […]

Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland is now live with new mode, Mei’s Yeti Hunt

Overwatch has gotten into the holiday spirit with the launch of Winter Wonderland, a seasonal event that is now live for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC team-based shooter. Overwatch doesn’t charge players for new content, just the base game. Instead, Blizzard Entertainment makes its post-launch money by selling loot boxes that contain random […]

How 34 Illinois tech organizations are working to close the diversity gap

GUEST: Diversity is a major topic of conversation in tech, but so far, that conversation hasn’t significantly improved representation of women and minorities in the industry. In a recent survey conducted by First Round Capital, nearly 68 percent of founders across the country believe that the tech industry will not become representative of the general population in […]

Manticore Games raises $15 million for multiplayer gaming from Benchmark Capital

Manticore Games, a startup founded by former Zynga and Electronic Arts executives, has raised $15 million from Benchmark Capital. That’s a hefty amount to invest in a new studio, but the round was led by Mitch Lasky, a former Activision and Jamdat Mobile game maker, who is now a general partner at Benchmark, which is […]

Life is Strange will launch for iOS on December 14

Square Enix announced today that it is bringing its episodic adventure game Life is Strange to iOS. The first three episodes will come out on December 14, with the final two following during the first quarter of 2018. Life is Strange came out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC in […]

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