4 myths of the connected car revolution - 27分前  VentureBeat

Something strange happens when you look into a crystal ball. For some, it becomes easier to imagine roadblocks that don’t actually exist or that are not that insurmountable. Maybe it’s a way to create more hype by painting a dire picture, or to build up a taller mountain to scale as a way to raise even more investment money. Who knows? It’s a problem I’ve seen many times where the naysayers get most of the attention in tech. With connected cars, the same problem exists. It does seem like a big challenge: reinventing the most common form of transportation ever created. The death toll on U.S. hi...more
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TCL debuts BlackBerry KeyOne with hardware keyboard and Android Nougat for $549 - 3時間前  VentureBeat

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Chinese electronics company TCL debuted the BlackBerry KeyOne. For those keeping track, this is the phone previously known as codename Mercury, as first revealed by VentureBeat reporter Evan Blass (evleaks) back in June. This is the first BlackBerry smartphone released by TCL under their brand licensing agreement signed in December 2016, and the fourth BlackBerry device running Android. The BlackBerry KEYone features an anodized aluminum frame, a textured back, a 4.5-inch display (1620×1080 resolution, 434 PPI, and a 3:2 aspect ratio), and a ph...more
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5 surprising changes to the Zelda formula in Breath of the Wild - 3時間前  VentureBeat

Fans have asked Nintendo to change the fundamental structure of its Zelda games for a long time now, but the publisher has finally listened. I’ve spent about a dozen hours with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which comes to Switch and Wii U on March 3, and Nintendo has transformed its standard formula drastically this time around. To help illustrate how Zelda has changed, I’ve picked five subtle changes that surprised me. And I think each of these are indicative of the larger evolution the series is now going through. No heart pieces to collect In other Zeldas: One of the ...more
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Valve’s Steam Audio will bring better sound to games and VR - 6時間前  VentureBeat

Valve today released a new tool called Steam Audio that represents the fruit of its purchase of Impulsonic in January. The tech promises sound which very realistically responds to a virtual environment and would serve as an improvement over the standard 3D audio. In the demo video below you can hear the audio change as a player moves around a virtual room. In particular, some of the sound is partially blocked by a wall, altering the pitch and volume more than normal. It is a pretty sparse example, but when applied to VR you would have sound that more realistically matches your actions and beh...more
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How GameStop is faring as a video game publisher - 7時間前  VentureBeat

GameStop has more than 7,000 retail stores for selling games, but it has also diversified into publishing games under its GameTrust label. Instead of competing head-on with game publishers, the company is going after games that might otherwise not get published or not get noticed. It is targeting titles from seasoned independent game developers whose games could sell for $15 to $40, rather than the $60 Triple-A games. Mark Stanley, vice president of internal development and diversification at GameStop, sat down with me to explain the strategy at the DICE Summit, the elite game event in Las Veg...more
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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s new roller coaster uses VR - 9時間前  VentureBeat

I’m scared of roller coasters. Not heights, not speed, not intricate examples of mechanical engineering: roller coasters. I am specifically, and dreadfully, terrified or riding roller coasters. This is the story of me riding a roller coaster. Gulp. Last week, my wife and I were received an invitation from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California, to stop by for a preview of its new attraction. One of the park’s existing coasters, Kong, was being converted into an immersive virtual reality experience using a large number of Samsung Gear VR headsets. Above: Galactic Attack uses VR to e...more
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Google Assistant picks ‘Arrival’ for Best Picture Oscar, Alexa likes ‘La La Land’ - 11時間前  VentureBeat

The 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony is Sunday, and Alexa and Google Assistant have opinions about who will win Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress. The Oscars ceremony is Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Pacific. Red carpet action begins at 4 p.m. Pacific. When you ask Google Assistant “Who will win Best Picture at the Oscars?” it says: “I’m rooting for Arrival — a movie about translation is right up my alley. Plus I loved those aliens.” Alexa’s response to the same question: “Best film is tough this year. La La Land moved my feet, but Moonlight truly moved me. Cong...more
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Previous tech IPOs may hurt Snap’s stock debut - 14時間前  VentureBeat

ANALYSIS: (Reuters) – Snap appears set to make a splash next week with the biggest tech stock debut since Facebook, but history suggests investors shut out of the initial public offering would be better off waiting a bit to chase this unicorn on the open market. Globally, shares of most of the 25 largest technology IPOs have languished in their first 12 months on the public market, with 16 of them notching a hefty decline from their debut day closing price, according to a Reuters analysis of market performance. Eight of the 10 biggest fell by between 25 percent and 71 percent. Among U.S....more
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FCC chair to block stricter consumer data privacy protections - 20時間前  VentureBeat

(Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will block some Obama administration rules that subject broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than websites, a spokesman said on Friday, in a victory for internet providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. The rules approved by the FCC in October in a 3-2 vote were aimed at protecting sensitive personal consumer data. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, believes all companies in the “online space should be subject to the same rules, and the federal government should not favor one set of comp...more
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The Trump effect: The U.S. is heading for a tech brain drain - 1日前  VentureBeat

GUEST: This time last year, my headhunting firm had zero inquiries on opportunities outside of the US that were due to political considerations. But now I’m getting at least 10 messages a week from senior tech leaders seriously considering work outside the US. President Trump’s new immigration ban, which should be announced next week, will likely exacerbate this trend. With surreal news headlines almost hourly, it’s easy to see why there is this sudden interest in exiting America. I conducted a speed survey of 45 senior American execs to get a gauge on their current thoughts. The t...more
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What Salesforce Einstein teaches us about enterprise AI - 2時間前  VentureBeat

GUEST: Every business has customers. Every customer needs care. That’s why CRM is so critical to enterprises, but between incomplete data and clunky workflows, sales and marketing operations at most companies are less-than-optimal. At the same time, companies who aren’t Google or Facebook don’t have the billion dollar R&D budgets to build out AI teams to take away our human efficiencies. Even companies with the right technical talent don’t have the petabytes of data that the tech titans use to train cutting-edge neural network models. Enterprise AI shouldn’t be impossible Salesforce hopes ...more
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Girls in Tech Catalyst conference returns to San Francisco in June - 3時間前  VentureBeat

The fifth annual Catalyst Conference by Girls in Tech will return to San Francisco on June 20 to 22, with more than 40 speakers focused on inspiring women in technology. The speakers include Aaron Levie, CEO of Box; Jennifer Hyman, CEO of Rent the Runway; Kara Swisher, executive editor of Re/Code, and many others. While focused on women, the event is considered “accessible for all.” It takes place June 20 to June 22 in San Francisco. The speakers will aim to educate and engage — in a practical manner — with conference attendees on topics including trends, design thinkin...more
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How blockchains could save us from another Flint-like contamination crisis - 4時間前  VentureBeat

GUEST: After the city of Flint, Michigan, temporarily switched water sources in 2014, residents began to develop unusual medical conditions. The city later learned the water was contaminated with high levels of lead and other toxins. Flint has a population of over 100,000. At first, state and city officials, including the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, refuted the discovery and reassured residents the city water was safe for drinking. Official defenses fell only after citizens and non-governmental entities put together mounting evidence. In the future, we could use blockchai...more
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Why are there no unicorns in AgTech? - 6時間前  VentureBeat

GUEST: Major changes are coming to the ag and food sector. The market demands it. 7.5 billion people need to eat, after all. We are seeing two core areas of innovation in the ag sector: 1. Technology is changing the way growers access and disseminate information. Consider innovations like remote sensing by established player Planet Labs or startup SaraniaSat that give growers virtual “eyes in the sky,” helping them track their crops’ growth and overall health. Genomics and plant sciences, seed tech, biologicals for crop protection and regulation, digital Ag (application of data and predictive ...more
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What to expect from the app market this year - 9時間前  VentureBeat

GUEST: In 2016, mobile app store downloads reached over 90 billion, while total time spent in apps worldwide increased to nearly 900 billion hours. From a business perspective, the app economy proved to be more lucrative than ever, paying publishers over $35 billion in revenue across the iOS App Store and Google Play. 2017 is set to be another banner year for the app ecosystem. Here are some of the hottest trends from the most successful players in the space: Retail apps skyrocketed when Black Friday 2016 was the first day to ever generate more than $1 billion in U.S. online mobile sales. Mob...more
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Shedding Soviet history, Estonia aims to be world’s most pro-tech nation - 11時間前  VentureBeat

Karoli Hindriks is old enough to remember when the last Soviet tanks and soldiers filed out of Estonia in 1991, not long after the country declared its independence from the USSR. The joyful celebration that followed decades of occupation was quickly replaced by reality. Tucked into the northeastern corner of Europe, with a population of 1.3 million, no natural resources, and no major economic engine, residents looked around and wondered: Now what? Hindriks, 33 represents a big part of the answer. In 2014, she founded Jobbatical, a website that helps people who are traveling the world find job...more
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Microsoft launches facility to fight cybercrime in Latin America - 13時間前  VentureBeat

Microsoft has announced a new initiative aimed at selling its cybersecurity smarts to public sector bodies across Latin America. The Cybersecurity Engagement Center, located in Mexico, represents part of a growing push by Microsoft to position itself as a security-focused company — which is crucial in an age where enterprises and public sector organizations are increasingly shifting to the cloud. Indeed, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has made no secret of the fact that it’s striving to create “the intelligent cloud platform,” and would be one of its key investment areas. ...more
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These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week - 17時間前  VentureBeat

This week, Tech.eu tracked 14 technology M&A transactions and 65 tech funding deals totaling €200 million (about $211 million) in Europe, Turkey and Israel. Here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week: 1) Apple has acquired Tel Aviv, Israel-based Realface, a machine learning startup whose facial recognition technology can be used to authenticate users. 2) Shares in Rocket Internet fell as much as 14 percent on Thursday after major investor Kinnevik sold half its stake in the German e-commerce company as the two increasingly becoming competitors. 3) The Briti...more
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Apple extending Seattle footprint with new offices dedicated to AI and machine learning - 22時間前  VentureBeat

Apple real estate news continues to build up this week. After revealing the name of its soon-to-be-opened new headquarters in Silicon Valley, the iPhone maker is growing its footprint and workforce in Seattle—not far from the homes of Amazon and Microsoft. Apple confirmed to tech news site GeekWire that the company will be renting out more floors at Two Union Square, a 56-story skyscraper in downtown Seattle, where it already leases two floors. The new hires are expected to be working on projects primarily around artificial intelligence and machine learning—both of which could propel some of A...more
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The state of your self-driving car - 1日前  VentureBeat

Last year, the car industry was abuzz about the move towards autonomous vehicles, largely spurred by decisions made by technology companies such as Google, Tesla, and Uber. Since then, a few car makers have entered the space and even during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, there was plenty of talk surrounding the next generation of vehicles that wouldn’t require human assistance. While the phrase “self-driving” gets tossed around a lot, the truth is that not all cars are the same. In fact, four years ago, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic ...more
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