Jet Set Radio’s beloved street skating comes back in Hover: Revolt of Gamers - 1時間前  VentureBeat

Cel-shaded graffiti-spraying is rolling back into town. Developers Midgar Studio and Fusty Games announced today that Hover: Revolt of Gamers is releasing for PC on May 31. Hover is take on Sega’s Jet Set Radio series, which had players skating and spraying graffiti around colorful, cartoon-style cities. Hover received crowdfunding on Kickstarter in 2014, raising $116,398. It’s been available via Early Access on Steam since 2015. The first Jet Set Radio (or Jet Grind Radio, as Sega called it in the U.S.) came out in 2000 for the Dreamcast. The game was not a big sales hit, but it r...more
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AI startups are ready to take on Fortune 500 - 2時間前  VentureBeat

GUEST: People love a good David and Goliath story. Thanks to artificial intelligence, we may once again see many iterations of this narrative play out in the business space. For a long time now, big corporations have held most of the cards. Their capital, brand recognition, large staffs, and access to data have dwarfed the resources and capabilities of small businesses. So much so that in 2015, the Global Fortune 500 represented $27.6 trillion in revenues and employed 67 million people. This is a stunning concentration of power in a relatively small number of corporations. But AI is changing c...more
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Twilio’s ShelterPal is an SMS bot that helps you adopt the right dog or cat - 3時間前  VentureBeat

Ahead of this year’s National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, which is on April 30, Twilio has launched an SMS bot that is designed to make it easier for you to find the adorable cat or dog you wish to adopt. With ShelterPal, you text “Shelter Me” to (980) 477-3728 and answer a few questions. From then, Twilio will provide you with what it claims is the ideal cat or dog you want and is available at a nearby shelter. Having a pet at home can be a very big decision and it’s often encouraged that you get one from a shelter and not from puppy mills. But how do you know which breed...more
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How AI can make retirement transition easier for businesses and workers - 4時間前  VentureBeat

GUEST: Could digital apprenticeships help save the knowledge and experience of retiring employees from being lost forever? In 2016, the United Nations estimated the global population at 7.4 billion, with one in eight of those people over the age of 60. Moreover, life expectancy could break the 90-year-old barrier in several countries as soon as 2030, according to Imperial College London and the World Health Organization. Another study estimates that between 2012 and 2022, some 12.5 million jobs will open up as people leave the workforce. Over this period, 2 million new jobs will be created, bu...more
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Call of Duty: WWII’s beta test is a preorder bonus - 4時間前  VentureBeat

You don’t have to wait until November to play the new Call of Duty game … as long as you preorder it. Activision did a big reveal of the game today, and the publisher announced that Call of Duty: WWII will hit PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Like with many of the previous installments in this shooter series, however, it is getting a beta that will enable you to test out many of its online multiplayer functions early. At this point, that early access does not have a date, but Activision did confirm that preordering the game will get you into the beta — and you’ll get in...more
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LG G6 review: Sleek and solid, but not the Android flagship you want - 5時間前  VentureBeat

REVIEW: The LG G6 feels like a long phone, but it’s actually not that tall. The magic is in the display: its unusual 18:9 aspect ratio, its very narrow edges, and its rounded corners in place of the sharp 90-degree ones you usually see. Photos, videos, and even text look excellent here, especially when you can expand the content from a more traditional 16:9 aspect ratio to take advantage of the entire display, using the Settings > Display > App scaling options. The other big draw to the G6 is that you can use it even when it’s wet, because it’s been tested to have IP68...more
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Facebook Lite gets reactions and custom camera effects - 5時間前  VentureBeat

Facebook has added a pair of new features to Facebook Lite, a stripped-down version of the social network that can be used in markets where data plans are expensive. Today, users of the Android mobile version can now use reactions and take advantage of custom camera effects, including geofilters and special greetings. Basically Facebook Lite is now more closely in line with the mobile app. Company chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced the news today in a Facebook post, revealing that reactions have now been used more than 300 billion times. Launched more than a year ago, this tool lets you...more
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Call of Duty: WWII’s trailer gives the Fighting First a starring role - 6時間前  VentureBeat

Activision and Sledgehammer Games have released the first glimpse of this year’s Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: WWII. The official trailer shows off the World War II setting, where you will play a soldier in a squad in one of the most famous American divisions in the war, the 1st Infantry Division (also known as the Fighting First). Sledgehammer has taken Call of Duty back to its roots, delivering a World War II experience for fans who may never have experience it in Call of Duty before. It has been about eight years since the last Second World War game for Call of Duty (that was World...more
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Sledgehammer’s Call of Duty: WWII will be an unflinching and respectful combat experience - 6時間前  VentureBeat

PREVIEW: Activision and Sledgehammer Games have revealed details of their next big game, Call of Duty: WWII. Some information leaked on March 25, but the companies have now released a lot more, including the official trailer. GamesBeat was able to go behind the scenes at a preview event at Slegehammer Games in Foster City, California, and I interviewed key members of the team. And from what I’ve seen, it’s going to be an unflinching portrait of the combat experience of World War II, as witnessed by a fictional squad of soldiers in the fabled U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division....more
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Watch the Call of Duty: World War II livestream right here - 6時間前  VentureBeat

Call of Duty doesn’t ever stop, but sometimes it does go backward. Activision and developer Sledgehammer Games are holding a livestream for Call of Duty: WWII, and you can watch it live right here. Check it out: This post is part of the PC Gaming channel, presented by the Intel® Game Dev program.
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Y Combinator loses first COO Qasar Younis after 2 years - 1時間前  VentureBeat

Former Y Combinator partner and chief operating officer Qasar Younis has left the company to work “on something new,” according to the departing executive’s personal site and Facebook account. Younis first participated in the accelerator in 2010 as an entrepreneur. Three years later, Younis joined Y Combinator as an investor after selling his company, TalkBin, to Google. Y Combinator president Sam Altman made Younis the accelerator’s first COO in August 2015 and tasked him with scaling the “organization and operations as we tackle bigger and more ambitious project...more
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Sledgehammer grapples with playing the Germans in Call of Duty: WWII - 2時間前  VentureBeat

Slegehammer Games announced its Call of Duty: WWII first-person shooter today, and it acknowledged that in multiplayer combat, players will be able to fight as German soldiers. That’s a move that could stir some controversy, but Sledgehammer said it is trying to handle the topic in as respectful a way as it can. In World War II games, such uncomfortable questions always come up, and they underscore how games based on serious historical subjects can be particularly touchy. “It’s a tough one,” said Glen Schofield, cofounder of Sledgehammer in Foster City, California, in a...more
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Freejam Games’ development strategy turns players into robot builders - 3時間前  VentureBeat

SPONSORED: Presented by Intel Above: Freejam’s CEO/Game Director Mark SimmonsImage Credit: Freejam Games A few years ago, Mark Simmons was toiling away at game-development jobs at a work-for-hire contract studio. He enjoyed that he was working with friends, but he wasn’t excited by the restrictions imposed by such a situation: tight budgets, tough time schedules, and, most of all, that he was working on other people’s games. On the side, he started working on a prototype that centered on the ability for players to contribute to the project via user-generated content (UGC). Inspired by Eric Ri...more
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Classic game Riven follows Myst onto Android smartphones - 4時間前  VentureBeat

Riven debuted as the high-end computer game sequel to Myst in 1997. And 20 years later, thanks to the endless march of computing power, Riven is debuting on Google Play on Android smartphones. Spokane, Wash.-based Cyan, the creator of the Myst series, teamed with Saskatoon, Canada-based Noodlecake Studios to bring the classic adventure-puzzle titles Riven and RealMyst to smartphones. RealMyst (a real-time 3D version of Myst that debuted in 2000) released in January for $7, and Riven is out as a $7 premium title as well. “I’m truly amazed that we can transport explorers from the personal comfor...more
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Call of Duty: WWII’s story will show the honest side of heroism - 4時間前  VentureBeat

Believe it or not, Call of Duty isn’t all about shooting and cool graphics. Sledgehammer Games is trying to ensure that its newly revealed Call of Duty: WWII has a compelling story. That’s why the return to the roots of Call of Duty in the Second World War is such a big deal. It has such a wealth of historical material to weave into a story, with plenty of angles that haven’t been done over and over, according to Sledgehammer’s crew. I sat down with Sledgehammer’s storytellers, senior creative director Bret Robbins and narrative director Scott Whitney at the game ...more
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Call of Duty: WWII — punch (or shoot or blow up) these Nazi zombies - 5時間前  VentureBeat

Call of Duty is going back to World War II, and to no one’s surprise, this means you’ll have the chance to take on waves of undead Nazi soldiers. Publisher Activision and its Sledgehammer Games studio unveiled Call of Duty: World War II today. The game is due to launch in November (unless World War III starts before then), and it will have players experiencing the European theater of war in the single-player campaign. But Sledgehammer also confirmed that Nazi Zombies will return to the series. This is the cooperative mode where squads of players can team up to take on hordes of ene...more
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Halo Smart Labs’ Superior Proprietary Design Receives Unique Approval by California - 5時間前  VentureBeat

PRESS RELEASE: CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 26, 2017– Halo Smart Labs, a technology company specializing in developing life-safety smart home products, announced final approval from the state of California of its Halo™ and Halo+™ Smart Smoke Alarms with optional weather alert. The California State Fire Marshall’s approval included the creation of a new category of alarms recognizing Halo’s alarm as the first device incorporating both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors and a carbon monoxide sensor. ...more
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Why Sledgehammer’s founders wanted to take Call of Duty back to World War II - 6時間前  VentureBeat

Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey feel like Call of Duty: WWII is a personal passion project for the employees in their studio. Sledgehammer Games is making this year’s Call of Duty game, and they’re taking it back to its roots in the Second World War. In the single-player campaign revealed today, you’ll play as soldiers in a squad in the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, known as The Big Red One or The Fighting First. The division saw a lot of action throughout the war, starting in North Africa in Tunisia. It moved on to Sicily, Normandy, Aachen, and the Ardennes, th...more
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GSN chief to step down after a decade making games and TV shows - 6時間前  VentureBeat

David Goldhill will step down as president and CEO of the Game Show Network (GSN) after a decade on the job. He will stay onboard until a successor is found, according a statement issued by GSN, which is best known for casino games such as Mirrorball Slots and GSN Grand Casino. More recently, the company launched its Sparcade real-money wagering platform for competitive gamers. “After 10 years as CEO of GSN, I have informed our board that I will be stepping down this year,” Goldhill said in a statement. “I am working with our shareholders to identify new leadership for both our tel...more
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Force Protection Video Reports on Recent China and Hong Kong Visit - 6時間前  VentureBeat

PRESS RELEASE: CARY, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 26, 2017– Force Protection Video Equipment (OTCQB Markets: FPVDD), which is engaged in the development, manufacture and sales of body worn cameras and accessories, announced today that representatives of the company recently attended the Asia World Electronic Expo in Hong Kong. The company representatives also visited its body camera factory located in Shenzhen, China as well has several factories that produce electronic devices that the company will introduce and offer for sale in Q1. ...more
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