Spin Studio adds in-headset VR editing to cloud-based creation platform - 41分前  VentureBeat

Pixvana debuted Spin Studio in late 2016 to help VR content creators easily make and distribute videos — now the platform is becoming even more compelling. As part of today’s “full release” of Spin Studio, Pixvana is notably adding the ability to edit content directly within a VR headset, complete with VR-native tools and ge…Read More
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Finding the right metrics for evaluating your bot - 1日前  VentureBeat

GUEST: Here’s the good news for companies building AI-powered virtual agents (aka bots) for customer service: Research from Accenture suggests that 80 percent of support chats or calls can be resolved by bots that have “good design.” The bad news is, the definition of good design changes depending on your business case. Historically, many bot…Read More
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VCs await regulatory clarity on Opportunity Zones, the latest tactic to draw capital to the Heartland - 1日前  VentureBeat

It’s an oft-cited statistic that 75 percent of venture capital money in the U.S. goes to just three states: New York, California, and Massachusetts — and has for years. If it’s going to take years to close that gap, why not offer n incentive for investors to put their money in other places? That’s the thesis behind Opportuni…Read More
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The Walking Dead game creator Telltale Games lays off most of staff - 2日前  VentureBeat

The Walking Dead game series creator Telltale Games has laid off a large part of its staff and may be in danger of shutting down. Gamasutra reported the news first, but the details were vague about whether a shutdown will happen. US Gamer also reported massive layoffs occurred, and The Verge said the company now has a skeleton crew of about 25 or s…Read More
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Overwatch retools Torbjörn to make him a better damage-dealer - 2日前  VentureBeat

Blizzard Entertainment promised earlier this year it would rework Torbjörn, Overwatch‘s Swiss mechanic that specializes in building turrets. Torbjörn began to fall off in popularity as his defense-focused playstyle couldn’t keep up with the high amounts of damage and speed of other characters. Now we know what those character changes wi…Read More
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ProBeat: Amazon is throwing Alexa at the wall to see what sticks - 2日前  VentureBeat

OPINION: Amazon’s Alexa event yesterday had a stupid amount of announcements, no matter how you count them. The number of new products was in the double digits, as was the quantity of new Alexa features, and the company kicked it all off by saying it had 70 things to announce. It was overkill, to say the least. I want to say that Amazon has f…Read More
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T-Mobile details 5G home broadband plan to undercut Charter and Comcast - 2日前  VentureBeat

In making the early case for merging with Sprint, T-Mobile said in May that it hoped to leverage the smaller carrier’s network to offer “fixed 5G” service — home broadband internet — in a challenge to cable companies. Now the carrier is telling the FCC (via FierceWireless) that it’s planning to challenge top cabl…Read More
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Vodafone UK plans 5G launch in 2019, but says early phones are too big - 2日前  VentureBeat

U.K. cellular carrier Vodafone will launch its 5G network in 2019, the company confirmed, but concerns over the size of early 5G devices are casting a cloud over the next-generation wireless technology’s initial mass market potential. That’s the message from Vodafone CTO Scott Perry (via Telecoms), who held court after the company made…Read More
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Facebook will stop on-site support for political campaigns - 3日前  VentureBeat

(Reuters) — Facebook said on Thursday that it would no longer dispatch employees to the offices of political campaigns to offer support ahead of elections, as it did with U.S. President Donald Trump in the 2016 race. The company and other major online ad sellers including Alphabet’s Google and Twitter have long offered free dedicated as…Read More
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Samsung’s CJG5 monitor review — The right display for our times - 3日前  VentureBeat

REVIEW: Right now is a great time to build a new gaming PC. Memory prices are still high, but we have a glut of great CPU, GPU, and storage options that do more than most people will need. We’re definitely in the mature part of the PC component cycle, which is why Nvidia is trying to reboot it with RTX. When it comes to displays, however, thi…Read More
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Blind review: A puzzler that leaves you in the dark - 1日前  VentureBeat

REVIEW: I’d love to tell you that Blind’s infuriating puzzles are frustrating for the right reasons, but I can’t. Tiny Bull Studios’ efforts to put you in the shoes of a blind person, giving you a taste of what life is like without sight are thoughtfully delivered and will stay with me for long after this review. Sadly, it’s the more traditional de…Read More
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VR’s missing ingredient: FOMO - 1日前  VentureBeat

GUEST: In over two years as CEO of Admix, an AR/VR company, I have attended well over 100 events, pitched investors, and given countless interviews. By far the most common question I get is “What does VR need to get to the next level?” Industry people have different theories about it. Some say hardware needs to get better. Some people t…Read More
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Ousted Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner comments on studio’s fate - 2日前  VentureBeat

The cofounder and former chief executive officer of Telltale Games has posted a public statement about the studio’s reported layoffs and potential closure. Kevin Bruner started Telltale in 2004, but new investors helped force him out of his leadership position in 2017. Now, while still embroiled in a legal fight with his former company, the s…Read More
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AI helps Pixeldrive cut photo file sizes without substantially affecting quality - 2日前  VentureBeat

Typical compression schemes strip data away from files, and when it comes to photos, the results are often splotches, color banding, and other unpleasant artifacts. Try this experiment: Take a snapshot with your smartphone and upload it to Facebook or Twitter. Download the uploaded (and now compressed) image from the web and compare it to the origi…Read More
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Amazon Echo Show hands-on: More than a tablet glued to a speaker - 2日前  VentureBeat

A common criticism of smart speakers with a screen is that they’re just a tablet with a voice and some speakers. The entire concept of this genre of devices began with the Echo Show in 2017, and is now spreading to Google Assistant-powered third-party devices from Lenovo and JBL, and potentially a Google Home Hub next month. In some areas, pe…Read More
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California Cup will create Overwatch esports rivalry between Northern and Southern California - 2日前  VentureBeat

When the global Overwatch League has its off season, a regional esports rivalry for Blizzard’s Overwatch video game will take over. The Overwatch League’s California teams are creating the California Cup, which will pit Northern California Overwatch teams against Southern California teams. The competition pits the Los Angeles Valiant ag…Read More
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How Facebook and 500 other companies will bring 3.8 billion more people online - 2日前  VentureBeat

About 3.8 billion people in the world, or roughly half the population, lack internet access. The Telecom Infra Project (TIP), started by Facebook in February 2016, wants to bring the internet to all of the people who don’t have it. Connectivity gives people a voice, and helps them find and share knowledge, strengthen economies, and improve co…Read More
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Uber reportedly in talks to buy food delivery service Deliveroo - 3日前  VentureBeat

(Reuters) – Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies is in early talks to buy food delivery company Deliveroo, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. The value of the deal is not known, Bloomberg reported, adding that the offer would need to be considerably above Deliveroo’s latest valuation. London-based Delive…Read More
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The D20 Beat — Dragon’s Dogma, Etrian Odyssey, and Path of Exile are today’s D&D megadungeons - 3日前  VentureBeat

OPINION: I adore Capcom’s Dragon’s Dogma, an open-world role-playing game that first appeared in 2012. I missed out on the Dark Arisen expansion, but thanks to this 2017’s PlayStation 4 remaster, I dived back into the near-6-year-old game. And about 20 hours into Dragon’s Dogma, I discovered something I hadn’t realized…Read More
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Skype will finally make Echo Show video calls worthwhile - 3日前  VentureBeat

Amazon debuted nearly a dozen new Alexa-powered devices today in a head-spinning hour atop The Spheres in Seattle, including a second-generation version of the Echo Show. Two major improvements were made to the latest version of the Echo Show that were of absolute necessity based on my experience with the first generation Show introduced last summe…Read More
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