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Unity releases EditorVR preview so game designers can build VR inside VR

Dec 15, 5:58PM

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-9-50-50-am Unity is making a huge bet on VR and is aiming to ensure that developers have plenty of reasons to build their virtual reality titles on the company’s game engine. Today, the company has released a preview build of its EditorVR tool which allows game designers to dive into their creations in VR to build and destroy to their hearts’ content. At the end of the day the keyboard… Read More

Comparably's new tool lets companies see how their culture stacks up against the competition's

Dec 15, 5:53PM

women of color Comparably, a company and workplace culture review platform, is expanding its tools and offerings to employers that want to have a better understanding of how they can improve their workplaces for employees. Comparably’s culture analytics dashboard for employers lets companies easily see how they stack up against their competitors. The most impactful part of the dashboard is the ability… Read More

Super Mario Run is now available on the App Store

Dec 15, 5:47PM

mario-donwload As its name clearly implies, Super Mario Run is all about forward momentum. It’s a simple matter of physics — you can’t stop a Mario brother, you can only hope to temporary contain him with a well-placed pause block. As such, it should come as no surprise that the portly plumber jumped the gun a bit in the App Store. Nintendo’s long-awaited title was slated for a 10AM… Read More

Videopath's platform adds crucial context to video — could it fight fake news?

Dec 15, 5:30PM

screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-20-00-15 Part of the reason so-called ‘fake news’ videos can spread so virally is that there is very rarely any supporting information attached to the video. Further links and verified sources just don’t get attached, either because there is no way of adding that to the video or the maker and/or the sharer just don’t bother. So a ton of video comes out that has no clear sources,… Read More

Here's what that new Fed rate increase means for venture-backed startups

Dec 15, 5:26PM

Photo: Getty Images/orgnmaster/iStock The Federal Reserve yesterday raised its benchmark interest rate to a range of 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent, up from 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent. People in the business of venture-backed startups were paying attention, too, and not because of the new range, which is still super low by historical standards. It’s what the move augurs – even higher interest rates in 2017 –… Read More

WordPress adds 360-video support to its vast blogosphere

Dec 15, 5:23PM

wordpress stickers WordPress is embracing WebVR as it begins to roll out support for 360-degree videos and photos to its network of sites. In a blog post, the company says its aim is “to make publishing VR content as simple as publishing text or photos to the web.” Currently, the 360-photo feature has been made available to all blog account types while the 360-video uploader is still in beta and… Read More

Marvel just released 5 hours of superhero holiday fireplace videos

Dec 15, 5:21PM

groot-fire-compressor If there’s one thing I consistently love and can be trusted to both enjoy free or even pay money for, it’s fireplace videos. Sometimes called yule log videos, too, these are those things you see on Netflix, in the Apple TV App Store and on YouTube that just show a fireplace for a long period of time, often looping a clip and sometimes including music or sound effects.… Read More

TCL signs an exclusive deal to build BlackBerry-branded phones

Dec 15, 4:50PM

DTEK 60 BlackBerry announced the major global partner in its shift toward a solely software and service company today, and no surprise, it’s TCL. The Chinese hardware maker behind the Alcatel brand has already done a lot of heavy lifting for BlackBerry, as the designer and manufacturer behind the DTEK50 and DTEK60 handsets. Those phones were, in essence, rebadged versions of OEMed devices, with… Read More

The Arduino MKRZero is a teenier, tinier DIY board for hardware hackers

Dec 15, 4:19PM

mkrzero What do you buy for someone who has everything? Either a pink fairy armadillo or an Arduino MKRZero. I’d recommend going with the Arduino. The MKRZero is basically a really, really small microcomputer with a number of outputs and headers as well as a battery management system and USB control. It’s great for learning or building 32-bit applications and it’s small enough to… Read More

Skype begins testing an all-in-one app on Android offering native phone calls, SMS support & more

Dec 15, 4:15PM

skype-mingo-android A new Skype application dubbed “Skype Mingo” has been spotted in the wild, offering Android users the ability to use Skype as the native calling app and contacts manager for their smartphone, while still being able to take advantage of Skype features like chat, file and photo sharing, video calls, and its new bots. The app, still in alpha testing according to Google Play, was… Read More

Social media sites may need to apply age checks under UK anti-porn law

Dec 15, 4:03PM

stop sign Social media sites such as Twitter face being regulated in the UK under anti-porn proposals, as part of the government’s Digital Economy bill proposal. Read More

Comcast adds voice-controlled lighting to its Xfinity connected home offering

Dec 15, 4:00PM

xh-new-lighting-partners-1 Comcast isn’t a name that gets tossed around much when people talk about connected home automation plays from the likes of Apple, Amazon and Google, but all the while the cable giant has been looking toward the space as the next step in its ever-growing offering of home service bundles. It’s a very different play than any of the aforementioned tech giants, of course. For… Read More

PlayStation's new headset launches Jan. 12 with virtual surround and 3D audio

Dec 15, 3:57PM

31257045870_786e600bb4_k PlayStation has a new Bluetooth wireless headset, an over-ear pair of headphones that’s launching January 12 for $159.99. The new cans are called the Platinum Wireless Headset, presumably to indicate how much more premium they are than what came before, which was only Gold. What more does Platinum do for you, the gamer? Well it offers virtual 7.1 surround sound, but that was also a… Read More

Twitter reportedly developed, then killed off, a messaging app for emerging markets

Dec 15, 3:56PM

Getty Twitter TC.001 After years of speculation, it appears that Twitter did actually develop a messaging app of its own. But, two caveats, it was intended for emerging markets and it was killed off before ever being released to the masses. Read More

Facebook Messenger's artsy new camera turns any text into filters

Dec 15, 3:32PM

facebook-messenger-camera What’s better than a few geofilters? A billion algorithmically generated filters. That’s Facebook Messenger’s strategy to steal the visual communication crown from Snapchat, thanks to its new camera feature that rolls out today. Well, actually, “a billion” is selling it short. Read More

IAB study says majority of IoT owners are okay with ads on their devices

Dec 15, 3:26PM

Internet of Things IOT It might seem a little weird to think about seeing ads on, say, your smart refrigerator — but according to a new study, Americans are actually pretty open to the idea of advertising on “Internet of Things” devices. The study was released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (a trade group for online publishers and advertisers) and conducted by MARU/VCR&C, which says… Read More

Flo raises $1M led by Flint Capital for its AI-driven period calculator

Dec 15, 3:14PM

flo-ios The Flo app — the period calculator for women that tracks and predicts menstrual cycles, ovulation, and fertile days — has raised $1 million in seed round funding led by Flint Capital along with the Haxus Venture Fund co-founded by Yuri Gurski (who invested in MSQRD that was sold to Facebook in 2016). The Flo app is developed by OWHealth, a US-based startup. Like MSQRD, Flo was… Read More

ExplainEverything, the digital whiteboard, raises $3.7 million to bring learning to the iPad

Dec 15, 3:13PM

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-10-11-09-am Should you be interested in the lifecycle of the bee or the magic of clip art and equations then ExplainEverything would like a world. This Wroclaw, Poland-based company offers a sort of iPad-powered whiteboard that lets you collaboratively display drawings and text, equations, and even stamp out fun (and educational) clip art presentations. The company recently raised $3.7 million from Credo,… Read More

Hopper raises $61 million more for its airfare prediction app

Dec 15, 3:01PM

hopper-2016 Airfare prediction app Hopper has grown from 1 million downloads to over 10 million in the course of a year – a trajectory that’s allowed it to pull in $82 million CAD (~$61.2 million US) in additional funding to continue to grow its business. The Series C round was led by North American pension fund manager, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and includes participation… Read More

HyperScience, with $18m in Series A funding, offers AI to solve back-office problems

Dec 15, 2:58PM

Photo: JGI/Blend Images You can’t swing a bag of cats these days without hitting a company that’s working on AI. The latest, HyperScience, is today coming out of stealth for the first time. Based in New York city, HyperScience is bringing relatively general-purpose AI to market to solve the problem of data processing for its clients. Sometimes, problems aren’t actually too complex to solve, but… Read More

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