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How Oblong helped IBM build its ‘immersion rooms’ with giant displays

John Underkoffler is best known as the science adviser for the landmark sci-fi film Minority Report, where actor Tom Cruise uses “data gloves” and gesture controls to manipulate a transparent computer. As the CEO of Oblong Industries, he has been trying to bring that to life. He founded the company in 2006 and launched […]

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ProBeat: Amazon’s HQ2 was a perfect bait and switch

In September 2017, Amazon kicked off a frenzy from local governments with its announcement that North America would be blessed with a “second headquarters” (HQ2). City officials across the country have been bending over backward to please Amazon in the hopes of bringing the promised 50,000 jobs to their district. […]

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AI Weekly: Microsoft’s conversational AI has come a long way since Tay

Microsoft debuted a bevy of new services and product updates on Wednesday during its Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Business event, including an AI model builder for Power BI, its no-code business analytics solution; a Unity plugin for AirSim, its open source aerial informatics and robotics toolkit; and a public preview […]

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Amazon’s bait-and-switch won’t stop cities from screwing their citizens over for jobs

Amazon’s much-anticipated HQ2 announcement was predictable. Not just because the tech giant went with two obvious choices to add thousands of tech jobs in — New York City and Arlington, Virginia in the Washington, D.C. metro area — but because of how much these two cities were willing to give […]

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Atomico leads $24 million investment in UI prototyping platform Framer

Dutch design prototyping startup Framer has raised $24 million in a series B round of funding led by Atomico, with participation from Accel and AngelList. Founded out of Amsterdam in 2014, Framer offers an interactive design tool called Framer X, which launched as a replacement to the previous incarnation two months ago. In […]

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Roomi’s fall from grace: Major layoffs follow allegations of frivolous spending and nepotism

Next week will mark one year since Roomi announced a fresh $11 million in funding, a cash injection that came just as the New York-based shared housing marketplace declared it had hit the magic 1 million user milestone. That series A round was intended to spearhead a major domestic and global […]

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LinkedIn begins testing events tool in New York and San Francisco

LinkedIn is getting into the event business. The professional networking site announced today that it’s starting to test a new events tool with a select group of users in San Francisco and New York City. LinkedIn plans to roll out the feature globally in the next few months. The feature […]

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Woven, a startup founded by Facebook’s former CIO, wants to supercharge calendars

Tim Campos thinks calendars are broken. As Facebook’s former chief information officer, he would know; for six years, he coordinated countless conference calls and boardroom meetings across calendar platforms that were woefully “inflexible” and “stagnant.” “There’s a bunch of things calendars don’t do,” Campos told VentureBeat in a phone interview. “They actually don’t coordinate, […]

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Tesla’s new chairperson is Robyn Denholm, an existing board member and Telstra’s CFO

Tesla has announced who its new chair will be, a little more than a month after news emerged that Elon Musk would be stepping down as chairman as part of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Effectively immediately, existing board member Robyn Denholm will step into the […]

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds art boss on designing 64-square kilometers

Creating a map for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a monumental undertaking. The standard size for these zones is 8 kilometers long-by-8 kilometers wide. That’s a 64-square kilometer space that The PUBG Corporation needs to pack with interesting locations. And the job of overseeing that production belongs to PUBG art director Dave […]

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Amazon launches Alexa and Echo devices in Mexico

Buenos días, Alexa. Only a few short weeks after Amazon made Alexa-powered devices and its Echo smart speaker lineup broadly available in Spain and Italy, and months after it brought them to France, the Seattle company today announced that its voice assistant is making a Mexico debut. The Echo, Echo […]

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Grammarly brings its AI-powered proofreading tools to Google Docs

Let’s face it: no one’s perfect. And that’s doubly true when it comes to spelling, grammar, and punctuation. But those writing mistakes could be costing you. Professionals with one to four promotions made 45 percent more grammar errors than those with six to nine promotions in the same time period, […]

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Amazon’s cashiereless store is coming to New York

The third Seattle store in Amazon’s cashierless Amazon Go chain opened its doors this week, and the company’s already gearing up to open another. This one will be in New York. At least four job listings for a new Amazon Go location were posted on Thursday evening, The Information today reported, seeking […]

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Micron to invest $3 billion in memory chip factory in Manassas, Virginia

Manassas, Virginia is best known as the site of the Battle of Bull Run in the American Civil War. And now it’s home to an expanding chip factory, as Micron Technology announced today it is investing $3 billion by 2030 to make memory chips. Boise, Idaho-based Micron makes dynamic random […]

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Orpheus Self-Care Entertainment startup wants to make VR that can heal

Last year, Job Stauffer came to the attention of many people in the virtual reality space as the man who “lost 50 pounds using VR.” He’s actually lost quite a bit more than that since then, but Stauffer — a veteran of the games industry — seems much more focused […]

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ProBeat: Don’t get FOMO over AI

Companies of all shapes and sizes descended on Mill Valley, California this week to discuss and learn from each other about using artificial intelligence at VentureBeat’s inaugural Transform 2018 conference. Everyone had a story to tell, pitches to make, and insights to share. While the general consensus was positive — […]

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps gives you a way to compete against friends with Spirit Trials

Microsoft revealed a new mode, Spirit Trials, for its upcoming Metroidvania, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. The announcement came as part of its Inside Xbox Live stream from Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest is coming out for Xbox One and PC […]

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Games for women fuel Glu’s 31% revenue increase in Q2

Glu Mobile is getting a lot of payback from its acquisition of Crowdstar in 2016. The addition of its titles Design Home and Covet Fashion, two games aimed at women that Crowdstar created, helped the company report a 31 percent revenue increase in its second quarter ended June 30. Revenue came in at $90.2 million for the second […]

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Lucah: Born of a Dream unleashes its nightmares August 21

Lucah: Born of a Dream is an action role-playing game that’s set in a hellish world scratched from scraps of neon and wriggling darkness. It’s indie developer Colin Horgan’s latest title, and it will launch on PC on August 21. Under the moniker Melessthanthree, Horgan has developed a few short games like the shooter Together […]

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South Carolina’s Citibot is building a chatbot for local governments

Entrepreneur Bratton Riley is political royalty in his hometown of Charleston — he is the son of Joseph P. Riley Jr., the former mayor of the city of Charleston for 40 years, making Joseph one of the longest-serving mayors in the country. “When I was kid, I literally grew up in City Hall. Now as an adult […]

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The HoloSuit delivers full-body tracking in a compact package

Full-body tracking was once the stuff of movie studios and theme parks, but thanks to the proliferation of low-cost motion sensors, gyroscopes, and accelerometers, it’s finally beginning to trickle down to the consumer space. Trackstrap sells a product that works with the HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) headset, as does Perception Neuron. And for the […]

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