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Tech leaders highlight military AI and 5G investments they call essential to U.S economy and national security

TECH LEADERS HIGHLIGHT MILITARY AI AND 5G INVESTMENTS THEY CALL ESSENTIAL TO U.S ECONOMY AND NATIONAL SECURITY

Executives from companies like Amazon and Microsoft are suggesting Congress and the president prioritize funding for certain 5G and...

Apple's choice to keep stores closed is a smart call during stupid times

APPLE'S CHOICE TO KEEP STORES CLOSED IS A SMART CALL DURING STUPID TIMES

Even though Apple was preparing to reopen some of its stores in April, it course corrected with a delay - an example others should...

 
 
 

SINE WAVE ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES BREAKROOM 3D SOCIAL HUB FOR REMOTE TEAMS IN VR, PC, OR MOBILE DEVICES

Sine Wave Entertainment, which sought to build a Second Life style experience in virtual reality, has launched its Breakroom 3D social...

98point6 raises $43 million to expand its AI-powered telehealth service

98POINT6 RAISES $43 MILLION TO EXPAND ITS AI-POWERED TELEHEALTH SERVICE

Telehealth provider 98point6 raised $40 million from Goldman Sachs to expand its telemedical services as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

 
 
 
Qcraft raises over $24 million to train autonomous vehicle systems in simulation

QCRAFT RAISES OVER $24 MILLION TO TRAIN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE SYSTEMS IN SIMULATION

Qcraft, a robotics startup developing a simulation platform for autonomous vehicles, has raised 'tens of millions' of dollars in a...

WHY AMBER OPENED A NEW SUPPORT STUDIO IN GUADALAJARA - HOW GAMES MAKE MONEY

Amber is a development agency that produces its own games but also works with external companies to provide support services. That...

 
 
 
The DeanBeat: Subspace emerges with $26 million to fix internet bottlenecks for multiplayer games

THE DEANBEAT: SUBSPACE EMERGES WITH $26 MILLION TO FIX INTERNET BOTTLENECKS FOR MULTIPLAYER GAMES

The DeanBeat: Subspace emerges from stealth with $26 million in funding to fix internet bottlenecks for games and entertainment.

Blackbird.AI CEO: ‘COVID-19 is the Olympics of disinformation'

BLACKBIRD.AI CEO: ‘COVID-19 IS THE OLYMPICS OF DISINFORMATION'

COVID-19 disinformation campaigns have exploded, sowing fear and confusion at a time when verifiable information is a matter of life...

 
 
 
Uber Eats now lets you donate $2 to support your local restaurants

UBER EATS NOW LETS YOU DONATE $2 TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL RESTAURANTS

Uber Eats is asking customers to donate a set fee to support their favorite local restaurants, with Uber matching doncations up to...

Google releases location data to show if coronavirus lockdowns are working

GOOGLE RELEASES LOCATION DATA TO SHOW IF CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS ARE WORKING

Google has published reports for 131 countries showing whether visits to shops, parks and workplaces dropped in March due to lockdown...

 
 
 
Xbox co-creator Rob Wyatt sues Atari for failing to pay him for design of VCS console

XBOX CO-CREATOR ROB WYATT SUES ATARI FOR FAILING TO PAY HIM FOR DESIGN OF VCS CONSOLE

Xbox co-creator Rob Wyatt has filed a lawsuit against Atari for failing to pay him for the design work he did in creating the Atari...

Gaming laptops keep getting better

GAMING LAPTOPS KEEP GETTING BETTER

Gaming laptops were already great. They are thin, light, and powerful. But now they may get even better thanks to some next-gen tech.

 
 
 
Publishers grapple with high clicks but low prices in pandemic

PUBLISHERS GRAPPLE WITH HIGH CLICKS BUT LOW PRICES IN PANDEMIC

The programmatic strategies that once worked before the COVID-19 pandemic may not be working so well now. Here are some tactics for...

USC Games and Jam City will host digital gaming showcase on May 12

USC GAMES AND JAM CITY WILL HOST DIGITAL GAMING SHOWCASE ON MAY 12

The show is going on at the USC gaming showcase. Normally, the USC Games Expo is a physical event, but this year it will be a digital-only...

 
 
 
Puzzle sales boom as families unplug during coronavirus lockdown

PUZZLE SALES BOOM AS FAMILIES UNPLUG DURING CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

Ravensburger says U.S. puzzle sales jumped 370% over the past two weeks compared to the same period last year as quarantined families...

Glen Schofield: How to build a new triple-A game studio in the midst of a pandemic

GLEN SCHOFIELD: HOW TO BUILD A NEW TRIPLE-A GAME STUDIO IN THE MIDST OF A PANDEMIC

Glen Schofield is the founder of Striking Distance Studios, which is being bankrolled by PUBG Corp., the maker of the popular battle...

 
 
 
Facebook launches Messenger app for Windows and MacOS globally

FACEBOOK LAUNCHES MESSENGER APP FOR WINDOWS AND MACOS GLOBALLY

Facebook is launching Messenger apps for Windows and MacOS globally starting today, a year after first announcing plans for dedicated...

Going global: What international expansion means for mobile gaming's top publishers

GOING GLOBAL: WHAT INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION MEANS FOR MOBILE GAMING'S TOP PUBLISHERS

Learn how mobile gaming leaders from Activision, Wildlife Studios and Lion Studios have successfully leveraged data to grow audiences...

 
 
 
Lightheart Entertainment raises $1.4 million for ‘hyper core' mobile gaming

LIGHTHEART ENTERTAINMENT RAISES $1.4 MILLION FOR ‘HYPER CORE' MOBILE GAMING

Lightheart Entertainment has raised $1.4 million in seed funding for "hyper core" mobile games, or games that are hardcore and accessible.

Google's Arts & Culture app taps AI to transform your photos into works of art

GOOGLE'S ARTS & CULTURE APP TAPS AI TO TRANSFORM YOUR PHOTOS INTO WORKS OF ART

With its new Art Trasnfer tool, Google can now transform your photos into works of art through the Arts & Culture mobile app.

 
 
 



‘Lean On Me,' ‘Ain't No Sunshine' singer Bill Withers dies at 81

‘Lean On Me,' ‘Ain't No Sunshine' singer Bill Withers dies at 81

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean On Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain't No Sunshine,” has died. Read more ...

Nursing home that was an early epicenter of coronavirus cases could face...

Nursing home that was an early epicenter of coronavirus cases could face federal fine of $600,000

At least 35 coronavirus deaths are associated with the Washington state facility, according to officials. The virus infected two-thirds of residents and dozens of staff members. Read more ...

Corona beer stops production

Corona beer stops production

Production of Corona beer is being temporarily suspended in Mexico because of the coronavirus outbreak. Read more ...

National coronavirus updates: Officials urging stronger response as death...

National coronavirus updates: Officials urging stronger response as death toll passes 6,000

To keep the numbers from rising, the nation's top experts say aggressive social distancing measures are now more important than ever. Read more ...

'Throwing the commanding officer overboard': Democrats want investigation...

'Throwing the commanding officer overboard': Democrats want investigation after Navy fires aircraft carrier captain

House lawmakers want answers about the Navy's abrupt dismissal of Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, after his letter pleading for... Read more ...

Slammed By Trump, 3M Says N95 Mask Exports From U.S. Should Continue

Slammed By Trump, 3M Says N95 Mask Exports From U.S. Should Continue

The president and others have criticized 3M, with some officials alleging profiteering during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the company says cutting exports would be a mistake... Read more ...

NFL fans want Rex Ryan to apologize for inexplicably calling Amari Cooper a...

NFL fans want Rex Ryan to apologize for inexplicably calling Amari Cooper a 'turd'

Rex Ryan said he wasn't a fan of Amari Cooper's new deal with the Cowboys, but the former coach took things a bit too far. Read more ...

100,000 New Yorkers have coronavirus, death toll nears 3,000

100,000 New Yorkers have coronavirus, death toll nears 3,000

ALBANY - The horrific toll the coronavirus pandemic is taking on the Empire State continued to climb Friday as the number of cases soared past 100,000 and officials reported... Read more ...

Dow slides after the US economy loses far more jobs than expected in March

Dow slides after the US economy loses far more jobs than expected in March

US stocks fell Friday after the March jobs report disappointed by a wider margin than expected, ending a record 113-month streak of job growth. The declines reversed gains from... Read more ...

Bill Withers, singer of ‘Lean on Me' and ‘Just the Two of Us,' dies at 81

Bill Withers, singer of ‘Lean on Me' and ‘Just the Two of Us,' dies at 81

Bill Withers, the soulful voice behind R&B classics such as “Lean On Me,” “Ain't No Sunshine,” “Lovely Day” and “Just the Two of Us,” died Monday from heart complications in... Read more ...