Bellevue-based game developer Bungie splits from Activision

Both companies published a joint statement confirming that Bungie will assume full rights and responsibilities for the “Destiny”gaming franchise.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Video Games, Bellevue, Eastside, Bungie

Sony reshuffles its mobile division, gears up for comeback at MWC

Sony Mobile had a tough 2018, but it's looking to turn its mobile fortunes around in 2019. We sat down with VP of Marketing, Don Mesa, at CES 2019 to find out what the company has in store for us in the year ahead. The post Sony reshuffles its mobile division, gears up for comeback at MWC appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Business, Trends, Sony, MWC, Sony Mobile, CES 2019, Ces2019, VP of Marketing Don Mesa

Nubia’s two-screen wonder is a new solution to our all-screen selfie problems

Nubia has added a second screen to the back of the Nubia X so the rear camera can be used for selfies -- and a lot more -- and the front is all-screen. We tried the phone out at CES 2019. The post Nubia’s two-screen wonder is a new solution to our all-screen selfie problems appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Trends, Nubia, Second Screen, CES 2019, Nubia X, Ces2019

Shareholder sues Alphabet board over handling of harassment

An Alphabet shareholder is suing the company's board of directors, claiming it helped cover up allegations of sexual misconduct by former Google executives.
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Shareholders Sue Alphabet's Board For Role In Allegedly Covering Up Sexual Misconduct By Senior Execs

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Attorneys in San Francisco representing an Alphabet shareholder are suing the board of directors for allegedly covering up sexual misconduct claims against top executives. The suit comes months after an explosive New York Times report detailed how Google shielded executives accused of sexual misconduct, either by keeping them on staff or allowing them amicable departures. For example, Google reportedly paid Android leader Andy Rubin a $90 million ex...
Tags: Google, California, San Francisco, Tech, New York Times, Cnbc, San Mateo County, Andy Rubin

Improbable and Epic Games establish $25M fund to help devs move to ‘more open engines’ after Unity debacle

Improbable is taking a daring step after announcing earlier today that Unity had revoked its license to operate on the popular game development engine. The UK-based cloud gaming startup has inked a late-night press release with Unity rival Epic Games, which operates the Unreal Engine and is the creator of Fortnite, establishing a $25 million fund designed to help game developers move to “more open engines.” An incoming blog post penned by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney and Improbable CEO He...
Tags: Gaming, UK, US, Tech, Epic Games, Improbable, Unreal Engine, Unity, Tim Sweeney, Herman Narula, Devs, Unreal Unity

Was 2018 as Good a Year for Electric Vehicles as They Say?

Teslas galore. But at the Tesla factory, not on the streets of most cities. Supporters of battery electric vehicles (EV and/or BEV) are rapturous about the 81% increase in electric vehicles sold in 2018 compared to 2017.  This table shows the breakdown, with a total of 361,307 vehicles sold in the US in 2018, compared to 199,826 sold in 2017. We should add a disclaimer.  We love electric-powered vehicles.  We’d like nothing more than to get a fully loaded Tesla, and, failing that, just about an...
Tags: Travel, Cars, US, Tech, General Motors, Tesla, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Fiat, Toyota, Volkswagen, Bolt, Electric, Nissan, Volt, Chevrolet Bolt

The Top Consumer Electronic Products and Concepts of 2018

As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is upon us, we thought that now would be the best time to review what trended in 2018, as we also take a look at how that may shape our 2019. Phones have always played a massive part of the consumer electronic showcase, and this year is no different. We tried to kill the bezel this year, and are one step closer to an all-screen phone. We’re also seeing 5G make its way into our lives. Along with phones, wireless chargers have taken off (except Apple’s AirPow...
Tags: Apple, Design, Technology, Microsoft, Lg, Popular, Product Design, Random, Edc, Don, Dreyfuss, Carlo Ratti, Blackberry Network, BB Network, Hubble Phone, PIQO

Procter and Gamble Unveils New Device That Aims To Remove Signs of Aging

In a video for the BBC, technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones uses Procter and Gamble's new device to maker him look younger. Called Opte, the device scans the skin and precisely applies tiny amounts of make-up to remove age spots, burst blood vessels and other blemishes. Opte has a camera in it that captures 200 frames per second and processes that data by looking at the difference of the color of your skin. It then sends it to a microprocessor and 120 thermal inkjet printers print the pro...
Tags: Tech, Bbc, Procter And Gamble, Rory Cellan Jones, Opte

Taking a stroll with Samsung’s robotic exoskeleton

Samsung’s look but don’t touch policy left many wondering precisely how committed the company is to its new robots. On the other hand, the company was more than happy to let me take the GEMS (Gait Enhancing and Motivation System) spin. The line includes a trio of wearable exoskeletons, the A (ankle), H (hip) and K (knee). Each serve a different set of needs and muscles, but ultimately provide the same functions: walking assistant and resistance for helping wearers improve strength and balanc...
Tags: Samsung, Tech, Robotics, CES 2019

A Pong table managed to wow CES 2019

That’s not the kind of headline one expects to write going into the week. But here we are. Universal Space’s analog Pong table is a mindblower in a whole unexpected way. The tabletop machine goes more retro than retro by bring pong into the real world through the magic of magnets (some day, perhaps, we’ll discover how they work). There’s a square “ball” and a pair of rectangular paddles on either side, moved back and forth by spinning a wheel. Like the classic game, spinning faster and hitti...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Hardware, Pong, CES 2019

CES 2019: 'I feel my sanity draining away'

The biggest show in tech is nearing its close - but how did attendees react this year?
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Google board tried to cover up sexual misconduct, shareholders allege

Alphabet directors provided big severance packages to accused executives to keep their conduct quiet, lawsuit saysAlphabet’s board of directors approved outsize severance packages for Google executives accused of sexual harassment in order to cover up a culture of misconduct, a shareholder lawsuit filed Thursday alleged.Minutes from board meetings obtained by attorneys for the shareholder reveal the personal involvement of Alphabet directors in behavior that has harmed the company, the plaintiff...
Tags: Google, Technology, US news, Sexual Harassment, Alphabet, Ann Ravel Louise Renne, Frank Bottini

Spotify’s increased focus on podcasts in 2019 includes selling its own ads

Having established itself as a top streaming service with now over 200 million users, Spotify this year is preparing to focus more of its attention on podcasts. The company plans bring its personalization technology to podcasts in order to make better recommendations, update its app’s interface so people can access podcasts more easily, and broker more exclusives with podcast creators. It’s also getting into the business of selling ads within podcasts, as a means of generating revenue from this ...
Tags: TC, Mobile, Spotify, Media, Podcasts, Amy Schumer, Advertising, Samsung, Tech, Pandora, Podcasting, Las Vegas, Ad Tech, El Chapo, Consumer Electronics Show CES, Holt

YouTube To Disable Automatic Posting To Twitter, Google+

YouTube is disabling the ability to automatically repost activity (uploads, liked videos, etc.) on Twitter and Google+ as of January 31st. "We’ve found that sharing these actions with a custom message (instead of through automatically generated posts) provides a better experience for the sharer and their followers on other social networks," YouTube said in an email to creators. You can continue to easily share videos to your social network: On the watch page on any device: click Sh...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Music, Youtube, Marketing, Social Media, Musicians, Music Business, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Twitter Google, D.I.Y, YouTube & Video

Stronger and Faster Horses Will Be Made in 2019 Using CRISPR Gene Editing

Kheiron Biotech using clones thoroughbred horses and announced in 2017 that they would use CRISPR gene editing to create super horses. They plan to perform myostatin inhibition to boost the muscles... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, Sports, World, Innovation, Crispr, Gene Editing, Kheiron Biotech

Unity pulls nuclear option on cloud gaming startup Improbable, terminating game engine license

A pair of highly-funded gaming unicorns are publicly skirmishing and the deal could have major repercussions for game developers. Today, UK-based cloud gaming startup Improbable, announced that Unity, a hugely popular game development engine, had terminated their license, effectively shutting them out from one of their top customer sources. If permanent, the license termination would be a significant blow to Improbable, which enables studios to host large online multiplayer games across multiple...
Tags: TC, Gaming, UK, Tech, Improbable, Terms Of Service, Unreal Engine, Unity, Tim Sweeney, Devs, Softbank Andreessen Horowitz, Unity Software, Unity Runtime, Unity on Twitter, Unreal Unity

Reports raise video privacy concerns for Amazon-owned Ring

Amazon -owned smart doorbell maker Ring is facing claims that might give some smart home enthusiasts pause. Recent reports from The Intercept and The Information have accused the company of mishandling videos collected by its line of smart home devices, failing to inform users that their videos would be reviewed by humans and failing to protect the sensitive video footage itself with encryption. In 2016, Ring moved some of its R&D operations to Ukraine as a cost saving move. According to th...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Privacy, Tech, Ukraine, Ring, Kiev

Google board sued for $90 million payout to Andy Rubin amid sexual abuse probe

“While at Google, Rubin is also alleged to have engaged in human sex trafficking -- paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to women to be, in Rubin’s own words, ‘owned’ by him.” The Board of Directors of Alphabet Inc., parent company of Google, has been sued by shareholders for okaying that $90 million exit payment to Andy Rubin, the Android mobile software superstar developer, while actively covering up abuse committed by him and other executives. Rubin was credibly accused of violently se...
Tags: Google, Post, Business, Technology, News, California, Tech, Bloomberg, Larry Page, New York Times, Sergey Brin, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, John Doerr, Ram Shriram, Alphabet

How will Jeff Bezos' divorce impact Amazon's stock price?

Yes, it's a soulless, grotesque question. But it's all about money, and investors are wondering if Jeff Bezos getting divorced means they're gonna lose money. Shares in Amazon inc “seesawed” on Thursday as questions swirled around Jeff Bezos's impending divorce, and any potential effect on his control of Wall Street's most valuable company, which is expanding like crazy around the U.S. From Reuters: Bezos, whom Forbes lists as the world’s richest person, worth an estimated $136.2 billion, sai...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Business, Technology, News, Washington, Tech, Jeff Bezos, Forbes, Reuters, Jeff, Bezos, Doug Kass, MacKenzie, Picks, MacKenzie Bezos

Last 10 years have been a huge financaal win

Last 10 years have been a huge financaal win Submitted by dabrownman on January 10, 2019 - 5:22pm. Here are the top 100 ETFs over the last 10 years based in average yearly returns  The top 25 returned more than 15% annual returned and the bottom 25 returned more than !0.5%Over the past 44 years the Dow 30 and S&P 500 ETF's averaged more than 10% returns including dividends and the Nasdaq 100 returned 13.33%  w/o dividends annually over the past 44 years - Wow!  That is the entire ti...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Usa, UK, Microsoft, US, Baking

Postmates lines up another $100M ahead of IPO

Postmates, one of the earlier entrants to the billion-dollar food delivery wars, has raised an additional $100 million in equity funding at a $1.85 billion valuation, as first reported by Recode and confirmed to TechCrunch by Postmates. The round comes four months after the eight-year-old startup drove home a $300 million investment that finally knocked it into “unicorn” territory. New investor BlackRock has joined the funding round alongside Tiger Global, which served as the lead investor...
Tags: Startups, TC, Uber, Softbank, Tech, Postmates, Slow Ventures, Blackrock, Founders Fund, Doordash, Bastian Lehmann, Spark Capital, Jpmorgan, Recent Funding, Spark Capital Founders Fund Uncork Capital

Is Samsung getting serious about robotics?

A funny thing happened at Samsung’s CES press conference. After the PC news, 8K TVs and Bixby-sporting washing machines, the company announced “one more thing,” handing over a few brief moments to announce a robotics division, three new consumer and retail robots and a wearable exoskeleton. It was a pretty massive reveal in an extremely short space, and, quite frankly, raised far more questions than it answered. Within the broader context of a press conference, it’s often difficult to determi...
Tags: Samsung, Tech, Robots, Lg, Robotics, Bixby, CES 2019

China 80 Gigapascal Carbon Nanotube Bundles Were Part of a Prediction from 2006

In 2006, I made about 156 predictions. One of the predictions was that carbon nanotube fiber would be inexpensive and with over 50GPa tensile strength around 2014-2018. Relative to 2006, there is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, China, Future, Materials, Innovation, Carbon Nanotubes, Predictions

Jeff Bezos' impending divorce carries some big risks for Amazon shareholders (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' impending divorce from his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, carries at least two big risks for the company's shareholders, legal experts say. Bezos could become distracted by the divorce proceedings, affecting his ability to run Amazon. The divorce could also potentially lead to a mass sell-off of stock by either Bezos or his wife. Legal experts think Bezos and his wife will work to minimize those risks, since it's in their interests to do so. But divorces don't always go smoothly...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York Post, New York, Washington, Trends, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, Rupert Murdoch, National Enquirer, Amazon Web Services, Blackrock, Paul Tudor Jones, Vanguard

Software Patents Poised To Make a Comeback Under New Patent Office Rules

Ben Klemens writes via Ars Technica: A landmark 2014 ruling by the Supreme Court called into question the validity of many software patents. In the wake of that ruling, countless broad software patents became invalid, dealing a blow to litigation-happy patent trolls nationwide. But this week the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) proposed new rules that would make it easier to patent software. If those rules take effect, it could take us back to the bad old days when it was easy to get broad...
Tags: Europe, Supreme Court, Tech, Alice, Patent Office, Federal Circuit, US Patent and Trademark Office USPTO, Ben Klemens, Federal Circuit Appeals Court, CLS Bank the Federal Circuit, Enfish the Federal Circuit

Californians may get a break on their mobile bills after tax is struck down in court

Californians have a lot to enjoy — great weather, big waves, solid microbreweries, and of course extremely high taxes on prepaid mobile service. But this controversial last feature is being adjusted after a judge found at least part of the state’s Mobile Telephony Surcharge to be unconstitutional. As a result, bills could shrink by a couple bucks starting this month. The tax, which funds various local services like 911 and so on, was raised in 2016 and depending on various factors could be aroun...
Tags: Mobile, Fcc, California, Government, Tech, T Mobile, MetroPCS

Research finds heavy Facebook users make impaired decisions like drug addicts

Researchers at Michigan State University are exploring the idea that there’s more to “social media addiction” than casual joking about being too online might suggest. Their paper, titled “Excessive social media users demonstrate impaired decision making in the Iowa Gambling Task” (Meshi, Elizarova, Bender and Verdejo-Garcia) and published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, indicates that people who use social media sites heavily actually display some of the behavioral hallmarks of someone ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Science, Instagram, Tech, Addiction, Michigan State University, IGT, Iowa Gambling Task Meshi Elizarova Bender, Verdejo Garcia, Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale, Iowa Gambling Task IGT

Board Sued Over Google’s Exit Package for Accused Executive

A shareholder lawsuit claims the directors of Google’s parent company approved a payout for Andy Rubin, who was accused of sexual harassment, in order to “keep the matter quiet.”
Tags: Google, News, Sexual Harassment, Page, Drummond, Larry, Google Inc, Alphabet Inc, Singhal, Rubin, Sergey, Brin, Andy Rubin, Boards of Directors, Suits and Litigation (Civil, Amit (1968-

UK has ‘red flagged’ 4,600 sellers for tax evasion on marketplaces like Amazon in 2 years

Sites like Amazon and eBay have made it very compelling for consumers to buy online rather than in stores, in part because prices are very competitive and in many cases cheaper than what buyers might find in traditional retailers. But in the U.K., it turns out that some of those low prices are in part due to sellers dodging taxes, so now the government is cracking down. The U.K.’s tax authority has “red-flagged” 4,600 online merchants, from a total of 7,000 investigations, in the last two years ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Ecommerce, UK, Taxes, Ebay, Tech, Eu, Hmrc, Customs, Asos, Amazon EBay, JSL, Treasury Mel Stride

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