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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Apple is planning three new iPhone models in 2019, including a successor to the iPhone XR. One of the new models will include a triple camera, while the others will include a double rear camera, according to the Wall Street Journal. Wang Weijing, an executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei, has been fired following charges of espionage in Poland. It's the second arrest of a Huawei executive in two months after Meng Wanzhou, the co...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Facebook, Instagram, China, US, Trends, Siri, Iran, Tencent, Poland, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, Epic Games, Unity

Improbable, Epic Games Establish $25 Million Fund To Help Devs Move To 'More Open Engines' After Unity Debacle

Lucas Matney writes via TechCrunch: 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 U.K.-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." This is pretty bold on Improbable's part and seems ...
Tags: Tech, Lucas Matney, Unity, Tim Sweeney

Improbable urges Unity to unsuspend their license, rectify ‘farcical’ situation for developers

Improbable may be pissed at Unity, but they still want them back. In a blog post titled “A final statement on SpatialOS and Unity,” the team at the cloud gaming startup aimed to tell their side of the story and implored Unity to “clarify their terms or unsuspend our licenses.” Unity is a game engine that developers use to create, among other things, games. Improbable offers a cloud solution to developers that basically enables large multiplayer online gameplay by rendering the game worlds acr...
Tags: Gaming, Tech, Epic Games, Improbable, Unity, Crytek Epic

Improbable urges Unity to unsuspend their license, to rectify ‘farcical’ situation for developers

Improbable may be pissed at Unity, but they still want them back. In a blog post titled “A final statement on SpatialOS and Unity,” the team at the cloud gaming startup aimed to tell their side of the story and implored Unity to “clarify their terms or unsuspend our licenses.” Unity is a game engine that developers use to create, among other things, games. Improbable offers a cloud solution to developers that basically enables large multiplayer online gameplay by rendering the game worlds acr...
Tags: Gaming, Tech, Epic Games, Improbable, Unity, Crytek Epic

Daily Crunch: Bing has a child porn problem

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Microsoft Bing not only shows child pornography, it suggests it A TechCrunch-commissioned report has found damning evidence on Microsoft’s search engine. Our findings show a massive failure on Microsoft’s part to adequately police its Bing search engine and to prevent its suggested searches and images fr...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Apps, Asia, Hardware, Microsoft, Developer, Entertainment, Government, Halo, Samsung, Tech, Nasa

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Alphabet's board of directors is being sued for allegations that it covered up claims of sexual harassment by top executives. The lawsuit, on behalf of an Alphabet shareholder, cites Android creator Andy Rubin's alleged $90 million exit package following an internal investigation. Rubin denies wrongdoing.  Amazon is reportedly building a Netflix-like service for video games. Amazon's competition at Microsoft and Google are alrea...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, Microsoft, US, Samsung, Trends, Ukraine, Netflix, Sony, Peter Thiel, Amazon Web Services, Alexa, Unity, Rubin, Amazon Alexa

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

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

Artie aims to bring you closer to your digital idols with autonomous AR avatars

If you spend enough time scrolling through manicured photos of manicured lives on social media, you might come to the realization that maybe the fakeness of the online world has started to look too real. This might be why so many investors are starting to stare headlong into the world of avatars and digital influencers that aren’t real people but can learn from their audiences in real time. Earlier this week, I chatted with a pair of interesting founders from the startup Artie. The team is basic...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Japan, Youtube, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Korea, Augmented Reality, Unity, Horrigan, Chad Hurley, Artie, Ryan Horrigan, Armando Kirwin, Silicon Valley Artie

One billion 3D views and counting

Alice Lloyd George Contributor Alice Lloyd George is an investor at RRE Ventures and the host of Flux, a series of podcast conversations with leaders in frontier technology. More posts by this contributor Thomas Reardon and CTRL-Labs are building an API for the brain Solving the mystery of sleep Last week Sketchfab, the 3D content hub, shared an exciting milestone — the company has just crossed 1 billion cumulative pageview...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Firefox, Google, Amazon, Energy, Food, Facebook, Column, Europe, Shutterstock, New York, Microsoft, Youtube, France, San Francisco

Canonical plans to raise its first outside funding as it looks to a future IPO

It’s been 14 years since Mark Shuttleworth first founded and funded Canonical and the Ubuntu project. At the time, it was mostly a Linux distribution. Today, it’s a major enterprise player that offers a variety of products and services. Throughout the years, Shuttleworth self-funded the project and never showed much interest in taking outside money. Now, however, that’s changing. As Shuttleworth told me, he’s now looking for investors as he looks to get the company on track to an IPO. It’s no...
Tags: TC, Open Source, Enterprise, Ipo, Funding, Tech, Ibm, Linux, Ubuntu, Canonical, Unity, Mark Shuttleworth, Shuttleworth

Scaleworks Sells Source Code Manager Assembla to Houston’s Idera

San Antonio—Scaleworks business Assembla has sold for an undisclosed price to Houston-based Idera, a company that owns various business-to-business, developer-focused software companies.San Antonio-based Assembla sells a service that helps developers access the code they use to build software, which is often stored in repository managers, such as Git, Perforce, and NextGen SVN. Assembla was founded in 2005 and has more than 500 customers in 157 countries, including Deutsche Telekom, Bayer, Kell...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Cloud, Texas, Microsoft, Developer, Cloud Computing, Disney, Sale, Trends, Development, It, Vc, Software, Deutsche Telekom, Venture Capital

Teenage Engineering OP-Z has DMX track for lighting, Unity 3D integration

The OP-Z may be the hot digital synth of the moment, but it’s also the first consumer music instrument to have dedicated features for live visuals. And that starts with lighting (DMX) and 3D visuals (Unity 3D). One of various surprises about the OP-Z launch is this: there’s a dedicated track for controlling DMX. That’s the MIDI-like protocol that’s an industry standard for stage lighting, supported by lighting instruments and light boards. Not a whole lot revealed here, but you get the sense t...
Tags: Ios, Mobile, Apps, Music, Hardware, Tech, AV, Gear, Stories, Visuals, Motion, Lighting, Midi, Awesomeness, Vj, Synths

Improbable brings its massive multiplayer platform to Unity game engine

As battle royale games like Fortnite pit more players against each other, studios are starting to realize the potential of bringing a massive online audience together at one time. This ambition has always existed, but Improbable, a well-funded startup aiming to enable these vast online worlds, is looking to bring these experiences to more game developers. Improbable has announced that it is bringing a game development kit for its SpatialOS multiplayer platform to Unity, a popular game developmen...
Tags: TC, Gaming, London, Tech, Virtual Reality, Unity

A group of Magic Leap alumni are making experiences for 50 pairs of smartglasses at once — and they're working with a world-famous performance artist

Technologists think that augmented reality is the next big thing that could replace smartphones, TVs, and all the screens in your life. Alumni from Magic Leap, a hyped augmented reality startup, are now using the technology to create music and art pieces. Their first work stars Marina Abramović and will premiere simultaneously to 50 people in London in February.  Marina Abramović, the renowned performance artist, is going to be the star of a piece premiering February 18 at the Serpentine Gall...
Tags: Apple, New York, London, France, Trends, Silicon Valley, Eckert, Magic Leap, Marina Abramovic, Abramović, Unity, Serpentine Gallery, Magic Leap One, Todd Eckert

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey falls far short of its own wondrous sandbox

It’s hard to imagine a better demonstration of the state of AAA gaming today than Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, a game where the whole of the wine-dark Classical Aegean is available for you to ply with your oars — but which operates according to a risible, cartoonish video game logic that seems, if possible even more anachronistic. Should you play it? Absolutely. (Very minor spoilers ahead.) In case you haven’t been following the Assassin’s Creed… well, odyssey, the last few years, the game took som...
Tags: TC, Gaming, London, Greece, Opinion, Tech, Egypt, Paris, Athens, Parthenon, Ubisoft, AAA, Ac, Herodotus, Acropolis, Plato

The CEO of one of the most important startups in video gaming explains why the next big thing hasn't yet replaced the smartphone (MSFT, FB, GOOGL)

There's been lots of hype around virtual- and augmented-reality headsets in recent years — with some going so far as to say that they could replace the smartphone. To date, though, neither set of gadgets has caught on with mainstream consumers. It's easy to understand why, said Unity Technologies CEO John Riccitiello in a recent interview with Business Insider. Not only are such gadgets generally expensive and clunky, they lack compelling games and other experiences, Riccitiello said. What's m...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Trends, Sony, Nintendo, British Airways, Business Insider, Unity, John Riccitiello, Unity Technologies, GOOGL, Riccitiello, Google Sony Facebook

Fast-growing game engine startup Unity loses its CFO

Unity Technologies, the highly valued startup behind one of the most popular game development tools, lost its CFO Mike Foley earlier this summer, Business Insider (paywalled) first reported. A company spokesperson confirmed the CFO’s departure, saying it was a “friendly and mutual decision between both parties,” while also noting that the company was searching for a replacement and had some candidates and hoped to announce more details soon. Unity has raised north of $600 million at a valuation ...
Tags: Gaming, Tech, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Foley, Unity, Mike Foley, John Riccitiello, Personnel, Unity Technologies, Riccitiello, DFJ Growth Sequoia Capital

Unity CEO says half of all games are built on Unity

Unity CEO John Riccitiello came to TechCrunch Disrupt SF to give everyone an update on the world’s most popular game engine. You might not be aware that most of the games you’re playing, especially mobile games, are built using Unity. For those not familiar with game engines, Riccitiello started by describing game engines very clearly. Back in the days, “[game developers] would write out a game program that had lots of art assets, lots of animation, lots of sounds. But they also had to write ...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Tech, Epic, Sony, Nintendo, AAA, Lucas Matney, Unity, John Riccitiello, Riccitiello, Oculus Rift etc Unity, Valve Amazon

Watch Virgin Galactic’s space plane soar 32 miles above the Earth

Virgin Galactic’s passenger space plane, the VSS Unity, yesterday completed its third rocket-powered flight. Craft and crew returned safely after reaching a stunning new height of more than 32 miles above the surface. “Oh that is a million dollar view out the window Dave” says co-pilot Mike “Sooch” Masucci. That must not be counting the cost of the craft, which is nearly half a billion. This latest test flight is the Unity’s 14th, ahead of what Virgin Group founder Richard Branson hopes will be ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Earth, Dave, Virgin Galactic, Virgin Group, Richard Branson, Insider, Mike, Unity, VSS Unity

Developers Note Sudden Drop in Downloads on Google Play Store

Developers went to the Unity forums to express their concern over dropping install rates on games in the Google Play Store. The original post to the thread states that one developer’s average install rate dropped from 12,000 per day to 5,000 per day, even though the game has not decreased in the search rankings of […]
Tags: Google, Google Play, Google Play Store, News, Unity, Game Developers

Google Cloud teams up with Unity to power multiplayer connected games

Unity engine and technology today has announced a strategic partnership with Google Cloud to simplify game development that also sees the big developer migrate over its infrastructure to Google. Both the companies together will be building a suite of managed services and tools for creating connected games. Both the companies will first focus on real-time multiplayer experiences. A suite of managed services and tools will help developers build, test, and launch connected games while offloading...
Tags: Google, News, Blogging, Unity, Google Cloud

Apple to open source, cross-platform GPU tech: drop dead?

Apple’s decision to shift to its own proprietary tech for accessing modern GPUs could hurt research, education, and pro applications on their platform. OpenGL and OpenCL are the industry-standard specifications for writing code that runs on graphics architectures, for graphics and general-purpose computation, including everything from video and 3D to machine learning. This is relevant to an ongoing interest on this site – those technologies also enable live visuals (including for music), crea...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Programming, Mobile, Music, Metal, Cook, Microsoft, Asus, Mac, Windows, Tech, Development, Usb, Stories, Nvidia

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo hits Mach 1.9 in second successful test flight

Virgin Galactic is celebrating a successful second test flight of SpaceShipTwo, the rocket-powered passenger spacecraft that may someday take tourists to the edge of space. Today’s test took the VSS Unity, the second craft built in this class, up to 114,500 feet and Mach 1.9, or nearly 1,300 miles per hour. Unity’s first powered flight was less than two months ago, which was itself the first powered flight Virgin Galactic had attempted since the fatal breakup of the company’s previous SpaceSh...
Tags: Startups, Space, Hardware, Virgin Galactic, Commercial Spaceflight, Richard Branson, Vms, Mach, Unity

Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for May 23, 2018

In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup –National Survey shows Americans have increased their fear of AVs— –AV backers push for federal framework— –AAA survey says drivers are distracted by in-car tech— Click on the colored title to see the full story NMA Car of the Future Story of the Week National survey shows increasing fear of driverless vehicles There’s a growing distrust of driverless vehicles similar to an autonomous bus that crashed on its first day of testing in downtown Las Veg...
Tags: Apple, Lyft, UK, Technology, Miscellaneous, US, America, Fuel, Tesla, Intel, United States, New Jersey, Auto Industry, Distracted Driving, Autos, Ohio

Don’t expect Ubuntu maker Canonical to IPO this year

Canonical, the company best known for its Ubuntu Linux distribution, is on a path to an IPO. That’s something Canonical founder and CEO Mark Shuttleworth has been quite open about. But don’t expect that IPO to happen this year. “We did decide as a company — and that’s not just my decision — but we did decide that we want to have a commercial focus,” Shuttleworth told me during an interview at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, Canada today. “So we picked cloud and IoT as the areas to develop ...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Tech, Canonical, Initial Public Offering, Unity, Mark Shuttleworth, Vancouver Canada, Shuttleworth, Ubuntu Core

Disrupt SF ‘18 super early-bird prices disappear in three days

Don’t let procrastination drain your time and productivity — or your wallet. You have exactly three days left to save up to $1,800 on Super Early-Bird pricing for Disrupt San Francisco 2018 — the premiere tech conference related to all things startup. Disrupt SF takes place September 5-7 at Moscone Center West, and it’s one of the most productive ways early-stage startup founders, investors and technologists can spend their time. How much you spend to get there is up to you. Get your tickets tod...
Tags: TC, San Francisco, Events, Tech, Dfj, Disrupt, Startup Alley, Alley, Anne Wojcicki, Unity, Startup Battlefield, Wojcicki, John Riccitiello, Barry Schuler, Riccitiello, Moscone Center West

Virgin Galactic successfully tested its rocket-powered spacecraft today for the first time since 2014

Virgin Galactic took to the skies today for the first test of its rocket-powered spacecraft in over three years. The SpaceShipTwo launch platform deployed the USS Unity at a set altitude where the space craft will fire its engines for as long as 30 seconds bringing the craft to 1 1/2 the speed of sound. This was the first powered test of the Unity since the SpaceShipTwo Enterprise broke up during a test flight in late 2014. After the accident Richard Branson’s space program reworked a lot ...
Tags: Gadgets, Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Earth, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Spaceshiptwo, Virgin Group, Richard Branson, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Vms, Outer Space, Unity, Dave Mackay

23andMe’s Anne Wojcicki and Unity’s John Riccitello to join us at Disrupt SF 2018

Disrupt SF might feel familiar to many of you, but I encourage you to be prepared for a surprise. The world’s most impactful tech startup conference is about to get bigger and better than ever. We’re moving to Moscone West, doubling attendance capacity, and tripling our programming with a total of four stages across three days. Which means we need the greatest minds in the biz to grace our stage. That said, I’m pleased to announce that 23andMe’s Anne Wojcicki and Unity’s John Riccitello will be ...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Samsung, Tech, Fda, Pfizer, Dfj, 23andMe, Anne Wojcicki, Genentech, Moscone West, Unity, Wojcicki, Barry Schuler, Disrupt Sf, John Riccitello

Mobile gaming is having a moment, and Apple has the reins

It’s moved beyond tradition and into the realm of meme that Apple manages to dominate the news cycle around major industry events all while not actually participating in said events. CES rolls around and every story is about HomeKit or its competitors, another tech giant has a conference and the news is that Apple updated some random subsystem of its ever-larger ecosystem of devices and software . This is, undoubtedly planned by Apple in many instances. And why not? Why shouldn’t it own the...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Ipad, TC, Monument Valley, Tech, Smartphones, Software, Epic, Computing, App Store, Snowman, Player

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