Snap reportedly bought its very own 3D game engine

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 02:51:25 +0000
Snapchat’s parent company bought a web-based 3D game engine startup out of the UK this past May, Business Insider (paywalled) reports. PlayCanvas is a development tool focused on letting people easily design rich 3D environments. Unlike products from companies like Unity and Epic Games, PlayCanvas’s game engine was entirely browser-based and was optimized to run […]
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The web will soon be a little safer with the approval of this new security standard

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:27:14 +0000
Hear that? It's almost as if thousands of spooks and hackers suddenly cried out at once... The Internet Engineers Task Force has just unanimously approved a security framework that will make encrypted connections on the web faster and more resistant to snooping.
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Watch Alexa rap with Too Many T’s in this interactive music video

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:31:50 +0000
Alexa can already sing and rap, but now she’s the star of a new music video by the English rap duo Too Many T’s. The London-based rappers this week released an interactive video that lets Alexa sing along by triggering with voice commands, then pausing while she answers. The result is essentially a duet between […]
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IPOs are back, but for how long?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:16:41 +0000
The first quarter is almost over, and despite Dropbox’s splashy debut on the public market earlier today, it was preceded by just two other U.S. tech companies to IPO in 2018: Cardlytics and Zscaler.  Will Dropbox turn things around? Will the fact that Spotify is readying its debut get the momentum going at long last? It […]
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This MIDI-powered robotic music box is the good news I needed this week

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 22:13:56 +0000
It's been a bit of a tumultuous week, to put it lightly, but one must always remember that no matter how dire things look on the global stage, there are always makers working obsessively to create something beautiful and useless — like this MIDI-driven, robotic music box.
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House and Senate put Zuckerberg on notice: ‘You are the right person to testify before Congress’

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:19:02 +0000
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been rather scarce lately, despite a host of woes besetting his company — but Wednesday he emerged from his cocoon to offer a limp apology, admit they had no control over data like that used by Cambridge Analytica, and that he "will happily" testify before Congress if he's the right person to do so.
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Drew Houston on wooing Dropbox’s IPO investors: ‘We don’t fit neatly into any one mold’

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:18:46 +0000
Dropbox went public this morning to great fanfare, with the stock shooting up more than 40% in the initial moments of trading as the enterprise-slash-consumer company looked to convince investors that it could be a viable publicly-traded company. And for one that Steve Jobs famously called a feature, and not a company, it certainly was […]
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Dropbox CEO Drew Houston emphasizes user trust on IPO day amid Facebook’s troubles

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:02:07 +0000
Dropbox made its public debut today, with the stock soaring nearly 40% on its first day of trading — meaning the company will now be beholden to the same shareholders that sent the company’s valuation well north of $10 billion. As a file-sharing and collaboration service, Dropbox’s first principle is going to be user trust, […]
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Watch ‘Silicon Valley’ actors rip a VR bong in the hacker hostel

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:51:23 +0000
HBO’s Silicon Valley is returning to the air with Season 5 debuting on Sunday. To prep fans, HBO released a virtual reality experience where users will be able to explore Erlich Bachman’s hacker hostel and interact with a ton of easter eggs from the show. HBO showed off some “behind-the-scenes” footage of Richard and Dinesh […]
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Dropbox finishes up 36% on first day of trading

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:00:42 +0000
Dropbox was off to the races on its first day as a public company. After pricing above the range at $21 per share, raising $756 million, Dropbox kicked off its first day soaring to $31.60, and closing the day at $28.48. This is up almost 36 percent. It’s surely a sign of public investor enthusiasm […]
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How Raya’s $8/month dating app turned exclusivity into trust

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:50:32 +0000
The swipe is where the similarity ends. Raya is less like Tinder and more like a secret society. You need a member’s recommendations or a lot of friends inside to join, and you have to apply with an essay question. It costs a flat $7.99 for everyone, women and celebrities included. You show yourself off […]
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Rainforest Connection enlists machine learning to listen for loggers and jaguars in the Amazon

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:40:14 +0000
The vastness that makes the Amazon rainforest so diverse and fertile also makes it extremely difficult to protect. Rainforest Connection is a project started back in 2014 that used solar powered second-hand phones as listening stations that could alert authorities to sounds of illegal logging. And applying machine learning has supercharged the network's capabilities.
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