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Epic gives Unreal Engine creators a larger cut of product sales

Epic Games announced today that it will be taking a smaller cut of sales made through its Unreal Engine Marketplace, where creators like digital artists, sound designers and programmers can sell products that game developers can use in their own projects. Going forward, creators will now get to …

Unreal Engine

Starbucks to ban plastics straws in all stores by 2020

<b>Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from its globally stores by 2020 to reduce environmental plastic pollution, the company says.</b><p>The coffee retailer will phase out single-use straws from its more than 28,000 locations, cutting out an estimated 1bn straws each year.<p>Customers will instead be …

Pollution

'Overwatch' skin raised more than $10 millon for breast cancer research

Back in May, <i>Overwatch</i> added its first paid skin for the much-loved (and sometimes loathed) healer Mercy. At $15, it was nothing to sniff at, but all proceeds went to a good cause, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).<p>Blizzard has just revealed that the drive raised over $12.7 million. …

Cancer

Biodegradable plastic made from 'tree glue' could be on shelves within five years

Biodegradable plastic that can be tossed out with food scraps could be on the shelves within five years after scientists found an ingenious way to turn ‘tree glue’ into packaging.<p>Researchers at the University of Warwick have found that a natural glue called lignin, which holds cellulose fibres …

Pollution

Baidu will launch its autonomous buses in Japan next year

The company also announced new updates to its self-driving platform<p>Baidu’s self-driving buses could hit the road in Japan by early 2019, <i>Bloomberg</i> reports. And even sooner in a handful of Chinese cities, according to <i>Engadget</i>.<p>The tech company announced at its annual developers conference that it has …

Baidu

Seattle becomes first major U.S. city to ban straws

In one fell sip, Seattle on Sunday became the first major U.S. city to ban drinking straws, an environmentally friendly move that leaders hope will spark a nationwide conversation about small, everyday changes that people can make to protect the planet.<p>A decade ago, the city adopted an ordinance …

Pollution

Chinese AI beats 15 doctors in tumor diagnosis competition

An AI system has wiped the floor with some of China’s top doctors when it comes to diagnosing brain tumors and predicting hematoma expansion.<p>As reported by Xinhua, the system defeated a team comprised of 15 of China’s top doctors by a margin of two to one. The AI, BioMind, was developed by the</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

Plastic bags ban triggers violence in Australian supermarkets

Dozens of supermarket staff in Australia have been attacked by customers after single-use plastic bags were banned in supermarkets. One shopper even …

Pollution

These are the top iPhone apps of all time

Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the iOS App Store on July 11, App Annie has today released a retrospective of the top iOS apps of all time, along with key milestones in App Store history. Its report tallies up the top apps of all time by both downloads and revenue, as well as the top apps by year …

Apps

Google DeepMind AI can imagine a 3D model from a 2D image

One of the difficulties when it comes to creating visual recognition systems for an AI is to program what the human brain does effortlessly. Specifically, when a person enters an unfamiliar area, it's easy to recognize and categorize what's there. Our brains are designed to automatically take it in …

Deep Learning

Google Changes ‘Discovery Algorithm’ on Google Play, Leading to Panic From Some Devs

<b>Update</b>: A sudden drop in install rates for some apps and games on the Google Play Store noticed by worried developers this week is the result of …

Apps

AI-powered cameras will help Japanese stores nab shoplifters in the act

By teaching AI the behavioral attributes of a shoplifter, Japan’s telecom giant NTT East and tech company Earth Eyes have created AI Guardman, a smart security camera that can catch thieves in the act.<p>The camera uses an open-source technology developed by Carnegie Mellon University to read …

Carnegie Mellon University

Snapchat is reportedly getting games this fall

Snap has experimented with adding game-like elements to Snapchat in the last few months, but that might have been leading to a much bigger investment. Sources tell <i>The Information</i> that the company is planning to launch a gaming platform this fall within the photo app, and has already lined up at …

Apps

Oculus just launched a VR TV app for its headset

<i>This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here.</i><p>Oculus is broadening its VR content to appease a larger audience, focusing on entertainment for its new …

Virtual Reality

Corsair buys Elgato's gaming business to get into livestreaming

Live game streaming is a big business, and Corsair wants in. The PC peripheral maker has reached a deal to acquire Elgato Gaming, the team behind Elgato's capture cards, Stream Deck and green screen -- three of the most helpful tools for broadcasters on services like Twitch, Mixer and YouTube. …

Livestreaming

GTA 5 Online Adding Nightclubs In July Update

Since it first debuted back in 2013, Grand Theft Auto V has received a regular stream of updates and ongoing support from Rockstar. The developer gave fans a glimpse at the next new feature coming soon to the game's GTA Online mode: nightclubs.<p>Following their introduction sometime next month, …

Grand Theft Auto

Vivo’s new face ID tech has 10 times as many sensor points as the iPhone X

The world’s highest-resolution depth sensor is claimed to be able to detect objects as far as three meters away<p>Vivo, the Chinese phone maker that’s been on the leading edge of bezel-less phones this year, has today announced another major new piece of technology: a 3D depth-sensing system with …

Mobile Technology

Here Are All The Free Games Coming To 'Xbox Games Pass' In July (2018)

For ten bucks a month you can subscribe to Microsoft’s ‘Netflix of gaming’ service, Xbox Games Pass.<p>It’s actually a pretty good deal. Not only do you get new free games every month, you get access to all of Microsoft’s Xbox One exclusives for free, and often early.<p>Granted, that’s not saying much at …

Gaming Industry

Scientists Discover Dolphins Call Each Other by Name

“This is the coolest thing ever."<p>Video shot in Shark Bay, Australia, shows something incredible: dolphins are calling each other <i>by name</i>.<p>The video is …

Dolphins

Bill Gates hails 'huge milestone' for AI as bots work in a team to destroy humans at video game 'Dota 2'

Founder of Microsoft Bill Gates has hailed what he sees as a turning point in the development of AI.<p>OpenAI, a company which was cofounded by Elon Musk, has created five neural-networks called OpenAI Five which are capable of playing the online multi-player game "Dota 2."<p>Not only can the bots play …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Duplex really works and testing begins this summer

This is what it’s like to take a restaurant reservation from an AI<p>In a restaurant in Mountain View, California yesterday, Google gave several small groups of journalists a chance to demo Duplex. If you don’t recall, Duplex is the AI system designed to make human-sounding voice calls on your behalf …

duplex

Move Over Pixels, Scientists Are 3D Printing With 'Voxels' And The Results Are Breathtaking

In many areas of research, scientists need to analyze three dimensional data in a variety of forms, such as medical brain scans, the structures of cells and molecules, geological features on our own planet and others, or the hearts of exploding stars.<p>The ability to visually analyze most 3D data …

Breakthroughs

The Last of Us 2 trailer was the best thing I’ve seen at E3 in years, this is why

Naughty Dog put together a spectacular presentation for E3<p>Violence isn’t enough.<p>And it never was. You’re going to get players that think you’re releasing torture porn if you rely on shock to get your point across. Naughty Dog stumbled on this fact with the early marketing for <i>The Last of Us Part 2</i>, …

It’s a little scary how smart Google’s DeepMind just got

Oh joy – Alphabet Inc.’s AI subsidiary DeepMind has taken another step forward in understanding the world the way humans do.<p>The company that has …

Artificial Intelligence

Valve gives up on responsibility

Anything goes, as long as you give Valve a cut<p>Valve has stopped trying.<p>Today’s blog post makes something explicit that many of us have seen for a while: The company doesn’t really care about the content on its platform. It doesn’t want to be put in the sticky situation of being responsible for the …

Doctors hail world first as woman’s advanced breast cancer is eradicated

A woman with advanced breast cancer which had spread around her body has been completely cleared of the disease by a groundbreaking therapy that harnessed the power of her immune system to fight the tumours.<p>It is the first time that a patient with late-stage breast cancer has been successfully …

Cancer

Asteroid on course for Earth spotted hours before impact with atmosphere

A small asteroid slammed into Earth's atmosphere Saturday just a few hours after it was discovered racing toward us, according to NASA.<p>The cosmic boulder, named asteroid 2018 LA (and previously listed as ZLAF9B2), was estimated to be only about 6 feet (2 meters) across. It was first spotted by the …

Papua New Guinea

Pokemon Company annual profits drop to a mere $80.8 million

The Pokemon Company, purveyor of little monsters that theoretically fit in pockets, pocketed $80.8 million in profit during the fiscal year ended …

Mobile dev Voodoo secures an estimated $200M investment from Goldman Sachs

Voodoo has received $200 million from Goldman Sachs it aims to use to double its staff, build messaging tools, and more efficiently use data …

Microsoft passes Google parent Alphabet in market value, now trails just Apple and Amazon

Microsoft passed Google parent Alphabet in market capitalization for the first time in three years on Tuesday, reflecting the company’s continued …