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Coast Autonomous’ self-driving shuttles are boring, and that’s by design

Between 47th and 48th street in the heart of Times Square, Coast Autonomous, a startup based in Pasadena, California, today showed off the fruit of its six-year research project: a slow-moving, self-driving shuttle designed to ferry folks between destinations at speeds of around 25 miles per hour.<p>I …

Times Square

Amazon responds after third-party sellers put bootleg games on its store

Over the weekend, some thrifty gamers spotted a deal on Amazon. A downloadable version of the tough strategy survival sim Frostpunk was available on the Amazon Marketplace from a third-party seller for $3, which is a 90 percent discount from the standard $30 price. But after looking into the game, …

eCommerce

Slack acquires Missions to help teams streamline workplace processes

Slack today announced the acquisition of Missions, a Robot & Pencils startup that focuses on process automation and streamlining custom Slack integrations.<p>Missions will help teams using Slack carry out more commonly occurring tasks to do things like walk new employees through the onboarding process …

Slack

Spotify, Snapchat, and more are down following Google Cloud incident (update: fixed)

<i>Updated at 1:35 p.m. Pacific time. Google has fixed the problem.</i><p>Multiple online services are experiencing outages and slow responses today due to a problem with Google’s Cloud platform. The company has confirmed that it is having issues with many of the tools that websites and services like …

Google Cloud Platform

Intel Amber Lake CPU leak hints at speeds for Apple’s 2018 12″ MacBook

Apple’s smallest laptop, the 12-inch MacBook, depends heavily on improved Intel ultra-low-power processors to eke out performance gains. A new leak from Dell (via MacRumors/NextLab501) suggests that Intel’s upcoming Amber Lake Y-series processors will power a modest 2018 MacBook refresh, mostly …

Computer Hardware

Sea of Thieves: Cursed Sails leaves dock with skeleton crews July 31

Rare has four teams that are all working on new content updates for the online multiplayer pirate simulator Sea of Thieves, and after releasing The Hungering Deep in May, the development studio is following that up with the Cursed Sails on July 31. This is the second major content update for Sea of …

Sea of Thieves

Congress questions YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter on what it takes to ban an account

During a Tuesday Congressional hearing, representatives from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube emphasized that if a user on their platform garners too many strikes — that is, they violate too many of the platform’s rules — they’re out. But how many strikes a user gets, and whether or not a strike will …

Internet

Overwatch’s new adorable hamster hero Wrecking Ball goes live July 24

Blizzard Entertainment announced today that Overwatch‘s newest hero, Wrecking Ball, will be playable on July 24. This is Overwatch’s 28th character.<p>Overwatch launched in May 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The team-based shooter has reached over 40 million players. Adding new content, …

Cute

Fortnite studio Epic wants to improve its hit with Amazon Web Services

Epic Games already hosts its megahit Fortnite on Amazon’s server platform, but the developer revealed today that it is planning to partner with Amazon Web Services to use all of its tools going forward.<p>Epic’s game servers and website are already on AWS, but the Fortnite company plans to fully …

Cloud Computing

Google announces its first private transatlantic subsea cable, stretching from Virginia to France

Google has announced the latest in a myriad of subsea cabling projects as the company doubles down on its cloud infrastructure investments.<p>The new project, known as Dunant, will span the Atlantic Ocean from Virginia Beach in the U.S. to the French Atlantic coast, according to a statement. The route …

Virginia Beach

Microsoft and Walmart strike 5-year AI and cloud partnership

Microsoft today announced a five-year partnership with Walmart to speed the company’s digital transformation via a combination of AI, cloud, and Internet of Things (IoT) services.<p>It is no coincidence that the strategic partnership is being announced on Prime Day, the biggest day of the year for …

Artificial Intelligence

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Zombies takes modern weaponry back in time

The zombies are taking over Call of Duty. This year, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 won’t have a single-player campaign. But it will have three Zombies episodes on release day, and Activision and Treyarch just released a video teasing more of the gameplay.<p>The game will feature three Zombies experiences …

Call of Duty

Google Assistant now serves up a visual snapshot of your day

Google today announced the introduction of a visual snapshot feature to summarize your daily agenda, ranging from reminders on your to-do list, commute time to work, packages that will arrive soon, and other information.<p>Snapshots can change based on time of day, location, and other factors.<p>The …

Apps

Researchers develop algorithm that detects sleep disorder patterns in EEG readings

Electroencephalography, or EEG, measures electrical activity in the brain using electrodes placed on the scalp. It’s used by sleep specialists to diagnose and evaluate neurological disorders, which can be a tedious undertaking — annotating dips and spikes in hours of recorded brain activity …

Machine Learning

Ubisoft has record first quarter thanks to games like Rainbow Six and back catalog

Ubisoft released its financial results for the first quarter of the financial year 2018-19, showing sales of $466.5 million for the period. This is a record first quarter for the French publisher. The period took place in the three months ending on June 30.<p>“We had a record first quarter, which …

Ubisoft

Why Facebook is expanding its robotics research efforts

Facebook AI Research is making series of major new additions to its AI research efforts taking place at offices and AI labs around the world, many of which will support efforts to support research into robotics first started in recent months, said AI Research director Yann LeCun.<p>“Robotics is being …

Artificial Intelligence

MLB taps Amazon’s AI to power real-time game stats and graphics

(<i>Reuters</i>) — Amazon will provide a new set of real-time statistics and graphics on live baseball games later this season, expanding its cloud computing deal with U.S. Major League Baseball, the two organizations told Reuters.<p>The agreement, which makes use of Amazon Web Services’ artificial …

Machine Learning

Google launches Chrome Enterprise Grab and Go, a Chromebook loaner program for businesses

Google has announced a new Chromebook loaner program for businesses that’s designed to get workers up and running with a temporary new machine within minutes.<p>The Chrome Enterprise Grab and Go initiative is actually an extension of a program Google operates in-house, with thousands of its employees …

Software

Samsung debuts fast, low-power LPDDR5 memory for 5G and AI mobile apps

Unthinkably fast cellular networks will demand mobile devices with similarly speedy components, so Samsung’s new LPDDR5 memory chips are coming at just the right time. The South Korean company announced today that it has developed the first mobile-ready 8-gigabit LPDDR5 DRAM chip — super-fast, …

Mobile Devices

8Bitdo’s DIY mod-kit adds Bluetooth to your original classic gamepads

Playing classic games on PC or Nintendo Switch is a great way to get a taste of the past, but playing with an Xbox controller or even a replica from a company like 8Bitdo might take away from the authenticity of the experience. But 8Bitdo has a new option for all of you who wish you could plug your …

Retrogaming

Booking Holdings enters ‘strategic partnership’ with Didi Chuxing, invests $500 million

Venture Capital

Middle-earth: Shadow of War kills loot boxes with new update

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released a free update for Middle-earth: Shadow of War that removes the open-world game’s microtransaction store.<p>Shadow of War came out last October for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Shadow of Mordor sequel was the top seller in the U.S. that …

Gaming Industry

iPhone front glass leak shows identical notches on 3 models for 2018

As the release of 2018’s iPhone models draws nearer, previously rumored components are beginning to leak into public view, starting with three differently sized pieces of front glass. The leak on Twitter by Ben Geskin appears to confirm numerous prior rumors of devices with 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch, and …

Mobile Technology

CareDash detects fraudulent reviews with the help of AI

Tens of millions of users evaluate their doctor’s visits with star ratings and written reviews on WebMD, Healthgrades, RateMDs, and other platforms. In theory, health provider scores aren’t a bad idea — as many as 80 percent of people trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, …

Artificial Intelligence

HomeCourt helps basketball players improve their game with AI

NEX Team today announced the launch of HomeCourt, a smartphone app that applies artificial intelligence to videos to tally made and missed shots and offer tips for improvement.<p>HomeCourt was made to record activity on any basketball court and requires no special sensors — just set up your smartphone …

Artificial Intelligence

Netflix’s subscriber ‘miss’ just a blip as epic battle with HBO looms

The world’s largest video streaming service fell short of its latest quarterly subscriber targets, so naturally pundits across the internet and Wall Street are busy engraving its tombstone.<p>“Netflix is falling off a cliff,” TechCrunch announced.<p>“Netflix’s Slowdown Sparks Fresh Fears of …

Short-Term Memory

European Union agrees data transfer deal with Japan

(<i>Reuters</i>) — The European Union reached a deal on Tuesday allowing businesses to seamlessly transfer personal data between the bloc and Japan, deepening economic links as the two sides also agree to a free-trade pact.<p>The EU and Japan concluded several years of data talks in Tokyo in the margins of a …

European Union

Online symptom checker K Health raises $12.5 million, launches in New York City

If you’ve ever woken up feeling under the weather and gone online to check your symptoms, you’re not alone — 35 percent of adults in the U.S. turn to the internet to self-diagnose medical conditions, according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. The trouble is, internet …

Digital Health

Facebook: ‘Turning a blind eye to bad content is not in our commercial interests’

Facebook has responded to allegations that emerged over the weekend claiming the company turns a blind eye to controversial Pages if they have a lot of followers — because they generate a lot of revenue.<p>The latest scandal comes just a few months after Facebook published its internal guidelines for …

Internet

Haven Life uses AI to underwrite life insurance for noncitizens and people with chronic illnesses

Haven Life, an insurance subsidiary of MassMutual, today announced that it’s expanding its medically underwritten Haven Term policy to non-U.S. citizens and individuals with chronic illnesses. The unique application process employs artificial intelligence to match applicants with plan options.<p>“This …

Artificial Intelligence