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GUEST: If you pay any attention to tech news, you’ve probably read extensively about how AI is transforming our world in an incredible number of ways. From creating works of art to making crucial predictions, the prospect of smart machines accomplishing previously unthinkable tasks has turned the entire tech sphere on its head, and for good reason.…Read More

Bigscreen is only available on PC VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows VR platform, but that’s all about to change. Starting today, Bigscreen is starting its Alpha Testing signup phase for the Samsung Gear VR mobile version of Bigscreen. The mobile edition of Bigscreen will eventually come to other platforms as well, such as G…Read More

GUEST: Some chatbots track your calorie intake, some assist you in finding a new place to live, and some even promote better mental health. But recently, developers have made chatbots with a social justice slant. They let you report misdeeds quickly and without giving your name. Here are a few of the bots that help users battle injustices anonymous…Read More

GUEST: I grew up in the kind of American small town that wraps its kids in kindness and surrounds the grownups in neighborly congeniality, a town where everyone knew everybody and everybody’s business. Mine was a town built on coke, the coal by-product used in the blast furnaces of the steel mills down the river. At 18, I could not get out of there…Read More

GUEST: Like any new market, the birth of the ICO market has brought with it an enormous amount of noise, messiness, and raw speculation. Armed with little more than a hunch, early investors seem to be all in, even with the most preposterous valuations. From the outside, such investments look reckless, “irrational”, even fraudulent. They are met wit…Read More

If you’re a Street Fighter fan, yet you don’t own a Nintendo Switch, the upcoming Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection may trigger you. Capcom is adding one slightly rare chapter of the Street Fighter series to the 30th Anniversary Collection, Super Street Fighter II : The New Challengers – Tournament Battle … and it…Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Sharkmob is the latest indie studio to spring forth from the deep talent pool of triple-A developers. Its founders have racked up more than a decade each at Ubisoft Massive, working on the likes of Tom Clancy’s The Division and IO Interactive’s Hitman. Today the new studio announced that it’s working on a multiplayer ga…Read More

Turns out a lot of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows VR owners want to play The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in VR. Who knew? Less than 24 hours after Bethesda confirmed March 14 that the VR version of its beloved role-playing game was coming to PC-based headsets, the Steam listing for the game has reached the No. 9 spot on Steam’s Top Sellers list (at…Read More

Datavized is a VR startup with a data visualization platform designed to display across all devices using WebVR. Right now Datavized needs geographically-coded data to represent on a globe that it displays across all devices, with a drag and drop tool to turn spreadsheets into interactive 3D maps. The software can still accept spreadsheets without…Read More

Sega announced today that Yakuza Kiwami 2 is coming out for the PlayStation 4 in the U.S. on August 28. Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a remake of Yakuza 2, which released for the PlayStation 2 in 2006. Kiwami 2 follows 2016’s Yakuza Kiwami, which was a remake of the first Yakuza. Kiwami 2 came out in Japan in December 2017. The remake will feature new g…Read More

GUEST: I don’t have kids. But there are lots of kids in my life. I’ve also worked closely with thousands of entry-level developers over the course of my 20 years in tech. Throughout my career I’ve been approached by parents looking for advice on how to encourage their kids to become software engineers. It is, after all, the #1 pro…Read More

GUEST: To borrow a punch line from Duke professor Dan Ariely, artificial intelligence is like teenage sex: “Everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it.” Even though AI systems can now learn a game and beat champions within hours, they are hard to apply t…Read More

Spurred on by big events like Mobile World Congress and competition with rivals like Alexa and Siri, Google Assistant has rolled out some major new features in recent weeks. Here are four of the most interesting and worthwhile new ways to interact with Google’s AI assistant. Location-based reminders This may seem like a simple enough thing to…Read More

GUEST: The startup community in Europe is well accustomed to the limitations of its local investment community, which, although growing steadily, can never quite match that of Silicon Valley. In fact, for founders of startups in especially dicey emerging sectors like VR/AR, Europe’s risk-averse investment culture makes it exceedingly difficul…Read More

In February 2016, Anton Hand emailed Valve’s Chet Faliszek with details about some of his previous work with Unity and experiments in VR. Hand was one of the earliest backers of the Oculus Rift on Kickstarter, and earlier at the University of Buffalo, he spent time working with a CAVE VR system. One of the experiments he said he built back then was…Read More

Microsoft today released two new Windows 10 previews for PCs. Both builds include support for the High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) format, but they diverge from there. It’s a rare occurrence for the Windows Insider program to get two new builds on the same day, though the last time this happened was only a month ago. That’s because Mic…Read More

GUEST: Augmented reality is already entering everyday life. Based on the ubiquitous smartphone, it’s appearing in consumer oriented applications including games, finance and entertainment. In business, cloud access sets AR users free from hardware, and allows businesses to link the data-crunching power of the computer with human judgement and exper…Read More

I usually cringe whenever Stephen Hawking’s name comes up in a conversation about AI. If the world was divided into critics and believers, Hawking would certainly fall into the AI critic column, but slotting him there ignores a great deal of nuance to his position on artificial intelligence. With his death earlier this week, I fear people wil…Read More

Piranha Games is giving fans another look at its upcoming future-military combat sim MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries. After debuting the game in December, Piranha is now showing off various biomes in which players will pilot their giant bipedal tanks against similarly armed enemies. In the 3-minute clip above, you can see dense forests, barren deserts,…Read More

Sega teased a new Sonic racing game with a short trailer shown at a panel during SXSW. [ TOP SECRET ] — Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) March 16, 2018 The video shows a revving car before focusing on the silhouette of a logo, then the letter R begins to glow. Sonic R was the name of a Sonic Racing game that cam…Read More