• November 2016 was the best month ever for App Store sales

    November 2016 was the best month ever for App Store sales

    Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller announced today that the App Store had hit a new milestone. According to a statement he posted to Twitter, the App Store had a record-breaking month in terms of sales this November. Sales and download numbers were not provided, however, which makes it more difficult to put this announcement into perspective compared with prior… Read More

  • Unity poaches Uber’s machine learning head to tackle AI in AR/VR

    Unity poaches Uber’s machine learning head to tackle AI in AR/VR

    Unity has hired Dr. Danny Lange to take on the next generation of AI and machine learning problems at the game engine startup. For Lange, this comes after just over a year as Uber’s head of machine learning. Previously Lange worked on machine learning products for Amazon and Microsoft. Lange joins Unity at a time of particularly high growth for the company. Unity raised $181 million… Read More

  • Pebble confirms it’s shutting down, devs and software going to Fitbit

    Pebble confirms it’s shutting down, devs and software going to Fitbit

    RIP Pebble… The wearable maker that pioneered wrist-based notifications before Apple and many others waded into the smartwatch space has confirmed it’s closing its doors as an independent entity. Read More

  • DST leads $80M round in Brazil’s Nubank to take on the big boys in financial services

    DST leads $80M round in Brazil’s Nubank to take on the big boys in financial services

    As Brazil continues to reel as a result of its economic turmoil and its worst recession in 80 years, one of the country’s first financial tech startups has raised significant funding. Sao Paulo-based Nubank, whose first (and to-date only) product has been a “no-fee” credit card that is managed only through a mobile app, has raised $80 million in a Series D round of… Read More

  • Pandora’s Spotify competitor launches next year

    Pandora’s Spotify competitor launches next year

    Pandora’s Spotify competitor is on its way. Announced this week at press event in New York, Pandora Premium, as the service is called, offers on-demand listening of millions of songs, streamed ad-free, and supports offline access to music. But the company is aiming to make personalization its biggest differentiator from rivals including Apple Music, Spotify and others. The new service… Read More

  • Apple Music reaches the 20 million subscriber mark

    Apple Music reaches the 20 million subscriber mark

    Apple Music’s growth has been nothing if not steady since launching in June of last year. The streaming service hit 13 million paid subscribers in April and beat the 17 million mark in September. This week, the company announced a nice round milestone, telling Billboard that it now counts 20 million paid members among its ranks, making that a 15-percent increase in three months. Read More

  • GE puts Amazon Alexa inside a funky table lamp

    GE puts Amazon Alexa inside a funky table lamp

    Seems Alexa’s made her way into everything these days. Between Amazon’s own Echo offerings and an ever-growing array of third-party participation, the steady home automation takeover of the company’s AI assistant appears to be going about as well as could be expected. Between Alexa connected washing machines and a detergent ordering Dash-enabled dishwasher, GE’s… Read More

  • SnapLogic snaps up another $40 million

    SnapLogic snaps up another $40 million

    SnapLogic solves a big problem for companies. It helps them connect legacy data sources to the cloud or to an in-house data lake. Today, it announced a $40 million round, almost exactly a year after announcing a $37.5 million round. The round was led by European private equity firm Vitruvian Partners with participation from previous investors Andreessen Horowitz, Capital One, Ignition… Read More

  • Hands-on with VR Sports Challenge, the Oculus Touch version of Wii Sports

    Hands-on with VR Sports Challenge, the Oculus Touch version of Wii Sports

    When the Wii launched, no one knew what motion controllers were or why we even needed them. So to get people excited about the new input method, Nintendo released Wii Sports as a free game to anyone who bought the Wii. The game came with Boxing, Bowling, Golf, Tennis and Baseball – all mini games designed to show off the motion controller. It proved to be extremely popular – to… Read More

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