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Game engine maker Unity Technologies reportedly raising money at $1.5B valuation

Game engine maker Unity Technologies is raising money at a $1.5 billion valuation, according to a report by Bloomberg. No deal is confirmed yet, and a spokesman for San Francisco-based Unity declined to comment. But the deal activity — which one source independently confirmed to GamesBeat — suggests that the company is doing something to […]

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Mobile now captures 2 out of every 3 digital media minutes in U.S.

That massive sucking noise you’re hearing while checking Facebook or playing with Snapchat’s brand-new messaging features just might be the signature sound of the entire mobile ecosystem, which is now capturing two out of every three minutes Americans spend on digital media. In fact, smartphones alone account for almost half of digital time: According to a new […]

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Inside sales companies have raised only $150 million this year and may soon face consolidation

With seven transactions totaling $150 million, including the $90 million financing for new unicorn Anaplan, the first two months of 2016 have been quiet on the funding front for inside sales. The future will tell us if it is a reflection of the overall technology slowdown, or if we have reached an investment peak that precedes industry consolidation. […]

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Marketing cloud: Enabling awesome user engagement across channels (webinar)

VB WEBINAR: Without a unifying marketing cloud, you’ll be left in the land of silos by companies who are gaining share through omnichannel strength. Join our panel to find out how to choose the best marketing cloud solutions, and how to implement them for success. Register here for free. The rise of mobile has changed the way we […]

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iFixit dissects Oculus Rift to reveal custom display and new lenses

If you just spent $599 on an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, you probably don’t want start ripping into it with a screwdriver. Thankfully, we can all let other people handle that. The Oculus Rift is moderately easy to repair, according to the crowdsourced repair-guide site iFixit. The company posted its teardown of the head-mounted […]

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Microsoft launches HoloLens emulator so developers can test holographic apps, no headset required

As promised, Microsoft today started shipping its $3,000 HoloLens development kits. In addition to sharing that bots are coming to the new platform, the company also released a HoloLens emulator, which lets developers test holographic apps on their PC without the need for a physical HoloLens. You can download the emulator now directly from here. […]

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Final Fantasy XV gets September 30 release date, according to report

Square Enix is holding an event for the next entry in the Final Fantasy series this evening, but we may already know one of the biggest announcements. Final Fantasy XV will hit PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 30, according to a video from GameSpot that the website has now made private. It’s likely that […]

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Microsoft’s Satya Nadella dances around controversies, but doesn’t challenge any head on

Satya Nadella, chief executive of Microsoft, had a pretty tame keynote on the first day of Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco. He sometimes danced near controversy, emphasizing topics like privacy, but he never challenged these issues head on. There were plenty of issues of the day for Nadella to address. But he was either […]

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Microsoft: DirectX 12 has ‘the fastest adoption of any DirectX’ ever

Most developers are not hesitating to upgrade to Microsoft’s latest graphics programming interface. DirectX 12 is the latest entry in Microsoft’s bundle of APIs (application programming interfaces) for getting the most out of visuals on Windows 10, and it has seen faster adoption among developers than any previous DirectX, according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer. During […]

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Microsoft launches Cognitive Services based on Project Oxford and Bing

Microsoft today announced updates to its portfolio of machine learning tools. Until now they have fallen under the Project Oxford name, but now they are being rebranded to Microsoft Cognitive Services. The Project Oxford website now redirects to the new Cognitive Services website. In total there are 22 APIs available in Cognitive Services now, said […]

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Bots are coming to Skype on iOS, Android, HoloLens, and desktop

Microsoft today announced at its Build developer conference in San Francisco that Skype chats will be getting chatbots to interact with users. It’s coming today to Skype desktop, iOS, and Android — and eventually Skype for the HoloLens augmented reality headset. The new tools can loop other bots into the conversation, and it can even pre-populate […]

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Microsoft launches Bot Framework to let developers build their own chatbots

Microsoft today is introducing the Bot Framework, a new tool in preview to help developers build their own chatbots for their applications. There is also a new bot directory full of sample bots — like the BuildBot — that Microsoft is showing off today at the company’s Build developer conference in San Francisco. A BotBuilder […]

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Expa raises $100 million to build more companies, launches startup accelerator

Expa announced today that it has raised $100 million in funding that’ll be used to continue to ideate and build new companies. The investment round included investors such as TPG founder David Bonderman, Li Ka-Shing, Solina Chau, Google board member Ram Shriram, RIT Capital Partners, Sir Richard Branson, HP chief executive Meg Whitman, SV Angel, […]

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Microsoft launches Cortana Collection in Windows Store, unveils proactive features coming to digital assistant

At its Build 2016 developer conference Microsoft naturally had a lot to update on its digital assistant Cortana. The company launched Cortana Collection in the Windows Store to highlight the “nearly 1,000 Cortana-enabled apps already available” to Windows 10 users. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash also shared some new features coming to Cortana as part of the […]

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Everything Microsoft announced at Build 2016 so far

On stage at its biggest event of the year, Microsoft executives unveiled the future of Windows 10, Xbox, and HoloLens, as well as dozens of updates and teasers for developers. Here’s a list of everything the company announced at the event so far. We’ll update this story all week. Windows 10 Anniversary Update Microsoft shared details on […]

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