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  • GamesBeat 2015 adds Nexon’s chief Owen Mahoney as a speaker

    2 September 2015, 11:15 am by: Dean Takahashi

    Our latest GamesBeat 2015 speaker is Owen Mahoney, the president and chief executive of Nexon, the Asian online gaming giant that has created titles such as Dungeon Fighter and Dirty Bomb. He’s one more among the cast of characters from gaming who will talk…
  • Want to crack mobile marketing? Get users to turn on location services first

    2 September 2015, 11:10 am by: VB Staff

    SPONSORED: This sponsored post is produced in association with Skyhook. Mobile has upped the ante for reaching users at the right time and right place, making location-based services like geo-caching essential tools to marketers. Yet, despite its importance in…
  • The five fundamentals of killer mobile engagement (webinar)

    2 September 2015, 10:35 am by: VB Staff

    VB WEBINAR: Join us for this live webinar on Wednesday, September 16 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern. Register here for free.   Here’s a mobile stat no organization or brand can ignore. The latest KPCB Internet Trends report from Mary Meeker released…
  • Localytics’ Remarketing product shows Facebook is king for mobile user acquisition

    2 September 2015, 9:50 am by: Jon Cifuentes

    VB INSIGHT: Localytics, an analytics and marketing platform for mobile and web apps, is announcing its new Remarketing product, which helps marketers track users around the Web and deliver personalized ads on platforms like Facebook and other ad networks.…
  • Lara Croft Go developer on turning an action blockbuster into a turn-based mobile game

    2 September 2015, 9:30 am by: Stephen Kleckner

    FEATURE: Antoine Routon on creating a turn-based game out of Hitman and Tomb Raider
  • Traditional looking Huawei Watch on sale September 17, priced from $350 to $800

    2 September 2015, 9:00 am by: Mark Sullivan

    Huawei today announced the U.S. availability and pricing of its Huawei Watch, a large-ish metal smartwatch that runs on Android Wear. The watch will go on sale September 17 and will come in models ranging from $350 to $800. Six models, with stainless steel,…
  • Lithuania’s Game Insight unveils My Country 3D in bid to outdo SimCity

    2 September 2015, 9:00 am by: Dean Takahashi

    Game Insight, a big mobile gaming company based in Lithuania, wants to outdo SimCity with its My Country 3D city-building game. The Vilnius, Lithuania-based Game Insight has specialized in pushing mobile tech as far as it can to create better experiences. In…
  • Gluru launches to become Google Now for business

    2 September 2015, 7:45 am by: Stewart Rogers

    As a certain Arthur C. Clarke once penned, any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. I felt that way the first time I saw Google Now. When it originally launched, I just happened to have a flight booked the next day. With a simple…
  • How Google’s logo has evolved through the years

    2 September 2015, 7:35 am by: Paul Sawers

    Google launched a new logo yesterday, its first refresh in two years. While the Google logo has evolved over its seventeen-year history, it has largely stayed faithful to the original concept. However, yesterday saw Google go sans-serif, though it kept the…
  • The mobile web is enjoying a comeback — but why?

    2 September 2015, 7:10 am by: Jay Hinman, Smaato

    SPONSORED: This sponsored post is produced by Smaato. There’s a great deal of intuitive and counter-intuitive intelligence lurking in the dark corners of data warehouses — if only you’re brave enough to look. We recently took a deep dive into the…
  • Sonic the Hedgehog zooms into Angry Birds Epic

    2 September 2015, 6:26 am by: Paul Sawers

    Sonic the Hedgehog has been a gaming icon for decades, and now he’s lending his powers to Rovio’s Angry Birds brand. The Finnish tech giant has revealed the latest installment in its Sega partnership — one that will see Sonic appear in Angry Birds Epic,…
  • 27 percent of smartphone buyers in Europe switched from Android to iOS this summer

    2 September 2015, 5:44 am by: Chris O'Brien

    As the latest sign that Apple’s iOS is gaining momentum, a new report says that European smartphone buyers are defecting away from Android in favor of iPhones. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech today released its latest market research for the three months ending in…
  • Toshiba unveils 12.5-inch 4K convertible laptop

    2 September 2015, 3:01 am by: Dean Takahashi

    Toshiba is announcing a convertible laptop-tablet that has a 12.5-inch screen and a 4K Ultra HD display. The Japanese electronics company claims the Satellite Radius 12 is the world’s first 4K convertible, which can be folded into a tablet or used as a…
  • Xiaomi reportedly working on $470 laptop with Samsung, others, due early 2016

    2 September 2015, 1:25 am by: Michael de Waal-Montgomery

    China’s smartphone giant Xiaomi is reportedly working on its own line of laptops with partners including Inventec and Foxconn for release in early 2016, according to a report by DigiTimes Tuesday. Samsung may also be tapped to supply the chips and…
  • Intel launches its Skylake processor to jumpstart PC sales

    1 September 2015, 9:00 pm by: Dean Takahashi

    Intel is launching a new family of PC microprocessors code-named Skylake today. The chips represent the world’s biggest chip maker’s hopes for reviving the sagging PC market, just as the Windows 10 operating system represents Microsoft’s aspirations for…
  • Yomi is a fun way to learn a fighting game through cards, but be ready to learn the hard way

    1 September 2015, 5:36 pm by: Suriel Vazquez

    REVIEW: People often describe fighting games as a combination of speed chess and poker (and other, more convoluted mashups). Take the intricate combos out of a good fighter and you’ve got a complex guessing game where you mentally juggle several options at…
  • Get Heroes of the Storm results on TheScore’s esports app

    1 September 2015, 4:03 pm by: Tom Mc Shea

    Never again wonder who scored first place in a major Heroes of the Storm tournament. TheScore, a mobile app that follows sports leagues such as the National Football League and Major League Baseball, released a companion app earlier this year that chronicles…
  • Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix partner to build open media formats

    1 September 2015, 1:00 pm by: Emil Protalinski

    Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix banded together today to create the Alliance for Open Media. The open-source project will consolidate several codec development projects into a single working group that hopes to deliver a…
  • The next-generation Moto 360 smartwatch is coming to China September 8

    1 September 2015, 12:55 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Lenovo’s second-generation Moto 360 smartwatch will be officially unveiled in China September 8. The company posted a teaser image of the new device at its Weibo website to announce the date. A reliable leaker yesterday posted some new photos of the next…
  • Google revamps Search and Now cards for mobile with new gestures and categories

    1 September 2015, 12:38 pm by: Ken Yeung

    Google has released a visual update for not only Search but also its Now cards on mobile. In a blog post, the company explained that this enhancement is aimed at better relating to the way people find information. Starting today on mobile, users will see a…
  • Google has a new logo

    1 September 2015, 11:51 am by: Emil Protalinski

    Google just unveiled its new logo. In fact, the new look is more than just a new logo: The company has revamped its whole “identity family,” which essentially refers to its whole design branding. Google has been around for 17 years, and the company has…
  • GamesBeat 2015 snares Magic Leap’s Graeme Devine as a new speaker

    1 September 2015, 11:25 am by: Dean Takahashi

    Our latest speaker, Graeme Devine looks like a character from Game of Thrones. The chief creative officer and vice president of games at Magic Leap is one more among the cast of characters from gaming who will talk at our GamesBeat 2015 conference at the…
  • Amazon finally launches standalone Android video-streaming app

    1 September 2015, 11:13 am by: Paul Sawers

    Amazon announced some big news earlier today: Offline access is now available for Prime video subscribers on Android and iOS. However, buried within the main news was something that will surely be welcomed just as much by Android users — they now have a…
  • Nextbit unveils $400 cloud-first Robin phone

    1 September 2015, 10:00 am by: Mark Sullivan

    San Francisco-based Nextbit Tuesday took the wraps off its new “cloud first” Android phone, called Robin. The $400 Android (5.1.1) device is tall and squarish (in a good way), and comes in striking light blue and black colors. The real hook here is that…
  • Mobcrush raises $11M for mobile game livestreaming

    1 September 2015, 10:00 am by: Dean Takahashi

    Mobile game livestreaming service Mobcrush has raised $11 million in funding from investors led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based startup is trying to steal a march on PC-based rivals such as Twitch by focusing on a…
  • Amazon lets iOS and Android users download Prime movies and TV shows for offline access

    1 September 2015, 9:01 am by: Paul Sawers

    Amazon is finally letting Prime subscribers download movies and T.V. shows for offline access on iOS and Android devices. This service is now available in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Austria. It’s worth noting here that the Internet giant already lets…
  • LotusFlare gets $6M from Social+Capital, others to make mobile Internet more accessible

    1 September 2015, 9:00 am by: Ken Yeung

    Getting people in developing countries connected with the rest of the world involves more than just providing infrastructure — it’s about making sure that those users understand what they can do with the data. It’s estimated that there are nearly 4.9…
  • PayPal launches PayPal.me to compete with Square’s Cashtags

    1 September 2015, 6:00 am by: Ruth Reader

    Today PayPal unveiled a new product called PayPal.me that will let users get paid through a customized URL. It works like this: You set up a link through PayPal (mine is PayPal.me/ruth) and then when your friends are looking for a way to send you cash all they…
  • Japan’s Line rolls out a cute Android launcher because it’s not cute enough already

    1 September 2015, 1:09 am by: Michael de Waal-Montgomery

    All I can hear in my mind is Japanese teenagers (mostly girls) giggling and pointing at how cute Line’s new icons and skins are in the Android launcher that the company just announced today — called Line Launcher. For example, there’s a battery…
  • This accessory makes the Apple Watch an old-timey pocket watch

    31 August 2015, 7:00 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    You want to go all old-school with your Apple Watch? The accessories brand Bucardo can help you out. Bucardo’s Pendulum Collection, as it’s called, aims to resurrect vintage classics like pocket watches and pendulums, and transform them into wearable tech…

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