Amazon’s Alexa assistant can do lots of things, like play your favorite song when you walk into a room and follow up on questions it can’t answer right away. Skills — third-party voice apps — extend its functionality, but they’re relatively siloed experiences. That changes today. Amazon announced that skill connections,...
Amazon and Rockstar Games are partnering up to deliver some extra goodies to Twitch Prime members. If you’re one of the millions of households with Amazon Prime, you can link that account to livestreaming platform Twitch. With Twitch Prime, you can subscribe to one channel per month, but...
As the first half of 2019 came to a close, every major cellular carrier in the United States was officially offering 5G service to customers: Just days after blasting rivals AT&T and Verizon for lying about their limited 5G offerings, T-Mobile commenced initial service on June 28, becoming the last...
Tel Aviv- and New York-based Belong.Life, a startup developing a digital support network for cancer patients that uses AI to create personalized experiences, today announced that it’s raised $14 million in series B funding led by Iqvia, with participation from The Group Ventures and other existing investors. The...
With sales anticipated to reach $4 trillion by 2020, ecommerce is an unstoppable force. It’s no real mystery why — customers prefer the convenience of online stores compared with brick and mortar, countless surveys show — but it’s a mixed bag for companies that attempt to edge out...
Blizzard Entertainment announced today that Saviors of Uldum is the next expansion for Hearthstone. The new set of 135 cards will release on August 6. The digital card game is the king of its genre, amassing over 100 million players since its 2014 debut. The digital card game market...
Google wants to turn the decades-old Robots Exclusion Protocol (REP) into an official internet standard — and it’s making its own robots.txt parser open source as part of the push. The REP, which was proposed as a standard by Dutch software engineer Martijn Koster back in 1994, has pretty...
The way you walk says a lot about how you’re feeling at any given moment. When you’re downtrodden or depressed, for example, you’re more likely to slump your shoulders than when you’re contented or upset. Leveraging this somatic lexicon, researchers at the University of Chapel Hill and the...
Apple’s design chief Jony Ive officially announced his impending departure from the company last week, but apart from expressing an interest in working on some non-Apple projects, his reasons for leaving weren’t entirely clear. Now a new Wall Street Journal report goes into further detail on the situation, which is...
San Jose-based cybersecurity company TrapX has secured $18 million in a round led by Ibex Investors, bringing its total raised to nearly $50 million. This follows a $14 million series B in June 2015 and a $14 million follow-on round in June 2017. CEO Moshe Ben-Simon said this...