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Last year was a time of major growth for Twitch, the Amazon-owned livestreaming service for gamers, and today the site released a retrospective looking back at all of its major accomplishments for 2015, along with a few interesting stats about how viewers and broadcasters have been using the platform. "What did Twitch watch in 2015? A lot. Actually, make that a whole lot," the company said in its retrospective. "And when Twitch watches, the world notices. With an average of 1.7 million broadcasters streaming every month, you logged some serious minutes." According to Twitch, users watched a total over nearly 460,000 years... more »
Ubisoft Entertainment SA has been churning out new Assassin's Creed games every year since 2009 (2007 if you count a couple of games for Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable), but the studio has finally decided to give the franchise a rest this year for the first time in nearly a decade. In a blog post, Ubisoft noted that 2016 is a big year for the Assassin's Creed series with the upcoming release of the franchise's first live-action feature film, which releases on December 21 and will star Academy Award nominated actor Michael Fassbender. "This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise,"... more »
Augmented reality company Magic Leap, Inc. and virtual reality company Virtuix (Virtuix Holdings, Inc.) have joined the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The ESA is a Washington DC-based association of software developers, publishers and distributors dedicated to service the business and public affairs needs of the video game industry. This news comes after Magic Leap raised a staggering $827 million in Series C funding, increasing its valuation to $3.7 billion to continue its research into producing vivid augmented reality (AR) solutions. Virtuix produces an “Active VR” platform named the Virtuix Omni that “engages the entire body and transforms the gaming experience,” by... more »
The cloud has become a scalable service for businesses on a budget, now furniture is following suite. One startup is targeting the enterprise sector to make furnishing an office that much easier with a Furniture-as-a-Service model that grows with a company. Swivelfly announced the launch of its office furnishing application aimed at easing the transition from small stage startup to successful fast-paced business. It utilizes the Furniture-as-a-Service (FaaS) business model that not many may be familiar with. Swivelfly believes furnishing office spaces should not be a lifelong commitment, as it enables growing companies to outfit their workspaces quickly and with minimal risk. “The... more »
There are countless vendors promising to simplify the processing of unstructured information, but most don’t take the idea nearly as far DataRobot Inc. has. The three-year-old startup today closed a $33 million funding round meant to help sustain the edge of its machine learning service, which attempts to automate every major chore involved in creating analytic models starting with the initial learning stage. DataRobot offers a training program aimed at enabling the majority of organizations that lack the in-house talent needed to develop custom algorithms to quickly educate their existing staff in the basics of running a successful analytics project. The... more »
The Linux Foundation has teamed with a blue-chip group of corporate sponsors on a project to build an open source input/output (I/O) services framework, primarily focused on networking and storage software. The project, called FD.io (“Fido”) also announced an initial release of its software and the formation of a validation testing lab. FD.io is intended to provide “a modular, extensible I/O services framework that supports rapid development of high-throughput, low-latency and resource-efficient I/O services,” the organization said in a press release. “The design of FD.io is hardware-, kernel-, and deployment-agnostic,” meaning that it can run on physical servers, virtual machines and... more »
Fancy dinner or Netflix and chill this Valentine’s Day? According to one survey, the answer to that may be influenced by which state you live in or how long you've been in a relationship. According to a survey conducted by Finder.com, a personal finance comparison and education site, the state where people live can say a lot about how much they will be spending for their partner on Hearts’ Day. The survey was conducted on over 3,000 Americans, revealing some very interesting data points on the geography of love. Big spenders, stingy casanovas On average, Americans spend $91 on Valentine’s Day and that includes a... more »
People play games for a variety of different reasons, whether its to challenge their mental prowess or to totally own some noobs, and according to game analytics firm Quantic Foundry LLC, those reasons can change significantly as gamers age. "According to the ESA, the average gamer is now 35 years old," Nick Yee, Quantic Foundry co-founder and analytics lead, said in a blog post summary of the report. "And that average will keep rising as the first gamer generation gets older." "In both the gamer and game research communities, we talk a lot about how men and women like different kinds of... more »
Demand for Hadoop in the enterprise is not merely growing fast but at an accelerating rate as well if the latest earnings report from Hortonworks Inc. is anything to go by. The distributor claims to have generated $37 million in revenue during the fourth quarter, which constitutes a massive 196 percent jump from last year. In comparison, sales increased only 159 percent in the previous three-month period ended June 2015 and 154 percent before that. Hortonworks’ operating loss, meanwhile, has nearly halved an annual basis to $50.6 million. The numbers potentially put the firm on track to come out of the red... more »
Artificial intelligence startup Diffbot, Inc. has raised $10 million Series A in a round led by Tencent Holdings Ltd. that included Felicis Ventures, Valor Capital, Amplify Ventures, Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Lee and Georges Harik. Founded in 2010, Diffbot uses artificial intelligence (AI) technology to build a structured database of objects and facts from across the entire internet, which they claim is bigger than Google's Knowledge Graph. The company's technology visually recognizes, reads, understands, and monitors Web pages and components including product pages, news articles, discussions/comments/forums, videos, pictures, and more, with each element then extracted, organized, tagged, cross-referenced, and stored as an “object”... more »