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Amazon's free Lumberyard game engine comes with native AWS and Twitch support

Amazon's free Lumberyard game engine comes with native AWS and Twitch support

Amazon is getting serious about expanding its presence in the gaming world, and the e-commerce giant announced today that it will be releasing its own free game engine called Lumberyard. According to Eric Schenk, General Manager for Amazon Lumberyard, the new Lumberyard game engine is designed to support full AAA game development. "Great technology can indeed make things easier, but the complexity of games has grown faster than the ability of technology to simplify the work," Schenk said in a blog post. "At Amazon, we believe it should be possible to make great tools and technology that can simplify development for everyone. And beyond just making... more »
As unicorns falter, ThinkingPhones raises $112M to boost cloud-based calling

As unicorns falter, ThinkingPhones raises $112M to boost cloud-based calling

The sharp decline in venture capital activity that has been recorded over recent quarters didn’t stop ThinkingPhones Inc. from closing a mammoth $112 million round this morning to fund its growth effort. The cloud-based communications provider is rebranding to “Fuze” on the occasion in a bid to reflect the fact that its focus has expanded beyond the mobile VoIP market where co-founders Derek Yoo and Steve Kokinos started their entrepreneurial journey a decade ago. The name comes from a videoconferencing startup that it purchased back in November as part of an acquisition spree that saw two other competitors bought up since the... more »
IoT healing heart disease, almost as smart as a doctor

IoT healing heart disease, almost as smart as a doctor

People with hypertension no longer need to rush to their doctors thanks to a new service available on their mobile device. February is known in the medical industry as Heart Month, and this year, Withings SA is raising awareness with a special offering. Withings has launched Hy-Result, a sophisticated advisory algorithm developed by hypertension specialists from Hospital Georges Pompidou in Paris, under the leadership of Dr. Postel-Vinay. Hy-Result helps people interpret and assess personalized interventions that can aid in the better management of high blood pressure. It combines the professional advisory protocols laid down by the European Society of Hypertension with scientific data on... more »
DataSift founder raises $3M for new privacy-focused analytics startup

DataSift founder raises $3M for new privacy-focused analytics startup

Even though technology investors are a lot less generous with their capital than they were last year, raising funding for a bold new venture can still be a walk in the park if one has the kind of track record Nick Halstead does. The serial entrepreneur founded and led social analytics giant DataSift Inc. as chief executive before starting CognitiveLogic Inc. three weeks ago, a time frame in which he already managed to secure $3 million to jump-start operations. The four-man team is looking to replicate the success of threat intelligence sharing networks like IBM Corp.’s X-Force Exchange in the information... more »
IoT of love: Valentine's tech gets romantic and raunchy

IoT of love: Valentine's tech gets romantic and raunchy

The Internet of Things (IoT) has invaded nearly every aspect of our lives. So this Valentine’s Day spice things up with that special someone by bringing a new, high tech and networked connected device into the bedroom. BLUEMOTION Since you probably didn’t make it through Valentine's Day dinner without looking at your phone (which according to psychologists is NOT good for your IRL relationships… but doggone it, what do they know, #amiright?), you might as well make your phone part of the fun.  Meet BLUEMOTION by OhMiBod. These vibrating panties are controlled by an app on your phone. The app allows one partner to control the panties' vibrations up to... more »
VMware overhauls its app virtualization software for the mobile workforce

VMware overhauls its app virtualization software for the mobile workforce

The budding virtual reality industry has a long way to go before it’s ready to take on the enterprise, but if and when business users do start bringing their headsets to work, VMware Inc. will have come prepared. The vendor today unveiled a new iteration of its application virtualization client that aims to provide a unified experience across every endpoint on the corporate network, both present and future. After installing Workspace ONE, an employee is able to choose the security level of the software based on the specific requirements of their device. A personal phone, for example, would warrant more restrictions on navigation... more »
Survey: 89 percent of companies are using IaaS

Survey: 89 percent of companies are using IaaS

It’s no wonder that Amazon Web Services is approaching a $10 billion run-rate. A new poll of 1,060 companies from cloud management provider RightScale Inc. has found that 89 percent run applications outside the firewall, more than half of which are hosted on the retail giant’s very own infrastructure-as-a-service platform. Amazon’s customers are typically much further along the adoption curve than organizations that rely on rivaling providers, with only 17 percent saying that they’re still in the experimentation stage compared to 29 percent of those using Microsoft Corp.’s Azure. As a rule of thumb, the longer a company has been employing cloud computing,... more »
5 apps to boost your Android phone's battery life

5 apps to boost your Android phone's battery life

You can manually extend your Android smartphone’s battery life by adjusting certain features like Bluetooth, NFC or GPS. You can also check to see whether apps are constantly pinging for updates or if your device is set to adjust its brightness automatically. Adjusting these features or placing your device in airplane mode will allow you to gain some precious battery life. Alternatively, you can download a battery saving app that will do the work for you and help extend your battery life by hours in some cases. Battery saving apps can be helpful even if you have Android 6.0 Marshmallow installed on... more »
Startup aims to turn tech recruiting process upside down

Startup aims to turn tech recruiting process upside down

A new website for technology professionals launches today with a mission to turn the traditional recruiting process on its head. Woo enables tech professionals to define their criteria for employment via anonymous profiles. Prospective employers can then pick and choose promising candidates and pay a fee to connect with them. The service is aimed at passive job-seekers, or those who are aren’t actively in the market for work but are open to inquiries from employers who have job opportunities that closely match their interests. Woo upends traditional recruiting by letting job candidates specify what they want out of a job. This can... more »
Microsoft intros Enterprise State Roaming on Windows 10

Microsoft intros Enterprise State Roaming on Windows 10

Microsoft has rolled out a public preview of “Enterprise State Roaming”, a new feature in Windows 10 that allows enterprise users to sync settings across multiple devices. The feature promises to give companies greater organizational control over their OS settings and application-state data when using Microsoft's Azure Active Directory service. Enterprise State Roaming is currently only supported in the U.S. and Europe, though a global rollout is “planned” for a later date, Gunjan Jain, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft's Windows Server and Services Division, said in a blog post. To access Enterprise State Roaming, one will need an active Azure Active Directory... more »
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