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Why narrative journalism startup Latterly called it quits

Latterly, an online-only reader-funded magazine that published works of narrative journalism, particularly from foreign countries, published its final issue on Friday. I was excited about Latterly when I found out about it in 2014, but unfortunately, the business couldn’t pay for itself. It’s just the latest online-only long-form journalism operation to be going away. In […]

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Minecraft for Gear VR in 2 words: pixelated claustrophobia

A few minutes into exploring a Minecraft world in Samsung’s Gear VR head-mounted display, I started digging a hole into the ground. After getting a few meters into the earth, I was surrounded by dirt in every direction. Despite knowing in my heart that I was in a safe room with Oculus representatives and dozens […]

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Apple’s Windows-bashing is mean-spirited and pointless

ANALYSIS: At today’s product event, Apple stumbled backwards in time by trashing the computing devices used by hundreds of millions of would-be customers – 600 million in fact. “The majority of people who come to an iPad Pro are coming from a PC,” declared Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, while introducing the 9.7 inch iPad Pro in Cupertino. […]

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Apple releases Xcode 7.3 with iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2 SDKs

Apple today announced the release of its Xcode integrated development environment (IDE) for building apps that work on Apple devices. The new 7.3 release features software development kits for the new operating systems that were announced today: iOS 7.3 for iPhones and iPads, watchOS 2.2 for the Apple Watch, and tvOS 9.2 for the most […]

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Everything Apple announced today: iPhone SE, smaller iPad Pro, cheaper Apple Watch, and more

Apple took the stage at its headquarters in Cupertino, California today to announce a whole bunch of new (and not-so-new) gadgets and software updates. Among other things, Apple unveiled its next iPhone — a mash-up of the iPhone 5s and 6s — released a smaller iPad Pro, and cut the price of its iPad Air 2 and Apple Watch. […]

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Apple’s ‘Liam’ robot deconstructs your iPhone to ‘recover’ materials and reuse them

Apple gave a nod to the environment today at its iPhone SE product introduction event, noting that 93 percent of its facilities now run on renewable energy. At today’s event, the company introduced a video of “Liam,” a robot that can take apart an old iPhone and separate the parts so that they can be […]

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Gaming analyst: Oculus Rift will sell half of what other experts predict

Virtual reality dominated the Game Developers Conference last week, but it’s nearly time for that hype to start translating into sales. And one analyst thinks the rest of the industry is setting its expectations too high. A lot of important companies are investing in VR, and that’s one of the reasons that tech advisor Digi-Capital […]

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Apple’s Tim Cook bids farewell to old HQ and signals future events in ‘spaceship’

Apple chief executive Tim Cook said his farewell to the company’s town hall theater at its current headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. The comment came at the close of the company’s event introducing the Apple iPhone SE and a new version of the iPad Pro. As he closed the hour-long event, Cook said he had a […]

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Games Developer Conference 2016 breaks attendance record

Tens of thousands of game industry workers descended upon San Francisco last week. The 2016 Games Developer Conference broke attendance records for the event with over 27,000 industry professionals attending the show in the Moscone Center from March 14 to March 18. Last year, the conference boasted over 26,000 attendees. The growth comes as excitement […]

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Apple introduces a smaller iPad Pro starting at $599

Apple today unveiled its second iPad Pro tablet at an event at the Town Hall facility at company headquarters in Cupertino, California. The new device isn’t the biggest or best iPad yet, but it’s certainly not the worst one, either. Apple launched the productivity-oriented iPad Pro six months ago, five years after coming out with […]

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Apple iOS 9.3 launching today with Night Shift, password-protected Notes, and new app for classrooms

Apple is releasing a new version of its iOS operating system for its iPhone and iPads starting today. The company said today during an event at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California that it’ll include Night Shift, password-protected Notes, updates to Apple News and CarPlay, and lastly a new app specifically for the education space. […]

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Apple Watch now starts at $299, gets ‘nylon’ bands

  The Apple Watch just got cheaper. Today Apple announced that the Apple Watch now starts at $299 — down from $349. That’s a noteworthy change that should make the pricey device a bit more accessible for budget conscious Apple fans. In addition to the cut, Apple also announced handful of new bands, including ones made […]

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Apple unveils CareKit, an open-source framework for health apps, launching in April

Today Apple’s Jeff Williams announced CareKit, an open source “framework to build apps that empower people to take an active role in their care.” Apple says it’s launching the framework in April as a patient-side counterpart to ResearchKit. Speaking of ResearchKit, Williams said on stage that “virtually overnight, the research studies that we launched became some of the largest in […]

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Tim Cook defends encryption and knocks U.S. government at Apple event

Apple chief executive Tim Cook opened his product introduction event this morning with a reminder to the U.S. government that he’s not budging on privacy. The words were a reminder of Apple’s legal struggle with the FBI over the government’s attempt to force Apple to break the encryption that protects the iPhone that belonged to […]

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Jumio to sell assets to backer and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin as part of bankruptcy procedure

Jumio, an identity-verification startup we first covered way back in 2011, has agreed to sell the majority of its assets to a new company set up by backer and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin as part of a bankruptcy procedure. Jumio launched initially in October 2011 as a way for retailers to verify ID and accept […]

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Halo 5 veterans create First Strike Games studio

Three veterans from Halo 5 and video game agent Jeff Hilbert have teamed up to create First Strike Games, a new Seattle studio focused on multiplayer PC and console games. The team includes Kevin Franklin, Brian Lemon, and Doug Barnes from 343 Industries, the Microsoft studio dedicated to making Halo video games. Before Halo 5’s launch, […]

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Build a mobile data strategy to drive sustainable growth (event)

VB EVENT: Just a short couple of years ago, there were only a handful of early companies helping app developers, marketers, and publishers make data-driven decisions to grow their mobile products. We’ve come a long way since then. Emergence Capital released the “Mobile Enabler Landscape” in 2015, tracking 220 “mobile enterprise enablers” — companies that provide a […]

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Halo 5: Guardians will get massive co-op battles with Warzone Firefight multiplayer

Halo 5: Guardians is getting a big new multiplayer feature dubbed Warzone Firefight, which will enable teams of up to eight players to work cooperatively against huge waves of enemies. Announced yesterday during the Halo World Championship Finals, the new content from Microsoft and 343 Industries combines the Warzone mode of massive battles in Halo 5 […]

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World of Tanks publisher Wargaming talks about accelerating change in the game business

Victor Kislyi, the chief executive of World of Tanks online game publisher Wargaming, says we live in interesting times. There’s so much change happening in gaming, with the rise of esports, the launch of virtual reality and augmented reality platforms, and the growing power of YouTubers and Twitch livestreamers. That’s a lot of things to stay […]

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Apple’s iPhone SE event: Everything you need to know, plus how to watch live

Apple’s long-rumored iPhone SE event kicks off at 10 a.m. PDT today (1 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. GMT and UTC) and you can stream it live right here via Safari, Microsoft’s Edge browser, or an Apple TV (2nd generation or newer). Follow along with us during the event on Twitter — @VentureBeat — for quick updates as the news rolls out. […]

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Jack Dorsey on how live streaming a puddle reveals Twitter’s past and future

Twitter has evolved from a microblogging tool used by early adopter nerds, to a media broadcasting tool, onto a microphone for celebrities, and beyond. But as the social network struggles to grow, it has been turning to new ways to keep people using it and lure new users on board, such as curated tweets and […]

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Report: App search is fatally flawed, and optimizing for keywords isn’t the answer

VB INSIGHT: The avalanche of apps, the recognition that app search is fatally flawed, and the recent raft of changes to the algorithms employed by Apple and Google are turning up the pressure on app developers. Companies need to move beyond ASO (App Store Optimization) basics to get the most out of their entire marketing funnel, not […]

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How Unity is pushing VR and better 3D graphics with its game engine

Unity Technologies showed off some high-end graphics demos created with its Unity 5 game engine last week at the Game Developers Conference. That shows how the little game engine that could is growing up, and it is closing in on the visual quality offered by rivals, such as Epic Games and Crytek. In a conversation with […]

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10 things to know about Twitter on its 10th anniversary

Twitter is celebrating 10 years of existence today. Despite the constant criticism and concerns about its future, the short-messaging social media phenomenon certainly has a lot to celebrate. It’s become part of the globe’s cultural fabric, inescapable on media channels and immensely popular with celebrities who want to chat up their fans. It’s also become […]

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China’s Xiaomi says it has no plans for IPO

(Reuters) – China’s most valuable start-up Xiaomi is financially self-sufficient and has no plans to raise funds, its global vice-president said on Monday. Xiaomi, the world’s fifth-largest smartphone vendor, also has no plans for an initial public offering, Hugo Barra told Reuters in an interview. Xiaomi missed its global shipment target by 12 percent, selling […]

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