Microsoft opens its third India engineering center

Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) Microsoft today announced the launch of a new engineering center in India, doubling down on the country where it first established operations in 1990.The India...

Oppo A5 2020 review: Another budget big-screen phone with great battery life

Oppo has a wide range of handsets in its portfolio. The flagship £799 (inc. VAT) Find X with its pop-up backplate housing the front and rear cameras is intriguing, but Oppo also impresses at...

Google Cloud cuts jobs in restructure, despite growth

Earlier this month Google announced that Google Cloud had hit a $10bn annual revenue run rate, but the company on Friday admitted it is cutting its headcount in the enterprise unit as part of...

Stadia Pro subscribers to land on free tier after trial period expires

It’s hard to believe that it has almost been three months since Google made the rather gutsy move to take on the gaming console giants and to some extent even Steam but that’s exactly...

Facebook Lite app getting dark mode ahead of main app

While your phone and most of the apps there have been sporting a dark mode option for a few weeks or months now, one app that still hasn’t officially released its own is one...

The best iOS games for a fun week with your iPhone

Android or iOS: the discussions about which operating system is better could go on forever. What is certain, however, is that Apple has some app games that Android users don't get. We have compiled our...

Hot Five: PUBG Mobile makes $176 million, Supercell isn’t about the money, and Rovio...

To help you keep on top of a busy news cycle and the latest hot topics in mobile gaming, each week we round up the five most-read stories on PocketGamer.biz. Read on and digest... 5. Rovio soft-launches Angry...

Samsung accused of cheating over ‘glass display’ on the Galaxy Z Flip

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip has arrived with the first buyers in the USA. Opinions on the new folding smartphone from Samsung vary widely. A big problem is said to be the display, which can...

StarCraft: Ghost Xbox leak reveals what could have been two decades ago

Blizzard may have been getting a lot of flak lately for its failure to reinvigorate the classic WarCraft III through its Reforged remaster but that is just one of the recent high-profile flops the...

From eyes to ears: Welcome to technology’s sensory shift

“Close your eyes, listen to my voice.” That’s what a meditation coach says to a beginner of guided meditation. When we need to focus, we turn off our visual input, and let our minds...

Winner and loser of the week: Samsung shines amongst MWC chaos

From time to time, picking a winner and loser of the week is a challenge. This is not one of those weeks. There were two big stories that dominated the tech world this week,...

SteamVR beta adds new dashboard, Oculus Quest icon

The beta version of SteamVR now has an all-new interface, as well as adding an icon for Oculus Quest in Oculus Link mode. SteamVR is Valve’s PC virtual reality platform for Windows, macOS, and Linux....

Xbox has no need for a VR headset — yet

Poor Phil Spencer. No one wants him to like VR. Every time Microsoft’s Xbox guru opens his mouth to explain his stance on the technology, only the negative points seem to make the headlines,...

Content Rated By: Reflecting on the ESRB’s 25-year journey

GamesBeat is publishing this exclusive excerpt of Content Rated By: An Oral History of the ESRB. To help commemorate its 25th anniversary, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) reached out to Blake J. Harris, the...

California’s data privacy rules get clearer

On Friday, February 7, the California Office of the Attorney General (CAG) published a “notice of modifications” to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), followed by an update on Monday, February 10. Although the...

Is Uber killing the U.S. middle class?

Last week, Uber managed to surprise investors with its earnings report showing shrinking losses and giving an optimistic profit forecast. The news pushed the stock price up by 9% at one point. Although that...

You don’t play Wide Ocean Big Jacket; you participate

It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play we suggest video games...

Microsoft could add new ‘Spaces’ organizational tool to Outlook

Credit: The Walking Cat (@h0x0d) Microsoft is working on a new organizational feature that could debut first as part of Outlook. That feature, currently known as "Outlook Spaces," allows users to pull together their...

Overwatch League moves matches to South Korea over coronavirus

Overwatch League, the professional esports league that was forced to cancel a number of matches in China over the novel coronavirus outbreak, has announced that it will hold makeup matches for those events in...

Apple is now the people’s company, Samsung is for elitists

Sarah Tew/CNET Can snobs ever understand those beneath them? Can someone who's spent their whole life expressing their divine, artistic superiority find a way to commune with those they used to ignore? Yes, of course we're talking...

Android Auto now has weather display for actual weather

When you’re driving a car, you should be able to look outside and see what the weather is actually like. But just in case you don’t know which way is up, Google will now...

Relaunch of Firefox browser will have limited extension support

While we’re still eagerly awaiting the stable version of the Firefox browser, we’re getting some sort of bad news from that front. When it finally does relaunch, we will be getting limited extension support....

How to connect Bluetooth speakers and headphones to Android

No matter how good the speakers built into your smartphone or tablet, they probably can't compete with a full-sized speaker set or some dedicated headphones for a more intimate listening experience. Thanks to the...

What I’ve learned becoming a master inventor

As a 28 year old PhD graduate in 2001, I had no idea how to “invent” something, much less file for a patent. Almost 20 years later, I’m now the inventor/co-inventor of over 2,000...

New operators Iana and Oryx helped me dust off Rainbow Six: Siege

Tell me if you’re familiar with this scenario: A publisher announces a game, and you really like what you’re seeing and hearing from the developers, so you vow to put it on your immediate...

This Week in Apps: YouTube TV cancels Apple’s rev share, more bad news for...

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as...

The best 5 apps new on the Play Store the week

Every week we browse the new apps on the Google Play Store and search for pearls. Here are five of the most interesting titles we found this week. Have fun trying them out! ColArtive - Color Wallpaper...

Microsoft pulls security update after reports of issues affecting some PCs

Microsoft has removed a standalone security update from its Windows Update servers and enterprise update channels after acknowledging reports of "an issue affecting a sub-set of devices." The company says it's "working on an...

Fortnite gets ‘Never Gonna’ emote for Rickrolling friends

Epic has added a classic meme to its Item Shop with the addition of the new ‘Never Gonna’ emote in Fortnite. The company introduced the new emote by Rickrolling its customers; it tweeted a...

The drunken HQ Trivia finale before it shut down was insane

“Not gonna lie. This f*cking sucks. This is the last HQ ever!” yelled host Matt Richards. And it just got crazier from there.The farewell game of HQ Trivia before it shut down last night...

Essential tips and tricks for Spotify everyone should know

Spotify is one of the most popular streaming services. The Android app is packed with features, but not all of them are immediately apparent. Get more out of your streaming service with our tips...

GeekWire Podcast: We (almost) hacked the election; Amazon vs. Trump; cashless stadiums

Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast: Voting online is fast, convenient and also … vulnerable. In the wake of the Iowa caucuses app fiasco, we tried voting online in a...

Some Tilt Five AR tabletops may face coronavirus delays

AR startup Tilt Five confirmed in a recent backer update that the coronavirus may impact the shipment of some early kits which were scheduled to be sent to backers this month. Tilt Five is a...

Pocketnow Daily: Apple’s ENTIRE 2020 Line-Up to go ALL OUT on Specs?!(video)

Tons of Apple deals are available on Amazon right now Deals. We’ve been gone for most of this week so you know we’ve got to give you some Apple deals from Amazon. Starting off, the...

Yandex claims 2 million self-driving car miles, double in 4 months

Yandex claims that its autonomous cars have driven 2 million miles to date, double the figure it reported in October and 4 times the number announced in August. The Russian tech titan revealed the...

January 2020 NPD: Even Goku can’t rescue game spending

Gaming fans in the United States are over the current generation of consoles. And that has led to another month of significant declines in spending. Even the younger and more vigorous Nintendo Switch was...

Nintendo Switch tops hardware sales in January

Nintendo Switch hardware sales once again came out on top for the month. No need to act surprised. For industry-tracking firm The NPD Group’s January tracking period, Switch outsold the PlayStation 4 and Xbox...

Xbox Elite Series 2 is one of the fastest-selling gamepads ever

When Microsoft announced the first Xbox Elite Controller way back in 2015, everyone had the same question: Who is going to spend $150 on gamepad? It turns out that enough people bought it to...

Microsoft’s AI improves text summarization performance by paying closer attention to the beginning

A newsy feature from the New York Times is bound to have a different tone than the average Reddit post. Indeed, the diversity of writing styles and grammatical structures makes the task of automatic...

Roboflow: Popular autonomous vehicle data set contains critical flaws

A machine learning model’s performance is only as good as the quality of the data set on which it’s trained, and in the domain of self-driving vehicles, it’s critical this performance isn’t adversely impacted...

Beta Testing Begins for ‘Bulwark of the Abyss’ on iOS, Mac, and PC

Early last month developer Chase Holton announced a new project called Bulwark of the Abyss, a massive action game that utilizes the projectile-deflecting combat of one of his previous games Gwarmbee (Free) and mashes...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Book of Demons: Tablet Edition’

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to....

Moving Day! – The TouchArcade Show #434

The night before Eli embarks on a big move to Tennessee, him and Jared talk about the perils one comes across when moving, which in this case involves having to heat a 26 foot...

Fortnite now lets you Rickroll your friends

In a wonderful Valentine’s Day surprise, Fortnite has introduced a new emote inspired by the Rickrolling meme, and it’s incredible. It plays part of the actual song by Rick Astley, “Never Gonna Give You...

You can blame Nvidia, not just Activision Blizzard, for their GeForce Now falling-out

When we learned that Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service was losing access to every Activision Blizzard game only one week after leaving beta, I’ll admit my first thought was that maybe a short-sighted,...

Apple now lets you shop directly in augmented reality

This week, Apple began rolling out a new update to its Quick Look augmented reality tool, letting iPhone and iPad users check out products in AR and then buy them directly. Quick Look already let...

OPPO Find X2 launch postponed after MWC 2020 cancellation

It’s been a tough and trying time for a number of tech companies. All over the world, the health scare over the novel coronavirus has restricted businesses from pushing through. LG went ahead with...

Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ better at 960 fps super slow-mo recording

The Galaxy S20+ is not the highest-specced Samsung flagship. The South Korean tech giant has decided to come out with an Ultra variant which has better cameras headlined by the 108MP primary shooter. Technically,...

Samsung Galaxy S20 phones may get new color options

The Samsung Galaxy S20 series is still the talk of gadget town. All three variants are being detailed in many ways–some good, some bad. We’ve got our hands-on feature and early impressions but we...

Amazon stops working with several small delivery contractors, forcing companies to lay off hundreds

(GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Amazon is ending relationships with a number of small delivery contractors across the U.S., forcing companies to lay off hundreds of workers.Bloomberg first reported Friday morning that Bear Down Logistics,...

ProBeat: The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip might be for you

Last year, when Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold, before it failed spectacularly, Evan Blass explained why it wasn’t for you. It was for early adopters. This week, Samsung unveiled its second foldable phone, the...

ASU researchers debut ViWi-BT, an AI/computer vision mmWave beam guide

The cellular industry’s shift from long-distance radio signals to short-distance millimeter waves is one of the 5G era’s biggest changes, expected to continue with submillimeter waves over the next decade. To more precisely direct...

AI Weekly: Machine learning could lead cybersecurity into uncharted territory

Once a quarter, VentureBeat publishes a special issue to take an in-depth look at trends of great importance. This week, we launched issue two, examining AI and security. Across a spectrum of stories, the...

The RetroBeat: Sonic’s movie is surprisingly fun for fans who grew up on the...

Well, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is out. And it’s not bad. Heck, I’ll even call it good! The film is lighthearted and fast-paced, and it has some decent laughs. But to be honest,...

If Apple’s 5G iPhone plans are still fluid, it’s in for quite a ride

If you believe most of the evidence out there, Apple’s iPhone designs are typically finished well in advance of their release, enabling the company to focus its final months on manufacturing the massive quantities...

SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Darksiders Genesis’, ‘SnackWorld: The Dungeon Crawl’, and Today’s Other New Releases, the...

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for February 14th, 2020. It’s Valentine’s Day, and although romance may be in the air for some, a night at home playing vids will be...

‘Little Misfortune’ Review – Sometimes Glitter Makes Things Better

Little Misfortune ($6.99) exists as a game that aims high and lands in somewhat murky waters with little solid grounding around it. Initially released on Steam in late 2019, its mobile release sees a...

Australian dentist wants to know who wrote that negative Google review

An Australian court has ordered Google to identify an anonymous user who gave a negative review to a Melbourne dental surgeon, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. Dr. Matthew Kabbabe says a reviewer’s comment posted...

Canceling your Stadia Pro subscription is easy, and you won’t lose your paid games

If you were an early adopter of Google Stadia who purchased the Founder’s Edition in November 2019 and promptly activated your service, your complimentary three-month trial of Stadia Pro will soon come to an...

GameSnacks are Google’s new HTML5 games designed for bad internet connections

Smartphones are becoming even more powerful gaming machines as time goes on, with the latest devices capable of pushing some incredible graphics on a pocket-sized device. But what if you’ve got an old or...

Blizzard moves previously canceled Overwatch League games from China to Korea

Last month, Blizzard announced that all of its scheduled Overwatch League games in China during February and March were canceled in the wake of the coronavirus. Now the publisher has revealed its plan to...

Apple might use its own 5G antenna in its 2020 iPhones

Apple is widely expected to debut its first 5G iPhones this fall, powered by Qualcomm’s X55 modem — thanks to Apple and Qualcomm’s surprise settlement last year that saw the two companies resume business....

Microsoft may debut Surface Book 3, Surface Go 2 this spring

For a while now, Microsoft has introduced new Surface hardware primarily at two dedicated Microsoft hardware events each spring and fall. Given the expected spring hardware event is likely a couple of months away,...

Pokemon GO Valentine’s Day event now live: Here’s what you can get

It’s Valentine’s Day, which means two things: restaurants will be crowded and a ton of events in free-to-play and live service games are kicking off. Pokemon GO is one such game hosting a Valentine’s...

Sony may have a PlayStation VR headset for PS5 in the works

Sony’s PlayStation 5 is coming up later this year, and with its release comes the question of what’s next for PlayStation VR. Sony launched the VR headset this generation as an extension of the...

Tinder founder funds sex tips app Lover

Want to spice up the bedroom without paying for pills or awkward visits to a sex therapist? A new app called Lover lets you take a sexual personality quiz, explore carnal knowledge tutorials and...

HQ Trivia shuts down after acquisition falls through

HQ Trivia is dead. Today the company laid off its full staff of 25 and will cease operation of its trivia, sports, and word guessing games, a source close to the company confirmed. HQ Trivia...

How to activate Dark Mode on your iPhone

With iOS 13, Apple has integrated a long-awaited feature that both iOS and Android fans have eagerly anticipated: Dark Mode. While more and more apps get their own dark mode, iPhone users can now darken...

Why bringing the dead back to life with VR is torture

The producers of the South Korean TV documentary "Meeting You" put VR glasses on people to bring them together with their deceased loved ones. In doing so, the bereaved could talk to the virtual person and...

10 best CBD oils to buy in 2020

Presented by KamaDeva Yoga You are probably overwhelmed with the numerous results that pop up when you search online for CBD oils to purchase. There is no shortage of options, but how do you know...

The DeanBeat: Two gaming shows undergo big changes

I attended the Dice Summit this week, culminating in an awards show last night that is often compared to the Oscars of games, and I also followed news about another big gaming event, the...

Galaxy Buds+ with Spotify is good, but it could be great

Samsung hosted the Galaxy Unpacked event at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco on Tuesday, when it debuted Galaxy Buds+, its latest wireless earbuds to compete with Apple’s AirPods, alongside phones and...

PlaySight trained AI on thousands of hours of videos to understand sports

Sports analytics, which refers to the use of data and statistics to measure the performance of players (or teams) and make informed coaching decisions, is an enormous market. Grand View Research pegs its worth...

Remedy Entertainment jumps into the live-service multiplayer game pool

Remedy Entertainment revealed during an earnings report today that the developer is working on a live-service multiplayer game. We don’t know much about this project, other than that it is being played internally at Remedy...

‘Loud House: Outta Control’ from Nickelodeon Is This Week’s Addition to Apple Arcade

As with the last few weeks, a new Apple Arcade game has been added to the service today. This week’s addition is from Nickelodeon and it looks like Apple is going for something...

‘Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020’ from SEGA Releases This May on...

Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 was revealed a while ago by SEGA alongside a few more games for the Tokyo 2020 summer olympics for various platforms. This includes a home console...

Windows 10X has already been installed on a MacBook and a Surface Go

Microsoft’s Windows 10X operating system isn’t even out yet, but it’s already been installed on a MacBook and a Surface Go. The software maker released its Windows 10X emulator earlier this week, and people...

How to use Brave’s tools to protect your privacy while browsing

Brave, which came out of beta last fall, is a browser with a difference. Aggressively anti-advertising, the Chromium-based browser strips sites of their ads while allowing users to opt in to its own set...

Google might start paying news publishers for content

Google is chatting with publishers about potentially paying to include their content in a news product, according to The Wall Street Journal. Most of the talks are with publishers outside the US, the paper...

PS4 game Dreams is an amazing creation tool with an exposure problem

Dreams is a game about creating games. And not just games, but music, animation, and art, all through powerful creation tools provided by developers Media Molecule. Players have created hyperrealistic breakfast food and 90-minute...

Watch Final Fantasy VII Remake’s gorgeous new opening movie

We’ve seen plenty of trailers for the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake already, but the latest shows something particularly exciting: the very first moments of the game. Today, Square Enix released a five-minute “opening...

California court says Apple Store workers must be paid for time spent waiting to...

The California Supreme Court says state law requires Apple to pay retail store employees for the time they spend waiting for bag searches at the end of a shift, the Los Angeles Times reports. “We...

Amazon patent imagines using a giant whip to yeet payloads into space

A newly published patent from Amazon has outlined a new method of launching objects into the air using a miles-long whip attached to a fleet of aerial craft. The patent, which was spotted by...

Disney Sorcerer’s Arena pre-registration opens ahead of global launch

Glu Mobile has revealed that its card collectable RPG Disney Sorcerer's Arena has opened pre-registration ahead of its impending worldwide release. Originally unveiled back in February 2019, the title features characters from the world of...

Nearly seven years on, Sonic Dash is showing no signs of slowing down

It is often said that nothing is truly finished and it's a saying the games industry has taken to heart in recent times. Long gone are the days of developing and publishing a game without...

Middle Eastern games publishing platform Tamatem locks $3.5 million in funding

Jordan-based mobile game publishing platform Tamatem has secured $3.5 million in funding. Funding for the round was led by Middle Eastern startup Wamda, alongside Saudi Arabia’s Modern Electronics and the UK’s North Base Media. Founded in...

Google unveils first new Stadia games since launch

Google has unveiled five new titles that will be arriving on its cloud game streaming service, marking the first time any new releases have been announced since launch. Panzer Dragoon: Remake from MegaPixel Studios headlines...

Hamburger expert Bill Gates tests plant-based meat, with Dick’s burgers as a scientific control

Bill Gates knows burgers. When Microsoft moved from Albuquerque to the Seattle region back in the 1980s, the nearby Burgermaster in Bellevue, Wash., was basically the company’s cafeteria. More recently, a photograph of the billionaire...

LinkedIn cites ‘low adoption’ for decision to end Sales Navigator integration with Gmail

A promotional image for the free version of the LinkedIn Sales Navigator extension for Chrome, showing the email detection feature inside Gmail. (LinkedIn Image) LinkedIn plans to pull the plug next month on a Chrome...

HP Elite Dragonfly review: A top-quality lightweight 13-inch business convertible

HP's 13-inch Elite Dragonfly, announced last September, is among the first wave of premium laptops to fly under the banner of Intel's Project Athena, which aims to guide OEMs towards the delivery of advanced...

Microsoft’s Windows Terminal: This is the final preview of its new command-line tool

Microsoft has released version 0.9 of its open-source command-line tool, Windows Terminal, for developers who use Command Prompt, PowerShell, and the Windows 10 Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Version 0.9 marks the final preview version...

Microsoft says more than 25 percent of Office 365 licenses now sold through Microsoft...

Credit: Microsoft t's no secret that Microsoft is working to get more of its business users to buy Windows, Office and its mobility/security offerings as a single subscription bundle, rather than as separate point...

Next for Windows 10: What to expect from the version 2004 update

It's early 2020, and Microsoft is getting ready to release ... Windows 10 version 2004? No, that's not a typo, and no, we have not passed through some weird time warp to the previous...

Why the iPhone 11 Pro Max is the best iPhone yet

There's no doubt that the iPhone 11 Pro Max is a lot of money. Starting at $1,099, the price tag is the sort of thing that brings a tear to your eye. But it's...

Netflix: JPEG needs replacing and AV1 Image File Format is our best option

Video-streaming giant Netflix has released an update to a new image file format called AVIF, or AV1 Image File Format, which it believes can be a superior replacement to the 27-year-old JPEG specification.  Netflix has...

Final Fantasy VII Remake’s opening cinematic has arrived

Excitement for Final Fantasy VII Remake is already pretty high, but this morning Square Enix decided to stoke the flames of hype even more by releasing the game’s opening cinematic. We’ve seen glimpses of...

Nintendo PlayStation auction calls for the cult

There’s a Sony/Nintendo PlayStation prototype up for auction right now that’ll end up going for many thousands of dollars by the time it’s over. We’ve got devices today from both Sony and Nintendo that...

Bloomberg memes push Instagram to require sponsorship disclosure

Instagram is changing its advertising rules to require political campaigns’ sponsored posts from influencers to use its Branded Content Ads tool that adds a disclosure label of “Paid Partnership With”. The change comes after...

GameSnacks to deliver more casual, faster games to more consumers

The gaming world has significantly changed over the past three decades. Console and PC gaming are still around but mobile gaming is fast becoming the standard. That is why phone makers keep on improving...

The best dating apps for Android in 2020

Thanks to dating apps, it's easy to find options for sex and romance from your smartphone. But even though Tinder dominates popular dating discourse, you actually have a few different options. We've compiled a...
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