Games could use a boost, and now the Russians are coming.Moscow-based Internet communications firm Mail.Ru Group is announcing that it has set up a $100 million investment division to invest in games and developers.The investment amount is the largest one from Russia to support the game industry, and it will invest in game companies there as well as the rest of the world.Mail.Ru will finance “accomplished game studios and publishers” who need funding for scaling as well as young game developers.The division will employ a variety of investment strategies, including royalty investments.That means that it could invest in individual games, financing the money upfront and receiving payments in the form of royalties after the product ships.“Games remain one of Mail.Ru Group’s top priorities.We believe that combined development in that sector offers significant opportunities, both through internal game development and through M Starting a games investment fund will expand the potential of Mail.Ru Group’s investment platform,” said Boris Dobrodeev, CEO (Russia) of Mail.Ru Group, in a statement.Mail.Ru will also offer global publishing.“With this fund, we aim to discover and develop promising games on the global market, and drive international expansion of the local products,” said Ilya Karpinsky, managing partner for the fund, in a statement.
LeapLearner, a Shanghai-based education start-up, aims to teach children as young as five years old how to code and then some.The start-up’s main service might be a platform that educates children on programming, but its ultimate goal is to impart skills needed in the future to children, LeapLearner’s co-founder and CEO Ami Dror told CNBC in an exclusive interview.Dror, a fellow at the Aspen Institute-linked Aspen Global Leadership Network, taught himself to code as a child.Also part of LeapLeaner’s founding team are Aaron Tian, a popular mathematics tutor in China, and Leo Zhao.Half of that team have backgrounds in gaming and focus on the technological aspects of the start-up, while another team focuses on the educational side of the business.Combining a series of online and offline platforms, LeapLearner works on a cycle that involves three weeks of self-learning followed by a hackathon.
It’s hard to imagine a world without YouTube - how else would we get our daily fix of cute cat and funny doggo videos?Despite the video sharing site having become a mainstay of our daily browsing habits, however, the now Google-owned platform is still surprisingly young.Today, April 24, actually marks just 12 years since the very first video was uploaded to YouTube.The first video was uploaded on the west coast of America at 12 seconds past 8:27pm PDT on April 23, that was 3:27am UTC on April 24.The video, which we’ve got to say isn’t exactly a classic, was an 18-second clip entitled “Me at the Zoo” and features YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim.Despite showing Karim blandly chatting about how it’s cool that elephants have long trunks - we told you it wasn’t video gold - the clip, shot by his friend Yakov Lapitsky, has racked up 37 million views to date.
In a wide-ranging conversation touching upon security, artificial intelligence and open source technology, Google's top cloud boss reasserted her confidence that Google can catch Amazon as the cloud leader."I think we have a pretty good shot at being 1 in five years," senior vice president Diane Greene said."I actually think we have a huge advantage in our data centers, in our infrastructure, availability, security and how we automate things.Speaking with San Francisco bureau chief Miguel Helft at the Forbes CIO Summit in Half Moon Bay, California on Sunday afternoon, Greene said she's now operating a division spanning thousands of people, though she demurred when pressed for a number.Asked for some examples of where Google was pushing its offerings in artificial intelligence and machine learning, Greene invoked several of the company's acquisitions: DeepMind, acquired in January 2014, and Kaggle, acquired just last month in March 2017.The data science competitions hosted on Kaggle are hoped to give Google an edge, according to Greene, while DeepMind has advanced Google's capabilities in using neural networks to answer questions too abstract or complex for a simple query or regression analysis.
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Lenovo's original Moto Z was a big hit last year, and the next version is shaping up to be just as good -- if not better.Lenovo’s Moto Z Play was one of the most popular midrange smartphones of last year, and for good reason — it stuffed reasonably high-end hardware into a compact, affordable package.Luckily, rumors about its successor — reportedly dubbed the Moto Z2 Play — have begun to emerge, and they suggest that it’ll be just as compelling as the original.TechnoBuffalo managed to obtain an early rendering, and it looks a lot like last year’s model.Among the growing library of peripherals are high-end cameras, external batteries, speakers, projectors, and even physical keyboards.The front-facing flash on last year’s Moto Z Play seems to have remained in place, as has the prominent circle-shaped rear camera hump.
Utah has a strong history in the tech industry — Omniture, WordPerfect and Landesk all started there, Pixar co-founder Ed Catmul and Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell both graduated from the University of Utah and several colleges and universities in the area churn out advanced engineering degrees in the hundreds every year.It’s also starting to become a place known for growing profitable unicorns, including Qualtrics, now worth $2.4 billion; Domo, valued at $2 billion; InsideSales, worth $1.5 billion; and developer training platform Pluralsight, now worth $1.14 billion and listed as one to watch for going public this year.I sat down with Pluralsight founder Aaron Skonnard to discuss the tech landscape and where he wants to take the company next:Pluralsight started in 2004 as a training platform for developers, but really started to take off in 2008 when it went into online education.Founder Aaron Skonnard tells me it has nearly doubled every year since, and now teaches more than 6,000 courses on software development and technology skills in more than 150 countries via carefully vetted instructors.Pluralsight is part of a crop of startups like Lynda or Udemy helping to fulfill a needed skills gap in the marketplace as technology is constantly changing and improving and, as Skonnard points out, there is a serious shortage of people with the technological knowledge needed to keep up.
To call itself the startup is the new black.IT consultants send press releases to the pull-in time, their own "startups" internally, and even companies that have been in existence for 20 years, defines himself with the same words."I willingly admit that I use the word startup in every säljpresentation, about ourselves", says Camilla Björkman, business development manager at Breakit, in the pod.She and Breakits co-founder Olle Aronsson talking in the pod about the overuse of the word startup is indicative of a kind of uncertainty."You want to make things seem cooler than what they really are.the Word startup has become overused and watered down.
360-degree videos at Facebook’s developers conference in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday to leave attendees spinning.Both cameras shoot in 6DoF (six degrees of freedom), and they are smaller and more portable than the design introduced at last year’s conference, which Facebook has renamed Surround 360 Open Edition.Schroepfer also announced that Facebook teamed up with post-production companies and visual effects (VFX) companies Adobe, Otoy, Foundry, Mettle, DXO, Here Be Dragons, Framestore, Magnopus and The Mill on workflows and toolchains for the two new camera designs.By oversampling four times at every point in full 360, x24’s depth-estimation algorithms produce best-in-class image quality and full-resolution 6DoF point clouds that unlock new dimensions in storytelling.The cameras’ output enables live-action video to be directly supported in existing VFX software tools.We’re working with some of the most important players in the video ecosystem to develop the 6DoF workflow faster, bringing the full creative capacity of the cameras to creators as soon as possible.
HKBN, the second-largest fixed-line residential broadband services provider in Hong Kong, is targeting further market share gains after reporting a 25 per cent increase in revenue in the six months ended February 28.“This interim result marks the beginning of our quad-play harvest,” HKBN chief executive William Yeung Chu-kwong said at a press conference on Thursday.Yeung was referring to the company’s aggressive transformation over the past several months into a competitive operator of broadband, traditional telephone, mobile and over-the-top video streaming services.“Our biggest asset is no longer our comprehensive fibre network, but rather our monthly billing relationship with more than 870,000 broadband households – representing more thanone-third of Hong Kong’s 2.51 million total households – and over 50,000 corporate accounts,” he said.HKBN posted an interim revenue of HK$1.5 billion, up from HK$1.2 billion in the same period a year earlier, on the back of its increased residential and enterprise operations in the city.
My agency is currently in the research stages of developing a customer journey mapping solution - with a unique twist.Essentially, we need a browser-based tool to map the customer journey in a food retail environment (in the traditional touchpoints/channel analysis manner).However, we want this to be completely integrated with a campaign briefing process.We'd like to have account managers brief promotions/new digital content to our studio/developers with a user experience taking them through the customer journey in stores.This has the advantage of hitting all the right touchpoints and channels, and making sure the user's needs are foremost.A cursory google has revealed a wide selection of customer journey mapping tools, but nothing as specific (obviously) as what I'm looking for.
From kids sleuthing around pretending to be the Great Mouse Detective to Elsa wannabes singing “Let It Go” until their parents inadvertently memorize the lyrics, every generation has its Disney fans.But as they get older, it becomes harder for adult die-hards to find a poster for their favorite Mouse House flick that really brings a room together.Mondo’s latest print collection solves that problem with style.Never Grow Up: A Disney Art Show features the work of 30 artists, each of whom got to commemorate their favorite animated Disney movie of the last 80 years—from Ken Taylor’s futuristic take on 2014’s Big Hero 6 to James Flames’ twist on 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.For Mondo, the Austin, Texas-based gallery and print shop, Disney is a natural fit.“The movies were a big part of our childhood, and are a big part of our lives now,” says co-founder and creative director Mitch Putnam.
While “C Suite” may start the acronym CHRO, the truth is too many Chief Human Resource Officers don’t have a credible seat at the highest decision-making echelons of the company, namely the boardroom.SAP Radio host and moderator Bonnie D. Graham said that “CHROs who want a seat in the boardroom need to be given the right opportunity or they need to grab it.”Graham conducted a reality check with experts who shared their perspectives on CHRO power during a recent episode of Changing the Game with HR entitled, “CHRO: New Roadmap to the Boardroom?”CHROs often don’t know what to do with their office according to Chris Johnson, Senior Partner at Mercer.“They’re in the seat, but are they a powerful voice, the first person listened to as business strategy and challenges are considered in the boardroom?The answer to that question is no, but they could be.”
Smith, a competitive mountain biker and the manager of a kayak store, had never had a traditional office job.In 2013, Huntington used Kickstarter to fund “Home Is Where You Park It,” a sixty-five-dollar book of his vanlife photographs, which is now in its fourth printing.In October, Black Dog & Leventhal will publish his second book on the topic, “Van Life.”Scroll through the images tagged vanlife on Instagram and you’ll see plenty of photos that don’t have much to do with vehicles: starry skies, campfires, women in leggings doing yoga by the ocean.Their first post from the road, a picture of the van driving through snowy woods, got ninety-seven likes.Smith, who had seen similar deals between cycling companies and mountain-bike racers, was familiar with this kind of arrangement.
the Marble starts robotleveranser in San Francisco in a partnership with Yelp-owned Eat24, writes Recode.the Robots should attend to home deliveries in the two relatively flat districts, the Mission and Potrero Hill.In an initial stage, the robots will be supervised by a person who can take over if something goes wrong.The rolling robots can find their way on their own.another player who also developed a robot for home it is Estonia-based Starship Technologies, founded by former Skype executives.for instance, They have received approval in the Virginia and Idaho for robotleveranser.
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Photos: Pekka Karhunen, ALMA TALENT ARCHIVEAccountorin include Procountor and Tiko combines operational.What about whether they have the skills to implement the growth of demand patterns?Right now his leadership is being waged ”a positive employer-employee negotiations”, where the objective is to Accountor group of financial management software house of Procountor and Tikonin operational aggregation.He told reporters that the cooperation has worked companies, management teams and employees.the Response is Schreyn according to be good, but as expected also, many of the employee the back of my head gnawing fear in the workplace, when two competing companies go to combine.
A group of Chinese activists today alleged Yahoo failed to properly oversee a $17 million fund created a decade earlier to aid Chinese dissidents, according to court documents.In 2007, Yahoo admitted to providing Chinese authorities with the identities of several of its users.This disclosure led to the jailing of two activists, both for writing emails that drew the ire of government officials.The activists each received a 10-year sentence.Yahoo, for its part — or at the urging of its PR department — sought to settle litigation against the company by providing the families of each jailed Yahoo user with $3.2 million.Then, the company set aside more than $17 million for the creation of a humanitarian fund to help Chinese activists and their families in what might be the most transparent PR move ever.
More Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus phones in the US are getting the promised update to Android 7.0 Nougat.They note that the build number for the update is NRD90M and the file size is, as expected, very large at 1.4 GB.In addition to Nougat, AT’s OTA update also throws in the March 2017 Android security patches.As with all of these kinds of updates, AT Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus owners can go to the Settings section of their phone and check to see if the Nougat update is currently available.Samsung’s first venture into the curved edge display game began with the Galaxy Note Edge, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that Samsung would truly perfect the concept by introducing a dual-edge design to the Galaxy S family.Samsung somehow always manages to outdo themselves every year when it comes to display tech, and so it is no surprise that this display is absolutely fantastic.
For the past five to six months the search industry has been buzzing with talk around the biggest change to Google search results for quite some time – the mobile-first index.In the midst of this noise, it is very easy to get lost with what you actually need to know about the update.The mobile-first index is a change in the way Google is going to index content.This happens more on mobile sites where separate URLs are used or where dynamic serving is being used.One of the things to consider is the actual content on the site.Alternatively, use my site speed tool of choice, GTmetrix.