Rhea LiuTwitch-like game streaming website, Douyu TV, is reported to have raised a large amount of funding from Tencent, the WSJ reported earlier.The game streaming business is hot around the world.Twitch was acquired by Amazon last year for USD 97 million and Youtube has established an independent channel, Youtube Gaming as of June, in addition to having just launched a mobile game streaming application in Japan.There were an estimated 30 million Chinese gamers watching game streaming websites as of last year and that number may hit 100 million in 2016, according to iResearch.Chinese investors have increased their interests in the top Chinese game streaming websites.AllChinaTech has handpicked the most popular game streaming companies currently operating in China.It has since fundraised an A-series of RMB 20 million USD 3.17 million and a B-series of USD 20 million both from Sequoia Capital.Douyu, as the leader of game streaming in China, has daily pageviews of 39.69 million.It has been criticized for its aggressive expansion.Earlier this year, Douyu hired six top live casters from rival Huya.com together worth RMB 60 million.Huya.comPreviously known as YY Livecasting, Huya belongs to NASDAQ-listed company YY.
Join us for this live webinar on Web Personalization Thursday, October 22 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.A few years ago, if the theme of “personalization” had emerged in your marketing circles, most industry people would have referred to Amazon as the gold standard.Amazon still is the Prime, free-shipping standard when it comes to knowing what products I want and when I want them.By way of personalization, Amazon transformed online shopping into a web experience (and we know how many times “customer experience” comes up in marketing meetings).Companies of all sizes are following Amazon’s lead and many have been seeing huge results.In fact, according to VB Insight analyst Andrew Jones, in his latest report on website personalization, 87 percent of those companies have seen a lift of at least 5 percent in their most important metrics.
Instead, worried at hurt feelings and a vague possibility of retribution, I apologised.Not my proudest moment, but I can still listen to it – my pathetic wheedling – because the robot recorded, saved and uploaded it to the cloud.Unlike rivals such as Apple s Siri, Microsoft s Cortana and Google Now, it is a physical presence: a 20cm-tall black cylinder, about the size of two Coke cans, which contains Wi-Fi, two speakers, seven microphones and connects to the cloud.When you say Alexa , the wake word , the cylinder top glows blue and speaks with a silky female voice.An Irish friend jokingly branded Alexa a partitionist bitch for saying Ireland had 26 counties the Republic, yes, but include Northern Ireland and it s 32 .Alexa, I said, I m sorry if I offended you.
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Confirming earlier reports, the NY Times says that Google will introduce a voice-controlled digital assistant device for the home tomorrow at its developer conference in San Francisco.Part of Google s motivation here is that it sees a successful product that it believes it can improve upon and partly the move is defensive.The Alexa assistant relies on relatively structured voice commands and is often stumped by queries where it doesn t have available data or question phasing is confusing.While Amazon does have search technology A9 , it doesn t have Google s massive search index, Knowledge Graph, AI chops or its historical understanding of and ability to answer questions.Google s search assets and structured data could enable it to build a broader set of capabilities into Home.Virtual assistants offer the potential realization of the conversational search concept Google has been discussing and promoting for the past few years.
Amazon has announced a host of forthcoming improvements for its Fire TV devices that ll offer greater voice commands and more 4K content.In a press release on Tuesday, the firm announced a new range of Alexa voice commands that ll make it easier to find and play content.Users will be able to launch apps, play content by speaking into the Fire TV remote.More skills borrowed from the Amazon Echo speaker are also coming, including the ability to find local movie show times, read Kindle books and find local businesses.to find out what movies are playing in theatres near you or specific movie timesYouTube 4K Ultra HD—Access YouTube s full 4K library via the YouTube.com app on Amazon Fire TV when connected to a UHD-compatible TVSearch for local businesses and restaurants using Alexa—Ask What Mexican restaurants are nearby?to get convenient information on businesses nearbyAccess Kindle e-books via Alexa—Say Read The Nightingale to listen to text-to-speech enabled books from your Kindle library through Amazon Fire TVcomments powered by Disqus
Google Home will be released later this yearGoogle has unveiled a voice-controlled, AI-powered robot assistant that can be ordered to turn the lights down, play music or order a taxi.Google Home, a pint-sized speaker and microphone combination, is designed to sit in a room and respond to its owner's every command, from answering questions to checking the weather.Google's Mario Queiroz unveils HomeThe device is similar to the Amazon Echo, which was released in the US in 2014.By always listening, Google Home can respond to any queries just by users saying "OK Google" and issuing a command, rather than having to type a phrase into a search engine or check emails to dig out flight details."Computing is evolving beyond phones, and people are using it in context across many scenarios, be it in their television, be it in their car, be it something they wear on their wrist or even something much more immersive," Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai said.Google, which unveiled Home at I/O, its annual developer conference, said it would be released later in the year.
As usual live broadcast of the annual Google developer conference, I / O that takes place at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. The bigger news is presented as a rule during the initial keynote starting at 19:00 Swedish time. The schedule for the Google I / O gossips part of what's to come with the presentations that cover news in the Android Wear, Android, N, Android Auto and especially Project Tango. Google is also expected to present the news on the VR-front as well as a competitor to Amazon's Echo and much, much more. The broadcast starts at 19:00 Swedish time and can be followed via live stream above. Google will also broadcast the evening's presentation with a 360-degree view, which of course is suitable for those who sit on a pair of VR glasses.
Alphabet s flagship company presents Google Home, a speaker-turned-personal-assistant that will allow users to turn on their lights and surf the web, among other functions.The speaker is part of Google Assistant which aims to take on Amazon s Alexa and Apple s Siri.Speaking at an event in California, Google s vice president of product management says the speaker will be available at the end of the year
Both are designed to be primarily voice controlled - Google Home lacks buttons altogether - and to blend into most decor.Inside, there's WiFi along with a speaker and microphone array; Amazon is particularly proud of the seven microphones that give Echo its precise ears, though it's hard to imagine that Google hasn't given across-the-room pickup the same sort of consideration for its device.Unlike Echo, which is music-only, Google Home will support video streaming too: you'll be able to verbally search for a clip, movie, or TV show, and then have it beamed over to a TV with a Chromecast plugged in.Some of the spoils of that were shown off during Google Home's brief demo: answering questions that, I suspect, would've easily stumped Alexa.I enjoy Amazon's virtual assistant, but her ability to muster up solutions is rudimentary: if she can find a Wikipedia entry for it, you're usually good to go, but anything demanding a more intuitive take gets you "I'm sorry, I don't understand the question" at best.It's also data that, though Amazon could try to help you duplicate, it faces a considerable barrier with: people's inherent laziness when it comes to jumping platforms.
The X7 provides access to files and formats that some players—incuding Apple's—don't support.A number of portable audio players support these audio files, and Fiio, a Chinese company with a solid reputation for low-cost, high-quality audio hardware, has a full range of such devices.The latest is the Fiio X7 $769 MSRP, $600 on Amazon , an Android-based device that supports nearly all the commonly used audio formats: MP3, AAC, FLAC, Apple Lossless, WMA, WAV, AIFF, APE, and OGG at sampling rates up to 384kHz and up to 64-bit resolution, as well as DSD up to 5.6MHz.The main body of the device, without the amplifier module, is about the same size as an iPod classic, but much thicker.The sound is clear and crisp, with a wide, expansive soundstage; it s not overly bass-heavy or tinny, and you can adjust the sound using a built-in equalizer.The X7 also offers Pure Music Mode, which you can toggle in the settings screen that displays when you swipe down from the top of the display.
As the rumours predicted, Google used the opening presentation of its annual developer conference, I/O, to reveal a new personal assistant aimed at the home.Called Google Home and voice-activated with the entire power of Google s search engine built into it, Home is set to launch later this year.The device connects to your home WiFi network and can also sync with Chromecast devices, meaning it can control TVs as well as other connected devices including speakers and smart appliances.The device has a striking similarity function-wise to Amazon s Echo, which launched last year – something even Google CEO Sundar Pichai referenced when announcing the device.At the heart of Home is the updated and supposedly more intelligent Google app software and the new Google Assistant.This is said to be better at understanding context and able to offer better proactive suggestions to users as a result.
If you weren t certain about Google s plans to introduce an Amazon Echo competitor, a new report may help you feel a bit more sure about what ll happen at Google I/O tomorrow.According to The NewYork Times, Google will introduce it s standalone connected home device at I/O, and will name it Home.A previous report noted it was going by the codename of Chirp.The latest report pegs Google Home as a device that answers simple questions and carries out basic tasks.We can t tell you if Google will have open APIs for developers, or if you ll be able to use the familiar okay, Google command to spark a new task or query.But if both reports are accurate about the announcement timeframe, we ll hear all about it tomorrow during the Keynote at I/O.
Benjamin Stahl Photographer: Fredrik Karlsson Swedish industry has a good position when it comes to robotics. But it required a serious effort to retain the position, according to a new report. In 2015 there were 1.5 million industrial roots in use worldwide compared to one million in 2009, an increase of 50 percent in five years. The rapid development of sensors have influenced and robots have become smarter, smaller, easier to use - and yet cheaper. - But the development has not been driven by the traditional robot suppliers but rather by large companies like Google, Amazon and Apple actually been more interested in artificial intelligence, says Benjamin Stahl, research director at Blue institute with the recent report robots century. But now growing faster robot use in other countries - particularly in Asia.
The starting salaries also reflect the sums that student developers can earn as summer interns at leading tech companies.According to a crowd-sourced report by Rodney Folz, interns can earn up to $10,400 a month, with an extra $10,000 for relocation and housing costs.Many top companies are reportedly paying between $6,000 a month Amazon and $8,000 a month Facebook , with Google $6.6k/m , Apple $6.7k/m and Microsoft $7.2k/m in-between.To be fair, a significant proportion of student developers - more than 25 percent - only expect to start on $50,000 to $70,000, and almost 20 percent expect less than $50,000 a year.According to Devpost's survey, students identified three key problems with recruiting: lack of information about desirable job opportunities; job applications that don't represent them effectively; and interviews that are stressful and unproductive.Kessler says: "There are plenty of companies who focus on the top schools, in terms of ranking and so on, but I think you're seeing a general opinion among software developers that it's not where you went to school - or, frankly, whether you went to school - but about what you've built, the experience you have, and your passions and personality."
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But the company s voice platform is fast, alarmingly accurate, and likely baked into tons of products we interact with in some form or another.MindMeld was founded in 2011 and is backed by over $15 million in funding.The company shows example after example of how voice beats just about every other input for generating a response, and even showed off its chops against incumbent giants like the Apple TV voice search.I caught up with CEO Tim Tuttle to see how the company fits into the broader scheme of AI giants e.g., IBM Waton, Amazon Echo and NLP-based startups and to get a view at where we might be headed.We re currently engaged with companies in video, music, quick service restaurants, fashion retailing, IoT, and other categories.There is definitely much greater awareness of AI based conversational interfaces among our target customers than there was even six months ago, Tuttle told me.That s the power of MindMeld s underlying tech — it s not just about powering conversational bots on Facebook Messenger and other messaging platforms the company released its bot platform yesterday, as well .Given the dramatic shift in user behavior we are seeing, this will probably change over the next year.Tuttle, like many others in the media, is particularly unimpressed by the range of bots out there in the wild.
For a glimpse at the future of all things Google, you can stream the event live via the video below and on Google s event site.Follow along with us during I/O on Twitter @VentureBeat when Google CEO Sundar Pichai takes the stage at 10 a.m. PDT 1 p.m. EDT .you should follow them, too!The company already released two developer previews of the OS over the last few months this is unusually early for Google , revealing some of the new features planned, like notification improvements, split-screen modes, launcher shortcuts, and a new 3D rendering API.Android VR: After toying with Cardboard for ages — an entertaining, but so-far super low-quality VR experience when compared to its pricer counterparts — Google s rumored Android VR could shake up the industry in a big way, if it ends up being announced today.In an interview earlier this month, Google s head of VR, Clay Bavor, teased the company s next steps:Android VR could end up being a platform, headset, or both.And a few days ago, a placeholder on Google s developer site seemed to officially confirm Android VR s existence.Android Wear: As TechCrunch pointed out, there s an entire panel at I/O dedicated to What s new in Android Wear, Google s smartwatch OS.So far the OS has not blown us away.Project Chirp: Google may be working on its answer to Echo, the surprisingly well-received speaker box that ships with Amazon s personal assistant, Alexa Alexa is like Apple s Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft s Cortana .So far the New York Times, Recode, and the Information have all reported on various aspects of alleged product, which may be a reaction to the Echo s early success though Amazon won t share how many Echoes it s sold .Other stuff: More fun rumors and reports include a big update to Project Tango, signs of Android and Chrome OS convergence, some sort of update to Android Pay, and maybe even something in the realm of messaging and chatbots.
Apple is building an accelerator program in India to boost local startups.Google's annual developer conference Google I/O starts today.Here's our rundown of what you should expect.3.Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says more brick-and-mortar stores are "definitely" coming.The hackers broke into sites that stored unpublished press releases.8.A startup CEO says the majority of VCs are talking "complete hogwash" if they say they can offer more than money.
By the fall, I might be able to get my hands on Google Home and let it access and control these devices.His design ethos and approach rather closely mirrors that of the late Steve Jobs.Google CEO Sundar Pichai even tipped his cap to the company when introducing Queiroz, who then announced Google Home: Credit to the team at Amazon for creating a lot of excitement in this space.The devices are increasingly aware of each other.Google went out of their way to show that Nest is a separate company, like Google, said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy, It has to be embarrassing to Nest to get pre-empted by Home and an indicator that Google's not waiting for Nest to build out their smart home vision.My hope now is that Alphabet sells them to someone who appreciates Fadell s approach to product.