Ecommerce giant Building Brand announced today that it acquired Waysay, a company specializing in customer engagement tech, including marketing automation, in-app messaging, and other technologies helping big brands engage and communicate with its customers, offering shopping advice and post-transaction support.You may never have heard of Building Brand; but chances are good you ve used one of their products; The company is usually behind the scenes, in the shadows, powering the mobile platforms for more than 200 bigger brands, including The Golf Warehouse, RadioShack, Chubbies, and many others.The Waysay deal is Building Brand s first ever acquisition.It helps extend the company s breadth of coverage and services it is able to offer to its rapidly growing list of customers.We have a deep partnership with Branding Brand and are looking forward to this next step in evolving our relationship, said Matt Compton, Co-founder of Waysay.We anticipate many opportunities for new innovations to emerge from joining teams.
By Noah Syken, IBMJordan Spieth is not the longest driver on the PGA tour.He s also not the most accurate driver on tour at 91st.And yet, he managed to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in 2015, and the World Golf Rankings put him at number 2, just behind Jason Day.He consistently makes the right adjustment — in his swing, in his strategy, in his assessment of the course environment, said Cameron McCormick, Spieth s long-time coach, in an interview with Golf Digest earlier this year.When we go over his rounds, he ll explain to me the considerations, the rationale and the process for those adjustments.And I, for one, would welcome Watson s advice the next time I m staring at a 220-yard second shot over water to a front-right pin location.
Brother boss says spots, white socks and a BTEC no barrier to successThe UK IT industry was plunged into paroxysms of modesty, humility and genuine self-effacement today, as the PRs got to work in the wake of the Queen s birthday honours list.On which note, arise soon to be Sir Phillip Hulme - the Computercenter co-founder Hulme will get a tap on the shoulder for services to philanthropy.Upton dedicated his award to others, via Twitter..Swelling the ranks of the Officers of the British Empire are Unruly Founders Scott Button and Sarah Wood, Shazam boss Andrew Fisher, Rewired State founder Emma Mulqueeny, and Zoopla boss Alex Chesterman.And networking channel veteran Neil Ledger gets a British Empire for nothing to do with tech at all, but for organising a long-running charidee golf and comedy day.Like all his co-honourees, Ledger was self-effacing about his honour, saying I d like to dedicate this accolade to all the people who have helped organise the events over the years, all those who have donated auction prizes and finally all the people who have dug deep and donated to so many worthy causes.
But our real focus is going to be further down that pyramid, not just the top professionals.We re doing a lot of work at a dev level on making sure we re building competitive modes in games where it s appropriate.They re global in their nature.Combined, the four EA Majors in Madden will have a prize pool of $1 million at stake.The analogy we re using is tennis or golf, where you have these major events, each of which is a stand-alone event.We haven t seen a real sports simulation crack the code yet.From a business model perspective, the longer and more often our gamers play, the more engaged they get and the better chance we have monetizing even further than we currently do.GamesBeat: Do you need to have a large team yourself in your job?Todd Citron, who I m sure you ve met over the years, is my SVP and general manager.
Whether you re an elite player competing for cash and prizes in global eSports events, or you re taking your first steps to play online, we want everyone to feel the thrill of competition, Moore wrote.The events include Challenger Events, Premier Events, and the EA Majors.The Challenger Events give everybody the ability to host their own events within EA titles, such as Battlefield, FIFA soccer, and Madden NFL football.The analogy we re using is tennis or golf, where you have these major events, each of which is a stand-alone event, Moore told me.Next summer will be the Madden Championship.We ll be able to broadcast them, both on a streaming platform and a traditional media platform.At EA Play, the big fan event at E3, EA will also show competitive events that highlight games, such as Need for Speed and UFC 2.
Oracle Corp., the recent loser to Google in the world series of copyright trials, will announce earnings.German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits China, while U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron defends the European Union before the June 23 referendum on British membership.MSCI Inc. releases its annual market classification review, with China, Pakistan and Peru under examination.Art Basel opens in Switzerland with exhibitions and discussions about 20th- and 21st-century works.In sports, the U.S. Open golf tournament begins in Pennsylvania with a $10 million purse.Through June 15.-Bloomberg Tech Conference 2016 spotlights global inventors and invention.Click here for the schedule.-ECONOMY: China industrial production, retail sales, fixed assets May , Poland CPI May , Serbia CPI May , Sweden PES unemployment rate May .-ENERGY/COMMODITIES: U.S. Department of Agriculture crops data weekly , U.S. EIA drilling productivity report May .-U.S. retail sales probably advanced in May for a second month, indicating consumers are becoming less apprehensive about spending.Through June 15 in Oslo.-MSCI Inc. will announce the results of its 2016 Annual Market Classification Review, including whether Peru remains as an emerging market.18:45 in Nottingham, England 13:45 EDT .-Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to the State Duma at noon in Moscow 05:00 EDT .-Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz gives the keynote speech to the Yukon Chamber of Commerce in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.Timing to be determined.- Carolyn Wilkins, senior deputy governor at the Bank of Canada, speaks to the Canadian Payments Association s Payments Panorama conference in Calgary, Alberta, at 11:05 13:05 EDT .-International Athletics Association Federation decides in Vienna on whether Russian athletes can compete in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.-ECONOMY: ECB current account April , Canada Inflation May , Portugal industrial production price index May , Poland industrial output May and retail sales May , Sweden unemployment May .-ENERGY: Baker Hughes U.S. oil-and-gas rig count weekly , U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission futures and options positions for oil and commitments of traders reports weekly .-SOVEREIGN RATING UPDATES: Czech Republic Moody s , European Union DBRS , Senegal S , Serbia Fitch , Slovenia S , Spain Moody s .-ECONOMY: China property prices, Nigeria consumer inflation May .
There will always be something ludicrous about the two-tone car.But if you re going to have two colours, black and red are at least mischievous and not twee.The cabin looks sleek, and then you sit down.Accelerating off the lights wasn t as much fun as you d think.Life is bound to throw you something a bit more windy and less kempt, though, unless you live in a service station, and here both the steering and the suspension turned into active inconvenience.Having said all that, it has proper, six-airbag, EU-certificates-out-of-its-exhaust safety credentials.
Games became increasingly immersive as you interacted directly with content, and were forced to try new things through no longer being able to rely on the presence of a D-pad and buttons.If you re the kind of person who gets off on using cushions to pot the odd ball in pool, you ll love Magnetic Billiards.Rich in Swedish folklore, Year Walk has you venture into the cold, dark woods, where strange creatures lurk and terrible events blur reality and fiction, past and present.As you swipe, every tile on the four-by-four board moves, and pairs merge and level up.You re essentially dumped in a sparse vector landscape, and charged with blowing away endless hordes of tanks.Letting planets of different colour collide would deplete limited energy reserves, and matters were further complicated by space storms and other hazards.
Welcome to this week s GamesBeat Roundup.This week, we have our thoughts on the Warcraft movie and the Easter eggs fans should look out for , the next expansion for Destiny, one of the biggest games in Activision s stable of moneymakers, and a look at next week s big Electronic Entertainment Expo, one of gaming s biggest events of the year.Enjoy your weekend!Pieces of flair and opinionWarcraft fans should watch for these Easter eggs in the movieThe DeanBeat: E3 will bring us another installment of the war for the eyeballsEA s Peter Moore will take on what s next for esports at GamesBeat 2016Warcraft is almost the movie fans have always wantedRoblox s David Baszucki to talk user-generated VR at GamesBeat 2016E3 2016: What to expect from EA — Battlefield, Mass Effect, Star Wars, and more2016 Unreal E3 Awards: Epic and GamesBeat call for entriesFinal Fantasy XV: How Square Enix plans to woo a new generation of playersNewsGames of Thrones Jon Snow is Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare s next big badSony s game chief confirms Neo upgrade to PS4 is coming, but it won t be at E3Twitch s 100 million viewers watched 800 million hours of esports in the last 10 monthsHow Pokémon Go brings the pocket monsters to your neighborhoodLimitless VR raises $1 million in funding to make interactive VR worldsGamer Sensei raises $2.5M in seed funding for esports coaching with pros like StrifeCroOverwatch was the fastest selling games of May, beating Doom and Uncharted 4May 2016 NPD: Uncharted finds its fortune ahead of Doom, OverwatchGame broadcasting software Xsplit attracts 200K new users every monthDestiny: Rise of Iron launches September 20 for $30 — and not on PS3 or Xbox 360Watch the Destiny: Rise of Iron trailer that s playing on Snapchat right nowEA creates Play to Give charity campaign with $1 million donationSpecial effects house Digital Domain moves into games with studio acquisitionMixed-reality Wayward Sky trailer shows off PlayStation VR s capabilitiesDestiny leak: Rise of Iron expansion coming September 20PlayStation VR exclusive How We Soar puts you on the back of a giant birdOpen Bionics created a real bionic arm from the hero of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.GSN s Sparcade lets you play classic arcade games like Pac-Man on mobile for real moneyPwC: Game industry to grow nearly 5% annually through 2020Gameplay capture and sharing company Forge raises $4.5MHere s an ad for Watch Dogs 2 — it s lameJapan is getting a VR zombie-shooting warehouseIndie studio hopes, but doesn t know if Nintendo NX will support VRHTC Vive demos hit retail as VR headset rolls out to 24 countriesIsland 359 for HTC Vive is a terrifying dinosaur survival VR gameLeapFrog unveils LeapStart interactive activity books for young learnersHere s when the EA, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Sony, and Microsoft E3 press briefings startAgents of Mayhem kicks off the Saints Row shared universeWatch Dogs 2 teaser has Ubisoft hacking the E3 cycle earlyGenvid Technologies aims to create revolutionary esports broadcasts Horizon: Zero Dawn s robot-dino hunting delayed from 2016 to FebruaryMicrosoft brings Cortana to the Xbox One in latest dashboard makeoverPoland s new $20 million R fund s goal: breed a game-development juggernautMobile and socialThe sleeker, sexier GamesBeat roadshow for mobile game devs in New York and SeattleDeus Ex: Go is the latest big budget franchise to get a mobile gameUncharted s first mobile game surpasses 1M downloadsGameloft s founding family gives up fighting Vivendi s takeoverKleiner Perkins tops rankings of VCs by iOS app and game downloadsAnki unveils robotic Supertrucks battle-racing vehicle combat toysChinese agency appears serious about approving every single mobile gameTwitter: 65% of users are gamers, spend a lot on games, and love trailersEA s Battlefield 1 is the most popular YouTube game trailer so far this yearBlizzard integrates Facebook login and live video into OverwatchSoftBank plans to sell Puzzle & Dragons maker in deal valued at $685 millionPreviews, reviews and interviewsE3 boss tells why gaming s biggest U.S. show is going to be as noisy as everHands-on with the sharks, the drones, and the underwater beauty of AbzûAbzû s creator tells how to lose yourself in a beautiful oceanBalrog s back: 5 minutes with Street Fighter V s boxerStreet Fighter V finally gets the story Capcom promisedHands-on with Harmonix s crazy PlayStation VR gameHow Harmonix made its psychedelic music trip for PlayStation VRDangerous Golf is silly and fun — but a lack of polish makes it a bogeyHands-on with the black-and-gold world of Deus Ex: Mankind DividedWhy Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is more action, less stealthHands-on with Bandai Namco s maddening dungeon crawler NecropolisWhy Harebrained Schemes expects you to die a lot in dungeon crawler NecropolisPowerCore founder: Toys-to-life isn t dead yet
Jennifer Lopez is apparently moving into a new celebrity-approved home in Bel-Air.According to The Los Angeles Times, Lopez has purchased the 14,000-square-foot home that actress Sela Ward and her husband, venture capitalist Howard Sherman, listed for just under $40 million in September.Lopez reportedly paid $28 million for the spread.Originally built in the 1940s, much of the home has been rebuilt with reclaimed wood from Louisiana and Mississippi, where Ward grew up.Among the eight-acre property's notable features are a 30-seat movie theater, outdoor kitchen, and mini golf course.View As: One PageSlides
Oracle Corp., the recent loser to Google in the world series of copyright trials, will announce earnings.German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits China, while U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron defends the European Union before the June 23 referendum on British membership.MSCI Inc. releases its annual market classification review, with China, Pakistan and Peru under examination.Art Basel opens in Switzerland with exhibitions and discussions about 20th- and 21st-century works.The U.S. Open golf tournament begins in Pennsylvania with a $10 million purse.-Soccer s 2016 European Championships continue across France with daily matches.Meeting runs June 14-15.-Bloomberg Tech Conference 2016 spotlights global inventors and invention.Click here for the schedule.-ECONOMY: China industrial production, retail sales, fixed assets May , Poland CPI May , Serbia CPI May , Sweden PES unemployment rate May .-ENERGY/COMMODITIES: U.S. Department of Agriculture crops data weekly , U.S. EIA drilling productivity report May .-U.S. retail sales probably advanced in May for a second month, indicating consumers are becoming less apprehensive about spending.Through June 15 in Oslo.-MSCI Inc. will announce the results of its 2016 Annual Market Classification Review, including whether Peru remains as an emerging market.18:45 in Nottingham, England 13:45 EDT .-Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to the State Duma at noon in Moscow 05:00 EDT .-Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz gives the keynote speech to the Yukon Chamber of Commerce in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.Timing to be determined.- Carolyn Wilkins, senior deputy governor at the Bank of Canada, speaks to the Canadian Payments Association s Payments Panorama conference in Calgary, Alberta, at 11:05 13:05 EDT .-International Athletics Association Federation decides in Vienna on whether Russian athletes can compete in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.-ECONOMY: ECB current account April , Canada Inflation May , Portugal industrial production price index May , Poland industrial output May and retail sales May , Sweden unemployment May .-ENERGY: Baker Hughes U.S. oil-and-gas rig count weekly , U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission futures and options positions for oil and commitments of traders reports weekly .-SOVEREIGN RATING UPDATES: Czech Republic Moody s , European Union DBRS , Senegal S , Serbia Fitch , Slovenia S , Spain Moody s .-ECONOMY: China property prices, Nigeria consumer inflation May .
The 116th US Open golf tournament tees off June 16, and when it does broadcast partner FOX Sports will tap into a host of innovations to bring viewers closer to the high-stakes action than ever before.These enhanced viewing features include multi-camera virtual reality looks at four holes, microphones in all 18, aerial drone coverage, mobile radio-frequency RF shot tracking, 4K coverage of three holes and advanced green shading to show off the renowned slopes of the Oakmont Country Club.The concept for the rangefinder first sprang up in late 2013 with the aim of delivering more depth to viewers.All you need is a Samsung Gear VR and the NextVR app to tune in.Golfers especially rely on mental focus and routine to stay on top of their game - how does FOX Sports balance its desire to show viewers more without being a nuisance to the athletes?"It lets you hear Jason Day and Dustin Johnson talking to each other on the 72nd hole, or Jordan Spieth and his caddy."
Golf isn t always the greatest spectator sport, but that changes when you send pro players out at night to hit a few balls.Shot at the Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables, Florida, it s the work of watchmaker Audemars Piquet, gathering up ten of its ambassadors to shoot the unusual Midnight Masters production.The balls had been given the glow-in-the-dark treatment, for obvious reasons, while in the bunkers, phosphorescent pebbles were used to provide atmosphere, and those great bunker shots.In recent years, Formula One racing has added twilight and night racing to its annual calendar, with Singapore being the standout.Perhaps this will kickstart an interest in special golf tournaments at night?In addition to the main video you see above, there are some short clips showing outtakes on the Audemars Piquet YouTube channel, including one showing a few of the many practice shots it took Ian Poulter to hit the glowing golf ball in mid-air.
The most noticeable differences are the lack of engine noises and the tire-screeching, instant torque that makes it feel faster than it is.Regenerative or "regen" braking helps capture kinetic energy that would generally be lost from braking and charges the battery a little, which results in a different feeling when you let off the accelerator pedal.The Leaf replaced my wife's 2011 Volkswagen VW Routan, which was a thirsty minivan that consumed $150 to $300 in gas a month when fuel was around $4 a gallon.I have nothing against hybrids and quite enjoy driving plug-in hybrid electrics PHEV like the BMW X5 eDrive40e, Volvo XC90 T8 and Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid.However, it doesn't hurt to double check via the PlugShare app to verify the status or any comments other users left during their check-in.But, if it can work out for your commute and driving needs, it's worth considering.
Online gentleman's retreat Pornhub has collated a new mountain of stats for us to look at as if enjoying porn is a normal hobby that sits alongside cabinet making, golf and gardening, revealing that it's the people who search for redhead action that appear to get the job done the quickest.The stats show that the average browser of the site's "redhead" category spends 163 seconds less per visit that the longest-staying visitors, numbers that would suggest the extreme hotness of the pale ginger flesh results in a quicker than usual end game being reached.The longest visits are made by people searching for "old/young" material, presumably because they're getting on a bit themselves and require longer to get in the mood, wait for the drugs to kick in, get up to speed, kneel down in front of the computer and whatnot.The gay element is the most engaged of all the site's users, though, with the average browser of the same sex categories opening up 11.02 pages per session, smashing the foot fetishists in second place who only manage to open just over 10 pages per visit.There are loads more stats, but they all get a bit dodgy and are not entirely safe for your IT department's keyword alarms, so go there if it's safe and you want to know more.Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
The idea now is that we should use the money to build on the product launch and take us to a level where we have both profitability and scalability for a major expansion. Both the Shanghai and new cities, says Tom Xiong. Instead of always going to the gym three times a week, customers have access to everything from the gym at five-star hotels for group classes in yoga, tennis and golf. Purely behavioral undergo Asia a mighty big New York ifiering. What are the training facilities of the contact to customers is becoming more distant? Many of our training facilities have chosen to work with us for the simple reason that, thanks to our model, so we will reactivate a target the individual can not activate.
If you play golf often, you probably know how awkward it can be if you don't have a foursome to play with.A game of golf usually takes several hours, and it's much more enjoyable when you're paired with people you have something in common with.To solve this, Peter Kratsios created GolfMatch, an app that utilizes an algorithm to match players with one another based on factors like age, location, skill level, and game interest."There were times where I would be matched with people who were 30 to 40 years older than me and had nothing in common with me," Kratsios said to Business Insider.Similar to a dating app, GolfMatch's system uses behavioral data to find the best matches for you to play a round of golf with.It filters through other users with factors like location, handicap, age, courses you regularly play, and the styles that you most enjoy.View As: One PageSlides
We're looking forward to spending some time with Dangerous Golf, the destruction-focused, ball-bouncing "simulation" that just launched on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 courtesy of some veteran developers from Burnout Paradise-maker Criterion Games.A lack of keyboard and/or mouse support is more than just a rarity in PC games; it's practically unheard of.Aside from some recent virtual reality games which might as well be considered a separate platform , the only PC game we can think of that absolutely can't be controlled with a mouse and/or keyboard is Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.On the Steam forums, though, the developers have responded to control concerns by recommending Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers and suggesting third-party tools that can help get PS4 controllers running on Windows.Whatever the explanation, some Steam reviewers aren't happy."I'm not sure how they even managed to do that, it's like they wrote code specifically to anger PC gamers : "
That didn t feel like a four-day week, did it?We re all going to hand our money to you over the next couple of days, so we can do/watch/buy fun stuff and you re going to have to hear all about it.FilmsGrab a mock weapon, a mask, a mutant rat and a pizza, and get ready to channel your inner infant/Italian Renaissance artist/turtle.GamesThis Week s Top Pick: Dangerous GolfHonestly, this isn t the biggest of weeks for games, but Dangerous Golf is our pick.For the rest of this week's new UK game releases, head over to our buddies at Kotaku UK.Forget the European Championships, this is what physical activity's all about.
For those doubting the veracity of the giant fucking gator that traipsed across a Florida golf course earlier this week, behold: Another video of that giant fucking gator.Now, does this prove, definitively, that the gator is real?