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A candid take on the future of AI and job automation

GUEST: As automation and AI continue to transform businesses across the globe, the tech industry is in the process of building a world that will look very different from the one we know today. This
HTC: Vive Pro ‘will require a better machine’

HTC: Vive Pro ‘will require a better machine’

This month at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, we saw the near-future of VR hardware when HTC unveiled the Vive Pro at its press conference. The 3K resolution is improved over its current model predecessor, and
VC investments will remain high but target new sectors in 2018

VC investments will remain high but target new sectors in 2018

GUEST: 2017 saw a rebound in overall VC funding, approaching dotcom-era amounts. This was fueled by continued investor enthusiasm over the venture asset class, including new late-stage growth funds.
Why Brian Fargo thinks blockchain is key to an alternative PC game store

Why Brian Fargo thinks blockchain is key to an alternative PC game store

Veteran game publisher Brian Fargo and other game industry veterans announced a plan to shake up PC digital game purchases this week with the announcement of Robot Cache and its planned
What it’s really like to be sued by a patent troll — and how to stop it

What it’s really like to be sued by a patent troll — and how to stop it

GUEST: Patent trolls, more formally known as Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), are entities that acquire patents for the sole purpose of suing companies in order to monetize them. They also happen to
Let’s talk about the 2017 NPD numbers

Let’s talk about the 2017 NPD numbers

On this week’s GamesBeat Decides podcast, we spent some time diving into some of the tidbits of news from The NPD Group’s annual report. We run down the list of the best-selling games in the United
Overwatch League: An owner’s view of the latest esports sensation

Overwatch League: An owner’s view of the latest esports sensation

Kevin Chou is a freshman among the owners of esports teams. But so far, so good for the CEO of KSV Esports, which owns the Seoul Dynasty team in the Overwatch League. Seoul Dynasty is up 4-0 in its
HyperX’s Cloud Flight wireless headset drops the cord but keeps the quality

HyperX’s Cloud Flight wireless headset drops the cord but keeps the quality

HyperX is at a point where when it announces a new gaming peripheral, people pay attention. It started with its excellent Cloud headset, and it continues with the company’s long-awaited move into
Midwest startup exits surged in 2017

Midwest startup exits surged in 2017

GUEST: A year ago, the Midwest saw one of its largest tech exits to-date: the January 2017 $1.1 billion sale of CoverMyMeds to San Francisco-based McKesson Corp. The CoverMyMeds exit was the biggest

Esports advertisers need to be fans first, marketers second

GUEST: Just because New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady is good at football doesn’t mean he’s good at Madden. And just because you’re good at marketing doesn’t mean you’re good at esports
Sketchfab debuts object store for 3D and virtual reality creators

Sketchfab debuts object store for 3D and virtual reality creators

Sketchfab is taking one of its biggest steps yet today and launching features so that users can buy and sell 3D objects. The startup is supporting the industry standard glTF as its download format,
Donald Trump signs bill renewing NSA warrantless internet surveillance

Donald Trump signs bill renewing NSA warrantless internet surveillance

(Reuters) — U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he signed into law a bill renewing the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program, sealing a defeat for digital privacy
GamesBeat Decides 67: Decision Squad

GamesBeat Decides 67: Decision Squad

The GamesBeat Decides podcast is back after a week off. Hosts Mike Minotti and Jeffrey Grubb were both sick. Mike was in the hospital, and Jeff had a bit of a cold. But we have returned with games and
SuperData: Stardew Valley is an indie success with over 3.5 million copies sold

SuperData: Stardew Valley is an indie success with over 3.5 million copies sold

Stardew Valley has reaped what it sowed — that is, 3.5 million copies of the Harvest Moon-like farming simulator. It also boasts an impressive 700,000 monthly active players, according to industry
Location data is transforming every industry (VB Live)

Location data is transforming every industry (VB Live)

VB LIVE: Prince Nasr Harfouche, a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP, joins this upcoming VB Live event to share how every industry can leverage location intelligence to transform their digital
Digi-Capital: Game software/hardware could hit $170 billion in 2018, $230 billion by 2022

Digi-Capital: Game software/hardware could hit $170 billion in 2018, $230 billion by 2022

GUEST: Video game software and hardware together could be a $165-$170 billion range in 2018 (if mobile outperforms again), and it could reach between $230 and $235 billion by 2022 if strong
Apple CEO Tim Cook blames social media and technology ‘overuse’ after iPhone addiction criticisms

Apple CEO Tim Cook blames social media and technology ‘overuse’ after iPhone addiction criticisms

Speaking in the U.K. today about Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum, CEO Tim Cook briefly addressed the topic of iPhone addiction, seeming to cast blame on social media and the “overuse” of
Facebook’s News Feed will soon prioritize stories that are trustworthy, informative, or local

Facebook’s News Feed will soon prioritize stories that are trustworthy, informative, or local

Facebook today announced that its News Feed will soon give priority to trustworthy news outlets. The gauge for what Facebook considers high-quality news will come in part from a survey of Facebook
Gfycat integrates user-generated GIFs on Tango, Messenger, and Viber

Gfycat integrates user-generated GIFs on Tango, Messenger, and Viber

EXCLUSIVE: Gfycat has integrated its user-generated GIF platform across three different messaging platforms. It now supports Viber, Tango, and Facebook — all in the name of enabling us to share silly
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds esports grows with Global Loot League’s $50,000 event

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds esports grows with Global Loot League’s $50,000 event

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has left the Early Access program for unfinished games on Steam, and now esports organizations want to see if they can make it into a major draw. Global Loot League is