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Punch mechs and manage mercs in Battletech

Punch mechs and manage mercs in Battletech

PREVIEW: The release of the XCOM reboot in 2012 has ushered in a new golden age of strategy/tactics hybrids. The formula seems simple: intricate turn-based combat as the core focus of the game, with a
Metroid Prime turns 15 as the franchise finally becomes relevant again

Metroid Prime turns 15 as the franchise finally becomes relevant again

One of Nintendo’s greatest games is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Metroid Prime came out for the GameCube on this day in 2002. Metroid Prime is one of the most critically acclaimed games ever and
PSN is down for many PlayStation 4 owners

PSN is down for many PlayStation 4 owners

Update at 3:05 p.m. Pacific time: It looks like PSN is back up and running for most people. PlayStation Network is not working for a lot of people. PlayStation 4 owners are having trouble getting
5 reasons businesses are struggling with large-scale AI integration

5 reasons businesses are struggling with large-scale AI integration

GUEST: Artificial intelligence is an important vehicle for companies looking to automate processes, reduce the cost of operation, or fuel innovation. Despite the positive influence AI-supported
Star Wars: Battlefront II almost had way more Overwatch-style hero skins

Star Wars: Battlefront II almost had way more Overwatch-style hero skins

EXCLUSIVE: During the development of Star Wars: Battlefront II (read our review), developer DICE began work on a mode that played like Overwatch and featured a similar business model to Blizzard’s
The Quest Giver puts you in an unorthodox RPG role

The Quest Giver puts you in an unorthodox RPG role

In most role-playing games, side quests appear out of nowhere on town boards that act like fantasy versions of Craigslist. The Quest Giver puts you behind the scenes as you head up your own guild and
Kauffman Foundation launches microlending program for underserved founders

Kauffman Foundation launches microlending program for underserved founders

Amid a swarm of 160 events as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced a new microlending program to spur investment in underserved entrepreneurs. In
Apple delays HomePod until 2018, surrendering the smart speaker holiday market to Amazon and Google

Apple delays HomePod until 2018, surrendering the smart speaker holiday market to Amazon and Google

Apple today announced that the HomePod smart speaker will no longer be made available this year, but rather in early 2018. Missing the holidays could be a major setback for the smart speaker, which
Octorock gives some of Zelda’s best songs a metal twist

Octorock gives some of Zelda’s best songs a metal twist

The Legend of Zelda has some of the best music in gaming. It’s melodic, epic, and memorable. It also works pretty well when translated to heavy metal. Octorock: The Zelda Metal EP rearranges four
Okta Named a Leader in Identity-as-a-Service

Okta Named a Leader in Identity-as-a-Service

PRESS RELEASE: Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA), the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise, today announced that the company has been named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™:
Candy Crush Saga: 2.73 billion downloads in five years and still counting

Candy Crush Saga: 2.73 billion downloads in five years and still counting

Candy Crush Saga is the most popular mobile game in the U.S. after a dramatic comeback in the third quarter. As the mobile game crossed its fifth anniversary this week, its tally has crossed 2.73
Vaulting in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds feels unnatural

Vaulting in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds feels unnatural

The PUBG Corporation is testing its 1.0 update for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds this week, and it’s weird. I’ve spent so many hours with this incredible, janky battle royale shooter that I’ve grown
Belong partners with American Cancer Society to help beat cancer with AI

Belong partners with American Cancer Society to help beat cancer with AI

EXCLUSIVE: In the battle against cancer, access to high-quality information, data, and assistance are invaluable. Today, Belong: Beating Cancer Together — whose app connects patients to public and
The DeanBeat: The tragedy of the Star Wars: Battlefront II loot crates

The DeanBeat: The tragedy of the Star Wars: Battlefront II loot crates

Electronic Arts made a great game in Star Wars: Battlefront II. But it stepped in a pile of controversy by adding an unpopular monetization system known as loot crates. Those crates appear in a lot of
Small businesses reap the benefit of AI and QuickBooks’ far-reaching product vision

Small businesses reap the benefit of AI and QuickBooks’ far-reaching product vision

SPONSORED: Presented by Intuit Major advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning have dominated headlines over the past year. It is obvious why large corporations, with their huge
Sioux Falls Startup Weekend highlights the city’s tiny but growing tech sector

Sioux Falls Startup Weekend highlights the city’s tiny but growing tech sector

Sioux Falls Startup Weekend (SFSW) brought over 40 participants out to the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship to take part in a 54-hour business building competition. But SFSW is more than just a fun
Spotify acquires Swedish collaborative audio recording startup Soundtrap

Spotify acquires Swedish collaborative audio recording startup Soundtrap

Spotify has acquired fellow Swedish startup Soundtrap, which offers a collaborative online music and audio recording studio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2012, Soundtrap had raised
Garmin Pay contactless payments go live on the Vívoactive 3 smartwatch

Garmin Pay contactless payments go live on the Vívoactive 3 smartwatch

Garmin’s recently announced contactless payments service, Garmin Pay, is now live on the company’s new Vívoactive 3 smartwatch. Garmin is synonymous with sports wearables and GPS navigation devices,
Platform9 expands support for hybrid cloud Kubernetes deployments

Platform9 expands support for hybrid cloud Kubernetes deployments

Platform9 today announced expanded support for on-premises deployments of its Managed Kubernetes service. This makes it easier for customers to launch the popular container orchestration software on
Zynga lets you show off your CSR 2 race cars with augmented reality

Zynga lets you show off your CSR 2 race cars with augmented reality

CSR Racing 2 has been popular as a mobile game because it offers car racing fans the fantasy of collecting and owning their own cars. And now game publisher Zynga is announcing an augmented reality