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PlayStation Network is down as Memorial Day weekend begins

PlayStation Network is down as Memorial Day weekend begins

You may have trouble getting into Fortnite and other games on your PlayStation 4 because PlayStation Network is down as Memorial Day Weekend begins in the United States. Gamers on social media are
AI Weekly: AI can be misused, but it’s also a force for good

AI Weekly: AI can be misused, but it’s also a force for good

This week, Amazon drew widespread condemnation for selling its Rekognition AI-powered recognition technology to law enforcement agencies. According to the ACLU, at least one local law enforcement
Cubism is a tranquil VR puzzler about building abstract shapes

Cubism is a tranquil VR puzzler about building abstract shapes

Cubism is an elegant puzzler about building 3D shapes in virtual reality. It’s the latest game from indie developer Thomas Van Bouwel, who previously worked on the VR game Panoptic, and it will launch
AI marks the beginning of the Age of Thinking Machines

AI marks the beginning of the Age of Thinking Machines

GUEST: Every day brings considerable AI news, from breakthrough capabilities to dire warnings. A quick read of recent headlines shows both: an AI system that claims to predict dengue fever outbreaks
VentureBeat is looking for an AI reporter

VentureBeat is looking for an AI reporter

VentureBeat has a job opening for an AI reporter with experience covering tech news via a wide variety of story types, including breaking news, analysis, and features. This is a full-time position.
‘Solo’ references one of the worst Star Wars games ever made

‘Solo’ references one of the worst Star Wars games ever made

Solo: A Star Wars Story is in theaters today. It tells the exciting adventure of how notorious scoundrel Han Solo taught his Wookiee friend, Chewbacca, about the physics of load-bearing support beams.
ProBeat: 3 issues Slack needs to fix

ProBeat: 3 issues Slack needs to fix

OPINION: I’ve used Slack on and off for years, but only about a month ago did my team start using it full time. The tool is growing on me, sure, but having used a variety of alternatives, I also find
Microsoft is developing a tool to help engineers catch bias in algorithms

Microsoft is developing a tool to help engineers catch bias in algorithms

Microsoft is developing a tool that can detect bias in artificial intelligence algorithms with the goal of helping businesses use AI without running the risk of discriminating against certain people.
Battlefield boss: ‘Female playable characters are here to stay’

Battlefield boss: ‘Female playable characters are here to stay’

DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson is responding to a segment of fans who are outraged that a woman with a prosthetic limb appeared in a combat scene in the reveal trailer for Battlefield V on
Game biz analyst Michael Pachter takes on E3, esports madness, and cloud gaming

Game biz analyst Michael Pachter takes on E3, esports madness, and cloud gaming

Michael Pachter, currently at Wedbush Securities, has been an analyst on video games for decades, and he is never shy about sharing his opinions on what has become a $137.9 billion business, according
Facebook is building chips to analyze and filter live video

Facebook is building chips to analyze and filter live video

Facebook is in the process of making its own chips for filtering video content, chief AI scientist Yann LeCun revealed today in a talk at the Viva Technology industry conference in Paris. Conventional
State of Decay 2 shuffles to 1 million players less than a week after launch

State of Decay 2 shuffles to 1 million players less than a week after launch

The zombie survival game State of Decay 2 has already reached over 1 million players on Xbox One and PC, Microsoft announced today. But this does not mean 1 million games sold. This counts those who
Fatmap wants to be the Google Maps for the great outdoors

Fatmap wants to be the Google Maps for the great outdoors

For cross-country road travel, cross-border bike travel, and city-center foot travel, there is no shortage of great navigation apps out there — Google Maps, Waze, and Here, to name but a few. But what
How 4 Chicago startups are using tech to address the industry’s diversity problem

How 4 Chicago startups are using tech to address the industry’s diversity problem

GUEST: Diversity and inclusion (D&I) is one of the most talked-about topics in tech today. But a closer look at the numbers shows talk is often all that’s happening. Atlassian, in collaboration
The DeanBeat: The battle royale between Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Battlefield V

The DeanBeat: The battle royale between Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Battlefield V

Activision and Electronic Arts disclosed the war plans for their big first-person shooter games of the year, and now it’s time for one of those “tastes great, less filling” debates about which video
BitGuild launches blockchain games portal and incubator

BitGuild launches blockchain games portal and incubator

In recent times, we’ve heard a lot about successful ICOs and the millions being raised to create new economies and fund decentralized projects. But we often don’t hear about what happens next. After
CryptoKitties sued for trade secret theft over Stephen Curry collectibles

CryptoKitties sued for trade secret theft over Stephen Curry collectibles

EXCLUSIVE: CryptoKitties has been growing fast with its cryptocurrency-enabled blockchain collectible kittens, and that enabled creator Axiom Zen to raise a hefty round of funding. But another company
Data privacy activist Max Schrems takes aim at ‘forced consent’ in wake of GDPR

Data privacy activist Max Schrems takes aim at ‘forced consent’ in wake of GDPR

(Reuters) — As Europe’s new privacy law took effect on Friday, one activist wasted no time in asserting the additional rights it gives people over the data that companies want to collect about them.
GDPR claims its first victims: U.S. newspapers

GDPR claims its first victims: U.S. newspapers

Today marks the start of Europe’s tough new privacy regime, and despite two years of warning and preparation time, at least two newspaper chains in the U.S. couldn’t figure it out. Readers in Europe
Google confirms Feed ads are a test

Google confirms Feed ads are a test

Google is testing a new ad placement: ad cards right in the Google Feed. The Google Feed cards look like all the rest, except for a small green “Ad” badge in the bottom left-hand corner. Some users