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How competitive gaming has to quickly evolve into a mature industry
The esports industry, for many, seems to have appeared overnight – at least in the mainstream. It tallied $892.8 million in revenues in 2016 with over 213.8 million spectators watching the competitive gaming tournaments and matches. That’s coming from market researcher SuperData, which estimate that the industry will surpass the $1 billion dollar mark by 2018 and reach a global audience of 303 million by 2019. Asia leads, but North America and Eu...
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Foxconn chief: ‘The rise of protectionism is unavoidable’
TAIPEI (Reuters) - The head of Foxconn, the world's largest contract manufacturer of electronic goods and a major Apple Inc supplier, said on Sunday that the rise of protectionism is unavoidable.
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Sexism in esports deserves more than the Band-aid of segregation
Women are half the gaming population but represent only a small minority in competitive gaming, an industry that is set to hit $1.1 billion in revenues by 2018. One contributing issue is the sexism that takes place in the otherwise burgeoning industry. With 85 percent of professional gamers male and the number of cases of online harassment and abuse that have left many female players feeling disenfranchised, esports is in trouble of being associa...
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Bay Area Women’s Marches draw more than 100,000
They came with pussy hats and placards. Thousands of people turned out for marches in the San Francisco Bay area to remind President Donald Trump about women's rights.
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Hands-on with Tobii’s eye-tracking laptop controls
Oscar Werner, president of Tobii Tech, game me a rundown of the company's eye-tracking technology for games at CES 2017, and I'm finally getting around to relating that experience. With those demos, I've got a better idea about whether this will be the next great user interface for games.
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Tilt Brush artists become animators with update to toolkit
Google’s Tilt Brush app is evolving from a new way for artists to create into an important new tool in a developer’s arsenal.
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Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.
Investment in autonomous vehicle technology entered overdrive in 2016, and 2017 is gearing up for more of the same.
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Ashley Judd scorches the game industry for profiteering from misogyny
Actress Ashley Judd made news today at the Women's March in Washington, D.C., for her performance that skewered President Donald Trump. But she also gave another recent heated speech at a TED conference where she criticized the video game industry.
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Why you won’t have to worry about parking your 2018 Ford Mustang
For anyone who lives near a major city, you know there are many stress points. Traffic is one of them, but the real hair-pulling exercise happens when you need to find a parking spot.
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5 industries ripe for human-machine learning
Machine learning has been a constant on tech trend lists for years. This year, it’s time to embrace what humans can learn by interacting with machine learning.
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Why 2017 will a big year for tech exits
I’ve been talking to some of my banker friends* about their thoughts on the M&A market for 2017 under the new Trump administration. The general consensus is that there will likely be more M&A this year for the following reasons:
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A quick tour of Eastern Europe’s startup hubs
Startups in Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Tallinn, Riga, or Vilnius don't attract as much capital as the ones located in the top hubs in Europe -- London, Amsterdam, or Berlin -- but these Eastern European tech hubs are on the rise, and early stage investment in the region has surged from $10 million to $283 million in just five years.
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