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StarVR puts its developer headsets on hold amid financial woes

StarVR's headset plans are facing a serious setback. The company has confirmed to UploadVR that it's putting its StarVR One developer program "on hold" a month after starting sign-ups due to both problems with its "key overseas shareholder" and whil...

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Alexa can wake up more of your smart home devices

You can certainly use Amazon's Alexa to turn on some devices, but that support is frequently limited. What if a device is in a low-power state and won't respond to your hue and cry? Amazon now has a solution.

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‘Fortnite’ marks World Cup with stadium and goal scoring challenges

You didn't think Epic Games would let a sporting event as momentous as the World Cup go by without a Fortnite tie-in, did you? Sure enough, the developer has made a slew of updates to mark the beautiful game's most important tournament. There's now...

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Foursquare puts check-in data to greater use in apps like Snapchat

Foursquare might not be as big as it was in its heyday, but it has a clever strategy for remaining important: it's making itself indispensable to the apps you use every day. On top of its recent Tinder Places deal, it's becoming the main point-of-in...

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How Google’s ‘Material Theming’ will change your Android experience

This week, Google announced a new set of tools called Material Theming that helps developers implement the Material theme across apps, including mobile and web. App-makers can choose from a variety of components and design transitions and Google even...

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Opera discontinues its mobile VPN app

Opera's free mobile VPN app wasn't long for this world, unfortunately. The browser maker has discontinued both its Android and iOS VPN clients after SurfEasy, the developer Opera had acquired in 2015, parted ways with the company. We've asked about t...

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Microsoft is helping developers make cloud-connected games

Microsoft has acquired PlayFab, a game development startup that offloads the burdens associated with cloud-connected gaming for developers, allowing them to focus squarely on creating games. The terms of the deal haven't been disclosed, but Microsoft...

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Facebook and Oculus just defined a new unit of time

As the third most-visited website in the world, Facebook’s influence is pretty far reaching these days. Its ambitions may be too big even for a company its size, though, as along with Oculus, it has defined a new unit of time called a “flick.” Yes, you heard right: Facebook has become so gigantic and monolithic that it is now attempting … Continue reading

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Google enables third-party Assistant devices in Japan and the UK

The Assistant SDK is the key to enabling Google's AI helper in third-party devices. It's a big deal, then, that it's now available in more corners of the world. Google has expanded the developer toolkit's support to several new countries, including...

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Android’s Do Not Disturb driving mode is going big in 2018

Google will unlocking Android’s Do-Not-Disturb mode for developers, pushing road safety by reducing the potential distraction from phones like the Pixel 2.

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