software engineering

Anki’s Cozmo Robot Is An Amazing Sentient Toy, But The Novelty May Wear off

Image Credit: Ken Yeung/VentureBeat Anki has created an amazing toy in Cozmo, a cute robot toy that makes use of the company’s deep artificial intelligence research. It shows that Anki has started to figure out how to marry years of A.I. research with a consumer product that ...

GamesBeat Weekly Roundup: Our Verdict On PlayStation VR, And Overwatch Gets spooky

Above: PlayStation VR from Sony Interactive Entertainment. Image Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, the Xbox One once again outsells the PlayStation 4, a mobile game player that spent $2 million on one app is now leading a boycott against the title, and … well, just a ...

A Seven-Step Guide To Heartbreak

Cup of Jo editor Caroline and her long-time boyfriend recently broke up, and her heart was in a blender. Here are the seven things she did next… I used to have a boyfriend. And then we broke up. After three years, we arrived at the decision that we didn’t ...

The DeanBeat: This Player Spent $2 Million In A Mobile Game. Then He Led A boycott.

Above: Stephen Barnes spent more than $2 million in Modern War. Image Credit: Stephen Barnes Gree, the Japanese game company that owns mobile games such as Modern War, hit the gold mine with Stephen Barnes of Houston. The 59-year-old owner of an appliance store has spent more than $2 million in Modern ...

What Does ‘As Is’ Mean?

InkkStudios/iStockWhen looking through property listings and the term “as is” appears, some people see it as a warning. Others see it as an opportunity. That might get you wondering, what exactly does “as is” mean? Technically, the term means the owner is selling the home in its current condition, ...

How To Cure A Hangover

Part of my job as a writer covering the world of drinking is… to drink. (Also, I’m from Texas, so I’ve had a few margaritas.) I know what it feels like to force my eyes open in the morning, nurse a pounding headache and wonder, “Why, why, why ...

Unicorn Club Loses Its Luster: Just 9 New Entrants In Q3 And A $30 Billion Valuation progression

Image Credit: Yosuke Muroya This quarter’s funding was marked by both very slow funding and a small number of overall deals. In the third quarter of 2016, 35 unicorns raised a collective $8.38 billion from 38 funding events. This represents a staggering decrease in funding compared to the third quarter of 2015, both in ...

Study Shows Triggered Push Notifications Are 2,770% Better Than Batch messages

Image Credit: Shutterstock Yes. You read that right. If you send a push notification to a mobile user based on events particular to that user, rather than a notification to every user at the same time, you’ll get a 2,770 percent increase in engagement. That’s according to a new ...

Casual New York City Wedding

My friend Alpha Smoot just got married in New York and had such a lovely, low-key wedding (including the Natural History Museum and a tiny restaurant). “We wanted to take our family to our favorite places and have them experience New York the way we do,” she told me. Here ...

Microsoft: 'Apple Can No More Secure Your IPhone Than Google Can Secure Android'

Microsoft corporate VP Brad Anderson: "I'm not attempting to throw stones at Android or iOS but...". Image: Microsoft Microsoft thinks the recent discovery of the Trident malware for iPhones should be a wake-up call for the enterprise to stop unquestioningly trusting Apple's ability to protect corporate secrets. Microsoft corporate vice ...

What To Consider When Launching A Luxury Startup

Creating a startup is often full of challenges. But one area that has its own unique set of challenges is positioning your business as a luxury brand. Setting the bar high and trying to break into a niche market will present you with problems that are unique to luxury branding – ...

You probably won’t ‘delight’ your users, but you will figure out whether they’re interested in your product.

How to Create a Decent UI (With Zero Design Experience) You probably won’t ‘delight’ your users, but you will figure out whether they’re interested in your product. You want to get your MVP out quickly and test product-market fit. You know what you want to build, you have ...