Testing solution to make AI more human launches from Applause
Monday, January 13, 2020 by Brittany Harris
Artificial intelligence (AI) is quickly reaching the mainstream. Once the stuff of science fiction, AI is now used to automate many mundane tasks to make our lives easier. And from a business perspective, AI helps brands personalize digital experiences, save money, and improve customer satisfaction and loyalty.
While the excitement around AI is substantial, one area ...
In game advertising extends beyond casual games
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by Freeman Lightner
The fifth annual In-Game Advertising Study by deep-data analytics and player management company, deltaDNA, finds that 94% of Free-to-Play (F2P) games now feature some form of in-game advertising (up from 87% in 2018). While the number of developers making between 40-100% of their revenue from ads has increased by 21% year on year.
The study, which is based...
Mobile game players earning big money
Thursday, December 19, 2019 by Freeman Lightner
The highest-earning US mobile game player, Brian Dragatto, earned a whopping $290,000 from tournaments - five times what the average American gets in a year.
In second place is Randy Pfohl, earning $125,000 from mobile game tournaments.
The game of choice for the top American mobile game players is Turbo Racing League, with 6 out of the top 10 US players earning ...
Panion social app fights loneliness in Sweden
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 by Freeman Lightner
When Melanie Aronson moved from New York City to Malmö, Sweden 5 years ago, she quickly realized that making friends in this new part of the globe would be very difficult. As an immigrant in the country that continuously ranked number 1 as the hardest place to make new friends, Melanie struggled, and as a researcher at Lund University, focused on integration, she realiz...
Decentralized technologies solve Illiquidity problems
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 by Richard Harris
Illiquidity is one of the major factors affecting global financial markets. Digitizing new assets and finding corresponding buyers and sellers is difficult and costly. Much has been said about the potential for decentralized technologies to solve these problems, but current offerings fundamentally lack the necessary performance guarantees, feature set, and architectural...
Measuring the impact of development campaigns
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 by Christian Hargrave
Keywee has announced the launch of Loyalty Score, a new feature that measures the true efficacy and impact of publisher audience development campaigns.
Keywee developed Loyalty Score to measure users’ return visits and the number of pages viewed over a given time frame, scoring those visits relative to the performance of other publisher campaigns. Scoring paid ...
StrandHogg Android vulnerability identified
Thursday, December 5, 2019 by Freeman Lightner
Promon, a Norwegian app security company, has identified tangible evidence of a dangerous Android vulnerability that allows malware to pose as any legitimate app, granting hackers access to private SMS’ and photos, steal victims’ log-in credentials, track movements, make and/or record phone conversations, and spy through a phone’s camera and microphone...
Digital change tips from SolarWinds
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 by Richard Harris
Successful change management can identify services, users, applications and devices impacted by technology changes. Digital changes typically impact more than one department, so change management shouldn't be left responsible to solely one team, and when businesses are adopting digital solutions, it is important to keep the change management...
The accuracy of AI necessary to solve problems
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by Richard Harris
We recently had a conversation with Aaron Edell, Director of Applied AI at Veritone who says data scientists are going about building AI/ML solutions wrong when they try to achieve 100% accuracy. They can spend hours building, testing, and rebuilding until the solution is 100 percent accurate until deploying. When data scientists spend this extra time perfecti...
Athereum launches from AVA Labs
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by Richard Harris
AVA, a new decentralized platform, has today announced the launch of Athereum, the first proof-of-concept deployment of its subnetworks functionality. Emin Gün Sirer, Co-Founder and CEO of AVA Labs, made the announcement on stage at Devcon 5, the latest iteration of the world’s largest annual gathering of open-source blockchain developers.
Global study on disconnected consumer experiences
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by Freeman Lightner
MuleSoft has released a new global study that reveals four out of five consumers continue to receive disconnected experiences from organizations. As a result of this continued frustration, consumers are more willing than ever to seek out new service providers that can deliver connected, personalized experiences. Based on the findings from the Customer Experience and the...
ABBYY enhances machine learning technology
Monday, October 14, 2019 by Richard Harris
ABBYY announced FlexiCapture 12 has enhanced machine learning (ML) technology to further improve the accuracy and speed of processing enterprise content. The modern intelligent document processing (IDP) platform delivers a unified platform whether deployed on premise, in the cloud or called by developers using SDK or RESTful APIs.
FlexiCapture meets the needs of orga...
Ripple arms developers with Xpring to accept money easier in apps
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by Richard Harris
Ripple is enabling the world to move value like information moves today. It’s this vision, known as the Internet of Value (IoV), that drives everything they do: from building our global payments network, RippleNet, to establishing initiatives like Xpring—which is helping scale innovative blockchain projects through partnership and investment.
They are thr...
IVR technology is losing money from customers because people hate them
Friday, September 27, 2019 by Freeman Lightner
Vonage, a global business cloud communications leader, today published new research which reveals that more than half (51%) of consumers have abandoned a business altogether because they've reached an automated menu of options, known as Interactive Voice Response (IVR), losing that company $262 per customer every year.
The 2019 Vonage IVR sur...
Match.com gets sued by FTC for using fake love interest ads
Thursday, September 26, 2019 by Christian Hargrave
This just in from the FTC. The Federal Trade Commission has sued online dating service Match Group, Inc. (Match), the owner of Match.com, Tinder, OkCupid, PlentyOfFish, and other dating sites, alleging that the company used fake love interest advertisements to trick hundreds of thousands of consumers into purchasing paid subscriptions on Match.com.
The agency also al...
Conversational AI for Fintechs is out now from Finn AI and MX
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by Freeman Lightner
Finn AI, the AI-powered conversational banking technology provider, has announced a new partnership with MX, the data platform for banks, credit unions, and Fintechs. Together, Finn AI and MX will combine the power of clean and enhanced financial data with conversational AI to deliver personalized, digital-first experiences for millions of consumers around the worl...
How game developers can drive more revenue
Monday, September 23, 2019 by Offer Yehudai
Game developers tend to follow standard templates for monetizing their apps. Mid-core publishers focus on IAP and time-gated ads to be shown at a later date, usually based on their studios' recommendation. Meanwhile, hyper-casual ones go all-in on advertising, while casual games fall somewhere in between. These default strategies leave money on the table b...
What Apple iOS developers can expect from iOS 13, iPhone, and more
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by Richard Harris
Unlike the WWDC held by Apple every year, today is the Apple event any gearhead wants to sit and watch - even if you aren't a developer. New iPhones, new iPads, new Macbooks - there will be no shortage of hardware news coming from Steve Jobs Way, Cupertino, CA.
Here is all we know so far, which is largely speculatory -but some of this is founded on actual re...
Should I upgrade my iPhone, WalletHub survey says many won't
Thursday, September 5, 2019 by Richard Harris
Roughly 28% fewer people plan on buying the new iPhone this year than last year, according to the personal-finance website WalletHub’s 2019 iPhone Survey, released today. To help people save money on their cell phone bills, WalletHub has also produced a handy Cell Phone Savings Calculator, which crunches the numbers on whether it’s better to buy a ...
Package Feed module released by Flexera
Friday, August 16, 2019 by Christian Hargrave
Flexera, the software company that helps organizations realize technology’s power to accelerate their business, released the Package Feed Module, a new add-on module for its popular AdminStudio product.
AdminStudio saves users time and money preparing applications for deployment. AdminStudio is a tool used for creating custom deployment...
Spotify and Bango team up
Thursday, August 15, 2019 by Richard Harris
Bango the mobile commerce company, and Spotify, have entered into a business partnership to increase access to the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service. By partnering with Bango, Spotify makes its streaming service available for operators all over the world to bundle with mobile and fixed subscription plans allowing millions of more ...
The future of AI in advertising for mobile could be audiocentric
Friday, July 19, 2019 by Richard Harris
Instreamatic is bringing an entirely new kind of ad type to mobile apps. The platform enables AI-backed dialogue advertising. Imagine you're listening to Pandora (who they just partnered with a few weeks ago) and you hear an ad asking if you want to learn about a brand's product. You can verbally respond to the ad - yes to get more info, or no to skip and return...
Testing software updates with production traffic
Thursday, July 18, 2019 by Robert Ross
Test and development cycles have significantly changed under the DevOps model. To remain competitive, software developers must continually release new application features. They’re sometimes pushing out code updates as fast as they are writing them. This is a significant change from how software and dev teams traditionally operated. It used to be that teams could ...
How cryptocurrencies can help the UK after Brexit
Friday, July 12, 2019 by Richard Harris
Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin could play a significant role in reshaping and reinvigorating the UK’s financial services sector post-Brexit.
This is the bold assertion from the CEO and founder of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organizations.
The observation from deVere Group’s Nigel Green comes as Britain’s Brex...
Tech salaries in 2019 report is out
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by Richard Harris
Career marketplace Hired released its fourth annual State of Salaries research report. The data looks at tech salaries in top global business hubs and analyzes how they’ve changed, how they fare when considering the cost of living, which industries pay the most, and how race and age impact compensation.
Other cities are giving SF a run for its money
RapidAPI raises $25M to continue scaling API marketplace
Thursday, June 20, 2019 by Richard Harris
RapidAPI announced that it has raised $25 million in Series B financing. The funding round is led by M12 (Microsoft’s Venture Fund), with participation from DNS Capital, and existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and Green Bay Capital. The round brings total funding to date to $37.5 million.
Since its Series A funding announcement in March 2018, RapidAPI expand...
Blockchain based private messenger surfaces from ODIN
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by Richard Harris
ODIN Blockchain is a platform enabling users to fully control their privacy. This claim is proven by the recent launch of ODIN.CHAT, the flagship ODIN Blockchain mobile app. ODIN.CHAT is launched in advance of upcoming ODIN products and services which enable users to privately communicate, whilst benefiting from innovative blockchain-related features on ODIN.
A world with no passwords and how FIDO2 can help make it happen
Monday, May 13, 2019 by Richard Harris
93.2 percent of the overall web browser market has embraced FIDO2: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera.
The FIDO Alliance is driven by hundreds of global tech leaders across enterprise, payments, telecom, government, and healthcare that have come together in support of the organization’s mission to reduce the world’s re...
Wage inequality in the tech industry report emerges
Friday, March 29, 2019 by Richard Harris
Hired released an in-depth data report looking at wage inequality in the tech industry. In advance of Equal Pay Day (4/2), the report looks at how race, age, industry, roles, LGBTQ+ status, and geographies all impact wage inequality. Hired also released a new micro-documentary that offers a powerful and all-too-relatable look at the gender wage gap. This is all a part o...
By 2020 you'll be watching sports with AR over 5G report says
Thursday, February 21, 2019 by Richard Harris
Nearly two-thirds (63%) of the world’s largest network operators plan to use augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) or a hybrid of these technologies, supported by 5G, to offer richer viewing experiences to fans, both at sports stadiums and watching at home. Promising speeds up to tens of times faster and lower latency than 4G, 5G opens up the possibilities ...
Snowflake bursting at the seams as Netflix hops on
Thursday, February 14, 2019 by Richard Harris
Snowflake Computing announced another year of exponential growth - but it comes alongside some interesting numbers for cloud adoption as well. The company’s 2019 financial year, which ended January 31, delivered a multitude of successes and recognition from its customers, venture capital firms and industry experts.
Snowflake’s unique cloud-built arch...
Dapps compared to apps
Monday, February 4, 2019 by Richard Harris
Dapps, or "decentralized app" development is still in the gestational stage, but one company has seen growth spurts in the number of active dapps throughout 2018. Dapp.com recently compiled their latest quarterly report providing a snapshot of what's happening in the market
Some key takeaways from their report included:
Over 900 dapps had la...
Qt Partners with LG to make better IVI
Monday, January 28, 2019 by Brittany Harris
The Qt Company announced a partnership with LG Electronics Vehicle Component Solutions Company to enhance LG Vehicle Component’s development of highly advanced in-car experiences. The new collaboration expands The Qt Company’s long-time partnership with LG Consumer Electronics to also cover software development of in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems for a ...
Game developer tips and insight for 2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019 by Richard Harris
2019 offers promising new opportunities for game developers to reach new markets. But how can developers best capture diverse users’ attention and loyalty? Webpals Mobile, a performance-driven mobile-app user acquisition company, recently conducted a study comparing advertising driving gaming app downloads in the United States and Asia. Drawing on insights from th...
Using eye tracking for UX design and testing
Friday, January 18, 2019 by Richard Harris
For UX designers working in fast-paced, agile environments, it is often difficult to make quick, informed design decisions. Many user testing tools and methods help to reveal the "what" behind user actions but fail to reveal the "why", subjecting decisions to opinion and bias. This makes it difficult to keep stakeholders and members of the desig...