Sat.Jun 19, 2021

How Azur Games grew its hypercasual games to 1.5B downloads

Venture Beast

Cyprus-based Azur Games has grown its hypercasual games business to more than 1.5 billion downloads and 300 employees. Read More. GamesBeat Mobile Azur Azur Games category-/Games/Computer & Video Games DeanBeat Mobile and Social Dmitry Yaminsky Modern Strike Online

Texas Power Companies Are Remotely Raising Temperatures on Residents' Smart Thermostats

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Texas is one of several states suffering through a record-breaking heat wave that’s pushing electric grids to their limits.


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How to build a unicorn AI team without unicorns

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You can create a great AI team by putting together these seven skill personas. Read More. AI VB Home Page category-/Business & Industrial

People keep finding late loved ones on Google Maps


Google uses cars to capture the panoramic images that power Street View, and sometimes, images of people. Avalon/Universal Images Group via Getty Images. Some find it comforting, some find it creepy.

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How to Empower Your Users So You Can Create a Great Product

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Join Johanna Rothman, Author and Consultant, for her session that will discuss why instead of designing for the users, CTOs and their teams should collaborate with empowered users to create a great product together.

The best pre-Prime Day deals for Father’s Day weekend

The Verge

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge. Next week is when Prime Day 2021 begins. We’ll be here early on Monday and continue scouring deals through Tuesday night, bringing you the best deals on the tech we know you’ll like. However, before that, on Sunday, is Father’s Day.

Thousands Have Signed an Online Petition for Jeff Bezos to Buy and Eat the Mona Lisa

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For some bizarre reason, thousands of people want Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to buy and eat the Mona Lisa. To clarify, the Mona Lisa in question is not food, it’s probably the same Mona Lisa you’re thinking of—the painting by Leonardo da Vinci that lives in the Louvre Museum in Paris. Read more.


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California Hydropower Plant May Have to Shut Down as Record Heat Wave Drains Key Reservoir

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The record heat wave searing the West Coast has drained one of California’s largest reservoirs so much that its hydroelectric power plant may be forced to shut down for the first time this summer, officials told CNN this week.

PayPal raising merchant fees on some of its transactions

The Verge

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. PayPal said Friday it is raising fees for some of its newer products “to better align our pricing with the value that our products and services provide,” according to a blog post by senior vice president Dan Leberman.

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Facebook Will Clarify Its ‘Satire Exception’ for Moderating Content

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Facebook announced that it would add information to its community standards about its so-called satire exception when moderating content.

Mark Mothersbaugh on composing music you won’t tire of in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

The Verge

Photo by Frazer Harrison / Getty Images for BMI. If you’ve spent some time playing Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart , you might feel like you’re playing a blockbuster family-friendly action movie — and that’s not just because of the game’s many perfectly timed set pieces.

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Address the Challenges of Siloed Monitoring Tools

Companies frequently experience monitoring tool sprawl. Find out why monitoring tool sprawl occurs, why it’s a problem for businesses, and the positive business impacts of monitoring tool consolidation.

Watchmen Almost Cast a Different Actress as Laurie Blake aka Silk Spectre

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Jean Smart is an acting pioneer with a career spanning over 40 years. She’s an experienced dramatic and comedy actress but seldom explored the sci-fi and superhero genres. Read more.

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Bentley-Nvidia integration could streamline U.S. infrastructure overhaul

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Bentley Systems' partnerships ease construction simulation and streamline infrastructure renewal. The Nvidia deal is a case in point. Read More.

Boba Fett Solo Series Has Wrapped Filming and Debuts in December 2021

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Temuera Morrison ( Aquaman ) is cast in the role of Boba Fett and had a recurring role on Disney+ show The Mandalorian. Since then, the first season of Mandalorian spin-off, The Book of Boba Fett has wrapped production. Read more.

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Automate for people, not for processes

Venture Beast

In the future, everything automated will be centered around the customer or employee “journey," with a focus on people rather than processes. Read More.

A Training Company’s Guide to Selecting an eLearning Platform

Training companies have an opportunity to embrace the change and create meaningful change in their organizations by moving online. Discover the advantages of a digital-first approach, using an eLearning platform.

Facial recognition software used to verify unemployment recipients reportedly doesn’t work well

The Verge

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. The facial recognition program used by nearly two dozen US states to to verify people seeking unemployment benefits is working inconsistently, leading to many people being denied benefits or having their applications put on hold, Motherboard reported.

New ruling from EU data watchdogs sharpens focus on Facebook, big tech

Venture Beast

Data regulators can scrutinize Big Tech for privacy abuses even if the enterprises are not based in that country, said EU's Court of Justice. Read More. Big Data Cloud Security VB Home Page category-/Law & Government/Legal category-/News/Politics consumer privacy GDPR regulation

How to change Sim Lifespan in Sims 4


If you just started playing Sims 4, you will need some period of time to figure out all the things the game is offering. It comes with infinite possibilities, and you can create as many Sims as you like. Each Sim can have different traits, wishes, and goals.

From Microsoft to Expedia to Zillow: Behind the scenes with Rich Barton on NPR’s ‘How I Built This’


Zillow Group CEO Rich Barton speaks with Guy Raz for NPR’s “How I Built This.” ” (“Guy’s team sent some specialized gear out to make me sound better than I do IRL,” Barton says.) Photo courtesy Zillow Group.

The Beauty and Brains of Actionable Data: How to Go From Concept to Reality

Speaker: Dr. Joe Perez, Senior Systems Analyst at NC Dept. of Health & Human Services, and Chief Technology Officer at SolonTek

Join Dr. Joe Perez, Senior Systems Analyst at NC DHHS, and Chief Technology Officer, SolonTek, to learn how you can capitalize on your ideas by blending internal with external while leveraging them into a cohesive strategy for both the short term and the long term.

How to enable Dark mode in Windows 10 Calendar


Windows 10 has its own set of apps that you’ll get when you install the OS. While you may not find all of the apps useful or nicely designed, there are also the apps that are perfectly fine and you won’t have to look for alternatives. One such app is the built-in Calendar app.

Researchers create ‘Shadow Figment’ cybersecurity decoy tech that lures attackers into a fake world


Over the past several years, hackers have increasingly targeted the physical systems we rely on to run our society. Electrical utilities, food processing plants, and aluminum producers are only a few of the industries that have recently been attacked, resulting in tremendous supply chain disruptions.

More leaks for Intel's DG2 graphics: 448 execution unit SKU incoming


While the tweet is rather short, it points to the existence of another SKU within Intel's DG2 lineup, which was previously thought to only consist of five models, and helps clear up the picture of how Intel's upcoming graphics product stack is going to shape up. This new GPU comes

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Google Could Be Cooking Up Its Own Version of Apple’s Powerful 'Find My' Network for Android

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With the release of Apple’s AirTags , we’ve all seen just how powerful and useful the company’s Find My network can be to find misplaced items around our homes or lost items out in the world.

Does Your Company Need Help Solving These 4 Common eLearning Challenges?

If you want to know how to get ahead of the game and avoid the common mishaps in selling your eLearning courses, you’ve come to the right place! Lambda Solutions has identified the most common and costly challenges faced by eLearning providers today.

YouTube brings picture-in-picture to iPhones and iPads


Picture-in-picture allows users to continue watching a video outside of the app, making it possible to watch a clip while working on a document, browsing the web, or editing a photo. Picture-in-picture support at the OS level first launched on iPad with iOS 9, before making the leap to iPhone

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Disney+ Original Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire Series Will Debut in 2022

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Creators from the African continent will put their artistic vision on display in the new ten-part film series Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire. Read more.

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TeamGroup will start selling DDR5-4800 in stores by the end of June


TeamGroup’s first DDR5 kit contains two 16 GB sticks of DDR5-4800. They run with CL40-40-40-77 timings, sip 1.1 V, and are rated for 38.4 GB/s of bandwidth. By the end of the month or the start of the next, the kit will launch as "Elite U-DIMM DDR5" on Amazon, Amazon


James Cameron Explores His Cinematic Creative Process With Masterclass

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Legendary director James Cameron has hopped on board the Masterclass train and is finally teaching his principles and techniques for directorial success. Read more.

Cloud-Scale Monitoring With AWS and Datadog

In this eBook, find out the benefits and complexities of migrating workloads to AWS, and services that AWS offers for containers and serverless computing.

How to cancel your Apple TV+ subscription from your desktop or your phone

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Read more. More about Streaming Services , Apple Tv , Entertainment , and Streaming Services. Streaming Services Apple Tv Entertainment

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Issues With Face Recognition Software Used to Verify Unemployment Recipients Is Costing People Benefits

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The facial recognition program used by 22 U.S. states to reduce unemployment fraud has been failing to correctly identify recipients, causing dozens of people to be denied benefits or have their applications put on hold, Motherboard reports. Read more.

Get 6 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free with an Echo Dot

Mashable VR

TL;DR: Until June 22, Prime members can get six months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free with an Echo Dot. There are so many deals around Prime Day that it can be difficult to keep up. That's why we're here to help you find the standout offers you should consider.


Facebook to update its community standards to clarify what it considers satire

The Verge

illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. Following a recommendation from its Oversight Board, Facebook says it will update its community standards to be clearer about how it handles satirical content, the company said in a blog post. “We’ll

Best Practices for Creating Long-Lasting and Continuous Discovery Habits

Speaker: Teresa Torres, Internationally Acclaimed Author, Speaker, and Coach at

Join internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and coach Teresa Torres as she explores the what, how, and why behind creating continuous discovery habits that give your team a clear benchmark to aspire to.