Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to start testing smart-city features in Toronto this summer

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s urban innovation company Sidewalk Labs hopes to break ground on its first ever smart-city project in Toronto in 2020, and begin testing some of the proposed technologies this summer, its chief executive told Reuters. This is the first time a timeline has been publicly disclosed for the project designed to increase…Read More

Cryptic Labs and Dr. Whitfield Diffie Sign Research Agreement With NKN Project

PRESS RELEASE: SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 5, 2018– Cryptic Labs and its Chief Scientist, Turing Award winner Dr. Whitfield “Whit” Diffie recently confirmed that they have signed a research agreement with NKN, an open-source, community-driven blockchain project, to accelerate innovation in cryptography research…Read More

Vacation Simulator hands-on — Owlchemy Labs takes a jolly holiday

It’s been almost two years since the Rift and Vive launched, and to this day Job Simulator is still one of the first things I always stick new VR users in. The combination of a whimsical setting, with simple controls, and quirky gameplay makes it the perfect balance of engaging and accessible. During the 2017 Game Awards […]

GV leads $14.5 million investment into U.K. augmented reality startup Blue Vision Labs

A fledgling augmented reality (AR) startup launched out of stealth today backed by $ 17 million in funding from some big names in the venture capital (VC) world. London-based Blue Vision Labs has today announced a fresh $ 14.5 million series A investment round led by Alphabet’s VC arm GV (formerly Google Ventures), with participation from exist…Read […]

Sirin Labs raises $157.8 million in ICO for its Finney blockchain phones and PCs

Switzerland-based Sirin Labs announced today that its initial coin offering has raised $ 157.8 million, the fourth-largest such offering in a year that has been defined by an explosion in blockchain-driven crowdfunding. Sirin’s Finney lineup of devices includes a smartphone and personal computer that have blockchain technology baked in to provide what the company promises […]

Owlchemy Labs unveils Vacation Simulator as its next VR title

Owlchemy Labs just showed off its next virtual reality title: Vacation Simulator. The company, which made the big VR hit Job Simulator, made the announcement at The Game Awards, the big awards show for gaming in Los Angeles. Above: Geoff Keighley with the makers of Vacation Simulator. Image Credit: The Game Awards “It’s a natural […]

Samsung unveils Bixby 2.0 with long-awaited Viv Labs integration

Samsung today announced its AI assistant Bixby will begin to incorporate Viv Labs technology for third-party integrations. Viv was acquired by Samsung a year ago for about $ 215 million. Before Viv, co-creators Adam Cheyer and Dag Kittlaus also made Siri before it was acquired by Apple. “Bixby 2.0 will be available on a variety of […]