PlayHaven and Kontagent are merging in a deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars, the companies announced today. The two are both in the mobile gaming analytics market, but with complementary specializations. PlayHaven helps mobile gaming developers identify big-spending users so developers can target promotions at them. Kontagent supplies 360-degree analytics to developers for insights into user information and behavior.
Surgeons and technicians based at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia have produced a 3D-printed skull. But this isn't just a mono-textured model. Every layer -- from the skin to the skull to the various soft tissues of the brain and even the blood vessels -- are reproduced from scans of specific human skulls.
Facebook will now autoplay videos when you scroll past them in your iOS Facebook app. The change was added with today's version 6.8 rollout for the app. There is no way to opt out of this change but you can adjust some of the playback features for autoplay to minimize the distraction, if peace is what you seek.
Researchers at MIT have created a new way to track movement through walls, and it is even more accurate and revealing than the motion tracking technology they created in June of this year. It's called WiTrack, and it can sense a person's movements in three dimensions -- physical occlusions or no. It's an update to the same researchers' "WiVi", which could "see" through walls but wasn't nearly as comprehensive as this.
Sony today announced a new flash drive with connectors for both micro USB and full-size USB ports. The storage unit is geared towards tablets and smartphones running Android. It is designed to make file transfer between these and other mobile devices and a PC simple and fast without the need for Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
On the same day that Spotify announced ad-supported mobile device streaming, the expansion into 20 new markets, and the addition of Led Zeppelin to its growing catalog, rival Rdio has made an announcement of its own. It too is expanding into 20 new markets. Some of Radio's new markets overlap with Spotify's.
Microsoft's Xbox One has already hit most of its target regions, but some regions haven't yet seen the next-gen gaming console. Notably, eight nations are still waiting: Switzerland, Russia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Now we're hearing that at least four of those likely won't see the Xbox One officially until August or September 2014.
NASA has successfully tested its Morpheus lander prototype. It launched today over a flame trench at NASA's Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility, climbed 50 feet into the air, hovered for 15 seconds, flew 23 feet and landed on the designated pad. Once put into service, the Morpheus model will be used to deliver cargo and fuel to asteroids and other extraterrestrial surfaces, as well as refuel deep-space probes. This is the same model that last year crashed and burst into flames like four Jiffy Pops going supernova.
Aereo is testing a Chromecast app, CEO Chet Kanojia said today. The app would effectively bring the company's streaming broadcast TV service full circle in a historical sense, returning broadcast TV to the TV. From locally installed antennas on Aereo property to mobile devices and browsers around the United States to the Google streaming media dongle to the display on your TV, this confluence of technology is poised to bring the broadcast and cable TV lawsuit machine down even harder on Aereo -- if it's even possible for this David-and-Goliath legal saga to get more spectacular.
Apple has been granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office for a pair of portable media viewing goggles. The patent says they "may resemble ski or motorcycle goggles." The device would likely allow for a 3D viewing experience reminiscent of that found in the Oculus Rift VR headset.