Acquisitions

Apple acquires Inductiv [UPDATE: Another Christopher Re group]

Apple acquires Inductiv [UPDATE: Another Christopher Re group]

A startup company called Inductiv was acquired by Apple to improve the abilities and functionality of their voice assistant system Siri. Inductiv worked with artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically identify and correct errors in raw data. Engineers have begun working with Apple, according to one report, to improve Siri's speed and accuracy.

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Apple just acquired NextVR for magical, virtual event presence

Apple just acquired NextVR for magical, virtual event presence

The latest major acquisition made by iPhone company Apple was that of NextVR, a company that deals primarily in the broadcast of sports events in virtual reality. Users of NextVR's platform in the past have had access to NBA games for basketball, boxing, NHRA racing, WWE (wrestling events), ICC soccer, and other events. This system is still active (for the moment) on the VR platform Oculus GO.

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Proxy bought Motiv to make rings into wireless keys

Proxy bought Motiv to make rings into wireless keys

The folks at Proxy run a system that turns your iPhone into a secure wireless key to open doors with special digital locks. Now they've acquired the company Motiv, a company you might remember from their smart rings. They've decided to join forces to bring a more interesting future to the world, complete with a slightly more magical - and slightly more intuitive - digital means for opening doors and locks of all sorts.

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Fandango buys Vudu from Walmart: Here’s what happens to your library

Fandango buys Vudu from Walmart: Here’s what happens to your library

After months of rumors about a potential acquisition, Walmart has announced that its Vudu digital video platform has been acquired by Fandango. The Vudu team published a brief statement about the matter on its blog, saying that Fandango will take over the platform and that there will be more details to announce in the future. At this time, though, Vudu has revealed what existing customers can expect under this acquisition.

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Facebook acquires VR gaming studio Sanzaru Games

Facebook acquires VR gaming studio Sanzaru Games

Sanzaru Games, a California-based video game development company, has been acquired by Facebook, the company announced on Wednesday. The studio has produced a number of games over the past decade, the most recent examples including Spyro 3 Reignited and Asgard's Wrath. The studio will be tasked with developing new games for Facebook's Oculus VR gaming platform.

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Twitter acquired Chroma Labs, expect Stories later this year

Twitter acquired Chroma Labs, expect Stories later this year

Twitter just acquired a group of creators operating under the title Chroma Labs. They started their business in 2018 and quickly came to prominence with their Chroma Stories app. This app allowed users to easily create high quality "story" videos for sharing on multiple platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Twitter saw their value and moved in for the team-up.

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Apple acquires Xnor.ai leaving Wyze cams blind to people

Apple acquires Xnor.ai leaving Wyze cams blind to people

Apple buys smaller tech companies from time to time, as its own PR would reply to inquiries. It's no that often, however, that you hear of such an acquisition causing a different company direct problems. That's exactly the strange situation behind Apple's reported purchase of Seattle-based startup Xnor.ai which is apparently the real reason why Wyze is losing a key feature of its smart security cameras.

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Google acquires Typhoon Studios to bolster its Stadia lineup

Google acquires Typhoon Studios to bolster its Stadia lineup

Google has announced its acquisition of Typhoon Studios, the company behind a game called Journey to the Savage Planet. The new purchase will make Typhoon Studios part of Stadia Games and Entertainment, bolstering the company's streaming game service offerings. This acquisition won't make Journey a Stadia exclusive, thankfully.

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VSCO buys Rylo, the company behind a tiny 360-degree camera

VSCO buys Rylo, the company behind a tiny 360-degree camera

VSCO, arguably the most notable Instagram competitor, has bought the company behind a tiny 360-degree camera called Rylo. VSCO apparently isn't interested in the 360 camera part of the equation, instead setting its sights on Rylo's work with mobile video editing technologies. Under VSCO, Rylo will ditch its camera efforts and focus solely on developing these mobile video tools.

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Facebook acquires Beat Games: What Beat Saber fans should know

Facebook acquires Beat Games: What Beat Saber fans should know

Facebook has acquired Beat Games, the company behind hit virtual reality game Beat Saber. The acquisition will help Facebook 'bring VR to more people around the world,' the company said as part of its announcement. Beat Saber's team will join Oculus Studios as part of this deal but will independently operate in Prague. What will happen to Beat Saber? Not much, so don't worry.

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All Studio Ghibli movies streaming with HBO Max in 2020

All Studio Ghibli movies streaming with HBO Max in 2020

Studio Ghibli made some of the most memorably anime movies in history - and their streaming rights have just been acquired by HBO Max. This is different from the regular old HBO, and does not necessarily mean that people with subscriptions to HBO Now or access to HBO GO will have access to the full Studio Ghibli collection of media. Let's take a peek at what they've made public so far.

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Amazon interest in Boost Mobile could save Sprint, T-Mobile merger

Amazon interest in Boost Mobile could save Sprint, T-Mobile merger

The marriage of T-Mobile and Sprint has been years in the making and, depending on who you ask, it's either happening soon or not at all. The merger of the two carriers has been swaying this way and that but the latest rumors suggest that there is just one hurdle left and it's a big one: convincing the US Department of Justice. Fortunately for the carriers, help seems to be on the way but from the most unlikely of sources: Amazon.

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