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What latency feels like on Google’s Stadia cloud gaming platform

What latency feels like on Google’s Stadia cloud gaming platform

After peppering Google employees with questions regarding Stadia’s latency, pricing and supported devices, to mostly no avail, I got my hands on one of their new controllers and pressed play on the Doom 2016 gameplay they were showing off on a big-screen TV. Things started off pretty ugly. The frame rate dropped to a fast-paced […]

Seven Africa-focused startups present at Y Combinator’s Demo Day

Seven Africa-focused startups present at Y Combinator’s Demo Day

The seven African-focused companies which presented as part of Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 class of 200 startups may seem like a small percentage for such a large class, but it represents the growing significance of African ventures in YC’s universe. Since 2016, the Silicon Valley accelerator—that provides seed funds and mentorship for early stage startups—has […]

The ‘splinternet’ is already here

The ‘splinternet’ is already here

Keith Wright is a Villanova School of Business instructor of Accounting and Information Systems, founder of Simplicity On-Demand LLC and former Senior Vice President for Global Sales Operations for SAP. There is no question that the arrival of a fragmented and divided internet is now upon us. The “splinternet,” where cyberspace is controlled and regulated […]

Google is shutting down its in-house VR film studio

Google is shutting down its in-house VR film studio

Google is shutting down its Emmy Award-winning VR film division, Spotlight Stories, after six years of building out content, Variety reports. We’ve reached out to Google for confirmation. Update: A Google spokesperson responded to TechCrunch with a statement confirming the shutdown. “Since its inception, Spotlight Stories strove to re-imagine VR storytelling. From ambitious shorts like […]

Google updates its speech services for developers

Google updates its speech services for developers

Google Cloud’s Text-to-Speech and Speech-to-Text APIs are getting a bunch of updates today that introduce support for more languages, make it easier to hear auto-generated voices on different speakers and that promise better transcripts thanks to improved tools for speaker recognition, among other things. With this update, the Cloud Text-to-Speech API is now also generally […]

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