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Here’s the teaser trailer for Niantic’s Pokémon GO-style Harry Potter game

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The good news: Niantic/WB Games/Portkey has released a trailer for “Wizards Unite,” the Harry Potter game built in the same spirit as Pokémon GO. The bad news: It… doesn’t show much. If you were hoping for gameplay footage or really anything detailing how the game will work, you’re out of luck. Alas! It’s just a teaser trailer, and tease it does. The game’s newly expanded website, meanwhile, adds this: Please resist the urge to panic. Traces of magic are appearing across the Muggle world without warning and in a rather chaotic manner. We worry it is only a matter of […]

Xbox One will work with keyboard and mouse as of November 14th, starting with Fortnite

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We knew the Xbox One was set to get keyboard and mouse support eventually, but now we know exactly when: November 14th. Don’t expect all Xbox One games to play friendly with the new keyboard/mouse functionality right out of the gate. It’s up to individual developers to figure out if/how it works with their games and patch things up accordingly, so only a handful will support it at first. But one of the first titles picking up support is a big one: Fortnite, the free-to-play third person shooter that has taken over the world, will roll out support with an […]

Disney’s new streaming service will be called Disney+

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We knew Disney was building its own on-demand streaming service, à la Netflix or HBO GO, but we didn’t know the name. Now we do. Disney’s new streaming service will be called Disney+. While there’s been a few rumored names (it was misreported, at one point, to be “Disney Play”), word of this name comes straight from the Mouse House: The Walt Disney Company’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service will be called Disney+, launching in the U.S. in late 2019: https://t.co/fqv1HFHtqw pic.twitter.com/ut3ojyusB1 — Disney (@Disney) November 8, 2018 Disney+ will launch in “late” 2019 — which makes sense, as that’s right […]

All I want for Christmas are these kitschy VC trading cards

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Just kidding. Please don’t buy me these collectible trading cards featuring Silicon Valley venture capitalists for Christmas. But if you are in the market for a gift for a VC — or aspiring VC — they’d probably appreciate a set. Yes, they really exist! TouchBase is selling a line of the VC trading cards, featuring Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham, Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Marc Andreessen, Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker and Benchmark general partner Bill Gurley. Someone may want to tell TouchBase that Meeker is leaving Kleiner to start her own fund. A pack of five cards will cost you $60. Each pack, […]

YouTube arrives on the Nintendo Switch

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Nintendo has sold over 22 million Switch consoles since launch, with plans to sell another 20 million this fiscal year. That said, Nintendo hasn’t seemed too focused on building out its portfolio of non-gaming apps. Thus far, only Hulu has managed to get aboard the Switch train. But today, YouTube joins the mix. Switch owners can download the YouTube app here. Also of note: the YouTube app on Nintendo Switch supports 360-degree video. Given Nintendo’s portfolio of Switch-compatible games, including Zelda, Super Mario Odyssey, Pokémon, and Fortnite, YouTube’s integration with the console makes sense. Both the Switch and YouTube skew […]

Yub nub! Students dress a bipedal robot like an AT-ST

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Students at Oregon State University dressed up their bipedal robot, Cassie, in a delightful AT-ST costume. This robot, which everyone said looked like one of the Empire’s two-legged walkers anyway, can now zap both Rebels and Ewoks in a deadly battle to take control of the forest city of Corvallis. The robot, as you can see, can change its center of gravity for better stability and, because it doesn’t have a torso or arms, can balance in multiple difficult environments. It can also now fire lasers at primitive man-bears stuck in the Stone Age. The Dynamic Robotics Lab at Oregon […]

The final season of House of Cards is out now

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The ultimate chapter of the political drama House of Cards is officially out. The Netflix original series is in its sixth and final season, and without a new lead. Following sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey last year, Netflix halted production on Season 6 to review the matter. Shortly thereafter, Spacey was fired from the series and the final season was rewritten. Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) takes center stage to close out the series, assuming the Presidency following the resignation of her husband. DC feels different. The Final Season of House of Cards is now streaming. pic.twitter.com/kXuuv6neTu — House of […]

Brex has partnered with WeWork, AWS and more for its new rewards program

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Brex, the corporate card built for startups, unveiled its new rewards program today. The billion-dollar company, which announced its $125 million Series C three weeks ago, has partnered with Amazon Web Services, WeWork, Instacart, Google Ads, SendGrid, Salesforce Essentials, Twilio, Zendesk, Caviar, HubSpot, Orrick, Snap, Clerky and DoorDash to give entrepreneurs the ability to accrue and spend points on services and products they use regularly. Brex is lead by a pair of 22-year-old serial entrepreneurs who are well aware of the costs associated with building a startup. They’ve been carefully crafting Brex’s list of partners over the last year and […]

Conversica, which uses AI to replicate sales agents, raises $31M, now valued around $300M

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Chatbots have largely been a disappointing development up to now in the world of artificial intelligence applications, with too many mistakes made when the AI fails to address a user’s actual intent. But in the world of enterprise apps, there remain some interesting, adjacent opportunities: for example, where AI may not be used to underpin a whole conversation, but could at least help get it started. This week, one of the bigger companies working in this area, Conversica, is announcing a growth round of $31 million — to help it continue its own conversation with customers, so to speak. It […]

Futrli raises a Series A to hone its decision-making platform for small businesses

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Futrli, a cloud-based business decision-making platform aimed at small businesses, has raised a £4m Series A from e.ventures, Notion Capital and firstminute Capital. Bootstrapped to date, Futrli claims to have over 40,000 businesses and 1,100 accountants in 130 countries using it. The four-year-old business led by CEO and founder Hannah Dawson says it uses AI/ML techniques to produce actionable insights for small businesses. Dawson said: “Futrli was born from my own typical experience as a small business owner. I needed a way to run my business that looked to the future, as making decisions is hard and full of risk […]