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Esports drives user engagement — and revenue — for free-to-play games

Did you miss GamesBeat Summit 2021? Watch on-demand here!  Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the video game industry experienced a critical inflection point, although it went largely overlooked. Most of the media coverage focused on the massive increase in gameplay while children and adults alike were stuck at home. However, industry watchers ignored a major data…

Marlin bets big on Abbyy’s digital intelligence initiatives

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Abbyy, a provider of document conversion and data capture software and a player in the intelligent process automation (IPA) market, just announced a significant investment by investment firm Marlin Equity Partners. This places Marlin as the largest shareholder, and could also…

3 reasons CEOs should take their workforce to the cloud 

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. In biochemistry, an enzyme is a catalyst that speeds up a chemical reaction. Without it, the reaction would continue but at a dramatically slower pace. Pre-COVID-19, many companies slowly began shifting at least part of their workforce to remote positions. That…

Understanding the differences between biological and computer vision

Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Since the early years of artificial intelligence, scientists have dreamed of creating computers that can “see” the world. As vision plays a key role in many things we do every day, cracking the code of computer vision seemed to be one of the…

5 things HBO Max should change if it wants to beat...

HBO Max could use just a few more features to make it worth the $15 a month price tag. Angela Lang/CNET If you're still not ready to see a movie in a traditional theater -- postvaccination and with limited capacity, of course -- HBO Max is a streaming service that lets you watch many of…

iPhone 13 is coming, but I want the purple iPhone 12....

The iPhone 12 got a fresh new purple hue this spring, just a few months before the rumored iPhone 13 release date. Apple Apple released a new color for the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini this spring, and it's purple. It's on sale now, but I got my hands on one of the new phones ahead…

iPhone 13’s juiciest rumors so far: What’s going on with Apple’s...

Apple just released a purple iPhone 12, but people are already whispering about the iPhone 13. Sarah Tew/CNET We're more than halfway between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, which means the rumor mill is at full churn. So far we've seen a number of rumors, leaks and pretty renders of varying credibility. We expect…

AirTags durability test: Is it even possible to destroy one of...

Apple's AirTags are designed to keep track of lost stuff like your keys, so they'll probably be subjected to some rough treatment in everyday use. To find out how well the AirTags hold up to the elements, I put these $29 trackers through the wringer (so to speak) in a laundry, freeze and drop test.The…

Best PC gaming headset for 2021

You're likely gaming more than ever these days, so it may be time to think about upgrading your audio. After all, you probably can't find a graphics card to spend your money on right now and you're already spending more time on video calls, so treating yourself to a new PC gaming headset is a way…

Ransomware attacks are only getting worse, DarkSide group “quits,” but that...

Editor's take: Ransomware attacks in recent years have proven that no company is safe from them, which has encouraged hacker groups like DarkSide to grow their ambitions and go after larger targets. Unfortunately for them, this also prompted a fierce response from government agencies -- something they likely didn't expect or plan for. Still, there…

Roblox has nothing to do with games, say Roblox developers

A hot potato: Roblox has rebranded itself as an “experience” creation tool to keep the game out of the legal battle between Apple and Epic, a plot we’re here to foil with this article. "The term ‘experience’ is consistent with how we’ve evolved our terminology to reflect our realization of the metaverse," a Roblox spokesperson,…

One-of-a-kind Corvette that hit 255 mph in 1988 heads to auction

In a nutshell: One of the most iconic cars in automotive history has recently come up for auction and if you’ve got deep enough pockets, it could be yours. The one-off SledgeHammer was designed to set a production car top-speed record while maintaining the creature comforts of a typical street car. That means it kept…