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SwiftKey gets stickers

Back in 2016, Microsoft bought the popular SwiftKey keyboard for Android and iOS for $250 million. It’s still one of the most popular third-party keyboard on both platforms and today, the company is launching one of its biggest updates since the acquisition. With SwiftKey 7.0,  which is out now, the company is adding stickers — because who doesn’t like stickers?

Going forward, the service will offer a number of sticker packs, including some that can be edited and some that are exclusive to Microsoft, too.

That by itself wouldn’t be all that interesting, of course (and I can already see you rolling your eyes) but the real change here is under the hood and sets SwiftKey up for adding more interesting features soon. That’s because the stickers will live in the new SwiftKey toolbar, which will replace the current ‘hub,’ the menu where you can change your keyboard’s layout, size, etc. Right now, what you can find there are stickers and collections, that is, a library of stickers, images and other media you like to torture your friends with.

In the near future, SwiftKey will use this toolbar to enable a number of other new features like location sharing (though only in the U.S. and India for now) and calendar sharing.

“We remain committed to making regular typing as fast and easy as possible,” writes Chris Wolfe, Principal Product Manager at SwiftKey in today’s announcement. “Today’s release of Toolbar, Stickers and Collections, as well as the announcement of Location and Calendar, also shows our ambition to improve users’ experience of rich media. With the support of Microsoft, you can expect to see more innovations in both regular and rich media typing coming soon”


Source: TechCrunch

We want to hear about your robotics company

As you might have heard, last year’s TC Robotics event in Boston was such a hit we’ve decided to do it again — only on the West Coast, this time. On Friday, May 11, we’ll be holding TC Sessions: Robotics on the U.C. Berkeley campus. We’ve got a lot of big industry luminaries lined up that we can’t wait to tell you about, but in the meantime, we’d like to hear from you.

We’re going to have several opportunities for robotics companies to show off their goods in the lead up to and the event itself. We’re looking for the best and brightest in the robotics world — both startups and established companies alike. If you’ve got a technology you think will wow us, we want to hear from you.

Specifically, we’re looking for technology that will make for great videos and stage demos. We’re also searching for startups who are interested in participating in a pitch competition. Bonus points for new technologies we haven’t seen before — and for companies based in and around the Bay Area. Think you’ve got what it takes? Fill out the form below. We’ll reach out to those companies that meet the criteria.

More information on the upcoming TC Sessions: Robotics event can be found here.

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Source: TechCrunch

Facebook opens Instant Games to all developers

Facebook’s Instant Games are now open to all developers, Facebook announced this week in advance of the Game Developers Conference. First launched in 2016, the platform lets developers build mobile-friendly games using HTML5 that work on both Facebook and Messenger, instead of requiring users to download native apps from Apple or Google’s app stores.

The Instant Games platform kicked off its launch a couple of years ago with 17 games from developers like Bandai Namco, Konami, Taito, Zynga and King, who offered popular titles like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Words with Friends. The following year, the platform had grown to 50 titles and became globally available. But it wasn’t open to all – only select partners.

In addition to getting users to spend more time on Facebook’s platform, Instant Games provides Facebook with the potential for new revenue streams now that Facebook is moving into game monetization.

In October, Facebook said it would begin to test interstitial and rewarded video ads, as well as in-app purchases. The tools were only available to select developers on what was then an otherwise closed platform for Facebook’s gaming partners.

Now, says Facebook, all developers can build Instant Games as the platform exits its beta testing period.

Alongside this week’s public launch, Facebook introduced a handful of new features to help developers grow, measure and monetize their games.

This includes the launch of the ads API, which was also previously in beta.

In-app purchases, however, are continuing to be tested.

Developers will also have access to Facebook’s Monetization Manager, where they can track manage ads and track how well ad placements are performing; as well as a Game Switch API for cross-promoting games across the platform, or creating deep links that work outside Facebook and Messenger.

Facebook says it also updated how its ranking algorithm surfaces games based on users’ recent play and interests, and updated its in-game leaderboards, among other things.

Soon, Instant Game developers will be able to build ad campaigns in order to acquire new players from Facebook. These new ad units, when clicked, will take players directly into the game where they can begin playing. 

Since last year, Facebook Instant Games have grown to nearly 200 titles, but the company isn’t talking in-depth about their performance from a revenue perspective.

It did offer one example of a well-performing title, Basketball FRVR, which is on track to make over 7-digits in ad revenue annually, and has been played over 4.2 billion times.

With the public launch, Facebook is offering Instant Games developer documentation page and a list of recommended HTML5 game engines to help developers get started. Developers can then build and submit games via Facebook’s App page.


Source: TechCrunch

The VR Metaverse of 'Ready Player One' Is Just Beyond Our Grasp

The problem with today’s real-life multiuser VR experiences isn’t metaphorical boundaries—it’s literal ones.
Source: Wired

Allbirds Tree Skippers and Tree Runners: Price, Details, Release Date

The footwear maker famous for its wool has developed a new textile from eucalyptus.
Source: Wired

Shell has a car race that's all about fuel efficiency video – CNET

Speed plays second fiddle as this super-slow car race takes to the tracks.
Source: CNET

Shell's Eco-marathon serves up super cool futuristic cars – Roadshow

The car race features student teams from 18 countries competing in a race to see whose car is more fuel efficient.
Source: CNET

IoT attacks are getting worse — and no one is listening – CNET

If there was one theme at the Kaspersky conference, it was the constant reminder that many connected devices — especially older ones — have potentially serious gaps in security.
Source: CNET

Shell's fuel-efficient car race was slow as heck but I loved it – Roadshow

The Shell Eco-marathon Asia showed sleek futuristic-looking cars going around the track slower than me riding a bicycle (at times).
Source: CNET

How to buy a dishwasher in 2018 – CNET

Between sound rating, cycles, options, capacity and speed, here’s what you need to know to make an informed choice when picking a dishwasher.
Source: CNET

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