From Jan. 1, QQ users will be required to utilize the platform’s mobile and desktop apps to communicate. …read more
Alibaba’s goal for the shopping festival has changed several times since it was born in 2012. …read more
The project reflects a rising client-to-manufacturer (C2M) trend in China’s e-commerce market. …read more
Over the last few months Fortnite (Free) and Epic Games have been doing a ton of great stuff and some not so great stuff. They recently launched the Epic Games Store on PC platforms bringing loads of indie exclusives to PC over the next few months including some that had never hit the platform before like Journey that is a PlayStation exclusive. If you missed it, they made Sony finally allow cross platform play between consoles as well as PC and mobile devices. Today, they announce plans to bring this for free to developers in 2019.
Epic will be launching cross platform game services through 2019 across multiple platforms. These were built for Fortnite and they tested them across 200,000,000 players on all 7 platforms. The platforms in question are iOS, Android, PC, macOS, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. The services will be free for all developers across game engines and platforms. Developers are free to use these with other services. This rollout includes cross platform data, achievements, parties, matchmaking, voice communication, and more. They are also planning for user generated content support, anti-cheat, and more. More information about the rollout will be revealed over the …read more
Grab, the Southeast Asia ride-hailing firm that bought out Uber’s local business, has added another investor to its rolling cast of backers after it added $150 million from Yamaha Motor to its ongoing Series H round.
That round is targeted at $3 billion, and Yamaha Motor joins an investor group in the round that includes strategics like Toyota ($1 billion), Hyundai ($250 million), Microsoft (undisclosed), Thai bank Kasikorn ($50 million) and travel firm Booking ($200 million). A host of more institutional investors like OppenheimerFunds, Ping An Capital, Mirae Asset — Naver Asia Growth Fund also took part.
The deal comes just weeks after Yamaha Motor backed India-based Drivezy, a service for self-renting cars and motorbikes.
The deal means Grab has brought on four automotive firms in the round, although Yamaha Motor is focused on motorbikes. Indeed, Grab said it intends to collaborate with the bike-maker on Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy and the world’s fourth most populous country with 260 million people, where it is in a dogfight with rival Go-Jek and also less traditional foes like Tokopedia who compete on finance and on-demand services.
The two companies said they will work together on flexible …read more
Elliott Zaagman and James Hull discuss Huawei, the SEC, and the Tencent Music arbitration. …read more
Finalcad, a mobile platform that enables the construction industry to digitize much of its processes, has closed $40 million in Series C funding. The round was led by publicly listed London venture capital firm Draper Esprit, and Cathay Innovation, with the support of Salesforce Ventures. Existing existing French investors Serena, Aster and CapHorn Invest also participated.
Funded in 2012 by Jimmy Louchart, Joffroy Louchart and David Vauthrin, Finalcad has set out to solve the construction industry’s “chronic low productivity” problem. The Paris-based company has developed a SaaS and mobile app to help construction workers and other construction stakeholders collaborate digitally, which is believed to be the key to removing many of the efficiencies in construction.
Specifically — and according to McKinsey — labor-productivity growth in construction has averaged only 1 percent a year over the past two decades, compared with growth of 2.8 percent for the total world economy and 3.6 percent in the case of manufacturing. The construction industry is also lagging behind in terms of digitization: MGI’s digitization index places it among the least digitized sectors.
To help remedy this, Finalcad’s SaaS lets construction site engineers, foremen, architects and consultants work together via the Finalcad mobile app, enabling collaboration …read more
Todd McFarlane, co-creator of Venom and creator of Spawn, believes that Spawn will be part of the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11.
During a reddit AMA, McFarlane was asked “Will you please let Spawn be in Mortal Kombat 11?”
He responded, simply, “I believe he’s on his way…”
Mortal Kombat 11, by NetherRealm Studios, was officially announced at The Game Awards for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
A 25% tariff would result in an earnings-per-share decline of $2.50. …read more
Each and every day new mobile games are hitting the App Store, and so each week we put together a big old list of all the best new releases of the past seven days. Back in the day the App Store would showcase the same games for a week, and then refresh those features each Thursday. Because of that developers got into the habit of releasing their games throughout Wednesday or very early Thursday in order to hopefully get one of those coveted features spots. Nowadays the App Store refreshes constantly, so the need for everyone to release all on the same day has diminished. Still, we’ve kept our weekly Wednesday night format as for years that’s the time people knew to check TouchArcade for the list of new games. And so without further ado please check out the full list of this week’s new games below, and let us know in the comments section which games you’ll be picking up!
Angry Wife Game
Angry Wife is an oldschool item collecting/dodging arcade casual game, that will keep you hooked with its unique style and humour.
Save your belongings! Your wife got terribly upset and is throwing everything out of the window.
Forum …read more