Leaked HTC U12 may actually be called U12+ to make it more competitive

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We’ve heard quite a bit about the upcoming HTC Imagine, but we simply assumed that it’d be dubbed ‘U12’ since its predecessor was called U11 and there doesn’t seem to be a smaller model in sight. It turns out that the phone may actually be named U12+, despite the fact that there may not be a regular U12.

VentureBeat‘s Evan Blass learned about this from a person familiar with HTC’s plans.

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Competitive Choose Your Own Adventure Game ‘The Wolf’s Bite’ Heading to iOS April 12th

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Back in July of last year, developer Three Little Devs unveiled their upcoming project called The Wolf’s Bite, and it looked very interesting. The Wolf’s Bite is something of a mashup between competitive board game, choose your own adventure, and business management sim. As you might have guessed based on the developer’s name, The Wolf’s Bite is inspired by classic fairy tales like The Three Little Pigs and The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, and your goal is to create a thriving business as the Pigs while simultaneously sabotaging the efforts of your competition, namely the Big Bad Wolf and his titular restaurant The Wolf’s Bite. It’ll feature both local multiplayer and single-player against an AI. Here’s the trailer for the desktop version which launched on Steam back in August of last year.

The game uses randomly generated story bits with over 500 different paths that each player could potentially take, and there are more than 20 different endings you can achieve based on the choices you do or don’t make. It sounds like a really neat spin on several different types of genres that have worked great on mobile over the years. While originally planned for release last fall just after the Steam launch, The Wolf’s Bite for iOS has taken a bit longer than expected, but it finally does have a release date of April 12th. The price will be just $ 1.99 compared to the $ 7.99 price on Steam, and the ability to use the App Store’s pre-order system should show up a couple of weeks or so before the launch date. If you enjoy board games, choose your own adventures, or lighthearted fairy tales then keep an eye out for The Wolf’s Bite on mobile next month and check out the forum thread for some discussion.


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Gain a competitive career advantage and learn the powers of machine learning and data science

With its reach increasing, it’s time for the tech-savvy to start truly understanding the global implications of these technologies with the Machine Learning and Data Science eBook and Course Bundle. It’s a package that’s on sale now for just $ 34 (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals.
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‘Overwatch’s’ new Capture The Flag map and competitive mode is live

For the second year, Blizzard has launched a seasonal event to celebrate the Lunar New Year. As promised in a Developer Update video earlier this week, players get a new Thailand-inspired map and competitive mode for Capture The Flag, as well as new…
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In Travis Kalanick’s first public appearance since resigning from Uber, his competitive nature was put on trial

Kalanick took the witness stand in Alphabet’s lawsuit against Uber.

The legal saga between tech behemoths Alphabet and Uber began with a bruising condemnation of Uber’s former CEO.

“This case is about one competitor deciding they need to win at all costs,” an attorney for Alphabet said in his opening statement on Monday.

“Mr Kalanick, the CEO at the time at Uber, made a decision that winning was more important than obeying the law,” he continued.

On Tuesday, the second day of trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, an uncharacteristically soft-spoken Kalanick took the stand to face these accusations head on.

It’s the first time the notoriously combative former CEO of Uber has spoken publicly since he was ousted by major shareholders in June 2017.

While Kalanick, who donned a dark suit and tie, answered questions about his aggressive ambitions to win the self-driving car race, the normally emotive Uber co-founder appeared restrained even when asked to concede that Google was in the self-driving lead.

The attorney asked if he agreed that Google is the industry leader for autonomous vehicles.

“I think that’s the general perception right now,” he answered.

Kalanick’s testimony will likely be a central part of Alphabet’s argument. Alphabet is alleging Uber worked with former engineer Anthony Levandowski to steal self-driving trade secrets before he left Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving arm, and created a startup that he would eventually sell to Uber.

The company has to prove that Uber, not Levandowski — who is not a party to the case and has pleaded the Fifth Amendment — misappropriated Waymo’s self-driving trade secrets. That’s why shifting to focus on Kalanick and his — as Waymo has characterized — rapacious nature is important for Waymo’s case.

If Uber loses the case, it could have to pay out millions of dollars in damages and potentially stall its self-driving efforts. For Waymo, losing the case will have largely reputational risks. Alphabet rarely, if ever, sues over any issues with people or other companies, which means this litigation carries a lot of weight.

Waymo’s strategy so far appears to be attempting to prove that Kalanick was fixated on beating Google and winning the self-driving car race at all costs, which could in turn serve to explain his motivation to conspire with Levandowski.

Uber contends that Waymo’s claims are baseless and that none of the files ever made it to the company.

That arrangement to acquire Otto wasn’t exactly a run-of-the-mill deal, however. As Kalanick testified, he had conversations with Levandowski before he started the company about working for Uber.

“Look, I wanted to hire Anthony and he wanted to start a company, so I tried to come up with a situation where he could feel like he started a company and I could feel like I hired him,” Kalanick said when asked about his early conversations with Levandowski.

Kalanick’s desire to hire Levandowski to help lead Uber’s growing self-driving team, first created in 2015, came out of a frustration with the pace of Uber’s self-driving development. As Recode previously reported, Kalanick had been unsatisfied with Uber’s self-driving progress when it became clear that the company would not be able to meet the initial deadline of launching a self-driving pilot in August 2016.

During his testimony, Kalanick echoed his previously publicized feeling that driverless cars were essential for Uber’s success, and the key to scaling a successful fleet of self-driving cars was good lasers.

In a handwritten note submitted as evidence in the case, Kalanick wrote, “laser is the sauce.”

But it’s Kalanick’s emphasis on lasers that Waymo is trying to exploit. Waymo’s attorneys attempted to establish that Levandowski was highly incentivized to achieve very ambitious technical milestones by a certain deadline. Ostensibly, the implication here is he would stop at nothing to meet those milestones, even appropriating trade secrets.

Those technical milestones were set by Uber as part of the terms of acquiring Levandowski’s startup — an acquisition Uber’s then head of autonomous driving John Bares said he had concerns about, according to Bares’s testimony. Each of those technical laser milestones had monetary incentives tied to them.

For instance, if and when Levandowski’s team outfitted a car with a prototype of a long-range laser-based radars, called lidar, that had a visual range of 250 meters, the team would be able to get 6 percent of the approximately $ 590 million sale price, according to a document produced during Kalanick’s testimony.

However, Kalanick also pointed out that they would be able to get that same monetary incentive if the overall mission of the team was successful.

Kalanick’s testimony will continue on Wednesday.

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‘Destiny 2’ March update brings the thrill back to competitive play

Bungie has spent much of its recent time addressing gripes with Destiny 2's story and cooperative play, but players in the competitive Crucible mode? Not so much — some have complained that the Crucible just isn't that exciting, and the infamous Pro…
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Disney’s competitive cover shooter ‘Star Wars: Rivals’ may not be officially available, but here is a quick trick that will get you into the game today

Back in June of 2017 Star Wars: Rivals was released as a soft launch title in Australia and New Zealand. At that time I did a brief hands-on with the cover-based corridor shooter. Well, it would appear an official launch is nearing because as of yesterday Disney announced that Star Wars: Rivals is now officially available for pre-registration. This sadly means that most people still won’t be able to install the game.

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Why mining businesses are digging into the IoT to remain competitive

As competition in the mining sector intensifies, businesses involved in the industry are banking on the IoT to maintain a competitive edge and retain their market share.

Inmarsat’s most recent report, “The Future of IoT in Enterprise”, argues that the mining businesses will get great support from the IoT in boosting automation level and production efficiency. According to the report, IoT will play a vital role in the mining sector where profit margins are under pressure due to growing competition.

For preparing the report Inmarsat polled over 100 large mining firms globally and found that 70% of businesses agree that IoT will provide them with a significant edge against their rivals. While 41% of respondents said that they would make use of IoT to boost the automation of business processes, 44% said that the technology would help them in detecting efficiency opportunities and cost saving.

Discussing the findings of the report, Joe Carr, director of mining at Inmarsat, said: “It is no surprise to see that mining businesses are looking to IoT to help them gain a competitive advantage. Mining businesses across the world are under constant pressure to produce the same product at a lower price than their rivals. At the same time, it is becoming harder to find high quality deposits in lower sovereign risk countries.

“This pressure is amplified in developed economies, such as Canada and Australia, where labour costs are much higher than in emerging markets, leaving operators in these territories at a significant competitive disadvantage,” Carr added.

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Absurd Competitive Sports Game ‘Unicycle Hero’ Launching on iOS January 31st

Back in August I had my mind blown–literally blown!–when I laid my eyes on the animated .gif splendor of Unicycle Hero from developer Unept, creator of one of my favorite mobile games Level With Me [Free], among others. The idea in Unicycle Hero is that you’re competing in traditional track and field events like javelin and shot put, and some not-so-traditional events like competitive table flipping and hitting a giant 8-ball with a giant pool cue, but you’re doing these things while traveling on a unicycle. I mean… do I really need to go on? This is obviously the future of competitive sports. Maybe the trailer for Unicycle Hero will get you as excited as I am.

Obviously trying to balance yourself on a unicycle while performing these amazing athletic feats only adds to the difficulty and challenge, meaning this is the exact type of event to weed out all those regular humans and see who is truly ready for our unicycle-bound future where our legs are replaced by unicycles. You can help out your cause by buffing up some stats from money you earn in events, with both a Career mode and Practice mode to help you hone your unicycling skills. It looks terribly silly and right up my alley, and today Unept announced on Twitter that Unicycle Hero will be gracing us with its presence on iOS on January 31st, 2018. So start mentally training right now if you want to be ready to compete in what will no doubt be a future Game of the Year contender.


Here’s the letter alleging Uber spied on individuals for competitive intelligence

The letter has been submitted as evidence in Alphabet’s lawsuit against Uber.

A 37-page letter that details allegations of unethical competitive surveillance practices at Uber has just been made public as part of Alphabet’s ongoing trade secret litigation against Uber.

The letter, written by the attorney of a former Uber security employee Richard Jacobs, was sent to the company’s general counsel Angela Padilla after he left the company.

In it, Jacobs claimed Uber’s security team advised staffers to use ephemeral messaging systems, like Wickr, and non-attributable devices to avoid creating paper trails that may serve to hurt the company in the event of a lawsuit.

He also claimed the company surveilled individuals from rival companies for competitive intelligence.

The letter read:

“This program, formerly known as the Strategic Services Group, under Nick Gicinto, collected intelligence and conducted unauthorized surveillance, including unauthorized recording of private conversations against executives from competitor firms, such as DiDi Chuxing and against its own employees and contractors at the Autonomous Technologies Group in Pittsburgh.”

Jacobs testified in court and walked back some of the allegations made in the letter, which was written by his attorney, Clayton Halunen. Days later, Uber’s new chief legal officer Tony West issued a directive to employees to stop surveilling individuals, which Recode first reported.

In a separate note to staff Khosrowshahi said the letter detailed enough to “merit serious concern.”

While Jacobs, Padilla and other employees addressed some of the claims made within the letter — confirming the use of Wickr for business-related communications — the letter itself had not been made public before Friday evening.

The document prepared by Jacobs’ attorney also claimed Uber was using some of these surveillance tactics on Alphabet’s self-driving arm, Waymo. However, during his testimony, Jacobs walked that allegation back.

“While we haven’t substantiated all the claims in this letter—and, importantly, any related to Waymo—our new leadership has made clear that going forward we will compete honestly and fairly, on the strength of our ideas and technology,” an Uber spokesperson said.

Even in spite of that, the letter — submitted to the court just days before the companies were expected to begin the trial — could prove doubly problematic for Uber.

Alphabet’s self-driving arm Waymo is already asking a judge to instruct the jury that Uber’s withholding of evidence can be used against the company as it decides its verdict. The jury has yet to be selected. Both the delay in disclosing the letter to the court and the contents of the letter, if true, may serve to bolster that request.

A court appointed official advised the judge that the document should have been produced as part of the discovery process.

Uber later settled with Jacobs for $ 4.5 million after he resigned, of which $ 1 million was considered a consulting fee for aiding Uber in an internal investigation. Jacobs’s lawyer, Halunen, received an additional $ 3 million from Uber.

Padilla said the company chose to settle with Jacobs in order to avoid the cost of litigation as well as any additional distraction it would cause for the company. The cost of discovery alone in that case would have cost $ 4 million to $ 5 million, Padilla testified.

Here’s the full letter:

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