Category: Extra Crunch

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July 29, 2020

Where is voice tech going?

Mark Persaud Contributor Share on Twitter Mark Persaud is digital product manager and practice lead at Moonshot by Pactera, a digital innovation company that leads global clients through the next era of digital products with a heavy emphasis on artificial intelligence, data and continuous software...


by Richard Dal Porto in Alexa
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July 16, 2020

TikTok is a marketers’ shiny new toy, but how do you optimize campaigns?

Tiffany Ou Contributor Share on Twitter Tiffany Ou is the General Manager, Americas at a href=”https://www.nativex.com/”>Nativex, where she leads go-to-market strategies for leading game and app developers. TikTok is a rising star in the social media category. Since its launch three years ago, the company...


by Walter Thompson in Apps
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July 11, 2020

This Week in Apps: US ponders TikTok ban, apps see a record Q2, iOS 14 public beta arrives

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120...


by Sarah Perez in Apps
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July 1, 2020

AR 1.0 is dead: Here’s what it got wrong

The first wave of AR startups offering smart glasses is now over, with a few exceptions. Google acquired North this week for an undisclosed sum. The Canadian company had raised nearly $200 million, but the release of its Focals 2.0 smart glasses has been cancelled,...


by Lucas Matney in app-store
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June 29, 2020

DoubleDown is going public: Why isn’t its IPO worth more?

Agora isn’t the only company headquartered outside the United States aiming to go public domestically this quarter. After catching up on Agora’s F-1 filing, the China-and-U.S.-based, API-powered tech company that went public last week, today we’re parsing DoubleDown Interactive’s IPO document. The Exchange is a daily...


by Alex Wilhelm in agora
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June 26, 2020

Newzoo forecasts 2020 global games industry will reach $159 billion

Games and esports analytics firm Newzoo released its highly cited annual report on the size and state of the video gaming industry yesterday. The firm is predicting 2020 global game industry revenue from consumers of $159.3 billion, a 9.3% increase year-over-year. Newzoo predicts the market...


by Eric Peckham in console gaming
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June 25, 2020

Four perspectives: Will Apple trim App Store fees?

The fact that Apple takes a 30% cut of subscriptions purchased via the App Store isn’t news. But since the company threatened to boot email app Hey from the platform last week unless its developers paid the customary tribute, the tech world and lawmakers are...


by Devin Coldewey in Apple