Entries by James Smyth

BBC releases its first Alexa-powered interactive audio drama

The BBC has a rich history in radio, after having been founded as a wireless broadcaster back in the 1920s. But now, the corporation is embracing the world of interactive audio stories with the release of The Inspection Chamber, a sci-fi comedy drama that you use your voice to participate in. The experience can be […]

Paytm brings messaging features to India’s top digital wallet app

Paytm, India’s top digital wallet and payment service, has introduced a chat feature to amp up its appeal among an increasingly competitive market. The new ‘Inbox’ feature, which was first outed in August, is initially available on Android, which accounts for the bulk of Paytm’s claimed 200 million users, and not iOS. It allows users to share […]

Mapbox acquires Mapdata to help it expand into AR maps

Two weeks after announcing $164 million in funding, mapping data startup Mapbox has made its first acquisition. The company has acquired MapData, a neural network-based mapping startup based out of Minsk in Belarus. It will be using the deal spearhead the opening of a new office in the city and the hiring of more engineers; and to […]

Qualcomm sues Apple for breach of contract as legal battle over iPhone chips grows

In case you were wondering, yes, the ongoing legal battle between Apple and chipmaker Qualcomm can, in fact, get worse. A new report from Bloomberg reveals that Qualcomm is now suing Apple for breach of contract, specifically by allegedly sharing proprietary information about its chips with competitor Intel. As evidence, Qualcomm claims Apple asked for confidential information […]

Logitech’s clever new keyboard can be used in virtual reality

Logitech’s latest peripheral invention is a keyboard that’s designed to be used in virtual reality. As those who have tried to type with a VR headset on will know, it’s a rather odd and somewhat challenging experience – even for those who know the keyboard layout so well they never have to look at the device – […]

Fifteen-year-old Black Duck Software gets its exit, selling to Synopsys for $565 million

Black Duck Software, a 15-year-old company whose products automate the process of securing and managing open-source software — including detecting license compliance issues — is being acquired by Synopsys, the publicly traded maker of semiconductor-design software. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, 31-year-old Synopsys will pay approximately $565 million, or $548 million net of cash acquired, meaning the […]