ZeniMax Media Founder And CEO Robert A. Altman Has Passed Away

Robert A. Altman was a visionary and a pivotal force when it came to Bethesda’s evolution from its humble beginnings. It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Altman on February 4, 2021.  Altman was the CEO of ZeniMax Media, the parent company to Bethesda Softworks. The American business executive founded […]

This TTRPG lets you play out Bridgerton’s Regency romance intrigue

If you watched Netflix’s spicy Regency romp Bridgerton over the holidays and thought, “Well gee, I’d love to be a young lady/gentleman seeking a prosperous match by navigating a polite but ruthless society,” you’re in luck: there’s a game for that now. Available on itch.io, The Social Season is a one-sheet TTRPG designed to recreate […]

Google launches privacy-sensitive Guest Mode on Google Assistant devices

Google today launched Guest Mode, a new way to use Google Assistant on smart devices like Nest Audio and Nest Hub Max without having to sign into a Google account. First announced last fall, Guest Mode allows users to use Google Assistant-powered smart speakers and smart displays without having their activity saved, offering ostensibly stronger […]

Hackers hijacked email security firm Mimecast to spy on customers

(Reuters) — Email security provider Mimecast said on Tuesday that hackers had hijacked its products in order to spy on its customers. The company said it had been alerted to the attack by investigators at Microsoft and that “a sophisticated threat actor” had compromised the certificate used to guard connections between its products and Microsoft’s […]

Workato raises $110 million for its business workflow automation platform

Workato, which offers an integration and automation platform for businesses, today announced it has raised $110 million at a post-money valuation of $1.7 billion. The company says it will put the funds toward product innovation and technology development, expanding its customer success program, launching its first user conference in 2021, and investing in scaling teams […]

Pegasystems acquires Qurious.io to apply speech analytics to customer service

Pegasystems announced today it has acquired Qurious.io, a provider of a cloud service that analyzes voice calls in real time to enable customer service representatives to better determine their next best course of action. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Qurious.io combines speech-to-text, natural language processing (NLP), and emotion detection capabilities to analyze conversations […]

U.S. NHTSA opens AV TEST autonomous vehicle tracking program to ‘all stakeholders’

In June, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) division of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) revealed the Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST), a program that provides an online, public-facing forum for sharing automated driving system on-road testing activities. After an underwhelming debut in September, the NHTSA today announced […]

Dina raises $7 million for its AI-powered at-home care platform

Dina, a Chicago-based startup developing an AI-powered at-home care platform, today announced it has raised $7 million. The company says the capital will be used to expand its products and support its mission to help the health care industry transition to in-home care. In response to the pandemic, companies like Current Health and Twistle have teamed […]

AI Weekly: The future of tech policy after an attempted coup

On Wednesday, we witnessed a coup attempt fueled by racism, disinformation, and the President of the United States. Video of the U.S. Capitol breach shows that Trump supporters were permitted to violate multiple federal laws, desecrate the people’s house, undermine national security, and violently oppose the largest exercise of the right to vote since the […]