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WIRED for Atari

February 3, 2016

WHEN MATTHEW LABUNKA, a game producer at Atari, sat down with WIRED at PAX South to show off its latest compilation of classic games, the first thing he did was zoom in on a digital rendering of a Pong arcade cabinet. The image, he said, was an exact replica of the original cabinet from the 1970s, rendered in three dimensions. He rotated it, extolling the virtues of the accurate cut of the wooden paneling with something like reverence. Labunka says these small touches exemplify Atari Vault. The company has, in its many iterations over the years, released more than a few ports and compilations of its greatest hits from the early days of gaming. But Labunka says Atari Vault sets itself apart with its almost fanatical attention to detail. These are intended to be the definitive modern editions of these games, packed with history and background and aided by the power of new technologies. A reintroduction of the games, and maybe of Atari itself.

TechCrunch for Rachio

February 2, 2016

Rachio is a sprinkler controller that takes over the process of watering your lawn in a manner that is as mindful as possible of your total outdoor water usage. Today, the company released its Generation 2 controller which updates a number of features to allow users a simpler way to adapt the cloud-powered device to the needs of their individual lawns in their specific climates. The device, which retails for $249, is available now on the Rachio website, Amazon and at Home Depot. In what is often seen as a badge of legitimacy in the IoT world, the device will also soon be available for $249 Apple’s online store.

Bloomberg for Blazent

February 1, 2016

When it comes to maintaining data quality in the enterprise, too many corporate executives have a laissez-faire attitude which ultimately has a negative impact on the business. That is the conclusion of a new study from 451 Research and Blazent, a Burlingame, CA-based provider of IT data intelligence. The study, the “2016 State of Enterprise Data Quality” report reveals that less than half (40 percent) of C-level executives and data scientists are ‘very confident’ in their organization’s data quality, with the majority (94 percent) recognizing the impact that poor data quality can have on business outcomes. The report is based on a survey of 200 C-level and senior IT leaders from companies with at least $500 million in annual revenue. It notes that the impact of this attitude disconnect around data quality can affect a number of areas, including lost revenue (cited by 42 percent) and bad decision-making (cited by 39 percent).

VentureBeat for Atari

January 27, 2016

Atari is making some history today as it launches its Pridefest mobile game, the first major title for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. The game debuting on iOS and Android lets players express themselves by creating their own parades that celebrate LGBTQ life. Buildings in a city start out gray, but they become more colorful as your parade passes by. You can create vehicles and buildings and develop a character in a bid to bring the city to life. The aim is to bring colorful imagery and inclusive spirit of real-world Pride parades to mobile gamers, connecting LGBTQ community members and their allies, Atari said.

CBSNews for Atari

January 25, 2016

If you're nostalgic for the classic video games of the 1970s and 80s, you're in for a treat. Atari Vault has announced it will release 100 vintage games on the online gaming service Steam. Games included in the release will include fan favorites like Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Tempest and Warlords, Atari said in a press release. Playing on the Steam platform will provide an updated user interface as well as new multiplayer options.

US News & World Report for FlashFunders

January 14, 2016

We can safely assume that the feisty Brit who coined the phrase "keep calm and carry on" didn't have any coin in the U.S. stock market. Think about it: On Wall Street's scary-go-round of irrational exuberance and nail-biting anxiety, the words "keep calm" rarely if ever apply for more than a few days at a time. Or hours at a time. People first, profits next. Anxious investors will find a calm space simply by looking at how a company interacts with clients and consumers. "If you invest in a quality business with good margins and loyal customers, then you shouldn't feel anxious because you've followed a trusted process," says Vincent Bradley, CEO and co-founder of FlashFunders, an equity crowdfunding platform. "If you choose to invest in a business because of their financial performance instead of the people, it's likely that you'll be more nervous."

InformationWeek for Accela

January 7, 2016

That openness goes beyond your local department of transportation tweeting about road closures or guacamole. Maury Blackman, CEO of Accela, which provides civic engagement solutions for local government, said he expects the open data movement to make significant strides. "Conducting online surveys, interacting through social media, streaming video of public meetings on the Internet, and publishing relevant documents or meeting minutes on an online portal are all ways cities will improve citizen trust and transparency, keeping citizens up-to-date and involved," said Blackman.

CIO for ExtraHop

December 7, 2015

Much has been said over the past several years about the need for CIOs to transform IT — to go from keeping the lights on to being a strategic partner for the business. The root of that transformation is a cultural change that starts with how you think about staffing your organization, says ExtraHop CIO John Matthews. "IT has changed a lot in the last 15 years," Matthews says. "When I was first coming up, technologies were so siloed. It wasn't an emotional siloing; they were actually siloed." "Take data networks and phone systems," he adds. "The phone and the network were profoundly separate things when I first began. Over the years, it's become one thing and there are a lot of challenges associated with that. Look at dropped packets. That's fine in networking, but in voice the human ear hears that kind of chatter. Networks had to be designed differently to accommodate voice. That's happening across all of IT."

Fortune for Kindara

November 24, 2015

Another major area of opportunity for women’s health wearables is in reproductive health and fertility. One of the biggest players in the space is Boulder-based Kindara, which has raised nearly $7 million from investors so far. Co-founded by husband-and-wife team Katherine Bicknell and William Sacks, it is now being led by Sacks alone, who is passionate about fertility. “It’s this beautiful, magical thing, and no one really knows a thing about it,” he says. Kindara’s flagship product is the Wink, a fertility thermometer that links to a smartphone and tracks a woman’s fertility cycle over time. The product appeals to women who want to get pregnant, of course, but also to those who use fertility awareness to avoid it, says Sacks. “We’re solving a really high-value problem. What’s more important than whether or not another human being born or not born?”

TechCrunch for Accela

November 24, 2015

In 2015, civic technology investment and activity piqued the interest of investors, analysts and app developers as an industry growth segment ripe for disruption and opportunity. A couple of examples: Andreessen Horowitz invested $15 million in OpenGov, which later received an additional $25 million from other investors; Sapphire Ventures invested $30 million in Socrata; and JP Morgan Private Equity invested $143 million in Accela. Not only have citizens become savvy to how services should be delivered, they are increasingly demanding a consistently convenient, openly transparent view into their local government. Innovators such as Amazon, Facebook and Uber have dramatically changed citizen expectations, and the leaders in government are turning to new civic technology to change the landscape.

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