• Eight Roads Ventures Europe shifts its gears towards diversity, appointing Lucile Cornet to Partner
    by Mike Butcher on January 21, 2021 at 8:01 am

    The world of European VC can post another win for diversity this week as Lucile Cornet is appointed Partner with Eight Roads Ventures Europe, a firm focusing on startups in Europe and Israel. Cornet is its first female Partner. Eight Roads is backed by Fidelity and has over $6 billion assets under management globally. Cornet

  • Former EA exec Peter Moore returns to gaming as Unity SVP of sports and live entertainment
    by Dean Takahashi on January 21, 2021 at 7:35 am

    Peter Moore made his mark on video games as one of the top bosses at EA, Microsoft, and Sega. And now he's coming back to games.

  • Samsung Display is mass-producing 90Hz OLED screens for laptops
    by Sam Byford on January 21, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Samsung’s 2020 Galaxy Chromebook. | Photo by Monica Chin / The VergeSamsung Display has announced plans to mass-produce the world’s first 90Hz OLED screens designed for laptops and says that “several global IT companies” are expected to release models with the new panels this year. Manufacturing will begin in March in “very large quantities,” the company says in a statement attributed to CEO Choi Joo-sun. The panels are 14-inch in size, though Samsung Display hasn’t given details on specs like aspect ratio or resolution; it’s possible that there will be multiple versions available. Samsung does cite the faster response time of its OLED panels, claiming “practically” the same amount of blurring as a 120Hz LCD when displaying fast-moving content. No potential laptop OEM partners were named in the... Continue reading…

  • This startup says its AI can better spot a healthy embryo — and improve IVF success
    by Connie Loizos on January 21, 2021 at 5:57 am

    With every year, AI is beginning to bring more standardized levels of diagnostic accuracy in medicine. This is true of skin cancer detection, for example, and lung cancers. Now, a startup in Israel called Embryonics says its AI can improve the odds of successfully implanting a healthy embryo during in vitro fertilization. What the company

  • Accounting automation startup Georges raises $42.4 million and rebrands to Indy
    by Romain Dillet on January 21, 2021 at 5:45 am

    French startup Georges — or Georges.tech — is raising a new round of funding of $42.4 million (€35 million). The company is also getting a new name and will be called Indy going forward. The startup has been building an accounting automation application for freelancers and small companies. Singular is leading today’s funding round. You

  • Random set of the day: Holiday Jet (KLM Version)
    by Huwbot on January 21, 2021 at 2:00 am

    Today's random set is 4032 Holiday Jet (KLM Version), released in 2003. It's one of 28 World City sets produced that year. It contains 151 pieces and 3 minifigs. It's owned by 28 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay. Help me come to life! If you like the set I've chosen for you today, please pledge your support for me on LEGO Ideas so I have a chance of becoming an official LEGO set! Continue reading » © 2021 Brickset.com. Republication prohibited without prior permission.

  • Medieval Blacksmith: moss or not?
    by Huw on January 20, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    In my review of 21325 Medieval Blacksmith I questioned the aesthetics of the sand green moss patches on the roof. I'm not that keen on them, although I concede that they add colour and interest. I suggested that the pieces could be replaced with more pentagonal tiles, which can be purchased from BrickLink for a few pence each. I did just that so that you can see what it looks like, thus enabling you to decide if you wish to do the same. Continue reading » © 2021 Brickset.com. Republication prohibited without prior permission.

  • Review: 21325 Medieval Blacksmith
    by Huw on January 20, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    21325 Medieval Blacksmith is based on the LEGO Ideas project by Clemens Fiedler that was submitted in 2017 and achieved 10,000 supporters in July 2019. So, it's been a long time from initial idea to a set on the shelves. Initial reaction when Amazon.co.uk leaked a picture of final model earlier this month was not entirely favourable, with many commentators claiming it differed significantly from Clemens' original idea. However, now I've built it I can tell you that most of the pertinent exterior features have been carried across, tidied up and improved, and the result is stunning model which might just be my favourite LEGO Ideas set to date. Continue reading » © 2021 Brickset.com. Republication prohibited without prior permission.

  • Hitman 3 on Series X has a resolution advantage over PS5
    on January 20, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    The brilliant Hitman 3 from IO Interactive is here, an ambitious cross-platform project that sees the firm's proprietary Glacier Engine deployed to more target platforms on launch day than we've seen in previous series entries. We'll be taking a closer look at this latest iteration of the engine in more depth soon, examining the enhancements made to the technology and how they play out in Hitman 3's new levels - as well as the legacy missions from the two prior titles, which are all playable within the new game. But in the here and now, it's PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S that are under the microscope, and it's the first title we've seen where Microsoft's additional hardware investment delivers a tangible spec increase over the competition in a cross-platform game. But really, where it truly matters, Hitman 3 delivers on all next-gen systems - principally via a commitment to 60 frames per second gaming. In previous Hitman titles on consoles, IO offered users a choice: the ability to play with a 30fps cap, or alternatively to allow frame-rate to run unlocked. On top of that, the enhanced consoles offered both quality and performance modes, with various resolutions. Hitman 3 dispenses with all of this, delivering a flat 60fps performance level on all systems and with no need to choose between quality and performance modes. This time around, last-gen systems are pegged to 30fps instead, with the curious exception of PS4 Pro, which also offers what IO describes as a 1080p60 'frame interpolated' option. We'll go into specifics on performance in due course, but suffice to say, IO's gambit pays off as all three systems barely waver from a 60fps lock from start to finish, but how they deliver this varies according to the host system. Starting at the top, Xbox Series X runs the game at native 4K resolution (incidentally doubling frame-rate and increasing pixel count over Xbox One X's 1440p). Just beneath this sits PlayStation 5, running at 1800p. Meanwhile, Xbox Series S aims for the same 60fps target, but this time the GPU is tasked with running the game at 1080p resolution. There's no dynamic resolution scaling from what we can see, but there is a smart pass of TAA anti-aliasing on all systems. Read more

  • There's confusion over whether Fall Guys will join Xbox Game Pass
    on January 20, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Six months ago, Fall Guys arrived on PlayStation 4 via subscription service PlayStation Plus. Since then, it has been a PlayStation console exclusive, while also being available on PC. Six months later, it now seems a matter of if not when the breakout battle royale will come to other console platforms, such as Nintendo Switch and Xbox. But when will it happen? Around a week ago, a bit of light brandter between Fall Guys' cheeky Twitter and the official Xbox UK account set tongues wagging that Fall Guys would arrive on Xbox Game Pass sooner rather than later. Read more