GamesBeat Decides 74: No robot mayors

Almost everyone on the GamesBeat team is at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, and we’re going to have some audio dispatches from that event later this week.For now, since I’m all alone, I decided to have on some of the people I’m playing the Minecraft-like survival/ecological simulator Eco with on this week’s GamesBeat Decides podcast.

Study: Apple Watch Cardiogram app bested EKG band in spotting errant heartbeat

As spotted by AppleInsider, the study raises the prospect that advanced AI will enable wearable devices to detect dangerous medical conditions using only basic sensors.The study, “Passive Detection of Atrial Fibrillation Using a Commercially Available Smartwatch,” included users of the Apple Watch app Cardiogram and its DeepHeart neural network, co-developed with researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.

Microsoft expands business apps with simplified CRM and more

While Microsoft’s business applications haven’t always been important to the tech giant, it has focused over the past few years on making them increasingly competitive and central to its business.James Phillips, VP in charge of the Business Applications Group, said the company still values its partnership with Adobe, which offers its own Marketing Cloud suite.

Epic Games' Tim Sweeney on creating believable digital humans

And today, the maker of the Unreal Engine game tools showed another astounding demo, dubbed Siren, with even more realistic graphics.I caught up with Sweeney and Kim Libreri, chief technology officer at Epic Games, in an interview during a preview session this week at the GDC.

Splash Wines Announces Equity Offering via Seedinvest Partnership

EAGLE, Idaho–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 21, 2018–
Splash Wines, announced that it has partnered with Seedinvest, one of the foremost equity crowdfunding platforms, to launch a Splash equity offering that allows anyone to invest to become an owner and part of the Splash family.

Epic Games demos the digital version of actor Andy Serkis

Unreal Engine’s real-time rendering combined with 3Lateral’s Meta Human Framework volumetric capture, reconstruction and compression technology brought Serkis’ digital human performance to life.The volumetric data was generated by capturing a series of high-quality, HFR images of Andy Serkis from multiple angles under controlled lighting.

Pandora to acquire digital audio adtech company AdsWizz for $145 million

Music streaming company Pandora made a rare foray into acquisitions today with the news that it has snapped up adtech startup AdsWizz.Founded in 2008, San Mateo-based AdsWizz is focused squarely on digital audio advertising, with programmatic “self-serve” ad-buying a core part of the platform, which explains its appeal to a company like Pandora.