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Last year, Microsoft’s Project xCloud launched a preview of its ambitious game streaming service which aims to deliver games to any screen — console, PC or mobile. The service, however, has only been available on Android for mobile users until now. Today, that changes as Microsoft is bringing the Project xCloud preview to iOS devices by way of Apple’s TestFlight program.

Microsoft’s Project xCloud Game Streaming Service Releases.

Microsoft had been testing xCloud on iOS internally but had yet to open it up to the public. Unfortunately, the iOS test will be limited. As is standard with Apple’s TestFlight platform, the new build will be limited to only 10,000 testers.

That’s not likely to be enough places to meet demand, Microsoft admits and says first-come, first-serve invites will be distributed. To get around the restriction, Microsoft is preparing to boot out some early testers during the public beta to make room for new testers.

“Those who are accepted into the iOS TestFlight preview may not necessarily participate for the full duration of the preview,” the company explains via a blog post. “As noted earlier, there are limited spaces available, so for testing purposes, we may need to cycle through registrants in order to best utilize the available testing audience. This also means that even if you miss out on the initial allocation, you might receive an invitation to participate later in the preview,” it says.

The iOS preview will also be limited to only one game: “Halo: The Master Chief Collection.” In addition, this particular test won’t include the preview of Xbox Console Streaming as the Android test currently does.

To qualify, testers will need a Microsoft account associated with their Xbox Gamertag; an iPhone or iPad running iOS 13.0 or higher and Bluetooth v. 4.0; a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One Wireless Controller; access to Wi-Fi or a mobile data connection that supports 10 Mbps-down bandwidth; and, optionally, a third-party controller mount for phone-based games (like this one).

The move to bring console-quality games to smartphones marks a change in the gaming strategy for Microsoft. The company understands that it can only sell so many consoles, for starters, but mobile phones are everywhere. Furthermore, people today want to play games on any available device – not just the big home TV screen. And for some users, mobile is their only screen.

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Meanwhile, cross-platform gaming is becoming increasingly popular, thanks to titles like Fortnite, Minecraft, Roblox, PUBG and others, which proved that mobile experiences can match consoles.

Microsoft’s Project xCloud aims to make it easier for developers to build games that work everywhere. This is no small task, as it required Microsoft to architect a new customizable blade that hosts the component parts of multiple Xbox One consoles, as well as the associated infrastructure needed to support it. It also needs to ensure the technology can deliver games at console speeds with low latency, so mobile users don’t feel like they’re getting a second-rate experience.

Instructions on how to access the TestFlight here.

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Penta, the German business banking startup, banking provider for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that was recently acquired by fintech company builder Finleap, has raised “over” €8 million in new funding.

The round is led by HV Holtzbrinck Ventures. Also participating is Finleap, alongside Fabrick, the Italian platform for open banking and fintech services, which is another of Penta’s existing shareholders. The startup raised a €7 million Series A round in late 2018, and is thought to have had over €18 million investment since being founded in 2016.

Meanwhile, today’s new injection of capital comes shortly after Penta was acquired by Finleap, the German company builder that co-founded and also owns a stake in banking platform solarisBank, of which Penta is a customer. Shortly after the deal went through, it was confirmed that Marko Wenthin, who previously co-founded solarisBank, had become Penta’s new CEO, replacing outgoing CEO and Penta co-founder Lav Odorović.

With a team of over 50, Penta now operates from three offices located in Berlin, Belgrade, and Milan. The latter follows a recent merger with Beesy, the Italian micro-business banking startup. Penta CEO Wenthin says internationalisation will be one of the focuses following HV Holtzbrinck Ventures’ backing.

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“Penta has shown an incredible amount of passion for the market, the customers, and the product: it is amazing to see what the team has built since their inception,” he says in a statement. “This funding will allow us to further invest into our product and partnerships to become the financial platform of choice for small and medium sized companies. Additionally, we will push the internationalisation of Penta, starting with Italy this year”.

source: https://tcrn.ch/2KuDwVe

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Minut smart home alarm, the Tech startup recently closed a funding round for $8 million Series A

The round was led by KPN Ventures, alongside previous backers Karma Ventures, SOSV, and Nordic Makers.

Founded in 2014, Minut are the makers behind the Minut smart home alarm.

Minut has an impressive executive team, led by CEO/co-founder Nils Mattisson – who has spent the past seven years in the Exploratory Design Group at Apple.

The startup’s fresh capital will be used to accelerate growth across markets and to build product portfolio.

Marc Sabas, Venture Principal for Centrica Innovations said, “We first came across Minut as part of our Active Ageing start-up challenge and have been really impressed to see how their product has continued to develop over the past year.”As a global leader in providing cutting-edge connected home products and services, we look forward to working in partnership with the team to explore further opportunities to deliver products that offer greater choice, control and comfort over our customers’ homes.

“We have created the first complete smart alarm to keep your home safe and sound through a single device.”

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“Through the use of machine-learning the sound recognition is continuously improved by the Minut community, making the system even better over time.”

Our aim is to make home security and monitoring accessible to everyone, without having to compromise the feeling of home.

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