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Accenture aims to take AR and VR commerce into the mainstream

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Virtual reality may be stalled with consumers, but it might be catching on with enterprises. That’s one of the messages delivered recently by the “extended reality” team at Accenture, the big tech and business consulting company. Extended reality applies to augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality applications. To see a company like Accenture embracing extended reality is encouraging for the fledgling technologies, as Accenture is the largest digital agency in the world with 40,000 people in that particular practice. And it has a total work force of 425,000 consultants. I interviewed a few members of Accenture’s Silicon Valley and Los Angeles teams at the VRX 2017 event, where we talked about the big c... Read More
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Is Bitcoin the biggest bubble since the Dutch Tulip Mania?

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Detected Closed Captioning: ♪ [LAUGHTER] STUART: CAUGHT ME. [LAUGHTER] TALKING OFF CAMERA WITH MY GOOD FRIEND, STEVE FORBES, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF "FORBES" MEDIA. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS TAX THAT YOU SO DESPERATELY WANTED, BUT DO YOU LIKE WHAT YOU'RE SEEING COMING DOWN THE PIKE? >> IT'S GOING TO DO MORE GOOD THAN HARM -- >> NO, IT ISN'T. ON THE PASS-THROUGHS SO YOU REALLY ARE GOING TO GET A LOWER TAX THING NO MATTER WHAT YOUR INCOME ON THAT, THATS' A GOOD THING. AND IF THEY FOLLOW THROUGH ON THE TAX BRACKETS, THE SENATE EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD SEVEN INSTEAD OF FOUR IN THE HOUSE, THEY WERE BETTER IN THE SENSE THAT'S STIMULATIVE. THEY HAD FORGOTTEN THAT THE REAL KEY THING IS THE RATE YOU PAY ON YOUR NEXT DOLLAR OF INC... Read More
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Decentraland shows the potential of blockchain and VR combined

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Blockchain-based virtual reality universe Decentraland is holding its first property auction today. The virtual world is a social space linked to crypto coin-based transactions. You can buy a patch of virtual land, build something on it, share that experience with friends and family, or even turn it into a profitable business. Decentraland’s launch is emblematic of a kind of showdown happening in the VR world at the moment. As virtual reality headsets and mobile VR become more readily available and affordable, big tech companies such as ... Read More
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Markets at session highs on tax reform speculation

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Published on Dec 15, 2017Nuveen chief equity strategist Bob Doll discusses how the final GOP tax reform bill will impact the markets. Category News & Politics License ... Read More
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Whoops, iTunes won’t be available in the Microsoft Store this year, after all

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Earlier this year at Microsoft’s Build conference, the company revealed it was working with Apple to get iTunes included in the Windows Store. The promise was that it would be available by the end of 2017, but now it looks like that won’t be happening. In a statement emailed to ZDnet, an Apple spokesperson said, “We have been working with Microsoft to deliver the full iTunes experience to our customers and we need a little more time to get it right." So at least there’s so... Read More
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Apple delays iTunes for Microsoft Store, doesn’t give new timeframe

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Unfortunately, Windows 10 S users and Windows 10 users who rely solely upon the Microsoft Store will have to wait a little longer for iTunes to arrive. Apple today confirmed to ZDNet that iTunes will miss its scheduled end-of-year release. Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs once likened releasing iTunes on Windows as “like giving a glass of ice water to somebody in hell,” but that didn’t stop the company from releasing its best-known app on PCs — a pragmatic move to sell iPods to millions of PC users. Since then, the relationship between Apple and Mic... Read More
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Microsoft is forcing users to install a critically flawed password manager

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EnlargeMicrosoft Microsoft is quietly forcing some Windows 10 computers to install a password manager that contains a critical vulnerability disclosed 16 months ago that allows websites to steal passwords, a researcher said Friday. Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy said in a blog post that the Keeper Password Manager came pre-installed on a newly built Windows 10 syst... Read More
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How CA Technologies is brewing startups within a big enterprise

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I first met Otto Berkes when he was one of the founders of Microsoft’s Xbox team, alongside three other crazy Microsoft colleagues. They hatched a crazy scheme to get Microsoft in the console business, and now it’s a multibillion-dollar enterprise. I wrote a book about them and the work they did as intrapreneurs, or a team creating a startup within a big company. And many years later, Berkes is still focused on innovation and intrapreneurship. Berkes left Microsoft in 2011. The... Read More
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Australian engineers design silicon-based quantum chip

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Engineers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have unveiled a new design for a silicon-based quantum computer processor. The design is built on existing semiconductor technology, with innovative architecture that allows for quantum calculations. The new chip design could represent a giant step forward in the quantum computing arena; not in the least because it can be manufactured in an existing semiconductor facility, as the design is based on complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology – the basis for all modern semiconductor chips. The silicon-based quantum chip incorporates a transistor-based control ... Read More
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Tax reform will be great for growth: Fmr. Microsoft CEO

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Detected Closed Captioning: CHECK. AND AND LAWMAKERS, AND ONE OF THE RICHEST MEN, MICROSOFT'S STEVE PALMER ABOUT HIS NEW PROJECT CALLED USA TAX. >> A COMPREHENSIVE DATABASE, TO WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS BECAUSE YOU DO A REAL SPECIFIC DETAILED JOB IN TERMS OF TELLING US WHO PAYS WHAT AND WHO GETS IMPACTED. >> LET ME GIVE YOU A FRAMEWORK THAT MIGHT BE HELPFUL. THE LEAST AFFLUENT 20%, THE THIRD 20, THE FOURTH, THE PEOPLE ON THE BOTTOM 40% PAY TAXES BUT THE BULK OF WHAT THEY PAYS PAYROLL TAXES. FROM AN INCOME TAX PERSPECTIVE THEY ARE GETTING MORE CREDIT TODAY SO THEY ARE NOT A NET PAYER OF INCOME TAX UNAFFECTED OR MIDDLE 20 OR ONE UP ARE GETTING TAX BREAKS, SOMETHING FROM A RATE PERSPECTIVE, 6 TO 10%, IN THE MOST AF... Read More
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This might be Microsoft’s secret Surface notepad

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Microsoft has been rumored to be working on a foldable notepad-like device, much like the company’s Courier concept. A patent from earlier this year provided an outline for such a device, but a new patent has emerged this week with a lot more detail. The patent references a “hinged device,” and has been filed by Microsoft Surface engineers that are respo... Read More
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Cuphead’s creators get back to normal after their colossal — and exhausting — year

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Presented by Intel For StudioMDHR, life is anything but normal. And the Moldenhauer brothers might be the happiest people in the world right now. In September, StudioMDHR founders Chad and Jared Moldenhauer (along with a small army of artists, animators, programmers, and musicians) released Cuphead, a dazzling tribute to Betty Boop-era cartoons and brutally difficult arcade games. On paper, it’s a disparate combination that, in the hands of a lesser team, probably wouldn’t work. But for Chad and Jared — who don’t have any formal game dev experience — those influences were a vital part of their childhood. They wanted to see what would happen if they combined those elements into one game. It wor... Read More
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Xbox party chat is coming to Android and iOS

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Microsoft has started testing Xbox party chat in the company’s Xbox mobile apps for iOS and Android. The beta Xbox app for Android is available immediately with the party chat support, and you can sign-up to test party chat on iOS using Microsoft’s form. Party chat inside the Xbox mobile apps lets you voice chat with friends on Xbox Live, similar to the Discord mobile app. It’s a useful feature if you’re not near your console or PC, or even if your headset isn’t working correctly on those devices. Microsoft typically brings beta features to its main Xbox apps within a few months, so it should be available to both the regular iOS and Android apps... Read More
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November 2017 NPD: Xbox One brings in more spending, but Sony sells more PlayStation 4s

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U.S. consumers wanted new video game hardware in November, and they spent a ton of money getting the latest Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo devices. This led to a strong month for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. In fact, November doesn’t have a clear winner in terms of hardware sales. Gamers bought more PS4s than Xbox Ones or Nintendo Switch systems, but people also spent more money buying Xbox Ones than PS4s or Nintendo’s Switch, according to industry tracking firm The NPD Group. But if you’re looking for which company has the most momentum, that is probably still Sony. “More units of PlayStation 4 hardware sold in November 2017 than any other month life-to-date,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. “P... Read More
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Tech companies react to the FCC killing net neutrality

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The Federal Communications Commission, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, has voted to dismantle net neutrality, removing the Title II classification and allowing internet providers free rein to block, throttle, or prioritize content online as they see fit. Although major tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have been keeping relatively low profiles when it comes to the fight for net neutrality so far, other companies have decided to speak out. ... Read More
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Skype mobile users get ScribbleChat’s 3D handwriting and animated stickers

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ScribbleChat, which wants to humanize the digital chat experience by offering 3D handwriting and animated stickers, announced today that it is integrating with Microsoft-owned Skype. For now, only Skype’s mobile users will be able to experiment with ScribbleChat, but the extension will be available to desktop users in 2018, according to a statement. ScribbleChat was launched earlier this year and is the brainchild of Handwriting.io, a software startup that has created more than 200 authentic digital handwriting styles for business communications. Based in New... Read More
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Samsung’s first smart speaker will reportedly arrive in early 2018

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Months ago, DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile division, confirmed that his company was working on a smart speaker. Today, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that the speaker is targeted for release within the first half of 2018 and is expected to cost around $200. Bloomberg... Read More
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Microsoft’s Mixer streaming app for iOS and Android relaunches out of beta

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Back in October, Microsoft released a beta for a redesigned version of its Mixer streaming app for iOS and Android. Today, the company announced that it’s releasing the finished version of the updated application, which the Mixer team says has been rebuilt from the ground up to be faster and more consistent across different devices (via Engadget). Along with the new interface, which makes it easier to do things like se... Read More
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Microsoft launches Azure Stack in India

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Microsoft has launched its Azure Stack in India, to assist customers in building customized, hybrid cloud environments and applications using Azure products. With today’s launch, Azure Stack partners including Dell, EMC, Lenovo and Cisco have begun to ship Azure Stack to Indian customers. Microsoft has also prepared local partners including Netmagic, Embee and G7CR for the local launch of Azure Stack, so that companies that are new to the product can begin to build on-premises cloud storage and applications. Microsoft announced at the same time that 70 of the top 100 comp... Read More
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Google Brain cofounder Andrew Ng unveils Landing.ai to bring intelligence to manufacturing

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AI technology has the potential to transform all manner of industries around the globe, and one of the field’s luminaries today unveiled a new startup he’s working on to bring intelligence to manufacturing. Andrew Ng, who helped start the Google Brain project and previously served as the head of Baidu’s AI efforts, announced Landing.ai, a company aimed at helping businesses in the manufacturing sector transform themselves into AI companies. Ng picked manufacturing because it has a number of problems that machine learning techniques can help with, and AI has the potential to radically transform the industry. Landing.ai hopes to do that by creating and providing software for manufacturing companies, as well as offering ... Read More
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Cloud computing in 2018: what the future holds

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Cloud computing is now so ubiquitous that it could deservedly just be called ‘computing.’ As it continues to dominate the entire landscape of technology and computing, it is difficult to assess where it is headed. Those in the know, the industry insiders, give that their best shot here.  Chip Childers, CTO of Cloud Foundry Foundation We are shifting to a “cloud-first” world more and more. Even with private data centres, the use of cloud technologies is changing how we think about infrastructure, application platforms and software development. While it was useful to have the term “cloud computing” as a way to distinguish self-service, API addressable technologie... Read More
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The Best 2017 Holiday Tech Deals: Audio, Gaming, TVs, Cameras

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Green Monday … they’re over and done, but the holiday deals continue. If you’re still on the hunt for affordable gift ideas, or just want to treat yo’ self to some new gear, look no further. We’ve gathered our favorite deals from around the web. Also be sure to read our many Holiday Gift Guides. Gaming 1 Year of PlayStation Plus - $40 ($20 off) Buy on Amazon If you own a PS4, you need PS Plus to play online. ... Read More
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Microsoft is adding native OpenSSH to Windows 10

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Microsoft has been steadily making Windows 10 a lot more developer friendly, adding the bash command line, alongside Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora Linux distributions. The software giant is now adding a native OpenSSH client to Windows 10. It’s available immediately as a beta option in the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, and it’s easy to enable. ... Read More
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Microsoft Ventures invests in strategy management software startup Workboard

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Workboard, a startup that develops software for companies to manage and measure their business strategies, has raised $9.3 million in a series A round of funding from Microsoft Ventures and Floodgate, with participation from other existing investors. Founded out of Redwood City, California in 2013, Workboard offers a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform to help organizations set their strategies, measure their progress, and shift priorities when needed. ... Read More
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“Suspicious” event routes traffic for big-name sites through Russia

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EnlargeBGPMon Traffic sent to and from Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft was briefly routed through a previously unknown Russian Internet provider Wednesday under circumstances researchers said was suspicious and intentional. The unexplained incident involving the Internet's Border Gateway Protocol is the latest to raise troubling questions about the trust... Read More

Microsoft launches bot engine and language understanding services out of beta

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Two of Microsoft’s key pre-built AI services for developers were made generally available today, so that it’s easier for businesses to build chatbots and other services that use language understanding. Azure Bot Service and the Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS) are both generally available through the tech titan’s Azure cloud platform. Bot Engine, as the name implies, provides companies with a managed service that can be used to build intelligent automated conversation partners, while LUIS lets customers create intelligent engines that parse written text into a form that other applications can use. Both of these services are a part of Microsoft’s broader portfolio of cloud services that are supposed ... Read More
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Microsoft levels up Word, Excel, and Outlook with more AI capabilities

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Microsoft is adding a host of new capabilities to its Office productivity suite that are aimed at using machine learning to help people get their work done more efficiently. Outlook, Excel, and Word will all benefit, with new features rolling out to a limited set of users in the coming months and then expanding to a broader set of people later on. Outlook’s web client will provide users with an interface that will automatically offer them responses to questions layered inside emails, while Excel has a new feature that suggests charts and pivot tables. Word will get a feature that will h... Read More

Bing starts using AI to highlight different perspectives for controversial topics

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Bing will now use AI-powered natural language understanding to help provide users with multiple highlighted perspectives when they search for different topics, Microsoft announced today. When users search for a controversial topic, Bing will provide users with different viewpoints, complete with source links to where they’re coming from. It’s supposed to help customers better understand different issues and give them the confidence to discuss topics that they’re being presented with. For less controversial topics, the search engine will still pull in answers from different sources, providing users with multiple factoids, with footnoted references for ea... Read More

Microsoft’s Cortana gets Gmail and Google Calendar support

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Microsoft’s AI assistant Cortana is now able to integrate with Gmail and Google Calendar accounts. Until recently, Outlook and Office 365 were the only calendar and email options for users of Cortana on devices like Windows 10 PCs and Microsoft’s first smart speaker with Cortana inside, the Harman Kardon Invoke. Cortana support with email and calendar functionality announced today will be extended to additional devices this spring, according to a Microsoft spokesperson. With this Google integration, Cortana can now tell you about events on your calendar and add events to your calend... Read More
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Microsoft is making subreddits more searchable with Bing

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Microsoft today announced a partnership with Reddit to surface the social news site’s content high up in Bing search results, so that searching for specific Reddit communities, pages, and info will spit back information gleaned from subreddits, AMAs, and other threads in a dedicated section. The news, part of a suite of new artificial intelligence-powered features underlying Bing’s search function, works by way of what Microsoft calls intelligent search. The company says intelligent search uses natural language processing to pair Reddit content with the appropriate search terms. The Reddit integration works in three ways. First, by typing in the name of a subreddit on Bing, you’ll get a live snapchat ... Read More
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Microsoft announces new AI-powered search features for Bing

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Today, Microsoft announced a series of artificial intelligence-driven features for its Bing search engine to make it more conversational and nuanced. The news, unveiled at an event in San Francisco, means that Bing will make better use of object recognition, so-called machine reading (for parsing text and extracting meaning), and other techniques tuned and improved using AI training methods. Search results will now show both multiple perspectives and multiple sources, culled from a list of pre-approved news sources, to show Bing users different sides of issues ranging from the benefits and downsides of kale to the pros and cons of contentious political issues. This builds on an earlier feature, announced ba... Read More
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Trump administration calls for U.S. government to adopt cloud services

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(Reuters) — The White House said Wednesday the U.S. government needs a major overhaul of information technology systems and should take steps to better protect data and accelerate efforts to use cloud-based technology. “Difficulties in agency prioritization of resources in support of IT modernization, ability to procure services quickly, and technical issues have resulted in an unwieldy and out-of-date federal IT infrastructure,” the White House said in a report. The report outlined a timeline over the next year for IT reforms and a detailed implementation plan. The report said one unnamed cloud-based email provider has agreed to assist in keeping track of government spending on cloud-based email migration.... Read More
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How A Woman Engineer Built A Public Case Against A Sexual Harasser In Silicon Valley

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Enlarge this image Niniane Wang, an experienced engineer with a startup incubator, says she was harassed by a male investor. She wanted to be certain that when she came forward, she wouldn't be ignored like others had been. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Fortune hide caption ... Read More
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Intel’s VR chief expects virtual reality to divide into multiple gadgets and markets

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Virtual reality hasn’t taken off in a big way with consumers, but Intel believes in its potential. It’s not clear just yet what will be VR’s biggest hit, but the platform will produce a huge amount of data that will have to be processed in the cloud using Intel infrastructure, said Frank Soqui, general manager of virtual reality at Intel. So Intel is working on improving VR on a variety of fronts, including more affordable and better headsets, impressive applications on the consumer side, and, for enterprises, ways to process all of the data in the cloud and deliver it efficiently to users. The to-do list includes improving WiGig, a wireless transfer technology that has a short range but delivers lots of bandwidth in the 60-... Read More
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Scope AR brings remote video tech support calls to HoloLens

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Scope AR has launched Remote AR, an augmented reality video support solution for Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headsets. The San Francisco company is launching its enterprise-class AR solution to enable cross-platform live support video calls. Remote AR for Microsoft HoloLens brings AR support for field technicians, allowing them to perform tasks with better speed and accuracy. It does so by allowing an expert to get on a video call with a technician and then mark the spot on the screen where a technician has to do some work, like turn a screwdriver. The technician is able to see where the expert is pointing by looking at the AR overlay on the video scene. ... Read More
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LinkedIn hosted jihadist lectures, Blair institute reveals

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Lectures by a radical Islamist cleric linked to the 9/11 attacks and other jihadist content have been discovered on LinkedIn.The business-focused social network was alerted to the issue after an investigation by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.The Microsoft-owned business has since removed the material.But it faces criticism for not having taken a more proactive stance ahead of the discovery.According to the former prime minister's research body - whose remit includes counter-extremism - some of the documents had been on LinkedIn for eight years.The researcher who ma... Read More
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How Social Research Is Evolving in the Digital World

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Figuring out how human beings do human things is one of the most exciting things that science—psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology—can do. It’s also one of the hardest. Reliable, meaningful methods that distill real-world behavior into experimental variables have been, let’s say, elusive. That might be part of the reason the “reproducibility crisis,” concerns about the validity of some scientific findings because of statistica... Read More

Google launches AI Center in China

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Google today announced plans to launch the Google AI China Center. The news was shared by Google chief scientist Fei-Fei Li ahead of Google Developer Days events in Shanghai. Based in Beijing, the center will focus on AI research and receive support from Google engineers based in China. In addition to conducting research, the office will provide financial backing and sponsorship to AI community conferences and events held in China. “Along with Dr. Jia Li, head of research and development at Google Cloud AI, I’ll be leading and coordinating the research,” Li said in a blog post. The new... Read More
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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has a breakthrough control scheme

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Microsoft and The PUBG Corporation released PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on the Xbox One today, and the unfinished last-player-standing shooter, which is available for $30 in the Game Preview program, needs a lot of performance optimization. But one area that the designers have already figured out is how to control this complex game with a joypad. The button layout enables... Read More
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Cuphead developers bet everything on a 1930s-cartoon-style game

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Studio MDHR has sold an estimated 1.5 million copies of Cuphead for the PC and Xbox One since the challenging run-and-gun game debuted on September 29. It’s a surprise hit of the fall, made by a family-run company whose leaders mortgaged their homes to finish it. Chad, Jared, and Maja Moldenhauer of Studio MDHR talked about making Cuphead and the reaction to it in the opening fireside chat at the ... Read More
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Net Neutrality Protests Move Online, Yet Big Tech Is Quiet

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Microsoft believes in preserving the open internet & opposes weakening net neutrality protections. Our previous FCC comments are available here: https://t.co/HG62vc3ore #NetNeutrality Netflix supports strong #NetNeutrality. We oppose the FCC's proposal to roll back these core protections. Use your platform. Explain what it is and the concept to all of your... Read More
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PUBG on Xbox One is even clunkier, but still brilliant

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is undoubtedly the breakout hit of 2017, with over 25 million copies sold on Steam and Dota 2’s record for most concurrent players shattered in its wake. That’s not bad for a company’s first game, especially since it technically hasn’t even been released yet: PUBG is only set to leave early access with a “finished” 1.0 version for PC next week. PUBG might not be the most ... Read More
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The End of the Work Email? Zillable Makes Inter-Company Collaboration Easy with Multi-Network Workspaces

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Say goodbye to emails for work with external partners, vendors, customers, and teams MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 12, 2017– Zillable today announced the release of a new feature that’s set to give the work email a run for its money. The all-in-one collaboration platform has added multi-network workspaces to connect separate organizations, creating a common space where two or more companies can communicate and make full use of the native coll... Read More
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Jaunt expands VR media platform into AR and mixed reality

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Jaunt debuted in 2013 as a platform for viewing virtual reality movies and 360-degree entertainment. Now it is expanding beyond that with its Jaunt XR platform. The platform from the San Mateo, California-based company will now be expanded to include augmented reality and mixed-reality content, with the latter referring to content that combines various types of real, augmented, and virtual content. Jaunt XR will be a white-label distribution platform, meaning big brands and media could adopt it to launch their own stores or web sites for mixed-reality conte... Read More
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Amazon Web Services opens second region in China

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Amazon Web Services announced the general availability of its second Chinese cloud region today, providing customers with another environment. It’s located in the Ningxia autonomous region in central China and — like other AWS regions — is made up of three separate Availability Zones, each made up of a collection of datacenters. Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology Co. Ltd. will operate the datacenters there, though it will provide many of the AWS services that are available in other regions. That arrangement mirrors the one that AWS has with Sinnet to operate its Beijing cloud region. China is a rapidly growing market fo... Read More
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Family works to keep Iris Chang’s legacy alive

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American writer, Iris Chang, wrote the “Rape of Nanking”. It became a best-seller shining a light on that dark period of history. Though she suffered an early death, but as CGTN’s Mark Niu reports, Chang’s parents continue their fight for truth.Detected Closed Captioning: Visiting The Grave Site Of A Beloved Child Is A Cruel Task For A Parent But Each Time Young And Shouting Tang Come They Do Find Some Comfort In Seeing Flowers Already There Strangers Bring Them All The Time To Pay Tribute To Iris and All She Stood For Iris Has Very Close Relationships With Me And With Her Mother She Always Like To Ask Questions With Us From Time To Time To Think About her Yes I Feel The Pair Batt... Read More
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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One has performance issues

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Microsoft and developer The PUBG Corporation are making good on a promise to launch the battle-royale shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One before the end of the year. The last-person-standing competitive game launches tomorrow into the Game Preview program for unfinished products on the Xbox Store for $30. I just spent a few hours with it, and I think that the intense, frightening encounters have survived the adaptation. That’s going to make for an excellent console experience … once The PUBG Corp is able to do something about the framerate. I’ve spent more than 400 hours with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds o... Read More
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Hackers hit key ATM network in crime spree that clears $10 million

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Enlarge / A timeline of MoneyTaker hacking group.Group-IB A previously undetected hacker group has netted around $10 million in heists on at least 20 companies, in some cases by targeting the transfer networks banks use to transfer money, a Moscow-based security firm said Monday. Members of the MoneyTaker group, named after a piece of custom malware it uses, started its heist spree no later than May 2016. That's when it penetrated an unname... Read More
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Cortana now supports Google Calendar

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Microsoft is now allowing its Cortana digital assistant to access Google Calendar data. The software giant has added a new Gmail connection to Cortana, which will enable the digital assistant to access Google Calendar data. If you’re a Windows 10 user that primarily uses a Gmail account, this new feature will make it easier for the assistant to access calendar appointments and trigger reminders across multiple calendars. The new Google Calendar support also means you can use commands on Cortana-powered speakers like Harman Kardon’s Evoke device, to access calendar information. Cortana apps on platforms like iOS and Android will also be able to read and use the Google Calendar information, too. Microsoft... Read More
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November 2017’s top 10 Minecraft Marketplace creations

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Minecraft is more than a game. It’s a cultural force and a living service. Microsoft, which bought the block-building exploration adventure and its studio in 2014, has spent the time since then unifying Minecraft and finding ways to unlock its creative potential. The Minecraft Marketplace is the key to Microsoft’s vision, and it’s the community that powers the Marketplace with their creations that they build for and sell to other fans. Now, GamesBeat is working directly with Microsoft ... Read More
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Microsoft commits $50 million more to its AI for Earth program

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Microsoft has announced an expansion to its AI for Earth program, as the company commits a further $50 million to organizations that are working toward solving the climate change crisis. The tech giant first announced AI for Earth back in June, an initiative that promised to provide a bunch of cloud-based tools and AI services to organizations looking to tackle problems relating to climate change. At the time, Microsoft said it was putting $2 million into the program, in addition to other add-ons such as providing training on the ... Read More
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Microsoft’s holiday ad brings adorable monsters to life with Paint 3D

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Microsoft is focusing on Paint 3D for its festive holiday message this year. The software giant’s “3D Holiday” commercial has started airing this weekend, and it includes the adorable “Gabe the Yeti” which was created in Microsoft’s new version of Paint. In a year when everyone was worried Microsoft would kill off the original MS Paint app, the company is celebrating its biggest ever update to the classic app with a cute TV commercial. Microsoft has positioned Pa... Read More
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Security News This Week: Apple Patches a Very Bad iOS HomeKit Bug

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Political turmoil and hijinks abounded this week, but there were plenty of security antics playing out online, too. Researcher Sabri Haddouche released a suite of tricks and tools, collectively called Mailsploit, that allow you to send perfectly spoofed messages from more than a dozen popular email clients. The flaws open up endless phishing possibilities. And speaking of phishing, new research shows a spike in the use of HTTPS web encryption on phishing sites. Attackers want the green padloc... Read More
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Xbox Live is down for some and so is Microsoft’s status site

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Update 2 at 1:07 p.m. PST: The Xbox Live Status page does not load consistently, so the errors continue to affect that site as well as Xbox Live as a whole.  Xbox Live is still having intermittent connectivity problems. Microsoft’s online gaming service went down for a significant number of people on Thursday, and people continued to complain on social media since then that they are encountering errors when trying to log into the network. This preceded the Xbox Live status page going offline for a brief moment today.... Read More
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The week’s best tech deals include Amazon Echo, iPhone X, and DJI Spark discounts

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We’re nine days into December and there’s still Black Friday deals that you can find online, including the new Amazon Echo, Google Home and Xbox One S console. Tomorrow, Amaz... Read More
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VR transforms health care: 3D human model coming to a school near you

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Surrounded by darkness, the looming 20 foot skull is so close I can touch it. With the click of a mouse, the 3D model of the human head and neck pivots and I’m inside the eye socket examining this complex system from the inside out. It’s A viewpoint typically reserved for surgeons on the operating table; I’m amazed by the scale and detail of the mechanism that gives us the miracle of sight. Above: Creative and medical teams examine the 3D Neck and Head project in... Read More
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Cuphead wins its biggest prize: the praise of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau

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Canada has done a lot to facilitate the growth of its game-development industry, and that passion apparently goes all the way to the top. On Twitter today, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau posted a congratulations to Studio MDHR for winning two categories during The Game Awards event last night for Cuphead. The gorgeous run-and-gun platformer won Best Debut Indie Game and Best Art Direction. Microsoft published it, and it is available on PC as well as Xbox One (read our review). Not to make this about America, but I’ll just point out that some other national leaders us... Read More
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ProBeat: Windows 10 on ARM is exciting for all PC users, even if Always Connected PCs aren’t

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Microsoft announced massive Windows 10 news this week, arguably the biggest since the operating system debuted over two years ago: Windows 10 on ARM. Three big features come with that: the screen turns on “instantly” unlike existing PCs, LTE is built right in, and the battery can last for days. But the unveiling comes with a big caveat: These Always Connected PCs, as Microsoft and Qualcomm are calling them, from partners Asus, HP, and Lenovo, are not coming anytime soon. The closest to launch is the Asus NovaGo, likely to arrive sometime in Q1 2018, I’m told. ... Read More
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Elon Musk Says Tesla Is Building Its Own Chip for Autopilot

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Rockets, electric cars, solar panels, batteries—whirlwind industrialist Elon Musk has set about reinventing one after another. Thursday, he added another ambitious project to the list: Future Tesla vehicles will run their self-driving AI software on a chip designed by the automaker itself. “We are developing customized AI hardware chips,” Musk told a room of AI experts from companies such as Alphabet and Uber on the sidelines of the world’s leading AI conference. Musk claimed that the chips’ processing power would help Tesla’s Autopilot automated-driving function save more lives, more quickly, by hastening the day it can drive at least 10 times more safely than a human. “We get there f... Read More
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AWS’s free single sign-on launch shows expanisonist tendencies in SaaS market

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Amazon Web Services quietly planted another stake in the workplace software-as-a-service market last night with the launch of a new single sign-on offering. It’s a free service that lets companies provide their employees with a single set of credentials for logging into a variety of different applications. While AWS made its name as a cloud provider by providing companies with elastic infrastructure and platforms for running their applications in the tech titan’s datacenters, it has shown an increasing interest in providing tools to help customers improve employee productivity. This single sign-on service offers ... Read More
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The DeanBeat: The Game Awards and why game developers say ‘F*** the Oscars’

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Last night’s The Game Awards had some touching, sweet, and funny moments. But Josef Fares, creator of the upcoming A Way Out from Electronic Arts, stole the show. While he got the most laughs, he also addressed some of gaming’s most serious subjects. Like it or not, The Game Awards capture the culture of gaming. The characters who go up on stage and the stories they tell bring out the passion o... Read More
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Vergecast: ARM-powered PCs, Amazon vs. Google, and CryptoKitties

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This week, Dieter Bohn runs the show with Paul Miller and Natt Garun, and it's been a wild week of news. Amazon and Google are basically feuding right now: Google is pulling YouTube from the FireTV so the podcast trio ponders what this frightening predicament means for the streaming and the open web. Also, Microsoft launched some ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs, so you bet these tech luminaries are going to talk about it. There’s lots more in between that, like Paul’s weekly segment (say it with me) “Color me surprised,” so listen to it all and you’ll get it all. 05:00 - ... Read More
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Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence

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Today, a teaspoon of spit and a hundred bucks is all you need to get a snapshot of your DNA. But getting the full picture—all 3 billion base pairs of your genome—requires a much more laborious process. One that, even with the aid of sophisticated statistics, scientists still struggle over. It’s exactly the kind of problem that makes sense to outsource to artificial intelligence. On Monday, ... Read More
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild wins Game of the Year at The Game Awards

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Nintendo won quite a few accolades at The Game Awards tonight, and its crowning achievement was the Game of the Year Award for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Breath of the Wild also won the Best Game Direction Award and the Best Action/Adventure Game Award. It was nominated for Best Art Direction and Best Score/Music but lost out to Studio MDHR’s Cuphead and Platinum Games’s Nier: Automata respectively. Below are all the awards and winners that were announced at tonight’s award show. Industry Icon Carol Shaw  Game of the Year Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment) Persona 5 (Atlus) PlayerUnknown... Read More
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Wreckage of USS Ward, Ship That Fired First Americans Shots of WWII, Found in Philippines

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Detected Closed Captioning: Wreckage Of The Warship That Fired The First U.S. Shot Of World War II Has Been Found Near The Philippines. On Nov. 30, An Expedition Crew, Led By Microsoft Co-founder And Philanthropist Paul Allen, Sent An Underwater Drone 650 Feet Below To Explore And Document The Remnants Of The USS Ward In Its Final Resting Place Near Ponson Island In The Philippines. On Dec. 7, 1941, The Destroyer Sank A Japanese Midget Submarine In Pearl Harbor Nearly Two Hours Before The Infamous Attack Began. The Ward's Shots Are Regarded As The First Fired By America During The Second World War. Three Years Later, The Ward Sank After It Was Attacked By Several Japanese Kamikazes. The Expedition, Which Came Just Before The ... Read More
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EU to intervene in Microsoft’s U.S. Supreme Court foreign email battle

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(Reuters) — The European Union is to make a submission to the U.S. Supreme Court in its hearing of the U.S. Department of Justice’s appeal against a ruling which prevented prosecutors from gaining access to emails held by Microsoft in Ireland. The case has attracted significant attention from technology and media companies due to concerns that an unfavorable final ruling could deter customers from using cloud services because of concerns that their data could be seized. In the lower court ruling last year Microsoft successfully challenged a search warrant secured by federal prosec... Read More
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Artificial Intelligence Seeks An Ethical Conscience

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Leading artificial-intelligence researchers gathered this week for the prestigious Neural Information Processing Systems conference have a new topic on their agenda. Alongside the usual cutting-edge research, panel discussions, and socializing: concern about AI’s power. The issue was crystallized in a keynote from Microsoft researcher Kate Crawford Tuesday. The conference, which drew nearly 8,000 researchers to Long Beach, California, is deeply technical, swirling in dense clouds of math and algorithms. Crawford’s good-humored talk featured nary an equation and took the form of an ethical wake-up call. She urged attendees ... Read More
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3 reasons U.S. tech firms are hoarding unprecedented piles of cash

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If you ever dreamed that the technology economy was a magical world of startups disrupting this or that sector, then get ready for a dose of reality. Fresh evidence that technology is consolidating around a handful of large companies comes to us via a report looking at the vast amounts of cash these giants are amassing. According to a new report on corporate cash from Moody’s Investor Services, technology in general is the most cash-rich of all sectors of the U.S. economies. Tech companies are generating levels of cash without historical precedent. That tech haul is concentrated among five U.S. tech companies: Apple, Microsoft, Google, Cisco Systems, and Oracle. In 2016, these five companies held $594 billion in cash, or... Read More
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Xbox Live is down and has taken many games with it

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Update: Xbox Live is back up and running for most people.  Xbox One owners and PC players are encountering connection errors with the Xbox Live service, according to a number of complaints on social media. Microsoft has also updated its Xbox Live status site to confirm problems for some of its Forza games, but the outage has also taken Call of Duty: WWII, Fortnite, Rainbow Six: Siege, and other online multiplayer experiences offline. [embedded content] For now, the connectivity issues aren’t affecting everyone. Many people are... Read More
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Silicon Valley money isn’t enough to create new tech hubs

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When Carisa Miklusak launched AI-enabled staffing platform Tilr two years ago, she and her two cofounders decided on Cincinnati, Ohio as their company’s headquarters, thanks to the city’s large concentration of Fortune 500 companies. The decision was met with skepticism by some of her friends and former colleagues in New York City. They said, “Your backyard is the largest backyard …why would you silo yourself like that?” Miklusak told VentureBeat. That skepticism was echoed by investors she and her team met with. Today, Miklusak says that private equity firms she meets with, and even some venture capital firms, see the Midwest as a hot new area for investment.... Read More
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Microsoft taps Heptio’s Ark technology for managed Kubernetes backup

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Microsoft announced today that it’s working with Heptio to back up multi-container clusters managed by its Azure Kubernetes Service. AKS will use Ark, Heptio’s open source utility for managing disaster recovery and backup of Kubernetes cluster resources. It’s a big win for Heptio, a Seattle-based startup founded by two of the co-creators of Kubernetes, a system for managing multi-container applications. Heptio’s mission is to make the creation and management of distributed systems with Kubernetes easier for enterprises and other businesses. Ark was created to help with the recovery and dat... Read More
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Microsoft’s Project Sopris Could Secure the Next Generation of IoT

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The Internet of Things security crisis persists, as billions of inadequately secured webcams, refrigerators, and more flood homes around the world. But IoT security researchers at Microsoft Research have their eye on an even larger problem: the billions of gadgets that already run on simple microcontrollers—small, low-power computers on a single chip—that will gradually gain connectivity over the years, exponentially expanding the internet of things population. And that ... Read More
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PlayStation 4 sales pass 70.6 million worldwide

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Sony announced today that its PlayStation 4 console has sold over 70.6 million machines worldwide. This includes both the original PS4 and the 4K enhanced PlayStation 4 Pro. At this time last year, lifetime sales were at ... Read More
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Yomob’s $3 million funding widens access to ad monetization optimization

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Presented by Yomob Video ad format has increasingly become the top performer in mobile ads for games and applications — but alongside that, the cost for developers of managing video ads is also on the rise. With the application of machine learning and AI, Yomob offers a solution: global mobile ad monetization by matching and optimizing the flow of buyer demand with seller inventory. The company recently announced a pre-A round of funding, led by China Growth Capital, Chunxiao Capital, and CYZone Angel Fund. The funding will allow the company to expand the global service infrastructure for big data, AI, and machine learning that powers their solution. The company will also be able to recruit ops, tech, market... Read More
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VR isn’t dead. It was just taking a nap

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It has been almost two years since the first high-end VR headsets hit the shelves, generating excitement and headlines insisting that the future is here. Now, as we reach the end of 2017, those headlines couldn’t be more different. Barely a week goes by without another article detailing VR’s demise, a VR studio’s closure, or explaining why CCP pulling out of VR development shows the market isn’t viable for many. As the CEO of a big ... Read More
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Chrome 63 arrives with new developer features and V8 speed improvements

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Google has launched Chrome 63 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Additions in this release include dynamic module imports, async iterators and generators, Device Memory API, among other developer features. You can update to the latest version now using the browser’s built-in silent updater or download it directly from google.com/chrome. Chrome is arguably more than a browser. With over 1 billion users, it’s a major platform that web developers have to cons... Read More
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California judge dismisses lawsuit that claims Google paid female employees less than male colleagues

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Allegations that Google has paid its female employees less than men and given them fewer promotion opportunities have been dismissed for now by a California state judge today, as reported by Reuters. Superior Court judge Mary Wiss said that the lawsuit, which represented all female Google employees in California, was too vague, and asked that the plaintiffs file a new complaint for only the specific groups of women affected by pay discrimination. Wiss added that two of the three named plaintiffs hadn’t proven that the work they did for Google was equal to ... Read More
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The Game Awards balances revelations, gamer culture, and celebrities

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The Game Awards takes place on at 5:30 pm Pacific time Thursday. Now in its fourth year, the event gives gamers their chance to beat their chests about their favorite games, and it lets the industry honor those who created them. It also features revelations from some of the biggest game companies about the new games that are coming in 2018. Geoff Keighley, awards’ host and organizer, said in an interview with GamesBeat that the show will feature world premiere announcements of two new games based on properties that players have never seen before. It will also feature announcements such as new map for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, one of the... Read More
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Where Thoughts Go is an anonymous VR social space on an alien planet

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Where Thoughts Go is a social network that takes the form of an ethereal virtual reality world. Visitors leave anonymous voice logs that appear in the dreamy environment as little creatures that flit around in the air. It’s the latest VR project from indie developer Lucas Rizzotto, who plans to release an early version sometime in 2018 on platforms to be announced. He will also be showcasing it at festivals and events. “I like to build realities around the story, and the premise of Where Thoughts Go is that there is an alternative reality where all human t... Read More
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Microsoft unveils open source tools connecting Kubernetes to Azure

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Microsoft continued its support for the Kubernetes open source project today, with the unveiling of several enhancements to systems that are designed to make it easier for developers to connect that system with the tech titan’s Azure cloud platform. Kubernetes is an open source system initially released by Google that’s designed to help manage the complexity of creating and operating applications that are composed of multiple software containers. First off, Microsoft open-sourced the Virtual Kubelet, which is designed to let customers connect their Kubernetes clusters to Azure Container Instances, a form of infrastructure designed to power container apps without requiring developers to tackle the provisioning of virtual... Read More
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Tech firms top Glassdoor rankings despite year of controversy

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Happy tech staff have catapulted three big names to the top of the Glassdoor UK rankings, citing talent-filled workplaces. Google, Facebook and Salesforce all found themselves in the top five in Glassdoor’s list of the 50 best places to work in the UK. Employees can rate companies anonymously on Glassdoor, list pros and cons, whether they recommend the company, and their view of the CEO. Glassdoor is seen by many as a reliable indicator of workplace happiness because the people doing the rating remain unnamed. Culture Technology companies dominated the list, with Google once again placing top with a 4.5 rating. Facebook and Salesforce came fourth and fifth respectively, each with a 4.4 rating. The average... Read More
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ProtonMail expands encrypted email service to desktop clients including Outlook, Thunderbird, and Apple Mail

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Encrypted email service ProtonMail has come a long way since its global launch 18 months ago, having expanding into VPNs, started targeting small businesses, grown into multiple languages... Read More
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Glassdoor: Facebook is consistently the best tech company to work for in the U.S.

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Career website Glassdoor today released its 10th annual Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the 100 best companies to work for in the coming year. Facebook was crowned as not just the number one tech company to work for in 2018, but the best company to work for, period. This isn’t the first time Facebook has topped the list. Facebook was the top tech company in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017, and now 2018. Five out of 10 is no coincidence: If you’re a Facebook employee, you can safely say your employer is the best there is in tech. Going back a few years, Airbnb was first for 2016, Google led for 2015, and Twitter won for 2014. Neither Airbnb nor Twitter made the list thi... Read More
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Will tech firms challenge China’s ‘open’ internet?

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Sometimes you can gauge how proud someone is about being at an event by the extent to which they want to talk about it. When that event is China's annual global internet get-together in Wuzhen there are plenty who turn up, but fewer who want to advertise their attendance. China has been smart and ruthless in its control of the internet within its borders. It blocks some foreign sites all together and it censors - heavily - what Chinese are allowed to see. Nonetheless the big idea at this gathering is openness. There wasn't much openness about the "great firewall" that keeps out Twitter, Face... Read More
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Mastermind behind sophisticated, massive botnet outs himself

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EnlargeInvestigative Committee of Belarus The mastermind behind some of the world's biggest and longest-running botnets has been jailed and his vast criminal infrastructure has been taken down, in part because of a careless operational security blunder that allowed authorities to identify his anonymous online persona. Officials from the Republic of Be... Read More
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These are the first Windows 10 ARM laptops

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Earlier today, Qualcomm and Microsoft announced the first Windows 10 devices with ARM-based processors will be arriving early next year. HP, Asus, and Lenovo will all be launching laptops and convertibles with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor in them, with prices expected to range from $600 to $800. Windows 10 on ARM is a reboot of Microsoft’s earlier attempts to marry mobile processors with full laptop experiences. It promises to provide better power efficiencies, reliable performance, and always-on connectivity compared to the x86 Intel-based computers that have existed so far. Contrary to what you might expect, the new Windows 10 ARM computers don’t look hugely different from ... Read More
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Qualcomm Is Building Awesome Windows PCs Out of Smartphone Parts

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There was a time when every gadget did something completely different. Your phone was fast and lasted three days in your pocket, but it could only do a few things. Your computer was massively capable, but so big you couldn't lug it anywhere. Everything had a purpose, and they rarely overlapped. But now? Now it's different. You can watch movies, play games, and do Very Serious Work on any number of devices—phone, laptop, tablet—and in lots of different places. Every device is an everything device. The tech industry seems to understand the way the world is going, and is changing accordingly. Samsung's DeX system... Read More
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‘Mailsploit’ Lets Hackers Forge Perfect Email Spoofs

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Pretending to be someone you're not in an email has never been quite hard enough—hence phishing, that eternal scourge of internet security. But now one researcher has dug up a new collection of bugs in email programs that in many cases strip away even the existing, imperfect protections against email impersonation, allowing anyone to undetectably spoof a message with no hint at all to the recipient. On Tuesday, security researcher and programmer Sabri Haddouche revealed Mailsploit, an array of methods for spoofing email in more than a dozen common email clients, including Apple Mail for iOS ... Read More

Microsoft and Qualcomm unveil Always Connected PCs with built-in LTE and battery life measured in days

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At the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui today, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced Always Connected PCs: Windows 10 computers that can turn on instantly, offer built-in LTE connectivity, and feature battery life measured not in hours but in days. Partners Asus and HP announced the first Windows 10 devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets: the Asus NovaGo and the HP ENVY x2. Lenovo is also working on its own Always Connected PC, but the company isn’t yet ready to share details. If this sounds familiar, it’s because Microsoft has tried running Windows on ARM before with its Surface RT tablet running Windows RT. That project was largely a failure, but the company is trying again. A year ago, Microsoft said it wa... Read More
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Microsoft launches ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs with ‘all-day’ battery life

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Microsoft and Qualcomm are officially unveiling the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops today. As expected, HP, Lenovo, and Asus are the manufacturers creating these new laptops that include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The first devices are similar to 2-in-1 tablet / laptops we’ve seen with Intel-based processors in them, but they differ primarily because of the version of Windows 10 and Qualcomm processor that’s powering them. Microsoft has previo... Read More

Drift launches third-party platform for sales and marketing bots

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Drift today launched the Drift Platform to give developers tools to make Drift bots for marketing and sales. Companies have been able to deploy their own templated Drift bots for some time now, but the Drift Platform gives developers and businesses using Drift the ability to make custom bots and integrations. The Drift Platform launches the same day as the Drift App Directory. Similar to services like the Slack App Directory and Microsoft’s Bot Directory, the Drift App Directory will allow customers to find and discover bots made by third-party developers, enterprise software makers, or Drift customers... Read More
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Microsoft releases collaborative Whiteboard inking app for Windows 10

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Microsoft first unveiled its Whiteboard app earlier this year, promising to make it available to all Surface devices by the end of 2017. Microsoft is releasing a preview version of Whiteboard today to all Windows 10 devices, allowing multiple people to share and collaborate using digital ink. The app lets Windows 10 users ink on images, create mockups, or use notes on a virtual whiteboard. Anyone can use the app, but the collaborative mul... Read More
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Google brings AI to pivot tables with Sheets update

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Google’s Sheets spreadsheet application gained a number of new features aimed at making pivot tables, a powerful data analysis tool, more accessible. Users will be able to get recommendations from Sheets’ Explore tab that aim to answer questions about the data fed into the program by spitting out a pivot table, which absorbs multiple pieces of data and outputs relevant answers. In addition, the app will automatically suggest different pivot table setups when users go to create one inside a spreadsheet. Pivot tables are one of the key tools in spreadsheet users’ arsenals. They make it possible to quickly slice and dice data to garner important insights. For example, someone could create a pivot table that takes a sprea... Read More
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Google is fixing its disastrous burger and beer emoji today with Android 8.1 release

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We never expected the outrage over the design of a hamburger emoji to bubble up to the point where Google's CEO had to personally intervene, but such is 2017. And today, our long cheese-on-bun global nightmare comes to an end with the public release of Android Oreo 8.1, which fixes the unappetizing glyph. Android 8.1 also adds a new beer emoji, which no longer sees frothing foam inexplicably remain at the top of the mug after half the beer has been downed. Here's what the offending emoji looked like in 8.0: ... Read More
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Gmail now works properly on iPhone X and supports third-party accounts

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Google has finally released an updated version of its Gmail app that fills the entirety of Apple's iPhone X display. The update to the iOS app also adds support for third-party email services like Apple iCloud, Microsoft Outlook, and Yahoo Mail, something we first saw in beta back in October. The iPhone X has been in buyers' hands since November 3rd. In that time, Google has updated several notable apps to support Apple's 5.8-inch notched display. These include Waze and Google Maps; the eponymous Google app; Google Home and Assistant; ... Read More
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Microsoft renews its Surface NFL deal for another year

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Microsoft struck a five-year deal with the NFL to make Surface the official tablet of the league more than four years ago. While the deal was supposed to run for five years, Microsoft is now renewing it for a sixth year. Surface will now continue to be used for video reviews until the end of the 2018 / 2019 season. “We're excited to help the NFL change the game with Surface devices being used by players and coaches on the sidelines to make more informed decisions, referees using Surface for instant replay to enhance the speed of the game, and teams using Microsoft products in ... Read More
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Tech Tip: Swapping Your Old Phone for Cash or Credit

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Q. Is there a general age limit on how old a smartphone you can trade in or sell?A. The more recently released smartphone models typically fetch the most cash or credit, but a few major used-electronics buyers still consider hardware from as far back as five years ago. You may not make much money with an outright sale — as little as $5 — but you may get more in credit as a trade-in. You should shop around to get an idea and keep in mind that many companies also buy and sell used tablets and computers if you have other gear ... Read More
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Code.org gets $12 million for computer science education from Gates Foundation and other groups

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Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to computer science education, announced today that it has received $12 million in new donations from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, Infosys FoundationUSA, and others. Founded in 2013 by twin brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi, Code.org has found many backers in Silicon Valley. Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook have donated more than $10 million each to Code.org since its inception. In conjunction with the funding announcement, Code.org also highlighted a slew of new commitments from cities and states that have pledged to increase their investments in computer science education. Florid... Read More
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How Two Guys and an Internet Forum Built a Kickass Computer

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The China trip was only supposed to last 10 days. For Konstantinos Karatsevidis, the 23-year-old CEO of a new gadget maker called Eve, it was just a quick check-in to make sure production was rolling smoothly on his latest product. Karatsevidis and the rest of the nine-person Eve team have spent the last few years building the V, a laptop-tablet hybrid in the mold of the Microsoft Surface, working in remarkable concert with a teeming community of users and fans to create the exact product they wanted. All that was left to do was make it, perfectly, tens of thousands of times in a row. Which Karatsevidis learned is harder than it looks. The 10-day trip stretched into a month and a half, during which Karat... Read More
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Oculus Rift needs a streamlined update in 2018 to boost VR adoption

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The push of VR toward mainstream adoption is at an interesting moment. On the one hand, we have more VR headsets on the market than ever before powered by technology from Microsoft, Facebook, Sony and Google, with manufacturers including Samsung, Acer, Lenovo, Dell and HP all trying to cut off a piece of what is still a small market. On the other hand, it was a tough year for many of the VR developers out there who found themselves struggling with low adoption numbers. One of the early social VR apps, AltspaceVR, ran out of money and its remaining team got swiped up by Microsoft. Meanwhile, one of VR’s earliest and biggest proponents, CCP Games, ... Read More