Companies such as Samsung and Skydance see a lot of long-term potential in the virtual reality market, and both are working on ways to benefit from it. Farshid "Farsh" Fallah of Samsung notes that technology advances will improve sales in this category, saying, "Soon VR and AR will merge together, too, which will make it even better. At some point they got separated because of hardware realities. Those hardware realities are going away."
Google's Assistant products are demanding quite a bit from users, with policies aimed at vacuuming up every bit of data possible in return for service, writes Chris Duckett. "To tell Google every search term I enter, or every webpage I visit in Chrome whether on my mobile or using a desktop in return for such information is too much to ask," writes Duckett.
Developers will find it easier to create apps across both on-premises and cloud architectures and to switch between the two using Cisco's new Hybrid Solution for Kubernetes on Amazon. The solution, offered through a partnership between Amazon and Cisco, allows apps to be built either on Amazon Web Services' cloud or on more traditional container-based servers.
Compromised business email is a particular focus in a Securities and Exchange Commission report issued last month addressing cyberfraud directed against companies. The report notes spoofed or manipulated electronic communications are among the threats internal accounting controls must address under federal securities laws.
Google Play has begun releasing games designed by the winners in its sponsored contest last spring, which was aimed at teenage girls. Games include one designed by an 11th grader that follows a shape-shifting girl's perilous journey through a forest.
While great strides have been made in the development of autonomous vehicles, most experts agree that level-5 autonomy is still a long way off. Still, machine learning, computer vision and other technologies are already helping improve vehicle safety.
Windows 10 PC owners will be able to use the Alexa voice assistant to set reminders, create lists, track calendars and more thanks to an update from Amazon. The new app allows users to access Alexa features while traveling, as well as to use the thousands of available skills in the assistant's library.