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11/12/2018

BigBox VR recently closed a $5 million funding round to further its efforts in developing more social gameplay in virtual reality environments. The company is working on a new battle royale-style title called "Population: One."

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TechCrunch
11/12/2018

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."

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Samsung
11/12/2018

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.

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ZDNet
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Google
11/12/2018

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.

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ITProPortal (UK)
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Amazon, Cisco
11/12/2018

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.

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SEC
11/9/2018

Shadow Creator has released the Shadow VR, a Vive Wave-based 6DoF headset; it is designed to compete with the Oculus Quest. The Shadow VR offers a 110-degree field of view and a 2,560x1,440 display resolution.

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Engadget
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Oculus Quest, Oculus Quest
11/9/2018

Malware is much less of a problem on newer versions of Android, marking a key gain for Google's mobile operating system. That's particularly true for users who stick to Google Play for app downloads, Google said.

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ZDNet
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Google
11/9/2018

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.

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USA Today
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Google
11/9/2018

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.

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Axios
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Level-5
11/9/2018

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.

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TechCrunch
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Alexa, Amazon