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Mixed reality firm Magic Leap is teaming up with Lucasfilm, the two companies have announced.Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy described the partnership as "the future of mixed reality and immersive entertainment".Kennedy added that the agreement would extend its work in "experiential storytelling."The two companies will be opening a "joint research lab" in June this year at Lucasfilm's San Francisco headquarters to "pioneer storytelling within the mixed reality universe".Magic Leap founder Romy Abovitz said the collaboration between the two companies was a "perfect fit""I can't wait to share the results with the world," he added.The company, founded in 2010, is working on augmented or mixed reality technology that overlays virtual objects and information on the real world.
We lacked the scale required to compete effectively in the large, rapidly growing and fiercely competitive cloud computing market.Now, that changes, said Joynet CEO Scott Hammond in a blog post this week.samsung pay SamsungSamsung said that Joyent will continue as a standalone company, growing its data centre footprint with the help of Samsung s global scale.Joyent s unique combination of container-native infrastructure, object storage, server-less computing, and Node.js expertise is perfectly suited to help Samsung meet the needs of its customers, said Samsung in a statement.Joyent completes a hat trick of US acquisition for Samsung in recent years.Samsung evaluated a wide range of potential companies in the public and private cloud infrastructure space with a focus on leading-edge scalable technology and talent, said Rhee.
Microsoft spent $16.9 billion in the past four years to buy Skype, Yammer and Nokia's phone and tablet business.They haven't exactly lived up to the price.Is there any reason to think Microsoft's $26 billion purchase of LinkedIn will work out any better?Gadfly columnist Shira Ovide and Deal of the Week host Alex Sherman hash out some possible answers.Plus, Bloomberg broke the news that daily fantasy sports behemoths FanDuel and DraftKings have started merger talks.Bloomberg sports reporter Eben Novy-Williams explains why antitrust concerns may hinder a deal.SoundCloud: 30: Microsoft's $26 Billion LinkedIn Purchase Is Hardly A Sure Thing by Bloomberg
Fintech companies provide technologies that aim to disrupt the financial services industry by making financial products more efficient and more widely distributed with lower overhead costs.The industry is booming, with VC-backed fintech investment growing 106% to reach £10 billion $13.8 billion  in 2015.But the new business models fintechs are bringing to market also need to be regulated, and the old models aren't sufficient.The approach regulators take will have a significant impact on how big fintech gets and how fast it gets there.In a new report from BI Intelligence, we explain how regulators in Europe are successfully growing fintech innovation and how it's becoming a model for regulators around the world.Here are some of the key takeaways:The financial technology sector is booming, and Europe is a leading region for growth.
The Oculus Rift launched without one of its most important features, its Oculus Touch motion controllers, making for a VR experience less immersive than competitors like the HTC Vive.The company is showing off 30 made-for-VR games – AKA not simple ports of existing titles – and 20 of them come with full Touch controller support.So Oculus has prepared a video:This is one of our first good looks at just what you can do with the controller.While motion tracking has been pretty good since the Wii MotionPlus and PlayStation s Move controllers, Oculus particular advantage is its gesture tracking system, allowing you to perform different actions based on the position of your fingers.You could, for instance, summon a shield with one gesture, or launch a fireball with another.For more of a rundown of what you can do with the Oculus Touch controllers, check out our original post here, or read Oculus breakdown of some of the new Touch enabled games below.
Message for Android may not have made an appearance at WWDC 2016 today, but Apple's Message platform did get a huge revamp for iOS 10, including stickers support.If you've been under a messaging rock for the past few years, you might not be familiar with stickers: think oversized emojis, often with animation, generally sorted into themed packs.Now, with iOS 10, stickers are coming to Messages on the iPhone and iPad, and though big names like Disney have made sets for Apple to demonstrate at the WWDC keynote, in reality just about anybody will be able to make their own stickers.Xcode - Apple's software for creating apps for iOS, the freshly-renamed macOS, as well as watchOS and tvOS - will have a template for sticker packs, after which it takes just a minute or two.You'll need a set of icons, and the graphics for the stickers themselves of course, but then it's a matter of dragging both into Xcode and giving the pack a name.iOS 10 is released for developers today, with a public beta in July for those who aren't app-makers but still want an early taste.
Apple har gjort vad många utvecklare – och användare – har bett om i flera år och öppnar Siri för integrering med tredjepartsappar.Med IOS 10 får Siri sin största uppdatering någonsin.Den i särklass viktigaste nyheten är att utvecklare nu kommer kunna bygga in stöd för Siri sina appar, så att användare kan starta appen och interagera med den via Siri.Det innebär att du kommer kunna ringa någon via Skype, skicka ett meddelande via Whatsapp, beställa en Uber och starta ett träningspass i Runkeeper.Siri Intelligence innebär att Apples smarta tangentbord kan föreslå inte bara ord utifrån det du börjar skriva, utan även hela svar utifrån meddelanden du fått.Om någon frågar var du är kan IOS 10 hämta din nuvarande plats så att du kan skicka den med ett tryck.
MacOS Sierra will support Apple Pay on the web, and Siri comes to desktopApple has renamed its desktop and laptop operating system to macOS, and is bringing its iOS digital assistant Siri to the operating system this Autumn.Revealing the update at Apple s annual Worldwide Developer Conference WWDC in San Francisco, Apple said that its new operation system will be called macOS Sierra, which will focus heavily on continuity.WWDC 2016: Apple Adds Siri to macOS Sierra / WatchOS 3 Makes Apple Watch FasterContinuityMacOS Sierra users will be able to unlock their laptops or desktops through authentication with an Apple Watch, negating the need to type in a password, through a feature called Auto Unlock.The copy and paste function will also work across various Apple devices, meaning that users can copy a link or text on a device like their iPhone, and paste it directly into macOS.The Pay with Apple Pay button will be available when purchasing items from stores that offer the feature, where the user will be able to authenticate the purchase via one-touch on their iPhone.Siri will now be available to use on the desktop, where users can search the web, search for files, or contact friends for the user.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f114621%2fcook987Before talking about any of the products lined up for debut, Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the 2016 WWDC with a moment of silence for the victims of the attack in Orlando on Sunday night.Offering Apple's heartfelt condolences, Cook called it a "senseless and unconscionable act of terror and hate.""The apple community is made up of people from all around the world," said Cook.n "We celebrate our diversity.At that point, Cook asked the audience to rise and join him in a solemn moment of silence as he bowed his head alone on stage.It was a powerful moment for both the company and Cook, who has openly spoken about his life as a gay man.Whatever the company had in store for the rest of the day, the start of the event was easily one of its most historic and well received.
As soon as you log on for the first time, up it goes.The problem with LinkedIn is that having built the graph it only every sold it - it never built anything valuable to those 400m users.Lanier's Swiftian suggestion was consumer action: to recognise that we're data producers, and start demanding a fair price for this data.You are not the product, you are a data producer who's agreed to a rotten deal.Is it a surprise that your output is undervalued?Some people are happy with the bargain of handing over their data for free stuff – but many more are not, Orange's survey reminded us.
How to join the networkFinland-based mobile payment app Tapp Commerce has raised $9 million to expand its operations in Southeast Asia for users without a bank account or credit card.Mobile phones have emerged as the dominant alternative payment method to cash for buying and selling goods and services in emerging markets.Funds will also be used in consumer acquisition efforts and continuing to build platform services which continue to reward for participation and create stickiness in our end user value chain, said Warren Sample, the CEO of Tapp.The company s sales strategy is to onboard trusted local shop owners to give shoppers an option to convert their coins and bills – through the app – into digital currency in order to expand their buying options.P2P mobile payments and mobile wallets are a great way to enable digital financial inclusion in these developing countries, said Smrithi Konanur, a Global Product Manager for Payments, Web and Mobile at HPE Data Security.One of the reasons why Google, Apple and Samsung – popular in the West – will remain less attractive to users in parts of Asia or Africa is their need for a credit card and reliance on existing banking infrastructures.
While some software updates tweak a setting or optimize a few lines of code, some radically change the functionality of the system.Take, for example, the Nvidia's Shield Experience Upgrade 3.2 update coming to the Nvidia Shield that will integrate Plex functionality directly into Android TV.Plex, for those who don't know about it, is a sort of media management system that keeps tabs on your movie and TV files that you've downloaded or ripped from DVDs and stores them on a local server.While Plex clients take every shape and form, it wasn't until this update that you could turn your Nvidia Shield into a Plex server – a privilege that has typically been reserved for massive HTPCs.Now, one limiting factor of using the Nvidia Shield as your entertainment storage center is that the cheapest units, the ones that cost $199 around £130, AU$255 , only came with 16GB of memory – i.e.The Plex Media Server functionality will be included in Nvidia's Shield Experience Upgrade 3.2, which should be coming along any day now.
"It was so personal, and at first it was even hard to tell what that email was about, unless you looked further beyond the subject line or looked at the sender," Diana Sargsyan, a marketing student whose father died five years ago, told the BBC."I immediately thought: What about him?Jawbone declined to comment and has not publicly replied to the criticism on Twitter.'Failure to respond'Jawbone's ads risk causing it additional bad publicity at a time when questions have been asked about its future.Reports suggest the San Francisco-based firm is trying to sell off its speaker business and its chief executive recently felt compelled to issue a statement denying rumours that it planned to stop making hardware altogether."When planning any activity, brands need to consider the potential pitfalls.
Deus Ex developer Eidos Montreal has announced that it is working alongside Open Bionics and Razer to bring a series of affordable bionic hands to market.The use of bionic limbs is a central theme within the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, whose protagonist, Adam Jensen, is equipped with his own bionic arm.In the game's futuristic setting, humans equipped with these enhancements have found themselves ostracised from the rest of society, and condemned to live as second class citizens.Open Bionics will use 3D printing to bring these limbs to market, and will be providing its blueprints and designs royalty free, allowing consumers to modify and create them at home.Prosthetic limbs, like many other medical devices, are enormously expensive for those without medical insurance or a public health service.If this collaboration can help to bring down their cost, then that can only be a good thing.
But are we really getting a true and accurate picture of our SEO performance?As marketers, we pore over data all the time — but in order to glean meaningful insights, we need to make sure our data collection tools are set up properly and managed correctly for accuracy.Channel classificationOne common mistake that I have seen over the years is that the paid search is not set up correctly and can actually get misclassified as organic search, which can inflate your SEO numbers and make them highly inaccurate.Some opinions expressed in this article may be those of a guest author and not necessarily Marketing Land.Prior to joining Acronym, Winston was the VP of SEO at Havas Media, one of the world s top ten global ad agencies.Winston s career also included the SEO Manager role at Rosetta and time at Zeta Interactive.
File Photo: Ellen Pao leaves Superior Court in San Francisco, Calif., Friday afternoon, March 27, 2015, after losing in her gender discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers."In telling her story as one of the few visible, prominent women of color who have reached the C-suite in corporate America and have dared to speak out about her experience," the publisher wrote, "Pao, now the founder of Project Include, aims to spark a movement to empower other women and minorities."She lost, but the high-profile trial sparked a national outcry against the lack of women in tech and VC, and the boy's club atmosphere that Pao claimed pervades those environments.If the book is anything like the trial that riveted Silicon Valley for a month -- spectators were forced to stand in the back of the packed courtroom -- it's sure to be a page-turner.Pao was interim CEO of online message board Reddit during the trial, a position she resigned last summer after the site's users turned against her and circulated a petition calling for her removal.Project Include, founded by several prominent women in tech, intends to help companies create an inclusive working environment for women.
Amazon.com Inc. will invest $3 billion more to build its business in India, bringing the company s total pledged investment in the country since 2014 to $5 billion as it chases growth outside the U.S.Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of the Seattle-based online retailer, announced the investment Tuesday at the U.S.-India Business Council s Leadership Summit in Washington, where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to executives from U.S. companies.Our Amazon.in team is surpassing even our most ambitious planned milestones.Amazon gets most of its international revenue from the U.K., Germany and Japan.The company doesn t break out sales from India, instead including it in a group with other international markets.Revenue from that group in 2015 reached $7.4 billion, or 6.9 percent of total sales.Bezos said at a conference last week that Amazon is doing most of the last-mile deliveries and opening more distribution centers in India.Bezos also highlighted achievements in India in his annual letter to shareholders.
A promotional poster for a sequel to 2013 s Injustice: Gods Among Us, Mortal Kombat studio NetherRealm s DC superheroes fighting game, has leaked ahead of the game s official announcement, presumably set for next week at E3.We loved it as both a fantastic fighting game and comic book game, with its engrossing alternate-universe campaign story that, in retrospect, outdid Batman v Superman as an excuse to get DC s caped crusaders clashing.Given the game s critical and popular success, particularly in light of the studio s excellent follow-up, Mortal Kombat X, a sequel should come as no surprise.Assuming that feedback between the games continues, an innovation MKX introduced that is likely to make its way into Injustice 2 is every character having three alternate forms.More than just cosmetic character skins, the forms each supplemented the characters core move sets with different special moves and abilities, allowing for different fighting styles.There is no word yet on platforms or a release date for Injustice 2, but we expect that information to be made public soon.
The finding—if validated in human studies—may help scientists unravel the complexity of pain perceptions and point to new ways to block the debilitating sensation.Mechanical sensitization is just one way our nerve cells detect pain—the type of pain one might feel while being pinched, squeezed, or pierced with fangs.There s also chemical pain, such as that from eating a spicy pepper or being exposed to chemical weapons; thermal pain, felt during exposure to extreme heat or cold; and polymodal pain, brought on by an intense mix of those other types.Previous research found that three Nav ion channels in particular seemed to be important in pain perception: Nav1.7, Nav1.8, and Nav1.9.In mouse experiments, injections of either toxin into a paw caused the mice to lick and bite the afflicted tootsies—a behavioral response to pain.Previous research had shown that some people with IBS are hypersensitive to mechanical pain in their abdomens and that this may play a role in chronic pain from the gut condition—perhaps Nav1.1 is involved, the researchers hypothesized.
A group of Cisco's top engineers, often called the "heart, soul, and brains" of the company, has just resigned, following a management shake-up last week.According to the WSJ, Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain, Luca Cafiero, and Soni Jiandani, internally called the MPLS team based on the first letters of their names, will leave Cisco effective June 17.Mazzola, Jain, Cafiero, and Jiandani were some of the most powerful engineers at Cisco, leading an R effort called the "spin-in" at the company.Cisco's ex-CEO, John Chambers, poured billions of dollars into startups launched by them, under a prearranged agreement that Cisco would buy their company once the product was complete.Once the most trusted engineering groups under Chambers, the MPLS team has lost some of its influence after current CEO Chuck Robbins took over, as three of them were relegated to advisory roles in a reorganization announced last week.The internal memo cited by the WSJ said that their decision to leave "is based on a disconnect regarding roles, responsibilities and charter that came to light immediately after the announcement," indicating that there might have been tension brewing between Robbins and the four now departed executives.As Business Insider's Julie Bort previously reported, the four MPLS team members continued to report to Chambers, even after Robbins became CEO.They were also reportedly causing some controversy within the company, as some employees complained about the big financial rewards they were getting.Robbins said in a statement:I want to recognize Mario, Prem, Luca, and Soni for the countless contributions they have made to Cisco.I have personally learned so much from them, and they will always be an important part of Cisco's engineering story.Their legacy will live on through our ongoing innovation and the talented engineering leaders they have mentored.I wish them the best.You can read more about the MPLS team here.NOW WATCH: Engineers have created edible electronics that taste like cheeseLoading video...
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