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Google acquires Owlchemy Labs

Owlchemy created the award-winning game Job Simulator. Google has acquired the virtual reality firm Owlchemy Labs, the companies announced Wednesday. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The six-year-old company is known for award-winning games like Job Simulator, a day one launch title for HTC Vive, Oculus + Touch, and PlayStation VR. In a blog post, Google’s AR and… Read more →

Symantec misses Q4 revenue targets

Security giant Symantec reported mixed fourth quarter financials on Wednesday, with in-line earnings but revenue that fell short. cloud tv Cloud migration: Dipping in a toe before diving all in The Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine rebuilt its data warehouse on the Google Cloud Platform, taking advantage of pay-as-you-go pricing to make sure it was the right move. Read More… Read more →

9 out of 10 Americans don’t fact-check information they read on social media

Our media landscape is perfectly ripe for the pervasive spread of fake news to continue. That is a huge problem for brands, elected leaders, public figures, and — perhaps — civil society itself. Can the law stop fake news and hoax-spreading bots? These politicians think so With federal elections scheduled for late September in Germany, momentum is building behind using… Read more →

​Hitachi Data Systems eyes growth in Brazil

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is aiming to grow in Brazil, with new leadership in place as well as plans to broaden business in the country to other areas beyond storage-related services. As part of its local strategy, HDS appointed a new country manager for its Brazil business, who has the brief of driving a threefold increase in local operations in… Read more →

Here’s why legacy enterprise systems may never die

Companies are getting more mileage out of enterprise legacy systems as a series of trends converge. The upshot: Already long-in-the-tooth applications may stick around a lot longer on the back end. At Build 2017, Sapho, a startup that puts a micro-app, transactional interface, on enterprise applications, said it will support Actionable Messages for Microsoft Outlook. Outlook users will be able… Read more →

IBM updates PowerAI to make deep learning more accessible

IBM on Wednesday is announcing significant updates to PowerAI, its deep learning software distribution package, making it faster for data scientists to deploy deep learning models and easier for developers to integrate computer vision into their applications. Analysts say that artificial intelligence has reached a tipping point where it’s being integrated into just about every service, product or integration, but… Read more →

Microsoft debuts Azure Cosmos DB, a superset of its DocumentDB service

Microsoft is introducing a new globally distributed database, called Azure Cosmos DB, at Day 1 of its Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle. Credit: Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB is a superset of Microsoft’s existing NoSQL DocumentDB service. Microsoft is transitioning all existing DocumentDB customers and their data to Azure Cosmos DB for no additional charge, officials said on May 10…. Read more →

Microsoft cloud to SQL Server: let’s have an open (source) relationship

Microsoft loves to tell us it loves Linux. And we know it has made its Azure cloud hospitable to open source operating systems and programming languages. But what about the database layer? Microsoft has until now offered Azure SQL Database (a derivative of SQL Sever) as its only first-party managed relational database as a service. That has left open source… Read more →

Windows 10 installed base hits 500 million

Windows 10 now running on half billion devices. On the first day of its Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle today, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is now running on 500 million “monthly active devices.” (That metric includes devices that have been active in the past 28 days, Microsoft officials have said in the past. The figure includes not only… Read more →

Here’s what the OLED iPhone 8 will (probably) look like

A video of Apple’s much-rumored iPhone 8 based on a factory CAD drawing pulls in many of the major leaks and gives us the best look at the next-generation iPhone to date. Must read : Better, faster, more reliable Wi-Fi in six easy steps The video, the work of French gadget leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, who goes by the Twitter handle… Read more →