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How Virtual Reality Is Improving Trucker Safety for UPS and Other Suppliers

With U.S. workplace fatalities increasing seven percent last year, according to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, many companies are …

Virtual Reality

Azure’s availability zones are now generally available

No matter what cloud you build on, if you want to build something that’s highly available, you’re always going to opt to put your applications and data in at least two physically separated regions. Otherwise, if a region goes down, your app goes down, too. All of the big clouds also offer a concept …

Customers

Does Ready Player One reveal the future of VR?

It was barely minutes after the <i>Ready Player One</i> premiere, and texts from my friends and colleagues in the VR community began pouring in…<p><i>“How was it?”</i><p>Those of us in the mixed reality industries have been waiting for this film like the VR messiah that will deliver us to public mass adoption. And the …

Virtual Reality

Salesforce will acquire enterprise e-commerce software startup CloudCraze

Salesforce is set to buy CloudCraze, an enterprise e-commerce solution built on its cloud-based customer relationship management platform. Based in Chicago, CloudCraze announced on its site that it’s signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Salesforce. The deal’s financial details were not …

Startups

Alibaba Cloud growing like gangbusters, but still far behind AWS and other market leaders

Last week Chinese eCommerce giant Alibaba announced its Q3 earnings. Cloud revenue was $553 million, an impressive 104 percent year-over-year increase. That comes out to a run rate in the range of $2.2 billion, well behind Google which announced it is pulling in a billion dollars a quarter and …

Alibaba Group

Microsoft will buy out existing cloud storage contracts for customers switching to OneDrive for Business

Microsoft is targeting its cloud storage rivals including Dropbox, Box, and Google today by offering to essentially buy out customers’ existing contracts if they make the switch to OneDrive for Business. The company says that customers currently paying for one of these competitive solutions, can …

Customers

Imverse’s groundbreaking mixed reality renders you inside VR

What if you could look down and see your actual arms and legs inside VR, or look at other real-world people or objects as if you weren’t wearing a headset?<p>The team at Imverse spent five years building this incredible technology at EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne. “We …

Virtual Reality

Google’s cloud is spreading through new undersea cables

Today, Google announced that it will be adding three undersea cables, as well as five new Cloud Platform regions, to its infrastructure in 2018. The Netherlands and Montreal regions will open in Q1 2018, while Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Finland will follow. The three cables will connect Chile to …

Los Angeles

Microsoft acquires Avere Systems to further hybrid computing mission

In a world shifting to the cloud, Microsoft has carved out a place trying to help companies caught between two worlds — on-prem legacy solutions and the public and private cloud. To help further that hybrid mission, the company announced it was acquiring Avere Systems today for an undisclosed …

Customers

AWS Fargate lets you run containers without managing infrastructure

At the AWS re:Invent conference today in Las Vegas, the company introduced AWS Fargate, a new service that lets you run containers without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure.<p>This is a fairly remarkable idea. You can launch your containers, let Kubernetes or other orchestration …

Cloud Computing

Amazon Takes a Trip In Virtual and Augmented Reality

Amazon wants a part of the nascent markets for virtual and augmented reality.<p>The retail giant debuted software tools on Monday called Amazon (amzn) …

Augmented Reality

China is opening a massive VR theme park next month

Clear your schedules and count up your vacation days, everyone: A massive virtual reality theme park is opening next month in Guiyang, China.<p>The park, called the East Valley of Science and Fantasy, was designed to be a science fiction world. The park site says it will include VR recreation halls, …

Google shares developer preview of TensorFlow Lite

Developers were pretty psyched by the announcement at Google I/O back in May that a new version of TensorFlow was being built from the ground up for mobile devices. Today, Google has released a developer preview of TensorFlow Lite.<p>The software library is aimed at creating a more lightweight machine …

Machine Learning

IBM makes 20 qubit quantum computing machine available as a cloud service

IBM has been offering quantum computing as a cloud service since last year when it came out with a 5 qubit version of the advanced computers. Today, the company announced that it’s releasing 20-qubit quantum computers, quite a leap in just 18 months. A qubit is a single unit of quantum …

Quantum Computing

VR developers pivot to location-based entertainment

Virtual reality in the home is taking off slower than expected, as evidenced by CCP Games’ decision to shut down VR game development. But there’s a good chance that VR will find a way to thrive in arcades, whether in Asia’s internet cafes or America’s shopping malls.<p>Should VR game makers pivot to …

The Cloud Is Getting A Lot Closer To You

Cloudflare will let customers run apps on potentially thousands of mini server farms around the world in a bid for the edge.<p>By now, most people have at least some vague idea of “the cloud”: A constellation of giant server farms spread across open countryside in places like rural Oregon, Nevada, or …

Amazon Web Services

Looxid Labs is combining brain waves and VR to build an analytics super engine

Virtual reality is having a tough time breaching consumer markets and it’s not clear where the demand is exactly. But when it comes to research and analytics, gathering emotional responses could be huge to custom tailoring content and gaining important insights.<p>Looxid Labs, launching onstage today …

Virtual Reality

Walmart will use Nvidia and AI to gain ground on Amazon

In a note to clients, Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry revealed that Wal-Mart would be building huge data centers to house its cloud computing and make a sizable push into deep learning, a segment of artificial intelligence. Wal-Mart will build a "GPU farm" using graphics processing …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft And Google Race To Build The World's Smartest Cloud

There’s no shortage of reasons for moving your business to cloud storage, provided that you haven’t already done so. Cloud-based platforms such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure offer a multitude of advantages to the more traditional methods of data storage, including added security, …

Artificial Intelligence

SpaceVR thinks VR-enabled robots are the future for colonizing space

<b>Mars: 2051</b><p><i>In the bitter cold of a martian winter, 30 remote-controlled robots walk out of a holding bay across the icy terrain to begin their day in the mines. They pile in to the latest autonomous, hydrogen-powered Waymo rover, power down and charge up at docking ports… It’s going to be a long day.</i><p>…

San Francisco

Samsung holds a narrow lead over Sony in the virtual reality race

Virtual reality headsets have yet to live up to the initial hype. Facebook bought Oculus VR in 2014 for $2 billion, leading Mark Zuckerberg to proclaim, "we believe this kind of immersive, augmented reality will become a part of daily life for billions of people." This has not been the case. The …

Virtual Reality

Mesosphere adds Kubernetes support to its data center operating system

There can be no doubt that Kubernetes is where it’s at for container orchestration services these days. Mesosphere, which was one of the early companies to adopt containers and which focuses on allowing businesses to run their big data and analytics workloads in the cloud, today announced that it …

Kubernetes

Google and VMware are teaming up with a $2.8 billion startup to get an edge in the cloud wars with Amazon

The weapon is Kubernetes, a software project that started out as a way for Google to manage its massive server infrastructure and has since become a go-to tool for modern software developers.<p>The partners are VMware and Pivotal, a spinoff of VMware valued at $2.8 billion. Together, the three …

Vmware

Social VR pioneer Altspace says it isn’t shutting its doors after all

Good news for fans of Altspace, which developed one of the first social virtual reality platforms, but which said last month that money troubles were forcing it to close its doors.<p>Today, the company said that those doors will stay open after all, though it’s not yet clear in what form. In an open …

Virtual Reality

Amazon Joins Google, Goldman Sachs, and Twitter in This Cloud Foundation

Amazon Web Services, the world’s largest public cloud provider, just joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, a group that already includes the …

Goldman Sachs

Vive Studios releases MakeVR Pro 3D modeling software for serious creatives

In the world of high-end virtual reality, the battle is to capture the larger subset of a niche market. For HTC, which makes the Vive headset, this task has become more difficult as significant price cuts (some temporary) from Facebook’s Oculus have left HTC selling comparable hardware at double …

Virtual Reality

A New Way for Therapists to Get Inside Heads: Virtual Reality

SAN FRANCISCO — Dawn Jewell recently treated a patient haunted by a car crash. The patient had developed acute anxiety over the cross streets where the crash occurred, unable to drive a route that carried so many painful memories.<p>So Dr. Jewell, a psychologist in Colorado, treated the patient …

Virtual Reality

Microsoft Joins Everyone But Amazon In Cloud Foundation

Microsoft just joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, a group dedicated to promoting a modern way for businesses to run their software.<p>The …

Amazon Web Services

IBM expands its cloud footprint with new data centers in London, Sydney and San Jose

IBM reported its quarterly earnings this week and, while the company’s overall results were once again disappointing, cloud revenue was up 15 percent year-over-year and accounted for $3.9 billion in revenue. It’s no surprise, then, that IBM is doubling down on its cloud strategy; to keep its …

Customers

Marvel is bringing its superheroes to VR with a new Oculus-exclusive game

The Incredible Hulk and some of his other box office money-grabbing super pals will be coming to the world of virtual reality.<p>Marvel Powers United VR, announced at Disney’s D23 event on Saturday, will allow players a chance to step into the shoes of some familiar heroes as they destroy lots of …

Virtual Reality