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Samsung's 360 Round lets content creators livestream in VR

Samsung's announced its own 360-degree camera designed for virtual reality content creation. The Samsung 360 Round incorporates 17 lenses and can livestream 4K and 3D video with spatial audio soundtracks. It's a complete package for VR content creators.

Samsung unveils Bixby 2.0, aims to connect all your devices

Samsung has announced the second-generation version of Bixby, the company's digital assistant. Coming just six months after Bixby's launch, Samsung's preparing to significantly expand the assistant's applications by bringing it to new kinds of device.

Banks 'two APIs away' from losing customers to mobile apps

Consumers are increasingly interested in mobile payments technology and are attracted to the idea of a centralised digital wallet. A new study by Accenture found smartphone users are "desperate" for a modern approach to banking that works around them.

Amazon's Alexa gets smarter with new custom lists

Amazon has announced it's improving one of Alexa's most popular features by adding support for custom lists. Alexa currently helps you manage your to-do list and shopping list. The assistant can now also keep track of other items you need to remember.

Microsoft launches Windows 10 update with Mixed Reality features

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the latest version of the OS and the first to include support for Windows Mixed Reality. Microsoft is betting big on bringing mixed reality and 3D content into the lives of consumers.

Mark Zuckerberg wants 'one billion' people to use virtual reality

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the company wants to get one billion people using virtual reality. Speaking at Facebook's Oculus Connect VR event, Zuckerberg said headsets are "freeing" and let people experience things they'd otherwise miss out on.

Tim Cook doesn't 'give a rats' about being first to AR glasses

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said augmented reality glasses won't be around anytime soon. Cook said he doesn't think the concept can be created in a way people would be "satisfied with." The company would rather ship a polished product than be first to launch.

Automation could take almost 40 percent of young workers' jobs

Automation could displace almost 40 percent of young workers over the next 15 years, according to research by PwC. People aged between 16 and 24 in the U.S. are the most at risk but there are also concerns over a lack of homegrown STEM talent in the UK.

Nokia admits virtual reality isn't booming, cuts 310 jobs

Nokia has announced it's cancelling its innovative OZO VR camera and cutting over 300 jobs involved with its virtual reality business. The company said VR is growing at a "slower-than-expected" pace and it has acted to "optimise" its industry presence.

Nokia admits virtual reality isn't booming, cuts 310 jobs

Nokia has announced it's cancelling its innovative OZO VR camera and cutting over 300 jobs involved with its virtual reality business. The company said VR is growing at a "slower-than-expected" pace and it has acted to "optimise" its industry presence.

Microsoft CEO Nadella calls for AI to be built 'with empathy'

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said AI must be built with empathy if companies are to avoid "unintended consequences" of using the technology. He expressed concerns that the first wave of AI has to be a "force for good" if the concept is to succeed.

Microsoft creates a quantum programming language

Microsoft has announced it's ready to put its full support behind quantum computing and wants to encourage developers to follow its lead. The company has created a new programming language so coders can write their first quantum programs.

New Microsoft patent hints at a future without the keyboard

Microsoft has been granted a patent for an input device that could offer a future alternative to the keyboard. The company has envisioned a future where gestures and tracking could be used to create a keyboard in any environment.

Ford uses Microsoft HoloLens to accelerate its car design

Ford has started using Microsoft's HoloLens headset to streamline its car development process. The company is using the mixed reality device to more rapidly iterate over design prototypes, allowing it to test the look of different parts in near real-time.

AI is transforming how programmers write software

Artificial intelligence is moving into new sectors as machine learning gains more capabilities. A growing trend is to use AI in software development, allowing programmers to be more efficient. In the future, machines could create their own code.

Adobe to individualise in-car experiences for the big data era

Adobe has announced it's adding in-car analytics to its Experience Cloud. The company wants to pioneer an era of "data-driven personalisation" in the automotive industry. The aim is to help automakers get feedback while giving marketers a new ad platform.

Op-Ed: Apple's iPhone event was really about making AR mainstream

Apple announced the iPhone X yesterday in a live event that ushered in several new features and devices. But if you thought the event was focused on hardware, you'd be mistaken. Apple was really setting the stage for the software platforms of the future.

British warships to get 'Siri-style' controls for digital warfare

Britain's new warships will be equipped with a voice-control system akin to Apple's Siri. The Royal Navy is bringing itself up to date with the digital era. IT will be used across its vessels and weapons to create a flexible fleet for "decisive" action.

Google explains how AI writes music and learns to tell jokes

Google has discussed how its researchers are training AI to create music, art and jokes. The company is working with specialised models to emulate human creative behaviour. Many of the issues are around understanding creativity, not implementing it in AI.

Op-Ed: GE learns that IoT doesn't scale as it rethinks digital strategy

GE faced troubles last week as its stock slipped amid concerns its digital transformation isn't paying off. GE is finding it can't scale industrial IoT, its most important emerging service. This demonstrates the trend towards specialised platforms.

Adobe and Microsoft team up for 'the future of work'

Adobe and Microsoft have announced a partnership designed to define the "future of work" through digital transformation. The two productivity companies are pushing a strategic alliance that will see them work together to digitally transform workforces.

Will AI really prompt World War III?

Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has suggested a world race to "AI superiority" could be the trigger for World War III. He cautioned against AI proliferation in a response to comments by President Putin that called AI "the future for humanity."

Soaring commercial drone use heightens 'privacy invasion' fears

The surge in commercial drone usage risks the "invasion of privacy" and personal injury, according to a study released today. As the business applications of drones increase, the survey authors say new tailored insurance policies will be needed.

San Francisco could start taxing robots to save jobs

San Francisco lawmakers are considering a "robot tax" to help protect jobs against automation. Although fully autonomous digital workers are still some way off, leaders are beginning to think seriously about the potential for mass unemployment.

Millennials think automation will create 'sterile' workplaces

Millennials have mixed opinions on automation of the workplace. A new survey has found millennials recognise the positive impact that automation could have. They're also aware that human roles will be put at risk, leading to machine-dominant workspaces.

Microsoft's AI as good as humans at voice recognition

Microsoft has announced a new breakthrough in the development of voice recognition technology. The company's AI is now as accurate at transcribing conversations as teams of professional humans. There's still challenges ahead for real world use though.

Majority of CEOs concerned about digital transformation

CEOs are concerned their business lacks the capacity to respond to digital transformation, according to a report from KPMG. Business leaders are finding it difficult to use digital strategies in their innovation and are also distrustful of their data.

Microsoft creates gliders that fly themselves using AI

Microsoft has created an AI that allows a glider to fly itself. The artificial intelligence mimics how animals find thermal air currents to allow the glider to fly without a motor. It stays aloft by using complex algorithms to head to rising air.

Affordable zinc-air cells could be the future of battery tech

Researchers have developed a breakthrough method to create rechargeable zinc-air batteries. Zinc-air cells are cheap to make and could become the preferred power source for future tech. They've previously been hindered by rechargeability issues.

Emoji analysis helps AI detect sarcasm in tweets

A team of researchers have developed an algorithm capable of detecting the sentiment and emotions expressed in tweets. It uses a neural network to analyse emoji contained in the tweets, allowing the underlying meaning to be interpreted.
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