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Sonaria tackles the challenges of VR music and sound design

The Pollen Music Group has done sound design and composed the music for over two dozen virtual reality films now, including Glen Keane’s Duet and Patrick Osborne’s Pearl, which is the first VR film to be nominated for an Academy Award.

It’s time for businesses to act ‘intelligently artificial’

GUEST: Technology loves a good bit of shorthand, the shorter the better. Which is why, as we collectively try to wrap our heads around the confusing mass that is automation, robotics, machine learning, chatbots, et al., we grasp gratefully at the two letters “A” and “I” and slap them together on anything that moves.

Inflect Raises $3 Million Seed Round, Led by Internet Infrastructure Industry Veterans

PRESS RELEASE: SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 11, 2017– A cross-section of experts who understand the challenges of buying and selling internet infrastructure globally have signed on as investors in the seed round for San Francisco-based Inflect.

Bots are poised to take over the travel industry

GUEST: It’s been a long time coming for road warriors — artificial intelligence is finally infiltrating the travel industry, and it’s bringing a host of new conveniences and capabilities with it.

AlphaGo Teach coaches people to play Go like Google DeepMind’s AI

Google’s DeepMind subsidiary released a tool that’s designed to help people learn to play Go like its superhuman AlphaGo program.

Watch us test PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One X

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is launching soon on Xbox One, and I’m playing it right now on Mixer. You can join us and watch me die early and often.

Conan Exiles will leave Early Access on May 8

Funcom announced today that its open-world survival game, Conan Exiles, will leave Early Access and officially launch or PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 8.

Game Boss interview: New CEO Pete Hawley will focus Telltale on its core strengths

Pete Hawley joined Telltale Games as its new CEO a couple of months ago, and he is coming up for air to talk about it.

November 2017’s top 10 Minecraft Marketplace creations

Minecraft is more than a game. It’s a cultural force and a living service. Microsoft, which bought the block-building exploration adventure and its studio in 2014, has spent the time since then unifying Minecraft and finding ways to unlock its creative potential.

Amazon’s Alexa now has music alarms, just like your bedside radio

Amazon today announced that Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo and Echo Plus can now be set to a specific song, playlist, podcast for alarms.

Gary Shapiro interview: CES 2018 will have 4,000 exhibitors across 2.6 million square feet

Gary Shapiro is the showman of the greatest technology show on Earth. As the president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), he presides over CES, commonly known as the Consumer Electronics Show.

Ouster raises $27 million and launches its autonomous car lidar out of stealth

A fledgling lidar startup is launching out of stealth today, backed by more than $30 million in investors’ money. San Francisco-based Ouster has officially unveiled its OS1 lidar, which it said represents a “step-change in lidar sensing technology” compared to what is currently available elsewhere on the market, with “marked improvements in mass, form factor, and power requirements.” Ouster said that in addition to improvements in form factor and power requirements, its 64-channel lidar sensor, which is shipping now, also matches the resolution of the highest performing automotive lidar technology available today.

Laser League will have a closed beta this weekend

Laser League, a unique team-based multiplayer game where players have to avoid lasers in an arena, is hosting a closed beta this weekend on PC via Steam.

Fuzzy Pet Health Secures $4.5M, Launches App and Expands Memberships

PRESS RELEASE: On-demand, full-access in-home vet care focuses on extending preventive pet health SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 11, 2017– Fuzzy Pet Health, the subscription-based pet healthcare company, announced the close of $4.5M in seed round financing today, along with the launch of its mobile app and expanded in-home vet care options.

Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee, and 19 other technologists pen letter asking FCC to save net neutrality

Almost two-dozen high-profile technologists have penned an open letter requesting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) cancel an upcoming vote to repeal existing net neutrality rules.

Menlo Security raises $40 million to help companies block malware

Cybersecurity startup Menlo Security has closed a $40 million series C round of funding from American Express Ventures, Ericsson Ventures, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, General Catalyst, Sutter Hill Ventures, Osage University Partners, and Engineering Capital.

Lyft extends education benefit to drivers

Lyft announced today that all Lyft drivers who have completed 10 rides in the last three months will receive discounts of 5 to 20 percent off courses from Guild Education.

IBM launches Bot Asset Exchange for enterprise developers

IBM today announced two new ways for developers to quickly get things done, with the launch of code patterns and IBM Bot Asset Exchange.

VR industry could post decent holiday sales to ease sting of a disappointing year

There’s no getting around the fact that 2017 was a big letdown for the virtual reality industry. But at the tail end of a year that saw far fewer sales of VR headsets than projected, the holiday season is set to offer a bit of good cheer.

Microsoft commits $50 million more to its AI for Earth program

Microsoft has announced an expansion to its AI for Earth program, as the company commits a further $50 million to organizations that are working toward solving the climate change crisis.