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It’s Super Hard to Find Humans in the FCC’s Net Neutrality Comments

Over seven months, 39 Nicholas Thompsons submitted net neutrality comments to the FCC. We tried to track each of them down.
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Trump signs bill barring US government use of Kaspersky

The antivirus software has been prohibited on US government networks due to concerns of Russian government influence.
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Google is building its next AI research center in China

Google announced today that its first artificial intelligence research center in Asia will be set up in China, underlining the country’s capacity to dominate in the fast-growing field. The company noted that the new center in Beijing will host researchers who will focus on basic AI, and “support the AI research community by funding and sponsoring AI conferences and workshops, and working closely with the vibrant Chinese AI research community.” The move makes a lot of sense: research firm IDC predicts that global spending on AI will cross $46 billion by 2020, and China is going all in. In July,…

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Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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View the Grand Theft Auto 5 Update 1.26 Patch Notes

View the Grand Theft Auto V Update 1.26 Patch Notes PlayStation LifeStyleWhat To Expect From GTA Online’s Massive (And Free) Doomsday Heists KotakuThe Doomsday Heist IGNFull coverage

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AT&T Passport now offers 1GB and 3GB flat rate travel data

AT&T has updated its Passport program, offering two batches of data at two different flat rates. The Passport program, which is relatively new, is a way for travelers to get a certain amount of data to use while abroad. With this program update comes both 1GB and 3GB options, both offered at a flat rate, meaning you can pay just … Continue reading
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild The Champions’ Ballad DLC review – Gaming Age

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild The Champions’ Ballad DLC review Gaming AgeBreath of the Wild: Champions’ Ballad – EX Shrines Guide | Daruk’s Song Gameranx (blog)The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild’s The Champion’s Ballad Demands Excellence SiliconeraFull coverage

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Twitter officially launches ‘threads,’ a new feature for easily posting tweetstorms

Twitter officially launches ‘threads,’ a new feature for easily posting tweetstorms TechCrunchTwitter officially recognizes tweetstorms with a new threads feature The VergeGet Ready For A Lot More Tweetstorms Thanks To Twitter’s New Tool 1/X BuzzFeed NewsFull coverage

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New Spider Ransomware Comes With 96-Hour Deadline

A ransomware campaign targeting the Balkans comes with a 96-hour deadline and includes a link to a video that assures victims payments can be made easily.
Tom Spring
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Watching in awe as artists bring their visions to life in mixed reality

I’ll never forget the first time I experienced mixed reality.

It was a pre-production version of Microsoft HoloLens, and I tried a demo that had fish swimming around the room, seaweed on the floor and bubbles floating around me. Eventually, the demo team had to gently suggest I leave, because I was mesmerized. The fish were bouncing off the walls. The bubbles were popping on the ceiling. I could see everything in the room and the people in it, and I could see more – things that felt just as real. I couldn’t get enough.

Part of me is still in that moment because it’s what has motivated me to work as hard as I can with teams across Microsoft to build the devices, platforms, experiences and services that will enable infinite mixed reality experiences.

Everyone working in mixed reality today is a pioneer as they push forward, defining boundaries of technology, design and user experience while reinventing industries, education and communication.

Today, I want to talk about one group of pioneers who are using mixed reality to change the way we see the world: artists.

Since the early days of HoloLens, we have had the chance to see what happens when artists use their unique ability to see the potential of a new medium or technology. I have always been passionate about paying attention to what artists are doing with new technology platforms. Artists, whether visual artists, media, sculpture, dance, theater or others, have both courage and the ability to see things differently.

It has been amazing to see what has been created.

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Exhibit at Art Basel

Last week we kicked off a partnership with Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) at Art Basel in Miami. Their exhibit, “Sandu Darie: An Immersive Experience,” aims to make important Cuban works of art accessible beyond the constraints of their physical location. The experience makes available public works of art that are permanently located in Cuba and brings them to life using Mixed Reality Viewer, Windows Mixed Reality headsets and HoloLens. For the first time outside of Cuba, visitors could view large-scale works of art in their real world through these two immersive experiences.

A photographer captures images of Cuban artist Sandu Darie’s El Día y La Noche (1982) in Havana that were used to digitally recreate the sculptural mural as a hologram

Case Western Reserve University mixed reality dance shared experience

Case Western Reserve University has truly been a pioneer in mixed reality. From the building of anatomy class experiences, to expanding to physics classes, and more recently exploring the arts with the British Museum and others, the team at Case has been leading from the edge.

I recently had the opportunity to have another once-in-a-lifetime experience: the first-ever, large-scale shared mixed reality dance performance. Eighty people all wore HoloLens to see dancers and holograms in the same performance, for the first time. The team had no idea how to pull this off when it was conceived by the Creative Director, but that’s why we’re in this space: to bring things that seem impossible into focus, and then to just figure out how to do them.

Take a look at their blog post and video to learn more about how the vision ultimately came to life.

Cornish College of the Arts

I spent two years in early HoloLens development saying, “Imagine when you go to the first holographic art gallery opening. There will be wine and cheese, maybe some light music, but no art. You walk in and see empty walls, empty stands. But then you put on HoloLens and the gallery is full of rich art.”

I would marvel over this with other people.

Well, this has happened, and much earlier than I expected.

Cornish College of the Arts pioneered the first exhibit in 2016, called “Through the HoloLens,” which allows students to bring to life their artistic expression in new ways through painting, dance, performance and other forms. I was fortunate to experience this firsthand with the students of Cornish, a moment I will never forget.

Gallery goers check out students’ holographic works at the Cornish College of the Arts 2016 BFA show

Artsy at the Armory

Earlier this year we partnered with online art platform Artsy and Amsterdam-based Studio Drift to create a mixed reality art installation at The Armory Show in New York. The project was called “Concrete Storm” and was our first collaboration in a commercial art context. It blended physical structures with holograms, which changed perspective depending on where you stood within the exhibit, allowing visitors to experience art in an entirely new way. It was fascinating to watch the typically jaded New York art crowd’s expressions the first time they put the device on; lighting up as they walked through the concrete pillars and reaching out to touch something that wasn’t really there. Proof that mixed reality can make art more accessible and interactive when it comes alive, up close and personal.

Studio Drift founders Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta view their original HoloLens work, Concrete Storm (2017), at The Armory Show in New York

I’d like to thank all working artists for your commitment to your craft and work. And for those of you who are deeply engaged with technology, thank you again. Your work is so very important. As we get ready for the year ahead I am eager to see what comes next.


Lorraine Bardeen
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Best of Android 2017 – Which phone has the best Audio?

Best of Android 2017 – Which phone has the best Audio? Android Authority (blog)Full coverage

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