SpaceX’s round-the-moon trip could have VR, ‘Space Bar’ and in-flight entertainment

An artist’s conception shows a violinist performing in zero-G during a voyage in SpaceX’s BFR spaceship. (SpaceX via Twitter) It’s been only a day since SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled the plan to send Yusaku Maezawa and roughly half a dozen artists around the moon, but folks are already nominating themselves (and others) for a free trip. Maezawa is paying an undisclosed but reportedly substantial amount for the journey on SpaceX’s yet-to-be-built BFR spaceship, and there are scads of details to be worked out before the launch date, which is currently (and optimistically) set for 2023. In a series of tweets today, Musk promised that the mission would be live-streamed… Read More

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Microsoft launches ‘groundbreaking’ Flagship School initiative with 17 schools globally

Microsoft launches its Flagship School Program. (Microsoft Image) Microsoft is deepening its efforts in education by literally getting in on the ground floor. On Tuesday, it launched its Microsoft Flagship School Program, announcing partnerships with 17 schools around the globe. Or soon-to-be schools. Microsoft’s program emphasizes new facilities, collaborating with schools, “from guiding the early design, to helping educators use new technologies on day one of the first school year,” said Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s vice president of education, in a blog post introducing the program. “It’s a great opportunity to hone our tools and resources, take feedback and share what we learn to inspire other schools currently being dreamed of… Read More

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Google, Microsoft, and Amazon drool over Chinese AI market while Apple woos Trump

The US and Chinese governments have spent the last year setting the table for a trade war, but don’t tell big tech. Apple’s looking pretty smug now that President Trump’s agreed to relax some of the impending tariffs on Chinese goods – specifically those that would have made it more expensive to manufacture items like the Apple Watch. This is certainly a feather in the cap of CEO Tim Cook after he dined with the President and First Lady last month. It appears that Cook is employing the “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar” strategy to best protect… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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Capcom Vancouver officially shut down; ‘Dead Rising’ developers let go as part of restructuring

Capcom Vancouver’s Dead Rising 4 (2016). (Capcom Image) Capcom Vancouver is officially shutting down. The studio was primarily responsible for development on the popular but recently troubled Dead Rising franchise, as well as the now-shuttered mobile game Puzzle Fighter. As a result, 158 employees are expected to lose their jobs. Tuesday’s news, first reported by GameDaily, came after Monday’s press release from Capcom in which it announced the termination of all projects under development at its Vancouver studio. Capcom expects to suffer a roughly US$40 million loss due to the reorganization, which focuses on moving its game development back to its internal studios in Japan. Unfortunately Capcom Vancouver shuttered today.… Read More

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Microsoft adds AI and mixed reality capabilities to Dynamics 365 business apps as it battles Salesforce

Microsoft’s Remote Assist is coming under the Dynamics 365 umbrella. (Microsoft Photo) Microsoft is putting some additional horsepower behind its Dynamics 365 business applications, with the addition of new artificial intelligence tools and mixed reality capabilities. Dynamics 365 combines customer relationship management software and enterprise resource planning under an umbrella of productivity apps. It’s not the catchiest offering, but the company said Dynamics 365 hit $1 billion in billings last year, and revenue from the program has grown 60 percent since Microsoft began disclosing it in the third quarter of 2017. The new applications introduced today are designed to help make life easier for salespeople, customer service personnel and marketing… Read More

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Tesla stock declines after report of criminal probe into Elon Musk’s ‘funding secured’ comment

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk talks about the the Model 3 during its 2016 unveiling. (Credit: Tesla) Tesla shares fell by as much as 6.5 percent today after Bloomberg News reported that the electric-car company was the subject of a criminal investigation by the Justice Department, focusing on CEO Elon Musk’s claims that he had secured the funding to take Tesla private. The “funding secured” comment, posted on Twitter on Aug. 7, has also sparked increased scrutiny for civil action by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Back then, Musk said he was considering a plan to buy up Tesla’s publicly traded shares at a premium price of $420, which boosted… Read More

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