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Sony posts strong music earnings, as gaming business disappoints

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Sony posted record quarterly earnings this week on the strength of very strong music profits. Those numbers were catapulted thanks to the company’s $2.3 billion acquisition of EMI as part of an ever-consolidating music industry. The electronics giant’s operating profit rose to $3.46 billion for the quarter — up from $3.21 billion a year prior,…

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Check out the trailer for Jordan Peele’s new YouTube series ‘Weird City’

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Mastermind Jordan Peele is a very busy man these days, working on new projects including the movie “Us,” an upcoming Twilight Zone reboot, a Netflix stop-motion animated movie called “Wendell and Wild,” as well as two Amazon shows. But the Academy Award winner is also making time for YouTube. The first trailer for “Weird City,”…

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Pokémon GO creator Niantic closes $190M funding round

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Mobile AR gaming startup Niantic has closed a $190 million round of funding according to newly filed SEC docs. The filing comes after a WSJ report last month suggested the company was in the process of closing a $200 million raise from investors, including IVP, aXiomatic Gaming and Samsung, at a $3.9 billion valuation. The…

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Sony adds Alexa to its noise-canceling headphones

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Just imagine, a pair of noise-canceling headphones without a smart assistant on-board. What is this, 2017? Thankfully, Sony used its CES press conference today to announce that it’s finally addressing its well-received WH-1000XM3’s lack of Alexa. The headphones will be getting Amazon’s smart assistant via a firmware update at some point during the first quarter…

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Microsoft’s Code Jumper makes programming physical for children with visual impairments

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Microsoft just unloaded a whole bunch of news in time for the BETT education show. The most interesting bit of the bunch, however, is probably Code Jumper. The tethered hardware device is design to teach children who are blind or have otherwise impaired vision how to code. The device is a continuation of Project Torino,…

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Thanks to Hulu, Disney lost $580 million last fiscal year

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The streaming media business is difficult. Disney, which has a 30 percent post Hulu, witnessed loss of $580 million last most recently completed fiscal year, according to an SEC filing. This was, the SEC filing districts,” primarily due to a higher loss from our investment in Hulu, partially offset by a favorable comparison to a…

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Intel announces an inside-out tracking camera for robotics and AR/VR hardware

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Intel is showing off a brand-new RealSense camera with a specific focus on permitting hardware-makers to help their commodities understand where they are in the world. The RealSense Tracking Camera T2 65 is designed to easily present robotics and AR/ VR hardware with inside-out tracking tech. The Tracking camera utilizes SLAM( simultaneous localization and mapping)…

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Epic Games buys 3Lateral, maker of super-realistic ‘digital humans’

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Epic Activity announced this morning that they’ve acquired Serbia-based 3Lateral, a game studio concentrate on designing more realistic computer-generated human characters. The team of 60+ will be continuing their work with existing collaborators and to continue their existence in Serbia. 3Lateral benefactor Vladimir Mastilovic will guide Epic Games’ worldwide digital humen exertions, the company says.…

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See you tomorrow in Las Vegas

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We will be holding a small contest during CES in Las Vegas and we want to see you! We’re looking to meet some cool hardware and crypto startups, so the very best kinfolks at Work In Progress have opened up their gap to us and 200 of you all to hold a meetup and pitch-off.…

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D-Link thinks 5G will cut your cords forever

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Network gear maker D-Link really announced a 5G router that mails high-speed Wi-Fi through your mansion without cables. The router, called the DWR-2 010, should allow users to get big speeds over 5G networks without flowing cable. Don’t expect to pick this up at the local Best Buy, nonetheless, as the 5G router is very…

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