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Starbreeze and Smilegate to Collaborate on VR Content Platform -------- Starbreeze AB the company behind the StarVR head-mounted display (HMD) has been announcing several partnerships recently to bolster its virtual reality (VR) expansion. Over the past w

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I've been involved in mergers and acquisitions for decades and I used to run an acquisition cleanup team while at IBM. I've seen so many bad acquisitions that it is generally far easier to point out the good ones. What is somewhat ironic given my background is that the best largely have been executed by Dell using a process initially developed by IBM. One of the most painful mergers I was involved with was the one between HP and Compaq -- which I aggressively tried to kill fearing neither…

Apple Hopes iPhone 7 Extras Will Make Up for Missing Headphone Jack Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday officially unveiled the iPhone 7 and iPhone Plus confirming a rumor that has evoked widespread dread: The company has ditched its traditional headphone jacks. The new iPhones are sleeker than their predecessors though as well as water resistant. Their biggest plus might be the advanced camera lenses that create what Apple touts as the most sophisticated smartphone camera in the world. Cook…

Gadget Ogling: Smart Desks New-Wave Gaming and Roaming Routers After a long laborious process and a lot of scraping paint splotches from the floor the office space in my new apartment is ready for me to move into and I will soon no longer need to write this column from my kitchen table. So I'm in the market for a desk. With my nascent interest in standing desks the Gaze Desk seems a decent option. It switches between standing and seated modes with a button press or adjustment through an…

Apple Puts Its User-Friendly Stamp on Fancy iPhone 7 Cameras Apple raised the ante for cameras in flagship phones with the announcement of its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Others already have taken the dual-camera approach to smartphone photography -- notably HTC LG and Huawei. "While it's not the first dual camera mounted in a smartphone it's on par with the others in terms of basic functionality" said Gartner analyst Brian Blau. Apple has added its own powerful twist to the concept…

The Internet's Shameful Role in Propagating Body Shaming A problem once associated mainly with school playgrounds often follows people into adulthood and the anonymity of the Internet has aided its proliferation. People have been shamed for being overweight underweight too conservative too revealing too young too old too plastic or too real. Bullying and harassment are very real problems not only for children but also for countless adults. Body shaming and other forms of online abuse are…

Arya.ai's Braid Aims to Weave Together Neural Network Components Startup Arya.ai on Monday introduced Braid an open source tool available for free to companies developing neural networks. Braid is a flexible customizable modular meta-framework that works with operating systems for deep learning. It is designed for rapid development and to support arbitrary network designs. It is simple and scalable for use with networks that need to handle many data points at large volume Arya.ai said…

Nation States May Be Plotting Internet Takedown Warns Cybersec Pro Unknown attackers have been testing the defenses of companies that run critical parts of the Internet possibly to figure out how to take them down cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier warned Tuesday. Large nation states -- perhaps China or Russia -- are the likely culprits he suggested. "Nation state actors are going to probe to find weaknesses in all of our technologies" said Travis Smith senior security research engineer…

Obama Warns Against Cyber Cold War President Obama on Monday urged de-escalation of a potential arms race involving cyberweapons. The president's remarks followed his meeting with world leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou China. The U.S. has more offensive and defensive capability than any other country on Earth Obama noted. Citing a new era of significant cyberwarfare capabilities the president urged moving into a space where leaders begin to…