Sony and Line, a popular Japan-based messaging app, may partner to use artificial intelligence to improve the digital personal assistant experience. The announcement was made at a conference in Spain, and during that time, Sony also showed off earphones that use Xperia Agent, a virtual butler.
MIT researchers used artificial intelligence to improve gameplay in Nintendo's "Super Smash Bros. Melee" by allowing a computer player to take more strategic actions. The bot player has won matches against some of the top 100 globally ranked players since the update.
One Sony decision-maker admits that he was not prepared for the soaring popularity of the brand's virtual-reality headsets, especially in Japan. The global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Andrew House, reports that 915,000 PlayStation VR headsets have been purchased in the four months since they were initially released -- and that the company goal of selling 1 million in six months is easily within reach.
Indianapolis-based HHGregg may file for bankruptcy as soon as March, say sources close to company dealings. The 61-year-old appliance and electronics retailer has 220 stores and is facing continued financial turmoil from e-commerce spending and traditional competitors.
Open Garden has unveiled MeshKit, a platform that allows app developers to tap into mesh networks that provide connection and file sharing through other mobile devices instead of requiring direct carrier network access. The platform will allow developers to create apps that allow transactions for offline devices connected through the mesh instead of a cellular network.
Various rights holders and the Recording Industry Association of America are calling on internet service providers to be more forceful in stamping out pirated content with an update to the DMCA takedown process. They say the current process is outdated, creating a situation in which ISPs remove pirated content that then can reappear instantly, and are urging the implementation of filters.
Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car division has filed a lawsuit against Uber employees for allegedly stealing autonomous-vehicle technology secrets, claiming a former Google self-driving project executive took information before leaving to create Otto, a company Uber now controls. The suit, filed in San Francisco, accuses Uber of using the data to develop a laser sensor used in self-driving cars.
Spotify will release three new podcast series exclusive to its network to help it stand out from other music streaming services. The first, "Showstopper," is live now, while "Unpacked" will be added in March and the third, "The Chris Lighty Story," is coming in April.
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