Google has revealed Project Stream, a test for cloud-based game streaming services in the Chrome browser.On Monday, the tech giant said that a new partnership with Ubisoft will bring Assassin's Creed Odyssey to the Chrome browser -- at least, to US residents -- from October 5.Google has been working on Project Stream for some time in an effort to resolve some of the technical challenges posed by game streaming, such as video quality degradation, frame skipping, and buffering.TechRepublic: Why Amazon, Microsoft, and Google will remain dominant in the cloudA delay of a few seconds when you are watching streamed content such as television shows or films is not generally a big deal, but when it comes to gaming -- especially if there are live participants and viewers -- a few seconds can cause graphics issues and lag. "The idea of streaming such graphically-rich content that requires near-instant interaction between the game controller and the graphics on the screen poses a number … [Read more...] about Google’s Project Stream: Chrome becomes testbed for game streaming services
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By AppleInsider Staff Saturday, May 12, 2018, 05:26 am PT (08:26 am ET) New apps and updates to existing software are published in the App Store and other software marketplaces all the time, and keeping track of them all is an impossible task for most people. AppleInsider has gathered together some of the highlight macOS and iOS software updates and new apps that surfaced in the last week. This week's app highlights include the addition of ukulele lessons to Fender Play, the Green Kitchen vegetarian cookbook, Microsoft Visual Studio for Mac, Ring's Neighbors app, and a warning of table changes for Pinball Arcade. Gmail Gmail is of course Google's popular email service, accessible via many apps and the Web. The official iPhone and iPad app now includes a "snooze" button, letting users bury an inconvenient email or a message that isn't important, and allow it to resurface at a more convenient time. Users of Google Pay can also send or request money in messages, via a new option under … [Read more...] about App Roundup: Fender Play for iOS, Microsoft Visual Studio for Mac, Pinball Arcade, Gmail for iOS, more!
Universities have often been a breeding ground for the tech industry’s breakthrough companies and innovations. Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Snapchat are global juggernauts today, but these started out as flashes of insight among college kids tinkering with ideas and side projects. As we move beyond the smartphone screen into an immersive internet, it’s entirely possible that the next great company will be a virtual or augmented reality venture that emerges from a college dorm room. Stanford University’s first official VR club, Rabbit Hole VR, launched in late 2015 to connect VR enthusiast students eager to try these experiences and discuss ideas for applications in this new medium. Here, I’ve interviewed and featured projects from these VR/AR whiz kids building the next generation of immersive technologies. Immersive storytelling with ‘Snowbird’ “Snowbird” is a novel approach to immersive storytelling in augmented reality. This … [Read more...] about 4 AR/VR Stanford student projects show the future of immersive tech
Following months of testing as part of a technical preview, Microsoft today made its Project Honolulu generally available. What's more, the project now has an official name: Windows Admin Center (via Neowin). Initially introduced at Microsoft's Ignite 2017 conference, Windows Admin Center was built to offer a central place for IT administrators to manage many of the tools they deal with every day. Those include Event Viewer, Device Manager, and Server Manager, among others. The service is also browser-based and officially supported in Chrome and Edge. Overall, Microsoft is pitching Windows Admin Center as a way to help IT administrators in four key areas. From Microsoft: Windows Admin Center is now available and supported for use in production environments, Microsoft says. It's worth noting that the latest versions of Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome are currently the only browsers that have undergone testing and are officially supported by Windows Admin Center. Windows Admin Center … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Project Honolulu now generally available as Windows Admin Center
Work has begun on a new subsea cable system connecting Japan with Australia via Guam, and Google has joined as an investor and key consortium member. The Japan-Guam-Australia (JGA) cable is a joint project consisting of RTI Connectivity (RTIC), AARNet, and Google, with NEC and Alcatel Submarine Networks responsible for carrying out the work. The 9,500 km (6,000 miles) fiber optic cable is expected to be completed by late 2019, and will deliver a capacity of around 36 terabits per second (Tbps). Google announced in January that it would be expanding its cloud infrastructure with five new cloud regions and three new subsea cables — the cables are to be commissioned in 2019, and will run from Chile to Los Angeles; the U.S. to Denmark and Ireland; and from Hong Kong to Guam. These will eventually build upon Google’s existing cable systems that it has invested in across the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, which include Unity, Faster, and PLCN — the latter of … [Read more...] about Google invests in 6,000-mile subsea cable system connecting Japan to Australia