Plex Now Lets You Stream Your Media in VR With Friends

From PC Mag: Media streaming service Plex is embracing virtual reality.

Plex, for the uninitiated, organizes all your media content — movies, TV shows, music, and photo collections — and streams it to your devices. Now you can stream that content in virtual environments. Imagine watching your favorite show in a fancy virtual apartment or a drive-in movie theater. That's now possible, with Plex VR, which is launching today on Google's Daydream platform.

Microsoft shoots for AutoSave parity in Mac Office 365

From ComputerWorld: Microsoft last week added an auto-save feature to the core applications in Office for Mac 2016, matching what Windows users were given in August.

AutoSave is available only to Office for Mac 2016 users who are also subscribers to Office 365.

With the refresh to Office for Mac 2016 - which updated the version number to 16.9 - Word, Excel and PowerPoint now automatically save files opened from Microsoft's cloud-based storage services, including OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online.

EU fines Qualcomm $1.23 billion over Apple deal

From CNET: Antitrust regulators for the EU have hit Qualcomm with a billion-dollar fine Wednesday for paying Apple to use only its chips.

The European Commission regulators have accused the chip giant of violating antitrust laws by making payments to ensure exclusivity.

But big as it is, the fine could have been bigger still. Regulators set the fine at 997.4 million euros (US$1.23 billion). Qualcomm could have faced a fine as high as 10 percent of its annual revenue, which was $22 billion in 2017.

Snap will let users share Stories outside Snapchat with a new web player

From The Verge: Snap’s latest effort to fight back against slow growth and the ever-looming threat of Facebook is to bring its flagship Stories product to the web. That way, both Snapchat users and those who don’t have accounts on the mobile app can view the photos and videos.

Android 8.1 Oreo Adds Public Wi-Fi Speed Testing

From PC Mag: Smartphone users are regularly presented with a decision to make: which public Wi-Fi network do I connect to? Google is making that decision much easier this week for Android 8.1 Oreo users by automatically testing and which networks are the fastest.

Firefox update kicks graphics speed up a notch

From CNET: Mozilla released on Tuesday a new version of its Firefox Quantum browser, boosting its graphics speed and improving a couple of new technologies designed to make the web more powerful.

The browser, version 58, is the first major update since Mozilla's recovery plan hit full stride in November with the debut of Firefox Quantum. A decade ago, Firefox was running circles around Microsoft's Internet Explorer, but the browser market has become much more competitive now with the arrival of Google's Chrome and mobile phones.

Microsoft challenges Chromebooks with $189 Windows 10 laptops for schools

From The Verge: Microsoft is making a bigger push to keep students and teachers using Windows this week. At the annual Bett education show in London, Microsoft is revealing new Windows 10 and Windows 10 S devices that are priced from just $189. The software giant is also partnering with the BBC, LEGO, NASA, PBS, and Pearson to bring a variety of Mixed Reality and video curricula to schools.

Sony Licenses PlayStation Characters for Amiibo-Like Figures

From PC Mag: Nintendo has made millions by combining additional content for its games with the sale of NFC-enabled figures of its most popular characters, sometimes taking things a little too far. Now it seems Sony is attempting to do the same, but decided linking figures to game content wasn't actually worth the effort.

Facebook promises digital training for 1M Europeans by 2020

From CNET: Facebook is opening three centers across Europe to train over one million people in digital skills over the next two years, the company announced on Monday.

The three community hubs will be based in Spain, Italy and Poland and will focus on providing training in media literacy and online safety to underrepresented groups, the company said in blog post.

The social network also announced 10 million euros of investment in innovation in France through its artificial intelligence research facility.

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