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Action-RPG ‘Code Vein’ delayed until 2019

Just a month after Bandai Namco revealed a release date for the much anticipated RPG Code Vein, the company says it's now delaying the launch until next year. Originally expected to drop this September, Code Vein is a Dark Souls­-meets-anime mash...

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Uber appoints Rachel Holt as head of New Modalities

Uber is racing ahead to become the go-to multi-modal transportation service. On the heels of a multimillion-dollar acquisition of JUMP bikes , the launch of UberRENT , its permit application to deploy electric scooters in San Francisco and a partnership with public transit company Masabi, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has tapped Rachel Holt to lead the company’s New Modalities organization. As head of New Modalities, Holt will be responsible for the ramp-up and onboarding of additional mobility services — be that public transit integration, scooters, car rentals, bikes and whatever else Uber has up its sleeves. That means she’ll also work closely with JUMP CEO Ryan Rzepecki. “I’m excited to bring my learnings and experiences scaling Uber’s rides business to bear as we incubate and build new ways to move around the more than 600 cities we serve,” Holt said in an emailed statement to TechCrunch. Holt has worked at Uber since October 2011, when the company was live in just three cities. In May 2016, she became VP and regional general manager of Uber’s operations in the U.S. and Canada. The move signals the seriousness of Uber’s efforts to expand beyond traditional ridesharing, and even autonomous ridesharing. Khosrowshahi has repeatedly voiced his intent for Uber to become a multi-modal transportation company, so the creating of a new department is not all that surprising. And as Uber gets closer to its 2019 initial public offering, the company is clearly trying to highlight its variety of potential revenue streams. Uber CEO outlines mobility plans

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Microsoft Azure will soon offer machines with up to 12 TB of memory

Do you have an application that needs a lot of memory? Maybe as much as 12 terabytes of memory? Well, you’re in luck because Microsoft Azure will soon offer virtual machines with just that much RAM, based on Intel’s Xeon Scalable servers. The company made this announcement in concert with the launch of a number of other virtual machine (VM) types that are specifically geared toward running high-memory workloads — and the standard use cases for this is running the SAP Hana in-memory database service. So in addition to this massive new 12 TB VM, Microsoft is also launching a new 192 GB machine that extends the lower end of Hana-optimized machines on Azure, as well as a number other Hana options that scale across multiple VMs and can offer combined memory sizes of up to 18 TB. Another new feature of Azure launching today is Standards SSDs. These will offer Azure users a new option for running entry-level production workloads that require consistent disk performance and throughput without the full price of what are now called “premium SSD.” The Standard SSDs won’t offer the same kind of performance, though, but Microsoft promises that developers will still get improved latency, reliability and scalability as compared to standard hard disks in its cloud.

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Hulu is getting a ‘Stop Suggesting’ button so you can hide its bad recommendations

At Hulu’s Upfronts presentation this morning in New York, the company announced the launch of a new consumer-facing feature that lets you tell Hulu to stop suggesting content you don’t want to watch. The feature was teased previously at CES in January as something that was in the works. The option will appear in the user interface, underneath the content suggestion. From here, you can tap a button that says “Stop Suggesting.” “We want you to be in control of the experience. If you don’t like something, you should be able to tell us,” said Hulu’s Head of Experience, Ben Smith, announcing the new feature. When Hulu’s app makes misguided recommendations, it’s a bit more in-your-face compared with other streaming services, like Netflix. That’s because Hulu’s main screen – called “Lineup” – is an algorithmically-derived list of personalized suggestions. But these suggestions can be off, at times. That’s especially true if you haven’t bothered to set up separate user profiles, or enabled ones for guests visiting your home – like the babysitter. And then when the babysitter watches the Kardashians, you’re screwed. The suggestion for that or similar reality programming could then appear in your Lineup with no way to remove it. That changes with the “Stop Suggesting” button, which Smith says is launching this month.  

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Google open sources gVisor, a sandboxed container runtime

Thanks to KubeCon in Copenhagen, this week is all about containers — and especially Kubernetes . Given that Kubernetes was born out of Google’s internal container usage, it’s no surprise that Google also has a few announcements at the show. Maybe the most interesting of these is the launch of gVisor, a sandboxed container runtime that aims to ensure a secure isolation between containers. As the name implies (at least if you live in this world), gVisor is a bit like a hypervisor that provides the isolation between traditional virtual machines, but for containers. That’s especially interesting to businesses that want to ensure the security of their container workloads, something that’s still a bit of an issue in the Kubernetes world. “A growing desire to run more heterogeneous and less trusted workloads has created an interest in sandboxed containers — containers that provide a secure isolation boundary  between the host OS and the application running inside the container,” today’s announcement notes. “gVisor provides a strong isolation boundary by intercepting application system calls and acting as a guest kernel, all while running entirely in user-space.” In addition to gVisor, Google is also launch support for Kubernetes in Stackdriver Monitoring. This new service, which is now in beta, will give developers a unified view of the state of their Kubernetes applications across clouds and om-premises environments. Outside of the Google Cloud, though, developers will have to do a bit of integration work to make everything run smoothly.      

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Oculus TV is the VR set-top streaming box you never knew you needed

Alongside the launch of the Oculus Go headset today, Oculus announced that it is working on a new element of its in-headset experience that will appeal to users interested in binging TV inside VR. It’s called Oculus TV and the company hopes that it will evolve to become a quick-and-easy way for VR users, by themselves or with friends, to dive into video content from streaming partners. The app puts a TV experience into your virtual environment with specially adapted on-screen controls, which essentially turn the virtual screen in the virtual room into a sort of Chromecast or Apple TV-like experience. It’s still early for the streaming service, which will support Facebook Watch, Red Bull TV and Pluto TV directly integrated at launch. The company says it is currently working with networks to bring native integrations, but given that Netflix, Hulu and Showtime already have standalone apps in the Oculus store, this could be a challenge as VR viewership for them is likely quite tiny. You’ll still be able to dive into these apps from the Oculus TV interface, but it’ll just send you to that app rather than being an on-screen interface. Oculus didn’t have this feature quite ready for F8, but the company says Oculus TV will be launching later this month for Oculus Go.

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