Sony's new 4K projector offers ultra short throw for a lot of dough

The VPL-VZ1000ES will be available from April, at a suggested retail price of US$25,000

Sony continues to grow its home theater lineup with its latest projector, the VPL-VZ1000ES. The HDR-compatible 4K projector is an ultra-short throw model and can produce a 16:9 aspect ratio image to a size of 100 in (254 cm) while positioned a mere 6 in (15 cm) away from a wall, making it a good fit for homes without a dedicated media room.

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Source: GizMag

Flash storage startup Kaminario raises $75 million

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Kaminario, a startup that sells all-flash storage hardware, today announced a $75 million funding round.

Founded in 2008, the Newton, Massachusetts-based startup carries out its research and development in Israel, where it has a team of engineers just outside of Haifa. Dani Golan, Kaminario’s founder and CEO, told VentureBeat in an interview: “There are three places today where storage technologies are being developed: Silicon Valley, the Boston area, and Israel. We have two out of three, which is not bad!”

Kaminario, which released its product in 2014, provides hardware, software, and services for companies’ data centers, both in private clouds and public clouds. The product is built from the ground up for all-flash, as opposed to transforming existing legacy hard disk drive-based products to flash. The hardware, software, and services start at $200,000.

Customers, which according to Golan are in the hundreds, include Priceline, Telefónica, and Nuance Communications. Kaminario’s competitors range from scrappers like Pure Storage, Nimble Storage, and NetApp’s SolidFire to enterprise storage giants like Hitachi, HP, and Golan’s former employer, EMC. “We are at the heart of what I consider the two most significant revolutions in IT in the last two decades,” said Golan. “One is the cloud and the other is flash.”

Hong Kong-based private equity firm Waterwood led this latest round of funding. New investor CE Ventures, along with existing investors Sequoia Capital, Pitango Venture Capital, Lazarus, Silicon Valley Bank, and Globespan Capital Partners, also joined. The new money will be used to expand globally and further product development. Kaminario currently has 235 employees.

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Source: Venture Beat

Lionsgate and Michael Milken invest in esports team The Immortals

The Immortals' CS:GO team (left to right) Henrique "Hen1" Teles, João “Felps” Vasconcello, Gustavo “Shoowtime” Goncalves, Ricardo “Boltz” PrassL, ucas “Lucas1” Teles.


The esports business is attracting more high-end investors. Today, film studio Lionsgate and financier Michael Milken are investing in the professional esports team The Immortals.

After many years in the wilderness, esports has matured. It grew to $892 million in 2016, according to market researcher SuperData Research. And the investors in the market are in a bit of a rush to stake out territory that they believe will be valuable in the future. In this case, investors with considerable financial and entertainment clout are stepping up to participate in esports.

Previous investors who are also contributing include Steve Kaplan, cofounder of Oaktree Capital and co-owner of The Memphis Grizzlies basketball team; investor Gregory Milken; Third Wave entrepreneur Allen DeBevoise; and CrossCut Ventures, among others.

The Immortals currently compete worldwide for over 200 million fans in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, and Super Smash Brothers.

Peter Levin of Lionsgate is bullish on the medium of VR.

Above: Peter Levin of Lionsgate is bullish on the medium of VR.

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“We’re delighted to be an early mover in a market that has the potential to transform the face of sports entertainment,” said Lionsgate president of Interactive Ventures & Games, Peter Levin, in a statement. “Our involvement in eSports creates tremendous opportunities to develop new content and utilize our suite of distribution platforms for a coveted consumer demographic with compelling engagement metrics. Collaborating with an elite group of partners, the combination of the Lionsgate and Immortals brands will be formidable.”

The esports business is getting to be a lot like pro physical sports. The Immortals was formed in September of 2015 with the acquisition of Team 8.  And The Immortals acquired another pro team recently: Tempo Storm‘s Counter-Strike group, as part of an attempt to establish a powerhouse franchise in a fledgling industry.

“Lionsgate joins a dream team of media, tech and traditional sports partners who share our vision of building a dynamic Immortals organization and a strong e-sports foundation,” said Immortals chairman and CrossCut Ventures managing director Clinton Foy, in a statement. “What we’re doing today in eSports is like the early days of building the NFL and NBA. It’s not the evolution of games — it’s the evolution of sports, technology and media.”

Lionsgate’s investment in Immortals is the latest step in the company’s esports initiatives. Last year, Pilgrim Media Group, in which Lionsgate is a majority investor, announced that it was partnering with ESL, the world’s largest eSports promoter, to create original esports entertainment content for television and digital platforms. Their first collaboration, in partnership with Microsoft, will be centered around the gaming brand Halo.

“Lionsgate is the perfect entrepreneurial partner for our Immortals family,” said Immortals CEO Noah Whinston, in a statement. “Immortals and Lionsgate are both focused on developing new entertainment formats, and we’re thrilled to collaborate with them at the cutting edge of eSports media.”


Source: Venture Beat

Report: All clouds are not equal: differentiating an enterprise cloud

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Source: GigaOm

2017 could be the year of the sandboxed app

One of the things that makes Linux awesome is that finding and installing common software is really fast and easy. If you use a graphical tool like GNOME’s Software, you can download and install an app in a couple clicks. If you’re a command-line commando, you can install an application with one or two relatively short console commands.

It’s all thanks to the package manager. And while the trusty package manager has served as a centerpiece of Linux distributions for years, it has some serious shortfalls as well.

The problems with package managers

Package managers make life easy for the desktop Linux user, until they don’t. Sometimes things go awry. Library conflicts can break compatibility with other packages. Nothing can dissuade a Linux newbie like a system-upgrade attempt that fills the console screen with errors. Even for an advanced user, this can be disheartening.

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Source: PC World

Two Triple-Screen Laptops Were Stolen From Razer's CES Booth

In a Facebook post, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said two of their prototype laptops shown off at CES 2017 were stolen. “We treat theft/larceny, and if relevant to this case, industrial espionage, very seriously — it is cheating, and cheating doesn’t sit well with us,” Tan wrote. “Penalties for such crimes are grievous and anyone who would do this clearly isn’t very smart.” Both items were prototype models of a laptop, called Project Valerie, that has three 4K displays. The Verge reports: Tan says that Razer is working with law enforcement and CES management to investigate. He’s also asking show attendees to email legal@razerzone.com with any info they might have on what happened. A company representative added that a $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction. The alleged theft occurred “after official show hours,” says Allie Fried, director of global events communications for the Consumer Technology Association, which runs CES. “The security of our exhibitors, attendees and their products and materials are our highest priority,” Fried wrote in an email to The Verge. “We look forward to cooperating with law enforcement and Razer as the incident is investigated.”

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