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But if the business case for virtual vacations is still weak, the market for technologies that bridge Inexpensive robots that let them interact physically are a natural next step. ANA's robots may not replace its airplanes any time soon, but they’ll almost certainly be a part of travel's high-tech future.
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(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Japan's biggest airline is betting that the future of travel isn't traveling at all. For the, a married couple in Oita Prefecture has been interacting with a robot — called an Avatar — that's controlled by their daughter hundreds of miles away in Tokyo. Made by ANA Holdings Inc., it looks like a vacuum cleaner with an iPad attached. But the screen displays the daughter’s face as they chat, and its wheels let her trundle about the house as though she’s really there, and even join her parents at the dinner table.
It may seem like an odd gambit for a global airline. But as populations age, tourism hot-spots get more crowded, and overseas travel becomes less sustainable, ANA and its competitors are betting that they can make money by keeping would-be travelers happily at home.
Ford launches its own esports virtual racing teams
Ford plans to launch its own esports virtual racing teams. Under the name Fordzilla, the company will recruit top esports drivers for teams in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. The company will also invite star players to form a European team with select members from each national team. The Fordzilla teams will compete in games like Forza Motorsport 7, developed by Microsoft Game Studios' Turn 10 Studios. According to Ford, millions of people play Forza games each month, and one million players choose Ford vehicles.
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“Virtual travel” is nothing new, of course. Storytellers, travel writers and artists have been stimulating the senses of armchair tourists for centuries. It's only in recent decades that frequent, safe travel — especially overseas — has become available to the non-wealthy, thanks in large part to low-cost airfares and home-sharing services. In 2018, the travel-and-tourism business grew byand accounted for more than 10% of global GDP.
Yet even as the world's middle classes climb out of the armchair and into economy-class seats, there are hints of a post-travel society emerging. Concerns about sustainability — and movements such as "flight-shaming" — areon carbon-intensive airlines, and could spread to . The tourism boom is stressing popular destinations, and forcing them to look at . And the aging of affluent societies is both inhibiting physical travel and creating demand for alternative ways to experience the world and stay connected to others.
Ping An Unit Mulls Singapore Digital Bank License Application
Ping An Insurance (Group) Co.’s financial technology unit is considering an application for one of Singapore’s new digital banking licenses, according to a person familiar with the matter. OneConnect is looking to secure a wholesale license which would allow it to provide banking services to small and medium-sized businesses on the island, said the person, who requested anonymity because the plan is confidential. The firm earlier this year received a virtual banking license in Hong Kong. Singapore is planning to award up to five digital-only banking licenses to non-bank firms to spur competition in the financial sector.
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For the travel industry, virtual reality offers a tantalizing response to these trends. First Airlines, another Japanese company, now lets customers sit in ain Tokyo, where they’re served fancy meals before taking VR tours of select destinations. The company is targeting elderly travelers who don’t want the hassle of a real-life trip, and “flights” to cities such as New York, Paris and Rome are frequently fully booked.
ANA is thinking bigger. It wants to use robotics, haptic technology, and fast communication to create a "" that lets people carry their "presence, consciousness, knowledge, and skills" to remote locations. In less-lofty terms, the idea is to make the VR experience more immersive by stimulating multiple senses, including touch. For example, video-conferences might soon be enhanced by letting participants shake hands, while other technology could one day simulate the feeling of walking on a far-off beach or a mountaintop. Japan's space agency even to use the company’s Avatars for lunar exploration.
Facebook unveils virtual social space for its Oculus users
Facebook said Wednesday it will launch a virtual social community where users of its Oculus headgear can "explore new places" and "create their own new experiences." Oculus users will be able to choose an avatar and interact with others in the virtual social community, Facebook said as it opened its Oculus Connect 6 conference. "Our goal is to put people at the center of computing, not just with great hardware, but with amazing software experiences as well," Facebook said in a statement.
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Of course, far-out technologies encourage far-out claims. ANA doesn't plan to start selling Avatars until next year, and the initial versions will be decidedly crude. Profits, too, will probably be elusive: By, the global market for this kind of technology will be worth only about $300 million by 2023. By contrast, ANA’s traditional travel business brought in more than $19 billion last year.
But if the business case for virtual vacations is still weak, the market for technologies that bridge physical distances between families and coworkers seems likely to only expand. Over the past two decades, cheap video-conferencing apps have changed how families and companies around the world communicate. Inexpensive robots that let them interact physically are a natural next step. ANA's robots may not replace its airplanes any time soon, but they’ll almost certainly be a part of travel's high-tech future.
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Owners of Bitcoins robbed by an
virus "Crypto Shuffler", a virus identified by the Russian computer security company Kaspersky Lab, has stolen the equivalent of about $ 140,000.
The Russian computer security company Kaspersky Labs announced Thursday it has identified a virus that is the pockets of the holders of virtual currencies. This virus, named "Crypto Shuffler", would have already stolen "the equivalent of about $ 140,000 in bitcoins.The amounts stolen in other virtual currencies range from a few dollars to several thousand dollars," warned Kaspersky Labs in a statement, without specifying where the virus was raging.
To commit theft, the virus infiltrates the computers of its victims and then hits when a virtual money-holder copies-pastes the identification code of the recipient of a payment, substituting its own contact information.
Increased number of
attacks Virtual currencies are becoming increasingly popular with users, including bitcoin, launched in 2009. The latter regularly breaks records despite internal jolts orwhile technology on which it rests, the chain of blocks ("blockchain"), interests more and more.
"Virtual currencies (...) are actively spreading around the world and becoming more accessible to users, but at the same time they become a more attractive target for cyber criminals, "said Sergey Younakovsky, an anti-virus expert from Kaspersky Labs quoted in the statement.
"Recently, we have seen an increase in the number of attacks against various virtual currencies and it seems that this trend will continue to grow."
The Russian computer company is known for its antivirus Kaspersky, which equips some 400 million computers around the world. She was recently accused of, which she denies.
Google's new phone AR update can hide virtual things in the real world .
Your virtual cat is hiding behind your real sofa.Apple's newest augmented reality toolset, ARKit 3, has this ability as well, but only on very recent iPhones and iPads. Google ARCore needs a compatible Android phone to work too, but looks to blend furniture, pets, and a lot more with apps that incorporate the new ARCore Depth API and its object-hiding tech (called occlusion).