How Virtual Concert Platform Wave Plans to Save Live Music

Elva Mankin

Eight years ago when Tupac Shakur’s hologram was billed to perform at Coachella, the idea seemed almost unthinkable to most. But now as the coronavirus pandemic continues, artists and fans are increasingly turning to live streaming platforms and companies like Wave, a Culver City-based software firm that creates avatars of the musicians and hosts them at virtual online concerts. Wave is trying to capitalize on the unique situation that puts their tech in high demand: It’s not every year that nearly all in-person concerts get canceled at once. Similar to recent efforts at Epic Games, which brought in 12 million viewers across the globe for a Travis Scott in-game virtual concert in April, Wave is creating a way for artists to simulate a live show and make up for money lost because of canceled tours. Artists including John Legend, Tinashe, Lindsey Sterling and Glitch Mob are several of its recent

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Hong Kong FilMart Working With RightsTrade on Historic Virtual Market

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Leading online B2B licensing platform RightsTrade has been selected to provide the technological backbone for the upcoming FilMart in Hong Kong. Turning such a large and busy fair into a virtual market has been a long time coming.

The film and TV market, a flagship event for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, had been expected to operate as a face-to-face event in its usual slot in late March. But the coronavirus outbreak caused the fair organizers to postpone it to the end of August. And, as it became clear that COVID-related travel restrictions were not going away in a hurry, they chose to keep the calendar position, but switch the market over to virtual one, running Aug. 26-29.

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“We’ve built a dedicated website, a self-contained ecosystem. Once an executive is registered with FilMart they are offered the choices to attend conferences, screen titles as a group,

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HCPS Virtual Learning Plan Approved By Harford County Board Of Ed

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HARFORD COUNTY, MD — The Harford County Board of Education approved the administration’s proposal at its meeting Monday night to hold the fall 2020–2021 semester online.

“Core elements” of the plan are fully virtual instructiond with the option of learning centers for in-person support, Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Sean Bulson said.

His plan was approved, 8-1, and the dissenting vote was cast by Tamera Rush, who represents the northern part of Harford County.

The vote on Bulson’s plan for virtual learning followed hours of school administrators fielding questions about logistics..

While a hybrid model with in-person and virtual instruction had been considered, Bulson said it would not be feasible to educate the over 37,000 Harford County students in that format.

“We were not going to be able to deliver logistically to provide a good instructional program” and deliver on safety, Bulson said.

Coronavirus data in recent months also showed

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Watch AI-controlled virtual fighters take on an Air Force pilot August 18th

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DARPA held the second trial in January this year and pitted participants’ greatly improved algorithms against AI adversaries developed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Both trials were hosted in person at the APL.

The third trial will be streamed from the APL, as well, with eight teams flying against the lab’s AI adversary algorithms on the first day and then against each other in a round robin tournament on the second. It’s the first time the participants are pitting their AIs against one another in public. On the last day, the top four AIs will compete in a single-elimination tournament for the championship title. The last team standing will then get the chance to fly against an Air Force fighter pilot controlling a virtual plane.

Col. Dan “Animal” Javorsek, program manager in DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office, said in a statement:

“Regardless of whether the human or machine

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These online learning tips will help parents prepare for a successful school year, even if it is virtual.

Elva Mankin

Many of the nation’s largest school districts plan to begin the fall semester online-only. As schools consider reopening, children face a future in which online courses will probably be part of the curriculum. To make the best of this situation, here are some tips to help your child adapt to learning from home.

Studies show that in online learning, parents often take on the role of a teacher. Making school a priority will help keep kids from treating online learning as a vacation. 

Research suggests that some types of parental participation have a greater impact on children’s academic achievement than others. One analysis showed that schoolchildren benefit from discussions about learning and school-related issues with their parents and from joint readings. 

Reduce distractions

A report in 2016 found that students spent about one-fifth of class time on laptops, smartphones and tablets, knowing that doing so could harm their grades. They

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Virtual house hunting gets a pandemic boost

Elva Mankin

It’s Saturday evening in London, and I’m house shopping in Dublin, thanks to a virtual-reality headset.

Temporarily forgetting she is sitting beside me, I shout to my wife: “I’m in the children’s bedroom.”

We can’t go to the Republic of Ireland ourselves to do this. Travellers from Great Britain need to restrict their movements for a fortnight, so nipping over and back is off the cards.

But I can take several paces through a virtual seaside flat in Dublin’s Dún Laoghaire, while based in our south London home.

Circles appear on the floor of the Dublin flat and, using hand controls, I can glide between them and explore.

Standing in each circle, I can peer up, down, whichever way I like. It is immersive and I feel as though I’m there, even if moving about feels a bit like using Google Street View.

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Online education was a mess in the spring. As COVID-19 prompts schools to stay virtual, will it get better this fall?

Elva Mankin

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced Chicago Public Schools to make a hurried switch to remote instruction earlier this year, Lidia Muro said it didn’t work out so well for her 5-year-old stepson Elijah, then a kindergartner at Marvin Camras Elementary.

Some of the schoolwork he was given required logins and passwords his parents didn’t receive, she said. Communication with his teacher was lacking. And while it took Elijah a single day to finish math lessons that were supposed to stretch over months, he fell behind in reading.

“The program was mostly games, I think,” Muro said. “Educational games are good, but (children) can only do games for so long.”

Contrast that with the experience of Wauconda High School junior-to-be Tori Mraz. She found her school’s online classes to be rigorous but flexible, and while a lack of face-to-face instruction created challenges, she gave virtual education high marks.

“I did really

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CES says January’s tech conference will be a virtual event

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CES, one of the world’s biggest technology conferences, will be a virtual event in January due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement is a reversal from May when organisers said it would go on as a smaller gathering in Las Vegas.

It is another blow for Las Vegas which, like all other US tourist destinations, is suffering as people stay at home or go on holiday locally. More than 170,000 people attended the four-day show this year in January, before Covid-19 began to spread across the US.

States in the South and West are being hit particularly hard.

In Nevada over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has increased by 27%. The state

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What Harvard MBA Virtual Admissions Events Are Like

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It was the first virtual graduation in the history of Harvard Business School

The COVID-19 pandemic forced b-schools across the nation to shift their courses online back in March. And following suit, many in-person events and functions had to be canceled only to be brought back in a virtual state.

At Harvard Business School, two primary admissions programs – the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) and Peek Weekend—went virtual this summer due to the pandemic. Despite the fact that attendees didn’t meet in-person, the virtual gatherings still saw great success, according to an article by the HBS Newsroom.

“One silver lining of the coronavirus pandemic is that it provided an opportunity to expand virtual admissions events beyond what we thought was possible,” Kate Bennett, director of marketing for MBA Admissions at HBS, tells Newsroom. “We were able to reach a far higher number of prospective students—an unprecedented number of

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Katy Perry, David Guetta, Steve Aoki Preview Tomorrowland Around the World Virtual Festival

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Tomorrowland Around the World performers Katy Perry, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Nervo and Dimitri Vegas joined Tomorrowland co-founder Michiel Beers and moderator Sean Dhondt in an online press conference today to preview what fans can expect from the virtual festival.

Scheduled for July 25 and 26 on the Tomorrowland website, Tomorrowland Around the World has combined 3D visuals with innovative game design to present an interactive digital festival meant to mimic the in-person experience. Attendees of the conference were given a preview of the performances, which utilize green screen technology to give the event a real-life touch.

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Each act recorded its respective set at green screen studios across the world, allowing the artist to be placed in the virtual playground of Tomorrowland with similar lighting and resolution. And because DJs naturally feed off of a crowd’s energy, Tomorrowland Around the

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