Tag: category-/Arts & Entertainment

Epic Games awards $500,000 in final Unreal Dev Grants

Epic Games has awarded $500,000 in awards to the final recipients of Unreal Dev Grants, a $5 million fund supporting developers working with Unreal Engine 4 (UE4). This is the last round of grants, and they give no-strings-attached financial assistance to more than a dozen projects. Recipients come from a variety of industries, including games, […]

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Hearthstone: Rise of Shadows interview — Assembling the League of E.V.I.L. on April 9

Hearthstone kicks off the Year of the Dragon with the Rise of Shadows on April 9. This is the first expansion of this Standard year rotation, and it’s bringing together a bunch of bumbling baddies in what’s a Blizzard Entertainment first — a year-long storyline for Hearthstone, and it’s own take on DC’s Legion of […]

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite first look — Warner Bros. and Niantic show off long-awaited mobile game

Niantic and Warner Bros.’ WB Games studio showed off the first gameplay for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a mobile game that is based on the same location-based technology behind Pokémon Go and Ingress. It’s time for all of us to be spellbound. The long-awaited game has been in the works […]

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ARCore 1.7 adds augmented faces, object animations, and UI Elements

While Google’s 2018 improvements to the augmented reality framework ARCore were rarely eye-catching, the company is kicking off 2019 with features Android users will appreciate: ARCore 1.7 is adding Augmented Faces, Sceneform object animations, and UI/UX-improving ARCore Elements that should make augmented reality apps livelier and easier to interact with. Augmented […]

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Machine love: 4 ways AI is helping humans on Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day — the holiday on which couples profess their love for one another by gifting chocolates and roses, sharing candlelit meals, and basking together in the glow of a fire (or television). If you’re hitched and somehow procrastinated until now, not to worry — fortunately, artificial intelligence (AI) […]

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Walmart will set up VR-enhanced DreamWorks gift shops in parking lots

Walmart’s cavernous stores apparently aren’t large enough to hold the Hidden World in DreamWorks’ latest How to Train Your Dragon film. Instead, the retailer announced today that it will use its parking lots to host free five-minute VR dragon riding experiences — and the expected significant lines of people — […]

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Comcast Xfinity X1 will let customers pull up Super Bowl stats with voic

What’s better than watching the Rams face off against the Patriots in the Super Bowl while hanging with your best buds? Bossing around your DVR while you watch the game, of course. Comcast today detailed commands for Xfinity X1 set-top boxes that’ll let you use voice commands to pull up […]

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VR studio Fable relaunches as AI-based virtual beings company at Sundance

Virtual reality studio Fable has relaunched, shifting its focus from VR to artificial intelligence, with an emphasis on creating “virtual beings,” or believable human characters governed by AI. The company made the announcement at the Sundance Film Festival. Fable, led by Edward Saatchi, has caught on to a larger trend […]

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Patreon passes 3 million patrons, will hit $1 billion in total payments in 2019

Patreon, the membership platform that lets YouTubers and other creators run subscription services, has announced that it now has 3 million “patrons” — that is, people who actively pay creatives to access their online content on a monthly basis. This represents a 50 percent increase on the 2 million patrons […]

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Finally, Amazon Echo developers can build robotic bears that twerk to music

If you’ve ever dreamed of making a stuffed bear twerk, a hula girl doll sway its hips, or a disco ball light a room to the beat of an Amazon Echo speaker, you’re in for a treat. Amazon today announced that the MusicData Interface, which enables developers to build Bluetooth-connected devices that respond […]

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Roblox hires online safety veteran to lead digital civility initiative

Roblox has hired Laura Higgins, an online safety expert, to lead a new digital civility initiative at the company that makes a virtual world and gaming platform for teens. Roblox has grown tremendously to more than 80 million monthly players, but it has had bad incidents, like last year when […]

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ProBeat: This Google Assistant Ride video is what CES should be all about

Tuning into CES remotely is just not the same, or so I’m told. Nothing can compete with being one of the 180,000 attendees jostling to see what tech will bring this year and beyond. So I cannot offer you an overview of what CES 2019 was all about (see Dean’s […]

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Epic, Improbable create $25 million fund to transition devs away from Unity

Unity found itself at the center of a controversy today, and now competitor Epic Games is turning up the heat. Unity is cutting off future support for the online-multiplayer development platform SpatialOS from accessing its game-development toolkit. Improbable, the owner and operator of SpatialOS, posted a blog about this corporate […]

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Unity and Improbable’s beef gets spicy and strange in dueling blog posts

Earlier today, Unity Technologies blocked Improbable’s SpatialOS online-gaming tools from accessing the Unity game-dev engine. This has left developers reeling because many of them rely on both tools to run their games connected multiplayer modes. In the first of its two blog posts today, Improbable claimed that Unity is hurting […]

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Panasonic showcases intelligent highways and an electric Harley-Davidson you can ride on them

Panasonic and Harley-Davidson showed off a new electric motorcycle, the Livewire, at a press event at CES 2019, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. Harley-Davidson is taking preorders today for $29,800, said Marc McAllister, vice president at Harley-Davidson, on stage at the press event. Before he said […]

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Ben Brode’s Second Dinner orders a Marvel license and $30 million from NetEase

We now know what former Hearthstone bigwigs Ben Brode and Hamilton Chu are feasting on for their Second Dinner — $30 million from NetEase and a deal from Marvel. Oh, and they will no longer be dining in Mrs. Brode’s garage. The startup that the two ex-Blizzard Entertainment founded in […]

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This AI came up with fireworks names like ‘Into Eggs’ and ‘Hurricane Said Bang’

Machine learning algorithms are crafty sons of guns. They’ve not only composed memorable (if not entirely coherent) holiday tunes and written lyrics, but produced artwork that’s convincingly humanlike. Now, Janelle Shane, an artificial intelligence (AI) research scientist and author of the blog AI Weirdness, has tapped them to undertake a […]

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