Tag: category-/Arts & Entertainment

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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Samsung’s Bixby assistant: 10 things worth trying

Samsung’s Bixby gets a bad rap sometimes, and not always undeservedly. It isn’t as knowledgeable as the Google Assistant nor as platform-agnostic as Amazon’s Alexa. In fairness, however, it has come a long way since its debut on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in 2017. Bixby’s available in more […]

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Walmart-owned Flipkart to launch a video streaming service in India

India’s crowded video streaming space will soon have a new entrant: Flipkart. The Walmart-owned ecommerce company said today that it is working to launch an OTT service in the country. Flipkart said it would partner with existing industry players to load up on content for the yet-to-be-named video streaming service. In a […]

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Amazon Echo Show vs. Facebook Portal vs. Google Home Hub: Which speaks to you?

As people continue to purchase tens of millions of smart speakers around the world, the Echo Dot and Home Mini continue to lead global sales by the numbers. But the new twist we collectively witnessed in the past year was the emergence of the smart display, a new category of […]

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Wevr’s TheBlue: Deep Rescue debuts at Dreamscape social VR arcade

Wevr’s TheBlu delivered a mesmerizing deep-sea experience with blue whales and other creatures when it debuted on virtual reality platforms in 2016. And now Wevr is launching an all-new undersea adventure, TheBlu: Deep Rescue, at the new Dreamscape Immersive social VR experience at a mall in Los Angeles today. The […]

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Sledgehammer Games cofounder Glen Schofield leaves Activision

Glen Schofield, co-creator of several Call of Duty games, announced today on Twitter that he was leaving Sledgehammer Games, the game studio he cofounded in 2009 with Michael Condrey. Schofield and Condrey worked together at Electronic Arts’s Visceral Games studio before starting Sledgehammer, with work that culminated in the hit […]

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The Stanley Parable is coming to the consoles

The Stanley Parable, a maddening game with a funny narrator, is coming to the game consoles. The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe is coming in 2019. The announcement was made at The Game Awards. The game is a sequel to The Stanley Parable, a hilarious game from 2013. The Stanley Parable […]

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Counter-Strike: GO gets 18-player battle royale mode

One of Valve’s most popular games is hopping aboard the battle royale train. The publisher updated Counter-Strike: Global Offensive today to add the last player standing mode Danger Zone. Counter-Strike is now also free-to-play, just like the biggest game in this space, Fortnite. Both Danger Zone and going free-to-play are […]

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