Tag: category-/Arts & Entertainment

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 Faces will work with front-facing […]

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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) can help. While robots lack […]

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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 — in an effort to spur […]

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Crackdown 3 hands-on video — an action-packed start for a comic book-style open world

More than four years after it was first shown and after more than five years of development, Microsoft is finally publishing Crackdown 3 on the Xbox One and Windows PC on February 15. It’s a big moment for fans who have waited a long time since 2010’s Crackdown 2 and 2007’s Crackdown. Your job in the pulpy campaign is to […]

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FoxNext Games is now funding indie games, starting with Altered Matter’s Etherborn

FoxNext Games, a division of 20th Century Fox and creator of Marvel Strike Force, has established a development fund for independent game developers. The debut game in FoxNext Games’ indie games portfolio includes Etherborn, which is from the Altered Matter development studio. More games in the program will be announced later this year. The Los […]

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Disney is making another ‘top secret’ VR film after Cycles

Walt Disney’s first real VR animation, Cycles, won’t be its last. CNet reports that Disney is working on another “top secret” VR short film. Word comes by way of Cycles director Jeff Gipson, who will also direct the new project. Cycles is on display this week at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Utah. The piece […]

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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 a rundown on players, complete party […]

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NBCUniversal and Ludia launch DreamWorks Dragons: Titan Uprising on mobile

NBCUniversal’s Universal Games and Digital Platforms and mobile game publisher Ludia have released a new match-3 puzzle role-playing game, DreamWorks Dragons: Titan Uprising. Sure, it’s another entry in the match-3 Puzzle & Dragons genre. But this one comes attached to a license for a major motion picture series. The game will launch with the release […]

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Whispers in the Night is Fable’s groundbreaking AI experience

Fable is a content creation studio founded by Edward Saatchi and other alumni from Oculus Story Studio. After working on projects like Henry and Dear Angelica, then moving on to Fable and working on Wolves in the Walls, Saatchi was satisfied with the revelation that VR is already being taken seriously as an art form […]

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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 of virtual beings, also known […]

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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 it announced last year. Patreon […]

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GamesBeat Decides 108: Rebooting Star Wars for fun and profit

The news has calmed down after last week, and the GamesBeat staff is playing a lot of games for review. That means we have a shorter episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast for you this week. On this half-hour of power, GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti talks about playing Tales of Vesperia on Switch. PC gaming […]

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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 to tracks from Amazon Music […]

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Apptopia: Helix Jump led all mobile games in Q4 2018 with 25.6 million daily players

Mobile intelligence providers such as Apptopia almost always make our top charts about rank, downloads, or IAP revenue. Every now and then, I dip my toe into something different, like top apps by user retention percentage. It’s not as sexy as other stats, but I like to believe the hardcore mobile industry junkies enjoyed it. […]

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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 a child’s game character was […]

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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 column for that). I can, […]

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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 spat and claimed this move […]

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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 games that are live and […]

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Sensor Tower: Candy Crush players spent an average of $4.2 million a day in 2018

Players of King’s Candy Crush series of mobile puzzle games spent an average of $4.2 million a day in 2018, according to market analyst Sensor Tower. That is a growth of 6.5 percent over 2017. The franchise’s total revenues for 2018 reached $1.5 billion. The series began with 2012’s Candy Crush Saga. That free-to-play game remains the […]

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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 so, a motorcycle went racing […]

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