Tag: Media

Pharos AR lets you interact with a holographic Childish Gambino

If you’ve ever wanted to interact with your favorite musician but haven’t been able to actually make it happen, there may be a way to get a similar — if not better — experience through augmented reality. The latest magic trick from multitalented recording artist, actor, and writer Donald Glover is Pharos AR, a new […]

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Watch GamesBeat Summit 2019: We talk online gaming, influencers and video, and community on Day 2

Day 2 of our GamesBeat Summit 2019 kicks off this morning at the Two-Bit Circus micro-amusement park in Downtown Los Angeles. As with Tuesday’s program, we’re streaming live from our two stages — Boss and Hero. The action starts on the Hero stage at 9:15 a.m. (all times Pacific) with opening remarks from our co-emcees, […]

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Indian music streaming giant Gaana reaches 100 million monthly users, expands into video

Gaana, India’s biggest music-streaming service, said today that’s it is introducing videos to its app and offering artists more listeners’ data as it races to attract more users and talent to widen its market dominance. The eight-year-old service, owned by conglomerate Times Internet, also revealed that it has amassed 100 million monthly active users, up […]

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Mozilla highlights AI bias and ‘addiction by design’ tech in internet health report

Mozilla today released the 2019 Internet Health Report, an analysis that brings together insights from 200 experts to examine issues central to the future of the internet. This year’s report chose to focus primarily on injustice perpetuated by artificial intelligence, what NYU’s Natasha Dow Schüll calls “addiction by design” tech like social media apps and […]

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Chrome 74 arrives with less motion sickness and new JavaScript features

Google today launched Chrome 74 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. The release includes support for a reduced motion media query, private class fields, feature policy improvements, and more developer features. You can update to the latest version now using Chrome’s built-in updater or download it directly from google.com/chrome. With over 1 billion users, […]

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Twitter is slowly perfecting the art of inventing nonsensical performance metrics

In its latest effort to innovate around its business model of opacity, Twitter officially today unveiled its latest self-invented metric, dubbed “monetizable daily active usage.” Naturally, this being Twitter, the company decided to retire the more standard Monthy Active User metric during a quarter in which it announced MAUs were actually good, MAUs rose to […]

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UploadVR announces E3 VR Showcase, a Nintendo Direct for virtual reality

PlayStation VR is the biggest virtual reality platform in gaming, but with Sony being a no-show at the important Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow this June, someone needs to step in to fill the void. Enter UploadVR. GamesBeat’s syndication partner announced today the E3 VR Showcase, a prerecorded show that will reveal new games and trailers and […]

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Watch GamesBeat Summit 2019: Phil Harrison, Amy Hennig, Ted Price, and Vince Zampella headline Day 1

Our GamesBeat Summit 2019 event kicks off today at the Two-Bit Circus micro-amusement park in Downtown Los Angeles. We’ve got 97 speakers over two days — so many good talks, in fact, that we’re broadcasting live from two stages this year. We start streaming from our two stages — Boss and Hero. The action starts on […]

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Twitter beats expectations with revenue of $787 million, as monthly users rise to 330 million

Twitter has announced Q1 2019 revenues of $787 million — a year-on-year (YoY) increase of around 20%. However, after reporting record $909 million income for the last quarter, this represents a quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) decrease of roughly 14%. Twitter did caution shareholders during its previous earnings call that it expected revenues to drop to between $715 […]

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Facebook’s new general counsel is U.S. State Department lawyer Jennifer Newstead

(Reuters) — Facebook on Monday named the legal adviser to the U.S. State Department as its general counsel, as the social media giant faces growing regulatory hurdles and privacy concerns. Jennifer Newstead, who brings government and private sector experience to the role, will succeed Colin Stretch, who decided to quit the company in July 2018, […]

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Audioburst raises $10 million to parse podcasts and audio content with AI

Audioburst, a four-year-old startup developing AI that parses, labels, and segments live and recorded audio clips, today announced two new strategic and investment partnerships totaling over $10 million (an even $5 million split) from Japanese advertising firm Dentsu and car maker Hyundai, with participation from existing investors Samsung Ventures, Nippon, and Advanced Media. They come […]

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Will Google’s Stadia console kill mobile games?

Last month at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Google announced the launch of Stadia, a streaming service that removes consoles and GPUs from gaming and replaces them with smart TVs, tablets, phones, or any computer – literally anything with a browser (Chrome, of course) and an internet connection. The obvious question for mobile […]

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MyndVR improves its VR platform for the elderly

Nearly two years ago to the day, we first wrote about MyndVR. It’s a VR platform designed for use by elderly people, giving them a raft of content to enjoy, like a Frank Sinatra tribute show. This week, though, MyndVR is expanding its mission with the help of HTC. The company is now rolling out […]

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Nintendo gets nearly a quarter of gaming’s 1.5 million TV ad impressions between March 16 and April 15

Nintendo’s been busy promoting the Switch hybrid console, and it shows: The publisher is in first place when it comes to the most-seen gaming industry TV ads, while Xbox lingers behind, followed by Respawn Entertainment. GamesBeat has partnered with iSpot.tv, the TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring you a monthly report on TV […]

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3 ways to see Notre Dame in VR

The beautiful medieval Notre Dame cathedral in Paris suffered a devastating fire this week during renovations. The spire and most of the roof were unfortunately lost- but luckily the rest of the building remains intact. President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild and restore the beloved cathedral. But while that happens, it will probably be […]

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ProBeat: Samsung must delay the Galaxy Fold, or it will fail

It’s been almost two months since Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold. The $1,980 foldable phone starts shipping on April 26. Samsung should absolutely delay it. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve certainly heard that some Samsung Galaxy Fold review units have been failing. After a day or two of use, some reviewers were […]

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Amazon strikes at Spotify with new free streaming music with ads

Billboard recently reported that Amazon had entered discussions to launch an answer to Spotify’s free music streaming tier, and apparently, those talks were productive. The Seattle company today announced an ad-supported Amazon Music option that’s available through Alexa-enabled devices in the U.S. Amazon Music’s free offering has a limited catalog, and Amazon’s reportedly offered to […]

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Fortnite and Apex Legends propel Twitch to 2.7 billion hours watched in Q1 2019

Twitch continues to be the go-to destination for watching live video. According to a new report from streaming service company StreamElements and analytics firm Stream Hatchet, people watched 2.7 billion hours worth of content on Twitch in the first quarter of 2019, a 35% increase from the first quarter of 2018. But its rivals also experienced a […]

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YouTube Music launches on Google Home

YouTube Music is heading to a smart speaker near you — if that smart speaker’s powered by Google Assistant, that is. Google this morning announced that its free, ad-supported streaming service is coming to Google Home, as well as its Pixel Buds earbuds and products from Sonos, Bose, Polk, and other third-party manufacturers. It’s available […]

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Facebook’s AI extracts playable characters from real-world videos

Remember those FMV games from the ’90s — the ones that blended prerecorded clips with animated sprites and 3D models? Facebook’s bringing them back in style, but improved tenfold. In a newly published preprint paper on Arxiv.org (“Vid2Game: Controllable Characters Extracted from Real-World Videos“), scientists at Facebook AI Research describe a system capable of extracting […]

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