Games/Interactive

Blockchain’s Inflated Expectations Get Real (MediaPost)

Gartner correctly tags Blockchain as just going over the peak of “inflated expectations” in its Hype Cycle report. The analyst firm just announced in a recent study that fewer ... More

Disney’s First VR Short ‘Cycles’ Debuts Next Month (Engadget)

Walt Disney Animation Studios is set to share its first VR short, a film called Cycles that took four months to create. The short will make its debut at the Association for Computi... More

OTOY’s RNDR Brings Sophisticated Graphics Rendering to Masses Via Blockchain (VentureBeat)

We all love the special effects in our favorite films, games, and animated TV shows. But it’s still a pretty complex process to create these fanciful scenes that are better than ... More

How Blockchain Will Underpin the New Trust Economy (Tech World)

Over the next two years, enterprises are expected to ramp up their efforts to test blockchain technology as part of a new method of establishing trust in a digital economy. New res... More

‘Fortnite’s’ Rocket Launch Was a Success Thanks, in Part, to Amazon Web Services (Variety)

Online game events can be disastrous. Just ask “Pokémon Go” developer Niantic, whose inaugural Pokémon Go Fest was plagued by connectivity issues. Better yet, ask any MMO pla... More

MLB Taps Amazon’s AI to Power Real-Time Game Stats, Graphics (VentureBeat)

Amazon will provide a new set of real-time statistics and graphics on live baseball games later this season, expanding its cloud computing deal with U.S. Major League Baseball, the... More

PwC Report: AI Won’t Kill the Job Market But Keep it Steady (Forbes)

It’s impossible to say precisely how artificial intelligence will disrupt the job market, so researchers at PwC have taken a birds eye view from the top down, and pointed to the ... More

Apple Promises 70 New Emoji in 2018 (VentureBeat)

Apple announced today that it will add over 70 new emoji to its 2018 operating system releases, enabling iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and watchOS 5 users to further customize the hair and... More

Facebook Unwraps Holiday-Ready AR, Instagram Tools for Merchants (The Drum)

Facebook yesterday announced a group of new tools for retailers to cater to shoppers this holiday season. Facebook has been testing out an augmented reality ad feature for its news... More

The Current Reality of Augmented Reality (AdAge)

Augmented reality is on the cusp of being one of the technological advances that are all but guaranteed to change our day-to-day behavior. Imagine living in a world filled with "mo... More

Tencent’s WeGame Platform in Push to Go Global (SCMP)

Tencent, which runs the world's largest video games business by revenue, is set to launch the international version of its WeGame store and social platform in Hong Kong, with the a... More

eSports Opens Up Opportunities for Pay-TV Providers (Rapid TV News)

Research from Parks Associates examining emerging trends in the esports entertainment industry has found that 10% of US broadband households are watching this new form of content.... More

IBM Showcases Artificial Intelligence Superiority with Project Dabater (Forbes)

This project was the latest in IBM Research’s goal to build a system “that helps people make evidence-based decisions when answers aren’t black-and-white.” Debate not only ... More

Facebook Pursues AI in Bid to ID Harmful Content (AdAge)

Facebook is pouring massive amounts of money and computing power into AI. Its overall R&D budget was $1.3 billion, though it does not disclose how much of that is artificial intell... More

Box Acquires Butter.ai to Make Search Smarter (TechCrunch)

Box announced today that it has acquired Butter.ai, a startup that helps customers search for content intelligently in the cloud. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the ... More

App-y Birthday: Apple’s $33 Billion App Store Turns 10 (Billboard)

A decade ago, Apple opened a store peddling iPhone apps, unlocking the creativity of software developers and letting users truly make their mobile devices their own. The resulting ... More

Facebook is Adding AR Ads (CNBC)

Facebook is getting into the augmented reality advertising business, entering a space previously dominated by Snap. Facebook announced Tuesday that it would begin offering AR ads i... More

PwC, Request Network Partner to Build Blockchain Solutions (CoinTrust)

PwC France has announced a partnership with the Request Network Foundation, which allows the joint development of innovative blockchain solutions. The partnership will enable PwC s... More

The Future of Customer Experience Is AI: Are You Ready? (CMS Wire)

Despite the dire predictions and well-publicized missteps, AI — when implemented correctly — can be a great boon to customer experiences and digital transformations. AI can imp... More

Why There May Never be a Netflix of Videogames (MarketWatch)

A crucial difference from over-the-top video is the technology and code underneath: since games are interactive, it’s impossible to, for example, send chunks of a show ahead of w... More