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Indie game publishers are the new indie rock labels

April 11th, 2018 at 1:34 pm » Comments Off

A new wave of boutique publishers is helping indies create better games. In 2008, Vivendi, the parent company of Sierra Entertainment, merged with game publisher Activision. The result was a new, monolithic corporation called Activision Blizzard, that was now home to some of the biggest games in the world, like Call of Duty and World […]



Generation Z is already bored by the internet

April 6th, 2018 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

Teenagers today have unprecedented access to technology, and yet many report that they’ve never been so bored. There is a notion among older people that teens, with their smartphones and unlimited internet access, never experience boredom. CNN and other media outlets have repeatedly declared that smartphones have killed boredom as we know it. “Today, we […]



Fox to kick off the human-robot war with a new AI-based game show

March 13th, 2018 at 12:43 am » Comments Off

As children, most of us humans are taught not to be a “sore loser” by throwing some kind of tantrum when we lose a competition. The idea of gracefully accepting defeat forms the basis of friendship, democracy, and game shows, but Fox is risking the sanctity of all of that by developing a new show […]



Radinn’s second-gen electric wakeboard is faster and cheaper

March 11th, 2018 at 9:27 am » Comments Off

The G2X wakeboard pushes itself along at up to 36 MPH.



YouTube is the most lucrative platform for creators — with Etsy and Instagram trailing behind

February 28th, 2018 at 1:41 am » Comments Off

The internet has sparked a new kind of economy, as creators find new ways to directly reach their audiences and customers. Services like Etsy, WordPress, and Amazon’s Twitch don’t have a lot in common, except for the fact that they give creative people ways to make a living doing what they love.



Disney has begun populating its parks with autonomous, personality-driven robots

February 18th, 2018 at 8:46 am » Comments Off

The process of making a Disney park feel alive is most easily encapsulated in animatronic figures. These hydraulic, pneumatic and now electric figures have been a fixture at Disneyland since the 60s. Since then, massive advancements have been made in control systems, movement architecture and programming. The most advanced animatronic figures like the Na’Vi Shaman […]



Illegal drone use over New York City is steeply rising

February 17th, 2018 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

Within a single year, illegal drone sightings in New York City have increased by 68 percent. When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to establish the state’s first drone-testing corridor, this is probably not what he had in mind. New York City has seen an increase in illegal drone use of 68 percent from the […]



Your smart TV is watching you watching TV, Consumer Reports finds

February 10th, 2018 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

  Consumer Reports reported that Samsung and Roku Smart TVs were vulnerable to hacking through a web-based attack. Millions of smart TVs sitting in family living rooms are vulnerable to hackers taking control — and could be tracking the household’s personal viewing habits much more closely than their owners realize, according to a new Consumer […]



Spotify disrupted the music world, now it’s doing the same to Wall Street

January 18th, 2018 at 1:30 am » Comments Off

If Spotify’s non-IPO goes forward this spring, it will be unusual in that it will be a “direct listing,” wherein the current shareholders will sell their shares directly to the retail-investing public on the NYSE, vs. to institutional investors. Spotify is the first company of its size to propose such a listing. If the listing […]



AI is learning to make you cry at the movies

December 23rd, 2017 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

New research can predict how plots, images, and music affect your emotions while watching a movie.



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