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Europe’s virtual reality sector has grown to nearly 300 companies

Europe’s booming virtual reality ecosystem now consists of nearly 300 companies, according to the first European Virtual Reality landscape released by The Venture Reality Fund and France’s LucidWeb.<p>Silicon Valley-based venture firm The Venture Reality Fund tracks investments in the augmented …

Virtual Reality

Is Netflix Disney’s next big buy and is Reed Hastings its next CEO?

Last month, Netflix crushed Wall Street’s expectations with its Q3 earnings and surprisingly spry international subscriber growth. But, make no mistake, it’s all-out war in our Internet-driven and increasingly mobile-first Media 2.0 world of OTT premium video. And, Netflix is directly in the line …

Amazon Is Getting Serious About Streaming

Image Source: Motley Fool.<p><b>Amazon.com</b>(NASDAQ: AMZN) stock pulled back after its recent earnings report as profits came in short of estimates. Among the many culprits, including increased shipping costs and new warehouses, was video content.<p>The e-commerce giant is on track to become one of the …

Investing

Apple has no idea what it’s doing in the TV space, and it’s embarassing

<i>Aimless. Backwards. Confused.</i> These are just a few adjectives which, to a frustrating extent, seem to perfectly encapsulate Apple’s glaring lack of …

The World's First Home Robotic Chef Can Cook Over 100 Meals

Apparently, having a home cooked meal from the kitchens of Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse and Gordan Ramsay could become a reality. In 2018, Moley will launch the world’s first fully-automated and integrated intelligent cooking robot—a robotic kitchen that has unlimited access to chefs and their …

Robotics

Disney makes facial capture tech more practical for movies

If you don't see facial motion capture everywhere in movies and video games, there's probably a good reason for it. In order to train a capture system to match expressions, you frequently have to record the actor making all kinds of faces in different conditions... that's a lot of effort, …

Netflix Is Taking Over Hollywood, and Hollywood Isn’t Thrilled

Tara Flynn, a rising star in show development at TV studio Fox 21, walked into her boss’s office in August to announce she was leaving for a job at …

Televisions

Sustainable Tourism: Lessons from Iceland

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the PM4SD (Project Management For Sustainable Development) Conference in Akureyri, Iceland. Akureyri only has a little less than 18,000 residents but is the fourth largest town outside of Reykjavik, and the largest town not near the capital. Locals call …

Billy Bob Thorton's new show Goliath provides some campy pleasures

Billy Bob Thornton’s latest series <i>Goliath</i> incorporates all of the classic serial drama traits, from a maniacal villain to a hero down in the dumps. …

TV

Netflix’s The Get Down jumps from “very expensive” to “ludicrously expensive”

When Netflix hired lavish <i>Romeo + Juliet</i> director Baz Luhrmann to make a show about hip-hop history, it clearly knew it was going to be a pricey …

Google and Amazon Leverage Copyright Loophole to Use Songs Without Paying Songwriters

Two vastly wealthy multinational media companies are exploiting a copyright law loophole to sell the world's music without paying royalties to the world's songwriters. Why? Because Google and Amazon--purveyors of Big Data--claim they "can't" find contact information for song owners in a Google …

Netflix's big bet on original shows finally seen paying off

(Reuters) - Netflix Inc’s shares jumped as much as 20 percent on Tuesday, after the company added 50 percent more subscribers than expected in the third quarter.<p>At least 10 brokerages, including Goldman Sachs and RBC Capital Markets, raised their price targets on the stock, praising the company’s …

IT

‘Glitch’: Netflix’s Addictive Supernatural Drama Could Be the Next ‘Stranger Things’

At only six episodes long, this stellar Australian supernatural mystery leaves you dazzled and wanting more, much like Netflix’s summer hit.<p>This may …

TV

DJI's Goggles put you in the cockpit of a drone

No, this isn't another VR headset. These are video goggles from DJI. Why would you want a headset from DJI? Because it connects wirelessly to the company's new foldable Mavic Pro drone, giving you a live, bird's eye view from the camera (in 1080p no less). The idea isn't new, in drone circles it's …

'Blade Runner 2049' and Disney will come to VR via Oculus

Oculus is working on a handful of new VR content projects, but the biggest names dropped at its Oculus Connect 3 conference this afternoon were <i>Blade Runner</i> and Disney. The coming film <i>Blade Runner 2049</i> and a series of experiences about classic Disney characters are heading to Oculus platforms. <i>Blade</i> …

Amazon picks up 'Lore' TV series

Though comic conventions might traditionally be the domain of superheroes and space epics, Amazon Studios used its New York Comic Con panel today to announce that Amazon Prime will be the home of the upcoming <i>Lore</i> TV series, based on the popular nonfiction podcast of the same name. Producer Gale …

Netflix reveals what gets us hooked on shows like Stranger Things and Making A Murderer

Netflix viewers were hooked after three episodes of sci-fi drama Stranger Things and four episodes of true crime series Making A Murderer, according to analysis by the streaming service<p>More than two thirds of UK fans (70 per cent) who made it to that point in the show finished the series, Netflix …

Why Netflix’s Big New Announcement Should Worry HBO

Soon, half of Netflix’s shows and movies could be original content.<p>Following the success of a number of new Netflix shows, including <b>Baz Luhrmann’s</b> <i>The Get Down</i> and sci-fi series <i>Stranger Things</i>, the streaming video company is putting HBO in its crosshairs as it dramatically increases the amount of …

What I Learned From 3 Months In Virtual Reality

I can vividly remember my first Virtual Reality experience and it was 25 years ago!<p>It was early 1990s. I was a teenager addicted to video games. When I wanted more sensation than my Game Boy could provide, there was only one option: the arcade hall. My favorite “happy place” took my pocket money, …

Virtual Reality

Lack of compelling content is VR's number one obstacle, says survey

Job opportunities<p>The Postal Museum<p>£28,000<p>location: Central London, United Kingdom<p>Paultons Park<p>Competitive Salary & Benefits<p>location: Paultons Park, …

How Long Should You Stick With A Show Before Giving Up?

<i>All this week, we’re taking a look at the past, present, and future of Peak TV, the current, overabundant TV golden age in which we live.</i><p>Peak TV has given us hundreds of original new shows to choose from and a variety of networks, channels and streaming platforms on which to watch them. With even …

TV

HDR is going to change how you watch TV — here are the movies and shows currently available, and where to find them

HDR, not 4K, is the next big thing in TV technology.<p>My colleague Jeff Dunn has an excellent explanation of why, but the takeaway is that your next good TV will likely have both 4K, which is just basically more pixels, and HDR, which affects the colors and will have a much more noticeable affect on …

Televisions

Frank Ocean's Album Is the Straw that Broke Universal Music's Back (and It May Get Him Sued)

In the end, Frank Ocean won, and walked away with his freedom and his money. Calculating those who lost, however, is a much more complicated equation.<p>…

Once the best show on television, “Mr. Robot” has hit its sophomore slump

I used to think <i>Mr. Robot</i> was the best show on television. Now, I have no idea what’s happening on it.<p>At the end of the show’s first season a year ago, I wrote that it was one of the most impressive TV debuts I had ever seen. That season, in which a young misfit, Elliot, joins a hacker collective …

TV

‘Stranger Things’ supercut highlights every reference to classic 80s movies

If you haven’t yet seen Netflix’s latest hit <i>Stranger Things</i>, set aside some time this weekend and dive into a show that some have already dubbed an …

Reed Hastings

Hewlett Packard Enterprise picks up SGI for $275 million

The last decade-plus hasn’t been great for SGI. The company formerly known as Silicon Graphics declared Chapter 11 in 2009. That same year, it was sold to Rackable for a song, with that company somewhat confusingly changing its own name to SGI (short for Silicon Graphics International) during the …

‘Stranger Things’: Watch Perfect Side-By-Side Film References From the ’70s and ’80s

Matt and Ross Duffer’s cult hit is packed with references to the most beloved genre films of the ’80s. Here, see side-by-side shot comparisons with …

Han Solo

The 16 hottest Nordic fintech startups

London has emerged as a capital of fintech in Europe but Nordic countries — Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, and Finland — also have a flourishing scene.<p>The region is already home to a so-called fintech "unicorn" — a startup worth over $1 billion — and small business banking startup Holvi, founded …

FinTech