Entertainment

  • Jukely Unlimited Launches In San Francisco

    Jukely Unlimited Launches In San Francisco

    Jukely, the unlimited concert subscription startup, has been expanding its services to cities all over the U.S. since its launch last October. Memberships were first offered in New York, then L.A. A lot of people (myself included) have been waiting for it to hit the Bay Area. That time has finally come. Jukely concerts are now available in S.F. The service works by curating smaller music… Read More

  • Who Needs Sundance When You’ve Got Crowdfunding?

    Who Needs Sundance When You’ve Got Crowdfunding?

    Film festivals used to be do-or-die moments for movie makers. They were where you met the producers that could fund your project, and if the buyers liked your flick, they’d pay to have it distributed to the only place it could be seen — the grande ole cinema. But if they didn’t dig the idea or rough cut, your film never got made or was dead on arrival. Fast-forward and… Read More

  • Netflix Raising $1.5B In Debt To Invest Big In Content Acquisitions And More

    Netflix Raising $1.5B In Debt To Invest Big In Content Acquisitions And More

    As streaming video competition continues to grow between Netflix, Amazon, Google, Facebook and others, one of the leaders of the pack is planning to invest big in content acquisitions and investments to stay up front. Netflix today said it plans to offer $1 billion $1.5 billion in senior notes and plans to use the proceeds for “general corporate purposes, which may include… Read More

  • Virtual Reality, The Empathy Machine

    Virtual Reality, The Empathy Machine

    I’ve never been to Syria. Never been in a terrorist attack. Never experienced the confusion and fear, the loss of faith in my species in the face of senseless violence. But now I know just a little bit what it feels like. And it makes me want to help. What if you really could walk a mile in someone’s shoes? Shared perspective breeds understanding. Until now, though, the closest… Read More

  • Oculus’ First In-House VR Film “Lost” Is Cute, Immersive, But Hardly Interactive

    Oculus’ First In-House VR Film “Lost” Is Cute, Immersive, But Hardly Interactive

    Oculus just premiered its Story Studio’s first virtual reality cinema experience “Lost” that’s designed to demonstrate the narrative potential of VR to filmmakers. The experience features a massive robotic hand traipsing around a darkened forest in search of its body. It proves that a simple, character driven story can be told in an immersive environment. Yet while… Read More

  • Filmmakers Need A Virtual Reality Editing Suite, So Visionary VR Built It

    Filmmakers Need A Virtual Reality Editing Suite, So Visionary VR Built It

    Virtual reality is as different from movies as movies are from novels. It’s hard to port one into another without losing a lot. New storytelling mediums need new creation tools, and Visionary VR is making them. But this isn’t some Final Cut clone. Visionary’s editing suite lives entirely in VR. Directors use their hands to manipulate a 3D timeline, and select camera angles… Read More

  • Justin Kan’s The Drop Is Product Hunt For Music

    Justin Kan’s The Drop Is Product Hunt For Music

    Music, music everywhere, but what song should I pick? Dance music fans have it particularly tough when it comes to discovery. Spotify’s 100% legal catalogue lacks tons of cool, unofficial remixes and mixsets, while SoundCloud’s limited curation make sorting through the jumble of sporadically released tracks a chore. If only someone would build a Digg/Reddit/Hacker News/Product Hunt… Read More

  • Spotify Adds Press To Play And Swipe To Save Gestures, Taking Cues From Snapchat And Tinder

    Spotify Adds Press To Play And Swipe To Save Gestures, Taking Cues From Snapchat And Tinder

    Music streaming service Spotify is updating its iOS app today with features reminiscent of two other popular apps out today, Snapchat and Tinder and their press-to-play and swiping gestures. Perhaps not a moment too soon, considering Snapchat’s potential interest in a music service of it own. Specifically, a new Touch Preview option lets users listen to a song by pressing… Read More

  • Latin Everywhere Buys Inmoo And Launches Pongalo, A “Hulu For Hispanic Video”

    Latin Everywhere Buys Inmoo And Launches Pongalo, A “Hulu For Hispanic Video”

    Latin Everywhere, the Spanish-language digital media company that was formed by the merger of Latin Anywhere and YouTube success GoTV last year, is launching a new streaming video service and acquisition that it hopes will help it drive more traffic to its own property. Pongalo, as the service is called, describes itself as a “Hulu for Hispanics.” By that, the company is referring… Read More

  • CES Drone Rodeo

    Quadcopter Cowboys Duel At The Drone Rodeo

    I found unmanned aerial adventurers out in the Nevada desert. With the old west explored, at least horizontally, the new frontier is in the sky. And just like the gold rush, there’s a new crop of pioneers hoping to make a stake and maybe get rich in the burgeoning drone business. Of course, flying drones is still widely illegal. But these men and women are fighting those laws, and… Read More

  • Spotify (Finally) Upgrades Windows Phone App With New Look And More Android, iOS Features

    Spotify (Finally) Upgrades Windows Phone App With New Look And More Android, iOS Features

    Spotify, which last week announced 60 million users (15 million paying) worldwide, is announcing an upgrade to its Windows Phone app that it hopes will get more owners of Microsoft-powered mobile phones to use its streaming music service. The new app features a slicker-looking black-colored theme, alongside (finally) the appearance of Spotify’s “Your Music” feature to… Read More

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