Digital influencers and the dollars that follow them

Animated characters are as old as human storytelling itself, dating back thousands of years to cave drawings that depict animals in motion.

The makers of the virtual influencer, Lil Miquela, snag real money from Silicon Valley

Brud, the actual company behind one of Instagram’s most popular virtual influencers (it’s a thing), has raised millions of dollars from Silicon Valley investors because this is 2018 and ev

In the future there will be mindclones

This an exciting excerpt from the new book Thinking Machines by Like Dormehl. The book offers a detailed history of primitive machine learning and a dense and fascinating look at the future of true ar

CHKN, letting you build and raise creatures, is betaworks’ latest game

betaworks doesn’t often launch games, but when they do, it tends to stick. Just take Dots, for example, which ended up spinning out of betaworks as its own game studio. Today, the startup studio

Virtual Reality And A Parallel Universe Of Cyberclones

One of the biggest technology trends of 2015 was virtual reality (VR), from Oculus Rift to Google's cardboard headsets. TechCrunch SF Disrupt 2015 saw a lot of VR experiences where users could wear he

Tell Us Your Favorite Technology Achievement of 2015

Wowed by Internet delivered by floating balloons? Or a new way to watch TV? Or a way to charge your phone? We are searching far and wide for the best technology achievements of 2015, and we want to h

UPDATED: Turntable.fm Clone Plug.dj Has Shut Down

9/28/15 UPDATE: According to a blog post on its site, Plug.dj has shut down as of 3PM PT. A playlist export tool is available. Thank you for the fun! We’ll be shutting down at 3PM PDT today –

Twitter Bug Randomly Swaps Out Avatars For Some Accounts, Profile Settings Now Disabled

Well here's a Twitter bug that is kind of alarming. Apparently, for some verified accounts, avatars were swapped out with other random users'. Currently, the profile settings are disabled for all u

Twitter’s Laying Eggs: Many Avatars Missing

Twitter's having a rough day. It was <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/07/26/communication-breakdown-twitter-is-down-again/">down for nearly an hour</a> earlier today, and now, many users are

iTunes-Only, $15 Special Edition Of AVATAR Lets You ‘Deconstruct Scenes’

Starting next Tuesday, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Lightstorm Entertainment will be selling a special edition of blockbuster movie AVATAR with nifty behind-the-scenes content exclusiv

Video: Telepresence Robot Avatar TELESAR V

Professor Tachi from Japan's <a href="http://www.keio.ac.jp/">Keio University</a> has been working on telepresence <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/tag/robots">robots</a> since the 1980s, and TELE

Avatar 3D Blu-ray Launch To Be Exclusive To Panasonic TV Buyers

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/buy_panny.jpg" />Big <em>Avatar </em>fan? Bought a 3D-capable TV just so you could watch it again in all its glory? Well, you might want

Avatar to return to theaters August 27th

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/633968378356133295-avatarrecyclingdanceswithwolves-620x440.jpg"><a href="http://www.crunchgear.com/tag/avatar/">Avatar</a> is <a href="ht

Avatar fast becoming the most pirated Blu-ray movie of all time

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/avatartorrent.jpg" />Call me crazy, but wasn't the point of <a HREF="http://www.crunchgear.com/tag/avatar/"><i>Avatar</i></a> to go see

This lady hates Avatar, James Cameron and his mom (really)

Wow, this woman knows how to hate. She could write a book on hate that would outsell the classic Guide To Proper Hating by Brandon Barbee. 10 bucks says she loved Dancing with Wolves, though.

This is why early adopting sucks: Avatar doesn't play on some Samsung BR players

This is not for you Hey, cutting edgers! How does it feel to be the first kid on your block not to be able to play a brand new movie because of some wonky firmware issue. I have a Samsung BD-UP5000, t

Gimped "Avatar" Blu-ray coming soon

Everyone’s favorite Dances With Wolves remake, Avatar, is coming soon to Blu-ray and DVD. Just don’t expect many extras. Or 3-D. As reported by the great TheDigitalBits.com, 20th Century F

Hollywood has its best year ever in 2009 (but piracy is killing the business?)

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/hollywoodmoney.jpg" />I could have sworn "piracy" was killing the movie industry. Apparently not, when you actually look at the <i>data</

An Oscar win for Avatar tonight is a win for 3D technology as a whole

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/avataroscars.jpg" />Tonight's Oscars are as much about technology as they are good movies. Granted, movie-making has always been about em

Koreans watch Avatar in "4D"

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/avatar_korea.jpg" /> One important factor that can explain Avatar's success at the box office is certainly the 3D experience viewers can
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