• In the future there will be mindclones

    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 artificial intelligence. The book is available now. Marius Ursache wants you to live forever. It’s not a shock to find out that, in an industry that skews as young as tech, few people spend… Read More

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

    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 is launching its second game in the form of CHKN. Imagine that Minecraft had a baby with a Tamagotchi from the 90s and you’ll have a pretty clear idea of how CHKN works. It’s a… Read More

  • Virtual Reality And A Parallel Universe Of Cyberclones Crunch Network

    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 headsets and navigate in an immersive 3D world. In Las Vegas, CES demonstrated a range of new gadgets and gaming experiences involving both VR and AR (augmented reality, e.g., Magic Leap). Read More

  • Tell Us Your Favorite Technology Achievement of 2015

    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 hear what you think. Nominate your pick for the best tech milestone of the year for the 9th Annual Crunchies Awards. The show — held live in San Francisco’s iconic War Memorial… Read More

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

    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 – http://t.co/yJ1WZTbSTv — plug.dj (@plugdj) September 28, 2015 For everyone asking: We had 60k “every single day” hard-core users (1m total MAU). Only 2.9k of them… Read More

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

    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 users, so you’re stuck with what you have now. Can you imagine trying to tweet and seeing some random Joe in your place? Yeah, weird. Read More

  • Twitter’s Laying Eggs: Many Avatars Missing

    Twitter’s Laying Eggs: Many Avatars Missing

    Twitter’s having a rough day. It was down for nearly an hour earlier today, and now, many users are complaining that their Avatars have been replaced by an egg, the Avatar given to newcomers who have not yet uploaded their own picture. Naturally, users are tweeting in droves complaining, trying to find out if they are showing up as an egg to their friends and making terrible egg-puns. Read More

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

    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 exclusively on iTunes for $14.99 (or $19.99 for the HD version). Available for pre-order now, the special digital edition of the movie lets people ‘deconstruct scenes’ in simultaneous views… Read More

  • Video: Telepresence Robot Avatar TELESAR V

    Video: Telepresence Robot Avatar TELESAR V

    Professor Tachi from Japan’s Keio University has been working on telepresence robots since the 1980s, and TELESAR V, a so-called telexistence robot avatar, is the finest work of his lab yet. The robot makes it possible to transmit sight, hearing and even touch in order “to free people from time and space constraints”. The way it works is that the robot becomes your alter ego… Read More

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

    Big Avatar fan? Bought a 3D-capable TV just so you could watch it again in all its glory? Well, you might want to sit down. Panasonic and 20th Century Fox have arrived at a deal whereby the upcoming 3D Blu-ray version of the film will only be sold to people buying new Panasonic displays. Read More

  • Avatar to return to theaters August 27th

    Avatar is coming back to theaters August 27, 2010 and will bring an extra eight minutes of “never before seen footage” I know, right? Unbelievable. It’s unbelievable that the 20th Century Fox or James Cameron or whoever are milking the film like this. This probably isn’t an unprecedented Hollywood move, but it’s certainly shady. Apparently a $749,614,235… Read More

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

    Call me crazy, but wasn’t the point of Avatar to go see it in 3D on the big screen? Otherwise, why bother? Be that as it may, Avatar is on track to hold the distinction of being the most pirated Blu-ray release of all time. Nice job, guys! Read More

  • 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. Read More

  • 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, the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray combo device that came out just as the last shots in the format war were being fired, and Avatar will not play on it. Others have had the same issue and it’s a… Read More

  • 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 Fox will shortly announce a 4/22 release date for Avatar on Blu-ray and DVD. But be aware that if you want some bonus features, or 3D, you might have to double or even triple dip. According to… Read More

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

    I could have sworn “piracy” was killing the movie industry. Apparently not, when you actually look at the data! The year 2009 was the single best year in Hollywood history as far as “money” is concerned—if you can find a single decent movie produced by Hollywood last year I’d love to see it—where it made $29.9 billion in ticket sales alone. (Never mind… Read More

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

    Tonight’s Oscars are as much about technology as they are good movies. Granted, movie-making has always been about embracing new technology—critics complained when movies first appeared, when they added sound, when they added color, etc.—but Avatar can be looked at as nothing more than a glorified tech demo. A win for Avatar tonight is a win for 3D technology, end of. Read More

  • Koreans watch Avatar in "4D"

    One important factor that can explain Avatar’s success at the box office is certainly the 3D experience viewers can have when they walk into the right movie theater. But what about watching Avatar in “4D”? In Korea, you can. The nation’s leading multiplex chain, CJ-CGV, runs a handful of so-called “4D plexes” where the experience includes moving seats… Read More

  • Avatar has made a billion dollars. Twice.

    Prepare yourself for motion picture history. Seems that Avatar is the first movie in the history of ever to pull in 2 billion USD worldwide. Uncork the champagne people. Read More

  • The best Avatar review ever

    The same guy who reviewed the Phantom Menace, apparently while sloppy drunk on a mixture of Percocet and vodka, just reviewed Avatar. His bottom line? Cameron made an affective film – affective in its purest form. Everything is “perfect,” culturally. Part two is after the jump. Good stuff. Read More

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