entertainment

  • Barbie becomes a hologram version of herself

    Barbie becomes a hologram version of herself

    Yes, after pulling herself out of her 1950’s rut as a swimsuit model to become everything from a doctor, lawyer, computer scientist, astronaut and even the president of the United States, Barbie has now become a 3D-animated hologram that can serve up the weather on command. As first reported in Wired, The Hello Barbie Hologram debuted at the New York Toy Fair this week. And like… Read More

  • Stroy Moyd’s dating show in an Uber goes from meme to mainstream

    Stroy Moyd’s dating show in an Uber goes from meme to mainstream

    For years, Oakland-based stand-up comic Stroy Moyd has been driving for Uber and Lyft part-time to generate supplemental income. It’s a familiar story to anyone in a creative industry — even though Moyd was headlining at top San Francisco clubs like the Punch Line and Cobbs, and opening for icons like Dave Chappelle at Fox Theater in Oakland, comedy didn’t always pay… Read More

  • UPDATED: Machine learning can fix Twitter, Facebook, and maybe even America Crunch Network

    UPDATED: Machine learning can fix Twitter, Facebook, and maybe even America

    UPDATE: A previous version of this post went up under the editor’s byline. The author of the piece is Chris Nicholson.  Quitting Twitter is easy — I’ve done it a hundred times. Someone called it “a clown car that drove into a gold mine,” and like all clown cars, Twitter makes the passengers get out once in awhile. If I go back, it’s because I’m addicted. Read More

  • Teddy Ruxpin returns with eyes that can rend the bonds of space and time

    Teddy Ruxpin returns with eyes that can rend the bonds of space and time

    In this, the 3000th Year Since The Coming Of The Wanderer (All Praise His Mercy), we are greeted by the fifth Potentate, a Teddy Ruxpin with LCD eyes and iPad connectivity. Teddy Ruxpin, or, as his followers in the Cities of Refuge called him, Ted, is a robotic toy that reads to children and then flays your mind from stem to stern, stealing all hope and blasting your personality to ribbons… Read More

  • Watson Financial Services is born out of IBM’s purchase of Promontory Financial Group

    Watson Financial Services is born out of IBM’s purchase of Promontory Financial Group

    If Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest had a big data eating contest brother, IBM would be a serious contender for first place. Today the tech stalwart announced that it had come to an agreement to acquire Promontory Financial Group.  To make sense of this deal, you have to avoid relegating Promontory into the small box of financial services. Instead, it’s most practical to think… Read More

  • Jonah Peretti on staying innovative with BuzzFeed Open Lab

    Jonah Peretti on staying innovative with BuzzFeed Open Lab

    What’s a media company doing making stuffed animals that can read your emotions? Figuring out the future, apparently. Received wisdom in business is that young companies innovate so naturally they don’t need help or special programs to foster innovation. So when a young media business like BuzzFeed starts an innovation “lab,” it feels something like a college… Read More

  • The Pokémon Go influence on new tech Crunch Network

    The Pokémon Go influence on new tech

    Pokémon Go has changed the trajectory of the world on a scale just slightly smaller than Google Search and Facebook — but it will be felt through all industries in the coming years. It looks like a simple game that incorporates a few unique and compelling features. But this game has taken technologies from niche research and gaming communities and thrust them into the world’s… Read More

  • AutoLotto launches its mobile Powerball app

    AutoLotto launches its mobile Powerball app

    Purchasing a lottery ticket is usually a simple thing. Maybe too simple. But holding onto tickets long enough to check the numbers and redeem any winners requires more effort than many would prefer. That’s where AutoLotto comes in. The startup has created a mobile app that lets users buy, play and redeem lottery tickets all on their smartphones. More than 166,000 users have signed up on… Read More

  • imDown’s mobile entertainment network focuses on one-minute vertical videos

    imDown’s mobile entertainment network focuses on one-minute vertical videos

    Thanks to smartphones and the rise of apps like Snapchat and Periscope, vertical videos have gone from being an annoyance requiring a workaround to a popular and often preferred video file format. That shift has inspired a number of startups to focus on the medium, in an effort to carve out a niche in YouTube’s shadow. The latest to join the fray is imDown, a mobile-first… Read More

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