entertainment

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, Barbi

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 — ev

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

Chris Nicholson Contributor Chris Nicholson co-founded Skymind and Deeplearning4j, the most popular deep-learning framework for Java. UPDATE: A previous version of this post went up under the editor&

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 fo

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

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 th

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

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. T

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. Th

Netflix: The Force Awakens

I’ve argued in the past that Netflix will have the last laugh -- that its success with content production will soon rival and surpass traditional TV networks and movie studios. Now I’m more convin

Amazon Video, Music And More Now Available On Majority Of JetBlue’s “Fly-Fi” Enabled Planes

Half a year after Amazon originally announced a partnership with JetBlue to bring its Amazon Prime Instant Video service and its Prime Music service to the airline’s passengers, the company say

RainbowMe Brings Much-Needed Diversity To Children’s Entertainment

Mainstream entertainment, especially for kids, rarely reflects the diversity of the U.S., which is on its way to becoming a majority-minority nation among those under the age of 18. Last year, 52 perc

Dull’s App Brings Trending Content From Around The Web To Your iPhone

A new mobile application called Dull wants to fill your moments of downtime by offering a feed of random content to mindlessly browse through, including photos, music, GIFs, news and information, prod

Bharti SoftBank Acquires 36.5% Stake In Indian Media Startup ScoopWhoop

Bharti SoftBank, a joint venture between business group Bharti Enterprises and SoftBank Corp., announced today that it has acquired a 36.5 percent stake in ScoopWhoop, an Indian-focused media startup.

Jared Leto Is Surprise Guest At BoxWorks, Talks Digital Transformation

Musician and actor Jared Leto stopped by BoxWorks today and talked digital transformation in the entertainment industry, and in the ultimate act of sharing, he passed around his Oscar so people could

Kids’ Educational App Companies Fingerprint & Mindshapes Team Up To Launch A Collection Of Interactive “Appisodes”

San Francisco-based kids' app platform <a target="_blank" href="http://www.fingerprintplay.com/">Fingerprint</a> is teaming up with UK educational app maker <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mindsha

Here’s Why Twitter’s Road To An IPO Won’t Be As Rocky As Some Might Think

Today, Nick Bilton of the New York Times <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/07/technology/dick-costolo-of-twitter-an-improv-master-writing-its-script.html?pagewanted=all">publishe

Evine: Former HSN CEO Takes On The Bigs, Launches Interactive Shopping Platform For Women

For over a decade, if you were to say "home shopping," you were likely referring to the experience of viewing products on your TV set, and ordering over the phone. After launching in the '80s, it wasn

Live-action "Akira" is coming, and the Hughes brothers will direct it

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/akira.jpg" /> One of the best manga ever created, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_(film)">Akira</a>, is going to the big scr

For $3,400: Bandai to sell 1.5m tall Gundam figure

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/HYPER-HYBRID-MODEL-1_12-RX-78-2-GUNDAM.jpg" /> No doubt, <a href="../tag/gundam/">Gundam</a> is Japan's favorite anime. They opened a <
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