Machine learning is set to speed up the detection of contamination in food factories

The factories that process our food and beverages (newsflash: no, it doesn’t come straight from a farm) have to be kept very clean, or we’d all get very ill, to be blunt. Ensuring that usually ent

Creator tools startup Spore raises $1M to build closer bonds between influencers and their fans

Few spaces have grown hotter in the past year than the creator economy has, but for all of the new tools available to those starting a podcast, newsletter or storefront, most players have been more fo

EA's Spore Evolves Once More, Launches On Facebook

<a href="http://apps.facebook.com/sporeislands"><img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/sporeislands-215x87.png" width="215" height="87" /></a>Electronic Arts has brought its very po

Oh dear: There will be a movie based on the game Spore

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/sporemovie.jpg" />Here's the latest movie based on a video game that's sure to be horrendous: <i>Spore</i> will be turned into a movie, l

EA announces further plans to milk Spore dry

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/media.jpg" alt="media" title="media" width="500" height="372" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-67450" />Remember when we were all ex

EA to release games on Valve's Steam completely free of DRM

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/photos/easteam.jpg" /> Not only are EA games going to be released on Steam henceforth—in and of itself a big deal—but the games will be <a H

Two lawsuits against EA, one might have merit

Poor, wretched EA. First they have to make 600 staff walk the plank, and now they’re being sued all over the place. There are a lot of hackles raised by SecuROM’s secondary effects, like d

Harry Connick, Jr. on Spore

Conan O’Brien  You’re going to get mad and throw the joystick panel. It’s going to rap around and go…It’s going to be the end of you. Harry Connick, Jr. Did you just say

Spore now has cuboid planets – just like real life

Will Wright expressed some regret that Spore turned out to be less simulation than toybox. His original vision was less cutesy and more scientifically accurate (it’s been accused of covertly app

Will Wright says he should have been more involved in DRM planning for Spore

Will Wright, the brains behind Spore, Civilization and The Sims, finally spoke his mind yesterday about the now infamous Spore-DRM brouhaha. It’s a strange reaction, I think. It [the DRM] was so

EA's CEO on Spore: I hate DRM but it's here to stay

It’s hard to exaggerate just how much EA’s CEO, John Riccitiello, misses the point here. I personally don’t like DRM. It interrupts the user experience. We would like to get around t

Spore expansion set for November; let the chiseling begin

As visionary as Will Wright is, I think Spore has been compromised by his commercial sensibilities — or those of Maxis’ marketers. An interesting article in this month’s Seed suggest

EA doesn't think BitTorrent downloads of Spore mean lost sales

Plenty of people have downloaded Spore using BitTorrent, but EA doesn’t seem too concerned. Because on Earth 2, where EA is apparently based, people downloading torrents of the game doesn’

You engineering skill has increased by one point: StarCraft re-created in Spore

Spore! StarCraft! Korea! It’s a triforce of fun! As you might have already guessed by glancing at that photo, some enterprising folks have re-created vehicles from the hit game StarCraft in Spor

EA facing class action lawsuit over Spore DRM

And now Electronic Arts has a class action lawsuit on its hands. Hell hath no fury like Spore fans scorned. The publisher is accused of violating two laws relating to the game’s DRM. The suit cl

EA to address Spore’s DRM concerns

In light of thousands upon thousands of irate DRM-hating gamers, Electronic Arts has announced that it’ll be issuing a patch to the game that’ll allow people to de-authorize certain computers. Cur

Spore And The Great DRM Backlash

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/binary_koala/2842003002/"><img src="https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/spore-screen.jpg" alt="" title="spore-screen" /></a>If we can learn anything

Anti-Spore Web site calls the game an attack on Christianity for teaching evolution

I’m starting to think this anti-Spore site is merely a prank. It’s worded too perfectly to be On The Real™. Right, so even though Spore has been favorably reviewed (despite the DRM upro

Spore incompatible with older MacBooks

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if your MacBook is equipped with an Intel GMA 950 graphics chipset then you’re SOL. If you’re unsure then go to “About This Mac” and trickle down to the

‘Spore’ gets walloped on Amazon thanks to DRM

How about that? It seems that people don’t like DRM. The highly-anticipated “Spore” has been released to a mob of angry customers, thanks to digital rights management that basically limits the g
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