Two seemingly unrelated stories should get your attention today. Microsoft's planned $75 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard lays the groundwork for a corporatized, centralized metaverse that will enjoy all the advantages of technical dominance and global brand recognition at birth. Continue Reading →

Xbox & NFTs

Regarding NFTs, Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s head of gaming, told Axios, "I think there's a lot of speculation and experimentation that's happening, and that some of the creative that I see today feels more exploitive than about entertainment." Continue Reading →
Everyone wants new tech, but there aren't enough chips to meet demand. Shelly Palmer talks with Bianca Peters and Kerry Drew about why you can't find a PlayStation 5, and why auto dealers are charging so much for new and used cars. Continue Reading →
Seems like a lot of people are mad at Apple: the EU is accusing them of antitrust, Epic Games is suing them, and Tile thinks AirTags ripped them off. Shelly Palmer talks with Bianca Peters and Robert Moses about why Apple is making everyone so angry on Fox 5 NY's Good Day Wake Up. Continue Reading →

Last Minute Digital Gift Ideas

Last Minute Digital Gift Ideas
Christmas is Friday, and many online retailers can no longer guarantee delivery before the holiday. If you’re struggling to find a last-minute digital gift ideas, here's something for everyone on your list. Continue Reading →
ARCore Depth API
If you've ever played Pokémon Go, you know that Pikachu was just pasted on top of whatever you pointed your camera at. About a year ago, Pokémon Go creator Niantic announced that they had worked out how to let Pikachu hide behind real-world objects. The technique, called occlusion, was demonstrated in a video, not on an actual device. Yesterday, Google announced the tools to solve the problem. Continue Reading →
Facial Recognition
In a rare show of bipartisan unity this past Wednesday, Republicans and Democrats on the House Oversight Committee expressed concerns over the rapid spread of facial recognition software used by technology companies. This should make you stop and think very long and hard about what your elected leaders do not understand about the world we live in. Continue Reading →

AI and Esports

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Gamers have been pitting their wits and skill against computers since the earliest days of video games. The levels of difficulty were pre-programmed, and at a certain point in the game, the computer was simply unbeatable by all but the most gifted gamers. That was then ... Continue Reading →