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Game of Thrones Battle of Winterfell most tweeted episode in TV history – CNET

Fans flood social media with 7.8 million tweets about “The Long Night.”
Source: CNET

Airbnb's newest luxury project: 10 floors at NYC's Rockefeller Plaza – CNET

The home rental company partners with one of the city’s largest real estate magnates to rent out high-end suites.
Source: CNET

Forget something? The Moshi Hexa laptop bag is so light you might think you did

The Moshi Hexa backpack is a lightweight, everyday backpack that prioritises style over masses of tiny pockets and external storage space. We took it to a trade show to see if it could handle the tougher tasks.

The post Forget something? The Moshi Hexa laptop bag is so light you might think you did appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

'Game of Thrones': A Case Against Watching the Series Finale

How could anything matter now?
Source: Wired

Interactive content is coming to Walmart’s Vudu & the BBC

Netflix’s early experiments with interactive content may not have always hit the mark. Its flagship effort on this front, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, was a frustrating experiment — and now, the subject of a lawsuit. But the industry has woken up to the potential of personalized programming. Not only is Netflix pursuing more interactive content, including perhaps a rom-com, others are following suit with interactive offerings of their own, including Amazon, Google — and now, it seems — Walmart and the BBC.

A couple of months ago, Amazon’s e-book division Audible launched professionally performed audio stories for Alexa devices in order to test whether voice-controlled choose-your-own-adventure style narratives would work on smart speakers, like the Amazon Echo.

YouTube is also developing interactive programming and live specials, including its own choose-your-own-adventure-style shows.

Now, according to a new report from Bloomberg, Walmart is placing its own bet on interactive media — but with an advertising-focused twist. Through its investment in interactive media company Eko, Walmart will debut several new shows for its streaming service Vudu that feature “shoppable” advertisements. That is, instead of just seeing an ad for a product that Walmart carries, customers will be able to buy the products seen in the shows, too.

Bloomberg’s report is light on the details — more is expected at Walmart’s Newfronts announcement this week — but Eko has already developed ads tied to interactive TV where the ad that plays matches the emotion of the viewer/participant, based on their choices within the branching narrative. It also created ads that viewers click their way through, seeing different versions of the ad’s story with each click.

And today, the BBC announced it’s venturing into interactive content for the first time, too.

As part of its NewFronts announcements, the broadcaster unveiled its plans for interactive news programming within its technology news show Click.

For the show’s 1,000th episode airing later this year, it will introduce a full-length branching narrative episode, where the experience is personalized and localized to individual viewers. Unlike choose-your-own-adventure style programs that present only a few options to pick from, viewers will also answer questions at the beginning of the show to tailor their experience.

Part of the focus will be on presenting different versions of the program based on the viewer’s own technical knowledge, the BBC said.

A team of a dozen coders is currently building the episode, so the broadcaster can’t yet confirm how many different variations will be available in the end, or what topics will be featured on the episode. However, one topic being considered is lab-grown meat, we’re told.

The BBC says it’s very much planning to make interactivity an ongoing effort going forward.

This collective rush to interactive, personalized programming may lead some to believe this is indeed the next big thing in media and entertainment. But the reality is that these shows are costly to produce and difficult to scale compared with traditional programming. Plus, viewer reaction has been mixed so far.

Some may decide further experiments aren’t worth pursuing if they don’t produce a bump in viewership, subscriber numbers, or advertiser click-throughs — depending on which metric they care about.

In the meantime, though, it will be interesting to see these different approaches to interactive content make their debut.


Source: TechCrunch

Tech Lobbyists Push to Defang California's Landmark Privacy Law

Privacy advocates worry that a slate of proposed changes to the California Consumer Privacy Act may impede the law’s effectiveness.
Source: Wired

Microsoft’s Windows Core OS will reportedly be a no-show at May’s Build event

Microsoft may not be ready to show off the future of Windows at May’s Build developer conference. A report suggests that Microsoft’s Project Andromeda hardware and Windows Core OS will be no-shows at this year’s event.

The post Microsoft’s Windows Core OS will reportedly be a no-show at May’s Build event appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

WeWork files confidentially for IPO

WeWork, the co-working giant now known as The We Company, has submitted confidential documents to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering, the company confirmed in a press release Monday.

According to The New York Times, the business initially filed IPO paperwork in December.

WeWork, valued at $47 billion in January, has raised $8.4 billion in a combination of debt and equity funding since it was founded by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey in 2010. WeWork is among several tech unicorns with hundreds of millions, billions actually, in backing from the SoftBank Vision Fund. Recently, the Japanese telecom giant eyed a majority stake in the company worth $16 billion, but cooled their jets at the last minute.

WeWork doubled its revenue from $886 million in 2017 to roughly $1.8 billion in 2018, with net losses hitting a staggering $1.9 billion. These aren’t attractive metrics for a pre-IPO business; then again, Uber’s currently completing a closely watched IPO roadshow despite shrinking growth. Here’s more from Crunchbase News on WeWork’s top line financials:

  • WeWork’s 2017 revenue: $886 million
  • WeWork’s 2017 net loss: $933 million
  • WeWorks 2018 revenue: $1.82 billion (+105.4 percent)
  • WeWork’s 2018 net loss: $1.9 billion (+103.6 percent)

On the bright side, per Axios, WeWork established a 90 percent occupancy rate in 2018, with total membership rising 116 percent to 401,000.

WeWork is often referenced as the perfect example of Silicon Valley’s tendency to inflate valuations. WeWork, a real estate business, burns through cash rapidly and will undoubtedly have to work hard to convince public markets investors of its longevity, as well as its status as a tech company.

WeWork is backed by SoftBank, Benchmark, T. Rowe Price, Fidelity, Goldman Sachs and several others.


Source: TechCrunch

Leak: Dell XPS 17 and experimental dual-screen device both could launch in 2020

Dell has some exciting new additions to its XPS product family. A dual-screen XPS computer could arrive as early as next year, according to a leaked road map, and Dell may also be planning on reviving a larger XPS 17 laptop.

The post Leak: Dell XPS 17 and experimental dual-screen device both could launch in 2020 appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

'Game of Thrones' Recap, Season 8 Episode 3: The Problem With Prophecies

Does it really matter if Arya Stark is the Princess Who Was Promised?
Source: Wired

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