On episode 95 of Digital Trends Live, DT’s live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Adrien Warner broke down the biggest news stories of the day, and spoke to some fascinating guests.On the news docket this time: Apple revealed a number of new services and toys at its recent event (but were they any good?), consumers are bringing a class-action lawsuit against Zappos over a data breach, and McDonald’s may soon digitize the drive-through.Later in the show, Chase McPeak, associate editor of lifestyle site The Manual, stopped by the studio to talk about The Manual’s 2019 Grooming Awards, where Chase and company pored over the bets grooming products of the year.Over in DT’s New York City studio, Mobile Editor Julian Chokkattu spoke to Markus Witte, CEO of Babbel, a subscription-based language-learning app.Finally, Nibler interviewed Rich Jaroslovsky, vice president of content for SmartNews.
Spotify is quickly becoming a major force to be reckoned with in the podcasting space.Hot on the heels of its acquisition of podcast companies Gimlet Media, and Anchor in February, the streaming music giant has announced its plans to buy Parcast, a podcast studio known for its prolific production of original true-crime, mystery, and sci-fi audio content.“The addition of Parcast to our growing roster of podcast content will advance our goal of becoming the world’s leading audio platform.Crime and mystery podcasts are a top genre for our users and Parcast has had significant success creating hit series while building a loyal and growing fan base,” Spotify chief content officer Dawn Ostroff said in the press release.Parcast podcasts include titles like Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories, Serial Killers, Crimes of Passion, and Female Criminals, which have been described by The New York Times as, “a mix of historical fact, pop psychology and rampant speculation.” The productions tend to be low-budget affairs, but very popular, with many of its shows appearing in the top spots of Apple’s podcast charts.Parcast founder Max Cutler has said he was inspired by Serial, perhaps the best-known and most downloaded true-crime podcast.
Spotify has snapped up its third podcast company of the year as it looks to double down on the format amid a boom in on-demand listening.The Swedish streaming service today said it had acquired Parcast, a podcast studio specialising in true crime series.Read more: Apple hits back at Spotify in App Store warThe Los Angeles-based podcasting firm has produced series including Serial Killers and Unsolved Murders, and is set to launch 20 new shows this year.The acquisition is the latest move into podcasting for Spotify, which bought networks Gimlet and Anchor in February.It also represents the company’s attempts to cash in on the true crime genre, which has proved wildly popular in both podcast and TV format.
Apple started its event on Monday with a colorful video created by a fictional studio "Think different."It's filled with references to Apple products old and new, setting the stage for Apple's TV Plus announcement.After months of rumors and speculation, Apple finally took the wraps off its plans to break into the television market with Apple TV Plus and the revamped Apple TV app.To communicate that message from the onset, Apple kicked off its keynote with a video created by a fictional studio called "Think different," a nod to Apple's famous marketing slogan from the late 90s.The clip is full of references to Apple products old and new as well as the company's history.For example, it starts out saying that the production is "starring Macintosh" with a "special appearance by the phone that changed phones forever" and sound by "HomePod."
For the first time, The Washington Post’s branded content company, BrandStudio, built an augmented reality experience that can be viewed outside of the publication’s mobile app.By making it viewable in a browser, the experience of watching cherry blossoms bloom—which was built for client MGM—can be seen on iOS and Android devices, said Annie Granatstein, head of WP BrandStudio.“Our appetite for innovation matches the clients’ appetite for innovation,” Granatstein said.“Cherry blossoms themselves are such a visual and beautiful and almost emotional thing for people… we’re covering cherry blossom season with a nice bit of creativity for us.”The AR experience is viewable without having to download an additional app.Just in time for D.C.’s cherry blossom season, the studio team wrote a story about the MGM National Harbor and what’s offered there for the big event.
After snapping up Gimlet Media and Anchor in its bid to enter the podcasting arena, Spotify has just acquired Los Angeles-based studio Parcast, which produces a range of crime- and mystery-focused shows.The studio, which has been around since 2016, already has 18 series under its belt, with imaginative titles like Serial Killers, Unsolved Murders, and Cults.It’s slated to launch 20 new shows this year.Interestingly, it claims that 75 percent of its audience is female.With that, Spotify now has two major content creation teams under its wing for its mission to dominate the podcast market.It remains to be seen what this will spell for Gimlet and Parcast’s future shows.
The fourth and final episode of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season is now available on the PC in the Epic Games Store, as well as on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.It’s been a long time since we met Clementine as a shell-shocked kid in Telltale’s stunningly harsh tale in The Walking Dead: Season One in 2012.Now she is all grown up, and she has outlived Telltale itself, the San Rafael, California game studio that shut down and laid off hundreds of employees last fall.The “Take Us Back” episode wasn’t yet finished when the studio closed abruptly.But series creator Robert Kirkman of Skybound Entertainment acquired the title from Telltale and pledged to finish the game.Skybound Interactive made good on that promise and finished the game.
Squanch Games announced today that Trover Saves the Universe is coming out for PlayStation 4 and PSVR on May 31.The PC version will follow on June 4 via Steam and the Epic Game Store.The studio and game come from Justin Roiland, one of the co-creators of hit animated TV series Rick and Morty on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block.Although it does not take place in the same fictional universe, Trover Saves the Universe has a similar silly, crude humor, a lot of which comes through Roiland’s voice performances.You star as a member of an alien species that sits in a chair at all times, a clever excuse to immerse you into the game while letting you be lazy and sit on your butt.An evil beaked monster puts your dogs into his eyes and gains incredible power (yes, that is actually what happens), and you team up with reluctant, non-couch-bound Trover to, you know, save the universe.
1939 Games, an indie game studio in Iceland, announced it has raised $3.6 million to deliver it’s cross-platform digital collectible card title Kards to gamers on PC and mobile in 2019.Kards is set in World War II.The funding comes from a collection of private and public sources including government grants and international investors Tencent, Sisu Game Ventures, and Crowberry Capital.Ívar Kristjánsson, the former CEO of CCP Games, is CEO of 1939 Games.1939 Games was formed in 2015 by a group of senior ex-CCP executives with a passion for bringing authentic, premium WWII experiences to gamers.1939 Games’ creative director and lead game designer is Guðmundur Kristjánsson, who was a project lead at CCP for almost 13 years where he worked on various aspects of EVE Online’s development.
Spotify, the music streaming platform with 207 million users, is making good on its commitment to invest up to $500 million into its new podcasting business — a promise it made in February after announcing the acquisitions of podcast networks Gimlet and Anchor.Today, Spotify announced that it has acquired a small podcasting studio called Parcast, known best for true-crime and other factual serials in genres like mystery, science fiction, and history.Sample titles in the 18 it has produced to date include Serial Killers, Unsolved Murders, Cults and Conspiracy Theories although it recently also launched Mind’s Eye, its first foray into fiction.Terms of the deal — which is expected to close this quarter (Q2) 2019, subject to customary closing conditions — were not disclosed.The startup doesn’t appear to have raised any notable outside funding, and so this deal is an obvious one to help it scale up its business on the back of what is currently the world’s biggest music streaming platform.“In three years, we have created a production house that has grown exponentially and hit a chord with mystery and true-crime fans, especially women, across all 50 states and around the world.
Spotify is on something of a podcast acquisition binge, as the audio-streaming giant today announced its third such deal in less than two months.The latest target is Parcast, a podcast studio that focuses specifically on story-based series including both non-fiction and fictional works across crime and mystery.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.The acquisition will go some way toward helping Spotify solidify its position as a serious podcasting platform — one that produces its own content.“The addition of Parcast to our growing roster of podcast content will advance our goal of becoming the world’s leading audio platform,” noted Spotify’s chief content officer Dawn Ostroff.“Crime and mystery podcasts are a top genre for our users and Parcast has had significant success creating hit series while building a loyal and growing fan base.”
Sony won’t be attending E3 this year, but PlayStation fans still have plenty of games to look forward to in 2019.During its first “State of Play” event — think the PlayStation version of Nintendo Direct — several new games were announced, including a first-person Iron Man title.PlayStation VR got the bulk of the airtime, so anyone looking for an excuse to pull out the headset should be very happy.Developed by République studio Camouflaj, Iron Man VR is a first-person virtual reality game coming later this year to PlayStation VR.The trailer shown during the event didn’t showcase gameplay, but it seems to be taking a lighter tone akin to Marvel’s Spider-Man for PlayStation 4.We’ll likely get more concrete information as we move further into the year.
Spotify implements its third company in a short time when buying the production company Parcast.the Parcast is behind the 18 pods in the recent years popular kriminalgenren.Recently launched the studio its first fictional series.Parcast has over 20 new series in production, which is expected to be released in 2019.Titles will be added in the Spotify's growing catalog of original content within the poddområdet.Kriminalpoddar hit it big in the U.S. with the first season of ”Serial”, which was released in 2014.
Monday night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC is distinctive for two reasons: It takes place outside of the studio and throughout New York, and it is being shot in its entirety with Samsung’s new Galaxy S10+ smartphone.The show will open not with a traditional monologue, but with Fallon explaining how the device’s camera features, including its ultrawide lens, made it possible to capture the entire episode in various locations around the Big Apple.Be sure to tune in on Monday March 25th for an entire show captured withGalaxy S10+ in partnership with @SamsungMobileUS!Jimmy’s filming all over the city and might just go to a bar with @TheNotoriousMMA ????— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) March 20, 2019This isn’t The Tonight Show’s first dalliance with deep branded integration.
How could a watch that costs $76,000 ever have anything in common with a plug-in hybrid car, many of which are less than half that price?Digital Trends spoke to Grand Seiko about the 9R02 movement and what’s called the Torque Return System at Baselworld 2019 to get a better understanding.It is a product of Grand Seiko’s Micro Artist Studio, where just 10 craftsman make each example of this beautiful timepiece by had, after having dedicated their working lives to perfecting one particular aspect of the process.It’s the result of 28 years work, beginning in 1977, that saw 600 prototypes developed to help create a movement that combines power from a traditional mechanical mainspring with the accuracy and reliability of a quartz system.There’s still a mainspring driving a gear train, but this is connected to a complex regulator that manages energy from a coil to activate the quartz oscillator, and ensure the mainspring unwinds at the correct rate for accurate timekeeping.As a consequence, the hybrid movement lost what makes other watch movements tick — the escapement lever.
Microsoft has unveiled Pyright, an open source static-type-checking system for Python that aims to be faster than existing type-checking solutions for Python such as Mypy.Written in TypeScript and running on Node.js, Pyright doesn’t require an existing Python runtime.It is chiefly designed to be used as a Visual Studio Code plugin, but can also run as a standalone command-line tool.• Tutorial: How to get started with Python.• 6 essential libraries for every Python developer.Microsoft claims in the Readme for the project that Pyright is “typically 5X faster” than other Python type checkers that are themselves written in Python, such as Mypy, Pytype, and Pyre.
Setting up a small business is hard enough without the extortionate costs associated with modern software licenses.Set up a number of seats with full-price software and you could be looking at monthly bills nearing the salary of an employee.Now, we wouldn't advise that you start cutting corners – a creative business trying to survive on Gimp and Inkscape rather than ponying up the cash for Creative Cloud isn't going to remain a creative business for very long.But there are some business functions that you can reasonably hand off to free software without too much difference, and there are certain pieces of free software that can make your business more efficient.We've compiled this slideshow based on ten key business functions.Whether you're a design studio or a gas fitter, there's software here for you.
Sony showed more of Concrete Genie during its State of the Play stream today.It’s a third-person action-platformer exclusive for PlayStation 4.Concrete Genies is coming out this fall.It will also support PSVR.PixelOpus, a first-party Sony studio, is developing the title.The game stars a kid who uses a magic paint brush to bring monsters he draws into life.
Sony revealed Iron Man VR today during its State of Play stream, its first such video broadcast designed to show off new titles.Iron Man VR is coming later in 2019 for PlayStation 4’s PSVR.A short trailer showed a first-person perspective, with players able to use Iron Man’s Repulsor Beams.Camouflaj is developing the game.The studio is best known for its work on the stealth-based action-adventure game République.Marvel is one of the biggest brands in entertainment right now.
Assessing the quality of an application’s code is often a subjective process.This is why we turn to code metrics — quantitative measurements that provide valuable insights into our application’s code.Developers can take advantage of code metrics to understand the quality of the code, get an idea of the potential problems, and identify which types and methods need to be refactored to improve the quality.Static code analysis tools are used to measure the quality of code in an application without having to execute the application.These include FxCop, StyleCop, ReSharper, CodeIt.Right, NDepend, etc.This article presents a discussion of how we can use NDepend to visualize code quality and adopt measures to improve it.