How will AR & VR Drive Human Lives in the Future?

March 28, 2019

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Today, the world has witnessed numerous groundbreaking technologies with their innumerous applications in almost every business industry. As a result, today’s business world is highly tech-driven and moving ahead with the fastest pace ever. Moreover, as corporates serve their offering to humans, the alterations do replicate to and influence the human lives ultimately. The evolutionary journey from the world’s first computer that weighed almost 50 tons to today’s slimmest smartphones weighing as less as 100 grams, shows how technology has made its way to the human life and become a vital part of our day-to-day activities.

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NXNE Music, Gaming, Comedy and more Festival is one of the largest and most important in Canada held every June in Toronto. NXNE was formed in 1995 in partnership with Austin's SXSW and celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019. 2019 dates are June 7 - 16. Discovery is at the core of NXNE's music programming featuring top international and Canadian acts in ascension. Acts like: Run the Jewels, St. Vincent, Billy Talent, Sarah Harmer, Feist, Broken Social Scene, the Weeknd, Joey Badass, Grimes and a hundreds more have all played the festival at critical stages in their careers.

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Games video creators can help attract new audiences to esports, if rights holders empower them to

Article | June 14, 2021

Those who have been following MIDiA’s games coverage for a while will have seen our posts about the growth problem of esports and suggestions around putting focus on the entertainment angle, rather than just on the sports angle, in order to most effectively capitalise on the opportunity. We have known for a while that esports viewers are only a subset of the broader games-related video viewing audience.We also know that esports audiences enjoy live entertainment in general, more so than many other entertainment consumer segments. MIDiA’s Q1 2021 consumer survey enabled us to dive deeper into how this opportunity can be approached. As a part of our upcoming Esports Viewer Dossier 2021 update, we have looked at the esports viewers, in comparison to consumers who say they watch games-related videos but not esports. The former represents the current state of play, while the latter represents esports’ potential audience growth opportunity.

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FILM PRODUCERS FLIP BARGAINING TABLE WITH UNIONIZING EFFORT

Article | May 21, 2021

Movie producers often find themselves negotiating with talent and crew members, and/or their production union representatives, over pay and benefits. But a group of 108 producers flipped the script Thursday in announcing they were looking to form a union of their own.Higher minimum pay and health benefits were cited as the two major reasons. While the group, called the Producers Union, boasts some heavy hitters such as Chris Moore (Manchester by the Sea) and Rebecca Green (It Follows), they made it clear that the traditional image of a Hollywood producer is misleading. Many are just getting by, project to project, looking for a breakout hit to up their quote. According to a survey released this year, 41% of producers made less than $25,000 in the pre-pandemic boom times of 2019. The Producers Union has developed a constitution with provisions for dues and diversity initiatives, with the aim of eventually negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with distributors and other film financiers. Previous efforts by producers to unionize have been thwarted by the courts and the National Labor Relations Board, according to Variety, as the NLRB saw them as supervisors and employers – which creates a high barrier to organizing.

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How to Watch Netflix in Virtual Reality

Article | April 20, 2021

Playing virtual reality video games is a blast—but it also takes work. If you simply want to kick back, relax, and experience some mind-bending visuals without thinking too much, why not try watching Netflix in VR? It's ridiculously easy to do, even if you don't have state-of-the-art equipment. There are three primary methods, depending on what kind of device you're working with: fire up the Netflix VR app on Android, set up mirroring with your iPhone, or simply download the Netflix app from your preferred Oculus device. Here's What You'll Need VR headset: No matter your budget, there's a virtual reality option for you. On the pricey end, there are sophisticated VR headsets like the Oculus Quest 2, which starts at $299, and the HTC Vive Pro Eye, which retails for $799. We've included a few other options in the gallery below, too. If you're looking for something less expensive, there's the $99 Google Daydream View system (discontinued, but you can still find them here and there), the Samsung Gear VR headset (which the manufacturer has also discontinued in the U.S., but you can find it on Amazon for $128), and the $25 Google Cardboard viewer (although you may want to purchase an additional head strap for it).

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New Doom VR Mod Releasing Soon For Oculus Quest

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NXNE

NXNE Music, Gaming, Comedy and more Festival is one of the largest and most important in Canada held every June in Toronto. NXNE was formed in 1995 in partnership with Austin's SXSW and celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019. 2019 dates are June 7 - 16. Discovery is at the core of NXNE's music programming featuring top international and Canadian acts in ascension. Acts like: Run the Jewels, St. Vincent, Billy Talent, Sarah Harmer, Feist, Broken Social Scene, the Weeknd, Joey Badass, Grimes and a hundreds more have all played the festival at critical stages in their careers.

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