The streaming, AI and VR-assisted future of listening

| March 29, 2020

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We’ve already seen a boom in smart speakers. This and the unleashing of sound experiences from any sort of tether are fuelling the audio revolution. Streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music mean sound is no longer dependent on a carrier medium or dedicated device. Instead, listening has become mobile and on-demand. Like an invisible companion, sound accompanies us wherever we go, without interruption. In the future, I believe that the distance between listener and sound will shrink even more. How so?

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Jupiter Entertainment has an enviable track record of creating successful, highly formatted series with outstanding ratings and strong renewals. From critically- acclaimed series like the explosive docusoap Sons of Guns and true crime powerhouse Snapped to established series like Biography and Modern Marvels, Jupiter has been successful in producing a wide variety of genres and formats by focusing on the timeless ingredients of great storytelling, compelling characters and high production values.Over the past 18 years, Jupiter has produced hit prime-time series and specials for A&E, Discovery, History, Investigation Discovery, Oxygen, TruTV, Fuse, and Animal Planet. Members of Jupiter’s creative team have also produced kid’s programming for Nickelodeon, daytime how-to shows for HGTV, a music-based series for TNN and even a sports entertainment property for CBS Cable – the re-launch of the American classic, Roller Derby.

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Ongoing transitions in gaming industry

Article | January 19, 2021

The gaming industry is continuously evolving with current transitions derived from VR/AR, blockchain, 5G and cloud computing. The aim of this transition is to fulfill requirements of gamers such as reducing the cost of gaming, developing more immersive experience, converting tools bought in games as transferable assets, enabling gamers to play graphic intensive games on low cost devices. Currently popular games are on the go to create augmented reality versions to be played on AR headsets with their mobile phones. The google stadia platform(a platform where graphic intensive games run in data centers and gamers can play them via web browsers) has also enabled the gaming industry to eliminate the computing limitations imposed by running games in mobile devices. The only barrier in coupling both technologies to have the best of both worlds is low bandwidth of 4G which will soon be expanded when 5G rolls out in the market. TRANSITIONS IN GAMING INDUSTRY The real time game play is currently not possible for games running in data centers and being rendered on web browsers of a gamer’s device as there is latency in reflecting the character’s action on the press of a button. Such a transition will eliminate the need for highly expensive gaming consoles which has been curbing the growth rate of the gaming industry. One more concern from gamers that’s being a barrier in revenue generation for the gaming industry is that the weapons, power packs, kits and tool kits bought in any game are simply virtual and become useless when they are done with the game. The idea to buy such time bound utility becomes insensible for players. So, now the gaming industry is evaluating the option to register these buyouts in games on blockchain which can later be used as a non tangible asset by players to trade easily. The gaming theory that’s getting popularised these days will eventually leverage the AR and VR technology to transform the education industry. The idea to provide customers with user manuals running in augmented reality that can enable a non trained worker to operate the machine is also booming. Solidworks by 3Dplm is one such tool that’s heading in this direction. The transitions mentioned above are quite exciting and the way gaming industry and mentioned technologies are evolving we can expect to get our hands on such exciting gaming technology soon too at a fraction of current costs.

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Why we expect AR/VR/MR—and this company in particular—to take off faster than Elon Musk’s and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

Article | January 19, 2021

First, let’s state the obvious: the augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) industry—often referred to as “XR” or extended reality—has been on a tear since long before the spread of the coronavirus, hitting new high notes in late 2019 and early 2020. The installed base of ARCore-compatible Android devices, for example, grew from 250 million devices in December 2018 to 400 million in May 2019. Meanwhile, 2017 heralded the Cambrian explosion of the AR world, with the introduction of easy-to-use software development kits from both Apple (called ARKit) and Google (called ARCore).

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Sony clarifies that PS5 will support ‘overwhelming majority’ of PS4 games

Article | January 19, 2021

Sony has issued an update to clarify its stance on backwards compatibility for the PlayStation 5, saying the upcoming console will support an “overwhelming majority” of the 4,000-plus existing PS4 titles. Prior to the update, Sony’s Mark Cerny, the system architect for the PS5 who detailed its full hardware specifications in a live-streamed presentation on Wednesday, said the console would support “almost all” of the top 100 PS4 titles. “A quick update on backward compatibility — With all of the amazing games in PS4’s catalog, we’ve devoted significant efforts to enable our fans to play their favorites on PS5,” Sony writes in the update text, which it posted at the top of its tech specs announcement post from two days ago.

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Player vs. Hacker: Cyberthreats to Gaming Companies and Gamers

Article | January 19, 2021

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Jupiter Entertainment

Jupiter Entertainment has an enviable track record of creating successful, highly formatted series with outstanding ratings and strong renewals. From critically- acclaimed series like the explosive docusoap Sons of Guns and true crime powerhouse Snapped to established series like Biography and Modern Marvels, Jupiter has been successful in producing a wide variety of genres and formats by focusing on the timeless ingredients of great storytelling, compelling characters and high production values.Over the past 18 years, Jupiter has produced hit prime-time series and specials for A&E, Discovery, History, Investigation Discovery, Oxygen, TruTV, Fuse, and Animal Planet. Members of Jupiter’s creative team have also produced kid’s programming for Nickelodeon, daytime how-to shows for HGTV, a music-based series for TNN and even a sports entertainment property for CBS Cable – the re-launch of the American classic, Roller Derby.

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