Codename Xbox Edinburgh Stimulates Curiosity on the Internet

Xbox | July 06, 2020

A codename for "Xbox Edinburgh" found in Microsoft's Game Development Kit and Windows OS Libraries has fuelled rumours of an all-digital Xbox Series X potentially in the works. Spotted by software developer @bllyhlbrt, the Edinburgh codename appears in the Xbox One OS underneath "Anaconda", the original Xbox Series X codename, and Lockhart, the rumoured secondary console in the upcoming Xbox family that's said to be officially announced in the coming weeks. Xbox Edinburgh could be anything, from another platform in the growing Xbox ecosystem to, as WindowsCentral reporter Jez Cordon cautions, something far less exciting like an "XCloud server blade", but the newly discovered reference is certainly turning heads and motivating speculation.

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Team GB Launches Gold Lion Club for fans in the Metaverse - Offers New NFTs and Gold Lion Tokns™ that unlock exclusive experiences

Tokns | February 07, 2022

As the sporting world turns their eyes to Beijing 2022, Team GB and Tokns are proud to reveal another innovative, blockchain-based fan engagement programme. Team GB was the first-ever Olympic team to launch an official non-fungible token (NFT) collection in the run-up to the Tokyo Games last summer, and now extends that programme to include a limited amount of 'fan tokens' that unlock access to the Gold Lion Club community, fun features, and exclusive experiences which will be the envy of all fans. New benefits and experiences will be offered throughout 2022, exclusively available to holders of Gold Lion Tokns, including access to signed merchandise, athlete experiences, and eventually an immersive clubhouse in the Metaverse. Timed to correspond with Opening Ceremony festivities the TeamGBNFT.com will feature collections of rare animated NFTs celebrating the athletes' successes and a limited number of digital collectible pins, priced to include printing and shipping of a custom designed T-shirt. It will also feature a special NFT drop by Team GB supplier, Ben Sherman, showcasing a unique range of their Opening Ceremony uniforms sported by collectible Humanz™ characters. The Gold Lion Club fan engagement programme will give existing Team GB app subscribers, NFT owners and supporters the opportunity to join the 'pre-mint' event on February 5th ahead of the public mint event on the February 6th.  Fans must have a 'Meta Mask' wallet and crypto currency to participate in the minting event. Through the minting process, each Tokn will be randomly assigned a colour (bronze, silver or gold) lion on one side and hand drawn pictograms on the flip side representing the 15 sports in which Team GB athletes will compete at Beijing 2022. These will provide the owner their ticket to a dynamic game in which every time Team GB wins a medal, owners of a Token featuring that sport and medal colour will be rewarded with signed merchandise, unique athlete experiences and more. Team GB has done it again. First-ever Olympic team to create NFTs, now first to create a fan token with unique utilities throughout 2022,We are proud to be the Official Supplier and Licensee of Team GB NFTs, and are excited to see fans unlock rare experiences, official merchandise and other owner benefits with their Gold Lion Tokn." Jamie Tedford, CEO of Tokns. About Tokns Tokns partners with IP-holders, creators, and iconic brands to generate sustainable NFT royalties while future-proofing for the $8 Trillion market opportunity presented by Web3, the Metaverse and NFTs.  Leveraging our cross-blockchain Smart Contract standard, partners deploy co-branded or white label Tokns™ that serve as digital collectibles while unlocking access, utility and unique experiences in the Metaverse.   About The British Olympic Association: The British Olympic Association (BOA) is the National Olympic Committee for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Its mission is to develop, promote and protect the Olympic Movement in our territory in accordance with the Olympic Charter.

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Court TV Mystery to be rebranded ION Mystery on Feb. 24

SCRIPPS | February 28, 2022

Scripps Networks, part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP), will rebrand its popular and widely available network Court TV Mystery as ION Mystery starting today. Mystery has added popular procedural dramas to its schedule and with the network's programming now more connected with the hall of fame line-up of hit dramas on ION, aligning the two networks creates increased consumer recognition, expands brand affinity and cross-promotional strength, and facilitates the ability to naturally share content and more." Lisa Knutson, president of Scripps Networks ION Mystery reaches adults 25-54 and is available in 120 million homes representing 98% of the United States. The Scripps Networks reach nearly every American through the national news outlets Court TV and Newsy and popular entertainment brands ION, Bounce, Defy TV, Grit, ION Mystery, Laff, and TrueReal. About Scripps The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is a diversified media company focused on creating a better-informed world. As one of the nation's largest local TV broadcasters, Scripps serves communities with quality, objective local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. The Scripps Networks reach nearly every American through the ational news outlets Court TV and Newsy and popular entertainment brands ION, Bounce, Defy TV, Grit, ION Mystery, and TrueReal. Scripps is the nation's largest holder of broadcast spectrum. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, "Give light and the people will find their own way."

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Mythical Games Announces Partnership with Leading South Korean Gaming Publisher Kakao Games as Part of APAC Expansion

Mythical Games | June 20, 2022

Next-generation blockchain gaming studio Mythical Games has announced a partnership with Kakao Games, South Korea’s leading publisher of online and mobile games. Moving forward, Mythical will integrate and support the BORANETWORK – an affiliate of Kakao Games and its proprietary blockchain and layer 2 ecosystem – as both entities continue their expansion in Asia.Mythical Games’ Web3 ecosystem allows players, creators, and artists to enjoy a frictionless gaming experience through ownership of a digital game collection. Earlier this month, Mythical announced a first-of-its kind partnership with the NFL to release the league’s first blockchain-based game. Its flagship game, Blankos Block Party, recently partnered with fashion brand Burberry and electronic music artist Deadmau5. In addition to the integration, Mythical will be joining BORA’s node validator and governance committee, a major milestone for both parties as they continue to expand to global markets. "We are thrilled to be joining the BORA node validator and governance committee. We see BORA not only as a next-generation blockchain, but also as a leader in bringing entertainment to Web3 in Korea – giving them a unique edge that no other protocol has. With Mythical's expansion into Seoul earlier this year, we are keen to strategically align with leaders in the region.” -Rudy Koch, Co-Founder at Mythical Games BORANETWORK CBO Young-joon Lim said, We're thrilled to be working with Mythical Games and welcome their onboarding on BORA. Mythical Games is a pioneer and visionary in Web3 building 'play and own' game economies," and added, “We will explore cross-promotion opportunities and potential collaborations in order to create synergy between each platform. About Mythical Games Acknowledged by Forbes’ Disruptive Technology Companies To Watch in 2019 and Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2021, Mythical is a next-generation games technology company creating a Web3 gaming ecosystem by leveraging blockchain technology and playable NFTs for tools that enable players, creators, artists, brands, and game developers to become stakeholders and owners in new “play and own” game economies. Led by gaming industry veterans, the team specializes in building games around player-owned economies and has helped develop major franchises including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, Marvel Strike Force, and Skylanders. Mythical Platform protects gamers that may be new to blockchain through a custodial wallet for their digital items, while allowing advanced players the freedom to link their own wallets via bridges between the Mythical Chain and public mainnets. With its “gamers-first” focus, the Mythical Platform ensures players don’t need to dive into the intricacies of blockchain to enjoy ownership of their digital collections and have a great game experience. About Kakao Games Kakao Games is a leading publisher of online and mobile games. Founded in 2016, it is responsible for publishing a variety of games, including Krafton's PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (available in Korea), Kong Studios' Guardian Tales (available in Korea, North America, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania), XL Games’ Moonlight Sculptor (available in Korea, North America, Europe, and Taiwan), and its newest addition, Lion Heart Studio's ‘Odin: Valhalla Rising’ (available in Korea and Taiwan). Kakao Games is expanding its business to the blockchain market and Web3 gaming ecosystem. About METABORA METABORA is an affiliate of Kakao Games and the parent company of BORANETWORK focused on game development and blockchain-based gaming ecosystems. Its portfolio includes mobile games such as ‘Friends Popcorn,’ ‘Friends Town,’ and ‘Friends Shot’ based on Kakao Friends intellectual property (IP). METABORA is expanding its platform beyond traditional gaming to focus on the development of blockchain technology and the Metaverse.

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Xperi and ARD Partner to Deliver the Dashboard of the Future

DTS | May 16, 2022

DTS®, a global leader in next-generation audio, imaging and sensing technology, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Xperi Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: XPER) (“Xperi”), and ARD, the association of Germany’s regional public service broadcasters, announced the integration of the ARD broadcasters into DTS AutoStage, the first global, in-vehicle hybrid radio platform to be commercialized around the world.ARD’s public broadcasting stations, which reach more than 52 million people and represent more than 74% of all radio listening in Germany, will be integrated, free of charge, in the DTS AutoStage ecosystem. DTS AutoStage increases consumer content engagement with bold and immersive imagery, station logos, songs, comprehensive artist and album information and more, all while making the broadcasters’ content more personalized and easier to find. DTS AutoStage also enables continued station listening from local broadcast stations when the vehicle drives out of broadcast range. “As ARD, we are committed to providing our listeners with a progressive radio experience, and we are happy to partner with DTS AutoStage to achieve that goal, We are looking forward to integrating with partners to help our broadcasters meet the needs of our listeners in the rapidly evolving connected vehicle landscape. Editorial control and user-simplification are important for us and we are happy that DTS AutoStage offers broadcasters those features while enabling a broad and consistent content delivery.” -Alexander Sasse, Head of ARD Partner Management Audio and Voice The ARD/DTS AutoStage integration offers seamless, accurate and consistent delivery of all ARD broadcaster metadata in the vehicle dashboard, with the key benefit that the stations can manage their services, station information and streams all in one place. ARD and DTS AutoStage systems support broadcaster services to provide security, reliability and data compatibility with car companies. “We are pleased to join with ARD to deliver the most innovative, visually-immersive in-vehicle entertainment experience to Germany’s owners of vehicles supporting the DTS AutoStage platform, such as the latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class, EQS and others,” -Gereon Joachim, vice president, automotive sales and strategy for EMEA, at Xperi. Joe D’Angelo, senior vice president, broadcast at Xperi further stated, We know that providing the digital dashboard’s best content and maintaining editorial control is critical to broadcasters, and our system has been designed to facilitate just this. Keeping radio front, center and aggressively competitive in the dash is key to our platform. We know that this is exactly what consumers want, and we are proud to deliver it1. According to D’Angelo, the DTS AutoStage platform has been purpose-built to support radio broadcasters around the world. The team behind DTS AutoStage, which is currently available in 60 countries, has unrivaled expertise in content management, delivery and content use compliance. DTS AutoStage is ISO 9001 certified and its content is sourced from more than 80,000 radio stations, 100,000 plus broadcasts, more than 40 million tracks, four million albums, one million artist bios and more – all aggregated, curated and personalized to create the richest and most relevant in-vehicle radio listening experience. The partnership with ARD continues DTS AutoStage’s momentum as it expands into mass market vehicles globally. DTS AutoStage already has content partnerships with major broadcast groups and aggregators around the world, including:, BBC, Bauer, Cumulus, Global Radio, NPO, Audacy, Beasley, Cox Media, radiko, Radio Maria, FM World and many others. Xperi’s automotive technologies are designed to improve the in-vehicle experience and, in addition to DTS AutoStage, include DTS AutoSense and HD Radio. DTS AutoSense comprises occupancy and driver monitoring systems implemented at the edge. HD Radio, now available in more than 85 million automobiles, is the most successfully deployed commercial digital radio system worldwide. About DTS, Inc. Since 1993, DTS has been dedicated to making the world sound better. Through its pioneering audio solutions for mobile devices, home theater systems, cinema and beyond, DTS provides incredibly high-quality, immersive and engaging audio experiences to listeners everywhere. Now, DTS is also powering imaging and sensing technologies as well. For more information, please visit www.dts.com. About Xperi Holding Corporation Xperi invents, develops, and delivers technologies that enable extraordinary experiences. Xperi technologies, delivered via its brands (Adeia, DTS, HD Radio, IMAX Enhanced, TiVo), and by its startup, Perceive, make entertainment more entertaining, and smart devices smarter. Xperi technologies are integrated into billions of consumer devices, media platforms, and semiconductors worldwide, driving increased value for partners, customers and consumers. Xperi, Adeia, DTS, IMAX Enhanced, HD Radio, Perceive, TiVo and their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of affiliated companies of Xperi Holding Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other company, brand and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. About ARD ARD stands for "Association of Public Broadcasting Corporations in the Federal Republic of Germany." This consortium includes nine self-governing, publicly funded regional broadcasters serving Germany’s 16 federal states and airing approximately 250 hours of television and 1,500 hours of radio programming per day. In an online world dominated by commercial offerings, ARD provides trustworthy journalism unencumbered by the constraints of advertising and sponsorship. ARD’s online world comprises a broad range of topics such as news, sports and business, as well as shows about the arts and documentaries, to name but a few. It also gives access to ARD’s central on demand services, the ARD Mediathek and the ARD Audiothek.

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