Amazon recently purchased videogame streaming service Twitch for $1 billion, and ESPN President John Skipper doesn't have any current interest in promoting "eSports" in the near future. Although ESPN is still known for mainstream sports, the broadcaster has shown everything from bowling and darts to bass fishing and poker.
"It's not a sport - it's a competition," Skipper recently said. "Chess is as competition. Checkers is a competition. Mostly, I'm interested in doing real sports."
There is money that could be generated from streaming eSports, with 2.4 billion hours of eSports footage watched online in 2013, according to an HIS Technology report. The growing market could have an estimated $300 million value by 2018. Ironically, ESPN and Valve partnered to stream the Dota 2 world championship tournament on ESPN 3, the online and Web-based branch.
Social networking site Twitter wants its users to shop as they tweet, with "buy" buttons now being introduced on its service. Small numbers of mobile Twitter users on Google Android and Apple iOS devices will see the test button, with transactions finalized in just a few simple clicks.
Customers will be asked to provide debit or credit card and shipping information, then submit orders - and data saved on file will simply require a confirmation screen to make purchases. The test run is available to customers that allows them to purchase popular music or buy products from non-profit groups and select retailers.
"This is an early step in our building functionality into Twitter to make shopping from mobile devices convenient and easy, hopefully even fun," said Tarun Jain, Twitter Group Product Manager.
New car technologies that has paved the way for autonomous driving, cars communicating with one another, and other emerging features could scare some drivers away, according to Ford Chairman Bill Ford. To counter this initial fear, Ford and other carmakers need to make it easier for customers to opt out of high-tech car technologies they might not be interested in.
"A lot of this really cool technology... kind of freaks some people out," said Bill Ford, Ford Motor executive chairman, during a recent conference. "Some people hear 'autonomous driving,' and say, 'Oh my God, I never want to get into that vehicle.' Other people say, 'I don't want my car talking to other cars. That's terrible.' We have to do this thoughtfully."
Regardless of potential concerns, cars are getting smarter - and more connected - but automakers will continue to walk a fine-line to ensure they aren't forcing car buyers into uncomfortable situations.
The lure of bitcoins has led to greater interest from consumers and businesses, as bitcoin ATMs begin to pop up for converting bitcoins to cash or cash to bitcoin savings. If ATMs continue to grow in popularity, bitcoin supporters hope to see a major milestone as cryptocurrencies become mainstream.
"Having these machines in stores, especially quality stores that sell quality items, is really going to raise the profile of bitcoin," said Matt Russell, CMO of PYC, a bitcoin ATM operator in New York. "We'd be fools to not think that marketing is a part of this."
Bitcoin ATMs are being launched in metropolitan areas such as, Seattle, Austin, New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas - and companies want to drive adoption into hotels and other tourist locations. Along with U.S. cities, the ATMs are finding their way to Spain, France, England, and other EU nations - but the ATM industry is hoping to see more industry insight for the blossoming market.
It might have grossed an astonishing $1.2 billion at the worldwide box-office, making it the sixth highest grossing film of all time, but it seems that any agreement to have Robert Downey Jr. don the Iron Man armour for another stand alone feature is some time away, if ever.
Commenting to Variety, Downey Jr shot down any speculation by revealing "There isn't one in the pipe. No, there's no plan for a fourth Iron Man".
After his role in the 'Avengers' sequel 'Age of Ultron', Downey Jr is contracted to play the role just one more time, presumably in a third 'Avengers'. Unless, of course a deal can be struck with Disney and Marvel, but at 49 years of age, there's only so many years he can continue to play the role.
While Downey Jr earned a paltry $500,000 for his role in the first 'Iron Man', his profit participation negotiation for 'Iron Man 2' saw him net $12 million and then $50 million for the third.
Back in 1976 the iconic 'Star Wars' opening crawl - the text that dissolves into space in the film's opening, was a huge undertaking which was achieved with a series of models and props by Industrial Light and Magic and which was later replaced by CG text for the special edition versions.
Today, Disney have launched an interactive HTML app which allows users to generate their own 'Star Wars' crawl, prefaced with the obligatory "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away" and share via social media.
The app can be accessed from the official site.
It's a very simple to use application, but it's a whole lot of fun. It's just a pity you can't extract a video from it, but there's ways around that of course.
Thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment, we have copies of this week's Blu-ray release of 'Deep Breath', the first episode in the latest season of 'Doctor Who' up for grabs for ten lucky readers!
Directed by acclaimed Director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) and written by Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat, the beginning of the Twelfth Doctor's era stars Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as his companion (Clara Oswald) and sees the return of fan favourites The Paternoster Gang - Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) in a pulse-racing adventure through Victorian London.
To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply correctly answer the following question:
Name the star of the latest incarnation of Doctor Who
To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on September 11th. The total prize pool is $249.95.
'Doctor Who: Deep Breath' is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Australian retailers on September 10th.
Right on the back of our news on the sighting of ASUS and GIGABYTE branded GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 cards, WCCFTech is reporting that the GeForce GTX 980 will offer 10% more performance on the GTX 780 Ti, all with a 170W TDP - an incredible feat, if the rumors are true.
The rumor is coming from a post on the Chilhell forums, with some impressive 3DMark scores posted. The post mentions that the GTX 980 has 32 RPS and 128 TMUs, with its 256-bit bus and 4GB of RAM, with an model featuring 8GB of RAM to probably show up, too. The biggest thing here is that at stock clocks, the GTX 980 is 10% faster than the GTX 780 Ti, but with a TDP of just 170W compared to the TDP on the GTX 780 Ti which is still a modest 250W.
If this is true, under the same 28nm process NVIDIA have pulled off something quite incredible here, which might justify the skip over the GTX 800 series. With a TDP of 170W on the GTX 980, we have a 60% performance-per-watt increase on the same 28nm process over the GTX 780 Ti, which is something worth talking about. With a $499 price tag, this could be one heck of a GPU, something we should hear about very soon. With a reported press event this week, we could even hear about it in the coming days.
Paramount must be pleased with the dailies from the in-production fifth movie in the 'Terminator' franchise, as they've now moved to green light a further two more 'Terminator' films, which will extend the reboot into a full fledged trilogy.
Under the terms of the rights agreement which saw Skydance Entertainment take control over the property, the rights will revert back to creator James Cameron in 2019, which is why Paramount need to move now to maximise their investment, alongside the ageing of star Arnold Schwarzenegger who is now 67 years old. This presumably will close the book on the series due to Cameron's lack of desire to exploit it.
Directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), 'Terminator: Genisys', which returns Schwarzenegger into the star-making role which he last played in 2003's 'Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines', also features a new cast including Emilia Taylor of 'Game of Thrones' as Sarah Connor, alongside Jai Courtney (Die Hard 5) as her son John Connor.
'Terminator: Genisys' is due to be released on July 1 2015, whilst the second and third films will be released in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
When Destiny launches on the 9th of September on the Xbox 360 and PS3, gamers who purchased it will have a limited window to upgrade their last-generation copies to current-generation consoles.
Activision and Bungie have announced a "digital upgrade" for Destiny, that will see Xbox 360 and PS3 gamers moving over to the Xbox One and PS4 with their copies of Destiny, for a limited time. We should see the end date for this migration offer on January 15, 2015, so you've got a decent chunk of time to upgrade and keep your copy of Destiny for the new consoles.
Better yet, when you move over from the previous-gen consoles to the current-gen with your copy of Destiny, any season passes, DLC and whatever else you've collected along the way will make the trip to your new console.