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Original Content podcast: We conquer clutter with Marie Kondo’s new show

On the surface, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” sounds like a simple show: Over the course of eight episodes, organizing guru Marie Kondo helps a variety Los Angeles residents sort through their belongings and clean up their homes. But for some, following Kondo’s KonMari method can be a surprisingly difficult or emotional experience — after all, it’s really about looking at what we own and where we live. And the show has led to broader discussions around things like the value of books and how gend...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Los Angeles, Tech, Netflix, Hulu, Marie Kondo, Kondo, Sarah Perez, Original Content Podcast, Catherine Shu


Thanks to Hulu, Disney lost $580 million last fiscal year

The streaming media business is tough. Disney, which has a 30 percent stake Hulu, saw losses of $580 million last fiscal year, according to an SEC filing. This was, the SEC filing states, “primarily due to a higher loss from our investment in Hulu, partially offset by a favorable comparison to a loss from BAMTech in the prior year.” BAMTech is the streaming technology that powers ESPN+ and other services. In total, streaming accounted for more than $1 billion in losses for Disney last fiscal ...
Tags: TC, Entertainment, Disney, US, Tech, Netflix, SEC, Espn, Hulu, Streaming Media, Fox Disney, Hulu Disney


Dolby quietly preps augmented audio recorder app “234″

Dolby is secretly building a mobile music production app it hopes will seduce SoundCloud rappers and other musicians. Codenamed “234” and formerly tested under the name Dolby Live, the free app measures background noise before you record and then nullifies it. Users can also buy “packs” of audio effects to augment their sounds with EQs settings like “Amped, Bright, Lyric, Thump, Deep, or Natural”. Recordings can then be exported, shared to Dolby’s own audio social network, or uploaded directl...
Tags: Apple, Social, TC, Mobile, Apps, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Audio, Tech, Dolby, Soundcloud, Alexa, Audio Recording, Dolby Labs, Augmented Audio


Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray will reunite for Apple and A24

The director and star of “Lost in Translation” are working together again, with Bill Murray starring alongside Rashida Jones in “On The Rocks,” a new film directed by Sofia Coppola. The movie will tell the story of a young mother who reconnects with her playboy father in New York City. Production is supposed to begin this spring. “On the Rocks” is the first film to come out of the partnership between Apple and A24, which will see A24 (the studio behind “Moonlight,” “Lady Bird,” “Hereditary” a...
Tags: Apple, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Bill Murray, Murray, Rashida Jones, Sofia, Isaac Asimov, Sofia Coppola, Coppola, New York City Production, Very Murray Christmas Apple


The Square Off chess board melds the classical with the robotic

CES crowds can be tough — especially toward the end of the week. You’re physically and emotionally drained, and you’re pretty sure you’ve seen everything the consumer electronics world has to offer. And then something comes along to knock your socks off. Square Off was one such product, impressing the crowd at our meetup and walking away the winner of our hardware pitch-off. The company’s first product looks like your run of the mill wooden chess board. And that’s part of the charm. Turn it ...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Hardware, Entertainment, China, Tech, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, CES 2019, Bhavya Gohil, InfiVention, Maker Faire Rome


Hulu unexpectedly releases “Fyre Fraud” days before Netflix’s competing documentary

Not since the literary biopic showdown between “Capote” and “Infamous” has there been such an intense battle for the attention of viewers. This time, the fight is between Hulu and Netflix’s competing documentaries about the disastrous Fyre Festival, a 2017 music festival whose failure led to eight lawsuits and a six-year prison sentence for co-founder Billy McFarland. Hulu unexpectedly released its film, “Fyre Fraud” today, just four days before Netflix’s “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never ...
Tags: TC, Films, Tech, Netflix, Streaming, Miami, Emmy, Smith, Hulu, Bahamas, Entertainment Weekly, Billy, Chris Smith, McFarland, Peabody, Jenner Furst


You Can Now Make Sick Beats by Having Siri Crunch Numbers

Start the year off right, and dance your way into 2019.
Tags: Gadgets, Entertainment, Life, Tech, Amazing, Gallery


'Verizon Gaming' cloud-based games service coming soon to Android

'Verizon Gaming' is coming soon to Android, and a beta is already running on the Nvidia Shield, per a report from Chris Welch at Verge. “The Verge can report that Verizon Gaming is already up and running on the Nvidia Shield set-top box and will, according to the company’s documentation, eventually make its way to Android smartphones,” Chris writes: The Verizon Gaming app comes pre-installed on the Shield device, and Verizon will also be distributing it to testers privately through Google Pla...
Tags: Google, Android, Verizon, Gaming, Post, Games, Technology, News, Tech, Nvidia Shield, Chris, Picks, Red Dead Redemption, Chris Welch, Verizon Gaming, Fortnite Red Dead Redemption


'Verizon Gaming' soon on Android, cloud-based games service now on Nvidia Shield

'Verizon Gaming' is coming soon to Android, and a beta is already running on the Nvidia Shield, per a report from Chris Welch at Verge. “The Verge can report that Verizon Gaming is already up and running on the Nvidia Shield set-top box and will, according to the company’s documentation, eventually make its way to Android smartphones,” Chris writes: The Verizon Gaming app comes pre-installed on the Shield device, and Verizon will also be distributing it to testers privately through Google Pla...
Tags: Google, Android, Verizon, Gaming, Post, Games, Technology, News, Tech, Nvidia Shield, Chris, Picks, Red Dead Redemption, Chris Welch, Verizon Gaming, Fortnite Red Dead Redemption


Netflix faces $25 million lawsuit over ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’

If you watched Netflix’s latest ‘Black Mirror’ production, there’s no doubt it reminded you of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. Now, the publisher that owns the trademark to “Choose Your Own Adventure,” Chooseco, LLC, is suing Netflix. The publisher is alleging trademark infringement, The Hollywood Reporter first reported. In the complaint, Chooseco says Netflix “used the mark willfully and intentionally to capitalize on viewers’ nostalgia for the original book series from the 1980s and...
Tags: TC, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Black Mirror, Hollywood Reporter, Chooseco LLC, Chooseco, Bandersnatch, Bandersnatch Chooseco


Daily Crunch: Bing has a child porn problem

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Microsoft Bing not only shows child pornography, it suggests it A TechCrunch-commissioned report has found damning evidence on Microsoft’s search engine. Our findings show a massive failure on Microsoft’s part to adequately police its Bing search engine and to prevent its suggested searches and images fr...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Apps, Asia, Hardware, Microsoft, Developer, Entertainment, Government, Halo, Samsung, Tech, Nasa


How Big Are the “Next Big Things” in Tech?

Source: Statista Thousands of tech enthusiasts and industry insiders are flocking to Las Vegas this week to find out about the latest developments in the world of consumer electronics at CES 2019. The convention has barely started and manufacturers are already trying to steal the show by showing off their (often literally) biggest or most outlandish innovations. LG made some waves on Monday by unveiling a rollable 65-inch OLED TV that appears out of a box when needed. Meanwhile others have shown...
Tags: Apple, Technology, Electronics, Tech, Ces, Radio, Las Vegas, Lg, Consumer Electronics, Consumer Electronics Show, Statista, Consumer, Consumer Technology Association, General Interest


Daily Crunch: The age of quantum computing is here

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1.  IBM unveils its first commercial quantum computer The 20-qubit system combines the quantum and classical computing parts it takes to use a machine like this for research and business applications into a single package. While it’s worth stressing that the 20-qubit machine is nowhere near powerful enou...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Verizon, Apps, Enterprise, Entertainment, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Virtual Reality, Ibm, Santa Clara


After 5 years, Sony’s PS4 is still killing it

After a successful holiday season, Sony’s PlayStation 4 is nearing some pretty wild milestones. The company announced Monday that they had sold over 5.6 million PS4 units over the holiday season worldwide, bringing the total number of current-gen consoles sold to 91.6 million, a number that suggests the popular console is still vibrant even after five years on the market. Microsoft has been in a losing position throughout the “console wars” and while it hasn’t released its own numbers recently, ...
Tags: Gaming, Microsoft, Tech, Playstation, Sony, Nintendo, Ps4, Nintendo Switch


Vizio adds Apple AirPlay and HomeKit integrations to its SmartCast smart TV platform

Apple is  gearing up for a new streaming TV service to rival Netflix, Amazon and Google this year, but in the meantime, it is also expanding interoperability with more third parties like smart TV makers to make what it already has available easier to use in the living room. In the latest development, smart TV maker Vizio today announced at the CES consumer electronics show that it’s adding support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to its SmartCast interactive TV platform. The integration will mean that...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Mac, Entertainment, China, Samsung, Siri, Tech, Ces, Netflix, Canada, Amd, Vizio


Ninja raked in nearly $10 million in 2018

Twitch superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has finally settled the debate over just how much he earned in 2018. CNN reports that the gaming phenom pulled in close to $10 million last year, a little tidbit that he revealed to CNN during his press campaign on New Years Even in New York City. (He also tried to get the good people of Times Square to ‘floss.’ They weren’t having it.) Ninja has more than 20 million subscribers on YouTube, and 12.5 million followers on Twitch, 40,000 of whom are pai...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Entertainment, Youtube, New York City, Tech, Cnn, Lebron James, Twitch, Epic Games, Times Square, Ninja, Fortnite, Tyler Ninja Blevins, NickMercs, UberEats Samsung


Netflix pulled an episode of ‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj’ in Saudi Arabia after the kingdom complained

Netflix pulled an episode of “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” from its streaming service in Saudi Arabia after receiving a complaint from the kingdom. The removal was first reported by the Financial Times. The episode, titled “Saudi Arabia,” centers around the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and criticizes Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The Crown Prince has been implicated by the Central Intelligence Agency and Turkish officials in the planni...
Tags: TC, Media, Entertainment, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Censorship, Tech, Netflix, Streaming, Prince, Yemen, Central Intelligence Agency, Financial Times, Mohammed bin Salman, Freedom House, Hasan Minhaj


Original Content podcast: ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ is a frustrating interactive experiment

“Bandersnatch” offers an unusual television experience — but not a very satisfying one. The new “Black Mirror” special follows Stefan Butler as he attempts to turn a science fiction novel (also called “Bandersnatch”) into a Choose Your Own Adventure-style video game. As the story progresses, Stefan gets pulled deeper into the mystery of what happened to “Bandersnatch” author Jerome F. Davies, a mystery that eventually involves parallel universes, government conspiracies and Stefan’s own family t...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Sandra Bullock, Black Mirror, Stefan, Bird Box, Original Content Podcast, Kirsten Korosec, Bandersnatch, Netflix Bird Box, Stefan Butler, Jerome F Davies


In 2018 the ticketing industry finally killed the ‘sold out’ show

Jesse Lawrence Contributor Jesse Lawrence has been in media and tech for 20 years. Prior to TicketIQ, he worked at MediaMath and IAC. He started his career as a writer. More posts by this contributor The Golden Knights, live gambling and the future of live sports attendance After years of chasing brokers and bots, ‘slow ticketing’ will help both artists and fans Among the many myths that were laid low in 2018, perhaps none was as...
Tags: Facebook, Column, Taylor Swift, Arts, Entertainment, NFL, Supply Chain, Tech, Kanye West, Washington Dc, Nba, Monopolies, IAC, National Football League, National Basketball Association, Tickets


Epic Games surprises players on New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year! The folks over at Epic Games have a special treat in store for players hopping on Fortnite today. In celebration of New Year’s Eve all around the world, Fortnite is having an in-game live event where a massive, dropping disco ball descends on the map each hour, on the hour. The virtual ball drop has the same affect on players as a boogie bomb, meaning that everyone playing Fortnite is collectively dancing each time the minutes on your clock read :00. Obviously, the clock ha...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Entertainment, Tech, Epic Games, Nick Chester, Fortnite, Nick Chester Epic


Epic Games surprises players on New Years Eve

Happy New Year! The folks over at Epic Games have a special treat in store for players hopping on Fortnite today. In celebration of New Years Eve all around the world, Fortnite is having an in-game live event where a massive, dropping disco ball descends on the map each hour, on the hour. The virtual ball drop has the same affect on players as a boogie bomb, meaning that everyone playing Fortnite is collectively dancing each time the minutes on your clock read :00. Obviously, the clock has...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Entertainment, Tech, Epic Games, Nick Chester, Fortnite, Nick Chester Epic


Netflix releases a trailer for ‘Bandersnatch,’ the mysterious new episode of ‘Black Mirror’

What the heck is “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch”? It’s probably not just a regular episode of the critically acclaimed science fiction anthology series. Netflix has been pretty cryptic about it, only announcing its existence last week, ahead of a December 28 release. Given the reported 5 hour, 12 minute runtime, “Bandersnatch” may be the choose-your-own-adventure episode that we know was in the works — in that case, it wouldn’t actually take that hours and hours to watch, but instead would in...
Tags: TC, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Black Mirror, Fionn Whitehead


Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Roma’ might be the best movie of the year

A number of critics have declared that “Roma” is the best movie of the year. Naturally, we had to weigh in on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast. Director Alfonso Cuarón’s recent (and excellent) films were all fantasy and science fiction films (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Children of Men” and “Gravity”), but with “Roma,” he returns to the realist mode of his breakthrough “Y Tu Mamá También.” Here, Cuarón tells the story of his childhood in Mexico City — but throu...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Mexico City, Alfonso Cuarón, Harry Potter, Brian, Roma, Anthony, Cleo, Cuaron, Brian Heater, Original Content Podcast


Winter is ending: China to restart game approvals

As 2018 draws to a close, China’s gaming industry — which has been beaten by a nine-month-long freeze in license approvals — woke up to exhilarating news as officials announced that they have started to review new titles again. The much-coveted game licenses are essential for developers to legally monetize their work in China. “We’ve finished reviewing the first batch of games,” said Feng Shixin, a senior official from the propaganda department of the Chinese Communist Party, at an industry symp...
Tags: TC, Messenger, Asia, Entertainment, China, Tech, Policy, Beijing, Tencent, WeChat, Chinese communist party, GPC, Cng, Mobile Game, Communist Party, NetEase


App downloads across iOS & Google Play up 10% to 113B in 2018, consumer spend tops $76B

The app economy is continuing to grow, both in terms of app downloads and consumer spending. According to preliminary year-end data shared by App Annie, it’s predicting the number of global app downloads in 2018 will surpass 113 billion, up 10 percent from last year. Consumer spending in apps has grown even quicker – it’s up 20 percent year-over-year to surpass $76 billion worldwide. The app intelligence firm came to these figures by analyzing data across both Apple’s iOS App Store and Google...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, Games, China, Tech, Ios Apps, Netflix, Android Apps, App Stores, App Annie, Roblox, Fortnite PUBG


‘Aquaman’ is a ridiculous superhero epic

Look, I get it. Even when executed well, superhero origin stories on the big screen have become depressingly formulaic — and with the exception of “Wonder Woman,” the ones in the DC Extended Universe haven’t been executed well. And although I was one of the few moviegoers who actually enjoyed last year’s “Justice League,” I’ll admit the Aquaman material didn’t inspire a lot of confidence in the character’s solo film. Jason Momoa’s charm couldn’t obscure the fact that he was largely reduced to gr...
Tags: TC, Media, Entertainment, China, Tech, Nicole Kidman, Pacific Rim, Justice League, Warner Bros, Indiana Jones, Aquaman, Jason Momoa, DC Entertainment, Sicily, Orm, Morrison


‘Aquaman’ is a ridiculous superhero epic, and I loved every minute of it

Look, I get it. Even when executed well, superhero origin stories on the big screen have become depressingly formulaic — and with the exception of “Wonder Woman,” the ones in the DC Extended Universe haven’t been executed well. And although I was one of the few moviegoers who actually enjoyed last year’s “Justice League,” I’ll admit the Aquaman material didn’t inspire a lot of confidence in the character’s solo film. Jason Momoa’s charm couldn’t obscure the fact that he was largely reduced to gr...
Tags: TC, Media, Entertainment, China, Tech, Nicole Kidman, Pacific Rim, Justice League, Warner Bros, Indiana Jones, Aquaman, Jason Momoa, DC Entertainment, Sicily, Orm, Morrison


Men in Black are back in first MIB International trailer

A fourth Thor film may never happen (contracts and Infinity Stones depending), but the leads of the wonderfully bent Ragnarok are back to save a different beloved franchise. The first trailer for Men in Black International reunites Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as Agents H & M (the discount department store jokes write themselves), two MIB agents tasked, naturally, with saving the world from alien scourges. The London-based spinoff of the series also stars Liam Neeson, Silicon Valley st...
Tags: London, Entertainment, Tech, Silicon Valley, Liam Neeson, Will Smith, Chris Hemsworth, Emma Thompson, Thor, Tessa Thompson, Thompson, Hemsworth, Neeson, Kumail Nanjiani, Ragnarok, Men in Black International


TikTok parent ByteDance sues Chinese news site that exposed fake news problem

There’s worrying news from China’s online media world as ByteDance, the $75 billion company behind popular video app TikTok is taking a news site to court for alleged defamation after it published a story about ByteDance’s fake news problem in India. U.S. tech firms have come to rely on media to help uncover issues, but Chinese tech news site Huxiu has become the latest litigation target of ByteDance, which reportedly surpassed Uber’s valuation after raising $3 billion. The company has ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Twitter, Lawsuit, Entertainment, Congress, Youtube, China, Russia, India, Softbank, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Pakistan


MoviePass’s film studio signed a three-year deal with Bruce Willis

Say what you will about MoviePass (and there’s plenty to be said), the company doesn’t give up. The theater ticket subscription service’s production wing has dried the ink on a three picture deal with John McClane himself, Bruce Willis. Deadline, which first broke the news, notes that Willis has a long standing relationship with Randall Emmett and George Furla, MoviePass Films’ dual CEOs, who founded the company as Emmett/Furla Films way back in 1998. MoviePass’s parent Helios and Matheson...
Tags: Entertainment, Tech, Moviepass, Bruce Willis, Willis, John McClane, Gotti, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Emmett Furla Oasis Films, Matheson Analytics, Mitch Lowe, Emmett Furla Films, MoviePass Films



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