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Inside the Music of Netflix’s ‘Ingress: The Animation’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“Ingress: The Animation” hit last fall in Japan, but the global release doesn’t hit Netflix until April 30, fortunately, it’s bringing a little something new to the show based on Niantic’s other popular video game. The global version of the show will feature a new musical score created by Jacob Yoffee (“Free Meek,” “Andi Mack”). […]
Tags: Japan, News, Netflix, Ingress, Niantic, Ingress: The Animation, Jacob Yoffee Free Meek Andi Mack

‘Pokémon Go’ Dev Niantic Accepting City Submissions for Live Events

Fans of games like “Pokémon Go” and “Ingress Prime” can now nominate their favorite cities to potentially host a live event in 2020, developer Niantic announced on Thursday. Submissions are now open on Niantic’s website. Anyone can submit an official city nomination between now and Oct. 1, including players, parks departments, tourism boards, and local […]
Tags: News, Niantic, Pokemon Go, Ingress Prime

The leader of one of Google's most important cloud businesses explains why it took her 14 years of convincing to join the company (GOOGL, GOOG)

Aparna Sinha is group product manager of Kubernetes and Cloud Services Platform at Google — and one of Business Insider's 100 people transforming business. Kubernetes, originally created by Google engineers based on an internal project, has exploded in popularity and become one of the most widely-used cloud software projects today. Sinha discusses how she became involved in working with Kubernetes by riding a bus with one of the early Kubernetes engineers at Google and learning everything she ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Stanford, San Francisco, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Brian, Kubernetes, Tim, Niantic, McKinsey Company, Sinha, Borg, CSP

Daily Crunch: Turmoil at HQ Trivia

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. Mutiny at HQ Trivia fails to oust CEO This week’s banishment of host Scott Rogowsky was merely a symptom of the ongoing struggle to decide who will lead HQ Trivia. According to multiple sources, more than half of the startup’s staff signed an internal petition to depose CEO Rus Yusupov, whom they saw as m...
Tags: TC, Asia, Spacex, Elon Musk, Evernote, Israel, Tech, Tesla, Netflix, EC, Phil Libin, Match Group, Musk, Niantic, Scott Rogowsky, Yusupov

Niantic EC-1, Part 3 and what the data show are the best fundraising decks

Harry Potter, the Platform, and the Future of Niantic After deep dives into the story of Niantic’s spinout from Google and its creation and development of Pokémon GO, TechCrunch editor Greg Kumparak turns his attention to Niantic’s future, looking at how Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is not just uniting wand-wielders, but also the company’s ambitions in areas as diverse as 5G, China, 3D mapping, and the next-generation of augmented reality. This is definitely a weekend read (it’s about 25 mins...
Tags: TC, Tech, Harry Potter, Character, Baillie Gifford, Niantic, Russ Heddleston, DocSend, Red Antler, Charles Plowden

Harry Potter, the Platform, and the Future of Niantic

What is Niantic? If they recognize the name, most people would rightly tell you it’s a company that makes mobile games, like Pokémon GO, or Ingress, or Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. But no one at Niantic really seems to box it up as a mobile gaming company. Making these games is a big part of what the company does, yes, but the games are part of a bigger picture: They are a springboard, a place to figure out the constraints of what they can do with augmented reality today, and to figure out ho...
Tags: Tech, Pokemon, Harry Potter, EC, Niantic, Wizards Unite Niantic, Phil Keslin, AR pie Niantic, Pokéstops Niantic

AI dumbos, Niantic, mobility, design, and Google Next

Tomorrow: Google Cloud Next conference call Join TechCrunch’s enterprise mavens Frederic Lardinois and Ron Miller as they discuss what’s happening on the ground and at the (I am sure, very exciting) parties this week at Google Cloud Next in SF. They will talk live tomorrow at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT, and be sure to check your inbox one hour before for the dial-in information. When to ditch that nightmare customer No, we are not “firing” any Extra Crunch members — yet. But multi-time founder Jo...
Tags: Google, Lyft, Uber, Tech, Patreon, Niantic, Ron Miller, Frederic Lardinois, Joe Procopio, Red Antler, The Extra Crunch Daily

The definitive Niantic reading guide

In just a few years, Niantic has evolved from internal side project into an independent industry trailblazer. Having reached tremendous scale in such a short period of time, Niantic acts as a poignant crash course for founders and company builders. As our EC-1 deep-dive into the company shows, lessons from the team’s experience building the Niantic’s product offering remain just as fresh as painful flashbacks to the problems encountered along the way. As we did for our Patreon EC-1, we’ve pou...
Tags: Google, Tech, EC, WSJ, Niantic, Bryce Durbin, Niantic Google Incubated Niantic Maker of Ingress

Snap has been racing ahead to build for a post-mobile world. And it's a world that it very well could dominate. (SNAP)

Snap has been building toward a post-smartphone world to create a cohesive AR ecosystem and its own version of alternative reality. "We've been taking a step-by-step approach to how we think of the camera as a platform and have continued to execute on that vision," Eitan Pilipski, VP at Snap, told Business Insider.  Many researchers believe that the next big tech platform will be powered by augmented reality. Snap is poised to dominate this new tech platform because by getting people to use ...
Tags: North Korea, Los Angeles, Trends, Snapchat, Eiffel Tower, Evan Spiegel, Giphy, Kim Jong, Niantic, SPIEGEL, Rich Greenfield, BTIG, Victoria Petrock, PhotoMath, Eitan Pilipski, Pilipski

‘Pokemon Go’ is Ready for Summer With Go Fest in Chicago and Germany

Summer is almost here and that means it’s almost time for the Pokemon Go Summer Tour! The Pokemon Go Fest is returning to Chicago and coming to Dortmund, Germany this year, according to a press release Thursday. The Pokemon Go Fest is an event that combines the fun of the popular mobile AR game, “Pokemon […]
Tags: News, Germany, Chicago, Niantic Labs, Niantic, Dortmund Germany, Pokemon Go, Pokemon Go Fest, Pokemon GO Summer Tour

Daily Crunch: Walmart partners with Google (again)

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. Walmart partners with Google on voice-enabled grocery shopping Walmart is rolling out a new voice ordering capability, Walmart Voice Order, which works across Google Assistant-powered platforms, including Google’s smart speakers and displays, smartphones, smartwatches and more. Two years ago, Walmar...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Microsoft, Tech, Walmart, Fbi, Htc, Valve, Bmw, EC, Miami Florida, Niantic, Google Express, Joe Raedle Getty

Pokémon GO and the April Fools’ joke that made billions

It’s the morning of March 31st, 2014, and the Google Maps team is about to release its April Fools’ Day gag to the world. It wasn’t the first time this team had goofed around with an April Fools’ day joke. Google, as a whole, goes wild on April 1st. Maybe it’s for the resulting publicity. Maybe it’s to make the brand seem a little more fun. Maybe it’s to give employees a creative outlet that doesn’t seem so mission critical. It’s probably a mix of all three. Google has used the first of April to...
Tags: Google, TC, Asia, Japan, Tech, EC, Google Maps, Niantic Labs, Niantic, John Hanke, Pokemon Go, EC-1, Masashi, Masa Kawashima

EC Weekly: Gaming, crypto, shipping and the multiple future strategies of tech

Niantic EC-1 Illustration by Nigel Sussman Greg Kumparak published the first part of his planned four part EC-1 series on Niantic yesterday, focusing on the founding story of the AR/gaming unicorn from Keyhole and Google Earth to a complicated spinout from Alphabet. Lots of great nuggets on how companies get formed and built, but one I particularly enjoyed was this one: Like most companies, Google doesn’t like when employees leave. Especially employees who ran key parts of the company for yea...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Microsoft, Accessibility, Larry Page, Sony, Nvidia, Nintendo, Google Earth, John, EC, Alphabet, Larry

The Niantic EC-1

Few software companies have transformed the way we think about moving through physical space like Niantic . The creators of Pokémon GO and soon Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Niantic has become an incredible unicorn success story, with a reported valuation of nearly $4 billion. One part AR, one part gaming, one part location, and many parts fun, the company has been brilliant in executing on an original product vision for what the future of our devices — and us — will be. But the company didn’t ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Harry Potter, EC, Niantic, Greg Kumparak, Danny Crichton, Pokemon Go, Wizards Unite Niantic, Patreon EC, Niantic EC, Kumparak

How a Google side project evolved into a $4B company

How did Niantic happen? How did the company behind Pokémon GO and (soon) Harry Potter: Wizards Unite come to be? When anyone talks about Niantic, they generally mention that it’s “a Google spinout” and move on. As if that’s something that just happens every day. That dozens of people within a massive company come together, build something… and then just leave and take their work with them to form a new, independent company that goes on to have a valuation of nearly 4 billion dollars. So… how? Ov...
Tags: Google, San Francisco, Tech, Cnn, Nvidia, Pokemon, Harry Potter, Google Earth, John, Cia, Keyhole, Niantic, Central Texas, John Hanke, Keyhole Keyhole, Intrinsic

Form D filings, logistics, and Niantic

From Extra Crunch I wrote a comprehensive look at the new norms around Form D filings, which are filed with the SEC after a venture round closes. Those who’ve read this newsletter for a while know that I’ve been researching this topic for some months now. This is the sort of story that I love: a technical issue, but one with freakishly large consequences for founders and frankly for society in general. Do have a read if you have no idea what a Form D is or why it is important. John Eden has a ...
Tags: Travel, Tencent, SEC, Huawei, Meituan, Niantic, Stephen McCarthy, Grab, PUBG, The Extra Crunch Daily, Niantic EC, John Eden, Sportsfile Stories

This tech executive left a steady job at Facebook and switched careers, raising more than $5 million for a gaming startup

Nikki Lannen left a steady job as a Facebook marketing executive in 2014 to launch a gaming startup called WarDucks. Five years on, she has raised more than $5 million and is developing an augmented-reality game that will aim to emulate the success of Niantic's blockbuster hit "Pokémon Go." She told Business Insider that her ambition is to create games that force people to use their imagination. For many people with an interest in a tech career, a job at Facebook would be the pinnacle. So whe...
Tags: Facebook, Trends, Silicon Valley, Dublin, Niantic, EQT Ventures, Leaving Facebook, Nikki Lannen, Lannen, WarDucks Five, First Lannen, Fortnite Lannen, Lanned, Lannen AR

Despite short-term questions, games software/hardware to top $200 billion by 2023

Tim Merel Contributor Tim Merel is managing director of Digi-Capital. More posts by this contributor For AR/VR 2.0 to live, AR/VR 1.0 must die Chinese investment into computer vision technology and AR surges as U.S. funding dries up There has been some negative sentiment surrounding the games industry recently, with stock prices of public games companies in question in both the U.S. and China. While being contrarian to market senti...
Tags: Google, Gaming, Facebook, Column, Asia, Japan, Steve Jobs, China, Russia, India, Tech, Sony, Tencent, Pokemon, North America, Latin America

How to get special items in Pokémon Go

There are special items in Pokémon Go that can help your Pokémon evolve. The issue is they can be hard to find. Here's everything you need to know about special items, including where and how to get them. The post How to get special items in Pokémon Go appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Gaming, Trends, How-to, Pokemon, Niantic, Pokemon Go, Pokemon Go Guide

Here's everything we know about 'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite,' the new game from the creators of 'Pokémon Go' coming later this year

"Harry Potter: Wizards Unite" is a new smartphone game from the makers of "Pokémon Go." Drawing inspiration from author J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, players will be able to search for magic in the world around them. "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite" is expected to launch later in 2019; members of the press were able to play an early preview version of the game last week. "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite" is a new smartphone game for mobile devices, inspired by J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World. Co-de...
Tags: Trends, Harry Potter, North America, Wizards, J K Rowling, Niantic, WB, Matt Weinberger, Wizards Unite, Statute of Secrecy Task Force

A few Potterhead nitpicks about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Niantic today released the first gameplay footage for its upcoming mobile game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, finally giving players some idea of what its AR wizardry would look like. But does it actually look like a Harry Potter game? Wanna feel old? It’s been 22 years since Bloomsbury published the first Harry Potter book and brought our favorite magical schoolboy to the world’s attention. There’s both a whole generation of adults who grew up alongside him, and another who’ve never known a world...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Harry Potter, Niantic, Bloomsbury, Potterhead, Wizards Unite

Gather your wands and take a first look at Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Niantic and Warner Bros. have provided Harry Potter fans with their first look at the AR game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. The game will be similar in structure to Pokémon Go, but with some tweaks. The post Gather your wands and take a first look at Harry Potter: Wizards Unite appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Gaming, News, Trends, Harry Potter, Warner Bros, Wizards, Rowling, Niantic, Pokemon Go, Wizards Unite

Daily Crunch: NVIDIA is buying Mellanox for $6.9B

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. NVIDIA to buy supercomputer chipmaker Mellanox for $6.9B, beating out Intel and Microsoft The news caps off what the media had reported as a bidding war between NVIDIA, Intel and Microsoft for the chipmaker now based out of San Jose but originally founded in Israel. The deal underscores ongoing consoli...
Tags: TC, Usa, New York, Microsoft, Israel, San Francisco, Tech, Intel, Getty Images, Nvidia, Manhattan, Harry Potter, San Jose, Ny, Equity, South

I tried 'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite,' the new game from the creators of 'Pokémon Go,' and it's magical

Niantic and WB Games have finally unveiled "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite," their long-promised smartphone game that takes players into JK Rowling's Wizarding World. Superficially, "Wizards Unite" looks a lot like Niantic's previous hit, "Pokémon Go."  But in a brief hands-on session with the game, it became clear that there's a lot more to "Wizards Unite" than meets the eye — it promises to have a surprising amount of depth and variety.  In the game, players will become wizards, tasked with fi...
Tags: Trends, Harry Potter, Jk Rowling, Harry, Wizards, Hogwarts, Niantic, Ollivander, WB Games, Pok, Wizards Unite, Wizards Unite Which

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be a real-world smartphone game

The augmented reality game from the makers of Pokémon Go will take budding wizards on a magical quest through their own neighbourhoodOver a year since it was announced in November 2017, Warner Bros has lifted the lid on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a hotly anticipated new augmented reality game for smartphones due out later this year.Developed by Pokémon Go creator Niantic in collaboration with Warner’s Portkey Games label, Wizards Unite overlays the wizarding world on the real world, asking pla...
Tags: Harry Potter, Warner, Warner Bros, Wizards, Niantic, Wizards Unite

A First Look at ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite,’ the Next Game From the Makers of ‘Pokemon Go’

There is magic all around you — and you’ll have join your fellow wizards in a global quest to make sure that it stays hidden from unsuspecting muggle eyes. That’s the premise of “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite,” the upcoming mobile game from WB Games and Niantic, the makers of “Pokemon Go.” The two companies invited […]
Tags: News, Harry Potter, Augmented Reality, Niantic, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, WG Games

Niantic’s Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a sorcerous smorgasbord for the Pokémon GO generation

Niantic’s follow-up to the absurdly popular Pokémon GO, the long-awaited Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, has one major drawback: unlike its predecessor, you can’t explain it in a single sentence. There’s so much to do in this game that it may repel some casual players — but while its depths of systems and collectibles may be nigh endless, don’t worry: you still basically just walk around doing wizard and witch stuff. I got to spend a short time playing the game at Niantic’s office in San Francis...
Tags: Travel, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Gaming, San Francisco, Pokemon, Harry Potter, Augmented Reality, Warner Bros, Warner Brothers, Fortress, Hermione Granger, Golden Gate Park, Rowling, Hogwarts

All Pokémon games, ranked from best to worst

With Pokémon Sword and Shield en route to Nintendo Switch later this year, we decided to rank the first seven generations of Pokémon games from best to worst. Which generation made us want to catch 'em all the most? The post All Pokémon games, ranked from best to worst appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Gaming, Trends, Nintendo, Pokemon, Niantic, Game Freak

Top 3 Apps For a Productive Otaku

Want to be a productive otaku or anime fan? Are you seeking apps that can help you in life or gamify it? Then here's my top 3 recommended apps in specific order. 3. Pokémon GO Since July 6, 2016, Pokémon GO has been a great motivator app for exercising or casually walking around. If you've left the game for a long time or didn't try it yet, Niantic added a lot of new features like weather, trainer battles and much more. Official Website: 2. Habitica I might really bia...
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Pokémon GO will soon let you change teams for about $8

Early on in Pokémon GO, you’re asked to make a decision: what team do you want to be on? Instinct (Yellow)? Valor (Red)? Mystic (Blue)? The question comes a bit out of the blue. Especially amongst those who started early and have stuck with the game, it’s not uncommon to hear people grumble about how they wish they’d chosen differently. But once you choose, it’s final; changing teams means making a whole new account and starting the grind from Level 1. Well, until now. Pokémon GO will soon let y...
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