Day: 17 novembre 2017

EA forced into last-minute changes by ‘loot box’ controversy

We write and think a lot about how music companies and artists could be interacting with their keenest ‘superfans’, including the fine line between offering them more ways to support an artist without seeming to be ‘milking’ them of their money.
Other industries are thinking about this too, of course, and not always getting it right. Games publisher Electronic Arts has been at the centre of a gathering storm around its new Star Wars Battlefront 2 game, which comes out today.
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7digital makes video news programme for Amazon’s Echo Show

7digital’s Entertainment News division is making the most of the screen that comes with Amazon’s Echo Show smart speaker.
Just launched in the UK after its US debut earlier in the year, the Show has a seven-inch screen that means companies developing Alexa skills can add video and images in to the mix.
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Annenberg Inclusion Initiative adds music to its partners

The USC Annenberg university in California is launching a new thing: the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, with music-industry partners including Universal Music backing its efforts around diversity.
“Our new name reflects our continued and unwavering commitment to championing inclusion in all forms – including but not limited to gender, race/ethnicity, LGBT, disability and now mental health – across the media industry at a time when the climate makes it clear that our solutions are more needed now than ever,” said its founder Professor Stacy L. Smith.
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Spotify will make London its latest R&D hub

You’ve likely heard about Spotify’s swanky new US headquarters in New York, but the company is also doubling down on its presence in London.
Spotify said yesterday that it will be making that office its latest ‘R&D hub’ to set it alongside the company’s Stockholm, Gothenburg, New York, San Francisco and Boston offices.
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Baidu unveils Raven H smart speaker

Chinese technology firm Baidu has unveiled a new smart speaker, which will make its debut in its homeland this December.
It’s called Raven H, and is the first product to be launched under Baidu’s umbrella by Raven Tech, a smart-home hardware startup that the company bought in February this year.
The equivalent of Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant in this case is DuerOS, which Baidu launched earlier this year as a voice-controlled AI assistant designed to run across a range of gadgets.
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