Rich McCormick, The Verge:
Thereâ€™s no easy answer, but the most popular streamers offer viewers one or more of three key benefits: buying advice, a community built around a streamer’s personality, or the chance to observe professional grade skill. These elements, coupled with Twitchâ€™s ease of access and gamer-friendly attitude, have contributed to both the companyâ€™s billion dollar valuation, and a huge change in the way millions of people play and think about video games.
When we watch people play games we want to experience a drama unfold where their personalities combined with their skills lead to glorious victories.
Ellis Hamburger at The Verge has a Q&A about Oculus with Cory Ondrejka, creator of Second Life and VP of engineering at Facebook, and asks: â€œWhat impressed you most about it?â€
First, visual performance. The difference between a slightly laggy experience or bad registration, or an experience with slightly malfunctioning optics, makes you half feel like youâ€™re in VR and your brain has to adapt to it. With Oculus you didnâ€™t have that. Instead, it was able to cross that threshold into presence where your brain is saying “Well, this is real,” and that difference is fundamentally the difference between VR thatâ€™s a promise and VR thatâ€™s actually here.
Anna Bernasek, The New York Times:
If your monthly cellphone bill seems high, that may be because American cellphone service is among the most costly in the world.
That’s why I’m on Ting. I pay for what I use, so I tend to use less.
[…] Googleâ€™s 2006 purchase of YouTube for $1.65 billion has proven to be one of the smartest and most important acquisitions of the Internet era. My son and his friends watch far more YouTube content than they do traditional TV. Cable TV is dying.
Amazon’s betting ~US$1 billion on it.
Douglas MacMillan, The Wall Street Journal:
Amazon.com Inc. has agreed to acquire Twitch, a live-streaming service for videogame players, for more than $1 billion, according to a person who has been briefed on the matter.
Amazon wants its own YouTube.
Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times:
The message claims to be from the F.B.I., or cybersecurity firms, but is in fact the work of Eastern European hackers who are hijacking Android devices with a particularly pernicious form of malware, dubbed â€œransomwareâ€ because it holds its victimsâ€™ devices hostage until they pay a ransom.
Engadget: LG will be unveiling its G Watch R at IFA 2014 next week. R stands for round, and it seems perfectly round, not like the 270-degrees round of the Motorola Moto 360. Check out LG’s teaser. Nice.
Update 2014.08.27: LG put up photos, and the G Watch R is lookin’ good sporting a 1.3-inch circular plastic OLED (P-OLED) for the display. Full circle.
Max O’Connell, Criticwire:
Instead of running the episodes in their original 4:3 standard definition format, frames have been cropped, zoomed in and stretched to fit 16:9, or the current format for HDTV […]
If it was created in 4:3 SD, keep it that way.