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Netflix made an awesome virtual reality interface for the Oculus Rift

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'Like any good Silicon Valley company, Netflix has the occasional Hack Day, in which it allows its engineers to forgo their other responsibilities and just build something cool. It turns out Netflix engineers have some pretty awesome ideas. Today, the company released a handful of videos of its favorite Hack Day projects, including a Chrome extension that lets you watch Netflix in a mini screen while you do something else and a way to match your movie to your room’s ambient lighting with Philips Hue bulbs….’


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Watch every death in all eight of Quentin Tarantino’s movies in 4 min 20 secs

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Right from his first film, Quentin Tarantino showed he had little remorse for killing off characters both big and small. Ever since 1992’s Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino’s films have been known nearly…

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Shout Art Loud: Interactive web documentary Shout Art Loud follows Cairo artists who tackle sexual harassment

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Chinese Moviegoers Lead the the Way For Interactive Onscreen Text Messaging - Film School Rejects

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Film School Rejects Chinese Moviegoers Lead the the Way For Interactive Onscreen Text Messaging Film School Rejects This is the same country that, as shown in the new documentary Web Junkie, has enough of an issue with youths being addicted to the…

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Netflix is now paying Time Warner Cable for direct access and faster streams

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Netflix, the online streaming giant, has signed a paid peering deal with Time Warner Cable, meaning that it now has deals with the four biggest U.S. ISPs.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Frank Miller and Sin City | Underwire | WIRED

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After nearly a decade, Sin City is back on the big screen with A Dame to Kill For. WIRED sat down with Frank Miller to find out how he went about bringing his noir tale to the multiplex for a second time.

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Love. These Brilliant Hacks of GTA and Minecraft Are Pure Art | Design | WIRED

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Kent Sheely specializes in brilliant video game subversions. 


This is Minecraft re-imagined by Kent Sheely, a new-media artist living in New York. Sheely specializes in videogame subversions like these, adding to, subtracting from, and remixing familiar interactive titles to help us consider them in new ways.

Sheely discovered videogames at a young age and realized he could bend them to his will shortly thereafter. He was 6 when he started learning the programming language Basic, and he grew up with one foot on each side of the medium—avidly playing games and making them. It wasn’t until college that he encountered people using videogames for art: “You know, really re-interpreting the existing work to communicate something about the medium and about its culture,” he says. It spurred him to explore games as a means of expression….’


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Amazon’s Square-Like Payment System Could Be Data Goldmine

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The ecommerce giant stands to gain a lot of additional data representing what people buy if its payment app takes off.

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The DeanBeat: The best video games are becoming part of something larger

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The biggest game companies are thinking bigger when it comes to transmedia entertainment.


…In the span of a couple of weeks, I heard a couple of very interesting talks on transmedia, or entertainment properties that span multiple media like games, movies, and comic books. One talk took place at the Casual Connect conference in San Francisco, where game developer Nick Fortugno observed that the creation of a new entertainment property is best pursued in the development of a mobile game. That’s because mobile games can be made inexpensively and quickly, compared to movies or console games. You can test out new ideas more easily, with less risk. If you take a risk with a movie, you’ll go broke….’


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No, Dystopian Sci-Fi Isn’t Bad for Society. We Need It More Than Ever | Opinion | WIRED

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Dystopian fiction is a warning, and if it makes people pay attention, then good—that’s the point. People shouldn’t fear technology, but they sure as hell better consider its effects.

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