Spend a week fielding sensitive HR complaints in ‘Grayscale’ web game

 If you’re looking for a way to close out your week that’s entertaining, edifying, and looks like you’re doing real work, check out Chimeria:Grayscale, a game where you act as an HR person dealing with everyday office problems via email. Okay, maybe it doesn’t sound that exciting, but there’s more to it than that. Read More

Sundance doc Our New President presents psychedelic vision of US election through a fake news lens

 If the feeling at the fairly liberal leaning Sundance Film Festival — held last year after Trump’s election but before the inauguration —was one of impending doom, this year it’s all about prophecy fulfilled. Read More

Inside Oculus and Black Eyed Peas’ VR comic book

 Today, “Masters Of The Sun” debuts at Sundance Film Festival with the backing of Oculus and becomes available on Gear VR headsets. While Facebook’s VR division recently shut down its in-house Story Studio, Oculus has traded the heavy-handed control for a lighter touch, funding unique products it couldn’t conceive itself. Masters Of The Sun is part Marvel, part… Read More

MoviePass says it will start acquiring movies, too

 On the heels of hitting a 1.5 million subscriber milestone and bringing on a new marketing chief, the subscription service for watching movies in theaters, MoviePass, today announced it’s going to start buying movies, too. The company says it will begin to invest in films so it can share in their success beyond the box office, including on other platforms like streaming, DVD, and… Read More

With ‘Wolves in the Walls,’ the ex-Oculus team at Fable Studio makes its debut

 Wolves in the Walls, directed by Pete Billington and premiering today at Sundance, is the unique product of a tight scrappy team of pioneering creatives with most of them sharing a common element of their past, they were laid off from Facebook last year when the company’s VR original content arm Oculus Story Studio was shut down. The team is back, under the name Fable Studio, a new… Read More

Tesla’s Model 3 is coming to some of its East Coast showrooms

 Tesla is bringing its newest production vehicle to its showrooms in some East Coast locations for the first time, so that potential (and many actual) customers will be able to check it out in person. The carmaker will have Model 3 demo units on display at showrooms in New York, Boston and Miami starting this week, CNBC reports.
The Model 3 will be on display in Manhattan’s Meatpacking… Read More

Apple has hired tech team from data science startup SVDS

 Apple has made a quiet but interesting move in its longer-term strategy around courting more business from enterprises. The company has hired the tech team — at least 18 people, including at least two co-founders, one of whom is the CEO — from Silicon Valley Data Science (SVDS), a startup based out of Mountain View that provides business transformation consulting to enterprises… Read More

France’s Digital Minister Mounir Mahjoubi on French startups

 More than 270 French startups flew all the way to Las Vegas for CES 2018. And France’s Secretary of State for Digital Affairs Mounir Mahjoubi came there to support them. I had the opportunity to sit down and interview him about the current state of the tech ecosystem in France and how it can compete at a global level. Mahjoubi joined Emmanuel Macron’s team as the person in charge… Read More