Laura Sydell http://wamc.org en Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player http://wamc.org/post/twitch-boosts-new-pro-category-video-game-player It may not surprise you that Netflix uses more bandwidth at peak hours than any other company, followed by Google and Apple. No. 4 on the list, though, is Twitch.tv.<p><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/" target="_blank">Twitch</a> is a company devoted to live interactive broadcasting of people playing video games. It's helping to launch a new type of broadcast professional.<p>"I make a living attempting to beat video games on my show, and people watch," says Jayson Love. His stage name is Man, and his show is <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/manvsgame">Man vs. Game</a>. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 07:14:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 87421 at http://wamc.org Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player No Sugar High For Wall Street: Candy Crush Maker's IPO Disappoints http://wamc.org/post/no-sugar-high-wall-street-candy-crush-makers-ipo-disapoints Candy Crush is played by trying to line up at least three of the same color of candies.<p>In February, an average of 144 million daily active users got sucked in to the challenge.<p>Candy Crush is one of more than 180 games made by King Digital Entertainment, and it alone brought in three-quarters of the company's revenue in the last quarter of 2013.<p>Roger Kay, president of research firm Endpoint Technologies Associates, says to a lot of investors, the game seemed like Farmville, the hit game by Zynga that Zynga can't seem to repeat.<p>"It's very difficult to replicate the alchemy of a great Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:38:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 86787 at http://wamc.org No Sugar High For Wall Street: Candy Crush Maker's IPO Disappoints Path To Television's Future May Be Paved In Virtual Reality http://wamc.org/post/path-televisions-future-may-be-paved-virtual-reality On display at South by Southwest is an attempt to create the future of storytelling. HBO is working with Oculus — maker of virtual reality goggles — to put the audience right into Game of Thrones. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 85507 at http://wamc.org Anti-Muslim Video Still Stirring Controversy In The Courtroom http://wamc.org/post/anti-muslim-video-still-stirring-controversy-courtroom Google intends to fight a court order to remove a controversial anti-Muslim video from YouTube in the U.S.<p>The company plans to file for a hearing before a full nine-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after two of three judges on a smaller panel forced the company to take down the film, <em>Innocence of Muslims</em>, which <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/09/21/161528858/more-protests-in-muslim-nations-some-violence">caused uproar</a> in the Islamic world in 2012.<p>The battle in the U.S. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:04:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 85227 at http://wamc.org Anti-Muslim Video Still Stirring Controversy In The Courtroom A Win For Fair Use After Record Label, Copyright Lawyer Settle http://wamc.org/post/win-fair-use-after-record-label-copyright-lawyer-settle An Australian record label that threatened to sue one of the world's most famous copyright attorneys for infringement has reached a settlement with him.<p>The settlement includes an admission that Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor, had the right to use a song by the band Phoenix.<p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/09/27/226834651/record-label-picks-a-fight-over-copyright-with-the-wrong-guy">we previously reported</a>, Lessig posted one of his lectures about the fair use of copyrighted work. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 06:36:04 +0000 Laura Sydell 84827 at http://wamc.org A Win For Fair Use After Record Label, Copyright Lawyer Settle iOS 6 Users Left In The Lurch After Security Flaw Discovered http://wamc.org/post/ios-6-users-left-lurch-after-security-flaw-discovered As has been widely reported, Apple recently <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/apples-security-bug-what-to-know-about-it-and-what-to-do-about-it/2014/02/24/b59404e4-9d59-11e3-9ba6-800d1192d08b_story.html">discovered a critical bug</a> in its iOS and OS systems. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:31:21 +0000 Laura Sydell 84665 at http://wamc.org iOS 6 Users Left In The Lurch After Security Flaw Discovered Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids' http://wamc.org/post/internet-match-apps-are-dating-steroids It's Valentine's Day, and if you aren't giving roses to someone special — or getting them — you might be thinking ahead to next year.<p>But OkCupid and Match.com may be considered old-school ways to find a mate. These days, whether you're gay or straight, the online dating scene is all about apps. Like a lot of technological change, apps bring efficiency to the process. But that isn't always a good thing.<p>Kristy Vannatter used to use the online dating service eHarmony, but she says it was a lot of work.<p>"It was just a lot of time looking at people's profiles," she says. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:15:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 83885 at http://wamc.org Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids' That's Just Like 'Her': Could We Ever Love A Computer? http://wamc.org/post/thats-just-her-could-we-ever-love-computer The film <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/12/16/251625458/spike-jonze-opens-his-heart-for-her">Her</a>, about a man who falls in love with his computerized personal assistant, has been nominated for <a href="http://oscar.go.com/nominees">five Oscars</a> including best picture. It takes place at an unspecified time in the future when computer voices sound like Scarlett Johansson instead of Siri. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:26:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 83580 at http://wamc.org That's Just Like 'Her': Could We Ever Love A Computer? What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft http://wamc.org/post/what-bill-gates-new-role-could-mean-microsoft Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is stepping down as chairman of its board and into a new role, which the company is calling "technology adviser." The change comes as a new CEO — Satya Nadella — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/04/271407768/microsoft-picks-insider-nadella-as-ceo-gates-takes-new-role">takes the helm</a>. Gates says he will actually be spending a little more time at Microsoft. Microsoft watchers say if he manages his new role well, it will be good for the company.<p>Gates is certainly the visionary who turned Microsoft into a software juggernaut. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:22:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 83266 at http://wamc.org What Bill Gates' New Role Could Mean For Microsoft Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture http://wamc.org/post/small-cinemas-struggle-film-fades-out-picture Cinema owners who don't have a digital projector in their movie house can't show Paramount Pictures' latest release: <em>The Wolf of Wall Street</em>. This year Paramount <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/26/266515266/paramount-cuts-film-giving-the-starring-role-to-digital">became the first big studio</a> to distribute a major release in the U.S. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:05:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 82934 at http://wamc.org Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture