The Morning After: The real world doesn’t matter in ‘Ready Player One’

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Today, we have a new look Reddit, for the first time in forever, test the newest (and cheaper) iPad and take a closer look at Ready Player One.
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In ‘Ready Player One,’ the real world doesn’t matter

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When Steven Spielberg introduced Ready Player One at SXSW this year, he made a surprising statement: "This is not a film that we've made, this is — I promise you — a movie." And really, there's no better way to put it. It's a pop culture-driven, no…
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‘One Finger Death Punch 2’ will pummel its way into your heart

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At the GDC 2018 Indie Megabooth on Monday, Silver Dollar Games showed off One Finger Death Punch 2, the sequel to its popular 2013 brawler. Fans of the original — and fans of smash-em-ups in general — are not going to be disappointed.
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Micromax invests in AI-based start-up ‘One Labs’, will pre-load inOne all-in-one app on its devices

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Micromax today announced that it is investing consumer technology and AI-based start-up ‘One Labs’ with an aim to bring users closer to smarter app user experiences. ‘InOne’ is a platform with access to apps across multiple platforms including food, shopping, travel, cabs, news, recharge, games and more from within a single app. One Labs also has an AI-enabled voice/chatbot solution called One Assistant that provides virtual assistance to users. The company said that ‘inOne’ will be pre-loaded in its devices and will further enhance the features available to users on its ‘Around You’ platform. The inOne platform currently hosts around 50+ apps, and some of the apps accessible on the inOne platform include Zomato, Ola, Uber, Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal, Housejoy, Nearbuy, Urban Clap, ixigo, and BookMyShow. This will also bring features like price comparison across categories including offline and online stores like Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Paytm. The company says the In One will help users save space, background activity, performance, and battery life as well. One Labs says that the company will use the funding for further development and bring around 200+ apps on the platform within the next 12 months by opening inOne to third-party developers and making it an instant app platform. Vikas Jain, Co-Founder, Micromax Informatics said: At …
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‘Ready Player One’ VR games show the future is now

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Ready Player One imagines the year 2044 as an industrial wasteland where people escape the perils of modern life by strapping on virtual reality headsets and disappearing into a vast digital playground called the OASIS. The book, written by Ernest Cl…
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Apple Music sponsors free Anderson .Paak ‘One Night Only’ performance in London on March 13

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Apple Music has announced it is sponsoring a concert at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, UK starring artist Anderson .Paak on March 13, with tickets for the one-night-only event being made available free of charge from Friday morning — but don’t plan on using your iPhone in the venue.
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Everyone wants to build a giant consumer subscription business. Spotify already has one.

71 million subscribers is a big deal, and it gives CEO Daniel Ek lots of options.

It is easy to be skeptical about Spotify’s about-to-be-public business, which it thinks is worth north of $ 20 billion. So let’s do that quickly.

Spotify:

  • Loses a lot of money.
  • Has always lost a lot of money.
  • Is a digital music business, and those businesses don’t make money.

And here’s the quick version of Spotify’s upside, expressed by people in and around the company for years:

  • We’re losing money because we’re growing. But if we wanted to stop growing we’d make money. No problem.
  • Maybe we can sell stuff beyond expensive, low-margin music. That’s why we’ve flirted with video (at one point, according to people familiar with the company, Spotify considered launching its own version of a Hulu-like internet TV service; instead it settled for a much less ambitious offering of short clips, which didn’t go anywhere), and we’re playing around with podcasts. That’s why our CEO wrote that “music has just been the beginning,” in his IPO vision statement.

So there’s both sides.

And here’s the reason I am most bullish about the business Spotify has built and is building:

  • 71 million paid subscribers.

Those subscribers pay Spotify a bunch of money. But that’s not the most important thing about them. It’s that Spotify has a direct billing relationship with most of them.

And in 2018, running your own, large direct-to-consumer subscription business — which works on any platform or device, even those that aren’t psyched about it being there —looks like a very attractive, valuable thing.

Think Netflix. Think Amazon Prime. Think whatever service Apple keeps hinting it wants to build, one day.

You can also think of Disney, and its desire to build a giant direct-to-consumer business of its own, which is prompting a big business pivot, as well as a $ 52 billion deal to (maybe) buy most of Fox. Or think of everyone else in the media business, who are trying to figure out how they can quickly launch subscription businesses themselves.

So once you’ve built a direct-to-consumer business with 71 million subscribers, what do you do next?

I’m not sure, but there are lots of intriguing options, none of which are mutually exclusive: You can keep adding subs, which Spotify certainly intends to do. You can raise prices, though it doesn’t seem likely to do that soon, as it looks like it has been discounting to boost its growth. You can sell other services you create yourself, if you want take the risk of moving way beyond your comfort zone. And you can rent out your billing platform to other, complimentary services, as Amazon has been doing successfully to subscription video services like Showtime.

You’re smart, so you can think of more possibilities. And if I’m thinking about betting on Spotify, the more of those you can think of, the more interested I’m going to get.

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Bandai Namco Entertainment Announces ‘One Piece: Bounty Rush’ with Pre-Registrations Now Live on Google Play

Bandai Namco Entertainment just announced a new One Piece mobile game. One Piece: Bounty Rush will be coming to the West on iOS and Android this year. As expected it is a free to play game and it will feature 4v4 team based multiplayer action. The aim is to collect more berries than the opposition through multiple routes and using various gimmicks. Unlike Final Fantasy that feels like it has a new mobile game every few weeks, Bandai Namco Entertainment has been slower with One Piece mobile games. Watch the announcement trailer for Bounty Rush below:

This is a team based multiplayer battle game and of course there’s a class or character type system here. The Fighter type can overwhelm foes briskly while the Warrior is a tank like character. The aptly named Supported provides support through skills and the remaining two types are Shooter who is a ranged type and Swordsman that is a close range character type.

Bandai Namco Entertainment has begun pre-registrations for One Piece: Bounty Rush as of today through Facebook and Google Play. Depending on the number of likes on the Facebook page and pre-registrations on Google Play, rewards will be decided ranging from Rainbow Diamonds to Ingredient Packs and even 4-Star Shanks for use in game. Pre-register on Google Play here and Facebook here.

The official English website for it is also live. Until Bounty Rush releases, read our review of the latest One Piece game here.

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New ‘Ready Player One’ trailer reveals more of the real-world story

The initial trailer for Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One focused on the virtual world of OASIS, and for understandable reasons: it's a visual showcase for a crucial part of the story. However, Warner Bros. wants to remind you that re…
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