MLB swings for the VR fences with Samsung, Intel partnerships

June 22, 2017

… Gear VR users access (via the device’s app) to 20 VR video experiences that take fans behind the scenes of MLB sports events. But what about live events in VR? In a separate deal announced earlier this month, MLB launched a series of live games Samsung Gear VR users can watch via the Intel True VR app. And while this all sounds great in terms of pushing VR forward, I’m skeptical about the chances of VR and professional baseball being a match. Live sports via mobile VR headsets is …

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The 2018 Olympics will have Intel all the way inside

June 22, 2017

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showing off one of his Shooting Star drones.Image: lance ulanoff/mashable The next Olympic games are gonna be lit… with technology. Intel, which became an official Olympic Partner on Wednesday (and makes most of the CPUs inside today’s PCs and all of them on Macs), promises to bring a wide array of cutting-edge technology to the Olympic games, beginning with the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. SEE ALSO: Scientists are creating …

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Could football help ease tensions between North and South Korea?

June 13, 2017

… aside, northeast Asia is well situated for the World Cup. South Korea, Japan and China all have extensive sporting facilities — South Korea and Japan co-hosted the successful 2002 World Cup, the first time the tournament was held in Asia. Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics, while Tokyo is due to host the 2020 games. If the three countries, along with North Korea, put forward a joint bid, it would likely be a compelling one, without the need for extensive stadium development as in Qatar, …

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We really need to talk about 3-on-3 basketball becoming an Olympic sport

June 11, 2017

Pickup hoops in Jersey City.Image: Julio Cortez/AP/REX/Shutterstock Three-on-three basketball is having a moment. On top of Ice Cube’s newly launched league for aging NBA folk heroes, the playground staple also just got added as an Olympic sport. That’s right 3-on-3 basketball will be at the Tokyo games. We’re still picking our jaws up off the floor. And we have so many questions. Chief among them: Is this Good or Bad? Some thoughts as we try to sort out our feelings … …

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Apple gave us new Photos, Maps, and Siri: Check out what you missed at WWDC

June 6, 2017

… also works with HomeKit devices. App Store redesign The App Store is getting a makeover. First of all, Apple gave the store a completely new design, something that has never been done before. It starts with a brand new tab called Today. This will show the app of the day and game of the day on a daily list. Users can also scroll down to see what they may have missed in previous days. games also have their own space. The biggest new releases, what people are playing that week, and tips from game …

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Google’s new London HQ may be the perfect office building

June 2, 2017

… (BIG). Image: hayesdavidson Combined with Google’s current spot at 6 Pancras Square, near King’s Cross railway station, and a third location the company is planning in the area, this new buildingcreates a Google campus with the potential to house 7,000 employees. Image: HAYESDAVIDSON The 1bn headquarters will feature a three-lane 25m pool, a 32m multi-use games area, a gym, and a 300m landscaped roof garden, as well as shops and a sprawling events centre for product …

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Google’s AlphaGo is retiring after soundly beating world number one player

May 30, 2017

… co-founder of DeepMind (the Google-owned company that created AlphaGo), the AI has pretty much proven all it needed to in the Go arena. “This weeks series of thrilling games with the worlds best players, in the country where Go originated, has been the highest possible pinnacle for AlphaGo as a competitive program. For that reason, the Future of Go Summit is our final match event with AlphaGo,” he wrote in a blog post Saturday. …

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These new 3D scan fit helmets could make football safer

… stayed in place. Later in my career, as the extent of the danger that comes with head injuries and concussions came to light, I was specially fitted for each helmet I wore but managing that fit throughout the season was largely left to me. The status of my helmet was always a major concern for me, but it quickly took a backseat to my focus on the field during games. I often found myself playing with a less-than-ideal fit, which might have contributed to my own experiences with concussions. …

May 28, 2017
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Look around Tokyo and you can still see the concrete legacy left by the 1964 Olympics and the subsequent economic “miracle.” Wood can change that, says the architect of the main stadium for the 2020 games. Using Japanese lumber for the centerpiece venue, Kengo Kuma wants to restore woods that Tokyo lost half a century ago in the blitz to build highways, bullet trains and skyscrapers to showcase the recovery from wartime devastation. The design stems from his …

May 24, 2017
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Dont Pass Go: AI Will Beat You at Pretty Much Everything

Earlier this month, in a paper published in Nature, Google DeepMind researchers revealed that theyve attained the holy grail of artificial intelligence game-playing: besting the European champion in the ancient Chinese game of Go. Go is deceptively simple: players put down black and white stones on points on a 19 x 19 gridded game board (thats 361 squares; smaller game boards are available for shorter games). The objective is to control real estate on the board without getting surrounded and …

May 21, 2017
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Facebook’s still buying up sports rights now including baseball

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Facebook has played it cool on live sports rights, but it’s quietly amassing a serious lineup. Facebook has struck a deal with Major League Baseball to stream 20 games live on the social network. They’ll be spaced out one game per week on Friday night, starting this week. That adds to a growing list of smaller niche sports that Facebook has deals to stream, including Mexican soccer, American soccer, table tennis, and Crossfit. Professional baseball marks …

May 19, 2017
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CrossFit brings its live competitions to Facebook

… the programming, according to Sports Business Daily. There is no disclosure on whether or not it will include mid-rolls ads or another form of revenue. The events also will stream on YouTube and games.CrossFit.com. Were splitting our audience to a certain extent, but we also feel like were getting new lift and new engagement by having it on multiple platforms, CrossFit games General Manager Justin Bergh said in a statement. For Facebook, the deal adds another reason to tune into live video on …

May 18, 2017
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