New Snapchat mobile gaming lets users play real-time, multiplayer games

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Snap Games is a new addition to the Snapchat platform. Snapchat mobile gaming has arrived. The multimedia messaging app has expanded its platform to include Snap Games, which lets users play real-time, multiplayer games while talking and texting with friends. Bitmoji Party was announced as the first title for Snap Games. During its first Snap Partner Summit in Los Angeles, the company revealed the launch of its Snapchat mobile gaming platform as well as its first Snap Games title, Bitmoji Party. Bitmoji Party is not unlike the style of Mario…

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Apple Arcade to offer a novel game subscription service

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Apple seeks to improve the mobile gaming experience with a unique subscription service. Apple recently announced it’s Apple Arcade, the world’s first monthly game subscription service for mobile, desktop and the living room. It will reportedly give subscribers unlimited access to a selection of paid titles on the App Store. The mobile games subscription service will include over 100 games. Apple Arcade will have more than 100 new and exclusive games, with new games being added all the time. Some of these original new releases will come from renowned game…

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New facial recognition app Preshow earns users free movie tickets via ads

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The founder of MoviePass has launched a campaign on Kickstarter in support of his new company PreShow. Stacy Spikes, the founder of PreShow, is developing a facial recognition app that lets users earn free movie tickets – to any film in any theater – by watching advertisements. There’s a catch, however. Users have to watch all the advertising to get the “free” ticket. Prepare to watch 15 to 20 minutes of high-end advertising. PreShow might sound like a pretty good deal if you like the idea of a free movie…

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Harry Potter mobile game officially announced by Niantic

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite set to be the next Pokémon Go craze Niantic, the game studio behind 2016’s AR mobile game phenomenon Pokémon Go, has officially announced its upcoming Harry Potter mobile game – Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, in partnership with Warner Bros. Players will be tasked with finding magic Foundables. The game is said to be similar to Pokémon Go, in that it uses the same augmented reality (AR) principals allowing players to explore the real world to find collectables. That being said, instead of collecting pokémon creatures, players…

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BTS QR codes lets BTS fans contribute to new ARMYPEDIA

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Fans of world-famous K-Pop boy band are on the hunt for QR codes. BTS QR codes are being displayed in undisclosed locations across seven international cities. The BTS ARMY, the name of the South Korean Pop (K-Pop) boy band BTS’ fanbase, has been tasked with finding and scanning the codes to contribute their knowledge and love for their favorite band on ARMYPEDIA. There will be 2,080 QR codes for fans to scan. The seven international cities where fans can search for BTS QR codes to participate in the ARMYPEDIA campaign,…

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Report says mobile VR content is vital for the VR industry to take off

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New Juniper Research study has found that VR-specific game revenues will skyrocket to $8.2 billion by 2023. Mobile VR (virtual reality) content is expected to drive the VR games industry revenue up to $8.2 billion from 2019’s expected $1.2 billion, according to a new study from mobile, online and digital marketing specialists, Juniper Research. Smartphone virtual reality content is essential to boost consumer confidence in VR across all platforms. Juniper noted, however, that the success of virtual reality is heavily dependent on Mobile VR content, which is necessary to increase…

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Angry Birds VR game to launch early next year

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Rovio’s massively successful Angry Birds franchise will soon include a virtual reality gaming experience. Rovio Entertainment and Resolution Games have announced Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs will be launched on all major VR (virtual reality) platforms in early 2019. This isn’t the first interactive gaming experience Resolution Games has developed for Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise. Back in October of this year, Rovio and Resolution Games collaborated to release Angry Birds FPS: First Person Slingshot, an augmented reality (AR) game designed for the AR headest Magic Leap One. The game…

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Facial recognition camera secretly used on Taylor Swift fans

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Security at the singer’s Rose Bowl show utilized facial recognition tech, unbeknownst to fans. A facial recognition camera was reportedly used at Taylor Swift’s LA concert back in May for the purpose of monitoring the crowd to check for Swift’s known stalkers. That said, this technology was employed in secret and used on fans without their knowledge as they watched a screen playing rehearsal clips in one of the kiosks that had been set up. The images where transferred to a Nashville “command post.” “Everybody who went by [the kiosks]…

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Celebrities are being investigated for social media advertising practices

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UK regulator wants full disclosure from celebrities who endorse products on social media. Many celebrities and other influencers use social media advertising to endorse products for companies who pay them to do so. While there is nothing illegal about this practice, the UK regulator Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating celebrities and other influencers amid concerns that these celebrity social media users are not making it clear when they are paid to endorse products. Celebrities were warned by the UK watchdog that they were breaking Britain’s consumer laws. As…

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Reality TV comes to smartphone’s with new FameGame app

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Become a star with new mobile app that’s a TV show on your phone. The new FameGame app from CrowdAmp Inc. is a live gamified and social engagement platform that functions like live reality TV on a smartphone. Users compete in challenges, submit their talents and vote on their favorites. The challenges are different each week. For instance, one challenge might be about dance skills while another might be about lip-synching. Users who wish to take part in the contests, submit self-shot smartphone videos of their talents. After the initial…

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Beat Fever mobile game successfully connects fans and music artists

Beat Fever drives players to music streaming services - Apple Music on smartphone

The mobile game is driving millions to music streaming services Beat Fever is a relatively new music-based mobile game app that helps to bring music artists closer to their fans. It has successfully driven millions of streams to music streaming services including Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube and others. The music game has dramatically boosted music streaming. It is not uncommon for music from popular artists to be used in games for consoles, mobile and tablets. That being said, in most cases, fans rarely engage with the music they hear outside…

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