Tags "Apps"

South by SouthWest: No Future Without AI

Three technology trends dominated this year’s South by SouthWest festival: artificial intelligence (AI)—which is increasingly intrusive everywhere and still holds the potential of being a complete game changer—, new conversational interfaces (bots and voice) and, last but not least, altered realities (virtual and augmented) that continue to progress. The growth of (newly ubiquitous) artificial intelligence... Read More »

SwapTales: Léon!: the Making of a Family Video Game

A look at the making of SwapTales: Léon! an award-winning game designed to appeal to young and old alike. The concept: changing the storyline by inverting words... When discovering an original yet oh-so-obvious form of entertainment, you might have wondered: “Now, why hadn’t anyone thought of that before?” That’s exactly how I felt the first... Read More »

Webseries Emerge From the Shadows

Major industry players the likes of Vivendi are capitalizing on webseries by launching new platforms (Studio+ and Blackpills) that focus on a rising trend: watching videos on mobile. “Webseries have existed since at least 20 years but it is only now, and finally, that they have a future.” This statement was made by Joel Bassaget,... Read More »

Wattpad: Canada’s storytelling YouTube is poised to conquer the world

With 45 million subscribers, Wattpad has become in the space of 10 years the leading “social reading” phenomenon. Portrait of a Canadian success that has transformed how stories come to life on the screen. Founded in Toronto in 2006 by Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen, Wattpad boasts one of the most spectacular growth models of... Read More »

The Bridges and Frontiers of Cultural Entrepreneurship

How can digital cultural property be exported on an international scale? French and Canadian entrepreneurs demonstrated their know-how during the very first Enterprising Culture forum held in Toronto. A look back on promising initiatives in the fields of visual arts and editing. Since 2012, the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) supports the... Read More »

Apps & games for cognitive fitness: A no brainer?

Are claims of  apps offering “workout for the brain” just interesting sales pitches, or are they actually indicative of pre-emptive steps we can take to stave off cognitive decline? Tis the season of New Year's Resolutions, of regrets of habits past and for the crafting of plans laden with good intentions for the year ahead.... Read More »