Author: Drew Olanoff

We’re Close

 All of the chatter about virtual reality shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Over the years, we’ve been forcing our way to get closer and closer to content of all types. For example, before anyone ever sat to watch a movie we’d hang out at a playhouse to watch a live show. The people who actually enjoyed sitting in the back were few and far between. They were probably there… Read More

Instagram Makes It Easier To Share From Boomerang

 Right before the holidays, Instagram snuck in an update for its most second-most popular spun-out app, Boomerang. The app currently sits in the top 250 on the App Store’s free apps. The changes, although subtle, will probably make its users super happy. The premise of the app is to make little clipped-together videos, similar to an animated GIF or an Apple Live Photo. It feeds into… Read More

Are Tweeting Drones On The Way? Patent Tips Off Potential Future Of Selfies

 In today’s episode of “boring patents…wait, WHAT ARE THOSE???”, it looks like Twitter filed a patent for messaging with or from, or both, an unmanned vehicle (drone!) in June of this year. It was just published a few days ago. It’s probably something that was put together at a hackathon and someone at Twitter said “hey that’s cool let’s patent… Read More

Pinball In Virtual Reality? Yes Please

 OK, it doesn’t exist just yet, but one group called “Pinball Labs” has a new Kickstarter to bring back the feels you felt when you entered an arcade with tons of pinball games. There’s nothing like the sounds and visuals of old pinball machines (I love Addams Family) and it could become a…reality once again in VR. The Kickstarter recently went live and this video… Read More

Colopl Launches $50M Global Fund Dedicated To Virtual Reality

 There’s no shortage of ideas and projects in the virtual reality space. There are tons of studios popping up all over the world to create immersive content for the platform. With the Oculus, HTC and Sony offerings coming next year, now’s a better time than any to dabble in the space. If only there was money to be raised. Welp, Colopl, a company deeply rooted in mobile gaming,… Read More

First Round’s Holiday Video Will Have You Reaching For Your Cell Phone

 In the tech world it’s just not the holidays until First Round Capital drops its annual holiday video. It’s that time again, folks. The annual festivities started way back in 2008, the year of our blog. Then it happened again and again. If you’d like to sing along, you’ll find the lyrics below the video. They are most certainly…special. I won’t ruin anything… Read More

CAH’s Max Temkin On ‘Secret Hitler’ And Making Fun Games For Money

 If you’re a maker, getting people excited about what you’re doing can be difficult — no matter what it is you’re making. One guy, Max Temkin, has been “lucky” enough to strike gold with his project Cards Against Humanity. His next act? A game called “Secret Hitler.” In case you haven’t heard about it, it’s a card game for 5-10 players… Read More

The Twitter Notifications Tab On The Web Is Down For Some

 The recently moved Notifications tab on Twitter’s desktop version of the service isn’t working for some users. Everything seems to be working just fine on the official iOS and Android apps, though. twitter wont let me see notifications — Prompto (@colinjezek) December 15, 2015 Anyone else getting a fail on their notifications? — Michael Bolen (@MichaelBolen)… Read More

The Future Of In-flight Entertainment Is Virtual Reality

 I fly a lot for work, be it a quick two hours or less to Seattle to 10+ hours to Germany, and everything in between. I don’t really like to fly all that much, and I’m not sure that a lot of people enjoy it either. Everyone has their list of things to bring on a flight and their own little routine to make them feel as comfortable, and entertained, as possible. Speaking of Virgin… Read More