Author Archive: Desdemona Bandini

Do you remember movies about the future where everything is controlled by machines? Look back at the Skynet computer from The Terminator, V.I.K.I from I, Robot or Alice from Resident Evil.

Boasting over 100 million players, Minecraft is an online virtual reality game where players create online worlds by placing and breaking blocks, surviving monsters and sustaining life. The game takes up where Second Life left off — but is so simple kids can build worlds in it. Beloved by children and parents alike, the game has been lauded and awarded by education groups for teaching STEM and code skills while encouraging social collaboration.

Media companies are placing big bets on virtual reality (VR) programming. NextVR, the Laguna Beach-based VR technology company, has been testing unprecedented immersive experiences in live 3D sporting and entertainment events. The company just announced media titan Peter Guber will lead its new advisory board, further establishing VR’s importance in the future of entertainment.

Where do you go online? What sites do you jump to and what does it say about you? Do you even know what metadata is? The Canadian documentary filmmaker Brett Gaylor wants to educate you on just how much the web knows about you in his informative seven-part interactive docu-series Do Not Track that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of the transmedia Storyscapes showcase.

Incentive, the Venice-based enterprise social collaboration tool, takes the pain out of information sharing by consolidating and standardizing existing content, apps and tools into a central location, to declutter workflows. The startup is gaining momentum with $3.5 million in seed round funding – and big name clients like NATO. All content – whether a wiki,…continue reading.

Nestled between a quiet residential neighborhood and industrial space on Centinela Blvd. a few blocks shy of Santa Monica, is the Westside’s new coworking hotspot called Hatch Studios. Built around the idea of convergence between creativity, serenity and design, the boutique studio launched in April 2015 to serve as gathering spot for freelancers, tech types and entertainment…continue reading.

He’s back. Media mogul John Battelle, famous for spinning up new media concepts into standards, has been quietly perfecting a new conference model he is branding NewCo, a “festival of innovation.” Tired of ballrooms, this tech conference veteran wants us to “get out to get in” by creating highly curated un-conferences that showcase companies in their native habitat. That means out with the conference ballrooms, and in with hanging out at the headquarters of cool handpicked companies doing something positive and differentiating to learn about who they are and how they are doing it.

Launched in Los Angeles in 2012, early-­stage venture capital firm Karlin Ventures has announced a new elite tech fellowship program that will kickoff today. The program will feature four master classes each year, giving groups of 12 to 15 rising industry leaders an opportunity to learn directly from experts on specialized topics in areas such as business development, marketing, engineering, and product management.

We have received several reports of a new type of cybercrime gaining steam over the Internet involving LinkedIn, mystery shopping scammers and university professors. The way it works is thieves are hacking into the LinkedIn accounts of respected university professors and targeting their colleagues and former students with a proposition to earn easy extra cash for market research.

How many times have you been confused by the contradicting parking sign in L.A.? You know the ones, they go something like this; if it is a full moon on Friday, you can park here for 2.5 hours, as long as you are not in front of a restaurant or see a guy with a patch on his eye standing on the corner. Yeah, purposefully vague. Good news, Fixed, the San Francisco app that helps drivers fight tickets has just launched in Los Angeles after raising an additional $650,000 in seed funding last February.