Alibaba reportedly invests $10 million in Android console maker Ouya
12:00 pm PDT 30/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Ouya, the miniature game-console maker that has struggled to gain traction since its record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, has received a new injection of capital from a powerful strategic partner. According to a report by Wall Street Journal, E-commerce giant Alibaba invested $10 million in the Santa Monica based company last month. The two companies have discussed a plan to incorporate Ouya’s software and library of more than 1000 games into Alibaba’s set-top box. This investment could boost the fast sinking console’s … Read More

Nintendo sells 9.2 million Wii U units in it lifetime; reports 7% drop in sales for Q3
3:00 pm PDT 29/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Today Nintendo released its Q3 financial results for the months of October through December. According to the report, the Wii U managed to move 1.91 million units during that time. Despite key releases the sales like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, it is struggling to move units of its troubled system. This is although a pretty huge improvement over the sales of both 2013 and 2014, as Nintendo was able to move almost as many … Read More

Gener8 and Prime Focus come together for licensing and 3D conversion partnership
2:00 pm PDT 28/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Gener8 Media Corp has announced a licensing and 3D conversion partnership with Prime Focus Group. As per the agreement, Prime Focus will enter into an exclusive worldwide license to use Gener8’s proprietary 3D conversion technology throughout the entertainment industry. Gener8 will continue to provide more capacity for the 3D conversion business with help from the Prime Focus worldwide workforce. Prime Focus will push the quality and technical standards of 3D even higher by licensing its technology. “We could not hope … Read More

Movies to get VR touch with Oculus
1:00 pm PDT 28/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Virtual Reality (VR) has long been discussed as a potential technology not only amongst gamers but also in other industries as well and Oculus has been in the forefront in each of these conversations. Oculus VR has formed an internal unit – Oculus Story Studio that will make VR movies and one such movie was screened at the Sundance Film Festival 2015. Oculus debuted Lost on Monday, the first of five short animated films that it is making over the … Read More

Apple reports 39.9% gross margin in Q4 2014; profits at all time high of $18bn
12:00 pm PDT 28/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Apple has had another smashing quarter thanks to its plus sized iPhones which sold like hot cakes and made the record sales for the holiday season with a 70 per cent rise in China sales, powering the company to the largest profit in its corporate history. The company reported a gross margin of 39.9 per cent, compared to 37.9 per cent in the same quarter last year. Apple reported all-time record revenue from sales of the iPhone and Mac and record App … Read More

Prime Focus Technology Provides Post Production for 4K Reality Series in 60P
11:00 am PDT 28/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), the technology subsidiary of Prime Focus, has partnered with the TV production company True Entertainment to deliver post-production services for its popular reality series Too Cute in 4K at 60P. This show will be aired on Discovery’s Animal Planet channel. Too Cute produced by True Entertainment, is managed by PFT’s online editor David Gauff, who is known for his work on PBS’ American Experience, Nature and POV. Prime Focus used a special beta version of Blackmagic’s … Read More

Sound is probably the most inexpensive production tool at one’s disposal: Pankaj Kedia
8:00 pm PDT 26/01/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

Pankaj Kedia has been part of the media, entertainment and visual computing industry for long now, where he has held various key positions in management, sales, marketing, pre-sales, and solutions integration. He has also been instrumental in supporting the growth and development of the visual effects, DI, digital post production, broadcast graphics, and animation industries in India. His goal is to help establish and grow Dolby’s business across diverse market segments, including cinema, broadcast, PC, mobile, consumer electronics, and gaming. … Read More

Dolby’s Atmos technology to energise Balaji Motion Pictures’ titles
5:00 pm PDT 23/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The motion picture arm of the leading television production house in the country is all set to enthrall its viewers with not just spectacular visuals but also heart-thumping sound. In a major announcement made today, Dolby Laboratories and Balaji Motion Pictures have formed a strategic alliance, through which a few of the titles from the production house – starting with Azhar (Mohammad Azharuddin’s biopic) – will be using Dolby Atmos for the sound mixing of the feature films. Speaking on … Read More

Microsoft’s Windows 10 event raises the bar for technology
5:00 pm PDT 22/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Yesterday at an event, tech giant Microsoft ‘opened its windows’ revealing its latest operating system Windows 10 which comes out to the users who have previously signed up for the pre-release copies. As expected, Microsoft has integrated Windows across all the platforms which include desktop, mobile, tablet and different platforms. The event not only introduced Windows 10 but also showed the futuristic technology Microsoft was working upon. The HoloLens, an augmented reality headset and the Windows Holographic software it has … Read More

Asus launches A88X-Gamer motherboard
1:00 am PDT 21/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

ASUS has announced the arrival of A88X-Gamer motherboard in India. It is equipped with the latest Intel Gigabit Ethernet networking, ASUS-exclusive AI Suite 3 software and SupremeFX technology which enables a better gaming audio and exclusive Gamer’s Guardian components. A88X-Gamer players benefit from exclusive SupremeFX technology for near-lossless audio with a remarkable signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 115dB, so gamers hear every sound detail. Its chipset is isolated from electromagnetic interference (EMI) by a protective shield, preserving the integrity of the … Read More

Xiaomi to invest in software giant Kingsoft
2:00 pm PDT 20/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is said to have bought 3 per cent stake in Kingsoft Corp from Tencent Holdings for $67.99 million, according to a Kingsoft filing. The deal is expected to be closed by 30 January, the filing in Hong Kong exchange said. Tencent Holdings is a Chinese social networking and video game giant which still holds 9.6 per cent in Kingsoft. Kingsoft started out with developing video games for PC but slowly branched out to producing security, entertainment … Read More

Xbox beats PS4 for the second consecutive month in sales in 2014
1:00 pm PDT 19/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Recently, Sony announced that the total PS4 sales had reached an overwhelming 18.5 million in just one year of sale with holiday sale touching a 4 million mark. But Microsoft has dealt a big blow to the Japanese console maker. According to the NPD Group, an industry tracking firm, the Microsoft console has outsold PS4 for the second month in row. “Xbox One ended 2014 with an unprecedented holiday season,” reads an Xbox news release. “[It was] the best-selling console … Read More