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  1. From sci fi to commercialization: the rise of digital avatars

    In the late 1990s, the Gorillaz — a virtual music band made up of four animated characters — introduced the concept of digital avatars to the general public.

    By Jerry Lu , written on

    From the Odd Futurism desk

  2. Only 9% of visitors give GDPR consent to be tracked

    Privacy regulations such as the GDPR say that you need to seek permission from your website visitors before tracking them.

    By Marko Saric , written on

    From the Privacy desk

  3. $50,000 for a year of iPad classes is a terrible deal

    This week, Harvard announced that all course instruction will be taught online for the 2020-21 academic year. The $50,000 price tag will remain.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the Education desk

  4. A Tale of Two Streets: Supreme vs Madhappy

    I’ve long admired how streetwear brand Supreme has built a brand centered around hyper-exclusivity and downtown cool, to the point where consumers are willing to camp outside their stores and crash their websites.

    By Jerry Lu , written on

    From the Ecommerce desk

  5. The post-PC era never looked brighter

    In 2010, just a few months after the announcement of the original iPad, Steve Jobs sat down with Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal to talk about the future of computing in light of the arrival of the iPad. At the time Jobs talked about the iPad ushering in the post-PC era.

    By John Sherrod , written on

    From the Education desk

  6. China is facing the same kind of protectionism that has shielded it from competition

    Over the past few years, TikTok creator ByteDance has reportedly invested over $1 billion in the Indian market. Last week, India blocked 59 apps developed by Chinese firms -- and TikTok was one of them.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the China desk

  7. The great firewall of...Europe?

    Slowly but surely, the digital walls of the world are rising. Earlier this week, India banned dozens of Chinese apps, and is now mounting on the government to ban Huawei -- the company recently deemed by the Federal Communications Commission as a threat to US national security.

    By Aimee Pearcy , written on

    From the Europe desk

  8. When you come at the king

    Everyone loves an underdog story. When Mixer, a new video game streaming platform was launched in 2016 (initially under the name Beam), the gaming community was excited to see a new competitor enter the streaming arena.

    By Rhys Wallace , written on

    From the video desk

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