Bumper year for the video games and consoles market as sales forecast to exceed £2bn

Gill Oliver | Culture | Entertainment | Publishing | Covid-19 | Software | Nov 17th 2020

It’s been a bumper year for the video games and consoles market, with sales up by more than 50 per cent set to reach almost £2bn, according to new research. […]


Git training course helps scientists managing large amounts of file versions 

Karen David | IT | Software | Jul 17th 2020

Developer Old Reliable Tech has built an online course on version control platform Git, aimed at earth observation and climate change scientists who write code.


In the digital afterlife, should big tech become our cultural stewards?

Charles Pidgeon | Media | Culture | Government | Jun 29th 2020

Oxford Internet Institute estimates there could be 4.9 billion deceased Facebook users before 2100, forcing us to ask: what should happen to our data when we die?


Oxbotica recruits from games industry for autonomous vehicle software development

Karen David | IT | Automotive | Recruitment | May 29th 2020

Games developers who have worked on some of the highest rated titles in recent years are now applying their skills to create software for autonomous vehicles.


Covid-19: Crowdless helps shoppers to avoid busy supermarkets

Karen David | Culture | Food | AI | Covid-19 | May 7th 2020

An app which tells you how busy your local supermarket is before you set off has been developed in weeks in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


The story continues: Oxford firm launches AI-powered interactive graphic novel app

Karen David | Culture | Entertainment | Publishing | AI | Covid-19 | Mar 23rd 2020

A few weeks ago Charisma.ai was preparing for SXSW in Texas where they were to launch the Charisma interactive graphic novel app to the US market. Fast-forward a few weeks, the world had turned upside down, and their trip and the festival, were cancelled. Undeterred, they stayed in Oxford and launched the app anyway.


Keep your ears open if you want to write a film script, says Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy

Gill Oliver | Event Review | Q&A | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Mar 10th 2020

Oscar-winning Simon Beaufoy wrote the screenplays for a string of successful films including The Full Monty, Slumdog Millionaire, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Battle of the Sexes. In conversation with writer, director and producer Carl Schoenfeld at a recent ScreenTalk Oxfordshire event in Oxford, he explained why listening carefully is the secret to success.


New £150m film studios and digital creative hub to be built near Reading

Gill Oliver | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Education | Construction | Feb 19th 2020

A new £150m film studio and digital creative hub is to be built on the outskirts of Reading, creating up to 3,000 jobs.


Exclusive: Behind the scenes at Rebellion’s Didcot Film Studios – one year on

Gill Oliver | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Publishing | Nov 11th 2019

One year on since video games company Rebellion splashed £78m on a former print factory in Didcot, we reveal how the transformation to film studios is going.


How an Oxford edutech business convinced high-net-worth Angel investors to hand over £800K

Gill Oliver | Culture | Food | Education | Investment | Sep 16th 2019

Going on an adult education course in garden design planted the seed for Elspeth Briscoe’s edtech startup. Now she's raised £800,000 from Angel investors.


BOOK REVIEW: Tim Hwang’s Subprime Attention Crisis: Advertising and the Time Bomb at the Heart of the Internet

Charles Pidgeon | Book review | Jan 6th 2021

When was the last time you clicked on an online ad? Probably, it was an accident, a so-called ‘fat finger’ click, and you exited immediately without noticing what was being sold to you. This prompts the question: is online advertising actually effective?


Rebellion’s Latest Video Game Sniper Elite VR is in “late stages of development”

Adam Hewitt | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Oct 9th 2020

The Sniper Elite games have carved out a sizeable fanbase and now Rebellion is bringing the engaging tactical shooter to virtual reality with Sniper Elite VR.


Rebellion invites film industry experts to try out its revolutionary virtual production set

Karen David | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Oct 6th 2020

In a demonstration of the power of Rebellion's new production tools, art directors, directors of photography, grips and other film personnel saw how games-engine-generated, virtual reality backgrounds can be integrated with camera movements.


Coronavirus drives spike in online learning, as more people opt to stay at home

Gill Oliver | Media | Culture | Publishing | Education | Work spaces | AI | Mar 12th 2020

Oxford-based company Learning with Experts, which has students from 78 countries enrolled on its online courses, has seen traffic double during the past two weeks.


REVIEW: ‘Tools for Life’ at Modern Art Oxford

Karen David | Event Review | Culture | Entertainment | Feb 21st 2020

The relationships between mankind, nature and industrial production are explored by New York-based Chilean artist Johanna Unzueta in Tools for Life, her new show at Modern Art Oxford.


Fake images: How an Oxford firm’s technology is helping to verify images online

Karen David | IT | Comms | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Publishing | AI | Feb 20th 2020

Oxford-based Serelay, a player in the emerging field of controlled image capture, is catching the attention of global news outlets and human rights organisations.

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