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Apps are dying. Long live the subservient bots ready to fulfil your every desire

#artificialintelligence

The app boom is over. There are now more than 4.2 million apps available for Android and iOS, but three-quarters of American smartphone users download a grand total of zero new apps per month. They might be mostly free and easy to access, but apps are struggling to make it on to our phones and tablets. According to comScore, we spend the majority of our screen time using just three apps, with the average American spending almost half their time in just one. With the eyeballs of the world glued to WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat and Skype, developers have started turning once-simple chat apps into complex ecosystems. And at the centre of this change is a horde of subservient bots. You've just walked into your kitchen after a long week.


Apps are dying. Long live the subservient bots ready to fulfil your every desire

#artificialintelligence

The app boom is over. There are now more than 4.2 million apps available for Android and iOS, but three-quarters of American smartphone users download a grand total of zero new apps per month. They might be mostly free and easy to access, but apps are struggling to make it on to our phones and tablets. According to comScore, we spend the majority of our screen time using just three apps, with the average American spending almost half their time in just one. With the eyeballs of the world glued to WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat and Skype, developers have started turning once-simple chat apps into complex ecosystems. And at the centre of this change is a horde of subservient bots. You've just walked into your kitchen after a long week. "Play Etta James," you say.


E3: Xbox One chief teases Halo Infinite video game

BBC News

The first look at a new Halo game has kicked off Microsoft's E3 Xbox press conference. Xbox chief Phil Spencer described it as Master Chief's "greatest adventure". But he has still confirm whether Halo Infinite marks the completion of the second trilogy in the sci-fi franchise. In addition to new games, Mr Spencer also revealed his firm had bought several indie studios - including two of the UK's leading developers - to secure exclusive content. He added that the Los Angeles games expo press event - which is still underway - would early looks at 50 games, including 18 exclusives and 15 world premieres.


Microsoft keeps making this Xbox mistake: Pushing the platform, and not the games

PCWorld

Microsoft is committing the same sin today that it did with the launch of the Xbox One: The focus of a game console shouldn't be about the platform, but the games. Compare the first images shown off at Microsoft's press conference, and then at Sony's. Microsoft launched its new Xbox One S console in the first few seconds, while Sony (following a long introduction by an in-house orchestra) led off with an extended clip from the new God of War game. To its credit, I don't think Microsoft necessarily set out to make the Xbox One the focus of its E3 presentation. But by the end of it, we weren't talking about games like the creepily dystopian We Happy Few, but whether or not gamers should buy a slimmer Xbox One S or wait for the vastly more powerful Project Scorpio.


Project Scorpio At E3 2017: 5 Games That May Look Best On Microsoft's Next Xbox

International Business Times

Project Scorpio's success will heavily depend on the games Microsoft decides to show at E3. Based on leaks and common sense, here are five titles we expect to be advertised as "best on Scorpio" experiences. During its initial reveal in 2014, Microsoft made a pretty big deal about how the power of cloud computing could take Crackdown's destructive visuals to new heights. 'Crackdown 3' has been in development for a long time, and we think its flashy, destructive visuals were purposefully saved for Scorpio. The whole cloud thing has never played to Xbox One's favor, but whatever advantages it could have provided can be easily replaced by the six teraflops of pure processing power Scorpio has. This game will obviously still run on standard Xbox One just like every other title on this list, but you can bet Reagent is working extra hard to ensure the Scorpio visuals are more dazzling than ever.