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Apple, Netflix, Amazon May Not Participate in SXSW Conference Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

As per report, Organizers of SXSW continue to say the annual music, technology and entertainment festival in Austin, Texas, is still on for March 13-22

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Apple said that it would no longer participate, cancelling its world premiere of Spike Jonze's documentary, "Beastie Boys Story," as well as its screenings of animated musical series "Central Park" and docuseries "Home," Variety reported on Wednesday. Pixabay

Apple, Netflix and Amazon have joined the growing list of tech companies opting not to participate in the 2020 edition of South by Southwest (SXSW) festival conference amid growing coronavirus concerns.

Earlier, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok said they would not attend the massive culture and tech event.

Apple said that it would no longer participate, cancelling its world premiere of Spike Jonze’s documentary, “Beastie Boys Story,” as well as its screenings of animated musical series “Central Park” and docuseries “Home,” Variety reported on Wednesday.

Netflix has cancelled five film screenings including feature film “Uncorked,” and four documentaries: “A Secret Love,” “L.A. Originals,” “Mucho Mucho Amor,” “Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics,” and a panel for #BlackExcellence.

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Apple, Netflix and Amazon have joined the growing list of tech companies opting not to participate in the 2020 edition of South by Southwest (SXSW) festival conference amid growing coronavirus concerns. Pixabay

Additionally, Amazon Studios confirmed its decision to withdraw from SXSW, axing its screenings of “Upload” and “Tales of the Loop,” which had included Q&As with the cast and crew.

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As per report, Organizers of SXSW continue to say the annual music, technology and entertainment festival in Austin, Texas, is still on for March 13-22. Earlier, officials for the city of Austin said the festival will still go forward. (IANS)

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Amazon Plans To Unveil Full-Fledged Cloud Gaming Platform

Amazon may launch an early version of its cloud gaming platform sometime this year if things are in order in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Amazon may launch an early version of its cloud gaming platform sometime this year if things are in order in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. VOA

Amazon is reportedly working on a full-fledged cloud gaming platform under the code name Project Tempo, similar to Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now.

The retail giant has been working on a game called Crucible ever since 2014 and along with that game, the company is going to bring another game called New World, which will be a multiplayer online game and will fit perfectly in the multiplayer game genre, reports The New York Times.

“The big picture is about trying to take the best of Amazon and bringing it to games,” the report quoted Mike Frazzini, Amazon’s vice president for game services and studios as saying.

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Amazon is reportedly working on a full-fledged cloud gaming platform under the code name Project Tempo, similar to Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now. Wikimedia Commons

“We have been working for a while, but it takes a long time to make games, and we’re bringing a lot of Amazon practices to making games,” Frazzini added.

When it comes to cloud-based gaming, Amazon will have to compete with Microsoft and Google. Both of them already have their feet firmly planted in the space, Microsoft with Project xCloud and Google with Stadia.

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Amazon may launch an early version of its cloud gaming platform sometime this year if things are in order in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (IANS)