Recently virtual streamers have been rising in popularity on Twitch, and one of them is CodeMiko, who in late 2020 has found herself steadily rising in popularity. But who (or what) exactly is CodeMiko?
The VTuber community is a steadily growing one on Twitch, with creators like Pokimane even joining in on the fun with her own animated 3D model while streaming.
But an animated streamer who is quickly gaining traction on the platform, currently with just over 200,000 followers, is CodeMiko.
Behind the colorful model of CodeMiko, is the creator known on stream as ‘the Technician,’ who often comes on at the end of Miko’s streams to talk with the community just as a streamer normally would.
The Technician uses an Xsense suit and Unreal Engine to power Miko, and in her Twitch about section even reveals that “the devving/engineering is all done by me and Miko was 100% modeled by me + rigged.”
The streamer went viral on Twitter back in November after revealing a side by side clip of the mocapping process, leaving people in awe of her tech setup and how well her movement translated over to the 3D model.
WANNA SEE SOME TECH?!! This is Miko being mocapped live by technician with facial tracking! pic.twitter.com/a3A5gLWANv
— Miko (@thecodemiko) November 29, 2020
Describing how her stream operates, the Technician explains that “this is a quasi interactive, RPG, livestream where it’s kind of like an arcade and a game and a stream and an RPG at the same time. It’s crazy, just know that.”
Viewers are actually able to interact with Miko’s model and alter aspects of her appearance, along with being able to tamper with her stream using Twitch’s currency Bits, with things like explosions, muting & and unmuting, and more.
CodeMiko has collaborated with some huge creators on Twitch, in part contributing to the VTubers rise in popularity, with streamers such as Pokimane, Hasan, and moistcr1tikal appearing on stream with the 3D model.
While Miko already appears super elaborate, the creator explains that this version of Miko is actually a prototype, and that Miko 3.0 is premiering on January 1, 2021.
The date has certainly got viewers anticipating how Miko will have been improved, and with Miko’s popularity on the uphill climb, it looks like exciting things are in store for viewers.
Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries
Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.
Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver
EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.
Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.
Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.
South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.
Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.
($1 = 1,117.7000 won)
(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum
The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.
Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.
Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.
The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.
The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.
Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.
In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.
Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.
Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.
In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.
Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.
The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.
($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)
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