Augmented reality

Niantic's Harry Potter mobile game has yet to cast a spell

Niantic's Harry Potter "Wizards Unite" game
Image courtesy of Niantic/WB Games

Take the location-based engine and augmented reality smarts that produced Pokémon Go, mix in the popularity of Harry Potter and you have a guaranteed hit, right? That's the logic behind Niantic's recently released Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, but early results suggests the new game may have a tough time living up to expectations.

By the numbers: It's down to No. 73 on App Annie's chart of top-grossing iOS apps, far below Pokémon Go at No. 15 and also below a different Harry Potter title from Jam City.

Snapchat wants to change the way we consume art

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For the second year in a row, Snapchat has chosen to showcase its innovation at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity through an art exhibit, rather than a flashy stunt like the branded Ferris wheel it constructed at the festival in 2017.

Why it matters: Snapchat wants to elevate its brand by proving its technology can make the world a better place. It's doing that by investing in art collaborations around the world, showing ways that art can be redefined through augmented reality (AR).