Despite increased access to digital games, console gaming continues to thrive, as evidenced by developer Rockstar's plan to release "Red Dead Redemption 2" for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on Oct. 26. The continued popularity of Nintendo's Switch, which sold 19.7 million units in its first 15 months, also demonstrates interest in console gaming.
Headphone and audio company Sennheiser is teaming up with Magic Leap to develop AR accessories. Sennheiser will work through the "Works with Magic Leap" certification program to develop tools that work with the company's headset.
French company Vaonis has unveiled a smart telescope that uses Wi-Fi to offer live viewing right from the user's phone. The 19-inch telescope is smaller than a traditional telescope, allowing for easier carrying and setup.
Lockly has developed an algorithm-based 3D fingerprint sensor lock that can generate multiple access codes without an internet connection. The Secure Plus uses an OLED display that randomly changes the position of numbers to ensure that even individuals watching the user will not be able to accurately guess their code.
"Mario Kart VR" will debut in Union Station at VR Zone Portal Washington D.C. on Oct. 1. The experience will work through HTC's Vive and its hand-strapped Trackers to allow users to play with characters such as Luigi, Peach, Mario and Yoshi in a virtual reality environment.
Bloomberg is drawing on its deep news media bench and looking to create a complete brand out of its round-the-clock streaming network TicToc. The effort includes a recently launched podcast and a daily newsletter, and a separate website is coming soon.
Worldwide, 3.8 billion people remain without internet access, and progress getting them online is slow. Facebook's Telecom Infra Project, along with 500 other companies, is working to speed the process by tackling challenges including operational costs and maintenance.
Shopify's simple model of helping merchants by giving them the tools to sell directly to consumers is powering a revolution giving smaller brands a way to compete with their giant counterparts, writes Shareen Pathak. "The 21st-century brand is the direct-to-consumer brand," said Jeff Weiser, Shopify's chief marketing officer.
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