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4 views on the future of retail, the check out process, and lines –

The global spread of COVID-19 and resulting shelter-in-place orders have hit retailers hard. As the pandemic drags on, stores are going from temporary halts to permanent closes, whether it’s the local coffee shop next door or the historic bar you never thought could shutter. But while the present is largely bleak, preparing for the future […] → Read More

Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz is out –

Magic Leap talked a big game, and few were more responsible for fostering a cult of hype and excitement around its vision of the future than the company’s founder and CEO Rony Abovitz. Today, the CEO announced that the company has indeed secured a new bout of funding, but that the company will be attempting […] → Read More

Instagram’s AR filters are getting more dynamic –

Augmented reality filters on Instagram are picking up some new tricks with the latest update to Facebook’s Spark AR platform. Spark AR has been making pretty consistent updates to the feature sets developers can play with in creating AR filters since it exited closed beta on Instagram last year. Today, Facebook added some new functionality […] → Read More

Walmart partners with fashion consignment marketplace thredUP –

Walmart is continuing its foray into fashion e-commerce, announcing a strategic partnership with fashion resale marketplace thredUP to list a large number of the items on Walmart’s digital storefront. With this partnership over 750,000 items from threadUP will be available on walmart.com/thredup, starting today. Notably, only clothing items and shoes marked as “new” or “like […] → Read More

Niantic to begin collecting 3D visual data from Pokémon Go players –

Niantic, the game developer behind Pokémon GO, has raised $470 million — most recently at a $4 billion valuation — largely on the promise that it can translate the mainstream success of a breakout mobile game into a full-fledged augmented reality platform that can rival efforts by Facebook and Apple. Today, Niantic shared that it […] → Read More

Notion drops usage limit on its its personal free tier –

Notion, a popular note-taking and wiki creation app, revamped their personal pricing plans today stripping many of the user limitations from the free tier, bringing it on par with the functionality offered by the $5 per month paid plan of yore. The company’s previous free tier had a fairly low usage limit (1,000 “blocks” which […] → Read More

Autonomous retail startup Standard Cognition acquires competitor Checkout Technologies –

As cashiers across the country take precautions to limit interactions with customers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to think of a better time for the rollout of an Amazon Go vision of autonomous retail. Standard Cognition CEO Jordan Fisher has been building towards that future for the past several years. His […] → Read More

Oculus surpasses $100 million in Quest content sales –

Despite a handful of devices and years of sales, Facebook has never shared unit sales of any of their VR headsets. This Today, Oculus released a new sales figure as the company reaches the 1 year anniversary of the release of the Quest headset. We didn’t get unit sales but the company did share that […] → Read More

Why did Apple buy NextVR? –

After plenty of talk about AR as the next computing platform, Apple may have more interest in virtual reality than they’ve previously forecasted. Following an April report from 9to5mac, today Apple confirmed the acquisition of VR broadcasting startup NextVR to Bloomberg. A note on NextVR’s website now highlights that the company is “moving in a […] → Read More

Facebook’s social Zoom competitor Messenger Rooms goes live globally –

Zoom was never meant to be a social network, but the enterprise video chat app has become essential software for those looking to stay in touch with friends and family during the pandemic. Today, Facebook looks to steal back the service’s social video chat growth as it globally launches Messenger Rooms, its new group video […] → Read More

Epic Games announces Unreal Engine 5, shows off boundary-pushing PlayStation 5 demo –

After 8 years of Unreal Engine 4, Epic Games is finally ready to talk about Unreal Engine 5, which they’re announcing will launch in preview early next year with a wider launch by the year’s end. Unreal Engine 5 is all about harnessing the performance of next-generation consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series […] → Read More

Snap’s Yellow accelerator debuts its third batch of investments –

This morning, Snap joined a host of startup accelerators shifting its demo day online amid the COVID-19 quarantine. With its third class of startups, Yellow, Snap’s in-house startup accelerator that launched in 2018, brought investors and founders together in private slack channels after a live-streamed presentation. The event kicked off with a few words from […] → Read More

Fantasy sports startup Sleeper closes Series B led by a16z as it expands to esports amid pandemic –

Sleeper is widening its ambitions to esports as the arena sports world goes into hibernation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While CEO Nan Wang has high hopes that the upcoming NFL season can proceed amid the pandemic, he’s hoping to expand the app’s appeal to gamers by launching support for the intensely popular title League of […] → Read More

Homeschooling startup Primer raises $3.7 million seed round led by Founders Fund –

As parents across the country are tasked with managing their children’s schooling amid a pandemic, investors are betting on a homeschooling startup that’s aiming to provide parents with services that can simplify the process of giving their kids a tailored education at home. Founder Ryan Delk says his startup Primer is building the “full-stack infrastructure” […] → Read More

Unity snaps up Vancouver-based studio building AR/VR tech –

Unity announced today that they are acquiring Finger Food Advanced Technology Group, a Vancouver-based studio best known for their AR/VR services. The 225-person team will be joining Unity with CEO Ryan Peterson becoming Unity’s “VP of Solutions.” Finger Food, founded in 2011, builds custom software for enterprise clients. They appear to have put a big […] → Read More

Several major iOS apps crashing at launch due to Facebook SDK issues –

A number of popular apps including Spotify, Tinder, Pinterest and TikTok were fielding user iOS crash reports Wednesday afternoon, the result of an apparent issues with Facebook’s SDK according to a lengthy GitHub thread on the topic. Users reported that the apps were crashing at launch. Users impacted by the issue didn’t have to be […] → Read More

Peloton Q3 earnings show huge revenue and membership spikes –

Peloton bested Wall Street’s high expectations, delivering a huge quarterly earnings report Wednesday that showed revenues climbing 66%. In after-hours trading, the connected fitness company’s stock bounced around, briefly pushing the share price above its previous all-time high and then back below it. The company posted total revenues of $524.6 million for the quarter, besting estimates […] → Read More

A new Oculus Quest headset is reportedly on the way –

Facebook has been struggling to keep its VR hardware supply chains open for months, but at the same time they’ve reportedly been hard at work on the next generation of their popular Quest headset. According to a report in Bloomberg, Facebook had been planning to release a new version of the Oculus Quest later this […] → Read More

Sam Altman backs ‘video-first’ dating app Curtn –

As the quarantine dramatically transforms social and romantic lives, a new dating app advised by Grindr founder Joel Simkhai and former YC chief Sam Altman is aiming to capitalize on the skyrocketing popularity of video chat. CEO Brenden Strauss hopes his NYC-based startup Curtn can approach video calling in a mindful way during a time […] → Read More

Valve drops VR support for macOS –

Valve is calling it quits on macOS support for its virtual reality platform. A Valve employee posted an update to the company’s SteamVR forums noting that “SteamVR has ended macOS support so our team can focus on Windows and Linux.” Apple introduced “Metal for VR” back in June 2017 and highlighted a partnership with Valve. […] → Read More