• Best Buy bets on VR for the holidays with 500 stores demoing Oculus Rift

    Best Buy bets on VR for the holidays with 500 stores demoing Oculus Rift

    Best Buy has provided in-person demonstrations for Oculus Rift basically since there were real Oculus Rift headsets to demonstrate – the retailer announced back in May it would provide demos at 48 locations in the U.S. Now, it’s doubling down on that bet, with a plan to give customers a taste of VR in 500 locations in time for the holiday shopping season, according to… Read More

  • Astronomers have found the closest exoplanet to Earth

    Astronomers have found the closest exoplanet to Earth

    For the first time, astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting our sun’s nearest neighbor. The newly identified exoplanet (a planet outside our solar system) is officially the closest known exoplanet to Earth, located at a distance of 4.25 light-years away. They’re calling it Proxima b, and it orbits around our nearest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri, every… Read More

  • Twitter’s new button lets you accept private messages from your website

    Twitter’s new button lets you accept private messages from your website

    Twitter today continues to push forward with its increased emphasis on its messaging feature, with the rollout of a new button for websites that allows visitors to privately message an individual or company directly. The feature, now one of several website buttons available, follows the company’s recent test of a change to brands’ customer support profiles’ that encouraged… Read More

  • Halo 5: Forge gives PC users level creation powers on September 8

    Halo 5: Forge gives PC users level creation powers on September 8

    Halo 5: Forge, the level creation tool that lets players build their own worlds and create new game experiences for Halo 5: Guardians, has come to Windows 10 PCs. The free download puts gamers in the developer’s seat, and adds support for mouse and keyboard, and up to 4K resolution, likely beating out the Xbox One add-on in terms of giving you finer control over world building. Xbox… Read More

  • CRV, the venture firm, campaigns against Trump in new statement

    CRV, the venture firm, campaigns against Trump in new statement

    The U.S. presidential election is fast approaching, and a growing number of VCs who’ve historically shied from making taking sides publicly, are tweeting, talking with reporters, and blogging about who they are backing and why. The early-stage venture firm CRV, formerly known as Charles River Ventures, is taking things a step further, having just published a tranquil little piece… Read More

  • Dyson adds a heater to its combo bladeless fan/air purifier

    Dyson adds a heater to its combo bladeless fan/air purifier

    Dyson’s been on something of a product launching roll, of late – hair dryers, robotic vacuums, it’s a diverse portfolio to put it mildly. The latest launch from the company, however, isn’t so much new territory as it is fusing together of a few of its existing lines into a single device. As its name implies, there’s a lot going on with the Pure Hot+Cool Link. The… Read More

  • Pokémon Go is boosting competitor in-app purchase revenue, too

    Pokémon Go is boosting competitor in-app purchase revenue, too

    While Pokémon Go is definitely the primary benefactor of its own success, that doesn’t mean it’s hurting its competition in the mobile gaming space. New data from mobile commerce provider DOCOMO Digital has found that in fact, the Google Play Store’s top four grossing apps have seen a 10 percent increase in overall revenue from their games in Europe since the debut of… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard takes on Google with integrated GIF and Bing search

    Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard takes on Google with integrated GIF and Bing search

    If customized keyboards for mobile devices are to be the next-gen interface for accessing the wider web – including information you’d normally turn to a search engine to find – then Microsoft today has stepped up its fight with Google with the rollout of a new version of its predictive keyboard app Word Flow. While the app previously offered intelligent word suggestions… Read More

  • SelfScore raises $7.1 million to help international students get credit in the U.S.

    SelfScore raises $7.1 million to help international students get credit in the U.S.

    A startup called SelfScore has raised $7.1 million in new venture funding to help bring much-needed financial services to international students at U.S. colleges and universities. SelfScore co-founder and CEO Kalpesh Kapadia grew up in India, but moved to the U.S. for graduate school in 1995. That’s when he first noticed the challenges of assimilating into what he says is the… Read More

  • Genius launches Q+A for song pages

    Genius launches Q+A for song pages

    Genius, the service that lets users add annotations and context to other docs, has today announced the launch of Questions and Answers, or Q+A. Genius originally launched as a rap lyrics data trove, where users could add interesting context and insights about various rap lyrics. Eventually, the company expanded (and not without some growing pains) to all types of documents, like public… Read More

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