Today, a bunch of app developers showed off their latest AR apps for Google’s
augmented reality platform, but Google didn’t stay too still either.
The team at Google released what could be one of its simplest apps ever. It’s called an “experiment,” and with good reason — it’s literally just an app for drawing white lines. “Just a line,” takes the baton from the company’s Tilt Brush virtual reality painting app and strips away every custom tool and setting, leaving you with the ability to annotate the world with digital white lines suspended in space and anchored to reality.
The big difference is a lot more people have ARCore-compatible phones than have VR headsets, so this is going to be a cool first experience with “3D painting” for a lot of people.
Users hold up their phones and use their fingers to draw lines; the interface relies on a ton
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If you’ve ever wondered why your Facebook app looks a little different from your friend’s, you’ve likely learned that Facebook tests features in a very unique, targeted way.
Airship wants to let its customers start testing features the same way that companies like Facebook and Dropbox do without all the added complications and resources. The startup is launching out of Y Combinator’s latest class with a product that integrates directly into customer codebases and that lets engineers easily flag features to roll out to targeted groups of users.
While there is certainly no shortage of A/B testing tools available for developers, most are focused on content tweaks, while Airship’s product flagging framework can ultimately give end users dramatically different feature experiences, which can give smaller startups much deeper insights into how customers interact with product changes.
“Most startups definitely can’t do this,” Airship co-founder Alvin Yap tells TechCrunch. “We aim
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After maintaining a quiet presence for quite a while, Magic Leap is finally feeling a bit more chatty, at least when it comes to what they’re sharing with developers.
As the Game Developers Conference kicks off in San Francisco this week, Magic Leap is opening up their “Creator Portal
” to developers sharing their SDK, tutorials, design guidelines and forums.
After agreeing to a quick little arbitration clause you can dive into see more about what can be done on the Magic Leap One.
What Magic Leap is trying to do is still very much a new concept for game and app design in general so a decent amount of space is put into walking through basic design guidelines
that it sees as useful for spatial computing. The company breaks down the basics as well as audio and animation tips, the stuff there isn’t too technical, it’s more about
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Online gamers love to talk a big game, but how willing are they to put their money with their mouth is? Players Lounge
is a home for gamers looking to make friendly wagers with strangers and friends in head-to-head matches.
When we first covered the startup
back in 2015, the team was getting people together at bars in New York for one-off FIFA tournaments on slow nights. Since then, Players Lounge has moved towards greater scalability, though their niche has still centered heavily on sports titles like FIFA and Madden. The company is launching out of Y Combinator’s latest class with some new funding and some new plans to capture gamers’ attention.
The company is already expanding beyond its console sports roots, and has added support for titles like Fortnite and Call of Duty, though there’s still a lot of room for the company to flex on PC which hosts
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The top widely available VR headset that money can buy is… gonna take a lot of money to buy.
has released pricing info for its Vive Pro
headset that the company showed off at CES and it ain’t cheap. The company had previously detailed that they would begin selling the system as a headset-only package for customers looking to upgrade. The price for that headset is going to be a very steep $799, a price that might have made sense in 2016, but sits far above what other comparable headsets on the market are retailing for now.
Pre-orders for the headset start today and will begin shipping out on April 5. Vive
Pro headsets ordered before June 3 will come with 6 months of HTC’s Viveport VR subscription service.
More positively, the company is knocking another $100 off of the price of the regular non-Pro Vive, which will now
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Upload, the VR startup which was rocked by a sexual harassment suit exactly one year ago, is shutting down both its San Francisco office and its 20,000 sq. foot Los Angeles co-working space as it struggles to secure new funding, multiple sources tell TechCrunch.
All of the company’s LA employees were laid off yesterday. The company’s SF office lease has already been taken over. The startup’s VR-focused trade publication, UploadVR, which operates independently of the company’s other ventures, has not been affected yet, sources tell us.
The layoffs and office shut downs come as the company has had trouble raising new funding and managing its reputation following a bombastic lawsuit from the company’s former social media manager that landed the startup on the front-page of the New York Times and on a CNN special feature talking about the company’s toxic workplace environment.
The sexual harassment and wrongful termination
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For how massive Reddit
. That’s been changing lately, as the company has looked to mature their platform with user-centric features that make surfing content easier and keep everything a bit more connected.
The company didn’t raise $200 million
from top investors just because they thought the company could deliver memes more beautifully. The company has — in fact — barely touched advertising, and few entities know more about its users interests than Reddit
Next week, the company will launch native promoted post ads on its Reddit iOS app with an Android following soon after. The company informed advertisers of this in an email, MarketingLand reports
. The apps have had rocky starts but have proven to offer a vastly improved user experience over what came
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