Escher Reality is building the backend for cross-platform mobile AR

 Y Combinator-backed, MIT spin-out Escher Reality is building a cross-platform toolkit and custom backend for mobile AR developers — aiming to lower the barrier to entry to building “compelling experiences”. Read More

Your Android phone can become a real Game Boy with this gadget

 A product that began life as an April Fools joke has graduated to a real thing you can order right now: Hyperkin’s SmartBoy is an accessory for Android smartphones with a USB-C connector, and brings Game Boy-style physical controls and actual Game Boy game cartridge compatibility to the gaming device you carry with you everywhere in your pocket anyways. The Hyperkin SmartBoy is up for… Read More

Spotify said to be coming soon to Xbox One

 Streaming music service Spotify should finally make its way to Microsoft’s Xbox One sometime soon, as a report from The Verge confirms user posts from Reddit that a beta version of the app is being tested internally at Xbox. The Spotify app has been available on PlayStation 4 since 2015, so its arrival on Microsoft’s current console seems overdue for Xbox gaming Spotify… Read More

8bitdo’s new Nintendo Switch-compatible NES30 Arcade Stick now on sale

 Retro controller maker extraordinaire 8bitdo is at it again with the NES30 Arcade Stick, which packs Bluetooth connectivity for wireless compatibility with Nintendo Switch, Windows, Android, Mac and Steam. The design borrows from the classic NES design from Nintendo for its color scheme and graphics, but unlike the original NES Arcade Stick, 8bitdo’s version has a full complement of… Read More

8bitdo’s new Nintendo Switch-compatible NES30 Arcade Stick now on sale

 Retro controller maker extraordinaire 8bitdo is at it again with the NES30 Arcade Stick, which packs Bluetooth connectivity for wireless compatibility with Nintendo Switch, Windows, Android, Mac and Steam. The design borrows from the classic NES design from Nintendo for its color scheme and graphics, but unlike the original NES Arcade Stick, 8bitdo’s version has a full complement of… Read More

Long-time Sequoia Asia partner Yinglan Tan has left to start his own VC firm

 Yinglan Tan, a long-time Sequoia venture partner based out of Singapore, has left the firm following a seven-year stint and is now launching his own fund. Both Tan and Sequoia confirmed that he departed earlier this year. Tan, who joined Sequoia in 2012 from Singapore’s National Research Fund and is the author of two books on tech and investment, has been a central part of… Read More

New Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 is actually reasonably sized

 Microsoft has redesigned the USB dongle used to connect your Xbox One controller to your Windows 10 laptop, and thank goodness for that. The formerly hulking black slab is now a much more modestly sized black slab, which is roughly the size of most flash drives, and won’t stick out like a sore, incredibly huge thumb on your notebook or PC. The new adapter is $24.99 and ships starting… Read More