Before you get your hopes up—no, it's not Pokémon. What Nintendo have announced is that they're planning to bring a small number of 'quality' titles to mobile. Their plan is to use these titles to lure people into buying a dedicated Nintendo games console. Nevertheless they are the most recognisable name in the games industry and we're super excited to see what their first move is. Mario Kart on the daily commute? Sign us up!
Dolls that talk aren't anything new. But what about dolls that listen to you, send your voice to a server farm, analyse it, learn about you and send back a customised bit of speech? This is exactly what the new Barbie doll does, and it has raised a chorus of privacy concerns. We can't decide if it's cool or creepy.
There's a lot of talk around virtual reality—in particular the Oculus Rift—but there's been less talk about Facebook's role in all of it. In a future where you can be transported virtually anywhere, what does a newsfeed look like? How do you communicate with your friends? How you do share an experience? What exactly is the 'metaverse' that Mark Zuckerberg keeps mentioning? This is one of those articles that will get you thinking.
One of the most exciting uses for virtual reality is putting you right in the middle of exclusive live events. This project by Inition for Topshop puts you in a front row seat at London Fashion Week, mingling with celebs and just inches from the catwalk. The experience is augmented by falling leaves containing tweets and 360 celeb selfies. It looks like it was a success and we're really excited to see what else can be done. Sitting in the dugout beside the manager at a football final?
With a range of 360 cameras on their way to market, it's a great time to start experimenting with 360 degree videos. When combined with a VR headset it means you can simply hit 'play' and be transported straight into the middle of the video, with the ability to look in any direction. This week YouTube announced support for them, just in time for the flood of early adopters.
It feels like every week someone is launching a new streaming service in the US. With Sling, HBO and Playstation joining the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, the options are already getting pretty overwhelming. How do you keep track of which channels are available on which service, and for how much money? This simple app by The Verge is a great way to see exactly that.
We've been waiting impatiently for the Apple TV to offer something—anything—new for years now. There are strong rumours that Apple will announce their own TV service later this year, with the Apple TV the logical platform for it. Of course the available channels, pricing and countries it'll be available in are all unknown, but it's a welcome move.