Google has launched "The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks," a project that uses virtual reality to transport people to national parks around the country. Users can experience a park in 360-degree images while a ranger leads them through a guided tour.
GameStop reported a 7.4% decrease in quarterly sales, falling short of analysts' expectations in a quarter with few game releases. The retailer intends to continue buying AT&T stores to sell mobile devices, and it could branch into other retail categories to boost sales, Chief Financial Officer Rob Lloyd said.
Japan's Sony and Panasonic, along with public broadcaster NHK, have formed a consortium to begin testing and developing technology for 8K video. NHK said it will be prepared to broadcast 8K content in 2018, while Sony says it is on pace to have 8K television sets to market by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Best Buy will be showing off Facebook Oculus Rift VR headsets in 500 stores and Sony PlayStation VR in 200 stores over the next few months. "The performance of virtual reality at Best Buy will be a very good indicator of how successful the VR movement will be," said Keybanc Capital Markets retail analyst Brad Thomas.
Hisense and Sharp are tied together in a TV licensing deal that Hisense said "has made the Sharp TV brand relevant again in the Americas." Reports indicate that Sharp CEO Tai Jeng-wu said he hopes to nix a number of licensing deals, but Hisense released a statement saying it has "no intention of ending its agreement with Sharp early."
Tesla has added 100 kilowatt-hour batteries to its pricey Model S sedans and Model X SUVs and increased their speed. The Model S is now capable of traveling up to 315 miles without recharging and going from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, and the Model X is not far behind.
Many consumer electronics shoppers know what brand they are searching for when they go to make a purchase, with 71% saying they consider only a single name, a Parks Associates report states. Smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles had the highest percent of brand loyalty, with emerging technologies and accessories seeing less brand loyalty.
Sony is bringing more than 400 PlayStation 3 titles to Windows PCs via its PlayStation Now subscription gaming service. There was no word from Sony on whether the service would come to mobile devices.
BOE Technology Group plans to produce AMOLED flexible displays and become the first company to mass manufacture the screens in China and second in the world, following Samsung. BOE has earmarked $7 billion for the production center, which will make foldable tablets and phones that can wrap around a wrist.
Auth0 has added $15 million in Series B funding to its coffers as it tackles enterprise identity and authentication pain points with what the company calls "identity-as-a-service." The startup has raised $24 million thus far.
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