Snapchat has unveiled Snappables, interactive lenses that use augmented reality, which users can select to play games with friends and can control with motion, touch and facial expressions. Snappables will be released worldwide this week, with additional lenses to be unveiled over time.
Castbox, a startup that has developed a cross-platform podcasting app, raised $13.5 million in its most recent funding round. The company's headquarters are in Beijing, with additional offices in Hong Kong and San Francisco.
Industry analysts at investment firm Rosenblatt Securities believe that the upcoming 2018 iPhone X Plus may support a stylus device -- an "iPen." That would align with industry trends, as Samsung released a digital stylus in its Galaxy Note series.
The recent popularity of free-to-play shooter game "Fortnite" caused headset sales to nearly double in March, NPD Group reports. By attracting so many new users to team shooting games, "Fortnite" is indirectly motivating players to buy headsets so they can socialize and strategize with fellow players.
The British government, along with US tech firms, European telecom companies and Japanese venture capitalists, has pledged to invest $1.4 billion in the British artificial intelligence industry. The UK could serve as an alternative to Chinese companies as governments attempt to stay competitive with the Asian country.
A strong quarter from Qualcomm suggests that the global smartphone industry could still be profitable, sources say. Revenue from Qualcomm's chip department rose 6% during the past quarter, but "its guidance pointed to a softer handset market, particularly in China," says Moody's Senior Vice President Rick Lane.
IBM is offering four new incentives for storage, allowing partners the ability to stack incentives for IBM Storage Systems and Storage Software offerings, with up to $100,000 in annual incentives.
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is looking toward its national semiconductor industry to provide breakthroughs in core IC technology. Chen Yin, the ministry's chief engineer, told reporters, "To further boost the IC industry, China will stick to the path of innovative development, opening-up and cooperation, and strengthen industrial cooperation with international partners."
Researchers at Canada's Waterloo University used dehydration to produce conjugated polymers, a plastic material that conducts electricity. These poly(hetero)arenes could be used to make flexible electronics, such as biochemical and chemical sensors, light-emitting diode displays and solar cells, they say.
Panasonic's LP-Series power choke coils and ZE-Series conductive polymer hybrid aluminum surface-mount capacitors can be obtained from TTI in Europe. The parts are said to have a high ripple current of up to 2 amperes.