Sony PlayStation VR Goes on Sale, Brings Virtual Reality to the Masses

Sony PlayStation VR Goes on Sale, Brings Virtual Reality to the Masses

Sony PlayStation VR Goes on Sale, Brings Virtual Reality to the Masses
HIGHLIGHTS
Sony is betting that it has a better package for mainstream consumers
Sony has to sell a lot of devices to attract talented game developers
Early reviews have praised its design, affordability and comfort
When the PlayStation VR goes on sale Thursday, it won’t just be a test for Sony. As the first high-end virtual-reality headset aimed at the mass market, the gadget will also offer the first hint as to whether the technology can become a mainstream product.

For about $500 (roughly Rs. 33,500), consumers won’t be getting newer features or better performance than pricier headsets being sold by Facebook and HTC. Sony is betting that it has a better package for mainstream consumers, given the ease of use and ability to tap into a gaming and entertainment ecosystem built by the PlayStation franchise over the past two decades. The device is Sony’s best prospect to remain on the cutting edge of technology after scaling back in phones, televisions and other businesses.

(Also see: Sony PlayStation VR Hits Stores Shelves Thursday to Take on Oculus and HTC)

“The Sony release is the first real test of consumer VR,” said Dave Ranyard, a virtual-reality developer and former head of Sony’s London studio, which produced its main launch title PlayStation VR Worlds. “Nobody knows the rate of uptake, so this is the first significant indication.”

The debut also represents a classic gaming-industry dilemma. Sony has to sell a lot of devices to attract talented game developers, gamers won’t buy new hardware unless there’s quality content. Sony hasn’t lined up enough must-have titles to kick off that virtuous cycle, according to Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Research Institute in Tokyo.

“If an amazing game comes out and makes everyone want to buy PSVR, the situation will be different, but for now we’re not seeing that,” Yasuda said.

With more than 40 million people already owning a PlayStation 4 console, the novelty of VR alone may be enough to attract a large number of early adopters. IHS Markit and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predict more than 1.4 million unit sales by the end of this year, while Ranyard is more conservative, expecting about 1 million in the first 12 months.

(Also see: PlayStation VR Is the First Real Mass-Market Virtual Reality Headset)

“This is the biggest innovation since the arrival of TV,” Atsushi Morita, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia, said at a launch event in Tokyo.
Sony shares were up 1.4 percent at JPY 3,431 in early trading. The stock is up more than 14 percent this year, compared with a 13 percent decline in the Topix Index.

Another key metric to watch will be how many games each player buys for the PSVR, Raynard said. The device will generate $134 million in revenue for VR content makers this year, about twice the $69 million it expects from Facebook’s Oculus and HTC’s Vive headsets, IHS estimated. Still, that would represent just a fraction of the total market for games software sales.

Early reviews of the system have generally praised its design, affordability and comfort, but a common criticism has been the lack of compelling content. There are about 30 titles available at launch, which are little more than environments to explore, or short games. Sony acknowledges as much, saying what’s available for now are mostly brief experiences that showcase VR technology instead of those with hours of gameplay.

(Also see: PlayStation VR First Impressions)

“The experiences we’re putting on offer are different from your 50-hour Metal Gear Solid experience,” said Shawn Layden, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment America, the unit overseeing the U.S. PlayStation game business. “You have a very intense 7 to 10 to 15 minutes of gameplay.”

Case in point: Job Simulator, a tongue-in-cheek launch title, lets people pretend that they’re working in a kitchen, office or convenience store. Jun Tamaoki raised eyebrows at last month’s Tokyo Game Show with Bandai Namco Holdings Inc.’s virtual-reality game Summer Lesson, which lets users become home tutors.

“It will take a longer time to find those eureka moments – oh wow, this is so fun,” Tamaoki said in an interview. “I would expect a gradual start for now.”

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Windows 10 Preview Build 14936 Brings the Ability to Uninstall Preloaded Apps

Windows 10 Preview Build 14936 Brings the Ability to Uninstall Preloaded Apps

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The feature is active only for a few apps
  • You still cannot uninstall Alarm & Clock, and Cortana
  • The feature is still in preview, and is expected to hit all users in 2017

Windows 10 comes with many preloaded apps that users may not be too keen on utilising. Now, Microsoft has introduced the ability to uninstall these apps in its latest preview build of Windows 10. With Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14936, Microsoft has bought the ability to uninstall preloaded apps like Mail, Calendar, Calculator, Groove Music, Maps, and Weather.

In earlier versions, the uninstall button was not active against the above mentioned apps. Now, if you head to the Apps and Features section in the Settings app, you will find that the uninstall button is active, and that these apps can be removed easily.

This was first spotted by Ghacks, and the publication claims that the feature is expected to roll out commercially next year. Also Camera, Cortana, Alarm & Clock, Messaging, and many other apps are still difficult to remove, and the uninstall button remains inactive.

The reason for this distinction is unknown, and Microsoft could make the button active on all apps eventually, before releasing it on the stable version. Of course, the preview version is only available for Insider members, and if you want to use the latest build, you need to be a part of the Windows Insider Program. To register, head here.

Twitter tipster Core has also hinted that the upcoming build that Microsoft intends to release this week or next week, will be jam packed with features. Last month, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is running on 400 million active devices as on September 26. To recall, Microsoft had announced Windows 10 was on 300 million active devices back in May.

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Weebly 4 Brings Websites, eCommerce, Email Marketing Together to Focus on Business Growth

Weebly 4 Features Websites, Ecommerce, Email Marketing Together to Help Businesses Grow

DIY website builder Weebly today announced a new version of its platform, Weebly 4, that expands the focus beyond websites and ecommerce and adds a marketing element: email.

Weebly 4 builds on the previous version, Carbon, by pairing the ecommerce engine with email marketing that creates campaigns on the fly based on customer actions. It also segments customers into groups automatically, to improve targeting.

“When we started Weebly, the challenge was building a website,” says David Rusenko, co-founder and CEO of Weebly, in the announcement. “Now with 40 million entrepreneurs and over 300 million monthly visitors to a Weebly site or store, we’re tackling the next hurdle of growing a site into a successful online business.”

Weebly 4 Features

As to improvements from the previous version, there are many. Here are the most notable:

Web Design

The web design function now includes the use of video backgrounds, to add animation. There is increased flexibility in designing headers and in adding sections to a page.

Weebly 4 Features - Video Backgrounds

Weebly 4 also offers a completely new feature: designer-built layouts.

Weebly 4 Features - Designer-Built Layouts

According to Rusenko, who spoke with Small Business Trends by phone, with Carbon, the previous version, users had to drag-and-drop each element.

“Weebly 4 makes it easy to add layouts for people who don’t know what to do, who are getting online for the first time and not sure how site supposed to look,” Rusenko said. “All the content is on there. We pre-start you with fully custom-built sites that fit what you need, making it easier to get to the finish line.”

eCommerce

Weebly rebuilt the eCommerce storefront entirely from the ground up Rusenko said. An upgraded tax engine does the work for the customer. The platform also configures shipping rates in real-time across carriers. An abandoned cart recovery function reminds customers to complete their purchase. Gift cards and coupon codes are available as well.

Weebly 4 Features - Ecommerce

Regarding shipping rates, Rusenko said, “In the previous version, you had a shipping engine and could set different rates, but it was time-consuming. You had to to make your best guess on rates. Now, the platform configures all that for the customer at checkout. It goes out to the shipping providers and calculates rates in real-time via an API.”

Email Marketing

The new email marketing component fully integrates with the website and store. Emails are customizable. Users can insert their logo, images, posts and products quickly and easily. Also, the platform auto-creates ready to send emails, to drive conversion.

Weebly 4 Features - Email Marketing

Full-funnel Analytics and Insights

The analytics component not only reports email open and click-through rates but also track sales transactions, enabling the business owner to how each campaign impacts his bottom line.

A comprehensive dashboard renders insights across the entire business that includes appointment scheduling, customer chat, accounting and email marketing. The mobile app enables business owners to run their site and promotions from anywhere.

App Store

The app store has more than 200 app and integrations, including an appointment calendar, live chat, accounting and more.

Search Engine Optimization

According to the announcement, Weebly 4 “demystifies” search engine optimization by providing expert advice via a PDF guide as well as a real-time SEO score card, with site-specific tips for improvement.

Conclusion

Rusenko said that Weebly’s goal with the new version was to provide the same functionality to small merchants that large retailers experience, to help grow their business.

“Right now the business of running a business is a real hassle, and our ultimate goal is to make it much easier for our customers, saving them time, helping them grow and be successful, and ultimately, helping them focus more on doing what they love,” he said.

View the full feature set visiting the Weebly 4 website.

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Weebly 4 Brings Websites, eCommerce, Email Marketing Together to Focus on Business Growth

Weebly 4 Features Websites, Ecommerce, Email Marketing Together to Help Businesses Grow

DIY website builder Weebly today announced a new version of its platform, Weebly 4, that expands the focus beyond websites and ecommerce and adds a marketing element: email.

Weebly 4 builds on the previous version, Carbon, by pairing the ecommerce engine with email marketing that creates campaigns on the fly based on customer actions. It also segments customers into groups automatically, to improve targeting.

“When we started Weebly, the challenge was building a website,” says David Rusenko, co-founder and CEO of Weebly, in the announcement. “Now with 40 million entrepreneurs and over 300 million monthly visitors to a Weebly site or store, we’re tackling the next hurdle of growing a site into a successful online business.”

Weebly 4 Features

As to improvements from the previous version, there are many. Here are the most notable:

Web Design

The web design function now includes the use of video backgrounds, to add animation. There is increased flexibility in designing headers and in adding sections to a page.

Weebly 4 Features - Video Backgrounds

Weebly 4 also offers a completely new feature: designer-built layouts.

Weebly 4 Features - Designer-Built Layouts

According to Rusenko, who spoke with Small Business Trends by phone, with Carbon, the previous version, users had to drag-and-drop each element.

“Weebly 4 makes it easy to add layouts for people who don’t know what to do, who are getting online for the first time and not sure how site supposed to look,” Rusenko said. “All the content is on there. We pre-start you with fully custom-built sites that fit what you need, making it easier to get to the finish line.”

eCommerce

Weebly rebuilt the eCommerce storefront entirely from the ground up Rusenko said. An upgraded tax engine does the work for the customer. The platform also configures shipping rates in real-time across carriers. An abandoned cart recovery function reminds customers to complete their purchase. Gift cards and coupon codes are available as well.

Weebly 4 Features - Ecommerce

Regarding shipping rates, Rusenko said, “In the previous version, you had a shipping engine and could set different rates, but it was time-consuming. You had to to make your best guess on rates. Now, the platform configures all that for the customer at checkout. It goes out to the shipping providers and calculates rates in real-time via an API.”

Email Marketing

The new email marketing component fully integrates with the website and store. Emails are customizable. Users can insert their logo, images, posts and products quickly and easily. Also, the platform auto-creates ready to send emails, to drive conversion.

Weebly 4 Features - Email Marketing

Full-funnel Analytics and Insights

The analytics component not only reports email open and click-through rates but also track sales transactions, enabling the business owner to how each campaign impacts his bottom line.

A comprehensive dashboard renders insights across the entire business that includes appointment scheduling, customer chat, accounting and email marketing. The mobile app enables business owners to run their site and promotions from anywhere.

App Store

The app store has more than 200 app and integrations, including an appointment calendar, live chat, accounting and more.

Search Engine Optimization

According to the announcement, Weebly 4 “demystifies” search engine optimization by providing expert advice via a PDF guide as well as a real-time SEO score card, with site-specific tips for improvement.

Conclusion

Rusenko said that Weebly’s goal with the new version was to provide the same functionality to small merchants that large retailers experience, to help grow their business.

“Right now the business of running a business is a real hassle, and our ultimate goal is to make it much easier for our customers, saving them time, helping them grow and be successful, and ultimately, helping them focus more on doing what they love,” he said.

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Firefox 48 Brings Multi-Process Feature to Reduce Lag and Crashes

Firefox 48 Brings Multi-Process Feature to Reduce Lag and Crashes

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Multi-process is not yet enabled for all users
  • The update will prevent browser crashing to a large extent
  • Android users also get an improved video playback feature

Mozilla on Tuesday began rolling Firefox 48 for its desktop and Android users. The update is significant on desktop because it introduces a new multi-process Firefox feature to ensure less lag and fewer crashes of the browser. There are several changes to the Android app as well.

Multi-process is said to separate Web content and Firefox UI processes for more seamless browsing, and less lock-up of buttons and menus. Mozilla says this feature is being enabled in Firefox 48 slowly. For now, the feature is available to only one percent of users, and the company will ramp it up to half of its users eventually if nothing goes wrong.

“In Firefox 48, we aim to slowly enable multi-process Firefox (also known as Electrolysis or e10s) for release users, starting with one percent and ramping up to nearly half the Firefox Release if things go as expected. e10s promises to offer a major improvement to your browsing experience by separating Web content and Firefox UI processes. This means when a webpage is consuming a large part of your computer’s processing power, your tabs, buttons and menus won’t lock up. Wondering if your Firefox instance has enabled e10s? Type “about:support” into the URL bar. If e10s is active, you’ll see “1/1 (Enabled by default)” under the Multiprocess Windows line item,” Mozilla explains in its blog post.

Apart from this, the Awesome Bar aka the address bar now shows more suggestions based on keywords, and a wider view of your suggestions across the screen for better reading. If your search is based on a current bookmark, you’ll also notice an icon alongside the search suggestions.

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The Discovery panel has also been redesigned for a simpler browsing experience. Add-ons installation has been made easier, and font and image design has also been changed. Lastly, the update on desktop also brings security improvements that enhance download protection in Firefox 48.

The company has also rolled out an update for Firefox for Android bringing in few changes. Notably, the Synced Tabs has been moved to the History panel, and Bookmarks and Reading Lists have been merged together. It also has introduced the ability to pause a video playing on the browser when the user receives a call.

Last week, Mozilla released an update for Firefox for iOS bringing in a host of improvements. It introduced a customised search engine option, which allows you to add search engines from various websites like Wikipedia and Amazon, among others, to search on these websites directly from the address bar. It also brings a new redesigned toolbar, and decreased usage of RAM and CPU as well.

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Pinterest Brings Buyable Pins to the Web – Finally

Pinterest Buy Button Comes to the Web - Finally

Pinterest is finally introducing Buyable Pins to the web version of its site — and a new shopping bag is being rolled out too.

Last year, Pinterest introduced “Buyable Pins” on mobile and later integrated them into eCommerce platforms such as Bigcommerce, eBay-owned Magento and IBM Commerce. Now, the social network is finally announcing that the Pinterest buy button that was first launched on the app is going to be available on the web. And the “new shopping bag” will allow users to shop for multiple items on the site from wherever they are.

The shopping bag is basically a modern implementation of a shopping cart, which should ideally see merchants increase their sales as it encourages people to buy more items.  The company has also introduced a new shopping section on Pinterest Shop, with sections for top shops from vendors.

Expanding the Usefulness of the Pinterest Buy Button

It seems almost like an afterthought for Pinterest to add Buyable Pins to the web version of the site. However, the feature now allows viewers to see other products from the specific vendor. For instance, if one is viewing a Channel bag, below it they will be able to see a few other bags from the same seller. This allows merchants to advertise and even sell a few more products from their collection.

Small business owners already harnessing the power of Pinterest as a sales and marketing tool will also be delighted to note that the social networking site has introduced an enhancement to its visual search capability. Pinterest’s iOS app users can now find an item they want by simply tapping the camera button, taking a picture and searching for the item on the app. This ideally means that users will have an easier time finding a product and sellers will also increase their sales.

Buyers can also easily look for a brand that interests them.

“If you’re looking for something from a brand you love, head over to their profile and tap the new filtering options to find popular products, sale items and shipping deals,” Pinterest’s Product Manager Tim Weingarten said in a post on the official Pinterest blog.

As of yet, Buyable Pins are only available to a select number of Pinterest users and you must have aPinterest business account in order to be considered. However, the number of merchants able to use the pins is growing and clearly not limited to large brands.

“We’ve partnered with 20,000 merchants — big and small — to bring over 10 million unique products to Pinterest,” added Weingarten. With the involvement of so many merchants already, acceptance into the program must not be too rigorous.

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fb Brings 360-diploma pictures to news FeedFacebook on Thursday released a feature that permits users to add pix with 360-degree perspectives.

Facebook Brings 360-Degree Photos to News Feed
apart from photographs taken from 360-degree cameras, panoramic photographs taken on a cell phonecan be converted to a 360-degree view at the newsfeed, the company stated on Thursday.

The pictures also can be visible in virtual truth well suited devices, fb stated.

The social community stated that 360 photos are now to be had to view on facebook through the netand the present day version of the facebook app on Android and iOS. It introduced that over the next fewdays, it’s going to roll out the capacity to publish 360 photographs.

facebook rolled out a comparable carrier for video ultimate September.

Explaining how the feature works, facebook in a weblog post stated, “truly take a landscape together with your phone or seize a 360-degree photograph the use of a 360 image app or 360 camera, and thenpublish it on fb as you would a normal image. From there, we’ll convert it to an immersive 360photograph that people can discover, just like how human beings revel in 360 films on fb.”

The social network added, “360 pix are easy to identify in information Feed: simply look for the compass icon on the right-hand facet of the image. discover a 360 photo on mobile via tapping and dragging thephoto or via transferring your telephone, and on the web by using clicking and dragging. Now yourbuddies can revel in the moments you share in 360 as though they have been clearly there with you, fromhiking through a national park, to wandering via a museum, to celebrating a marriage.”

Written with inputs from Reuters

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Google Chrome forty for iOS Brings fabric design, Handoff help, and more

Google Chrome 40 for iOS Brings Material Design, Handoff Support, and More

Google on Tuesday launched its Chrome v40 browser for iOS devices with some new functions and its iconic cloth design. it’s miles worth mentioning that Google has already delivered its fabric layout in iOSdevices through the Google Maps app.

the brand new Chrome model for iPhone and iPad fashions additionally includes the Handoff functionfirst brought with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. For the ones unaware, Handoff is the potential to choose up your paintings wherein you left off whilst switching among iOS and OS X gadgets. The characteristic in Chrome 40 for iOS shall we customers switch their tabs from iOS gadgets to their default web browser on an OS X device, and vice versa.

except Google’s cloth design aesthetic that first got here as part of Android 5.zero Lollipop in October, themodern-day Chrome browser also comes optimised for iOS eight and ‘larger telephones‘ – specially, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. some balance improvements and worm fixes also are covered within thereplace.

it’s miles well worth citing that Google is presently working on multiple more capabilities for Chrome browser for mobile gadgets. In November at some stage in the Chrome Dev Summit, Darin Fisher, vpEngineering stated that Chrome engineers are working on improving background capabilities, along with up to date cached and offline content material, however it will take the time. The Chrome push notifications feature for builders is likewise in the pipeline.

Google earlier this month also released Chrome far flung computer for iOS. via the app, customers canmanage their computer systems via their iOS device.

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Sega Mega drive Classics Hub Brings computer Mods to retro Console games

Sega Mega Drive Classics Hub Brings PC Mods to Retro Console Games

Sega may additionally have exited the online game console enterprise over 15 years in the past howeverthat hasn’t stopped the employer from profiting from the nostalgia of its 16-bit console, the Sega Megapower (or Genesis relying in which you lived).

in the past we’ve seen ports of some of the Mega force‘s more famous games including Sonic the Hedgehog grace Android, iOS and pc. Now it plans to take matters a step further with the Sega Mega forceClassics Hub for laptop through Steam. as the call suggests, it’s the only location for all your sixteen-bit Sega goodness.

The Sega Mega force Classics Hub is decked up to resemble a room of a Sega fan from the early 1990s.vintage Sega swag, Mega power cartridges, or even a CRT tv all make an appearance. however what is the maximum interesting function is Sega permitting customers to adjust and proportion present Segaunfashionable video games. relying on the amount of control players have, we would just see a fewinteresting creations from lovers and freshmen alike.

(additionally see: Tracing the Origins of Gaming in India: 8-Bit Cricket, Sega, and Cloning)

in line with the official Sega uk internet siteevery single Mega drive game will now characteristicSteam Workshop helpand will have present day day enhancements including local co-op (for video games that guide it), elective image filters, the potential to shop anywhere, and entire controller and keyboard assist.

in case you very own one of the many Sega unfashionable titles indexed on Steam, there will be anreplace that grants you get admission to to the Sega Mega drive Classics Hub. it’ll be to be had from April 28 internationally. you can test out the entire listing of video games available via it right here.

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angry Birds action! Brings indignant Birds to lifestyles

Angry Birds Action! Brings Angry Birds to Life

one of the earliest poster youngsters for mainstream mobile gaming achievement, angry Birds has come acomplete circle. From a being a smartphone sport to a movie, there’s now a recreation to have a good time the film‘s release. it’s available on Android and iOS proper now. And not like Sony’s Ratchet & Clank reimagining on the PS4, it utilises augmented reality (AR) to a huge degree.

Dubbed as irritated Birds movement!, Rovio has partnered with AR firm Zappar to deliver the titularindignant Birds to life. the use of Zappar’s zap code tech, fans can scan codes to unlock characters, AR mini-games, photographfeatures and an entire lot more in the way of interactive reviews.

believe if ordinary gadgets could liberate a laugh and special content whilst scanned with a mobiletool. With irritated Birds we’ve accomplished just that– operating closely in partnership with Rovio we’ve got been able to deliver a hidden world of stackable stories and in-game electricityunited states of americathrough BirdCodes on taking part products and promotions to wonder and pleasure users,”stated Caspar Thykier, Co-founder and CEO of Zappar. “that is the largest and most simply incorporatedaugmented reality undertaking so far, with BirdCodes performing on apparel, toys, cups, POS, or evensweet dispensers the world over. together with Rovio, we have set a brand new bar to bring AR to the mass market in a significant and rewarding way,” Thykier introduced.

“With the help of Zappar and our different partners we’ve got put the irritated Birds characters and storyon the centre of a really 360-degree experience this summer, bringing the story global to existence in a new manner each for our closely engaged fan base and rookies alike,” stated Miika Tams, vice presidentvideo games at Rovio. “indignant Birds motion! is the cornerstone of our comprehensive digital movieprogram, which bridges virtual and physical leisure like by no means earlier than, and with extra than 1 billion BirdCodes to be observed out in the wild, at a scale in no way seen before either,” Tams said.

some of the places you can declare these BirdCodes includes McDonald’s and H&M. whilst it is doubtfulat this factor of time if this merchandising could make its manner to India as well, Zappar does claim it might take region in 50 markets throughout the globe.

while Rovio’s past few quarters have ended in a spate of layoffs, optimistically its tons-awaited movielaunch should stem the tide. angry Birds isn’t as famous because it was and without a big follow-up in sight, diversifying the brand across different media including movies looks like the clever way ahead.

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