American Express has created a restaurant-reservation service that will let its Platinum members use their mobile phones to reserve tables at Michelin-starred eateries and other popular restaurants. The service is set to start in the UK in the coming weeks before expanding to the US and other global markets next year.
Businesses will be able to build custom voice apps with Microsoft's new Cortana Skills Kit for Enterprise. The skills could serve both employees and users, and the company's creative goal is to make Cortana skills and conversational computing as intuitive in the workplace as smartphone usage.
Regulation of cryptocurrency markets will be the topic on Capitol Hill as dozens of financial and cryptocurrency startup representatives testify before Congress this week. Their goal is to avoid strict regulation they say risks stifling innovation and the introduction of new currencies.
Despite increased access to digital games, console gaming continues to thrive, as evidenced by developer Rockstar's plan to release "Red Dead Redemption 2" for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on Oct. 26. The continued popularity of Nintendo's Switch, which sold 19.7 million units in its first 15 months, also demonstrates interest in console gaming.
Headphone and audio company Sennheiser is teaming up with Magic Leap to develop AR accessories. Sennheiser will work through the "Works with Magic Leap" certification program to develop tools that work with the company's headset.
French company Vaonis has unveiled a smart telescope that uses Wi-Fi to offer live viewing right from the user's phone. The 19-inch telescope is smaller than a traditional telescope, allowing for easier carrying and setup.
Lockly has developed an algorithm-based 3D fingerprint sensor lock that can generate multiple access codes without an internet connection. The Secure Plus uses an OLED display that randomly changes the position of numbers to ensure that even individuals watching the user will not be able to accurately guess their code.
"Mario Kart VR" will debut in Union Station at VR Zone Portal Washington D.C. on Oct. 1. The experience will work through HTC's Vive and its hand-strapped Trackers to allow users to play with characters such as Luigi, Peach, Mario and Yoshi in a virtual reality environment.
Bloomberg is drawing on its deep news media bench and looking to create a complete brand out of its round-the-clock streaming network TicToc. The effort includes a recently launched podcast and a daily newsletter, and a separate website is coming soon.