Tyler Bushnell, son of Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell, has created a new company, Polycade, to produce retro arcade machines. He and business partner Jake Galler have developed a machine with a 28-inch LCD screen and two multidirectional joysticks; it allows users to play a variety of games.
Collectable "Cryptokitties" could drive the use of cryptocurrency and blockchain, as the digital cats are traded and bought via those means. The company received $12 million in investments during a Series A round in March and has been using the funds to expand into Asia.
Logitech has unveiled an ergonomic mouse dubbed the MX Vertical; the company reports that the device is designed to simulate a "natural handshake position." Through use of this mouse, the company reports a 10% reduction in muscle strain by reducing forearm tension.
Walmart is developing a virtual reality-based shopping experience, based on two patents filed by the company for the creation of virtual showrooms. The service would allow users to browse aisles with VR headsets and then have the items picked up and shipped to them from fully automated distribution centers.
The SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain will include partnerships with more than 24 companies, including 16 farm-to-consumer produce suppliers, such as Maple Leaf Foods, Johnsonville and Naturipe Farms. SAP plans to use the blockchain-based platform to help manufacturers and companies along the supply chain improve transparency and safety.
Software-defined access provider for hybrid cloud Safe-T has gone public, with plans to expand its presence in the US and worldwide. "Safe-T allows channel partners to go back to their existing customers and break into new markets, delivering a message that the channel partner is a trusted adviser to their customer and is committed to assisting the enterprise in solving problems through innovation," Safe-T North America CEO John Parmley adds.
Swift, R and Go are the some of the fastest-climbing coding languages in terms of ease and popularity among coders, according to data from RedMonk. Meanwhile, Perl, Haskell and Ruby are falling in the rankings compared with numbers from 2012.
Hermann Hauser, a co-founder of Arm Holdings, sees China ending the US dominance of the worldwide semiconductor industry. With Arm's sale to Japan's SoftBank Group in 2016, he laments that the UK's "only globally relevant [semiconductor] company is not European anymore."
The 3D NAND flash memory market has a new entrant, China's Yangtze Memory Technologies, as the incumbent suppliers continue their progress to stacking 96 layers and 128 layers in one memory chip, Mark LaPedus writes. TechInsights' Jeongdong Choe says, "It's a race for the highest number of stacks."