Google and Microsoft are working on improving the streaming game experience, with Google rolling out a beta version of its Project Stream and Microsoft announcing its own Project xCloud initiative. Both developments could change the gaming industry, as consumers are better able to use high-end games with the services.
Many sports teams are using immersive technology to provide better experiences for fans, with the Sacramento Kings and the New York Jets taking advantage of such innovations. This development is supported by the creation of tech-enabled stadiums such as the Golden 1 Center, which boasts a 6,000-square-foot data center, allowing fans to access the bandwidth of the equivalent of 17,000 homes.
Arm and Cybereason, two SoftBank-backed companies, are developing a way to prevent hacking of household appliances. These devices are particularly vulnerable, as consumers rarely replace logins and passwords; the companies hope to prevent attacks by monitoring systems for suspicious activity.
Instant Games, an HTML5-based gaming platform created by Facebook, will be added to both Facebook Lite and several gaming groups in the near future. Facebook reported that the platform saw a 25% increase in daily active people from June to September and that it hosted 1.7 billion gaming sessions during the past month.
Spotify has unveiled a new app that allows users of the Google Wear OS to access their accounts via their smartwatches. However, the app still requires the user's phone to be paired with the watch, so users won't be able to go phone-free, which users of the Apple Watch and Apple Music can do.
Technology distributors expect this Black Friday to be challenging, as consumers have more money to spend, which may result in shortages of highly sought-after technology. Trevor May of D&H Distributing says, "It's hard to predict the exact level of this year's promotional strategy for retailers, but we're leaning toward thinking it will be an aggressive year -- or at least on par with last year."
Lucid Software plans to boost product development, pursue global growth and open an Amsterdam headquarters with $72 million raised in a new round of funding. The web-based visual design platform is known primarily for Lucidchart, a collaborative diagramming app.
Huawei's new flagship phone, the Mate 20 Pro, is designed to compete with high-end devices such as the iPhone XS Max and the Galaxy Note 9. The device features facial recognition security, an artificial intelligence engine and three rear-facing cameras.
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