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Magic Leap Launches Developer SDK, Confirms Eye-tracking, Room-scanning, and More

Magic Leap Launches Developer SDK, Confirms Eye-tracking, Room-scanning, and More

Today Magic Leap has launched the Lumin SDK, the toolkit which allows developers to build AR experiences for Lumin OS, the operating system that powers the Magic Leap One headset.
Trump Prohibits U.S. Purchases of Venezuelan Cryptocurrency

Trump Prohibits U.S. Purchases of Venezuelan Cryptocurrency

President Donald Trump banned U.S. purchases of a cryptocurrency the Venezuelan government is rolling out, as part of a campaign to pressure the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Trump issued an order on Monday prohibiting U.S. citizens from engaging in transactions using the oil-backed currency, called the Petro.
Apple is fighting to regain its position in America’s classrooms

Apple is fighting to regain its position in America’s classrooms

Apple’s next splashy product announcement won’t be from its new campus in Cupertino, Calif. It will take place at a magnet high school on the North Side of Chicago — a signal that Apple isn’t ready to let go of the education market it once dominated.
HTC will sell Vive Pro VR headset for $800, cuts price of Vive to $500

HTC will sell Vive Pro VR headset for $800, cuts price of Vive to $500

HTC said today it will sell the Vive Pro virtual reality headset for $800, with global preorders starting now. And it will also cut the price of the existing Vive headset by $100 to $500. VR is off to a slow start, but introducing better quality headsets like the Vive Pro while making existing headsets more affordable is the path to greater consumer acceptance, according to Taiwan-based HTC’s game plan.
Ether plunges after SEC says “dozens” of ICO investigations underway

Ether plunges after SEC says “dozens” of ICO investigations underway

The price of ether, the cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network, has fallen below $500 for the first time this year. The decline comes days after a senior official from the Securities and Exchange Commission acknowledged that the agency had "dozens" of open investigations into initial coin offerings. The price of ether has fallen 19 percent in the last 24 hours, from $580 to $470.
Alibaba doubles down on Lazada with fresh $2B investment and new CEO

Alibaba doubles down on Lazada with fresh $2B investment and new CEO

Alibaba  is increasing its control of Lazada,  its e-commerce marketplace in Southeast Asia it acquired control of in 2016, after it injected another $2 billion into the business and replaced its CEO with a long-standing Alibaba executive.
Home-builder confidence drops for third month in a row, NAHB says

Home-builder confidence drops for third month in a row, NAHB says

The numbers: The National Association of Home Builders’ monthly confidence gauge ticked down one point to a reading of 70 in March, the group said Thursday. After touching the highest since 1999 in December, the closely-watched sentiment tracker from the home builder lobby group fell for the third straight month in March. February’s reading was revised down one tick, to 71.
Trump Considers Replacing Sessions With Another Marijuana Opponent

Trump Considers Replacing Sessions With Another Marijuana Opponent

President Trump is reportedly weighing a plan to fire U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and potentially replace him with Scott Pruitt, who currently leads the Environmental Protection Agency. “A state may not establish its own policy that is directly counter to federal policy against trafficking in controlled substances,” read one brief.
Amazon receives patent to literally ‘drop’ packages from a drone on your doorstep or patio

Amazon receives patent to literally ‘drop’ packages from a drone on your doorstep or patio

Drone delivery is a hot topic this week. Last Tuesday, Amazon received yet another patent that may help to make a more efficient and greener way to deliver packages, a reality sooner than you think. This latest patent protects a method to literally ‘drop’ packages from as high as 25 feet on your doorstep or patio.
Exiii is Developing Two Haptic Gloves with Different Approaches to Force Feedback

Exiii is Developing Two Haptic Gloves with Different Approaches to Force Feedback

Japan-based startuped Exiii is developing a pair of haptic gloves with force feedback, aimed at making VR more immersive. The company’s ‘EXOS Wrist’ device can rotate your hand about two axes, while the ‘EXOS Gripper’ providers finger stoppage to simulate the grabbing of virtual objects.
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