How to play Half-Life on Oculus Quest

Ahead of the release of Valve’s upcoming flagship VR title, Half-Life: Alyx, you might be looking to play through some of the earlier entries in the Half-Life series.

White Elk Studios is bringing its local co-op adventure Covert to PSVR

Hot off the back of launching Eclipse: Edge of Light on PC VR and PSVR headsets, White Elk Studios this week revealed another port. This time it’s for its local co-op adventure game, Covert.

Are your bounce rate numbers accurate?

The point of analytics is to measure customer behavior. If we’re measuring bounce rates, we want to know when customers bounced, why they bounced, and strategize ways to keep them from being so dang bouncy. Colloquially, we define a bounce as anytime a user navigates away from a website after viewing only one page. But if you manage one of the millions of websites using Google Analytics, your bounce rates may mean something different:

Samsung’s VP of research on making Ballie mobile, personable, and nonthreatening

During a keynote at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, Samsung unveiled Ballie, a small, autonomous rolling sphere with a built-in camera, microphone, and speaker. Details were tough to come by (and still are), but in an interview with VentureBeat, Sajid Sadi, vice president of research at Samsung and the head and cofounder of the Samsung Think Tank Team, shared the vision behind the robot and his hopes for its future.

In public cloud, what worked at 1PB won’t work at 100PB

Public cloud has served as a catalyst to nearly every successful enterprise. It brought into being a plethora of startups. For small teams with great ideas the public cloud’s cost model and convenience made it possible to build a business. Public cloud providers unlocked innovations that otherwise would have taken much longer or never would have seen the light of day.

Ironbull makes remote-controlled smart tanks that shoot BBs at each other

One of the cooler and stranger booths I saw at the recent CES 2020 tech trade show was Ironbull, which was tucked away in the gaming section of the startup area of the show.

Get ready for a direct-to-consumer shakeup in 2020

You can say that 2019 was the year of the direct-to-consumer (DTC) retail brand. With a huge influx of new funding and new scaling heights, we saw brands emerge trying to “own” categories ranging from mattresses to luggage to dental to shaving. But with all the hits there were definitely some misses as brands struggled to meet the valuation expectations set by unicorn status funding and failed to focus enough on early profitability. While I don’t foresee the DTC bubble bursting anytime soon, I do predict some shifts in terms of purchasing behavior and approaches to venture funding. Below are six areas where we can expect to see significant changes in the DTC industry in 2020.

Half-Life Alyx AMA: Everything we learned

The developers of Half-Life: Alyx answered questions about the game on Reddit.To save you rummaging through the Reddit thread, we’ve summed up all of the responses in one place.

The RetroBeat: Ghosts’n DJs trades goblins for deadmau5

We may not have had a new Ghosts ‘n Goblins in over a decade, but fans of the franchise do have something to look forward to next month (especially if they love DJs).

U.S.-China trade deal clears way for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

The United States and China have agreed to wind down the foolish trade war that president Donald Trump started in late 2018. Last week, the two countries signed “phase 1” of a trade deal. That agreement includes an increase in U.S. exports to China and some mechanisms for potentially protecting intellectual property in China. But it’s maybe more important to Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo because it gives some assurance that the U.S. won’t enact new tariffs on video game consoles.