Atheer and Meta Want You to Touch Your Apps in Midair

Reach out and touch something.
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Noogler Poach — Google Nabs Top Maps and AR Engineer From Microsoft (Video)

A big talent leaves Microsoft.
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Sketchfab’s $2 Million Funding Should Mean Lots More Fun 3-D Renderings of New Tech Gear

The company hopes to use the funding to reach its dream of being the YouTube of 3-D renderings.
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Unity Plans to Publish, Cross-Promote Mobile Games

Some new verticals for the developer-friendly game engine.
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Nintendo Lowers Wii U Price to $300, Takes the “3D” Out of 3DS With New 2DS Model

Nintendo’s 3DS handheld device was just ranked the top-selling game system in the U.S. Now the company is introducing a cheaper one.
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Rovio Chairman Invests in HTML5 Startup Goo Technologies

Rovio chairman and angel investor Kaj Hed has invested an undisclosed amount in Goo Technologies, a startup focused on high-end game graphics for HTML5. Hed owns 70 percent of Rovio, but his private investment firm Moor is legally separate from the Angry Birds studio, where his son Mikael Hed is the CEO. Goo Technologies is about a year and a half old, and focuses on high-quality graphics for cross-platform games, made possible via HTML5 and WebGL. Demos of its work are available here.

Can These Augmented-Reality Apps Move Beyond the Gimmicks?

Apps like Blippar and Zappar deliver a cool AR experience — if you’re really into ads.
When I scanned this image of an Asda floormat using the Zappar app, a cartoon bunny rabbit appeared on my smartphone's screen

Linden Lab CEO Rod Humble on Second Life’s Tween Years (Q&A)

Talking about Second Life’s future on the Oculus Rift, mobile and maybe consoles.
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Poppy Looks to Turn Your iPhone Into a 3-D Camera

Good idea or gimmicky?
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Viral Video: “To the Arctic”

CES Hangover: What You Might Have Missed