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Microsoft Plans London Flagship Store

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Microsoft announces plans to open a first flagship store in Europe-- specifically in Oxford Circus, London just up the road from the recently redesigned Apple flagship store.

Microsoft storeThe Windows maker reportedly started scouting for a brick-and-mortar store location in the British capital back in 2015. The location it managed to find is currently occupied by United Colours of Benetton and, as one surely knows, sits in an extremely popular shopping area hosting flagship stores for the big likes of Nike and H&M, among others.

Intel Gives Up on Project Alloy?

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Road to VR reports Intel has given up on Project Alloy-- the reference design for an all-in-one self-contained VR solution promising to "cut the VR cord."

Project Alloy demoDescribed as "the future of merged reality" back at its 2016 Intel Developer Forum reveal, the Project Alloy headset carried all components to power VR experience. As such, it allowed a full range of motion with 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF), as well as Augmented Reality (AR) via RealSense technology.

However a statement provided to Road to VR reads Intel is winding down the reference design because of lack of partner interest. The reason why partners are not interested is unclear, but it could be due to costs associated with essentially cramming a full Windows PC in a headset.

OWC Intros USB-C Travel Dock

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OWC Travel dockOWC launches a smaller USB-C dock option-- the USB-C Travel Dock, a device offering portable connectivity for laptops such as the latest MacBooks through a selection of 5 ports.

The dock connects to PCs or Macs via single USB-C cable. It features x2 USB 3.1 ports, x1 USB-C port (for power), x1 HDMI 2.0 port and x1 SD card reader. The USB-C port provides up to 60W of passthrough charging, and the HDMI 2.0 can handle a 4K display at 30 Hz.

China-Backed Equity Firm Buys Imagination

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Imagination Technologies, the former maker of the graphics chips inside iDevices, has found a buyer-- Canyon Bridge, an equity firm backed by Chinese fund Yitai Capital.

Imagination TechnologiesAccording to the Financial Times the deal is worth £550 million, and is conditional on the completion of the sale of MIPS. The Imagination US unit currently being bought by Silicon Valley investment group Tallwood Venture Capital.

Back in June 2017 Imagination put itself on the selling block after Apple, its largest customer and one of its biggest shareholders, decided to stop using PowerVR technology in favour of self-designed solution. The announcement halved the value of Imagination stock almost overnight, causing a crisis in the company.

SteelSeries and Targus Present Sniper Backpack

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Peripheral maker SteelSeries joins forces with Targus, "the original creator of the laptop bag," to create the SteelSeries x Targus Sniper-- a backpack able to hold a laptop up to 17.3-inch in size.

SteelSeries SniperAccording to the two companies the Sniper is designed for gamer customers. It has a durable exterior, a padded laptop compartment and a "SafePort Sling Protection" system protecting the laptop from knocks and drops. An integrated rain cover protects everything from, well, the rain, while the main compartment holds a large mousemat, mouse, keyboard and controller.

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