Apple launches AR[T]: AR experiences in global cities by amazing artists Fortnite World Cup: the lessons, the aftermath Magic the Gathering update with 7LandHand Fortnite World Cup: Pre-show thoughts Anki Vector is dying slowly – what can you do about it? The state of the boardgame scene in 2019

Starting August 10, incredible Augmented Reality (AR) experiences will be offered in six major cities around the world in a collaboration between Apple and New York’s New Museum.

The AR[T] project sees special experiences available as a walking tour from Apple Store locations in San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo, featuring artists Nick Cave, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Cao Fei, John Giorno, Carsten Höller and Pipilotti Rist.

A giant AR figure stands on a city building
Nick Cave reimagines his iconic “Soundsuits”
AR words float in the sky over a city park
John Giorno’s “Now at the Dawn of My Life”
An AR installation in a park
Cao Fei’s “Trade Eden”

According to Apple:

The three new sessions include an interactive walk featuring works by some of the world’s premier contemporary artists, an in-store session that teaches the basics of creating AR using Swift Playgrounds and an AR art installation viewable in every Apple Store worldwide.

While these installations are in select locations around the world, every store can experience a work called “Amass” by American artist Nick Cave.

A Nick Cave AR art experience inside an Apple Store
“Amass” by Nick Cave, available in every Apple Store worldwide

iOS 13 has some particularly exciting new AR tools coming to iPhone and iPad, which will make creating experiences more accessible than ever. So the timing feels particularly exciting to encourage people to see what’s possible and explore ideas of their own.

I first covered Gogoro nearly four years ago for CNET while in Taiwan for Computex. The Taiwanese electric scooter company was designing beautiful scooters but had also devised a battery swap platform around the city to make charging a non-issue.

At the time the company was open about trying to make its battery service something that other companies could interoperate with. In countries where scooters are everywhere but no one has a garage to do their own recharging, it was a great idea and if it operated independently across different makes and models it would be a great service for all.

Now Techcrunch reports that Gogoro has new partners on board. Yamaha, Aeon Motors and PGO are all about to launch new scooters to work with Gogoro hardware.

I’ve always hoped the company would succeed. Such a great concept and it would be a shame for others to fight to control end-to-end instead of join forces and make EV more viable for the scooter industry across South-East Asia.

Glad to see it’s happening.

Going back to where it all began can bring with it a lot of very specific vibes someone is looking for to get their nostagia trip just right. So it’ll be exciting for some, anxiety inducing for others, to hear that Blizzard is opening a chance to secure your perfect character name before WoW Classic launch day.

In a post to the WoW Classic forums, Community Manager Bornakk announced that anyone with an active subscription or game time in World of Warcraft will be eligible to reserve up to three character names.

We will release details regarding realm names and realm types later this week so you can coordinate with your friends on where to begin your adventure. If there are high numbers of players congregating on individual realms during the name reservation/character creation process, we will post warnings about the potential for long queues on those realms, giving you time to choose alternate realms. 

– Bornakk, WoW Classic Forum

Doors open on August 12 at 3.00PM PDT – precisely two weeks before the servers go live on the worldwide launch.

That translates to 8.00AM, August 13 in Sydney, Australia.

USB-C hubs are finally starting to pick up some steam, and as the range of options grows we’re seeing some well thought out (but not overcooked) versions hit the market.

I’ve loved TwelveSouth accessories for many years. From the classic BookBook cases that made your iPhone or MacBook look like an old leather-bound volume; to the gorgeous Compass iPad stands; to the rest of their stands and accessories for Macs, iPads and iPhones. Yes, they’re all about Apple stuff.

The company’s StayGo USB-C hub features all the key ports you want. 3x USB-A 3.0 ports (one does fast charging); 1x HDMI port; 1x SD + 1x micro-SD slot (not a shared slot); Gigabit Ethernet; power input and power passthrough. All in a subtle dark grey package.

The extra details relate to the way it is setup to give you the cables you need for core usage both at your desk and when you’re on the road. Thus the StayGo. Get it now?

There’s a storage slot for a 6-inch USB-C cable so you’ve always got that main connector cable with you when you need to grab and get gone already. The hub itself is metal and TwelveSouth says the design for this cable should keep the cable (and the hub) nice and protected in your bag.

Here’s the video if you want to see the TwelveSouth pitch.

In Australia the StayGo sells for around $179.99.

No build up. No hype. Just a wonderful sneaky release that means you can get it in your iPhones and iPads immediately. The best kind of surprise!

Annapurna Interactive has released the classic PlayStation 3 game ‘Journey’ for iOS. More than any other, the beautiful game is lauded as one of the greatest examples of a game that is a true art experience.

If you’ve had the pleasure, here’s a great excuse to carry it with you wherever you go, pushing it into the hands on unsuspecting doubters.

If you’ve never played it. Get it now. Then set aside a movie worth of time to play it start to finish. It’s the perfect way to play it.

Amazon has picked up a new TV series by Simon Pegg & Nick Frost. Do you need to hear anything else or are you already on your feet air punching with joy?

“Truth Seekers” will be in their beloved comedy-horror wheelhouse, a paranormal romp as two lead characters go ghost hunting across the UK.

According to Variety, we’re expecting eight 30-minute episodes and it should begin shooting as soon as next month. Add this to your list of Must See 2020 TV.

There have been plenty of occasions in Fortnite’s history where hidden Battle Star have been placed in dark corners of Fortnite’s ever-changing map. The first week of Season X (yes, that’s Season 10) is no exception.

If you’re new to the race to level and tier up, you need to complete missions and challenges. Over the course of a Fortnite season, new challenges are released, and new secrets are uncovered. And all of these award precious Battle Stars, which are the primary currency when it comes to moving your Battle Tier from 1 to 100 – unlocking all the cool skins, emotes, tools and other collectibles along the way.

So it makes sense that a lot of Fortniters, especially anyone wanting to get to Tier 100 as soon as possible, will want to know where the only hidden Battle Star known so far this season is hiding.

Once you have completed your third B.R.U.T.E mission – a limited time set of challenges that ends on August 8 – you get the B.R.U.T.E squad loading screen. At first glace, it may seem like yet another awesome looking loading screen. But then it gets even more interesting when you find out that above game character X-lord, on the right side of the loading screen, there are a set of coordinates. These read: D2, D3, E2 and E3.

What could it be? Everyone’s best guess is that it reveals map coordinates, and there you will be able to find this precious prize.

The precise location of the Battle Star is directly south of the bottom left corner of The Block. Keep walking until you either see it or feel as though you’ve been walking for long enough. If that doesn’t help, here’s a video showing where you should go.

Notice there’s nothing in the video? That’s because, while we know the coordinates, so far the Battle Star has yet to appear. With just days remaining in the B.R.U.T.E challenge window… it’s got to happen soon? Right?

Don’t forget – if you miss this or you get to it in time – this will certainly not be the only Battle Star treasure for you to track down and collect. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last. So keep hunting those secrets!

Now, go find this bounty and reap the rewards!

If a robotics company closes its doors, but its servers are still on, are its robots alive or dead? My lame 21st Century zen kōan is actually a three-month and counting reality for owners of Vector.

Anki, the company behind a range of entertaining toy robots with some clever cloud-based features, is gone. Yet its biggest initiative ever, its cloud-based Alexa-friendly Wall-E-like robot Vector (which only launched in October 2018), is still out there. Still driving around coffee tables and kitchen benches. Still recognising faces, telling its owners the weather, answering Amazon Alexa queries.

Anki’s Vector servers remain. For now. But the Vector community is worried. It’s scrambling to reverse-engineer Vector, to find a way to make Vector ready to talk to personal servers they could start running when the official Anki servers eventually switch off. That’s an interesting technical project for those with the skills to do so.

But what about everyone else? Those who bought a fun – and expensive – toy robot that just needs an app to do its thing? When those servers go dark and Vector’s cute little eyes stop responding, can they demand a refund?

But most of all – is it OK to keep selling Vector when all this looms over the product’s future? Read on…

This week on The Game Table we catch up with Nathan Cocks, ex-videogames journo turned boardgame junkie, as he brings us up to speed on the health of the boardgame industry over the past few years.

Nathan brings around 20 suggestions for great games you could hunt down that you may not have heard of – avoiding the obvious stuff like Catan and Ticket To Ride, digging into the deeper stuff out there that is amazing fun for all sorts of different kinds of experiences.

Plus we drop a few tips on sites and Australian events to help you dive deeper into the boardgame scene.

Click through to see links to many of the boardgames mentioned during the show!