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Google Daydream gets new Space Shooter with Polaris

Space-based games are popular in virtual reality (VR) both as realistic simulation titles and for more arcade-based action titles. New Google Daydream title Polaris takes aim for the second category to bring arcade space shooter action to the platform.

The object is fairly simple; the player must shoot down enemy spacecraft, using the ‘space radar’ system to seek out incoming vessels, using the direction, distance and altitude indicators to decide on tactics. The player controls which direction the weapons point with the simple method of turning their head in the right direction – which includes upwards and downwards – then using the Daydream controller to correct the aim and fire.

The developer, Awesome Enterprises, has designed the title from the ground up for the Google Daydream, and made sure that it was very well-optimised for most Android smartphones, boasting of minimum battery usage and heat generation as well as a high framerate. Polaris was benchmarked using an ZTE Axon 7, which didn’t produce any heat warnings during testing, and only used 20% battery when played for an hour.

Polaris has 14 levels containing six different enemy types, comprising almost two hours of gameplay. The title is available exclusively for Google Daydream at a price of £4.99 (GBP)

The official gameplay trailer can be viewed below. Further information can be found on the Google Play Store page.

VRFocus will bring you further news on Polaris and other Google Daydream titles when it becomes available. Source:

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Fill Your Sales Pipeline with Help from an Upcoming Webinar

Want to make more sales? Of course you do!

Thanks to cloud technology, there are plenty of opportunities for you to fill your sales pipeline. And an upcoming webinar can help you learn all about creating the perfect cloud offer to get those sales and prospects rolling in.

The webinar, “How to Create A Perfect Cloud Offer & Fill Your Sales Pipeline” takes place on April 27 and seats are limited. So check out the Featured Events section for more on this upcoming webinar and more.

And that’s not the only upcoming event that may be able to help your business increase sales and more. Take a look at the list below for even more conferences and opportunities to add to your small business calendar.

To see a full list or to submit your own event, contest or award listing, visit the Small Business Events Calendar.

Featured Events, Contests and Awards

April 25, 2017, Phoenix, Ariz.

ICON17 is a 3-day conference for small business owners. It’s packed with inspiring keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions on modern business strategies, sales & marketing best practices, Infusionsoft product training, networking.

FREE webinar : How To Create A Perfect Cloud Offer & Fill Your Sales PipelineFREE webinar : How To Create A Perfect Cloud Offer & Fill Your Sales Pipeline
April 27, 2017, Online

Do you have a good cloud offer? Is your cloud offer successful? If your answer is anything but a compelling YES, then you then you should be alarmed. But the good news is, it can be addressed and fixed. Attend this webinar and fill your sales pipeline by sharing your offer 24 x 7 x 365 online. Seats are limited! Register for upcoming training on April 27th, 2018 at 10 AM PST/1PM EST. We look forward to connecting with you!

UPS Store Pitch Off Contest UPS Store Pitch Off Contest
May 01, 2017, Online

May is small business month and to salute you The UPS Store is putting $10,000 up for grabs in our first ever national Pitch Off competition. Take this opportunity to help fuel your dream by entering today!

TECHSPO Toronto 2017TECHSPO Toronto 2017
May 18, 2017, Toronto, Ontario

TECHSPO Toronto 2017 is a 2-day technology expo which takes place at the Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. TECHSPO Toronto brings together developers, brands, marketers, technology providers, designers, innovators and evangelists looking to set the pace in our advanced world of technology. TECHSPO Toronto 2017 promises to be better than ever and we’re excited to see all the amazing tech companies and talent that will be joining.

Secret KnockSecret Knock
May 22, 2017, Los Angeles, Calif.

Secret Knock is going to be the single greatest event for the top entrepreneurs and action-takers in the world to connect, share ideas, and help take each other to the next level. Each of the attendees have believed in themselves enough to get to where they are, and they are not stopping now. Secure your application for one of the few spots left at the Secret Knock.

Sales World 2017Sales World 2017
November 08, 2017, Online

Sales World 2017 takes place November 8th to 9th, 2017, Online; Live and On Demand. It is the largest Sales Industry Event in the World and will be attended by over 10,000 Sales Professionals. It’s the one sales event you can’t afford to miss!

DIGIMARCON WORLD 2017 - Digital Marketing ConferenceDIGIMARCON WORLD 2017 – Digital Marketing Conference
November 14, 2017, Online

DIGIMARCON WORLD 2017 Digital Marketing Conference takes place November 14th to 16th, 2017. Whether your goal is to reinforce customer loyalty, improve lead generation, increase sales, or drive stronger consumer engagement, DIGIMARCON WORLD 2017’s agenda will help attendees enhance their marketing efforts. Sessions will focus on building traffic, expanding brand awareness, improving customer service and gaining insight into today’s latest digital tools.

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Bellroy “Designers Edition” Wallet Collection

Bellroy “Designers Edition” Wallet Collection

On the recent topic of Bellroy, the Melbourne-based wallet design studio also unveiled their “Designers Edition” collection a few weeks ago, featuring five beautiful wallets designed with premium top-grain leathers, metallic accents, and minimalist forms. Our own reviews editor Josh Ginter put it well: “Not sure you are going to find a nicer set of wallets. Anywhere. Ever.”

The wallets are:

  • Note Sleeve DE ($170) — Like their signature Note Sleeve wallet, the DE version comfortably holds up to 11 cards — 3 of which can be put into quick-access slots of their own while the rest live together in the wallet’s ingenious pull-tab slot — plus a few flat bills.
  • Travel Wallet DE ($220) — Like their original Travel Wallet, the DE version is designed to hold your cash and travel documents. It holds up to 10 cards comfortably, fits most passports — excluding German and Irish — and comes with a micro pen (plus refills). There are even a couple of tiny hidden slots next to the pen slot for stashing a SIM card and SIM card tool.
  • Zip Wallet DE ($190) — Opens up to reveal a three-quarter pocket for bills, a wrapped leather pocket for coins or business cards, and two quick-access card slots.
  • Folio Wallet DE ($250) — Unzips to reveal slots for 12 cards, two sections for bills, a section for coins, and space for your passport or iPhone (even the 6 Plus and 7 Plus models).
  • Card Slip DE ($100) — A super minimalist piece that holds up to 6 cards and folded bills.

In this interview on Carryology, Bellroy designer David Hanna shared some details about the ideas and processes that went into producing the DE line:

I’m drawn to details; details for me are the DNA of a product. They are the sum of all of those little beautiful elements that make something aesthetically pleasing in the end result. Here in the lab, and with some other techniques, we were able to change the way that we glued and assembled the parts. We removed a lot of the defaults of the leather world and the manufacturing, the wrapped and rolled edges. We were able to do flat, clean cut edges that have bonded with that stitch line. And we were able to remove a lot of the stitches.

Check out the “Designers Edition” page at Bellroy for more details and to make a selection.


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