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ICYMI Weekly Tech News Highlights June 23, 2017

By boundless team in · Technology · June 23, 2017

ICYMI Weekly Tech News Highlights is a weekly roundup of relevant technology posts from around the web.

IKEA Details Plans for Furniture Placement App Powered by Apple's ARKit 

When it launches, the app will let customers choose which IKEA product they want and then use an iPhone or iPad powered by ARKit to see how the IKEA furniture looks in their own home before it's purchased. IKEA has been doing this for years now, including an early version which required users to scan pages of an IKEA catalogue to view AR furniture, but the company said that Apple's platform will greatly increase the consistency and quality of the experience.

Our thoughts: Augmented reality can potentially transform the shopping experience completely.

Uber Rolls Out In-App Tipping In Seattle, Houston, And Minneapolis

Today, Uber announced that it is rolling out in-app tipping in three major US markets, with the rest of the country to follow by the end of July — thereby addressing one of drivers' biggest and longest-standing complaints with the ride-hail giant.

Our thoughts: Uber's competitors have supported in-app tipping for years. 

Atari to Make its First Console in Decades, but What the Heck Is It?

Atari has announced its intention to re-enter the console market, 23 years after its last platform, the Atari Jaguar, launched. The company has said very little about its plans for the hardware, and hasn’t even confirmed if its working on a retro game platform or if it actually wants to compete with the likes of Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft.

Our thoughts: There is a lot of money in retro gaming devices if they go that route.

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