‘Cloud kitchens’ is an oxymoron

The biggest wave in consumer products right now has all the hallmarks of another bubble of misplaced investor expectations and sadly lower margins. Cloud kitchens (the category, and not just CloudKitchens the startup service) is essentially WeWork for restaurant kitchens. Instead of buying an expensive restaurant site on a heavily walked street, a cloud kitchen…

What Is Middle Class in California?

Tuesday: You asked, and we found an answer. Also: Pacific Gas & Electric’s complicated bankruptcy proceedings; and a virtual tour of Yosemite.ImageHomes in Oakland, Calif.CreditMichael Short/BloombergGood morning.(Here’s the sign-up, if you don’t already get California Today by email.)A few weeks ago, we asked you what you want to know about inequality in California. Hundreds of…

NordVPN confirms it was hacked

NordVPN, a virtual private network provider that promises to “protect your privacy online,” has confirmed it was hacked. The admission comes following rumors that the company had been breached. It first emerged that NordVPN had an expired internal private key exposed, potentially allowing anyone to spin out their own servers imitating NordVPN. VPN providers are…

Literal Stretch-Sensing Glove Reconstructs your Hand Poses

Our hands are rich forms of gestural expression, but capturing these expressions without hindering the hand itself is no easy task–even in today’s world of virtual reality hardware. Fret not, though, as researchers at the Interactive Geometry Lab have recently developed a glove that’s both comfortable and straightforward to fabricate while capturing not simply gestures…

Blizzard reduces suspension of Hong Kong Hearthstone player and gives back his prize money

Video game developer Blizzard Entertainment has finally broken its silence after banning a professional player of popular virtual card game Hearthstone for voicing support for the Hong Kong protests. In a lengthy statement, the company says it will reduce the one-year suspension of player Ng “Blitzchung” Wai Chung to a six-month one, and it will…

Ultron’s Back and Ready to Get Downright Virtual in the New Trailer for Avengers: Damage Control

There are no strings on him. But there’s gonna be plenty of strings connecting your VR headset and backpack up in order to actually play Avengers: Damage Control.After announcing the new collaboration with ILMxLAB last week, Marvel has revealed a closer look at its upcoming location-based VR experience Avengers: Damage Control. The premise is that players—via…