Parker the Bear, freeing space, Camera+, Sonos AirPlay 2, Stranger Things, Google devices

Apple is exclusive retailer of ‘Parker,’ world’s first AR teddy bear — Children’s toy startup Seedling on Tuesday launched Parker the Bear, an Apple store exclusive plush teddy bear that comes to life through iOS augmented reality effects.

Apple makes it easier than ever to free up space on your iPhone inside iOS 11 — In Apple’s newly released iOS 11, people needing a quick way of freeing up space on an iPhone or iPad can receive suggested options that can give more storage on your device, often immediately.

Camera+ 10 is released, adds depth editing, “smile to shoot”, and more — Of all of the camera apps on the App Store, probably none has been around longer or been used as much as Camera+ (NZ$4.49/US$2.99). The app, which boasts over 10 million users, has been developed by LateNiteSoft for a while, and the company has now taken over marketing of Camera+ from Taptaptap. Camera+ 10 is a major update that was released today, adding a pile of features to what was already a powerful app.

Sonos announces support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 wireless standard coming in 2018 — Speaker maker Sonos on Wednesday announced it will create an open platform, not only giving any music services access to its hardware, but also integrating with Apple’s forthcoming AirPlay 2 wireless standard. [I’m curious: does Apple plan to reply AirPlay 2 over non-Apple wifi hardware? As Apple has seemingly suspended AirPort devices.]

Netflix’s free ‘Stranger Things: The Game’ offers retro-themed hype for upcoming season 2 — With a retro art design harkening back to the heyday of console gaming, the new and free Stranger Things: The Game leans heavily on nostalgia, just like the blockbuster series on which it is based.

Google ramps up the device wars — Google Home Mini offers affordable voice assistant, music streaming for US$49, Google’s US$649 5″ Pixel 2, US$849 6″ Pixel 2 XL smartphones want to be your main squeeze, without headphone jacks; and Google has announced US$999 Pixelbook touchscreen hybrid notebook, optional US$99 pen accessory. The US$399 Google Home Max with SmartSound takes aim at Apple’s HomePod.