The Morning Badger (3/1/17): Google Cardboard Hits a New Milestone


Google Cardboard

10 Million

That’s how many Google Cardboard devices Google claims to have shipped. Google Cardboard is the company’s no-frills virtual reality “headset” made out of cardboard, Velcro, and special lenses. It utilizes smartphones for screens and sensors. Facebook’s Oculus Rift, HTC’s Vive, and Sony’s PlayStation VR all have built in screens, require consoles or high-powered computers, and retail for at least $500 each.

The PlayStation VR, as you might remember from Monday, is the leader in the higher-end VR space. Yet with 10 million cardboard devices out in the wild, Google/Alphabet just might be in the position to bring cheap, fun, and engaging VR content to the masses at a rock-bottom barrier of entry. Could this help them bring in additional sources of revenue in the future? We’ll see.

The “B” in BCBG Stands for “Bankruptcy”

ABCBG Max Zaria Group might be filing for bankruptcy as soon as next week, according to Reuters. Unfortunately, this comes as no surprise, as the company closed around 120 stores in malls around America. They also have around $486 million in debt. Over two hundred BCBG stores are still open, including those within Macy’s, though the company — and the retail industry — has seen significantly less foot traffic and in-person sales over the last few years. Their online store is still open as of this writing.

Another Bad Day for Uber

Uber is having a pretty bad 2017. Over 200,000 customers left the service after the company kept drivers going to a New York’s JFK airport when NYC taxi drivers were in the middle of a protest. The company’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, was also on a Trump committee, much to the chagrin of left-leaning Uber riders. (He has since left said committee). A letter detailing the company’s sexual harassment issues went viral, and the company took arguably inappropriate steps to remedy their issues.

To top it all off, a video of Kalanick dressing down an Uber driver went viral on the internet, further exacerbating the company’s image problems. Here it is in all its glory: