This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider.The global app market continued to grow in terms of downloads, usage, and consumer spending in 2017, according to App Annie.Global app downloads across the iOS App Store, Google Play, and third-party Android stores surpassed 175 billion downloads in 2017, up 60% from 2015.App Annie expects to see continued growth in the global app market, driven largely by accelerating adoption in emerging markets.As growth in developed markets slows, emerging markets are the focal point of global app download and usage growth.Four of the top five countries by downloads are emerging markets.
Back in November 2017, Samsun announced the next color option for its premium flagship.The Samsung Galaxy S8 Maple Leaf is the seventh color option after the black, gray, blue, silver, pink, and gold variants.This is the last promotion of this amazing handset, as its successor sporting better features and looking more stylish will be announced in late February at MWC 2018.As for now, the South Korean manufacturer has announced it will be available for purchase on January 26.The price tag of this red model is 4999 yuan ($778).The Samsung Galaxy S8 Maple Leaf Red comes with the same features as the rest six color options.
Introducing Caihong juji, a tiny, Jurassic-era dinosaur that lived 161 million years ago in what is now China.The feathered theropod featured an iridescent, rainbow coloured ring of feathers around its neck, which scientists believe it used to attract mates.A nearly complete skeleton of Caihong juji—a name that means “rainbow with the big crest” in Mandarin—was discovered by a farmer in China’s Hebei Province in 2014.Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and Shenyang Normal University have been taking a close look at it, releasing their findings today in Nature Communications.Palaeontologist Dongyu Hu, the lead author of the new study, says the newly discovered dinosaur contained a curious mix of ancient and modern features, including iridescent plumage seen in some living birds.This distinctly bird-like creature belonged to a group of dinosaurs known as the Yaniliao theropods, a suborder known for their hollow bones and three-toed limbs.
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Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs triumphantly held up a manilla interoffice mail envelope to a round of applause at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.It was a silly gimmick, but it got the point across.A year after introducing the Macworld crowd to the iPhone, the company was about to add another cornerstone product to its repertoire.Ten years and seven generations later, the MacBook Air’s design hasn’t changed all that much — a rarity for an aesthetically obsessed company like Apple.Sure, there have been little tweaks over the years, like the second generation Magsafe connector and a change to the ports, but otherwise, the wedge-shaped, “world’s thinnest notebook” has remained remarkably consistent.That first Air hit the market in February 2008, weighing a mere three pounds (Apple would later shave off a few ounces, but the weight would also stay more or less the same), coming in at two pounds less than a MacBook with the same screen size.
Note: Our best Linux desktop round-up has been fully updated.The desktop is a critical aspect of your Linux experience, providing you with a user-friendly way to interact with your computer.Unlike Windows or Mac, Linux doesn't tie you to a single desktop.Switching desktop environments is incredibly straightforward – just install a new one, log out and choose it from the login screen.In this guide, we've rounded up seven of the most popular desktops, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses.It also includes a window manager and usually a set of utilities.
The famous "Earthrise" photo taken by Apollo 8 astronauts.NASASpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, is about to debut what is currently the world's most powerful rocket.Called Falcon Heavy, the system has three reusable boosters that can push 70 tons of payload into orbit around Earth or nearly 5 tons to Mars.SpaceX is testing the rocket's 27 engines this month, clearing the way for launch a couple of weeks later.While Falcon Heavy's maiden flight will send a Tesla Roadster to orbit Mars, Musk hopes to send two people around moon using the 230-foot-tall launcher by the end of the year.The as-yet-unnamed two-person crew will ride a fully autonomous version of the company's Crew Dragon or Dragon v2 space capsule, and take a flight path similar to the one flown by NASA's Apollo 13 mission — though hopefully under more favorable circumstances.
There was a brief period when it seemed that mobile phone users were exempt from the problems that computer users were experiencing.That all changed when it was revealed that there were two processor flaws and the second one, Spectre, most decidedly did affect ARM chips – which meant pretty much every phone and tablet out there.First of all, it should be remembered that this vulnerability was identified and reported seven months ago and was not supposed to have been revealed until next week (coincidentally in a week when the tech world had decamped to Las Vegas for CES and those pesky tech journalists would be otherwise occupied).But then there was also the uncertainty of what Spectre meant to users and the contrasting messages, on one hand being told it was that it was worse than Meltdown as it wouldn’t have been so easy to apply fixes to it; and, on the other, how it wasn’t quite so bad as it wasn’t something that could be exploited by a script kiddie working on his own, but would need state-sponsored teams on the case.And according to Zimperium security advisor, Adam Donenfeld, the dangers to individual users are limited.He pointed out that there was already protection available.
Except unlike all those mobile headsets and Google Cardboard look-a-likes, Lenovo's Mirage Solo headset wasn't beholden to a smartphone.But instead of sitting on a chair, Bereda had me stand up and encouraged me to look around.This is what VR gamers refer to as six degrees of freedom—the ability to move freely and peek around corners within a virtual environment.Lenovo's new Mirage Solo, which debuted at CES 2018, is one of a growing breed of new standalone VR headsets.It works with Google's Daydream platform, and joins others like the Oculus Go, Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone, and Pico Neo, which all operate on their own, sans any extra doo-dads or bulky equipment, thanks to smartphone-level Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.It was a similar console to Nintendo's Wii U, which bombed.
A Japanese astronaut’s growth spurt in space turned out to be “fake news.”Astronaut Norishige Kanai apologized on Wednesday after he falsely said he grew 9 centimeters — about 3 and a half inches — taller in a month while on his mission to the International Space Station.The astronaut’s mission is expected to run nearly six months.“Today I have a critical report.My height’s been measured here in space and somehow, somehow, I’ve grown 9 cm!In only three weeks I’ve really shot up, something I haven’t seen since high school,” Kanai tweeted, according to the translation provided by Reuters.
Bill Gates has sunk billions of dollars into vaccinations and therapies for the world's deadliest diseases.At a recent conference, he explained how he goes after low-hanging fruit that few people have thought to grab.Bill Gates has invested billions of dollars into solutions for the world's deadliest and most common diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV.His efforts have helped cut rates of child mortality, maternal mortality, hunger, and overall prevalence of such ailments.At the recent JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, the billionaire philanthropist shared with moderator Dr. Sanjay Gupta some of the specific strategies he uses to make these world-changing investments."If you're smart," Gates said, "you find the thing that is risky and hopefully before you do a phase I or phase II test" — two stages of the clinical trials that are used to assess drugs — "you have an understanding of what's going to to work.
For more than a year, Amazon Alexa has had the market cornered on screen-based smart speakers.Until now, the Amazon Echo Show, released in 2016, and the alarm-clock-like Echo Spot, launched in December, have been the only smart assistant speakers featuring a touchscreen that allows you to watch videos and more, in addition to getting the weather forecast with just your voice.Now Google and the Google Assistant are elbowing their way into the mix.That includes the Lenovo Smart Display, which is scheduled go on sale this summer.The first thing you’ll notice about the Lenovo is its good looks.One unique feature is that the Lenovo Smart Display can sit either horizontally or vertically depending on your preference.
We’re quickly closing in on the release date for Monster Hunter: World, but before that arrives, Capcom has one final beta test it wants to host.Monster Hunter: World has been through a couple of different betas already, and this upcoming test will offer all of the content from those previous tests.This isn’t just a rehash of content we’ve already seen, as this final beta will offer a new boss fight that Monster Hunter fans will definitely want to check out.Unfortunately, this beta is going to be limited to PlayStation 4 players, which has been something of a running theme through Monster Hunter: World‘s testing history.Though Xbox One players got to participate in a beta back in December, the first was exclusive to PlayStation 4.This third and final test, we’re learning, will be no different in that regard.
Musk is no stranger to outlandish ambition.Tesla has scored a key player in the driverless game in the wake of Uber’s tumultuous data scandal.Former Head of Global Physical Security at Uber Jeff Jones will join forces with Elon Musk to help Tesla forge ahead in their autonomous vehicle mission.Battling city bans and staff tribunals became the least of Uber’s woes this winter, when the company admitted it released the data of 57 million users worldwide in 2016.Several senior managers walked out of Uber amid the ensuing media frenzy, including the heads of policy for Europe and for India and South Asia as well as Uber Eats chief Jambu Palaniappan.The data scandal only compounded a slew of PR nightmares in 2017, including sexism allegations and disputes over workers’ rights, preceding the resignation of CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick in July.
Of course, this shouldn’t surprise anyone.Paradox has a well-earned rep for supporting its games years after release.Since Steel Division hit, Eugen has included three new battlefields, six new units, two ace models, dedicated servers for multiplayer, a remastered first mission and effects, and an update that it made with the help of the community.For PC gaming coverage, send news tips to Jeff Grubb and guest post submissions to Rowan Kaiser.–Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editorYosuke Masuda, president of Square Enix, predicted that 5G networks could make high-quality web browser games in the HTML5 format more popular.
After years of languishing in semi-obscurity, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are back in the spotlight after they recently hit record-breaking prices.As the value of popular digital currencies climbs, it soon becomes impractical for the average person to mine them.Some of this equipment costs thousands of dollars, making it difficult or impossible for casual hobbyists to participate, explains activist and Hunter College artist Grayson Earle.Earle is one of the founders of Bail Bloc, a new distributed cryptocurrency mining operation that donates its proceeds to charity.Bail Bloc gives all of the funds generated by its users to the Bronx Freedom Fund, which pays bail for people who can’t afford it and might lose their job or custody of their children as a result of jail time.By mid-December, after one month of operation, Bail Bloc had donated about $3,000 thanks to around 1,000 volunteers who agreed to use their personal computers to mine a cryptocurrency called Monero.
Huawei’s Rotating CEO Ken Hu has predicted another year of growth for the world beater, but a 15% increase in revenues over 2017 is the slowest incline since 2013.Perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised by the numbers as the giant can only grow at such an exceptional rate for so long, but it also a sign of the telco space overall.This is maybe the sticky part of the investment cycle for telcos, as 4G spend starts to level while the 5G euphoria is yet to kick off.Not even Huawei is immune to industry trends, and this warning about the 2017 figures from Hu should be seen as nothing more than a strategy to calm the waters before the full numbers are officially released.That said, Huawei does still expects to pocket $91.2 billion over the course of the year.Competitors of the Chinese giant will certainly be looking enviously at this number, even if there is a slight slump in growth.
We’ve been sitting around campfires telling stories for tens of thousands of years, and we still do it.But what makes for good storytelling?Mark Magellan, a writer and designer at IDEO U, puts it this way: “To tell a story that someone will remember, it helps to understand his or her needs.The art of storytelling requires creativity, critical-thinking skills, self-awareness, and empathy.”All those traits are fundamentally human, but as artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more commonplace, even experts whose jobs depend on them possessing those traits — people like Magellan — foresee it playing a bigger role in what they do.The art of storytelling requires creativity, critical-thinking skills, self-awareness, and empathy.” — Mark Magellan, IDEO U
The mystery of a top-secret UFO program has deepened after government officials claimed there was confusion about its purpose — while experts accused them of backtracking.The Pentagon last week confirmed the existence of a $22 million program called the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP) which investigated sightings of UFOs between 2007 to 2012, The Sun reported.The revelation excited UFO fans around the world as it was the first time the US government had admitted investigating UFOs since 1969.The organisation’s work was outed by Luis Elizondo when he told The New York Times he ran the shadowy Department of Defence program from 2007 to 2012 and continued to look into the issue until he resigned in October this year.However, when contacted by Sun Online, the spy organisation Defence Intelligence Agency claimed there had been some misunderstandings.A spokesman said: “There is some confusion about this program and claims about its purpose in press reporting ... the Defence Intelligence Agency has not released any information, files or videos.”