Facebook probably isn’t going to tell us how many Oculus Quest standalone headsets it’s sold any time soon, if ever.But it did recently offer one curious metric to measure the kit’s impact.Speaking at the recent Code conference (as reported by TechCrunch), Facebook’s VP of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth reportedly said that Quest had seen $5 million in content sales in the first two weeks of launch.We reached out to Facebook to try and clarify if this meant $5 million in total revenue or profit but the company didn’t reply.The other question, of course, is how that amount is spread out across developers.As far as we know, Beat Saber is the most-rated Quest app right now with over 1,5000 reviews.
While there are several ways to change up the look and feel of your phone, switching wallpapers is one of the easiest.So we decided to ask you, are you using the wallpapers preinstalled on your phone or do you download them from somewhere else?A majority of the 1,700 voters in this week’s poll state that they get their wallpapers from a third-party app.This result was closely followed up by nearly a quarter of the participants stating that they get their images from somewhere on the internet.Most interesting to me is the fact that only 13 percent of the voters use their photos as wallpapers.Almost everyone has a camera with them at any given moment, but the images that they capture are hardly used as a phone’s background.
Lots of people dream of suiting up like Iron Man and shooting to the skies.For Savage Builds, his new eight-part series focused on extreme engineering, Savage recruited a team from the science-focused Colorado School of Mines to build him an Iron Man suit made largely from 3D-printed titanium.The idea was to power it with a jetpack from Gravity Industries, run by Savage's buddy, UK inventor Richard Browning."It sounds like hyperbole, but I swear… if Tony Stark was not fictional and he was building an Iron Man suit right now, this is precisely how he would do it and this is the exact technology he'd be using," Savage told a CNET camera crew that spent two days with him as he attempted to learn to fly in an airplane hangar east of San Francisco.On Friday's premiere episode of Savage Builds, Savage puts on the shiny silver contraption but doesn't feel comfortable enough (yet) to wear it and test the jetpack at the same time.Browning does, however, and manages to hover about 15 feet (4.5 meters) above the ground.
A hacking group linked to the Russian government has been attempting to breach the U.S. power grid, Wired reports.The hackers have been tracked by security experts from the non-profit group the Electric Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) and security firm Dragos.They warn that the hacking group has been probing the grid for weaknesses, searching for ways that they could access the systems.Even though there are no signs that the group has succeeded in accessing the power grid, the attacks still have experts worried.Triton attacked critical infrastructure like industrial control systems which are often used in power plants, and could have been used to cause massive destruction through tampering with power plant controls.In 2016, a state-sponsored Russian group attempted to hack American utilities via the compromised email account of a contractor, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.Your movie or gaming center deserves an upgrade.A soundbar is a no-brainer for enhancing your overall experience, and the NevaTech Bluetooth Soundbar is an incredibly affordable option right now.Of course, you can also use it to pump your favorite tunes.Right now there’s over $100 off the soundbar in the Tech Deals sale.TVs are becoming thinner, prettier, and lighter at the expense of sound quality.
Interestingly, this message was delivered at a time when the venerated General Electric would experience what was once unimaginable.IBM, once the hegemonic king of all computer technology, saw its market dominance evaporate as younger, hungrier upstarts seized on a computing revolution for which IBM was unready.But in recent years, its mobile division was sold to Microsoft and eventually written off entirely by CEO Satya Nadella.Apple gained its global dominance by pioneering the first personal PCs (and did so again years later by creating an improved smartphone), Facebook by mainstreaming the concept of social media, and Amazon by giving consumers a more efficient way to shop.Giants of an even older era, like Standard Oil and AT, saw their power greatly diminished thanks to antitrust suits and forced dismantling under the eye of the federal government.Regardless of the reason, it’s quite likely that in 10 years — or certainly 20 — the prevailing Big 5 will include names that are not on anyone’s radar yet.
In addition to our Sunday App of the Week feature, we also summarize some of our favorite B2B sales & marketing posts from around the Web each week.We’ll miss a ton of great stuff, so if you found something you think is worth sharing please add it to the comments below.Replacing The Sales Funnel With The Sales FlywheelShould we be changing our current model?Thanks for your thoughts, David Brock.How to Improve Your Writing Skills and Escape Content Mediocrity (Infographic)
You’d assume it would go without saying that operating any kind of machinery or vehicle after a few drinks is a dumb idea—even if it’s one navigated by remote control.But as reported by the BBC, this week, Japan’s parliament has passed a law making it illegal to pilot a drone while intoxicated.If you’re going to party there, make sure to bring a designated pilot with you.The severity of punishment for being caught intoxicated while at the controls of a drone varies (presumably based on how much you’ve had, or what’s happened to the drone), but the maximum penalties can include up to a year in prison or fines of up to 300,000 yen, which works out to about £2,190.Those penalties apply to drones weighing more than 200g, which means the law covers many smaller drones as well.The new legislation also includes fines for dangerous flying, even for pilots who aren’t drunk.
The massive E3 gaming trade show this week gave us a look at the future of gaming, including new, more powerful consoles coming from Xbox and PlayStation.But the convention buzz was also about streaming tech like Google Stadia and even PC games.Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, deepfakes were in the hot seat, along with the social networks where the manipulated videos are distributed.A congressional hearing Thursday focused on how deepfakes could threaten democracy.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was himself the subject of a deepfake this week.Here are the week's stories you don't want to miss:
The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.Adobe Photoshop leads the industry for digital design.Whether your goal is to design for a Fortune 500 company or do freelance work, this skill is a must have.That said, mastering Photoshop without proper guidance is no easy task.To utilize it to its fullest potential, you’ll need the Complete Photoshop Master Class Bundle 2019.The bundle consists of six parts and over 35 hours of training.
In a new troubling escalation, hackers behind at least two potentially fatal intrusions on industrial facilities have expanded their activities to probing dozens of power grids in the US and elsewhere, researchers with security firm Dragos reported Friday.Game-changing attack on critical infrastructure site causes outageThe group, now dubbed Xenotime by Dragos, quickly gained international attention in 2017 when researchers from Dragos and the Mandiant division of security firm FireEye independently reported Xenotime had recently triggered a dangerous operational outage at a critical-infrastructure site in the Middle East.The most alarming thing about this attack was its use of never-before-seen malware that targeted the facility’s safety processes.Sergio Caltagirone, senior VP of threat intelligence at Dragos, told Ars his firm has detected dozens of utilities—about 20 of them located in the US—that have been subjected to Xenotime probes since late 2018.“The threat has proliferated and is now targeting the US and Asia Pacific electric utilities, which means that we are no longer safe thinking that the threat to our electric utilities is understood or stable,” he said in an interview.
But there are also plenty of less-expensive options for about half the price or less.Here are the best cheap smartphones you can buy.While the priciest version of Apple's newest iPhone would have started at $770 in 2016, today's top-of-the-line model begins at $1,100.Android alternatives aren't much cheaper if you're looking at flagship smartphones from companies like Samsung, LG, and Google.Samsung's Galaxy S10 started at $900 when it debuted, for example, while Google's Pixel 3 was priced at $800 at launch.If you don't mind sacrificing certain features and opting for an older model, there are several noteworthy options that will only cost about half the price of the $1,000 iPhone XS, or even less.
If you were looking for cool new VR things at this year's E3 2019, you probably came to the wrong show.Just a few years ago, big gaming brands like Call of Duty and Star Wars: Battlefront were hawking VR levels.Unlike the wild experiments happening at Sundance or the Tribeca Film Festival, or GDC, E3's VR moments were pretty subdued.While Microsoft wasn't expected to announce any VR hardware news, I still find it strange.Microsoft has had VR headsets on PCs for years, too, and the original Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are both PC-based platforms.Who knows if that will change with Project Scarlett, Microsoft's next major console upgrade.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans ranks at the top of nearly every motorsport enthusiast's yearly watch list -- as it should -- but if you're in the US, streaming the race is typically a bit of a challenge.In the past, it meant that you'd have to hop between several services depending on the time of day.But this year, things are quite a bit simpler, and that's awesome.Here's the good news: MotorTrend TV is streaming Le Mans in its entirety, and you can watch it via your cable provider or, if you're a cord-cutter, via MotorTrendOnDemand.com or through the MotorTrend app.If you're not already signed up, you get a 14-day free trial, and after that it's $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year to subscribe.Live, flag-to-flag coverage has already started as you read this, even though the big race itself won't get underway until 9am EST (6am PST).
Earlier this week, Dell dropped the price of Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II noise-canceling wireless headphones, giving Bose fans a chance to save some dough.But they’ve also dropped the price on a great alternative as well, which we’ll talk more about later.They deliver all the full rich sound you’d expect from Bose, along with some of the best noise-canceling we’ve seen.The headphone cups fit snugly but not uncomfortably against the ear, and active noise-canceling (ANC) technology continuously adjusts the level of noise-canceling based on ambient noise to ensure all you hear is your music.Bluetooth technology is of course included, and they’re fully compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple’s Siri.You can switch through these with just a push of the button, so you’re not limited to using just one.
The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.Sometimes it can feel like the world is about to end when your phone dies, but imagine that happening in an emergency situation.A dead phone can spell disaster if you’re not well prepared.With the SOScharger around, you have an infinite energy source for your devices.By turning the ergonomic generator handle you can generate as much power as you need.The SOScharger has a built-in power bank, which can give you an immediate boost with its 2,300mAh capacity.
Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.Nine-square grid collages on Instagram aren’t new, but the trend of doing a year-end best-of really kicked off in 2018, with big names like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian doing them.And no matter what time of year you do it, it’s still a charming little recap of your best photos.There are two primary options, both of which work pretty much the same way.With Top9, you enter your IG handle and your email address, and the website automatically generates your most-liked nine posts.Here’s what it looks like:
Really, if one of the Stranger Things kids was more likely than the others to play tricks on his friends, it would have to be Dustin, right?So it's fitting that Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin, will be hosting a hidden-camera prank show on Netflix later this year.The show is called Prank Encounters, Deadline reports, and Matarazzo, 16, will host and executive produce the show.Netflix has ordered eight episodes, Deadline says.The show sounds like Candid Camera meets Punk'd meets Undercover Boss, as it's set in the workplace.Each episode focuses on two strangers who each think they're starting their first day at a new job, and then the pranking starts.
University of Groningen professor Patrick Onck, together with colleagues from Eindhoven University of Technology, have shown that this is possible by using a technique named mechanowetting.'We have come up with a way of transporting droplets by using transverse surface waves.The idea of mechanowetting is basically very simple: put a droplet on a transverse surface wave, and the droplet will move with the wave.'The remarkable thing about this is that it also works on inclined or vertical surfaces: drops can even move upwards against gravity.'Edwin de Jong, PhD candidate in Onck's group and first author of the paper, tested the concept of mechanowetting by means of a computer model.'When it seemed to work in theory, our colleagues from Eindhoven University of Technology devised an experiment to test it.