Reports suggest Pokémon Go just surpasses $ 160 million in revenue worldwide, or at least the parts of the world it’s currently available in. Niantic CEO John Hanke’s vision, however, was of something even bigger: an app that required a special internet-connected contacts and involved spending big at businesses promoted within the game all while cleaning up local communities in the process. Hanke reportedly wanted gamers to rock the custom lenses in an effort to completely augment the game by requiring nothing more than looking around you, rather than at a mobile phone. That was the point of the game after all, to get people out…
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In the near future, installation costs and solar cell efficiency won’t be what keeps people from going solar. It’ll be looks. The post Elon Musk Wants to Make Solar Tech Lustworthy. Smart Move appeared first on WIRED.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — As I watched Google’s many unveilings this week, I could sense a certain confidence in the proceedings. That was no doubt partly because the company was, for the first time in 10 years, hosting its Google I/O developer conference at its headquarters in Mountain View instead of San Francisco, so the executives and project managers were literally playing in their own backyard.
But I think there was something else at play. Looking back at the opening keynote, CEO Sundar Pichai decided to kick things off with two interesting — and related — products: the so-called “assistant” that seeks to proactively offer help as you navigate Google’s many services, and Home, an Amazon Echo-like speaker that infuses the assistant in your house as a kind of ambient presence, ready to help the moment you utter the activation phrase (“OK, Google,” of course). Read more…
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DARPA is working on a new terrifyingly-named “Gremlins” program to develop swarms of small, reusable drones deployed from aircraft over “denied” zones with the intention of intelligence gathering, radar jamming, and other “friendly” operations… for now.
Amazon wants to provide cloud computing services for HERE maps and by buying a stake in the company it may be able to secure a position doing so …