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2% of developers take 54% of app revenue

A survey of 10,000 developers by Developer Economics shows that two percent of app developers take in over $100,000 per month.

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The data also shows nine percent of developers getting $10,000-$100,000 per month, and 88% of developers on under $10,000 per month.

The study chose a ‘poverty line’ for developers of less than $500 per month - a figure which means their app is unsustainable as a business. A huge 50 percent of iOS developers and 47 percent of Android developers are below that line.

Most games — 57 percent of them — make less than $500/month.

To solve that revenue problem, many game developers release more than one app. In fact, the majority of those making over $100,000/month have published a minimum of 11 games in an effort to give themselves more chances at the app store lottery.

Real the full story at Venturebeat.

Prototype Robot With Smartphone to Test 3-D Mapping, Navigation Inside Space Station
The next launch to the International Space Station will carry this prototype free-flying space robot equipped with a smartphone, known as Smart SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites).
NASA has been testing SPHERES on the space station since 2011. This summer, astronauts will upgrade these existing space robots to use Google’s “Project Tango” smartphone, which features a custom 3-D sensor and multiple cameras. NASA will then use the Smart SPHERES to test free-flying 3-D mapping and navigation inside the space station. NASA is developing the Smart SPHERES to perform work on the space station that requires mobile sensing, such as environmental surveys to monitor levels of radiation, lighting and air quality. They also will be used to monitor inventory and conduct experiments. The development and testing of Smart SPHERES is funded by the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

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Prototype Robot With Smartphone to Test 3-D Mapping, Navigation Inside Space Station

The next launch to the International Space Station will carry this prototype free-flying space robot equipped with a smartphone, known as Smart SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites).

NASA has been testing SPHERES on the space station since 2011. This summer, astronauts will upgrade these existing space robots to use Google’s “Project Tango” smartphone, which features a custom 3-D sensor and multiple cameras. NASA will then use the Smart SPHERES to test free-flying 3-D mapping and navigation inside the space station. NASA is developing the Smart SPHERES to perform work on the space station that requires mobile sensing, such as environmental surveys to monitor levels of radiation, lighting and air quality. They also will be used to monitor inventory and conduct experiments. The development and testing of Smart SPHERES is funded by the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

Video: The PowerUp Drone.

PowerUp is a small plastic propellor and rudder which connects to a phone via bluetooth. When attached to a paper aeroplane it can become a remote controlled drone.

The makers of the device say the next generation version will have a magnetometer, accelerometer and gyrometer, and they are working on a dogfight mode that lets one pilot “shoot down” another plane by sending a signal to stop its engine.

Concept design: LG flutter phone

Concept design: LG flutter phone

Dual screen YotaPhone2 unveiled

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While the first generation of the twin-screen device has only recently launched outside of Russia, the second generation of the device has been shown at MWC, and it looks waaay more slick.

Magic keyboard appears from flat touchscreens.

The Tactus system allows raised buttons or shapes to appear from a flat touch screen when required, helping users navigate keyboards, gaming controls, or other UI features.

Tactus has created a thin layer that can replace the Gorilla Glass on top of the touch sensor and display layers of a smartphone or tablet. The surface of that layer is a semi-elastic polymer under which there are little channels filled with a special transparent micro-fluid. To make buttons appear (for a keyboard, a game controller, whatever), you can increase the fluid pressure in a certain area. The added fluid physically stretches and raises the polymer surface.

Presto! Real buttons on your previously flat screen.

Check out this demo video for more.

Next-gen USB to be reversible.
The group behind USB standards has revealed that the next generation of the plugs will be able to be connected either way up, removing one of the biggest frustrations with the plug. A standard USB plug will also become smaller, becoming about the size of a Micro USB used today in Android phones and tablets.

You won’t have to wait too long for the new spec to hit the market, as Type-C will be up for industry review in the first quarter of 2014, and the final product will hit during the middle of the same year, making next summer one of the most exciting times for tech.

Next-gen USB to be reversible.

The group behind USB standards has revealed that the next generation of the plugs will be able to be connected either way up, removing one of the biggest frustrations with the plug. A standard USB plug will also become smaller, becoming about the size of a Micro USB used today in Android phones and tablets.

You won’t have to wait too long for the new spec to hit the market, as Type-C will be up for industry review in the first quarter of 2014, and the final product will hit during the middle of the same year, making next summer one of the most exciting times for tech.

YotaPhone to go on sale for Christmas.
The YotaPhone specs list reads like a standard Android phone, with a 1.7GHz dual core processor, 4.3” screen, and 2GB Ram, but it has one extra feature - a second electronic paper display on the back.
Users can press a button to have their front display mirrored on the back - useful if the battery is running low as the EPD uses far less power to run. Users can also have the time, messages, social media updates or other information set to show on the back, allowing it to be checked without even turning the phone on.
The rear display only needs power to update, so if the battery goes flat the display will still continue to show the last updated information - handy if you need to have a map when your phone battery goes flat.

YotaPhone to go on sale for Christmas.

The YotaPhone specs list reads like a standard Android phone, with a 1.7GHz dual core processor, 4.3” screen, and 2GB Ram, but it has one extra feature - a second electronic paper display on the back.

Users can press a button to have their front display mirrored on the back - useful if the battery is running low as the EPD uses far less power to run. Users can also have the time, messages, social media updates or other information set to show on the back, allowing it to be checked without even turning the phone on.

The rear display only needs power to update, so if the battery goes flat the display will still continue to show the last updated information - handy if you need to have a map when your phone battery goes flat.

Neurocam Records Only When You’re Interested.

The prototype device measures wearers interest by analysing brain waves and rating interest from 1-100. When that number goes over 60, a 5 second long animated GIF is recorded and stored on the phone automatically.