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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.

Watson gets a new job.
After taking on a few small jobs after a successful Jeopary! win, the IBM supercomputer is back at work again, this time advising US soldiers on life choices after service.
The computer analysed thousands of documents related to the topic, and can answer plain, spoken-language questions, according to the USAA, which provides insurance, investment, retirement and other financial services to members of the US armed forces

"Putting Watson into the hands of consumers is a critical milestone toward improving how we work and live," IBM Watson Group senior vice president Mike Rhodin said in a release Tuesday.
"We believe this new service can help men and women who served their country gain timely and relevant insights into the steps they need to successfully move to civilian life."

Watson gets a new job.

After taking on a few small jobs after a successful Jeopary! win, the IBM supercomputer is back at work again, this time advising US soldiers on life choices after service.

The computer analysed thousands of documents related to the topic, and can answer plain, spoken-language questions, according to the USAA, which provides insurance, investment, retirement and other financial services to members of the US armed forces

"Putting Watson into the hands of consumers is a critical milestone toward improving how we work and live," IBM Watson Group senior vice president Mike Rhodin said in a release Tuesday.

"We believe this new service can help men and women who served their country gain timely and relevant insights into the steps they need to successfully move to civilian life."

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Baxter is an (almost) affordable industrial robot.

Rethink Robotics industrial robot is notable for being only US$25,000, which is pretty surprising for an industrial robot.

'Optical cable' created from thin air

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A University of Maryland team has detailed how they created an effect similar to a fiber cable out of thin air.

Video: Jibo, the family robot.

Jibo’s makers claim it’s the ‘World’s first family robot’. The device sits on a table or bench, and uses two high resolution cameras, 360 degree microphones, and an HD touchscreen to recognise faces, take photos, tell stories, deliver hands free messages, and more.

What’s really striking about the device though is it’s movement - it looks like a cute cousin of Wall-E straight out of a Pixar movie. According to the team, it’s from their “ deep expertise in animation and social robotics with Huge Design’s stellar talent in sophisticated and cutting-edge industrial design” - check it out in the video above.

Jibo has just passed US$1,000,000 and is still taking pre-orders. They don’t expect to ship the first units until December 2015, although that’s still ahead of a planned public release in 2016.

Check out the Jibo Indiegogo page here.

Robotic device gives users extra fingers

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A robotic device developed at MIT mimics the movements of a users hand, essentially giving them two extra fingers. 

NASA: Lunar pits could one day shelter astronauts.

While the moon’s surface is battered by millions of craters, it also has over 200 holes – steep-walled pits that in some cases might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter, according to new observations from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft.

The pits range in size from about 5 meters (~5 yards) across to more than 900 meters (~984 yards) in diameter, and three of them were first identified using images from the Japanese Kaguya spacecraft. Hundreds more were found using a new computer algorithm that automatically scanned thousands of high-resolution images of the lunar surface from LRO’s Narrow Angle Camera (NAC).

"Pits would be useful in a support role for human activity on the lunar surface," said Robert Wagner of Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. "A habitat placed in a pit — ideally several dozen meters back under an overhang — would provide a very safe location for astronauts: no radiation, no micrometeorites, possibly very little dust, and no wild day-night temperature swings." 

Earth, from the ISS.
Photo by Alexander Gerst: ”As a special type of Earth observation, sun glint pictures reveal an amazing amount of detail.”
More space stories at 8 Bit Future.

Earth, from the ISS.

Photo by Alexander Gerst: ”As a special type of Earth observation, sun glint pictures reveal an amazing amount of detail.”

Could Jupiter’s moon Europa hold answers about life in the universe?

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Compiled from NASA’s Galileo spacecraft data, this colorized surface image of Europa shows the blue-white terrains which indicate relatively pure water ice. Scientists are very interested in these features because they may offer a way to investigate the habitability of the moon’s interior ocean.

NASA is now calling for proposals about science instruments that could be carried aboard a future mission to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, which would also seek answers to the question “are we alone in the universe?”

More plans for Google’s smart contact lens revealed

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Google’s plans for a contact lens able to measure glucose levels were first announced in a blog post in January. Now the company is teaming up with major contact lens manufacturer Novartis, in order to bring even more features to the lens.