Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge
Cloud gaming is shaping up to have a big moment on mobile starting next month with the launch of Microsoft’s xCloud service, but iOS users are getting left out. And now we know exactly why: Apple won’t allow those products, because of strict App Store guidelines that make cloud services like xCloud and its competitor, Google Stadia, effectively impossible to operate on the iPhone.
We already knew that there was some issue, likely App Store-related, as to why Stadia wasn’t available for Apple devices and why Microsoft’s service would likely face a similar fate. It seemed even more likely that xCloud’s fate on iOS was sealed yesterday when Microsoft cut off iOS testing for its xCloud app well ahead of its September 15th launch date on...
NASA is ditching some of the unofficial names given to galaxies and nebulae as it works to be more inclusive.
If you were hoping the release of Google’s new budget-friendly Pixel 4a would be an opportunity to snatch a Pixel 4 or 4XL at a discount, you might be out of luck. Google has discontinued its flagship phones, which it released less than a year ago in October, The Verge reports. The good news is that Pixel 4 and 4XL owners will continue to get software updates for at least a couple of more years. “Google Store has sold through its inventory and completed sales of Pixel 4 [and] 4 XL,” a Google spokesperson told The Verge. “For people who are still… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google
Or maybe a spleen? Stomach? Snot bubble? You decide Pic Not only does the good ol’ Sun provide us with light and warmth, its solar wind casts around the planetary system a protective magnetic bubble that’s probably shaped like a... deflated croissant.…
Now with $500 option for very special glass that makes monitors sparkle, but no home-grown CPUs Apple has upgraded is iMac range.…
Yes, you read that right, an American exec is actually going to serve time... eventually. When he chooses Anthony Levandowski, the top engineer who pleaded guilty to stealing self-driving car trade secrets from Google, was sent down for 18 months in the US on Tuesday.…
Radish, an app that publishes fiction with a focus on romance novels, announced on Tuesday it raised $63.2 million in Series A funding led by SoftBank Ventures Asia and Kakao Page Corp.
The app publishes novels chapter by chapter, giving readers the option to either wait for the next book chapter to unlock or pay to read it immediately.
CEO Seungyoon Lee told Business Insider the app is his attempt to introduce mobile serialized fiction, popular in East Asia, to the US market.
Radish produces its own content through a series of "writer's rooms," where soap opera writers produce chapters for stories daily.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
If you're in a nautical mood, you can peruse "My Pirate Prince." Or if you want something more earthy, you can try "Tempted By My Brother's Best Friend."
Those are just a few of the e-books that have racked up millions of reads on Radish, an app that publishes romance fiction in bite-sized chunks. On Tuesday the startup announced it raised $63.2 million in Series A funding led by SoftBank Ventures Asia and Kakao Page Corp.
Radish plans to use the money to open a new office in Los Angeles, where it will hire more staff and expand into the entertainment industry by adapting its original stories into TV shows and games.
Radish features a few serialized genres — like science fiction, horror, thrillers, and fantasy — but its biggest draw is romance.
"Romance is not the only genre that we're going to focus on. But it was a great, great starting genre," Radish CEO Seungyoon Lee told Business Insider. "Because if you look at fiction reader behavior, romance readers almost read one book a month. Whereas mystery or other genre readers read much less."
Radish's stories are readable a single chapter at a time. When someone reaches the end of a chapter, they either have to wait — times range from an hour to a day— to unlock the next chapter, or pay to read it immediately using an in-app currency that can cost up to $3.99 to acquire in bundles.
The cost of reading a whole novel varies, the company says. "Each chapter/episode is a couple coins, and you pay for a bulk of coins! So, it's hard to say because it is dependent on the story,'' Radish spokesperson Grace Gathright said in an email reply to Business Insider.
Lee said the app is styled after mobile gaming, where many apps are free but require payments for additional content.
"The majority of players for Candy Crush is women," Lee said. "The majority of puzzle games, casino games— the players are women. We're using mobile gaming kind of monetization mechanics."
So romance, a genre with a mostly female audience, seemed like a natural way to introduce fiction apps to the US market.
"I come from South Korea, and we do a lot of mobile, serialized fiction," Lee said. "I felt that here in the US, there wasn't that kind of platform."
According to Radish, the app has become incredibly popular. The company did not disclose expenses, but said its revenue from daily sales has reached $100,000. "Torn Between Alphas," a romantic tale featuring werewolves, is listed in the app as having been viewed over 58 million times.
Lee attributes that growth to the adoption of a "writer's room" model. Initially Radish published stories from contributing authors. But eventually the company hired a staff of almost 100 soap opera writers to produce new stories and update them with new chapters at a rapid pace.
"We're a serialization platform on steroids," Lee said. "Our top story is getting serialized five times a day."
Radish's model for producing new content resembles TV production, sans filming and actors. That's why new book chapters are called "episodes."
"There are people who just focus on the plot," Lee said of his writers, "...there are people focusing on the editing, and there are showrunners who are actually putting all of these things together."
Their writer's room, using the soap opera model, has produced as much as 700 new episodes a month.
Radish also tests different versions of the same story, switching details like titles and chapter openings to figure out what appeals most to readers.
"Mobile readers have a very short attention span," Lee said. "So the first few paragraphs of the first chapter really has a strong impact."
Lee said Radish had found through testing that first-person stories with female leads tended to beat stories written in third-person or with non-female main characters. But he didn't rule out eventually expanding into content aimed at a male readership, based on the popularity of similar apps in East Asia aimed at men.
"There could be that kind of equivalent for the western audience in fantasy, or scifi, or even mystery-thriller," Lee said. "But it's a matter of content investment."SEE ALSO: PITCH-DECK LIBRARY: Search through over 150 pitch decks that startups including Uber, Postmates, and Airbnb used to raise millions
Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
Your iPad contains rich information you'd be sorry to lose, like emails, pictures music, and health data.
Biz and city officials 'frequently ignored' invoice rules, prosecutors said An IT provider has settled with the US government regarding a row over medical billing in New York City.…
As previously announced, Huawei held a full-scene smart life new product launch conference. At this event, Huawei officially released a new generation smartband – HUAWEI ...
The post HUAWEI Band B6 Announced, Coming With Enhanced Features appeared first on Gizchina.com.
Couples counselors have been around for decades. But with around 40% of US marriages now ending in divorce, they could probably do with some more modern techniques. A new AI study led by Western University could provide them with some pointers. The researchers say it’s the first systematic attempt at using machine learning to predict relationship satisfaction. “Satisfaction with romantic relationships has important implications for health, wellbeing, and work productivity,” said Western Psychology professor Samantha Joel in a statement. “But research on predictors of relationship quality is often limited in scope and scale, and carried out separately in individual laboratories.” Joel and… This story continues at The Next Web
If you weren't already afraid of flying, well, maybe you should be.
Wealthy Russian-linked donors give money to the Conservative Party simply out of “admiration” for Tory ministers, Brandon Lewis has claimed.The Northern Ireland secretary is reported to have received £25,000 from Lubov Chernukhin, a banker and the wife of President Vladimir Putin’s former deputy finance minister, and £23,000 from Alexander Temerko, a former chief of a Russian arms company.According to The Times another 13 cabinet ministers have also received large sums of money. Lewis, a former Tory party chair, defended the donations as “properly declared”.“I think we need to be fairly clear about this so we don’t get the facts wrong – these are British citizens,” he told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme on Thursday morning. “We do not accept funds from foreign nationals.“I would absolutely defend the right of any British citizen, including the people you’ve outlined who have donated to myself and others, to play their full part in our democracy.“That doesn’t just mean voting, that means supporting, if they want to, political parties and political candidates, and I’m very proud of the fact that, as a country, we allow British citizens to do that.”Asked if he thought the donors “just do it for love of the Conservative Party and admiration of individual ministers”, Lewis said: “I think they do.”“You think hard-nosed businessmen and women give hundreds of thousands of pounds of their hard earned money simply because they are lost in admiration for the Conservative party?” Lewis was asked.He said: “We see donations coming in from people across British society.“I defend all British citizens’ rights to promote, support and vote for whichever party they want to.”It comes after the government was accused of being too slow to recognise the potential threat posed by Russia to British democratic processes.In a damning report, parliament’s intelligence and security committee said the government did not properly consider whether Moscow could interfere in the Brexit referendum until after the event.The government has said there was “no evidence” of successful Russian interference but the committee – which oversees the work of Britain’s spies – suggested that there was no proper investigation.Related...
Brits Were Too Smart To Fall For Russian Brexit Bots, Says Minister
Boris Johnson Warns Tory MPs The UK Could Suffer A Second Coronavirus Spike
Spy Agencies 'Didn't Do Enough To Protect Brexit Vote From Russian Interference'
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge
Microsoft’s AI-powered “eye contact” feature for the Surface Pro X is finally starting to roll out, months after it was originally announced for the ARM-powered Surface laptop last year.
The new feature is rolling out now as part of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20175, which means that it likely isn’t too far from a broad release.
According to Microsoft, the new feature relies on the “artificial intelligence capabilities of the Microsoft SQ1 processor” to adjust where your eyes are looking in a video call or chat to make sure that you always appear to be making eye contact with the camera — even if the lens is off to the side or you’re looking down at your display. When enabled, the eye contact correction will automatically apply to...
It's available starting today for both the Google Nest Hub and larger Nest Hub Max.
(Boston Children's Hospital) The SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, the one our antibodies target, has two forms. New work provides a snapshot of both forms, with implications for COVID vaccines.
Is 2020 the year you start investing? Try it out with one of the best robo-advisors available right now.
You know that dust-covered Kinect you have tucked away with a menagerie of other electronics and chords? Well, you can go on ignoring it.
It offers both more resolution and longer exposure times than the original
Twitter stock plummeted 7% in pre-market trading on Thursday after it was hit with a massive blue-tick hack as many verified accounts reported being unable to tweet.
The company said a "coordinated social engineering attack" had "successfully targeted" some employees who enabled access to hackers to its internal tools.
High-profile users such as Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Tesla's Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett were among the targeted accounts.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Twitter shares tumbled almost 7% in pre-market trading on Thursday after many accounts were compromised in a bitcoin hacking incident.
On Wednesday, the company said that hackers had targeted some of its employees which enabled access to "internal systems" and tools, leading to a massive compromise of some of the most popular accounts on its platform.
Twitter said a "coordinated social engineering attack" had "successfully targeted" some employees.
A Twitter spokesperson told Business Insider that its own "investigation continues, and we hope to have more to share there soon."
Shortly after the incident, many accounts found they were unable to tweet. Twitter's support account said that some people might be unable to tweet or change their password as the company looks into the situation.
As of Thursday morning in Europe, normal service appears to have resumed on the site.
The incident led to high-profile accounts such as those of former president Barack Obama, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and even companies like Apple and Uber tweeting messages about Bitcoin donations.
You can see a chart of Twitter's stock so far in 2020 below:
SEE ALSO: Global stocks tumble as investors weigh Chinese GDP data, which beats estimates but 'flatters to deceive'
Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How 'white savior' films like 'The Help' and 'Green Book' hurt Hollywood
“NASA’s budget is stretched pretty thin.”
The new processor, debuting in the ThinkStation P620 workstation, comes with up to 64 cores.
Jio Platforms, which has blazed a new trail in attracting big-ticket investments during the lockdown period, is now reportedly set to get $4 billion from Google.
In October, news emerged that Apple was in the early stages of discussing a streaming subscription bundle with music labels.Nonetheless, a bundled approach to service subscriptions is not only logical, but it could also give Apple an enormous advantage as competition for consumers’ entertainment budgets intensifies among tech and media giants.Apple has spent the last several years building a portfolio of services including Apple Music, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, and Apple TV+.Though each of these products on their own isn’t necessarily better than the competition, together they could create a compelling entertainment package that hits the Apple brand’s sweet spot of quality paired with convenience.But Disney lacks a gaming service and it will have less room to play with pricing on the music front since it doesn’t own Spotify.It has Google Play Music (soon to be discontinued in favor of YouTube Music), YouTube TV, and its newly announced Stadia gaming subscription service.
Xiaomi brand is definitely not a novice in producing high-quality audio products and their selection of headphones, earphones and earbuds is quite extensive.And growing larger almost every day, because they are pumping up new models to the market with almost machine gun speed.Today we have for you a fresh new Xiaomi QCY T5 wireless in-ear earphones and of course paired with a pretty nice price from the Ebay marketplace.And as a bonus we will throw in also a good deal for the interesting Xiaomi IMILAB IP camera.But first let’s take a look at the Xiaomi QCY T5 earphones as they are bringing significant improvements compared to the older T3 model.These binaural TWS earphones can offer new stylish ear canal shape design, 6.2mm Hi-Fi drivers for each of the earphones, automatic pairing system, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, IPX5 waterproof certification, full touch controls, 4.38g of weight for each of the earphones, 40 mAh battery capacity in each for about 4-5 hours of battery life or extended to 25 hours with the 380 mAh charging box.
Earlier this year I remodeled my basement, and the resulting layer of crud made it the perfect testing ground for the Roborock S5 -- a robot vacuum that can also mop.It did a great job overall, which is why I'm excited to share this deal: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has the Roborock S5 all-floors vacuum for $369.99 with promo code ROBOROCKBF.That's $20 less than just a couple weeks ago and an all-time low.(Note that the above photo shows it in black; the deal is for the white one with rose-gold trim.)I've owned early-generation Roombas and late-model Ecovacs, but the S5 is my favorite robot sweeper to date.That's largely because it seems smarter and more efficient than others I've tried.
Holding the accolade of the 'world's best smartphone' is no easy feat but if any phone deserves it right now, it's the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.Of course however, like many other handsets on its level, this handsome handset suffers from one major drawback - its price.Luckily, as part of its Black Friday sales, Affordable Mobiles has helped ease that issue a little bit, releasing a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus deal that just became arguably the best offer you can get on this phone.So what does the best deal on the best smartphone look like?Well with a massive 120GB of data on offer, nothing to pay upfront and monthly bills of £45, it looks pretty impressive!But of course, it wouldn't be Black Friday without some heavy competition.