The global app economy could quadruple to a whopping $6 trillion in the next four years


The global app economy is expected to more than quadruple in size within the next four years.

That’s according to a report released this week from research firm App Annie, which estimates the current $1.3 trillion market could grow to a whopping $6.3 trillion by 2021. 

That value encompasses advertising, in-app transactions, and other forms of mobile commerce as well as sales of the apps themselves. 

SEE ALSO: The mobile online shopping revolution is definitely coming—but nobody’s sure when

Meanwhile, the number of app users worldwide will double to 6.3 billion, researchers predict, suggesting that business opportunities to squeeze maximum cash from each app user are far from fully realized. Read more…

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Kid thinks it’s a great idea to play with a garden hose, until he learns the hard truth


Summertime means finding creative ways to beat the heat and this kid seems to think playing with the garden hose will be a great way to stay cool.

That is until he actually tries it. His reaction is just too funny and too adorable. Even though he’s maybe not having the best of times, we can enjoy his experience. 

Maybe he’ll try to keep his eyes closed next time.  Read more…

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Apple wants to hire Siri a personal assistant to keep up with the cool kids


Are you tired of that awkward moment when you ask Siri to check if it’s National Awkward Moments Day and your iPhone leaves you in a lurch?

Apple’s AI assistant is tasked with answering your questions and keeping track of your busy schedule, but Siri can’t always keep up with all the events jamming the packed-out pop culture calendar. The blind spot for fabricated social media events, aka hashtag holidays, is apparently so glaring that Apple is searching for a real person to add some expertise to the AI. 

The iPhone maker recently listed a new job posting,  spotted by 9to5Mac, for a “Siri Event Maven.” The ad’s thirst is palpable, incorporating some cringeworthy recruiter-speak to describe a position that will essentially serve as an assistant for Apple’s own AI assistant to keep it up to speed on what the cool kids are buzzing about.  Read more…

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Screenshots are about to get so much better in iOS 11


Managing screenshots on your iPhone is about to get a whole lot easier.

One of the biggest changes Apple introduced with iOS 11 is the ability to quickly edit and share your screenshots as soon as you take them, without having to hunt them down in the Photos app.

SEE ALSO: iOS 11 on the iPhone will upgrade your everyday experience

This is thanks to improvements to a feature called Markup, which is what allowed you to add doodles and annotations to photos beginning with iOS 10. But the feature was easy to miss if you didn’t know where to look.

Apple has now streamlined that process with iOS 11, putting Markup one-touch away whenever you take a new screenshot. Now, when you snap a new screenshot, the image appears in the bottom left corner of your phone. Read more…

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Car rental companies are nervous about driverless cars, so they’re doing something about it


The self-driving car race has some new entrants: rental-car companies. 

Two high-profile moves reported this week link driverless cars with Big Car Rental: Google’s Waymo entered partnership with Avis to storing and maintaining autonomous vehicles, while Apple’s self-driving Lexuses have been linked to Hertz in news that, notably, hasn’t been officially confirmed by either company.    

The two pairings will serve different purposes for the companies involved, but both point to one of the practical concerns about self-driving cars: managing the vehicle fleets once they’re free from drivers. The rental-car companies introduce a new intermediary between the companies building the autonomous systems and the riders of the fleets of autonomous cars that will eventually take over the roads. Read more…

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MIT’s new drones that both fly and drive could be huge for creating flying cars


Thanks to a team of researchers at MIT, we’re one step closer to finally having the flying car technology that science fiction of the 1950s promised us. But that progress also means we’re one step closer to drones and robots taking over everything. (Which to be fair, they already kind of are.) 

A team at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is working to help achieve all our flying car dreams by developing drones that can both drive and fly.

The team at CSAIL recently released a paper in which they lay out the plans for their project. It includes eight quadcopter drones with the ability to fly or drive through a course that includes parking lots, landing pads, and no-fly zones. The algorithm essentially lays out the base for large-scale transportation.  Read more…

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The creator of Pepe the Frog wants his meme back from 4chan


Cartoonist Matt Furie wants to wrest control of a meme away from virulent internet cesspools and turn it back into the funny, chill character he created.

We wish him luck, because he’s going to need it.

SEE ALSO: Pepe the Frog became a hate icon so his creator killed him off

Furie held a faux funeral for Pepe the Frog last month after his creation had warped into an international symbol of alt-right racism and bigotry, but now he’s started a Kickstarter campaign to give his character a new life on the page and the interwebs.

Furie first drew Pepe as a “chill-frog dude” in 2006 as part of an ensemble of characters in a series he named “Boy’s Club.” The frog eventually made his way to the internet, where, naturally he was memed. Then, in late 2015, racists who inhabit certain corners of the internet got a hold of him. Read more…

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What you missed at VidCon 2017, according to someone who’s been to every one


People go to VidCon to take selfies with YouTube stars. For the last eight years, I’ve gone to learn about the changing landscape and the future of video.  

What Woodstock was to music, VidCon is to digital video. I’ve attended from the beginning, so I’ve gotten to see the  event mature from 1,400 people attending taking over the Hyatt Regency in LA into an influencer marketing epicenter with tens of thousands of attendees. The secret is out: advertising and entertainment businesses are finally learning that independent creators can meaningfully move a brand’s publicity needle among their audiences.  Read more…

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Could Netflix’s new ’90s drama be the next ‘Stranger Things’?


’80s nostalgia helped put Stranger Things on the map, so it’s no surprise that Netflix is channeling another beloved era for its next new dramedy.

Described as a quirky, funny coming of age story, Everything Sucks! follows an A/V club and a Drama club who collide in 1996 Oregon. 

The show will consist of 10 half-hour episodes, created by Like Crazy writer Ben York Jones and Save the Date director Michael Mohan, who will executive produce along with Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec.

SEE ALSO: The ‘Stranger Things’ kids rocked ‘Lip Sync Battle’ so hard, everyone else should probably give up Read more…

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Facebook just hit 2 billion monthly active human content-sharing servitude machines (or: “users”)


So, the world’s only got 7 billion people in it, and only 3.2 billion are online. On Tuesday, Facebook announced that they reached 2 billion monthly active users. So, yeah: Nearly two-thirds of the people on the Internet are on Facebook. Insert the You know what’s really cool? joke here.

SEE ALSO: In search of Facebook’s conscience

That scale’s something the tech journalism world, Wall Street investors, and advertisers have whispered about since Facebook has, quarter by quarter, climbed upward, towards that number. Facebook last reported in May 1.94 billion monthly active users, timed with its quarterly earnings report. Read more…

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