Apple Music surpasses 40 million paid subscribers

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NASA’s Opportunity rover surpasses 5,000 Martian days on the Red Planet

On Saturday, NASA’s Opportunity rover celebrated a monumental anniversary all by itself on the surface of the Red Planet: surviving 5,000 Martian days. It’s an incredibly significant milestone for the little-wheeled robot, given the fact that it was only expected to last just 90 days. Opportunity is just one of two rovers currently functioning on the Red Planet, along with NASA’s Curiosity rover.

Opportunity launched on top of a Delta II on July 7th, 2003, along with a twin rover called Spirit. The pair then landed on Mars three weeks apart in January 2004, both going to opposite sides of the planet. The day of Opportunity’s landing, January 25th, was considered Sol 1 — or the first Martian day for the rover. The term “sol” is used to…

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iOS 11 adoption surpasses the last three versions of Android (since 2015) combined

Apple has shared updated metrics on iOS 11 adoption today. The latest data says that the installed iOS 11 user base is more than double that of iOS 10 and that only 7% of users are running iOS 9 or earlier.

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YouTube Go surpasses 10M downloads

Back at the end of November YouTube moved its Go platform from Beta to Public. Although being available only in India and Indonesia right now, the app on Google Play already surpassed 10 million downloads and is heading to the next landmark of 50 million. YouTube Go is a lightweight platform for developing regions where the mobile connection is more shabby than usual. It shows videos in 144p, 360p, and 480p resolutions and allow clips to be downloaded for watching later when offline. Videos can also be shared via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct. Although being available in a couple of…

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Nintendo surpasses 10M Switch shipments

Nintendo launched the Switch console on March 3 and today, just over 9 months later, the company announced it has surpassed 10 million units sold. It also said that the plans in December are “to ship more units than ever before so that even more consumers can purchase and enjoy Nintendo Switch”. Back in October the Japanese video game maker doubled its full-year operating profit forecast after the console production and delivery issues were cleared out. Source

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China’s Mobile Power Rises as Baidu’s DU Ad Platform Surpasses 2,400 Developers

Baidu, Inc., a leading Chinese language Internet search provider, has confirmed that its global advertising platform DU Ad Platform (DAP) has surpassed 2,400 mobile developers worldwide, a 50% increase over its user base in 2016.

In recognition of this achievement, DAP was named as one of 2017’s Top 10 Global Leading Enterprises and as a Top 10 Global Influential Marketing Service Platform by mobile marketing firm Morketing at an event in Beijing on November 29, 2017

“We’re very honored to receive these prestigious awards from Morketing,” said General Manager of Baidu’s Global Business Unit, Johnson Hu. “DAP grew significantly this year thanks to a combination of strong technology and high quality users. We increased average eCPMs by 35% across the board. Because we publish our own apps, we have quality, in-house traffic from all over the world. It’s a fantastic opportunity for our partners,” he said.

DAP’s inventory covers 800 million monthly active users, including Baidu’s own apps as well as third-party apps. In 2017 alone, the number of third-party app users on DAP grew by more than 110%, said Mr. Hu. “We will keep innovating to ensure that DAP is always the top choice for developers and advertisers in 2018 and beyond,” he said.

“As one of the earliest Chinese IT companies to go abroad, Baidu is rooted locally but has a pioneering spirit when it comes to exploring global markets,” said Morketing CEO Ms. Zeng Qiao. “DAP builds upon Baidu’s wealth of experience with its in-house traffic and powerful tech. It’s a worthy recipient of Morketing’s awards,” she said.

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Number of Users on Coinbase Surpasses Number of Brokerage Accounts at Charles Schwab

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It’s no secret that the value of bitcoin has exploded over the course of 2017, but despite its performance, there are still questions to be asked about its place in the wider investment market. Now, new data from Coinbase serves to illustrate just how prominent cryptocurrency has become.

Coinbase is among the most well-known platforms used to buy and sell cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ethereum. On November 29, it announced that it had reached a user base of 13 million – and since then, this figure has risen by an additional 100,000 accounts.

For context, we can compare this number to the user base of Charles Schwab, a major online brokerage platform. At the end of 2016, it was said to serve 10.2 million online accounts.

Charles Schwab is responsible for a lot more assets across its user base, but purely in terms of membership numbers, Coinbase seems to have already got a nose ahead. This is evidence that bitcoin is growing in terms of popularity as its value continues to increase.

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Given the hype surrounding bitcoin, it’s unsurprising to see that more and more people are dabbling in cryptocurrency. This is contributing to a more diverse set of users for sites like Coinbase.

Google Analytics data assembled by Coin Dance suggests that the bitcoin community actually spans a relatively large age range. The majority of users are between 25 and 34, with 45.71 percent falling within that category, but 30.62 percent are between 35 and 44, and 12.3 percent are between 45 and 54. Only 8.36 percent are between 18 and 24.

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We can get further insight into the make-up of the bitcoin market by looking at how much cryptocurrency individual addresses have accrued. According to data from BitInfoCharts, there are 16,707,573 addresses with $ 1, 2,317,934 of total worth, some of which are worth more than $ 1,000, and another 721,542 worth more than $ 10,000.

This demonstrates some of the spread – there are plenty of accounts that have been set up just to trade a few dollars for curiosity’s sake, but there are also lots of addresses that are associated with significant amounts of money.

Bitcoin is no longer a niche interest, and it’s only set to grow more popular as the mainstream picks up on the benefits of decentralized currency. However, this also means that we’re likely to see authorities renew their interest in regulating its usage.

Coinbase was recently ordered to supply the IRS with various pieces of information pertaining to high-capacity traders. We’re likely to see more oversight of this kind going forward – especially given that regulators in the US just gave the go-ahead to bitcoin futures trading.

The bitcoin landscape – and by extension, the cryptocurrency market as a whole – is certainly changing. It remains to be seen whether it can remain prosperous as it comes under greater scrutiny.

 

Disclosure: Several members of the Futurism team, including the editors of this piece, are personal investors in a number of cryptocurrency markets. Their personal investment perspectives have no impact on editorial content.

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Jeff Bezos’ net worth surpasses 100 billion dollars

Bloomberg has been keeping an eye on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ net worth and notes that today, for the first time, it has exceeded $ 100 billion. That’s 100,000,000,000 dollars. He was already definitively the richest person in the world after spending part of 2016 trading places with Bill Gates. Gates, by the way, was the last person to reach that stratospheric level of wealth, back in 1999.

Bezos’ fortune is swelling mainly because Amazon’s stock has been doing so well this year. It was a Black Friday Amazon stock price bump that pushed him over the 12-figure mark today. That stock bump was entirely justified, as one firm estimates that Amazon may have accounted for half of all online sales for Black Friday. Half.

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PowerUp Dart Kickstarter campaign surpasses goal by $1.2m with a week to go

For those of you who haven’t heard about it, PowerUp makes smartphone-controlled paper airplanes. They’re relatively inexpensive, with a basic PowerUp 3.0 costing $ 24.99, and they work pretty well which has led to them becoming incredibly popular. The last time PowerUp used Kickstarter to launch a product, it closed on $ 1.2m after asking for only $ 50,000. This time around, the goal is just $ 25,000. It’s not hard to see where this is going.

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Xiaomi surpasses 25 million smartphone sales in India

Conquering the Indian market is definitely the next big cornerstone to pursue on the smartphone road map. Xiaomi clearly has its sights set on the price ever since it started catering to a demographic Google so affectionately refers to as “the next billion users”. .@XiaomiIndia has sold more than 25 Mn phones till now, since our first phone launch in July 2014, 3 years & 1 month ago. #25MillionMi (1/2) pic.twitter.com/z3jmWVhbYN— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) August 31, 2017 The Chinese company’s VP Manu Kumar Jain took to twitter today to put the success in perspective, boasting…

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