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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