How ChromeCast is Jailbreaking Apple’s AirTime
By now, you’ve probably heard of Google’s new nifty $35 gadget, which lets you stream online content to any television in your home. Among corporate play, this is considered Google’s answer to Airtime.
But, to the consumer, this is one more wonderful tool for cordcutters – esp. those who prefer to jailbreak their devices. As is common with Google, ChromeCast is device agnostic. Which as Apple’s closed protocol continues to age, so will the some 12 million Apple TVs which require you to use an Apple product.
As Android increases in popularity, and the Ubuntu phone is due early next year, we are seeing a heavy trend towards the proliferation of devices. ChromeCast is prepped by supporting Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows via the Chrome browser – all simultaneously.
2. Facebook Shares (surprisingly) Up – But Still Valued $24B less than 1 year ago.
In Q2 of 2013, Facebook grew to 1.15 billion monthly active users up from 1.11 billion at the end of Q1, 669 million daily active users from 665 million, and to 819 million mobile monthly active users from 751M.
According to TechCrunch, these totals don’t tell the whole story, though, as much of Facebook’s growth is coming from Asia and developing markets where it doesn’t earn as much money per user.
3. How the Internet Responded to Prince George
It wasn’t long ago that the marriage of Prince Henry and Kate received the top live-streaming request of all time, only to be usurped by President Obama.
Now, it has been reported that the trending birth of Prince George has received 6 million mentions since Monday, multiple domains were immediately registered, and within minutes, the baby had his own Wikipedia page.
4. How to UnGlue a Sports Fan from the Lazy Boy
According to recent statistics, sports fans still present a challenge to startups and developers. Perhaps mobile usage has jumped from 21% to 35%, but the real problem is monetizing this usage. As of now, only 9% of sports fans having (ever) paid for online content with a stubbornly high number of 94% preferring to watch on the big screen.
5. Uber Raising an Uber Round at an estimated valuation of $3.5 BIllion
In ongoing discussions, Uber is said to be raising an estimated $100 Million at a valuation of $3.5 Billion. Google Ventures is among the rumored investors. Should Google Ventures solidify the deal, this will be an interesting match with Google’s other recently-acquired portfolio company – Waze.
A valuation north of $3 Billion is quite the leap from 2011, when Uber was valued at $330 Million.
To put this in perspective, AirBnB is currently valued at $2.5 Billion.
Here is the full interview with CEO, Travis Kalanick in Aspen, CO:
6. Microsoft XBOX Allows Indie Self-Publishing
Microsoft has confirmed that its upcoming game console will double as a developer debug unit, allowing indie developers to publish their own games.
Despite Microsoft stating: “Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development,” many developers were quick to respond to the announcement, stating Xbox One is still not desirable compared to the PS4.
Developer Brian Provinciano of Retro City Rampage explains:
“Make no mistake; while this is a great thing, it’s again not the equivalent to what other platforms offer. On PS4, for example, developers can tap right into the system; use every bit of RAM and all of its power. Indies have access to everything that the AAA studios do, from platform support to development and release …. Working with Microsoft was the unhappiest point of my career. Policies are one thing, but developer relations are another.”
7. FUN FACT: Julian Assange running for Australian Senate
Wiki-Leaks Founder Julian Assange has launched a Wiki-Leaks Party Senate candidate team for the upcoming election in December of 2013.
Assange is one of three candidates running. Should he win, this will be an unprecedented situation for the Australian government to ensure an elected member is able to sit in Parliament.
Assange has been clear that this is a move to protect himself against potential criminal prosecution by the United States, as it’s very likely the U.S. Department of Justice would rather drop the espionage investigation than risk a diplomatic row with Australia.
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