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Banjo-Kazooie successor Yooka-Laylee gets fully crowdfunded in 40 minutes

Banjo-Kazooie successor Yooka-Laylee gets fully crowdfunded in 40 minutes

Kickstarter seems to be the place to go if you want to breathe new life into dead video game genres, and games like Star Citizen have already proven that niche markets can still pay off in a big way. Now, the creators of colorful platformer Yooka-Laylee are aiming to do the same thing for the "buddy-duo platformer," a genre that the team basically invented themselves with 1998's Banjo-Kazooie. Within the first 40 minutes of its Kickstarter campaign going live, Yooka-Laylee smashed its funding goal, and the number continues going up. The game has already raised triple its original funding goal, and it is sitting at... more »
MIT IDE is a centerpiece in the future of innovation | #MITIDE

MIT IDE is a centerpiece in the future of innovation | #MITIDE

The changing pace of technology poses both challenges and opportunities. At MIT IDE 2015, Wikibon analysts Steve Chambers, Stu Miniman, and Dave Vellante summed up a lot of the themes of the conference and its vision for the future. Miniman urged both excitement and caution. “As technologists, we kind of say that understanding technology and being an enthusiast for it means you’re optimistic about the future and what this can bring. That said, I’ve got kids and I’m worried about jobs. The productivity piece is the one thing that I’m a little bit still not satisfied with the answers I... more »
Music streaming site Grooveshark finally shut down by legal troubles

Music streaming site Grooveshark finally shut down by legal troubles

Popular music streaming site Grooveshark had somehow managed to offer thousands of free songs ranging from obscure Japanese bands to platinum-selling superstars, but the site's recurring legal problems finally caught up with it. In a letter that sounds like something a lawyer wrote, Grooveshark has announced that it is shutting down. "We started out nearly ten years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music," the letter says. "But despite [the] best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service. "That was wrong.... more »
Texas Senate axes failure-plagued Emerging Technology Fund for startups

Texas Senate axes failure-plagued Emerging Technology Fund for startups

This week, the Texas Senate voted to cut former Governor Rick Perry's Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF), a program that was intended to "make Texas the best place in the nation to pursue the next great idea" by helping startup companies get off the ground faster. The decision to end the program passed with a vote of 30–1, and it will now go to the House for a final vote. The TETF has faced harsh criticism since its creation in 2005 due to lack of transparency and the failure of many of the companies it has supported. The fund has given out $205 million to... more »
What you need to know about Microsoft Edge, the new browser in town

What you need to know about Microsoft Edge, the new browser in town

Microsoft has finally revealed the name of its next browser, and it’s not Spartan — it’s Microsoft Edge. Project Spartan was made available in the Windows 10 Technical Preview back in March, with ample warning to eager users of the usual early stage kinks. Nevertheless, the sneak peek into Edge's world offers enough insight to set initial expectations for Microsoft's latest browser efforts. Will Microsoft Edge truly be the death of Internet Explorer? Here's what you need to know: Internet Explorer replacement — sort of   Over the years, Internet Explorer has been the butt of jokes on and off the Internet. Looking to lose the... more »
Report: Spotify raises $350 million on a $8 billion valuation

Report: Spotify raises $350 million on a $8 billion valuation

Spotify Inc. is reported to have raised $350 million on a high unicorn valuation of $8 billion. It's not entirely clear if the round was Series G, or an extension on its Series F round of late 2013. The round hasn't been officially disclosed but comes via CNBC who claims that the money is set to be used by Spotify as it "embarks on its next leg of growth." Founded in 2006, Spotify is a leader in the streaming music space, and offers both a much derided (by copyright holders) free tier that is ad supported, as well as a paid tier where users... more »
New IoT training tools for Bluetooth innovation, hardware dev kits

New IoT training tools for Bluetooth innovation, hardware dev kits

This week’s Smart DevOps roundup features a low-cost training series for Bluetooth development, new hardware and software development kits for Internet of Things (IoT) developers and one industry enabler that's raised $12.5 million to develop its platform. Bluetooth innovation training series removes mystery from developing for IoT The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced a new low-cost training series intended for those interested in developing for the Internet of Things. Called the Bluetooth Innovation Series, it offers the practical knowhow needed to bring connected products and applications to market faster. Interested developers can mark their calendars for the following dates: May 20 in San Jose, CA;... more »
Is there a connection between mental health and entrepreneurship?

Is there a connection between mental health and entrepreneurship?

The answer to the question posed in the headline may seem an obvious one. OF COURSE there is a connection between being nuts and mounting a startup. Many so-called "normals" look at what it takes to start a tech company and conclude no normal person would. That leaves the rest of us to do it. The truth is that many entrepreneurs do not have their own pages in the DSM-5, bible of psychiatric diagnosis. But many do and this is about them. And it's not funny. The same headline was used for a recent story on KQED's "The California Report" that told about... more »
Steam Community Market bug priced items at millions of dollars

Steam Community Market bug priced items at millions of dollars

A little bug affecting exchange rates between Indonesian rupiahs and the U.S. dollar caused a bit of a problem early this morning on the Steam Community Market by causing some items to be priced at the equivalent of millions of dollars. The problem occurred when the rupiah was incorrectly set as being equal to the U.S. dollar, when in reality 1 USD is roughly equivalent to about 13,000 rupiahs. Most virtual items on the market, such as weapons or item skins, sell for a few dollars at most, but the exchange rate error caused some items to be listed at millions. Steam... more »
Beyond hybrid cloud – enterprises need composite cloud, says Wikibon analyst

Beyond hybrid cloud – enterprises need composite cloud, says Wikibon analyst

Hybrid cloud is the latest trend in enterprise computing, but hybrid cloud is much too limited and inflexible to meet the fast evolving needs of the enterprise. Hybrid cloud presumes one on-premise cloud and one off-premise cloud on an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform such as Amazon Web Services, IBM/SmartCloud, Microsoft Azure, or Rackspace, Inc.. In fact, however, medium-to-large companies are likely to use a variety of cloud-delivered services including software-as-a-service (SaaS) and more than one IaaS service. As time goes on, the situation will only become more complex as the organization adds more SaaS, IaaS and other cloud-delivered services as well as... more »

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This short post centers round Table 1 "Wikibon Storage Cost Assumptions for 2Q 2015". The table should be used as a current indicator of street prices. Wikibon expects NAND flash prices to drop by 30%/year, and disk prices to drop by 20%/year. For installations that can organize to utilize data reduction and data sharing on flash, Wikibon believes that capacity flash will be lower cost that capacity disk in 2016.

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