The bitcoin-watching news service CoinDesk recently released its first quarter look into the cryptocurrency’s performance during the opening months of 2015. Mostly the data is net positive, showing an increase in total wallets, and investment. However, there are a number of included data points that demonstrate slowing growth in key bitcoin, and bitcoin-related areas.
The collected data indicates that the first quarter of 2015 was the most popular ever in terms of the dollar-value of venture capital investments made into the bitcoin ecosystem. That data point, however, is skewed by a single investment — the $116 round million invested into 21, a company that remains at least partially occluded in terms of its ambitions. Aside from that single investment, first quarter venture investment was on par — $113 million — with the preceding fourth quarter.
Key to bitcoin’s performance, at least from an external perspective, is the number of wallets in existence. Those receptacles and storage locations of bitcoin help the market understand how many new people the cryptocurrency is attracting. In the first quarter, according to the CoinDesk report, total wallets grew from 7.4 million to 8.4 million, up 14 percent on a sequential quarter basis.
Sources in the music industry noted to the New York Post that while Tidal has fallen out of the top 700 iPhone apps in the App Store — only weeks after its March 30 relaunch — positioning is affected by downloads. Apple "deliberately took a long time to approve Tidal iOS app updates," which led to slower uptake, one of the sources said.
"Tidal had a new app on Android on April 15, but still hasn't received approval for Apple's iOS app store," the person added.
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A Google engineer was killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest triggered by a massive earthquake that rocked Nepal on Saturday.
Dan Fredinburg was among at least 17 climbers killed when an avalanche set off by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake rolled into the climbers' base camp on the world's tallest mountain. Fredinburg's death was announced in a message posted to Fredinburg's Instagram account by his sister.
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"The ground is shaking."
Like it or not, ports of classic games to the latest consoles are still all the rage... and Microsoft appears eager to cash in on the trend. Both Kotaku and Polygon report that Microsoft, Black Tusk Studios and Dirty Bomb's Splash Damage are working on a remastered Xbox One version of at least the first Gears of War game. It's not certain just how far this update to the cover-based shooter will go, but it supposedly includes both improved in-game graphics (such as sharper textures and improved lighting) and "reworked cutscenes" courtesy of animation studio Plastic Wax. This sadly wouldn't be a genuinely new game, then, but it wouldn't be surprising if the leaks are on the mark. Gears of War was one of the big money-makers for the Xbox 360 in the console's heyday, and it'd likely attract plenty of gamers with fond memories of blasting Locust drones.
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Everybody, it seems, is into making Iron Man replica-gloves these days. And why not, when they’re totally badass looking? Not every would-be Iron Man, however, can shoot lasers and metal bolts out of his hand.
Patrick Priebe’s Iron Man glove is one of the more advanced models we’ve seen. It’s got two button-operated lasers, a high-powered blue one that can sear wood, and a low-grade red one which is still powerful enough to pop balloons. The device also includes an ejectable slug of metal which could definitely knock a person’s eye out. (Please don’t do that.)
A teenager has just lopped an impressive 0.3 seconds off the world record for solving a Rubik's Cube. Collin Burns solved a traditional (3x3) Rubik's Cube in just 5.25 seconds this weekend in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. That time beat the previous record, 5.55 seconds, which was set in the Netherlands by Mats Valk in 2013.
The record-setting attempt was held at an official World Cube Association competition, with a regulation, pre-scrambled cube. A representative from the association tells Mashable that "we can confirm that this is ... the new official WCA world record for the 3x3x3 single solve category." The spokesperson added, "To our best knowledge, it has been performed in an official competition, with all the rules being followed, even the scramble has been checked for its correctness."
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Stephen Hawking is taking on an unlikely new role as grief counselor to the innumerable tweens devastated by Zayn's departure from One Direction.
During a special live event Saturday evening at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, a hologram of the famed physicist appeared onstage to answer some questions.
The most controversial app available for your iPhone and iPad isn’t in the App Store.
Popcorn Time let’s users stream pirated TV shows and movies as easily as they would stream Netflix, and has made waves with millions of defiant users, thanks to the virtual middle finger it flips at movie and TV producers. A new free Popcorn Time app for non-jailbroken iOS devices went live on April 8. We’ve used it, and we’ve talked to the folks that made it.
“We always felt Apple’s totalitarian approach to their ecosystem was wrong.”
Apple Watches finally started landing in mailboxes on Friday and pictures, videos, personal essays and more almost immediately began surfacing on social media.
Right out of the gate, one user noticed a familiar shape in the Apple Watch container:
A new study published in PNAS by a Cornell-based research team examined the gender bias in faculty hiring for STEM fields, and discovered a surprising preference for female faculty members among both genders in certain STEM fields. The researchers found that, when presented with applications for an assistant professorship, both male and female faculty overwhelmingly preferred female applicants over male applicants with identical qualifications and family situations. These findings are striking in their contradiction to the large body of existing literature on gender bias in STEM fields, and should be approached with caution; in examination of this paper, some concerns arise regarding study design, and the causal pathways suggested in the authors’ conclusions.
To conduct this study, researchers surveyed a total of 873 tenure-track faculty members from 371 colleges and universities. Surveys were distributed via e-mail, with a response rate of approximately 34 percent. Participants were current faculty members in the fields of biology, engineering, economics, and psychology.
Participants were asked to make selections between identically qualified male and female applicants with matching lifestyles. Six lifestyles conditions were studied: being single without children, married without children, married with children and a stay-at-home spouse, married with children and spouse working outside the home, married with children and the spouse working inside the home, and divorced with children. The children in each situation were described as two preschoolers.
The ownership situation around things like DVDs has always been somewhat contentious, and this week manufacturers made yet another attempt to use copyright to completely undermine the concept of ownership. James Burkhardt took most insightful comment of the week by raising the excellent point that if you are indeed licensing not owning, there should be additional responsibilities on the other side:
Meanwhile, we called out the MPAA over its strategizing on how to make internet censorship sound like a good thing. One dreary and unoriginal commenter accused us of hypocritically hating Hollywood while being "addicted" to its content, and another anonymous commenter took second place for insightful by disarming this loaded question:
For editor's choice, we head to a precursor to the DVD ownership battle this week: a very similar dispute over the software in GM cars, with the automaker claiming it still owns all the software even if you own the vehicle. That One Guy momentarily rose above the legal morass and pointed out how utterly, fundamentally stupid this is:
Editor’s note: Nino Marakovic is the CEO and managing director of Sapphire Ventures. Rajeev Dham is a vice president at Sapphire Ventures.
Given the success of Box, it’s hard to imagine that founder Aaron Levie believes he should have done something differently in the company’s early years. However, while speaking to Storm Ventures’ Jason Lemkin at this year’s SaaStr conference, Levie revealed exactly what he would have changed.
Although it is somewhat hidden in the rest of the interview, Levie points out the eventual need for SaaS businesses to adopt different habits when growing up, and the reality that perhaps more steak (or sushi) dinners are on the horizon.
EditorialIn writing our review for Apple's impressive new 12-inch MacBook, the reality of using the ultraportable notebook didn't fully set in until I realized I couldn't actually finish the publication of said review without turning to my MacBook Pro.
The new 12-inch MacBook is an impressive product. It's a great product. But it's also, at the moment, an aspirational product.
The Boston Athletic Association declared that the entire route of the 2015 Boston Marathon would be a "No Drone Zone."
It advised the public not to operate "any type of drone (unmanned aerial vehicle), including remotely controlled model aircraft, over or near the course, or anywhere within sight of runners or spectators."
Given the terror attack on the race two years earlier, the group's prohibition on drone usage is understandable. But it also offers a reminder that cargo and driver intent determines whether something is a "vehicle" or a "threat," and to the extent that we cannot make that distinction, we can expect problems formulating rules flexible enough to cover either definition.
In a newly published study, medical researchers led by neurologist Michelle Monje at Stanford report than many aggressive forms of brain cancer appear to worsen the more you think. Not just about the cancer, but anything. The more brain activity you have, the faster the cancer cells divide. This discovery has the potential to lead to the creation of new treatments for previously terminal diseases.
Monje and her colleagues came to this realization while studying diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a rare cancer found in children that is untreatable by any current means. The team used a mouse model to investigate the hypothesis that DIPG was hijacking the chemical signals related to myelination, an important part of maintaining the brain and its functionality.
Myelin is a compound created by glial cells that covers and insulates the axons of nerve cells. This improves their ability to transmit signals to other neurons and is essential to good function of the nervous system. The more brain activity you have, the more myelin you’re likely to need as new connections are formed. That’s why the cells that produce myelin divide more quickly when brain activity is elevated.
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