Love books? Litographs is launching a new line of literary temporary tattoos on Kickstarter that let you sport your favorite lines from classic books without the commitment. They're also trying to create “the world’s longest literary tattoo” by sending each Kickstarter backer a few lines from Alice in Wonderland.
A new computer game, No Man’s Sky, demonstrates a new way to build computer games filled with diverse flora and fauna.
Sean Murray, one of the creators of the computer game No Man’s Sky, can’t guarantee that the virtual universe he is building is infinite, but he’s certain that, if it isn’t, nobody will ever find out. “If you were to visit one virtual planet every second,” he says, “then our own sun will have died before you’d have seen them all.”
PUP in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
Toronto melodic punks PUP have been pretty much touring nonstop in support of the US release of their self-titled debut on SideOneDummy, and they've now added a bunch more dates. Surrounding appearances at Toronto and Chicago's Riot Fest and Gainesville's The Fest, PUP will trek around the US and Canada, hitting NYC on November 7 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/23) at noon. Openers TBA.
All dates are listed, with a video, below...
Poverty, thy name is mobile app development.
According to VisionMobile’s latest survey of over 10,000 app developers, at least half of all developers make less than $500 per app per month. Sure, there are developers who make a tidy income building mobile apps, but developers are twice as likely to make nothing at all than $10,000 per month. As ReadWrite's Dan Rowinski writes, this has hollowed out the middle class of mobile app development.
But there's a way out for those looking to increase their odds of striking it rich in mobile: Think enterprise, not Candy Crush.Eat The Rich
Living in Silicon Valley through the dot-com boom, I used to joke that I was the only person not to have made a billion dollars. I was in good company, of course, but it’s easy to forget that the perception of widespread riches doesn’t always pan out in practice.
Today mobile is driving a similar feeding frenzy of IPO and acquisition riches … but it’s similarly a bust for most.
We’re not talking about “poor” in the unthinking Western sense of “I can’t afford a steady stream of lattés throughout the day.” We’re talking about developers making nothing at all. It’s not an insignificant number: 24% of all mobile app developers make $0.00 from their apps.
Zilch. Zip. Zero.
While it’s true that 35% of the 10,000-plus app developers VisionMobile surveys are part-timers, less than half of these hobbyists make nothing, which means that there are plenty of full-time developers also earning ... nothing.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, life is pretty good:
• A mere 1.6% of developers earn more than $500,000 per app per month. Some make tens of millions of dollars each month;
• The top 2% of app developers claim 54% of all app revenues. Another 9% claim the next 35% of app revenues while 88% of developers fight over the remaining 11% of all app revenues;
• Over 80% of all app store revenues are for games, making it the most likely place to strike it rich building consumer apps.
What does it take to break into the rarefied 1.6%? As VisionMobile points out, a rank-100 grossing game on iOS in the US makes about $10,000 per day. Obviously, very few developers can hope to crack the top 100.Separating The Haves From The Have-Nots
But wait! It gets worse.
Developers that target Android devices stand to make less than their iOS counterparts. If a developer’s primary target is iOS devices, they have a 50% chance of making less than $500 per app per month, according to VisionMobile’s survey data. If the developer focuses on Android, that percentage jumps to 64%.
Not only do Android developers bleed more at the bottom, but even their success at the top isn’t as rich as that of iOS developers. As the report highlights, 6% of Android developers make over $25,000 per app per month (with an additional 10% earning $5,000 to $25,000), compared to 11% of iOS developers bringing home more than $25,000 (and another 16% getting $5,000 to $25,000).The Consumer App Trap
It doesn’t have to be this way. No, I’m not suggesting that developers desert Android for iOS: with Android device shipments exploding and leading the way into promising markets like China, it would be foolish to ignore Android.
But it’s equally foolish to fetishize consumer apps, given how poorly they pay. Sixty-seven percent of developers target consumers, with another 11% targeting individual professionals. Just 16% of app developers are focused on enterprises, yet this is where the more certain money is.
How certain? Nothing is guaranteed, of course, but developers who target the enterprise are twice as likely to make $5,000 per app per month and 3 times as likely to earn over $25,000 per app per month. Given iOS penetration into 98% of the Fortune 500, it’s not surprising that enterprise developers are 2.5 times more likely to earn over $25,000 per app per month.
IBM jumped on this bandwagon last week, announcing with Apple a partnership to bring its enterprise expertise to iOS devices. While some will (rightly) cringe at the thought of Lotus Notes uglifying iOS, there’s real money to be made building boring enterprise apps.Forget Friends: Build For Employers
Yes, a successful consumer app arguably yields more cachet. But chasing success in consumer apps is just as likely to lead to poverty as even the most middling of successes. Even those who do strike it rich, like Candy Crush developer King.com, finds themselves on a relentless treadmill, forced to come up with more mega-hits (and mostly failing to do so, like Zynga before it).
The enterprise, meanwhile, even for Android developers, remains a much safer bet. The enterprise doesn’t come with bragging rights, but it does tend to come with something that developers should value just as much—a paycheck.
Lead image by Flickr user Dimitry B., CC 2.0
If you don’t eat beef because you feel sorry for those cows in Chick-fil-A ads, then you probably shouldn’t drink milk either. The typical male calf born to a dairy cow becomes veal. The typical female is milked for five years – a quarter of her natural lifetime – then sent to the abattoir to become pet food or low-grade hamburger meat. Elsie the Cow, Borden Dairy Company’s famous cartoon logo, is smiling only because she doesn’t realize that she’s about to get euthanized with a cattle gun.
Yet if you’re an ethical vegetarian who still can’t bear to give up milk, you now have another option: slaughter-free dairy, which comes from farms where cows never get killed. Since 2011, the U.K.-based Ahimsa Dairy has offered slaughter free-milk and cheese to customers in London. In February, Pennsylvania’s Gita Nagari Creamery, which has supplied no-kill milk to the local Hare Krishna community for many years, began offering it to the public through subscription and mail order – for a whopping $10 a gallon. The price includes a $2.50 cow retirement fee and $1.50 for “boy calf care.” Less than half of its 60-head herd gets milked; the rest of the animals pull plows or spend their golden years lackadaisically chomping grass.
“For us, the cows or oxen or bulls are seen as extended family members,” says Pari Jata, the co-president of Gita Nagari Creamery. “It’s very important for us to protect them in their retirement. We take care of them just as one would take care of elderly parents in their old age.”
The slaughter-free milk movement takes its cues from India, where many vegetarian Hindus drink milk but consider cows sacred animals that should never be consumed for meat. Yet increasing numbers of Gita Nagari and Ahimsa customers are westerners who eschew meat for ethical reasons. Both dairies have considered selling their milk in stores; Ahimsa is in talks with a major retailer.
As vegetarianism gains popularity, slaughter-free milk could become a bona fide food trend – but there’s a catch: It might take a toll on the environment. Cows are already the nation’s single largest source of methane, a greenhouse gas produced by oil extraction, decomposing trash, and the guts of grazing animals that’s as much as 105 times more potent than carbon dioxide. A single cow farts and belches enough methane to match the carbon equivalent of the average car. According to a 2006 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report, the world’s 1.4 billion cows produce 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases – more than the entire transportation sector. Since the turn of the 19th century, global methane emissions have increased by more than 150 percent, and cows are largely to blame.
If all dairies became slaughter-free, we’d need three to four times as many dairy cows to produce the same amount of milk, which would mean adding at least 27 million additional cows to our herds. Those added cows would each year produce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to four large coal-fired power plants. We’d also need more meat cows to keep up with the demand for products such as veal and dog food. Pasturing all of these cows would displace wildlife or agricultural crops, straining biodiversity and increasing food prices.
Jata knows there’s a potential for the slaughter-free milk trend to go bad – just like the craze for tofu and soymilk contributed to the spread of soybean plantations in South America’s rainforests. “Where does it end?” she asks. “For us, as a community, we bring it all back to local food sources and local practices that are self-contained but shared, so it doesn’t create this mass corporation-style approach to everything.”
Small, humane dairies can certainly find other ways to mitigate their environmental impacts. The Gita Nagari and Ahimsa dairies employ cow manure to fertilize their organic vegetables and bull power to plow their fields, avoiding carbon-intensive tractors and chemical fertilizers. And the Gita Nagari dairy uses an anaerobic digester to convert manure into a gas that residents of the dairy use for cooking – but this sort of thing would be hard to implement on a larger scale.
For Nicola Pazdzierska, the co-director of the Ahimsa Dairy Foundation, the price and environmental impact of slaughter-free milk underscores the need to rethink our relationship with dairy products. “We’re not saying more cows,” she told me. “We’re saying possibly even fewer cows, but kept in better circumstances.” She went on: “We think milk is a precious foodstuff. If you pay more for it, you value it more. You use it more thoughtfully. It should be treated with respect.”
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If there’s anything worse than having a noisy neighbor, it’s realizing that you are the noisy neighbor. Nobody goes around intending to be overheard by strangers, but then one day a neighbor knocks on your door and complains about the sound of your footsteps on his ceiling or says he can hear you singing to your cat, and then there’s nothing to do but tiptoe around in socks and worry that all your neighbors hate you.
With summer comes seemingly endless days spent lounging in the sun, napping in the shade, and later hanging out by the campfire. Here are some great DIY ideas and projects to take the outdoors to a whole new level, and make you enjoy it so much more....
For Azuma Makoto's newest series, the Japanese artist photographed a white pine bonsai and an arrangement of flowers floating above Earth's bed of clouds. Working with a team of 10 people, the 38-year-old creative attached each plant display to a collection of giant helium balloons that were capable of rising to 91,800 feet before bursting. Rigged with a number of still and video cameras, from Fuji Film to GoPro, each ascent into space was recorded with 360 degree views. Speaking on his unique installation, Makoto told the New York Times "the best thing about this project is that space is so foreign to most of us, so seeing a familiar object like a bouquet of flowers flying above Earth domesticates space, and the idea of traveling into it."
Electronic mastermind Flying Lotus has announced that he'll release his fifth full length album, You're Dead!, which follows 2012's Until the Quiet Comes, on October 7 via Warp. No music from that yet but stay tuned.
FlyLo's also announced a tour with his pal/collaborator Thundercat which brings him back to NYC's Terminal 5 on October 15. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon with a Ticketmaster presale starting Wednesday (7/23) at 10 AM and an AmEx presale starting Wed at noon.
All dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Bob Log III
Self-described one-man-band-guitar-party-dance-mess Bob Log III is currently on tour bringing that wild thing he does to towns all over North America. See him live and you're a convert. (Check out video below.) NYC will have two chances to experience him: August 4 at the McKittrick Hotel and August 5 at The Wick with D'NT. Advance tickets are available for the Wick show.
Opening most of Bob's East Coast dates -- including both NYC shows -- are Tucson, AZ's #1 party band, The Pork Torta. Says Trapped by Desert:The Pork Torta make you feel like you walked onto the set of a David Lynch film set in a dark bar in the middle of the desert with some wild, emotionally dissident yet highly rhythmic band pounding away as people grind on each other while strobe lights almost make you blackout and the rhythm makes you go crazy.The Pork Torta's new album is titled Live in Estonia. While it's questionable whether this was actually recorded in Estonia -- or live at all -- it's pretty entertaining and funny, a funky mess a la The Minutemen. Stream the whole thing below.
All tour dates -- including ones in Philly, CT and lots more -- are listed, along with videos and streams, below...
This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.
Music consumption has almost completely lost its physicality since the advent of digital, with entire back catalogs available at the click of a button. Musicians and producers themselves are now using virtual instruments and equipment such as DAW software and tablets have given rise to the iPad DJ. Catering to the latter in particular, Tuna Knobs aim to bring the tactile control of mixing desks to tablets, with attachable buttons that work with multiple DJ apps.
Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, the idea was created by Dutch design startup Tweetonig. The devices look exactly like the radial sliders typically found on mixing desks except for the suction cups at the bottom, used to attach themselves to touchscreens. When placed over a corresponding control on the tablet, the buttons use stylus-like technology to move the digital slider. Tuna Knobs are made using conductive rubber that means each button only works when they’re being handled by the DJ.
The idea behind the product is to make tablet DJing closer to the experience of using traditional equipment, along with the precision and physicality that goes along with it but minus the carrying of heavy equipment. The controls currently work with apps such as Lemur, d(–)b, Korg iMS-20 and iDJ2GO.
Watch the video below to learn more about Tuna Knobs:
Tuna Knobs are available to pre-order via Kickstarter from EUR 9 each until 8 August. One of the major drawbacks for tablet uptake in other industries is the lack of precision control, but could similar detachable buttons such as these make the devices more appealing?
Last week I did a quick roundup of some great Biz Ladies posts that may help to keep you moving through the summer slowness, and today I thought I’d share another selection of articles that offer some great advice and resources on keeping organized. Whether you are planning on taking some time off or just need to finally implement a system that helps to keep your business in order, these Biz Ladies pieces may help launch your own “mission organization.”
If you are anything like me, the intention is always there to keep everything in order and on track. My to do list is refreshed every morning and my desk is tidied every night, but that never seems to solve my problems of total and utter lack of organization. Sometimes life likes to throw you a curve ball or make you juggle one too many balls at once and things get messy, chaotic and downright disorganized. So what’s the solution?
Unfortunately, there is no, single answer to the disorganization dilemma that plagues a good number of us, but there are plenty of options to implement and try out. While I’m still on the hunt for the method that works best for me and my businesses, I’ve gathered the below articles to offer some great options to kick things off. It’s time to clear the mental and physical clutter once and for all…or at least get a head start on it! -Stephanie
Click through for all 8 articles after the jump!