Revenue, I choose you! The Pokémon Company’s profits jump by 2,500 percent

It’s been a banner year for The Pokémon Company: Pokémon GO was a global phenomenon and the latest full-on Pokégame for the 3DS sold very well indeed. One would expect the company to be doing well financially — perhaps even doubling or tripling last year’s profits. Well, apparently it quinvigintupled them, which is to say multiplied by 25 times. (I had to look it up.) The news comes courtesy of TechCrunch (CrunchGear, technically) alum Serkan Toto, who noticed the line item in Japan’s Kanpo gazette. Private companies don’t have to…

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Study suggests last-mile drone delivery could lower carbon footprint

There’s always been talk about how drones could improve the emissions situation produced by our truck-based delivery infrastructure. But you have to look into these things. A new study from University of Washington researchers indicates that drone delivery may indeed lead to a lower carbon footprint — if it’s done properly. “I was amazed at how energy-efficient drones are in some contexts,” said Anne Goodchild, who led the research, in a UW news release. “Trucks compete better on heavier loads, but for really light packages, drones are awesome.” Her study…

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Essential is trying to build Android for the smart home

Andy Rubin’s appearance at the Code Conference last night went a ways toward answering some lingering questions about his new company, Essential. But the conversation primarily centered around the startup’s upcoming phone — Rubin left the dialogue around the company’s take on a smart phone hub, Home, intentionally vague. But the CEO did take the opportunity to highlight some of the broader ambitions for the project. Home is, in Rubin’s estimation, more than just another Amazon Echo competitor. It’s an ambitious attempt to create a unified hub for all of…

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Box looks to woo Wall Street with its positive cash flow story

Like Box’s last quarterly check-in, the company once again touted that it had free cash flow in the first quarter this year as part of its Q1 earnings report today — a signal that Wall Street may be looking for as a barometer of its future health as a company. Box in the last quarter said it would likely lose between 14 cents and 15 cents per share, though it looks like it came above its own expectations with a loss of 13 cents per share. The company also came…

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The best Meeker 2017 Internet Trends slides and what they mean

Here are the must-read stats about what’s happening with internet adoption, smartphones, ads, e-commerce, entertainment, gaming, enterprise healthcare, China, India and startups. We’ve picked the most important slides from legendary Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker’s massive 355-page 2017 Internet Trends report, deciphered the complex data and explained why they’re important. Click or scroll through the slides to see the Internet Trends highlights, and read the full-report here. Source link

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Top Ten Automotive Startups competition open for submissions

For the past few years, the Los Angeles Auto Show has hosted the Top Ten Automotive Startups competition. The event is now open for submissions through July 15, so if you’ve got an automotive app, service or cool bit of tech, now’s your chance. The 10 winners will be featured at the LAAS Automobility Technology Pavilion, which is just outside the LA Convention Center. These companies will get booth space in the pavilion, where thousands of industry analysts, media members, manufacturers and government types will be hanging out and looking…

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With the KEYone, BlackBerry threads the needle on retro smartphone appeal

The BlackBerry KEYone, which goes on sale in its home country of Canada today, is a weird device. But it’s weird not because it wasn’t designed in-house, and instead was handled by partner TCL; it’s weird because it’s strangely successful at pulling off an odd balancing act of combining modern functionality with the same kind of retro appeal Fujifilm has managed to infuse throughout their mirrorless camera lineup, with nostalgia for the earliest days of the smartphone, which are apparently far enough away that we can feel genuine nostalgia for…

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Boom Fantasy raises $2M, betting that fans want a simpler version of fantasy sports

Daily fantasy sports are too complicated for the average fan. Or at least that’s the thesis behind Boom Fantasy, a daily fantasy sports experience designed for the everyday sports fan. Instead of sorting through thousands of players to craft lineups from scratch, Boom Fantasy players answer a series of simple questions – like “who will score more points tonight, Lebron James or Steph Curry?” Each answer is assigned a point value – so if you get that question right you’ll get a certain number of points. Users pay cash to…

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