Onshape lets engineers collaborate on 3D designs with Magic Leap’s AR glasses

Computer-aided engineering (CAD) is a $9 billion industry, and Onshape wants to shake it up. So the cloud-based CAD tool maker is using Magic Leap’s augmented reality glasses to enable engineers to collaborate when designing products in 3D. Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Onshape showed a demo of the tech at the L.E.A.P. Conference …

Robert Kirkman confirms Skybound will finish Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season

At New York Comic-Con, über creator Robert Kirkman confirmed that Skybound has taken ownership of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season, and his company will now finish the season. Skybound will work with members of the original Telltale team to finish the story in a way the fans deserve. …

Liftoff: Mobile users are embracing subscription app economy

Mobile users are embracing the subscription model, with considerable momentum gained from last year, according to the Mobile App Engagement Index produced by performance mobile user acquisition firm Liftoff and mobile engagement platform Leanplum. For years, users have been reluctant to do that, but times are changing. The rise of direct-to-consume…Read …

Civis Analytics uses predictive modeling to find Houston areas that need more Hurricane Harvey relief

EXCLUSIVE: Last year, Hurricane Harvey caused an estimated $125 billion in damage to the state of Texas, with Houston being one of the cities hit hardest. Now, the city government is still grappling with one of the most contentious parts of hurricane recovery: how to fairly dole out money to …

Episode 65 – Holiday Recap & Prep for Next Year with Chris Brewer

The Cyber Five (Thanksgiving – Cyber Monday) this year broke all kinds of records and was an interesting departure from years past in several ways.  In this episode I welcome back to the podcast my business partner, Chris Brewer. We look at this holiday shopping season from a few different …

Everyday Genius — 4 Household Businesses That Are Hidden Money-Makers

Most of us spend a considerable amount of money each year maintaining our homes, keeping them clean and making them more comfortable and cosy. So if you’re struggling for a startup idea, you could do worse than consider providing household products or services. If you want to be an everyday …

Gemini dollars: The most promising thing to happen to crypto in months

GUEST: Earlier this week, the Winklevoss twins announced a new currency built on the Ethereum blockchain that can be used for low cost cross-border transactions, all backed by the U.S. dollar. To date the Winklevoss twins have made the news for their efforts to bring cryptocurrencies into the mainstream. The …

Coco VR: How Magnopus brings Pixar’s magic to life

FEATURE: “Pixar originally didn’t want to do the project [Coco VR] because they didn’t think we could hit the quality bar that they found acceptable,” said Ben Grossmann, the cofounder of Magnopus. “We had to prove ourselves.” And they did just that. Magnopus is an entertainment experience company founded by people …

BitTorrent’s uTorrent Web passes 1 million daily active users

BitTorrent today announced that its latest creation, uTorrent Web, has passed 1 million daily active users. Although uTorrent Web had been available in beta for years, the web-based torrent client was finally released as a stable version exactly a month ago, on September 4. It’s not fair to say that …

Episode 69 – 7 Key Growth Factors for Google & Amazon in 2019

There probably isn’t a more consistent rule in business or in life like the 80/20 rule.  Usually, 80% or more of your results and success comes from just 20% of your efforts. I’m all about finding the 20% of activities, changes, etc. to focus on to deliver the biggest impact. …

Franchisee Leads Japan's Seven-Eleven to Adjust 24/7 Hours

Franchisee Leads Japan’s Seven-Eleven to Adjust 24/7 Hours What with Japan’s labor crunch, Seven-Eleven (7-Eleven is spelled out by the company in Japan) franchisee Mitoshi Matsumoto, 57, found himself working longer and longer hours. Something had to give. He asked his franchisor to allow him to close his 24/7 store …

How to ask for testimonials and reviews from your clients

When it comes to attracting new clients, few things are more powerful than social proof. If you haven’t heard the term before, it basically means that shoppers are herd animals — more likely to jump on the bandwagon than to opt for the road less traveled. While individuals might not …

McDonald's Franchisees Concerned about Delivery Fees

McDonald’s Franchisees Concerned about Delivery Fees McDonald’s National Owners Association (NOA), the newly formed franchise owners group, is grousing that Uber’s delivery fees, compounded by corporate’s rent and service fees, are not sustainable for owners with the resulting margins they are currently experiencing. The organization’s third meeting is coming up …

Project44 raises $45 million to grow its predictive visibility platform for shippers

Project44, a real-time “visibility” platform that lets companies such as logistics firms track their shipments of goods, has raised $45 million in a round of funding led by Sapphire Ventures, with participation from Insight Venture Partners, 8VC, Chicago Ventures, Emergence Capital, Omidyar Technology Ventures, OpenView Venture Partners…Read More Source: Venture Beat Republished …

PlayStation Network gets name changes — I call dibs on Xx420BeastLazerxX

PlayStation Network is getting name changes. Sony Interactive Entertainment is adding this feature to its PSN service as part of a PlayStation Preview Program beta. “We’re happy to announce that we will soon begin testing the long-awaited feature that will allow users to change their PlayStation Network Online ID from …

PlayStation reclaims top spot for gaming industry ad spend on TV

GUEST: Sony’s PlayStation 4 is back on the top, as EA Sports and Xbox muscle in while Nintendo drops. As kids went back to school, Nintendo decreased its spend in September to roughly $4.45 million, down from an estimated $6.2 million in August, and PlayStation overtook the top spot on the …

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The cryptocurrency markets are becoming among the most closely-watched in the world. And as investor interest has grown, the need for accurate, real-time information has become imperative. When important financial decisions have to be made, they need to be based on the market conditions of the moment, along with an …

Huawei Watch GT reportedly lasts 14 days with sleep and heart monitors

Huawei hasn’t had the best 2018 thanks to controversies over the security of its phones and networking gear, but that’s not stopping the company from continuing to innovate in the wearables space. Based on details gathered by Israeli site Wisebuy, the company is around two weeks away from introducing the …

Episode 72 – Leveraging Chatbots and Messenger Ads for Growth with Steve Chou

Steve Chou is an eCommerce podcast host, eCommerce store owner, and former microprocessor designer.  In fact, the microprocessor running the phone in your hand was likely designed by Steve’s team. All of that to say, Steve is a pretty smart dude. I recently saw Steve in San Diego at Social …