Android is dominating app stores but Apple is still beating Google in one extremely important metric: revenue. Cupertino made nearly twice as much money from its App Store in 2017 as Google did from Google Play, despite seeing only a fraction of the downloads, according to a new report out today from App Annie. SEE ALSO: Apple could kill almost 200,000 apps with iOS 11 Just how big is the difference? Apple made $34 billion on 29 billion app downloads in 2016, according to the company's data. G...
It just can't be a coincidence that April the Giraffe, the perpetually pregnant and viral video star, is named April and that April Fools' Day is coming up. The internet's latest conspiracy theory involving the upstate New York zoo's giraffe and its much-watched livestream of her very, very long pregnancy (she was due in mid-February and giraffes gestate for about 15 months) is that it's all an elaborate April Fools' joke. SEE ALSO: People are trolling the giraffe birth livestream by saying gi...
Tesla's new Autopilot just got even smarter, faster, and even closer to realizing its self-driving potential.  The carmaker's Autopilot system for HW2 enabled-vehicles is being released incrementally throughout the year via a series of over-the-air (OTA) software updates. The updates, which Tesla overlord CEO Elon Musk promised would drop every two to six weeks, started rolling out at the end of January.  The latest update released today, 8.1, will give Tesla owners some new features...
"How do you continue? How do you redefine yourself? How do you ... defy expectations?" That's what Fate of the Furious star Vin Diesel mused Wednesday during the Universal Studios presentation from the stage at Cinemacon, where the world's movie theater owners are getting a week's worth of sneaks and first-looks at the biggest summer movies. After promising that Fate was "the greatest film of all time," Diesel sprung a surprise on the horde of exhibitors and press: a screening of the full movi...
It's refreshing in modern media when the answer to the question "Why did you do this?" is "instinct." "There's not really any analysis or metrics or anything really in podcasting," said Julie Snyder, executive producer of "S-Town," a new podcast that follows closely in the steps of "Serial," the smash-hit that Snyder also co-created. "There's very little that you know, so you're really going off of gut instinct." SEE ALSO: The 'Serial' podcast producers have a new show, and you can binge it In...
You may not count us, but you can count on us fighting back. That's the message the LGBTQ community is sending the Trump administration, after the U.S. Census Bureau revealed this week that questions related to sexuality or gender identity will not be included in the 2020 U.S. Census or the more detailed American Community Survey.  SEE ALSO: How you can help protect trans kids right now The move caused LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD to declare that the Trump administration is "er...
Get ready to enter the darkest depths of cyberspace in a show that looks very much like America's answer to the British hit Black Mirror.  Late Wednesday, Hulu dropped the trailer for its new series Dimension 404 — a show that explores "the wonders and horrors of our digital age" in six one-hour episodes.  Narrated by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, the show stars Lea Michele, Joel McHale, Constance Wu, Sarah Hyland, Megan Mullally,&#...
You might not realize it, but this weekend's Final Four will bring us full sports circle.  Ever since Kris Jenkins hit a buzzer-beating stunner to win the national title for Villanova on April 4 of last year, the sporting world has been rocked by a procession of shocking endings. Indeed, the past 12 months have been surreal for fans.   SEE ALSO: How wrestling legend Diamond Dallas Page found his second act with 'kickass' yoga Granted, it doesn't require an advanced degree to observe ...
Floral crowns are a done-to-death trend everywhere except Coachella where wreath as headwear still inexplicably flies.  This year, a hip, organic cannabis farm wants to make sure your crown is topped with more than just roses. SEE ALSO: Smell like weed all day with these cannabis-specific perfumes Per SFist, Los Angeles weed grower Lowell Farms will offer cannabis floral crowns in time for the April music festival. my flower crown is prettier than yours 👸🏻 @lowellherbco...
Studios and networks may be making tentative steps towards inclusivity and diversity, but superhero franchises are still slow on the uptake when it comes to adapting comic book characters who aren't straight, white, cisgender malesViewers are voicing their displeasure more loudly than ever about the dearth of representation on our screens — and how long it's taking to fix the situation.  Wonder Woman first swung her lasso of truth on TV back in 1975, but it wasn't until 2015 that DC...
Chasing tornadoes is not exactly a low-risk activity, between the hazards the atmosphere can throw at you and the challenge of driving while keeping an eye on the sky.  However, until recently, there had never been a recorded death of a tornado chaser, despite the activity's increasing popularity in the wake of the 1997 film Twister.  SEE ALSO: Global warming made Australia's record-breaking, sizzling summer 50 times more likely On Tuesday night, the tight-knit community of professio...
Ada Diamonds creates lab-grown diamonds that pack all the beauty and strength of a regular diamond, without any of the unethical baggage of a mined one.  Read more...More about Blood Diamond, Cruelty, Earrings, Diamond Ring, and Beauty
Do you like the mind-twisting horror of H.P. Lovecraft? The blissful tedium of an RPG grind? The Secret World mashed those two concepts together. Funcom's woefully underrated and underplayed MMO is set to return this spring with a new title — Secret World Legends — and so, so, sooooo much more. From the sound of things, a totally new, free-to-play game has been built right on top of the old one. SEE ALSO: The next big update to 'Heroes of the Storm' takes a page out of 'Overwat...
Samsung's Galaxy S8 is packed full of awesome new features like the new larger screen, face recognition and Bixby AI assistant. But there's one pretty killer feature on the phone Samsung didn't bother to mention at its Unpacked event on Wednesday. That feature: a built-in GIF maker. It's not like the Smart Select GIF maker that first appeared on the Galaxy Note 7 and later trickled to Samsung's Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Tab S3. It's even better. SEE ALSO: Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ are gorgeous...
Go ahead and tell your boss you're going to be in early, because the "strongest coffee in the world" has got you covered. Caffeine fanatics in America with Lorelai Gilmore levels of coffee craze can soon get their morning jolt from Black Insomnia Coffee, which claims to be stronger than any other coffee on the planet. SEE ALSO: Coffee butter is here to save mornings in Japan The South Africa-based company will be selling its coffee, which has an incredible (and slightly terrifying) 17,524 mill...
Blue Origin's New Shepard capsule looks like a cushy ride for any space tourist flying high above the planet.  New illustrations show the comfortable looking seats and interior of the Jeff Bezos-backed spaceship.  SEE ALSO: Blue Origin shares a preview of its giant New Glenn rocket "Every seat's a window seat," Bezos said in an email sent out Wednesday, revealing the new artist's illustrations. New Shepard actually boasts the largest windows of any craft to fly to space, Bezos added....
Lyft is truly an innovator of transportation.  The ride-hailing app is testing a new service in San Francisco and Chicago called Shuttle. Like the name suggests, Shuttle is basically a bus.  Lyft users in those two cities can request a Lyft Line like they normally would, and then see the option to switch to a Shuttle if they are near one of the preset Shuttle routes. Those routes have preset pickup and dropoff points, like, again, a bus.   SEE ALSO: So how many customers actuall...
It's almost April Fools Day, which means it's time for brands to engage in their most rogue promotion of the year. In this edition: Burger King created a toothpaste. In celebration of the terrifying day of pranks, the fast food chain decided to turn its iconic Whopper into a signature toothpaste, complete with a goofy commercial and all. SEE ALSO: Why April Fools' Day is so hard for brands to get right Burger King "teamed up" with agency Buzzman to create "the first toothpaste with active Whop...
On Wednesday, musician, Fifth Harmony stan, and prolific tweeter John Mayer asked a probing question: What if purple horses used to exist? Yes, announcing that he was not high, Mayer tweeted the following: SEE ALSO: Yep, John Mayer is still writing songs about his breakup with Katy Perry No I am not high. I am simply wondering if there was once every color of every animal but the ones that clashed with nature were eaten. — John Mayer (@JohnMayer) March 29, 2017 Sounds like a Katy Perry...
Planning that lunch meeting just got a bit easier on your iPad if you're a die-hard Google user. Yes, you can finally say goodbye to Apple's calendar and download Google Calendar optimized for the iPad.  SEE ALSO: How to use Google Calendar’s smart meeting scheduler It features everything available on the desktop and smartphone versions of the app. And it can bring up your Google Calendar listings from your iPad home screen. It also supports Split View.  The online reaction was...