John Hopprich

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Selling to Facebook is no Longer 'Selling Out'

Facebook has again created waves in the tech world after announcing a $2 billion deal to acquire Oculus VR, the virtual reality gaming company that began life as a Kickstarter project less than two years ago.<p>The deal has created controversy among Oculus VR’s loyal fanbase, many of whom are wary of …

Mobile app monetization: Freemium is king, but in-app ads are growing fast

Freemium revenue for mobile apps was up 211 percent last year, according to a new report from mobile analytics company App Annie and IDC.<p>Clearly, free is working.<p>While a fairly strong majority — 83 percent of the top thousand apps on each of the iOS app store and Google Play — monetize via …

NSA reportedly targeted as many as 122 world leaders for surveillance

New leaked NSA documents published in <i>Der Spiegel</i> and <i>The Intercept</i> appear to reveal more details about how that agency targeted a list of world leaders that is larger than previously thought. The documents, leaked to the publications by Edward Snowden, contain a list of 11 world leaders that have …

Did Google just doom the lot of small-scale cloud providers?

About a year ago, I wrote a post comparing cloud computing providers to fast-food chains. I called Amazon(s amzn) Web Services the McDonald’s of the …

A 3D-printed house is being built right now in Amsterdam

Architects in Amsterdam have begun construction on what they're calling the first full-sized 3D-printed house. Using what's essentially a large-scale version of a desktop 3D printer, Dus Architects is building what will eventually be a 13-room Dutch canal house made of interlocking plastic parts. …

Sooner Than You Think, We Will Connect To The Cloud Directly From Our Brains

In his TED talk, Google’s Ray Kurzweil announces that 20 years from now, “thinking will grow exponentially” as human brains interface with computers.<p>Have you ever approached someone important, but only had three seconds to think of something clever to say? Today, companies tout the ability to …