How to Get Rich Playing Video Games Online using Twitch
Garcia, known online as Towelliee, is a star broadcaster on Twitch, a streaming platform whose popularity has turned recreational gaming into an improbably viable career. Each month, a hundred million visitors watch their favorite personalities play video games on Twitch, spending an average of nearly two hours a day there. This audience is large enough to make the site one of the twenty most trafficked in the U.S., yet it’s perhaps more apt to measure Twitch against a different medium. With viewership numbers that rival those of MSNBC or CNN, Twitch is less like a conventional Web site than like a kaleidoscopic television network: thousands of channels at once, broadcasting live at every hour of the day.
Game streaming, Garcia discovered, required non-stop work. The only way to attract viewers, and to prevent the ones you had from straying to other broadcasters, was to be online constantly, so he routinely streamed for eighteen hours a day. “That’s what I had to do to grow the viewership,” he said. His ankles swelled from sitting at his computer. His weight grew to four hundred and twenty pounds.
The central mystery of Twitch, at least to newcomers, is why anyone would choose to watch such a thing, when he could play the game instead. Twitch’s spokesman, who goes only by Chase, argued, “That’s like saying to a chef, ‘Why are you watching the Food Network? Shouldn’t you be in the kitchen, cooking?’ Or to an athlete, ‘Why are you watching ESPN? Shouldn’t you be out shooting hoops?’ No. People enjoy watching others who are good at what they do.”
In the next few years, Dariani expects, the annual marketing expenditure on Twitch streamers will surpass a billion dollars. By his rough estimate, two thousand broadcasters are already making a middle-class income through Twitch; he has seen clients turn down fifty thousand dollars for a two-hour convention appearance because they didn’t want to deal with the travel.
12 Useful Web Tools You Didn't Know About
Google isn’t the only company creating useful apps for the web. There are plenty of great online resources not made in Mountain view, provided you know where to look. Here are 12 of Gizmodo's favorite online apps and websites that are worth collecting in your browser’s bookmarks, ready to go at a moment’s notice, to convert files, enhance photos, make GIFs, pick colors, transfer documents and more besides.
Kindle just turned 10 , so Amazon revealed the most popular Kindle books of all time
Nov. 19, 2017, marks a whopping 10 years since the debut of the Amazon Kindle. And whether you're a die-hard ereader or you prefer to stick with physical books, it's hard to deny that the Kindle has indelibly shaped the book world, allowing readers to carry a personal library around with them everywhere.
In honor of the Kindle's 10-year anniversary, Amazon released new data from Amazon Charts, sharing some of the most popular Kindle books of all time, based on Kindle sales in both fiction and nonfiction.
Notably, the entire list of the top 10 most popular fiction books on Kindle star female protagonists, and nine of the 10 books were written by female authors. The only male writer on the fiction list is John Green for his novel The Fault In Our Stars. Also, for fiction, all of the most popular novels also have had movie adaptations (or have movie adaptations upcoming), and six of the 10 are entries in book trilogies. In other words, readers are finding characters they love and sticking with them.
See the list at http://on.mash.to/2hBLwt5
South Africa slumps to 92nd spot in ICT rankings whilst Uganda moved from 24th to 20th position
The world does not stand still…. excuses may explain why some things can't move quicker internally, but the rest of the world (and their citizens) don't wait for you. Many other countries are putting more focus on developing their ICT sectors at an ever increasing pace.
The most important aspect of the IDI is that countries should track their own year-on-year progress and make policy adjustments to grow their telecommunication or ICT sector, said Brahima Sanou, director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau for the ITU.
This year's results show improvements have been most significant among countries in the middle of the IDI rankings, many of which are middle-income developing countries.
In addition, least developed countries improved their average IDI value, with mobile broadband attributed as the driving force behind bringing previously unconnected individuals online and catering for the ubiquitous data needs of the ICT ecosystem.
|SA slumps to 92nd spot in ICT rankings
The ITU development index shows a significant drop in the country’s rankings, as it slides down four places from 88th position last year..
The best-selling smartphone in South Africa you’ve never heard of – for R400 (US $28)
Mobile technology company Mint Connect said its low-cost device, the Mint Fox, was the best-selling smartphone in South Africa for seven months in a row. The company said it sold between 500,000 to 600,000 units of the Mint Fox between April 2016 and August 2017.
The Mint Fox is available from MTN and through several retail channel partners – including Ackermans, JET, Edgars, OK Furniture, and Dunns. It currently sells for R400, which includes 100MB of free data per month for six months.
Yes with 512MB RAM it's going to be slow but for R400 (about US $28) it is actually a real bargain for low-end users who get to use most smartphone apps available.
|The best-selling smartphone in South Africa you’ve never heard of
Mint Connect said its low-cost device was the best-selling smartphone in SA for seven months.
Linux Now Powers 100% of the World’s Top 500 Supercomputers
That’s according to the latest stats out from supercomputer hawks TOP500, who post a biannual list of the world’s most powerful commercially available computer systems. Linux has long dominated the TOP500 list, powering the majority of the machines that make it. At last count, back in June, 99.6% (or 498) of the top 500 fastest supercomputers ran Linux,
But as of November 2017 that figure stands at a full 100%: the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world now use Linux.
Most are running a custom Linux version, but of the more familiar brands of Linux the most often used is CentOS, with a few running RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and there are even 5 powered by Ubuntu!
Why You Should Check Out The New Firefox Quantum Browser
Firefox was fading a bit with Chrome taking all the attention the last few years. But Chrome itself has been struggling with bloat especially with tons of 3rd party extensions and lots of tabs open. Now Firefox is hitting back hard with a really refreshing update featuring:
* like built-in screenshot functionality with quick sharing
* improved tracker blocking
* a library button that gives access to your saved content like bookmarks with Pocket built-in
* built-in support for WASM and WebVR for next-gen gaming
* supposedly 30% less memory than Chrome browser
Mozilla claims its updated web browser is twice as fast as its last one, and uses a lot less memory than the competition — Google Chrome in particular. It’s called Firefox Quantum, and it might give the web’s most popular web browser a run for its money.
Not a joke: Sydney's public voted to name its newest ferry, Ferry McFerryface
More than 15,000 suggestions were made in the Name Your Ferry competition. The public was allowed to vote using the Name Your Ferry website and the #yourferry hashtag. The competition allowed the people from Sydney to take part in the naming process as well as maritime history and they made their voices heard. Ferry McFerryface will become the latest iconic addition to the harbour. However, this simple competition turned into a perfect example of how ridiculous public voting can be.
BUT the same public (the world over actually) are allowed to vote politicians into office and no-one wonders if this is the wisest way to go? I think this outcome should really make us think a bit deeper about how we make the best choices. Apart from voting and having babies, most other choices in life require some test, qualification, etc (think of driving a car, getting a home mortgage, becoming a lawyer, getting a job, buying a firearm). And yet voting and having babies probably has the biggest influence on the world's future….
The Loog Pro allows children to shred their faces off and/or shout the devil
The Loog Pro is a guitar made just for kids and features three strings that can be tuned in various open tunings for easy playing. The original Loog guitar was an acoustic marvel, small enough for a toddler but enough versatile for older players. This new Pro model, which costs $199 online, basically cleans up the concept and offers a very playable and light instrument for kids who want to rock out.
Each guitar includes a little pack of cards to learn songs and chords and there are plenty of online resources for beginning players.
Siemens eHighway Heavy-Duty Trucks Continues With a Mile-Long Test Project
This time, in coordination with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), Siemens has announced the start of a one-mile, zero-emission eHighway for a heavy-duty trucks demonstration in Carson, California. Heavy-duty trucks are considered to be the #1 source of smog-forming emissions in Southern California.
So far, only a clean natural-gas hybrid-electric truck and a diesel-hybrid truck are driving on a one-mile stretch with a catenary system on the north- and south-bound lanes of South Alameda Street from East Lomita Boulevard to the Dominguez Channel in Carson. But we need more, many more.
A very practical means of implementing this technology. The infrastructure should not be considered excessive seeing we did it years ago for trams and still, today do it for electric trains. Why should road trains not benefit from the same approach whilst retaining their flexibility of purpose through hybrid engines?