SurveyMonkey: Pokémon Go popularity may have already peaked

Pokémon has absolutely taken over the mobile gaming scene since its release on July 6. But if new data from SurveyMonkey is any indication, the game’s popularity may already be waning.

First, the good news for Nintendo and game developer Niantic: Pokémon Go is still a massive hit, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 21 or 22 million daily active users in the United States on July 20, according to SurveyMonkey’s data. The bad news is that daily usage is down from the peak daily usage of over 25 million users, which Pokémon Go hit on July 14.

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Federal regulators says car makers “cannot wait for perfect” on automation

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On Friday, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Mark Rosekind told an audience in Detroit, Michigan that car makers “cannot wait for perfect” when it comes to developing and deploying self-driving car technology. The Wall Street Journal reported that Rosekind said automation would “save people’s lives” in a time when auto fatalities have been up 8 percent since 2014.

Rosekind’s comments come after a man using Tesla’s autopilot system fatally crashed into a left-turning truck in Florida. The incident is believed to be one of the first involving a car in autonomous mode. Tesla has said that the car’s sensors didn’t register the image of the left-turning truck in the glare of the bright Florida sun. Although Rosekind didn't address the Tesla crash explicitly, he noted that the NHTSA's mandate is to reduce fatalities. Taking human error out of the process of driving could theoretically reduce fatal crashes.

Despite Tesla's most recent crash, regulators seem enthusiastic about getting more autonomous vehicles on the road in the near future. Earlier this week, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told an audience in San Francisco that “autonomous doesn't mean perfect,” but that “we need industry to take the safety aspects of this very seriously.”

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NASA releases new video showing the globe age one year

EPIC storms Pacific ocean Last year around this time, NASA released the first image of Earth taken by the EPIC camera on the DSCOVR satellite. Since then, that camera has captured a full year of our planet from its location at Lagrange Point 1 about one million miles away. Compiling over 3,000 images, NASA put together a video showing a sunlit Earth age one full year.   EPIC takes at least one set of images… Read More


165 Year Old Company Pays Investors 2.50% While Waiting For The Next Blockbuster Product – Forbes

165 Year Old Company Pays Investors 2.50% While Waiting For The Next Blockbuster Product
Collecting a yield close to two times the 10-year US Treasury yield in today's ultra-low interest rate environment is a good deal. Collecting it from the stock of a company that has survived scores of recessions and depressions, including the Great ...

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