Day: July 5, 2019

GeekWire Calendar Picks: Moon Landing the Musical; Space Weekend; Intro to Raspberry Pi; and more

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— The Apollo Program and moon landing is a historic event captured in a variety of media. Movies, television, and books have all told the story of the 12 men who flew to the moon. But now the moon landing is making its mark in another medium: the stage musical. Stephen Edwards’ Moon Landing The Musical will be performed at the Museum of Flight in Seattle on July 13. The musical tells the story through the astronauts’ eyes and deals with the human stories behind the Apollo mission, including the personal struggles of leaving family members behind.

— In another celebration of the mission to the moon, the Living Computers Museum + Labs is hosting Space Weekend on July 13-14. This family-friendly event includes the chance to see the museum’s brand new Apollo exhibit, play some space-related games, and a look at some of the supercomputers that played a role in the Apollo program.

Here are more highlights from the GeekWire Calendar:

  • Intro to Raspberry Pi: A workshop where you can learn the basics of programming for Raspberry Pi at the Living Computers Museum + Labs in Seattle; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, July 11
  • Seattle Girl Geek Dinner: A panel focused on women in tech at The Ninety in Seattle; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 11.
  • Cardboard Computers: A workshop where you can learn about the innards of a computer through a cardboard craft at the Living Computers Museum + Labs in Seattle; 10 a.m.  to 12 p.m., Saturday, July 13
  • Break Into Software Engineering – Startups vs. Large Companies: A panel discussing the pros and cons of starting a career at a startup versus a large company at Galvanize in Seattle; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, July 15.
  • Rocket Launch Day: A chance to build and launch rockets at The Pacific Science Center in Seattle; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 16.
  • We Chose to Go to the Moon: 50 Years On: TIME magazine photographer David Burnett will be presenting the photos he took of the Apollo 10 and 11 missions at The Museum of Flight in Seattle; 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 16.
  • The Future of AI in Healthcare: A full-day event discussing advances in AI in a healthcare setting at Block 41 in Seattle; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 18.

For more upcoming events, check out the GeekWire Calendar, where you can find meetups, conferences, startup events, and geeky gatherings in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Organizing an event? Submit details here.

How to add bookmarks and favorites on an iPhone’s Safari browser for quick access to your preferred webpages

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  • You can easily bookmark or favorite a webpage on an iPhone if you want to regularly return to a particular page.
  • Just tap the “Share” button at the bottom of a page and then tap “Add Bookmark” to create a bookmark in your iPhone’s Safari browser.
  • If you save a bookmark to the Favorites folder or choose the “Add to Favorites” option, it’ll appear in the Favorites list when you open a new tab in Safari.
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Like any web browser, you can bookmark web pages you want to return to using Safari on your iPhone.

Once bookmarked, you can find these saved pages by tapping the Bookmark button at the bottom of the Safari screen. 

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How to save a bookmark on your iPhone’s Safari browser

1. Start the Safari app and open a web page that you want to bookmark. 

2. Tap the Share button (the square with an arrow).

3. Tap “Add Bookmark.”

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4. On the Add Bookmark page, you can edit the name of the bookmark and even tweak the URL if necessary — just tap either of those fields and type as needed. 

5. If you want to store the bookmark in the default Favorites folder, tap “Save.” If you want to choose a different folder, tap “Favorites” and then choose a folder (or create a new one) and then tap “Save.”

If you save your bookmark to the default folder, it will appear in the list of favorites when you open a blank new tab in Safari, giving you fast access to commonly used web sites.

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The difference between favorites and bookmarks in Safari

You might notice that when you tap the Share button, there are options to add both a bookmark and a favorite. Since the Favorites folder happens to be the default location to save bookmarks, this can be somewhat confusing. 

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In reality, favorites are just a special kind of bookmark. If you save a bookmark to the Favorites folder (either using the Add Bookmark button or the “Add to Favorites” button in the Share menu), it’s effectively the exact same thing as a favorite.  If you store a bookmark in a different folder, you’ll need to navigate past the default Favorites folder to find them. 

Bottom line: Using the “Add to Favorites” button does the same thing as using the default folder for “Add bookmark.”

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After reportedly laying off 20% of its staff amid dwindling downloads, HQ Trivia is about to try something new

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HQ Trivia has had a rough 2019. The live game show startup has struggled to recover from the loss of co-founder and CEO Colin Kroll, who died unexpectedly in December 2018.

In April, about half of HQ Trivia’s 35 employees signed a letter asking the company’s board to remove co-founder Rus Yusupov as CEO, the second time the request was made. Longtime host Scott “Quiz Daddy” Rogowsky also left HQ Trivia in April.

Now Tech Crunch reports that HQ Trivia has laid off about 20% of its staff, leaving the company with less than 30 employees. Business Insider has reached out to HQ Trivia in an attempt to confirm the layoffs.

Meanwhile, monthly downloads of the HQ Trivia app dropped by nearly 92% in June compared to 2018, based on data from the analyst group SensorTower.

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HQ Trivia is now gearing up to test a new subscription-based business model. A tweet from the HQ Words spin-off app said the company will introduce a new monthly subscription for HQ Words in July, which will let subscribers compete for cash prizes each day.

 

All of HQ Trivia’s games have been available for free since the app launched in August 2017. The app currently offers three different games, HQ Trivia, HQ Sports, and HQ Words. HQ Trivia has a minimum prize of $2,500 but prize pools have reached up to $300,000 for a single game. Winnings are typically shared between multiple users, which significantly decreases the amount of money each winner receives.

Season four of HQ Trivia launched in May, promising users more prize money and more ways to win. The new season also introduced a new lineup of hosts, with Matt Richards replacing Rogowsky as the main HQ Trivia host, Anna Roisman taking over as host of HQ Words, and Lauren Gambino as host of HQ Sports. Sharon Carpenter is also on the team as a fill-in host.

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Amazon is reportedly making over $100 million from one of its open source businesses — but the CEO behind the original software says Amazon isn’t slowing down its business (ESTC)

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  • The Information reported that Amazon Web Services generated $100 million in revenue last year from the top 100 customers of Amazon Elasticsearch Service, a paid service based on the popular Elasticsearch open source search engine project.
  • For comparison, Elastic, the publicly-traded company that originally created the Elasticsearch software, did $271 million in sales in its last fiscal year. It’s possible that when you factor in all of Amazon’s million or so Elasticsearch customers, that it did about as much revenue, all in all. 
  • Last March, AWS also announced Open Distro for Elasticsearch, its own version of Elasticsearch, which includes some features for which Elastic normally charges its customers. 
  • Elastic CEO Shay Banon says that he still sees “great adoption” of Elasticsearch, and that Amazon’s momentum in the space hasn’t seemed to slow down the company’s business.
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Last year, the publicly-traded $5.87 billion software company Elastic did some $271 million in revenue, largely thanks to the sale of the premium versions of the popular Elasticsearch open source search engine.

That software, originally created by Elastic CEO and co-founder Shay Banon, is used by companies like Uber and Tinder to search and analyze their data. While the core software is open source, meaning free to use and modify,, Elastic charges for premium features that make Elasticsearch more useful to larger customers. 

However, Elastic has long labored under the shadow of Amazon: In 2015, well before Elastic went public, Amazon Web Services took Elasticsearch, packaged it up, and sold it as a service to its customers — something totally legal for it to do, under the standard terms of open source. 

Now, it seems, Elasticsearch is a big business for Amazon. The Information reported this week that last year AWS generated $100 million in sales from its top 100 customers for its Amazon Elasticsearch Service. As the report notes, given the popularity of Elasticsearch, and the fact that AWS has over a million customers beyond just that top 100, it’s very possible that Amazon makes as much in total from Elasticsearch as Elastic itself does. 

Also of note is that the Information further reports that in 2017, Amazon Elastisearch Service revenues from those same top 100 customers are $45 million, meaning it more than doubled year-over-year. Elastic’s annual revenues grew some 70% over the same period, suggesting that Amazon’s Elasticsearch business could be growing faster than Elastic’s.

This news only comes a few months after Amazon partnered with Expedia and Netflix on a project called Open Distro for Elasticsearch, which takes the original Elastisearch software and wraps it up in more open source code — including some features that Elastic normally charges customers for — and makes it all available for free.

‘We are happy with our current efforts’

Elastic declined to comment specifically on the Amazon revenue figures reported by the Information. But Shay Banon, the Elastic CEO, tells Business Insider that this news does not change how Elastic runs its business, and he says he’s still seeing “great adoption” of Elasticsearch. 

“We do know our products are one of the most popular open source products out there, and since folding everything into a single holistic distribution, we are seeing a similar level of adoption of it,” Banon said.

When Amazon announced its own Open Distro of Elasticsearch, some this as a major blow to Elastic, while others said this is a sign of AWS embracing open source. Banon himself took Amazon to task in a blog post accusing the cloud giant of misusing Elastic’s brand, purposely co-opting its technology, and masking its actions “with fake altruism or benevolence.”

Now, though, Banon says that Elastic has seen minimal fallout from the introduction of the project. 

“We also haven’t seen any impact on our distributions since the launch of Open Distro,” Banon said.

Banon said that Elastic is satisfied with its current business model, and he also said that Elastic has significantly increased its investment into its proprietary features for monitoring, maps, and security management — features that will be exclusive to Elastic’s own version of the software.

“We are happy with our current efforts,” Banon said. “We have believed since inception that in order to build a successful business our company needs to have a set of proprietary IP on top of the open source, and we are making significant investments in it.”

Business Insider has reached out to AWS for comment.

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