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A ripple effect is a situation in which, like ripples expanding across the water when an object is dropped into it, an effect from an initial state can be followed outwards incrementally (source Medium)

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Blue Apron will start selling its meal kits in stores

Blue Apron announced today it will bring its meal kits to stores. The news arrives at a time when the meal kit subscription company is struggling to grow and retain its users, who are often put off by the expense of the direct-shipped meal kits and the need to commit to an ongoing subscription. In recent months, Blue Apron has also laid off hundreds, lost its CEO, and has continued to post disappointing earnings.

In February, the company reported its subscriber base had fallen to 746,000, down from 856,000 the prior quarter, and down from its peak of one million last year.

Earlier this month, its stock took another hit as Weight Watchers announced its own plans to sell meal kits in stores. Walmart had also said the same, adding that its meal kits would be available via its online grocery service for curbside pickup or delivery. Other grocers, like Albertsons and Kroger, are now selling meal kits, too. Plus, Amazon has been testing out meal kits on its site for some time, too.

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Tribeca Games returns with a dive into ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’

On April 27th, the creative team behind the latest Tomb Raider installment will discuss the evolution of Lara Croft as well as the techniques and tools needed to create the series and the inspiration that guides it. The panel will include Senior Game Director Daniel Bisson, Franchise Creative Director Noah Hughes, writer Jill Murray, Senior Brand Director Rich Briggs and Camilla Luddington, the performance artist for Lara Croft. There will also be an extended gameplay demo of Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Also on the 27th, Creative Director Cory Barlog will give attendees a look at the creative process behind God of War and will share stories about its development as well as insights into some of the creative decisions that went into the game’s making.

Tribeca Games will also host a League of Legends tournament. NYC players who are level 30 and above can take part in online qualifiers starting on April 14th and the top players will compete live at the festival on April 28th.

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Facebook opens Instant Games to all developers

Facebook’s Instant Games are now open to all developers, Facebook announced this week in advance of the Game Developers Conference. First launched in 2016, the platform lets developers build mobile-friendly games using HTML5 that work on both Facebook and Messenger, instead of requiring users to download native apps from Apple or Google’s app stores.

The Instant Games platform kicked off its launch a couple of years ago with 17 games from developers like Bandai Namco, Konami, Taito, Zynga and King, who offered popular titles like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Words with Friends. The following year, the platform had grown to 50 titles and became globally available. But it wasn’t open to all – only select partners.

In addition to getting users to spend more time on Facebook’s platform, Instant Games provides Facebook with the potential for new revenue streams now that Facebook is moving into game monetization.

In October, Facebook [...]  read more

The city has the fastest 4G LTE in India

Globally India has the slowest 4G speeds in the world, but within India, Navi Mumbai takes the lead with the speed of 8.52Mbps. OpenSignal’s report compares network speeds and coverage across the nation among 20 cities between the months of December and February. The company is using this data to map wireless coverage. It shows that the fastest speeds are skewed towards new cities, which are now emerging as leaders.  

In leaps and bounds

After Navi Mumbai, Chennai has the second fastest speeds. The city has doubled from 4.4Mbps to 8.52Mbps since March last year. Kolkata came in third with 8.46Mbps followed by Bengaluru at 7.17Mbps.  

Meanwhile, Allahabad was the only metropolitan city to register speeds lower than 4Mbps, at the average of 3.5Mbps.

The southern and western regions of India seem to be doing well since six of the ten top cities are a part of those zones. 

Since the report only takes into account 20 cities across the country, its analysis shouldn’t be taken as comprehensive but it does show [...]  read more

Allbirds Tree Skippers and Tree Runners: Price, Details, Release Date

Footwear maker Allbirds has a new shoe out today. The company’s latest design doesn’t just refresh Allbirds’ casual silhouette, it also utilizes a unique new material—a textile spun from eucalyptus fiber.

Yes, shoes made from wood pulp. The novelty is reflected in the names of the shoes in the new collection. There’s the Tree Runner, modeled after a jogging shoe, and a new spin on the low-profile boat shoe, the Tree Skipper. Both are available today on the Allbirds website for $95 in men’s and women’s sizes.

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Allbirds already has two shoe styles and a line of kicks for kids, all of which have uppers made from Merino wool. So while the Trees’ wood-pulp construction is a departure from the animal-based textiles the company’s known for, it still fits in with Allbirds’ commitment to natural and sustainable materials.

The company developed its new textile in-house. It uses eucalyptus tree pulp, which is spun into a fiber [...]  read more