NPD: Anthem was BioWare’s second best launch ever

Anthem was the top-selling game in the U.S. for February, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group.
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February 2019 NPD: Anthem and Jump Force tops software sales

Anthem was the top-selling game, which isn't too surprising. But Jump Force came in at No. 2, which once again shows the inexplicable power of anime.
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Nintendo Switch outsold Xbox One and PS4 in February 2019

Nintendo Switch comes out of February 2019 as the top selling console, according to The NPD Group. Nintendo had a very good February.
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AI identifies which primates could be carrying the Zika virus

Researchers at IBM and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies used machine modeling techniques to predict likely primate carriers of Zika.


Google’s Stadia uses Style Transfer ML to manipulate video game environments

A component of Google's Stadia game streaming service allows developers to map colors and textures from artwork to game environments.


How Google’s Stadia Controller eliminates some input lag

Google introduced its Stadia game-streaming service today, and that includes a Wi-Fi enabled game controller that connects to games in the cloud.


Jade Raymond will head Google’s own game studio, Stadia Games and Entertainment

Jade Raymond will head the new Google game studio, Stadia Games and Entertainment, to make games for Google's Stadia cloud gaming platform.


Google’s Stream Connect tech for Stadia will bring back split-screen games

Google's Stadia cloud gaming platform is so powerful that it can stream multiple interactive streams. And one of the things this enables is split-scre...


Google unveils Stadia cloud gaming platform to play games anywhere

Google announced Stadia, its cloud gaming platform that can launch a Triple-A game over the cloud in as quick as 5 seconds.


Waymo plans to open 85,000-square-foot technical service center in Mesa, Arizona

Waymo says it'll open an 85,000-square-foot technical service center in Mesa, months after it expanded a separate service center in nearby Chandler.


Pinterest CTO Vanja Josifovski hops to Airbnb, in latest AI talent grab

Vanja Josifovski has left Pinterest to join travel and accommodations company Airbnb, where he will be CTO of Airbnb Homes, VentureBeat has learned.


Google Cloud Talent Solution gets cycling and walking search filters

New search filters in Google's Cloud Talent Solution make it easier to surface job listings no matter your native language.


Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs is coming to iOS

Rovio Entertainment and Resolution Games are teaming up to bring the Angry Birds franchise to mobile augment reality with Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs...


Patreon now offers creators 3 plans, with fees ranging from 5-12%

Patreon has announced a major deviation in its monetization model with 3 new membership plans that charge creators varying fees for their online conte...


Sinespace teams up with Unity to sell do-it-yourself virtual world SDK

Sinespace has teamed up with Unity Technologies to make its virtual reality marketplace objects available in the Unity Asset Store. 


HP unveils $599 Reverb VR headset with super pixel density and 114-degree FOV

One of the highest-definition VR headsets for consumers is about to start shipping, delivering 4K resolution across two eyes.


Trello limits teams on free tier to 10 boards, rolls out Enterprise automations and admin controls

Trello is beefing up its Enterprise subscription tier with a raft of new features but imposing a notable limitation on free accounts.


Alcatraz AI raises $4 million to open doors with your face

Alcatraz AI raised $4 million for its facial recognition software and hardware that controls physical access to government buildings and corporate cam...


AI classifies emotions from EEG data

Researchers describe an AI system capable of classifying a range of emotions from brain electrical activity (EEG) data alone.


Alan Krueger, natural talent

A quiet revolutionary of economics died on March 16th


Small leaks sink great ships: How little habits can have large consequences

If you've spent any amount of time reading money blogs over the past fifteen years, you've heard of the latte factor. In fact, you're probably sick of...


FIS and Worldpay agree on a $43bn merger

The race to create a global payments giant is shifting up a gear


How to be a rock-star bond investor

Bill Gross, Rolling Stone


Fortnite’s developer is entering the retail business

Epic hopes to break the dominance of a firm called Valve—and another called Google


Wells Fargo takes a pasting, from Congress and a regulator

Another bad day for Tim Sloan


David Autor, the academic voice of the American worker

From automation to China, the economist has forced a reassessment of how labour markets respond to disruption


Euro-zone fiscal policy is easing for the first time in a decade

But too little will be spent, and on the wrong things


Tech firms ramp up efforts to woo the energy industry

Amazon, Google and Microsoft see old industrial giants as a new source of income


China’s current-account surplus has vanished

A deficit could remake the financial system, if the government lets it


How the internet led to greater wage inequality

Training can help solve the problem


Indians may be falling out of love with gold

A weak rupee, a high gold price and changing fashions all play a part


The end of the affair

How to prevent business break-ups—or end them amicably


VW’s newish boss is going full-steam ahead with electric cars

And picking a fight with the German carmaker’s powerful unions


The struggle to restore Turkey’s stricken economy

The effects of mismanagement will linger


Financial advice from my father (when I was nineteen)

“Who was there for your father when he died?” Kim asked me a few moments ago. She's interested in becoming a death doula, so she's reading a book abou...


Trump Once Proposed Building a Castle on Madison Avenue

A brief history of the president's unfulfilled architectural dreams


How the Bizarre Economics of Airplanes Raises the Stakes of the Boeing Fallout

Strange things can happen when a business is based on millions of people flying around in $100 million metal boxes that can take a year to build.


A Free-Trade Democrat in the Trump White House (Ep. 371)

For years, Gary Cohn thought he’d be the next C.E.O. of Goldman Sachs. Instead, he became the “adult in the room” in a chaotic administration. Cohn ta...


Is modern monetary theory nutty or essential?

Some eminent economists think the former


Humans struggle to cope when automation fails

The perils of the human-machine interface


Two tragic air disasters may not down Boeing

Reputational damage, together with protectionism and rising debt, herald troubled times for America’s aerospace giant


Why Urban Millennials Love Uniqlo

Will the rest of America learn to love it too?


Competition, not break-up, is the cure for tech giants’ dominance

Or so says a new report for Britain’s government


How I learned to stop feeling hopeless about money

J.D.'s note: Last week's talk by Vicki Robin was hosted by the School of Financial Freedom, a Portland-based organization I'm friendly with. At that t...


By the numbers: My spending for February 2019

One of my goals in 2019 is to get back to basics. I feel like I've succumbed to lifestyle inflation, so I'm taking the time to track my money in detai...


Why Americans Don’t Cheat on Their Taxes

The weirdly hopeful story of how the U.S. came to be a leader in tax compliance


National development banks are back in vogue

They want to be profitable, but are ill-equipped for the job


Prices of prime properties around the world are falling

Swanky homes are now a global asset class


China’s trading day is starting to influence global markets

The importance of opening time in Shanghai


More banks are caught up in money-laundering scandals

The aftershocks of the Danske affair


The London Stock Exchange is thriving despite Brexit

Europe’s largest trading venue has become a data business


It shouldn’t happen to a vet

Private-equity firms are disrupting the once-bucolic world of James Herriot


A small step for women

Progress in the boardroom is only a start


The world’s biggest ship-breaking town is under pressure to clean up

Maersk, a Danish shipping giant, is trying to lift safety and environmental standards at Indian yards


HBO’s boss resigns, raising questions about WarnerMedia’s strategy

Richard Plepler’s departure may bode ill for the television network under AT&T


China’s formerly white-hot tech sector is in the doldrums

Technology startups are finding it harder to attract venture capital and are shedding staff


Vale and the aftermath of a devastating dam failure

Prosecutors say the firm colluded with auditors to present its Brumadinho dam as safe


Energy firms bet on offshore wind farms in America

Opposition is dwindling


Season 8, Episode 27

Great athletes aren’t just great at the physical stuff. They’ve also learned how to handle pressure, overcome fear, and stay focused. Here’s the good ...


How to Fail Like a Pro (Ep. 370)

The road to success is paved with failure, so you might as well learn to do it right. (Ep. 5 of the “How to Be Creative” series.) The post How to Fail...


Spooked by slowdown, the ECB rolls out stimulus

No interest-rate rise this year, and more cheap loans for banks


Italy’s “citizens’ income” programme may be expensive and ineffective

But a governing party hopes for a political payout


Mark Zuckerberg announces his firm’s next business model

If it works, the social-networking giant will become more private and more powerful


China’s economy might be nearly a seventh smaller than reported

A new study examines tax revenues to revise down growth estimates


Why did the China shock hurt so much?

For the same reason that earlier ones hurt less


What is money for? An evening with Vicki Robin

When I was a boy, my heroes were athletes and astronauts. I dreamed of playing pro football one day. Or, better yet, walking on the moon. As an adult,...


Two months with HelloFresh: A quick look at the cost and quality of HelloFresh recipes

When I published my first HelloFresh review last June, I liked the popular meal-delivery service. Kim's employer had given us a one-week free trial. T...


Lyft-off or crash-land?

As it prepares to go public, Lyft reveals booming revenue, monster losses and a big bet on the future of transportation


A giant gold miner crashes its rival’s wedding

A late bid by Barrick Gold for Newmont Mining


The Federal Reserve reviews its monetary-policy framework

Are there better ways for it to meet its inflation target?


Troubling signs for the future of Australia’s giant coal industry

An uncertain future


Conscious decoupling

A new book explains how managers are challenged by changing customer behaviour


Another Kidney-Donation Story to Make You Smile

A few years ago, we made a podcast episode with Al Roth, the Stanford economist whose work on market design and matchmaking won him a Nobel Prize. His...


A Good Idea Is Not Good Enough (Ep. 369)

Whether you’re building a business or a cathedral, execution is everything. We ask artists, scientists, and inventors how they turned ideas into reali...


Saving regret — and how to avoid it

In November 2018, the National Bureau of Economic Research published a paper called “Saving Regret” [here's the full PDF version]. Once you wade throu...


Twenty years of U.S. government inflation data

Inflation is the silent killer of wealth. Year after year, the purchasing power of your dollar (or pound or euro or yen) gradually erodes. My father w...


Where Do Good Ideas Come From? (Ep. 368)

Whether you’re mapping the universe, hosting a late-night talk show, or running a meeting, there are a lot of ways to up your idea game. Plus: the tru...


Case study: Deep in debt but scared to take action

Last night, as I do from time to time, I met with a GRS reader. Actually, Debbie doesn't read this site but her sister does. And Debbie means to. Alth...


The end of the road: Preparing to buy a new car

Yesterday, Kim and I joined my cousins for an afternoon trip to the Oregon Coast. Our aim was to harvest a bounty of clams. We came home with zero. We...


The Future of Meat (Ep. 367)

Global demand for beef, chicken, and pork continues to rise. So do concerns about environmental and other costs. Will reconciling these two forces be ...


Book review: Work Optional by Tanja Hester

Last week, I published an extended excerpt from Grant Sabatier's new book, Financial Freedom. Sabatier's core message is that time is more valuable th...


By the numbers: My spending for January 2019

You know how sometimes you let chores and errands and obligations pile up until there's nothing left but to ignore what you want to do and take time t...


This Economist Predicted the Last Crisis. What’s the Next One? (Ep. 366)

In 2005, Raghuram Rajan said the financial system was at risk “of a catastrophic meltdown.” After stints at the I.M.F. and India’s central bank, he se...


Workplace Theft Is on the Rise

As the line between work and home blurs, office supplies attract sticky fingers.


Financial freedom and the value of time

Note from J.D. Last October, I had a chance to read an advance copy of Grant Sabatier‘s new book, Financial Freedom, which was just released this morn...


Why Ford Hired a Furniture Maker as CEO

In the car of the future, you may care more about how the driver’s seat swivels than how the engine purrs.


Join me in Portugal for a one-week chautauqua about money and life!

In 2013, I traveled to Ecuador for a sort of experiment. Host Cheryl Reed and mastermind Jim (J.L.) Collins had organized a chautauqua, a gathering of...


Extra: Domonique Foxworth Full Interview

Stephen Dubner’s conversation with the former N.F.L. player, union official, and all-around sports thinker, recorded for our “Hidden Side of Sports” s...


Why frugality is an important part of personal finance

In a recent article in The Atlantic, Joe Pinsker shared some thoughts on why many ultrarich people aren't satisfied with their wealth. There seem to b...


Not Just Another Labor Force (Ep. 365)

If you think talent and hard work give top athletes all the leverage to succeed, think again. As employees in the Sports-Industrial Complex, they’ve g...


Discipline equals freedom: The difference between deprivation and depriving yourself

Financial independence and early retirement continue to attract mainstream attention. This is a good thing. Check that, this is a great thing. Of cour...


Extra: Mark Cuban Full Interview

A conversation with the Shark Tank star, entrepreneur, and Dallas Mavericks owner recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Hidden Side of Sport...


Who has the best savings account in 2019?

Well, my friends, I need your help. I had been planning to research online savings accounts for an upcoming series of articles, but not for several we...


Inside the Sports-Industrial Complex (Ep. 364)

For most of us, the athletes are what make sports interesting. But if you own the team or run the league, your players are essentially very expensive ...


Extra: Mark Teixeira Full Interview

A conversation with former Major League Baseball player and current ESPN analyst Mark Teixeira, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Hidden...


Why NewRetirement is my favorite retirement planning tool

Over the past week, I've shared two terrific retirement planning tools. First, I explored the pros and cons of Personal Capital. Next, I looked at OnT...


Think Like a Winner (Ep. 363)

Great athletes aren’t just great at the physical stuff. They’ve also learned how to handle pressure, overcome fear, and stay focused. Here’s the good ...


Hacking the World Bank (Ep. 197 Update)

Jim Yong Kim has an unorthodox background for a World Bank president — and his reign has been just as unorthodox. He has just announced he’s stepping ...


Is OnTrajectory the best retirement calculator?

My colleagues, who are money nerds just like me, know that I'm obsessed with finding the best retirement calculator. I've been on this quest for years...


The pros and cons of Personal Capital

If you've read money blogs over the past five years, you've heard about Personal Capital. Personal Capital is a free money-tracking tool with a beauti...


Why Is This Man Running for President? (Ep. 362)

In the American Dream sweepstakes, Andrew Yang was a pretty big winner. But for every winner, he came to realize, there are thousands upon thousands o...


How to Be Happy (Ep. 345 Rebroadcast)

The U.N.’s World Happiness Report — created to curtail our unhealthy obsession with G.D.P. — is dominated every year by the Nordic countries. We head ...


The Media’s Post-Advertising Future Is Also Its Past

Why the news is going back to the 19th century