Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 0 1:00 Preview • The ultimate guide to everything Pokemon Go Potter seems to be generating pots of lucre. Niantic Witches and wizards donned their robes and started casting spells Thursday when the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite mobile game launched in the US and UK. And a Friday report by SensorTower says Wizards Unite raced to the No. 1 free app download spot in Apple’s US App Store in about 15 hours — not quite as fast as Harry’s Firebolt broom, but not bad for an app. In the first 24 hours, the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game’s been downloaded at least 400,000 times and total player spending across the App Store and Google Play is about $300,000, SensorTower said.It’s not Niantic’s first game to claim that top spot in the App Store. Pokemon Go also sat at No. 1 and generated approximately $2 million in player spending after its launch. The Harry Potter game opened for signups in November and a beta launched in Australia and New Zealand in May. Wizards Unite is a joint effort of WB Games and Niantic under the Portkey Games label.Here’s how you get started playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite on your iPhone or your Android phone. Why Harry Potter: Wizards Unit beats Pokemon Go every way but one News • Pokemon Sleep is Pokemon Go but for bedtime Mobile Culture Mobile Apps Gaming Pokemon Go Lego’s giant Hogwarts brings Harry Potter’s school to… How To • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one CNET Apps Today Tags Harry Potter
Share “dunktanktechnician” via FlickrSpray foam insulation being installed in Houston.A FEMA-required building material that’s supposed to protect buildings from flooding could cause problems in some Houston homes.The agency says in flood-prone areas, spray-foam insulation or “closed-cell” plastic foam has to be used in floors, walls or ceilings during repairs or for new buildings covered by the National Flood Insurance Program. According to FEMA, the material is “highly resistant” to flood damage, and can be cleaned after a flood to remove most pollutants.But some say those materials are bad for humid climates.“Foam in Houston is a horrible thing,” said Tom Tynan, Director of the Construction Trades Department at Houston Community College and host of a local home repair radio show.“It doesn’t breathe, and so what you’re doing is creating a terrarium in a wall,” he said. “It’ll create its own little micro-climate.”The Houston remodeling company Creative Property Restoration, Inc. said that “closed cell” spray foam insulation can trap moisture inside walls, which could lead to mold, but that other types of foam called “open cell” wouldn’t trap moisture.Still, companies that sell this type of insulation use the FEMA requirement to promote their products online, and not complying with the rules could lead to more expensive flood insurance.FEMA did not make anyone available for an interview about why it requires this particular kind of insulation in flood-prone areas.