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Weekly#227

  • Shell Plans to Spend $1 Billion a Year on Clean Energy by 2020…as the transition toward renewable power and electric cars accelerates
  • First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit…Researchers in China have teleported a photon from the ground to a satellite orbiting more than 500 kilometers above
  • A new study out of the University of California in San Francisco found the Apple Watch may be able to detect a heart condition that causes over 100,000 strokes every year.
  • “…Tech giants including Baidu and Google spent between $20B to $30B on AI in 2016, with 90% of this spent on R&D and deployment, and 10% on AI acquisitions…” McKinsey’s State Of Machine Learning And AI, 2017
  • Hyperledger releases its first production ready blockchain
  • eBay ‘millionaire’ sellers in Germany and UK grow 50 percent in four years.”…Fresh data published on Tuesday by eBay shows the number of million euro businesses selling on eBay grew to 1,095 from 731 in Germany last year since 2013 while million pound-plus businesses rose to 663 from 443 in Britain over the same time period
  • Amazon is quietly rolling out its own Geek Squad to set up gadgets in your home
  • Facebook says all advertisers can soon buy ads inside Messenger
  • WeChat Search is yet another brick in Tencent’s walled garden strategy…”…From the minute you wake up,” says Kiki Fan, GM of Planning & Implementation Department at Tencent, “we have Tencent News for you, the number one news site in China; social apps like QQ and WeChat, also dominating China;  music streaming services like QQ Music and KuGou, which make up 60% of market share; Tencent Video, the number one streaming platform equivalent to Netflix; not to mention the many brothers we have like Dianping, Didi and China’s number two e-commerce, JD
  • Wirecard brings WeChat Pay to Europe…”…European retailers can target over 938 million monthly active WeChat and Weixin users…
  • How Harley-Davidson Used Artificial Intelligence to Increase New York Sales Leads by 2,930%
  • Hyperloop One successfully tested its hyperloop technology on Thursday.
  • Facebook-owned Oculus VR plans to release a much cheaper virtual-reality headset priced at roughly $200 in 2018, according to a new report from Bloomberg.
  • Uber is merging its ride-sharing business with search giant Yandex in Russia
  • Bill Gates made these 15 predictions in 1999 — and how accurate he was
  • Shopify Merchants Will Soon Be Able to Sell Through EBay
  • a $100 million venture capital unit, Toyota AI Ventures, that will invest in startups specializing in artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles, robotics, data analytics, and cloud computing technology.
  • “…ING warned that with battery-powered vehicles accounting for 100% of registrations in 2035 across the continent, European carmakers would lose out to their rivals in the US and Asia who already lead on battery production…”
  • Stash, now valued at $240 million, lets anyone start investing in the stock market with just $5
  • High-speed Hyperloop project ready for key test in Nevada
  • AT&T planning organizational changes, including new role for CEO: Bloomberg
  • The free robot lawyer that appealed $3 million in parking tickets is now available in the US. video

Weekly#226

  • Google is funding a robot journalism project in which computers will write 30,000 stories a month for local media.
  • Use of WhatsApp in NHS ‘widespread’, say doctors
  • Volvo will only make electric and hybrid cars starting in 2019 “…Between 2019 and 2021, Volvo will roll out five battery electric models, along with a cavalcade of plug-in hybrids and “mild hybrids,” which supplement internal combustion engines with batteries and motors…”
  • Electric cars will be as cheap as gasoline models by 2025 & battery manufacturing capacity will triple in the next four years
  • Google shows off Blocks, a 3D modeling tool made for VR (…Google wants to simplify content creation in VR so that people have more pretty things to look at and build…)
  • Amazon isn’t developing its own wines…yet
  • Alphabet’s latest spinoff uses the earth’s warmth to heat people’s home instead of burning oil “…The company inserts plastic pipes 300 to 500 feet underground where temperatures stay a near-constant 50°F (10°C) during the winter and summer. A pump at the surface circulates water through the U-shaped pipes, and a heat pump, similar to a refrigerator that can operate in reverse, exchanges warm or cold air in the home. Heat from the ground is transferred indoors during the winter (electricity adds extra warmth), while the process is reversed in the summer to tap relatively cooler ground temperatures…”
  • Japanese designers created an extra set of hands you can control with your feet
  • South Australia announces Tesla as backer of world’s largest battery
  • Ohio is now the fifth U.S. state to permit delivery robots on sidewalks
  • Recode Interactive Map : complex web of relationships as Detroit and Silicon Valley try to reinvent the car
  • AI is making it extremely easy for students to cheat “…But today’s students have smarter tools at their disposal—namely, Wolfram|Alpha, a program that uses artificial intelligence to perfectly and untraceably solve equations…”
  • As of late June, 85 million people in the US were signed up for Amazon Prime
  • World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers 2017
  • Tencent Dominates in China. Next Challenge Is Rest of the World
  • Charlie Rose : Jack Ma

Weekly#225

  • Meet the first cell phone that needs no battery to make calls
  • Elon Musk’s First Boring Machine Has Begun Tunneling
  • How AI and IoT must work together
    ..AI will also be able to help IoT in two important under the hood areas: system design and security. The IoT includes everything from very basic sensors to sophisticated devices that have basic intelligence programmed in… 
  • Swedish health startup KRY has raised €20 million for its video consultation app
  • The massive ‘Petya’ cyberattack has hit 64 countries so far and there’s no kill switch this time.Cyber-attack was about data and not money, say experts
  • Aquila, Facebook’s Connectivity Drone, Completes Second Test Flight–This Time Without Crashing (…a Boeing 737-sized autonomous aircraft that weighs about the same as a car…)
  • Ocado is testing self-driving vans that can deliver groceries in London
  • Uber crosses 5 billion trips
  • High-tech dashboards signal big changes for auto parts suppliers
    “…What’s at stake is a piece of the $37-billion cockpit electronics market, estimated by research firm IHS Market to nearly double to $62 billion by 2022. Accounting firm PwC estimates that electronics could account for up to 20 percent of a car’s value in the next two years, up from 13 percent in 2015…
  • Inmarsat’s European short-haul wi-fi spacecraft launchesAirline passengers will soon be able to connect to the internet either through this spacecraft or a complementary system of cell towers on the ground…
  • Facebook now has two billion monthly users
  •  In five years, the app economy will be worth $6.3 trillion, up from $1.3 trillion last year, according to a report released today by app measurement company App Annie.
  • The Economy Needs Amazons, but It Mostly Has GEs
  • How AI Is Streamlining Marketing and Sales
  • BT’s new “1Gbps” free Wi-Fi digital kiosks start appearing in London
  • Instagram is now a potent job hiring tool
  • AI will boost global GDP by nearly $16 trillion by 2030—with much of the gains in China
  • Global IoT Security Market Size Will Reach USD 464 Million by 2020
  • AWS Greengrass Announcement – 6 Key Takeaways

Weekly#224

  • Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide (June 2017) (Amazon and Microsoft are the leaders)
  • How An Entire Nation Became Russia’s Test Lab for Cyberwar (Wired)
  • Exoskeletons don’t come one-size-fits all yet…”An idealized exoskeleton needs to be both easily accessible and personalized…From a data standpoint, humans are noisy, says Katherine Poggensee, a biomechatronics researcher at Carnegie Mellon. Plus, “they have brains, so they adapt over time.” And although humans generally find the easiest way to do any motion, very few people have the physical and spatial awareness to explain why one stride feels easier than another. That’s why researchers are turning to algorithms to make exoskeletons more efficient…”
  • How Scott Forstall Selected The People Who Would Create The iPhone’s Software
    “The key attribute that was required for acceptance into “Project Purple?” The ability to do new things rather than do the same thing over and over…Your boss, Steve Jobs, has ordered you to assemble a team of software engineers to create–in a matter of months–what would become the first iPhone. Quick! How do you pick the right brains for the project?…During all the interviews for the team, we screened for people who were growth mind-set,” Forstall told me…”
      Video link
  • Tesla is talking to the music labels about creating its own streaming service
  • The industrial robotics market will nearly triple in less than 10 years
  • Amazon’s Nike deal took a billion dollar bite out of competing retailers
  • YouTube TV expands to 10 more U.S. markets, adds more YouTube Red series
  • Venmo is testing its own physical debit card
  • SpaceX successfully launched and landed its second recycled rocket
  • Amazon’s idea for a massive drone dock looks like a cross between a beehive and a spaceship
  • McDonalds Is Replacing 2,500 Human Cashiers With Digital Kiosks: Here Is Its Math
  • World’s First Cable-Free Elevator Zooms Horizontally and Vertically Using Maglev Tech
  • How Do Genome Sequencing Centers Store Such Huge Amounts of Data?
  • Stephen Hawking Proposes Nanotechnology Spacecraft to Reach ‘Second Earth’ in 20 years
  • One coder recreated the first level of ‘Super Mario Bros’ in augmented reality and played it in Central Park
  • Facebook has a new mission statement: ‘to bring the world closer together