January 2018 archive

Weekly#255

  • 2017 Retrospective: A Monumental Year for the App Economy
  • Facebook bought a startup that specializes in verifying government IDs
  • Here’s who owns everything in Big Media today
  • Netflix now has nearly 118 million streaming subscribers globally
  • Amazon Go, a high-tech version of a 7-Eleven, will finally open on Monday — with no checkout lines and no cashiers
  • Photos: Here’s what the new Amazon Go cashierless convenience store looks like
  • Facebook appoints a new AI research head
  • Apple will release its HomePod on February 9
  • Alexa’s cousins have plans to infiltrate the financial industry
  • Google is working on bringing AR to Chrome with downloadable 3D objects
  • Stripe will end bitcoin support because customers aren’t interested
  • Google Assistant can now match voices to specific Netflix profiles
  • DJI is taking over every inch of the drone market
  • First Look at Nintendo Labo
  • Airbnb reached full-year profitability for 2017, and it’s adding a former Amex CEO to its board
  • Davos World Economic Forum 2018 Videos
  • Annual smartphone shipments in China declined for the first time in 2017
  • Research into full-body tracking at Facebook hints at broader AR/VR ambitions
  • Meg Whitman to Lead Mobile-Video Startup New TV
  • WEF 2018: AI is more profound than electricity or fire, says Sundar Pichai
  • UK teenagers are to be taught about artificial intelligence with the launch of a new deep learning teaching kit
  • 5 ways voice assistance is shaping consumer behaviour
  • the new AI-related company has been created in the UK every week for the last three years.
  • Netflix is five times cheaper than Pay TV on an hourly basis:
    Pay TV: $0.73/hour
    Netflix: $0.15/hour

Weekly#254

  • Now Open – Third AWS Availability Zone in London
  • Amazon brings voice control to its Alexa app for Android, with iOS coming soon
  • Apple has hired tech team from data science startup SVDS
  • …Foursquare’s data, with over 3 billion visits/month around the globe, 105 million global venues, and 25 million people globally
  • a new TV series with MSNBC about tech, jobs and the future
  • Facebook wants more people watching videos together at the same time…a new feature called “Watch Party” to try and make that happen
  • Tech Nation 2018 UK Survey
  • Microsoft execs say in 20 years we’ll all have digital assistants that will be our alter egos — and we need to set ground rules while we still can
  • Google’s mysterious new operating system looks completely different from Android
  • Amazon raises price of its Prime membership

Weekly#253

  • Nissan Demonstrates Brain-to-Vehicle Device (Goal is to enhance driver performance for manual driving and improve passenger experience during autonomous mode)
  • Germany has gone live with one of the most onerous laws aimed at forcing Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to police content on their platforms.
  • Verizon to sharpen content strategy with OTT video service, IoT platform
  • Facebook’s Sandberg and Twitter’s Dorsey to quit Disney board
  • The Tech Trends From CES 2018 That Will Actually Matter
  • Amazon’s ad revenue could reach $4.5 billion in 2018, according to an analyst note by JPMorgan.
  • AI Could Diagnose Your Heart Attack on the Phone—Even If You’re Not the Caller
  • Here’s how Amazon’s and Apple’s new smart speakers stack up with consumers
  • Microsoft is touting “Always Connected PCs,” a new initiative with its partners for super-thin LTE-enabled laptops with as much as 20 hours of battery life.
  • Larry Page-backed asteroid mining company launches CubeSat with experimental water detection tech
  • Amazon has quietly released a game changer for its cloud: Linux software that runs on corporate servers
  • Facebook’s Oculus boss thinks standalone headsets are the key to getting a billion people into VR & Facebook’s Oculus is launching a new VR headset in China
  • Dropbox IPO
  • Domino’s Pizza’s stock price grew faster than Amazon’s, Apple’s or Google
  • Will VR be the future of reading?
  • Robo-Advisers Are Coming to Consulting and Corporate Strategy
  • Google just acquired a startup that transforms screens into speakers
  • More than half of UK businesses still unaware of GDPR

Weekly#252

  • Didi, the ride-hail company, is buying Brazilian app 99.
  • Roku is rolling out its version of Alexa for home speakers and TV soundbars
  • Three million people are staying in Airbnbs over New Years. Eight years ago, only 1,400 were.
  • GoPro cuts 200-300 jobs, largely impacting its drone division
  • Spotify hits 70 million subscribers
  • Salesforce wants to reach $60 billion revenue goal by 2034
  • Tesla launches a web-based version of its in-car trip planning tool
  • Amazon has big plans for Alexa ads in 2018; it’s discussing options with P&G, Clorox and others
  • China’s president had 2 books about artificial intelligence on his shelf in his New Year speech
  • What You Need to Do Because of Flaws in Computer Chips
  • HBO officially confirms ‘Game of Thrones’ won’t return for its final season until next year
  • Alar Kolk – Prototyping & Experiments
  • Brazil may write new laws with data stored on the ethereum blockchain
  • Uber powered four billion rides in 2017
  • Visual network map of MegaTrends to 2050
  • App revenue climbed 35 percent to $60 billion in 2017