September 2018 archive

Weekly#291

  • As Magic Leap preps for its first developer conference, the focus shifts to content
  • Alexa skills can now offer one-time-use purchases, like in-game hints or points
  • Uber drivers and other gig economy workers are earning half what they did five years ago
  • Stripe is now valued at $20B after raising another $245M led by Tiger Global
  • UK cyber security firm Darktrace raises $50M, now valued at $1.65B
  • Google is using AI to predict floods in India and warn users… Google Blog Post
  • Daimler Changes CEO as It Focuses on Electric Future
  • Windows 10 passes 700 million devices
  • A Japanese company has announced a long-term plan to develop the Moon
  • eBay is now selling wireless plans with secondhand phones
  • WEF The Future of Jobs Report 2018

Weekly#290

  • The long list of new Alexa devices Amazon announced at its hardware event
  • Scientists have moved one step closer to RNA editing, which could be the next stage of CRISPR
  • Disney has a million subscribers for its ESPN streaming-only service, which launched in April
  • A Google programmer just published a book of hilarious cartoons that shows what it’s really like to work at the search giant
  • ...This year, according to people familiar with Apple’s production plans, the company prioritized production of its two pricier OLED models…The staggered release gives Apple a month to sell the higher-end models without cheaper competition from itself. It also simplifies logistics and retail demands and could strengthen Apple’s ability to forecast sales and production of all three models through the Christmas holidays, analysts and supply chain experts said… WSJ
  •  Five security settings in iOS 12 you should change right now
  • Polestar unveils first production EV with aim to overtake Tesla
  • Germany’s Self-Driving Streetcar Puts Autonomous Tech on Track
  • Former Google CEO predicts the internet will split in two — and one part will be led by China
  • Amazon Will Consider Opening Up to 3,000 Cashierless Stores by 2021

Weekly#289

  • Amazon-sponsored product ads
  • Tesla to drop some colour options for cars to simplify production
  • Apple’s autonomous vehicle fleet swells 27% in four months
  • Everything Apple announced at it’s September 12 ‘Gather Round’ event
  • Venture-Capital Firm Kleiner Perkins Plans to Split, and Mary Meeker is
  • Apple is talking to big newspapers about joining its subscription service
  • Why Roku isn’t afraid of competition from Apple, Google and Amazon
  • ChargePoint is adding 2.5M electric vehicle chargers over the next 7 years
  • Drone operating system startup Airware today suddenly informed employees it will cease operations
  • SpaceX will be announcing  a plan to send someone around the moon
  • Microsoft acquires Lobe, a drag-and-drop AI tool
  • The US Navy’s newest submarine comes with an Xbox controller

Weekly#288

  • Mercedes-Benz unveils the EQC to kick off $12 billion electric offensive
  • Amazon opens its largest Amazon Go convenience store yet
  • Airbnb for Work is getting bigger
  • Amazon became the second publicly traded U.S. company to hit the $1 trillion market cap milestone
  • Opportunity rover still MIA as the dust settles on Mars
  • Google Chrome is 10 years old
  • This is how computers “predict the future
  • China is becoming the electric car market for the world
  • Global Tree Cover Has Expanded More Than 7 Percent Since 1982
  • Volvo’s 360c concept car is a fully autonomous bedroom on wheels…Volvo Cars is taking aim at the aviation industry, saying self-driving vehicles could eliminate the need for some short-haul flights.
  • New Zeeland Bunkers
  • AI beats doctors at predicting heart disease deaths
  • Dyson Moves Ahead on $2.6 Billion E-Car Plan With Test Track
  • Instagram is building a standalone app for shopping
  • Japanese engineers begin work on a space elevator