August 2020 archive

Weekly#391
  • Amazon is delivering nearly two-thirds of its own packages as e-commerce continues pandemic boom
  • Picking Locks with Audio Technology
  • Kafka Summit 2020 Videos
  • LG is releasing a ‘wearable air purifier
  • Amazon debuts Halo smart health subscription service and Halo Band wearable activity tracker
  • SpaceX will launch Masten’s first lander to the moon in 2022
  • Spotify is developing a ‘virtual events’ feature
  • iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 betas bypass Google Search on iPhones and iPads with Spotlight Search…Apple posting Search Jobs
  • The End of the Oil Age Is Upon Us…A new report suggests that over the next 30 years, at least 80 percent of the oil industry will be wiped out
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator players are flying into Hurricane Laura
  • TV watching and online streaming surge during lockdown in UK
  • A Good Life Doesn’t Mean an Easy One…A new study finds that for many, ‘psychological richness’ is more valuable than simple happiness (WSJ)
  • Bill Gates’ nuclear venture plans reactor to complement solar, wind power boom…The 345-megawatt plants would be cooled by liquid sodium and cost about $1 billion each.
  • What Travel Will Look Like After Coronavirus
  • The Pandemic Will Change American Retail Forever
  • “…The cost of batteries has long been the biggest obstacle to making electric cars affordable for the masses. As a result, electric vehicles still carry a hefty price premium compared with gas engine cars. McKinsey & Co. estimates that premium at $12,000 on average…” (WSJ)
  • Cities will transform and survive the pandemic (FT)

Weekly#390
  • DARPA Progress With ‘Ocean Of Things’ All-Seeing Eye On The High Seas
  • Google Has a Plan to Disrupt the College Degree…Google’s new certificate program takes only six months to complete and will be a fraction of the cost of college
  • Google Pixel Buds tap AI to alert users to sirens, crying babies, and barking dogs
  • Airbnb has confidentially filed to go public
  • China is building a GitHub alternative called Gitee
  • The machine-learning model finds SARS-COV-2 growing more infectious
  • With Ultralight Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, Electric Airplanes Could Finally Take Off

…Oxis Energy’s design promises outstanding energy density, manufacturability, and safety
  • AI player creates strikingly realistic virtual tennis matches based on real players
  • Panasonic’s new home cubicle is a disheartening glimpse at our work-from-home future
  • Apple quietly acquired Israel’s Camerai, formerly Tipit, a specialist in AR and camera tech
  • Nvidia CEO: We are expecting a really large second half for gaming
  • Sweden records highest death tally in 150 years in the first half of 2020
  • Apple Reaches $2 Trillion
  • Jack Ma’s Ant Group Produces $3.5 Billion Profit in Six Months as IPO Looms (WSJ)…Alipay, with more than 1bn users across more than 40 countries…(FT)
  • 7 Digital Twin Use Cases
  • Google Maps is getting a lot more detail
  • Human Capital as an Asset (World Economic Forum)
  • “…The company added 175,000 warehouse workers in March and April, 125,000 of which it said in May it would keep permanently. Amazon said this week it is in the process of adding 3,500 corporate workers at offices in New York, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Detroit and Dallas…”
Weekly#389
  • Personal training sessions come to ClassPass
  • SpaceX is manufacturing 120 Starlink internet satellites per month
  • UK enters recession after GDP plunged by a record 20.4% in the second quarter
  • Digital mortgage company Habito completes £35M Series C
  • The next-gen Xbox will ship in November
  • Android is now the world’s largest earthquake detection network
  • Amazon launches Braket quantum computing service in general availability
  • Dropbox launches password manager, computer backup, and secure ‘vaults’ out of beta
  • Amazon launches online pharmacy in India
  • “Remote Work Is Reshaping San Francisco, as Tech Workers Flee and Rents Fall…The social-media giant, which has 52,000 employees, expects to shift to a substantially remote workforce over the coming decade, and is now recruiting a director of remote work…”
  • Apple sued by Fortnite maker after kicking the game out of App Store for payment policy violations
  • Scribd acquires presentation-sharing service SlideShare from LinkedIn
  • Apple Readies Subscription Bundles to Boost Digital Services
  • Peloton shares slip premarket on news Apple is planning exercise video subscription service
  • SpaceX Starlink speeds revealed as beta users get downloads of 11 to 60Mbps
Weekly#388
  • mmhmm, the virtual presentation software from Phil Libin, launches its Beta 2
  • Microsoft signals renewed interest in Windows with latest reshuffle
  • Have I Been Pwned — which tells you if passwords were breached — is going open source
  • Facebook will let employees work from home until July 2021
  • The U.S. Military Is Building Voice-Controlled War Robots
  • AI on the high seas: Digital transformation is revolutionizing global shipping
  • US reaches $1B deal for doses of potential Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • Scientists develop a new way to deliver drugs through the skin
  • Microsoft integrates Android apps into Windows 10 with new Your Phone update
  • TikTok Could Become Microsoft’s Deal of the Decade
  • The AR/VR Ecosystem – Are We There Yet?