• 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


  • 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


  • 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


Happy New Year

My presentation is scheduled January 23 at David Game College Training Room / you can check the Eventbrite


  • SoftBank and its co-investors have successfully acquired at least 13 percent of Uber
  • Researchers at Stanford have trained an AI to predict a person’s political leanings based on his or her neighbourhood and choice of vehicle
  • Netflix’s ‘Bright’ reached 11M viewers in its first three days, according to Nielsen“…the first episode of Stranger Things 2 reached 15.8 million people in its first three days, while the second season premiere of The Crown reached nearly 3 million viewers in the same time frame…”
  • 2018 Preview: Satellite industry 2.0…OneWeb is shooting for 2021 to achieve 2.5 gigabits per second direct to a rural home
  • Trends in drone technology [PDF]
  • Apple apologizes for iPhone slowdown drama, will offer $29 battery replacements for a year
  • China begins regulating QR code payments
  • YouTube has been deactivated on the Fire TV
  • Ripple briefly overtakes Ethereum as the No. 2 crypto
  • Hyundai and Kia are developing AI assistants for cars
  • Britain’s digital banks: profitable or just popular?
  • Google is making moves towards mobile-first search
  • The Leader’s Guide to Corporate Culture
  • Google Search: Year in 2017
  • Why digital transformation is now on the CEO’s shoulders
  • Management is about handling complexity. Leadership is about creating simplicity. — Peter Docker
  • WeChat App to Become Official ID
  • Tinder has 2.5m paid users
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